The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 3, 1997 · Page 1
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Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 3, 1997
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Hood aid Gifts from Kansans overwhelm former North Dakotan/B1 GREAT PLAINS the Another run Students compete in the 57th annual Beloit Relays / C1 SPORTS OB: Company celebrates 80 years of making Radio Flyer wagons / A2 • On the witness stand: Kansans testify in the Timothy McVeigh trial / A3 INSIDE High: 63 low. 43 Partly cloudy today with northwest winds 5to15mph /B7 WEATHER Salina Journal Os^fifinst L^ ^i r-» r* n r» t+ar\f+r* "\ Q^'l ^^lV^^ Classified / C7 Comics /B8 Deaths/A9 Great Plains / B1 Money/B5 Religion / B6 Sports/ C1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX Serving Kansas since 1871 SATURDAY MAY 3, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T PUBLIC HOUSING Public housing quick to evict over Residents can lose homes without any conviction in criminal court By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal A zero tolerance policy for crime has the Salina Housing Authority playing judge, jury and executioner with its tenants. The policy dictates that if anyone in a household is arrested for a crime involving drugs or violence, the entire household is evicted, said Andy Stierwalt, housing authority executive director. The directive for the zero-tolerance policy came from the federal level and was meant to prevent public houses from becoming drug houses, Stierwalt said. "If someone is busted on one of our properties, they are evicted. The public refuses to sup- port crack houses," he said. Stierwalt said the authority has little leeway in the enforcement of the policy that has resulted in seven evictions since he started at the authority in July. One of the eight people asked to leave public housing because of arrests appealed the authority's decision and was allowed to return to public housing after entering treatment. "We take the stewardship of tax monies and the services that we provide with that money very seriously,'' he said. Inefficiency of the court system and plea bargaining led to the housing authority's decision to base evictions on arrests instead of basing evictions on convictions, Stierwalt said. The authority has a similar zero-tolerance policy on instances in which people not on a lease are living in a public house. Housing assistance is based on income and household size, and if a person who is not on a lease is living in public housing, it is defrauding of the government, Stierwalt said. Housing authority officials use police records, media reports, Kansas Bureau of Investigation checks, FBI checks and authority officials' reports on behavior as bases for evictions. "If there is an indicator that there is a problem on the part of a tenant's lifestyle, we are going to the best of our ability ensure there is no nonsense on our property," Stierwalt said. Once the authority has obtained evidence that a person is in violation of housing authority policy, that person then has the responsibil- John O'Brien of Salina breaks up the pack as he starts his game Friday against Dale Hettenbach of Abilene during an eight-ball tournament at the Saline County Senior Center. The tourney, sponsored by Smoky Hill Rehabilitation Center, had 19 contestants In categories based on experience. an experienced ya»:*s»'ik3', 1 ',;ws-i... '(/^iSsStiVfS!.,. ..^SS&jfi'W Bfwap of competitors Photos by DAVIS TURNER The Salina Journal Harold Rector (left) of Abilene and Homer Glsh of Enterprise wait for their Hettenbach eyes a shot as he turn to compete in the double-elimination tournament, which was open to narrows down the competition those 65 and over. Some had 50 years of experience playing pool. during the tournament In Salina. ity to prove that the information is incorrect or there is compelling reason why they should be allowed to stay. Amy fights for her home Amy, whose name has been changed for her protection, lives in public housing and found out the hard way how the housing authority's policies work. Amy received a letter from the authority dated April 8 that said she had Marcell Benoit living in her house in violation of her lease. According to the police department, Benoit used Amy's address when he was arrested on drug charges in early April. See HOUSING, Page Ad T EDUCATION Wesleyan rated a best college buy Salina school pleased to be included in first edition of book ranking educational bargains By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal the book • The 270-page book costs $17.95 and is available from the publisher, John Culler and Sons, P.O. Box 1227 Camden, S.C. 29020, or by calling toll-free 1-888-744-7266. Kansas Wesleyan University has been named one of the 100 best college buys by a first-year national publication based in Camden, S.C. "The Student Guide to America's 100 Best College Buys" lists the Salina university in its book, which was released last week. "We're pleased to be named one of the best 100 buys in the United States," said Jeff Miller, director of admissions. "In a way, we knew we were a best buy, and now we've been recognized as such." To be considered for the publication, which plans to put out an edition once a year, a college had to be an accredited, four-year institution, offer full residential facilities and have an entering freshman class with a high grade point average, said John Culler, publisher of the book. The Institutional Research and Evaluation sent surveys to 1,784 colleges and received a little more than 1,400 back. The institute then sifted through those surveys and selected the schools from them. The institute graded the surveys on the above requirements. It didn't grade the schools on their current grade point average but only on the entering students' grade point average in high school. "The best students generally attend the best schools," Culler said. Culler said KWU's student to faculty ratio of 15-to-l was "exceptional," and the average grade point average of students entering the college is 3.2. "It's probably one of the smallest schools in the book," he said. The smallest school, Lyon College in Arkansas, has less than 500 students. The largest, Texas A&M, has more than 29,000. KWU has an enrollment of about 750 students each semester and is associated with the United Methodist Church. Tuition will be $5,200 a semester, and room and board is $3,500 a year. V WRAP-UP SESSION Senate votes to restrict late-term abortions By The Associated Pr»»« TOPEKA — The Senate took up the abortion issue again Friday, voting unanimously to ban a late- term abortion procedure on- , ly because abortion op- • ponents said they wanted to give the House a chance to fix the bill. The measure, which banned a procedure that it defined as "partial- birth abortion," was introduced Friday by Sen. Jim Barone, D-Frontenac, as a wholesale amendment to another, unrelated bill. LEGISLATURE "This makes a positive statement about the intention of this chamber," he said. The proposal is virtually identical to one proposed by Gov. Bill Graves, an abortion rights advocate, and includes provisions that Graves added to meet objections by Ka"nsans for Life, the state's largest anti-abortion organization. The organization has not endorsed Graves' proposal, and abortion opponents said they voted for Barone's bill only to allow the House to amend it. "It's window-dressing," said Sen. Karin Brownlee, R-Olathe. "I urge our colleagues on the other side of the dome to make it effective." Barone said the bill represented progress on the issue. "If the procedure defined here does not do the job, if we find evidence that people are using it to circumvent its intention, I will stand with you to broaden the definition," Barone said. Sen. Laurie Bleeker, R-Great Bend, said, "I disagree that it would ban a single partial-birth abortion." The bill went to the House for its consideration. If it also approves the bill, it will go to Graves. Barone said he had a commitment from Graves to sign the bill if it passes. Mike Matson, Graves' spokesman, said the governor was happy with the Senate vote. "He had a number of different meetings throughout the day on this, and was in a quiet way leading the charge to get to this point," Matson said. Remembering FDR Visitors to the Franklin Roosevelt Memorial gather around the statue of FDR and his dog, Fala, while touring the memorial Friday in Washington, D.C. See story, Page A10. Photo by The Associated Press

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