The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 9, 1997 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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Afl FRII.>AY, MAY 9, 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL T OKLAHOMA BOMBING TRIAL McVeigh was in Ryder truck Junction City motel worker reports seeing McVeigh in truck days before explosion By The Associated Press V CAMPAIGN FINANCE DKNVKK —Timothy McVeigh was behind the \\lirel nf'a yellow Ryder rental truck just days before the same kind of truck loaded with a bomb blew up outside the Oklahoma City federal building, a witness testified Thursday. "He was backing up a Ryder truck next to our pool," said Eric McGown, a desk worker at the Dreamland Motel in Junction City, Kan., placing the timing between April 14 and April 17, 1995. The bomb went off Oklahoma two d£> y s lator But under a grueling cross-examina- _ . tion, McGown ac- Bombmg knowledged he could^TP PD} n /A |~] n't be sure when he LI Lru U A-xA Lin saw t j ie truck and that it could have been on the day before prosecutors say McVeigh rented it from a Junction City body shop. His voice wavering under lawyer Stephen Jones' questioning, McGown insisted he always said he was estimating the time of the truck sighting and was never sure. "1 was under extreme stress at the time," said McGown. referring to his car troubles and school workload. "I don't know exact times or dates. I know incidents." He recalled telling McVeigh to move the Ryder truck because it was blocking the door of a "grouchy" guest. "He was really polite about it and said, 'yes/ and moved it right away," McGown said. McGown took the stand at the end of a day in which prosecutors sought to show McVeigh had the tools and the anger to detonate a bomb that killed 168 people and injured more than 500. "My whole mind-set has shifted from intellectual to animal," says a letter that prosecutors say was written by McVeigh just months before the blast. Dated Feb. 10, 1995, the rambling, handwritten letter also had an apparent expression of McVeigh's new, violent philosophy, which he summed up as: "Rip the bastards' heads off ... I'll show you how with a simple pocket knife." The letter was shown to the jury during The Associated Press Eric McGown, a desk worker at the Dreamland Motel in Junction City, Kan., testifies Thursday that he could not remember the exact date he saw Timothy McVeigh. the testimony of Kevin Nicholas, a McVeigh friend from Michigan. It was sent to Gwen Strider, one of Nicholas' in-laws, but he said he didn't read it until after the bombing — at Strider's request. McVeigh's attorneys had tried to block the introduction of the letter, which makes a passing criticism of the FBI's shooting of a white separatist's family in Ruby Ridge, Idaho. It also makes reference to McVeigh being on a "secret list in Brussels" and lauds the courage of the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence. The letter says McVeigh expected his health to start deteriorating in a year or two — there was no explanation why — and says: "I might as well do some good when I can be 100 percent effective." "Hell, you only live once," it says. "I know and you know it's better to burn out than rot away in some nursing home." This was the second letter McVeigh was said to have sent shortly before the bombing that spoke of his changing attitude. Jennifer McVeigh testified that her brother wrote that his anti-government fervor had moved beyond the propaganda stage and "was now in the action stage." The latest letter is signed "the desert rat," and it makes reference to a "desert wind" making it difficult to write. Prosecutors say McVeigh, a Gulf War veteran, was in Arizona at the time. The letter appeared to be a response to an earlier letter or conversation with Strider. Contacted at her home in Caro, Mich., Strider said she couldn't comment because she has been subpoenaed to testify. T JUVENILE CRIME House approves tough juvenile crime measure Teens as young as 13 would be tried as adults for violent crimes By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Alarmed by the "brutality and viciousness" of juvenile crime, the House overwhelmingly passed a get-tough bill Thursday ordering adult trials for violent Americans barely into their teens. The bill, if enacted, would bring about a sweeping change in federal handling of juvenile crime. It would end the notion that violent offenders of 15, 14 or even 13 should be treated as youngsters and their offenses considered childhood misdeeds. The vote was 286-132, with 77 Democrats joining 209 Republicans in supporting the crackdown. Voting against it were 122 Democrats, nine Republicans and one independent. Americans are "shocked by the brutality and viciousness of crimes that are being committed by 13- and 14- and 15-year-olds, and they're equally shocked when they see a system that treats these juveniles as something less than the predators they seem to be," said Rep. George Gekas, R-Pa. The Clinton administration and the Republican-led Congress wanted to impose severe treatment on some juvenile offenders. But the administration did not support this measure, largely because it did not include money for crime prevention and did not require that child safety locks be provided with firearm purchases. The issue goes to the Senate. The House bill concerns federal crimes. But it also tries to persuade states to transform their juvenile justice systems by offering $1.5 billion in incentive grants over three years. For Mother's Day Q/hc nurtured you, taught you, loved you, protected you. For all the years of devotion, there is one day, and one perfect way to reflect the emotions you feel. 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Attorneys then confirmed that the money donated came from abroad, lie said. ; Nicholson stressed that the amount paled in comparison to .the $3 million in tainted contributions the Democratic National Committee has pledged to return. , Still, Democrats were quick to crow over the turnabout. "For months, the Republican Party has attacked the DNC while •it concealed its own receipt of foreign money," Democratic cochairman Roy Romer said. "It is clearer now than ever before that Republican fund-raising efforts "It is clearer now than ever before that Republican fund-raising efforts targeted foreign money." Roy Romer Democratic chairman targeted foreign money." The refunded money included $10,000 from Young Brothers routed to the Republicans' Senate campaign division, which has capitalized on the Democrats' woes with a fund-raising letter declaring the Clinton White House was "sold for illegal foreign cash" from "Red China." The OOP's House fund-raising committee also said it would return $10,000 raised at the 1994 congressional dinner. House committee spokesman Rich Galen said Thursday the contribution would be investigated in "due time" but within hours boasted that his committee was returning the questionable money "instantly, unlike the Democrats." Democratic Party leaders said the Republicans should also clear the books of a $2.2 million loan guarantee the same Coral Gables, Fla., subsidiary of Young Brothers provided to a nonprofit group set up and largely financed by the Republican Party. The National Policy Forum used the bank loan to repay some of its debts to the party just before the 1994 election. The forum then defaulted on $500,000 of the loan, leaving Young Brothers to pay the bank the rest. Recently departed RNC Chairman Haley Barbour, who also founded the policy forum, continued to defend the deal Thursday after the Republican Party conceded that Young Brothers' donations came from Hong Kong. In a letter to the forum's former board members, Barbour noted that the group operated as a tax- exempt nonprofit, which could legally accept foreign money. The CUPBOARD 2 911 B. West Crawford, Salina Auto • Home • Life • Health FREE Quotes CALL JEFF WELLS 1528 E. Iron Salina Need To Grow Your Business? Make More Money? Expand Facilities AND Improve Location? Find out how at an orientation and tour of retail and office properties in the heart of Salina! Office spacesjmm 500 to 8,000 sq. ft. Retail spaces fivm 1,200 to 9,000 sq.ft. FRIDAY, MAY 16,3:00 pan. UMB Bank Conference Center 104 S. Santa Fe,SaIina Pre-registration requested by Thurs., May 15 at 5:00pm. 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