The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 27, 1996 · Page 1
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SI waiting George Brett and other investors still want Royals / C1 SPORTS Center stage Kansan ropes the spotlight with 'Cowgirls'/D1 ENCORE! : American jobs lure illegals across the border / A10 I! Notoriety comes to giant pumpkin growers / A6 INSIDE i:58 Lew: 40 A 50 percent chance for rain, otherwise partly cloudy today /B3 WEATHER Classified / C6 Comics/B4 _ Deaths/A9 Encore! / D1 Great Plains / B2 Money / A4 Sports/ C1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX Salina Journal FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T CRIME T RUSSIA Klaas' killer to die But Davis doesn't leave with grace — he accuses father of molesting girl By The Associated Press '•• SAN JOSE, Calif. — The killer of Polly Klaas enraged her family even as he was'being condemned to death Thursday with a wild claim that the 12-year-old girl told him before he killed her that she had been molested by her father. Marc Klaas cried "Burn in hell, Davis!" and lunged at his daughter's killer as he was hustled out of the courtroom. Polly's grandmoth- T BANK ROBBERY No ID yet on bank robber Officials search jail mug shots and investigate a flood of tips but say they still have nothing er wailed aloud and wept, leaning against her husband in shock. Richard Allen Davis was sent to California's death row at San Quentin Prison for killing Polly after kidnapping her from a slumber party in the bedroom of her Petaluma home Oct. 1, 1993. A nationwide search for Polly ended when Davis led police to her body in December. Moments before his formal sentencing, the 42-year-old career criminal criticized his investigators and lawyers in a rambling speech. The Klaas family listened with rapt attention from the front row, smiling incredulously at some of his complaints. Then, Davis started talking about the one charge he had always steadfastly denied — that he had tried to sexually molest Polly. "The main reason I know I did not attempt any lewd act that night," Davis said, "was because of a statement the young girl made to me while walking up the embankment: 'Just don't do me like my dad.' " Spectators gasped and a long- drawn out moan of "Ohhhh!" echoed in the courtroom as Klaas shouted, jumped toward his daughter's killer and had to be escorted outside. Russia is on verge of crisis, Lebed warns Security chief: Russia covered with terrible The Associated Press wn ,, nr Jc and lllrpr«? Murderer Richard Allen Davis WOUnOS ana Ulcers listens during his sentencing in B CHRYSTIA FREELAND San Jose, Calif., on Thursday. Tlw Financial Times By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal A search of jail mug shots and a flood of tips from the public failed to result in the identification of a suspect in the Wednesday morning robbery of Bennington State Bank, 200 S. Ninth, police said Thursday. "We're following up tips, but we have nothing to tell us who he is," said Glen Kochanowski, assistant Salina police chief. Officers have a surveillance video image of the robber — compliments of the bank security camera — and Kochanowski said officers were comparing the image to SUSPECT photos of people who have been convicted of . crimes in Saline County. But the image taken during the 10:33 a.m. heist isn't of good quality, Kochanowski said. The surveillance camera caught about three- quarters of the robber's face and the image is grainy — unlike an image captured in December ;1995 of a man who robbed First Bank Kansas, 'l333 W. Crawford. That robbery is also unsolved. Bill Quinley, a letter carrier for the Salina Post Office, was delivering mail near Walnut and Eleventh streets when the sounds of screaming sirens caught his attention. Quinley looked up and saw a rust-colored Chevette steaming down Walnut Street. Police believe the suspect drove a Chevette from the scene. "He must have been going 40 or 45 miles per hour, and was accelerating at that," Quinley said. "He was trying to move out. I've seen people speed before, but this guy flew right past me. I'm pretty sure it was the person getting away." Quinley saw one person in the car and no weapons, but he didn't get a good look at the person. "I didn't think anything of it until police were swarming the place," he said. The December robbery netted $3,000. The suspect was a stocky black man in his early to middle 20s with a dark, ruddy complexion. The image of that robber, which was clear and sharp, was distributed statewide but has not resulted in an arrest. See ROBBERY, Page A9 o' balloons DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Waiting for a ride home, 7-year-old Brandon Thompson keeps his bouquet of balloons protected from possible after-school showers Thursday outside Oakdale School in Salina. Brandon's mother, Cathy Thompson, sent the balloons to cheer him up. MOSCOW — Russian security chief Alexander Lebed deployed the thundering rhetoric of the campaign trail to warn Thursday that inadequate government spending had brought the country to the brink of a military revolt and a social and ecological catastrophe. The former general's carefully stage-managed effort to portray himself as champion of YELTSIN Russia's unpaid workers and soldiers and protector of its environment was the latest move in the struggle for political prominence unleashed by President Boris Yeltsin's heart ailment, "I am trying to prevent the country from slipping into the abyss, and I will keep on trying, and I think I will succeed," Lebed told a packed press conference called to mark his 100th day as a member of the Yeltsin administration — a milestone noted with extensive interviews in many Russian newspapers. Comparing Russia to "a body T WASHINGTON The Associated Press Russian National Security Chief Alexander Lebed said Thursday that Russia is on the verge of crisis because of Boris Yeltsin's health. covered with terrible wounds and ulcers and plagued with still concealed diseases," Lebed said he was setting his sights beyond Chechnya, where he negotiated a fragile ceasefire and troop withdrawal last month. Now, he said he would seek to turn the government's attention to an eclectic set of problems, including the financial travails of the army, environmental hazards associated with military and civilian nuclear reactors and the dangerous shortage of food and fuel in the Arctic regions. Senate upholds abortion veto By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate upheld President Clinton's veto of legislation that for the first time in two decades would have made a form of abortion illegal. But supporters of the ban on partial-birth abortions vowed Thursday to keep the issue alive during the election campaign. The Senate voted 57-41 to override the president's veto of the bill banning the late-term abortion procedure, falling nine votes short of the two-thirds majority needed. The procedure, medically known as intact dilation and evacuation, involves the partial delivery of the fetus through the birth canal before the doctor kills it by sucking out the brains. "The most anti-choice Congress in history tried to hand a pro- choice president an embarrassing defeat less than six weeks before election day. Their campaign failed," said Kate Michelman of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. But abortion opponents said they had struck a political nerve that would continue to be felt. "This will immediately become one of the most powerful issues of the fall election," said Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss. The narrow defeat "underscores the importance of turning out in large numbers in November," said Ralph Reed of the Christian Coalition. "It will give huge momentum to pro-family forces in the half- dozen Senate races that will determine who controls the Senate." Clinton vetoed the ban in April on the grounds that, while it allowed for exceptions when the mother's life was at risk, it contained no exception to protect the mother's health. T EDUCATION Boy tapes 'mean' teacher; Mom wants her out The Associated Press Delynn Carrier sits In her Sapulpa, Okla., home Thursday with the recorder her son used to record his teacher's comments. By The Associated Press SAPULPA, Okla. — When 7-year-old Drew Carrier told his mother his teacher was mean, she wasn't sure whether to believe him until the second-grader hid his toy tape player in his backpack and recorded a lesson. "I can't wait till next year when some of you get to third grade. I can't wait," the teacher can be heard telling the class loudly. "I'm going to be checking on your grades ... about half of you will be making F's." The teacher also scolds one pupil on the 90-minute tape for bothering a classmate, saying, "That's probably why you can't read very well." The day after the lesson, Delynn Carrier moved her son to another classroom. And she and another mother want the teacher at Liberty Elementary School fired. "I wish I had every day he went to school on tape," Carrier said Thursday. "She's lowering their self-esteem. She's shredding them apart." Drew's teacher, Joan Mullins, told the Daily Oklahoman she had no comment. Charles Dodson, school superintendent in the city of 18,000 near Tulsa, said that he had listened to the Sept. 17 recording and that the district had conducted an investigation. "We will take appropriate action," he said. He would not elaborate or comment directly on the teacher's remarks, citing confidentiality laws. Del Patterson, president of the Sapulpa teachers union, said Mullins has "a record of accolades" in her 14 years with the district. "My thinking is, anytime you use surreptitious behavior to gain information, that is some kind of entrapment," he said. Drew began complaining about Mullins soon after school began in August and even called home a couple of times to say he was sick. His mother couldn't understand it; she said her son was a good student who loved school last year. "I thought it was a personality problem. I thought she was just different and would be good for him to learn how to deal with it," Carrier said. She even went to class one day and thought the teacher was sarcastic, but nothing more. When Drew persisted, she told him, "Tape her." So Drew toted his red and white Fisher-Price tape recorder to school. That afternoon, he hit the blue "record" button. During the math lesson, the teacher attempts twice to shush chatter. Then she appears to yell. "I could just sit down at my desk and just let you do this yourself. And there would be about eight of you out there at my desk going, 'I don't know how to do this,' " she said. "You'd miss every one of them because you can't read, much less figure out what to do with numbers once you did read them." At other times during the tape, the teacher sounds encouraging, gently saying, "Right, right" as the children respond with the correct answers. When she heard the tape, parent Angle Sutton said she didn't know her daughter had been lectured about not reading well and removed her from the class. "It made me feel bad," Sutton said. "One day I asked her to go get a book and she said, 'Why should I have to read? My teacher already told me I can't read' "

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