The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 22, 1996 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, October 22, 1996
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Elk farm Antler harvest keeps elk herd growing on small Kansas farm/A3 Atlanta Braves take 2-0 lead with victory over Yankees/B1 SPORTS • Wind-swept wildfire: Fire damages luxury homes in California / A2 • Dl\ MOOSe: Surgeon keeps track of injuries when people hit moose / A10 INSIDE * High: 52 Low: 30 Mostly cloudy today with 40 percent chance for light snow / A8 WEATHER Salina Journal Ann Landers / AS Classified / B6 Comics / B8. Crossword / B8 Deaths/A9 Great Plains / A3 Sports / B1 Viewpoints / A4 TUESDAY OCTOBER 22, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS 50 centd T SALINA MURDERS Murder warrant might be delayed County attorney's decision to wait upsets police chief By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal A murder warrant for Alan White, a suspect in a triple murder that occurred in July, likely will not be sought until White is found and arrested, Saline County Attorney Julie McKenna said Monday. That decision upset Police Chief Jim Hill, and tension was apparent between the two WHITE offices. "If Alan White was in Salina today, Alan White would be arrested for triple homicide," Hill said, referring to the murder of three family members on Salina's east side. "We are very confident that we have probable cause, and we have a very strong case against him." McKenna noted that her office wasn't notified when White earlier was questioned about the crime and then let go. He hasn't been seen since. Now, a murder warrant isn't the best course, McKenna said. She said that should White be found in another state, it would be easier to question and extradite him on two warrants filed against him. Those warrants are for violating probation on earlier, unrelated burglary and writing worthless check charges, and a federal warrant for flight to avoid prosecution. McKenna said her decision had nothing to do with the evidence set forth in the affidavit seeking the murder warrant that was submitted to her office last week by the police. Hill said the evidence against White is substantial. The chief said the warrant was sought because he thinks law officers in other places would "search a lot harder for White" if a murder warrant were filed against him. "Being wanted for triple murder draws a lot more attention than being wanted for a probation violation," he said. Fading History \ Salinan says state isn't doing enough to preserve Civil War flags By The Associated Press FANSASCITY, Mo.— Kansas' colorful Civil War flags withstood blood, bullets and i smoke a century ago. Now they face a quieter, but potentially more harmful, threat: neglect. The Kansas State Historical Society is taking steps to preserve the flags, but one board member says Kansas isn't doing enough. "They have a very important collection worth millions of dollars and which is extremely historically significant," said Merle Hodges, who is also a Salina physician. "At what point does it become a priority?" The last time the Legislature gave a significant allocation specifically for Civil War flags was in 1905. Lawmakers set aside $1,000 for flags that had been "for 40 years without proper care, subject to moth and dust and inaccessible to the public," according to the legislation. Numerous states have done more to protect their flags. For example, each year Missouri uses $25,000 from the state's parks and soils sales tax to save two or three battle flags. Hodges was the impetus behind Kansas' adoption of its Save the Flags program more than five years ago. The project has raised about $3,000, nearly all of it through Hodges' efforts. For the most part, however, the program has not done much to save flags. Flag enthusiasts were hop- ing that a Civil War encampment and fund-raiser this past weekend at the Kansas . Museum"of' History i'h Topeka would pump some life into the campaign. Museum officials say the preservation effort isn't as bleak as Hodges thinks. "We are not at the front of the pack, but we are not bringing up the rear either;" said Blair Tarr, curator of the flag collection in Topeka. Kansas has about 75 Civil War-era flags, including Kansas regimentals and captured Confederate flags. Some came from private donations, but most were turned over to the adjutant general's office by veterans in 1866. Today, most of the flags have been inventoried and stacked amid hundreds of boxes in the back of a vast storage area in the Topeka museum. Many of the silk flags, some as large as 6 feet b'y 6 feet, have deteriorated from moths, acidic storage paper and years of being furled and unfurled. A 36-drawer cabinet in which to lay the flags flat would cost about $12,000. That's also what it could cost to preserve one badly deteriorated flag. Missouri has conserved 15 of its 129 flags, at a cost ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 for each flag. But several other flags will need top-dollar work to undo 1930s-era preservation techniques. In Kansas, Historical Society Director Ramon S. Powers said he didn't think he could go to the Legislature The Associated Press Susanne Benda (left) and Blair Tarr of the Kansas History Center are shown with Civil War-era flags in the state's collection. Some say the state isn't doing enough to preserve the artifacts. for flag-preservation money when the society was already getting millions of dollars for a new museum and archives. Instead, Powers said the society had set an initial goal to raise $100,000 through the Save the Flags program and restore about eight battle flags. The society also is pursuing grant money. Although disagreements continue on how quickly the flags should be conserved, no one doubts they are worth saving. "The banners embody the spirit of the men who fought under them," said Fonda Thomsen, a textile conservator from Maryland who has been hired by numerous states to assist in their flag- preservation programs. McKenna said she disagrees with that. She also said there are legal bars to extradition that White could raise as a murder suspect that would be unavailable to him on the lesser offenses. The public pressure associated with the high-profile case should not drive the invest!' gation, she said. Hill said he couldn't respond to that because he hadn't spoken with McKenna about her concerns. McKenna said she would begin preparing the murder warrant, though she won't forward it to a judge. See MURDER, Page A9 CAMPAIGN '96 Attacks on Clinton hurt Dole Kansan has damaged image with his recent assault on president's ethics, poll finds By RICHARD L. BERKE The New York Times WASHINGTON — Bob Dole's sustained two-week assault on President Clinton's ethics appears to have backfired, with the latest New York Times-CBS News Poll finding .that. Dole did not improve his standing and even damaged his image among voters. The poll, taken over four days at the height of Dole's offensive, shows that the Republican nominee has aggravated his Nelson Warfleld Dole spokesman "The numbers neither track our internal polling nor match the enthusiam we're seeing on the road." reputation as the candidate more prone to attack, less con- -f» cerned about addressing issues and more responsible for unfair commercials against his opponent. Still more discouraging for Dole is that for the first time, he has lost a crucial advantage: the perception that he is more trustworthy. Forty-nine percent of Americans said Dole could be trusted to keep his word; in the last Times/CBS News Poll, taken before the debate last week, the figure was 56 percent. Clinton's rating on trust is 45 percent, statistically even with Dole's. While presidential races usually tighten in the final weeks, the new poll of 1,148 registered voters shows Clinton's lead at 22 points, compared with 17 points last week. Nelson Warfield, Dole's chief spokesman, said the findings were at odds with the campaign's numbers, which were not divulged. "The New York Times' numbers neither track our internal battleground polling nor match the sky-high enthusiasm we're seeing on the road," he said. With the election two weeks from today, Dole's advisers had hoped the ethics offensive would help rescue the campaign. Instead, with the polls showing he is in even worse shape, many loading Republicans are increasingly turning their attention to saving their party from losing the House or Senate. T ELECTION DAY Dole isn't saying whether he'll vote in Russell Town's favorite son has »<>W* ™nne ballot was mailed A • mm • mm 'I™ n i l httL ° c . a '.%?°'ii°,'!"?., wU The Associated Press Bob Dole, who might return to Kansas to vote, campaigns Monday In Kalamazoo, Mich. Town's favorite son has requested ballot by mail but might come to town By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal. RUSSELL — As retired New York Yankee catcher Yogie Berra might have said, "It's deja vu all over again." As of Monday, Iqcal supporters of Republican.presidential candidate Bob Dole had heard nothing about the town's favorite son returning home Nov. 5 to vote in the general election. And a spokeswoman in the Russell County clerk's office said an advance voting ballot was mailed to Dole. But rooms in the town's three motels are booked solid between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7, and rental houses have been booked by out-of- town media representatives. "He is' coming back as far as what I'm being told," said an employee at Russell's Red Carpet Inn. The last time Dole returned home was before the Republican National Convention in San Diego in August. He joined his just-announced running mate, Jack Kemp, a former congressman from New York, for a Saturday rally on the street in front of the courthouse. Russell residents were given CAMPAIGN ******* days by the Dole campaign to prepare for the event after rumors of the candidate's visit circulated for weeks. "As Republican chairman, I seem to be the last to hear these things," said Gene Davidson of Russell. Dole or not, however, citizens — many of whom have spent years helping the Kansas politician in races ranging from county attorney to president — plan to party elec- tion night. Local Republicans will stage a bash at the Russell VFW. There will be live music and two big screen televisions to track voting results. The event is being called a "Victory Rally." Russell Townsley, a longtime Dole friend and supporter, said Russell has not given up on Dole — as have some national Republicans who this past weekend all but declared his campaign dead in the water. "We just can't believe the American public has become so apathetic that they'll tolerate this kind of behavior (the FBI files and other alleged transgressions of the Clinton administration)," he said.

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