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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 14, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 131 Kokomo Ind TRIBUNE Friday Jan Bon of lawmaker under arrest Danny Burton faces drug charges By BILL DECKER Thomson News Service LAFAYETTE La The name sake son of Indianas most conser vative congressman was arrested near here Thursday and will be charged with marijuana traffick ing Louisiana State Police said Danny Lee Burton II 18 and Joseph D Farr 21 both of Indi anapolis were arrested after a trooper found pounds of sus pected marijuana in the trunk of their 1992 Chevrolet Eurosport which was stopped on suspicion of speeding eastbound on Inter State 10 shortly after noon police said Burtons father a Republican has represented Indianapolis and surrounding counties including Tipton County since 1983 When he voted against the North Ameri can Free Trade Agreement in November he cited as reason No 1 his fear that open commerce with Mexico would lead to a surge in illegal drug shipments to tpe United States from Central and South America And he has pushed for convert ing closed military bases into boot camps for young people convicted of some drug trafficking and other nonviolent crimes The Louisiana State Police issued a news release saying they would charge both the younger Burton and Farr with possession of marijuana with intent to distrib ute The maximum punishment for that crime in Louisiana is 30 years inprison and a fine pair was awaiting arraign ment Thursday night at the St Martin Parish jail Lt Roy Frusha of the state police narcotics division here said that after the trooper the Chevrolet he could smell marijua na in the car where Burton was the After the trooper found a small amount in the cab he opened the trunk and found pounds in a large lidded plastic tllb The lieutenant said Farr and Burton told drug agents that pur chased the drugs in Houston for They said they heard its cheap down here and its real expensive up in Indiana Frusha said The congressman 55 was at his Indianapolis home on Thursday Burtons chief of staff in Washing ton Kevin Binger said the family did not learn of the arrest until late in the afternoon and would have no comment before Friday During House floor debate in November on a package of anti crime bills the congressman this theory for the rise in drug crimes by young adults There is no father figure in the home so kids then turn to street gangs We took God out of the schools and in place we put con doms in the schools And we won 4er why kids have a different moral attitude than we had back in the 1950s and Binger said that the congress mans son graduated from high school last year and had not attended college He said he did not know if the younger Burton was employed The congressman and his wife Barbara who are both real estate and insurance agents have two daughters older than their son Burton who is preparing to run for a seventh term this fall is among the most conservative and aggressively partisan Republicans jjtTthe House He has gained respect on Capitol in the last year as chairman of the Republi can Study Committee which does legislative and policy research for GOP House members Previously he was known mostly for als including universal mandatory AIDS testing and the use of tacti cal nuclear weapons in the Persian Gulf War Jurton becomes the latest on a long list of powerful people in Washington whose children htye been arrested on drug charges Others include Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders former House Jim Wrightand chairman the taxwriting House Ways and Means Committee Delighted to donate Delco Electronics Rick Jackson left pens his sentiments on a get well jcard for Indi anapolis Joan Dalton during a blood draw Thursday About 90 units of blood were col lected during the American Red Cross event conducted at United Auto Workers Local 292 union hall Dalton the sister and sisterin law respectively of Kokorhos Jeannie and Harold Thurmond is in need of a liver transplant The donated blood will be used to replenish the minimum 60 to 80 units of blood she will need during a transplant should a liver become available Those attending the drive were asked to sign Dai tons card Among those also at the drive were next to Jackson left to right Saint Joseph Hospital Health Centers Debbi Jackson Solidarity Federal Credit Unions Sheryl Lanning and Howard Community Hospitals Kelly Fitzgerald Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Child molestation registry QKd by Senate committee Bill has strong support in Assembly INDIANAPOLIS Back ers of legislation that would create a statewide registry of convicted child molesters say theyre confi dent it will become law during this session of the General Assem The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday gave a unanimous nodto the bill which has support in both houses and is Being endorsed by Gov Evan Bayh It now goes to the full Senate Just about everybody had an impact on this final version school boards prosecutors law enforcement 1 think that will play a great part in its final pas said Sen Richard Thomp son RNorth Salem Under the legislation the reg Legislature istry would be given to public and private schools all state agencies that license people to work with children ana other public and pri vate entities that request it Licenses of teachers and others licensed by the state to work with old Zachary Snider who was slain last year Authorities arrested Christopher Stevens 20 a convict ed child molester and charged him with murder Nancy Papas a lobbyist with the Indiana State Teachers Associa tion was one of several who ike in favor of the bill Thurs lay This gives us a way to find children would be revoked upon a out who these people are quickly rnnvirtirm nr anj accurately She Said HOWCV er she said Any system we conviction for molestation The bill also would require sex offenders to register with local police when they are released from prison or placed on proba and the registry would be treated as public information The bill is being supportedby Sandy and Toad Snider of Qoverdale the parents of 10year devise is Some criticized the bill for not going far enough The bill would not require private employers including churches which run daycare centers to fire someone who has been convicted of molestation Teach testify Claim Foster signed time sheets i i By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer Five of the six KokomoCenter School Corp teachers who had their names published 16 months ago for receiving overpayment through a grant program appeared in court Thursday dur ing the trial of their former super visor The five teachers were among 10 witnesses who testified as Howard County prosecutors con tinued to present their case against Larry W Foster the school corporation s former director of vocational and adult education Foster 2782 W Road 500 South faces seven charges for allegedly mishandling Job Training Partner ship Act funds during the sum mer of 1992 When Prosecutor James D Andrews announced the indict ment of seven KokomoCenter administrators a little over a year ago he used the term scape goats to describe the six teachers Foster labeled as having been overpaid The six were Susan K Baker Bonita Snell Timothy R Railey Mike Shipley Dennis P Younts and Fred Rusk Rusk is deceased prosecutors said During a press conference to announce indictments of the administrators Andrews cleared the six teachers of wrongdoing In a Sept press release Foster said that after a review of time sheets he discovered a dis crepancy in hours worked for teachers in the summer JTPA pro gram that amounted to an over payment of Prosecutors believe that the announcement was a ruse to satis fy a complaint former school board member Craig L Dunn filed with Andrews office Sept 23 1992 concerning the alleged misappropriation of funds within the school corporation It was also an attempt to satisfy investigators according to court records Baker Snell Railey Shipley and Younts testified Thursday that they did hot keep their own time sheets and they learned that Fos ter had signed the time sheets that were used to calculate their pay According to the states case Susan Conner Fosters former secretary created the time sheets for the and filled them out following Fosters instruc tions Conner has been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for her testimony In the 1992 press release1 Foster said that he had contacted the employees about the overpay ment Thursday Baker Snell Railey Shipley testified that in September 1992 just before the press release was issued Foster asked them to sign documents that indicated they had worked the proper nurn ber of hours during the summer f JTPA program A short time they said he appeared at their homes and asked them to sign a second document that stated theyi had been overpaid Younts also testified that he signed a similar j document According to the teachers Fos ter gave various reasons for need to sign the documents Prosecutors contend that Foster tried to cover up the overpayr ments and other alleged activities involving JTPA funds by having the teachers sign the Prosecutors allege that the extra i paid to the six teachers was Fosters attempt to use left over money so it would not have to be returned to the North Cen tral Indiana Private Industry Council the JTPA grantadminis tering agency Investigators also allege that there was no other place left to expend funds because teachers t at KokomoCenters downtown campus were collecting pay for nine hours per day and south campus teachers were collecting pay for seven hours Thursday some of teachers who had worked in the JTPA program could not explain the discrepancy in pay between the two campuses A provision of the JTPA grant Foster administered requiredhim to spend one hour per day in administration and seven hours per day in the classroom involved in training x The instructors and other school officials said they saw Foster school varying amounts of time during the day anywhere from minutes to two hours Some bf instructors said he assisted in classes to varying degrees others said he did not help He did not teach his own class the teachers said But during tesrK j mony Joe Dunbar KokomoCen ters director of secondary tion said expectations of the granf could be As education is restructured he said the com munity could be considered a classroom It was also Dunbar during 1 questioning by Andrews who pointed out irregularities in the use of the JTPA grant for 1992 and a fourday gap between two of Fosters contracts Under cross examination by defense attorney William E Beck II officials who worked in the JTPA program said the goals were met and it ran smoothly with Fos ter as the administrator No com plaints were received from par ents or students the officials said In addition to making some appearances in classrooms Foster did obtain supplies for some of the classes according to several His trial continues today in Howard Circuit Court i Inside todays Tribune Business Classified Dear Dr Local News of World 1113 PRINTED WITH INK 2 jailed in alleged plot to hurt skater Ore pnya Hidings bodyguard awl another man were jailed in an tigator Bodyguard Shawn JBrjff jwdT Dgwriek Brian gmiftj 29 Wfre vaMosy jp commit assault in last weeks which bruised Kerripns nearly knocked her out of the plyrnpics Harding and her former hus Jeff qjUgply of sight amid newe reports allegr Eckardt Smith Gillooly Slant attack Authorities said there was no indication Harding WJjS involved ins 35Q Sheriffs spokesman Bart pound bodyguard to set up the Whalen said at least two more arrests were expected He gave no details Outside Kerrigans home in Stonelwm her brother Mark said the skater felt disgust at the news of the arrests But he added Right now shes not try ing to think of anything else except her goal Her one goal now is to get ready for the Fox News quoted unidentified law enforcement sources as saying Smith was the getaway driver for the man who clubbed Kerrigan at a Detroit arena Jan 6 Sheriffs Lt Jim Turney said he could not con firm that report The Oregonian newspaper reported today mat police suspect the man who actually carried out the attack was Smiths nephew Shane Stant 22 of Portland The newspaper said police were searching for him The blow knocked Kerrigan out of last weeks Figure Skating Championships qualifying trials for the Olympics next monffv in Lillehammer Norway Kerrjg an was named to the team way along with Harding wrjo won the UJS championship j f The US Olympic said Harding would remain QG the team as long as she was nftfrt implicated in the assault 1 Michelle Kwan the who finished second to Harding at the championships but reduced to an alternate wh skating officials named to the team continued to p for the Games just in caje