Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on August 24, 1976 · Page 1
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Garden City, Kansas
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Tuesday, August 24, 1976
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Prison Charges 7 For 'Trespassing' •ttWfffff.'?.'^^^^ On The Light Side BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — Carrie Walters, at age 11, is more than the spitting image of her father. She's at least a foot better. Young Carrie out-spat her father, John Walters, at a chaw-tossing contest at a farm show in Butler County, north of Pittsburgh. And she finished third in the accuracy phase of competition. "If she was my girl and she put tobacco in her mouth, I'd paddle her pants," boomed the good-natured master of ceremonies over the loudspeaker. Undaunted, Carrie stepped up to the line and spat nine feet. Her father only managed eight feet. Neither effort was enough to beat the winner, who had a shot of 17 feet. "I don't know why I entered," said Carrie, who began practicing last summer. "Just for something to do, I guess." Walters' approval of his daughter's new sport was tentative. "It's better than smoking cigarettes. And I don't think it hurts her," he said. "It turns her a little green sometimes, though." RODNEY, Ind. (AP) — A 15-year-old Decatur County youth wasn't about to let something as trivial as a screen door stand in the way of his love life. At least, that's what sheriff's deputies surmised when they arrived at Betty Kuntz' home in this southeastern Indiana community.- What they found was a smashed screen door — and a love note attached to the bedroom door of Mrs. Kuntz' daughter, Becky. . . Police said the youth, whose name was withheld, probably will have to pay the estimated $10 damage to the door. FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) — Pastor Martelino, who says he wants to bring sculpture out of the art galleries and museums, sent his latest piece soaring into the sky. But he's afraid the Federal Aviation Administration will shoot it down. The sculptor suspended his work — an 12-foot-wide, six-foot-high, 10-pound abstract composition made from several pieces of foam rubber — from three balloons and launched it Saturday from Portsmouth, near the Atlantic. "It was beautiful," he said. The last he saw of it, his creation was headed for Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Martelino says that at the FAA's insistence he added aluminum strips to the balloons so they could be tracked by radar in case they approached heavy air traffic. But he said that after the launch the FAA told him the strips he used just didn't do the job. "That made me very disappointed and the FAA very upset," Martelino said. "They described it as a derelict balloon that if seen probably would be shot down." FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - "I hope you don't land in prison," the pilot said before the 11 sky divers tumbled from the crowded plane, trying to reach ground before an approaching dust storm struck. Within minutes, seven of the parachutists were on Arizona State .Prison property, several of them surrounded by guards. One jumper found himself looking into the barrel of a gun. "They just came in all around the prison. They could have been shot," said Jim Bennett, an investigator for the Final County Sheriff's Department. Four of the parachutists were blown clear of the prison property, but as for the unfortunate seven, including a juvenile: "They were charged by the prison with trespassing. Bond was set at $220 each. They've all been released, but three spent the night in jail," Bennett said. "They (prison guards) were worried about subversive attack/ is what they told us," one of the skydivers said after he was released from jail Monday. Bennett said the seven landed outside the main prison wall but on prison land. He identified those jailed overnight as Michael Mercier, 21, of Tempe; Roberto Valenzuela, 34, of Tucson; and John Sharber, 21, of Flagstaff. Released on bond Sunday night were Stephen Noonan, Jr., 30, of Goodyear; Frederick Waring, 26, of Comanche, Tex., and Darrell Fetzer, 23, of Flagstaff. The juvenile, who was not identified, was released to juvenile authorities. • Sharber, later recounting the incident and his night in jail, said: "We took off with a plane load of 11. There was a big dust storm moving in. We tried various places to land, and were completely overloaded with sky divers and didn't think it was safe to land. "Somebody said it looked like a baseball diamond down there, so we jumped. When we landed, we found out it was the prison diamond. "One guy landed about 25 yards north of the main cellblocks. He said he took about two steps, and three pickups pulled up and one guy jumped out with a gun on him." Sharber, Mercier and Valenzuela pleaded guilty to the trespassing charge and were given a 10-day suspended sentence. The other three adults are scheduled in court later in the week. Sharber said neither the pilot nor anyone else aboard the plane knew the area. Garden City GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, TUESDAY, AUGUST 24,1976 Telegram Vol. 47 12 Pages -No. 250 15c a Copy Held Hostage At Knifepoint For 17 Hours OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police stormed a bunker- like tavern early today and captured an Oklahoma man who had held three persons hostage at knifepoint for nearly 17 hours. Officers found one hostage dead, and a second was hurt as they rushed in. One of the hostages had escaped unharmed about 20 minutes earlier. A UFO? Maybe, but at a longer look this pop-eyed monster turns out to be a local frog who decided to take a dip in a day camp pool in Waltham, Mass. Staff members discovered him when camp opened. (AP Photo) ManCharged for Grain Theft BURLINGTON, Colo. (AP) — A Goodland, Kan., businessman who operated Horizon Grain Co. elevators here has been charged with felony theft of wheat and corn belonging to at least 20 area farmers and ranchers. Deputy Dist. Atty. Heinz Kroeger said Monday that David Rothe, 32, who was last re 1 ported in Denver, was named in an arrest warrant signed Thursday by District Judge Dryland Crop Potential Cut TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Continued hot, dry weather across Kansas last week reduced the potential of dryland crops, the Crop and Livestock Reporting Service said today. It said topsoil moisture supplies were reported short in all but a few scattered counties which received local showers. Subsoil moisture supplies were also reported short. Pastures and ranges continued to deteriorate. The western one-third of the state was in particularly poor condition and the Flint Hills were in need of rain in the immediate future. Dean Johnson in Fort Morgan. "We're still looking into the i books and records," Kroeger' said. "We don't have a clear picture of where the grain went — but we do know the elevator is empty, and has been since April or May. "We expect a $300,000 or $400,00 bankruptcy proceeding to be filed — but that's just an estimate at this point." Kroeger said he believes approximately 80,000 bushels of wheat and corn, valued at more than $200,000, is gone. Rothe, Kroeger reported, disappeared about 10 days ago. Dist. Atty. Doyle Johns of Fort Morgan said the grain had been deposited by farmers, who had yet to receive payment. "Ordinarily, most farmers will put their wheat in storage at an elevator, get a receipt for it, and when they want their money, they can have it at the current market price. Or, they can have it redelivered to them," Johns said. Two farmers who had corn and grain in storage, and who had made formal demand for redelivery, came to authorities with the story of the empty elevator, Kroeger said. "One fellow alone lost more than 70,000 bushels." The complaint was filed on behalf of one of the farmers who had made a demand for redelivery, Kroeger said, but he refused to identify the victim. Kroeger said he had met Monday with a representative of the State Agriculture Commissioner's office, Galen Hainer, to discuss the situation. The incident is the second within two years that has put a large number of area farmers and ranchers in economic jeopardy. Last October Dean B. Casselman of Haxtun declared bankruptcy, and the move affected nearly 150 area farmers who suffered losses. Casselman reportedly accepted 434,000 bushels of grain from them and had sold all but 80,000 when he declared bankruptcy. He was unable to pay the farmers for their grain — an estimated loss of about $1.2 million. Mayor Edward Zorinsky said the knife-wielder was "pumped up on drugs." "We had to go in," said Deputy Police Chief Joe Friend. Friend was the chief negotiator with the knife- wielding man, Jimmy Green, 31, of Pawnee, Okla., during the long siege. The deputy chief said the decision to storm Whitcombs Tavern came after two of Green's brothers peered through a window and saw Nathan H. "Joe" Culbertson, 59, a tavern patron, on the floor, his throat slashed. Officers said Rosemary Akiens, 38, wife of the tavern's owner, Lloyd Akiens, was cut across the throat as they went after Green. She was listed in critical condition at a hospital. Phyllis Utnage, 35, a part- time tavern employe, was grabbed by police as she left the tavern about 7 a.m. to pick up a rifle, a pistol and some ammunition Green had demanded. A few minutes later, the brothers, R. D. and Johnny Green, approached the building to talk with their brother. They had been flown from Oklahoma to Omaha in a chartered jet earlier in the morning. Zorinsky said the brothers looked into the building, then backed away and told Friend, "The guy is lying there and he's cut ear to ear." The deputy police chief said that as officers rushed into the tavern, they spotted Green backing into a restroom at the rear of the bar with Mrs. Akiens. Friend said he kicked down the restroom door and officers wrestled Green into submission. He said he was unsure whether Mrs. Akiens was cut before or during the struggle. Sgt, William Morris, one of the 12 policemen who stormed the tavern, also was hospitalized for injuries suffered when his shotgun accidentally discharged, Friend said. Police said no other shots were fired. Green, who was not injured, was taken to the psychiatric ward of a hospital, the officer said. Rangerette Died Of Stab Wound Weather Sunrise 7:07 Sunset 8:23 Clear lo partly cloudy wllh Isolated thunderstorms through Wednesday. Lows tonight low to mid 60s. Highs Wednesday low to mid 90s. Light southeasterly winds tonight. Temperatures for the 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Free. WaKEENEY, Kan. (AP) — The head of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation reported to local authorities today that a single stab wound killed Paula Fabrizius, who disappeared from her job as a state park rangerette at Cedar Bluff Lake. Col. William Albott said he hoped to have most of the details of an autopsy report before the day was over. There is no indication, he said, that the girl was sexually molested. Col. Albott expressed con- Within a'Splinter'of Death SHARON SPRINGS (HNS) — John Baehler has seen the face of death and thinks one opportunity to do so is enough. Last week the 17-year-old Sharon Springs youth was inches from dying, a splinter of plate glass imbedded in his heart. Surgeons in Goodland and Denver were certain he wouldn't make it. Today, Baehler is • understandably glad to be among the living. Except for some back and chest pain, and a nasty incision, he is as sound as he was on the night of Aug. 3. On that night, Baehler and his nephew had a fight in a 'restaurant at Sharon Springs, about 17 miles from the Colorado border in Wallace County. The younger boy pushed his uncle after Bahehler had struck him, sending Baehler into a plate glass window. "We were fighting over an eight-track (tape)," Baehler said. "I tripped on something after he pushed me and fell front-wards into the window." At first, nothing seemed to have happened, except for the broken glass, he said. Baehler's hand was cut, but little more. "Then somebody said to look at my chest. There was blood on it. I couldn't feel anything, no pain or nothing. I jerked open my shirt and blood was just squirting everywhere. "I said wait a minute, I think I'm going to pass out. Then I did." Baehler was first taken to the doctor in Sharon Springs. The doctor thought the glass hand punctured the lungs, or maybe even the heart. Baehler was then moved to the hospital in Goodland, 40 miles away. His sister, Mrs. Bonnie Fuentez, was called. John's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Baehler Sr, were in Oklahoma at the time. "They told me John would never make the 40 miles to the hospital," Mrs. Fuentez said, "and that if I wanted to see him I'd better get down there fast. "In the ambulance, he kept screaming and hollering and trashing around. The doctors finally had to sit on him." Baehler doesn't remember why he was screaming, or what he was hollering. In fact he doesn't remember the pain of the ordeal at all, just that he kept clawing at his chest. "When I was still in Sharon Springs, I heard someone say I was going to die, I think it was the doctor. That scared me but I didn't think about the dying. I figured I was bleeding to death — I just didn't know why." The X-Rays at Goodland revealed no sign of the glass shard. However, Dr. Clitus Olsen decided the glass had entered Baehler's heart and phoned a colleague in Denver to consult with him. Dr. Gerald Rainer, a cardiovascular surgeon in Denver, immediately sent a team to Goodland by jet to pick up Baehler. While on the way. Baehler suffered two respiratory failures. When he was conscious, he had to be restrained from getting up off the bed. An operating room was ready for him and within five minutes of his arrival in Denver, Baehler was in surgery. The surgeons found a dagger-like piece of glass in Baehler's right ventrical. It measured three-and-a-half inches long. Removal of the splinter was an easy procedure, according to the doctor who accompanied Baehler on the flight from Goodland. His chest was opened, the glass removed from the heart and the wound was closed. Doctors credit Baehler's age with saving his life. But there were a lot-of "ifs" involved, the doctor said. Had the glass struck the "electrical" apparatus of the heart, if the glass had gone into the left side of the heart, or if it had made a hole in the heart's dividing wall. . . Any of those "ifs" and more would have resulted' in Baehler's death. The doctors are sending the piece of glass to Baehler as a momento of his brush with death. Baehler said he had learned one thing from his close call. "I know better than to fight with my nephew again." sternation at the breakdown of a plan that no park rangerette ever would be left alone on the job. It was instituted after a rangerette was kidnapped from her job at Milford Lake near Junction City in 1974 and slain. "If we have a protection plan, why do we deviate from it?" Col. Albott asked. "It only takes a moment's deviation to bring tragedy." Lynn Burris, director of the Kansas Park and Resources authority, said the "buddy" system for rangerettes had been allowed to lapse because so many of them had left the job to return to school. Even so, Burris said, Paula Fabrizius was alone at her ticket booth for only 15 minutes when she was abducted Saturday evening. A ranger had been in touch with her and had gone to get her a pack of gum. Paula was 16 and was from nearby Ellis, Kan. Her nude body was found Sunday at the base of Castle Rock, a landmark sandstone formation about 20 miles west of the park. Physical evidence indicated she was dragged from a car and pushed from the top of a high bluff. A $1,200 reward is posted by the First National Bank of WaKeeney, the Trego-WaKeeney State Band and the Ellis State Bank. David Hardin, Trego county attorney, said its purpose is to locate people who may have seen the abduction. Dodge City Emporia GARDEN CITY Goodland Hill City Russell Salina Topeka Wichita .Max. Mln. 96 63 94 67 97 61 94 56 98 62 95 66 95 65 97 66 94 64 Garden Sass Most teenagers know the value of a dollar today, Gus Garden says. It buys about two gallons of gasoline. School Will Be Matter of Degrees School starts Wednesday, but the weather says it's still summer. In the event that temperatures are predicted to reach the 95 degree mark, classes will be dismissed early, said Supt. of Schools Dr. Horace Good. Notification will be made a day ahead on the basis of weather forecasts. Early dismissal will not affect Gertrude Walker and (parfield, as those buildings are both totally air conditioned. Others would be excused from school after lunch has been served. "Nilui Adv. Kicui" only al Hoovers.— Quick Work Probably Saved Life of Man FRIEND—Quick work by a relative and two neighbors probably saved the life of 26-year-old Daniel Smith who accidentally shot himself while handling an unfamiliar gun. The accident happened Friday night about 7:30 p.m. at the home of Arden Nelson, Smith's brother-in-law. Smith had just received from a friend a black powder cap and ball .44 revolver. Nelson, who was in another room in the house, heard a gunshot and found Smith lying on the floor, bleeding profusely. The bullet struck him the right thigh, severing an artery and slightly cracking his pelvis. The bullet was lodged into his body. Nelson called his neighbors, Diane and Clifford Maggard. They applied a tourniquet and put him in Maggard's car, intending to drive to the hospital in Garden City. Diane remembered that Scott City had a hospital, which was about half as far. She called the Scott City Police Department and the car was met at the outskirts and escorted to the hospital. A friend said Smith had lost so much blood doctors couldn't get a blood pressure reading. He required six pints of blood. Physicians repaired the artery and removed blood clots from his leg. Smith, who had recently moved to Colorado, returned here for a few weeks work. He was in good condition Tuesday. Smith told a deputy he enjoyed playing with guns since he was a kid and was spinning the revolver when it discharged.

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