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Publication: Kokomo Tribune March 10, 1994

Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 10, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 186 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Thursday March 50 cents Honest mistake trips up YMCA By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer An attempt to cut costs at Koko mos Young Mens Christian Association backfired when records showed that it had failed to make retirement payments for parttime workers totaling Executive Directive Louis Krenz who joined the notfor profit organization on Jan 17 said Looks like they were already cut ting costs without realizing Apparently the organizations previous administration did not follow provisions of a federal law known as the Employment Retire ment Income Security Act better known as ERISA In 1974 Con gress passed ERISA which gov erns most private pension and worker benefits The law aims to protect employee benefits from simultaneous state and federal regulations by preempting state law According to Sharon Morrissey of the Pension and Welfare bene fits Administration in Washing ton a 1988 amendment deemed parttime workers to be eligible for retirement benefits if they had worked hours per 12month period Kranz said the YMCA board discovered its mistake in mid 1993 and the issue was taken to the YMCA retirement board which conducted a full investiga tion over a sixtoeightmonth period A subsequent audit at the end of the year confirmed that the organization owed to the retirement fund dating back to 1988 Parttime workers comprise about 70 percent of the YMCAs staff members It was an honest Kranz said adding that nonfor profit organizations usually do not have separate personnel departments to nandle that aspect of the operations We were looking at ways to cut costs and found out we were cut ting costs we werent supposed Kranz said This year the YMCA turned to the United Way of Howard Coun ty for help Since we are a United Way organization we went to them to ask for Kranz said In 1993 the United Way allocat ed to the YMCA which constituted about 15 percent of the YMCAs million operating budget The 25member board of direc tors is still trying to seek solutions to the problem Kranz said YMCA Board President Ron Fritz was not available for comment According to a colleague he had been ill and missed work the past two days Treasurer Joseph Klein refused to comment The board secretary is Ruth Ford Steve Taylor United Ways board president in 1993 said At this point the United referred the issue for recommen dation to the Allocations Commit Deadbeat dad will remain behind bars PROVIDENCE AP A judge refused to free a deadbeat dad who failed to support his daughter while she was alive but claimed a share of her insurance settlement after she died James Brindamour asked to be released from prison so he could appeal a Family Court ruling that he owes in child support Brindamour claims he owes only and that he paid the rest in cash although he has no records His request was denied Wednesday by Rhode Island Supreme Court Associate Justice Donald Shea The full court will consider the case next week Brindamour was jailed Friday and ordered held until he could put up enough cash or property to cover his debt Brindamour 38 abandoned his wife and daughter 10 years ago Elevating view Ironworkers with the help of a crane erect the vertical beams of an elevator shaft Mon day at Saint Joseph Hospital Health Cen ter When built the elevator will access the inpatient radiation oncology department The new department part of a million pro ject will house the mostadvanced technolo gy available The hospital has provided radi ation therapy treatment for area cancer patients since 1983 A related photo is on Page 3 Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Headon crash claims life Muncie basketball team members injured YORKTOWN Ind AP A man killed when his convertible collided headon with a bus carry ing the Muncie Central High School basketball team apparently was thrown from his vehicle when his seat belt snapped police said Todd McCormick 22 of Daleville was pronounced dead at the scene said Cpl Larry Huntzinger of the Indiana State Police post in Redkey The impact of the collision on snowpacked Ind 32 threw McCormick from his car and his body landed in the middle of the highway police said McCormick appeared to have been wearing a seat belt said state police spokesman Sgt Rod Rus sell Eighteen students were treated at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie for minor injuries said accident site on Ind 32 lone mile west of Yorktown hospital spokeswoman Betty Wingrove Fifteen of them had been released late Wednesday she said Assistant junior varsity coach Jerry Edwards and bus driver Lee Corya also were treated at the hospital for minor injuries Wingrove said Players suffered whiplash bro ken teeth and bruised ribs said Yorktown Fire Chief Tom Ulmer The basketball team ranked sec ond in the state was headed home from a practice at Anderson High School where it will play Pendle ton Heights High School in a regional semifinal game on Satur day From the way it looks we dont have anyone seriously said Central coach Mike Drews who surveyed the wreck age with his Star player Bonzi Wells It looks like just bumps and The accident occurred about one mile west of Yorktown around 9 economists upbeat WASHINGTON AP The economy is rid ing the crest of the biggest quarterly surge in a decade which will help speed its growth in 1994 at the fastest pace in six years according to a survey of top economists The consensus of 51 analysts polled in early March by the newsletter Bluo Chip Economic Indicators forecasts economic growth of percent which would be the strongest since a percent advance in 1988 The forecast released today followed the govern ments report that the gross domestic product shot up percent at an annual rate in the final three months of 1993 steepest since a percent jump in the first three months of 1984 The GDP the total output of goods and services within the United States grew 3 percent in 1993 Besides momentum from the fourth quarter spurring growth this year analysts cited improved job prospects a 1 percent increase in wages and salaries in January and continued strength in auto sales and orders for durable goods Judge OKs plea bargain for Horner ByMIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer Special Judge Douglas B Mor ton today approved a plea bargain for Larry W Horner former superintendent of the Kokomo Center School Corp Morton suspended a oneyear prison sentence for a conflictof interest conviction The judge also ordered Horner 49 1223 Glenea gles Drive to serve 90 days of in home detention Horner will start inhome detention today after meeting with the Howard County Probation Department Morton also ordered Horner to a oneyear term of supervised pro bation Horner has offered to perform tutoring services at the Howard County Criminal Justice Center the Robert J Kinsey Youth Center When Morton asked Horner if he had anything to say Horner said he did not April 6 Horner was charged with two counts of conflict of interest four counts of aiding inducing or causing theft one count of conspiracy to commit theft and one count of theft receiving stolen property all Class D felonies He also was charged with three Class A misde meanor counts of official miscon duct Eight of the charges alleged that in his role as superintendent Horner played a part in other school officials receiving extra nonschool boardapproved pay The charges of official miscon duct and conflict of interest relat ed to Horners purchase of a boat with school officials and represen tatives of a computer company 16 days after KokomoCenter School Board approved purchas ing million in equipment from that company in 1990 Feb 17 Horner pleaded guilty to one Class D felony conflictof interest charge related to the June 27 1990 purchase of a 1975 Marinette boat with the following people Lyle Mitschelen then Koko moCenters assistant superinten dent of support services and busi ness Carl Henderson who had served as the corporations administrator of capital projects and benefits Two employees of the comput er firm that made the computer deal with the school corporation Horner has admitted nis role in the boat deal and that he had Horner failed to file a conflictof interest state ment with the KokomoCen ter School Board as required by law The Class D felony con flictofinter est charge was treated as a Class A misdemeanor for sentenc ing In signing the plea bargain Horner also took responsibility for that was paid to three administrators through contracts that did not receive approval from the school board Of that total was paid to Mitschelen was paid to Charles Lane administrative assistant to the superintendent and was paid to Susan Evans former coordinator of com puters and data processing according to the plea bargain The plea bargain required Horner to repay the and he gave the court a check for that amount today The former school official was ordered to pay court costs and probation fees Criminal charges that had been filed against Lane Evans and two other KokomoCenter officials were recently dismissed Another provision of the plea bargain required Horner to resign from KokomoCenter where he had served as superintendent from 1986 to 1993 Homer was working as alternative school principal when he resigned Feb 15 He had worked for Kokomo Center for more than 24 years Under other terms or the plea bargain Horner agreed not to teach or hold any other position for any school corporation in Howard County He has also agreed not to hold a position of public trust Howard County Prosecutor James Andrews agreed to dismiss the 10 other charges that had been filed against Horner The prosecu tor also agreed not to file addition al charges which occurred on or before the execution of this agree unless the alleged crime is a Class A felony Mitschelen was scheduled to be in Circuit Court today for a change of plea The terms of the change of plea were not available at Kokomo Tribune deadline Kokomo man dies after accidentally shooting self A Kokomo man who accidental ly shot himself Tuesday in his westside residence died in Methodist Hbspital in Indianapo lis Wednesday According to the Marion Coun ty Coroners office Daniel Buryl Donaldson 20 825 W Park died at Wednesday from a selfinflicted gunshot wound to his head Approximately seven people got together at Donaldson s resi dence Tuesday night according to Kokomo Police Capt Michael Holsapple He said Donaldson was appar ently showing off a gun owned by Larry Johnson 31 Kokomo Donaldson did not realize there was a live round in the chamber of the gun and accidently shot him self according to police The shooting occurred at about Tuesday Investigators reported that John son brought the gun to the Park Avenue home and was showing it to other people at the house when the accident occurred Donaldson suffered extensive head injuries and was transported by Lifeline Helicopter to Methodist Hospital for treatment Assistant Police Charles Hackett said the revolver was of high cal iber but declined to say what spe cific type it was According to friends of Donald son the victim was a popular per son who liked to play mind games with but he was not the type of person to shoot himself intentionally Inside todays Tribune Sports Indiana falters at Michigan State Page 21 Also inside Business Classified Local News of ;

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Publication: Kokomo Tribune

Location: Kokomo, Indiana

Issue Date: March 10, 1994

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