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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 19, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 340 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO TRIBUNE Friday Aug SO cents GOP pushing for compromise Passage could come today on anticrime legislation April 1994 House approved a million crime bill Mey 1994 House passed a ban on assault weapons After final negotiations the House neared action on a billion 972page bill BylEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer and The Associated Press WASHINGTON Democrats and Republicans in Congress are moving toward an accommoda tion that would slash billion from a stalled anticrime bill and ease the way for passage possi bly by today If s this week or Rep Barney Frank said of intensive negotiations on a com promise version of the bill that was shelved 225210 on a proce dural vote over a week ago Republicans pressed the House Democratic leadership and the Clinton White House to accept a billion cut in the billion bill as the price for their votes and Democrats were considering the proposal Crime is the No 1 Rep Henry Hyde said today on NBC But that doesnt mean you lay down and play A freshman Republican advanced what has become the germ of a compromise Rep Michael Castle of Delaware recruited about 20 GOP lawmak ers to send a letter to President Clinton indicating that the reduc tion in die bills price tag along with measures toughening sexual offender and rape provisions win their support The potential compromise would give Congress some say if additional weapons are added to a ban on certain assaultstyle firearms require notification of neighborhoods if convicted sexu al offenders move in allow pros ecutors to tell jurors of prior rape convictions by accused rapists and delete million for Lamar University in Beaumont Texas alma mater of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jack Brooks DTexas Rep Steve Buyer mis morning refused to comment on the possible agreement until he can study it himself said his press secretary Pat Hinton Hinton did say that a bil lion acrosstheboard cut in the bill wouldnt necessarily change Buyers vote because he thinks prison funding has already been slashed enough And regardless of funding the freshman con gressman still has objections to several substantive parts of the bill that were watered down in the final HouseSenate confer ence report The trudiinsentencing pro vision tougher penalties for crimes involving firearms and minimum mandatory sentences for first time drug offenders would have to be put back in die bill after having been cut in con ference Buyer said In trudiin states would be required to show progress in keeping secondtime violent offenders locked up for at least 85 percent of dieir sentence in order to receive federal prison grants Howard County Sheriff John D Beatty the Democrat challenging Buyer in die Nov 8 election has sharply criticized die freshman Whats next Democratic leaders are rewriting parts of the bill and renewing action perhaps as soon as next week congressman for voting against die crime package last week Beatty accused Buyer of bow ing to die Republican leadership whove turned die issue into a political football and an opportunity to kick die president when he was Beatty in a press conference he called outside die Howard Coun ty Courthouse Wednesday reported diat 85 percent of law enforcement officials he polled diroughout die 5th District sup port die crime bill I hope that die support demonstrated in die law enforce AP Graphic ment community and among professional law enforcement associations will convince law makers diat diis bill is demanded by die American people and des perately needed to help curb the plague of Beatty said Beatty said his staff polled 36 of a potential 63 sheriffs chiefs of police and prosecutors via phone interviews posing three questions Buyer refuted die pol ls accuracy and said of 22 offi cials he called only seven said dieyd been polled and only one supported die bill Police judges debate crime bill funding ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Local law enforcement officials some leery of what stance to take on die anticrime bill because it is still unfolding in Washington said it should at least include more federal funding for local crime fighting prevention pro grams and incarceration Howard County Superior Court 2 Judge Carl Van Dorn said Indianas prison and jail sys tem is in serious need of more space and better educational pro grams for inmates The state and Howard County has had a tough time getting taxpayers to see diat said The public wants to put more people in prison and jail dian theyre willing to pay Van Dorn said If you need more space youve got to spend die money to get the space The crime bill shelved last On the streets What would you put in the crime bill The public wants to put more people in prison and all than theyre willing to pay Cart Van Dorn Howard County Superior Court 2 judge week in a 225210 House vote and expected to come back up soon widi some changes pro vides billion in prison fund ing van Dorn said along with more room to house criminals is die need for better educational and rehabilitation programs within die prison and jail system Ive heard several stories late Lfrom people diat have been re diat education is really kind of Van Dorn said I think we want to do a lot toward rehabilitation because if we dont theyll just keep going back Education is die key to rehabilitation and we need more money from some place for Kokomo Police Chief Lynn Rudolph said hed like to see Congress send more funding to educational programs also for crime fighters The more resources entities like die FBI National Academy and die state Criminal Justice Institute have the more prepared officers will be he said We have tp be able to come up with some funding to train our Rudolph said The more innovative we are on die local level die more effective we are in fighting Rudolph said he sees a definite need for prevention programs derided as pork by most of die bills Republican opponents However he cautioned against liberally handing out federal grants without first ensuring theyll be used wisely by commu nity organizations The monies shouldnt be free There has to be a strategy in place and a strong personal invest ment family investment and neighborhood Another official presented an entirely different view of die con gressional warfare now being waged in Washington over the crime bill Howard County Superior Court 1 Judge Dennis Parry said hes against any federal anti crime bill because crime prob lems vary too widely throughout die nation for a centralized solu tion The bill is in reality a politi cal maneuver by politicians hop ing to pacify an American public thaf s increasingly worried about crime he said If anything diey should be giving money to die states and letting die states decide what to do with Parry said Theres no need for die federal govern ment to get Any time they put out money for something like that you know darn well theyre going to dictate what to do widi it They dont know whats best for us They cant control whaf s going on in Washington let alone die problems we nave here in Koko Leon Huskey Peru Huskey supports expanding our prison system and hiring more police He doesnt agree widi some of the pork barrel amend ments like mid night basketball Phil Thonington Mexico I dunk they ought to take die Uzls away but not die handguns I believe everybody should have the right to bear James Pruntey Kokomo My opinion is diey should take the guns off the streets Theyre selling diem now by die diousands to Karen Pfeiffer Kokomo Id like to see somediing done about domestic violence I wish police had more power to arrest die perpetrator when the victim is afraid to press Brenda Henry Tipton dont think diey give die policemen die ben efits diey deserve Theyre putting their lives on die line Theyre worth Jane Angell Tipton think that everybody ought to be able to have a gun I dont think this police is going to make much of a Inside todays Tribune Business Commerce chief says NAFTA boosting exports Pap A Style American Sewing Guild plans special event II Sports Coto Twv Abwto witt undergo surgery and mias the entire season Page Ai Also inskto Business market A67 Classified ads DwAbby II Entertainment BJ3 Local news A23 Klaxon A4 htowt of twcocd QNHMriM OpWon StyU II Horner holds onto licenses INDIANAPOLIS AP For mer Kokomo schools Superinten dent Larry W Homer can take a tab heading a school in South Dakofr after a state board allowed him to keep his teaching and administrative Ucenaes The Indiana Proawaional Stan dards Bond voted not to strip Homer of HCKMM Thursday despite hit guilty pfea to a charge of conflict of interest Homers acceptance of a job as an administrator of a parnrhial school in Freeman depend ed oa hit retention of hto Indiana credentials Hornet and farmer assistant Lyte were investigated for misusing school funds and conflict of inter est They bought a boat with two people negotiating to sell Koko Corp computer equipment for million Each pleaded guilty earlier this year to a felony but the judge sentenced each on a misdemeanor count Attorney Dennis Zahn argued Homer failed to submit the required disclosure form regard ing his involvement in the boat purchase because he did not understand me term pecuniary interest He said Homer has testified he thought he only had to file such a foam if he made a profit from a transaction diat posed a conflict of interest and had acknowledged his involvement in die purchase Zahn said die public record did not support die Indiana Depart ment or Educations contention that one of die computer sellers needed die commission from die computer sale to pay his share of me boat purchase The state standards board recently amended a rule to allow license revocation or suspension for those found guilty of misde meanors as well as felonies The board revoked the teaching and administrative licenses of Mitecheten who pleaded guilty to a charge of ghost employment changes tack on Cuban policy WASHINGTON AP Alarmed by a surging tide of Cuban refugees in South Florida the Clinton administration is implementing a new policy of detaining refugees who are inter dicted at sea rather than allowing them into the community Attorney General Janet Reno announced the policy in a state ment Thursday night at the White House The administrations deci sion reversing three decades of policy followed a day in which it endured a drum beat of criticism from Florida Gov Law ton Chiles a fellow Democrat who is up for reelection Chiles interviewed this morn ing on NBC and ABC said the move sends a firm signal from the government that could slow the exodus from Cuba Cubans should be encouraged to stay home and bring about the fall of Castro rather man he said The announcement contrasted with the administrations stance earlier Thursday when Reno gave a cool response to pleas for help from Chiles and said the situation was under control Chiles earlier Thursday had declared an immi gration emergency in Florida This keeps Castro from being able to call the shots in regard to immigration Chiles said He said Florida officials were pre pared to help provide any addi ti might be needed Administration officials said President Clinton was expected to make a more detailed statement today at an afternoon news con ference Refugees who reach shores would be processed as they have been since 1966 a senior adminis tration official said speaking on condition of anonymity Since that time Cubans arriving in Florida have been released to relatives or other sponsors in the United States upon their arrival after being interviewed by immigration officials The only exception is for suspected felons or those believed to be carrying communicable dis eases On Wednesday the Coast Guard picked up 547 Cuban refugees the largest number for a single day since the 1980 Mariel boatlifts when some arrived in Florida over a period of five months Another 369 refugees had been picked up Thursday by early evening In her statement Reno said In an effort to deter more Cubans from risking their lives effective immediately the Immigration and Naturalization Service will detain all individuals interdicted The detention of these people will con tinue pending a determination of how they should be processed by the She answered very few questions and essentially declined to elaborate Cuban refugees As hundreds of Cubans prepared to head tor shores Florida Governor Lawton ChHw asked tor federal help in stemming the Iwgest tide of migrants since the 1980 Mariel boaSft AH 1903 January 1994prewni