The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 19, 2001 · Page 9
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THURSDAY APRIL 19, 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Great Plains A LOOK AHEAD / B2 DEATHS / B3 FUN / B4 BRIEFLY Man arrested in choking incident A Salina man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a choking attack that caused a 20-year-old to have a stroke. Christopher Mostue, 19, turned himself in to the Salina Police Department, Salina Police Lt. Mike Sweeney said. Sweeney said Mostue turned himself in because he knew police were looking for him. He was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery and released after posting a $5,000 bond. Meanwhile, Moses was released Tuesday from Via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita. His mother, Ardy Moses, said her son will meet with a physical therapist Thursday Sweeney said after interviewing several people who had attended the party in the 2300 block of Village Lane, it appeared there were several fights during the evening. Moses reportedly was choked when he went to the party to help a friend get back a shoe that he'd lost during a fight. On Monday, Ardy Moses said doctors told her her son suffered a stroke because the oxygen supply was cut off to his brain. Man allegedly caught in lewd act A Salina man was arrested Tuesday morning after he was caught masturbating while standing outside his truck in the southwest corner of Hageman Elementary School's property at 409 W. Cloud. Children did not see the incident, said Salina Police Lt. Mike Sweeney. Douglas Sunderlin, 44, 707 Sherman, was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious . behavior and released on $500 bond. A witness called police, and when an officer arrived Sunderlin's pants were around his ankles, Sweeney said. Western being sued over Yaggy field HUTCHINSON — A lawsuit against Western Resources alleges company officials knew gas was leaking from Yaggy field before selling the storage facility to Kansas Gas Service four years ago. Gas traveled seven miles from Yaggy storage field before erupting in gas geysers in Hutchinson Jan. 17 and 18. Two people were killed in an explosion at a mobile home park, and two downtown businesses were destroyed in another explosion. Western Resources owned the storage facility before selling it to Kansas Gas Service and its parent company, Oneok, in 1997. Attorney Stan Juhnke said Tuesday the plaintiffs in the case have information indicating the storage field was leaking before the 1997 sale. Juhnke said he would prove Western Resource officials knew "of numerous severe gas leaks at the facility and (were) aware that gas was entering the geologic strata and leaving the facility" Teams wanted for annual walk for MS Teams are being sought for the 2001 Multiple Sclerosis Walk May 5 at Kenwood Park. The walkers will raise money through donations and pledges. To participate, caU (1-800-7457148) or the community chairwoman, Pam Suenram, at 8238382. Registration also is available at www.nmsskc.org or by e-mail at eri@nmsskc.org. From Staff and Wire Reports CORRECTIOMS Because of a Journal error, an item in the police blotter section of Wednesday's newspaper was incorrect. A personal computer and bathroom wire stand were taken from the Wal- Mart store at 2900 S. Ninth on April 12. Salina police seized a security video tape for evidence. ••••• The Journal wants to set the record straight. Advise us of errors by calling the Journal at (785) 823-6363, or toll free at 1-800827-6363. Corrections will run in this space as soon as possible. T SUBSTANCE ABUSE Huffing becoming more common Easy availability of inhalants too tempting for many Salina youths By KARA RHODES The Salina Journal Air freshener, oven cleaner, propane, hair spray, spray paint. Is that a list of household products or the shopping list of a kid who likes to huff? Huffing — the breathing in of chemicals to get high — is a much too common practice among Salina students, parents and teachers were told Monday at a seminar at Salina Regional Health Center In a Community That Cares survey administered this past year, 17.8 percent of Salina students between sixth and 12th grades indicated they had huffed in the past 30 days. That's slightly higher than the state average of 17.2 percent. "It's free, easy to get," said Steve Henoch, the project director for the Central Kansas Foundation's Salina Area Prevention Partnership. "It's available to anyone that can reach over a counter and hand coins to someone on the other side." Education about the subject is important because huffing can be deadly, said Saline County Sheriff Lt. Mark Malick. "It can kill the 10th, the 25th, the 100th time — or the very first time," he said. "It's like playing Russian roulette." With more than 1,400 products on the market with chemicals used to huff, the practice is impossible to outlaw by getting rid of the products, he said. "The number one thing to do to stop abuse is educate parents," he said. Salina Police Officer A.V. Plank, a D.A.R.E. officer in the Salina Public Schools, said staying educated and aware are keys to knowing if your child is turning to inhalants. "Get involved," he said. "Stop in when they tell you they don't want you to. Know how much (chemicals) you use, so you can watch for an increase in usage." Inhalants are the No. 3 drug — after alcohol and tobacco — turned to by kids. Usage peaks in seventh and eighth grades. Janet Hanson, a substance abuse prevention specialist for the eighth grades, said parents who are aware can catch warning signs. "Kids that huff look intoxicated," she said. "But signs and symptoms are elusive, because the high is brief." Hanson gave a list of symptoms that, by themselves, might not arouse suspicion, but when taken as a whole might be a sign DRINKING AND DRIVING JEFF COOPER / The Salina Journal Area high school students look on Wednesday during a re-enactment of a DUI crash scene put together by local law enforcement. With proms going on Saturday, officials hope the re-enactment will raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. What could happen DUI re-enactment gives students graphic look at end result By TANA THOMSON The Salina Journal Three "bloodied" teen-agers — one "dead" the others "seriously injured" — strewn about in a car became "victims" Wednesday in the re-enactment of a drunk-driving crash scene. The crash re-enactment was put on for hundreds of high school juniors and seniors to remind them of the consequences of driving drunk. Students from Sacred Heart, Ell-Saline, South and Central high schools were invited to the exercise just before prom weekend. Students had mixed reactions during the re-enactments at Salina South and Central high school parking lots. At both, there were jokes, talking and laughing. "Didn't someone say there was going to be beer here?" joked one student. But others showed some emotion as their classmates lay "so still," as some students quietly pointed out, inside the beat-up car Students from each of the four schools participated as actors in the re-enactment, which went something like this: Two students, looking bloody and injured, lay inside a wrecked vehicle. A student sprawled on the hood was "dead on arrival." Students were told that a drunk truck driver ran the students' car off the road. When the police arrived, they immediately identified one student as dead, the other two seriously injured. Police made the truck driver try to walk a straight line and take a Breathalyzer test among other measures to see if he had been drinking. His two passengers were crying and screaming at him. The "dead" student was zipped into a body bag and put into a hearse. Meanwhile, firefighters cut open the car to get the injured students out and put them in an ambulance. How seriously do you take this? Preston Tackett, a school resource officer from the Salina Police Department, described what was happening as the scene unraveled. "We are kind of laughing and making jokes about it," Tackett said to the students near the end of the demonstration at Central. "But until you see it, you don't realize how serious it is." He said what they were watching was See DUI, Page B3 Saline County Attorney Ellen Mitchell Thursday read these statistics on drunk driving to high school juniors and seniors before they watched a reenactment of a drunk-driving crash: • in 1999, 38 percent of the 41,611 traffic fatalities in th^ U.S. were alcohol-related. Iri Kansas, 537, or 35 percent, of the fatal crashes were alcohol-related. • Twenty-one percent of young . drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking. •, Young drivers make up 6.7 percent of the driving population but constitute 13 percent of drivers who've been drinking and involved in fatal crashes. • About 2,200 youths between 15 and 20 will die this year in alcohol- related traffic deaths. • Between 1988 and 1998, the number of drivers 16-20 years old involved in fatal crashes while drunk dropped 33 percent, the largest decrease of any age group during that time. of trouble: • A chemical odor on the child • Skin rashes • Inflamed eyes • Paraphernalia such as chemical-smelling rags, plastic bags and chemical products • Red, runny nose • Slurred speech • Nonsensical talk • Excessive sweating • Withdrawal frorii family "You have to educate your kids," she said, "which means you have to educate yourself." • Reporter Kara Rhodes can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 167, or by e-mail at sjkrhodes@saljour nal.com. • LEGISLATURE New lines must be drawn Lawmakers to hold hearings across state on redistricting By JOHN HANNA TIte Associated Press TOPEKA — The Legislature is planning 10 public meetings across the state in May and June to brief Kansans on redistricting and take testimony on communities' concerns. Lawmakers must redraw congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts next year to reflect the 2000 census figures. Those figures indicated power would shift from rural Kansas to urban areas, particularly Wichita and Johnson County The joint meetings of the House and Senate redistricting committees begin May 16 in Lawrence, followed by Overland Park, Hutchinson, Wichita, Leavenworth, Kansas City, Manhattan, Independence, Hays and Garden City "There's probably nothing more important to the future of policy in Kansas than redistricting," said House Minority Leader Jim Garner, D-Coffeyville. Republicans control the Legislature and will decide how the new lines are drawn. Lawmakers also will look out for their political interests. According to the latest census, Kansas' population stood at 2,688,418 on April 1, 2000, up 8.5 percent from April 1990. Fifty-seven of the state's 105 counties lost population over the decade, with a dozen rural counties, mainly in western Kansas, losing at least 10 percent of their residents. The four metropolitan areas — Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka and Lawrence — had 56 percent of the population. Those four areas include nine counties. The Legislature redraws the state's political boundaries once each decade, after the federal census. The U.S. Supreme Court mandates that districts be as equal in population as possible. The court has said states also must consider other factors, such as making districts as compact as possible and trying to preserve "communities of interest." "By taking testimony from people in communities, we're better able to define those communities of interest," said Senate Redistricting Chairman David Adkins, R-Leawood. • SALINA BUSINESS Long McArthur already sold on new move Ford dealer seeing brisk sales during first week in south Salina By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salirm Journal Long McArthur Ford, Lincoln & Mercury's move from its longtime downtown Salina location to its new dealership in south Salina already has boosted business, its owners say The dealership moved its inventory Friday Twenty people shuttled 470 cars and trucks to the new location at the northwest corner of Water Well Road and South Ninth Street. The whole process took about 12 hours and covered a total of 10,000 miles, Mike Ward, dealership general manager, said. Saturday morning, the new dealership opened its doors for the first time. Thirteen vehicles were sold that day and another eight sold Monday, said West McArthur, a partner in the dealership with his brother and company president, North. "Our new facility is a lot more user-friendly," West McArthur said. "At our old facility, customers couldn't get in and out. Here, there's a lot of parking for customers. It's just a lot nicer." The new facility is bigger and brighter than the cramped quarters the dealership occupied at 340 N. Santa Fe. The old dealership covered about 40,000 square feet; the new dealership has a 68,700 square-foot building and a 12- acre lot. In terms of square footage. Long McArthur's new home is the largest Ford dealership in Kansas, Ward said. "We're going to focus a lot of our marketing efforts toward Wichita," he said. "As far as pricing, we knew we could compete with the big dealers, now we know we can compete with our facility" Tlte move also has meant hiring more employees. So far, Long McArthur has added 12 people to its staff and will probably add eight to 10 in the next 90 days. Ward said. Four additional service technicians have been hired. Blue Oval dealers Ford Motor Co. recently . adopted a new program — Blue Oval Certified dealers — for dealerships that meet tougher new customer satisfaction standards for cleanliness, appearance, service response and training. For those dealers who meet the new standards. Ford wiU charge 1.25 percent less for the cars it ships them. The savings amount to more than $250 for a vehicle that See MOVE, Page B3 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearlng@saljournal.com

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