The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 30, 1997 · Page 9
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 9

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, April 30, 1997
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WEDNESDAY APrtlL 96, 1§§7 .THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B t KANSAS GOVERNMENT 'Christian court 9 orders Graves arrested Group that met in ^.Abilene also £;. wants 9 ^legislators, all :£ Supreme :;Court justices £~ out of jobs By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — A man saying he represents the "Supreme Court of Christian Jurisdiction in American Government" has told Gov. Bill Graves and nine legislators they are felons and "ordered" them to leave office. The "orders," contained in a document sent to them, claim the Legislature is acting illegally and its members, Graves and justices of the state Supreme Court have not taken a proper oath of office. The orders also say the Supreme Court justices are practicing law without licenses. Among legislators named as being notified are House Speaker Tim Shallenburger, R-Baxter Springs, and Senate President Dick Bond, R-Overland Park. The order accuses them of perjury, official misconduct and misuse of public funds. The orders are signed by Mark Kline Drake of Rock, a small town 20 miles southeast of Wichita. Drake's wife, Paula Christine Drake, confirmed their participation in the Christian Court, but said reporters should talk to officials who received the orders. She said a copy of all documents went to the host of a Topeka radio talk show who frequently receives on- the-air telephone calls from militia members or people sympathetic to their views. "We're not happy with the way you guys do things," she said, referring to reporters from news organizations. The orders are dated April 19 — the second anniversary of the federal building bombing in Oklahoma City and the fourth anniversary of the fiery end to the siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. It is also the date the Christian Court met in Abilene. The orders come as some local law enforcement officials are expressing concern about what they see as an increase in activities by anti-government groups of "freemen." Graves received his notice, said spokesman Mike Matson, and his counsel passed it on to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. "Obviously, there's concern, given what's going on in Texas," Matson said, referring to a standoff between law enforcement officials and an armed group demanding nation status for Texas. However, Graves seemed not to take the order seriously. "I have a vague recollection of standing on the south steps with my hand on a Bible, taking the oath of office," Graves said, referring to his January 1995 inauguration. Other legislators mentioned in the notices are Sen. Greta Hall Goodwin, D-Winfield, and Reps. Gayle Mollenkamp, R-Russell Springs; Jan Pauls, D-Hutchinson; Richard Reinhardt, D- Erie; Dale Swenson, R-Wichita; Dan Thimesch, D-Cheney, and Billie Vining, R-Wichita. Notices went to Shawnee County Sheriff Dave Meneley and Attorney General Carla Stovall, ordering them to arrest and prosecute Graves for "damages done to the Kansas state republic." "If it wasn't so funny, I would be sad," Mollenkamp said of his notice. "I'm definitely concerned deep down." In a letter to Mollenkamp, Drake said, "The Christian court, by authority established in The Supreme Court of Christian Jurisdiction In American Government,' is that spiritual means of lawfully finding and following 'truth' — the spirit of truth mentioned in the Bible." It adds: "The Christian Court is the lawful answer to correct the 'abuse of power' by the unlawful, executive, legislative and judicial branches of government." —„ Reinhardt said he believes he received a no» tice because Drake was a fraternity brother ift college. " BRIEFLY ^Donated items needed pjpr victims of flooding r-^-United Methodist churches in Central and northwest Kansas ; will continue to collect supplies ^iljrough May 15 for flood victims J..U1 North Dakota and other states. j£*vNeeded are cleaning supplies, ^JJuiJrsonal items, baby items, pet ..fjpbd, small tools and paper goods. ^Clothing will not be accepted. •; Collection points and hours, all jSlonday through Friday, are: %?•• Salina's Trinity United £$fethodist Church, 901E. Neal Barking lot entrance), 8 a.m. to t ii6on and 1 to 5 p.m. Information: *3&e Rev. John Martin (913) 825-5270. *£.• Colby United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to *~5"30 p.m. Information: Bernice iSkiles, (913) 462-2761. ;£;• Hays' First United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Informa- ~tjbn: The Rev. Phil Fischer (913) :«25-3408. "V* 1 .' County issues bonds for Crestwood plant ^Saline County commissioners ^"Tuesday took final action in issuing $5 million in industrial revenue bonds for the new Crestwood cabinet manufacturing plant. •; ' Crestwood is moving from an 85,000-square-foot plant at 303 E. "Avenue A to a new, 160,000-square- foot plant at 601 E. Water Well. ;.'.- Construction of the plant is estimated at $2.5 million, and equip- iflent will add another $2.5 million. '• ; Commissioners gave initial ap- proval'to the bonds three years ;ago, and conducted a public hearing last month on the issuance. Cheylin school to close in McDonald McDONALD — Voters in the Cheylin School District, which includes Cheyenne and Rawlins counties, decided Tuesday the Cheylin East Elementary School should be closed. The vote was 467 to 302, with Cheyenne County voters supporting closure 432-46 and Rawlins County voters opposing closure by a vote of 256 against and 35 in favor. Students from the McDonald school will be sent to Bird City, about nine miles away. The school board voted to close the school on March 10 because of financial problems, but a protest petition was delivered, and the issue went before voters. The closure is expected to save $120,000 a year. The McDonald school houses students in kindergarten through grade five. The Bird City school houses sixth through 12th grades. Of the district's 190 students, 86 attend the school at McDonald. The change starts this fall. Messner ordered to pay less in fraud WICHITA — A federal judge said he would follow an appeals court ruling that slashed by 70 percent the restitution owed by former church builder Roe Messner on his bankruptcy fraud conviction. U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown said Monday he would reduce Messner's restitution from $72,500 to $20,000. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld Messner's conviction and sentencing in February, but threw out the restitution ordered on three counts. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call after 7:30 p.m.) The Associated Press Jack Vangorden sits in his hospital bed next to a "Catch of the Day" mug from his daughter Tuesday after undergoing surgery to remove a fishhook from his small intestine. Ten three-pronged hooks were placed in a salad bar at a Kansas City restaurant. Man swallows fishhook in salad Planting of fishhooks in salad bar at restaurant was second in Kansas City area By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man who swallowed a fishhook hidden in a restaurant salad bar remained hospitalized Tuesday while police tried to find out who was responsible. "We don't have any suspects, no motives," said Sgt. Dave Bosworth of the Kansas City Police Department. "We're looking into a few leads." Surgeons removed a three-pronged fishing hook from the small intestine of Jack Vangorden, 58, Kansas City. A spokeswoman at St. Luke's Northland Hospital said he was in good condition. Vangorden was hospitalized Sunday night after eating from the §alad bar at a Golden Corral Restaurant. The incident was similar to one last month at a Wendy's restaurant in Leaven- "This has never happened before to us. We're very concerned about it... but right now, we have no idea . who did it." Bob McDevitt Golden Corrall Restaurant chain official worth, Kan. In that case, also on a Sunday, a woman bit into a fishhook in her salad, but did not swallow it. After Vangorden took himself to the hospital, police searched the salad bar and found nine more hooks in the lettuce bowl, Bosworth said. Restaurant officials do not know how the hooks got into the lettuce, said Bob McDevitt, Golden Corral's vice president of marketing in Raleigh, N.C. Golden Corral chops its own lettuce at each restaurant. McDevitt said Golden Corral did not know of any disgruntled customers or employees wanting to get back at the restaurant. "This has never happened before to us," he said. "We're very concerned about it, and we're investigating; but right now, we have no idea who did it." Greg Buford, manager of the Golden Corral where Vangorden was injured, said that afterward workers made sure the salad bar was safe and the restaurant remained open. Leavenworth Police Chief Lee Doehring said Tuesday his department is still investigating the March 30 incident there. In that incident, Jeanette Perkey, 32, felt a sharp pain in her mouth as she was eating. She said she opened her mouth and a fishhook fell out, and she then discovered another lodged in her gum. She was treated at a Leavenworth hospital. Restaurant workers found several more hooks in the lettuce. T SCHOOL DONATION School bus, vans given to Catholic school Walkers' donations to bring school money as well as transportation By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Getting students from one activity to another has caused problems for high schools across the country. But Sacred Heart Junior-Senior High School has Charlie Walker as an alumnus. About a month ago, Walker donated a 48-pas- W senger school bus, two 10-passenger vans and the money to put up a 5,280 square-foot building to house them. That amounts to a $210,000 donation, said Bill Grevas, director of business and development. "He's done some things like this before," Grevas said. "The neat thing is, when they were breaking ground, he was right out there moving dirt." Walker, who has donated hundreds, of thousands of dollars to the school in the past, is a self- made millionaire who founded Blue Beacon International and is building a future tourist attraction, the Rolling Hills Refuge Wildlife Conservation Center northwest of Salina. The school was leasing transportation for all activities, Grevas said. "It gets to be pretty expensive, especially when you have boys and girls basketball and other BMck drive To buy a brick as a fund raiser for Sacred.Heart Junior-Senior High School, call Bill Grevas at 825-4011. things going on," he said. Grevas said the vehicles and garage should be ready by this fall. Walker was unavailable for comment. Buy-a-brlck fund drive Another donation kicks off a fund raiser to help boost the salaries of the teachers and staff. Diversified Neon, 3037 S. Centennial, donated a sign greeting visitors as they enter the main parking lot to the school, 230 E. Cloud. The donation, by co-owners Dale and Craig Walker, honors their father, Ralph Walker, president of Power Vac of Salina, who died last year. Ralph Walker was Charlie Walker's brother. "He was always a large donor to the school, and he supported a lot of different activities through the community," Dale Walker said. Sacred Heart will build a brick display next to the sign. For $200, a name or sentiment can be inscribed into a four-foot-by-eight- foot brick. The area will hold 500 bricks. A $1,000 donation will buy a bronze plaque that will be placed at the base of the sign. Only eight plaques are available. The campaign is expected to run until August. "I think this is a neat thing, and the bricks can leave a lasting impression," Grevas said. T KU KLUX KLAN Klan say! rally's stil planned | Media attention just \ spurs the group to rally, some Salinans say ; By CRISTINA JANNEY ; Tlie Salina Journal • m HARRISON, Ark. — The nati$i- al director of the Knights of the ^i Klux Klan said Tuesday that hjs group still plans to rally in Salin$, but he won't say when . • Klan members postponed a rally set for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January because icy roads prevented them from leaving theft homes in Harrison, Ark. . j The January postponement was the first time a Klan rally has been postponed, said Robb, who was called by the Journal for this story. When the rally was postponed, the Klan said it would be rescheduled for April or May. i "Plans have already been made," Robb said. "We've spoken to our people in Salina/' "• Robb declined to say when the rally would be until a location could be set. ; About 10-15 people who will hold flags and banners intend to travel to Salina for the rally, he said. 1 Robb declined to identify the Sali- nans he said belong to the Klan and invited the Klan to rally in Salina. . Police Chief Jim Hill said he fias not had any direct communication from the Klan about a rescheduling. "If they come, we'll be prepared for them, but I hope they don't come. We don't want them to come. We don't need them in the cit} r ," Hill said. 3 Critical of the media \ Hill was critical of the Journal and other media for contacting Che Klan, saying media attention for the Klan was like "lighting a fuse." Cora Williams, president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement i of Colored People, said the NAAJCP would give a response if the KJan were to come to Salina. She also was critical of the Salina Journal for contacting the Klan. "We've not heard from them anymore, but when we do, we \yill take appropriate action and give an appropriate response," Williams said. "But I don't know why we should be walking around stirring about rattlesnakes." ; The Rev. T. Ray McJunkins^of St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, who had been a vocal opponent of the Klan's rally, said he thought the discussion of the Klan issue has helped Salina. "I think the Klan did the city of Salina a favor. It caused the city of Salina to come closer together," McJunkins said. He said he preferred to fight the Klan's racism with a positive protest. His church would organize prayer meetings if the Klan were to go ahead with its rally here. City Manager Dennis Kissinger said the city had not been contacted by the Klan about rescheduling the rally. The Klan would be allowed to use public facilities if they requested, he said. "The Constitution hasn't changed in the last three months," Kissinger .said. He also said he was angered by the Journal contacting the Klam "I think we are not sure that they would return, but contacts from the news media only encourage their decision to come back because of the media attention they would receive," Kissinger said. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823*363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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