The Salina Journal -^^ffi^^ LOCAL/KANSAS Tuesday, May 16,1995 A3 BRIEFLY Volunteers needed for horse riding program Volunteers are sought and a training session has been set for the Post Rock Therapeutic Riding Center, a horse program for children with disabilities. The training session will be at 6 p.m. today at St. Francis Academy, 5097 W. Cloud. For information, call 827-8202. Convenience stores replace storage tanks The Green Lantern convenience store at Iron and Ohio is expected to be open again today for gasoline sales. The store was replacing underground fuel storage tanks with larger tanks, a store official said. Two Kwik Shop convenience stores also are receiving new tanks. Work has been completed at the store at 1600 S. Ninth and will be finished soon at the store at 2629 Market Place. Kwik Shop area supervisor Doug Larson said the company is replacing its tanks to comply with federal environmental regulations. Those regulations require underground tanks to be replaced or upgraded by 1998 to protect against fuel spills or leaks. Salinan sentenced to prison for battery A Salina man was sentenced Monday to 10 months in prison for reckless aggravated battery after pushing a woman down a flight of basement stairs at her home. The sentence for Harry Jean Fuller, 34, was ordered to be served consecutive to a sentence of nine months he received in a prior drug case. Fuller also has sentences pending for felony child support and misdemeanor driving under the influence. He was convicted by a jury in February of reckless aggravated battery for the fall suffered by a woman he was living with at 413 Russell. The victim, Becky Crosier, was treated at St. John's Regional Health Center for a broken nose, cuts and bruises on her back. Crosier testified at the trial that the incident happened Oct. 22, 1994, when Fuller became angry after they had returned from a nightclub. Fuller claimed Crosier fell down after she had been drinking. Man dies in collision with freight train WELLINGTON — A Bluff City man was killed when a freight train slammed into his car as he was trying to back off an unmarked crossing about eight miles west of here, authorities said. Darreld W. Pudge, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which happened at 4:05 p.m. Sunday, said Kansas Highway Patrol dispatcher John Touhey. Witnesses told authorities that Pudge started to cross the track, about 30 miles south of Wichita, when he saw the train and tried to back up. But the freight train, which was traveling about 60 miles an hour, slammed into the front half of Pudge's car, throwing him from it, Touhey said. Cash Lotto jackpot claimed by farmer TOPEKA — John C. Nelson, a 64-year-old farm laborer from Johnson, Monday claimed the $338,307 Cash Lotto jackpot of the Kansas Lottery from Saturday's drawing. Officials said Nelson cashed his ticket at the Lottery's Great Bend regional office. Nelson, who works at a ranch east of Johnson, bought his winning Quick Pick ticket at a Ulysses convenience store. He will receive a check for $224,636 after state and federal taxes are paid. He said he plans to pay bills and buy his wife, Shirley, some new clothes. Teen-agers killed in traffic accident WICHITA — Two 16-year-old girls died in a traffic accident near Wichita on their way to Rose Hill High School Monday. A Sedgwick County Sheriff's spokesman identified the victims as Rebecca L. Thurman and Trishya A. Reed, both of rural Derby. Investigators said Thurman was driving a compact car that crossed the center line and was struck by a pickup truck. • From Staff and Wire Reports TOMORROW'S Journal 825-eooo Taxpayers picked up tab for Thailand trips Ex-president ofPittsburg State rang up travel costs By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Kansas taxpayers and Pittsburg State University students have financed at least $25,300 in travel, consulting and express mail expenses for the International University in Thailand since July. Payment vouchers filed with the state Division of Accounts and Reports and records in the Pittsburg State president's office show that former PSU President Donald Wilson made four trips to Thailand totaling $18,433 in airfare and expenses. The trips were made in July, September and November 1994 and February 1995. On three of his requests to the Kansas Board of Regents for approval of out-of- state travel, Wilson said he would be working on plans for the International University. John Patterson, vice president for business and fiscal affairs at Pittsburg State University, said Monday that the fourth trip in November was to recruit international students to Pittsburg State and to work on the International University. In an interview Friday, Wilson said he could not remember why he had traveled to Thailand in November or what the packages sent to the Southeast Asian country contained. However, Monday he acknowledged that he spent state money to work on the International University and pointed out that the regents approved the travel expenditures. Expenses included limousines, dinner for board members of the International University Foundation, hotels and meals. Stephen Jordan, regents' executive director, said all state money should have been spent for the benefit of Pittsburg State University and that he wasn't aware that state money was being used for Wilson's involvement with the International University. However, the signatures of approval of Jordan and the chairman of the board of regents were on three of the requests for out- of-state travel to Thailand. The requests specify that money from the state general fund will be used to finance the requests. Jordan said he did not know how his signature got onto the form. "I'll have to take a look into those issues," he said. He said the regents leave it up to the internal accounting system to monitor the university's spending. Wilson said the expenditures benefited Pittsburg State because the university's mission was to increase the number of international students and the school's quality. He also added that the regents signed an agreement several years ago between Kansas and the International University. Payment vouchers also show that several packages were shipped from Wilson's office to Thailand at state expense and that Wilson paid Wylie Freeman, a consultant from Toronto, Canada, $6,879. Money from the general fee fund, which contains student tuition fees, financed $2,319 of the consultant's fees. School play day RIGHT: Claudia Soto gets a faceful of water while trying to catch a saturated foam ball Monday afternoon at Lowell Elementary School play day. The box ball game was the hands-down messiest event of the day. BELOW: Danielle White is easily dragged away from a target cone as her team fails to hold its own in a game of tug of war. Photos by KELLY PRESNELL / Salina Journal Drunken driver faces up to 33 years in prison Man pleads guilty after deaths in crash By DAVID CLOUSTON Th» Salina Journal For the deaths of three people in a car-truck crash on Interstate 135 near Salina, Vincent Lorado Brown could receive up to 33 years in prison. Brown, the drunken driver who caused the Dec. 11 crash, pleaded guilty Monday in Saline County District Court to three counts of involuntary manslaughter. Killed in the crash were Weltha Langerman, 88, Lindsborg; her daughter, Diana Oborg, 61, Norman, Okla.; and a family friend, Howard J. Holdsclaw III, 37, Oklahoma City. They were returning to Lindsborg when their car was struck nearly head-on by a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Brown about 10 miles south of Salina on 1-135. Investigators found a case of beer near Brown's vehicle and open beer cans inside the vehicle. At the time of the crash he was on probation in Sedgwick County for earlier cases involving DUI and cocaine possession. Brown, dressed in orange jail coveralls, stood with his attorney and answered quietly Monday as District Judge Dan Boyer asked him if he understood the rights he was giving up by submitting his guilty plea. Family members of the crash victims sat in the spectators' gallery. Afterward they met with Assistant County Attorney Bruce Moore and Mary Ann Khoury, Wichita, executive director of the DUI Victims Center of Kansas. Just four months before the crash, Brown had attended a court-ordered DUI victims panel sponsored through the victims center. Attendance at the panel discussion is a standard part of probation in Sedgwick County. It exposes violators to the harm caused by driving under the influence. Moore said that because Brown has two prior DUI convictions, he faces a maximum of 11 years in prison for each of the three counts, or a total of 33 years if the sentences are ordered to run consecutively. The minimum he could receive, if the sentences are ordered to be served at the same time, is 9 l /2 years, Moore said. Authorities are investigating whether Brown had yet another DUI conviction. If so, that could add eight to 20 months to his sentence. Both the defense and prosecution have filed motions for Boyer to depart from sentencing guidelines in Brown's case. They are expected to present testimony of aggravating and mitigating factors for the judge to consider at sentencing, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. July 21. City OKs contract for improvements at landfill Call after 7:30 p.m. Construction to be financed with $2.5 million in bonds By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal A contract totaling almost $2 million to improve the city landfill was approved Monday by the Salina City Commission. The city is building a new pit and will close the existing landfill site. During the next 60 years, new pits will surround the existing site. Three bids were received. The commission awarded the contract to Smoky Hill Inc., which had the low bid of $1,817,100. Money to construct the new pit, or "cell," will come from landfill fees. The commission also approved a resolution providing for the issuance of about $2.5 million in general obligation bonds to finance the construction. The $2.5 million dollar amount is the maximum allowed for the contract award, interest on temporary notes and engineering services. Other business Also Monday, the commission: • Approved next year's budget for the Business Improvement District. It totals $137,730, or $5,230 more than the district is expected to collect in revenue from property owners. • Approved paving Hageman Avenue from Sun to Star streets on Ken Nordboe's mobile home park. The contract amount, $38,827, is part of the budget for the Magnolia Avenue interchange on Interstate 135. • Approved the final plat of a 2.56-acre tract that will allow for the construction of seven single- family homes. The Salina Housing Authority filed the application. • Approved dividing $18,859 among three organizations. Emergency Aid/Food Bank received $8,588, the Salvation Army received $8,587 and Ashby House got $1,200. Another round of free dumping OKd By DAN ENGLAND Th* Salina Journal The city of Salina plans to have another free landfill day Sunday. It is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the city landfill, Route 3, Burma Road, regardless of weather conditions. The Salina City Commission Monday approved the second free day. Anyone from Saline County or counties that have contracted to use the Salina Landfill can bring residential trash at no charge. Those counties are Cloud, Ellsworth, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic and Lincoln. City officials request that dumping be limited to residential waste. No more than two appliances or four car tires will be allowed. There is no other limit on the amount of trash that can be dumped. The landfill regularly charges $16 a ton — $18 a ton for trash from outside Saline County — with a minimum of $7 a load. The city had a free landfill day two weeks ago, but some confusion about weather conditions may have affected the turnout. There were more than 400 people who attended the free day, dumping 190 tons of trash, but that number was low compared to previous free days. City Manager Dennis Kissinger said the cost to the city for a free landfill day was $10,000.
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