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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 9, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                IU wins Big Ten Page 19 Vol 143 No 126 Kokomo Ind TRIBUNE Sunday Jan Open wide Colleen Joseph helps her daughter Kelsey King Jr Colleen Joseph dressed up to char Joseph 3 with breakfast Saturday at Indiana acterize Marva Collins who believed in chil UniversityKokomo The Celebration 94 dren others called unteachable breakfast was in honor of Dr Martin Luther Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Weather helping SYDNEY Australia AP Cpoler weather eased forest fires close to central Sydney early today giving firefighters a chance to contain some of the 125 blazes raging across southeastern Aus tralia Huge forest and bush fires roared to within 5 miles of down town on Saturday when a fourth person died in the firestorms that have destroyed up to 150 homes The sky over Sydney glowed a sinister red early today sirens wailed constantly and huge columns of smoke rose on the citys edges though many fires have been contained Television networks broadcast helicopters pf whole burned out in some southern and northern suburbs More than million acres of forest and grassland 112 times the size of Rhode Island have been consumed by the flames The Bushfire Services Depart ment is most concerned about huge fires in a tinderdry forest in the Blue Mountains 50 miles west of Sydney as well as near Gos ford 18 miles north Hundreds of soldiers have join more than firefighters The forest fires flared a week ago fanned by gusty 60mph winds and summer temperatures of over 104 degrees Temperatures dropped to about 78 degrees this morning Morty pyiLMAN Wash AP the moose that ambles through the opening credits of Northern died of an illness linked to a mineral defi ciency The moose brought from Alaska as an orphan yearjTng five years was a feet of behavior and nutrition studies headed by Charles bins a Washington State Universi ty professor of natural resource that a cobalt and copper deficiency in the diets of Mort and Minnie another research moose led to their said Friday The problem was discovered after Minnies death more than a week ago but by then it was top late tp saveMprty who died RobbjAssaid He rallied and we thought we had him on the way back but it was just too Robbins said I lost a One object of the research was to learn why captive moose rarely live past the age of 6 or 7 Moose live as long as years in the wild Robbins said Inside todays Kokomo Tribune Local Are there any homeless peo ple in Kokomo Page 3 World Mortar shells fall despite ceasefire in Sarajevo Page 6 Nation President Bill Clinton and family attend the funeral of his mother in Hot Springs Ark In Allege basketf all Alaba stuns Arkansas Also inside i Bujtoiess markets 17 30 15 25 News of 8 Obituaries g Opinion 7 Sports State 6 Style World Commissioners to ban nepotism Hiring practice will exclude family rnernbe ByTERRI HUGHESLAZZELL Tribune staff writer Family members of officehold ers in Howard County may have to pound the pavement for a job instead of pounding on the office door of a relative A policy banning nepotism in county offices could eliminate some of the problems associated with employing blood relatives or relatives through marriage according to members of the Howard County Board of Com missioners Commissioners plan to put some form of policy prohibiting nepotism into effect in a personnel policy they are now putting together with help from office holders However some of those serving in elected county positions believe their relatives shouldnt be dis criminated against because of their relationship And officehold ers should make the decision to hire a relative not the commis sioners This is a controversial issue that can create animosity between said Commission President Dave Griffey R2nd who owns Griffey Contracting a familyowned and operated heat ing andcooling business When asked the difference between nepotism in the cdurity and in his own business Griffey said there canbe problemseven in the private sector But because its his familys money that is paying for the business and its something he wants to pass on to his chil dren there is a difference In government officeholders are elected to serve taxpayers not their family members who may need a job Griffey said Hes quick to point out that many rela tives may work hard and may be good employees but the situation itself can cause conflicts And even County Auditor Mari lyn Cook who has a daughter and daughterinlaw working in her office and at one time also had her sister employed admits there can be added pressure because of Related story Personnel pol icy for county workers Page 2 nepotism Although she said everyone working in her office is qualified to be there and she would have been discriminating against them not to hire them it sometimes puts her in a bad position But she said she herself was once employed under a relative who gave her the training to do the job she was elected to do And she stresses that many peo ple find employment because of someone they know This is no different But if she had to Cook said she could live with a policy banning hiring family Griffey said a policy like this would take the pressure off elect ed officials who are pushed to hire someone who helped with their campaign many times relatives County Recorder June Schrader said those who work hard during campaigns should be rewarded I had friends and relatives walk their knees Schrader said When I got into this posi wasnt going to go to the street looking for people Arid she adds without her so called nepotism her office nt get the work done it now Vye work our breaks and work wiiyhjgly when we cant even get enough help in the Schroders staff size was cut soon after she took office She said employees like her brother Kenny Hutehms make her office effi cient Her husband George Schrader who works down the hall as coun ty treasurer doesnt support a nepotismpolicy He believes anyone capable of doing a job should get the job no matter who they are Thats the same feeling Maj Phil Templin of the Howard County Sheriffs Department has Lets hire quality people who can best do the Templin said It shouldnt matter who some one is related to Sheriff John D Beatty was QUtof town but Templin said he haiiMto comment about the policy aVthis time Beatty has four relatives working in his department b Anyone already working under a relative would not likely bje affected by the new policy accord ing to commissioners And Commissioner James Shearer Rlst stresses this political move nepotism crosses party lines He just believes this 3s part of the job he was elected to dp run the county business Shearer also owns a family busi ness Shearer Business Products in which his son is in ment and his brother is president but he said the difference fe between being elected and run ning a privatebusiness Commissioners are looking at Hamilton Countys nepotism poli cy as a guideline That policy prohibits an employ ee to work under a relativeby blood or marriage The policy alsp calls for the transfer or termina tion of an employee of which mar riage has caused a relationship that violates the policy Miami County also enacted a nepotism policy with their new personnel policy this year The policy discourages spouses parents children in a tionship unless particular qualifi cations should determine this is best for the county according to Miami County Commissioned Chase Huber who was in charge of creating the policy The new employfee policy was enacted Jan 3 Huber said Griffey said hes willing tohave a policy that would allow special circumstances Commissioners will continue to work on the new policy along with a committee made up of officeholders who are giving ideas and information for the policy Commissioners will have final authority over any policy in the manual They hope to have the process completed early this year Foster trial to open HI ByMIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer After more than a year of prepa ration and legal maneuvering the trial of the first of seven current or former KokomoCenter School Corp officials is set to begin Tues day the third floor of the Howard County Courthouse will be a hub of activity at 9 as attorneys and potential jurors converge for the first round in the trial of Larry M Foster KokomoCenters cial population coordinator Approximately 60 prospective jurors are expected to DC involved in a selection process that officials hope will produce six jurors and two alternates for what is expect ed to be a threeweek trial The jury selection process could be lengthy Because of the exten sive pretrial publicity defense attorney William E Beck II is seeking to question each potential juror out of the presence of the others togauge opinions about the case the questions and the jurors responses may very well prejudice a large jury according to Becks motion Witness lists filed in Howard Circuit Court by Prosecutor James P Andrews contain the names of 51 people who could be called to testify during the trial Foster 2782 W Road 500 South faces six Class D felony charges and one Class A misdemeanor count stemming from allegations that he misusedjob Training Part nership Act funds during a six week period in summer 1992 The Class D felonies include four counts of theft one count of aiding inducing or causing theft and one count of ghost merit A charge of official miscon duct is a Class A misdemeanor The former director of vocation al adult education for Koko moCenter Foster was responsible for the administration of the JTPA program according to court records In announcing the indictment of seven school officials Jan Andrews alleged that Foster vio lated the agreement between KokomoCenter and the federal JTPA program A 10page probable cause affi davit filed in Circuit Court by one of Andrews investigators alleges that during the summer of 1992 Foster wrote and directed a JTPA grant in excess of The grant consisted of both federal and local matching funds Investigator Gary W Ashenfel ter alleges that as director of the program Foster charged hours against the grant and was paid an hour According to Ashenfelter Foster failed to execute the terms of the grant that he himself had set by four methods by failing to pro vide teaching activities to the underprivileged youth targeted in the program claiming more hours per day than were allotted to him by the grant paying himself while he was Still collecting money from his regular contract and collecting money designated to be spent educating pupils for himself while he was not only absent from teaching or administrating but absent from the State of Ashenfelter further alleges that Foster allowed his former secre tary Susan Conner to receive in pay to which she was not entitled while she took a two week vacation Foster knew the payment was in direct violation of the JTPA grant he himself had Ashenfelter said in the probable cause affidavit Conner who is currently a sec retary at Elwood Haynes School was not charged with a crime in exchange for her testimony Andrews said at the time of indictments y v Six teachers who were said by the school corporation to have been overpaid with JTPA funds were cleared by the investigation that led to the indictment of seven KokomoCenter administrators The investigation that led to the indictments against Foster andsix other officials was initiated Sept by Craig Dunn a former member of the KokomoCenter School Board Foster and the six other officials pleaded innocent to a total df31 indictments in Circuit Courtlast February But in April afttfr defense motions raised questions about the grand jury proceedings Andrews dropped the ments against the group and filed a total of 36 charges on behalf of the prosecutors office Special Judge Douglas B ton Fulton Circuit Court was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to preside over the KokomoCenter cases when Howard Circuit Court Judge R Alan Brubaker stepped because of his close association with the school corporation The high court has removed Morton from the Patricia Hamacher coordinatwo fiscal services and Susan Evans the school coroorations former coordinator of computers data processing   

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