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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 17, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Vol 143 No 193 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO TRIBUNE Thursday March 17 1994 50 cents Workers voting on contract with GM i Could end 3day strike at Ohio plants DAYTON Ohio AP A ten tative agreement between General Motors Corp and the United Auto Workers could end a threeday strike at two Ohio brakemaking plants that has hindered produc tion at GM assembly operations in Indiana and other states About workers at the GM Delco Chassis Division plants were scheduled to vote today on the new threeyear contract The contract agreement between GM and UAW Local 696 came after an eighthour bargaining ses sion Wednesday Neither the union nor the company would provide details on the pact The walkout which began Mon day after negotiators failed to agree on a new contract by a unionimposed deadline forced GM assembly plants in Michigan Indiana and Wisconsin to suspend production as they ran out of parts Local 696 President Joe Hasen jager said the two sides had been divided over issues including job security and GM which produces a far greater percentage of its own parts than rivals Ford Motor Co and Chrysler has sought to cut costs by contracting with smaller companies for parts pro duction a practice known as out The UAW sought a company promise to build a new generation of brake parts in its Delco plant in Dayton But GM proposed hiring an Australian company to make an aluminum part that would replace a cast iron part made in Dayton union officials said The automaker said the strike at Delco brought assembly lines to a halt at its plants in Fort Wayne Lansing and Janesville Wis Jury trial set for local man accused of shaking baby ByMIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer A July 22 jury trial has been set for a Kokomo man who is accused of shaking his 4monthold son and hitting the childs head against the floor late last year Richard Lee Campbell III 20 1500 Markland Ave Lot 88 appeared in Howard Circuit Court Wednesday for an initial hearing on four felony charges that were filed against him March 9 According to Kokomo police Campbell was arrested at his home in the Stoney Creek Trailer Park March 10 on Class B felony charges of aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent and two counts of Class D felony battery The charges stem from an inves tigation conducted by Kokomo police who responded to the emergency room of Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center Dec 4 after receiving a report of a possi ble child abuse victim who was undergoing treatment a probable cause affidavit said During an interview with KPDs Lt Larkin Fourkiller Campbell said that he had not told the truth about how his son Cody A Campbell was injured during ear lier discussions with hospital offi cials and police according to the affidavit It was also during the Dec 4 interview with Fourkiller that Campbell confessed to injur ing his son and gave a demon stration as to how the injuries were inflicted court records said The four charges stem from inci dents that police and prosecutors allege took place at Campbells home The charges of aggravated battery and neglect of a depen dent accuse Campbell of hitting the babys head against the floor and the resulting injuries included subdural or bleed ing on the and intercra nial The charges allege the injuries occurred on or before Dec 4 In his audio and videotaped confession court records said Campbell told Fourkiller that he injured the baby on Dec 4 by slamming the childs head forcibly into the floor of the livingroom in the Campbell allegedly told vthe officer that he was angry with the child because he was crying Please see Jury Page 12 St Patricks surprise Betty Williams a patient at Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center receives a St Patricks Day balloon from Chris Wolfe of Kelly Services Wednesday Teaming with Balloon Boutique the companies decided to spread some St Patricks Day cheer Kelly Services is also donating 80 hours of free temporary help from its Kokomo office to 10 local nonprofit organizations as part of the Kelly Week Celebration this week Some of the local organizations receiving the help include the United Way American Red Cross Kokomo Rescue Mission Family Intervention Center Salvation Army and the Peru Circus Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Western youth detained after poison threat A 13yearold was taken to Robert J Kinsey Youth Center Wednesday after admitting he planned to poison a principal at Western School according to the Howard County Sheriff Department Sheriff deputies said they received a report from Ron Colby principal of Western Middle School near Russiaville at about a young man who was going to do bodily narm to him The boy a Howard County resi dent and student at Western Mid dle School reportedly wrote a note to his girlfriend stating he was going to do something to Colby The note was intercepted and given to Colby according to Major Phil Templin Templin said the note stated the boy was going to put some white powder into the principals coffee He said it is unknown what the powder was Colby this morning confirmed the incident took place at his school But he hung up on the Kokomo Tribune when asked for further details Please dont make an issue of he said Do you want a story or do you want me to hang up He did say before hanging up that the boy involved went home with his father and no criminal charges were involved However Georgeann Loe Kin sey Center intake supervisor said the boy was taken to the youth center and was charged with intimidation She also said the case paper work will be forwarded to the prosecutors office Western Schools Interim Super intendent Smith was out of his office this morning and could not be reached for comment Inside St Patricks Day A little blarney about shamrock day Page 6 Sports Indianas Bob Knight says hes not a bad fella Page 8 Also inside Business markets 1617 Classified ads 1821 Comics 23 DearAbby 20 21 Entertainment 15 Farm 11 Local news 23 News of record 12 Obituaries 12 Opinion 67 Sports 810 Style 1314 INK HUNTED 1 SGYINKl Star Trek landing at IUK Selfproclaimed Trekkie offering workshop here By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer The man who next week will teach an Indiana University Kokomo course on Star Trek said the television show and movie series are more than just good science fiction theyre statements about society Anderson University Associate Professor John Aukerman said the shows message is that we have to learn to work through our dif ferences We see that were going to make it were not going to blow ourselves The Star Trek movies and both television series are set in about the 23rd century Aukerman said and through those shows and movies viewers can see what life could be like if society does not selfdestruct Gene Roddenberry series cre ator once said the basic message of Star Trek is that we must learn how to live together or we shall certainly die Aukerman said A selfproclaimed Trekkie since age 16 Aukerman will teach Star Trek Its Relevance and Implica tions at lUKs Continuing Edu cation Center from 9 to 1 March 26 The workshop will look at the deeper meanings of Star Trek he said in a telephone inter view from AU Aukerman spends most of his time teaching Christian education in AUs School of Theology To make points in class he often uses examples from Star Trek I have a reputation on campus for being the Star Trek he said But how could Star Trek be used to explain theology There are a lot of he said In the original series there was one called Let That Be Your Last There were two races fighting against each other One races skin was black on one side and white on the other and the other races skin was just the opposite It was obvi ous to us that they were one race just colored differently Aukerman has taught the Star Trek workshop three times at Anderson though this is the class debut at IUK He expects mostly Trekkies to be in the local work shop but warns that those plan ning to sign up shouldnt expect a Star Trek convention This will be kind of a serious look at Star he said The course costs For more information and to register call the IUK Office of Continuing Studies at 4559426 Tonya Harding pleads guilty She also resigns from Figure Skating Association Tonya Harding signs plea agreement in Portland court Wednesday AP photo PORTLAND Ore AP In a quiet voice in a packed courtroom Tonya Harding gave up her sport in exchange for staying out of prison Tonya Harding national figure skating champion became Tonya Harding convicted felon She pleaded guilty to conspiring to hin der prosecutors investigating the attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan and resigned from the Figure Skating Association Id just like to say Im really sorry 1 inter told the judge on Wednesday Harding will get no jail time and will not be prosecuted in any other jurisdiction But at age 23 her competitive career is over and in fines and court costs wont leave much money from her lucrative deal with the television show Inside As part of the agreement with prosecutors Harding must get a psychiatric evaluation and undergo counseling I am committed to seeking professional help and turning my full attention to getting my personal life in Harding said This objective is more important than my figure Harding was to have left the country this morning to skate in next weeks world cham pionships in Japan Now her travel is restrict ed to Oregon Washington and California dur ing three years of probation Without her USFSA membership she cant compete in any amateur event and is barred from the two lucrative proam competitions Promoters may not want her in ice shows given the taint of the Kerrigan affair Ending Hardings competitive skating career was important to deputy district attorney Norm Frink who watched in frustration as she maneuvered in court to avoid discipline from the Olympic Committee and the USFSA I think it was a matter of Frink said What made this case especially signifi cant was the attempt to defraud a national Kerrigan was struck above the right knee in Detroit on Jan 6 knocking her out of the national championships and leaving Harding free to win the title and a spot on the Olympic team Hardings exhusband Jeff Gillooly said she was in on the plot and gave the final goahead to eliminate Kerrigan from the event In her guilty plea Harding admitted to con spiring with Gillooly and her bodyguard Shawn Eckardt to concoct a false alibi only hours after her return from the nationals on Jan 10 Left unresolved is the central question Was Harding in on the plot Frink insists the answer is yes There is obviously substantial evidence for her involvement in the conspiracy and the aid ing and abetting of the he said Judge Donald Louder ordered Harding to pay a fine in prosecution expenses and contribute to Special Olympics She also will serve 500 hours of community service Asked if she suffered from any emotional or psychological problems Harding paused then said 1 dont After the hearing Harding thanked her fam ily and friends then asked reporters to please give me my time and my Meanwhile the criminal investigation con tinues A grand jury on Monday is expected tp indict Eckardt hit man Shane Slant and away car driver Derrick Smith   

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