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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 18, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 225 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Monday April 18 1994 50 cents Straighten it up now Brandon Shupe supervisor of Annex Railroad Builders eye balls the track at the Sycamore Street crossing at Western Avenue to check its alignment Shupe was working on the upgrade of the crossing which has been closed about a week for repairs Drain pipes railway ties and rails are being installed When work is completed in May the surface asphalt will make driving smoother and strengthen the rail road in the process Area motorists and school buses are using a detour route around the crossing Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Local man faces felony charges Allegedly held nieces at knife point A Kokomo man was faces three felony charges after allegedly holding his nieces at knife point and forcing at least one of them to perform sexual acts with him Sat urday Kokomo police arrested James Daniel Puckett 33 922 Danbury Drive for Class B felony criminal confinement and attempted child molest and Class C felony vicari ous sexual gratification in connec tion with the incident Officers were called to Pucketts home at Saturday on a report of a rape in progress A wit ness told police Puckett had picked up his nieces ages 9 11 and 12 from their southside home earlier that day to take them out for the according to a news release from police Sgt Kelvin Archer Puckett allegedly held the girls at knife point and forced at least one of the group of sisters to per form sexual acts with him the release said The 9yearold escaped Pucketts home and called police from a nearby resi dence The girls were not injured The man told officers he had consumed large quantities of alcohol before the alleged inci dent the release said He was treated at Howard Community Hospital and arrested upon his release Police Inspector John Hur lock said he could not disclose Pucketts injuries morning continued to investigate the incident Serbian shells batter refugees Malls going smokeless Ban begins May 1 at Bloomingtons College Mall BLOOMINGTON Ind AP You can buy a lot of things at malls managed by the Simon Property Group but you may not have much use for cigarettes thereafter July 1 Simon has asked all of its malls to implement no smoking policies by July 1 Thats 70 malls in 30 states including 11 throughout Indiana Simon co owns the largest mall in the country the Mall of America in Minneapolis We were seeing more and more of our malls going said Billie Scott spokeswoman for the Indianapolisbased Simon Group We reached a point earlier this year where we said Theres definitely a trend At the College Mall in Bloomington the ban takes effect two months early on May 1 Smokers can indulge their habits in restaurants with smoking sec tions and a cinema lobby Signs have been posted announcing the change mall manager Terri Skirvin said By May 1 stickers will be posted on entrance doors notifying shoppers of the new policy Urns will be placed outside the mall doors for smokers to pitch their butts before entering Those who light up inside will be asked by mall personnel to extinguish their smokes and be given tickets entitling them to Smoker Survival Kits with chewing gum and coupons to mall stores We have heard from a lot of Skirvin said And far and away the majority opinion was against Simons decision to go smokeless is part of a grow ing trend across the country Congress currently is considering legislation that would ban smoking in all public buildings frequented by 10 or more people a week If passed as proposed the owners of buildings that show a pattern of violations with the owners con sent could be fined per day Elmer Strueh from the American Lung Association said banning smoking makes good business sense After all the majority of people dont he said They are finding out that theyre drawing more of the Local Howard County Emergency Management Agency honors its volunteers for service Page A2 Sports Pacers clinch playoff spot with victory at Detroit Page A8 Also inside Business Classified Local News of SARAJEVO BosniaHerzegov ina AP Bosnian Serb guns today rained artillery shells on the anguished Muslim enclave of Gorazde where thousands of pan icky refugees cowered in the streets for lack of shelter The commander in Bosnia said the eastern town was at the Serbs mercy after a weekend of broken promises to halt their attacks and he ruled out further NATO air strikes Seven British officers in Gorazde who directed NATO air raids were evacuated at dawn officials said The renewed bombardment and depth of the Serb advance marked the total failure of policy to deter the bloodshed either with limited air strikes or diplomatic negotiations The envoy from Rus sia a longtime ally of Serbs expressed helplessness and strongly criticized Serb leaders France called for an urgent meeting of the United States Rus sia European Community and United Nations to deal with the Serb challenge to the international French newspapers called the Gorazde situation a surrender and British papers saw it as a defeat for the Western powers President Clinton said air attacks could do little to halt the Serb onslaught He renewed his call for an end to the embar go on selling weapons to Bosnias Muslimled government Shells exploded at a rate of one every 20 seconds dropping at random into the city said Ron Redmond spokesman for the High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva The hospital has taken a direct hit on its Redmond said cit ing reports from UNHCR workers in Gorazde The Red Cross build ing also was reported hit and shells exploded near a mosque 200 yards from the UNHCR office Serb forces said they had over run most of the Gorazde enclave apart from the center of the town itself and a 4to 5mile strip along the northern bank of the Drina River That reduced the area held by government troops to a thrMof what they had before the Serb offensive began in the region three weeks ago The zone was declared one of six safe havens nearly a year ago but the United Nations has proved unable to help the enclaves people many of whom are refugees from other Bosnian areas In my view there is very little way to control the Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin told reporters in Zagreb Croatia He spent the weekend negotiating with Bosnian Serb leaders and said he had never heard so many broken promises Things are Churkin said Lt Gen Sir Michael Rose com mander of peacekeeping forces in Bosnia said Bosnian Serbs could enter the town when ever they wish The town is at their mercy and we are on the edge of a major humanitarian cat Rose said Doomsday Project will die this year NEW YORK AP A super secret billion project designed to keep the government function ing after a nuclear attack has gone the way of the Cold War The New York Times reported today The Doomsday as it is known will be abandoned according to military officials quoted in the newspaper Wtih the project the Pentagon sought to create an unbreakable chain of command for military and civilian leaders that could withstand a 6month war includ ing a sustained nuclear attack on Washington That was the requirement six said Bruce Blair a for mer Strategic Air Command offi cer who analyzed nuclear war programs in the 1980s And at the end we had to have a cohesive chain of command with control over our remaining nuclear forces that would give us leverage over the he said Like many other Cold War pro grams the Doomsday Projects details remain top secret The pro ject was an amalgam of 20 black programs so highly classified that only a handful of military and civilian personnel knew of them That raised the bureaucratic nightmare to the nth Blair said No one knew what anyone else was The 11yearold project which officially ends Oct 1 included a network called the Presidential Survivability Support System The system had 200 commandos who would secure surviving leaders in scores of hidden bunkers Powerball rises to million INDIANAPOLIS AP The Powerbnll jackpot will be worth million Wednesday after no one correctly matched all six num bers in the weekend drawing the Hoosier Lottery said No one won the million Lotto Cash jackpot on Saturday either the lottery said Sunday Lotto Cash will be worth million in next Saturdays drawing Hoosier Lottery officials said 51 players matched five Lotto Cash numbers to win each For matching four numbers players win each Nineteen Powerball tickets including two in Indiana matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball to win the games second prize The grand prize Saturday was worth million Ray Zors demise SHARPSVILLE Ind The Rev Montgomery Mullins por trayed by Jim presides over the funeral for Ray explaining that the deceased was a cut above before he was laid to rest What looked like a normal funeral and burial was far from it as the ceremony kicked off the Tipton County Sesquicentennial beardand mustachegrowing con tests The event was conducted Saturday during Family Day at the Kelley Farm Museum at 31 and 550 North Any one not wishing to grow a beard or mustache must buy a smoothie permit available at all local hair salons Tribune photo by Dave Hess
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