The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 26, 1996 · Page 1
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 1

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, October 26, 1996
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Cardinal win Ell-Saline ruins Sacred Heart record, 21-3 /C1 SPORTS Live savers Working women adopt a homeless man and hisdog/A10 INSIDE • NO Opposition: Some candidates don't have to launch campaigns / A3 • lying the knot: Nancy Kassebaum to wed Howard Baker / B1 INSIDE High: 72 Low: 51 Mostly sunny today with south winds blowing at 25 mphto35mph /B7 WEATHfeR Salina Journal Classified / C6 Comics/B8 Deaths / A9 Great Plains/B1 Money / B5 Religion/B6 :: Sports / C1 " Viewpoints / B2 INDEX SATURDAY OCTOBER 26, 1996- SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents V FIGHTING GANGS Town meeting called about gangs Meetings aim to educate, were spurred by concerned parents By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Salina doesn't have the violence or drug activity normally associated with gangs, Salina police say. But concerns from parents about recent fights and groups of young people officials won't refer to as "gangs" have prompted officials to organize community meetings. "We want parents to be as informed as possible," said George Troutfetter, assistant principal at Salina South High School. "Parents are the first line of defense. They need to be clearly aware of what the situation is." Officials of the Salina School District and Salina Police Department have organized the community meetings to address concerns of parents and the community. "We're working together to involve the community and address the fear and apprehension surrounding the subject of gangs in Salina," Salina Police Chief Jim Hill said. "We are trying to be pro-active to give parents the knowledge to make good decisions," said Salina School Superintendent Gary Norris. "We want to discuss this openly, talk about it and share information." The meetings will be: • 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Salina Central High School auditorium, 650 E. Crawford. • 10 a.m. Nov. 5, again at Central's auditorium. • 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in Salina South High School's Little Theater, 730 E. Magnolia. The meetings were organized after Norris' office received several calls from parents and after he heard comments from parents at an elementary school. Many of the calls came after an 18-year-old South student was beaten in a fight after school. He had been repeatedly kicked in the face and his jaw was broken. Three teen-agers have been arrested in connection with the fight and another altercation the same day at South. Principals from the high schools and middle schools met with police officials to discuss the gang situation "we may or may not have," Norris said. That group decided to arrange the community meetings to inform parents and answer questions. Roberta Watson, a gang violence specialist from the Wichita School District, will speak at the meetings. See GANGS, Page A8 Justin Marcotte, 10, playing the Cowardly Lion, sings to residents of Drury Place Retirement Apartments on Friday morning. Photos by TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Lucille Herrldge (left) and Nellie Ekstrom watch as students from Karen Levin's fourth-grade class at Oakdale Elementary School perform "The Wizard of Oz" Friday at Drury Place Retirement Apartments, 1000 Sc hip pel. Dorothy (left) was played by Tristan Burger, 7, daughter of Lqnnle and Donna Burger. The Tin Man was Brandon Funke, 10, son of Linda Davis and Danny Funke. The lion was Justin Marcotte, 10, son of Reglna and Chris Marcotte. Music teacher Connie Spears directed students. V CRIME Generous act gets grandma arrested The Associated Press Sylvia Stayton, 62, stands next to a parking meter near her home Friday. Her arm was hurt while she was being arrested, By The Associated Press CINCINNATI — A 62-year-old woman was handcuffed and jailed for sticking coins in other people's expired parking meters as a police officer was about to ticket the cars. "That's not a pretty picture down there at that jail," said Sylvia Stayton, a grandmother of 10. Putting money in a meter once it has expired is against the law in Cincinnati even if it's your own car. Stayton said she just wanted to do a good deed. Stayton said she was walking near her home Thursday when she saw Officer Edward Johnson, ticketing cars. She said she asked Johnson whether he had recorded a car's license plate yet. "He said, 'Is this your car?' and I said, 'No,' " Stayton said. "So I put a nickel in the meter and a dime in the next one. Then he said, 'That's against the law! You're under arrest!' " Stayton said she walked away, thinking Johnson was joking. "He walked up behind me and slapped the handcuffs on — he jerked my arm up behind me!" she said. She was charged with obstructing official business and disorderly conduct and spent three hours in jail before her daughter posted $1,900 bail. She pleaded not guilty. Johnson wrote in his report that Stayton was "screaming and yelling" and "engaging in turbulent behavior which served no lawful and reasonable purpose." T CAMPAIGN '96 Dole blames journalists for 'stealing' the election By The Associated Press HOUSTON — Bob Dole pressed dual attacks Friday on the news media for trying to "steal" the election and President Clinton for violating the public trust. "Where is the outrage in America?" he bellowed over and over. "Where is the outrage?" Of the Democrats, Dole said, "If they weren't getting propped up by the media every day, this election would have been over two weeks ago." The Republican presidential nominee angrily upbraided the media for paying insufficient attention to Clinton's DOLE acceptance of foreign campaign contributions, the White House collection of FBI files on prominent Republicans and the president's refusal to rule out pardons for those convicted in the Whitewater affair. And, for the first time, Dole seemed to suggest the president had direct involvement in the White House security office's possession of FBI files. "We have the president of the United States sitting down there with 900 FBI files. Might be one of yours, might be one of yours," he thundered to a rally in Houston. He lamented, "When will the voters start to focus?... When will the American people rise up and say, 'Forget the media in America, we're going to make up our minds.'" V AUTO SAFETY Air bags may hurt drivers Short women drivers were killed when air bags inflated in crashes By CATHERINE O'BRIEN Tlw Associated Press WASHINGTON — Eighteen drt* vers have been killed by air bags; in the past six years in low-speed* accidents they otherwise should have survived, and all but three have been smaller women, government accident data show. Fifteen of the 18 drivers killed since 1990 were women between 4 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 5 inches in height, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Admmi£ tration data. "These adults would have lived; if the air bag had not been there!" said Lee Franklin of the highway safety agency's research and development office. Most of the public and government focus on air bag hazards has been on what to do about the deaths of at least 28 children and infants from passenger-side air bags. • GM air bags probed / Page A? "The focus has been on the kids," said Elaine Weinstein, chief of the safety studies division of the" National Transportation Safety Board. But, she added, "people have been concerned about smaller stature adults." Accident data shows children have been particularly vulnerable to head and neck injuries from deploying air bags due to their weight and size or because they are riding in a rear-facing infant seat, which can slam against the seat back when ah air bag deploys. However, the data also show certain adults — especially smaller women — can be vulnerable id driver-side air bags. Four of the women were less than 5 feet tall. "You need to be 10 to 12 inches^ away from the driver-side air bag! compartment, and that's hard fq£ people who are 5 feet tall to do* said Weinstein. "~ Five of the women were elderly. The rest ranged in age from 17 to 64 and represented all age groups. In at least three of the cases involving women, the government data shows they were wearing their seat belts — but were stfll killed by the force of the air bag.; v In nine of the cases, the air bags' caused brain or spinal injuries f-i the same type of injuries suffered/ by children killed by air bags, b|£ cause the air bags were not hitting them in the chest as Intended. In at least two of those nine cases, the women were wearing seat belts. ^ Franklin said the womenf.^, smaller stature put them closer in- height to children. Air bags are' designed to deploy in front of ajfii! average adult male's chest. ' j Agency officials have been un.- der pressure to address the probi lem of child air-bag deaths, b\it have not talked about adult air. bag deaths. NHTSA has not made the deaths of smaller women an issue and top officials declined Friday to com; ment on the data. ',. ;• In general, the agency has said, air bags saved 1,136 lives from 1986 to 1996. : "Z

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