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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 20, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol j Kokomo ind TRIBUNE Thursday Jan SO cents Kokomo Fire Department Capt Doug Thomas works Kokomo firefighter Rickey Myles aims water at Diamond Institutional Distributors fire Wednesday night in subzero temperatures M Tribune photos by Tim Bath Fire destroys Flair Design offices ByJOHNDEMPSEY Tribune staff writer Thirtyfive Kokbmo firefighters battled a latenight blaze in sub zero temperatures Wednesday of Flair De The buildjng located at 1701Kf Market was part of the former Libby McNeill Libby Inc can ning complex of three buildings and is owned by Diamond insti tutional Distributors Kokomo Fire Department contained the fire to just the one building The fire was reported at and when firefighters arrived a heavy amount of fire and smoke was showing from the south end of the building said Chief ONeill With in three minutes after arrival the fire was coming through the roof Firefighters attempted to enter the building to attack the flames but were forced out by the intense volume of fire ONeill called a second alarm 10 minutes after arriving on the scene Firefighters were still there late this morning extinguishing hot spots in the building Flair Designs which manufac tures office furniture occupies the front of the building and Dia mpnd Vuses the warehouse to store equipment and records Ed Boutwell of Nbblesvjlle said at the scene early this morning He is president of the ware house and distribution firm Diamond purchased the build ing in 1984 from Libby after it closed its Kokomo operation in 1981 Boutwell estimated the build ing which ONeill described as a total was worth between and KFD investigators were at the site this morning searching for of the fire ONeill said three engines com panies two ladder companies the snorkel and mobile command post were called in to fight the blaze in below zero temperatures and light snow Most of the units were there for approximately eight hours Cold weather is the worst type to have when fighting a major said ONeill However we have plans and contingencies to rehabilitate our people and warm them up We were able to get our people in get warm liquids into them and get them back to work The cold didnt cause any problems during the initial attack We didnt have any frozen hydrants or hoses but it did slow down our dousing the hots spots The amount of fall down and debris made it hard for us to get to Members of the Howard Coun ty Emergency Management Agency were called but to pr6rf vide traffic control and were there late this morning Boutwell said no one was working in the building at the time of the fire No injuries were reported special counsel i Fiske pledges complete probe WASHINGTON AP Former Republican attorney Robert B Fiske Jr today was named spe cial counsel to probe President Clintons ties to availed Arkansas savings iyas governor Hte pledgee a fcom plete thorough find impartial i The appointment announced by Attorney General Janet at a morning nevyrs came on the first anniversary pf Clin tons inauguration Fiske said the scope ofhis review woUldbe as byroad as nec essary and deterfnine any individual or entity have t violationtof any criminal rounding fye Whitewater Devel opment and the Madison Fiske saidMta virtually cer tain that hfc would questioaboth the president ind the first lady under oath as of his investi gation He said ths investment dealings of he president and Hillary Rodham Clinton would be closely reyiewed would t July suicide deputy counsel Vincent Foster A fileon the Clintons investment was among the items found in Fosters office after his death Renos selection qf the 63year old Wall Street attorney answered suggestions that the counsel be a veteran attorney and to show independence a Republican But some conservatives are like ly to oppose Fiske who ran the attorneys office for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan from 1970 to 1980 He was appointed by President Ford but continued in office during the Carter administration Fiske said he would conduct the investigation as quickly as possi ble but could not set a timetable He said he would hire his own legal team to conduct the investi gatipn also planned to meet with Justice Department lawyers who have been conducting a gov ernment investigation of White water and Usdealings with a failed Little Rock savings and loan Madison Guaranty Fiske said he expected to open an office where the center of gravity Inside Local Kemptori firefighter never wanted to be chiefTPage 3 Style Travel to Alaska and else where without leaving Koko mo next week Page 13 Sports Major League Baseball play offs get new look Page 8 Also Inside Business markets Classified Local News of PRINTED WITH SOYINK Foster trial resumes today After a sixday break testimony was set to resume today in the trial of Larry M Foster a Koko moCenter School Corp official accused of misappropriating Job Training Partnership Act funds during the summer of 1992 Late last Friday Special Judge Douglas B Morton told the six member jury that he thought the jury could begin deliberating the case this Friday The trial recessed for the week end and the Howard County Courthouse was closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day The trial had been set to resume Tuesday But faced with nearrecord low tempera tures Morton who presides over Fulton Circuit Court postponed the trial Tuesday and Wednesday The trial was set to begin at 9 today The state is continuing to present its case against Foster During three days last week Prosecutor James D Andrews called 14 witnesses as he and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ronald C Byal worked to build their case against Foster The former direc tor of vocational and adult educa tion at KokomoCenter Foster administered the JTPA grant in 1992 prosecutors have said 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 Foster at his own request has been reassigned to a position as KokomoCenters special popula tion coordinator Defense attorney William E Beck II has said Foster will take the witness stand in his own defense When that might happen is not clear Last Wednesday Beck unsuc cessfully attempted to have Foster acquitted of two of the charges pending against him ghost employment and aiding inducing or causing theft On Sept former school board member Craig Dunn filed a formal complaint with the prose1 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 foe indictments were dismissed Students tossed put of theater Audience not happy with laughter during Schindlers List OAKLAND Calif AP About 70 high school students were thrdwn out of a showing of the film Schindlers List after audience members complained they were laughing at Nazi atroci ties portrayed on the screen Tanya Dennis dean of students at Castlemont High said the pupils who were on a field trip Monday only exclaimed aloud at one scene in which a woman was shot in the head About 10 students yelled Oh man That was so cola she said and were quickly hushed by a teacher By no means were they on the Nazis Dennis said Wednes day But Allen Michaan owner of the Grand Lake Theater said about 20 people some of whom said they lost relatives in the Holocaust complained they were laughing and making jokes about people being brutally murdered on the He stopped the film and ordered the students out sparks rolling blackouts We dont expect to have rolling for at least 92 deaths since Friday Vti blackouts he said this Jn 69yearrold morning cut flower Wednesday From the Dakotas to the to an estimated Atlantic temperatures plummet for up to 30 ed below serp to 14 1 I 4 C V ppon minutes at a stretch fpr tear an demand for elec r eposrya jricity fpr heating would i system andcause far more i to think reachingtor the ther according tp Bruce power grid representing and the nations capital minus 16 in Albany John Kay of Baltimore said he didnt know what effect the put agee wpulji h9vn pn Ws apart ment wlych was cpld even with heat Stella Bilzerian couldnt get into her house because the lock was frozen in the 5degree weather arid died after her neighbor was too afraid tp answer a knock door If only she could have called my name I would have been there I feel so badly that she died all poris Hermann said Put you just canjt takchances I had tp put more clothes these after he said On Wednesday it w day when yie mercury tp go to work for roughly record minus 4 in Washington The cold spell has Npnessential employees were x I J told to stay home today too Bethlehem Steel turned off the heat in its steel furnaces in Bethle hem and Steelton as the tem perature outside sank to 11 below and Pennsylvania utilities strained to meet the demand for electricity It was too cold even to go ice fishing The ice was 14 inches thick on Lake Erie but the perature was minus at Putln Bay Ohio Ice fishing is great But you dont want to freeze to death angler Jack Reynolds said And in Rochester it was too cold to walk to your car I tell you by the time I got to that door my feet were like blocks of said insurance agent Greg Kausch said of his oneminute trek in minus11 cold The weather was blamed for 15 deaths in Ohio nine in North Car olina seven each in Georgia and Tennessee six in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania five each in Indi ana Kentucky and New York three each in Virginia and Maine two each in Iowa South Carolina New Jersey JUihsOs Michigan Wfst vir ando Massachusetts
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