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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 23, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Vol 143 No 199 Kokomo Ind Wednesday March Former land owner wins award Jury verdict was above court appraisal By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer A Howard Circuit Court jury Tuesday night awarded to the former owner of parcels of land where the Howard County Criminal Justice Center and the Robert J Kinsey Youth Center sit The sixmember jury deliberat ed from to 6 before reaching the amount to be paid to Stephen Miller a court official said Miller was the owner of the site of the former Miller Packing Co Miller had requested a jury trial to resolve the issue records of the case said The parcel was earlier appraised at by two courtappoint ed appraisers The Howard County Board of Commissioners that initiated the complaint for the appropriation of the land in 1991 are expected to request the difference between the two amounts from the Howard County Council during an April meeting In the civil court action the county commission said the residual real estate adjacent to the disputed property owned by Miller Packing would benefit from the improvements brought by the jail and juvenile center which were built along Berkley Road The real estate appropriation action said that prior to its filing the Board of Commissioners offered Miller for the land But the commission and Miller were unable to agree on the pur chase price or the amount of damages if any suffered by Miller Packing Ground was broken for the Howard County Criminal Justice Center in May 1992 The grand opening was April With recentlyinstituted double bunking the facility now has bed space for 243 prisoners Kinsey Youth Center employee under arrest Class C felony child molest charge By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer Kokomo police arrested a Kin sey Youth Center employee Tues day after he was found in a motel room Saturday with a 13yearold female who was on a weekend passfrom the youth center fty Steven R Hogan 31 1126 E Walnut was arrested at Tuesday on a warrant out of Howard County Superior Court 3 on a Class C felony child molest charge according to Capt Michael Holsapple Hogan is currently incarcerated at the Howard County Criminal Justice Center in lieu of a bond According to Jan Weaver Kin sey Youth Center director Hogan was fired when he was first ques tioned by police Saturday The decision was made by Weaver and Program Director Jim Parks Weaver said that Hogans job as a child care worker consisted of routine supervision and coordina tion of the juveniles She said that for detainees to get weekend passes they have to earn points for different accom plishments and projects and that Hogan did not have anything to do with the female getting the pass She denied to comment any more on the situation The warrant was issued after police investigated a possible child molest involving a 13year old female at a local motel According to court records Hogan and the female allegedly had sexual intercourse at the Econo Lodge 2040 S Reed Road Police said that investigations indicate that the alleged sexual intercourse between the two has happened several times in the past The 13yearold female was being detained at the youth center for several months police said She was released from the center to the custody of her mother on a condition of parental supervision for what was described as an earned weekend pass The mother told police that after her daughter had left to visit a friend she received a phone call stating that her daughter was in a room at a local hotel The mother drove to the motel and found the two in a room together police said She then immediately drove her daughter back to the center where police were contacted Family affair Dave White Kokomo ran three miles through Country Club Hills the hard way Tuesday While running he pushed his two children Wylie 5 and Wesley 3 in a Kiddie Kart The cart is designed to be pulled behind a bicycle but Dave customized it so he could push and run at the same time Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Hot off the press Kokomo Tribune pressman Larry Clark examines a part of the 1994 Progress edition Celebrating a Rich Business Heritage as it is printed Tuesday The 80page edition which includes stories and photos about historical business es in the Kokomo area will be distributed in Sundays edi tion 1994 marks the 150th anniversary of Kokomo and Howard County Tribune photo by Tim Bath Stakes high in Korea North Korea is a Class A international threat WASHINGTON AP At its core the search for a solution to the North Korean nuclear prob lem means deciding which risk is less acceptable a North Korea with limited nuclear weapons or another Korean War with Ameri can lives at stake Neither war nor a nuclear North Korea is inevitable But they are the fundamental risks inchoices for resolving the standoff The ground between those two obviously undesirable extremes has been trod by the United States and its allies for a full year and tensions have only increased North Korea alternately declared its intention to drop out of the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty agreed to stay in then threatened to opt out talks with the government in Pyongyang have started stopped started and stopped again International inspectors have checked North Koreas nuclear facilities been chased out refused to go back agreed to go back and this month denied again Patience so far has paid few div idends to the nations that want to stop North Koreas nuclear pro gram although the interlude has given the isolated country much more international attention than it could otherwise have gained Some analysts believe the North is using the nuclear threat as a way to gain diplomatic recognition from the United States It also has given North Korea more time to work on its nuclear program which it contends is strictly for peaceful purposes The United States says trie evidence is overwhelming that the country actually is building nuclear AP analysis Fox bombs although opinions are divided on whether it already has one or more So what if North Korea does have a nuclear weapon or two Is that more of a danger than an allout conventional war that would almost certainly take a hor rifying toll not only on Koreans north and south but also kill some of the American troops that are stationed there Richard Fisher thinks it is He is senior research analyst at the con servative Heritage Foundations Asian Studies Center in Washing ton and he believes the United States needs to show North Kore an dictator Kim IlSung that it is willing to risk war They are a Class A internation al Fisher said and failing to stiffen resolve at this point will only encourage Kim to cling to his nuclear ambitions Besides Fisher argued no one can be sure that stepping up pressure on the North Koreans would be more likely to trigger war than any other tactic They are unfath he said In at least one sense history may be on Fishers side Many his torians believe it was Secretary of State Dean Achesons National Press Club speech on Jan in which he left Korea out of the American defense perimeter in Asia that convinced Kim that Washington would not intervene if he invaded the south Kims forces crossed into the south in June 1950 and nearly ran the small reinforcements off the peninsula before the allies recovered and fought North Korea and Chinese forces to a stalemate that ended in July 1953 The United States Institute of Peace a nonpartisan group char tered by Congress concluded recently in a fivemonth study of the problem that a North Korean nuclear bomb is not the main security threat to the region The big threat said Richard Solomon the institutes president is the norths conventional mili tary power which includes a mil lionman army about two thirds of which is deployed within 60 miles of the Demilitarized Zone dividing north and south and an artillery force that threatens Seoul the South Korean capital Inside todays Kokomo Tribune Local Two Howard County Jail lawsuits are settled Page 2 Style Try something special Sun day Page 13 Sports The Falcons and the Colts appear close to working out a deal for Jeff George Page 8 Also inside Business Classified Dear Local News of   

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