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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 16, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 13 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Friday Sept SO cents Brubaker seeking dismissal Lawyer wants charges dropped Brubaker ByMIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer LEBANON Ind An attorney represent ing Judge R Alan Brubaker is seeking the dismissal of three of the five chargespend ing against him in Boone Superior Court Richard Kiefer and Boone County Prosecutor Rebecca S McClure are expected to argue the point during a pretrial confer ence here Sept 29 In midJuly Brubaker was charged with dealing in cocaine a Class B felony patronizing a pros titute official misconduct and two counts of conversion The latter counts are Class A misdemeanors McClure alleges that all of the incidents occurred on or about JulyS Kiefer believes the charges of dealing in cocaine and patroniz ing a prostitute should be thrown out because they do not contain enough information that would allow him to prepare a defense for Brubaker The cocaine charge fails to include the name of the person to whom Brubaker allegedly delivered the drug and the charge of patronizing a prostitute doesnt identify the person who allegedly agreed to have sexual contact with the judge in exchange for cocaine Kiefers motion says Those points violate Brubakers constitutional rights and are grounds to dismiss the charges according to the attorney The official misconduct charge relates to Brubakers position as a public servant and accuses him of performing an act that he was not authorized by law to per He is charged with remov ing adult video tapes and cocaine from the property room of Howard Circuit Court with intent to obtain said property for himself which property he then transported to Boone County In his motion Kiefer dissects each point of the charge and concludes that Howard County is the proper venue for the offense and therefore it should be dismissed in Boone County Brubaker 50 was arrested at the Lebanon Holiday Inn July 19 as the result of an investigation by Indiana State Police and members of the Howard County Drug Task Force McClure alleges that Brubaker delivered fivetenths of a gram of cocaine to a confidential infor mant at the motel According to the prosecutor Brubaker delivered the cocaine to the informant in the motels park ing lot with the understanding that it would be payment for either an act of sexual intercourse or an act of deviate sexual con duct The cocaine was allegedly delivered to the informant but it was for an act that was to be per formed by a prostitute McClure has said The prostitute was actually portrayed by Sgt Bonnie Barnard with the Indiana State Police Major Drug Unit in Indianapolis The two counts of conversion accuse Brubaker of exerting unauthorized control over cocaine and adult video tapes that are identified as property of the state of Indiana Brubakers jury trial is sched uled for Jan 23 in Boone Superior Court 1 Brubaker has been advised that he could spend up to 24 years in prison and be fined up to if he is convicted of all five counts and the maximum penalties are imposed He has been suspended from the bench with pay by the Indiana Supreme Court A patriotic remembrance Wisehart Kokomo carries a new ArWerican flag donated by Ibn Saud Grotto to a van where it was to be stored until being unfurled today at the opening cere monies of the 12th annual Indiana Vietnam Veterans Reunidn on south 31 today The reunions theme this year is Dont let the sun go down til theyre all It reflects the continuing effort of veterans and families for a full accounting of POW MIAs from the Vietnam War Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Vietnam moving closer Progress made on MIA issue HANOI Vietnam AP In another sign of closer relations between former foes Vietnams foreign minister said today he would meet with Secretary of State Warren Christopher and senators and congressmen in Washington next month Nguyen Man Cams announce ment came at the end of two days of highlevel meetings between and Vietnamese negotiators The negotiators said progress had been made on resolving the fate of Americans missing in action and on opening diplomatic offices in each others capitals soon Each time when we meet each other we understand each other more and it creates a good basis for further development in bilater al Cam said Both sides emphasize the effort to pro mote bilateral Cam said he also planned to meet with trade organiza tions as Vietnam tries to encour age American investment follow ing the lifting of the 19year trade embargo by President Clinton Cam will be in the United States for the 49th session of the General Assembly We have some highlevel meet ings Peter Tomsen deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs told reporters after an hourlong meeting with Cam Earlier Tomsen met with Cams deputy Le Mai for more than an hour We certainly made progress on the MIA issue but also in other Tomsen said The United States lists Americans as unaccounted for from the war including in Vietnam 505 in Laos 77 in Cam bodia and eight in China Half of the total number were killed in action even though the remains have not been recovered offi cials say More than 400 others were lost over the sea and their remains probably will never be recovered officials say Invading Haiti forces poised ready Pentagon plan relies on untested combat tactic Related story Indiana lawmakers react to speech Page A2 WASHINGTON AP The Pentagons plan for invading Haiti relies on a tactic untested in combat launching thou sands of Army soldiers and dozens of their helicopters from Navy aircraft carriers And as Marine amphibious units storm ashore to cap ture key ports Air Force F15 fighters and AWACS radar planes will be high overhead to ensure that no aircraft from any nation interferes with the operation Should Presi dent Clinton order an inva sion of Haiti senior Pentagon officials and other military experts say the operation will require precision teamwork among Americas oftencon tentious military services It appears theres a new era of said Rep Ike Skelton chairman of the House Armed Services per sonnel subcommittee said of the Haiti preparations Skelton in an interview Thursday said sharply reduced budgets and troop numbers mean the ser vices are pool ing their efforts and their resources bet In the past the services were more independent and vied for a piece of the Skelton said Thats not the case now Were finding for the first time Army helicopters aboard aircraft Thats not to say everybody likes the uncon ventional idea of lashing Army combat heli copters to the heaving deck of the USS Eisenhower one of the two aircraft carriers steaming south as part of a potential Haiti mission Air assault troops from the 18th Airborne Corps are expected to launch from a second carrier the USS America Hospitals enter into agreement By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Howard Community Hospital and Methodist Hospital of Indi ana Inc have entered into an agreement to explore additional affiliations including a plan to include Howard Community in Methodist growing statewide health care network Howard Communitys board approved the agreement Thurs day Spurred by the growth of man aged care systems and other industry initiatives to control health care costs more hospitals are pursuing affiliations various partnerships and joint projects Methodist already provides car diology oncology and radiation therapy services in Kokomo through Howard Community The Indianapolisbased hospital provides nephrology diabetes and endocrinology services under a recent pact Methodist is the largest hospital in the state with beds and physicians Howard Community officials say the agreement will not com promise the hospitals ongoing talks about future collaborative projects with Saint Joseph Hospi tal Health Center We want tp be a prudent stew ard of community resources and feel this agreement with Methodist is a viable approach to address the challenges facing health care providers in north cen tral said Jim Bigogno president and chief executive offi cer of Howard Community A committee made up of Methodist and Howard Commu nity hospital board members medical staffs and administrative personnel will examine possi ble affiliations over the next 90 days Methodist is also prepared to acquire a financial stake in Howard Community This process gives both hospi tals an opportunity to learn more about each other assess our abili ty to work together and consider alternative ways that we could work together said Frank Learned senior vice president in charge of Methodist hospital network development Methodists growing health maintenance organization M Plan includes nine delivery sys tems with members including General Motors Corp and Ford Motor Co employees m central Indiana Industry observers say Indianas health care system is set to under fo dramatic change over the next 4 months as major health care providers consolidate to cut costs and a need to be said Learned If we are passive health care players from outside of the state are poised to enter Intklft todays Kokomo Classified ads B59 Comics news Nation Abby Dr Gott Style