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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 12, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                129 Kokomo Ind TRIBUNE Wednesday Jan 50 cents foster center is accompanied by his wife Beth as they left the courtroom with prospective jurors Tuesday Tribune photo by Tim Bath Jury ready in Foster trial Former school official faces 6 felony charges ByMIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer J jury with two was seated late Tues for the trial of Lariy M JFos KokonioCenter School former director of voca adult education the jurors to expect eighthour days over the next eight days as they hear in Fosters case 2782 W ROad 500 South faces six Class D felony charges and one Class A misde meanor count stemming from allegations that he misused Job Training Partnership Act funds during a sixweek period in sum mer 1992 The Class D felonies include four counts of theft one count of inducing or causing theft and one count of ghost employ ment A charge of official miscon duct is a Class A misdemeanor In his former position at Koko moCenter Foster was responsi ble for the administration of the JTPA program according to court records Prosecutor jaines D Andrews alleges that Fosterviolated the agreement between Kokomo Center and the federal JTPA pro gram Foster has since been reas signed to the position of special population coordinator for the school corporation The jury Was scheduled to hear the first evidence in the case today After a day of questioning by Morton Andrews and defense attorney William E Beck II the jury of three men and three women was selected from the pool of about 60 potential jurors One man and one woman were also picked in the event two of the other jurors can not complete the trial for some reason Although they will hear all of the evidence during the course of the trial the two alternates will not take part in the deliberation that will decide Fosters fate Early Tuesday the prospective jurorswere ally as to their knowledge 6f Fos1 ters case and any opinions they might have formed Beck requested the format because of what he termed extensive pretrial publicity surrounding the case Many of the Howard County residents said they had read about Fosters case in the news paper some as recently as Sun day Others said they hadnt read anything about Foster or other school officials since indictments were announced against seven officials more than one year ago A few others said they had no knowledge of the charges against Foster or six other former or cur rent KokomoCenter administra tors The investigation that led to the indictments against Foster and six other officials was initiated Sept 23 1992 by Craig Dunn a former member of the Kokomo Center School Board All of the officials have pleaded innocent to a total of 36 charges that were filed in April after the original indictments were dis missed Six of the criminally charged administrators have been accused of receiving or helping others to receive extra non school boardapproved pay Their trials are pending in Cir cuit Court Panel demands itemized budget Howard County officeholders who presented newly required budgets for discretionary funds and user fees got Howard County Council approval Tuesday night except Howard County Prose cutor James Andrews Andrews offered a spending plan he had presented in Septem ber that showed general uses for his pretrial diversion and Title IVD incentive funds However County Auditor Mar ilyn Cook said the State Board of Accounts is requiring an itemized budget for the pretrial diversion fund It isnt asking for any spend ing plan for the IVD funds Andrews told the council Tues day night that he is working under the 1989 county ordinance that gave him the power to spend diversion funds that are above what is required to operate the program That ordinance states the funds could be used for monthly pay ments due on a computer lease since paid in full to pay matching funds under the Federal Criminal Justice Drug Grant Program staff salaries and overtime office equipment purchases continuing legal education conference expenses and drug buys for law enforcement cases The expenses in the spending plan presented to the council include many of the items listed in Related story New county employees salaries were not in Tuesdays ordinance Page 2 the budget except thecomputer lease already paid off as well as some additional items including Victims Assistance expenses at reimbursement for cat leases at and reimburse ment for car phones at Andrews said he doesnt under stand why these new require ments are being made I know the council has sionally disagreed with the way I expended these funds One prob lem has been not knowing ahead of time what they would be used Andrews told the council Tuesday night Thats why gave this plan in Andrews told the council he would continue to operate under the ordinance adopted until he brings a revised ordinance in Feb ruary for council approval Council President Richard Miller R4th told Andrews he always thought the ordinance should have been updated annu ally but it was never done Miller then told he must put an itemized budget together like the other officehold ers with similar funds Since thats what the state is requiring FBI looks into plot allegations Did 2 scheme to hurt skating champion PORTLAND Ore AP The FBI is investigating allegations that figure skater Tonya Hard ings husband and her bodyguard arranged last weeks attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan The Oregonian reported today The newspaper said in a copy right story that Hardings hus band Jeff Gillooly acknowledged that he was one of the two men being investigated Thats Gillooly said late Tuesday I wouldnt do that I have more faith in my wife than to bump off her The plot allegedly was designed to help Harding win the national championship The Oregonian said Harding did win and was named to the that will compete in next months Olympic Games in Lillehamnter Norway There is no indication that Harding had any involvement in the attack or knew anything about it the newspaper reported The other man being investigat ed Shawn Eric Eckardt works as Hardings bodyguard That is Eckardt said of the allegations You I would never get involved in any thing like Agreement cools hot issue in Kempton By LISA FIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau l KEMPTON Ind The Kemp ton Town Board and Kempton Volunteer Fire Department nave reached atentative Since Jan 1 the town of Kemp ton has been without contracted Until that time Kempton Town Board had a contract with the department The department received the funds in exchange for its promise to respond to fires and emergencies in the community on the southwestern edge of Tipton County For a oneyear contract the fire fighters asked for For a threeyear contract the fire department wanted the first year and a 5 percent increase in the second and third years The Kempton Town Board offered for the first year of a threeyear contract and a 6 per cent increase in the second and third years The firefighters rejected the pffer Last week Fire Chief Russell Riddle announced that residents who needed a fire extinguished on their property would have to pay a maximum of for the first hour that Kempton volunteer fire fighters were on the scene and for every hour after that But when members of Kempton Volunteer Fire and Rescue met Monday they agreed to accept the boards contract with stipulations Duffer Kempton Town Board president said He said as he understands it the firefighters have agreed to respond to a fire without charging residents However there is no formal contract Duffer said The stipulation according to Duffer is that the town will estab lish a cumulative fund Periodical ly revenue would be added to the fund so that if the fire department needed to make a major purchase such as a fire engine the money would be available Duffer said hes not sure if the town will be able to establish that fund but the firefighters and board will continue to meet and work to negotiate a contract Riddle said the firefighters also want the board to establish a fire fighting fund Currently he said the town pays for all of its expen ditures out of the general fund He said the fire fighting fund would be used to pay for Kemp ton Volunteer Fire Departments yearly contract The cumulative fund is impor tant according to Riddle because we feel down the road our chil dren and our childrens children will eventually have something to work with Were not about to let this outfit die There is no Inside Local Science Kats prepare for competition Page 3 Sports i rally past Iowa for 2Q start in Big Ten Page 8 Also inside Business markets Classified ads 1822 Comics 20 News qf POWMIA groups voice opposition President Clinton may lift trade embargo against Vietnam WASHINGTON AP Signs that the administration may lift trade embargo against Vietnam are drawing opposition from veterans and PQWMIA groups who argue that Hanoi could dp far more in accounting for missing Americans While administration officials use words like superb and excellent to describe Viet namese cooperation its critics insist that Vietnam is holding the remains of hundreds of American tyjernamese have purpose ly chosen net to repatriate these gays Arm Mills Grif fiths executive director of the Natipnal fceague pf Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia A senior administration official replies that experts who examined the issue have conclud ed that if remains were stored in the past thats no longer the Another breakthrough cited by the administration was the initia tion last week of the largest MIA search mission since the end of the war eight teams totaling 84 American specialists They will comb old battlefields until the end of growing administration sup port for ending the embargo appears based partly on a trip to Vietnam by Assistant Secretary of State Winston Lord iri mid December Lord who heads the East Asia bureau was said to have been impressed by Vietnams cooperation and has been signal ing that there is no longer a good reason for peeping the embargo Five senators who recently vis ited Vietnam agreed the embargo should be lifted and normal Hons established The issue is expected to be taken up shortly by President Clinton wno during his first year in office eased some restrictions on deal ings with Vietnam But Clinton has insisted on the fullest possi ble accounting as the price for normal relations with Hanoi The embargo has been in effect since the Saigon gov ernment was driven from power in 1975 leading to the unification of Vietnam under Hanois domi nation American companies complain that while they remain shut out East Asian competitors have moved aggressively to take advantage of the improved invest ment climate in Vietnam Anticipating that Clinton is about to lift the embargo veterans organizations have been lobbying against such a move The national commander of the American Legion told the groups posts Jn the United States this week to begin organizing let terwriting and telephone cam paigns against lifting the embar go In a statement released in Wash ington and Hanoi the comman der Bruce Thiesen called for a noholds barred callinevery chip twisteveryarm campaign by the millionmember veter ans group Griffiths worries that once the embargo is lifted the Vietnamese will no longer have any incentive to cooperate in providing an accounting for the American servicemen still missing and pre sumed to have died in Vietnam Most of the other 600 missing from the Indochina War are believed to have died in Laos Richard Childress who was a Vietnam specialist on the National Security Council during previous administrations says highly pub licized searches of battlefields by soldiers are only marginally effective They avoid the central problem which is that the Vietnamese have the information we need but are withholding Childress says Bayh giving annual speech No surprises expected tonight INDIANAPOLIS AP Gov Evan Bayh got the bums rush the last time he asked the General Assembly for help Things looked more harmo nious as he worked on final draft of tonights stateofthe state speech Last June the House and Senate overrode his veto of a state spending plan drafted by Senate Republicans and rammed it into law as the clock ticked down toward budget chaos Tempers flared then but the political mood one floor above the governors Statehpuse office has sweetened since Bayh too has cooled down Hes put that behind him and were looking toward a cooperative press secretary Fred Nation said So when the governor steps before a joint session at to deliver the annual stateofthestate address law makers are looking for kindly sentiments and no surprises Nation offered spjcne hints about the governors asygjl unfinished speech Welfare reform will be a major highlighted by speeding abS recipients off the public roU and into the workforce hfl said V I   

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