The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1995 · Page 8
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
Issue Date:
Friday, May 19, 1995
Page 8
Start Free Trial

MB Kiaay, May iy, iayb The Salina Journal Plumber steals tank, runs amok on highway Phofos by The Associated Press A firefighter jumps off a mangled car after it was crushed by a tank Wednesday evening. Police say they had no choice but to kill him By The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Police popped open the hatch on a stolen 60-ton Army tank and shot to death the unemployed plumber who had steamrolled over cars, utility poles and fire hydrants before grinding to a halt on a 3-foot freeway barrier. Shawn Timothy Nelson, a 35-year-old Army veteran who had tank training in Germany, had simply driven his van through the open gate at a National Guard armory, used his know-how to hook up an M-60 tank's fuel and electric lines, and started it up Wednesday evening. He plowed through 15 unoccupied cars, a parked van with a woman and child inside, two utility poles, a public telephone and a public bus bench. No bystanders were hurt. "The guy was just going crazy," said Kelly Bird, a witness. "He was mowing cars over." Police in 15 to 20 cruisers trailed the tank, helpless, at about 30 mph until it crunched into a highway barrier about 20 minutes after it left the armory. Four officers leaped atop the tank and opened the hatch with bolt cutters as it rocked back and forth atop the divider. Police pursue an M-60 tank Wednesday that was stolen from the National Guard Armory in San Diego. They shouted at Nelson to surrender. "He shifted into the proper gear,and was preparing to spin the tank so he could get off the high-riser," police Capt. Tom Hall said. "He knew what he was doing." Police said they opened fire because they feared Nelson was preparing to steer the tank into oncoming traffic. "We had ho other options," Hall said. The tank's weapons — a 105 mm cannon, 12.7 mm anti-aircraft gun and 7.62 mm machine gun — were not loaded, Army Maj. Ed Gale said. Nelson was on active duty from 1978 to 1980, including stints at Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Dix, N.J., and Mannheim, Germany. Neighbors said Nelson's life had been crumbling recently. His house was apparently in foreclosure, his utilities had been shut off, and he'd recently broken up with his girlfriend. His water was turned off Wednesday, just before the rampage. Nelson also had a history of medical problems, including a broken back from a motorcycle accident. His house isn't far from the armory, where neighbor Bob Belton said children often play on the nine tanks. A bumper sticker on the front door of the house reads, "Mean people suck." Inside, clothes littered the floor and ashtrays, overflowed. There was a 20-foot- deep hole in the backyard. Neighbors said he'd been digging for gold. Is teacher Romeo or rescuer? Stories differ in 'Lolita' case '. By The Associated Press NEW YORK — The night she . ran off with a gym teacher i more than twice her age, Christina Rosado wore her "Li,on King" watch. . By then, it already was a relic of innocence lost or stolen, depending on whose story you ; believe — and there are many. .: Christina's: She was escaping abuse from her parents.. The teacher's: He was rescuing a "beautiful person." Authorities': The teacher, in fact, was the abuser — and ab- .ductor. The tale of the teen-ager and , the teacher who spent two months motel-hopping through seven states in what investigators believe was an illicit, Lolita-style love affair has shed light on one of the public schools' dirty little secrets: .teacher-student sex. City school officials say they investigated 110 cases of alleged sexual abuse by adult staff members from January 1991 to September 1994. Of those, 25 involved pre-teens. Most involved sexual relationships between teen-age students and teachers, counselors and even principals. Officials suspect many more such cases either go undetected or unreported. In the case of 15-year-old Christina, administrators apparently knew about a problem with teacher Glenn Harris early on. But little was done to prevent it from going far beyond some adolescent notion of romance. "This is not Romeo and Juliet," Assistant District Attorney Lisa Friel said during the teacher's bail hearing. Harris, 33, surrendered in New York on Tuesday. He was charged with kidnapping and held on $10,000 bail. On Wednesday, Christina appeared in Family Court, where she was ordered to spit out her gum and go home with her godmother. DA: Scout leader paddled naked boys By The Associated Press NEW YORK — A Boy Scout leader allegedly recruited boys into his own secret club and initi-. ated them by paddling their bare buttocks. About 130 photographs, mostly of bruised buttocks, were found at 31-year-old David Weiser's home, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said Wednesday. Weiser was freed on his own recognizance on charges of assault, hazing and child endangerment. He also was suspended as assistant leader of a Boy Scout. Dozens of boys had to pay $10- a-month dues to join the 5-year- old secret club, called the CB Mafia, investigators said. "These young men were paddled 15 to 20 times on their clothed buttocks, 15 to 20 times on their buttocks only clothed in underwear and then another 15 to 20 times on their bare buttocks," Johnson said. "Some of these paddlings caused serious injuries — sores, redness, bruises." Johnson said the boys appeared to be socially awkward youngsters looking for a support group. "They had bylaws and basically the bylaws encouraged honesty, good behavior, good conduct. But essentially what they did at the meetings was talk about further recruitment," Johnson said. The significance of the club's name wasn't immediately known. M _ ™ nee CLUBHOUSE 0 OFF SEPARATES Misses, petites and Dillard's Woman sizes. Mix and match a terrific selection of America's favorite designer career and casual separates. Orig. $38-$ 158. _RflO/» n -.- CLUBHOUSE UPDATED 3U 70 OFF SPORTSWEAR Misses, petites and Dillard's Woman sizes. Career and casual updated separates from our famous California designer. Orig. $38-$ 158. _Rflf>/» nee MISSES MODERATE UU 70 OFF RELATED SEPARATES You'll find a selection of blouses, skirts, pants and knit tops and bottoms from Chaus and Chaus Sport. Orig. $29464. » nee MISSES SOCIAL 0 OFF OCCASION DRESSES Save on famous maker dresses from our spring collection, in assorted styles and colors. Orig. $100-$ 160, now 75.00-120.00. k NEW PRICE REDUCTIONS! fa mi APPAREL W f\rr MISSES 0 OFF KNIT TOPS Expand your wardrobe with this great selection of spring knit tops from Westbound and others. Orig. $16-$44, now 12.00-33.00. % nee PETITES CAREER & 70 OFF CASUAL SPORTSWEAR Mix jackets, pants, skirts, blouses and knits from this selection for a great new look. From Bechamel and others. Orig. $28-$54, now 21.00-40.50. O/i AEE DH-LARD'S WOMAN 70 OFF SPORTSWEAR Career'and casual sportswear, including jackets, skirts, pants, blouses, knits and more. From Joan Leslie, Bechamel and others. Orig. $24458, now 18.00-43.50. A ACE JUNIORS 0 OFF DRESSES Choose from social occasion, casual and career dresses from All That Jazz, La Belle, Rampage and more. Orig. $32 $145, now 21.44-97.15. OA nc _ LADIES 70 OFF DRESS SHOES Expand your shoe wardrobe with spring styles from Nine West, Impo, Naturalizer, Life Stride and many more. Orig. $29-$69, now 21.75-51.75. » nee FASHION 0 OFF HANDBAGS Accent your favorite outfits with selected leather and vinyl handbags from your favorite famous makers. Orig. $25-$295, now 18.75-221.25. i nee GIRLS 7-14 0 OFF TOPS & SHORTS Girls will love matching our selection of tops and shorts from Copper Key and others Orig. $10-$14, now 7.50-10.50. OR07 BOYS 8-20 KNIT & WOVEN 4.U 70 OFF TOPS & SCREEN T-SHIRTS Update your wardrobe with these famous maker tops and T-shirts Orig. $12 $28, now 9.00-21.00 Selected styles. Selection varies by store. Interim markdowns may have been taken. All items subject to prior sale. r _*»« . Shop Dillard's Central Mall tENTRALMALL Monday thru Saturday 10-10, Sunday 12:00-7:00 Dillaixfs

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,100+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free