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1 m ....... i?i171 .......... School students show the flag mailed by serviceman Ryen Carpenter. VANDER WEELE to serviceman Ryen Rau School is now flew in Iraq. of appreciation from came after he letters, pictures and a from Rau School is a former Rau ~ttldent. Current students Ryen's asked them if make it a project to Jo Saboe's third- and students then wrote mailed pictures to short time later, the sent a care pack- they received Car- reply, which included a copy of "Stars and an Iraqi newspaper. Were thrilled," Saboe Was like Christmas all now hangs in the plan to send a thank of them singing letter included the to thank everyone a letter and all the that were very well I wish 1 could send Ryen Carpenter eve~one an individual letter, but I work seven days a week, 12-hour shifts and I barely have time to eat and sleep. I will, however, try to answer your questions. My name is Airman First Class Ryen Carpenter. I am a MH-53 pavelow III helicopter crew chief I am currently in Kuwait, but my tJase is Hurlburt Field AFB in Florida. As many of you know I went to Rau School, and my parents live less than one mile from there. I enjoy many sports including football, baseball, wrestling and I also love toffy. I've been flying in my helicopter too many times to count. It is a very .fun thing to ride in, even better toffy. I haven't been shot at by any lraqis, but the), have shot many "missiles at my base, all destroyed by our missiles. It was a little scao'for a while; we had to dive into bunkers and wear our chem suit and gas mask many times. For about five days ;ht, 1 worked and slept in my chem suit. We shot ~heir missiles right over our base, it shook the ground. As soon as that hap- pened the loud speaker came on and said, "alarm red bunkers now!," and everybody ran. Now things are much better, no more missiles can reach our base because the lraqis have been pushed to the .far north. I live in a tent with 15 other guys. We sleep on cots and have very little room. The food is all right here, except every day for lunch we have hamburgers and hot dogs that are veo' poorly cooked. I do miss home, being over here makes a person realize how much we rake for granted Just the other day, I had to escort the Kuwaiti garage man around to pick up the garbage. All I had to do was follow them in a Subur- ban and make sure they stayed out ~ trouble. e .urln session BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader Although the four-month long legislative session was grueling, Sen. walt McNutt said there were positive steps made during the time. "Under the circumstances, with a down economy and a $230 million shortfall in funds, I think we did a good job," McNutt said. There were 493 Senate bills and 775 House bills introduced. "We probably set a record for the number of introduced bills. In the future, they have to.do something to minimize the bills," McNutt said. The session started with the Republican majority voting to adopt the 2000 base budget for all programs. McNutt feels that was a good move. "It's one of the first times I saw people ana- lyzing programs and determin- ing what was really necessary." The session ended with a bal- anced budget. Part of the reason was because of taxes or addi- tional taxes to tobacco products, motel/hotels and rental cars. "The cigarette tax was kind of a must," McNutt said. He said tobacco prevention representa- Sen. Walt McNutt lives were making plans to add a $1.50 a pack tax through the ini- "tiative process. He was disappointed, howev- 'er, that a straight sales tax was- n't approved. The closest it came was a 45-55 Vote on Sen- ate Bill 470. "I think representatives who run every two years were reluc- tant because sales tax legislation hasn't polled well," McNutt said. "They were worried about re-election." He feels legislators dealt with See McNutt, page 11A PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE But believe it or not, you all probably make more a month in allowance than these men who have families do. It was sad watching them have to dig the garbage out because their truck couldn't lift the bins. They also opened all the garbage bags to search for pop cans that they could recycle for a few more pennies. So remember when your parents ask you to take out dw trash, no matter how much you don~~, there are many families over here that would love to be in your shoes! Well I've enjoyed writing this letter to you all. I wish I could come to your school. But unfor- tunately I will probably not be home in time before school is OUt. But please accept this Ameri- can flag as a token of my grati- tude. It has been flown over Iraq on my helicopter during a com- bat mission. It has a certificate in the box signed by the pilot it went with. Please hang this flag wherever the students of Rau collectively think it should go. This flag is one of a very few flown over lraq on a helicopter. Remember every time you look at this flag, that we have much to be thankful for in our great country. Walk proud to be an American." New DNA analysis has cleared a Sidney man of a 1987 rape. A Richland County jury con- victed Paul Kordonowy in 1990 of rape and aggravated burglary in 1987. The case resembled a 1989 rape case, which Kor- donowy pleaded guilty to. "I'm very happy with the results, of course," said Peter Maltese, Kordonowy's attorney. "Paul is very happy. He's always maintained his innocence." Maltese said one of the' reasons he believes his client was inno- cent of the 1987 incident was that he would have received concur- rent sentences if he agreed to plead guilty to both charges. "It was startling since he pleaded guilty to the other charge," Maltese told the Herald in December. "That took a lot of principle." For the 1989 rape, Kordonowy was sentenced to 70 years in prison, but with good time could complete the sentence by 2010. The 1990 conviction had a sen- tence of 30 years. Maltese said Kordonowy was actually eligible for a parole hearing in 2000. The attorney now hopes for an expedited parole hearing. "Personally, I feel he will be a good candidate for parole at this time," Maltese said. "I under- stand he's been a model inmate." BY BI ER WEELE Herald-Leader After a recent report of a possi- ble prowler, Sidney Chief of Police Frank DiFonzo is asking community members to help the police department. DiFonzo said police received a report regarding a prowler April 24 at 5:30 a.m. in.the 500 block of Fourth St. S.E. A child saw the intruder come in and leave her bedroom. There were no injuries in the incident. DiFonzo urges residents to lock their doors, make sure their property is secure and to be observant. The police department is also seeking volunteers to help keep an eye on residential areas. "If anyone in the community wishes to volunteer time to help, we're asking for them to call us," DiFonzo said. The department doesn't have 'the manpower needed to con- J Kordonowy has served as;a designer for prison furniture. ~'?I think he's well thought of 15), prison supervisors." A laboratory in California determined Kordonowy's DNA was "eliminated as a co-contrib- utor to the male DNA." III III! I I m IIII "Personally, I feel he will be a good candidate for parole at this time." - Peter Maltese "I'm sure it's been a very diffi- cult deal for him being wrong- fully found guilty," Maltese said. This is the second time in seven years that DNA by Arnold Melnikoff, a former director of the state crime lab and forensic scientist, has been found in error. In October, Jimmy Ray Brom- gard was freed from prison after serving 15 years. The Innocence Project has called for an audit of Mel- nikoff's work in Montana. The project specializes in cases where DNA can be used to prove a wrongful conviction. Melnikoff gave testimony at the trials of both Bromgard and Kordonowy. area stantly monitor the areas. The police department's phone num- ber is 433-2210. After the depart- ment forms a list of volunteers, a meeting will be held. Volunteers, who must be over the age of 18, will be asked to walk around in residential areas in the late evening/early morning hours. "We need additional eyes and ears out there." - Frank DiFonzo Illll I I I I I DiFonzo hopes enough volun. leers sign up so they are only needed to work about once or twice a month. "We need additional eyes and ears out there," DiFonzo said. There have been about five prowler incidents since 1998. There have been no injuries to this point. . ? BY ELLEN ROBINSON Herald-Leader A dizzy spell a few days after returning home from delivering twins was Central Intermediate fifth-grade teacher Lynn Ober- meyer's first symptom of a rare condition known as Post-Partum Cardiomyopathy. Post-Partum Cardiomyopathy occurs one in 4,000 births. Obermeyer's body went into shock after Stephen and Sean Christensen were delivered March 17. Her heart enlarged and was only functioning at 22 percent of its normal rate. "It was like my body thought I was bleeding to death after the C-section. My heart went into shock and enlarged," Obermey- er said. On Thursday at the Sidney High School cafeteria, there will be a free-will donation spaghetti feed and a "Summertime Good- ies" basket raffle to raise money to help with medical bills. Thrivent Financial will match donations up to $1,000. Seven cans placed around Sidney for Obermeyer have collected $200 thus far. "Donations of diapers, formu- la, and meals from friends, fam- ily and community members have helped so much with our situation - especially the out to SUBMITTED PHOTO Lynn Obermeyer gave birth to Seen and Stephen Chris, teneen March 17. A benefit feed is scheduled for Thursday goal, is returning to work in the fall, Obermeyer has a checkup May 12 to make certain it's not getting worse. It will be too soon to see much, if any, improvement. Post-Partum Car- diomyopathy has no cure, but ii~ can be treated with medicine. "I'm responding well to the medication and I feel better. We've got a long way to go, It's just one day at a time," Ober meyer said. at Sidney High School. meals," Obermeyer said. "I always knew everyone helps everyone here, but being on the receiving end makes me realize how much of a tight knit community Sidney really is," Obermeyer said. "We want to thank everyone; the community has pulled together to help." The largest risk with Post-Par- tum Cardiomyopathy is conges- tive heart failure. Each case is unique, and the outcome is uncertain. The worst-case sce- nario is a heart transplant. Best case scenario, and Obermeyer's