The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 1
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By a nose Silver Charm wins Preaknessfor second leg of Triple Crown/D1 SPORTS the Step on up Home-study course is geared toward blended families / B1 LIFE • BOWS OUt: Pilot seeks discharge to avoid court-martial / A10 i! TV watchers have more options to bring airwaves home / C1 INSIDE High: Low: 50 Mostly cloudy and windy today with a chance of thunderstorms / B7 WEATHER Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 Classified / C3 Crossword / B8 Deaths / A11 Great Plains / A3 Life / B1 Money /C1 Sports / D1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX SUNDAY MAY 18, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS $1.50 T WHITEWATER Attorney: First lady could be indicted ABC News reports that prosecutor told court of possible indictments By LAURA MECKLER The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A Whitewater prosecutor told a federal appeals court that first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton could be indicted, ABC News reported Saturday. ; In the past, Whitewater special prosecutor Kenneth Starr has stopped short of saying that he had evidence sufficient to indict the first lady. But during a closed-door session in a federal appeals court in St. Louis, a Starr deputy said an >M IMT«M indictment was CUNTUN possible, according to an audiotape of the purported discussion obtained by ABC News. "We certainly are investigating individuals, and those individuals — including Mrs. Clinton — could be indicted," Deputy Independent Counsel John Bates told the court. Hillary Clinton's attorney, David Kendall, said Saturday he could not comment on the contents of a sealed transcript. But he said: "To say Mrs. Clinton is the subject of investigation is obvious, but to imply there is any real basis for it is ridiculous." ABC did not say how it obtained the tape recording, a portion of which it played in its Saturday evening newscast. Any kind of recording except by court stenographers is barred in all federal courts. The network said Bates made the comment while in court to obtain notes involving Hillary Clinton's Whitewater conversations with government lawyers. Overruling Hillary Clinton's claim that the conversations are protected by attorney-client privilege, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in St. Louis ruled that the notes must be turned over to a federal grand jury. The White House has appealed the 2-1 ruling to the Supreme Court. The notes in question involve Hillary Clinton's conversations with White House lawyers concerning her actions after the death of Vincent Foster, former deputy White House counsel, and the mysterious reappearance of her law firm billing records — two key focuses of the Whitewater investigation. The legal billing records showed she had worked on an Arkansas land deal that federal regulators called a sham deal. T ZAIRE TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Central High assistant principal Steve Rivers holds a book with gang graffiti. Slobs is a name Crips gang members call rival Bloods. ARMED AND DANGEROUS Proliferation of guns, lack of respect have law, school officials concerned By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal Six years ago, when Salina Police Chief Jim Hill was hired, crimes involving handguns were a rare occurrence in the community. "A gun call was a big deal," HUl said. Times have changed, and so have the crimes. The most recent shooting in Salina happened May 10, when seven rounds from a .380 semi-automatic handgun were fired by a man at a person he had been having a dispute with. The intended victim wasn't injured, but a ricocheting bullet hit a bystander. The man accused of the shooting, Vince Johnson, 26, 635 Steahlin, faces charges of attempted second- degree murder, aggravated battery and possession of marijuana. "It concerns me deeply, that there is a fixation (among youth) with having a weapon, and using force and violence," said Saline County Attorney Julie McKenna. Hill and others have an explanation of why gun-related crimes in Salina have risen — the same explanation law officers, court officials and politicians nationwide cite for a rising national tide of 4 Police group offers ideas to address youth violence / Page A6 * Guns concern teens; club closes because of violence / Page A7 youthful lawlessness — drugs and contempt for society and laws. The good news, law officers and school officials in Salina say, is that violent crime involving youth happens here far less often than in many cities Salina's size or larger. Crack at the root of evil Salina remains a safe communi- ty, they say. Nevertheless, officials are studying ways of reducing risks the community faces. Although small in comparison to Salina's total population, a user market exists here for crack cocaine and methamphetamine, Hill said. Dealers supply the users. And young dealers, especially, often carry firearms. The majority of young dealers sneak their parents' guns out of their houses, or they get them from relatives or friends, Hill said. See ARMED, Page A6 EXPLOSION IN GUN PLAY Crimes involving shootings have become more frequent in Salina. In most of the cases, the suspected shooters were young — teen-agers or adults in their 20s. The following is a list of such crimes occurring recently: BID* An ongoing argument led to a shooting May 10, where the driver of a car stopped in front of a house at 812 Morrison and fired seven rounds from a .380 semiautomatic handgun, apparently trying to hit Marcus Dickinson, 17, 305 S. Phillips. Vince Johnson, 26, 635 Steahlin, was arrested on charges of attempted second- degree murder, aggravated battery and possession of marijuana. QH£ Gunshots were fired in Sunset Park between 9:10 and 9:13 p.m. May 4. Police recovered six 9 mm handgun shell casings on the road but didn't catch the shooter. BB5& Four rounds from a handgun were fired at a house at 701 W. Prescott about 2:30 a.m. April 13. The rounds went through an unoccupied bedroom; no one was hurt. Two men were seen running from the scene. BH£ Sixteen people were arrested April 4 as police shut down what Hill described as an "open-air crack cocaine market" in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of North Seventh and North Eighth streets. Arresting officers wore bulletproof vests as a precaution because they said many of the suspects were seen armed on other occasions. BH)> On March 25, a woman reportedly fired a .25-caliber handgun at a man she had been arguing with at their home at 307 Oakdale. The shot missed and struck a wall of the house. She was arrested the next day at a nightclub with a friend, and the handgun was found concealed in a coat. BBI> Salina recorded its first homicide of 1997 after the victim of a March 22 shooting at a nightclub died four days later at Salina Regional Health Center. The murder suspect also was charged with possession of stolen property for having a .357-caliber handgun stolen several years ago from a Wichita pawn shop. QB£ Two men were arrested after a shooting March 17 in the 1100 block of North Eighth Street. Ricky Clincy, 1007 N. Eighth, reported being shot at after an argument over a television set. Clincy wasn't struck. BB£ A man was shot in the back by one of four shots fired at his house at 1002 N. Ninth on Jan. 29. The victim's son and a friend were in a back bedroom when the gunman walked in. Police said there was an argument, then the gunman walked outside, turned and fired. Jubilant rebels march into capital The Associated Press Zalrians celebrate Saturday in the streets of Kinshasa as rebel troops arrive the day after President Mobutu Sese Seko fled. Kabila declares himself president, will form transitional government By The Associated Press KINSHASA, Zaire — Ragtag rebel forces marched into Zaire's capital Saturday to the cheers of eager crowds, and a beaming Laurent Ka- bila proclaimed victory in his war to end the three-decade dictatorship of President Mobutu Sese Seko. Government loyalists fled the country, and Zairian soldiers put up little resistance to the final assault of rebel forces, which swept across Africa's third-largest coun- try in just eight months. Gunfire crackled in the capital as government troops abandoned the city, looting as they went. Civilians ran jubilantly through the streets, waving palm fronds and flashing victory signs. "Mobutu has gone crazy! We want Kabila!" they cried. Kabila, speaking at rebel headquarters in the southeastern city of Lubumbashi, declared himself president. "I am happy, very happy to sue ceed," he said with a broad smile. The 56-year-old rebel leader pledged to form a transitional government by Tuesday and issue a new constitution within 60 days. 4 • Mobutu's son reportedly seeks revenge for father / Page A8 But he made no mention of elections the United States has pressed him to organize. Mobutu's whereabouts and plans were unclear. He abandoned Kinshasa on Friday, passing control of the country to his Cabinet. Aides said the cancer-stricken 66-year-old leader had flown to his northern hometown of Gbadolite, 700 miles away, for a few days' "rest." Kabila said he had no plans for Mobutu: "He can stay in his village, but I think it is not very important at all." Kabila said Zairian army generals had told him they were ready to receive orders from him. Ten thousand rebel soldiers were heading into Kinshasa, he said. Western military sources said the rebels controlled the international airport and a cargo airport. By midday, rebel fighters held the Voice of Zaire radio station in central Kinshasa. Hundreds of residents celebrated outside, wearing white headbands to show support for the rebels. In their first radio broadcast late Saturday, the rebels told government troops to hand in their weapons by today, and warned that looters would be punished. _

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