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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 16, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 192 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Wednesday March 50 cents Kokomo Police Department Patrolman Arnett picks up a knife used in a stabbing incident Tuesday night Tribune photo by Tim Bath Local boy stabbed during fight Four other Kokomo youths arrested after incident By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer A Kokomo boy was stabbed Tuesday during a fight and Kokomo police said they arrested four Kokomo youths after the incident The 13yearold suffered stab wounds to his front collar bone area and to the back left of his shoulder according to a press release by Kokomo police Specialist Orville Harness Police refused to release the victims name because he is a juvenile who now has been charged with battery The youth was transferred from the scene to the at Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center he was treated and released for the stab wounds Kokomo police were called out at to the 1000 block of E Broadway on a report of a stabbing the release said Investigations revealed that four juveniles were involved in a physical confrontation at that location An 11yearold male reportedly pulled a knife on a 13yearold and stabbed nim during the fight police said The victim and the 11yearold suspect were both arrested on battery charges according to police Further investigations resulted in the arrest of two other female juveniles Two females ages 8and 10yearold were arrested on bat tery charges for their involvement in the fight All four juveniles were referred to the Robert J Kinsey Youth Center police said Police will continue to question witnesses and said that the case is under investigation Lottery road show comes to Kokomo What would you do if faced with a million decision By MARK K LYONS Tribune television critic By only 15 minutes after the Havens Auditorium doors opened people are being turned away from Tuesdays tap ing of the Hoosier Millionaire television show Not a seat among Havens 908 can be spared As consolation prizes to those who didnt even get in the door a member of the Hoosier Lottery staff hands out scratchoff tickets Kip Coons of the Hoosier Lot tery s public relations department hit that prediction square on the head Today may be one of the first times we have to turn people away at the he said Tues day afternoon By 3 the line of audience hopefuls was a halfblock long While they shivered outside two dozen employees of WTTV Chan nel 4 were busy snaking cords in from semitractortrailers through an open door at the rear of the auditorium and across the stage floor Producer Bob Moiintel warms up the crowd with a few anecdotes about life and the Hoosier Mountel who has been the shows producer almost since its inception will be the first to tell you every show is different When situations come up and they will well work our way through Mountel said in a Tuesdayafternoon interview We always have paramedics standing by in case we need them and weve needed them twice but weve never had a serious prob lem we kind of know what to One of the production crews main goals is putting contestants at ease and having a good time with them A lot of these people have never been on TV before let alone before a crowd of this size Theyre comforted by the fact that if they say or do anything embar rassing we can edit it With cameras ready and videotape rolling Mountel encourages the crowd to give the crew one full minute of applause We get around because its the only way many people can see Mountel said Its a real energy boost because we get an such an energizing feeling from Although Havens is smaller than most of the places Hoosier Millionaire goes when its on the road Coons emphasized the show tries to go to places which support the lottery Howard County is one of those places as its tied for 10th place among highest percapita lottery sales County sales amount to about per person per week Mountel introduces host Mark Patrick who gets a rousing welcome Terre Haute was Mountel said of the audience noise level They said it hadnt been that loud there in the Hul man Center on the campus of Indiana State University since Larry Bird graduated We have one of the highest rated lottery shows in the nation why Because for one we offer a top prize of million two we have a cash drawing for audience members at the end and three its a chance for the viewers and the audience to get to know the con Although changes are still made in the Hoosier Millionaire for mat Mountel said the minor changes are often the ones with the most impact Coons related that contestants liked the instant tickets prize bet ter than the trip offered a few years ago And the option which the millionaireround participants have now the choice between and a chance at the dollar value behind one of four numbers is only eight weeks old Patrick and local resi dents Alan King and Corean Snow sing Bingo as a round Five minutes later costars Barbara Hobbs and Tony Lamont are introduced six minutes after ward taping begins Most Hoosiers are downto earth Mountel said We tell them the worst thing that can happen is if you only win so have fun while youre on the Please see Page Inside Business Classified Local News of Japanese automakers in trouble Hit by higher yen tougher competition TOKYO AP After years of being portrayed as sharptoothed predators out to get Detroits Big Three Japanese automakers now find themselves struggling to keep their share of the market from slipping further A onetwo punch of the higher yen which has forced them to raise prices and competition from a resurgent auto industry has cut Japans share of American car and light truck sales from percent in 1991 to around 23 percent last year Despite efforts by Japans automakers to stop the slide by cutting costs stepping up production and introducing new models analysts say the news is likely to get worse before it gets better I dont think theyll regain the share of the market they once says Jonathan Dobsori an auto analyst at Jardine Fleming Securities After enjoying steadily increasing sales through the 1980s Japanese car makers lost their two main advantages over American rivals in the early 1990s first when Detroit closed the gap in quality and then when the yen shot up some 20 percent against the dollar Now instead of costing about less than comparable American models Japanese small cars fetch on average about more From now on its going to be price competitiveness rather than quality which is hard for the Japanese to do now because of the higher Dobson said Analysts say the Japanese goofed by investing heavily in setting up luxury divisions like Toy otas Lexus Hondas Acura and Nissan Motor Infiniti just as the world economy was slowing Analysts agree that the high value of the yen and high fixed costs in Japan mean that the automakers cant export their way out of the current troubles Grund is guilty By ANN HUBBARD Tribune Peru Bureau PERU Ind After 13 hours of deliberation a jury of 10 women and two men found Susan Ann Grund 35 guilty of murder ing her husband and former Miami County prosecutor James H Grund Screams of joy were heard throughout the courtroom as the verdict was read by Special Judge John F Surbeck of Allen Superior Court Fort Wayne Family members of James H Grund seated in the second row from the jury box in the Superior Courtroom began hugging and crying as one by one each juror confirmed to the judge this was their verdict On the other side of the room Susan sat silently at the defense table weeping with her head bent and a hand holding a handker chief over her mouth Susan who had started crying before the jury entered looked pleadingly at the jury as they entered the courtroom to announce her fate According to jail personnel Susan said she had been praying all day during deliberations and even had a visit from a Gideon minister Tuesday evening Susan faces 30 to 60 years in prison and up to a fine for the murder She was convicted of shooting James H Grund in the left eye with a 9mm semiauto matic handgun Aug 3 1992 in their home at7 Summit Drive She was arrested Nov and has been lodged in the Miami County Jail since then Surbeck set a tentative sentenc ing date for 10 April 15 although Charles Scruggs Susans attorney said Susan waived her right to be sentenced in 30 days Im glad its Scruggs said this morning of the trial It takes a lot out of you I think Susan was convicted through the efforts of Wil Siders I think he was very thorough I think Wil deserves the Scruggs said an appeal is auto matic in any conviction of a mur Grund der case The defendant has to take the steps unlike in a capital mur der case where the Indiana Supreme Court makes it auto matic Im sure she will appeal however I dont plan to handle Scruggs added He said he got paid for the two trials but Susan has no funds to pursue the appeal He expects the court will appoint a lawyer to handle her appeal Generally it is better to have a different lawyer to handle the he explained Anappeal doesnt mean shell get a new trial It means the Indi ana Supreme Court takes a look at the record to see if the court made any legal errors that denied the defendant a fair trial But he added he believed it was a fair trial I dont think there were any errors in the trial Surbeck is an excellent trial Scruggs said The jury began deliberating about Tuesday after closing statements by both attor neys The verdict was announced at this morning About 2 Tuesday jurors requested to see the evidence again They were interested in hearing the tape of the phone call Susan made to Dukes Memorial Hospital for an ambulance after finding her hiis band dead in the master bedroom Following the announcement Miami County Prosecutor Wil Siders shook the hand of James A Grund James H Grunds father We finally made it I knew you James A Grund said Family and friends continued to cry and hug after the court was adjourned I feel like I can grieve said Lee Holmes a Peru businessman and former child hood friend of James H Grund There is a Connie Grund James H Grunds mother whispered to friends with tears in her eyes Winner Martin Buser pulls out of the White Mountain checkpoint Tuesday afternoon 77 miles away from Nome Alaska and the finish line of the grueling Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Buser broke the race record when he crossed the finish line early this morning after 10 days 13 hours 2 minutes and 39 seconds of rugged sled racing He wins a prize AP photo