The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 10, 1997 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 13

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, October 10, 1997
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- FRIDAY dt&igft 10, 1997 SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B V HEALTH Salina doctor pioneers prostate treatment Romeiser uses microwave heat to reduce enlarged prostate By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal A Salina doctor was a state pioneer Thursday when he used microwave heat to reduce an enlarged prostate. Salina urologist Rex Romeiser said the Trans-Urethral Microwave Thermotherapy is a good middle option between medication and traditional surgery for patients with non- cancerous enlargement of the prostate. Such patients typically suffer from frequent urination, hesitancy or a difficult start to urination and wakening in the night to urinate. With the new procedure, a device called a Prostatron uses microwaves to create heat, which kills excessive prostate cells. Water, circulated through a catheter, cools the urethra and keeps the patient comfortable, he said. The procedure takes about an hour. Patients typically leave the hospital about two hours later. Romeiser said patients typically find that urination is worsened immediately after the procedure but there is steady improvement over the next three months. Traditional surgery requires the use of a general anesthesia, he said, whereas the new procedure requires only a local anesthetic. Also, the microwave treatment causes less risk of bleeding, scar tissue, incontinence and impotency. "I decided for lifestyle reasons that I wanted to have this procedure." Bill Schuster patient from Great Bend Compared with the moderately expensive medication treatment, which usually must be continued throughout the patient's life, the microwave treatment is a one-tune procedure, he said. Bill Schuster, one of two patients to have the procedure done Thursday, said he opted for the microwave treatment because he has taken medication since 1991 without significant improvement. Schuster, 68, Great Bend, said frequent urination was a problem and three different medications were not helpful. "It didn't seem to be helping, and I decided for lifestyle reasons that I wanted to have this procedure," he said. In Salina, three urologists, including doctors Randy Hassler and William Mauch, will offer the procedure, using a mobile lab that will be at the Salina Regional Health Center's Penn Campus once every two weeks. BRIEFLY Murder trial postponed so teen can be tested BELOIT — A trial for a teenager accused of a May murder near Cawker City will be postponed to January or February to allow additional time for the defendant's mental state to be evaluated. Michael D. Jorrick, 17, Glen Elder, is accused of shooting to death Michael W. Keezer, 19, Downs. Keezer's body was found at 6:30 a.m. May 4 in his pickup truck about a mile west of Cawker City. Jorrick turned himself in to authorities after the crime. At a hearing last week, District Judge Thomas Tuggle agreed to delay the trial, which had been scheduled for Oct. 27, if the defense proceeded with a mental evaluation for Jorrick. Tuggle said he would set the trial to begin either Jan. 15 or Feb. 12. Jury selection is expected to take two days, and the trial is expected to last a week. Tuggle also denied a motion by Jorrick's attorney, Jim Sweet, Salina, to suppress a statement about the crime Jorrick gave to a Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent. Tuggle took under advisement a motion filed by the defense for a change of venue that would move the trial from Beloit. Residents can drop off yard waste at city site Residents are welcome to bring all residential yard waste, brush, large limbs, leaves, grass and garden waste from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to a drop-off site located at the south end of the East Crawford Recreation Area on Markley Road. The city of Salina is sponsoring the free yard waste day in hopes of diverting waste that can be composted from the Salina Landfill. Free wood chips and compost will be available to residents for home use. For information, call Bob Ash or Steve Blue at 826-7275. Police want to talk to 2 men about killings WICHITA — Police want to question two men in the fatal shootings outside a Wichita Elks lodge, but they won't say if either man is a suspect in the shootings. Police are looking for Dennis McGaugh, 21, and Chester Jamieson, 23, both of Wichita. Lt. Terry Nelson said the men are believed to have information on the shooting that killed James Berry, 35, and his half-brother, Kevin Nelson, 24, both of Wichita. The two were shot Monday on a sidewalk outside the Elks Peerless Princess Lodge. No arrests had been made in the shooting. Nelson died at the scene; Berry died less than an hour later at a hospital. Truck snags lines, killing phone service KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police continued to search for the driver of a dump truck that snagged three overhead telephone cables, cutting service to thousands of Sprint Corp. customers. The accident Wednesday cut phone and Internet service to about 119,000 calls around the nation, said Darryll Fortune, manager of strategic communications at Sprint's Westwood, Kan., headquarters. It also blocked long-distance calls for the company's area customers and knocked out service for Sprint PCS wireless customers as far away as Miami. It also severed Southwestern Bell's directory assistance services in Kansas and western Missouri for up to 10 hours. Sprint officials were able to restore all services by 10 p.m. Wednesday. From Staff and Wire Reports Thrill derailment The Associated Press A employee with Kansas City Southern Railroad examines the damage after one of his company's freight trains collided Thursday with a Southeast Kansas Railroad train In Pittsburg. About 12 cars on the two trains derailed after the collision. No major Injuries were reported. T LEGISLATURE Legislator likes bill that deters intimidation Bill inspired by Graham County man who was sued to keep him quiet By CARL MANNING The Associated Press TOPEKA — Legislation to deter lawsuits filed to silence citizen complaints ought to move forward in the 1998 legislative session, the chairman of a joint study committee said Thursday. At issue is a bill pending from the 1997 session designed to protect citizens from lawsuits filed by entities wanting to silence them. "I think we will go ahead and kick out a bill to clean up" a bill already in the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sen. Tim Emert, who is chairman of the study committee and the judiciary panel. Emert, R-Independence, instructed the committee to come up with a version that included various proposed changes and notations about what supporters and opponents have to say. He said the study committee will consider the bill further at its November meeting. The bill is designed to reduce the intimidation factor created by what have become known as "strategic lawsuits against public participation," or SLAPP. The bill grants a degree of immunity to those who testify or write letters seeking redress of grievances, and the legislation establishes a process to get them quickly dismissed. The study committee listened to a telephone conference call involving Professor George Pring of the University of Denver School of Law, and David Waxse, president- elect of the Kansas Bar Association. The bar association supports the bill but made several suggestions for changes. Pring — an expert in this area of the law — said most of the proposed changes improved the bill. Most of discussion centered on fine-tuning the bill and specific points of law, including how easy should it be for a lawsuit to go forward in the court system. Under the bill, a person who is sued can say he is protected by the law. Those filing the lawsuit must show a "clear and convincing" burden of proof to overcome the protections of the bill. The bar as- "Tm entitled to address the council There are people in western Kansas who will never sign a petition again in their life." Kenneth Clark Graham County attorney sociation recommended a lower standard of proof. "We think it has to be balanced," Waxse said. The bill also would protect any comments from a SLAPP lawsuit. The bar association suggested limiting it to "good faith utterances." Pring said such limitation goes against a 1991 U.S. Supreme Court decision. "The most basic free speech is people being able to communicate with government," Pring said. Last year's bill was filed by Sen. Stan Clark, R-Oakley, in response to a $60 million lawsuit filed by Classic Communications against nine small communities in northwest Kansas and Kenneth Clark, a Graham County attorney who is not related to the senator. The lawsuit was brought because Classic Communications was denied cable television franchises in those towns. The company accused Kenneth Clark and the towns of engaging in a conspiracy to violate antitrust laws, claiming the defendants damaged its reputation. Thursday, Kenneth Clark sat silently throughout the committee hearing. But in a later interview, he agreed with Pring's warning that the bar association's changes might prolong lawsuits. "Hell, I'd be in court yet," Clark said, if the bar association had its way. "I live in Hill City. I'm entitled to address the council. There are people in western Kansas who will never sign a petition again in their life. They had the hell SLAPPed out of them." Harris News Service reporter Mike Shields contributed to this story. V HIGH SCHOOL Smith Center cheerleaders upset over suspension They say punishment unfair because football players who threw ice at them get to play By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal SMITH CENTER — When No. 1 state ranked Smith Center takes the football field tonight, two varsity cheerleaders won't be there. Exactly why they won't be there has caused a stir in this town of about 2,000. Smith Center principal Jim Kuhn and other school officials said they couldn't comment, but several cheerleaders on the squad and parents all gave the same account of an incident that occurred Monday at the school's junior-varsity game. During the first half of the game, seniors who play on Smith Center's football team were heckling the cheerleadering squad members by mooing, calling them cows and shouting catcalls. In the third quarter, some members of the football team threw cherry slush drinks at the cheerleaders, hitting some in the back of the head and spilling the drinks down their backs. Two cheerleaders, Kecia Nixon, a senior and co-captain, and Jennifer Latta, senior, left the track to inform administrators of the incident. Latta then went up into the stands and told their cheering sponsor, Terri McDonald, about it. They then went back arid finished cheering the game. Both Nixon and Latta said they weren't gone for more than a few minutes. Then the next day, Nixon and Latta were told they were suspended from cheering for the week for leaving the field. Several cheerleaders contacted for this story said they had never told about a policy that prohibits them from leaving the track. "We were always told that a girl could go to the bathroom or talk to her parents if they needed to," Latta said. "We could handle the names, but we just couldn't handle the ice being thrown at us." The cheerleaders also were informed that the football players were suspended from at- Smith Center SMITH Nothing to cheer about tending activities that week but would be allowed to play in tonight's game. Some of the parents are so upset that they will speak Monday before the Smith Center School Board. Several cheerleaders who have spoken to the players on the team said that one player admitted to throwing the slushes. "We just wanted to go find some help," Nixon said. "I guess that's what we're get- ting punished for." This isn't the first time the football players have insulted the cheerleaders, say squad members. But this was the first time anything had been thrown at them. "The cheerleaders at our school get no respect at all," said Ashley Step, a freshman who cheers on the squad. "The parents care about us, but the students don't." Sara Step, senior and co-captain on the squad and Ashley's sister, said the members of the football team had merely teased the squad before Monday. "They don't get that bad about it," Step said, "But I don't like stuff being thrown at us." The cheerleaders and parents said they don't want the boys to be suspended or kicked off the team. They just don't understand why the cheerleaders were suspended. "I guess the thing that's disturbing is we always tell our kids to not cause trouble and inform an administrator if there's trouble," said Cindy Nixon, Kecia's mom. "That's what they did, and they were suspended for it." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (78$) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT 8|

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