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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 27, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana K Vol 143 No 234 OKOMO Kokomo Ind Wednesday April 50 cents Nixons funeral is today Mourners line up for three miles YORBA LINDA Calif AP Presidents and other dignitaries gathered for Richard Nixons funeral today but the night belonged to ordinary people who stood for hours in chilly damp weather to say goodbye Mourners waited up to eight hours in a line three miles long to file past the flagdraped mahogany casket of the 37th pres ident borne home with fanfare Tuesday to the place of his austere childhood Youre standing out there for hours in the cold You dont know what to expect But those five minutes made the whole thing worth it It was worth every said a tearful Barbara Casey 46 of Westminster Nixons body was carriedhome aboard the same blueandwhite jet that brought him back to Cali fornia after ne resigned in dis grace 20 years ago He died Friday in New York at age 81 after a stroke An estimated people had filed past the closed casket at the Richard Nixon Library Birth place by early today waiting for hours as temperatures fell below 50 degrees The viewing was to continue nearly until noon with the funeral this afternoon at 6 Eastern Standard Time The funer al ceremonies will be covered live by the major television networks Six hours before the viewing ended officials were discouraging people from getting on the lines end because they wouldnt make it through before the 11 clos ing time But the crowd showed no signs of letting up In the librarys lobby mourners were greeted by a photograph of a grinning Nixon giving a thumbs up gesture Wreaths from China Poland and Russia adorned the coffin which stood on a pedestal under the gaze of a military honor guard Visitors during the day Tuesday waited through intermittent rain and hail Some wore Nixon cam paign buttons Some wept quietly One woman crossed herselt Todays ceremony was for the powerful with every living presi dent and delegations from at least 55 countries expected President Clinton who as a student protest ed Nixons Vietnam War policies was to deliver a eulogy Frozen Lucifer stolen Pythons skin worth PASCO Wash AP In a chilling tale of thievery police say someone stole the carcass of a 12 foot Burmese python from Janice Zumwaits freezer Zumwalt adopted the 85pound snake and named it Lucifer three years ago after the local Humane Society found the reptile aban doned at a vacant house But Lucifer was only 7 feet long then and as he grew so did his appetite Zumwalt was feeding him two to three 7pound rabbits every two weeks and worrying that he might make a meal out of her 4yearold son Amel She said a taxidermist told her freezing would be a humane way of disposing of the snake so on April 8 she tucked Lucifer into a burlapandplastic wrap and placed him in her freezer She planned to have him skinned and sold for snakeskin goods Its a value a Zumwalt said But on Sunday she noticed it was gone Sheriffs deputies are hoping someone might have seen a suspi cious character dragging a gunny sack through the neighborhood Rescue workers carry a man who had been trapped inside his West Lafayette home early this morning AP photo Tornado hits West Lafayette Death toll rises as rescuers search through rubble WEST LAFAYETTE Ind AP A tornado spun off from a band of heavy storms and struck a subdivision mobile home park and a factory early today killing two people and injuring at least 51 others In addition police were trying to free a man and two children who were buried in a mobile home but were thought to be alive An early toll included at least 30 mobile homes destroyed at the Sagamore Village Estates mobile home park outside West Lafayette about two miles north of Purdue University One of the dead was found in that neighbor hood Other homes were damaged or destroyed in the Melody Homes subdivision a short distance away where the body of another storm victim was discovered More rain hitting here tonight The Kokomo area received inches of rain between 1 and 3 today said local weather observer Robert Wise He predicted more rain through the weekend in what he called roller coaster weather Wise said limbs were downed by overnight storms with the citys south side hit harder than the north side Wind gusts in Kokomo hit 51 mph at Another quarterinch of rain is expected overnight and another halfinch was called for Thursday Another inch will fall Saturday and Sunday Wise said This morning Kokomos April rainfall total had reached inches The normal rainfall amount for this month is After a partly cloudy day rain was expected to enter the area late tonight The low will be 40 Showers are likely again Thursday with a high of 55 Showers will end Thursday night and the low will be 35 Fridays high will be 50 Temperatures will continue to plunge through Sunday and frost could cover the ground that night Wise said after dawn damage at the nearby Lafayette There was also substantial Venetian Blind Factory where a been reported Atleast six of the 51 injuries were Telephone lines and power were out in most of the area i The tornado hit the factory over two homes struck the subdivision and then the trailer park said Capt Dave Murtaugh of the Tippecanoe County sheriffs department It then struck a gasoline station and a Phillips 66 convenience store next to the Indiana State Police post about two miles from the first touchdown Theres two filling stations right next to the post that are totally said Lt Jimmy Kesterson of the state police post which lost its radio tower Our post stood the However We have cement blocks from the stations on top of our Youths beat up man A 38yearold Howard County man told police he was beaten by four youths who were skateboard ing at Forest Park Shopping Cen ter at Monday after he asked them to leave the centers parking lot Kokomo police were called to the shopping center at 2100 W Sycamore St on a report of a fight in progress The victim William K Graves 38 2294 S Road 200 East told police he approached a group of tour individuals in the parking lot and asked them to leave because they were skate boarding on private property Graves said a confrontation ensued in which he received head face and right flank injuries Graves went to Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center across the street from where the incident occurred and was treated and released police said According to police no arrests have been made in the case Any one with information about the incident is asked to call the Koko mo Police Department Hotline al 8645444 Accident kills woman LOGANSPORT Ind An 86 yearold woman from Mora was killed near here Tuesday after noon when her car pulled in front of a semitractor the Cass County Sheriff Department reported Tom Wallace of the department identified the victim as Kathern L Shope 86 who lived at Brethren a retirement community in Flora She was a kindergarten teacher in Flora for 1 1 years According to Wallace Shopes car was southbound on Morgan Hill at the 35 bypass at the time of accident Witnesses told police either stopped at the stop sign or slowed consider ably then pulled in front of the 1982 Pelerbuilt semi driven by 38 yearold John C Morgan Fowler 3 The truck pulling a tanker of ammonia was eastbound on 35 according to Wallace He said the accident occurred at 1 and Shope was pro nounced dead a short time later at Memorial Hospital The woman suffered massive internal injuries Wallace said The truck driver was not injured The sheriff depart ment official said the accident is under investigation but no cita tions were issued Inside today Local Indian Heights residents plan meeting over planned go kart track Page A2 Style Join the Breakfast Team Page Bl Sports Veteran Byron Scott and coach Larry Brown prove to be right chemistry mix for suc cessful Indiana Pacers Page Cl Also inside Business Classified Local News of Lane retiring Ending 24year career at KokomoCenter Schools By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer After 24 years at KokomoCen ter Schools Charles Lane is calling it quits on June 30 The personnel manager has sub mitted to school officials a letter stating his intent to retire Koko moCenter School Board approved the retirement this month along with other retirements this school year David Barnes Kokomo Center community rela tions officer said the entire list of names of those retiring is kept from the public under1 the Access to Public Records Act until the end of this Lane school year if anyone on the list requests his or her name be kept confidential Lane whose retirement letter is dated Feb 3 did not request anonymity Barnes said This is to inform you of my intention to retire at the end of my current Lanes letter to KokomoCenter Superintendent Roger W Thornton reads Retiring at the end of the current contract year was not Lanes origi nal plan the 69yearold said He had hoped to retire June 30 1993 in 1992 he was indicted by a Howard Circuit Court grand jury on a Class D felony theft charge I had to stick around to clear my he said 1 would never have retired until the thing was The charge which accused Lane of illegally taking the school corporations money was dropped by Special Judge Douglas Morton in February Lane came to Kokomo Center as staff assistant for schoolcommunity pro jects in 1970 and since then nas held positions includ ing Title I director federal programs director and administrative assistant to the superintendent He became personnel manager in 1993 During his time at Kokomo Center Lane said the corporation has improved with better trained staff more planning and more cohesion to the Lane will stay in Kokomo after his retirement but plans to do nothing for a year he said After that he said he hopes to do some writing and whatever interests Honoring youth Robert Bedford Indiana University Purdue UniversityIndi anapolis director of multicultural student affairs gives a speech of encouragement during Tuesdays SetfEsteem Through Culture Leads to Academic Excellence SETCLAE graduation at Kokomo High School downtown campus Fortyone youths ages 9 to 15 were honored for their partici pation in the course which met weekly from January to this month Sponsored by Carver Mens Club SETCLAE focused on positive aspects of multicultural heritage and improving selfesteem Tribune photo by Anne Farrar