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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 12, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Allarea girls basketball team 188 TRIBUNE March 50 cents Arafat PLO k Tunisia AP The Palestine Liberation Organization is ready to resume negotiations with Israel on selfrule for the West Bank and Gaza Russi as foreign minister said PLO leader Yasser Arafat has taken a very strong It is a courageous decision through his commitment to the peace process and his preparedness to resume the peace Andrei the Russian foreign min told Arafat stood by Kozyrev at the news but refused to answer directly when asked about returning to the My colleagues in the and I are waiting for guarantees and expect them to be worked out at a meeting between Kozyrev KDC wants to buy mill Group would develop property By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer The KokomoHoward County Development wants to give a Kokomo eyesore a new lease on The groups board of directors Friday agreed to explore a plan purchase the former Continental Steel mill site at Markland and Park The group wants to dear the property the site for other industrial If s serving as a major deter rent to development and growth in the said Jim president of the development We think it would make an excellent industrial Matt Gentry purchased the mill site for during the companys Working with For tune Gentry has been stymied in efforts to dear the property and develop the site because of an ongoing environ mental The property has been listed on the federal governments Super fund list since March The Indiana Department of Environ mental Management and Environ mental Protection Agency are scheduled to complete a compre hensive assessment of the sites environmental hazards by Febru ary A previous proposal by Fortune Management to have the mill site deared and the scrap metal sold was rejected by environmental officials because it didnt address public health State and federal officials feared the demolition would generate dust that could be Brannon said the KDC wont proceed with the proposal unless government officials agree to release the group from any envi ronmental Delinquent property tax obligations would nave to be dismissed as board members City and KDC officials have met with state officials and plan to meet with EPA officials in Chica go From a conceptual I think the proposal will go a long Way toward giving control of the property back to the said KDC board member Don The main plant covers 95 acres and includes more than 25 aban doned numerous base underground sewers and utility Brannon said Fortune Manage ments group has agreed to sell the property at a low Scott managing partner of Fortune was out of town and unavailable for com ment Pitcher said earlier scrap metal from the main plant could bring as much as which the KDC would use to cover the demolition Hearing comes to abrupt end A change of plea hearing for a Kokomo man charged with seven counts of child molesting came to an abrupt halt Friday when the suspect appeared to have ques tions about a pending plea bar Spedal Judge Kathy Smith set May 5 as either a pretrial confer ence or a plea hearing in Howard Circuit Court for Richard Youngman After Fridays defense attorney Bradley Hamilton said he will have to talk to his dient to determine what action to Youngman appeared in court for the first reading of a plea bar gain that encompassed two child molesting cases that were filed against him last Five of the charges in one stem from inddents that allegedly occurred during 1991 and 1992 and March During the inves tigation that led to the Kokomo police confiscated 144 photographs from Youngmans home at 2006 Buckeye Stthat they said depict Youngman and a young girl engaged in various sex ual In another Circuit Court Youngman is charged with two counts of child molesting that accuse him of abusing another young girl during the summer of The plea bargain that Smith read Friday said Youngman intended to plead guilty but mentally ill to three of the five charges that were filed in the first case in March The counts indude one Class C and two Class B felony counts of child The document recommended an eightyear prison sentence for the Class C and 20year prison terms for the Class B It recommend that Youngman serve all of the sentences for a total of 20 Other terms of the plea bargain called for the dismissal of the other two charges in die first as well as the dismissal of two Class C felony child molesting charges that were filed against Youngman in May During the early phases of Fri days Youngman said he understood the terms of the plea But as Smith read more of the including the recom mended prison Young man paused and appeared to con fer with his During breaks in the proceed Hamilton quietly talked with his and had one conference with Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ronald The discussions could not be heard in the court who is the presiding judge of Clinton Superior ultimately stopped the and set May 5 as the date for fur ther Youngman is in the Howard County Criminal Justice and Secretary of State Warren Christopher in Vladivostok on March Arafat The PLOIsrael negotiations were stalled by the 25 mas sacre by a Jewish settler of 30 Palestinians worshiping at a mosque in in the occu pied West A senior Clinton administration official accompanying Christo pher in Asia said the secretary of state has had fairly extensive dis cussions with Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin during his Asian Christopher has been working on a stepbystep process to restart talks on the IsraelPLO peace the official But he said he was uncertain what guarantees Arafat was referring Palestinian sources said earlier Friday that Christopher apparent ly offered a compromise in an effort to woo Arafat back to nego tiations with The offer was made in a let ter to Arafat in which Christopher urged him to resume the negotia tions without they The letter was delivered to Arafat early Friday morning by Ambassador John Arafat told McCarthy he could not respond before consulting with senior aides and other PLO The letter promised the United States would back a resolution calling for a temporary interna tional or foreign presence in the occupied territories in return for the PLOs resumption of Firefighter Von Kirby pulls burning straw from underneath a trailer located behind 812 Jefferson that was destroyed by fire Friday Tribune photo by Tim Bath Fire destroys trailer A trailer that was the tempo rary home for a Kokomo woman was destroyed by fire Merna was tem porarily living in the trailer that was sitting behind her sons house at 812 Jefferson She said she was staying in the trailer while she helped fix up her sons Firefighters were called to the burning trailer at Fri The cause of the fire was an apparent electrical short in the kitchen area of the fire fighters Firefighters estimated the dam age at but it was a lot more for There was a lifetime of memo ries in now theyre all she You cant put a price on things like todays Kokomo Tribune Local Testimony continues in Grund murder Page World Holy month of ends for Mus lim Page Nation Democrats fear that White water could become a cam paign Page 16 Also inside Classified Local News of Prime Down to business Christopher says firm on human rights BEIJING AP The mood of his trip soured by a fresh crack down on Secretary of State Warren Christopher sought today to convince Chinas leaders the United States wont back down from its demands for human rights Reflecting the somber moods of the Christopher canceled plans for a sightseeing trip Sun day to the Forbidden the for mer imperial palace grounds that is one of Beijings leading tourist He is in a downtobusiness said an speaking only of Asked if the change in plans reflected unhappiness over the action of the Chinese the aide There arent many smiles in the Christopher Several of Christophers top Russian advisers are flying to Bei jing for a session Sunday to help him prepare for his meeting in Vladivostok with Russian Foreign Minister Andrei The secretary of state will stop in Vladivostok on Monday and then continue on to Only hours before Christophers arrival on police arrested another the 15th detained in the past 10 And the day Premier Li Peng told the National Peoples Con gress that China would not bow to outside pressure on human China opposes hegemony in any he In White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers I think the action of the Chi nese government in this creates a very unfortunate setting for Christophers There is no change in our We continue to insist there be progress on human rights if are to renew most favored nation trading status for China in she Christopher has repeatedly criti1 cized the and he said that China seems to be going in1 the wrong Growers vote to continue checkoff WASHINGTON AP Soy bean growers have voted to con tinue a program that raises money for promotion and new product development through a fee on their the Agriculture Department said Fri The department said growers voted to continue the soybean checkoff a 54 percent while voted against The vote was required under the 1990 law establishing the About 20 percent of the estimat ed growers cast ballots in the 9 Under the growers pay half a cent for each dollar of raising about million a Half goes to the states and alf to the United Soybean the national promotion The program was approved despite opposition in usu ally the top soybean producing where the turnout was high est and growers voted against the program and for Growers in usually the fourthranked rejected the But in traditionally the secondranked soybean the vote was in favor of the pro Growers in the thirdranked voted in Many Illinois growers expressed concerns about losing their ability to demand The 1990 law that created the national replacing the hodgepodge of state also raised the fee for growers Indiana did not have a checkoff before the 1990 The results of the referendum mean that growers can get a refund of their checkoff only once a