The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 15, 2001 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 15, 2001
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2001 .A3 BRIEFLY Gunman kills two, 21 injured in bar ELGIN, 111. — A gunman opened fire in a crowded bar early Saturday, killing two people, and then was subdued by other customers. Twenty-one people were injured, most by gunfire. The gunman allegedly returned to JB's Pub armed with a shotgun, another long-bar­ reled gun and at least two handguns after employees had ordered him to leave, said police Lt. Mike Turner Turner said there were about 200 people in the bar at the time of the attack. Most of those injured were shot, but some suffered lacerations while fleeing the gunfire. Police said the gunman was detained by patrons of the bar and was later arrested. Turner would not identify the suspect, a 43-year-old Elgin resident. Narcotics ringleader arrested in Brooklyn NEW YORK — Police arrested an alleged drug kingpin who they say masterminded a Jamaican-led narcotics ring that used Federal Express employees to distribute 170 tons of Mexican marijuana on the East Coast. Indictments unsealed a year ago charged more than 100 people around the country, in- i eluding 25 FedEx employees, : with distributing marijuana. Mark Morant was described as . the ringleader Morant, 33, was arrested in Jamaica in July but escaped in : October from a hospital. Feder- 1; al agents arrested him again Thursday night at an apart'. ment in Brooklyn, Newsday re' ported Saturday The scheme described by ;. federal agents was simple. •; Once traffickers moved the .; marijuana into Southern Cali; • fornia from Mexico, it was , placed on FedEx aircraft, ; • which flew it to airports on the : East Coast. From there, it was . moved by FedEx trucks to distributors in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida. '• Morant is charged with con; spiracy to distribute marijua- ; na and could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted. Seven killed in fire in Philadelphia house PHILADELPHIA — A woman • with Down syndrome moved in'. to a row house more than a ; decade ago when her family • could no longer care for hen One of her many neighbors in the home, a diabetic who was showing signs of Alzheimer's disease, often ran small errands for people on the block. Both were among seven people killed in an electrical fire early Friday at what officials say was an unlicensed boardinghouse where many residents were elderly or disabled. Five men and two women died from smoke inhalation. An 11-year-old girl, Sabrina Allen, was badly burned and remained in critical condition early Saturday at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a hospital spokeswoman said. Neighbors said she was the adopted daughter of Christine Proctor, who managed the home. The three-story row house, where 12 people lived, was in disarray and full of trash bags. Fire Commissioner Harold B. Hairston said. It had several smoke detectors and an alarm system, but they didn't appear to work. 7 suffer shark bites along Florida coast - MIAMI — At least seven peo- ' pie were attacked by sharks along Florida's east coast this • week as sharks hunted for fish ; along their northward migratory route. Thousands of beachgoers were warned to stay out of the water after sharks were sighted and bites — none of them life- threatening — were reported. A 16-year-old from Charleston, S.C., and a 12-year- old were bitten on the ankles Friday while surfing separately at New Smyrna Beach, said Capt. Rob Horsier of the Volusia County Beach Patrol. Three other surfers and a wave-boarder were bitten by sharks Wednesday and Thursday in the same area. "These are not the kinds of attacks that were made famous in 'Jaws,' " said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File in Gainesville. Shark bites are common at New Smyrna Beach because the nearby Ponce de Leon Inlet is a site for fish spawning and schooling. Horsier said. From Wire Service Reports • CINCINNATI RIOTS Funeral held for teen shot by police Death of black teen led to three days of rioting, then curfew By The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Angry crowds brandished signs and chanted slogans outside a funeral service held Saturday for a black teen-ager shot to death by a white police officer Protesters waved signs saying, "It Is Right To Rebel" and "It's Time To Shoot Back" as hundreds of mourners at the New Prospect Baptist Church filed past the open silver casket of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas, the fourth black man killed by police since November "Racist cops, you can't hide, we charge you with genocide!" shouted Patricia Cooley, 40, who was leading the crowd of about 300. "We're standing up for all of us who police have mistreated," Cooley said. "We're tired of this." The protests subsided when the funeral service began. Thomas, who was wanted on 14 warrants for misdemeanors and traffic violations, was unarmed when he was killed while fleeing a police officer a • NASA week ago. The shooting is under investigation by prosecutors and federal agencies. Thomas' death led to three days of rioting followed by a curfew, enacted Thursday More than 200 people were arrested in looting, arson, vandalism, and other violence in mostly black sections of the city, said police spokesman Lt. Ray Ruberg. About 350 were arrested for curfew violations, he said. The dusk-to-dawn curfew has been extended to Saturday night, said police spokesman Officer Jeff Streckfuss. Officials have not said when it will be lifted. Safety director resigns On Friday the city's safety director resigned in what was seen as a victory for critics demanding changes at the police department. The president of the local police union said officers would accept whatever happens to Stephen Roach, the officer who shot Thomas. Roach is on paid administrative leave. "From what we've been told, the suspect was not armed," Keith Fangman said. "So it's natural that there should be questions. The community has every right to get answers to those questions." The Associated Press Cincinnati police aim at rioters Saturday. Protests continued there over the shooting death of a black teen-ager a week ago by a white police officer. African drum music could be heard Saturday throughout the packed area outside the church where members of Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam stood along with New Black Panther Party members in the Over-the- Rhine neighborhood, an impoverished area north of downtown that was the scene of most of the rioting. "There's outcry and righteous indignation going on here," said Farrakhan spokesman Jamil Muhammad. "This could have happened anywhere in America. We're in a society that devalues us as black men." Gov. Bob Taft, Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume were among those attending the funeral. The governor wanted to pay respects to Thomas' family and show support for the city saiid Taft spokesman Kevin Kellems. Mourners filed into church, some wearing suits and dresses, others in jeans and jogging suits. Several of Thomas' friends wore T-shirts with his photo on the front.' NASA upset about tycoon's trip Space agency wants space station publicity but not this kind By The Associated Press SPACE CENTER, Houston — NASA has often bemoaned the public's lack of interest in the 2-year-old international space station. That's about to change — to NASA's dismay. In two weeks, Russia plans to launch California tycoon Dennis Tito, who's paying up to $20 million for a one-week tour of space station Alpha. He will be the first person in the world to buy his way into space as a T SCHOOL State may take over school By The Associated Press ROOSEVELT, N.Y — Broken windows and locker doors ripped from hinges. A shortage of desks, books and supplies. A double-digit dropout rate and test scores among the worst in the state. And students so unruly that officials felt compelled to close the junior-senior high school for two days this month. In the heart of the New York City suburbs on Long Island, a small and relatively poor public school system is fighting for its survival. After years of plunging student performance, decaying facilities and a revolving door of administrators, the state appears ready to take the unprecedented step of seizing control of the 3,000-student Roosevelt School District. A takeover of the district — whose alumni include Julius Erving, Eddie Murphy rapper Chuck D and Howard Stern — would allow the state to hire managers, craft budgets and set local tax rates. "The people of Roosevelt have to see we are very serious about our intention to make sure the children of Roosevelt get a good education," state Education Commissioner Richard Mills said. The state Board of Regents has not yet voted on a takeover, but Mills has said he sees no alternative. In Roosevelt, a rash of brawls, bomb threats and false fire alarms early this month forced acting Superintendent Horace shutter the district's junior-senior high school for two days. The closing preceded a weeklong vacation, providing a "cooling off" period of more than 10 days. The school's 1,100 students are to return Tuesday Williams said he acted after overhearing a dispirited student complain: " 'I'm tired of all these damn fire drills. I want to get an education.' " "It's about dealing with zero tolerance, letting students understand that... their behavior is going to be monitored," Williams said. "Letting staff know that's what we expect from them." tourist. NASA is aghast that the Russians arranged the deal behind the backs of other space station partners and is pressuring Moscow to bump Tito's trip into October so he can receive ade- ,__ quate training. TITO Officials from the United States, Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe will have a teleconference this week in hopes of ending the standoff. Last week, space station program manager Tommy Hol- loway was wishing for more public interest in space station Alpha: "Quite frankly, I'm very disappointed ... It's like we're building the pyramids of Egypt in orbit and nobody's watching." Yet when a reporter pointed out that Tito's flight could generate attention and lots of it, HoUoway refused to comment. He also would not say what, if anything, NASA will do if the 60-year-old millionaire financier appears, uninvited, at the space station. "We'll deal with the situation if he shows up," said Holloway clearly irritated by the question. 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"If you knew Timmy and what kind of person he was ... this should, have never happened," said a man who would only identify himself as Rich, 27. He said he and Thomas regularly played basketball together "My power forward is gone. I mean, he was my best friend. He was my heart and soul." Police made'security plans in anticipation of large crowds but are maintaining a distance of a couple of blocks, Police Chief Thomas Streicher said. Black leaders have also urged an end to the violence in the city of 331,000, which is 43 percent black. Several hundred people gathered downtown Fri. day for an interfaith service that included appeals for calm from Christian, Jewish' and. Muslim leaders. POOL SERVICIS SPA SERVICE WATER CHEMISTRY Pool'$ Plus of Salina 823-POOL • 2501 Market Place TheWoodburning Experts AjVIILGSTONe— chimney service and stove store 245 S. 5th, Salina 823-9000 SUPERIOR ROOFING is now teamed up with Sales Roofing and Supply. Workers compensation, bonded and insured. 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