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October 18, 2000

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Crime

Two Ottawans plead guilty to selling high explosives

Two Ottawa residents have pleaded guilty to federal charges they illegally sold high explosives.

Rose Rieman, 25, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of selling the explosives. Jefferson Scott Goad, 28, pleaded guilty to one count in July.

A third defendant Triston T. Salazar, 29, of Osage County pleaded guilty to a similar count Tuesday.

According to a press release from U.S. Atty. Jackie Williams, the three made two explosives sales in March to undercover agents.

On both occasions, Williams said, the trio sold 55 pounds of Boostrite, a mining explosive, to undercover Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm bureau agents.

Each faces 10 years in federal prison on each count.




Agriculture

Bankruptcy issues top list of topics at farm meeting

Douglas County Farm Bureau and the K-State Research and Extension are sponsoring a meeting on bankruptcy issues affecting farmers at 7:30 p.m. today in Building 21 of the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The purpose of the meeting is to address questions and concerns raised by the recent grain elevator bankruptcy and to provide farmers with factual information on options available to them.




Growth

Ottawa officials set to adopt American Eagle abatement

The Ottawa City Commission is scheduled to adopt the resolution of intent to issue tax abatements for American Eagle Inc. at 9:30 a.m. today.

American Eagle plans to build its distribution and warehouse center at a $6.5 million former hardware distribution center in Ottawa. The company previously had planned to locate its plant in Lawrence.

Ottawa City Manager Scott Lambers said the commissioners are expected to sign the resolution.

If the company meets the city's criteria, Lambers said the commissioners then would approve a 50 percent tax abatement on the existing building and a 100 percent tax abatement on new construction and equipment.

Ottawa expects to conduct a formal public hearing Nov. 1.




Kansas University

Continuing education dean announces retirement

Robert Senecal, dean of Kansas University continuing education, is retiring in June 2001.

Senecal announced his retirement Tuesday. He has been at the university for 20 years.

In that time, the continuing education program has been consolidated in one building, the staff and budget increased, and facilities improved.

A committee will search nationally for his successor.

"It's been a privilege for me to work with him on too many projects to count. He has transformed the program in his years there, and while he is leaving a very strong organization, we will miss him greatly," KU Provost David Shulenburger said.

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