The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 16, 1996 · Page 11
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 11

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 16, 1996
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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16, 1£)96 THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B t CRIME Judicial panel proposes sentencing options Alternatives could keep parole violators from being sent to prison By LEW FERGUSON The Associated Press TOPEKA — Judges need more options to punish nonviolent criminals who break terms of their probation, a judicial task force told legislators Tuesday. Options are needed because sending nonviolent criminals to prison is threatening to bankrupt the state treasury, the task force said. "There isn't a judge in the state, I don't think, who doesn't want more options, more sanctions, because we don't want to send everybody to prison," said Judge John White of lola, chairman of the Judicial Branch Alternative Sanctions Committee. White delivered the task force's report to the Legislature's interim Judiciary Committee. The task force's proposed alternatives are designed to give judges options other than sending probation violators to prison and worsening the crowding problem. The options include intensive supervised probation, house arrest, electronic monitoring, boot camps, shock incarceration, halfway houses, work release centers, day reporting centers and certain forms of treatment. Kansas has 7,555 inmates in its prison system, with room for about 400 through June. Gov. Bill Graves has said the state is facing construction of yet another prison in the near future. In 1995, 6,100 offenders were on felony probation, and 465 of them had their probation revoked for violating conditions of'their probation, the task force report showed. The state also had 3,500 felony offenders in community corrections programs last year, and 705 of them had their probations revoked. Those revocations sent 1,170 offenders to prison in 1995, or about a seventh of the total inmate population. Expanding alternative sanctions for violators could reduce the inmate population, but White warned they are not a quick fix. "If you are looking for a short-term solution to prison overcrowding, this isn't it," White said. "I'm sorry to bring you this news, but we did not find that anyone has discovered a system of alternative sanctions that has provided a short-term, solution to prison overcrowding. (But) I think you're on the right track." He said the judicial committee believes alternative sanctions for probation violators can have a "positive effect" on prison populations over a period of time. White said his committee concluded "alternative sanctions provide a meaningful method of providing discipline for probation violators." He said they are widely used by Kansas judges now, but not all sanctions are available in all judicial districts — largely because of cost. Its recommendations, which Rep. Michael O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said would be introduced in the 1997 session for legislative consideration, include the following: • Expand to one year from the 30 days the length of time a judge can order a probation violator to jail, thus allowing judges to increase the length of jail time on subsequent or multiple violations. • Authorize the withholding of wages of violators to make payments for restitution, fines, court costs and other court-ordered payments. • Allow judges to commit probation violators to prison for shorter periods of time than the 180-day minimum in place for sending them to the Labette County boot camp. BRIEFLY Two people injured in wreck on 1-135 LINDSBORG— Two people were released Tuesday from the Salina Regional Health Center after being involved in a wreck Monday near the Saline-McPherson county line. Joann Palmer, 45, Sherman, Texas, and her passenger, Earl S. Chestnut, 40, Garden City, were injured about 9:15 p.m. when Palmer, northbound on the Interstate 135, swerved to avoid another vehicle and overturned the truck she was driving, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. The truck came to rest on its hood. Palmer, who was wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected and trapped beneath the vehicle. Two men killed in two-vehicle crash . COLBY — Two men were killed ; ;ahd another was seriously in- "jured in a two-vehicle collision Monday at the junction of U.S. 83 and U.S. 24. Paul D. Fox, Concordia, 35, and his passenger, Boyd C. Peterson, were killed when Fox ran a stop sign about 4:30 p.m. and collided "with a vehicle driven by Lynn E. King Jr., 27, Hoxie, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Fox and Peterson were pronounced dead at the scene. Both vehicles were engulfed in flames on impact, the patrol said. King was taken to a Denver hospital. The name of the hospital and his condition were unknown. Advance voting to start for general election People who don't want to leave their homes on Election Day Nov. 5 can vote by mail or can vote early at the county clerk's office in the City-County Building. Advance voting begins today in the clerk's office, said Shirley Jacques, county clerk and election officer. Advance voting can be done in several ways: • Voters can request an advance ballot by phone by calling 826-6550. The clerk's office will mail an application, which must be returned before a ballot will be mailed. No ballots will be sent to voters after Nov. 1. • Voters can apply for an advance ballot in person after today and vote immediately. • Another party can request that an advance ballot application be mailed to a registered voter. The registered voter must sign the application before a ballot is mailed. Street to be closed for pump renovation A wastewater pump rehabilitation project will close a segment of Riverside Drive for the next six months., This is the fifth of five pump stations being rehabilitated. Walters-Morgan Construction, Manhattan, is in charge of the project. The intersection of Ash and Riverside streets was closed Tuesday and will remain closed until the construction is done in about six months. Riverside Drive, from the alley between Johnstown Avenue and Ash Street north to the north side of Ash Street, will be closed. Residents of the four properties adjacent to the closed area will have access to their homes. From Staff Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.; Digging it DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Drew Henderson, 10, finds that the quickest way to hollow out his leaf fort is to use a dog's method of digging. Drew and his friend Cole Moline were raking leaves Tuesday along Highland Avenue to make a hiding place for Halloween night. Drew Is the son of Lon- nle and Dawn Henderson, Salina. T EDUCATION South, Central students try to make peace Summit brings together high schoolers in an attempt to end school rivalry and curb violence By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Students from Salina Central and Salina South high schools are meeting together at a two-day peace summit. Their efforts won't end the competitive rivalry between the two schools. Rather, they are devising ways to reduce fights at their schools and curb violence in Salina. "They are working together for the community," said Mary Jo Health, a counselor from V U.S. SENATE Salina Central High School. "As a team, they are building a plan to address violence." Ten Salina students — five from South and five from Central — are among 150 Kansas students attending the "Increase the Peace" summit at Rock Springs Ranch south of Junction City. The summit, which started Tuesday and continues today, was organized by Attorney General Carla Stovall as a way for young people to devise a solution to teen violence. The summit is funded by the Governor's Discretionary Safe and Drug Free Schools federal grant program.. Twenty-one high schools applied to attend the summit, but there was room for 15 high schools. Similar summits could occur next year to involve more schools, said Mary Horsch, spokeswoman for the attorney general's office. The summit's purpose is to allow young people to find ways to prevent teen violence. Students will identify violence they face, why they don't feel safe and how they react to violence among their peers. They also will hear ideas and learn strategies of how to avoid violent situations. They will have the assistance of police officers, prosecutors, teachers and counselors, but it will be up to the students to create a plan for their community. In addition to the summit, other peaceful efforts include billboards, posters, T-shirts and a video. The video, which will include suggestions on how to avoid and reduce violence, will be available to high schools in November. T AUCTION Man pays $12,700 for tickets Chiefs tickets auctioned to help satisfy overdue child support payments By The Associated Press LEXINGTON, Mo. — Justice was served and so were the football dreams of a western Missouri farmer when he made the winning bid on Kansas City Chiefs season tickets co-owned by a man who had failed to make child support payments. Cheap seats, they're not. The tickets — for two seats in Arrowhead Stadium's upper deck, 45-yard line — sold at auction Tuesday for $12,700 to Stephen Cravens, 33, Malta Bend. Besides attending three of this season's five remaining Chiefs home games, Cravens also won the right to buy the same season tickets next year. Another person co-owns the tickets and consented to the sale. A judge had ordered the precious tickets sold at auction to help satisfy the $10,000 their co- owner owed for four years of child support. The man, whose name was withheld by the court to protect his children from ridicule, was briefly jailed in September for failure to pay support. Nearly 3,000 people are on a waiting list for Chiefs season tickets. County Prosecutor Page Bellamy had hoped the seats, which normally sell for $300 apiece, would bring $2,000 to $4,500 at auction. "When it started to go beyond that, I was amazed," Bellamy said Tuesday. He hadn't counted on Cravens, who was willing to spend the price of a new car to take his sons, Shane, 8, and Ryan, 3, to Chiefs games. "It's not tickets for three games, it's tickets for a lifetime," Cravens said. Bellamy hopes people got the message from the auction. "This is to solve a problem with back child support," he said. "People need to realize if they don't pay their child support, we're going to take your most valuable assets." Trade issues worry candidates Reform Party candidate say NAFTA, GATT are bad for U.S. interests By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal It's too easy for foreign countries to sell their products in America and too hard for U.S. companies to get their products into foreign markets, say political candidates Mark Marney and Don Klaassen. U.S. companies too often rely on overseas labor as well, they say. That's great for profits and for Wall Street but bad for American workers and taxpayers. The pair, both from Wichita, are delivering their message as the Reform Party's candidates for the U.S. Senate. Marney is seeking the seat being vacated by Nancy Kassebaum. Klaassen is running for the seat once held by Bob Dole. On Tuesday, they stopped in Salina. The Reform Party is best known for its presidential candidate, Ross KLAASSEN MARNEY Perot, but the party's message of fiscal responsibility is catching fire with voters, Marney said. Marney, 42, is president and owner of Village Charters, a 15- unit charter bus operation, along with Village Tours and Village Travel, which operate guided tours and cruises throughout the world. Klaassen, 56, is a certified public accountant and the president of Klaassen Enterprises, a business with interests in restaurants and commercial real estate. The North American Free Trade Agreement and General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs were not trade agreements in the Unit- ed States' best interest, the candidates said. They believe the United States needs tariffs to deal with its trade deficit. In 1986, Marney said, the United . States had a $1.6 billion trade deficit with China. In 1995, that deficit had grown to $33.8 billion. Marney and Klaassen blame the Chinese trade deficit for the loss of 680,000 American jobs in 1995. Klaassen calls the international trade agreements "worldwide socialism on the backs of the U.S. taxpayers." Foreign nations see the U.S. as a paradise for sales of their products, Klaassen said. Both men say they realize their chances of winning the election are slim, but they're hopeful the ideas of the party will find their way into mainstream politics. They complain they've been shut out of the most publicized and visible public candidate forums. "I've done 10 to 15 forums, and I've only seen Pat Roberts (Republican candidate for Kassebaum's seat) once," Marney said. T McPHERSON Hospital room allows for quiet reflection By The Journal Staff McPHERSON — A "Gallery of Honor" at the McPherson Memorial Hospital will provide visitors a place for quiet reflection, an appropriate setting for memorials and way to honor hospital supporters. The room will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Sunday, followed by an open house. The family of Robert W. Eickbush, who died several years ago, donated money to build the gallery and landscape the area adjacent to the hospital's main entrance. The gallery will have a donor wall and an enclosed glass counter area recognizing donors and their levels of giving. The cost of building the gallery, a 20- by 30-foot room, was not revealed at the family's request. Dick Payne, executive director of the McPherson Healthcare Foundation, said Eickbush, a supporter of the hospital, had discussed the need for a room to honor those who contribute to the hospital before he died. After his death, his family decided to pursue the idea. The family wanted the gallery to publicly recognize the hospital's donors, serve as an incentive for people to give or increase their level of giving and provide, a dignified way to remember loved ones through memorials. The gallery also will create a place for solace and meditation. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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