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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 7, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 297 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO lTRIBUNE Thursday July 50 cents Local Marine heading for Haiti today Ill be he tells his mother Warnock BytlSAFIPPS Tribune staff writer and The Associated Press A 1992 graduate of Maconaquah High School is one of the Marines heading to Haiti today Mike Warnock 20 a son of Kokomo resident Dorothy Morehead left this morning she said in a telephone interview Lance Cpl Warnock is stationed in Camp Lejeune North Carolina He called me last More head said I said to him you didnt volunteer did you He told her he had volunteered I was very proud of him for Morehead said Hes volunteered for other things He wanted to be able todo something while he was in there the Warnock joined the Marines in September 1992 He works with the supply company Im scared for him because theres a lot more going on than whats being let Morehead said From day to day the Clin ton administration keeps chang ing their position on Haiti and Haitian Whenever you get the Marines involved Im really frightened for him Im afraid theyre going to invade Haiti I dont feel like we have any interest in Haiti I think of the poor innocent people there I see another When asked what her last words were with her son More head said her voice trembling with emotion He said Ill be OK I just said God bless all of you I was cry ing He said now Mom dont be upset Im going to be all Warnock joins about Marines traveling to Haiti in a foursnip amphibious group The deployment is part of the Pentagons contingency plan for an invasion of Haiti should economic sanctions fail to drive its military rulers from power The Marines are to stand by for the possible evacuation of some to Americans living in Haiti Two weeks ago Army Rangers and Navy Seals staged exercises at Elgin Air Force Base in Florida and on the Gulf of Mexico simu lating the seizure of an airfield such as the one in Haitis capital PortauPrince and the capture of a port The New York Times reported today It said the exercis es involved about American troops President Clinton asked today in Warsaw Poland why the Unit ed States was conducting military exercises if it wasnt planning to invade Haiti declined to com ment saying I have nothing to add to what was stated yesterday bythe Pentagon spokesman and I dont really think we should be discussing Haiti in The Coast Guard intercept ed at least Haitians in 34 boats on Wednesday bringing the total to about since Presi dent Clinton liberalized poli cy on Haitian refugees on June 16 The refugee population has swelled to at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay Cuba Through the looking glass Katie Petrey shows a piece of glass manufactured by Koko mo Opalescent Glass 1310 S Market during an open house Wednesday which was conducted as part of the KokomoHoward County Sesquicentennial Celebration The company conducted another open house today as part of Agriculture Business Industry Workers Heritage Day For more on the sesquicentennial see Pages A3 and A4 Tribune photo by Tim Bath Rain puts show on the run Exploding stage lights darken On the Banks of the Wildcat Organizers canceled the second consecutive performance of On the Banks of the Wildcat Thurs day evening because of threaten ing weather The KokomoHoward County Sesquicentennial shows opening engagement at Kautz Field canceled Tuesday evening because of thunderstorms and rain that caused two stage lights to explode Show organizers wait ed until to cancel the Tuesdayshow The stage lights really get hot and when water hits them theyre prone to explode Just one drop of rain can do said Cheryl Gra ham cochairman of the show She said the explosions sent light debris 10 feet away No injuries were reported The show is serving as the prin cipal fundraising arnv for the celebra tion Tickets are at the gate and in advance People with tickets for the can celed shows may use them for any other performance The perfor been mance schedule has now extended through Sunday The giant putdbofperfonhance showcases 150 years of Howard County history with music and drama as part of the countys sesquicentennial celebra tion Daily shows start at pltrj with preentertainmeht followed by the show at Survivor smiling through the pain Inside todays Tribune Local Area farmers give input to federal agriculture officials on what should be in the 1995 farm i bill Page A2 Style Journey into past at art center PageBl Sports Southside leads way into semifinals of Tribune s City Youth Baseball Tournament Page AS Also inside Business Classified Local News of ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Richard Rick Morgan the Kokomo man who somehow sur vived a tragic plane crash last weekend in Charlotte is going to make his exwife said this morning Sue Stone also of Kokomo said Morgan has seconddegree burns on his face hands and arms Doc tors said his face shouldnt scar and skin grafts can be done to his hands and arms she said He was taken off a respirator Wednesday morning and proba bly will be moved out of intensive care and into a regular room soon she said We even got him to smile at us even though it looked like it hurt she said He was very lucky to survive Hes doing 100 per cent better than we thought The doctors even said his recovery has been remark able compared to everyone Speaking from her hotel room in Charlotte Stone described as much as the family knows so far about what Morgan experienced when the USAir DC9 jet slammed into telephone wires and a house Saturday night Morgan The planes crew reportedly lost control after an aborted landing attempt in a thunderstorm Morgan 35 was one of 20 sur vivors of the crash Thirty seven passengers were killed Yesterday we tried to talk to him about it but he said he just wants to forget she said His throat is badly burned from breathing in smoke and fumes and he can barely whisper she said A woman who sat next to Mor gan in the tail section of the plane however told a local newspaper she remembered seeing a huge fireball come right through the plane toward Stone said The tail section of the aircraft hit the house USAir has flown Stone his children Laura 8 and and his parents to Charlotte with Morgan Theyre very good job to make it easier fif Stone said of the airline Wednesday family were taken to view the crash sife Stone said most of the house trjjat the plane hit was charred anjl black but she could see a kitchen table that still had a nice place setting on Morgan was upgraded critical to serious conditjoji Wednesday at Carolinas Medial Center Flowers and get wishes can be sent to Rick gan Carolinas Medical Cen ter 1000 Blythe Boulevard Chite lotte 28203 Raging wildfire claims 12 firefighters lives Marion Struis sprays her West Glenwood Springs home Wednesday night as the forest fire approaches her home AP photo GLENWOOD SPRINGS Colo A swift wildfire whipped by high winds roared over a steep mountainside trapping 50 firefighters Twelve were killed and two were missing today in one of the countrys deadliest such disasters The firefighters were trapped Wednesday about feet up the rugged slope of Storm King Mountain where the rough ter rain left them no place to flee said Garfield County Undersher iff Levy Burris The survivors escaped to burnedover ground where the fire could not take hold then straggled out when the danger passed Gov Roy Romer said Wednesday night This morning he said the initial count of 11 dead had risen to 12 and two firefighters were still missing The search will begin just as soon as daylight Romer said It just reminds us all of the great tragedy that can occur when youre dealing with he said He said the families of the fire fighters had not been notified because the victims had not been positively identified Romer called for an investiga tion to determine why so many lives were lost Weather forecasters had pre dicted high winds but firefight ers were left in the field Fire officials said some of the victims apparently had tried to climb into their fireshelters shiny blankets used as shields during flareups The lightningsparked fire began Sunday five miles west of Glenwood Springs The mountain resort of people is between Aspen and Vail about 180 miles west of Den ver The fire had been confined to 50 acres until high winds fanned it out of control Wednesday after noon Within five hours it grew to acres At dusk the entire mountain seemed to smolder As the fading sunlight mingled with smoke and flame the sky took on an eerie orange pall and the sound of burning trees was audible WYO NEB Denver Glenwood Springs COLORADO 5 NEW MEXICO 150 miles OKUA APQmphlq I Hoosier crew safe INDIANAPOLIS AP At crew from Indiana was about miles away from the that killed at least 12 o fighters on a mountainside a spoJ the Indiana Depnrtrn ural Resources said The crew is headefi Turner of Upland Twelve others employees two are witn the Fort Wayne mouth departments independents
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