The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1997 · Page 1
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Ewingout Patrick Ewing and four other Knicks are suspended/C1 SPORTS Acting out Volunteers take control of theater's one-act plays / D1 ENCORE! • Balanced bUdgCt: Lawmakers work out final details / A5 • HM repair: Paintless dent removal system draws customers / A9 INSIDE ugh; 86 low: 55 Chance of thunderstorms today with southwest winds 15 to 25 mph /B3 WEATHER Classified / C6 Comics / B4 Deaths / A9 Encore!/D1 Great Plains / B1 Money / C5 Sports/ C1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 FRIDAY MAY 16, 1997 SALINA, KANJSAS 50c*ot» Shelter mascot apparently stolen Couple who inquired about Sierra suspected in crime By GORDON FIEDLER The Salina Journal Six-month-old Sierra, named like the California mountains, was a mere molehill of a dog that wagged her 'way into the hearts of the staff at the Saline County Animal Shelter and quickly became the shelter's mascot. Wednesday afternoon, little Sierra, a sheltie mix, was believed dognapped by a couple interested in adopting a puppy. "We had no puppies," shel- ' ter coordinator Rose Base told the woman when she inquired about 4:45 p.m. She asked about Sierra, who was sitting in the doorway of the office but was told the dog was not on the adoption roster. "That was routine. Everyone asked about her," Base said. The woman left. Base looked out the door, saw there were no more customers and went back to her desk in the rear of the building. Thirty minutes later, i Sierra was not in her customary spot on the sidewalk , just outside the office door. ,, "We have a good adoption rate. For someone to steal a shelter pet, that's a bad deal," Base said. Betides the theft of Sierra, the'lhelter didn't collect the $40 adoption fee. Of that, $25 goes toward neutering, $13 pays for a microchip implant and $2 is for the city license. Sierra is about 12 inches tall, 18 inches long and weighs about 10 pounds. She has medium-length black and brown hair, with white on her chest and paws. Because . of her young age her tail has- n't yet feathered out in the manner of the sheltie breed. Base described the woman suspected of taking the dog as Asian, about five-foot five with dark fuzzy hair. Base said a man with her appeared to be about five-foot seven, weighing about 160 pounds, with graying, light brown hair. Base estimated they were in their 40s. The woman had on Spandex pants. The man's jeans had a hole in one knee. They left in what Base guessed was a late 1950s or early 1960s blue pickup. She'd hoped the couple would notice the tag on Sierra's collar identifying her as a shelter mascot and bring her back. By Thursday morning, though, there was no Sierra. Base filed a police report, but she is more interested in the return of Sierra than in pressing charges. "I just want the dog back." Sierra and her two brothers arrived at the shelter in March. They were the last of a litter who had no takers, Base said. "There was just something about that dog," she said. "She was so tiny. She must have been the runt." Her size concerned the shelter staff, who kept her up front rather than in one of the pens. Soon she was put to work entertaining shelter visitors and as a visual aid when staff members talked to school groups about responsible animal care and pet adoption. She could do tricks and loved to play with a green, fuzzy frog doll. "It just breaks my heart now to see that little frog," Base said. DOGNAPPED Have you seen "Sierra"? NAME: BREED: AGE: SEX: HEIGHT: LENGTH: WEIGHT: HAIR: Sierra Sheltie mix 6 months Female 12 inches 18 inches 12 pounds Medium-length black and brown hair, with white on her chest and paws Sierra was last seen at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Saline County Animal Shelter. THE SUSPECTS: • Asjan female, 40s, 5-5, dark fuzzy hair, spandex pants • Male, 40s, 5-7, 160 Ibs., with graying light brown hair, his jeans had a hole in one knee GETAWAY VEHICLE: • Late 1950s or early 1960s blue pickup If you have Information about Sierra's whereabouts, call the Saline County Animal Shelter at 826-6535 GRAVES -T CRIME an iwni Numbers are down this year after an increase in 1996 By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal Semiannual crime statistics released Thursday by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation show crime in Salina has increased by 32.5 percent. But Salina Police Chief Jim Hill said more recent statis- HILL tics show crime in the city actually has decreased. "What they're using is old data," Hill said. The KBI report compares crime reports during the first six months of 1996 to reports in the same period in 1995. During the first part of 1995, 1,635 crimes were reported, and during the first part of 1996,2,167 crimes were reported, according to KBI statistics. Hill said the rise was attributable to an increased number of vehicle thefts, burglaries and other crimes against property. "I'm more concerned about crimes against people than crimes against property," Hill said. Statistics comparing the number of • President Clinton has plan to make life safer for officers / Page A4 • Slain Salina officers honored during ceremony in Jerry Ivey Park / Page B1 crimes reported in the first three months of 1997 to the number of crimes reported in the first three months of 1996 are more promising, Hill said. The number of Part I crimes — which includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft — dropped 3 percent from 1996 to 1997. Reports of other crimes decreased by 10 percent in the same period. "That's pretty good news," Hill said. Hill noted that the number of vehicle thefts increased dramatically in the first three months of 1996. But after officers began working with new car dealerships to quit using lock boxes for keys and began working with citizens to convince them to take keys out of vehicles, the number of thefts decreased. Vehicle thefts were down 44 percent during the first three months of this year, as compared to 1996, Hill said. "Overall, I'm real satisfied with what we're seeing in the first quarter of 1997," Hill said. T STATE POLITICS ; Signs say Graves to run again Governor won't make decision on '98 race before late summer By The Associated Pra«« TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves will not be ready until late this summer or early this fall to announce whether he will seek reelection in 1998. But all signs indicate that he will. His campaign fund began the year with more than $370,000. And he told reporters Thursday, "I enjoy what I'm doing." I "I don't probably foresee th< circumstances where I'm not runf ning again," he. acknowledged; during a Statehouse news confer^ ence. ; Graves said that he and his wife, Linda, will talk to support! ers before making a decision. He" said he wants some indication of how the public views his adminis; tration. ; "I'm really satisfied at this point that things have gone reasonably well," he said. "But there's no reason yet to interject politics into the public policy work that we have to do." Reports filed by Graves' campaign organization show that it raised more than $517,000 in cash contributions in 1995 and 1996. The reports also listed more than $165,000 in expenditures, including the repayment of a $25,000 loan made to the campaign by Linda Graves. Graves united Republicans in 1994 and received 64 percent of the vote in defeating former Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery. But he has alienated some conservative Republicans since then. He made it clear last year that he disagreed with many of the planks in a state party platform drafted by conservatives. Conservative legislators have made no secret of their desire to see Graves challenged in the Republican primary- Among those listed as possible candidates are 2nd District Congressman Jim Ryun, state GOP Chairman David Miller and state House Speaker Tim Shallenburger. "As I've said to you all along, my job is to represent the best interests of the people of the state of Kansas," Graves told reporters. "I have to make sure I have their confidence and their support. "We've dealt with some fairly controversial issues. I'm always sort of keeping my ear to the ground on feedback as to how this administration's doing." T CRIME No one injured during Salina drive-by shooting Windows in vehicle and convenience store shot out by BB gun By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. ~fl\» Salina Journal Two shots fired from what police suspect was a BB or pellet gun shattered a plate-glass jyindow at the Green Lantern convenience store at Iron Avenue and Ohio Street and broke out a passenger window in a passing sport-utility vehicle Thursday night. Bob Tylicki of Salina was driving his newly-purchased 1993 JBddie Bauer edition Ford Explorer west on Iron about 8:15 p.m. when he approached the t r?d light at Crawford. i". "I slowed down for the light When I heard a 'pop'," said Tylicki, who has had the vehi- cle only two weeks. He looked back and saw the right rear passenger window of his vehicle was a tight web of cracks. "I backed up and pulled in here and people were looking at that window," he said, gesturing to the one on the north side of the store. The damage to the two windows seemed consistent with a BB or other small projectile. In both, there was a small round hole with a cone-shaped indentation on the other side. Also, it only broke the outer glass of the double-paned store window, and didn't appear to enter the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Police scoured the parking lot with flashlights and crawled through Tylicki's vehicle but found no pellets or BBs. The shot, from whatever weapon, narrowly missed Sali- nan Charles Rains who was sit- "I stop in here about every night. I went through the (Korean) war and never got a scratch. If I got shot here wouldn't that be hell." Charle* Rain* Salinan who was at Green Lantern at time of drive-by shooting ting outside on a bench and enjoying a cherry pie and cup of coffee. He said he heard a bang, looked up and saw the damaged glass. The bench was just below and two feet to the east of the window. "I stop in here about every night," Rains said. "I went through the (Korean) war and never got a scratch. If I got shot here, wouldn't that be hell." The store window is immediately left of the north double doors and directly across Iron Avenue from the Byron Apartments. To the west of the apartments is an alley, and on the corner is Cunningham Motors. Police are certain two shots were fired because the hole in the store window was six-foot four-inches from the sidewalk and the one in the window of the vehicle was too near the top door molding for a single projectile to have passed through the vehicle, out the open driver's window and hit the store at that height. DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Salina Police Lt. Kevin Hay* look* for evidence at the *c*ne of a drive-by shooting Thursday at the corner of Ohio and Iron in front of the Green Lantern store.

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