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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - June 17, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Friday June 17 1994 50 cents Water ingenuity Cody Everhart 3 used a bit of Hoosier ingenuity Thursday to cool off from the 97degree heat which blanketed the Kokomo area Everhart was enjoying the downpour at his home near Taylor and Delphos streets Local weather observer Robert Wise said sunny and hot conditions will continue Saturday and Sunday with highs in the mid90s Lows will be in the mid70s Temperatures in the 90s are predicted for next week too Tribune photo by Tim Bath KC picks up legal bills Four cleared defendants finding checks in the mail By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer Three current employees and one former employee or Kokomo Center School Corp have been reimbursed for legal fees they incurred while defending them selves against criminal charges that were dismissed in February Superintendent Roger W Thornton said Thursday the reim bursements were recently paid to Kathy Aspy Patricia Hamacher and Charles Lane and former employee Susan Evans The payments that were made as recently as Tuesday included checks that represented a deductible for a corpora tion insurance policy Thornton said The money for the four checks was drawn from the gener al fund in accordance with a state statute that permits the payment of legal fees and other costs of school employees who are cleared of alleged wrongdoing Thornton added that any legal Clouds gather over OJ LOS ANGELES AP Police reportedly found a bloody ski mask in OJ Simpsons mansion and the weapon believed used in the stabbing deaths of his exwife and a friend a sharp military style digging tool Detectives also questioned wit nesses who cast doubt on Simp sons alibi and expanded their investigation halfway across the country using metal detectors Thursday to search an overgrown junkstrewn field near the Chica go hotel the former football star checked into hours after the bod ies were found A homicide detective who spoke on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that investi gators had finished their reports and that Simpsons arrest was imminent Police were analyzing the bloody militarystyle entrenching tool which resembles a sharp edged shovel the Daily News of Los Angeles reported today citing unidentified police sources The newspaper did not say where the tool was found KCOPTV citing unidentified police sources said that police found a bloody ski mask in Simp sons house costs beyond the deductible were paid by the insurance company and stressed that payments were only made to the four individuals who had their cases dismissed in Howard Circuit Court Three former corporation offi cials Larry Horner Larry Foster and Lyle Mitschelen were sen tenced earlier this year in Howard Circuit Court Horner the former superintendent pleaded guilty to a charge of conflict of interest Mitschelen who most recently served as director of buildings and grounds pleaded guilty to ghost employment and Foster trie former director of vocational and adult education was convict ed of a series of theftrelated charges Referring to cases where school officials are found innocent or charges are dismissed Thornton said This kind of indemnifica tion is present in nearly every work place if not every work place Secondly it was provided only to those whose charges were Northern Garner face lawsuit Teacher allegedly made sexual advances toward girls By LISA FIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau TIPTON Ind The attorneys for the parents of two girls who claimed TriCentral Elementary teacher Donald W Garner made sexual advances toward them filed a civil suit Friday against Northern School Corp and Gar ner The suit filed by Kokomobased attorneys Mark McCann and Corbin King does not state how much money Steven R and Julie A Flick and Michael E and Penny L Williams are each seeking in damages on behalf of their daugh ters The girls named in the law suit are Mary M Flick and Holly L Williams However in the notice of a potential tort claim sent to North ern in March McCann stated the families are seeking per incident A notice of a potential tort claim is the first step in filing civil litigation The complaint filed today alleges Northern Community School Corp has employed and continues to employ Garner as a teacher and girls varsity basket ball coach despite his known his tory of making sexual advances toward adolescent In the claim filed by the Williamses and the claim filed by the Flicks its alleged that when Holly Williams was 11 and 12 years of age and when Mary Flick was 12 that Garner repeatedly made sexual advances toward the girls Those alleged advances consist ed of physical touching of their breasts and according to the complaint The alleged sexual advances were made during the 19921993 school year according to the claim filed in Tipton Circuit Court and the alleged illicit and licentious behavior allegedly continued to the last day of school Please see Northern Page A12 Inside today Also inside Business Haynes International asks union for wage cuts Page A7 Sports Softball baseball teams at Western prepare for battles Page A8 Business Classified Local News of dropped and was felt that they haa not in fact committed any Once the legal actions con cluded I did make some contact with the insurance company made some contact with the indi viduals involved and indicated that I felt we ought to move ahead with this and that the district should pay that Thursday only the full amount of legal fee reimbursement for Lane could be determined The personnel manager who will retire June 30 said ne received two checks Tuesday one from the school corporation for and one from the insurance company for for a total of Lane said Both those monies come from the school system they were paid by the insurance com pany but the school corporation is paying my legal fees for the prob lems I Lane and his attorney Scott A Kinsey said Lane was reimbursed more money than he was accused of misappropriating from Koko moCenter in the form of vacation funds and other monies Lane said a plea bargain that was approved for Horner required Horner to take responsibility for that was paid to Lane Lane said that in Homers case Prrfsecutor James D Andrews emphasized to the school corpora tion how much money he was saving them But actually the school corporation is paying me more than he Horner paid According to Lane the net amount of money he was accused of misappropriating was Referring to the recent pay ments Kinsey said It shows that Charles must really have been innocent of those charges for him to be reimbursed his legal expens es That in my experience it is somewhat unusual for a defen dant to be compensated his legal expenses incurred in defending a criminal Please see KC Page A12 Tipton High Schools golf team won the state title by a whopping 21 strokes Tribune photo by Dave Hess Blue Devils win state Tipton spells triumph with a capital Tee By CAMERON WEPRIN Tribune sportswriter PLAINFIELD Ind Nothing could stop the Tipton High School golf teams march to the top Not tougher pin placements Certainly not the 21 teams shooting at it By the time Thursdays final round of the 58th annual IHSAA Boys State Golf Tournament ended Tipton had crushed the field by 21 strokes claim ing its first golf state title and second championship overall It had won the softball championship in 1990 Seemingly embarrassed by the Blue Devils first round score Wednesday of 306 the Club of Prest wick tried to make things more difficult Pins were placed close to water or sand traps The tees were moved back But the Blue Devils wouldnt burn Tipton shot 307 Thursday for a record 613 total the best score since the tournament was moved to the demanding Prestwick course in 1987 Floyd Central finished second at 634 and Maconaquah after starting the day ninth bolted into third place at 636 Richmond which set the lowscoring record of 618 last season finished fourth at 638 I thought we could win but I didnt think we would blow the field said Zack Miller who was in contention for medalist honors until bogey ing the final three holes It didnt take long for Tipton to prove its 306 first day total wasnt a fluke While other teams faltered the Blue Devils finished the first nine Thursday at 154 increasing the lead from nine to 11 strokes over Floyd Central Four Tipton players finished in the top 16 overall Miller seemed to have the medalist title locked up He shot 1over par 73 in the first round and was cruising along in the second at even par through 14 holes On the par3 15th he put his tee shot in a green side bunker and almost holed his chip shot for a birdie when the ball slid over the outside of the cup landing six inches away Caught up in the excitement Miller grabbed his wedge instead of his putter He eventually picked up the right club and tapped in for the easy par one of 13 on the day All he needed to do was play the remaining three holes in 1over to win He bogeyed all three and South Bend Clays Jeremy Wilkinson eventually won a threeway playoff to take medalist honors Miller finished tied for fourth I thought I would finish really well especially after I had that upanddown at Miller said But the last three noles are always tough for me 1 hit a wall out there I didnt make any putts but the team won Were state Even when the Tipton players found trouble there usually was little damage Brian Pearce who finished eighth overall sank long par putts all day including a 10footer on the par3 12th to finish at 76 Don Wolfe drained a 15 foot par putt on the first hole and even after he ended the front nine at 40 he raced home at 37 on the back to tie for 13th Rusty Ripberger who seemed to have the best quotes Wednesday for the hoard of media who wanted to find out just who these Tipton players were also played the back nine in 37 to card a 78 I dont have any quotes said who tied for 16th overall I was too busy playing Even Matt Quigley came in at 83 and proved 15 year head coach Kenny Day correct the Blue Devils did have the best fifthman in the state Quigley carded a 77 the first day as all five Tipton players shot in the 70s The Blue Devils became only the second school with under students to win the boys title Rochester in 1980 was the other This is really Day said I guess were the Milan of high school See Page All for complete scoring summary
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