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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 13, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                VOI 143 No 130 Thursday Jan 50 cents Skaters employee admits scheme No arrests yet in case PORTLAND Ore AP Tonya Hardings bodyguard told investigators that he and Hard ings husband set up the attack that nearly knocked rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan out of the Olympics news reports say Bodyguard Shawn Eric Eckardt said Hardings husband Jeff Gillooly asked him to arrange the Jan 6 attack in which Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee The Qre I gonian newspaper reported today citing unidentified law enforcement By early toddy no arrests had been maae Authorities said there was no indication that Harding helped plan the attack or had any knowl edge of it according to The Ore gonian and NBC The investigation spread to three states as authorities in Ore gon Michigan and Arizona pieced together the story of the attack which was apparently aimed at wrecking Kerrigan s chance to compete in last weeks Figure Skating Champi onships the qualifying trials for the Olympics next month in Lille hammer Norway The scheme allegedly involved Eckardt Gillooly an Eckardt acquaintance in Phoenix and a who hit Kerrigan for The Oregonian Deported quoted sources as saying that after the men met in Portland the hit man went to Boston where Kerrigan1 lives and trains It was there the investigators believe he planned to attack Kerrigan but bad weather somehow fouled the attempt NBC said Later in Detroit a man bran dishing a club struck Kerrigan after a practice session at the severely bruising her right leg and forcing her withdraw fromthe competition The attacker escaped after break ing the glass out of a locked arena door The Figure Skating Associa tion named Kerrigan to the Olympic team anyway along with Harding who won the championship twodays after the attack Gillooly said had been questioned by the FBI but denied any involvement I wouldnt do said I have more faith in my wife than to butnp off her Talent auditions Ebony Fadis frontback Indria Conyersj Lakeisha Cannon and Lakeisha Darden audition vyednesday for the Carver Commu nity Center Talent Show scheduled for 79 The girls perform a singing rapping and dancing act which they hope to perform during the talent show A dance will follow the talent show Tickets for both are and a ticket for the dance only is Tickets will be available the night of the show and dance For more information contact Channin Seldori assistant director at 457 9318 photo by Anne Farrar Inside Local Dangerously cold tempera tures will move into the Kokp mo area Friday Page 2 Style Enjoy gujtar music tradition at Indiana UniversityKoko mo Page 13 Sports Matt Waddell scores 20 points as Purdue i roils over Michigan State for win Page 8 Also inside Business Classified Pr Local News of SOY INK Customer dips into savings Ice cream buckets full of quarters buy new truck By USA FIPPS Tribune staff writer FRANKFORT Ind Most peo ple take their checkbooks with them to a car dealership totWv chase a new vehicle but not Paul Brant He took 25 fivequart ice cream buckets Before heading to the freezer with scoop in hand to dish out a bpwl of vanilla iSe cream to take tothe Ipeal dealership read pn V The buckets werent filled with cold ice cream they were filled with cold hard mpre than tP be exact All in Each bucket weighed about 60 pounds All total thats nearly pounds Since the early 197Qs Brant 55 saved quarters A few years ago he had to saved He neyer had any plans for the coins until three years ago when he heard about Chryslers plans to redesign the Dpdge Ram a fujl steed pickup truck I decided Id me a diesel 300 I just decided that all the quarters I had in there Id use for Considering the list price fpr the newly Wtleasfld vehicle is nearly Brant had tp quicken the pace pf his quite a bit He told people of his plans They saVed jhsir quarters jwd when they had several dollars in to tfw dont mjisj the change in your Brant said But you do if youve done what done over the last three Very few knew about all of the until Brant purchased the 1994 Dodge said he wasnt nervous about havjng all that money around the house until this week In the last week a lot of people found out about it Thats enough to be concerned about There are safety reasons the quarters werent kept together Brant owns 80 acres and he said after placing the quarters here and there on his property even if someone knew I had them it would take quite a while to find them I didnt take any chances And of course the guns are loaded and the dog a pit bull is he said In fact when Brant gets off work and comes home he doesnt unlock his front door Hp kopeks and his wife lets him in He does nt want his wife Judy tp hear the door open get scared and thinjc a thief is breaking Shes liable to shoot me I dont want to give her an excuse fo shoot Brant said and laughed Considering the number of peo pie who found out abput his thou sands of dpjlars in quarters trav eling alpne the nearly 27 miles from his home to the dealership with the coins wouldnt be safe But Brant wasnt alone He said about a year ago he talked to Clin ton County Sheriff Paul Under wood abput his plans According tp Underwood said Hey You call me when youre ready Ill make Put the schedule Well come out to your house and escort you to the Once Brant an employee of Chrysler Transmission Plant in Kokomo had enough quarters to make his purchase he contacted the sheriff and the Kincaid Dodge Chrysler Plymouth dealership in Lebanon where he purchased the car The salesman John Kincaid didnt believe Brant at first He thought I was just spoofing him Hes found put realitys here Brant said It took some dealing for Kincaid to make all of the arrangements More than in change means more than quarters to cpunt Kincaid arranged for an armored truck to meet prant and his sheriff escort Brants not sure how much money hes collected Once its loaded onto the truck it will be taken to a bank counted and rolled It willbe three or four days before he knows exactly how much money hes saved Brant is a Chrysler employee he received a discount So irprucally Kincaid will pwe BrahtTome change Lawyer It was a mistake Charges fly in Foster trial By MIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer When Larry M Foster collected in pay from KokomoCen ter School Corp in 1992 for nine hours he didn t work he made a he didnt commit a crime his attorney said in court Wednesday Howard County prosecutors contend that Foster may have tried to cover up the payment and other alleged activities through the recertification of pay records connected to the Job Training Partnership Act Charges and counter charges flew in Howard Circuit Court during the first day of Fosters trial on allegations that he mis used JTPA funds during the sum mer of 1992 Among other things prosecu tors allege that Foster is guilty of double dipping by illegally col lecting pay from two sources as he administered the JTPA program in his former position as Kokomo Centers director of vocational and adult education Defense attorney William E Beck II told the sixmember jury that Fosters alleged actions may constitute a breach of contract but not a criminal charge Foster 2782 W Road 500 South faces four counts of theft one count of aiding inducing or caus ing theft and one count of ghost employment all Class D felonies He is also charged with one Class A misdemeanor count of official misconduct After a 23minute opening state ment by Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ronald C Byal Beck unsuccess fully attempted to have Foster acquitted or the charges of ghost employment and aiding inducing or causing theft Beck said Byal failed to tell the jury how Foster knowingly or intentionally committed the offenses Byal said from the information presented the jury could infer Fosters connection with the two charges Beck didnt buy that explanation and said Byal was attempting to slap stuff up on the wall and find him Foster guilty of During more than six hours in the courtroom the jury heard from two witnesses Craig L Dunn the former member of the KokomoCenter School Board who presented information about the possible misuse of funds to former superintendent Larry W Horner in August 1992 and Gary W Ashenfelter one of the investi gators who succeeded in bringing charges against Foster and other school officials Dunn testified that during an Aug 25 1992 meeting he told Horner that he had received a report from the media concerning the alleged misuse of government grant money within the school corporation A few days later Dunn testified he received a memo from Horner in which the superintendent asked Lyle Mitschelen then assistant super intendent of support services and Patricia Hamacner coordinator of fiscal services to investigate the allegations At that point Dunn said he believed Mitschelen and Hamach er who also face criminal charges were looking into the allegations It was during midSeptember Dunn testified that he contacted school board attorney William Nolan to check on the progress of Dunn said he then learned there was no investi gation On Sept 23 1992 Dunn filed a formal complaint with the prose cutors office and that action ulti mately resulted in the indictment of Foster and the six other school officials on Jan All of the officials have pleaded innocent to a total of 36 charges that were filed in April after the original indictments were dismissed Six of the criminally charged administrators have been accused of receiving or helping others to receive extra nonschool board approved pay Their trials are pending in Circuit Court Ashenfelter was one of the men who conducted the investigation for Prosecutor James D Andrews As Ashenfelter related the details of the KokomoCenter probe Beck challenged some of the former police officers investigative tech niques and at one point called them drawsGOP speech mf f a standing tion to join the Republican Fajjy and Hep Paul MarinWeiler will pay the membership dues The proposals Bayh presented in his state ojkthe state address Wednesday night spsf exactly Whatr Republicans havjjbeen try ing to Bayhs speech In his Bayh proposed clpsingv loopholes that boost property tax bills pitched a icjbs batted last year ordered welfare recipients fo sjgn a personal responsibility vi The contract would feqijire recipieatf ip agree that UQ received if additional children are bom that U I   

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