Kokomo Tribune, January 30, 1994

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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 30, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana GirlsBasketball Sectional preview Page 27 Vol 143 No 147 Kokomo Ihd Incftei ten din i TRIBUNE Sunday Jan for his day in court By JULIE McCLURE Tribune local area editor The Howard County deputy prosecutor in charge of the prose cution of an alleged drunken dri ver who caused serious bodily injury to a Kokomo firefighter was removed from the case because the Victim protested the way his case was handled The deputy prosecutor Lisa L Clancy was removed from the case Jan 21 and was replaced by Ron Byal chief deputy prosecu tor according to Howara County Prosecutor James Andrews We go to trial in nine Daniel Smith the victim told Howard County Prosecutor James D Andrews on Wednesday and I dont even know what I m sup posed to do or what is going to Smith Andrews After telling Andrews that on Wednesday Smith met Thursday with Byal and now feels he is pre pared to go to trial The case began Oct 5 when Smith was seriously injured at his home by an alleged drunken dri ver According to the Howard County Sheriff Department Richard P Hosier 53 5480 N Road 200 East was driving his van north on Washington Street where it connects with 31 on Kokomos northside when the van left the road and traveled through a yard next to Smiths house Smith who was standing outside his house at 3491 N Road 00 East West was talking with a friend Scott Harris and warned Harris to get out of the way The van then hit Smith pinning him partially underneath the vehicle near his front porch According to investigators Hosiers bloodalcohol content at Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center following the accident was 203 Indianas legal limit is 10 Smith said his first contact with the prosecutors office came Nov 15 when Howard County Victim Assistance Coordinator Tom Melton sent Smith a letter telling him Hosier had been charged with operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury As a victim in this case you are also considered a witness for the State of Melton wrote Smith was advised to call Melton if he had any questions At the time Smith received that letter he had been released from Methodist Hospitals neurocriri cal care unit and was recuperating at his parents home He was required to wear a back brace to immobilize his upper body and slept in a hospital bed in the living room Smith said when he called the prosecutors office he was told Clancy was handling his case and that he needed to talk to her Smith said he tried numerous times to contact Clancy about his case but he said his telephone Moores Rexali Drug owner Don Moore credits a letter writing campaign for GMs decision toinclude his pharmacy in the automakers new drug plan Other pharmacists are still waiting to see if they will be spared Tribune photo byTim Bath High dosage of pain Small pharmacies may feel sting with GMs drug plan some escape By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Indianas small independent pharmacies are searching for some tonic Some have already found relief On Tuesday General Motors Corp will undertake another costcutting measure and drop many of the nations small independent pharmacies from the companys national prescrip tiondrug plan The new network is dominated by national and regional retailers like Hooks WalMart Kmart and PharMor The change has threatened the lifebjood orsmall Iridianafs big GM towns mo Muhcie Anderson Marion and Bedford who have come to rely on GMs longtime generous benefits for business The giant vehicle manufacturer employs workers nation wide including in Indiana In addition GM provides health insurance coverage for another retirees Karl Clearwaters owner of Dixon Pharmacy and Herbst Apothecary says up to 20 percent ot his business was at risk with the change He found out late Fri day Herbst Pharmacy would be included in the new program We work for the same price as WalMart and the said Clearwaters If they think by going with a managed network of chain pharmacists they can save costs theyre Don Moore past president of the National Association of Retail Druggists expected business to drop 30 percent at his Kokomo pharmacy Moores Rexali Drugs However the company was informed Friday they too were being added nationwide list of preferred pharmacies We were prepared to tighten the belts and further develop our niche of special services if we lost a substantial number of cus said Moore The change will pose a hard ship for patients who require delivery and special services pharmacists and others say Our membership really relies on the special services extended by many of these independents theyve become a part of the fam said Coy Riley president of United Auto Workers Local 292 which represents hourly employees at GMs Pelco Elec tronics Corp People nave been left out in right says Eva HuJto who started Hutto Drugs in 1950 with her husband Many of oyr cus tomers are retired GM workers and require deliveries weve been making for yearsWeve goie the extra mile only to be treated like To protest the move pharma cists nationwide launched a let terwriting campaign Theyre targeting GM chief Jack Smith and Hillary Rodham Clintoii The First Lady overseeing major health care has promised not to limit consumers when they choose pharmacists We cant fight GM or the gov ernment but we can be said Moore who credited th let ter campaign for his lasfcminute inclusion in the plan Many small pharmacists are angry they never had a opportu hity to bid or join the network A few independent druggists Ipcat ed in cornmuhities without major retailersV such as Lapel have been included in the network i GM has hired Medco Contain roeht division ofphar maceutical giant Merck td oversee the new program Blue Shield previously administered the plan Mqore said Medco reportedly promised to save GM as much as million a year if it was award ed the contract mail order pharmacy is a direct com petitor of drug stores They GM and Medco went to the chains and asked will you take less money said Moore CM defends the new plan despite from some workers and Prfesjcription drugs account for the f component of the automakers health care costs In 199 driigs for 15 percent r or more than mil lion of QMs billion health eare tab Since 1990 GMs prescription drug costs have been climbing an average of 23 percent annually We felt we had to take some action to stem rising said GM spokesperson Tom Pyden This network approach were confident will help us cut costs and maintain Pyden said the automaker hopes to reduce its prescription costs by encouraging providers to build sales through the network I We want to leverage the vol ume of GMs he said If its openended theres no incentive for pharmacies to lower prices exchange for increased Pyden said GM also stands to spend fewer dollars administer ing the less complex GM employees and retirees can still use nonnetwork pharma cists However they must apply for reimbursement that will aver age 75 percent of cost In the long run small pharma cies fear Chrysler Ford Motor Co and other big compa nies may follow GMs lead These people are being sys tematically shut out from an opportunity to participate in the said Larry Sage vice presi dent of the Indiana Pharmacists Association The small pharma cist isnt asking for special treat ment or special rates They just want a fair shot to compete Its the American calls werent returned According to Andrews the prosecutors office shows no record of these calls In a letter dated Jan 5 Clancy wrote This is to inform you that a plea agreement has been filed for Richard P Hosier cause num ber 34D039311CF332 The defendant will plead guilty to Operating a Vehicle while Intoxi cated a Class D felony The defen dant will be sentenced to the Howard County Jail for three years with a cap of two years one year supervised probation alco hol and drug program with a cost of drivers license suspend ed for three years and court costs of If this plea bargain is not acceptable to you or if you wish to have any further input into Mr Hosiers sentencing please call me at 4562230 Also if there is any restitution due to you please let me I was never aware this was going Smith said of the plea bargain I just dont want this to happen to anyone else People dont realize the severity of what happened to me and what is hap pening to other people as a result of drunk When Smith met with Clancy at the prosecutors office shortly after receiving the letter he became angry that Glancy refused to file a Failure to Prove Finan cial Responsibility charge mean ing that Hosier could not provide proof he had insurance Smith has a copy of the accident report which indicates Hosier did not have insurance Please see Firefighter P4 Governors Dont tie our hands Agreement on priorities WASHINGTON AP The nations governors applauded the White House and Congress on Saturday for focusing on crime welfare reform and health care but warned that Washingtons solutions better riot tie their hands or bust state budgets At least everyone seems to agree what the big three issues said Massachusetts Gov William Weld But as the federal government acts it needs to be sensitive that the action and accountability is at the state As the National Governors Association opened its annual meeting the Clinton White House intensified its effort to enlist the governors as allies in this years major legislative battles Clinton will meet with the governors three times in as many days and many administration officials are attend ing public and private sessions If Clinton sticks to the themes he outlined in his State of the Union address governors of both parties agreement with the administration on most of the crime and welfare agenda Still Republican governors said Clinton was late to deal with those issues and on health care reform the partisan divisions couldnt have been clearer The GOP gov ernors said they would meet with their congressional leaders Mon day in hopes of reaching a Repub lican consensus on crime welfare and health care The president has given lip ser vice to the things that Republican governors and Republicans in Congress have been trying to address for saia Maine Gov John McKernan head of the Republican Governors Associa tion The question is whether the Related story Indiana Gov Evan Bayh is becoming a key player at the National Gover nors Association meeting Page 30 president is going to live up to his Governors perhaps more than any other group of politicians are adamant in their demand for health care reform because spending on health care now out paces school spending in most states But the governors worry that as the federal government cuts its costs it will make states pick up the tab We cant have programs go through Congress on health and welfare that sound great in Wash ington but then pass the costs onto the South Carolina Gov Carroll Campbell told a news con ference opening the fourday meeting Last summer Clinton tried to enlist Campbell and other GOP governors to support his health care plan But the GOP governors balked and have stepped up crtti cism of the global budgetfrtB mandatory regional healql alliances and employermandated coverage in Clintons plan That rift has complicated the behind thescenes negotiating of the gov ernors whose policy statements are always the product of consen sus Campbell who heads the gover nors association this year and is mulling a 1996 presidential run said Clinton will have to retreat from his promise of universal health insurance coverage by 1998 because it is too expensive Inside todays Tribune Local Tipton officials hope to have E991 on line by March 1 Page 2 State Indianas school nurses find they are giving primary care to students who cant afford to go to the doctor Page 29 World Jordanian diplomat Naeb Imran Maaytah is shot to death in Beirut Page 29 Nation California earthquake forces many workers tb join the unem ployment line Page 30 Also inside Business Classified Dear Local News of PRINTED WITH SOY INK ;

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