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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 2, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                KOKOMO Vol 143 No 178 Kokomo Ind Wednesday March 50 cents Hosier receives 3 years Local firefighter happy with outcome By JULIE McCLURE Tribune local area editor In an emotional appeal to Howard Superior Court 3 Judge Randy Hainlen Tuesday the fami ly of Kokomo firefighter Dan Smith asked for the maximum sentence for the drunken driver who severely injured Smith Oct 5 Dick Smith the firefighters father broke down on the witness stand as he described finding his son crumpled underneath a van in the front of his home I got down beside him and tried to see how bad he was Dick Smith said was inde scribable for a not know ing whether he Dan would make it or Saying he had never before said something like this in court Hainlen said he wished the state Legislature could listen to testi mony from the Smiths about this case so that penalties for drunken drivers who cause injury or death would be tougher Hainlen then sentenced Richard P Hosier 53 5480 N Road 200 East to serve three years in prison the maximum jail time allowed for a Class D felony oper ating while intoxicated causing an injury With good Hosier will serve 18 months meaning one day is eliminated for each day served without problems at the Indiana Department of Correction The case began Oct 5 when Dan Smith was struck by Hosiers van as he stood outside his house at 3491 N Road 00 EastWest Smith warned a friend away from Hosiers careening van which had traveled through Smiths parents yard and hit Smith and his house pinning the firefighter partially underneath the vehicle Hainlen suspended Hosiers dri vers license for two years and noted he would send notification of the suspension to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles The bureau has the option of declaring Hosier a habitual traffic offender because Hosier has two previous OWI convictions which were discovered during a presen tence investigation report Habitual traffic offenders can lose their license for 10 years Please see Page 12 Laying it on thick Maconaquahs Mike Vinopal drives on East erns Mike Winger during the second game of the IHSAA Kokomo Boys Basketball Sec tional at Memorial Gymnasium Tuesday night Vinopal finished with 19 points in the Braves 10454 thrashing of the Comets The victory moves Maconaquah into the second game of the semifinals Friday night against Northwestern The Tigers defeated Taylor 5447 in the first game Tuesday For a look at all the sectional action from Tuesday please turn to Sports Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Budget amendment falls short WASHINGTON AP Sup porters of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution say that despite its defeat by the Senate they believe Congress will eventually approve the measure perhaps even this year But foes say the Senates 6337 roll call for the proposal Tuesday four votes snort of the two thirds majority required for approval buries it for the year The plan a perennial favorite of conservatives and a few liberals was thwarted by opponents led by President Clinton and Democ ratic leaders It was the third time since 1986 that Congress has rejected a balanced budget amendment by a slender margin Nonetheless House supporters planned a vote for later this month in that chamber where the amendment is expected to pass Their hope is that as this years congressional reelection cam paigns heat up some senators can be pressured into changing their votes and the Seriate will recon Coats Lugar support balanced budget INDIANAPOLIS AP A balanced federal budget is unlikely to happen without a constitu tional amendment mandating it Sen Richard G Lugar said He and fellow Indiana Republican Sen Dan Coats voted Tuesday in favor of the balanced bud get amendment that failed by four votes to gain the necessary twothirds majority The amendment would have prohibited deficit spending except during war or when approved by a threefifths vote of the House and Senate The experience of the past quarter century offers little hope that we will ever achieve a bal anced budget without a constitutional amend Lugar said Coats said in the last 30 years lawmakers only have balanced the budget once in 1969 He said the explosion of debt now reaches about tril lion This was an historic opportunity to take action and address one of the most important if not the most important problems facing Ameri he said KHA launching a new program We are very excited about it By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer On Monday 10 public housing residents will launch the Kokomo Housing Authoritys first training program in a longrange plan toward helping them secure employment and Using about of its feder al Comprehensive Grant Program the authority will conduct a sevenweek course teaching basic maintenance skills such as plumb ing carpentry painting and minor repairs In early February the authority had sent out flyers to its residents informing them about the pro gram Before embarking on the pro gram participants have to sign an agreement specifying their com mitment to the program We are very excited about said Shirley Ying executive direc tor of the Kokomo Housing Authority We only want people who are serious about it and are willing to see it through to the The participants were screened for eligibility to ensure that resi dents of the housing authority who are current in their rentals and they must be up to date in any debts owed to the authority They also have to be literate Those who are not will be referred to the Kokomo Literacy Coalition Training will run from 8 to 4 Mondays through Thurs days Their first two hours will be spent in technical classroom train ing Another two hours will be devoted to General Educational Development certificate or upgrading basic skills in the Adult Education class at the authoritys Family Learning Cen sider the issue Strange things can said Rep Charles Stenhofm DTexas one of the amendments chief House propo nents Its not inconceivable that the House could pass it and the Senate would have a second thought during the But Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell DMaine a lead ing foe pledged to do all he could to mock a new vote this year Absolutely he told reporters Under no circum stances over which I have any control will this matter come up Fortyone Republicans and 22 Democrats voted for the amend ment Tuesday while three Repub licans and 34 Democrats voted against it The measure sponsored by Sen Paul Simon would require ter at Gateway Gardens For the last three hours partici pants will receive onthejob train ing from the housing authoritys maintenance staff Those in training will be paid minimum wage for five hours of the training period which will help them with transportation and lunch Ying said These wages during training will not be includ ed as income by the authority for determining rentals When they graduate from the sevenweek program every effort will be made to place them with contractors for projects approved by Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 Ying said This act requires public Indian housing authorities as well as their contractors and subcon tractors to make a real effort to provide opportunities for job training employment and con tracting to lowincome people especially those residents in pub lic housing We are offering them a won derful opportunity to get trained and on their Ying said The common complaint of many contractors who are mandated by Section 3 to hire lowincome peo ple is that these individuals lack skills We are trying to remove that Ying said I think its going to make life a lot easier for the Ying said the community at large will benefit from the pro gram because every person assist ed will in the long run not only become selfsufficient but will become a taxpayer earning his or her place in society Another training program will be conducted in the fall Whitney Houston wins 3 Grammys Aladdin conjures up 5 awards an end to annual budget deficits by the year 2001 unless both chambers of Congress voted by threefifths majorities to allow them Red ink would be permitted during major armed conflicts Simon and his allies had hoped that the antideficit fervor voters exhibited in 1992 would finally encourage lawmakers to muscle the plan through Congress NEW YORK AP Dont be fooled Those were the Grammys not the Oscars Movie music from Aladdin and The Bodyguard captured the recording industry trophies at the 36th annual Grammy Awards The Aladdin soundtrack which last year won two Acade my Awards took five Grammys Tuesday night A Whole New World Aladdins won song of the year for composers Alan Menken and Tim Rice while Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle were honored for their duet on the song And Whitney Houston weeks after winning eight awards at the American Music Awards won in three of the four cate gories she was nominated in at the Grammys all for music for Ott One The Bodyawards Miss Houston she sang to open the Grammy telecast The Bodyguard sound track won album of the year Bodyguard producer David Foster picked up four Grammys including pro ducer of the year Miss Hous tons version of I Will Always Love You has sold more than 10 million copies Compos er Dolly Parton happily present ed her with one Grammy When I wrote that song 22 years ago I had a Par ton said But its amazing how healing money can In an evening of sentimentali ty it was up to a young lion and an old one to inject some life U2s Bono and Frank Sina won best pop female vocalist and record of the year for the single I Will Always Love which Houston shows traBono seem of her Grammy ingiy baffled to pick up an alter AP photo native music Grammy for his bands Zooropa album uttered an expletive in his acceptance speech Agency may cap disability cash WASHINGTON AP The Social Security Administration is counting the number of families who collect federal disability efits for more than one child with an eye to capping for the first time cash assistance to children with disabilities The agencys investigation is the latest twist in an emotional con troversy over Supplemental Secu rity Income since the Supreme Court made it easier for children to qualify for disability benefits The Department of Health and Human Services is already look ing into allegations from educa tors that parents coach their chil dren to misbehave or fall behind in school so they can qualify for crazy On Tuesday Sen David Pryor joined Rep Blanche Lam bert in requesting an investigation by the General Accounting Office the congres sional watchdog agency Theres a lot of smoke on this said Pryor Id like to know how big the fire Inside todays Kokomo Tribune Local A lawmaker wants to spend part of a million surplus to redevel op Grissom Air Force Base which is downsizing and has billion in infrastructure Page 3 Also inside Business Classified Local News of   

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