The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 3, 1997 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 3, 1997
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THE SALINA JOURNAL NATION SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1997 A3 Building a Case Kansans testify about suspects' actions during the fall of 1994 TNRA Heston seeks shot on NRA board By JO THOMAS The New York Times Bdmbing DENVER — Piece by piece, prosecutors in the Oklahoma City bombing case Friday introduced evidence about a three- week period in the fall of 1994 during which, they contend, Timothy McVeigh and his co-defendant, Terry Nichols, obtained and stored ingredients to build a f~ ^i i -m giant bomb. UKlaJtipina McVeigh is on trial in federal court on charges of murder and conspiracy in the attack that killed 168 people and injured 850 in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19,1995. Nichols will be tried later. In Friday's testimony, Robert D. Nattier, president and general manager of the Mid- Kansas Cooperative, identified company sales records showing that a man who called himself Mike Havens bought 2,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer on Sept. 30 and again on Oct. 18,1994, at the cooperative's store in McPherson, Kan. Nattier told the jury that "Mr. Havens" paid for his purchases in cash. Prosecutors believe Mike Havens was an alias used by Nichols. In addition, a rancher testified Friday that the day of the first sale, Sept. 30, was also Nichols' last day of work at the 15,000-acre Donahue Hayhook Ranch near Marion. Timothy Patrick Donahue said Nichols left work at noon; shortly after 7 p.m. that day, he said, he went to Nichols' home to give him his final paycheck and to look at a waterbed Nichols had advertised for sale. Donahue said he saw McVeigh standing outside, near Nichols' pickup truck. By The Associated Press SEATTLE — The National Rifle Association will become an irrelevant "fringe" group if leaders of the nation's oldest and largest gun rights group are ousted, actor Charlton Heston said Friday as the group's annual convention began. Heston said he was running for a seat on the NRA board to support "the good guys" — embattled executive vice president Wayne LaPierre Jr. and his backers. "There are forces within the NRA that threaten to reduce it to kind of a sideshow on the radical fringe of the American scene," Heston said. "My friends in the NRA have cir- cled the wagons, and I guess I'm the cowboy riding over the ridge." Heston is one of 158 candidates on this weekend's ballot for a lone seat on the NRA's 76-member board. The other 75 were elected earlier by mail. LaPierre is being challenged by first vice president Neal Knox. Officers will be chosen in a two-day meeting beginning Monday. LaPierre's supporters say Knox is catering to right-wing militias. The current leadership faces allegations of financial mismanagement. Dissension within the NRA ranks is not surprising, considering that membership has dropped 20 percent, to 2.8 million, in just two years. Robert Nattier, president of the Mid- Kansas Cooperative in McPherson, testified about ammonium nitrate sold In 1994. On Thursday, Marion Ogden, a schoolteacher and antiques dealer who also answered Nichols' advertisement for a moving sale that evening, testified that McVeigh was alone at the Nichols home in Herington, Kan., when he arrived. Ogden, who bought a $2 pottery lamp that he later sold for $40, told the jury he saw guns behind the sofa and asked if they were for sale. McVeigh told him that he had just got out of the Army, was on his way to Michigan and was going to. keep the guns, Ogden testified. Another witness said that a week earlier, on Sept. 22,1994, she rented a storage locker to a man who called himself "Shawn Rivers" and gave Nichols' mailing address in Marion. The woman, Helen May Mitchell, who filled out the rental contract at Clark Lumber Co. in Herington, 24 miles north of Marion, told the ju- Artists' sketches by The Associated Press Timothy Donahue, a Marion rancher and farmer, testified that he employed bombing suspect Terry Nichols. ry Friday that she could not recall what Rivers looked like. Also questioned was a motel owner from Salina, Kan., who said a man using the name Terry Havens checked in on Oct. 16,1994. In testimony earlier Friday, Sharri Furman, who worked at the Boots-U-Store-It storage locker center in Council Grove, Kan., 24 miles east of Herington, said she could not describe the "Joe Kyle" who rented a storage locker on Oct. 17, the day before the second ton of fertilizer was bought. She did identify Nichols as the man who called himself "Ted Parker" and rented storage unit 40 on Nov. 7,1994. In a letter written later that month, which has not yet been introduced at the trial, Nichols told McVeigh to clean out both those storage lockers if he did not return from a trip to the Philippines. Noneedto shcpanouncL J- H^ Meet Stefany Kaniper, one of Saline County's top consumer loan officers. Stefany can save you money- call her today. r""!I Security LJlp 317 S. Santa Fe • 1830 S. Ohto^Jina, KS 825-8241 A Statewide toll-free number 800-323-8958. wSttwii^ ••™ With offices in Salina, Garden Qty.Olathe, and Wichita LENDER MEMBER FDIC T FEDERAL BUDGET Clinton, GOP agree on balanced budget : Dramatic accord would ^affect every American Jin their pocketbook -•By The Associated Press v WASHINGTON — In a dramatic Breach across party lines, President ^Clinton and congressional Republicans came to terms Friday on a ^iplan that would remake the face of '•^government by balancing the bud>get over five years while cutting •taxes for millions of Americans. ;»: At the last moment, a strong .economy permitted the two sides to 'shield Social Security recipients, a change that was gladly embraced United States employment MJ J ASONDJ FMA 1996 1997 MJJASOND JFMA 19% 1997 by Republicans and that prompted some Democrats to rethink their earlier opposition to the deal. "I wanted a balanced budget with balanced values," Clinton said in a subdued appearance before reporters with congressional Democrats by his side. "I believe we got it today." In contrast to the somber Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and other GOP leaders staged a celebratory, campaign- style rally in the Capitol Rotunda, packed with springtime tourists. An ebullient House Speaker Newt Gingrich later told the GOP rank- and-file the deal was "the completion of the 'Contract With Ameri- T ECONOMY ca,' " the conservative manifesto that powered the Republican electoral triumph of 1994. While dozens of legislative details remain to be worked out in the weeks ahead, the deal would affect virtually every American — citizen and noncitizen alike. The plan would carve $115 billion from Medicare, for example, and lead to a modest premium increases. At the same time, it would launch a new program of health care for as many as five million uninsured children. Tax cuts would total $135 billion over five years, partially offset by up to $50 billion in increases. Details were left to the tax-writing committees of the House and Senate, but the deal envisions a per- child credit, a cut in the capital gains tax paid by investors, liberalization of the estate tax and breaks for students in higher education. Expanded Individual Retirement Accounts are also part of the deal. Congress will impose no change in the government's cost-of-living index. But the deal assumes the Bureau of Labor Statistics will continue to make changes based on technical factors, a step that will lead to smaller-than-expected inflation increases for Social Security recipients. The agreement secured a balanced budget and permanent tax cuts. Unemployment rate falls to lowest point since 73 AP •',, SOUKS: Department ol Labor [e over exhibit ends 'By The Associated Press '!. WASHINGTON — A truck "loaded with priceless Romanov : paintings and artifacts rumbled *away from the Russian Embassy -Eriday, signaling the end of a dis- ^pute between the Yeltsin govern- ;iment and a private foundation. ;; A collection of the Romanov •I czar's crown jewels will join the '- treasures in Texas, where an exhibit is due to open May 11 at I Houston's Museum of Fine Arts. * "I'm pleased to announce that I the parties have reached an agree- tment," said Timothy Dickinson, *an attorney for the Russian gov- ^ernment. * Calling the negotiations over •-the dispute "difficult and ardu- *ous," Dickinson said there will be -more discussions to determine ; whether the $100 million collec- * tion will later travel to Memphis, * Tenn., and San Diego. By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The nation's unemployment rate tumbled below 5 percent last month for the first time in nearly a quarter-century with job levels boosted by a robust, low-inflation economy. "It's worker heaven," said economist Allen Sinai of Primark Decision Economics. "This myth that the American worker is an unhappy camper went away eight to 10 months ago. There are plenty of jobs available." Joblessness, as measured by a survey of households, fell to a seasonally adjusted 4.9 percent in April from 5.2 percent a month earlier, the Labor Department said Friday. It was the lowest unemployment rate since December 1973. "Our economy is now the strongest it has been in a genera- tion," President Clinton said. But some of the drop in the rate may have been an statistical anomaly from an unusually sharp contraction in the size of the labor force — people working or looking for work. And a separate survey of businesses showed modest payroll gains of 142,000 in April and 139,000 in March after large increases in January and February. Analysts said that suggested some ebbing in the momentum of economic growth from a decade- high rate of 5.6 percent in the first three months of 1997. "These numbers are clearly indicative of a slower economy in the second quarter, strange as that may seem when you look at the unemployment rate," said economist Martin Regalia of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ADAMHEALY 2075 S. Ohio, Suite 7B 823-7713 For auto, home and life- Being in good hands is the only place to be." A $ 50 Value' For As Low As $ 24 95 ! Choose From 5 Different 2-Pack Combinations! Others Include: • Ollvtr 4 Company /AMdln t Th» King Of TMmf n» Utny AOvtntuni Of Wlnnlt Th» Pooh Um»» i The Glint Peach •ThfMitoaOt/Altddln t Tht King OtThlevn Pocthontu/Jtmt$tn»ai»ntP»»ch With Omelets Made To Order Served 7:30 - 11:00 am At Sirloin Stockade® we are proud of the reputation we have earned by serving up quality and offering our customers excellent service in a down-home atmosphere. 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