The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 1, 1986 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Local/Kansas The Salina Journal Saturday, February 1,1986 Page 3 Salina Fire Department EMS personnel carry police officer Glen Soldan to the ambulance. rtlOTMl fey Ffttl MMWVH Witness: 'He showed no mercy By BRENT BATES Staff Writer Marian Saltzman stood at the front desk of the Vagabond n motel Friday afternoon and watched as a man pulled a gun from a sack and shot a Salina police officer. About 30 minutes later, she was still trying to regain her composure. "My heart was going, oh, 100 per, I tell you what," Saltzman said, trying to calm herself with a cup of coffee as police investigators finished their work at the scene. Saltzman, a desk clerk at the motel, noticed police officer Glen Soldan pull into the motel driveway, get out of his patrol car and approach a man walking south in front of the motel. While talking to the officer, the man kept backing away, kind of laughing at the officer, Saltzman said. "It didn't look to me like he was having any problem," she said. But the man reached inside his coat, pulled out a small, brown paper sack and from the sack "he pulled out a little silver gun and started shooting the officer," said Saltzman. ''There must of been four or five shots—bang, bang, bang, bang. He didn't hesitate one minute. He showed no mercy." Police determined four shots were fired. Saltzman screamed for the motel manager, Pat Fromdahl, who called the police. In the meantime, Soldan staggered into the motel lobby. Fromdahl told him to lie on the floor and Saltzman locked the door. With the police still on the phone, Fromdahl frantically tried to get information from Soldan Assistant Police Chief Glen Kochanowski counts shells fired from the pistol. about the suspect and relay it to the police dispatcher. "I tried to keep the officer talking, so maybe he wouldn't fall asleep on me," Fromdahl said. "I didn't know. I thought the officer might fade out on us. "I yelled 'What did the guy look like?' He said it was a black guy. I asked him 'Where is he now?' and he said 'walking' and tried to motion north. I asked if he was hit, he said yes, held up five fingers and said'five times.' " Fromdahl said Soldan never had a chance to draw his gun. She said it was still in his holster as he was lying in the motel lobby. Hazel Henry, 319 N. Perm, also witnessed the shooting. She said she was driving on Broadway when a police officer passed her, his patrol car lights flashing, and pulled into the motel parking lot. She said she saw the officer approach a man walking in front of the motel. "I saw the guy do his jacket like this," she said, opening her jacket. "They got in a tussle and then he (Soldan) fell on the ground. I saw the cop lying on the ground. Then I heard a bang while the cop was still on the ground." Bob Maag, owner of Central Kansas Radiator Repair located near the motel, said he watched as the suspect streaked past his business and across a field, chased by three men. Todd Furgison, 1001W. Walnut, also watched the chase. "He was flat hoofin' it, and there were two or three behind him," said Furgison, who watched from the front porch of his house. "One guy had a pipe in his hand...." The men caught the suspect beside a house at the corner of Walnut and Clark at about the time a sheriff's officer arrived, witnesses said. Soldan 2nd officer shot recently Radio transcript By NANCY MALIR Staff Writer When Salina Police Officer Glen Soldan was gunned down Friday afternoon — suffering six bullet wounds from four shots — he became the second Salina police officer in January to be shot. Soldan, 30, was listed in f ah* and stable condition Friday at Asbury Hospital, where he underwent four hours of surgery to repair damage from gunshot wounds. He was shot while talking to a man sought in connection with a hit-and-run accident Friday afternoon in Salina. A suspect, Maurice Barnard Moore, 43, of Washington, D.C., is in custody. On Jan. 14, Salina police Det. Ron Downing was shot during a siege at the home of Sam Bledsoe, 35,1017 Gypsum. Downing, wearing a bullet-proof vest, was more fortunate than Soldan, and was not seriously injured. Bledsoe allegedly fired a shotgun blast that struck Downing as he and officer Thomas Payne tried to enter the house four hours after the standoff began. Police were called to the house when Bledsoe allegedly fired a shotgun at a neighbor. Bledsoe kept officers at bay more than six hours. He was injured and apprehended after police fired tear gas canisters into the house. Bledsoe has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault in connection with the shooting. The incident with Downing was the first in Salina since the June 1975 slaying of officer Jerry Ivey. Ivey was killed by Roy Earl Schultz when Ivey attempted to question Schultz about a holdup. Ivey, the first Salina police officer to die in the line of duty since 1920, was shot at 11 or 12 times. Three bullets passed through his body — two of them doing extensive lung damage, and the other passing through Ivey's left shoulder. That ordeal began shortly after 8 a.m. on June 13,1975, with the armed robbery of the Dillon's Food Store in Sunset Plaza. Shortly thereafter, Ivey stopped an auto matching the description of the getaway car in the driveway of the Triplett Standard Service Station at U.S.-81 and Interstate 70. Both Schultz and Ivey got out of their cars, and as Ivey approached Schultz, the police officer was sprayed in the face with Mace. Both men drew guns and exchanged shots. Schultz, wounded in the knee, sped from the scene, but surrendered later that day. He later pleaded guilty to charges of first- degree murder and aggravated assault and was sentenced to life in prison, where he died. The city's Jerry Ivey Park, at Magnolia and Ohio, is named in honor of the fallen officer. \/ Shooting (Continued from Page 1) was found near Moore. There was one bullet in the handgun's cylinder. Woody said Soldan was not wearing a bulletproof vest, although all officers are issued the safety devices. Woody said the department has no mandatory vest policy, and he said has no immediate plans to impose one. The events leading to the shooting occurred on the opposite side of town. Police received a report of an automobile accident in which people were injured at about 1:20 p.m. near Crawford and Ohio. Upon investigation, authorities found it to be a hit-and-run. A 1980 tan-and-maroon Cadillac Seville driven by a man collided with a car, pushing it into the rear of another. Two women were injured, police said. The trail started there and led officers to J-J Chevrolet on Crawford, where the driver left his damaged vehicle. From the car dealership, the driver went to a Texaco station at the corner of Crawford and Front, where he called a cab. The cab dropped the man at the Kerr McGee station at 235 S. Broadway, next to the Vagabond. Soldan, on routine patrol, spotted the man who fit the description of the hit-and-run driver. He radioed that he had a suspect. That was the last message Soldan sent to dispatcher Bill Evans. After 55 seconds of empty radio hiss, Evans received a 911 call from motel manager Pat Fromdahl at 1:52 p.m. and heard the frantic message: "Get emergency, a police officer's down...." This is an edited portion of the taped telephone conversation between police dispatcher Bill Evans and Vagabond II Motel manager Pat Fromdahl, who reported the shooting Friday afternoon of police officer Glen Soldan. The transcript also contains conversations between Evans and patrol officers and between the patrol officers responding to the emergency call. Officer Glen Soldan: I have the subject at the Vagabond II. Police: 10-4. (55 seconds elapse with no communication.) Fromdahl, dialing 911 emergency number: Get emergency, Vagabond Motel, a police officer's down. He's in the office here. Police: OK, What's the problem there? Fromdahl: He's shot. Police: OK I OK! Fromdahl: Vagabond Motel, 217 S. Broadway. Police: Vagabond, officer down. Police: Officer down ... at the Vagabond. Fromdahl:-A black guy. Going north, going north. Police: We've got an officer down at the Vagabond. Fromdahl: There's a black guy on foot running north. (Describes suspect.) Police: The suspect is described as a black male wearing a yellow cap and a brown leather jacket. Running north. Police: Ma'am, where was he shot at? Fromdahl: In the stomach. He was shot several times. He's inside the office. He got up and (pause) he walked inside; he's laying on the floor. He was shot five times. Police: OK. Fromdahl: Oh, my... Police: OK, ma'am, just calm down. Is he still breathing? Fromdahl: He's talking but he's been hit five times. Fromdahl: We've got him laying on the floor in here. (To another person in motel lobby:) Is he bleeding someplace? (Unintelligible conversation in motel lobby.) He's getting his strength now. Police: OK, just calm down.... Do you still see the suspect? Fromdahl: No. (Repeats description of suspect.) Another officer's here. Police: OK, They're there? Fromdahl: Yeah, another off leer's here. Police: (Description of suspect relayed by radio to officers in the street.) EMS, go to the office at the Vagabond. Police: 955 has the suspect, Walnut and Clark. Local units, 955 has the suspect in custody at Walnut at Clark street. Christmas a bust for tax collectors TOPEKA (AP) - Kansas tax collectors were disappointed by the results of the 1985 Christmas shopping season, which brought in $3.8 million less in sales tax revenue than hoped for last month. A total |47.3 million in sales taxes was reported by retailers in January, but Harley Duncan, secretary of revenue, said Friday the holiday season was a disappointment. "It was a big month for us because there were some Christmas sales in it and it was not nearly as good as it could have been," Duncan said. "Now we have to fay to make up the difference in the spring. "We'd have been in good shape going into spring if we had just broken even on the sales tax. It's a little disappointing because we have to make up ground." Not only did the sales tax not reach the monthly estimate, it did not even equal the tax level generated for the same month a year ago, falling $3 million below that mark. For the fiscal year to date, the sales tax is $1.9 million below predictions of economic experts. Duncan said it will not be easy to recover and hit the estimate in the final five months of the fiscal year. Overall last month, the state collected $174.2 million from all tax sources, or about $3.5 million more than expected. Besides the drop in sales tax income, the corporate in- come tax column produced $3.1 million less than expected. Duncan attributed the shortfall to a large number corporate tax refunds paid last month. "We took in enough money but we had over $5 million in refunds and that's a little high," he said. "We're close to the estimate as a whole." Besides missing the mark by $3.1 million for the month, the corporate tax is running just shy of the pace for the entire year at $207,000 down. The individual income tax produced $90,400, or $8.4 million more than expected in January. The collections put the state $7.1 million ahead for the fiscal year, but Duncan cautioned against reading too much into that surplus. "While it's better to be $8 million ahead instead of $8 million in the hole, we might have to refund some of that money," he said. "We're heading into the refund season of the income tax and that $7-or-$8-million doesn't mean a lot." The tax on financial institutions generated $1.4 million more than projected in January, while the mineral severance tax on oil, natural gas, coal and salt production fell $291,000 under expectations last month. Looking at the bottom line of the tax picture, Kansas has collected $8.2 million more than expected, since experts revised their projections downward in November. Planters to become Bank TV Salina in '86 From Staff and Wire Reports Planters Bank and Trust Co., 138 N. Santa Fe, will become Bank IV Salina later this year. Fourth Financial Corp;, the Wichita-based holding company that owns Planters Bank, the Patrons State Bank in Olathe and the Kansas State . Bank in Newton, has filed application with the Kansas City office of the Comptroller of the Currency to change the charter of those three banks from state to national. Listed in that application is the name change Fourth Financial had hoped to keep secret until a statewide media blitz announcement targeted for March. Ed Pogue, senior vice president and cashier at Planters, said the change to national charter would have no effect on customer services. A state chartered bank is regulated and examined by state examiners; a nationally chartered bank falls under federal regulators. Mike Keller, vice president for advertising and commercials with Fourth Financial in Wichita, said it would be premature to say if the company was changing the names of the six other banks owned by Fourth Financial Corp. to Bank IV. Those banks, in Coffeyville, Pittsburg, Emporia, Topeka and two in Wichita, already have national charters. "We are studying the issue of corporate identity and efficiency and the marketing advantages if they all had one name, but there are legal and marketing issues to address before public comment is proper," Keller said. He said it was within the realm of possibility that Fourth National Bank of Wichita, the state's largest bank and Fourth Financial's flagship, would change its name to Bank IV Wichita. Full-time enrollment falls slightly at Marymount The student headcount at Marymount College is up this spring, despite slight drops in the full-time- equivalent enrollment and full-time day students. Full-time-equivalent enrollment for the spring semester is down 13, from 473 last fall to 460, for a drop of 2.7 percent, Academic Dean Bill Medlandsaid. Full-time-equivalent enrollment is figured by dividing the number of credit hours that students are taking by 15 hours, which is considered a full-time load. The school continued to show a drop in full-time day students, from 352 last fall to 336, or 4.5 percent. During the past five years, full-time day enrollment has dropped 34 percent, from 537 to 352, according to a report compiled by President Dan Johnson. But Marymount's spring semester headcount is up about 3 percent, from 614 to 631, because of an off-campus class in which 23 students are enrolled. Headcount is the number of students enrolled in an at least one credit hour. The Marymount spring semester night school enrollment of 186 is up one over last fall's figure. Medknd said the figures were a welcome surprise, because spring enrollment at colleges nationwide typically drops by about 7 percent from the fall to the spring semesters. That has been the trend at Marymount in past years. Enrollment for the spring semester at Kansas Wesleyan is Monday; classes start Tuesday. Sick infants fill hospitals Babies sick with viruses filled pediatrics wards at both Salina hospitals during January. Dr. Ralph Weber, a pediatrician, said January is the height of the winter cold season. But during the past three weeks, an unusual number of babies caught several strains of viral respiratory infections. The increase is not cause for alarm. It just means this has been a busier cold season than in the past few years, Weber said. Pediatrics wards at St. John's and Asbury hospitals have had an average of 12 to 15 babies, and up to half have been in oxygen tents. "And there are a whole bunch more that are being taken care of at home," Weber said. Parents have brought in children with several types of viral infections, including viral pneumonia. The numbers seemed to peak this week, he said. Weber advises parents, especially those with children under 6 months of age, to watch for these signs: • The baby does not take in fluids. A baby with a cold often coughs and chokes and does not want to drink, causing dehydration that could worsen the cold. • Heavy, gasping breaths. Young babies have greater difficulty breathing than older ones because their air passages are smaller. Even a minor cold can cause problems. Emporia man pleads guilty to rape EMPORIA (AP) — A young Emporia man who is the nephew and adopted brother of convicted killer Nathaniel "Yorkie" Smith has pleaded guilty to charges of rape and sodomy. Roger M. Smith, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday in Lyon County District Court following a plea bargain agreement. He originally was charged with rape, aggravated sodomy and aggravated robbery.

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