The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1995 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, May 18, 1995
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The Salina Journal LOCAL/KANSAS '«tf«iK^**Kim3!«m*«wn»rrrw^ Thursday, May 18,1995 A3 BRIEFLY Former Wings member gives guitar workshop Laurence Juber, a studio musician and a member of Paul McCartney's Wings, will conduct an acoustic guitar workshop at 7:30 p.m. today at S.M. Hanson Music, 335 S. Clark. Admission is $5. Reservations are recommended because seating is limited and can be made by calling 825-6273. KSU-Salina office adds summer hours The Office of College Advancement at Kansas State University- Salina has extended its hours, be- nning this week and continuing rough the summer. The hours will be Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a,m. to 5 p.m. |The office provides information al|out financial assistance, registration, enrollment and admission. sfae change is being made be- c4ise students work during the sujnmer and can't get into the office during normal operating hoSurs of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and be- cajuse many summer school cojurses are taught in the evening, college officials said. t Jones-Gillam picked to design 'spec' building Jones-Gillam Architects and Engineers, Salina, has been selected to negotiate with the Salina Ajrport Authority and the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce to dasign a speculative building for prospective industry. Last month, the Salina Airport Authority approved spending up to $7,500 for architectural and engineering services for the "spec" building design. The chamber's Salina Economic Development Corp. pledged another $7,500. The plan is to have a 50,000- square-foot building available "on paper" for industrial prospects interested in locating in Salina. The idea is to shorten the construction time by having many pre-construction details arranged. These would include utility connections, zoning, permits and firm construction costs. The project stemmed from a concern that the city had exhausted its supply of suitable existing industrial buildings. Having a design ready to go and other requirements met ahead of time could shave weeks, maybe months off the construction process. Scholarships offered for summer camp Partial scholarships will be provided for two children, ages 9 to 12, who want to attend a camp this summer for youths from families dealing with alcohol or drug-related problems. The five-day camps by Dream Inc. are at Cedar Bluff Reservoir near WaKeeney. At the camps, children participate in self-esteem building activities and spend a week with children from similar backgrounds. Those interested in applying for the scholarships should calls Glenda Kramer or Sheryl Butler at 1-800-420-9282 or (316) 792-5152. The scholarships were provided through donations from Saline County. Three named to hunger task force Three local and area people have been named to the Governor's Task Force on Childhood Hunger. Nada Schroeder, Salina; Pat . Jordan, Goodland; Pat Reiser, Colby; and Steve Miller, Hays, were named to the task force. The group was formed in response to a January study that found about 15 percent of Kansas children under the age of 12 were hungry or at risk of being hungry- The task force will be responsible for developing and implementing a plan to respond to changes in the delivery of federal welfare assistance. Members also identify ways to use resource? more effectively and identify those resources. Their recommendations are due in Gov. Bill Graves' office by Nov. 1. Graves appointed the task force members. First lady Linda Graves will be co-chairwoman of the task force. • From Staff Raports TOMORROW'S HEADLINES Journal 825-sooo Category 6006 Call after 7:30 p.m. Ex-city clerk charged with embezzlement As much as $200,000 missing from city funds By DAVID CLOUSTON Th» Salina Journal JEWELL — The former Jewell city clerk is in jail on charges of felony theft for allegedly embezzling as much as $200,000 from city accounts. Terry Freeman, 41, is accused of writing 89 illegal checks from Aug. 12,1992, through Feb. 3,1995, about the time she was fired by the Jewell City Council. She began working for the city in March 1991. The irregularities in the accounts were revealed to council members by her suc- cessor, said Darrell Miller, Jewell County attorney. Freeman was arrested May 9 and charged a day later. She remains in the Jewell County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing is set for May 31 before District Magistrate Judge Jack Bradrick. Miller said the arrest was carried out by Kansas Bureau of Investigation Special Agent William Pettijohn and deputies from the Jewell County Sheriff's Office. Miller said Freeman, as city clerk, was authorized to sign checks but typically those checks required three signatures. Miller would not discuss how authorities believe an embezzling scheme was carried out. But he said it appears the missing funds came from the city's general fund balance as well as reserve funds that were transferred into the general fund and spent. The effect on the city is significant but not devastating, he said. "I'm told that their reserve funds and so forth are fairly well depleted. I think they'll be able to meet their normal expenses, it's just not the way they like to operate," he said. Miller said the missing funds would total in excess of $45,000, but an audit isn't finished. Jewell Mayor Jack Seamans called an estimate of $100,000 "real conservative," and said the total could be as high as double that amount. Between $40,000 and $50,000 of the embezzled funds came from money in reserve ac- counts accumulated over the past 20 years, Seamans said. The funds pay for things such as water tower upkeep and machinery repair and replacement. He said the city annually spends an average of $250,000 from its general fund and usually has enough left over at the end of the budget year to buy oil and rock for street repairs. Seamans said he realized something was wrong when that money wasn't in the budget at the end of the past two years. He confronted Freeman at a city council meeting, and she denied any wrongdoing, he said. The community has been debt-free for 15 years, and Seamans said taxes won't be raised, nor will the city have to borrow money to meet expenses because of the losses.. Photos by The Associated Press Laura, Chad and Lance Green (from left) dig through the wreckage of their grandfather's workshop and garage Wednesday. A tornado hit the rural Douglas County farm of Evan and Shirley Phillips at 9:40 p.m. Friday, but did not damage their home. Gorham co-op suffers damage »» FROM PAGE Al Nearby fields also were flooded. And a mile to the north, a family with seven members was removed from their mobile home after it was threatened by runoff water. Another mobile home was evacuated later. "I've lived here all my life, and I couldn't believe the water running across the roads," Dickinson County Sheriff Curt Bennett said. Jeff Reese, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita, said Saline and Dickinson counties received between 5 and 6 inches of rain. There was an unofficial report near Solomon of 9 inches. The problems weren't confined to those two counties, however. Early Wednesday, a steel grain bin at United Ag Services Inc. at Gorham was pushed over into another storage unit. The 105,000-bushel bin, which was empty, also fell on several anhydrous ammonia tanks, one of which leaked for a short time. Several residents downwind of the elevator were evacuated. The town also lost windows. "As far as I'm concerned it had to be a tornado or something close to it the way things were Joel Brown (left) and Randy Rohleder look at the grain bin that toppled Tuesday night at the United Ag Services co-op in Gorham. swirled around," said Kim Pratt, who works at the elevator. Reese said many places in north-central Kansas reported between 1 and 3 inches of rain. In northwest Kansas, rainfall amounts were less than 2 inches. Wakarusa, a low-lying northeast Kansas town of about 100 people on the Wakarusa River, was being evacuated early Wednesday after 6 to 7 inches of rain soaked the area, said Ann Sherman, a spokeswoman for the Shawnee County's emergency management department. Some residents had chosen to stay, but others were being taken out on dump trucks to friends' homes or the Shawnee County South Community Center near Topeka, Sherman said. There was still some rough weather, though. Kevin Lynott of the National Weather Service at Goodland said his office issued four tornado warnings Wednesday, including one for southern Gove County. Gove County Undersheriff Ben Ellegood said spotters didn't see the tornado detected at Goodland on radar, but they encountered wind and hail. "It was kind of scattered through the county," he said. "I know a lot of people are calling their insurance companies." The wheat crop was damaged in fields throughout north-central and northwest Kansas. John Dautel, a field representative for the Talmage-based Farmers Co-op Association, said golf- ball-size hail pounded wheat fields south of the Talmage elevator. "I can't really say how big an area it was, but those fields were pretty well cleaned out," he said. Thomas County Sheriff Tom Jones, who had a tornado strike his county Friday, said the Colby area escaped the latest onslaught of wild weather with a little rain. His fingers were crossed for the rest of the week. "Severe weather is not uncommon in the spring, but just night after night of it — it gets on your nerves," Jones said. Across the state, in Chapman, Mary Alice Frauenfelder offered a cure: "If the sun would just shine again — it would make everybody feel better." Saline County rain reports reach 9 inches > FROM PAGE AT The Smoky Hill River also was expected to crest by this morning, at 31 feet at New Cambria. Flood stage is 27 feet. At 31 feet, the water would be to the tops of the river banks, but widespread flooding wouldn't be expected. Aills said the Saline River shouldn't pose problems. The three-day weather forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain today, with dry weather Friday and Saturday before another chance of thunderstorms Sunday. Eric Schminke, meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Wichita, said rainfall totals Tuesday ranged from less than an inch to up to 9 inches. The isolated report of 9 inches came from near Solomon, he said. Salina officially reported 2.88 inches of rain through 7 a.m. Wednesday, and another 0.29 inches between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. But KSAL Radio officials mea-. sured 4 inches of rainfall Tuesday evening. Fire Chief Tom Girard said the rainfall Tuesday night caused street flooding like he'd never seen in some areas. Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal Max Marler, a KPL worker injured when a damaged transformer fell on him while it was being replaced, is carried to an ambulance. Car was floating Girard said a woman who had been stranded in her car at Marymount and Glenn told him the water was flowing in the doors of her car, which had started to float through the intersection. "I hadn't seen water that high before at that particular intersection," Girard said. Weinhold said street flooding was reported throughout the city. Because of the high water, city workers ended up barricading parts of Ninth, Ohio, Pacific and Broadway streets, as well as some secondary streets. People reported water flowing into their basements as cars drove through high water, and others reported sewer backups related to the storm. Utility worker hurt In another storm-related incident, a KPL worker suffered a broken ankle and broken leg while trying to help replace a damaged transformer. Chris Cole, division manager for KPL in Salina, said the replacement transformer somehow slipped as it was being hoisted into position on the pole and fell on Max Marler, 58. The transformer was in the 600 block of South Ninth Street. Marler was in stable condition Wednesday evening at Asbury- Salina Regional Medical Center. A nursing supervisor said he had suffered a broken ankle and a broken leg and had undergone surgery to have the fractures set. Staff writer David Eugene Frese contributed to this story. Blame for kids put on mother Sex products sent to Flynris residence By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal It was their mother's fault, not the fault of accused pastor Jerry Rollins, for the way her children acted toward their fathers, Rollins' attorney attempted to show in court Wednesday. On the second day of a perjury trial for Rollins in Saline County District Court, testimony centered on what effect Rollins, as pastor for Dana Flynn and her two children, had on their behavior. Other testimony involved an invoice for sex products ordered in Rollins' name and sent to Dana Flynn's home, and testimony by one of Rollins' neighbors who saw Flynn's car arrive and leave the residence regularly. Steve Flynn, Dana Flynn's ex- husband, was cross-examined by Rollins' attorney Dan Monnat, about his testimony that his son, Jeb, accused him of serving the devil and being evil. Under questioning by Monnat,' Flynn testified that Jeb told him his mother, Dana, had told him to say those things. "It was 'mommy says daddy serves the devil.' It was 'mommy says grandma serves the devil,' " Monnat told jurors. Monnat accused Steve Flynn, saying he and murder victim Randall Sheridan, the father of Dana's daughter, Ashley, "chose to blame pastor Rollins," despite the fact the children were more in their mother's presence than his. But in rebuttal, prosecutor Chris Biggs presented and played for the jury tapes of conversations between himself and Jeb. They heard Jeb say he had a "new daddy" and that his new daddy was Rollins. That was followed by testimony by an employee of PHE, the parent firm of Adam & Eve, a mail order adult video and sex products firm in North Carolina. An order for $70 worth of lingerie and sex products was sold to J.A. Rollins and shipped to Dana Flynn at her address of 113 W. Minneapolis, according to company records. A neighbor of Rollins', Ann Kohman, took the witness stand late in the afternoon to say she saw Flynn's car regularly arrive and enter the garage at Rollins' home at 6391 E. Country Club Road, and leave early the next morning. This pattern continued during the summer of 1992. Authorities say the trial likely will conclude this week. Rollins is being tried for allegedly lying under oath in Saline County in November 1992 about his relationship with Dana Flynn and her daughter. The prosecution alleges he and Dana Flynn were having an affair, and that his influence on Dana and Ashley was the source of a dispute over custody for the girl. Sheridan was murdered in Geary County on Dec. 22, 1992, and Rollins, Flynn and Flynn's brother, Mikel Dreiling, face murder and conspiracy charges in the killing. Monnat on Wednesday attempted to link the Saline County perjury charge to the murder, in an apparent effort to show double jeopardy with the Geary County charges. Under the constitutional prohibition of double jeopardy, a person can't be prosecuted a second time for the same crime. By showing a Saline County connection to the murder, one or more of the Geary County charges could be dismissed. Monnat brought up the murder case in his cross-examination of Kohman. She testified she received a call from Sheridan's attorney, Bob Potroff, on the day Sheridan was murdered. She said Potroff told her he thought Rollins was involved. That night, she said she called for a police escort to leave her residence because she feared for her safety. "You don't like Pastor Rollins, do you?" Monnat asked. "You'd, like to see him in jail."

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