The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 1, 1986 · Page 1
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 1

Salina, Kansas
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T1 Salina T 1 I he Journal Home Edition — 25 Cents Salina, Kansas SATURDAY February 1,1986 114th year - No. 32 - 48 Pages Officer shot; suspect held Soldan EMS personnel treat police officer Glen Soldan Friday afternoon in the lobby of the Vagabond II Motel. By GORDON D. FIEDLER Jr. Staff Writer Glen Soldan had been a police officer for a year in Salina, but left in 1979 to pursue other interests. The thrill of police work, however, drew the 30-year-old back into the fold and he again donned the uniform on Jan. 1. On the afternoon of his 31st day back on the job, Soldan lay bleeding in a motel parking lot, shot four times at close range after stopping a man suspected in a hit- and-run accident. Soldan was listed in fair condition Friday night at Asbury Hospital's intensive care unit after a little more than four hours of surgery. He came out of surgery about 8:30 p.m. A suspect, Maurice Barnard Moore, 43, Washington, D.C., was arrested within five minutes of the shooting, which occurred about 1:50 p.m. in-the parking lot of the Vagabond II Motel, 217 S. Broadway. • Moore was arrested for felony possession of a firearm. Salina Police Chief John Woody said police likely will seek a charge of aggravated battery of a police officer. Woody said as Soldan approached Moore to question him about the auto accident that occurred not long before, Moore allegedly pulled the handgun from his right coat pocket and shot the officer. Under questioning later, Moore admitted to serving time in prison, leading Woody to speculate about the motive for the shooting. "He probably thought it was easier to shoot a police officer than go back to the penitentiary (for possessing a firearm)," Woody said. Assistant Chief Glen Kochanowski said Soldan fell after suffering three bullet wounds to the upper body and another to his right thigh. Two of the bullets fired at the upper body first struck Soldan's right hand. Kochanowski said Soldan apparently wasn't able to draw his weapon. It was still in his holster when paramedics arrived, he said. According to witnesses, Soldan walked to the motel lobby after the shooting, where manager Pat Fromdanl told him to lie down. The stricken officer remained alert during his ordeal and managed to give officers who converged on the scene a description of the man who shot him. Witnesses told authorities the man ran north. One of those who saw the shooting as he was driving along Broadway was former police officer Steve Raymer. Authorities said Raymer and at least one other citizen chased the man north and east to Walnut. ' The suspect ran north on Clark, between cars driven by Salina Police Capt. Jim Huff and Saline County Sheriff's Deputy Dennis McClintock, who were responding to the emergency call. They joined the chase on foot and caught the man in the 100 block of South Clark. "We found him hiding on the side of (a house at) 156 S. Clark," Huff said. Huff said the man, later identified as Moore, appeared scared and offered no resistance. Police originally were seeking a woman believed to have been with the suspect before the shooting. They later determined Moore was alone. The weapon believed used in the shooting, a Brazilian-made .38- caliber special with a wooden grip, (See Shooting, Page 3) Today Inside TODAY'S KANSAS- KANSAS STATE basketball game in Manhattan takes on even greater importance with the announced resignation of KSU head coach Jack Hartman. See Sports, Page 13. THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE rose 18.81 points Friday to finish at a record 1570.99, well above the previous best close' of 1565.71 set Jan. 7. See story, Page 9. A TREMOR registering a 5.0 on the Richter scale, rattled windows Friday from Cleveland through nine states and part of Canada. See story, PageS. SUNFLOWER ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE was granted two more weeks to work out a debt restructuring plan Friday by the Rural Electrification Administration. See story, Page 2. CONNECTICUT LEGISLATORS spend 30 hours in jail to get a feel for the system they write laws to govern. See story, Page 18. Classified 18-20 Entertainment 22 Fun 21 Living Today....,...,. 6,7 Local/Kansas 3,17 Markets 9,10 Nation/World 5 On the Record 11 Opinion 4 Religion 8 Sports 13-16 Weather ............11 Weather KANSAS — Partly cloudy today and cooler in the east, with highs 50 to 60. Tonight, mostly cloudy with a slight chance of light rain south- central and southeast. Lows 25 to 30 in the northwest and in the mid-30s in the southeast. Mostly cloudy Sunday with a slight chance of light rain. Highs 40 to 50. Shuttle cabin maybe on floor of ocean CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) —NASAput two robot submarines overboard Friday to photograph a large metal object on the ocean bottom that could be Challenger's crew compartment. But on a day devoted to a memorial service for the seven astronauts in Houston, NASA said that if bodies were found in the cabin, it would not immediately disclose that fact. "No comment will be made by NASA officials today on anything concerning personal effects or human remains out of respect for the astronauts' families," the space agency said in a statement. By nightfall, the agency had stuck to its promise. An investigating board met with Mission Control Center personnel Friday and a source said the board was studying a possibility that a tongue of flame from a leak midway in the right booster rocket triggered one of the explosive "destruct" packages on the shuttle's huge fuel tank. That followed a report from another source Thursday that the board studied liftoff films frame by frame and thought there was a possibility the flame had burned into the tank • Area Under Cockpit • Nose Section like a 6,000 degree blowtorch. The explosive on the tank is there in case the shuttle goes off course and has to be destroyed by radio signal. The board has promised a report on Sunday about the direction in which the investigation is gomg. A second and larger submersible, a robot called "Scorpios," was sent to the scene aboard another NASA ship, the Freedom Star. It began its survey with black and white movie cameras and a still camera about 4 p.m. CST. When NASA officials saw the size of fuselage pieces that have been retrieved so far, they privately discussed the possibility that the cabin could have survived reasonably intact, despite the explosion and eight-mile plunge. NASA films show what appears to be the. cabin, trailing a long stream of smoke as it plummeted out of the fireball into the ocean, striking the water with tremendous impact. Whether the astronauts were killed by the initial blast or by the heat would not be known unless the bodies are recovered. ' Although the pressurized cabin is the most solidly reinforced structure on the shuttle, some engineers thought it might have burst and that the astronauts' remains would not be found. Coast Guard spokesman James Simpson, a lieutenant commander, cautioned that the large object might not be the cabin. "It could be a shrimp boat from 20 years ago or a Spanish galleon from 300 years ago." The explosion claimed the lives of Christa McAuliffe, a 37-year-old teacher from Concord, N.H., who was selected to fly as the first "common citizen" in NASA's citizen-in-space program; Francis R. Scobee, 46, the commander; Michael J. Smith, 40, the pilot; Judith A. Resnik, 36; Ronald E. McNair, 35; Ellison S. Onizuka, 39, and Gregory B. Jarvis, 41. As divers stood by to get a close up look at the large object on the ocean floor, 6,000 pounds of wreckage from the shattered shuttle were unloaded at Cape Canaveral's port. Five large chunks of the ship's fuselage, already returned to port, raised the possibility that the pressurized crew module might have survived intact. The debris included Challenger's nose and part of the cabin, parts of a cargo bay door, and sections of wing and tail. NASA officials were surprised so many big pieces survived. Nation mourns fallen astronauts SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — Engineers, astronauts and scientists gathered Friday in a plaza usually reserved for celebrations of daring triumph to mourn with relatives and the nation's president for seven who reached for space and died in a fiery explosion. "Sometimes, when we reach for the stars, we fall short," said President Reagan in a 10-minute eulogy delivered under cloudy skies at the Johnson Space Center before a crowd estimated at 10,000. "But we must pick ourselves up again and press on despite the pain." Family members of the dead astronauts sat in a center section of seats set up for the memorial. Many wept openly. And some senior NASA executives, sitting nearby, joined them in tears. "We promise Dick Scobee and his crew that their dream lives on," said Reagan. "Man will continue his conquest of space, to reach out for new goals and greater achievements. "That is the way we shall com- memorate our seven Challenger heroes," he said. A formation of four T-38 jets, the type flown by astronauts, roared in a tight, low pass over the space center. One craft split off and wheeled upward in a steep climb toward the sun and then swept out of view into clouds. Reagan stood on a slight rise overlooking a grassy quadrangle sur- (See Memorial, Page 12) Rev. Hawley delivers invocation By CAROL LICHTI Staff Writer HOUSTON — Salina's Rev. Bernard Hawley tried Friday to comfort the loved ones of the lost crew of the space shuttle Challenger the best way he could—through prayer. Hawley, the father and father-in- law of two astronauts in the space program, delivered the invocation at a nationally televised memorial service at the Johnson Space Center in Houston for the crew members who perished Tuesday in an explosion shortly after takeoff. *• "We are gathered here today as a family," Hawley said. "A family that shares a common dream, a common goal, a common commitment and now a common tragic and devastating loss. "And as families do, we have drawn together to remember with love and faith seven who embodied in a very special way that dream we all possess: Dick, Mike, Judy, El, Ron, Greg and Christa." Hawley's son, Steve Hawley, who finished his second shuttle flight Jan. 18, and daughter-in-law, Sally Ride, who was the first American woman to fly in space, were not in Houston. They attended a service in Akron, Ohio, for Judith Resnik, who was a member of Steve Hawley's first space crew in 1984. The Rev, Hawley is the minister of the First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Eighth. His prayer preceded President Ronald Reagan's message and comments from fellow astronaut Lt. Col. Charles Bolden. In his prayer, Hawley said, "We (See Hawley, Page 12) President Reagan comforts Alison Smith, daughter of pilot Michael Smith. To her right Is her sister, Erin, and Marcia Jarvis, wife of mission specialist Gregory Jarvis. Woman standing behind Alison is Grace Corrigan, mother of Christa McAuliffe. 1

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