The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 4, 1997 · Page 9
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1997 A8 DEATHS & FUNERALS V SOLOMON Kenneth E. Fee Kenneth E. Fee, 55, Salina, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, at Salina Regional Health Center. Mr. Fee was born Aug. 19, 1942, in Wabaunsee County and was a resident of Salina since 1963, moving from Eskridge. He worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation mated- MD cce als lab many MH ' htt years and was an over-the-road transport driver for several Salina companies. • Survivors include his wife, Sandra K. of the home; two daughters, Leslie A. Arnold of Topeka and Kristie L. Starling of Salina; his mother, Agnes Fee Pollock of Eskridge; a sister, Mildred Brandon of Dyersburg, Tenn.; and a grand- fdaughter. •'.' The funeral will be at 10 a.m. •Monday at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. ;Eighth, the Rev. Harry Tysen officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. • Monday in Wilmington Cemetery, southwest of Burlingame, the Rev. Kay Scarbough officiating. • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rebecca Morrison .House of Salina. The casket will remain closed. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary, Salina 67410. Beverly Marie Hein . .McPHERSON — Beverly Marie Hein, 59, McPherson, died Thurs-. day, Oct. 2,1997, at Memorial Hospital, McPherson. Mrs. Hein was born Beverly Marie Weyand on Sept. 24,1938, at Hillsboro and was a resident of McPherson since 1971, moving from Lehigh. She was a homemaker and kitchen helper for Ponchos Restaurant. She was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran .Church, McPherson. ,,She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold James, in !1964 and a granddaughter. Survivors include a son, Doug of McPherson; a daughter, Janet Thompson of McPherson; a brother, La Vern Weyand of McPherson; and three grandchildren. ,The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, McPherson, Pastor Michael Brockman officiat- ;}ng. Burial will be in McPherson •Cemetery. I; Memorials may be made to the ;charity of the donor's choice. ;," Visitation will be from 3 to 5 ip.m. Sunday at Glidden-Ediger Fu- •peral Home, 222 W. Euclid, McPherson 67460.. :Gladys R. Lowe '•I CAMBRIDGE, 111. — Gladys R. •Lowe, 95, formerly of Winona, ijtan., died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, ;at Hammond-Henry Hospital, •Geneseo. '."> Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, ;0akley, Kan., is handling arrange- •ments. ( « :Ruth McGurren « % MARION — Ruth McGurren, 81, Marion, died Thursday, Oct. 2, >997, at St. Luke Hospital, Marion. •< Mrs. McGurren was born Ruth Barber on July 6, 1916, at Devils Lake, N.D., and was a resident of (Marion since 1968, moving from •Watertown, S.D. She was a home- 'maker, a member of Holy Family .Catholic Church and Altar Society, both of Marion. ' Survivors include her husband, Kenneth of Marion; a son, Patrick !pf Independence, Mo.; a daughter, Barbara Pickert of Overland Park; •'q. sister, Viola DeNardis of Minneapolis, Minn.; and two grand- Children. SAUNA Kenneth E.Fe6 Malvin James Wind KANSAS MARION: Ruth McQuwn MePHiftSON: Beverly Marie Hein OBERLIN: Kevan Ploussard 6UT Op STATE Gladys R. Lowe, Cambridge, III. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Marion, the Rev. Paul Oborny officiating. Burial will be in Marion Cemetery. A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday at Zeiner Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 205 Elm, Marion 66861, and after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Kevan Ploussard OBERLIN — Kevan Ploussard, 38, Oberlin, died Friday, Oct. 3, 1997, at the Decatur County Hospital, Oberlin. Mr. Ploussard was born Sept. 2, 1959, at Oberlin. He worked for Culligans and the city of Oberlin for nine years. He was a member of the United Church of Oberlin and Oberlin Fire Department. Survivors include a son, Wade of Oberlin; three daughters, Trista, Jenny and Heather, all of Oberlin; his father and stepmother, Lee and Judy Ploussard of 'Oberlin, and mother, Joyce Plous- sard of Goodland; and two brothers, Kent of Oberlin and Kris of Wichita. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Pauls Funeral Home, Oberlin, the Rev. James Hoover and Sister Marilyn Wall officiating. Burial will be in Oberlin Cemetery. Memorials may be made for his children. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday and after 8 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, 121 N. Penn, Oberlin 67749. Malvin James Winn Malvin James Winn, 88, Salina, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, at Salina Regional Health Center. Mr. Winn was born April 29, 1909, at Fowler. He was an Army Air Corps and Air Force master sergeant, retiring in 1957 after 20 years of service including World War II. He worked for Kansas Technical Institute supply department. He was a member of Belmont Boulevard Christian Church, Masonic Lodge 60, both of Salina, Scottish Rite Consistory and life member of York Rite Ellsworth Council 9 and Isis Shrine. He is a member of Royal Arch of Scotland Chapter St. Columba 481, Largs, Scotland, and Aviation Pioneers of Kansas Wing 0X5, Wichita. His first wife, Sylvia, died in 1978. Survivors include his wife, Rachel of the home; a son, James R. of Salina; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Belmont Boulevard Christian Church, 2508 Belmont Boulevard, the Rev. Paxton Jones officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park with military and Masonic honors. Memorials may be made to the church. Visitation will be after noon today at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401. MR. WINN Sewer rate change causes stir Change from flat-rate to use-based rate doubles some bills By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal SOLOMON — City leaders in Solomon think they have developed sewer rates that are more fair than the old flat-rate system previously used, but the change has upset some customers who complain that their sewer bills have doubled. Beginning this month, sewer charges are calculated at 80 percent of a customer's water bill, which is based on consumption. Previously, residential customers paid $8 a month for sewer service, city council member Julie Klein said. For resident Laurie Bailey, the change pushed the combined monthly water and sewer bill from about $50 to $128. She has six children and a tight budget, and said she doesn't know how she will be able to pay the higher bill. Bailey said she wished the city TCOURT "There are people whose bills doubled, there are those that decreased, and there are people in the middle. It is a more appropriate system." Julie Klein Solomon city council member had increased rates a little bit at a time, rather than doubling her charge in a month. Resident Robert Blanscet said his sewer bill went from $8 to $31. "We think it is a little outrageous," he said. So outrageous, in fact, ,he plans to mount a petition campaign against the rate changes. "Solomon has some hard-working people," he said. "This added charge will be hard for them." City council member Todd Brungardt said there hasn't been an increase in city sewer rates in 11 years, and the extra revenue is needed now to pay for improvements to the city's sewer system. Among the needed improvements, he said, is stabilizing the Solomon River bank near the city's sewer lagoons, the walls of which are crumbling and need to be replaced. The cost of the repairs is expected to be substantial, Brungardt said, and the city's application for a federal grant of $160,000 to help fund the work was unsuccessful. Based on 1996 water consumption, the new sewer rates will generate an extra $22,844 a year, council member Klein said. The only other means the city would have had to raise money for repairs would have been through the property tax, and Klein said the cost of sewer repairs is best paid by sewer users. To link rates to usage makes sense, Klein said. "If there is an elderly person who needs less water, I should be paying more than she is," said Klein. She is one of four in her household and operates a day care out of her home. Klein, who calls her household "typical," had a $5 increase in her sewer bill under the new rate structure. "There are people whose bills doubled, there are those that decreased, and there are people in the middle," she said. "It is a more appropriate system." Nancy Boyer's business, Don's Service, was one user that experienced a decrease in its sewer bill. Businesses were billed a flat rate of $25 or $75 for sewer service, based on a range of water usage. Boyer said that because her business has high water usage during the summer, the sewer bill was at the maximum level. Under the new fee structure, her combined water and sewer bill dropped from $85 a month to $18. "I think it was unfair before, and now we are paying according to our usage," she said. Man who attacked woman gets 34 years By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal In a court hearing punctuated by a defendant's cursing, Armand Lee Little was sentenced to serve more than 34 years in prison for an attack earlier this year on a woman and her two children. Little's outburst of foul language came when the victim's boyfriend told the judge that Little "should never be allowed to be around women and children again." District Judge Daniel Hebert cautioned Little to refrain from cursing, or he would be removed from the courtroom. "You do whatever you want to," Little snapped at the judge. Nonetheless, Little kept quiet as Judge Hebert ordered him to prison. Little, 34, Wichita, was convicted in July of kidnapping, robbery, burglary and criminal possession of a firearm. The charges stemmed from a Jan. 19 attack on Patricia Veal and her two children. A woman and two masked robbers entered Veal's home at 736 Birch, bound T KANSAS HIGHWAY PATROL Veal and her children with duct tape and stole a camcorder, jewelry and about $3,000 in cash. Veal was struck with the butt of a handgun and required treatment for two gashes on her head. Little and his two companions were stopped later in McPherson County. Little's Salina attorney, Jack Sheahon, made an unsuccessful appeal for a new trial, saying the only testimony linking Little to the crime came from a woman involved in the incident, Debra Edwards, 33, Wichita. She testified as part of a plea bargain that led to her being sentenced to four years in prison. The victims could not identify their attackers because the men were masked. Hebert rejected Sheahon's argument, saying there was collaborating evidence, such as items taken from the home found in the car, to support Edwards' testimony. Hebert ordered Little to pay $967 in restitution. Little's co-defendant, Anthony Parker, 37, Oklahoma City, was also found guilty and is to be sentenced Nov. 14. T ATTEMPTED ROBBERY Clerk thwarts 'prank' robbery Robber fled after clerk pulled off his ski mask jokingly By The Journal staff CHAPMAN — When the clerk at the Chapman convenience store saw the man wearing a ski mask and wielding a knife late Thursday night, he thought it was a joke. So he played along with the joke and yanked off the man's ski mask. But then the clerk realized he didn't know the man, and the man, startled, walked back to his truck in the parking lot of the Chapman Pump Mart. It turned out to be much more serious than the clerk thought, said Dickinson County authorities. Scott Williams, 21, Gulf Breeze, Fla., was arrested later on charges of aggravated robbery at 1:30 a.m. Friday at the Flying J Truck Stop in Salina and is being held at the Dickinson County Jail. The clerk, who was only identified as "Gene" by Pump Mart employees and who refused to comment, told Chapman police officers, who had stopped at the convenience store for a break, about a man wearing a ski mask and demanding money with a knife. Then he looked out in the parking lot and spotted the man sitting in his truck. Chapman authorities spoke to the clerk for a few more minutes and determined that the man was actually trying to rob the store. But by that time, the man had left for Interstate 70. The police got a description and his tag number of the truck and alerted area authorities. Apparently Chapman kids frequently play pranks on the store clerks, a clerk at the store said. But not to this degree. "Gene is a really nice guy and will play along with anyone," the clerk said. "But the kids usually don't carry knives." Troopers reject labor agreement 272-2 State administration files complaint against president of association By MIKE SHIELDS Harris News Service TOPEKA — A proposed three- year work agreement between Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and the administration of Gov. Bill Graves has been rejected by troopers in a 272-2 vote, results of which were announced Thursday. But when the two sides will return to the bargaining table has been made uncertain by an administration complaint pending against Steve McKinzie, a Kansas City trooper who is president of the troopers' association and the labor team's top negotiator. McKinzie is accused of acting in bad faith by signing off on the work agreement during negotiations and then actively campaigning for its defeat. McKinzie said he abruptly agreed to proposals advanced by the state in order to show troopers what management thought of them. McKinzie subsequently mailed a letter to all troopers recommending they vote "No" on the agreement. His seven-page letter included a detailed explanation of the agreement's provisions and why they weren't good for troop- ON THE RECORD ers. On the top of each page was a drawing of a skunk, so troopers would know their negotiators thought the proposed agreement stank. The state's complaint against McKinzie was filed with the state Public Employees Relations Board, which arbitrates disputes between public employees and their managers. Secretary of Administration Dan Stanley, who ordered the complaint against McKinzie, described McKinzie's action as "a stunt absolutely intended to erode relations between labor and management. "You don't portray the agreement and parts that hadn't even T ABORTION been discussed as a best-and-final product of negotiation and then stamp a skunk on each of the proi visions with a cover letter (to troopers) that says: Vote No," h^ said. Steve A.J. Bukaty, attorney for the troopers association, said the administration's complaint against McKinzie is frivolous and a waste of taxpayers' money because it is sure to be dismissed. "That's done all the time in la; bor relations," he said. "It's a common tactic. When management won't move and won't listen, you put it in a package and let the members vote on it. I've never seen an employer file a complain^ based on such nonsense." Hospital report Salina Regional Health Center PENN ADMISSIONS — None. SANTA FE ADMISSIONS — Javier A. Avetrani Jr. and Gayle Boone, both Of Salina; Gordon A. Holt, Dorrance. DISMISSALS — Janet L. Axtell, Joenell Lewis and baby girl and Llllian- na Martinez, all of Salina; Bernadette A. Anderson, Beverly; John Horn, Clarksville, Ind.; Lewis C. Fisher, ftolton. JjHrtht GIRLS: :• Cindy L. Copeland, Salina, 7 Ibs. 12 ]pzs., born Oct. 2. •' Michelle L. and Brent VanBuren, Ellsworth, 6 Ibs. 6 ozs., born Oct. 2. Ponce blotter ':> THEFT — A blue newspaper rack belonging to the Salina Journal was Jaken from 725 W. Schilling Between 4 and 6 a.m. Oct. 1; $530 loss. :, A Browning Classic high power 9 mm semi-automatic belonging to Gene R Engberg was taken from 853 Willow Between noon Aug. 1 and noon Aug. :i 5; $2,500 loss. •; BURGLARY — A Craftsman tool box and hand and power tools belonging to Steven G. Whitaker were taken from 1220 Kingston between 2 p.m. Aug. 28 and 2 p.m. Sept. 30; $696 loss. FRIDAY'S WWWWG DAILY PICK 3 9-6-6 INJURY ACCIDENTS — Sydney Jensen, 63,123 W. Jewell, was treated at the Salina Regional Health Center for injuries received in a two-vehicle crash at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and Crawford Street. The car Jensen was driving was stopped at a red light at the intersection, When the light turned green, the car collided with a pickup driven by Mike K. Bishop, 27, 124 E. Prescott. Anna L Pearson, 15, 2014 Tulane, was treated at the Salina Regional Health Center for injuries received in a three-vehicle crash at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Johnstown and Kansas avenues. Pearson was traveling on Kansas when the car she was driving collided with a car driven by Slobodan Brezak, 19, 1013 Johnstown, who was traveling on Johnstown. Brezak's car then collided with a car driven by Sonna J. Atkins, 26, 356 N. Columbia. Janet M. Mclntosh, 47, 2624 Colonial, was treated at the Salina Regional Health Center for injuries received in a two-car crash at 3:39 p.m. Thursday In the 800 block of east Crawford Street. A car driven by Matt J. Neuman, 16, 512 W. Ellsworth, collided at a traffic light on east Crawford with a car driven by Mclntosh. Municipal court DUI CONVICTIONS — Gabriel Medrano, 27, Hutchinson, six months in jail, probation granted for one year after attending Salina Weekend Intervention Program, $200 fine, $25 court * costs. Ronnie O'Neal Hutchinson, 31, 419 Connecticut, one year in jail, probation granted for one year after serving five days, $500 fine, $25 court costs, $125 alcohol evaluation fee. Quang Van Tran, 24, 2186 Meadowlark, six months in jail, probation granted for one year after attending Salina Weekend Intervention Program, $200 fine, $25 court costs, $125 alcohol evaluation fee. Melissa Jo Shields, 24,942 S. Fifth, one year in jail, $500 fine, $25 court costs. DUI DIVERSIONS — The following people were granted diversion from prosecution for driving under the influence. Unless otherwise stated, each was sentenced to perform 10 hours of community service and to pay the following: $200 fine, $25 court costs, $125 alcohol evaluation fee, $175 diversion fee. Lazaro Flores Gonzalez, 38,148 N. Eighth No. 102, no community service. Dwayne J. Peoples Jr., 27, 1409 Glenshlre, no community service. James Martin Kain, 28,211 N. 11th. Chad Earnest Peterson, 22, Newton. Animal shelter These animals were picked up at the locations listed and taken to the Saline County Animal Shelter, 1960 W. Old Highway 40. Phone 8266535. DOGS — Gray neutered male poodle with blue collar, 200 block of North 10th; white and black male husky and Dalmatian mix, 200 block Diamond Drive; gray and black female pug, 200 block of East Kirwin; tan and white female Labrador mix, 2200 block of North Ohio. CATS — Black female with long hair and pink and white flea collar, 400 block of South 11th; black and brown neutered male with long hair and brown flea collar, 300 block of West Beloit; grey, black and white female with medium hair, 400 block of South College. Street sweeping The City of Salina will be sweeping the following areas this week: South Street to Crawford Avenue and Fourth Street to the west city limits, and North Street to Crawford Avenue and Fourth Street to the east city limits. It is helpful if the property owners have the curbs and gutters clear of large items and parked vehicles. Abortion information booklet unveiled by state By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves and legislative leaders unveiled on Friday the state's new abortion information booklet, hailing it as a landmark step for women and the result of an historic compromise on the most divisive issue in Kansas. The booklet, titled "If You Are Pregnant," was mandated to be made available to women who are contemplating ending pregnancies in the Women's Right To Know Act passed by the 1997 Legislature. "This is the principal most important step in what we think is a wonderful ... piece of educational information that ought to be available to women in Kansas who are faced with some difficult ques- TODAY'S SCRIPTURE "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and 1 have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." — lames 2:18 tions in their lives," Graves said, "I believe it's going to put an end to the assembly line abortion in Kansas" by allowing women who become pregnant to make a more informed decision, said Rep. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita. HOMECOMING ROYALTY Salina South Lynnae Robbins was named, Salina South's homecoming queen of the senior class of 1998. Robbins, the daughter of Ed and Ruth Robbins, 321 E. Jewell, has been involved in musicals, band, Peppers and National Honor Society, She served as class president as a freshman and sophomore. ROBBINS

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