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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - October 1, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Taylor Kokomo battle for tennis title Page B3 Vol 144 No 28 K Kokomo Ind Saturday Oct 1 1994 BOcentt Threevehicle accident Greentown Volunteer fireman Sam Coate cleans up after an accident at Friday at Ind 22 and 400 East after which Vallerya M Kelly died Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds woman dies after accident By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer A Howard County woman died Friday about an hour after a threevehicle accident that occurred in front of her eastside home Vallerya M Kelly 54 Ind 22 at 400 East was pronounced dead in the emergency room at Howard Community Hospital at according to Howard County Coroner Jeff Stout He said an autopsy will be conduct ed this morning to determine the cause of death Everything seems to indicate the cause of death was caused by the Stout said According to Howard County sheriff deputy Mark Ogle Kelly was conscious and was talking after the accident at Ind 22 and 400 East at He said she had several lacerations and bruises and possibly suffered internal injuries Kellys husband and four fami ly members who were passen gers in the van she was driving were treated and released according to Peggy Faulkner at Howard Community Hospital Two child passengers ages 1 and 2 were not injured Ogle said both were in childrestraint seats which prevented injuries Kelly was stopped attempting to turn onto 400 East when the van she driving was hit in the rear by a 1994 Oldsmobile driven by Linda Shearin S Road East Shearin was not injured Ogle said The impact of the collision pushed the Kelly vehicle into oncoming traffic and she was then struck from the front by a 1993 Dodge van driven by Kay A Rees 60 228 E Railroad St Rees was taken to Howard Com munity Hospital and was treated and released Air base has new mission Chrysler may get tax break Company would add jobi McGUIRE AIR FORCE BASE AP This military installation spared from the Pentagon hit list last year embarked Friday on a new expanded mission as a major trans port hub In a ceremony at the Burlington County base McGujre was activated as the 305th Air Mobility Wing for the East Coast The unit number was moved here from Grissom Air Force Base although no personnel or air craft were transferred The designation bolsters the mission at McGuire by adding personnel and aircraft from other military installations About activeduty and 500 reservists are expected to join the base during the transition The major change is the reassignment of two dozen KC10 aerial refuelers to McGuire from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana About six KClOs have been brought here so far The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission gave McGuire the enhanced mis sion last year when it reversed a decision to shut down the base The Pentagon proposed transferring the mission at McGuire to Platts burgh Air Force Base in upstate New York The new designation saved thousands of jobs at McGuire and kept the fleet of cargo transport planes here McGuire pumps about billion annually into the local economy This is a tremendously thrilling said Rep Jim Saxton who led the fight to save McGuire I was always confident we would The area was hard hit when McGuires neighbor Fort Dix was scaled back in two ear lier rounds of base closings Some feared McGuire would meet the same About 200 military personnel and civilians gathered inside a hangar adjacent to the flight line Friday as McGuire formally deactivated its old mission as the 438th Airlift Wing The wing has played a role in every major combat mission as well as humanitarian efforts transporting cargo and personnel The base commander is currently heading air mobility operations in PortauPrince Haiti and was unable to attend the ceremony Friday The crises of the world donot said Lt Gen Malcolm B Armstrong commander of the 21st Air Force But we must pause to pay With military pageantry the wings flag was furled and sheathed and formally retired The deactivation ended McGuires role primarily as an airlift facility The addition of two KC10 squadrons at McGuire consolidates refueling and cargo facilities at one installation said base spokesman Tech Sgt Bob Pease Travis Air Force Base in California has been designated the Air Mobility Wing for the West Coast he said It puts it all under one said Pease Now we have major refueling By STEVE JACKSON Tribune staff writer The city of Kokomo is consider ing giving Chrysler Corp a tax abatement that could save the automaker thousands of dollars in property taxes over die next 15 years The Kokomo Common Council is scheduled to vote Monday night on a resolution designating Chryslers Kokomo complex as an Economic Revitalization Area The designation would allow Chrysler to enjoy a break on addi tional property taxes it will face on an estimated million worth of new equipment sched uled to be installed in its alu minumcasting facility over the next five years This is a big said Jeff Rudolph of the Kokomo Department of Urban Develop ment and Design We think its great news to see mat Chrysler can make this kind of The automaker announced in September it will expand its cast ing plant by square feet in order to facilitate increasing pro duction at the adjacent transmis sion facility by units per year According to a statement of benefit filed by Chrysler in con junction with its application for ERA designation the company estimates the expansion will result in the retention of jobs and the creation of 821 new jobs at the Kokomo complex A total of people are cur rently employed at Chryslers Kokomo facilities according to the benefit statement Rudolph said those numbers indicate Chrysler is committed to ensuring the security of its Koko mo complex and the jobs it pro vides That is why he and UDD officials are eager to extend the tax think its great news to see that Chrysler can make this kind of break ip the citys secondlargest employer I think the benefit is to try to ensure we can keep them Rudolph said of the ERA designa tion Theyve got a lot of other places they can go Were not the only place Chrysler has I Chrysler officials did not return phone calls seeking comment Fri day If approved the ERA designa tion will give Chrysler five years to install equipment and have it eligible for a 10year tax abate ment The abate ment means that Chrysler will not be subject to property on the new equip ment in the first year after it is installed By the 10th year the nave topay taxes on 75 percent of the assessed value Chrysler must Jeff Rudolph pay the full tax thereafter Chryslers cur rent property taxes will not be reduced The abatement applies only to the machinery being installed over the next five Rudolph estimated the abatg ment will result in Chryslers ing about half of the properfy taxes during the abatement period than it would have without the ERA designation Rudolph saifl thats a pretty good tradeoff in exchange for the prospect of moie than 800 new jobs at the Common Council President Andy Castner said he anticipated an enthusiastic reception from dje council when the ERA designation is presented for a vote Monday I think the reaction from the council will be very said Castner Dat large Ifs going to be in the long run a very great benefit for the community The Kokomo Common Council will meet at Monday at City Hall Inside todays Tribune Classified Dr Nation News of Officials fight fire riots at Atterbury EDINBURGH Ind AP About 25 sheriffs deputies were dispatched to the Camp Atterbury Job Corps Center to quell a riot Friday afternoon as fire officials battled a dormitory blaze officials said Johnson County Sheriff Doran Miller said the fire broke out at a dormitory at the center at about Fights then broke out among students Miller said Miller said the fights apparently started because some students thought other students were steal ing their belongings as they evac uated the bunung dormitory There were three main fights involving dozens of students in each group he said There were no arrests and only minor injuries were reported We just tried to keep it as civil as Miller said Four units of the Edinburgh Fire Department fought the fire Miller said It took more than two hours to break up die fights and put the fire out ne said There was no immediate estimate of damages caused by the fire About 600 students between the ages of 16 and 24 live at the cam p s job center about 40 minutes south of Indianapolis Students are at the camp to earn their genera equivalency diploma and learn vocational trades The center then tries to find jobs for the students Moms big day PARKER One of 23 piglets delivered by this 600pound sow snug gles up to its tired mother here The sow who belongs to Gene Kaufman had two litters 16 days apart a rare but possible feat There were 12 piglets in the first litter and 11 in the second Now she can get some rest The last litter of the pigs 3 weeks old were weaned Thursday AP photo   

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