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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 27, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 317 Kokomo m KOKOMO 1RIBUNE Wednesday July 27 1994 50 cents Lawyer claims judges action improper ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Howard Circuit Judge R Alan Brubaker ordered the child sup port for William J Vandergriff increased in 1988 on his own accord without any petition or motion regarding the matter being filed by either of Vandergriffs parents a Kokomo attorney said Dan May an attorney who did not represent any parties in the matter said the action was improper because it was common knowledge the judge had a per sonal relationship with the boy Vandergriff is the informant who helped Indiana State Police arrest Brubaker July 5 in Boone County on charges of soliciting a prostitute dealing in cocaine two counts of conversion and official misconduct A court transcript used to file the charges identified Vandergriff as the man who was allegedly going to be involved in a sexual encounter with Brubaker and the prostitute who was actu ally an undercover state police officer May said he included the Van dergriff child support order in a multicount judicial misconduct complaint filed with the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifica tions in May 1990 Meg Babcock commission staff attorney said confidentiality rules prohibit her from confirming or denying that a complaint was ever filed in the matter The commis sion filed no formal charges with the Indiana Supreme Court she said In cases of alleged judicial misconduct a judge is sometimes cautioned by the commission to avoid such future behavior But whether that happened is also not a matter of public record Babcock said According to the court docket detailing the entries in the divorce case of Vandergriffs parents William and Nancy Vandergriff Brubakers order appears to have occurred on May 16 1988 It reads The Court now modifies the previous order of support in this cause to show that Respon dent father pay to Petitioner mother on benalf of the minor son the sum of per week beginning May 20 The support was previously set at per week and there is no record of a petition from the mother requesting a support pay ment increase before that Vandergriffs father then peti tioned for a change of venue or a new judge and Brubaker granted that motion Superior Court Judge Dennis Parry took over the case eventually upholding the support increase Attempts by the Kokomo Tri bune to locate the entire case file at the Howard County Court house have been unsuccessful Clerks office employees on Tues day said it wasnt where it belonged and they had no record of it being checked out by an attorney for review Howard County Prosecutor James Andrews confirmed his investigators were in and out of Brubakers court office Tuesday conducting their ongoing joint investigation with state police But he said no files have been removed and denied anyone on his team had the file He called the particular matter low on our pri ority Snakinalong Tony Dunson 12 rides his bike along Dixon Road near two hoses Kokomo firefighters used to put out a Tuesday warehouse fire The nearest fire hydrant was more than a halfmile from the blaze at Capital Product Enterpris es 1106 S Dixon Road For details on the fire and another photo see Page A2 Tribune photo by Tim Bath Defector claims North Korea has five nuclear warheads They are buying time to finish nuclear program SEOUL South Korea AP One of the higriest ranking defectors ever from North Korea said today the hardline Communist country already has five nuclear warheads and will develop five more sopn North Korea is buying time to finish its nuclear by stalling said Kang Myong believed to be a soninlaw of North Koreas prime minister Korea talks on the nuclear standoff postponed after the July 8 death of North Korean President Kim 11 Sung reopen in Geneva next week Kang 35 also told a news conference that the rule of North Koreas apparent new leader Kim Jong II would not last long unless he solves his countrys economic woes Many recent defectors have complained about acute food and fuel shortages and the harsh political situation in the North South Korean intelligence officials today said Kang defected in May through a third country and provid ed a rare insight into the flunking of North Koreas leadership AFLCIO honors local labor group Artie Scruggs Business and labor not in conflict here The Central Labor Council of Howard and Tip ton Counties AFLCIO has been selected as the AFLCIOs 1994 Model City in Commu nity Service for the MidAmerica Region The award was presented to mem bers of the local group during the AFLCIOs 32nd annual confer ence on community service in San Francisco on July 21 Coy Riley president of United Auto Workers Local 292 accepted the award on behalf of Artie Scruggs president of the Cen tral Labor Council of Howard and Tipton Counties AFLCIO This award was overwhelming So many cities compete for the honor and it has always gone to bigger cities Dayton Ohio Cincinnati said Scruggs We need to make a statement that business and labor are not in constant conflict here we certainly arent and this award really demonstrates and rec ognizes the businesslabor partnership we have formed Since 1991 the AFLCIOs Department of Com munity Service has recognized outstanding civicminded communities across the country The award recognizes exemplary com munity services and activities developed by the AFLCIO in cooperation with the United Way The AFLCIO oversees five regional community services regions ed In addition to Riley among those who attended the ceremony were Kenny Hill president of UAW Local 685 Mike Spear executive director of the Unit l Way of Howard County Cheryl Graham United Ways labor liaison Brian West community services represen tative for UAW Local 1166 John L Smith community service representative for UAW Local 685 Marilyn Smith community services representative for American Postal Workers Union Local 1014 Marcia Garrett and Midge Collette com munity service representatives for UAW Local 292 and Larry Scott UAW CAP vice chair Group issues Ming report If Many in drinking unsafe water WASHINGTON AP One in five Americans drinks water that is notadequately treated for toxic chemicals bacteria parasites and other environmen talerOup said today The Natural Resources Defense Council in a report titled Think Before said its exami nation of nationwide compliance with federal drinking water stan dards shows that nearly 50 million people are drinking improperly treated water Congress has grappled for months with legislation that would rewrite the federal drink ing water law but the NRDC argued that the bills and the Clin ton administrations proposals fall short of dramatically improving water quality There is no reason why any American should drink contami nated know how to make water safe and we know how to do it said Erik Olson an NRDC attorney who specializes in water quality issues He said needed improvements would cost most households only a EPA chief Carol Browner appearing on ABC this morning said the Clinton administration the deficiencies in the current law and wants Congress to give the agency more authority We want to make sure that where there that we can move expeditiously with an enforcement she said Right now the current law is very bureaucratic There are many hoops we have to jump through We think that should be Council researchers said that using Environmental Protection Agency data they were able to document violations of federal drinking water standards during 1992 and1993 including cases where water was found to be more contaminated than health standards allow Inside todays Tribune Local Greentowns Chad McGuire 18 fares well in sewing com petiton Page A3 Sports Dream Team II warms up with victory over Germans Page Cl Also inside Business Classified Dear Dr Local News of Fair royalty GREENTOWN Ind Aimee McCpllum was named Howard County 4H Fair Queen Tuesday night at the Howard County Fair Her court back leftright includes Brandi Lowe fourth runnerup Laura Courtney Miss Congeniality and Amy Rude third runnerup Also in the court front leftright are Amanda Mason first runnerup and Danielle Foland second runnerup McCollum center also was named Miss Personality For more on activities at the fair see Page A3 Tribune photo by Dave Hess
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