Kokomo Tribune, May 25, 1994

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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 25, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 262 Kokomo Irid TRIBUNE Wednesday May 50 cents Deled contract By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Members of United Auto Work ers Local 292s skilled trades ranks have turned down by a margin a revised threeyear C6n tract offer with Delco Electronics Corp The local agreement first reached last November and reject ed twice now would create 20 new skilled trades apprentices improve department transfers and bring additional skilled trades work in house that had been sourced by outside contractors Union officials said voter turnout was low with 774 of the unions nearly skilled tradesmen placing ballots Mon day 514 against and 264 ballots for the agreement UAW Local 292 represents hourly workers at Delcos Kokomo oper ations A lot of the noshows were probably yes votes that didnt bother to show up thinking the deal would said Tony Long shop chairman for the local Long blamed poor communica tions for the outcome I think we over negotiated in the area of said Long Some members were not com fortable with the idea that they could be bumped from a position once a year But our shop commit tee was told by the membership they wanted broader transfer rights among The locals skilled trades ranks include more than 400 electricians 200 tool makers and hundreds of trades ances since November addressed 13 of the 17 major con cerns raised by the skilled added Long I dont know what we could add to make the package The locals production workers approved the pact last fall but the UAWs constitution requires skilled trades and production workers to ratify contracts sepa rately Long said the unions interna tional office will review the pro posed pact again He said the international office could decide to renegotiate the settlement or under provisions of the UAWs constitution overrule the skilled trades vote and place the contract into effect Im looking for a decision with in 30 said Long Sign of summer Maintenance and cleanup is continuing at nose to prevent sunburn Parks Superinten Seashore Pool as officials prepare for open dent Mike Karickhoff said filling the pool ing day June 11 Lifeguard John Glentzer should begin June 3 or June 6 and the pro uses a firehose to wash down the diving cedure should take three or four days area Now in his third year at the pool Glentzer applied zinc oxide to his cheeks and Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Will Rosty quit post Parties haggle over plea bargain WASHINGTON AP Rep Dan Rostenkowski would plead guilty to a felony and probably resign from Congress under an agreement being negotiated with prosecutors legal sources Say But disagreement over the description of the lawmakers conduct is hold ing up a deal The sources speaking Tuesday only on condition of anonymity said theres still only a 5050 chance of an agreement before Attorney Eric H Holder Jr obtains an indictment No charges have been filed Rostenkowski has repeat edly denied any wrongdoing Negotiations are likely to resume today on the fate of the House Ways and Means Commit tee chairman In the event of a plea agree ment it is inconceivable that Congress man Ros tenkowski could remain as chairman of the committee and his con tinued repre sentation in Congress is most unlike said a source close to the negotiations who spoke only on condition of anonymity The Chicago SunTimes citing unidentified sources reported in todays editions that Rostenkows ki has been given until May 31 to plead guilty to a felony and accept a prison term or face indict ment Rostenkowski Storms zap city Tornado funnel cloud seen in central Indiana Thunderstorms ripped through the Kokomo area Tuesday night leaving power outages and wind damagebehind Wind speeds reached 54 mph locally at and inch es of rain fell on the area said local weather observer Robert Wise Some areas received mar blesized hail he said A tornado was reported to the National Weather Service around from three miles west of Elwood but had not been con firmed this morning said meteo rologist intern John Margraf The intern said he took the call from one of the services cooperative weather observers but was unsure if the sighting was in Tipton or Madison county Atornado warn ing was issued for Madison Coun ty Representatives from the weath er service were expected to check on damage in that area as early as today Clinton County Sheriff Lt Dean King said that department received a report of a funnel cloud at Clinton County Road 800 North east of Road 300 West at but that account was also uncon firmed this morning In Kokomo a downed wire left PSI Energy customers in the uptown area without power from to forcing the can cellation of a Howard County Council meeting which was scheduled at the Courthouse PSI Superintendent Jim Mehring said another 962 customers in Tipton and Clinton counties had scat tered power outages throughout the night with electricity restored to all areas by about 4 The only report of storm dam age in Howard County came from the area of Road 1100 East near Road 250 South said Sheriff Lt Napoleon Leal A tree limb was reported to have fallen on a mobile home there Jerry Larson foreman of the Tipton County Highway Depart ment said crews worked five or six hours during the night in that county to clear downed debris from the roads Larson said most of the limbs on the road appeared to have fallen because of nigh winds but four or five large trees fell onto the roads after apparently being struck by lightning Chemicals showered upon soldiers report claims Testimony from Gulf War vets By Jeff Parrott i Tribune staff writer and The Associated Press WASHINGTON AP Strong evidence exists that Iraq attacked troops with chemical weapons during the Gulf War spreading contaminants that have sickened thousands of Americans according to a congressional report The 160page report released Buyer today by Sen Donald Riegle lists more than a dozen inci dents where American troops appear to nave Been exposed to chemical agents mainly from rocket attacks It disputes Pentagon con tentions that there is no evidence of Iraqi chemical attacks during the 1991 war andcriticizes the Defense Department for not hav ing the capability to confirm whether troops were exposed to biological agents The report also says that con trary to Pentagon claims that nerve agent levels detected by the Czechs and other allies during the war were not harmful monitoring equipment only picks up nerve agents when levels are times higher than what is deemed to be hazardous Rep Steve Buyer a Gulf War veteran who still suffers from res piratory problems he attributes to chemical exposure said this morning hes not yet ready to attribute Persian Gulf Syn drome completely to Iraqi chem ical weapons While he hadnt yet seen Riegles report Buyer said he was aware of the senators work on it over the past year He said Riegle has conducted hearings and research under the presump tion that American soldiers were hit with Iraqi chemical weapons Im not one to say this is proof positive there were chemical weapons used in the Gulf said Buyer but it is in the realm of Buyer is standing by his belief that the multitude of symptoms Gulf War soldiers have com plained of stem not from chemical weapons but from a multi faceted chemical exposure Buyer said that what doctors have labelled multichemical sensitivity in soldiers results from a combination of the spray painting of military vehicles from to desert colors the han ling of depleted uranium rounds the burning of leadbased diesel fuel in space heaters the cocktail mix of five different inoculations given to soldiers and the extinguishing of oil well fires Sen Sam Nunn chair man of the Senate Armed Services Committee said on Fox TV this morning that while detection equipment would have picked up only a largescale chemical attack a lowlevel chemical attack could have occurred I certainly would not dismiss Pentagon and intelligence offi cials will have an opportunity to respond to the report at a hearing today of the Senate Banking Com mittee that Riegle chairs The report includes testimony from 30 Gulf War veterans who say that apparent Iraqi missile attacks were followed by the sounding of chemical agent detec tors the air filling with fumes and burning sensations on their skin Object found at Chrysler was not explosive device By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer Investigations have determined the object found at Chrysler Corp Transmission Plant 2401 S Reed Road Thursday was an explo sive device according to a press release by Kokomo police Lt Larkin Fourkiller An employee of Chrysler Danny J Kaylor 38 921 N Lind say was arrested on a false informing charge m connection with the object that resembled a pipe bomb found at the factory Kaylor was arrested at Tuesday on a warrant out of Howard Circuit Court charging him with false reporting or a Class A misde meanor Kaylor is believed to be one of the people working in the factory who reported the bomb Assistant Chief Charles Hackett said that the original statements he made to police regarding the finding of the object were false Police said it is not known who brought itinto the factory Investigations revealed that the device believed to be made out of a pipe didnt contain any com bustible materials Fourkiller said He also said that no other arrests are expected and the case is closed Sgt Jeff Kirk who is a bprnb technician safely applied a deto nating force to the device so as to assure it was incapable of a poten tial explosion Inside todays Tribune Flight against blight You see them in the best parts of Kokomo as well as the worst abandoned houses that detract from a neighborhoods value pride and beauty If s not as easy to get rid of them as you might think Turn to the Tribune Opinion page Page A5 to see some success stories and some not so successful stories as Koko mo tries to fight urban blight Business Classified Dear Dr Local News of WNTIOWITH Dennys gunmen wanted to go out with a bang INDIANAPOLIS AP Two Wyoming men who shot up a restaurant killing one person and wounding four others showed remorse immediately after the hostage ordeal began the mother of a 5yearold victim says About a thousand times they kept telling me they were sorry that he got shot and they never meant for any of the shootings to said Amy Basicker whose son Jason suffered a gun shot wound to the face But Basicker has no sympathy for the men who were scheduled to be formally charged today I hope they go to jail for a long she said Tuesday Marion County Prosecutor Jef frey Modisett shared her senti ments He said he has not ruled out seeking the death penalty I was a little bit disturbed or concerned about accounts from some people that were almost portrayingthese men as sympa thetic he said That somehow they were very gentle manly and therefore were perhaps some romantic sympathetic char acters like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Accounts of the shootings at a Dennys restaurant underwent some revision Tuesday police released details of statements taken from the men after their arrest Please see Dennys Page A12 ;