The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1995 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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the Salina Journal ^^*«M« it**** \j** •*«««*•%«« «*•!»«4%4« 4 o"*yH ^^^*^^^ FRIDAY 77 HIGH Serving Kansas since 1871 Salina, Kansas May 19,1995 Nichols may have sold wares at Salina gun show Suspect sold a parka to Gay Center dealer By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal The April 19 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City hit a little too close to home for Melissa Rousey,. The Clay Center woman's brother, a lake patrolman, works at the Alfred P. Murrah federal building once or twice a week, and by a fluke he wasn't there that day. But then, Rousey, who works at Larry's Gun and Ammo in Clay Center, learned that she purchased a parka at a Salina gun TERROR •*?*• HEARTLAND show from a prime suspect in the case. "It's a little bit scary," Rousey said. "It's getting too close to my back door." Rousey said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents told her Terry Nichols, a Herington man who has been charged in the bombing, displayed his military surplus wares and sold small glass bottles of ammonium nitrate at a gun show April 2 and 3 at Agricultural Hall in Kenwood Park. Ammonium nitrate fertilizer was one of the ingredients of the 4,800-pound bomb used to blow up the federal building, killing 167 people. Nichols also has displayed at shows in Manhattan, Lincoln, Neb., and across the country, gun dealers said. The FBI wouldn't comment on whether or not Nichols was at the Salina show. But the show's organizer said that the FBI looked at the list of exhibitors for the show and said an alias used by one of- two suspects in the bombing was listed. Nichols had a preliminary hearing Thursday at a federal prison in El Reno, Okla., and was ordered held without bond. The case is likely to be turned over to a grand jury. He and Timothy McVeigh, who was the first person charged in the bombing, could face the death penalty if convicted. Rousey said Nichols had a table set up next to hers in Salina, and she purchased a parka from him ft* See DEALERS, Page A7 Associated Press Terry Nichols' attorney Michael Tigar talk* after a preliminary hearing in El Reno, Okla. McVeigh's lawyer objects to camera By The Associated Press EL RENO, Okla. — Bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh is being subjected to a "kind of psychological warfare" with 24-hour camera surveillance in his prison isolation cell, his lawyer said Thursday. Calling the treatment unnecessary and potentially harmful, lawyer Stephen Jones said he'll ask Attorney General Janet Reno to remove the camera. Jones spoke after a preliminary hearing at which a federal magistrate ordered that a second suspect, Terry Nichols, also remain jailed at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution. Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal Shane Novotny, injured in a hunting accident, listens to music in his Ellsworth bedroom. Before the accident, he starred on the high school basketball and football teams. The tragedy begins: 'Shane's been shot 1 / Shooting accident changes lives forever By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal ELLSWORTH — With one hand, Stuart Novotny jerked the steering wheel left and right, a thick cloud of dirt and gravel behind him, as he roared along the country road that would take him into town. With the other, he gripped the life of his son. Only minutes before, Stuart, 50, got angry the moment he saw the truck spinning wildly out of control in his rear-view Starting OVH* FIRST OF THREE PARTS mirror. On his way home from the family farm about 10 miles away, he stopped his truck, backed up, and prepared to give Shane and his best friend, Steven Peterman, a good butt-chewing. After all, this was supposed to be just another lazy hunting escapade for them on that Oct. 29, 1993, morning. Their earlier escapade, flushing out coyotes in brush, was one thing. This was quite another. This was reckless. But before he could open his mouth, Steven, wild-eyed, leapt out of the truck and cried, "Shane's been shot!" No one is sure exactly what happened, but Steven had accidentally shot Shane. Every hunter's nightmare. Every parent's nightmare. Stuart sprang into action. He ran to the truck, where Shane lay on the front seat, and took off, jamming the gas pedal to the floor. C'mon, son. Fight, Stuart said. Fight. Squeeze my hand if you can hear me. Shane gave his hand a faint squeeze. Stuart looked over and thought that the hole above Shane's black, ballooning eye was just a contusion, a bullet's glance above his left temple. Then he reached behind Shane's head and came away with a handful of blood. The bullet from the .22-caliber rifle had punched a hole through the back of Shane's head, ripped through the left side of his brain and exited through his temple. A sick feeling crept into the pit of Stuart's stomach. Oh my God, he thought, the speedometer creeping up to 100 miles an hour. There's no time. He's going to die. My son is going to die. How can I live without my son? Stuart couldn't find an answer. He swerved, his tires squealing, and headed for the bridge, ready to plunge his truck over and smash it, and himself, to pieces. But then visions of his wife and daughters flashed before his eyes. He couldn't leave them alone. "I figured I probably would just injure myself and kill him," Stuart said. "So I went on." Finally, he reached Highway 40. But he barely got above 80 before being stopped by a road construction crew. Precious seconds ticked away. He flashed his lights, but the crew wouldn't move. He bumped the road work vehicle in front of him. The crewman flipped him off. See LIFE, Page A6 Jones said he will have McVeigh's mental and physical health examined to ensure he is competent to stand trial, although he said he had no reason to doubt McVeigh's mental health. McVeigh hasn't attempted or threatened suicide or even been unruly, Jones said. "I see the camera as simply an attempt to engage in a kind of psychological warfare, and I think ultimately, perhaps, would have an effect on his mental stability — which might in turn affect the trial, at least the date of the trial, or whether one is ever held," Jones said. Justice Department spokesman Carl Stern would not comment on Jones' statement. >• See NICHOLS', Page A7 Television star dies of cancer Montgomery cast spells on 'Bewitched' By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Elizabeth Montgomery, the suburban witch who cast spells with a twitch of her nose on TV's "Bewitched," died Thursday of cancer. Montgomery died at home about a month after surgery to remove a tumor. Reference books and news clippings put her age at 62, but her family said she was 57. Her family did not disclose the type of cancer. "Bewitched," a comedy that ran on ABC from 1964 to 1972, was one of the network's biggest hits and Montgomery's only TV series. She starred as Samantha, a witch who tried to avoid using her powers to please her often exasperated mortal husband, an ad executive. The daughter of Hollywood star Robert Montgomery also appeared in a few films in the 1950s and '60s, including "The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell." But television was her medium of choice. "I guess you'd say I'm a TV baby," she once said. She made her TV debut in her father's playhouse series, "Robert Montgomery Presents," in the 1950s and appeared in more than 200 live television programs over the next decade. In "Bewitched," Samantha was surrounded by relatives who disapproved of her efforts to abandon her supernatural roots. When Samantha wound up using sorcery as a last resort to solve a comic problem, a twitch of her nose was her key to magic. After "Bewitched," Montgomery went on to star in made- for-TV movies that often won her critical acclaim. They included "A Case of Rape" (1974); "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (1975); and "The Corpse Had a Familiar Face" in 1994. Montgomery Parks board rejects plan " ' •, / ' j. '-*,- * to build in Centennial Park By DAN ENGLAND Th» Salina Journal A proposal by city staff to develop, homes for moderate-income families near Centennial Park was rejected Thursday by the Salina Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. ' In voting 4-0, the board sent a message to the Salina City Commission that the vacant .land should not become a housing tract and that the park should possibly be further developed. The site is in west Salina; just south of the Holiday Inn- Holidome. Board members were • convinced by more than 20 residents who came to protest the housing project. The residents said they were worried about the quality of housing proposed, but most were there to protect the park "The city recently unveiled plans for small, $50,000 to $60,000 houses to be built on 14 city-owned lots. Houses used to be on the lots but were abandoned after they were struck by age and storm damage. fr*fe* OPPONENTS, Poo. A3 Area basement-repair shops swamped Flooded Salmans face pump drought By LILLIAN ZIER Th» Salina Journal Rental stores, cleaning services and basement repair shops were kept busy Wednesday and Thursday helping Salinans with damage in the wake of Tuesday night's deluge. "If they/ve got a phone number, they're^jirobably busy," said Willie Johnson, owner of Willie's Steamway5|0arpet and Janitorial Service. '•<*•" Pumps, dehumidifiers, fans and vacuums were in short supply in the past couple of idays. Joe Karcher, president of Bar : Dealing with water How to lower humidity in your home: 8 Open doors and windows to exchange moist indoor air for drier outdoor air. Close the house at night. 9 Open closet and cabinet doors. Remove drawers to let air circulate, but don't force open swollen drawers. * Use fans. Do not use central air ragree Rent-All, said his store had rented out most of that equipment. He advised people'with wet basements to turns on their fans after they get all the water out, and to conditioning or the furnace blower if the ducts had been under water, because contaminants could blow into the air. Clean or hose out the ducts first. 9 Run dehurnidifiers. 8 Use materials that absorb water, such as cat litter made of clay and calcium chloride pellets. Do not use calcium chloride near computers or other delicate equipment, because it makes the air salty. 8 Call a contractor, but watch for turn on the fans of their heating and cooling systems to help remove humidity. Jim Waters, owner of Waters True Value, could relate to peo- contractors who inflate prices after a disaster and out-of-town contractors who request payment in advance. Items that always should be thrown out when soaked by floodwater: Food, cosmetics, medicines and medical supplies, stuffed animals, baby toys. Items that usually should be thrown out: mattresses, pillows, foam rubber, carpets, carpet padding, uhol- stered couches and chairs, books, paper products and wallboard. Source: Saline Count/ Extension Agency pie's water problems. "I've got a basement that floods, too," he said. "From personal ex- >• See BUSINESSES, Pag* A7 INDEX Almanac ... „!.......„... .67 Classified B1 Encore D1 Lottery numbers A7 Scoreboard C2 Includes events, movie listings, Comics C7 Llfesports Thursday Money C6 Sports c" f ""P 1 horoscopes, TV log, weather and on Crossword C7 Lifestyles C4 Obituaries A7 TV Week Saturday Sunday, the crossword puzzle Editorials A4 Local/Kansas A3 Religion Saturday USA Weekend Sunday . K-STATE STUNS OKLAHOMA STATE IN BIG EIGHT TOURNEY ... PAGE C1 PRAIRIE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES NATURAL LIVING ... PAGE D1

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