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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - June 18, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 285 K OKOMO Kokomo Ind Saturday June 50 cents captured after chase LOS ANGELES AP Simpson was hunted down and captured in his driveway Friday night after running from charges of murdering his exwife and her male friend and leading police along 60 miles of freeways and city streets I cant express the fear I had that this matter would not end the way it said Simpsons attor ney Robert Shapiro who had been worried the former football great would kill himself Outside the walls of Simpsons estate members of Simpsons family hugged each other and cried after word of the arrest came out A cheer came up from the crowd of 300 spectators The arrest shortly before 9 culminated an incredible drama that unfolded on live national TV in which police first announced charges against the former foot ball great then said he had disap peared and finally followed him along the highways for more than an hour After the white Ford Bronco came to a halt at Simpsons estate a man believed to be his lifelong friend and teammate Al Cowl ings got out Simpsons lawyer arrived at the mansion nearly an hour later and the arrest came minutes later Before fleeing as he was about to be arrested the former football great left a handwritten letter pro claiming his innocence saying goodbye to friends and making a last wish to leave my children in Shapiro earlier said he feared Simpson was suicidal and plead ed with him to give up At the same news conference a friend read Simpsons letter Ive had a great life great the football Hall of Famers letter said Please think of the real and not this lost The district attorney called it the fall of an American and Los Angeles police angered that he reneged on a promise to surrender earlier in the day mounted a manhunt for him and a former teammate In the letter Simpson wrote that he tried to do most of the right things in life and asked Why do I end up like this First everyone understand I had nothing to do with Nicoles Simpsons letter begins If we had a problem its because I loved her so I dont want to belabor knock Anita Keeney left a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Tycony at 917 S Malfalfa Road joins in the fun Friday with student counselors Laura Liechty 12 center and Derek Frey 13 Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Heat goes on Could be hotter next week Jeremy Sumpter 10 uses the water pack from his water gun to cool off Friday during a water fight at YMCA Camp Tycony By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer If you think its hot this week end wait until next week said local weather observer Robert Wise The sweltering heat and humidity which have gripped Kokomo havent broken any records yet and next week will cool down slightly he said Fri day night But it will warm back up next weekend and we could see some record setting No he said The high here hit 97 Friday just missing the 1946 record of 102 Wise said record tempera tures for most of June in Kokomo are 100 or higher But June 1994 could soon have its own place in the record books for high tem peratures Heat gripped the entire state for a fifth day Friday Wise said no real relief is in sight Todays high was predicted to be 98 under sunny skies although the humidity was to drop slightly Tonights low will be 75 Sundays high and low were expected to be identical to todays Monday will be partly sunny and the high will be 95 That evening the temperature will drop to 77 Tuesday Wise said the high pressure system or heat which is causing the areas high temperatures will shift to the west leaving a 30 percent chance of rain here that afternoon and evening But any showers which come into the area then will leave Wednesday and the heat dome will head east bringing tem peratures even higher than this weeks to Kokomo Wise said Clinton waits to talk to Carter We have to go to sanctions if the violations continue WASHINGTON AP The Clinton administration moved swiftly Friday to clarify its North Korea policy saying that unless the communist state freezes its nuclear program and resumes negotiations the United States will keep pushing for sanctions We have to go to sanctions if the violations Presi dent Clinton told reporters after a speech in Chicago But if the North Koreans are ready to sus pend their nuclear activities then nighlevel negotiations can be resumed he said The issue was consumed in con fusion Friday after CNN reported from Pyongyang the North Kore an capital that former President Carter had told North Korean President Kim II Sung that the Clinton administration was pre pared conditionally to suspend its push for sanctions and restart negotiations The White House quickly denied that it had decided to hold off on the sanctions effort which has just gotten under way and Clinton said it had not been possi ble yet to speak directly with Carter to clarify what he told the Koreans Robert Gallucci the administra tions point man on Korea policy told reporters at the State Depart ment mat administration officials expected to speak to Carter today or Sunday Once they get a fuller explana tion of Carters talks with Kim officials expect to meet with North Korean representatives in New York possibly as early as Monday to seek a clarification of the North Korean position Gal lucci said ing the press but I cant believe what is oeing said Most of it is totally made up I know you have a job to do but as a last wish please please please leave my children in he wrote Shapiro said Simpson has been exceedingly but he didnt know if Simpson had com mitted suicide Im keeping my fingers crossed and praying that we will be able to bring him into a Shapiro said Wherever you are for the sake of your family for the sake of your children please surrender Police immediately mounted a manhunt when Simpson fled and said he may be armed Simpson 46 was scheduled to surrender at 11 but failed to honor the agreement made with Shapiro Gascon said Shapiro said he was with Simp son Cowlings and two doctors in a house in the San Fernando Val ley on Friday morning when police called to say they were coming to arrest him He said Simpson and Cowlings vanished before police arrived Gascon declined to say how the police lost Simpson Sheriffs pay may change Council to look at meal deal By JEFF PARROTT Tribune staff writer The recent disclosure of Howard County Sheriff John D Beattys total income may prompt county officials to consider chang ing the way the sheriff is paid Beatty made between and profit last year from money intended for inmate meals according to a congressional financial disclosure statement he submitted recently and figures from the Indiana Department of Revenue Beatty is the Democratic candi date for the 5th Congressional District House seat The district includes Howard Miami and Cass counties I suspect the council may entertain some investigation said Howard County Council President Richard Miller I seriously doubt if the original framers of the system intended for the sheriff to work a profit in the Under a state law passed last year counties can renegotiate a sheriffs contract In renegotia tions the sheriff returns leftover meal money and profits from recovering delinquent taxes for the state in exchange for a salary increase to make up for his lost income A review of county auditor records shows that Beatty is one of the highestpaid Howard County officials The sheriffs post is an elected position Beattys total compensation as sheriff for 1993 adding the in tax warrants the to in meal money and his salary was to Beatty reported making between and in tax warrants and meals for 1993 according to a financial statement The figures were detailed in a form all congression al candidates must file with the House of Representatives Clerks Office in Washington He made about in com missions from the recovery of delinquent tax warrants accord ing to the Indiana Department of Revenue That leaves the to range from meals Beat ty refused to disclose his exact profit from the Howard County paid him to feed inmates The sheriff is entitled by law to keep any extra money leftover after he is reimbursed by the county each month for feeding jail inmates He is currently paid per meal per inmate and must serve each prisoner three meals a day The sheriff must pay income tax on the leftover money According to the Howard Coun ty auditors office Beatty submits a monthly claimfor meals to the Howard County commissioners The claim lists each prisoner by name and how many meals each ate The sheriff purchases the food himself and is not required to doc ument how much it costs The rate he is paid is set by a state schedule that varies accord ing to county population Commissioners President David Griffey called Beattys income excessive by far and When clerks and treasurers are working hard for a year thats said Griffey R 2nd Griffey said commissioners have known for some rime that the sheriff makes over but most residents probably havent If youd have broke this story back in January wed probably have had a lot more people run ning for Griffey said 1 dont think hes doing anything crooked but I dont think a lot of people know about all these Mike Eslinger deputy director of the Indiana Sheriffs Associa tion said the majority of Hoosier sheriffs would rather be paid a set salary determined by population He said sheriffs in smaller coun ties often lose money or barely break even on prisoner meals He said there is potential for profit in a county the size of Howard Eslinger said the sheriffs associ ation has lobbied unsuccessfully for legislation that would set sher iffs salaries Beatty said he too would prefer a set salary He said he has approached the county council twice in the last two years but the council did not want to change the process at that Miller said the council objected because Beatty wanted his salary doubled Inside todays Tribune Local Rep Steve Buyer blasts Clintons welfare reform idea Page A2 Also Inside Classified Local 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