The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 2, 1996 · Page 11
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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2, 1996 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 MONEY/B4 ALMANAC / B7 B BRIEFLY KINA reviews options as news director leaves Bryan Thompson, longtime news director at Salina radio station KINA, will wrap up his work for the station on Election Day, but the station isn't sure about what it will do after he's gone. Larry Riggins, general manager of KINA, wouldn't comment Friday whether the station plans to replace Thompson, who has been with the AM station since 1980, or if there will be a change in the news format. Nor would he say if an interim manager will be appointed after Thompson left. "We are in the process of looking at our options and see what we can do at this time," said Riggins, who also serves as general manager for KSKG-FM. "We expect to have reached a decision on what to do sometime in the near future." Thompson announced Oct. 22 that he was leaving the station to become news director at Salina stations KSAL-AM and KYEZ-FM. He will replace Dave Foor as news director. Foor will continue to be the host of the morning local talk show "Kansas Live" as well as the morning news anchor ofKSAL. Four women arrested after marijuana found WaKEENEY — Four California women were arrested in Trego County Oct. 18 after a discovery of approximately 530 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $1 million. Terren Fishero, 24, Trinette Reyes-Maier, 19, Kristi Maier, 21, all of San Diego, and Brand! Maier, 24, El Cajon, Calif., were stopped as they were eastbound on Interstate 70 near WaKeeney. The four women agreed to cooperate with the Kansas Highway Patrol, Trego County and the Drug Enforcement Administration in a controlled delivery of the marijuana to a drop-off point near Philadelphia. Five people were arrested as a result from the Philadelphia and New York City areas. Bernard Giefer, Trego County attorney, and the U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Pennsylvania are coordinating prosecutions. Business owners' fight ends in two deaths WICHITA — Two co-owners of a road-paving business were arguing about business matters when one of them began shooting, killing his partner and an employee, police said. It was not clear whether the employee, a 41-year-old Kingman man, was an intended victim of the noon Friday shooting, said Wichita Police Capt. Paul Dotson. Police were withholding the name of the employee Friday night while relatives were notified. The other victim was identified as Inland Co. co-owner Robert Hubble, 38, Norwich. He died at a Wichita hospital. Police arrested his partner, a 56-year-old Wichita man, shortly after the shooting. Police said they confiscated a weapon when they pulled him over. He was being held at the Sedgwick County Jail on Friday pending charges. Kassebaum to receive Truman award in May KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, the Kansas Republican who is retiring after three terms in the U.S. Senate, has been chosen to receive the 1997 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award. Kassebaum becomes only the second woman honored with the award. Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was the 1984 winner. But Kassebaum won't be the only member of her household to receive it. Past recipients include former Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker, honored in 1989, whom Kassebaum plans to marry in December. The award will be presented at a Kansas City hotel next May 8, the 113th anniversary of Truman's birth. Recipients are people in public life whose observance of the late president's "Good Neighbor" principles have "improved their community and nation," according to the foundation's articles of incorporation. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines CRIME SCENE REVISITED On cold November day, actors and police re-create July days around slayings By CHRIS KOGER Tlie Sftti/in Journal It was a chilly 40 degrees Friday morning, but Salina police, working at the house in east Salina, were dressed for a warm afternoon. A quite warm afternoon, really, as if it were July. In a way, it was July, as the officers recreated their initial investigation into the triple murder at 1721 Glen Ave. The bodies of Delores McKim, 80, and her visiting daughter Carol Abercrombie, 56, and Abercrombie's grandson, Christopher Abercrombie, 5, were found by officers in McKim's home. The re-enactment was for the benefit of cameras. The crime is to be a subject of the Fox network's "America's Most Wanted." Police hope the televised exposure will lead them to Alan White, a former Salinan on the lam who is the prime suspect in the murders. Several police officers, hints of light makeup on their faces, waited until the Tulsa, Okla., film crew directed them to enter the garage as they had on July 21, when the bodies were found. Fifteen seconds later, their television career was over. "We weren't on camera very long," said patrol officer Roy Murry. Murry and the other officers, including Sean Morton, quickly put on their heavy leather jackets as the camera crew began setting up for another scene. The local actors portraying the three victims prepared for a scene in which the Abercrombies, arriving from Tennessee in a car, greet McKim on her front porch. Shane Gallagher, playing 5-year-old Christopher Abercrombie, grabs a small basket of flowers and runs to hug Coreen Breen, who is portraying McKim. Patti Wood, wearing a blond wig, picks up two suitcases and follows. Despite the cold, they are all dressed for summer, including Shane, who is wearing a tank top and shorts. Shane's grandfather, former Salina police officer Jack Gallagher, plays an officer who -interrogates White, played by Salina United Parcel Service employee John Hoerter. (White, who was acquainted with McKim, was interviewed by a Kansas Bureau of Investigation officer after he was seen at one of the victim's funeral. He wasn't held, and he hasn't been seen since.) The local actors were cast by Tim Jebsen, director of the Salina Community Theatre, who was contacted by the show's producers Monday night. On DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Shane Gallagher, cast as Christopher Abercrombie, runs to the house with flowers for his grandmother during rehearsal for an episode of "America's Most Wanted" being filmed Friday at 1721 Glen Ave. Patti Wood, cast as Carol Abercrombie, removes suitcases from the trunk of their car. Wednesday, about 25 local actors were auditioned for parts in the program, which might air as soon as Nov. 9. "The hardest thing about it was they wanted someone who looked like Alan (White)," Jebsen said. "They had them read a scene and improvise a scene; they weren't only concerned with the looks." Hoerter, who has acted in local plays, has the same build, height and general facial features as White, 25. Some scenes originally planned for the show were cut, including a scene with a man playing White's preacher, and another one with a man who might have seen someone who used McKim's credit card to buy gas at a convenience store following the murders. Jebsen said the crew might leave as early as this morning. Jebsen called people he has worked with in the past for the closed auditions. The show's producers, he said, didn't want to screen-test everyone in town who wanted a shot at television. Some of those contacted declined, he said. Both White and his mother, Jo White, have either been in past plays or worked behind the scenes as volunteers. "The people I've talked to have a mixed reaction. I've had a number of people say they were close to one of the victims, so they didn't want to participate in this," Jebsen said. "There are also people who have concerns: 'Did Alan really do it?' I've heard a little bit of everything, from it's good to see something's being done about it to concern that it might be seen in a wrong slant." T ELECTION '96 Record numbers are expected to vote in Kansas Native son's campaign is just one reason for official's big prediction By The Associated Press TOPEKA — A record 1.2 million Kansans should go to the polls in Tuesday's general election, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh said Friday. If his forecast holds up, the turnout would represent 83.5 percent of the state's 1.44 million registered voters. While that would be a record number to vote in any election in T GREAT PLAINS state history, it would not match, percentage-wise, the 85 percent of registered voters who cast ballots in the 1992 presidential election. Actually, Thornburgh said, he believes senatorial, congressional, legislative and heated local races will drive the voter turnout more than the presidential race between Bob Dole and President Clinton. "I think, because they have a chance to vote for a native son, they will turn out to vote," he said. "But I don't think the presidential race is driving the interest. I think it's in the federal (congressional) elections and the local races." Kansas has races for two open U.S. Senate seats, created by Dole's resignation in June and Nancy Kassebaum's decision not to seek re-election, plus races for four U.S. House seats, three of which have no incumbent. In addition, Thornburgh noted, all 165 seats in the Legislature — 125 in the House and 40 in the Senate — are up for election. There are no statewide ballot is- sues this time, but many counties have hotly contested local races for sheriff, district attorney and other offices. The record turnout in Kansas was set in the 1992 general election, when 1.157 million people voted for president, one U.S. Senate seat (Dole's), four U.S. House seats and all 165 legislative seats. George Bush carried the state with 39 percent of the presidential vote to Bill Clinton's 34 percent and Ross Perot's 27 percent. A couple more reasons mentioned by Thornburgh were: • Advance voting, making it easier than ever to vote before Election Day. • An outlook for great weather, which he said looks like sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Thornburgh said indications are about 150,000 people will take advantage of the new law that permits people to obtain ballots from their local county clerk or election commissioner up to 20 days before the election and mail or carry them back by election day. He said he expects about 12.5 percent of the state's voters to use advance voting for the general election, compared with 7.5 percent who used it for the August primary. Sister finds her refuge helping less fortunate When you need to know. - 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call after 7:30 p.m.) Sister Christella brings LArche ministry to U.S. through new Kansas branch and book CONCORDIA — As president of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia in the early 1970s, Sister Christella Buser often encouraged members to take time to seek out the poor and less fortunate. "It not only touched their lives, it touched the lives of our whole community," she said. Sister Christella decided to take her own advice when she left Concordia in 1977. She went to Winnipeg, Canada, to live at L'Arche, a worldwide ministry for developmentally disabled adults founded in 1964 by Jean Vanier. L'Arche means "place of refuge." Sister Christella planned to stay for a year and ended up spending more than six years in Canada. She later founded L'Arche Heartland in LINDA MOWERY- DENNING The Siilinu Journal Overland Park and now lives in a community in Tacoma, Wash. "It's not a job for us. It's a living situation like a family," said Sister Christella, who is visiting Concordia. "We try to bring them to their full ability." As a member of the L'Arche International Council, Sister Christella traveled across the world to visit the ministry's more than 100 communities in Australia, Brazil, Denmark, the Dominican Republic and almost two dozen other countries. One Sunday afternoon in France, she was with Jean Vanier en route to a L'Arche community in Boulogne. She started telling him stories — some funny, some sad, some inspirational — she had heard about L'Arche residents during her travels. Vanier suggested Sister Christella write a book. The result was "Flowers from the Ark. True Stories from the Homes of L'Arche." Some examples; • "When Ken's family approached us about his coming to live at L'Arche, we told them our policy required a family visit before deciding. Apparently they didn't understand, because they showed up with Ken and all of his baggage. They were anxious about the transition and were relieved to discover this must be a visit. While they were there, we filled out the application forms, Ken answering most of the medical questions himself. 'Ken,' I said, 'it looks as if you're a healthy man.' Tin in great shape,' he replied. 'Hardly anything wrong with me except a little bit of brain damage.' His ability to see and live the truth was the gift Ken brought with him to L'Arche." • "Pierre was a very gentle man with a particular dread of violence in any form. One day while taking a walk he was threatened by Jeffrey, a fellow resident whose perpetual anguish seemed always on the brink of explosion. The encounter left Pierre trembling with fear for hours afterward. At evening prayer, although he was still shaking, Pierre said, 'Lord, I pray for Jeffrey because there is a lot of pain in him.' We were struck by the ease with which Pierre moved from fear to forgiveness after an incident that would have left most of us resentful for days or weeks." Many of the stories came from Sister Christella's experiences; others she collect- ed from communities around the world. Ken lived in Ontario, Canada; Pierre was a resident of L'Arche, Switzerland. Sister Christella dedicated her book, available at the Manna House of Prayer in Concordia, "to the men, women and children of L'Arche whose generous sharing of themselves has given me, and others, continual life." The forward was written by Jean Vanier, who identifies the purpose of L'Arche as "a place where people with disabilities are allowed to be themselves, whatever their limitations or weaknesses may be. They can sing and dance and laugh and cry." He also talks about the people of L'Arche: "They do not have the same rational intelligence and capacities as others, but at the same time they do not wear masks." Through her dozens of short stories, Sister Christella reaches a similar conclusion. Honesty and spontaneity are found in abundance at L'Arche. "It's not what I'm doing for them. You find you are the receiver," she said. "They can tell me more about myself than I care to know, and that gets kind of scary sometimes." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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