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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - April 21, 1990, Garden City, Kansas The Garden City weather tonight Clear Low in 50s. Sunday Cloudy High in 80s.telegram saturday april 21,1990 vol. 61 no. 147 16 pages phone 275-7105 Garden City. Kansas 67846 35tf copy dateline. Judge Grants Braun change of venue Southwest Kansas information for items in this column is from area weekly newspapers. Narrie Harris pottery Tribune a the pottery of Narrie Harris of Tribune is on exhibit through May la at the Carnegie Center for the arts Dodge City. Harris a 1973 Kansas state University graduate started the Chicken Coop studio in 1981 on the farm she and her husband Clark operate Southwest of Tribune. Clinic work to Start Lakin a construction will begin monday on the Kearny county medical clinic. D amp d builders Garden City negotiated a bid of $756,842 for the Job tuesday at a special meeting with commissioners of Kearny county. The Bond Issue to finance the construction plus architects fees and Bond Sale costs was for $825,000. Lark Luau a Lulu Sublette Sublette High schools first after prom party was declared a rousing Success. The . Non alcoholic beverage event was sponsored by a committee of parents with contributions from businesses and individuals. The theme Lark Luau �?T90, was carried out with Palm Trees leis sail boats Beach balls and several grass skirts. Sign Center contract Deerfield a Lee construction co., Garden City was awarded the general contract at $240,675 to build the Deerfield Community Center. Construction will begin next week. The contract was signed tuesday by the Kearny county commissioners. Vehicle ordinances Satanta a when the City Council meets May 2, members will consider an ordinance on trucks and also one regarding abandoned vehicles. Center ready in May Ulysses a the new senior Center building at 217 e. Grant St. Will be ready for occupancy in May. Lavonne Michael is director and Lorraine Simpson is business manager. The Center is for All Grant county citizens who Are 60 years of age and older. Tumbleweed town Syracuse a tumbleweeds blew into town monday Riding the Crest of North winds recorded at 50 to 60 Miles an hour with gusts up to 74 mph. Homes in the Park Hill addition in the Northeast part of town had thistles piled to the eaves and driveways blocked by the tumbling weeds. A they bounced Down the Hills and across the farm land North of . 50 Between Syracuse and Coolidge making driving hazardous a the Syracuse journal reported. The land came alive with the dancing dervishes As they were whipped free from stubble Fields and recently worked grass land. The thistles Are posing a clean up Effort. City Crews Are Busy with a sewer line project so John Armstrong City superintendent gave residents permission to move the thistles away from buildings and out on the Street to Burn them. More dateline Page 3 Index deaths.2 hospital.2 weather.2 opinion.4 business.5,6 markets.7 sports.8,9 classified.9-13 crossword.14 comics.14 bridge.15 to log.15 Oil and gas.16 Ulysses Olivas wins Honor. Page 3. Conserve Ogallala aquifer. Page 4 study targets seniors. Page 5. Family tradition at cafe. Page 6. Sports Medicine evolving Page 14 Milken pleads guilty. Page 15. Garden Sass you never realize what a poor loser you Are says Gus Garden until you Start dieting. Confession can be used As evidence Las vegas . A the confession of a Kansas Man in the shooting death of a Springer woman can be used As evidence in his trial next month a state District judge has ruled. District judge Jay Harris on Friday denied a defense motion to suppress the confession of Gregg Francis Braun 28, of Garden City Kan. Braun admitted during a preliminary hearing last August to shooting the store clerk Geraldine Valdez last july 23 in Springer. Braun is scheduled to go on trial May 7, with the trial expected to last two weeks. Braun also is charged with four other counts of murder in the july 19 shooting deaths of two convenience store clerks Barbara Kochen Dorfer and Mary Rains in Garden City in the july 20 killing of a photo processing shop owner in Pampa Texas and the july 21 slaying of a woman in an Ardmore okla., Flower shop. The judge on Friday also denied a motion for a new preliminary hearing and said All statements made by Braun to police following his arrest would be admissible at the trial. Colfax county sheriffs Deputy Charles Duran testified Friday that Braun told officers shortly after his arrest a i leave no witnesses Duran said Braun made the statement while being transported from Springer to Raton the night that Valdez was killed. Harris granted a defense motion for a change of venue in the trial moving the trial to Taos. Harris granted the change of venue on the basis of pretrial publicity and because Harris said it would be difficult to come up with a sufficient number of potential jurors in Colfax and Union counties. Braun is being held in the Colfax county detention Center. Harris on thursday rejected 35 other defense motions and approved four others. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso had submitted 42 defense motions. Harris rejected challenges to the constitutionality of the death penalty As Well Asmo tons seeking an increase in the number of peremptory challenges for removal of potential jurors and seeking two separate juries to decide the guilt innocence phase and penalty phase if any. Harris also rejected along with several other motions a request that the questioning of jurors at amt the death penalty be delayed until after the guilt innocence phase ended. Harris did approve Mitchells motion to provide Braun with psychiatric evaluation before trial and a related motion that would provide medication if deemed necessary. He also agreed thursday to a defense motion to restrict questioning of jurors to Small groups of two to five panellists on the death penalty and on any prior knowledge of out of state cases involving Braun. Photo by denote liquid or in pitching in a Garden City High school students and teachers pitch trash into boxes along the Arkansas River. Students attack riverbed trash by Sarah Kessinger staff writer it Isnit the county Landfill but it could pass for one. Hie Arkansas River became the object of a cleanup by Garden City High school science students Friday. They collected bottles cans bed Springs paper Cartons a you name it they found it. A you can really Tell what does t decompose out Here a said Karen Scheopner biology teacher after a few hours along the Sandy riverbed. Plenty of junk was hauled in but the area remains a site that appears More a dumping ground than what science instructor Bob Sander envisions. A the River is so visible an area that people frequent. But nobody seems to care what it looks like a Sander said. With the students help he Hopes More attention can be brought to the River s aesthetic value. Sander would like to see the City and county clean up the area Plant Trees and create walking paths a return to the River some of its natural Beauty. In order to heighten pollution awareness High school science teachers suggested that their classes do a cleanup project in Honor of Earth Day which is sunday. The students chose the River. About 200 students in shorts Tan tops and Sun glasses participated in the cleanup some enjoying the sunny afternoon out others seeing it As an Opportunity to explore the dried River Bottom. They began near the main Street Bridge and moved West leaving a cleaner path behind. Brandon Largent Junior sorted through Glass bottles to be carted off for recycling. He was surprised by the amount of trash he said especially the bottles and cans. Tracy Middleton Junior noted the amount of furniture dumped on the River bed. Chairs washers and dryers were among the refuse. Trash was hauled away by City and county employees. The project was a Good idea and should be done More than once a year said Junior Erin Osborn. A the kids started out real enthusiastic a Scheopner Saki As she separated Glass from aluminium and paper. A i think they be found out its a lot More work than they the area however appeared a sign of Hope As students headed Back to school and several boxes of junk Rode away in City dump trucks. Recycle a trash is loaded for recycling. From left Are Brandon Large Ift. Karen Scheopner and Beth appelhans. Booby trap killing spurs Denver debate Denver apr a Handyman accused of setting a Shotgun Booby trap that killed an intruder in his frequently burglarized warehouse was ordered held Friday while authorities decide whether to prosecute him for murder. Denver District attorney Norm Early said hundreds of callers had offered unsolicited advice ranging from a give the Man a medal to hang him a friends of Philip Connaghan who surrendered thursday say they have received offers of help for him Connaghan who was in Kansas when the youth was killed appeared before Denver county court judge Larry Bohning who ordered him held without Bond for investigation of first degree murder. Prosecutors have until tuesday to file formal charges Michael Mccomb 19, of Denver will Handyman be charged with murder was shot in the Chest late saturday while leading three juveniles in an apparent burglary attempt at the downtown warehouse. The three juveniles who were booked for investigation of burglary and released to their parents told police they were looking for adventure. Police said the Shotgun that killed Mccomb was attached to a trip wire they believe Connaghan rigged at the warehouse which has been burglarized of his tools eight times since 1987. The front door of the warehouse bore the inscription a danger enter at own Tim Mccomb father of the slain youth declined comment other than to say a a in a just As soon let it Early has said Colorado so make my Day Law which allows people to use deadly Force to defend themselves in their Homes probably does not apply. The Law was nicknamed after a line from a Clint Eastwood movie. Friends of the 46-year old Connaghan meanwhile have rallied to his defense. They began taking up a collection Friday to replace his tools and provide Legal fees Kevin Corbin owner of die nearby Skyline cafe said he a received Calls from across the country offering to help raise the $10,Dou lawyers have demanded for his Legal it Quot people Here support Connaghan too percent a Corbin said a the put bars on the windows put up steel doors and even welded them shut and he could t keep the burglars out. He even had a danger sign on the front saying enter at your own risk and that did no to keep them Connaghan lost More than $7,000 in tools during a burglary last july. The warehouse also holds Auto parts acetylene torches and truck camper shells. A nearly everyone Here has had their cars broken into or their houses broken into and they re just fed up a said Corbin a police do anything about it or do anything about it they just Stop theut patrols to guard one building a something s wrong maybe it s the whole system. A Lithuania shuts off factories Vilnius user. A Lithuania shut most of its factories today to save fuel and raw materials in the face of an expanding embargo by Moscow to break the Independence drive a top government official said. Leaders of the Republic which declared Independence March la said they were still searching for a Compromise to end the standoff but that no firm proposals were under discussion. On Friday the Kremlin tightened its Vise on Lithuania by expanding its Energy embargo to other products and soviet troops stormed a printing Plant and beat at least 13 people lithuanians said. Today is a regular workday under Normal circumstances but Deputy Premier Romualdas Vozolas said the majority of factories were shut. A we decided not to waste our strength while it is not necessary Vozolas said in an interview. Beginning wednesday Moscow Cut off All Oil and More than 80 percent of the natural Gas Supply to Lithuania. Officials said Friday that supplies of some food products tires Cable and other goods also were curtailed traffic on the streets of Vilnius the lithuanian capital was greatly reduced today. A rationing plan limits Drivers to about 7 Gallons of gasoline a month. Vozolas said some lithuanian factories probably would have to close starting monday because of shortages of fuel and raw materials. However he said the neighbouring Baltic Republic of Estonia was offering Aid and an agreement probably would be reached late today. President Vytatus Landsbergis speaking to reporters at the opening of a meeting by the pro Independence saudis movement said Lithuania was searching for a Compromise with Moscow but there were no proposals on the table. Asked about reports that Moscow was offering to negotiate if Lithuania delayed Independence for two years he said Quot we Haven to received any kind of proposal. A a we Haven t debated this a he said. But he also said some Compromise ideas had been raised in contacts through middlemen. He would not give details. Water skier reclaims Arm Caledonia Minn a it Lay at the Bottom of the Mississippi River for 9�?~a months but Chuck Rollins says his artificial Arm will be As Good As new with a couple of straps and a Cable Rollins 66, was water skiing in july when his artificial Arm came off after his son in Law accelerated the boat too quickly. He had a new limb made but knew that someone would find the flesh coloured Arm and wonder where the Corpse was the $2,000 prosthesis with stainless steel Hooks Sui faced on the end of Corene Mccallson a line As she fished tuesday near Brownsville in Southeastern Minnesota a i was completely surprised a she said Mccallson 20, of Hokah called police word of her catch quickly made news and reached Rollins a retired Caledonia construction worker who lost his limb about 13 years ago when a loader tipped Over. On wednesday he walked into the Houston county sheriff s office and announced a Well in a the Corpse that belonged to that Arm a

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