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increase in police force
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MAYOR from page 1
ways to be more efficient and effec
tive,” Kubicek said. “But I think it has
to enroll the police officers them
Jim Wrenholt, an independent
candidate, said it was only natural to
want to hire additional police officers
to cope with population growth.
“Everybody wants a safe town,”
Wrenholt, leader of the petition
drive that returned P Street to one-way
traffic, and owner of Nordic Software
at 301 P St., said although he did not
have a police plan, he questions those
candidates who do have one.
“I’m a little bothered by candi
dates who go out and promise 45 new
jobs to get a new endorsement by the
police union,” he said.
Reichert, a University of
Nebraska-Lincoln student and a
Republican candidate, has the most
detailed police plan and said his ideas
were the best solution to ensuring
Under Reichert’s plan, 17 addi
tional officers would be hired without
This, Reichert said, would be
done by reallocating everything in the
annual police budget.
Currently, police cruisers are
replaced every four years. Each new
vehicle costs between $20,000 and
Reichert said replacing just the
engines would be better than replac
ing entire vehicles. This, he said,
would create a $25,000 surplus each
time an engine is replaced.
“The police shop keeps the vehi
cles in excellent condition,” Reichert
said. “The only wear, really, is in the
The money saved, combined with
the federal grant money already used
for the hiring of law enforcement offi
cers, ensures that taxes would not be
raised, Reichert said.
“Crime is definitely increasing,”
Reichert said. “It’s due to a lack of
manpower in the police department.
They can’t be everywhere at once.”
Reichert said he was concerned
about Wesely and Johnson making
false promises to the community.
The cost of hiring a new police
officer in Lincoln, he said, was
“It’s one thing to have a plan,” he
said. “It’s another to say that you just
have an idea.
“Basically, (Wesely’s) just blow
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MEMORIAL from page 1
“All of us who worked with
him and knew him are saddened by
his death,” he said. “He was a very
well-respected member of the
Unicameral. Stan took his job seri
ously and never forgot his rural
roots, and always conducted him
self with the utmost integrity.”
Sen. George Coordsen of
Hebron, a close friend of
Schellpeper’s and fellow member
of the Revenue Committee,
praised Schellpeper’s selfless ser
vice to the state.
“This is a tragic day for all
Nebraskans because he spent a
good part of his adult life trying to
make the good life better, without
any interest in receiving recogni
tion,” he said.
Although Schellpeper was
known for his concern for rural
needs, these issues - health care,
highways and quality of life -
applied to all Nebraskans,
As members of the Revenue
Committee, Schellpeper and
Coordsen worked on major
changes in state tax policy.
Schellpeper supported shifting the
tax burden from property taxes to
sales and income taxes, an effort
that has made progress but remains
unfinished, Coordsen said.
“We shared a common goal: to
balance how we support all of gov
ernment,” Coordsen said. “We
tried to get a better balance for the
benefit of all Nebraskans.”
Jeff Schellpeper, the late sena
tor’s oldest son, remembered his
father as a family man, a dedicated
farmer and a state senator willing
to seek compromise.
The elder Schellpeper was very
close to his family, Jeff
Schellpeper said, including his
wife, Faye; his children, Jeff and
Tom Schellpeper and Nancy
Morfeld; and eight grandchildren.
“I’m sure whenever anybody
talked to him about family, he
always would have brought up a
story about his grandchildren,”
Jeff Schellpeper said. “He always
brought them to his office to show
them off. He was proud of them.”
A hard-working farmer,
Schellpeper was also concerned
about soil and water conservation
and the environment, his son said.
“What comes to mind now, if I
picture my dad, is him driving a
tractor,” he said. “He’s a farmer,
and most everybody else thinks of
him as a state senator. To me he’s a
father and a farmer, a grandfather
and really close to a lot of his
Coordsen said it would take
him some time to recover from the
loss of Schellpeper.
“I thought of him as more than
a brother,” he said. “I’ll miss him
more than I would my right hand.”
Staff writers Shane Anthony
and Jessica Fargen contributed
to this report.
Northwestern up in arms
over nude wrestler videos
EVANSTON, 111. (U-Wire) -
Videotape of nude wrestlers shot
secretly at a 1995 national tourna
ment hosted by Northwestern is part
of a nationwide FBI investigation that
has uncovered a bizarre and perverse
ring of Internet pornography.
The shocking footage was cap
tured in locker rooms at the Midlands
Wrestling Championships - the
nation’s second-largest collegiate
wrestling invitational - held at Welsh
Ryan Arena on Dec. 29-30, 1995.
No Northwestern wrestlers
appeared on the tape, Wildcats
Wrestling Coach Tim Cysewski said.
Clips of other Northwestern col
legiate athletes, in addition to the
footage captured at Northwestern,
have been collected by at least one
unknown purveyor and marketed as
pornographic material available on
the Internet and by mail.
A former University of
Pennsylvania wrestler found himself
to be the subject of a similar tape after
it was sent to him by a fellow athlete,
the Chicago Tribune reported
Despite the obvious invasion of
privacy, the absence of a concrete
legal precedent and the ambiguity of
Illinois’ obscenity laws might com
plicate the investigation.
“It disgusts me to see or hear any
thing about this,” said Northwestern
wrestler Sam Neider, a two-time All
American who was a freshman at the
time of the tournament.
“I easily could’ve been the victim
of this whole thing. Whatever pervert
did this has definite problems. We’re
just talking about one sick individual.
I’d like to take it into my own hands,
but I hope the FBI gets whoever did
Although this marks the third
time in less than a year that
Northwestern has been involved in a
federal investigation, Athletic
Director Rick Taylor said this inci
dent has little to do with the
Northwestern athletic department.
“This was a Midlands event, not a
Northwestern event,” Taylor said.
“They just happened to rent out our
facilities. This could have happened
anywhere - at a department store, a
“The fact that it did happen here is
a coincidence. Let’s not make a
mountain out of a molehill.”
The tape recorded at the Midlands
turned up on the desk of Ken Kraft,
Northwestern’s senior associate ath
letic director, in January 1996, just
days after the tournament’s conclu
The explicit footage was captured
in the Welsh-Ryan shower and locker
rooms and during the tournament’s
weigh-ins, at which wrestlers are
required to be naked.
The Tribune reported that the hid
den cameras were concealed in gym
bags and under bath towels, and that
one of the tape recorders was still run
ning when it was discovered by a
Neider said two of the wrestlers
who appear on the tape were his high
school teammates, adding that the
embarrassing and private footage has
“severely affected their lives.”
“One of the individuals I know
pretty well,” Neider said. “His career
is even in jeopardy.”
After discovering the tape, Kraft
waited more than two years before
handing it over to the FBI last spring,
at which point there were already a
number of similar tapes in circula
tion, the Tribune reported.
And despite Kraft’s attempts to
keep the incident under wraps,
Neider said he and his teammates
learned of the tape through the rumor
Kraft, who was Northwestern’s
wrestling coach from 1957-79, could
not be reached for comment.
According to Neider, Kraft’s deci
sion not to disclose the tape until a
year ago was grounded in the best
interests of the athletes in question.
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