The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 26, 1996 · Page 1
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Murder trial 4 years after Randall Sheridan murder, first trial begins / B1 GREAT PLAINS "' '<.. 1871-1996 >i^ 1 * New records Sacred Heart's Mike Losik, Ryan Ash lead passing game / D1 SPORTS ! New device lets some quadriplegics use their hands / A6 : Two million kids take the wonder drug, some by mistake / C1 INSIDE High: 59 Low: 45 A 30 percent chance for rain today and cloudy with north winds /B3 WEATHER Salina Journal Classified / C5 Comics / B4 Deaths / A5 Great Plains /B1 Health / C1 Money / D4 Sports /D1 _ Viewpoints / B2 INDBX; THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T HISTORY FOR SALE Cozy Inn for sale; lover of tradition sought Journal file photo Kathryn Pickering stands in front of her Cozy Inn hamburger restaurant last February. 6-stool restaurant offered for $325,000, but Salina tradition could sell for less By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal The Cozy Inn is for sale. The tiny, six-stool restaurant at 108 N. Seventh grills onion-laden burgers considered a Salina tradition. But Cozy owner Kathryn Pickering died in May, leaving the Cozy, her home and most of her belongings in a trust. Now that property is being sold. Longtime Cozy fans like Sally White of Bellevue, Neb., a former Salinan, hope that doesn't mean the Cozy will change. "I hope whoever does buy it will continue to operate it in the same vein that it has been," White said. "It's been successful for 74 years. It does not need a lot of changes." The Cozy is a regular stop for White in Salina. She usually leaves for home with a box of 100 frozen "Cozies." "If you can't have the real thing, then heated in the microwave is the next best thing," she said. Cozies have been shipped all over the world, and former Salinans usually make a stop for some when they visit. The restaurant goes through about 20,000 pounds of beef a year. Clarence "Clancy" King Jr., a Salina lawyer and trustee for Kathryn Pickering's trust, said he is taking bids on the restaurant. He has been overseeing the operation of the Cozy since Pickering's death. "We will set a deadline probably in mid-October," King said. "We will take the bids we have at that time and evaluate the bids to see if they are close to what we feel the value of the Cozy is." The Cozy has been appraised at $300,000 and a sale price was set at $325,000, King said. But bids under the sale price will be considered if the sale price is not met. "We hope it will go to a local resident who will want to keep it as it was," King said. "That is what Kathryn wanted." Kathryn Pickering became owner of the Cozy in 1930 when she married Bob Kinkel. Kinkel bought the restaurant in 1922, shortly after it opened. They owned and operated the business together until he died in 1960. She continued to oversee the business, doing all the hiring and firing until her death, said White, whose parents were close friends with the Kinkels. In 1966, Kathryn married Richard Pickering, and he managed the restaurant for her for many years. He died in 1995. Kathryn Pickering was inducted into the Kansas Restaurant Association's Hall of Fame in 1989. The beneficiaries of Kathryn Pickering's trust are St. John's Military School, Kansas Wesleyan University and the former St. John's Hospital, now part of Salina Regional Health Center. Kathryn Pickering didn't have many relatives, and the relatives of her second husband aren't included in the trust or involved in the property. Money earned by the trust will be used for scholarships and nursing programs, said King, who meets with representatives of the institutions listed in the trust. See COZY, Page A5 T BANK ROBBERY Photos by TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Deputy Jeff Parker and police dog Groll search in a neighborhood near the Bennlngton State Bank, 200 S. Ninth, after a bank teller was robbed Wednesday morning by a lone, armed man who escaped with an unknown amount of money. Bank robbed near downtown White man with rifle fled with money; no one has been caught By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal A man armed with a high-powered rifle dashed into the Bennington State Bank at Ninth and Walnut downtown shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, demanded money from a teller and rushed out of the bank's west door with an undetermined amount of cash. He hadn't been A robber struck at Bennington State Bank's downtown facility. ROBBER caught by late Wednesday night. The robbery, captured on security cameras, lasted about a minute, according to Assistant Police Chief Glen Kochanowski. The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s with a moustache, between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet tall, wearing a green T-shirt with holes, a blue ball cap and sunglasses. The getaway car is believed to be a rust-colored, burgundy or maroon 1980 to 1985 Chevette. A postal worker walking a route in the vicinity reported a car of that description traveling west at high speed on Walnut Street. "Our assumption is (the) car was parked someplace west of the bank," Kochanowski said. Initially authorities were searching for a red truck, but it was driven by a bank customer who had left the bank at about the same time as the robbery. Besides the police, the Saline County Sheriff's Office, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating. Persons with information may contact authorities at 913-8267210, or they can call Crimestop- pers, a nonprofit organization that pays rewards to people who help solve crimes, at 825-TIPS (8477). Callers are not required to give their names and could be eligible for rewards of up to $1,000. Salina's last bank robbery, of First Bank Kansas branch at 1333 W. Crawford, was in December 1995. The suspect in that case, a stocky black man with a dark, ruddy complexion in his early to middle 20s, robbed a teller of $3,000. He was not captured. T WEATHER Snow may make early visit to state Autumn might be just beginning, but NW Kansas may see snow By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal The leaves are still green, and the pumpkins have just begun to turn orange, but fall is on its way. In fact, winter may not be too far behind. Residents of Goodland and the northwest corner of Kansas may face light snow or rain that turns into snow tonight, said Paul Kirkwood, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita. No accumulation is expected. "It's mostly going to be in northwest Nebraska or eastern Colorado," Kirkwood said of the snow. "But you might find some in Kansas." Even without snow, residents of north-central and western Kansas can expect cooler temperatures the rest of the week. Lows in the 40s and highs in the 50s, with rain likely, will continue until Satur- V GULF WAR day. The northwest corner of Goodland can expect lows in the 30s and highs in the 40s. This weekend for north-central and western Kansas should bring temperatures in the 50s and 60s with virtually no rain, Kirkwood said. "The Salina area and Goodland will be dry," he said, "but cities in eastern Kansas can expect some rain." Goodland is used to several inches of snow a year. But in September? "I would say it's a little unusual," said Mark Buller, senior forecaster for the National Weather Service in Goodland. "Even for here. I would expect it more in October." But summer apparently isn't ready to leave just yet. Western Kansas was under a tornado watch for a few hours Wednesday night and heavy thunderstorms have beaten areas across Kansas in the past few days. "That isn't highly unlikely for this time of year," Buller said. "It's not uncommon to have thunderstorms in the east where it's warmer and a blizzard going on in the other end of Kansas." Pentagon blasted in nerve-gas exposure By JIM ABRAMS The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A senior senator demanded a top-level shakeup in the Pentagon Wednesday following new revelations that U.S. forces were exposed to nerve gas explosives in the Persian Gulf War. "It's time to face the music," said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D- W.Va., the ranking Democrat in the Veterans' Affairs Committee. "I have decided to call upon the president to bring new health leadership to the Department of Defense." At the same time Wednesday, Deputy Secretary of Defense John White wrote Senate Armed Services Chairman Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., to promise broadened efforts to study possible low-level exposure to toxic chemicals. He said $5 million would be spent. Rockefeller joined other senators in pressing CIA, Pentagon and VA officials for explanations concerning the recent Pentagon announcement that U.S. forces may have been exposed to chemical weapons when they blew up an Iraqi weapons complex in March 1991 shortly after the war ended. Questions at the joint hearing Wednesday before the Veterans' Affairs and Senate Intelligence Committees focused on why the Pentagon waited until this June to make the announcement despite knowing as early as 1991 that there were chemical agent rockets at the Khamisiyah weapons complex. Dr. Stephen Joseph, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs, said that while intelligence offices knew of the chemical weapons at Khamisiyah in 1991, the medical significance did not become apparent until recently. Harvest moon eclipsed tonight By The Associated Press MIAMI — Sky watchers throughout North America will get a triple treat tonight: a total eclipse of a harvest moon with a bright Saturn in tow. Most of North America won't see another total eclipse of the moon until the year 2000, and astronomers say these kinds of very public displays help reconnect a generation of children who have "lost contact with the sky." "With the amount of electric lighting we're using, we're washing out the sky," said Bob Stencil, head of the physics department at the University of Denver. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth moves between the sun and the full moon, casting its shadow across the moon. Even when the moon is completely in the Earth's shadow, it doesn't get entirely dark; it is often a faint reddish, illuminated by sunlight filtering around the Earth's edge. This time, Earth's curved shadow will fall across the moon starting at 8:12 p.m. Central time, with the darkest part of the eclipse coming at 9:54 p.m. The harvest moon, which is the full moon closest to the first day of autumn, can seem brighter in crisp, dry weather. Autumn lineup Mark Rathbun has his jack-o'- lanterns In a row as he gets his home at 2325 Aurora into the proper Halloween mood Tuesday. KELLY PRESNELL The Salina Journal

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