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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2001 THE WICHITA EAGLE 11A Forensic center nationally accredited Councilman Lambke TIM POTTER The Wichita Eagle Sedgwick County's Regional Forensic Science Center has received its first accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners a distinction held by only 23 other centers in the nation, officials said. The accreditation is based on such things as adequate protection of evidence, the volume of autopsies and whether autopsies are completed in a timely manner. Two years ago, the center, then headed by coroner Corrie May, received complaints that it was tak- CAB From Page 9A He called 911, made a report and was surprised to find his minivan still where he'd left it. Tuesday night, with puncture marks in the palms of his hands to remind him of the jagged wire fence he climbed over during his Monday shift, he was back driving again. He's not scared, and he's not bitter.

"Oh, gosh no," he said. "Just mad at that one guy, maybe. He owes me about 50 bucks, plus the cab fare." Maybe Hockett is nonchalant about his scary experience because danger, violence and sometimes even murder are part of life for cab drivers. Hockett's robbery was the third in three months for Best Cab, said manager Leroy Roseberry. One driver about a month ago was robbed at gunpoint and jumped out of his OBITUARIES From Page 10A Wheatley, Wilbur Lee Sr.

"Wib," 80, retired Beech Aircraft Corp. sheet metal assembler, died Sunday, May 20, 2001. Rosary 7 p.m. today; service 10 a.m. Thursday, both at St.

Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Mr. Wheatley served as a staff sergeant in the Army, 3rd Army, 5th Division and 10th Infantry, during World War II. Preceded in death by son, Jon Wheatley and great Caitlyn Todd. Survivors: wife, Rose; son and daughter-in-law, Wilbur L.

Jr. and Susan L. Wheatley of El Dorado; daughter, Mildred R. Wheatley of Wichita; 1 brothers, Richard of Columbus, Clarence of Cherryvale, Gerald of Myrtle Creek, sisters, Pauline Smith, Frances Stark both of Wichita; grandchildren, Jon T. Wheatley, Nathanael R.

Wheatley both of Cherryvale, Stephanie E. Olson, Nicholas O. Wheatley, Christopher R. Wheatley all of El Dorado, Joshua L. Wheatley of Urbana, Rose M.

Ging, Wesley R. Ging both of Wichita; great-grandchildren, Bryce Wheatley, Jordan Wheatley both of Cherryvale. Memorial established with St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Downing Lahey Mortuary East.

Whitcomb, Kay Lynn, 51, died Monday, May 21, 2001. Visitation 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Old Mission Mortuary; service 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aldersgate United Methodist Church; burial to follow at Wichita Park Cemetery. Mrs.

Whitcomb was born Nov. 28, 1949 in Wichita, to George Winston Gibson and Mary Catherine Lawrence Gibson. She married Ronald Whitcomb on July 11, 1971 at College Hill United Methodist Church, together they had one daughter. Mrs. Whitcomb taught eighth grade science in Independence, Mo.

and Abilene, Texas, before moving to Wichita, where she was the business manager for Ron's Family Dentistry Office. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and was active in Bible Study. She enjoyed spending time with family, helping others, nature, oil and water color painting, macrame' art, bear collecting, hand crafted baskets and the warm water beach. Survivors: husband, Ronald; daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Anthony Guiliano of Wichita; parents, George and Catherine Gibson of Wichita; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Judy Gibson of Wyoming, father-in-law, Roger Whitcomb of Wichita. Memorials established with Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Christian Education and Youth Scholarship and Arthritis Foundation.

attack ing too long to finish autopsies. But Mary Dudley, who became the new district coroner and medical examiner last year, said the center has addressed the complaints. She said the center is meeting her goal of completing most autopsies within 45 days. Families need autopsy reports for closure and insurance purposes; authorities and lawyers need the reports for timely investigation, prosecution and defense work. "I think we have a good communication now with the families and with authorities," Dudley said.

still moving cab to get away. "The danger is there," Roseberry said. "We all know it's there." According to Bureau of Labor statistics, 510 cab drivers nationwide were murdered between 1992 to 1998. Wichita police do not keep statistics on crimes against cabbies. In Wichita in 1989, Jim Brown, a driver for Best Cab, was shot and killed after he picked up a fare from a bar.

Raymond A. Pompa, then 17, a former South High School student, pleaded guilty to first -degree murder. Even with the perils of picking up complete strangers late at night, sometimes from seedy motels and dark dance clubs, there are things drivers can do to protect themselves, said Dee Chastain, general manager of ABC Cab Co. Keeping eye contact does two things, Chastain explained: It lets a would-be robber know he has been closely identified, and it keeps the driver on guard of the passenger's behavior. ABC Cab hasn't had a "true, honest- Andover Rogers, Michael Harold, 57, Via Christi Community Nurse Care coordinator, died Saturday, May 19, 2001.

Memorial service 3 p.m. Friday, St. James Episcopal Church. Survivors: wife, Teresa; sons, Christopher of Wichita, Timothy of Andover; daughters, Anne Elsworth of Haysville, Beth McCann of Winfield; father and stepmother, Oscar H. and Gertrude Rogers of Redlands, stepsisters, Kathleen Karhu of Redlands, Bonnie Lawrence of Wichita; grandchild, Nicholas McCammon of Haysville.

Memorial established with St. James Episcopal Church. Downing Lahey Mortuary East, Wichita. Arkansas City and bookkeeper, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001. Service 10 a.m.

Friday, Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Survivors: husband, Silver; daughter, Lynn Reed of Winfield; one grandchild. Memorials established with South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center Auxiliary and First United Methodist Church. Dodson, Mary Helen, 78, clerk Augusta McClure, Albert F. "Shorty," 78, retired farmer, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001.

Rosary 7:30 p.m. today; service 10 a.m. Thursday, both at St. James Catholic Church. Preceded in death by wife, Helen Simon McClure and son, Alan McClure.

Survivors: sons, Craig of Douglass, John of Augusta; daughter, Nancy McEwen, Mary Taylor both of Augusta; daughter-in-law, Marilyn McClure of Augusta; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Memorial established with St. James Catholic Church. Dunsford Funeral Home. Belle Plaine Haas, Charlotte Mae (Jones), died Monday, May 21, 2001.

Service 1:30 p.m. Thursday, First Salem United Church of Christ, Wichita. Preceded in death by husband, Constantine Haas in 1980. Survivors: daughter and son-inlaw, Esther and Oron Heater of Belle Plaine; grandchildren and spouses, David and Teresa Heater, Myrna and Steve Heath, Michael Sr. and Angie Heater all of Belle Plaine, Penny Heater of Wichita, Janette Heater of Kansas City; great-grandchildren and spouses, Kristine and Jon Headgepath, Michael Heater Jax Heater all of Belle Plaine, Jana Heater, Jeff Heater, Paula Heater all of Wichita; great-great- 88, formerly of Wichita, retired Boeing Military Airplane Co.

riveter, The center performs about 500 autopsies a year. Many of the cases, especially the homicides, come from Wichita and Sedgwick County. But the center also serves more than 40 other counties. Supported by Sedgwick County taxpayers, it charges those other counties for its services. The accreditation gives the facility added credibility, said Joni McClain, an inspector and vice president with the National Association of Medical Examiners.

Only about 10 percent of the centers nationwide have the accreditation, McClain said. to-God robbery" in a while, Chastain said, but at least twice a week, passengers skip out on their fares. Theft of services, a misdemeanor, is probably underreported, Chastain said, because drivers can end up losing more money while they wait to do police reports than they lost to begin with. Roseberry said even though cab drivers are alone with their passengers, they are in constant contact with dispatchers. Best Cab also has a global positioning satellite tracking system that keeps track of every driver down to what block they are on.

Hockett, pointing to the dashboard where his GPS system was mounted, said he'd add another feature to his cab soon a camera. It wouldn't broadcast back to the dispatchers, he said, but it might take a good picture of anyone that tries to rob him. "Every time you pick up a fare, it's like getting a Christmas package," he said. "It's always a surprise." grandchildren, Justin McDonald, Jessica Headgepath, Miranda Heath all of Belle Plaine, Emerson Heater of Wichita. Memorial established with First Salem United Church of Christ Organ Fund.

Hillside Funeral Home East. Burlingame Harrison, Grace Irene, 85, homemaker, died Tuesday, May 22, 2001. Visitation with family 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday; service 1:30 p.m. Friday, both at Parker-Price Mortuary, Topeka.

Survivors: son, Robert of Tec*mseh; daughter, Alice Pohl of Stockton, brother, Everett Salsberry of Anthony; sisters, Lydia Lawrence, Laura Barnes both of Kerrville, Texas; six grandchildren; nine great -grandchildren. Memorial established with Burlingame Rescue. Derby Carl, Bonnie Jo, 72, retired Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Joseph Campus registered nurse, died Sunday, May 20, 2001. Service 2 p.m.

Thursday, Smith Mortuary. Survivors: sons, Michael of Wichita, Mitchell of Derby; daughter, Dana Carl of Derby; brothers, Albert Scholl, Cotton Scholl both of Wichita; sisters, Jennie Lee Bishop of Wichita, Martha MacElhaney, Annabelle Decker both of DeRitter, Rena Mae Wyre of El Dorado; one grandchild. Memorial established with Derby EMS and Hospice Inc. Long, John 92, retired farmer, died Monday, May 21, 2001. Service 10 a.m.

Thursday, El Paso Cemetery. Survivors: half-brother, Billy Galloway of Siloam Springs, half-sisters, Ethel McKamey of Wichita, Evelyn Helms of Mulvane. Memorial established with Derby Church of Christ. Smith Mortuary. Dodge City Mitchell, Zelma, 91, homemaker, died Thursday, May 17, 2001.

Service 11 a.m. Saturday, Zion Lutheran Church, Ford County. Survivor: brother, Edmund Weiss of Offerle. Swaim Funeral Home. Torrez, Pascual Joe "Pisco," 70, foundry laborer, died Saturday, May 19, 2001.

Vigil 7:30 p.m. Thursday; service 10 a.m. Friday, both at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Survivors: wife, Martina; sons, Mike, Raphael, Luiz, Felix, Jerry all of Dodge City, Daniel of Guymon, daughters, Celia Enriquez, Maria Flores both of Dodge City; brothers, Mike of LaJunta, Epimenio, Paul, Frank all of Dodge City; sisters, Nellie Trujillo, Jesse Rodriquez, Isabel Torrez, Teresa Mendez, Carol Torrez all of Dodge City, Lupe Torrez, Eleonor Lacer, Josephine Moreno, Margarita Montes all of Wichita, Delores Torrez of Marble Falls, Texas; 12 grandchildren; two great Memorial established with Pascual and Martina Torrez Memorial Fund. Swaim Funeral Home.

Please see OBITUARIES, Page 16A The center opened six years ago. But it can take years to meet accreditation standards, said Kristi Zukovich, a Sedgwick County spokeswoman. Besides conducting autopsies, the 26-employee center also tests such things as DNA, weapons, drugs and alcohol, fiber and arson evidence. The center is one of only about six full-service forensic sites in the nation, said Tim Rohrig, director of the center's forensic science labs and chief toxicologist. Reach Tim Potter at 268-6684 or MOORE From Page 9A He deserves credit for overseeing the university's $100 million donation campaign about eight years ago, Hellebust said.

The campaign exceeded expectations, topping off at about $170 million. Since learning of Moore's death, foundation staff members have worked the phones, telling volunteers who worked with him of the tragedy. Hellebust had the impression Moore accepted the North Texas job because he was looking for a professional change. But that doesn't mean he stopped loving his alma mater, he said. Moore was a die-hard Wildcats fan, attending almost all sporting events when he was there.

He also made regular deep sea fishing trips to Costa Rica, Hellebust said. "And probably the thing he liked to do the most was golf," he said. Moore was separated from his wife, with whom he had one grown son, Hellebust said. Contributing: Fort Worth Star-Telegram BY LILLIAN ZIER MARTELL The Wichita Eagle Wichita City Council member Phil Lambke was in critical condition Tuesday after he suffered a heart attack early in the morning at his home. Lambke, 80, represents District 3, which covers southeast Wichita.

In April, he was elected to a second four-year Lambke term on the council. He was taken to Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Joseph Campus. "He's resting, and he's being cared for," said his daughter, Jean Ann Sleichter. "He's certainly conscious and con- versing," she said.

"His personality's still there." Lambke's longtime friend and campaign manager, Frank Garofalo, said Lambke has been active and appeared in good health. "He's just constantly on the go," Garofalo said. As a council member, Lambke pushed for the widening of Hydraulic from MacArthur to the city's southern limits, Garofalo said. That project is expected to start soon. He also worked on getting a new community center built in the Hilltop neighborhood and improved street maintenance in the district, Garofalo said.

Lambke is a retired hardware store owner who also had worked as a general contractor, real estate broker and insurance agent. Reach Lillian Zier Martell at 268- 6404 or Man guilty of fondling child, not of raping her RON SYLVESTER The Wichita Eagle Scott Phillips will go to prison for fondling a girl, not raping her, after a jury deliberated nearly six hours before choosing the lesser charge. The victim, now 13, ran sobbing from the courtroom Tuesday after the jury returned its verdict that convicted Phillips of aggravated indecent liberties with the child. The girl's mother a former Wichita police officer is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to criminally threatening Phillips. Phillips, 42, admitted fondling the girl when she was 8.

But the central issue in the case was whether the touching qualified under the law as rape. The jury of three women and nine men convicted Phillips on the lesser charge defined as lewd fondling or touching of a child under the age of 14. Phillips was arrested after sheriff's deputies found him in a confrontation with the child's mother. He will face a sentence ranging from less than five years to more than 20 years. CITYLINE 436-1200 Dial 1000 to hear a menu of listings or enter the 4-digit category directly SPECIAL FEATURES 1) Daily Horoscopes 2) Soap Opera Digest .....6884 3) Joke Of Day ..............6865 4) Trivia 5) Adventure 6) Kids Corner 7) Faith Values.

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