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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 28, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 176 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO lTRIBUNE Monday Feb 28 1994 50 cents jets blast Serbs NATO claims planes dropping bombs BELGRADE Yugoslavia AP Two American F 16 fighter jets shot down four Bosnian Serb planes that violated the nofly zone over Bosnia today NATO said the planes appeared to be dropping bombs It was the first time warplanes flying under NATO command had fired on planes since the nofly zone was declared in October 1992 It also marked the first military action by the alliance in its 44year history The action came a week after Bosnian Serbs fin ished withdrawing their artillery from around Sara jevo under threat of NATO air attacks Adm Jeremy M Boorda the officer who com mands NATOs southern front said the American pilots saw the Serb planes make a bombing maneuver and then witnessed explosions on the ground One plane shot down three Serb planes with airtoair missiles and the second destroyed a fourth Boorda said in Naples Italy He said two of the Serb planes escaped by flying out of Bosnian airspace but did not say where The Yugoslavbuilt Soko G4 Super Caleb attack air craft did not return fire at the planes which are based at Aviano Air Base in northern Italy Boorda said No one was seen bailing out of the Calebs NATO officials said Bosnian Serb officials denied their planes were in the air but a Serb source confirmed four Serb aircraft were shot down sources said the Serb planes had attacked a munitions factory in Novi Travnik a town in central Bosnia held by Bosnias Muslimled government Boorda said NATO had received unconfirmed reports that bombs hit a storage facility and a hospi tal Asked whether the violation of the noflight zone was a test of NATO resolve Boorda replied If it was a test I think we passed the The United Nations canceled relief flights into Sarajevo apparently for fear of retaliatory attacks by Bosnian Serb militiamen who have besieged the capi tal for 23 months The aircraft carrier Saratoga which also pro vides planes for the Bosnia air patrols was ordered to cut short a port call in Trieste Italy and return to its station in the Adriatic Sea off Bosnia Serbs 1st with F16 President Clinton defended the NATO action say ing that every attempt was made to avoid shoot ing down the Serb planes but that they ignored warnings from NATO aircraft Boorda said NATO planes broadcast three warn ings to the Serb planes that they would be attacked if they did not land or exit Bosnian air space immedi ately He said no response was heard and the Ameri can pilots then witnessed the Serb planes make what appeared to be bombing runs The planes began firing at the Calebs at Capt Nebojsa Radmanovic from the Bosnian Corps in a telephone interview The Associated Press from Bel grade Yugoslavia denied Serb planes were involved We are not flying and nobody heard any thing this he said But a Bosnian Serb officer in Pale the Bosnian Serb headquarters told the AP that four of their aircraft were shot down He refused to be identified A correspondent for Bosnian state radio Ahmet Begicevic reported that four planes attacked the Bratstvo munitions factory a major arms plant for the Bosnian government Croatian radio carried a similar report about an attack on the plant in Novi Travnik 45 miles northwest of Sarajevo In a separate report Bosnian government radio claimed Bosnian Serb aircraft had attacked residen tial areas of Bugojno which is near Novi Travnik The 16nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization agreed last April to enforce the no fly zone to keep the skies over Bosnia clear of all non authorized flignts Western planes have flown thousands of missions to enforce the ban They have monitored hundreds of violations but this is the first time they shot down any aircraft Clinton and NATO officials said the pre vious violations were by helicopters which were considered less serious than operations by planes The singleengine Super Caleb planes can carry twinbarrel rapid fire cannon and can be equipped to carry bombs The plane used to be manufactured in Mostar Bosnia and only the Bosnian Serb air force and the Yugoslav air force are believed to have Calebs The Bosnian Serb air force had 30 fixedwing jets 12 Calebs and Jastreb 12 former Yugoslav fighterbombers known as the Orao or Eagle Tired Kats Kokomo Lady Kat senior Shelly Stewart cen ter uses a basketball to rest her head during a welcome home gathering Saturday night following the Kats 4442 loss to Lake Central in the state championship seniors on the team received the basketballs which were used by Kokomo High School students to dribble part of the way to Market Square Arena before severe weather intervened The Lady Kats finished their season at 233 Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Heimlich suggests AIDS cure INDIANAPOLIS AP The man who created the Heimlich maneuver would like to create a therapy to fight AIDS Dr Henry Heimlich who lent his name to the maneuver that stops people from choking said a strain of malaria can be effective against the human immunodefi ciency virus that causes AIDS Easily treatable strains of malar ia were used for much of this cen tury to treat syphilis that had advanced to the Drain Heimlich said The malaria was introduced allowed to cause a fever for sever al weeks and then eliminated with quinine Malaria helps boost the bodys immune system and Heimlich 74 said it is worth investigating as a therapy for AIDS Passerby rescues girl Fire destroys mobile home in Peru ByANNHUBBARD Tribune Peru Bureau PERU Ind The bravery of a passerby saved the life or a 1 yearold girl who was in a mobile home destroyed by fire Sunday Peru firefighters were called to the home at 13 W Riverside St at Sunday Firefighters said the mobile home owned by James Bowyer 20 was in flames when they arrived and was destroyed Three other structures were damaged including two other trailers and one utility shed resulting in a total loss estimated at Firefighters said the family was sleeping inside the trailer when the fire broke out Jeff Townsend 28 622 W llth saw the mobile home on fire when he was driving by He went up to the trailer to help Firefighters said he heard the baby crying inside the trailer and ripped through the trailers metal siding reached in and pulled the baby out I just think that God guided me to the right spot in that trailer because after I got the hole that baby wasnt six inches from my Townsend said this morning Townsend said he and his fiance were heading to church and saw smoke coming out of the trailer There were no people or fire trucks around but Townsend did see Bowyer out side the trailer Bowyer told Townsend his wife and baby were still in the trailer The trailer was so far gone there wasnt a whole lot they could Townsend said of others who stopped to help He first tried to rescue the two by going in the door and crawling on the floor When I was inside the trailer crawling around I was kind of scared The smoke was so thick it was like trying to breath tar or Townsend said When he couldnt find anyone inside Townsend came back out and went around the trailer where Bowyer was trying to get in a window Please see Page Vietnamese open negotiations HANOI Vietnam AP The United States and Vietnam edged toward restoring diplomatic rela tions today as negotiators sat down together in Hanoi for the first major political and financial talks in more than 20 years On the agenda was the opening of liaison offices by Vietnam in Washington and by the United States in Hanoi which if all goes well would eventually lead to embassies in the two countries Nguyen Xuan Phong head of the 18member Vietnamese dele gation said he hoped the liaison offices would open soon and the process of improving relations between the two countries begin as soon as All we are doing here is trying to pave the way to a better future in the relations between the two he told reporters just before the talks began The negotiations were initially aimed at resolving financial claims dating back to the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 but were broadened to include the opening of the liaison offices The agenda also includes the status of government build ings seized after the war includ ing 34 in Saigon renamed Ho Chi Minh City by the Communists and two in Hanoi Negotiators also planned to discuss mil lion in Vietnamese assets that remains frozen in the Deputy Foreign Minister Le Mai said earlier this month that the opening of the liason office in Washington would be a transi tional step toward full diplomatic Larry Hall Indiana Vocational Technical College Region 5 automotive service instruc tor leftright Region 5 Executive Dean Shanon Christiansen and Jack Gilbody Delco Electronics Corp safety manager inspect vehicles donated to Ivy Tech by Delco Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Delco makes a large donation worth of equipment Delco Electronics Corp has given Indiana Vocational Technical Col lege Region 5 its largest donation in history worth of equipment for the colleges automotive technology program Items donated included 10 General Motors vehicles three oscillo scopes eight computer printers feet of fiber optic cable three electric motors a metal lathe one fouraxis robot test equipment tool cabinets and a boiler An additional nine vehicles were donated to the Kokomo Area Career Center and will be housed at the Ivy Tech campus Carl Anderson vice president of Human Resources Delco Electron ics and Jack Gilbody Delcos Manager of Safety represented Delco and Ivy Tech Region 5 Executive Dean Shanon Christiansen and Research and Development Coordinator Charles Orem were the col lege representatives Mike Jung Ivy Tech DraftingCAD faculty member said the equip ment will be put to immediate use He emphasized the importance of continually updating technology programs at the school He added Delco Electronics has been a strong supporter of our efforts and we appreciate their Inside Local Tiptons E911 system is still 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