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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 24, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                VoK 143 No 172 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Thursday Feb 24 1994 50 cents Beth Foster left and Larry Foster receive hugs after he was sentenced in Howard Circuit Court Wednesday Tribune photo by Tim Bath Fosters Andrews opinions clash ByMIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer During his sentencing hearing Wednesday Larry Foster charac terized himself as a person who was guilty of not taking care of details at his old job the way he should have Howard County Prosecutor James D Andrews referred to the former KokomoCenter School Corp official as a public servant who took money from the taxpay ers and had a pattern of doing so The opinions of the two men clashed dramatically in court again as they had during Fosters trial in January Although he had been convicted of six theftrelated charges Foster maintained that he did not inten tionally take money from Koko moCenter Under questioning by his attor ney William E Beck II Foster said I know I caused a calamity to my family and myself and to those around me Its difficult to know what to say I do know this Im guilty of not paying attention to details and I should have been sharing with more peo ple what was going As Andrews started to read the charges Foster was convicted of the former teacher and adminis trator explained why he should have been found innocent One of the theft charges accused Foster of receiving more than in pay to which he was not entitled That was related to a Job Training Part nership Act grant that he adminis tered during the summer of 1992 Provisions of the JTPA grant said he should administer the grant one hour per day and spend seven hours providing teaching activities Foster said he felt he had not been asked to teach in summer 1992 and that he had not been asked to teach in other programs I was judged guilty by my peers but Iworked all those hours for the benefit of the Later Andrews said Foster has no past history of criminal activi ty But during the trial he reiterat ed that he presented information about events that occurred during 1991 that were exactly the same as events Foster was charged with during his administration of the 1992 JTPA grant That information was presented to show scheme pattern design and no lack of mis the prosecutor said He told the packed courtroom that Foster took money that belonged to KokomoCenter for which he has a duty to Foster was on the witness stand for about 40 minutes Wednesday and during that period he was asked by Beck how the criminal charges filed against him affected his life Foster said he went from an income of to He said he lost in severance pay and recently learned that he had no health insurance Once very active in local sports pro grams Foster said he and his wife Beth stopped attending basketball and football games because of the humiliation they felt Foster said he stopped reading the newspaper because he was humiliated by front page stories that related details of the charges against him He also stopped watching television news Please see Page 12 Teachers defy judges order State law forbids striking SOUTH BEND Ind AP Local teachers Defied a judges order and launched a strike today after working without a contract since the start of the school The strike began at 6 some eight hours after statemediated talks broke off About 400 teachers gathered for a rally downtown before heading out to picket in frigid weather The temperature was around 20 degrees this morning and gustin light snow dropped the wind chi to about zero Theyre ready to take said Richard Beeching of the local National Education Association chapter which represents the teachers Administrators ordered classes to go on staffed with substitutes This is a key day to know how many teachers will come how many substitutes well said Mary Ellen Hamer spokeswoman for the South Bend Community School Corp Judge Sanford Brook of St Joseph Superior Court on Tuesday granted the school system a restraining order blocking the walkout State law allows teach ers to join unions and to bargain collectively but forbids striking said Tom Brunner a lawyer for the school district It was unclear what ramifica tions the teachers would face from the illegal strike Hopefully the other side wont get into the tactic of threatening to fire jail or what Beeching said The union rejected the school districts offer of a 1 percent pay raise and Beeching said health insurance also became a sticking point in negotiations Inside todays Tribune Local A new exhibit at the Howard County Museum features Kpko mos Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise and its former owner Darell Gillam Page 2 Style Help dreams of keeping air museum open take flight Page 13 Also inside Business Classified Dear Local News of In the lead American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan glides to the lead in the Winter Olympics womens technical program at Hamar Norway Wednesday Tonya Harding winner of the National Championships turned in an uninspired perfor mance earning her the 10thplace position in the competi tion A related story is on Page 10 AP photo Foster is sentenced 30 days inhome detention ByMIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer Larry Foster the former director of vocational and adult education for KokomoCenter School on Monday will begin serving 30 days of inhome detention as a portion of the sentence he received Wednesday in Howard Circuit Court During the next year he must repay that officials said had been misappropriated from the school corporation during summer 1992 while Foster was the director of the Job Training Part nership Act at KokomoCenter Jan 25 after hearing six days of testimony a jury found Foster guilty of six of the seven charges that had been filed against him in relation to his position with the JTPA program Near the close of a twohour hearing Wednesday Special Judge Douglas B Morton imposed sentence on the 60year old Foster who from the witness stand said he did not intentionally take money from the school cor poration Howard County Prosecutor James D Andrews said Foster was a public servant who should be held to a higher standard because of his position in the community He recommended that Morton impose some executed time for Foster meaning that the former school official should spend some period of incarceration Although he will have to serve 30 days of inhome detention Fos ter will not be required to serve time in jail if he complies with rules that Morton outlined He will not receive good time cred it for served on inhome detention the judge said After the hearing Andrews said Fosters sentence was the prerog ative of the Morton rendered the sentence on two counts of theft one count of theftreceiving stolen property one count of aiding inducing or causing theft and one count of ghost employment all Class D felonies and one Class A misde meanor count of official miscon duct Morton sentenced Foster to 112 years in prison for three of the Class D felony counts and 1 year in prison for the Class A misde meanor conviction and said those sentences should be served con currently The judge then sen tenced Foster to concurrent 1 12 year prison terms on the charges of ghost employment and aiding inducing or causing theft Those counts accused Foster of allowing Susan Conner his for mer secretary to collect for a twoweek vacation money she was not entitled to receive according to testimony during Fosters trial Morton said the sen tences for those two convictions should be served together but after the prison sentences for the other convictions After announcing the sentences the judge suspended all of the prison time and ordered Foster to serve two years of probation Fos ter was ordered to report to the Adult Probation Department today Other terms of his sentence require Foster to perform 240 hours of community service in some type of youth During the next year Foster will be required to repay to KokomoCenter under an install ment plan that calls for the first payment to be made June 23 Mor ton said Foster should pay court costs and probation fees associat ed with his case Prior to imposing the sentence Morton addressed the audience that filled the courtroom Seventy five percent of the audience was composed of members of South side Christian Church who were there to support Foster said David Griffin senior minister of the church Morton said that more than 50 people wrote letters in which they voiced their support for Foster He said he had never seen that amount of correspondence favor ing a defendant The judge also said that if mem bers of the audience believed that Foster was innocent there was nothing he could do to change that opinion But he added that he had no problem with the jury You cant sign blank rime sheets and expect to walk away from Morton said to Foster Later the judge said you cant blame your secretary for things making reference to Con ner who testified as a witness for the prosecution during Fosters trial City firefighter on probation Pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges A Kokomo firefighter was placed on probation Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to misde meanor charges of public indecen cy Anthony M Pasquali 35 was sentenced under the terms of plea bargain approved in Howard Cir cuit Court He pleaded guilty to Class A misdemeanor charges that accused him of appearing in a state of nudity in public One of the incidents occurred on South Webster Street during an unspecified period in June The other incident occurred at 608 Elk Drive on June 16 accord ing to the charges The charges were based on statements obtained from a 9 yearold girl and Pasquali court records said In Court Wednesday he admit ted the allegations and told Judge R Alan Brubaker that at the time of the incidents he was going through a divorce and was having problems at Pasquali told the judge he had made a ana that he had been sexually He said Im sorry for what I and apologized to the victim in the case Brubaker found Pasquali guilty of both charges and ordered him to serve one year in the Howard County Criminal Justice Center for each conviction The judge then suspended the jail time and ordered Pasquali to serve one year of supervised pro bation for each count with the two years of probation to run con secutively In addition Pasquali was ordered to pay an initial probation users fee of and for each month he is on probation As a specific condition of proba tion the firefighter must continue with counseling he has been receiving Any change in the counseling should be reported to the proba tion department Brubaker said He ordered Pasquali not to sus pend the counseling until a release from his doctor has been filed with the probation depart ment Last November the Kokomo Board of Public Works and Safety placed Pasquali on administrative leave without pay but with bene fits pending the outcome of his criminal case Wednesday Deputy Fire Chief Larry Laird said department offi cials will have to review depart ment rules and regulations to determine what course of action will be taken with Pasquali   

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