The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 7, 1996 · Page 3
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL Great Plains MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1996 A3 T VIOLENCE Convict leaves legacy of guns on KC streets Problems in laws keep shady gun dealers in business , By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick L. Bark may be behind bars, but his extensive network of illegally sold guns is leaving a legacy of violence in Kansas City. Bark, 59, was convicted in September and sentenced to six years in federal prison for illegally selling more than 1,300 firearms — many of which were used in violent crimes. Police and gun dealers said Bark's operation is an example of how easily guns are traded or sold, often under the nose of law enforcement officials. "There's plenty of laws on the books to keep people like him (Bark) from getting a federal firearms license," said Ray Beard, owner of R.J.'s Guns & More in suburban Kansas City. "They (federal agents) just don't enforce them." Loopholes in laws, such as the 1993 Brady law, have kept Bark and other gun dealers in business. Some of the problems in the law include: • Dealers must record the names of gun buyers, but no one examines the records unless the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigates. • Falsifying dealer records is easy. For instance, Bark filled in the names of dead people taken from newspaper obituaries, or people from change-of-address lists. Falsifying records is only a misdemeanor. • Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm agents may inspect a dealer only once a year. Until the law changed recently, inspectors were required to give notice before an inspection. • To prosecute a gun dealer, authorities must show that the dealer knew the law and knew it was being violated. Unlike almost any other law, ignorance is an excuse. Under Missouri law, anyone who wants to buy a gun must get a permit from the sheriff. In Kansas, buyers must undergo a background check and receive authorization from the sheriff. Under federal law, dealers must get the proper permit or authorization from a buyer before selling a gun and must maintain permanent records. Of the 1,300 weapons Bark illegally sold in less than three years, many were used in violent crimes, and authorities could not find one buyer's permit for any of the guns he sold. Bark sold guns out of his home, his van and out of a garage on the city's east side, and he made home deliveries, according to Bark's own court testimony. BRIEFLY Nominations open for farm committee Petitions to nominate candidates for the Saline County Farm ' Service Agency Committee must be postmarked or delivered to the agency office, 1823 S. Ohio, by Oct. 28. The petitions, available at the ' agency, must be limited to one nominee, completed by someone other than the nominee and ' signed by the nominee as evidence of willingness to serve if elected. The election will be conducted Nov. 2. 1 Committee duties include alerting farmers to goals and provisions of agency programs, recommending changes in farm pro- 1 grams and participating in county meetings. Mother shoots her child, then kills herself WICHITA — A Wichita woman drove her 11-year-old daughter to a downtown monument Sunday and shot the child in the head be: fore turning the gun on herself, police said. : The mother and daughter were found by police near the Keeper of the Plains statue about 11 a.m., ''said Lt. Randy Wilson. - He said the mother was dead at -•the scene with a gunshot wound ' to the head. The daughter had "a similar wound,," Wilson said, but was not . dead when police discovered the bodies a short time after the shootings. A semi-automatic ' handgun was also found at the 'scene, Wilson said. The daughter was taken to a hospital, where she died about 5 p.m., said Sgt. Brad Agnew. Their names were being withheld. - The area around the monument L is not a busy part of town, Agnew 'said. The mother, who was 36, may have been upset about a recent fight with her husband, Wilson said. He said the couple had a his- tory of domestic disputes. No one wins jackpot in Powerball lottery None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Saturday night matched all six numbers drawn, lottery officials said Sunday. The numbers were 2,13,15, 33 - and 38. The Powerball was 44. Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $20.2 million jackpot. The prize goes to an i estimated $25 million for Wednesday. Kansas is part of the multistate lottery. t Study finds good and .bad in rural economics " OMAHA, Neb. — These are the best of times and the worst of L times for rural mid-America. - That appears to be the findings of a 12-state study that includes u. Kansas. The study was done by *the Federal Reserve Bank of 1; Kansas City, Mo. " Some rural counties have re- Abounded successfully from the »farm-related troubles of the 1980s, ! while others continued on a '-downward spiral, the study indi- »cated. t '"When you look at rural Ameri- t'ca in total, you find overall gains," ,'JMark Drabenstott, an economist " with the Federal Reserve Bank, £told the World-Herald. •» 5 From Staff and Wire Reports / The Salina Journal Shannon Garretson, a junior at Southeast of Saline High School, sorts through papers Sunday afternoon while working on a promotional brochure for the Future Homemakers of America in the school's new technology lab. She was performing the task during an open house at the school. Open House Public gets glimpse of Southeast of Saline's technology lab By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal Southeast of Saline High School students Kerrie Mueller and Shannon Garretson had visitors to the school's open house watching with rapt attention Sunday. As Mueller worked on a brochure for a Future Homemakers of America Fall Conference, Garretson put together promotional materials for the event. The students weren't doing the work with scissors, rubber cement and markers. They were designing the materials on a computer using flatbed scanners and software. With computer equipment in the school's new technology laboratory, Southeast of Saline students can add music and graphics to on-screen presentations. Or the students can scan their own photographs and incorporate them into documents and print them in color. To say that a $1.6 million addition to the school has put students on technology's cutting edge isn't an exaggeration. A lot of it has to do with Southeast's students all attending class in the same building, from elementary through high school, a school "As people see what we're doing, more people want to sign up." Kerrie Mueller Southeast of Saline High School official said. "We're benefiting because the people in this district made the tough decisions 20 years ago to consolidate into one school," said Southeast School Superintendent Bob Goodwin. Goodwin was among school officials showing off the new addition for parents and visitors at Sunday afternoon's open house. With the addition, the school gained 10 rooms, among them a new gymnasium, weight room and a new elementary school kitchen and cafeteria. No new taxes were levied to complete the addition. It was financed by revenue from a 4-mill capital outlay levy that had been accumulating for several years. The capital outlay tax levy raised between $125,000 and $130,000 annually, Goodwin said. Southeast of Saline's enrollment has grown to about 700 students, an increase of about 100 students since Goodwin became superintendent in the 1992-93 school year. The centerpiece of the addition is the $129,000 technology lab, which features 16 learning areas, or modules, where middle school and high school students are exposed to different areas of technology. Some of the areas include robotics, digital imaging, graphics communication, rocketry and space, and audio broadcasting. Both Mueller and Garretson said the equipment in the technology lab is great to. work on. One of the class projects for Mueller's multimedia course is to design a personal biography with text, photos and sound. The students said they like their classes in the lab because the classes are small and there is plenty of individual instruction. "As people see what we're doing, more people want to sign up," Mueller said. Kansas City police started finding guns on the streets, at crime scenes and in drug houses that were later traced to Bark. Some led to violent ends, including an incident in which a 15-year-old Kansas City girl was accidentally shot. Stricter laws for gun dealers have made a difference, said Josh Sugar- mann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center in Washington, B.C. In addition to higher fees, dealer applicants must have a business location. They must also supply their fingerprints, a photograph and a letter from a local law enforcement agency that endorses them. T MYSTERY WRITER Writer is a mystery to many in Hays Tomorrow's Headlines ". Wlwn you nted to know.. 825-6000 Category 6006 (Call attar 7:30 p.m.) Author Spillane is recognized by few oh trip to his alma mater By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN The Hays Daily News HAYS — What does a famous author do when he returns to his college alma mater for homecoming? Probably fight his way through the crowds and spend a lot of his time signing autographs. One of those things famous people have to put up with. Not this famous author. For starters, Mickey Spillane — the mystery writer who created Mike Hammer, one of America's most popular fictional private detectives — says he's a writer, not an author. Although he calls Fort Hays State University his school, he didn't graduate from there, or any other college for that matter. And not everybody, especially the '90s generation, knows who Mickey Spillane is. Spillane, who attended Fort Hays in 1939-40 before leaving school to serve in World War II, returned to Hays last weekend to attend Oktoberfest and the Fort Hays State homecoming activities. There isn't any hidden agenda with this spry 78-year-old sporting his trademark crew cut. With Mickey Spillane, what you see is what you get. He didn't care about sticking out in a crowd Friday. Good thing, because he didn't. All he wanted from Oktoberfest was a bierock and a beer. Dressed in tan Dickies pants and a tan jacket covering his black Fort Hays polo shirt, Spillane milled through the crowd almost unnoticed. "Hey, Mickey, how are ya?" yelled one fan. But he was at least 50 years old. "Fine, now," Spillane said as he took a bite of his bierock. "Hey, this guy is Mickey Spillane," the fan told a passerby, trying to impress someone. "Everybody's got to be somebody," Spillane muttered, walking on while taking a swig of beer. "College kids sure have changed," he observed. "Guys have earrings now. I feel I don't belong anymore." Is that because he's 50 to 60 years older than most of these college kids, or because of the earrings? Nope, Spillane replied. "I don't wear my hat backwards." While in school, Spillane fell in love with Hays and hated to leave. He never returned after the war, though, because, he said, "After the war, your whole concept has changed." When Spillane — who did Miller Lite beer commercials for almost 20 years — was asked to return for a personal appearance representing Miller beer at Okto- berfest seven years ago, he jumped at the chance. He's been back to Hays several times since and even helped head Campaign FHSU, a $20 million capital campaign started in 1990. "I was excited about seeing Hays again, but I was afraid it wouldn't be this nice little beautiful town anymore," Spillane said. "But it is." Spillane, who has sold more than 200 million books, is still writing, although his two index fingers have started giving him fits. "As long as I don't bend them too much, they'll be OK," he said. Spillane is set to release his latest book, "Black Alley," later this , month. And he plans to keep on hammering away on his 35-year-old manual typewriter, which he says will last him a long time yet. "I have nine typewriters," he said. "Three of them, I use. The other six I use to repair the others." V HEALTH Wife gives kidney to her ailin^ husbanc Rare spouse-to-spouse transplant helps Dodge City man with diabetes By The Associated Press WICHITA — When Terry Waterhouse's kidney began failing in February, his wife knew what she had to do: Give him one of her own in a rare spouse-to-spouse transplant. Making the decision to donate a kidney was not hard for Mona Waterhouse. Waiting to do it was the difficult part. "I'm a very impatient person," Mona said. "When I said I wanted to give him a kidney, it was like: tomorrow." The donation day finally came a week ago when the Dodge City couple went into the operating room at the St. Francis campus of Via Christi Regional Medical Center. The Waterhouses were released from the hospital Friday. A spouse-to-spouse transplant is not unheard of, but it is relatively rare. St. Francis has had 575 kidney transplants since 1981, and 15 of those involved husbands and wives. In nine cases, the wife donated a kidney to the husband. In six cases, the husband was the donor. Terry Waterhouse, a former service worker for the Dodge City municipal utility department, has had diabetes for 19 years. He has had kidney problems for the past two or so years, and he started three-times-a-week dialysis in March. "I won't say I was really sick, but that really saps your strength," he said. "At least it did for me." The kidneys are a pair of organs that separate water and waste products from the blood and excrete them as urine through the bladder. As the Waterhouses went through testing in preparation for the transplant, doctors discovered that Terry Waterhouse had suffered a heart attack at some point. A normal patient in his condition would have been given medicine. But because he was a transplant candidate, doctors recommended a bypass. So, about seven weeks ago, he underwent a quadruple bypass. Doctors decided Mona Waterhouse's left kidney would be used for the transplant; they put it on Terry's right side. "He's just got a little cut 6 or 8 inches," said Mona Waterhouse, who works for the Ford County district attorney's office. "But mine goes clear around to my back." After the surgery, Terry Waterhouse said that he was not sure if he felt any better, but he was confident that his health would improve. The first three months are the most crucial for a kidney transplant recipient because of the risks of infection and rejection. Mona expects her husband to "sit on his butt and watch TV all winter," but she has another deadline for him. Both of them often dress up in costumes and visit hospital pediatric wards. Now, she says, "We've got to get him well so we can do Santa Claus." IS! SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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