The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 25, 2001 · Page 4
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A4 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAI Rescue / Donations needed Meese / Courts have role FROM PAGE A1 The Red Cross coordinates the efforts of other volunteers from the Salvation Army and various church denominations. Within its command post, volunteers are separated into different departments, each handling different tasks. . Volunteer Bill Filomena was coordinating the donation of items. Red Cross tries to limit donations of less immediately useful items, such as used clothing, while collecting and distributing items such as rakes, shovels, plastic trash bags and cleaning supplies. Among other disaster functions of the Red Cross are communications, liaison with government agencies and mental health services. The latter is aimed as much at helping workers helping victims as it is victims themselves, said volunteer Judy Farrar. Farrar said the volunteers she oversees deal with everyone from traumatized children to shellshocked adults, to debriefing other volunteers in theifield. "It's basically trying to give them a perspective on the whole experience," Farrar saidJ^ "If they (volunteers) burn out, they won't be around to Help us the next time." AVhat will help the community recover faster, Degand said, is money Putting cash into the hands of people to purchase necessities to rebuild helps re- • U.S. SUPREME COURT How to help The North Central Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross in Saiina is accepting monetary donations to help the Hoisington tornado victims. Donations may be made at the Saiina office at 145 • S.Santa Fe or by mail to: The American Red Cross Box 1633 Saiina 67402 build the community's shattered economy, she said. Disaster funds depleted Even before the tornado, the Red Cross was depleting its disaster funds. Degand said Kansas Red Cross officials need to raise $167,000 this year to support a $20 million national campaign by the Red Cross for disaster relief. Money from the Red Cross national reserve fund is helping support the relief effort in Hoisington. Outside the VFW, other Red Cross volunteers such as Rick Lynn had been assessing storm damage. According to Red Cross's own count, 141 homes were destroyed, 93 received major damage and 384 received minor damage. Lynn, Newton, has been a Arrest OK for seat belt offense Court: Motorists can be handcuffed for minor infractions By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Clarifying the extent of police power in roadside stops, the Supreme Court held that officers can arrest and handcuff people even for minor offenses punishable by a fine. The justices ruled against a driver who was arrested and handcuffed for failing to wear a seat belt. Such arrests do not violate the constitutional protection against unreasonable search, the court declared. Monday In the 5-4 ruling, wHl|yi could affect anyone who driv^li car, the justices said such an arrest does not violate the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable seizures. Police generally can arrest anyone they see breaking the law, the court said as it barred a Texas woman from suing the officer who handcuffed her and took her to jail. Saiina police more tolerant According to Saiina Police Lt. Mike Sweeney, his department's PENTAX 2320 Planet; Galaxy Centei, 827-2497 ; www.fajtfocusincconi arrest policy coincides with state statutes regarding arrests. In general, a law enforcement officer may arrest a person who is named on a warrant. A law officer also may arrest someone if the officer has probable cause that the suspect committed or is committing a felony If a person is suspected of a misdemeanor, he or she may be arrested if evidence of the crime could be lost if an arrest isn't made, such as in incidents of driving under the influence; if the officer believes the suspect wiU cause injury to himself or others or will damage property unless an arrest is made; or if any crime except for a traffic infraction is committed in the officer's view. Help offered While failing to use a seat belt or failing to belt in a child is a misdemeanor, "We don't arrest people for not seat-belting a child," Sweeney said. If a motorist does not have a child-safety seat, arrangements are made to get one before the motorist is allowed to leave, Sweeney said. • Journal reporter Sharon Montague contributed to this story. 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Broadway, Saiina Mon.-Fri. 9;00-5;30" volunteer for six years. A retired firefighter, he got his start with the Red Cross as a former resident of Oklahoma City when the Oklahoma City bombing occurred. "This was a very stout tornado," Lynn said, while driving past homes with missing roofs and walls. "That Blazer over there," he said, pointing at a vehicle with a crumpled top, "it was hanging in a tree. You could say a third of this town was affected." Volunteers pitch in Back inside the VFW, other volunteers worked in a food preparation assembly line. Karen Arias of Hays, her three children and a daughter's friend were cutting up apples for gallons of fruit salad. She took her children out of school for the day so they could experience helping others. "I think several of the Hays schools have donated things," Arias said. Arias and her family were working across a tablefeom Marty Kassin, a Hutchinson nurse who came Tuesday despite having just worked four days straight of 12-hour shifts at Hutchinson Hospital. "They didn't need medical (volunteers) so this is where I am," Kassin said. • Reporter David Clouston can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 131, or by e-mail at sjdclouston @saljournal.com FROM PAGE A1 Meese was the second speaker from the Young America's Foundation brought in by Kansas Wesleyan's speaker's bureau, said Brad Botz, KWU director of institutional advancement. Ward Connerly, chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, spoke in October. Botz said Meese's knowledge about the federal and supreme courts was what drew the speaker's bureau to choose him. "People don't give much thought to the role of the Supreme Court," Botz said. Meese said Tuesday night he believes the courts need to stick to the Constitution instead of being "judicial activists." Examples he gave were both on issues of life and death: abortion and assisted suicide. The Supreme Court told the states in 1973's Roe vs. Wade they had to allow abortion. That ruling has been challenged ever since, Meese noted. i»rotests and violence over the issue have been the result. In the case of assisted suicide, the court ruled rightly, in Meese's opinion, that the court shouldn't make the call. The states should decide through their elected representatives. Opinion on the opinions Meese also took questions on court issues Tuesday night. One question was about the Supreme Court decision that gave Florida's electoral votes to Bush and made him president. Meese said the ruling was correct because the Florida Supreme Court shouldn't have let the legislature get involved in the first place. Some wanted to know Meese's opinions on prison terms. His response: They're not always fair. Meese used the example of mandatory minimums for drug charges. The reason some big dealers get only a few years while the drug runners are sent away for decades has to do with information. Prosecutors have a saying about these defendants: "It's a fast race to see who can get to the prosecutors first and sell out his buddies," Meese said. A kingpin may cut a deal to give information on other dealers. The drug runner may not have much information to give. He winds up spending much more time in jail. For the most part, the mandatory minimums are effective in stopping the supply of drugs, Meese told the Journal. But that doesn't mean it's the best way "Anything new needs to be reviewed every once in a while," Meese said. • Reporter Amy Sullivan can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 125, or by e-mail at sjasullivan @saljournal.com. Americana Accessory Pieces and Pictures Steinhauser's 109 NW 3rd. St., Abilene 785-263-1401 /1-800-321-7668 ecco It's more than a feeling... It's A Passion. Ladies Walking Sandal 122 S. 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