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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 11, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 187 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO TRIBUNE Friday March 50 cents Three found slain in home near Wakarusa Suspect might be in Indianapolis area WAKARUSA Ind AP A man was sought for questioning today after his parentsinlaw and sister inlaw were found slain at a rural home in northern Indiana Indiana State Police said today Investigators at the scene of the slayings said Charles H Banover 50 his wife Bonnie L Banover 42 and their daughter Christine F Banover 16 were found dead about Thursday by an uniden tified relative William T Kidd of Elkhart 34 was being sought for questioning in the case said Cpl Louis Brown of die state police post at Bremen Police believe Kidd could be driving Charles Banovers blue 1985 Chevrolet fourdoor sedan with the Indiana license plate 20H7904 Brown said The car was missing from the familys rural home and Kidds car was found behind the home We had some information that he might be in the Indianapolis area We also had a possibility of Cincinnati Brown said Kidd might be traveling with his 19yearold wife Dawn Kidd who is the Banovers daughter Brown said Another daughter 17yearold Angela is miss ing too Angela and Christine both were absent from NorthWood High School Thursday police said The relative who found the bodies had not spoken to the family in a couple of days and police would not say when Kidd was last seen We have all sorts of rumors flying and we are not confirming Sgt Brant Klemm this morn ing Mitschelen pleads guilty Accepted payment for time beyond my regular contract By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer Lyle Mitschelen a former administrator for KokomoCenter School admitted in court Thursday that he received pay to which he was not entitled during July 1992 Mitschelen 50 4128 Liberty Court pleaded guilty to a Class D felony charge of ghost employ ment under the terms of a plea agreement filed Thursday in Howard Circuit Court In pleading guilty Mitschelen told Special Judge Douglas B Morton that he had accepted payment for time beyond my reg ular He said at the time of the offense to which he pleaded guilty served as assistant superintendent and business manager for the school corporation Serving in those positions it was Mitsche lens responsibility to avoid finan cial problems for himself and the school corporation he confirmed under questioning by the judge But he also said he received a payment of about to which he was not entitled and kept the money The plea bargain outlined by Prosecutor James D Andrews is similar to the one that had been approved moments earlier for Larry Horner KokomoCenters former superintendent the prose cutor noted The document recommends treating the Class D felony charge of ghost employment as a Class A misdemeanor for sentencing pur poses If Morton approves that recommendation he will suspend a oneyear prison sentence place Mitschelen on supervised proba tion for one year and order him to serve 90 days of inhome deten tion Mitschelen has met one condi ition of the plea bargain by ing from KokomoCenter School The school board accepted his resignation Monday night Thursday he told Morton that he had worked for the corporation for 24 years In conditions similar to those imposed on Horner Mitschelen agrees not to teach or hold any other position with any school corporation in Howard County He also agrees not to hold a posi tion of public trust The plea bargain also calls for Mitschelens cooperation in other KokomoCenter cases but out of seven cases that had been filed in Circuit Court Mitschelens is the only one that is yet to be resolved In addition to the count of ghost employment Mitschelen is charged with two counts of theft and single counts of conspiracy to commit theft aiding inducing or causing theft and conflict of inter est all Class D felonies Andrews also filed three Class A misde meanor counts of official miscon duct against the former adminis trator If Morton approves the plea bar gain involving the count of ghost employment the eight other charges filed against Mitschelen will be According to Andrews Mitsche len has agreed to pay in restitution that he received under a 1990 contract Please see Page Congressional candidate dies Mel Ligon a Kokomo Republi can who last month announced his bid for the partys nomination for the 5th District seat held by Rep Steve Buyer died at Thursday at Howard Community Hospital Arrangements are pending at Ellers Mortuary in Kokomo According to campaign infor mation Ligon 61 1414 S Wash ington had lived in Kokomo since 1972 He and his wife Judith had a daughter His wife said this morning that Ligon had been sick for about 12 days He was admitted to Howard Community on Tuesday and was diagnosed with pneumonia in botn lungs a kidney infection and diabetes Through tears as she talked about his campaign effort she said running for Congress was important to her husband He really wanted to go to she said Ligon who worked in market ing and public relations said he decided to run for the backing of farmers factory workers workers and professionals He had promised to represent the voters and not just special interest groups The issues Ligon planned to tackle included the Clinton health care system the federal budget the line item veto and term limits for congressmen Heading out Liard Baron pulls his team of dogs out of from the top positions Candas David Ole McGrath Alaska during the Iditarod Dog sen leads after a 24hour mandatory layover sled race Thursday Veteran mushers Martin They are 60 miles from the halfway point of Buser and Charles Boulding were bumped the sled race AP photo Eggsactly right Matt Andrews 8 621 S McCann gets into the spring spirit by hanging Easter eggs in a tree in his front yard Thursday afternoon Although spring is about a week away springlike temperatures are moving into the Kokomo area for the weekend Saturday and Sundays highs will be in the 50s and by Monday the magical high of 60 degrees is predicted For more on the springlike weath er see Page 2 Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Inside todays Tribune Local Indianas teens have lofty goals but little idea of what is needed to achieve them through education Page 2 Style Enjoy a fashionable spring activity Page 11 Sports Kokomos boys basketball team will face a tough field at the Marion Regional Page 7 Also inside Business Classified Local News of Clinton aides offer testimony There is no stonewalling WASHINGTON AP One by one Clinton aides slipped into a federal courthouse and answered to a grand jury about the White water affair a grim specter that has the White House insisting anew it has nothing to hide There is no said Harold Ickes who heads the Whitewater damagecontrol team a position that earned him a turn before the grand jury next week The grand jury probe began Thursday witn appearances by three highranking aides to Presi dent Clinton and his wife Hillary Mark Gearan Margaret Williams and Lisa Caputo were there to explain discussions with federal regulators about an investigation involving the Clintons Three more top White House aides are on tap for next week along with four Treasury Depart ment aides who briefed the White House about the inquiry All were under subpoena but none have been accused of wrongdoing Special counsel Robert Fiske wants to know if the White House tried to meddle in a broad inquiry about the Clintons Whitewater land venture and its ties to a failed Arkansas savings and loan He ordered the White House to turn over any relevant documents and Clinton s lawyers delivered some pieces of paper to the court Thursday In other Whitewater developments The Chicago Tribune said today Fiske has subpoenaed records of a second failed real estate deal financed by Whitewa ter Fiske subpoenaed records of the 810acre Lorance Heights project which ended with lawsuits by angry landowners foreclosure and a judgment against Whitewater and a related firm The Tribune said According to the newspaper Clintons business associates received from land and timber sales at Lorance but the money was never collected from them in the foreclosure It was not known how it was spent The Washington Times quot ing unidentified sources said partners in the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock are considering filing an ethics complaint against Web ster Hubbell a former Rose part ner and Clinton family friend who is now associate attorney general The Times said Hubbell nas failed to document thousands of dollars in expenses claimed while he was a Rose partner Senior adviser David Gergen told CNN he found solace in the proceedings This has been a dif ficult day for he But I think people are very forted by the fact that the dent has made it very plain that this White House will be live honest forthright and aggressively
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