The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 7, 1997 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 1997 A3 T DELIVERY DOCTOR TCOURTS Dr. Paperboy Physician gives up paper route to focus on new role in city politics Teen convicted of killing couple as their kids slept By SADIE BROWNING The Manhattan Mercury MANHATTAN — Dr. Roger Re- iti is held in high regard by his neighbors — not necessarily because he's a successful local physician or because he's just been elected to the City Commission. No, his neighbors like the way he gets their daily newspapers to their front doors by 6 p.m. Reitz, 64, is a paperboy for The Manhattan Mercury. That daily duty, however, has come to an end. After 15 years of hauling papers on his route, Reitz retired as a paper boy. "We're going to miss him," said Jacquie Van Meter, a neighbor and newspaper subscriber. "Come rain or shine our paper was always here. He's original, that's for sure." Reitz says he'll miss the paper route, too. "What I like about it is it's completely different from my work (as a physician)," Reitz said. "It is a job with an end to it. When I'm done, I'm done. In medicine, I'm never done." "I'm afraid now without this I'm going to c'ome home from The Associated Press Dr. Roger Reitz kept up the paper route after helping his kids. work and stare off into space or just do something silly that wastes time." Well, not exactly. A big reason Reitz is quitting is the time commitment required by his new position as a Manhattan city commissioner. He was the top vote- getter in the April 1 municipal T FOOD DRIVE Letter carriers to pick up food this Saturday By The Journal Staff Letter carriers for the U.S. Postal Service will gather nonperishable food Saturday when they collect and deliver mail as part of a national food drive. - In Salina, food items left near : the mail box will be picked up to be distributed through Project Salina, an annual food collection effort to collect food for the Emergency Aid-Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Salina •Rescue Mission, the Ashby House and Focus on the Future. Saturday will be the third year letter carriers in Salina have collected food at mailboxes. Dave Hicks, a local organizer of the event, said 18,000 pounds of food were gathered in Salina the first year, and 20,000 pounds were collected last year. The National Association of Letter Carriers in conjunction with the AFL-CIO and the postal service conduct the food drive. Postal workers in Wichita collected food there last Saturday. But the national day for the collection is this Saturday. Hicks said he was concerned people in Salina might think they had missed the event. Some left food for their mail carriers on May 3. About 400 to 500 pounds have been donated. Similar food collections are planned in Minneapolis and Clay Center, Hicks said. People in other areas should check with their post office to see if the food will be picked up. Items should be non-perishable and left in sacks if possible. "Please, no apples or potatoes," Hicks said. election. He's also continuing his internal medicine practice, as a partner in Medical Associates of Manhattan. All that made him — and his wife, Virginia — decide it was time to move on. "I'm closing out this aspect of my life at the insistence of my wife," he said. Each day, Reitz has arrived home from work to find a canvas sack on the dining room table loaded with the 103 newspapers for his route. Virginia and her father, Virgil Haas, took over the duty of rolling each paper and stuffing them into the sack. Reitz said he makes a quick change of clothes — if there's time — and sets out on his powder blue and white moped. His route is through upscale areas on Manhattan's west side. Reitz got into this second job in a backwards sort of way. Usually, it's the sons and daughters who grow up and follow in their parents' footsteps — whether they take over the family farm, the hardware business or the law practice. V SHERIFFS But Reitz followed his children's footsteps. Years ago, his son Randy spent four years delivering papers while he was in school. Reitz then helped two of his daughters with their paper routes for a year until their interests dropped. "They were ready to give it up, but I kind of got into the rhythm of it," Reitz said. "No one can explain it. I certainly can't explain why I've clone it." Reitz is known as "the jack of all trades" by some neighbors and "the paper doc" by a few others on his route. On Monday afternoon Dr. Frank Combs walked to the end of his driveway to meet Reitz for one of the occasional chats they've had when he brings the papers around. Combs jokingly asked Reitz why he got the job. "It could have been you," Reitz replied, and sped off. Reitz has had his share of unhappy customers. He once aimed for a porch — and missed. "When I first took it over from my son, one of my first papers sailed up on the roof on a Sunday morning," he laughed. "We never got that one down." He may not have been triggerman, but was held just as responsible By The Associated Press WICHITA — A 19-year-old Wichita man was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of a rural Goddard couple. The Sedgwick County jury found Jason Wakefield guilty of premeditated first-degree murder, felony murder, theft and aggravated burglary in the Sept. 13 deaths of Doug and Beth Brittain. Sentencing was set for June 5. Wakefield could face up to 40 years in prison without parole for the murder conviction. Sheriffs detectives said Gavin Scott, 18, Wichita, likely killed the Brittains after breaking into their home. Scott is scheduled to go on trial in October for capital murder. Defense lawyer Richard Ney said Wakefield did not intend or plan for the Brittains to die and that he told Scott their death wasn't necessary. A jailhouse informant testified that Scott told him Wakefield "cried like a baby" after the murders and threatened to wait for police. Chelsea Brittain, 8, testified Monday, holding a small, turtle- shaped beanbag doll and a tissue, in one hand. ; Chelsea was not asked about finding her parents when she woke up after the shooting, but she did tell the jury that the things confiscated from Wakefield's' house belonged to her family. HASEMBNT <fc Si^ CONCRETE REPAIR • Water Proofing Without Excavating \^P y •Basement Walls Secured Against Further Movement Vj/ JIM HEDDING pfL 2541 Belmont Blvd. Salina, KS 67401 (913) 827-4301 Raise Rite - Slab Jacking 1-800-863-4301 Photos of former sheriffs sought for display on wall * House or Garage Floors Leveled . pat , og Rajge{ , ? Qr proper Draina g e A Division of Salina Basement & Concrete Repair Sheriff Kochanowski plans display as tribute to his predecessors By The Journal Staff As a tribute to his predecessors, Sheriff Glen Kochanowski would like to display photographs of all of the county's former sheriffs on the wall of the department's training room. The problem is finding the photographs. Sgt. Charles Schneider searched records at the Kansas Room of the Salina Public Library, at the Saline County Historical Society and the Smoky Hill Museum. He paged through old Kansas Sheriffs Association magazines and combed through stuffy attics. So far, he's uncovered photographs of only nine former sheriffs — including the county's first sheriff, Luke F. Parsons, who served from 1860 to 1861. Kochanowski needs photographs of the other 26 former sheriffs. Anyone who has a photograph, or knows where one might be, is asked to call the Saline County Sheriffs Office, 826-6500. Photographs are needed of: John McReynolds, who served in 1861; Dan R. Wagstaff, 1866; J.C. Peck, 1868; J.W. Russell, 1869; T.J. Gains, 1871; S.C. Long, 1875; H.D. Baker, 1879; C.S. Radcliff, 1881; Olof Forsse, 1883 and 1897; W.W. Bartlett, 1885; W.H. Gentry, 1887; Mauris McAulyf, 1891; E.M. Henderson, 1893; Jacob Malurgreen Jr., 1895; Aug Swedenburg, 1899; George H. 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