The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on January 30, 1988 · 4
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 4

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Saturday, January 30, 1988
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Cqlsrity says study indicates hew jaiB costs not out of line By JoAnne Young ot The Lincoln Star County commissioners said Friday that a City Council study on alternative Jail sites has reinforced their beliefs that costs for the proposed county jail of $18.7 , million are not out of line. , i "What all ot this shows is that from a purely cost standpoint, it doesn't make that much difference if (the jail) is located on our site or the west site across the street," said Commissioner Jan Gauger. 'v..i,.; : What is Important, she said, are operation costs for the jail over a 30-year period, determined by the program design., ..!.:,, '. , I County Board Chairman Kathy Campbell told a meeting of the City-County Common, comprised of Mayor Bill Harris and members of County Board and City Council, that the board would take the study under advisement The project will stay in the preliminary design stages until a final decision on the site and design can be made, she said. ' THAT DECISION should come in the next two weeks. Gauger said one of the options commissioners have is to go back and look at the first schematic design, without lower-level parking. That design has a lower profile in relation to the County-City Building. Alternative parking sites will also be considered. "We need to take all the information Bass is her instrument, but certainly not only one By Patty Beutler of The Lincoln Star , : If you see Kirsten Wagner on her way to a concert toting her acoustic bass, dont ask her what a little girl like her is doing with a big instrument like that. The Waverly High School senior gets plenty of those Comments. Seems passers-by can never resist, the chance to tease her about the towering bass. . Even though she's only 5-foot-3, Kirsten is as adept at carrying the bass as she is at playing it : ' ': TRAVELING from her rural Walton home to rehearsals for the Omaha Youth Symphony and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Orchestra, she wedges the upright bass into the folded back seat of her Ford Escort hatchback. The neck of the instrument hangs over the gearshift, leaving room for little else in the car except the stool she sits on while she plays. Lugging the 30found bass isn't so bad, she said except when she goes through doors. But she's not so anxious for people to help her with the precious cargo. : "It's delicate, which people don't believe because of its size," she said, i Kirsten came to the bass by way of the piano, drums, trumpet, French horn and baritone. "I shopped around until I settled on the bass. I just loved it. It just happened. That sounds really corny," she said. While the bass is her main instrument she still plays baritone in the school marching band when she's not doubling as drum major. But that's not all. She releases her musical energy on the electric bass in jazz band at school and in "Mudslide," a five-member rock band. THE IMMEDIACY of the audience when she performs with her electric bass is a refreshing contrast from standing at the back of the orchestra with her classical bass, she said. "It's an ego trip to have people right up next to you telling you how wonderful you are. It's nice to get feedback right away." Kirsten calls the electric bass her toy. "I love classical music," she said, "but if that's all I did I'd be such an intense person. That's where all the emotion musically is. I have to have something light to balance it all out." Loud, obnoxious, close rock 'n' roll music serves that purpose, she said. Last fall she branched out even further as the only high school player in the pit orchestra for "A Chorus Line" at the Lincoln Community Playhouse. Hopping from rehearsals to perform- and Work with our team," Campbell said. That team is comprised of the board, jail Consultant Norm Cox, the architects and financial advisers. , The City Council voted Thursday to endorse the study's recommendation that the county look at building the jail to the west of the County-City Building, across Ninth Street The site is larger than the one the county has proposed directly south of the County-City Building and could accommodate a one-level jail with mezzanine and separate administrative and program area. Harris said he agreed with the council's endorsement of the plan. THE STUDY was conducted by The Clark Enersen Partners, in cooperation with the county's architects, ADK Associates and Dana Larson Roubal and Associates. Recommendations and conclusions were solely those of The Clark Enersen Partners, represented by its president Al Hamersky. Campbell said after the meeting that Hamersky had put a high priority on aesthetics in reaching his conclusions. The commissioners' priorities were centered around public safety and long-term costs, she said. "The information in (the study) puts a different priority on the variables," Campbell said. The board is still open to looking at all the information. "There is not a simple answer. Many factors are tied together, and how you f ill '-"Xt -nil w, MM I J ... JU f - - k. J nMHH lMHIial.dMIIHl II n -Lift J Gall FoldaLlncolnStor Kirsten Wagner plays her bass. Youth In Action ances for that and other groups drained her, Kirsten said. But she wasn't willing to give up anything. ' "You can't stop and think about it. You just have to go out and do it all You always find time," she said. A summer at Colorado's Rocky Ridge music camp convinced Kirsten, 17, that music performance, preferably in a major symphony, should be the focus of her life. "It satisfies me," she said. "I get such an incredible feeling of satisfaction from playing any kind of music." Her feeling is especially high this weekend. A three-day High School Honor Chamber Orchestra clinic in Hastings culminates with a Saturday night concert for which she is principal bass. Kirsten doesn't mind the hard work that performing demands, but that's no guarantee against periodic frustration, she said. "MUSIC IS second nature to me, but there are times when I hate my instrument and I wish I'd never started it. Music is not something I consciously miss when I stop practicing, but if I stop for a while, I feel empty and I'll go back to it." The daughter of Deb and Fred Wagner succeeds in other arenas as weiL She's a member of National Honor Society, is yearbook photographer and takes two UNL classes this semester English composition and University Orchestra. PART MAN, THE FUTURE OF LAV ENFORCEMENT! prioritize them is how you get that decision." During the Common meeting, commissioners pointed out to Hamersky that some of the cost figures in the study did not agree with the county's figures. SOME transportation and relocation costs were actually higher than the study's projections, according to the -commissioners. City and county officials also discussed concerns they had regarding communication on the project The city has complained for several months that it had no input into the jail site and de-sip decisions. Gauger said that early in the process, when the jail consultant was gathering opinions on the jail from county and city officials and workers, Council Chairman Gates Minnick had turned down the opportunity for council members to be interviewed on the subject Minnick said he probably did make that decision at the time, but changed his mind when he saw the design. "I had no idea it was going to overshadow this building," he said. "That was the first time I became alarmed." Gates pledged the city would have better communication with the county in the future. "I hope the groundwork has been laid here today," he said. "We are all responsible for what happens in Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln." Sen. Ashford pledges GOP, backs Demo OMAHA (AP) - A day after delaring he would support the Republican candidate for Senate, state Sea Brad Ashford of Omaha said he has agreed to serve on a finance committee for Democrat Bob Kerrey's Senate bid. "The point is, concerning Bob Kerrey, he helped me in my campaign," Ashford said Friday. "That is the long and short of it He asked me and I said 'Yes. " Ashford said Kerrey asked him to serve on the finance committee Friday morning. WITH GOV. KAY ORE standing by his side Thursday, Ashford took a loyalty oath to the Republican Party and pledged his support to Nebraska's GOP Senate candidate. ' But Ashford hesitated when asked whether his switch to the Republican Party meant he would back the Republican Senate candidate against Kerrey, the likely Democratic nominee. When pressed, Ashford said, "I will back the Republican nominee for the Senate against the Democratic nominee." Ashford was elected to the non-partisan Legislature with the help of the state Democratic Party. A letter was sent by Kerrey on Ashford's behalf to residents of the 6th Legislative District in west-central Omaha. Ashford, son of the founder of the Nebraska Clothing Co., was raised as a Republican. He switched to the Democratic Party in recent years but changed his party registration back to Republican Thursday. WE'RE MOVING! AS OF FEBRUARY 1,1988 MOSIERTIMPERLEY CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC is pleased to announce the relocation of our facilities. Thanks to your continued support and patronage, we have grown to become one of the largest chiropractic clinics in the Mid-West. To make an appointment, call or visit us at: no rAMi KArccD 4535 Normal Boulevard DR. DAN L. MOSIER nnn prf0;,i Ru DR. DAVID L TIMPERLEY DR. T. J. MAACK 483 - PART MACHINE, ALL GOP! Col"ASX M OPEM 10 to 10 'Ay V ' ; . ' " A';, ' -X V. ' ft ;: 5 - ' ' 'Y Fire at Omaha grain elevator causes $60,000 damage A blaze at an Omaha grain elevator estimated $60,000 damage Friday, officials said, but no one was injured. The fire at Northwest Feed and Grain Co. apparently smoldered overnight. Firefighters from Irvington, Bennington and Ponca Hills volunteer departments fought the fire for about Lincoln jurors find Martin guilty in Near South sexual assault cases By Bruce Weible of The Lincoln Star Despite a preponderance of prosecution evidence, a case involving Carl A. Martin, 30, of 1320 Peach St was not open and shut members of a Lancaster County District Court jury said. Martin was convicted Friday of sue charges stemming from three sexual assaults and a robbery. The four incidents occurred between July 21 and Aug. 7, 1987. The jury returned guilty verdicts against Martin on three counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of robbery and two counts of use of a knife to commit a felony. During Martin's trial, which began last Tuesday, deputy county attorneys Jan Sharp and Mary Thramer introduced 160 exhibits, described by Sharp as "a ton of evidence." INCLUDED were possessions of some of the victims found when police searched Martin's home, stationery from the home matching that, used in notes attached to two of the victims' purses and Martin's fingerprints found in a car that belonged to one of the victims. The notes instructed persons who Man accused in federal court of plot to distribute cocaine Michael Horbatko, 26, was charged in U.S. District Court in Lincoln Thursday with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Horbatko, whose address was not listed on court documents, signed a petition to plead guilty to the charge and documents outlining a plea agreement with prosecutors that same day. In the documents, Horbatko admitted that he agreed with murder suspect Terry Reynolds to buy and sell cocaine and knew the identities of individuals who supplied cocaine to Reynolds. The documents alleged that Horbatko lui i vivjjiui iai uiugi Suite 101 Lincoln, NE., 68506 6633 VA POKMMt' co SUMHS HOME VIDEO "YOUR HOMETOWN VIDEO STORE" VI GO MF,476-GC0S'ttiSW EVERYDAY! " I 'l II i it Bf " - :' ' -X caused an found the purses to return them to their owners. The prosecution also provided testimony from the victims of all four crimes, all of whom identified Martin as the person responsible. A Durango, Colo., woman testified that Martin sexually assaulted her in a suburb of Denver in a case still pending in that state, Thramer said. Statements made by Martin to police after his August 8 arrest which linked him with each of the victims, were also read to jurors. MARTIN was arrested after a resident of Lincoln's Near South neighborhood called police to report a man masturbating in bushes near 13th and Peach streets. He fled before he could be apprehended by police but he was discovered a short time later hiding in the attic of his nearby home. In two of the sexual assault cases, the victims met Martin in the Near South neighborhood and were assaulted after Martin forced ttem to drive to other portions of Lincoln and blindfolded them. Martin fled from their cars after returning with them to the Near South. A third victim was sexually assaulted was involved in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine between Aug. 1 and Oct. 1, 1986. According to documents outlining the plea agreement in return for Horbatko's guilty plea and his cooperation, government authorities agreed not to prosecute him for additional crimes committed up to Feb. 18, 1987. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Nor-ris said Horbatko lived in Lincoln at the time the conspiracy was alleged to have occurred. We know it's not an easy task to quit smoking. That's why Bryan Memorial Hospital is offering a smoking cessation course to help you breathe easy again. Taught by an ex-smoker, the course includes an orientation costing only $8, followed by 10 classes for $60. 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The jury deliberated approximately 4 hours Thursday and nearly three more hours Friday before returning a verdict. Judge Donald Endacott who presided over Martin's trial, ordered a presentence investigation in the case. Endacott ordered the investigation to include a psychiatric evaluation to determine if Martin meets Nebraska law's definition of a mentally disordered sex offender. Endacott said Martin's sentencing would be scheduled after the results. of the investigation are available. .? i Martin , could be sentenced to 240 years in prison on the six counts. , , H I Hot Chocolate Drink 1 or Hot Spiced Apple, I ruage or I Caramel Topping Swith purchase of medium or large cup or cone of our delicious, nutritious Frozen Yogurt! i I ( I Can't Believe It's YOGURT! Prli CtM. OPEN: Daily until 11P.M. 70th & Van Dorn, Ph. 489-9116 1 Holmes Lake Plaza. Unrnln I COUPON ' ""'-I I II I LLIJLLLA

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