The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 28, 1996 · Page 3
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-—r^T THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY Great Plains SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 1996 A3 T MIDWEST ROBBERIES IRS to open new Salina office Tuesday The Internal Revenue Service office in Salina will be in new quarters by Monday. Its new address is 645 E. Iron. Beginning Tuesday, the office will offer only basic tax forms in the reception area weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some of the basic forms also are available at other locations in town. Tax filers needing forms or publications other than the basic forms can order them by calling 1-800-T AX-FORM (800-829-3676) Computer users can access forms and publications through FedWorld (703-321-8020), or over the Internet (fedworld.gov.) IRS assistance is available from 7:3G-a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 1-80082&1040. TDD assistance for the hearing impaired is available by calling 1-800-829-4059. Acid spill shuts down part of Boeing plant WICHITA — About 300 workers were sent home as a precaution after an acid spill in a building at the Boeing Co. plant here. The size of the spill wasn't immediately known, Boeing spokesman Dick Ziegler said Saturday. When the acids spilled shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, the remainder of the building's second shift and the entire third shift were sent home early, he said. Ziegler said that part of the building, known as the manufacturing process building, was still roped off on Saturday "as a precaution" and that employees who could be contacted were told not to come to work. "•We won't let people back into the building until we're sure there are no vapor hazards," he said. Ziegler said two employees inhaled vapors and were checked by Boeing medical personnel. The employees said they felt fine and declined offers of further medical examination, Ziegler said. The building is mainly used for robotic aircraft skin polishing and chemical milling of the aluminum skins. The chemical milling is done with acids. Robbery suspect killed by Topeka police officer TOPEKA — A suspect in an armed robbery was shot and killed by a Topeka police officer Saturday, authorities said. Stephen Rogers, 34, Topeka, was shot Saturday morning after a robbery at a McDonald's restaurant. Officers were called to the restaurant while an armed robbery was in progress. When Cpl. Scott Gilchrist arrived, the suspect was trying to leave but his car had been blocked in by witnesses, police said. When he reached the car, Gilchrist could not open a locked door and tried to break out a window on the passenger's side. Rogers dropped his arm, as if he were reaching for a weapon, and-Gilchrist fired his gun, police said. Rogers drove off but the car stopped on a grassy area in front of the restaurant. He had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene. Jail escapee captured in mobile home MERIDEN — A man who escaped from the Douglas County jaij was captured Saturday as he hid under a bed at a mobile home inMeriden, authorities said. Russell Baston, 27, escaped from the jail Jan. 21 after overpowering a corrections officer who was delivering medications to the jail inmates. He then broke through a perimeter door and escaped out a first-floor door. He was found at a friend's mobile home Saturday morning. Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said authorities found Baston through a combination of tip's from the public and investigative work. Baston did not resist arrest and was returned to the Douglas County jail. At the time of his escape, Baston was awaiting trial on charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated battery charges. From Staff and Wire Reports Suspect says he's been wrongly accused Federal agents claim suspect linked to recovered guns, pipe bombs, disguises By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man accused of participating in 18 Midwestern bank robberies says he hasn't held up any banks and claims federal agents shot him even though he never fired his weapon. Peter Langan, 37, was arrested last week in Columbus, Ohio, and charged with bank robberies in Omaha, Neb., and Milwaukee. When agents searched a Columbus house near where Langan was arrested, they found indications he had rented a storage locker in Shawnee, Kan., a Kansas City suburb. On Jan. 18, agents searched the locker and found pipe bombs, guns, ammunition, disguises and law enforcement hats and jackets. All the items were similar to those used in robberies the past two years, allegedly committed by a group dubbed the "Midwestern Bank Bandits." From the storage locker, agents learned that Langan rented a house in Pittsburg, Kan., from April 1994 until earlier this month, when he moved out. Langan declined Friday to discuss with The Kansas City Star where he lived. But, in a telephone interview from the Franklin County Jail in Columbus, Langan said he was "being victimized" because he dared to question the government. Langan, who is being held without bond, said he's a member of the "common law movement," which often is critical of the government, particularly the justice and tax systems. He said authorities hi Ohio had persecuted him ever since a misdemeanor weapons conviction. Though he did not want to discuss specifics of the allegations, he did not hesitate when asked if he robbed any banks. "No," Langan told the newspaper. He did not want to discuss why authorities charged him, asking instead: "Why did they kiU off the Indians? Why did they kill Samuel Weaver, a 14-year-old boy (in the Ruby Ridge incident)? Why did they kill all the children in Waco to save them? "These are questions that need to be answered," Langan said. "Maybe because I asked those questions is why (bank robbery charges were filed)." About the locker filled with weapons and explosive materials, Langan said, "There's a lot of lockers in a lot of places in Kansas City. I really can't comment on something like that. Eventually, the truth will come out." The FBI said Langan was arrested Jan. 18 after leaving a house in Columbus. When agents ordered Langan to surrender, he allegedly ducked into a van and began firing at agents and local police. "I never fired any shots," Langan said. He said in a court hearing this week that "the FBI admitted none of my weapons appeared to be fired." In Kansas City, FBI spokesman' Max Geiman could neither confirm nor deny Langan's claim. The FBI spokesman in Cincinnati, Ed Boldt, could not be reached for comment Friday night by The Star. Langan said he suffered a facial wound from shotgun wadding, a grazing bullet wound in the head and several grazing wounds in the back. "The majority of my wounds were in my back," Langan said. "That's kind of a funny thing for a guy that's supposedly resisting arrest. "You can't kill people before you convict them of anything. I almost died out there. I've got a long haul before I ever get tttem off my back, if ever. I just want some justice." Wtwn you neod to know. - Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) Flyin' debris i^^MMiilh^il^ylS^KSfl A '; wW^^Mi^mtiw* &&idMt^<^m*mM@m KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Salina Fire Department Lt. Vlrg Augustine uses a high-pressure hose Saturday to knock out Ice, snow, mud and salt from the channels housing railroad tracks at Crawford and Fourth Street. Salt used to melt snow from city streets had lodged in the grooves, causing railroad crossing warning lights and gates to short out and activate without the presence of a train. SALINA THEATER New sound system to enhance productions Ticket sales are brisk for upcoming production of 'Pirates of Penzance' By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal Now hear this: Veteran theatergoers attending the Salina Community Theatre's production of "Pirates of Penzance" no longer need to covet seats close to the stage. A new sound system is expected to project actors' voices equally to every seat in the house. "The biggest thing they might notice is a consistent sound level throughout the entire auditorium," said artistic director Timothy Jebsen. "No matter where they sit, they will be able to hear the same." The theater had no sound system before. For special productions, the theater rented equipment. This is an integrated system of floor and overhead microphones as well as lavaliere mikes worn by the actors. In addition, there will be special headphones, similar to those in airplanes, for use by the hearing impaired. T SCHOOL RULES Ticket Info •DATES —Feb. 1-4; Feb. 611. •COST —$10.50 for adults; $5.25 for students. • AVAILABILITY — 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9:30 a.m. to noon, *'• • Saturday at Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron. "They will be available to the public at no charge," Jebsen said. "When they reserve a ticket, they should let us know if they need a listening device." Ticket sales are brisk. The theater is taking orders from season ticket holders and some performances already are sold out. "When the box office opens to the public Monday, a lot of the remaining tickets will go," Jebsen said. "I'm telling people if they want to get a ticket, get it early in the week." "Pirates" is a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta that features a 35-member cast and a 20-piece orchestra. Handbook leads to hairy controversy at Holcomb High school principal admits rules may need clarification By The Associated Press GARDEN CITY — There's no purple hair allowed in the pep band at Holcomb High School games, and not on the playing field or court, either. At least that's according to the new handbook on such things for the 1995-96 school year. Still, Principal Dean Katt admits there is some confusion. Hair color, Katt said, is "kind of a gray area." The hair rule applies only to extracurricular activities, not to those associated with classes taken for credit. Coaches and sponsors attempted to make the rules uniform throughout the school, Katt said. Therefore, if something about their appearance — bizarre hair or tattoos — draws attention to them and away from the team, it's taboo. In a letter to the Garden City Telegram, Vicki Barb said her son, Austen Lund, a freshman, was notified he would not be allowed to participate in the jazz band. And Barb says Austen's hair is maroon, not purple. Not so, the principal said. The hair rule does not apply to music concerts and contests. "They are part of school classes," he said. "I think there's some confusion about it," he acknowledged. Katt said he feels some explanations — and perhaps some clarifications in the handbook — are in order. The jazz band becomes the pep band at basketball games. In that context, it is under the handbook rules for athletic events, not for a class, Katt said. It is considered a part of the athletic program. Hence, Austen, a guitarist, and another freshman, Brian Anderson, who plays bass, are not eligible to play music at basketball games. Brian's hair is blond around the sides and bluish-gray on top. V THE JOURNALIST Essentials in place for another Super Bore GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal Big afternoon! Super Bowl XXX! Football! Cowboys! Steelers! Cheerleaders! I have in hand my list of Super Bowl essentials and I have checked it twice. Comfy chair. Check. TV remote. Check. Bags of low-fat snacks. Check. Chilled brew. Check. Carton of Vi- varin, movie rental card, candlelight dinner reservations for two. Check, check, check. Play ball. I'm ready. I should explain that, by "ready," I mean I'm prepared for 15, maybe 30 minutes of adrenaline-pumping sports action. Super Bowls traditionally don't last much longer than this. Oh, the clock always runs for three-and-half hours or more, but almost every year the game is over by the end of the first half, sometimes before the close of the first quarter. In the last 29 years, Super Bowl champions beat their opponents by an average of more than two touchdowns. The closest game was the New York Giants' 20-19 win over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXV. The most lopsided was the 55-10 San Francisco-Denver game in Super Bowl XXIV. Out of all 29 Super Bowl games, only six were decided by less than seven points. The lessons of history aside, I'm always prepared for a long, close contest. I have the proper seating. It reclines, it's soft and there is a padded place for my elevated feet. Food is appetizing, accessible and abundant. The remote control is within reach, so if the game goes long, I can flip between CNN and the Weather Channel to make sure no man-made or natural disasters threaten to pre-empt the closing minutes of the broadcast as . occurred on Nov. 17,1968, when the NBC movie "Heidi" cut into the last minute of the regular-season Oakland Raiders-New York Jets game in which the Raiders, down 32 to 29, scored two touchdowns in the final 42 seconds to win 43-32. Sadly, this year's Super Bowl will be no such nail-biter. Dallas is favored by two touchdowns. (However, this was before syndicated sports columnist John Lindsay explained in convincing detail why Pittsburgh was going to win. This is the same John Lindsay who explained in convincing detail why Florida was going to husk Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl, which means the Steelers will lose by at least 27 touchdowns.) Any game this exciting will require medicinal stimulation for anyone intent on watching from first play to last. Over-the-counter products work best for me. Others may require a chemical with higher octane. The pills are necessary as much to keep one's attention on the game as to have the stamina to explain to one's spouse why this is the most important event throughout the known universe. Sometimes the Super Bowl is so excruciatingly mind-softening that viewers are warned to avert their gaze or risk having their brain cells transported, Star Trek-style, out of their skulls and into the air, where they will eventually settle into the carpet and gum up the vacuum. Before this happens, find your spouse and activate those dinner reservations. After a nice meal, drive to the video store, where there are many therapeutic films produced specifically for Super Bowl fans who want an immediate end to their football dependence. I recommend "Heidi." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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