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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 3, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 210 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Sunday April Butane fad kills teens Household substances used for high By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer When somebody mentions deadly drugs usually cocaine or heroin is the first to come to mind not butane But a fad in drugs inhaling butane has proven to be a killer as well The deadly fad possibly was the cause for the death of Curtis Andrew Stone 18 1801 Northview Blvd He died March 26 after allegedly inhaling the sub stance It also was responsible for three other deaths in Indiana James W Ice 16 Kokomo died July 1991 after he and several friends inhaled butane Two oth ers were from Hancock County Sniffing butane is just like playing Russian roulette with your said Jeff Stout Howard County Coroner He attempted to revive Stone at the scene but it was too late Stout said the effects of inhaling the substance is a brief intense hallucinogenic high often followed by unconscious ness Death can occur if normally oxygenated blood becomes satu rated with hydrocarbons causing the heart to stop Following Ices death state leg islatures called attention to the butane issue by passing a law making it illegal to sniff the sub stance Since the law went into effect July 1 1992 there was a drastic drop in individuals who where using the substance Rep Earle Howard DKokomo said According to Det Sean Kinney of the Kokomo Police Depart ment some people are sniffing everything from paint and glue to cooking spray and hair spray to get high The gas in the aerosol sprays butane or whatever is used is usually sprayed into a bag and breathed in by placing the bag over their Kinney said Unfortunately the only time this subject is brought up is when Related stories Teens death sends an explosive message about butane sniffing Page 3 somebody dies There are so many other household products that can be used to do the same thing that the bill didnt You cant lock up When the substance is sprayed into a bag the gas floats in the bag The rest or the substance paint air spray or whatever is used sticks to the sides of the bag So the only thing that is inhaled are the deadly gases he said Howard and Sen Steve Johnson RKokomo persistently pursued the bill banning butane inhaling until it was made law We called attention to the butane after conversa tions with other legisla tors about the problem of this new Howard said The bill took a lot of the air out of it and made people more aware of the dangers but apparently its still The amendment was added to the glue sniffing section of the Indiana Criminal Code Book which states a person who with intent to cause a condition of intoxication or dulling the senses ingests or inhales the fumes of model glue or any substance that contains toluene acetone ben zene Nbutyl any aliphatic nitrate unless prescribed by a or butane commits a Class B misdemeanor and could face up to 180 days in jail and a fine According to Kokomo Police and Howard County Sheriff Department no arrests have been made since the law was passed Sheriff deputy Maj Phil Tem plin said even with a new still hard to prove someone inhaled the substance The problem is that its hard to trace butane in the he said Unless they admit to inhaling it its hard to charge Cruise events include arrest Womans trip to Antarctica exciting By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer As if mingling with penguins albatrosses and icebergs wasnt exhilarating enough Joyce De Poy had the added glamour of being arrested while on a 16day cruise to Antarctica and the Falkland Islands We the travelers werent arrested our ship was Avvd we were never in any danger at any explained De Poy who returned to her Delco Electronics job on March 27 De Poy 52 who works in microchips at Delcos Fab III plant describes herself as a heavyduty who has gone on a tiger hunt in India sailed up the Amazon River and explored Machu Piccu in Peru Together with friend Linda Eas ton of Rochester who is retired from Delco De Poy signed up for the cruise aboard a Russian scien tific research vessel the Akademik loffe All 77 international travelers were taken to the bowels of the ship to view the oceanographic research equipment once used by the Russian Academy of Sciences to explore the ocean deep In 1991 the snip was involved m subsea geology and the physical chemi cal and biological characteristics of the sea They left Miami on March 8 for Argentina where they were to board the ship for the polar expe dition Ushuaia on Tiera DeFuego On the ship they were given a lec ture on the flora and fauna of the area they would be touring Antarctica was absolutely De Poy said clos ing her eyes in recollection My eyes were full my mind was At the point where the icy Antarctic waters converge with the warmer waters of the other oceans there is a dramatic shift in temperature Just cruising through the Drake Passage where the waters were stormy and pas sengers stomachs heaved in sync was an experience she said Linda and I fared very well We didnt throw up at she said Along with huge tabular ice bergs they encountered the alba tross and other birds peculiar to that region De Poy rattled off a string of wildlife that she saw elephant seals leopard seals dolphins Of the albatross she said Theyre huge with an 8foot wing spread But theres no plant life to speak of other than algae Apparently penguins have no fear of humans and were rather friendly They toddle right up to you like she said While in the South Pole they stayed aboard the ship and con Wheres that egg Jeremy Thomes 5 Kokomo does his best to find the egg that contained the grand prize in the Carver Community Cen ter Easter egg hunt which took place Saturday at Studebaker Park was for children ages 2 to 10 Prizes were given for finding special eggs and for different categories Children were asked to bring baskets for egg collection The egg hunt was sponsored by the Carver Center American Legion Post 177 Auxiliary Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Princess Kokomo Temple 1163 and the Road Knights Tribune photo by Tribune photo by Anne Attacks may lead to evacuations SARAJEVO BosniaHerzegovina AP New attacks were reported Saturday on the Muslim enclave of Gorazde which has been under siege by Bosnian Serbs for more than a year In northwestern Bosnia the Red Cross made plans to evacuate thou sands of Muslims and Croats being terrorized by Serbs Bosnian radio reported that artillery fire on Gorazde in southeastern Bosnia began shortly after daybreak A ham radio operator in Gorazde whose broadcast was monitored in Zagreb Croatia report ed 30 people were killed and 200 wounded Saturday On Friday Bosnian radio reported some of the fiercest battles of Gorazde and said dozens of Serb troops were killed The Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA said one Serb soldier died There was no independent confirmation of the Serb bombardment Serbs have amassed 50 tanks in the region and defenders claim the troops are being reinforced by soldiers from Serbdominated Yugoslavia Joyce De Poy was on a ship which was arrested recently by the British government Photo provided ducted daily hikes inland to explore penguin rookeries seal wallows and whale feeding f rounds and isolated research ases On their way back through Drake Passage the ship was scheduled to stop a night and a day at the Falkland Islands All went well the first day when anchored at Port Stanley for day excursions to the shore trekking and sightseeing We were supposed to sail the next evening but when we got to the ship we were told that the ship had been arrested by the British De Poy said Apparently a sister ship of the cruise company had failed to pay repair bills of about at a dockyard in Ger many The Germans had contact ed the British authorities since the 1982 war Falklands came under control of the British and placed the ship under arrest We were free to come and go as we De Poy but the ship couldnt sail on schedule The people of the Falklands took us into their hearts and their They were eventually released after six days and taken to a small commercial airport in Chile From there we took a fivehour bus north across the Patagonian desert to Rio Gallegos the worlds southernmost city on Tierra Del Fuega at the tip of Argentina It was very bleak De Poy said At a small airport in Rio Galle gos after several hours of waiting around they were flown to Buenos Aires and then on to Miami The ship and crew are still at Port Stanley and they have agreed to let us know the outcome of the she said adding that they bonded with the crew during the cruise They were really very nice to us and even the people in the trip all seemed to get along so In fact a group including De Poy are planning their next expedition which will be to Rwanda Africa in 1995 Inside todays Tribune Baseball 1994 For a look at the beginning of the baseball season turn to the Sports section on Page 21 AP photo Local Find out what the Kokomo Center School Board expects to hear at an April 11 meeting Page 2 Also inside Business markets Classified Dr Local News of
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