The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 19, 1981 · Page 14
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 14

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, November 19, 1981
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Ptgt 14 The Saliiu Journal — Thursday, Novemoer 19,1981 Wait goes on for trial date Colby man still jailed in Haiti COLBY (HNS) - Don Morton has been sitting in jail in Haiti for more than a year. His wife and seven children, his mother and brother, who all live in Colby, hope he'll be home in time for Christmas. At the moment, that appears to be wishful thinking. Morton was arrested in Septemeber 1980 with 22 others in connection with a bank robbery in Haiti. He is still waiting for his day in court, Morton said recently in a telephone interview from the Jail in Haiti. "There was an attempted bank robbery and at least one guy was killed," said Morton. "They came and arrested me near my hotel. Two other Americans were arrested at the same time but they've been released. "They had some money and were able to pay the right people. That's the way things are done here. "If you've got the money, then you can get out. Unfortunately, I'm not in that position." Morton, 45, a retired marine lieutenant, said he answered an advertisement published in the Soldier of Fortune magazine for a job in Haiti. He was notified by a woman in New York who told him the job would be training soldiers for work in hurricane patrol. Just two weeks after he arrived in Haiti, he was arrested. Morton said he was being held in the city jail in Port The Great Plains The Salina Journal au Prince, the capital of Haiti. "It's the biggest penal institution in the country and holds about 1,000 people," said Morton. "It's used as a county jail and has long-term criminals and many political prisoners." "Foreigners are treated better than the natives. We get more to eat, though its nothing to brag about. But it's enough to keep me going. "I'm being held in a large cell with 20 people in it. I do have a bunk and mattress, which most of the prisoners don't have. They have to sleep on straw mats. "For the first few weeks I was more or less in solitary confinement but then they let me out. From time to time they lock me up but at the moment I'm more or less free to wander around the whole jail." Morton does have an attorney, Guy Malary, a Haitian who was educated in the United States. He's employed by the U.S. Consulate and has taken on Morton's case without payment. ginning of July and charged with attempting to rob the bank. But the court failed to come to a decision and the caae waa postponed. Now Malary and the U.S. Consulate are trying to find out when the next court hearing will be. Morton said the Consulate has called the court regularly since July and been told repeatedly that the case will come up in a couple of weeks. Four weeks ago, Morton went on a hunger strike in an attempt to bring attention to his situation. "I gave it up after 18 days because I got the feeling that it wouldn't make any difference. They're very slow to react here. It may take months before they get around to the case," he said. Meanwhile, consulate officials visit Morton in the jail to check that he's being properly treated. And they bring him magazines, which help relieve the monotony. Morton was taken to court at the be- Only one other person arrested in connection with the robbery itlll if In Jail. "He's a Haitian and in the same boat as me financially. That's why we're both still here," Morton said. He said there were only two people directly involved in the robbery. One was killed at the time and the other has disappeared. Morton has been in touch with his family in Colby. His wife, Rosa, and his mother, Lily May Yardley, have called him on the phone. And his mother was recently in touch with the Consulate in Port au Prince to ask them to persuade her son to stop the hunger strike. A year ago the family called Kansas Sen. Bob Dole's office about the case. Marcie Adler, who works in Dole's office, said the staff notified the Citizens Emergency Center, which deals with problems encountered by American citizens abroad. But Adler said they were unable to help futher because Morton had not signed a privacy release allowing them to publicize details of the case. Jim Webb of the Citizens Emergency Center confirmed that there appeared to be no movement in Morton's case. In the telephone interview with The H»ya Daily News, however, Morton said he knew nothing of such a stipulation and had not been asked to sign anything. THE PERFECT COMBINATION THE HIGHEST PAYING INVESTMENT CERTIFICATES* 12.430% 11.722% EFFECTIVE ANNUAL YIELD ANNUAL RATE 6 MONTH TERM MINIMUM $10,000 AVAILABLE 11-17-81 THRU 11-23-81 INTEREST PAID MONTHLY 9% THRIFTBOOKS NO MINIMUM • NO SERVICE CHARGE SECURITY PACIFIC FINANCE MONEYCENTER INC. SALINA: EXEC. PLAZA, 1500 E. IRON AVE. 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Wayne Rutter, recently retired as chief chemist at the National Cooperative Refinery Association (NCRA), has been working with stained glass for several years and currently is the guest artist for the stained glass class at the McPherson College Art Department. I.E. Rutter has been painting in acrylics for seven years. T* T* -ft- MINNEAPOLIS — A workshop on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurses aides will be held at the Ottawa County Courthouse here Tuesday, Nov. 24. The program will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will be repeated from 1 to 4 p.m. It offers three hours of continuing education credit for RNs and LPNs. More information is available from the Northwest Kansas Area Health Education Center, Hays. COLBY (HNS) - Noting that designer jeans can be outrageously expensive, Colby Communitu College has launched a workshop to help area residents become their own designers. The instructor will be Peggy Frahm, who says the purpose of the workshop is to help participants "to make their jeans fit them. We will try to help people identify their body shapes so they can make their jeans fit." MANHATTAN- The Kansas State University Foundation has received a section of land in Sherman County valued at $331,100. The gift established a joint life unitrust for a couple who wish to remain anonymous at this time. The unitrust will pay the couple an annual income for the rest of their lives. The gift is the seventh largest received by the Foundation in the last 10 years. "Farm land, particularly that held by an absentee owner, is a a most attractive type of gift to consider when looking at a unitrust agreement," said James Miller, the Foundation's associate director and director of planned giving. Anti-severance group disbands RUSSELL — The anti-severance tax fight in Western Kansas has taken on a new look. The Northwest Kansas Legislative Policy Group — formed a year ago to battle Gov. John Carlin's proposed severance tax — has officially been disbanded. But the fight against the severance tax will go on. Charles Sellens, chairman of the Northwest Kansas group, urged members of the organization to join the Legislative Policy Group, a southwest Kansas based group which already had a full-time lobbyist in Duane "Pete" McGill, a former speaker of the Kansas House. Sixty people, representing 25 Kansas counties, attended a meeting at WaKeeney to disband the Northwest Kansas organization. FISTS, TOP RANK BOXING LIVE! Undefeated Bernard Taylor fights highly rated featherweight Gerald Hayes. THURSDAY 9 PM est/8 PM cst FEDERATION CUP WOMEN'S TENNIS. Highlights from the Davis Cup of women's tennis. Evert-Lloyd, Jaeger and more! SATURDAY 2 PM est/1 PM cst & FINALS! 1981 CFL GREY CUP LIVE! Catch Canada's Superbowl, as the best CFL teams battle for the championship! 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