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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 18, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 166 KOKOMO IX I i s Founded 1950 Kokomo Ind I Friday Feb 18 1994 50 cents KokomoCenter seeks to recover funds By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer KokomoCenter School Corp is working with state officials to recover an estimated it lost in potential interest earnings as a result of an alleged early pay ment for computer equipment in 1990 One current KokomoCenter official is primarily responsible for the reported early payment said school Superintendent Roger W Thornton He said two former school administrators are said to have had knowledge of the Fleming Andrews file for office By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer Kokomo attorney James Flem ing announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Howard County prosecutor say ing the office was the most impor tant in the county and it was time for a change Fleming Andrews Fleming is challenging Democ ratic incumbent James Andrews who also filed for the office Thurs day This morning Fleming 50 out lined four areas where he believed change was needed The prosecutors office in my opinion is the most powerful office in the county The prosecu tor holds the future of everyone in his hands And that power if held too long becomes comfortable to Fleming said Fleming advocated limiting terms for prosecutors to two even though the law now does not require this Fleming said in the last few years the prosecutors office has spent thousands of dollars prose cuting cases that should have been devoted to other areas he said The dedication to some cases that the prosecution has brought should nave been devoted to things like violent crime abuses against children and drugs brought into the he said Fleming would not say which cases he meant The prosecutors office has grown tremendously in the amount of money that has been flowing through the office in incentive funds and pretrial diversion funds There must be a public accounting of that Fleming said The Howard County Council should receive a budget for that funding and control how the funding is spent he said Over the last two years Fleming said the prosecutors office has acquired its own investigative staff who are accountable to no one but the prosecutor It has always been my thinking that the investigation should involve the police sheriffs department state police and the FBI Federal Bureau of he said Andrews said he believed he has served the county well as deputy prosecutor and prosecu tor He said he disagreed with Flemings contention on term lim its and noted the law does not provide for any limitation My focus as deputy prosecutor was on drug cases and my last big case before the Larry Foster case was the drug dealer that had been dealing drugs in Howard County since 1983 Andrews said I established a drug task force in this county and provided the county the best means to combat He said he gave a budget for incentive and pretrial diversion funds to the council and council men do have some control based on a county ordinance alleged early payment Thornton said this morning the alleged early payment is a major piece of the new and disturbing information he had said he learned in late 1993 That new information which he had said would have called for the three KokomoCenter administrators resignations was brought up in Thursdays Howard Circuit Court change of plea hearing for former KokomoCenter Superintendent Larry W Horner Thornton had previously refused to elaborate on that new and disturbing He found the information himself while going through the corpora tions records he said The alleged early payment is related to conflict of interest charges that Horner had faced in Howard Circuit Court Lyle Mitschelen the corporations director of buildings and grounds still faces a conflict of interest charge stemming from the same situation Horner pleaded guilty to one count of Class D felony conflict of interest during his Thursday hearing The interest the corporation lost is the result of Mitscnelens over seeing early payment of mil lion to Jostens Learning Corp for computer equipment Thornton charged today At the time of the alleged early payment Mitschelen served as KokomoCenters trea surer and bears primary respon sibility for the action the super intendentsaid According to bid specifications provided to those competing to provide the computer equipment in 1990 Thornton said Kokomo Center was to pay the million it had already set aside for the equipment only when the equip ment was completely installed and operational That stipulation was also out lined in the bid to provide the equipment from Jostens Learning which was the vendor selected by the corporation In Circuit Court Thursday Horner acknowledged that instal lation of the computer equipment was completed in December 1991 But as Howard County Prose cutor James D Andrews said dur ing the hearing the payment of the million to Jostens Learn Corp was made in August 1990 more than a year computer installation was before com m Lining with limestone Scott Granson of Mohr Construction positions a chunk of the creeks south bank near Webster Street The creek and limestone Thursday along Kokomo Creek in Highland Park pond have widened to the south in recent years A similar as part of a creek bank stabilization project under project will be undertaken along the creeks northern bank taken by the city Crews are laying about tons of lime next fall city officials say stone to prevent further erosion along a foot section of Tribune photo by Tim Bath Blue Chips soars above rim Indianafilmed movie a keeper INDIANAPOLIS Paramount is much more than a basketball movie Filmed throughout Indiana and in Southern California it paints a sad commentary on the state of NCAA basketball Using a Bobby Knightlike char acter director Bill Friedkin shows that even the most honest of coaches can break under the pres sures of winning if his job is on the line Nolte does a fine job of creating the character of Western Universi ty coach Pete Bell a Southern California college coach who has won a national championship The veteran actor shadowed Knight for weeks preparing for the role His likeness to Knight shows especially in his lack of range when it comes to using intelligent language Theres a lot of cursing here By David A Kasey Knight plays himself in part of the movie In the most exciting game footage Bells Dolphins play the No 1ranked Hoosiers Through the bitter tongue of Bell the movie rises above the sometimes shallow world of movies and hits headon the cor ruption of college sports Like Knight Bell has been suc cessful without cheating When faced with the potential of losing his place at the top of his profession Bell goes after three blue chip recruits The results even surprise the coach He enters into a deal with the devilish alumnus Walsh and thats where the moral dilem ma begins The beauty of this movie is that you end up caring about the char acters The three basketball play ers Anfernee Hardaway Shaquille ONeal and Matt Nover are very convincing in their roles The heart of this movie is the role played by Mary McDonnell with Wolves and Grand She is superb as Bells exwife Former Boston Celtics great Bob Cousy also puts in a quality performance as the Western Uni versity Athletic Director Alfre Woodard also shines as Penny Hardaways mother Ron Shelton who wrote Bull Durham and White Men Cant shows he can move easily from comedy to drama espe cially by using sports as his vehi cle For local appeal Kokomos worldfamous referee Mark Masariu gets some quality camera time at the beginning of the movie He is shown in the middle of a scene where Bell gets chased for kicking a ball in the stands The most disappointing thing about this movie for me was that I was left on the cutting room floor My scene at Frankfort which was actually the Western Univer sityCoast game in the movie where I played a sportswriter was bumped by shots of basketball footage So much for my consideration for next years Academy Awards I give the movie three stars out of four As a sports movie its a perfect four stars This has the most realistic basketball footage ever created for the silver screen Blue Chips begins in Kokomo today at the Kokomo Mall Cine ma Kasey is the Kokomo Tri bunes moVie reviewer and can be contacted at the newspaper office Readers comments are welcomed for publication They may be mailed to David A Kasey at the Tribune at Post Office Box 9014 or faxed to 317 Legislators water down bill INDIANAPOLIS AP Motorists could drive and drink until they get halfdrunk under an amended House version of a Sen ate ban on open containers of alco hol in the front seat of many vehi cles I am so said Sen Thomas J Wyss RFort Wayne the bills author and the sofar unsuccessful force behind a concerted fouryear effort to ban drinking and driving Sen Richard L McConnell D Princeton who proposed the changes approved by the House Public Policy Committee which he chairs said his version still has teeth We are actually putting a pret ty serious penalty on someone partially impaired arid who is Still driving and he said A member of McConneUs poli cy RwsgiayiHe Repub lican RepBrad BayJiff introduced the amendment saying the state needed a public policy that says No drinking and The amendment measure would slap the cuffs on a driver who has an open alcohol container and a bloodalcohol level of only 05 percent half the current legal defi nition of drunkenness McConnell said That driver would face the same criminal charge and 60day jail term that threatens a drunken driver with a 10 percent level Bayliffs original amendment would also punish a driver who had a bloodalcohol level up to 05 with any open container in the vehicle That clause was eliminat ed in the committee but Bayliff says he will try to reintroduce that punishment an infraction with up to a fine but no jail time before the session is over The measure now is eligible for amendment by the full House before the 100member chamber takes yet another vote on the issue Wysss bill passed by the Sen ate was more restrictive A driver who merely allowed an open con tainer in the front seat whether he or she was drinking or not would face a 60day jail term The House has already passed two open container bans by broad margins One would punish only the driver for imbibing behind the wheel The second similar to Wysss would ban open contain ers in the front seat Inside Business 31 attracts two more national restaurants Page 6 Sports Area swimmers open swim sectional in good shape Page 11 Also inside Business Classified ews of record plete Horner told Special Judge Douglas Morton that statement was accurate If KokomoCenter would have followed its own bid specifica tions and not allegedly paid that money to Jostens early Thornton said that million already set aside for the expenditure could have been collecting interest for the school corporation until it was paid to Jostens The interest which could have been collected exceeds the superintendent esti mated Please see 8 Board denies Hooks permits By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer The Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Board voted Thursday to reject HookSuperX peti tions to sell liquor beer and wine at four of its Kokomoarea stores In a unanimous decision the boards four members cited com munity opposition to the permits Delores Davis the boards newest member also cited the areas declining population and existing sources for such services in the neighborhoods where the applications have been HookSuperX first sought to sell alcoholic beverages at four Koko moarea Hooks Drug Stores 600 Essex Drive 420 E Center 2907 S Washington and 20048 N Apperson Way in March 1993 The Indianapolisbased drug store chain already holds liquor beer and wine permits for two of its six Kokomo stores Hooks offi cials maintain the new permits are needed to keep the company comj petitive in Kokomo j After the hearing Michael Schoening an attorney for Hook SuperX suggested the board has been preprogrammed to auto matically deny permits Its more than coincidental that this board since 1980 has approved only a few new permits for grocery stores and drugstores in Howard County and only because they were ordered by a court to do he said Schoening a former deputy attorney general assigned to the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Com mission said HookSuperX offi cials will decide in several weeks whether to appeal the decision I plan to advise them they have a Schoening said But its their decision to The board has also rejected beer and wine petitions by Supervalu Cub Foods and WalMart Stores Sams Club unit Cub Foods bid lost on appeal and Sams Clubs appeal is still pending J
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