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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 15, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana 191 TRIBUNE March 50 cents Kokomo firefighters and other emergency personnel work to free a local teenager from a demolished vehicle at 31 and Boulevard Monday night Tribune photo by Tim Bath Teenager trapped in automobile Tvvo people injured in twovehicle accident A 17yearold girl was trapped in a vehicle Monday after a twovehicle accident that injured two Tara Oakhurst Valerie 3354 Road 300 South and David 2905 Carter were all treat ed and released from Howard Community according to Ellen com munity relations officer at the According to police Freeman was westbound on Southway Boulevard at around 9 in a gray 1985 Ford Mustang when he disregarded a red traffic light at 31 and Southway and was struck broadside by a 1987 Ford pickup truck driven by Timothy 3354 Road 300 After the Freemans Mustang left the road and came to rest in a ditch southwest of the Tara a passenger in Freemans was trapped in the Kokomo firefight ers were called in and used the Jaws of Life to extricate police All four people involved were not wearing seat police Sailors death was a suicide Parents accused Navy of coverup By DAVID HAWKINGS Thomson News Service WASHINGTON Despite his parents there is no credible evidence that a sailor from Logansport was murdered aboard ship 18 months a con gressional inquiry has Two separate Navy investiga tions into the death of Kenneth were competent and the House Armed Ser vices investigations subcommittee said But the panel found the Navy acted very poorly by initially telling his family three different stories about how Louthain Those conclusions were part of a report on the Navys handling of eight disputed undertaken by Congress at the request of sev eral The summary of the Louthain case echoed the reports two main findings While there are no sys tematic problems with Navy sui cide investigations and no pre disposition to present homicides as the service has often been inept in its dealings with the families of the The Navy tends to display a degree of arrogance when its judgments are questioned by indi viduals outside the the report This in turn offends those on the receiving end and feeds their The parents of the Cass County Don and Carol did not return telephone messages left at their home A spokesman for a support Until We Have called the report lip Alfonse called it a The Louthains have accused the Navy of a coverup and have advanced at least five theories to support their belief their son was the congressional report The report contends that the parents made those charges before they read the reports of two Navy a machinist mate sec ond was found dead at his post aboard the USS a missile cruiser anchored in Montego A telephone cord was wrapped twice around his His body was blocking the only entrance to the room and the door had to be forced His wallet and diary were never A naval autopsy found no signs of trauma or a struggle and concluded the death was from Investigations by both the judge advocate generals office and the Naval Investigative Service ruled out homicide and offered similar theories for Louthains They suggested he may have been drinking and tightened the cord around his own neck to experi ence the initial They said he had a history of cutting abused alcohol and had extreme mood The Navy first told the family that Louthain was found in the water off later that he was found dead at his post and finally that he had been In an interview with Capitol Hill aides last the parents acknowledged Louthain had cut himself in the past but said he abhorred the report The subcommittee found that the Navy went out of its way to investigate and ultimately knock down each of the murder theories That Louthain was killed for refusing to join a plot to murder a shipmate that he died during a hazing incident that he was silenced because of a drug deal or murdered for resisting a ual Suspecting that the officer sent to the funeral may have been involved in his and notic ing makeup on his a family member poured water on Louthi ans the congressional report A Navy inquiry found it was there to cover a Property owners may have to move rocks By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer People who build rock gardens or set up a pile of rocks on the roadway either for aesthetic effect or to prevent other dri vers from taking shortcuts across their may soon find themselves flouting a county Property owners should not be allowed to build rock gardens and other construc tions in the county right of Frank Shanaberger told Howard County Com missioners Shanabarger said his daughter had slid off the roaa during icy conditions and hit a pile of rocks in Stonybrook She incurred about worth of dam age to her Shanabarger said the prop erty owner should have to pay for the deductible on the insurance that his daughter I feel that she should not have to pay for someone elses negligence for putting things on the right of As Shanabarger himself lives in the sub he I dont think that a neighbor should be placed in a position to request money from a I think it was due to an oversight of the county commissioners and the county highway department that obstructions on the county highway have not been moni But the rocks did cause damage and had they not been there would have been no he County Attorney Larry Murrell who had been apprised of the problem before the said he checked and there appears to be no state statute that forbids those It seems reasonable to me that you cant have a right of way on county property and put anything on it without breaking any But I think here should be some Shan abarger In this particular case its about 12 feet past the edge of the highway The commissioners deferred to Engi of the Howard County Highway Department Ted Cain who said the department has always had to deal with this The regular mailboxes will give if its But the brick mail boxes are danger ous because they cause considerable dam age to cars and to the person Cain The rock gardens and other structures have always created problems for the crews especially in snowy conditions when they go out to plow the he When its cold out and it gets its hard to see outside sometimes and people expect us to come and repair their mailboxes if we hit Those rocks could damage the plows and that could cost the he Both Cain and Shanabarger said there are several residents in subdivisions who resort to such constructions or obstruc tions sometimes to prevent drivers from taking shortcuts through their The commissioners advised Cain to study the issue and report back within two Murrell said another consid eration for any would be the manner of enforcing Iditarod Martin Buser driving for finish in record time Alaska AP Martin Buser is rapidly closing in on his second victory in three years in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog and in record Late last in clear cold con ditions in western Buser passed through the checkpoint at 125 miles from the finish line in more than three hours ahead of his nearest Rick If Buser can hold his current he will pass under the burled arch on Front Street late shattering the race record of 10 15 hours and 38 min utes established last year by Jeff Kings 1993 run over the mile route from Anchorage to Nome topped Busers 1992 mark of Also awaiting the winner is a payday from a total purse of Buser said breaking Kings record wouldnt mean much to but becoming the third musher to win more than one Idi tarod would be Thats a pretty elite he referring to fivetime cham pion Rick Swenson and Susan who has four Iditarod Buser arrived in this Bering Sea coastal about 50 miles before early Monday morn and as he fed and rested his he said the only thing he worried about down the stretch was keeping his dogs enthusiastic about the The only thing that would slow me down is a gang he and I fully intend to not have that who won the 1983 Idi tarod and placed third last pulled into ICoyuk at about 3 Alaska an hour after Buser and his dogs had left for Inside Local Closing arguments are planned today in the Susan Ann Grund murder Page Sports Boilermaker fever sweeps Purdue campus on eve of NCAA Page Also inside Classified Local News of WHIM G Strike threat looms at Chrysler By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer The United Auto Workers said today it would strike Chrysler Kokomo casting plant next Tuesday unless company and union officials settle undisclosed health and safety issues at the The union has filed nearly 100 grievances over health and safety concerns at the Company and union officials have refused to release UAW Local representing 902 hourly workers at the casting overwhelmingly sought authorization to strike in a vote March Bob a spokesper son for the said early today the unions international office gave the local authorization to Output at the casting plant and Chryslers adjacent transmission plant has been increased signifi cantly to meet rising demand for Chrysler The transmis sion plant assembles all automatic gearboxes for Chrysler cars and Union and management officials have held talks since early with no Talks were continuing Were optimistic an agreement can be reached before the dead said Chrysler spokesperson Lee Amazing flag heading home LONDON AP A huge American flag captured during the War of 1812 is going The garrison flag from Old Fort is leaving a Scottish castle this afternoon to begin its journey back to It is expected to be back in its original home by Wednesday Its an amazing said Bob president of the Old Fort Niagara The star pat tern is unique among American The flag has 13 stripes and 14 The stars are arranged in a comet with a cluster of stars in the right corner of the blue field with stars shooting out to the Each star is about one foot Rieger The flag has been housed in Megginch Castle in about 30 miles north of Edinburgh in the home of the Baroness It was Lady Stranges greatgreatgranduncle Sir Gordon commander of the British forces in Upper Canada during the War of who captured the It was given to the prince later King George and returned to Drummond sometime before The Old Fort Niagara Association learned of the flags existence about eight years Rieger The association wrote several letters to the but it was not until Riegers then wrote last summer that they got a Two weeks after Diane the associatiqn received an invitation to Megginch Castle to examine the Sothebys appraised nd the association and the baroness settled on a sale price of about It is an extremely rare American We believe it is the eightholdest to Rieger He believes the flag dates from