The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 6, 1998 · Page 19
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 19

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, June 6, 1998
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / C2 NATION / C4 CLASSIFIED / C4 c BRIEFLY Saint Francis dedicates hew sanction house , The Rev. Canon Phillip J. Rapp doesn't want to live in a society that throws away troubled youths. John Pera is a reason why. Rapp, president of the Saint Francis Academy, spoke along with a few other academy officials at Friday's dedication of its new sanction house for juvenile Offenders at the old Tradewinds Motel, 1646 N. Ninth. The Salina Church of Christ is the academy's landlord. The sanction house is for juvenile offenders who need only short-term, out-of-home placement. A $73,000 grant from the Juvenile Justice Authority through Saline County Community Corrections funded start-up costs. "They say what can you do with a youth when they are a teen-ager," Rapp said. "Lives will be changed here. Our mission re- aljy hasn't changed except now we talk about girls and we include families as well." One of those lives is Pera, an Indiana attorney and the chair of the academy's national board of directors. Pera is a former resident of Saint Francis at Ellsworth. "Saint Francis has touched thousands of children, and I am one of the thousands," he said. "I can stand here and tell you that lives are changed here." Suspicious object was a joke, not a bomb OLATHE — A suspicious object whose discovery at an air traffic control center disrupted flights was a joke between two people and hadn't been meant to look like a bomb, the FBI said. No charges will be filed against the people involved, who work for a contractor doing work at the Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center in this Kansas City suburb. "It was a personal matter between two people," said FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza. "They just left it behind in the rest room." Lanza said there was no evidence the two intended the object — a quart-sized water bottle filled with a brownish-yellow fluid — to be mistaken for a bomb. "There were no laws violated, at least not at the federal level," Lanza said. No charges will be filed and the case has been closed, he said. Graves to announce if Sherrer to stay on ticket ; TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves plans to announce today whether he will keep Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer on his ticket for the Republican gubernatorial primary. Graves scheduled an 11:30 a.m. iiews conference at his Topeka campaign headquarters, as well as a 1:30 p.m. announcement at Jabara Airport in Wichita. Graves and his running mate plan to file for office Monday at the Statehouse. No other candidates have filed, including David Miller, former state GOP chairman. Mike Matson, Graves' campaign press secretary, declined to say whether the governor will keep or dump Sherrer. When asked whether he'd be on the ticket, Sherrer said: "I'd rather have the governor make the announcement." From Staff and Wire Reports T GREAT PLAINS Jurassic parking lot MURDER TRIAL Jurors convict Hunt of killing Salina man CHARLIE RIEDEL / Hays Daily News Seen through the mouth of a Tyrannosaurus rex, Charla Brant (left) and Jana Jordan paint dinosaur footprints on a parking lot Friday in Hays. The women were preparing for the arrival of the History Channel Great Race later in the day. The Hays stop in the 4,000-mile endurance rally has a dinosaur theme because of Sternberg Museum of Natural History's sponsorship of the event. Marquette man to be sentenced in August for 1997 murder By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal Tony Hunt, who told a jury it was fear that led him to shoot a man who, he said, lured him into the drug business, was convicted Friday of second-degree murder. That's a lesser charge than the first-degree murder charge he faced for the June 13, 1997, death of Lamar Williams, 27. Second-degree murder is an intentional killing without premeditation. Jurors also found Hunt guilty of attempted first-degree murder for firing a nonfatal shot at Williams' wife, Jannette Gardenhire. Jurors found that Hunt lacked premeditation in Williams' killing but did show premeditation in shooting Gardenhire. Hunt, 22, Marquette, showed little reaction as the verdict was returned after about five hours of jury deliberation. His sentencing was scheduled by District Judge Daniel Hebert for Aug. 17. For second-degree murder — the more serious conviction — Hunt faces a sentence of life with eligibility for parole after 15 years. The attempted-murder charge carries a sentencing range of 15 to 68 years. Hunt's attorney, John Ambrosio, Topeka, was successful in his quest to turn jurors away from first-degree murder. Ambrosio said threats made by Williams overwhelmed Hunt to the point Hunt's reasoning dissipated. County Attorney Julie McKenna countered that fear was just one possible reason that Hunt murdered Williams. Another reason could have been anger stemming from a thought that Williams was DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Tony Hunt, Marquette, was found guilty Friday of second- degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. cheating him out of money for the drugs. Still another reason could be that Hunt was worried that Williams was after Hunt's girlfriend, she said. McKenna told jurors there was no doubt about Hunt's premeditation. She said Hunt went to the Williams' home at 161 Cherry in the early morning hours of June 13 and parked behind the residence so as not to be seen. He tucked the loaded .357 revolver in his shorts and pulled his shirt over the top to conceal the weapon. When Williams answered the door and let him in, they talked. Later, after Williams came out of his bedroom carrying a gun, Hunt shot him in the back of the head as he was bent over tying his shoes. Hunt then went to the bedroom and shot Gardenhire. The shot grazed Gardenhire's head and she survived to identify Hunt as the shooter. T FISH DEATHS Catfish die in family pond Gill parasite blamed for killing 276 channel cats in Salina man's pond By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Roger Naylor loved to fish with his grandchildren in his one-acre pond. But he always made them throw the fish back. "They were like pets to me," said Naylor, a Salinan who owns the pond near Water Well Road and Ohio Street. That's why Naylor was so stunned Monday when he discovered that all 276 of his channel catfish had died. The way they died is all too familiar: Some sort of gill parasite. Some believe that the 40,000 white bass that washed up dead on the shores of Cheney Lake west of Wichita also died from a gill parasite. Naylor was so dedicated to his fish that when he had to drain his pond, he hired a fish hatchery and netted the hundreds offish. When the pond was filled again, he brought the fish back. "I had some of those catfish for 10 years," Naylor said. "I fed them every day in the summer. I went back for three or four nights, hoping one would come up, but they all died. It hurts more than most people know." Eight grass carps also died. Naylor also has bass, sunfish and bluegills, but those fish weren't affected. "What they've told me is this parasite stays on the bottom, and catfish tend to me more of a bottom feeder," Naylor said. "I don't know whether to restock now or wait." Tommy Berger, a district fisheries biologist with five counties, said the fish died from a parasite that stays in the water at all times. When the fish get stressed for any reason, the parasites tend to attack the fish. That's what has puzzled biologists: They don't know what stressed the catfish. It's like a common cold that can wear down humans, causing them to get more serious illnesses. The catfish can fight off the parasites until they are stressed. "Once those parasites get going, they can reproduce rapidly, sometimes in hours," Berger said. "The conditions were just right for the parasites to reproduce." Berger doesn't know if that's the same parasite that killed the white bass at Cheney Lake. He said he hadn't heard of other problems with the parasite. He advised that Naylor should wait a few weeks before restocking. "You need to wait for the parasite population in the water to return to normal," he said. "Then purchase a few fish, put them in a cage and see how they do. If they die, just wait a little longer." T ROBBERY Woman robbed at rural Salina home By The Journal Staff Two men, one wearing a ski mask and the other a bandanna covering his face, broke into the rural home of Joan E. Johnson at 8 a.m. Friday and tied her to a bed with telephone cord before rummaging through her property and stealing cash and a handgun. Johnson, 6309 E. North, told sheriffs officers she untied herself in time to see her assailants drive away in her car, headed east on North Street. She phoned the Saline County Sheriffs Department around 9:15 a.m. Missing were $715 in cash, a Ruger .22-caliber handgun and Johnson's car, according to Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski. Captain Brian Shea found Johnson's car just three-tenths of a mile east of the house. The car was almost hidden in a weedy area bordering a woody creek bed, and Shea found it only after seeing the glint of its roof in the sun. Kochanowski said he believes the suspects had an automobile waiting near where they abandoned Johnson's car and that they then continued east on North Street. The assailants remained at large late Friday, officials said. They were said to be white males in their 20s with dark hair, standing about 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall. Scots return to their garden spot for 'romantic' wedding Couple travel 5,000 miles to Ogallah for ceremony involving Kansas friends OGALLAH — The incredible sounds of "Amazing Grace" seemed to explode from Paul MacDonald's bagpipe and fill the tiny immigrant church south of Ogallah. At the altar, Collette Gray and John McGarva joined their two dozen guests in singing the spiritual of love and hope. "Amazing grace! how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me! "I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see." Earlier, Pastor Jon Anderson, as he led Collette and John through their marriage vows, expressed the feelings of those in the church. $ "I am honored you have chosen me to be a part of this in a small way," he told.them. They would later return the sentiment. LINDA MOWERY- DENNING Tlie Salina lournal During a reception in the community shelter at Cedar Bluff Lake, the newlyweds used words such as "fantastic" and "superb" to describe their wedding. The day, a warmer-than-normal Saturday in late May, had been worth the 5,000- mile trip from their home in Glasgow, Scotland. Awaiting the couple was the warmth and friendliness found beyond the exits of Interstate 70. It was rural Kansas at its best. Their story goes back two summers to when Collette and John, on vacation and earning traveling money by driving a new car from Florida to Colorado, left the interstate at WaKeeney to learn about Native American history. At a downtown flower shop, Marlene Funk directed the couple a block away to Jim Cleland's pharmacy, the only place in town with a "Parking for Scots only" sign. That night, Cleland and his wife, Kathryn, took Collette and John to the Trego County Fair. A friendship was born. About a month ago, when the couple decided to marry after five years of courtship, they turned to the Clelands. "My idea of a romantic wedding would be Melrose Abbey in the moonlight. But here we are," said Kathryn Cleland before Transatlantic nuptials TREGO the ceremony. A nervous John, asked why the couple decided on a Kansas wedding, responded with a smile and a "Why not?" Another possibility was Kenya, also a popular vacation destination. Collette and John have visited there three times, as well as many of the countries of Europe and other places. But Trego County and the Clelands were capable of meeting their wedding needs — something simple, but original. "We didn't want a big family do," said Collette, who served in the Scottish version of the U.S. Navy before earning a degree in psychology and sociology. She is presently taking advanced course work. John is an employee trainer. Collette arrived at the church, the first Lutheran house of worship in Trego County, in a handsome yellow taxi owned by Gene and Judy Fabrizius of WaKeeney. The church, built by Swedish immigrants shortly after the turn of the century, has no running water or rest rooms. The wedding of Collette and John was the first in two decades for the isolated church, which typically has a Sunday attendance of about a dozen. The ceremony, with John and Jim Cleland in kilts, took less than 30 minutes. That included the bagpipe music provided by MacDonald, a Hays car dealer who is a member of the McPherson Pipe Band. Two Celtic singers from the Wichita area also performed. The music continued at the lake reception. Collette, dressed in the satin wedding gown she made, sat in the grass near the water and sang with John, who also played the guitar. There also were moments of tradition. Jim Cleland, who can trace his Scottish heritage back many centuries, instructed the newlyweds on the old Celtic tradition of "casting the stone." The ceremony, he said, is symbolic of casting off the differences and problems the couple overcame to be together. Toward midnight, again in the grass near the lake, Cleland borrowed a custom from the Swedes. Against the darkness of the night, he set afire a metal ring wrapped in denim. Inside was the outline of the type of boat used by the Vikings. The ceremony, called the "Burning of the Long Boat," comes from a time long ago when the Vikings torched their boats as a way of showing their commitment to a new homeland. At Cedar Bluff, the burning ring was symbolic of the commitment of Collette and John to each other. And of their bond with the citizens of Trego County. "We all have family in Scotland," Cleland told the reception guests." "And they all have family in Kansas," he said of the newlyweds. Linda Mowery-Denning writes about north-central and northwest Kansas. She can be reached at 1-800-827-6363 or by email at SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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