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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 7, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Mustangs crush rival Dayton 206 Page B2 Vol 143 No 328 Kokomo Ind Sunday Aug Indianaproduct Jeff Gordon gives the thumpsup sign to NASCAR fans after winning the inaugural Brickyard 400 Tribune photo by Tim Bath Hoosier makes history Jeff Gordon speeds to Brickyard 400 victory It was a fairytale ending to an almost per fect day Under blue skies and cool temperatures Indianapolis added NASCAR to its racing menu in a very appetizing way A Hoosierbrea race driver Jeff Gordon captured the inaugural Brickyard 400 Satur day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the Pitttboro held off Brett Bodine on the 160th and last lap of mis his toric race Gordon passed Winston Cup veteran Ernie Irvan on the 155th lap after Irvan experienced a flat tire Gordon had battled Geoff Bodine for the first half of the race until Geoff ended up being bumped by his brother Brett on Lap 101 Brett continued on but his older brother Geoff who was leading the race before the crash was finished for the day The IMS stuck to some of the traditions of the Indianapolis 500 as Mary Fendrich Hul man said Gentleman Start Your Jim Nabors didnt sing Back Home Again in Indiana but he did sing the national anthem Todays Tribune gives a full recap with sto ries from assistant sports editor David A Kasey sportswriter Jim Jackson and The Associated Press and photos from Tim Bath and Anne Farrar on Pages Bl and B3 Banker missing Crashed car found CARMEL Ind AP Officials in Hamilton and Marion counties searched Saturday for a Carmel banker who had been missing for three days David Taylors crashed car was recovered on the northwest side of Indianapolis earlier in the week Taylor 30 was suspended Tues day from his job as a vice presi dent at the Carmel Banking Cen ter and an audit was under way officials at First National Bank in Kokomo confirmed Taylors wife Susan reported him missing Wednesday evening said Lt Randy Schalburg of the Carmel police advised that he was despondent and was having some personal problems and was maybe even Schalburg said He said Mrs Taylor found what could be characterized as a suicide note but I couldnt guarantee mat it is his Ron Thomas security officer with First National Bank said David was suspended Tuesday pending further investigation by bank The Marion County Sheriffs Department reporting finding Taylors 1992 Oldsmobile aban doned Wednesday morning Schalburg said The car was in a ditch Police said Taylors family post ed pictures of him in the area where the car was recovered defense may dip into ice cream NEW YORK AP A cup of partially frozen ice cream was found near the bloodied bodies of Nicole1 Brawn Simpson ana Ronald Goldman raising new questions about when the victims were killed Newsweek reported The defense may use the ice cream to argue that the victims were alive later than prosecutors have contended making it impos sible for Simpson to have killed his exwife and her friend the magazine said in its Aug 15 issue Ms Simpson 35 and Goldman 25 were found stabbed and slashed to death outside Ms Simpsons Brentwood condomini um on June 13 Simpson has pleaded innocent to murder charges Prosecutors have said Ms Simp son and Goldman died between and 11 on June 12 But police found the cup with much of the ice cream still frozen near the bodies sometime after on July 13 unidentified defense sources told the maga zine The timing of the discovery would suggest that Ms Simpson and Goldman were alive after 11 because otherwise the ice cream would have melted in the 60degree heat Newsweek said By 11 Simpson was en route to Los Angeles International Airport for a trip to Chicago Simpsons driver has said Messages left at the offices of Simpson lawyers Robert Shapiro and Johnnie Cochran Jr were not returned Saturday Inside todays Tribune Local A mother hopes to learn more about her slain son from a Marine who was with him when he died in Vietnam Page Cl Also inside Classified Dr News of Annexation standard with hookups Other Indiana cities have same policy By STEVE JACKSON Tribune ataff writer Taylor Township officiate are fuming over Kokomoe policy that new sewer and water hookups be accompanied by annexation into the city Bui the citys policy identical to moae followed by vir tually every other municipality in Indiana It is standard practice for cities throughout me including Kokomo to require mat moae seeking municipal eimer be annexed or agree not to fight any future attempts by me city to include me land within its bound artes Thafe pretty common said Starry McLauduan Uayettot community development director If me township isnt in a petition to offer me I dont know what the complaint is Without those services me devel opment couldnt take The practice makes it easy for cities to expand new develop ment rarely attractive without access to eewer and water service but it also makes life more diffi cult for townships who see their allotments of taxable land shrink with each urban expansion Every time we get tome con struction that wouU help boost our tax base the city comet and eato it Taylor Township Trustee Janet Raisof has iki The source of me current fUw up Between Taylor and Kokomo orndab it an annexation petition by Dan and Nancy WooTrii hoprnc to ieii to devel a 22acM plot at the south eastern comer of US 31 and Cen ter Road and mey need to add atwer and water aocees to the property As part of a procedure followed in all suck requests timrmft oin petition for annexation ately or aign a waiver in which they agree not to contest future attempts by the city to annex the land Dan Wood has said mat he would prefer not to have the land which will contain the Kqkomo Raceway recreation facility annexed But since Kokomo refus es to expand city sewer and water without eimer annexing the land or obtaining a waiver Tie has no choice but to petition for annexa tion in order to make the land attractive to developers Taylor Township officials say mat amounts to coercion by the city And they say it is just another example of Kokomo gobbling up township land whenever it increases in value through new development Dennis Hamey director of plan ning and development in Elkhart aayt it anything but coercion for cities to attach conditions on requests to expand city services If unfair for a developer to expect to buy city services on a piecemeal basis It just doesnt work mat Hamey said If you expect the services if s only fair mat you pay for the Hamey said townships which on new to want to collect taxes development without expand the services that develop ment needs are being unreason able What the townships are say ing is the developmenf s occur ring because the citys mere and mey want to take the money from the development without provid ing the he said That seems more mercenary to me than what the citys While the majority of Indiana cities requires either annexation or the signing of a waiver before ser vices are expanded some do not But me issue of expansion of city services is no less complicated in communities that do not have annexation requirements Muncie Deputy Mayor Walter Berry said his city has endured constant headaches ever since it dropped its requirement mat expansion of municipal services be accompanied by annexation or a waiver We started out requiring a he said Unfortunately we didnt stick with it and ire caused us nothing but What has happened in Muncie is that the city has expanded its municipal services but it has rarely reaped the financial rewards of doing so While the ini tial expansion may be covered by permit fees and assessments levied against those requesting the expansion the city does not receive the funds it needs to main tain those expanded services We have had some really diffi cult Berry said They have been difficult enough mat the city is seriously considering reinstat ing the waiver requirement for any new expansions of municipal services he said While cities not requiring annexation or waivers have haa difficult times times have been no lees difficult for me townships surrounding cities that do have thoae requirements According to Steve Buachmann an attorney and lobbyist for me Indiana Townahip Association the current dispute between Tay lor Townahip and Kokomo is far from a rarity in Indiana Not only is it not unique if s part of an Interim study commis sion of the he said The Interim Study Committee on Local Government Issues been considering several annexa tionrelated issues this summer It is looking at both streamlining the process and at making a process which overwhelmingly favors cities a little less slanted in their favor As state law currently reads townships have no recourse if a city annexes land with the cooper ation of 51 percent of the effected landowners But the cooperation of the landowners isnt necessary The city can still acquire me land as long aa it shows mat it is able to provide municipal aervtcee to the property in question In eimer event me township has no Buachmann said A lot of are frustrated by The Kokomo Common Council ie scheduled to take final action on the annexation of me Wood prop at its Monday evening i ing The annexation paaaed on a split vote on its first reading and it pieafld unanimously on aacond reading