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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 30, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Kokomo Ihd Saturday July Residents to voice 0 ions Oppose housing project fey JEFF PARRQTT Tribune staff writer 11 Northeastside Kokomo resi dents fervently opposed to a planned housing development for farm workers have drawn the attention of city officials Theyll hold a town meeting today at 11 am in the 2100 block of North Market Street Interested neighbors will be joined by Koko mo Common Council members Bob Ridgeway Dlst and Andy Castner Dat large The officials will listen to the communitys concerns about the proposed project which is slated for construction as soon as a feder al partners Home Administration grant comes through The 3acre site sits on Morgan Street about a half block west of Apperson Way Residents hope to stop the pro ject because they fear lowincome housing will overr crime accidents and a drop in their property values On Friday they kept a steady stream of phone calls coming in to the Kokomo Tribune City Hall and theprojects planning f 4 Residents have charged Harvest Homes the sponsoring the project with attempting tosneak it through without their Many have said they knew nothing about it until they read a Kokomo Tribune story last Sunday Ridgeway and Castner said they too learned of the plans from the Tribune story Mayor Robert Sargent said he first heard about the plans two or three years ago but didnt know about the exact location until recently He said Jim Sieber Har vest Homes spokesman has guar anteed him there will be a public informational meeting soon at Qjty Hall Sargent declined to comment onthe validity of resi dents concerns until hes heard them at the meeting We had no information or fpre warhing Castner said No one approached us at all about Ridgeway praised organizers of todays town meetjng Im tired of the federal govern ment trying to stuff something down our throats that the people didnt know anything about until the last Ridgeway said Its a damn shame they dont have the fortitude to let the people know whats going Sieber said those charges unfair He said the recent out pouring of complaints comes as a surprise to him and that his group wouldnt have spent the money it has thus far if it felt there was community opposition The plans have been in the works since 1992 and several stories have appeared in the Tribune over that time span The stories didnt mention the exact location but they did say a site would be chosen somewhere on the citys northeast side Also Sieber said he thought the and the makeup of Harvest Homes board of directors would spread notice by word of mouth Elawrence Davis Kokomo Hous ing Authority program director now sits on the board Greg Aaron project manager at the city department of urban development and design served until about a year ago Sieber said hes eager to meet with the community and hear its concerns The Harvest Homes Board of Directors will meet Tuesday to decide when to hold the public informational meeting he said There residents will be shown architectural renderings of the plans and slides of similar projects that have been successful in other states he was a suicide WASHINGTON AP Repub lican senators accepted that Vin Qent Foster Jr committed suicide they gingerly inquired into the yearold death Friday but they IsOso charged that the White House Interfered with a police investiga tion At the same time the Republi cans fired off a fresh barrage of charges that the White House was the truth about how presidential aides dealt with Whitewater They specifically Reused one official of lying to Congress Sen Alfonse DAmato of Nevy York the chief GOP accuser said the White House has concealed disguised and distorted the truth all in the service of politics and the presidents Democrats rejected those claims Even after the Senate Banking Committee took sworn statements from 37 people and collected documents said Sen John Kerry There is no indi cation whatsoever of direct presi dential abuse or Added Sen Christopher Dodd To compare Whitewa ter with Watergate and IranCon tra as some have done borders on the Foster 49 deputy White House counsel handled Whitewater mat ters for the Clintons in the White House He was an old friend and a law partner of Hillary Rodham Clinton Some conservatives including talk show broadcasters and ele ments of the religious right have characterized Fosters death as an unsolved mystery or even a murder Dodd called such talk and Sen John Kerry accused congressional Republicans of encouraging it DAmato asserted WhiteHouse interference in the police investi gation of Fosters death inside todays Tribune Classified News of Kokomps Glenn Edwards on Friday spits a watermelon seed that was short of the Howard County win ning mark which was 31 feet 4 inches by Floridas Alan Ivory Tribune photo by Stephen Shaner Hfair GREENTOWN Ind The Howard County 4H Fair will be coming to a close tonight with the Grass Roots musical group performing classical sounds from the 60s and 70s The group is scheduled to take the stage at 8 This band is said to be one of the hottest bands to emerge from the music revolution of the 1960s and is among the most often seen per formers on the rock n roll cir cuit A cheerleading contest and a performance by the Moore Brothers are scheduled before the Grass Roots take the stage Fair activities will begin today 8 with 4H exhibits in Metal and Block buildings Horse and pony shows will dominate todays activities A horse and pony show and con test will begin at 9 v A bicycle rodeo will follow at Demonstrations and a fashion show will round out the after noon activities For a related story on the Howard County 4H Fair please see Page A2 Brian Bogue 10 pushes sawdust into a pile as he helps his dad cleanup the show barn Friday at the Howard County fairgrounds in Greentown Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Lockert set for hearing By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer A public hearing related to the possible parole of a former Koko mo man who is serving life in prison for the 1974 murder of a Russiaville woman will be con ducted in Indianapolis next month Patricia Ravinet a member of the Indiana Parole Board said public comment for or against Charles E Lockerts parole will be accepted during the Aug 23 hear ing The hearing will be in the conference room of the Indi ana Government Center South 302 W Washington St Lockert 41 is serving a life sen tence imposed in 1975 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of felony murder during the com mission of a robbery in the death of Connie Jo Fivecoate Russiaville I July 18 was the 20th anniversary of the deaths of Fivecoate then 33 and her 8yearold son Chad Comments Letters from the public con cerning Charles Lockerf s case are being accepted by the Indi ana Parole Board Indiana Government Center South 302 W Washington Room E 321 Indianapolis Ind 46204 2278 Lockert and two codefendants were charged in the kidnapslay ings of the mother and son Police said the Fivecoates were abducted from their home and Connie Five coate was robbed of jewelry a watch check and bank books and money In August 1974 Lockert led police to a desolate area of Starke County where the Five coates had been buried in shallow graves Both had been shot in the head With his bids for clemency by the governor exhausted the parole board conducted a hearing July 21 at the Correctional Indus trial Complex in Pendleton to receive testimony from Lockert It was the first parole hearing for Lockert Ravinet said She explained that prisoners with a life sentence are automati cally eligible for parole after 20 years The fourmember board contin ued the vote on Lockerts parole pending public comment She said the Aug 23 hearing was set because it was the right thing to The Fivecoate family had not been notified of the parole hearing in a timely Ravinet said Patty Glassburn sister of Con nie Fivecoate attended the hear ing at Pendleton and said she plans to testify against Lockert in Indianapolis She will be accom panied by a cousin and a friend of her late sister Both will testify before the parole board according to Glassburn The Kokomo woman has vowed to do her part to keep Lockert in prison Glassburn maintains that Lockert didnt tell the truth dur ing the most recent hearing She said she has ordered a video tape of the proceeding and plans to compare it to court records she has and prove every one of his statements that he lied in Later Glassburn said You know 1 dont know if he thinks were stupid enough well forget but I remember all this like it hap pened Glassburn recalled talking to a parole officer at the last hearing I said You know it would be lit tle easier if he would own up to what he did and say hes sorry Hes repented he wishes he could go back and undo it but he cant 1 said for him to sit up there and continually lie it makes you hate him I mean this never Following the August hearing Ravinet said a vote on Lockerts parole could be conducted within a week She said if Lockerts parole should be denied he will become eligible for another parole hearing within one year of the boards vote She said he can petition the board for a hearing every six months but the board doesnt have to grant the request   

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