The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 17, 1996 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, October 17, 1996
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THURSDAY octosifo 17,1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B BRIEFLY T NATOMA Hillsboro man killed after tire blows out MARION — A Hillsboro man was killed when a tire blew out on the cement truck he was driving at 3:23 p.m. Wednesday, said the Kansas Highway Patrol. Jeffery A. Pankratz, 26, was northbound on U.S. 56 when his right front tire blew out. The ce- " nrtnt truck went into the east '' -ditch and overturned. Pankratz • wasn't wearing his seat belt. • The crash occurred about 2V4 miles north of the junction of U.S. highways 56, 77 and 150. Solomon woman injured in 1-70 crash A Solomon woman was in surgery Wednesday night after being involved in a two-vehicle crash at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on - Interstate 70 about seven-tenths of a mile east of the Ohio Street exit. Sharon Herrington, 55, was taken to the Salina Regional Medical Center. Her condition would be determined after surgery. Herrington was injured when a motor home driven by Patty J. Pumphrey, 61, Glade, collided with the car Herrington was driving. Herrington and Pumphrey were eastbound on 1-70 when Pumphrey attempted to turn into the median. Salinan faces charge of aggravated battery An 18-year-old Salina man was arrested after another man's jaw was broken in an after-school fight. Larry G. Moreno Jr., 429 Jupiter, faces a charge of aggra- I vated battery. •':;'" Assistant Police Chief Glen Kochanowski said a group of students had been fighting Monday at Salina South High School. . Teachers broke up the fight, but it continued later Monday in the 2300 block of Saxwood. Officers were called at 3:34 p.m. ; Monday after Eric Riedel, 18, 314 •, Neal, was struck in the jaw. As of'. fleers arrived, Kochanowski said, '.• • the 20 or 30 students involved in ;"> ,the fight fled. Officers still were ;; try ing to determine who else A, Wight have been involved. ;i ;i,Kpchanowski.said he did not '%•; know why the fight started. I***'.'' 1 " Man pleads guilty to -pornography charge ;^ 7:. WICHITA — A 42-year-old Nork.. -ton man pleaded guilty to receiv- r^ing or distributing child pornog- ;*^*rajphy through the mail, U.S. At;?" :t6rney Jackie Williams said. £ : •;'." Gary Mellor, an attorney, '•^"pleaded guilty Wednesday before T'; 'U.S. District Judge Monti Belot. :;" According to court statements, ; 1. Mellor received visual depictions •. of minors engaged in sexually ex• plicit conduct from February to .-April. ,;j Mellor agreed to forfeit to the ;.j" government any property used to •1 commit the crime, including two '•i personal computers, as part of his '•< plea. : He faces a maximum of 10 years - in prison without parole. Sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 6. Escapee from Lansing : recaptured in Lawrence '" - •" LAWRENCE — Police have recaptured a Lansing Correctional - . Center inmate who escaped last I ; week while on a work detail in ; ' Kansas City, Kan. ; ' .'• -Byron Brown, 27, was walking ' 1 from a fast-food restaurant to an " . apartment complex in Lawrence late Wednesday morning when police spotted and caught him, said Police Sgt. Susan Hadl. Brown had been serving a 5- to 20-year sentence for convictions in Sedgwick County on charges of aggravated robbery and kidnapping. He was cleaning up a park under the supervision of a city employee when he escaped Oct. 9, said Bill Miskell, Department of . Corrections spokesman. '" - Police were holding Brown in the Douglas County Jail on Wednesday afternoon. Brown, who had been a minimum-security inmate eligible for parole in January 1998, will be confined to his cell for 23 hours a day in a maximum-security sector of the prison, Miskell said. A conviction on the escape charge could add 19 months to his sentence, Miskell said. • •"•;: From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call utter 7:30 p.m.) Park puts Natoma residents in quandary Union Pacific wants town to buy land park is on and sign an environmental agreement By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Saltna Journal NATOMA — For as long as she can remember, Jolene Meyer has seen the children of Natoma play at the town's park near downtown. Adults, too, have enjoyed its benefits — the tennis and basketball courts, the horseshoe pitching area, the shelterhouse. Now, though, town officials are in a quandary. Do they sign an agreement that makes the southwest Osborne County community of fewer than 400 responsible for any and all environmental problems that might ever be associated with the park? Or do they walk away and find another spot for the park? "As long as we can remember there hasn't been anything there that was bad, but you never know," said Meyer, Natoma city clerk. The town's troubles started in 1993, when the Union Pacific Railroad abandoned its line between Salina and Plainville. The park and a city well sit on railroad property that was leased to Natoma. Union Pacific has asked the town for $3,650 to buy the land — portions of two blocks — and sign an environmental agreement that would obligate Natoma to pay any future fines, legal fees and cleanup costs on the property, even if the contamination occurred during the railroad's ownership. Mark Davis, a Union Pacific spokesman in Omaha, Neb., said the provision is standard in the company's sales contracts, and officials in other towns along the abandoned line have signed without comment. "This is the first time it has come up," he said. "It would be one thing if that land had been used to fuel locomotives or for car repair, but it was on a mainline operation and you don't have those kinds of problems unless there were buildings there years ago that no one knew about." That's the concern in Natoma. "We want to buy the park, but we've been scared to sign the environmental clause," Mayor Wendella Axelson said. "It's been kind of a holdup, but we do want our park." She said the city's attorney, Bob Bloomer of Osborne, didn't advise council members against signing the agreement, but he warned that there was no way for them to know what they were getting themselves into. "I've talked to several people, even called an environmental attorney the other day, and he concurred with our attorney," Axelson said. "You don't know what's gone on before. We're just a little bitty town and we don't have a lot of money. There would never be enough money to resolve it." She said the town council hoped to make a decision at its meeting earlier this month, but failed to reach an agreement. The group meets again Nov. 7. Meanwhile, Axelson and other town leaders continue to gather information. Letting the park go would mean moving the equipment and facilities, perhaps to a town- owned site in the northeast part of Natoma. It wouldn't be the same. "It would be like starting over again," said City Clerk Meyer. Wall map KELLY PRESNELiyihe Salina Journal Don Cross smooths a ribbon of caulk he added to a mapllke pattern he had already applied to cracks on the wall of Wood Fashion Cleaners on the corner of Seventh and Ash. Cross, a self-employed painter, said he got the pattern by following where the cracks went. T SALINA BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS Truck stop owner seeks OK to improve lot By CHRIS KOGER would allow the lot to remain Bosselman's attorney entered a man laid the gravel. Assistant di- PpODOSSd V3PI&I1C6 The Salina journal gravel instead of paving. not guilty plea on Sept. 23, and a rector of planning Dean Andrew , ; — , i-.--.n- ..,- --.--r. ,T'Krt "\f\4- -10 /ltv«ortflxr oj-Mif-Vi nf -flio -frnol r\"n •fVtn w\r*-H-t\v lino V\£»ot-i o/Vhorl- ooirl +V»a + RrtGGnlmon ari^ hie QT*nlll_ —., ., ..,,..,....,,. - .1 fM^_ By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal The Salina Board of Zoning Appeals might decide today whether a gravel overflow truck parking at Bosselman Truck Plaza in north Salina will stay. Chuck Bosselman Sr., owner of the truck stop, is again requesting variances to develop the parking lot to be used to park about 60 tractor-trailers when existing paved lots fill during bad weather. One variance would allow development of the lot in a floodway near Mulberry Creek, and the other T KU KLUX KLAN would allow the lot to remain gravel instead of paving. The lot is directly south of the truck plaza, 1944 N. Ninth. The issue came before the board Sept. 12, in an emotion-charged meeting in which Bosselman said the issue had been clouded by personal disagreements between himself and city staff. A week earlier, Bosselman was ordered to appear in court on a misdemeanor citation for ignoring police and city administrators, who warned him to stop dumping gravel at the site until the board had decided on his request. Bosselman's attorney entered a not guilty plea on Sept. 23, and a trial on the matter has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in municipal court. At the Sept. 12 meeting, the board agreed to leave the parking lot on a temporary basis, allowing Bosselman to host the Great American Truckers' Fair in late September. Today's meeting could decide the fate of the lot, and the board members' decision hinges greatly on the outcome of a site plan that will show how, if at all, the elevation of the land was altered when Bossel- man laid the gravel. Assistant director of planning Dean Andrew said that Bosselman and his architects were working on the plan, but they had not submitted it to the city by Wednesday afternoon. Past and recent flooding in the city has highlighted concerns of how developments are affecting stormwater drainage, and the parking lot, in a floodway, has caught the attention of residents in the area and city staff members. "A condition of the approval is to provide us with an 'after-the- fact' survey to show us the existing elevations," Andrew said. Bosselman Truck Plaza 19Ji4N. Ninth IU V / Klan delivering message to Salinans through fliers By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal It was 4 a.m. last Saturday, and Ed Flores' German shepherd began growling. Flores' dog usually doesn't do that, so he took a moment out of getting ready for work and went outside. He saw a casual-dressed man making his way down his Faith Drive neighborhood distributing newspapers. T CRIME At least, Flores thought they were newspapers. They turned out to be propaganda fliers from the Klu Klux Klan. "Being someone not of the white race, it worried me," said the Flores, a Hispanic at 1200 Faith. "I saw him making his way down the whole street and giving people these fliers." The newspaper talked about the Klan and gave a nationwide address to contact for more information, Flores said. It said that the Klan was interested not in spreading hate but promoting the white race. Don Olsen, a professor at Kansas Wesleyan University who teaches a racial/ethnic minorities class, said the newspaper was an example of the Klan's new direction. "For the most part, their emphasis has been on what they call education," Olsen said. "They don't want to commit violence. But I'm only speaking in a general sense." Olsen said the newspaper distribution was a "far cry" from what the Klan could be doing. "I don't think we should overreact," he said. "This happens in Salina every once in a while. But we need to escalate our awareness. If they take it a step further, then we need to get together, and we need to watch out for one another." Glen Kochanowski, assistant chief for the Salina Police Depart- ment, said that the department hasn't taken any complaints from other citizens and that he hasn't heard about the Klan since the last time they distributed the fliers, which was several months ago. He also said the police couldn't prevent the Klan from distributing its literature because of freedom of speech laws. "But if they start burning things in people's yards," Kochanowski said, "then we'd get involved." Two Salinans convicted for multiple drug charges They were arrested after selling drugs to undercover agents By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal Two people arrested in an undercover investigation in February that led to the arrest of seven people were convicted Monday of charges involving possession and sale of drugs. Donald A. Heart Jr., 43, and Laurie Ellen Cron, 27, both of 1318 E. Woodland at the time of their arrests, face maximum prison sentences of 17 years. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 16. Both defendants were convicted of possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school because the location of their residence was within that distance of a school. The other charges included sale of co- caine, possession of methampheta- mine and marijuana, possession without tax stamps, conspiracy, possession of drug proceeds and possession of drug paraphernalia. The pair were arrested after they sold drugs to undercover agents for the I-70/I-135 Drug Task Force. Authorities said Heart and Cron were part of a group being supplied with cocaine, methampheta- mine and marijuana by another defendant in the case, Miguel Fajardo, 35, Salt Lake City. Fajardo was convicted in August of 19 felony and two misdemeanor drug-related charges. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 1. Fajardo brought drugs to Salina from Salt Lake City. He was arrested after officers stormed into a residence where he was staying. Fajardo had a buck knife and a loaded 9mm handgun and a^pare clip in his possession, officers said. Quite a reach TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Julio Griffin, 3264 S. Crest Lane, an employee of Max and Company Construction Inc., stretches to roll on a finish coat Wednesday morning to a house she Is painting In central Salina. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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