The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 16, 2001 · Page 1
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 1

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, April 16, 2001
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Holy day the MONDAY APRIL 16, 2001 SALINA, KANSAS Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 50 cents Royals win ou PAGE Bi T DOWNED SPY PUNE Vignery, family celebrate Easter together Goodland pilot says Chinese tlireatened to put plane's crew on trial By REBECCA COOK Tlie Associated Press , OAK HARBOR, Wash. — Church bells rang for a joyous Easter Sunday in this Navy town where crew members, given a hero's welcome after being held in China, spent their first full day reunited with family and friends. "The events of the last two weeks have been miracles," declared the Rev. Ron Willis at Family Bible Church, where Lt. j.g. Jeffery Vignery, Lt. Patrick Honeck and their families celebrated Easter. "They experienced victory over physical death. God can and does intervene." Ron and Judy Vignery, Goodland, Kan., and parents of Lt. Vignery, could not remember a happier holiday "All the parents of the world should just think about what it would be like if it was their son. All they've got to do is think about their own son or daughter, and they'll know how we feel," Ron Vignery said as his son exchanged hugs with friends at Family Bible Church. "Our son is our hero." On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, Lt. Vignery said Chinese officials threatened to put the Navy spy plane crew on trial. The crew was told "after an investigation we would obviously have to go to court, or whatever it is that they have over there," he said. "There was a lot of propaganda, pretty much trying to indicate that it was our fault for the accident that took place," Lt. Vignery said. "All of us on board knew definitely who was at fault. We were just doing a job." But, he said, crew members never worried they would get home. "We knew that the American government was working hard for us, and the support from the American people was there for us," Lt. Vignery said. "There was never a doubt, I think, in any of the crew members' minds that we were going to be coming home. It was only a matter of time." See RETURN, Page A4 f —17— Julie Vignery looks Sunday at lier husband, Lt. j.g. Jeffery Vignery, as they wait for Easter service to begin at Family Bible Church in Oak Harbor, Wash. The Associated Press Sky troopers Helicopters prove to be valuable tool for Kansas Highway Patrol By SHARON IMONTAGUE The Salina Journal It was more than four years ago, but Sheryl Cashion still remembers every detail. Her daughter Aubrey, then just shy of 3 years old, had been missing from the family's rural home southeast of Newton for nearly 14 hours, having wandered away about 7 p.m. with the family's two dogs. Volunteers and law enforcement officers with tracking dogs had searched all night to no avail. "We had a friend who lived about a mile away, and my husband and I walked there that morning," Cashion recalled. "We went there to pray While we were down on our knees, praying for her, that she was safe, they spotted her from a helicopter. "We got back to the house, and she was in the ambulance, eating animal crackers." Lt. Jim Lamb, head of the Kansas Highway Patrol's Salina-based aerial unit, remembers seeing a flash of purple as the helicopter hovered over trees. The helicopter touched down, and Lamb and his partner found Aubrey and the dogs curled up together next to a tree. "We'd been over there with the plane and the infrared the night before, and they'd taken dogs through there, but they didn't find her," Lamb said. "We got lucky" It was one of the many successes Lamb and his fel- JEFF COOPER/The Salina Journal Lt. Jim Lamb, head of the Kansas Highway Patrol's Salina-based aerial unit, says helicopters allow the patrol to conduct more thorough air searches for people who are lost or are hiding from authorities. low Kansas Highway Patrol troopers have experienced over the years using some of the more unusual tools of law enforcement — aircraft and infrared detection devices. The patrol has had an aircraft division since 1964, but it wasn't until about six years ago that helicopters, donated by the military were put into use. The patrol has seven helicopters — three of which are used for parts. Two helicopters are stationed in Salina and two in Topeka, and planes are in Hays, Salina and Topeka. Five pilots are stationed in Salina, three in Hays and eight in Topeka, and all are on call 24 hours a day "We usually don't schedule things," Lamb said. "They're available whenever they're needed." About the time the helicopters were donated seven years ago. Lamb said, the patrol's Wichita aircraft division was disbanded and the Salina crew formed. The patrol's first infrared camera was purchased at the same time. "The helicopters are a great addition," Lamb said. "With the planes, you're required to stay fairly high, and you have to go fairly fast. See PATROL, Page A5 "I think it was a really, really good thing that helicopter was out there" Sheryl Cashion nnother of missing girl • INCOIUIE TAXES Time runs out for I taxpayers ' - *'« IRS warns tax filers should double-check math, tax amount, other information By CURT ANDERSON The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The day of reckoning has arrived for the estimated 26 million taxpayers who have not finished their income tax forms. The filing deadline for taxpayers in most parts of the country is midnight today In parts of the Northeast, people have un- , til midnight , Tuesday because of the Pa- . CaiM-SSS- triots Day holi- 796.1074 to day in Massa- • x-i- chusetts, home obtain a filing to an Internal extension from Revenue Ser- the IRS. vice center. • To pay taxes Getting that with a credit extra day are card, call 1- taxpayers in 888-ALL-TAXX Massachusetts, or 1-800- Maine New 2PAYTAX.The SnT?nn;}Si' CBII IS free, but mont, Connecti- „ . .' . cut and Rhode the firms that Island, and in run the service New York state charge a north of Westch- service fee. ester and Rockland counties. - The AP In their rush to file, tax procrastinators should double-check their math and take care to use the correct tax amount from the tax table, the IRS advises. One way to save possible headaches later on is to correctly list Social Security numbers, including those for dependents. The IRS estimated roughly 37 million tax returns would be filed in the final two weeks before the deadline —11 million last week and 26 million postmarked or electronically fUed today Many post offices around the country win be open late to handle returns. RESTAURANT Successful move Abilene restaurant's chicken tastes like it did in Brookville By The Associated Press ABILENE — Brookville Hotel owner Mark Martin says the chicken business is thriving in this former cow town. Next month will mark one year since the hotel and its famous family- style chicken dinner moved 40 miles east to Abilene from tiny Brookville. The Martin family had been serving family-style chicken dinners at the Brookville Hot^l since 1915, building a reputation as perhaps the most famous restaurant in the state. "It was. an absolutely excellent move for us," said Martin, who has operated the restaurant with his wife, Connie, since 1982. "Overall, the first year, there haven't been a lot of detractions. And with Abilene being 7,000 people out my front door, they like us and we like them." Martin is approaching his goal of serving - Q-IW 150,000 customers per KIARTIN year in Abilene, compared with the 100,000 who visited annually in Brookville. He also has doubled the number of employees to about 80. The five large skillets working together in the kitchen can churn out 100 chickens every hour. The restaurant fries up to 75,000 chickens a year. "That's a lot of birds," Martin said. The reason for the move was the stench of sewage in a town that has no sewer system. Everyone in Brookville uses septic tanks. For the restaurant, whose sewage was the source of the odor, it was enough of a problem to uproot years of tradition. RIe photo The new Brookville Hotel In Abilene was built by owner Mark Martin to look See HOTEL, Page A4 like the original hotel and restaurant In Brookville. WEATHER High: 50 Low: 28 Cloudy and cooler today with a 20 perf^pnt chance of rain. PAGE A2 A man who killed two and wounded 16 others in a shooting at an Illinois bar was obsessed with guns and the movie "NatSSral Born Killers." PAGE A8 Israeli warplanes attack Syrian army radar units deep in Lebanon, the first such attack on Syrian positions in the country since 1996i^ INSIDE Landers / B9 Classified / B4 Comics / B10 Deaths / A6 George Pyle / A3 LookAhead/ A2 Sports / BI Weather /B9 Crossword / B10 Viewpoints / A7

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