The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 13, 1996 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 13, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL CRIME SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1996 AB an't be happening' New York community feels cursed after tragedies ^Salina Journal 125 years-" By The Associated Press DRYDEN, N.Y. — Residents of this bucolic paradise of corn fields and broad woodlands feel cursed. Since 1989, Dryden has been traumatized by episode after episode of horror. The most recent tragedy involved two 16-year-old high school cheerleaders, best friends house-sitting for one of the girl's vacationing parents when they were abducted and killed, allegedly by a neighbor. Body parts were found strewn around a town some 30 miles away. "It's surreal. It's like this really isn't happening. It can't," said Donald Trombley, the schools superintendent who has watched a wave of grief engulf his students and staff. "It's like a curse or something," said Rick Pace, who lost two nephews in car accidents within the last year. "It isn't right. It seems like things no one deserves once in a lifetime have happened six times in six years in that small town." Even Mayor Robert Day is unsettled by the protracted string of misfortune to befall his village of 2,000 residents, many of whom greet each other by first name. "The folks that grew up here remember never locking their doors. Folks never locked their cars. They would even leave the keys in the car all the time," Day said. "It's not that way anymore." The town sits on the southern tip of the Finger Lakes region's eastern reaches, spreading over nearly 100 square miles. With fewer than 14,000 residents, it is an eclectic blend of farm families who can trace their roots back several generations and newcomers who work at one of the four colleges and universities in the area. As best anyone can remember, Dryden's small-town soul became forever corrupted beginning with the gruesome execution-style murders of Dodie and Warren Harris and their two children just three days before Christmas 1989. The couple, their 15-year-old daughter and 11- year-old son were each shot in the head and their bodies set afire by an intruder. He was shot to death by state troopers who raided his apartment six weeks later. '. "We've been locking our doors ever since. Every door," said Faye Eck, who lives about a quarter-mile from the Harris home. "These terrible things just keep happening again and again. And we just keep repeating, 'This can't be happening here. This can't be happening here.' " The Associated Press McLean, N.Y., residents stop by a memorial to two slain cheerleaders by the community's fire station. Tragedy struck again in the summer of 1993 when 26-year-old Scott Hume was stabbed to death in his girlfriend's apartment by her ex-boyfriend. Five days after Christmas 1994, popular high school football coach Stephen Starr was gunned down in his home while trying to protect his 17-year-old daughter from a deranged ex-boyfriend, upset over the couple's breakup. The boyfriend fled to a cemetery and killed himself. Then last month, 29-year-old Robert Bergman was shot and killed at the car dealership where he worked. A co-worker was charged. Jennifer Bolduc and Sarah Hajney, the cheerleaders, were among the mourners at a community service for Pace's 17-year-old nephew Scott, a Dryden High School football player who was killed last month on his way home from practice. Jennifer and Sarah were reported missing when they didn't show up for school on Oct. 4. They were declared dead Monday after searchers found body parts apparently belonging to them scattered across Otselic. Authorities this weekend continued searching the heavy woods and sturdy overgrown shrubs in four central New York counties for the girls' remains. Police have not released any details about their abduction or slayings. The Ethics Committee of Salina Regional Health Center, in cooperation with the Kansas Humanities Council, is sponsoring a series of book discussions on the topics of health care and bioethics. The Following books will be discussed: The Death of Ivan Hyich, by Leo Tolstoy. Ivan Ilych's unexpected encounter with his own mortality is both a terrifying glimpse into the abyss and a testament to the possibility of spiritual salvation. Discussion will be October 24 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Center East on the Santa Fe Campus. William Brown, chair of the English department at Kansas Wesleyan University will lead the discussion. Vital Lines: Contemporary Fiction about Medicine, edited by Jon Mukand. Medicine, in one way or another, touches everyone's life. These short stories bring us various perspectives on medicine. The discussion will be divided into two sessions, Nov. 21,7 p.m., in the Heartland Room on Santa Fe Campus, and Dec. 12,7 p.m., on the Perm Campus in Conference Room 1. Alan Lubert, Rockhurst College, will lead the group. There is no charge to participate, and the books may be checked out from the Education Department, Santa Fe Campus. Catt 452-7600 to reserve your books. Salina Regional Health Center FBI report shows violent crime down By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Violent crime in large U.S. cities dropped 8 percent in 1995, leading the way for a smaller but less dramatic decline across the nation, the FBI reports. The bureau's annual crime survey also shows the lowest murder rate in a decade — and the lowest overall violent crime rate since 1989. The survey, released Saturday, was compiled from crimes report,ed to more than 16,000 law-enforcement agencies covering 95 percent of the nation's population. With crime an issue in the presidential campaign, President Clinton quickly claimed credit for the decrease. "Our anti-crime strategy — to put more police on the street while working to get drugs, gangs and guns out of our neighborhoods — is working," he said in a written statement. Attorney General Janet Reno attributed the improvement to "many different causes, including pur bipartisan efforts to give local law enforcement the tools they need to combat crime." Christina Martin, campaign spokesperson for Bob Dole, said, "Clinton's words of self-congratulation are a shallow attempt to divert attention from the massive increase Crime distribution Violent crime dropped in 1995, most noticably in cities with more than 1 million people. The current distribution of violent crime: Larceny- Theft Burglary Motor vehicle 7.9 1 — Aggravated f,,, assault |>|£4.2— Robbery 0.7— forcible rape EtWi» % WtKt"a™lT"-'!"•;; t ' • * r uraer Source: FBI AP in teen drug use under his watch. 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