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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 29, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Get ready for the Super II KOKOMO 146 1994 50 cents Dont be afraid Kokomo firefighter Bob Gammans shows 3and 4yearold youngsters from First Presbyterian Church Little School Fri day the mask a firefighter wears when entering a burning He told the youngsters that if they are in a building which is on fire and someone approaches wearing a mask like the person is a friend and notlo be Gammans was working at Fire Station at Sycamore Street and Dixon when he gave the tour to the children Friday Tribune photo by Tim Bath Schools are TV Update in todays Tribune TV normally found in Fridays Kokomo is being distributed in todays The television book arrived at the Tribune Friday too late for that day s publica The company that provides the book said icy road conditions delayed The Tribune apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks customers for their Second mistrial declared Jury deadlocked in case of Lyle Mehendez LOS ANGELES AP Two separate juries heard six months of testimony and reached the same frustrating conclusion They couldnt decide whether Lyle and Erik Menendez coldly executed their wealthy parents or shot them in fear because of years of Superior Court Judge Stanley Weisberg declared a mistrial in Lyles case Friday after his jury reported one final time that it was Eriks case ended also in and admitted killing Jose and Kitty Menendez with shotgun blasts in their Bever ly Hills mansion on But the brothers claimed they feared for their lives after years of sexual and psychological I think that the complexity of this case and the fact it draws on individual life makes this a case that will proba bly never result in a unanimous said Jill Lyles defense The judge scheduled a 28 hearing for setting a new trial It was a classic firstdegree murder said Jude one pf Lyles Its very dis I almost feel like a Hazel one of Eriks jurors who voted for voluntary manslaughter rather than first degree had some advice Friday for the prosecution Get some more evidence and prove it in a convincing Eriks jurors had been ordered by Weisberg not to talk until both cases Separate juries were empaneled because some issues affected only one of the members of Lyles jury and five of Eriks voted to convict them of firstdegree Weisberg revealed after declaring Lyles Friends compete for Indy 500 crown ByLISAFIPPS Tribune staff writer Theyve been friends since they were Theyre both from They tookdancing classes togeth er for 12 They were crowned homecoming queens the same night at their respective high i And thats not They were roommates together at Indiana University in Bloom they are both sophomores studying They are both in And they were both selected last weejk tQbeJndianapolis yal Victoria Tori Bencken stein and Mary Ashley a lifetime of could end March if one of them is 500 Both f that It vvpulcjritpe a At this point Im so thrilled we both made the Id be just as happy for her if she McClurg The nice thing about our friendship is when over the years she received an award I was behind her 100 One is the others number one We com I pete in the same but dont I compete against each I echoed I McClurgs comments I really dont think it would matter I if McClurg Were really behind each I am just so thrilled were both Of L course if I was in the court thatd be On McClurg and Benck enstein were the only two women from Howard County selected to be queen Judging took place at the Hoosier Dome although 444 only 293 participated and then the field narrowed down to Each of the princesses will reign at 500 Festival events throughout the month of said she thinks the reason there are so many similari ties is because they seem to have many of the JFpr exam she they are both majoring in telecommunications withan emphasis in advertising and a minor in It just seems like every big event in my shes We really are different We lopk We have different But were McClurg Its kind of There are very big differences yet there are these similar things that happen to Again Benckensteins comments echoed I dont want it to sound like were twins or Were very much individuals and have our own separate she We dont ever try to be Things just happen by Victoria and McClurg have been selected to be Indianapolis 500 princesses Photo provided For Penckenstein said she was elected Homecoming queen at Western High School in 1992 and McClurg was crowned at Kokomo High She the coincidences are neat though cause were such good McClurg is the daughter of Robert and Mary Ann 1719 W Mulberry Bencken stein is the daughter of George and Vicki 3062 Road 250 I negotiating settlement By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer KokomoCenter Schools attor ney William Nolan said that the corporation is attempting to con clude and finalize a settlement with five teachers once said by school officials to have been over Our attempt is to conclude the matter through Nolan said Our goal would be to resolve in the near Last KokomoCenter Superintendent Roger Thorn ton said a group of teachers had sent KokomoCenter Schools tort claim alerting the corpo ration of their intent to sue for alleged The teachers involved were said to have been overpaid in a 1992 news release quoting thenschool administrator Larry Thorntons statement came dur ing testimony in the Howard Cir cuit Court trial of Foster on seven criminal charges that he misap propriated job Training Partner ship Act funds during the sum mer 1992 program in which those teachers were said to have been The superintendent said during the trial that his investigation had revealed the teachers in been And though agreement between the corpora the teachers is being he he believes the corporation will end up paying the Contacted by the Kokomo Tri bune for further comment from Thornton on the tort claim school officials referred questions to The attorney said that in March KokomoCenter School Board received the tort claim notices from five of six teachers said by Foster in a KokomoCenter news release to have been overpaid by The release did not list the teach ers but school board member David Lavengood released the names and their amounts of alleged overpayment to Tort claim notices were received by the school corporation from Susan Bonita Dennis Michael Shipley and the estate of the late Fred all who had been named by Laven The sixth teacher Laven good had Tim has not sent the school such a Nolan The facts and implications Three Detroit arrested on drug charges day after responded to a report of Page A youth advocacy group proposing a moratorium on juvenilecrime Page Also Classified ads Comics 11 Dear Abby 20 Gott 21 Entertainment 9 Local news 2 Nation 7 News of record 12 Obituaries 12 Prime time 6 Religion Sports 7 World 7 PRINTED inherent in and the inferences arising from the 30 Kokomo Tribune news article1 quoting the news release and Lavengood were misleading and the separate notices to the school board By reason of the acts of the school board and its the claims teachers have been made a subject of ridicule and held up to public scorn by members of the Kokomo including but not limited to the broadcast media and the claims The notices also charge that comments from theivschool board President Darlene Poulard in an 1 Kokomo Tribune story reinforce and bolster the false and misleading statements from the 30 In the October Poulard said the teachers would be expected to repay the money which was then said to have been Rusks estate is seeking not less than in damages the other teachers are each asking for at least according to the notices submitted by Indianapolis attorneys Richard Darko and Susan Nolan said it is through infor mation from the teachers attor neys and a 1993 State Board Accounts audit report that the school corporation determined four of the teachers rSnipley and YountS been actually He would not say how much they had been Although those four teachers have not been Nolan said discussion of that possibility is part of negotiations He is conduct ing with the teachers He said negotiations with that party began in October and that the school corporation hopes a resolution is in the near But he would not speculate on how soon a settlement may be He also would not what amount of if would be awarded to the But if a cash settlement is any money the corpora tion would be required to pay which is not covered by insurance would come from KokomoCen ters general An outofcourt settlement would not be an admission that the teachers claims are Nolan he We want to reach a conclusion to the process thats fair to the teachers and to the Flash of camera revives man SAN AP An 82yearold man was found stiff and cold on his bedroom floor and authorities thought he was dead until he gasped faintly at the flash of a coroners Frederic Green was in critical condition Friday in the intensive care unit at San Leandro said spokeswoman Barbara He was being treated for a number of problems and doctors believe he had suffered a she A neighbor called police after noticing two weeks of mail and newspapers piling up outside Greens Officers broke into the house Wednesday evening and found Green on the He did not appear to be his flesh felt hard and As is routine in cases where someone dies a coroners office technician was sent to gather evidence and take As the technicians camera there was a very soft gasp or other slight sign of Dennis Glover told the Oakland   

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