The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 30, 1996 · Page 1
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Cookie champ First lady Hillary Clinton wins with chocolate chips / C1 FOOD Yankee (eat New York baseball fans honor the World Series champs / D1 SPORTS • Tougher warning: smoking toes want more truthful cigarette labels / A4 . Woman relates brother's life with Down syndrome / B1 INSIDE A *j^ l^*"£^^3|fc|f^ ™ m High: 54 Low: 27 Partly cloudy and cooler today with north winds 10 mph / B3 WEATHER Classified / C6 Comics / B4 Deaths / A7 Food/C1 Great Plains / B1 Money / C3 Sports / D1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX \ '* Sal ina Journal WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30, 1996 SALINA, KANSAS s -—...•'' 50 cents V SALINA MURDERS White's mom upset with Salina police DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Salina police officer John Krenowicz participates Tuesday in the re-enactment of the discovery of three murder victims at the Glen Avenue home of Dolores McKim. A film crew is taping a segment for "America's Most Wanted," a Fox show that could air as early as Nov. 9. t TV show to re-enact murders Crew Japing 'America's Most Wanted' returns to scene of crime By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal John Krenowicz hunched his shoulders against the brisk afternoon wind and smoked a cigarette as he paced on the street in front of 1721 Glen Ave. just after lunch Tuesday. Occasionally, he glanced at the two members of a Tulsa, Okla.- based film crew as they scurried from a van to the driveway of the house, putting together a boom microphone and gathering camera equipment. For the crew hired by the Fox television show "America's Most Wanted," it might have been just another town, just another fugitive, just another murder. ; But for Krenowicz, a Salina police officer who discovered the bloodied and beaten bodies of two women and a young boy in the T SALINA CITY COMMISSION house in July, it wasn't just another case. "It's going to be weird, being in there again," Krenowicz said before the taping began. The "America's Most Wanted" crew will be in town possibly through the week, taping a show that could be aired as early as Nov. 9, said Lt. Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department. Police hope the national exposure will lead them to the man they suspect is the killer of three people bludgeoned to death in July — Alan White, 26, a former Salina resident who knew one of the victims and had been in the house previously. White was interviewed once about the crime but wasn't held. He's been on the lam since late July or early August. Tuesday, -a producer and crew spent the morning at the Salina Police Department, taping interviews with investigators and with relatives of the victims. Tuesday afternoon, Krenowicz walked the film crew through the east Salina house, in which the murders occurred, explaining what he saw and what he did. Taping the rest of the week is expected to include a re-enactment of the murders and a recreation of the funeral for one of the victims. One of the victims' cars, stolen after the murders and found abandoned in the parking lot of an apartment complex about a mile away, also will figure into the reenactments. Sweeney said officers will "insinuate" that White committed the murders and drove away in the victim's car. Asked how police would explain the lack of blood in the car, Sweeney said, "That doesn't necessarily mean that he didn't drive it. "Apparently, at the time, there was no blood transferred onto his clothes to Where it transferred into the car. It is possible that people do get into cars without any blood transfers." Tuesday afternoon, the taping began with Krenowicz at his patrol car, acting as if he had just re- sponded to a..call of suspicious activity at a home at 1721 Glen. Kathy Melander, Assaria, had called police after finding doors open at the home of her mother, Dolores McKim, 80. Melander's sister, Carol Abercrombie, 56, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., and Abercrombie's grandson, Christopher, 5, Greenville, N.C., were visiting, and the family had plans for that Sunday morning. Krenowicz explained that he made sure Melander was safe at a neighbor's house, then went inside the McKim residence. Inside, he found a pile of papers had been taken out of a desk and thrown to the floor. With his partner, he walked through the house and into the back bedrooms, where he found the bodies of McKim and the Aber- crombies. "Of course, we knew something was terribly wrong," Krenowicz said. "It wasn't just the empty house I'd hoped for. See MURDERS, Page A7 Trying to clear her son's name, she wants truth about DNA tests By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal Larry and Jo White agreed to donate blood for DNA testing knowing it could help convict their son of a Salina triple homicide — but hoping it would clear him. Monday, they learned their blood might convict him. J_o White said she and her husband were told not by Salina police but by a television crew from "America's Most Wanted" that the DNA from their blood "closely matched" the DNA in semen found at the murder scene, seeming to bolster the police case against Alan White, 26, a former Salinan. "The Salina police had told us the results were inconclusive," Jo White, who now lives in Georgia, said by telephone Tuesday. "But 'America's Most Wanted' told us it was a close match. "To tell you the truth, I was pissed off. If it's a match, they should have told us. We've been playing straight with the police. Now I have some doubts about whether they're playing straight with us." Police say they have evidence Lt. Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department wouldn't comment Tuesday on blood evidence or DNA testing but said police have "forensic and circumstantial" evidence that connects Alan White to the murder scene. He said forensic evidence, in general, includes such evidence as blood, semen, saliva, "any fluid- type material." An affidavit filed to support a search of White's car, found abandoned in Lincoln, Neb., after the July murders, noted that one of the murder victims had been raped and that semen was found. Jo White said officers planned to match the DNA in the semen to DNA in her blood and the blood of her husband. Jo White said she still wonders if the DNA matched. "We've been playing straight with (Salina) police. Now I have some doubts about whether they're playing straight with us." Jo White mother of murder suspect Alan White "Maybe they ('America's Most Wanted') were saying that to get a reaction for television," she said. "Until law enforcement says it's a match, I won't be certain." Jo White just wants her son to turn himself in so police can question him about the murders and test his blood. That's why she agreed to a 30- minute interview Monday night with the television crew. "They asked me what I wanted ' to tell Alan, and I told them, 'Call home. We'll get him a ticket home. We'll get him an attorney. We'll help him turn himself in,' " Jo White said. Alan White was questioned shortly after the July 20-21 bludgeoning murders of Dolores McKim, 80, 1721 Glen Ave., her daughter Carol Abercrombie, 56, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., and Abercrombie's grandson Christopher Abercrombie, 5, Greenville, N.C. But White hasn't been seen since late July or early August, and his parents haven't heard from him. He's now wanted on warrants charging him with probation violation and flight to avoid prosecution on unrelated burglary and bad check charges. Police have requested a warrant charging him with the murders. Alan White's birthday and his mother's birthday passed in October without a letter or phone call, Jo White said. Jo White has quit her job as an office worker, unable to concentrate and unwilling to be away from her house and miss a call from her son. "Something had to give, and it had to be the job," Jo White said. Maxwell's behavior interests TV viewers But Access TV won't replay tape of unusual commission meeting By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal The mayor's unusual behavior at the Salina City Commission meeting Monday has piqued interest in the local broadcast of the usually staid meetings. At the meeting, Mayor Evelyn Maxwell stepped down from her seat of authority arid later addressed the commission from the audience while petting a red-stuffed toy cat. Several people called Community Access Television on Tuesday to ask if the tape of Monday's meeting would be broadcast again. Such rebroadcast is not planned, said Mike Owens, operations coordinator for Access Television. The commission meeting, the agenda of which was quite rou- tine, turned unusual when Maxwell, saying she "didn't quite feel mayoral," asked Vice Mayor Kristin Seaton to preside. Maxwell left her seat at the commissioners' table and took a seat in the audience. She later left the meeting for 'several minutes, before returning and addressing the commission from a podium in the audience about an ordinance establishing standards for curb address lettering. The may or,, carry ing a large toy cat, later returned to her seat at the pommissioners' table and sought to regain control of the gavel. Seaton didn't allow that. The vice mayor also prevented Maxwell from leading the commission's attention to matters outside the meeting agenda. Maxwell, who at one point Monday said she was not feeling well, could not be reached Tuesday for comment. Community Access routinely broadcasts the commission meetings live at 4 p.m. on Mondays, and plays the tape that night at 8. Community Access programming is delivered to Salina Cable TV subscribers. T CAMPAIGN '96 Dole returns to pledge to cut taxes GOP candidate mixes economic ideas with humor in address By ADAM NAGOURNEY New York Times News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Relaxed, warm and witty before a Repub- lican'audience in the conservative heart of southern California, Bob Dole Tuesday returned to what had once been the foundation of his campaign — a 15 percent tax cut — to predict that that promise alone would elect him to the presidency next week. "Don't worry about it," Dole said, offering words of comfort that seemed intended as much for his partisan audience as for himself. "In the last few days, the American people will understand that voting for Bob Dole is voting for a tax cut." Dole's speech Tuesday morn- ing'was before the World Affairs Council of Orange County, and the principal subject was intended to be a final in-depth explanation of his economic plan. Dole asserted that the reason his proposal had yet to catch on was because media coverage of it, had been overwhelmingly nega- The Associated Press GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole addresses the World Affairs Council of Orange County on Tuesday in Irvine, Calif. tive. For a variety of reasons — the embrace and laughter of an unusually affectionate crowd and a failed teleprompter — combined to put a reinvigorated and entertaining Dole on display a week before Election Day. Gone, at least for the moment, was the combative, dark and studious Dole who has barreled his way through California these last few days attacking White House corruption, elite newspapers and voter apathy. Instead, Dole mixed patches of policy — which he read from a text — with humorous asides. ("The tele- prompter doesn't work, by the way," he said, remarking on the obvious.) Referring to Clinton's tax cut proposals, he said: "They look you in the eye and say — we're going to give you targeted tax cuts if you keep your room clean and eat your vegetables and do all the other things the government wants you to do." Although it is risky to predict from one day on the campaign trail what Dole might do the next, his demeanor Tuesday would suggest that he may have decided to use what could be his last week in public view to refine his image as a political leader. The reason for Dole's good humor was a subject of much speculation by his staff. Some have wondered aloud whether he has come to believe the polls that show him heading to defeat and has made his peace with the projected outcome. Dole suggested as much when in one breath he told his audience to ignore polls, and a moment later observed: "So when you see all these polls, you know, maybe they're accurate. Maybe they're not."

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