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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Vol 143 No 156 KOKOMO Kdkomo Ind Tuesday Feb 8 1994 50 cents Blaze sparks battery giveaway Aim is to kindle fire awareness By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer Howard County residents can bring in their smoke detectors from 1 to 4 Wednesday at Big R stores and have them fitted out with new batteries The rescue of a 16monthold from a burning home last Thurs day prompted Jerry Hoffmann of WWkl Radio to galvanize his sta tion into teaming up with the Kokomo Fire Department and Big R to initiate this community awareness program Firefighter Gary P Calhoun saved the childs life by pulling her from a burning westside home There were two smoke detectors in that house on 2358 W King but neither of them had batteries A working smoke detector would have prevented this near tragedy Capt Patrick ONeill wrote in his report He Hoffmann came to me and said it would be a great idea to do something and to do it fast while its still in the news and so we forged ahead and worked out ways to get the said Dave Broman WWKI program director So they approached the man agement of Big R Stores which agreed to give away batter ies at no charge and to sell another at cost to the radio station WWKI will proclaim Wednes day to be Gary Calhoun Day and will be broadcasting live from the store Fire department personnel will be on hand to install the bat teries and tp answer questions on fire safety We will be giving away batteries to anyone who brings in their smoke detectors It cannot be used for anything Broman said Those who are unable to go over to Big R should call the fire department which will bring the batteries to their he added Those homebound and want to take advantage of the offer should call 4572636 or 459 4191 The purpose of this battery give away is to increase the awareness of the importance of functional smoke detectors said Kokomo Fire Chief Joe Zuppardo Although he didnt have any statistics Zuppardo said I sense an increase in the number of fires in the last couple of months We run into a significant number of homes that do not have smoke detectors in working condition They are useless without batter he said Another factor the firefighters have observed is the increase in the number of fires caused by unsupervised children playing with matches In the Feb 3 fire two male chil dren admitted to playing with candles about an hour before the fire was reported Zuppardo said education and awareness are the key factors in fire prevention Firefighting is a team effort and its not just for the fire the fire chief said We all have certain respon sibilities to educate the communi ty about safety in our Zuppardo said statistics show one m four people can expect to experience a fire in their own homes Knowing that why wouldnt we want to protect our family and our property he asked Inside Business Classified Local News of PWKHOWITH Jazzin it up Kristin Pherson left a fifthgrade pupil and Joshua Thomas a firstgrade pupil both at Howard Elementary School dance to the music of Decoy in the school gym Monday The band was the second visiting artist group to perform at the school as part of a program funded by the Indiana Arts Commission the Northwestern Arts In Education fund and the Northwest ern and Howard Elementary PTOs The Decoy perfor mance introduced pupils to various electronic sounds and effects found in contemporary jazz Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Board considering teachers fate ByLISAFIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau TIPTON Ihd The Tipton School Board will meet at Feb 21 to decide the fate of David Speer a sixthgrade indus trial arts teacher However first the board will conduct a public hearing at Feb 15 UniServ Director William Gist with the Indiana State Teachers Association said the meetings were called because the Tipton administration has expressed concern with the manner Speer interacted with a Gist said the incident occurred in December 1993 He said he pre ferred not to give information about what the interaction was In August 1993 Speer and the Tipton administration mutually agreed to a disciplinary action for a separate incident Gist said He said in May 1993 Speer allegedly bopped a seventh grader on the side of the head At that time Speer was a seventh grade industrial arts teacher Gist i said Speer allegedly used the dis cipline technique on the student because the boy was allegedly being disruptive Gist did not give details of the agreement reached by Speer and the Tipton administration but said it did not involve suspension without pay or termination Gist calls the response to the December 1993 incident a com plete overreaction by the superin tendent It appears to the 1STA this may be more of a personal vendetta against Speer more than something that deserves this kind of action He also called Tipton Superin tendent Barb Erwiris response not needed nor Gist said with this December 1993 case theres been no mention whatsoever of a lawsuit nor have the parents asked for any discipli nary action against Mr In the May 1993 incident Gist did ask for Speer to BeTfermmaTted During the public hearing Gist said he will present Speers case Erwins counsel will put forth its case as to why Speer should be terminated he said According to Gist the Tipton school board will decide if public comment will be accepted but the public is allowed to attend However he said In this situa tion in any of these situations theres always the possibility of a mutually agreeable settlement There is a chance we can get this resolved without a public hear He said he is actively pursu ing such an agreement Thats possible Gist said if egos are put aside Tipton administrations attorney Charles Rubright of the Indi anapolisbased firm of Bose McK inney and Evans said Gist is using the media to try the case instead of relying on the due Gist and Speer requested Rubright who is also working with attorney Susan Traynor said Speer requested the public hear ing Once requested the Tipton School Board can only use infor mation presented at the hearing to determine what action to take against Speer Rubright said He said the school cannot termi nate Speer without providing him with due process Rubright said that process is appropriate and not an overreac tion He said given his 20 years of practice as an attorney working with a number of school corpora tions the Tipton administration has taken careful and deliberate action that is appropriate and demonstrates Fosters resignation approved By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer KokomoCenter School Board without discussion unanimously approved the resignation of crimi nally convicted administrator Larry Foster on Monday Foster 60 special population coordinator at that school corpo ration was convicted by a Howard Circuit Court jury Jan 25 of six counts that he misappropri ated federal Job Training Partner ship Act grant funds The letter of resignation which had already been accepted by Superintendent Roger W Thorn ton showed that his original inten tion had been to retire His letter of retirement was rejected by Thornton Jan 26 The updated letter shows the word retirement crossed out with Fosters initials by the correc tion The word also in the original letter was left My tenure as an has been rewarding and the final letter dated Jan 26 reads I wish the best for the Kokomo Area Career Center and In his former position of director of vocational and adult education the post he held during the time his criminal charges state he mis used the grant funds he was responsible for the career center He was with KokomoCenter 31 years and his resignation was effective Jan 27 The day Thornton rejected Fos ters bid to retire the superinten dent said he did so because allow ing the special population coordinator to retire would entitle him to in benefits Monday Thornton said Foster is receiving no benefits from the corporation after resigning A replacement for Foster as spe cial population coordinator is being sought Thornton said Fosters sentencing has been set for Feb 23 in Circuit Court Approved by the board in the same motion under personnel matters on Monday was the appointment of Theodore Schuck as administrative intern at Boule vard School Schuck will be paid for the remainder of the school year and a permanent principal will be sought in the spring and summer Schuck replaces Principal Carl Henderson who resigned due to personal reasons Thornton said he had told Henderson the day before the principal resigned about new and disturbing information he had learned about Henderson The superintendent said that information on which he will not give details would have warranted his initiating dismissal proceedings against Henderson Clinton seeks NATO ultimatum Please open your eyes and open them survivor says SARAJEVO BosniaHerzegov European Union foreign minis when a single mortar shell have removed the weapons ina AP As Sarajevo buried its ters meeting in Brussels could not exploded on Saturday in a crowd the hills around Sarajevo ftaafi rk xifl msiMiln J SARAJEVO BosniaHerzegov ina AP As Sarajevo buried its dead from a market massacre European leaders once again stalled on decisive action to end the Bpsnian Serb siege and opted instead to pass the responsibility on to NATO The 16 NATO nations plan to meet on Wednesday in Brussels Belgium The Clinton administration decided Monday night to ask its NATO allies to authorize air strikes if the Serbs persist in their attacks or if they do not remove their more than 500 heayy guns from the hills around Sarajevo European Union foreign minis ters meeting in Brussels could not reach consensus Monday on Frances call to set a deadline for to end their siege or face Western bombing runs The for eign ministers will let NATO decide Russia also weighed in issuing a tough new warning Any NATO air strikes on the Serbs Russias Orthodox Christian Slavic brethren would have serious repercussions for EastWest rela tions In Sarajevo silent mourners buried friends and relatives who were among the 68 people killed when a single mortar shell exploded on Saturday in a crowd ed market Funerals were rushed for fear of sniper fire Some took place under the gloomy cover of dusk Even the few tears shed seemed to fall more in anger than in sorrow I just want to say to America that if you saw this then please open your eyes and open them Muhamed Srnja 48 told a reporter Srnja leaned on a crutch nursing a sniper wound to his leg He had come to mourn his sisterinlaw killed when she went shopping Saturday I blame most those who should have removed the weapons from the hills around he added Despite all resolutions nothing has been done Just words In evacuations Sunday and Monday 37 of the 200 wounded at the Sarajevo market and 42 people injured earlier were taken to the Army hospital in Landstuhl Germany and to Italy More than people have been killed and more than 1 mil lion left homeless since the war began in April 1992 after Croats and Muslims declared indepen dence from Serbdominated Yugoslavia Support growing to ban smoking Nonresidential buildings targeted WASHINGTON AP The Clinton administration is standing behind a bill that would virtually ban smoking in almost any non residential building in the coun try Rep Henry A Waxmans bill to ban or alternatively severely restrict smoking in publicly usea buildings won key endorsements at a House hearing Monday The Clinton administration rep resented by its top environmental and health officials signed on to the bill which is designed to pro tect nonsmokers health and encourage smokers to quit Five former surgeons general appeared at the hearing to enthu siastically back the legislation and an organization of building own ers informed Waxmari of its support The opposition came from the Tobacco Institute representing the tobacco industry and from Rep Thomas J Bliley of Virginia ranking Republican on Wax mans House Energy and Com merce subcommittee on health and the environment EPA firmly believes that the scientific evidence is sufficient to warrant actions to protect non smokers from involuntary expo sure to secondhand Envi ronmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner tes tified Browner estimated the lives of to nonsmokers could be saved each year if they could be spared inhaling secondhand smoke But she said an additional to lives could be saved annually under Waxmans bill because the smokefree envi ronment would encourage many smokers to quit and persuade nonsmokers not to start The bill would require owners of nonresidential buildings regu larly entered by 10 or more per sons to either ban smoking inside the building or restrict it to sepa rately ventilated rooms The act would be enforced through citizen lawsuits to avoid creation of a new federal bureau cracy Jim Nabors undergoes surgery LOS ANGELES AP Jim Nabors TVs bumpkin Goiner Pyle was in critical but stable condition after seven hours of surgery to replace his liver which had been destroyed by hepatitis B Nabors 61 underwent the transplant Monday at the Uni versity of California at Los Angeles Medical Center The procedure was success ful The liver is hospital spokesman Richard Elbaum said His condition is a normal condition to be in fol lowing such a complex proce dure Nabors said last month that he contracted the hepatitis B virus several years ago while traveling in India I did a very stupid Nabors told Entertainment My electric razor ran down 1 bought a straight razor and Id never shaved with one before I whacked my face all up and I was a bloody Nabors also known for his rich baritone singing voice played the goofy gas station attendant Gomer Pyle on CBS The Andy Griffith then starred in Gomer Pyle which ran on CBS from 19641970 The donor liver came from a person who had been declared braindead and whose next of kin gave consent for the dona tion The hospital withheld the identity of the donor and cir cumstances surrounding the donation   

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