The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1997 · Page 11
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FRIDAY MAY 16, 1997 THE SAUNA JOURNAL ^HIP• MWnB Jh • •vpHJBHJ MUMP VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B ^LEGISLATURE keeps penalties for tobacco sales to kids Graves vetoes bill that inadvertently ended all penalties By LEW FERGUSON The Associated Press TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves vetoed on Thursday a bill that inadvertently eliminated penalties imposed a year ago on those who illegally sell cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors. The bill was the second that Graves has vetoed this year, and he said he doesn't envision vetoing any others. Graves earlier vetoed a bill that GRAVES would have allowed licensed citizens to carry concealed handguns. No motion was made during the wrap-up to override his veto, with supporters far short of the necessary two-thirds votes. The bill Graves vetoed Thursday was intended to soften somewhat the penalties imposed by the 1996 Legislature on those who illegally sell tobacco products to children under 18. The bill provided for graduated fines of $25 for a first offense, $50 for a second conviction and $150 for a third conviction. The intent was to convert the penalties from criminal penalties to civil fines, but lawmakers mistakenly eliminated the penalties altogether. Rather than allow that to happen, Graves said, he would rather keep the stiffer criminal penalties in place and have the Legislature work on another bill next year to do what it intended. Graves also said that he might use his line-item veto to strike some funding from the omnibus appropriations bill, passed just before the Legislature adjourned its wrap-up session May 5. But, Graves said, he didn't anticipate doing any dramatic trimming of expenditures. Some legislators, concerned that the Legislature overspent Graves' recommended budget by $16 million, have urged him to slice some money out of the omnibus appropriations bill to bring state spending more in line with what he proposed. Graves said he has not received all the bills passed during the wrap-up session. He has 10 days after receiving them to sign, veto or allow them to become law without his signature. Cedar Crest, consolidation On other topics, Graves said: • He supports the $1 million appropriation to renovate and repair Cedar Crest, the governor's residence. Tearing it down and building a bigger home with the $1 million wasn't an alternative in his mind, he said, because of the home's historical significance. He doesn't expect work to begin for more than a year. • He picked retail electric power wheeling and telecommunications as the topics for the Midwestern Governors' Conference meeting he will be host to June 8-9 in Overland Park because of their importance, not their public appeal. "These are critically important issues to our country and the state," he said. • He likes the idea of having state government offices consolidated in downtown Topeka because it makes it more convenient for people who need government services. BRIEFLY Salina man sentenced for beating woman '. .A Salina man has been sentenced to 6'/2 years for punching and kicking his girlfriend and .breaking her jaw during an argument. Orlandis Marvin Turner, 27, 1014 N. Seventh, was sentenced Tuesday by District Judge Daniel Hebert. Hebert gave Turner a sentence of 78 months for aggravated battery and a six-month concurrent sentence for battery. Probation was denied. Jurors convicted Turner of the crimes in February, rejecting his cla"im that the victim, Charlene Grindstaff, 22, of the same residence, was beaten in a fight with another woman. Motorcyclists to stop in Salina on way to D.C. About 100 coast-to-coast motorcyclists are expected to rumble through Salina on Sunday en route to ihe annual "Run for the Wall" gathering in the nation's capital. More than 100,000 riders — mostly Vietnam veterans — will gather in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day weekend to call attention to the plight of prisoners of war and soldiers declared missing in action. There the riders will participate in the Rolling Thunder parade from the Pentagon to the Vietnam W^ar Memorial. In Salina, the riders will stay at the Budget Host Inn at 217 S. Broadway. They expect to arrive about 5 p.ih. Any motorcyclist who wants to'participate, if even for a day or two, is welcome. Revels' businesses to stay in operation The Revels Board of Trade Lounge and Revels Catering Service remain in operation, and family members haven't decided what to do with the businesses, Gene Revels' daughter said Thursday. Revels, 68, who ran both businesses, died Tuesday in a Wichita hospital after suffering a heart attack Sunday. Services for the former Saline County commissioner will be Saturday. Revels' daughter, Gwen Johnson, said both businesses are continuing to operate, and the family is considering options. Regents hear plan to increase tuition KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas Board of Regents received Thursday a committee recommendation that student tuition be increased 2.8 percent at the state's six universities, effective for the fall semester of 1998. The recommendation was given first reading at the regents' meeting at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The proposal will be voted on at the regents' meeting June 26 in Topeka. Raising tuition 2.8 percent would generate $4.9 million in new revenue, while the $1 credit hour charge produces another $1.9 million. From Staff and Wire Reports IN TOMORROW'S JOURNAL • BEST AND BRIGHTEST: Saline County's top high-school seniors honored / Page A1 When you need to know.. Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Lt. Kevin Hays of the Salina Police Department and his son, Keegan, 2, attend the Peace Officer Memorial Day service Thurs- daymorning at Jerry Ivey Park in south Salina. LAYING DOWN THEIR LIVES Memorial service honors Salina police officers killed in line of duty By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal I n Washington, D.C., this week, the names of four Salina police officers killed in the line of duty will be added to a Law Enforcement Memorial. "These officers served with distinction, with excellence," Salina Mayor Kristin Seaton said Thursday morning at a ceremony in Salina honoring those dead. The ceremony in Jerry Ivey Park, named for slain Salina police officer Jerry Ivey, was attended by uniformed officers from the Salina Police Department, Saline County Sheriffs Office and Kansas Highway Patrol, as well as many retired officers and citizens. The Washington memorial on which the names of Salina officers will be placed honors national, state and local officers killed in the line of duty, Seaton said. More than 40,000 names adorn the memorial. The four names of Salina officers are among 116 names to be added this year. Seaton noted that flags in Salina were being flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of Peace Officer Memorial Day— the only day besides Memorial Day that flags regularly are flown at half-staff. "What a fitting tribute, what an honor to the men and women who daily place their lives in danger so that we might live in safety," Seaton said. She urged Salinans to thank law enforcement officers and to "never take it for granted that we wake up each day expecting a day of safety not only for ourselves but for our families and for our property and for our very government." City Manager Dennis Kissinger said officers who have died in the line of duty exemplify a Biblical quotation, John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." "Laying down your life for your friends, laying down your life for your neighbors, laying down your life for those in your community you have dedicated your career to protecting, that is love at its greatest," Kissinger said. Those who have died in the line of duty, Kissinger said, are true heroes. But police officers who continue to serve the community also should be honored, Kissinger said. "We also honor and thank those who, even today, show their courage and, yes, their love to their friends and neighbors by donning the uniform of the peace officer in today's troubled and dangerous world." T LEGISLATURE Pushing pyramid schemes is illegal Graves signs bill aimed at deterring people from taking part in schemes By MATT TRUELL The Associated Press T TIME MAGAZINE Hutchinson to have its Time in the spotlight By Harrlt News Service HUTCHINSON -- A small horde of national press representatives descended on Hutchinson Wednesday. Several writers, editors and other employees of New York City- V MURDER based Time magazine made the Hutchinson stop as part of their "Backbone of America" trip across the United States. The journey is designed to produce a special edition of the magazine, slated to be on newsstands in late June. The trip's primary goal is to "search for the modern American Dream," said Time's public affairs manager Nancy Kearney, one of the magazine representatives on the Time tour bus. The group started in Ocean City, N.J., and will end in San Francisco. In between the two points lie hundreds of communities, four state capitols and 12 states, situated along U.S. 50. U.S. SO was chosen primarily for the number of small- and medium- sized communities along the route, said Kevin Fedarko, Time reporter. TOPEKA — Promoting pyramid schemes is now a felony under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Bill Graves. The bill is designed to deter people from participating in such schemes, similar to high-stakes chain letters. "Do participants really believe they will get something for nothing?" Graves said during a brief bill-signing ceremony. "It's unbelievable that folks would believe that." ' David Brant, the state securities commissioner, said that since October more than 1,000 Kansans from 27 counties have participated in a large, cash pyramid investment scheme known as "People Helping People" or "Friends Helping Friends." Most of the activity was in the Wichita area and Anderson, Barton, Crawford, Coffey, Pawnee and Reno counties. ! Brant described the typical v0r- sion of this pyramid scheme lijce this: :• Prospective participants were told by promoters to bring $2,ObO in $100 bills to a secret meeting where everyone was introduced by first names only. They were told the cash was a "gift" to the pyramid leader, also referred to as the "CEO." : The pyramid consisted of four levels, with eight "volunteers" at the base of the pyramid. At a successful meeting, the CEO "retired" with $16,000 in cash, and then the participants advanced one level and the process was repeated. Volunteers in the network then became "vice presidents," who then became "presidents" before becoming the CEO. The whole system is dependent upon more people entering tlie scheme at the base of the pyramild. Eventually it collapses, and people lose money. ; Brant said participants were told the scheme was legal and tax- free, which it is not. The securities commissioner's office has issued 110 administrative orders to participants in the latest scheme, and the agency is assessing fines and preparing civil and criminal cases against promoters, Brant said. The new law clarifies what pyramid schemes are and makes their promotion a felony. Body found near Peabody identified By The Journal Staff PEABODY — A body found April 15 east of Peabody in Marion County has been identified as that of Meeghan M. Goldsmith, 36, Kansas City, Mo. A Marion County Sheriffs Office statement indicated Goldsmith had been murdered, but neither a sheriffs office spokesman nor a spokesman for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation could cite the cause of death or say why officials believed the death to be a murder. The body was found 2% miles east of Peabody, in a ditch along K-50, by workers from the Kansas Department of Transportation. Officials said the body was in such a state of decomposition that the sex, race and cause of death couldn't be determined. The sheriffs office said the body was identified through fingerprints. A spokesman for the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department said Goldsmith's fingerprints had been taken in 1995, when she was arrested on a theft charge. The fingerprints were entered in the national Automated Finger- print Identification System at that time, the spokesman said. When officials in Marion County were trying to identify the body, the spokesman said, they entered the fingerprints taken from the body, and they were matched with Goldsmith's fingerprints. The Kansas City spokesman said that, as far as he knew, Goldsmith had never been reported missing. « "We might have gotten a call on our TIPS line that she hadn't been seen for a while, but as for any official report, there was none," the spokesman said. Just ducky The Associated Press Ducklings swim Wednesday In an outdoor swimming pool at Southwind Country Club, Garden City. Officials haven't decided what to do with the ducks when they prepare the pool for summer. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjnews@saljournal.com

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