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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - May 14, 1990, Garden City, Kansas The Garden City weather tonight Chance of rain Low in 50s. Tuesday Chance of rain High in 80s. Telegram monday May 14,1990 vol. 61 no. 166 22 pages phone 275-7105 Garden City Kansas 67846 350 copy i-------1_---------1 i a r Coyote a a it it t. I �5�nr a a a ill i 1/11 Goodland a a o Maple a i a Silver �,.1 Uptou Melloto l. J on l u 7th child died in her care hand Mcnall this map shows the Section of West Texas where Diana Lumbrera Case takes a twist by Dwight Jurgens staff writer Bovina Texas a after learning of a seventh child who died while under the care of Diana Lumbrera local authorities Here have opened an investigation into All of the children a deaths. A a we re doing everything we can a Parmer county District attorney Johnny Atkinson said today. A we Are in the Middle of a full scale Lumbrera was charged May 7 in Garden City with the first degree murder of her 4-year-old son Jose Antonio Lumbrera. She carried him into the St. Catherine Hospital emergency room May i and Hospital personnel tried unsuccessfully to revive the boy. Garden City police said an autopsy showed the death was caused by a asphyxia due to Lumbrera was the Mother to five other children who All died before they reached the age of 4. Law enforcement officials Here previously said there was no reason to suspect foul play in any of the deaths. But All that changed late last week when they Learned of the death of another child Erica Lenore Aleman. It was oct. 8, 1980, when Benito and Irene Aleman left their 6-week-old daughter Erica in their Home under the care of Benito a Cousin Diana Lumbrera. Lumbrera had agreed to babysit the child in the Aleman a Home 9 Miles Southwest of Dimmitt Texas. Parmer county sheriff Richard Bonham said Erica was dead on arrival that night when Lumbrera walked into the West Plains medical Center in Muleshoe Texas. Officials Are unsure Why Lumbrera drove the child to Muleshoe 45 Miles away in Northeast Bailey county instead of to Dimmitt which is in the Middle of Castro county. A a that a certainly something we want to ask her about a Bonham said. A it does no to make much sense to drive 40 or 50 Miles with a dying baby when the nearest medical care is Only 9 Miles an autopsy was performed on Erica Bonham said. The report was unavailable at press time today but there was no police investigation into the Aleman infants death a nor into the deaths of Lumbreras five own children. A a it a outrageous that no one looked into this at the time a said Castro county sheriffs Deputy Jerry Baily. Baily said last night that the investigation is going slowly. The Aleman Are separated now and authorities have been unable to find College commencement reflects diversity speakers reflect school changes by Dolores Hope staff writer the diversity of students and opportunities at Garden City Community College was reflected saturday night in the speeches and program at the schools 70th commencement exercises. The commencement speakers chosen by classmates were a traditional and a non traditional student. Receiving associate degrees in general studies applied science science nursing and the arts were 233 students. Thirteen were awarded certificates in cosmetology and 50 were recognized As general educational development graduates in 70 years 5,070 students have received associate degrees from the College said Lauren Welch vice president of the College trustees in welcoming the commencement audience which filled the West gym. In the 21 years the College has had a ged program 2,065 students have achieved High school equivalency status. A this should make All of us proud of Garden City Community College and of the students who have Learned Here a Welch said. In the beginning in 1919, All students at the College were traditional students most coming directly out of High school said Beth tedrow Dean of students As she introduced the student speakers. A now probably As Many As half or More Are what we Call a new traditional students a those who have been out of school for some time and returned. A hours is truly a Community College. Age has no distinction Here a tedrow said. A i Wasny to ready to go to a Large University where id be just another number a said Melany Martinek who graduated in 1988 from Garden City High school. A the Community College has prepared me to do that. Its Given me the Opportunity to do Many things and has provided an environment for value enrichment. A i think it is essential that students acquire a feeling for the Beautiful and the morally Good to establish values for their the Young student who was president of the Sophomore class and Active in Many organizations praised the College a its instructors and staff its Well equipped facilities and its organizations and programs that provided a fun involvement and she said her decision to attend the College was the right one. A i am prepared to move on with a solid the decision of Judy Rittgers Satanta the a new traditional student speaker meant the fulfilment of a lifelong dream to be a nurse. Quot it a been 27 years since my High school commencement a 27 years of no studying or tests a she said in sharing her personal Haek to school Story. A a that a a lot of years of Reading for enjoyment without having to remember details. That had to change. I had to re learn Many skills. A i always wanted to be a nurse but my dreams seemed out of when she finished High school helping her family financially was a priority she said. After she married her roles As wife and Mother took Over. A then several years ago much to my amazement and sometimes to my dismay life circumstances with their children grown and her life becoming comfortable she helped with the care of her grandmother. A that brought Back memories of nursing Quot she said. With the encouragement of her husband Harlan now pastor of the United methodist Church Satanta and help from College Counselor she said she started a with night classes i could understand before enrolling for the hard ones. A my grandmother was not wealthy. She left me $100.1 used that to pay the tuition for my first night classes. My time had really Rittgers said her fears of fitting in of being the oldest person in school were soon dispelled. For her College was a a shared there was help from fellow students instructors and staff at school and from family and friends at Home. A i Hope i can serve As a catalyst for someone else As my grandmother was for me a she said. A a in be Learned there a always something to reach for. Its never too late to make dreams come Rittgers has a position on the nursing staff at Satanta District Hospital and Long term care Center. She and Martinek were among the 38 students who graduated with High honors Grade Point averages from 3.6 to 4.0. Fifty six earned honors 3.2 to 3.599 Points. Speaking in English and Spanish Eugene Schneider Dean of Community services presented the ged students. He said the group included persons 60 years of age recent High school dropouts fathers who hoped to qualify for better jobs mothers supporting their children and Many who Hadnot studied for years. Wearing Caps and gowns the students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. In addition each received a copy of a congratulatory message from Barbara Bush. Schneider read it. It began a it is a special pleasure to be a part of this Milestone in your it applauded the students for the efforts required to bring them to the Milestone and acknowledged the families and friends who helped along the Way. Woman keeps Ingalls up on the news by Tim Unruh staff writer Ingalls a she speeds from Home to Home in her Little car spraying gravel around Corners spinning tires and Riding the Breaks when necessary. Mary Catt has no time to waste in the afternoons at Ingalls. Its her Job to deliver the news. Two publications in the area depend on the 72-year-old. A a in a proud of my Job. Why i be a a she said. A everybody likes me. They d have a fit if i did no to come up to to residences in Ingalls and just North of . 50 in a Small Mobile Home Park Are visited by Catt six Days a week. It takes about 90 minutes to Complete her route. A a that a just about everybody in this big City a Catt said. She delivers the Garden City Telegram and the Dodge City daily Globe. Ingalls is situated in Between a 29 Miles East of Garden City and 22 West of Dodge. Her routes circulation Varie neighbors throughout the year. But today she distributed 70. That a 35 telegrams and 35 globes. Eight Ingalls Homes subscribe to both newspapers. A you gain some and you lose some. That a Ingalls. Its too Little of a town a Catt said. In addition to the paper routes Catt baby sits one to four children each Day. With the part time jobs and monthly social Security payments she can meet expenses. She a had the routes since 1984, with one year off in Between while she recovered from injuries from an automobile Accident. Its More than the Money. Catt a deliveries help keep her up on the Community. A i like meeting the neighbors and visiting with them. Most of them Are working except for the older ladies a she said a some of them Are not so Well. I go up and see about while its common that carriers deliver More than one newspaper they usually choose one morning and one afternoon publication. The Telegram with a circulation of around 11,000, and the Globe 9,400, use carriers with double routes. But Catt delivers two papers at the same time and they compete in the same Market. Roger Smith assistant circulation manager at a die Telegram said daily carriers Are hard to find in Small communities. Its a matter of necessity in Ingalls. A a it a kind of a symbiosis a Smith said. A the fact they can deliver both newspapers at the same time is More Worth their time. There a a limited number of subscribers with both Howard Muncy Globe circulation manager said Catt a arrangement with both papers is unusual and its not encouraged with his other carriers. A we done to push it but we can to Tell them not to do it a Muncy said. A technically they re Independent Catt started delivering just the Globe but in 1984, when the telegrams Smith made a recruiting trip to Ingalls for a Carrier he was sent to Catt a House in the Southwest Corner of town. A they sent him to me. He was a Nice Little fellow a Catt said. It did no to take Long for her to sell enough Telegram subscriptions to equal the Globe circulation in town. Catt now peddles both papers. Objectively. A i Tell them a in be got the Garden and in be got the Dodge. Which one do you want a then they Tell me and i sell them one a Catt said. A if they can to make up their minds i give them a copy of each paper and let them make up their own there a not much room for increased business in Ingalls. Catt believes she has saturated the see Ingalls Page 3 Irene the Mother. He also said the father Benito is a real protective of a nobody wants to talk about anything a the sheriffs Deputy said. A they did no to suspect anything at the times of the deaths and they still done to. And others done to want to talk about it because. They re afraid make someone mad. A making someone mad appears to be the least of the officials concern subpoenaed Atkinson the District attorney said he subpoenaed records from the funeral Homes which handled the burials of Lumbreras children. He also is collecting death certificates and where available autopsy reports. But he said the passage of time makes it pointless to exhume any of see murder Page 2 mix up silenced sirens by Jane Neufeld staff writer the City a Tornado sirens should have sounded during fridays storm City manager Bob Halloran said this morning. He said a variety of things caused the City a procedure on sounding the sirens to break Down. A things did no to work like they do on paper a he said. A in retrospect there is no question in my mind that the sirens should have blown. A a twister went through the Indian Hills area in Northeast Garden City Friday. A twister also struck the area of Jennie Barker and Schulman East of the City and Halloran said it probably was the same Tornado Given the path of the storm. One reason sirens weren to sounded is that there was no official confirmation of a Tornado on the ground in Garden City. Halloran said that s one aspect of the City a policy that troubles him. A the whole question of having to confirm it bothers me a he said. The City likes to have a Law officer or weather spotter confirm a citizen report of a Tornado before sounding the sirens. Halloran said relying Only upon the citizen report would result in a quicker warning. On the other hand he said it also would result in false warnings. There were two reports of tornadoes during Friday s storm that turned out to be false alarms a one West of the City the other on South 5th Street he said. A a that a a problem. Do you cry Wolf i done to know a he said. Halloran on saturday morning had said there was no confirmed Tornado in the Indian Hills area and he attributed the damage to High winds. He changed his mind after going to the area saturday. Damage to the area includes smashed fences and crumpled storage buildings. Halloran said most of that could be caused by High winds but he believes it would have taken a Tornado to drive a two by four Board into a House at 2205see sirens Page 3 run in a a Ltd of a Lis a in to Dennis College president James Tangeman addresses the graduates and crowd saturday night in the College gymnasium tin i Nruh on the move a Ingalls newspaper Carrier Mary Catt works her daily route

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