Kokomo Tribune, March 3, 1994

Kokomo Tribune

March 03, 1994

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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 3, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 179 Kokomo Ind Thursday March Hearing set for school official Change of plea hearing A March 10 change of plea hearing has been set in Howard Circuit Court for a KokomoCen fer School Corp official who faces nine criminal charges a court offi cial said Wednesday According to the official Special Judge Douglas B Morton called the court Wednesday to schedule the change of plea hearing for Lyle Mitschelen 50 4128 Liberty Court No plea bargain was on file as of Wednesday the official said The last time a KokomoCenter School official appeared before Morton in Circuit Court for a change of plea was Feb when former superintendent Larry Horner pleaded guilty to one of the 11 charges that had been filed against him Horner 48 1223 Gleneagles Drive pleaded guilty to a Class D felony conflict of interest charge That count and two related charges allege he purchased a boat with school officials and rep resentatives of a computer compa ny 16 days after KokomoCenter School Board approved purchas ing million in equipment from that company in 1990 One Class D felony charge of conflict of interest and a Class A misdemeanor count of official misconduct pending against Mitschelen are related to the same boat purchase according to court records cbhflict of interest charge alleges that the boat contract between the parties was contin gent upon Jostens Learning Corp receiving the computer contract with KokomoCenter It also alleges that by virtue of his former position as assistant superinten dent and treasurer for Kokomo Center Mitschelen failed to dis close his alleged conflict of interest The official misconduct charge alleges that the boat contract with the computer company constitut ed an unreported conflict of inter est which Lyle Mitschelen had a statutory obligation to Under the terms of his plea bar gain Horner resigned from the corporation Among other provi sions Horner agreed to repay that the State Board of Accounts determined had been paid to three school officials including Mitschelen during his tenure as superintendent March 15 was set as the begin ning of the trial for both Horner and Mitschelen on a total of 20 charges Horners sentencing on the plea bargain is set for 8 March 10 Two hours later Mitschelen KokomoCenters director of facilities and grounds is slated to be in court for his change of plea Mitschelen has been on paid suspension since late last year Inside Local Annual spring rite of filling holes in roads begins Page 2 Sports Host Kokomo opens against Western in the sectional semi finals Friday Page 7 Also inside Business Classified Dear Dr Local News of INK Ready for the test Kelly Siefker a teacher at Boulevard School dis tributes the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills to firstgrade pupils at the school Wednesday morn ing Achievement tests including the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress are being given at schools across the state this month Results will be distributed to par ents later this school year The test results will determine which pupils qualify for summer remedi ation Tribune photo by Tim Bath Miami chief is dead MUNCIE Ind AP Ray mond O White principal chief of the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana died Wednesday at age 56 White a Muncie native had been admitted to Ball Memorial Hospital with an undisclosed ill ness White was at the forefront of the Indiana Miamis struggle for fed eral recognition as a tribe A District Court rejected his lawsuit last August seeking to restore the tribal status and the accompanying benefits taken away from members in 1897 As tribal chairman for eight years White was responsible for relocating the tribe to new head quarters in the former Peru High School building He was named chief of the tribe lastyear White became involved with the tribe 13 years ago after the deaths of his grandmother mother and brother Hickman gets 50year term Convicted of assault robbery of 2 sisters Raymond O White Each of them had been involved in tribal affairs White initially was legislative liaison for the Miami Indians He had recently retired from New Venture Gear in Muncie and also had worked for Guide Lamp in Anderson and Chrysler Machine in New Castle He was a 1956 graduate of Muncie Central High School and had lived in the Muncie area most of his life Survivors include his wife Karen daughters Cheryl Sim mons Atlanta Christine Hartleroad Peru and Karen White Muncie and son Kevin White Indianapolis Whites obituary is on Page 12 of todays edition ByMIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer Fifty years in prison was the sentence imposed Wednesday on a Kokomo teenager who was con victed in last Septembers assault and robbery of two sisters in their North Webster Street home In imposing the sentence on 18 yearold Troy J Hickman Howard Circuit Court Judge R Alan Brubaker said There is no excuse for an offense like this in our Jan 27 a Circuit Court jury found Hickman guilty of Class A felony counts of robbery and attempted robbery and a Class B felony count of conspiracy to com mit burglary Hickman his broth er Ronald D Hickman 20 and Christopher W Hamblin 17 were charged with similar offenses after Delores and Rosemary Wagner were beaten stabbed and robbed of about Court records accused Troy Hickman and Hamblin of entering the Wagner home and taking cash from Delores Ronald Hickman was in the alley near the house to serve as a reports said According to a statement by Ronald Hickman Hamblin entered the home after he asked to use the telephone then Troy Hick Related story Additional charges added for another defen dant Page 2 man entered A short time later Ronald Hickman told police he heard screaming and hollering coming from the residence During Troy Hickmans sen tencing Wednesday a brother of the victims described how the womens lives changed since the incident Before Sept 27 Bill Wag ner said his sisters lived a pretty normal lifestyle for their Since the robbery and assault he said the women have only left their home on a few occasions Delores Wagner 77 and Rose mary Wagner 66 had extended hospital stays and required thera py to help them recover Delores continues sessions with a thera pist and a nurse two times per week their brother said Deputy Prosecutor Michael P Krebes asked Brubaker to impose the maximum sentence that is allowed under the law on Troy Hickman With two Class A and one Class B felony conviction Brubaker could have imposed a maximum sentence of 120 years Krebes said the lives of the Wag ner sisters were ruined by the rob bery and assault and said they will never fully The women are virtually prisoners of their own the deputy prosecutor said In imposing sentence Brubaker mentioned several factors that could mitigate the amount of prison time he ordered for Hick man He cited the teenagers age and that although the youth had brushes with authorities as a juve nile none of the offenses would be considered felonies if they had been committed by an adult As far as aggravating factors the judge again turned to Hick mans record He said he had numerous delinquencies which started in November 1986 Also Brubaker said the offenses com mitted against the Wagners were very aggravating and threat ened the lives of the He said the incidents of Sept 27 1993 totally destroyed the lives the women had known and reduced their ability to function Brubaker went on to say that the women suffered per manent injuries as a result of the brutal Brubaker merged Hickmans three convictions for sentencing and ordered a 50year prison term The teen was given credit toward the sentence for 146 days served in jail 29 injured Continental Flight 795 sits propped on a dike the bay when it aborted a takeoff during a with its nose facing the waters of Flushing snowstorm and skidded Twentynine people Bay after aborting takeoff at LaGuardia Air suffered injuries ranging from minor bruises port in New York Wednesday The MD80 to broken bones plane came within a few feet of plunging into AP photo Simon says Butt out of mall By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Attention shoppers its your turn to butt out Simon Property Group one of the nations biggest mall developers includ ing Kokomos Markland Mall and Markland Plaza will ban smoking in all of its malls and shopping cen ters by July 1 The Indianapolisbased company joins a growing list of retailers and restau rant chains nationwide to ban smoking in public Markland Mall will go smokefree July 1 The ban will include all public areas corridors restrooms and food courts How ever the malls restaurants will have an option to maintain smok ing sections mall officials say Our average shopper spends 2 hours or less said Steve Buckley manager of the squarefoot mall We really dont see it creating a big Targets Markland Mall store banned smoking on Feb 13 Buckley said the mall also plans to maintain ashtrays outside several entrances Studies have linked sec ondhand smoke to cancer and other illnesses McDon alds KFC and Arbys are among restaurant chains in recent weeks to ban smoking in companyowned units Were rapidly moving in the direction of a smokefree mall and said John Livengood executive vice presi dent of the Indiana Restaurant Association More and more businesses are going to look at it in terms of meeting customer demands ;