The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 18, 1996 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, January 18, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY Teen escapes from custody, is recaptured A 15-year-old boy incarcerated on robbery and burglary charges escaped custody Wednesday evening but was captured in a short time. Courtney Kersey, Salina, escaped through'an outside door leading to a courtyard at the former Tradewinds Motel, Ninth Street and Interstate 70, about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sheriff Darrell Wilson said. Juvenile offenders are being held at the former motel while the Saline County Juvenile Detention Center is being renovated. . . Wilson said the door onto the courtyard is kept unlocked because of,flre codes, but is monitored. Kersey bolted through the door and scaled a wall to get away, Wilson said. Officers used a police dog to track Kersey to a shed about two blocks away. Wilson said that when Kersey heard the dog, he surrendered to officers. Kersey was jailed for allegedly threatening a 50-year-old man in his home, yanking away the man's oxygen tubes and robbing him of $600 in cash and a rifle. Kersey's mother, Delores M. Smith, 128 N. Second Apt. B, was arrested on a felony obstruction of justice charge for allegedly trying to hide the rifle stolen in the robbery. 'Souper Bowl' again to help local hungry Super Bowl fans can cast a vote for their favorite team and, in turn, help the hungry by participating in the seventh annual "Souper Bowl." Participants are given the opportunity to predict the winner of Super Bowl XXX by donating cans of soup at various Salina locations. The cans will be distributed to the Salina Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and Emergency Aid-Food Bank. The event is organized by Sunrise Presbyterian Church, Roach and Belpit streets, as well as volunteers from the Hunger Barrel and SOME — So Others May Eat. The church organizes the yearly project, paying the costs of posters, bulletins and mailings, said Don Schroeder, pastor of Sunrise Presbyterian Church. "We try to get as many local churches and businesses involved as possible," said the Rev. Don Schroeder of Sunrise. People may bring soup to participating churches or deposit cans in the yellow Hunger Barrel barrels at Salina area stores. Salina schools and Dillons and Food- 4-Less are participating. Last year, more than 16,000 cans were distributed. Feedlot worker killed in manure spreader DODGE CITY — A 22-year-old feedlot employee was decapitated while cleaning a truck with a manure spreader, said the Ford County Sheriffs office. Ivan Dale Mullet became entangled in the spreader blades Wednesday after the equipment accidentally engaged, Sheriff Arlyn Learning said. Mullet was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened at 1:42 p.m. at the Ford County Feedlot outside Dodge City. U.S. attorney quits, may run for Congress WICHITA — U.S. Attorney Randy Rathbun resigned Wednesday but turned aside direct questions about possibly running for Congress. While saying he was stepping down because of his promise to keep politics out of the U.S. Attorney's office, Rathbun would say only he will have an announcement about his plans within 30 days. "I've just said all I'm willing to say at this time," he told one persistent reporter. Several Republican and Democratic leaders said Rathbun will run for the 4th District congressional seat held by Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan. Lee Kinch, 4th District Democratic chairman, attended the federal courthouse resignation ceremony honoring Rathbun on Wednesday. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call attar 7:30 p.m.) Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B T DOCTOR'S TRIAL Attorneys tell different tales of deaths Prosecutors' questions imply they will try to prove two deaths were mercy killings By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal ST. FRANCIS — Stan Naramore was described Wednesday by his attorney as a competent and caring physician, a small- town doctor who did the best he could with the tools available to him. These are not cases of .euthanasia but of Naramore trying to save the life of an elderly farmer dying from a stroke and easing the terrible pain of an elderly woman suffering from terminal cancer, said attorney Kurt Kerns, Wichita. For the first time since he was arrested 18 months ago on murder charges, Naramore — through his attorney — offered his version of the events leading up to the alleged crimes. Prosecutors say the former St. Francis physician tried to kill 78-year-old Ruth Leach of Bird City with an overdose of pain medication. She died three days later in Goodland from her Illness. Prosecutors also claim that Naramore, 50, used a paralyzing drug to murder 81- year-old Chris Willt when he was rushed to the emergency room of the Cheyenne County Hospital in August 1992. Attorneys for both sides gave opening statements Wednesday in Cheyenne County District Court after a laborious jury-selection process that consumed the better part of two days. In the end, seven women and five men with two alternates, were sent to the jury box. Prosecutors have not spoken in public about a possible motive for the alleged crimes, but as he questioned potential jurors Wednesday, assistant attorney general John Bork touched on the issue of mercy killing. "Is there anyone here who believes it should not be a crime to hasten a terminally ill patient's death?" he asked. Responded one potential juror: "It should be in the hands of the Lord." Another prosecutor, Jon Fleenor, also an assistant attorney general, said witnesses will testify about Naramore's treatment of Leach and Willt. He said Willt died from asphyxiation after the former physician drugged his patient so he couldn't breathe without help and then withdrew that help. "The evidence will show that at some point this man who was supposed to have been treating Chris Willt stopped treatment. The evidence will show that this man who was supposed to have helped Chris WiUt, killed him," Fleenor said. As for Ruth Leach, "it wasn't the good Lord who was making the decisions. It was this man who was making the decisions about Ruth Leach," the prosecutor said: Kerns said he will call his own witnesses who will support Naramore's treatment. Included will be a retired St. Francis physician who gave Naramore a letter of recommendation when he left Cheyenne County after several months in practice. Dr. Ron Whitmer, who practices in Ellis and Ellsworth counties, also is expected to take the witness stand. Testimony is expecled to start today. Other witnesses will include Naramore's wife, Pam, a nurse who was part of the team who tried to save Willt; Dale White, former administrator of the Cheyenne County Hospital; and members of the Leach and Willt families. It's not known whether Naramore will testify, but during Wednesday's jury selection, the former physician could be seen tapping his fingers on the defense table and telling his attorney, "I want to testify. I want to testify." On the line KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Steve Burpee draws a fine line Wednesday as he edges the stripes on a hallway decoration in Pioneer hall at Kansas Wesleyan University. Burpee and his partner, Rich Norris, had more than 100 feet on each side of each line to tidy up, and Burpee feared seeing the purple stripe in his sleep. T DOWNTOWN SALINA Superior takes over School Specialty store Wichita retailer takes over Salina, Lawrence stores as firm gets out of retail business By ALAN STOLFUS The Salina Journal When it reopens today, the downtown school and office supplies store that has been known as School Specialty Supply for decades will have a new name. Superior School Supplies, Wichita, has purchased School Specialty's retail stores in Salina and Lawrence and is renaming them Superior School and Office. The Salina store was closed Wednesday so Superior could inventory supplies. The Lawrence store will be closed for inventory Friday and reopen Saturday. Superior president Jim Leiszler said customers should notice little difference when T COLLEGES "If I went out and wished on a star to find a better match, I couldn't have don it any better." John Hauptli former president of School Specialty Supply on the choice of Superior School Supplies the Salina store reopens. Superior is keeping the store's 17 employees and the seven Lawrence employees. "This allows us to grow our retail division, and that's an area we want to expand," Leiszler said about buying the two stores. Superior has two school supply stores in Wichita and is looking for more retail growth in the future, he said. Superior is similar to the former School Specialty Supply, only it is smaller. Superior markets mostly to Kansas schools while School Specialty is an international company. Superior has 35 full-time employees at its office, stores and warehouse in Wichita. Another 21 people work at the company's printing plant and meal ticket scanning division in Parsons. Superior markets its meal ticket scanning products nationally under the brand names Accu-Scan and Meal Tracker. Buying the Salina and Lawrence stores gives Superior more buying power and allows it to broaden the product selection- it can offer customers, Leiszler said. School Specialty Supply of Salina was bought in 1994 by EDA Corp. of Appleton, Wis. EDA, the largest school supply firm in the country, renamed itself School Specialty Inc. in 1995 and began looking to sell the Salina and Lawrence stores in order to focus on distributing school supplies. Superior and School Specialty are not strangers. They compete for some of the same customers. Superior was started in 1971 by former School Specialty salesman Ed Scott. John Hauptli, former School Specialty president who oversaw the sale of the stores as his final act before retirement, is pleased with Superior. "All along our objective was to continue to provide the customer service of these stores," Hauptli said. "We think Superior Supplies can do that. If I went out and wished on a star to find a better match, I couldn't have done it any better." Bethany joins in state study KU to lead project to look at the way teachers are trained • By LILLIAN ZIER The Salina Journal LINDSBORG — Major changes are in the works in Kansas public school education. That, in turn, means teachers will have to be trained differently. To help Kansas colleges and universities deal with the changes, a group of schools that includes Lindsborg's Bethany College has been awarded a $1 million, three- year federal grant. "The changing state standards are V SALINE COUNTY JAIL going to alter virtually everything about the way teacher education is run in the next five years," said Nancy Harper, director of Bethany's teacher education program. The grant will allow the participating colleges and universities to study their education curricula, interview professors and report back • to the group. The consortium then will write a report recommending changes in teacher education. "Bethany is the only private, nonpublic college involved in this," Harper said. "For us that's ah excellent honor." The University of Kansas is the lead university in the grant. Other participants are Kansas State University, Emporia State University and Pittsburg State University. "There is no obligation to do it their way," Harper said. "The grant recognizes we are all very different. "We'll share a lot of ideas. I'm going to learn from KSU, I'm going to learn from KU and Pittsburg, and I hope they'll learn from us as well." Bethany's share of the grant is $20,000 the first year. The college could receive a similar amount for a second and third year if the U.S. Department of Education grant is renewed. Bethany plans to use the funds to hire a part-time person who will assist Harper in reviewing Bethany's courses and other work .related to the project. Addition receives statewide award When you need to know. - By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal The use of state-of-the-art technology and a design that allowed for operation by a minimum number of people make the addition to the Saline County Jail a unique facility, architect John Shaver said. It might have been those attributes that caught the eye of judges for Associated General Contractors, a statewide organization that has cited the Salina jail with an Award of Honor. The award will be presented Feb. 16 atthe group's convention in Kansas City, Mo. The jail was designed jointly by Shaver and consultants with Phillips Swager Associates of Dallas. It was built by Eby Construction, Wichita, which submitted the design for the award. Shaver said Associated General Contractors didn't specify what elements of the jail design most impressed the judges. But he said the jail's technology, allowing jailers to open and close doors from a central control booth, was unique. "We are honored," Shaver said. "It makes us really feel good. "There were some problems, like there are on any job, but this is proof that it was a good job overall." The addition was completed in April 1995. Two weeks after the jail opened, a prisoner escaped by removing a piece of moulding, standing on another inmate's shoulders to break a window and jumping to the ground. After the escape, security glass was installed, and cameras were added in areas jailers had not been able to see from control booths. Shaver, the county and Eby Construction will be awarded plaques at the luncheon in Kansas City. LEGISLATURE Panel hears debate on abortion issues Anti-abortion activist tells of her painful experience in 1974 By The Associated Press TOPEKA—A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on two abortion measures, but a pro- choice speaker said discussing a ban on the saline-injection procedure is "a waste of time." The House Health and Human Services Committee head one woman describe her painful story of a saline-injection abortion. Nancyjo Mann, Wichita, was 22, had two children and was pregnant when her husband abandoned her. She said her mother told her she probably would live on welfare forever, then drove her to an abortion clinic. That was in 1974, in Des Moines, Iowa. The abortion — by saline-solution injection — did not go well. Mann was in pain and feverish for weeks, eventually undergoing a hysterectomy because internal damage was so great. Mann is now an anti-abortion activist. "This procedure maims and destroys women," she said. The Associated Press Nancyjo Mann describes the problems she had with a saline-injection abortion Peggy Jarman, a lobbyist for the ProChoice Action League, acknowledged that a saline-injection abortion is an "antiquated procedure." But the procedure has not been performed in Kansas for at least 10 years. "It is a waste of time to deal with something that is not an •issue," she said. The committee also heard testimony on another bill that would require doctors to administer anesthesia to a fetus as part of any medical procedure that causes pain to the fetus. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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