Kokomo Tribune, October 21, 1994

Kokomo Tribune

October 21, 1994

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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - October 21, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 48 Kokomo Ind TRIBUNE Friday Oct 50 cents Floridians fall for scenery here Ethel Martinez formerly of Kokomo looks at Highland Park leaves with daughter Kristen and husband Pete Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Autumn in Kokomo leaves them breathless When you are from the state of warm sunny beaches and palm trees the beauty of autumn in Indiana can be a surprise Ethel Martinez her husband Pete and their daughter Kristen 2 spent part of Thursday afternoon in Highland Park in Kokomo marveling at the beautiful leaves which now cover the park Although Ethel is a former Kokomo resi dent the leaves were a first for Pete and Kristen who experienced watch ing tree leaves change color during the fall season The family lives in Ocala a city in the central part of the state which has more palm trees and evergreens rather than the maples tulips and other varieties which dot the Kokomo landscape Ethel Martinez said she plans to transport some of the leaves from the park back to Florida to use them in floral decorations for heriob as floral manager for a grocery store in Ocala Retailers face BIG holiday job people needed to fill positions Employee shortage bumps wages up INDIANAPOLIS AP Retail ers and delivery companies already have begun hiring for the holiday so they can capture a commodity expected to be short terhporary employees About more people are needed to fill retail jobs statewide during the holiday season and about a third of those new posi tions Will be in the Indianapolis area said Stephen Sellers of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Three new retailers in the region Meijer Inc and hardware chains Lowes and Menards have hired so many people that few are left to fill holiday jobs The condition is critical It has never been mis difficult and it presents a real problem for retail ers said Grant Monahan president of the Indiana Retail Council The shortage of workers already is causing wages to rise We started hiring earlier because of the market said Bob Houck manager of Parisian a department store at The Fashion Mall in Indianapolis If s been very very difficult to find real quality said Ken Beckley executive vice president of Gregg Weve spent thousands of dollars in employ ment advertising and we don t get the response we normally Number of teens on drugs getting higher WASHINGTON AP Teen age use of illegal drugs was on the rise last school year according to a drug prevention group The number of high school stu dents using marijuana at least once a month during the 199394 academic year increased from percent to percent said a sur vey released Thursday by the National Parents Resource Insti tution for Drug Education or Pride Among junior high students it climbed from percent to percent The number of high school students using the drug at least once during the school year jumped from 19 percent to percent The bad news is Ameri ca is in the midst of a new wave of adolescent involvement in dan gerous Pride President Thomas Gleaton said Chief differs on use of confiscated cars ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer When Howard County Prosecu tor James D Andrews was asked to justify taking a car obtained through a 1989 drug bust to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas Texas three years later he pointed to a meeting he had with Kokomo Police Chief Lynn Rudolph and Sheriff John In the meeting Andrews said the three men decided that each department could do what it wanted with any vehicles each seized with no restrictions Andrews said he sees nothing wrong or unethical about using a 1988 Pontiac Grand Prix for the football trip because he as prose cutor was given full responsibili ty for the car s use Rudolph confirmed the meeting took place several years ago and that it was agreed each man would be responsible for seized vehicles used by his department But personal use of the vehicles was not discussed at the meeting to Rudolphs recollection The chief said that while he cant tell Andrews what to do with vehicles at his disposal he doesnt sanction such use Beatty could not be reached for comment this morning about the meeting Andrews obtained the Grand Prix in a 1990 plea bargain with Wallace Woodard 68 who was convicted of dealing cocaine Circuit Court Judge R Alan Brubaker ordered the car along with about and a 1972 Ford truck to be placed in the Howard County Law Enforce ment Fund Had Woodard gone to trial and been convicted on all 13 of the drugrelated charges he faced he could have served a maximum sentence of 180 in prison Instead Woodard was ordered to serve 10 years in prison and five years of supervised probation The Grand Prix was sold Mon day at a public auction It showed about miles and sold for That money according to the state law regarding property seizures by law enforcement must go into the county general fund The law allows the seizing agency to use the vehicle for three years before offering it for public sale That deadline expired on the Grand Prix in April 1993 The seizure law doesnt specifi cally prohibit personal use of the seized property according to Richard Good executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attor neys Council Good said his council has no policy on the issue and it has never come before the body that he knows of He declined to comment on the appropriateness of what Andrews did saying Youve got a tight race up there between the Demo cratic Andrews and Republican James Fleming in the Nov 8 elec tion and I dont want to get caught in the middle of Inside today Business Pittco is talking to buyers for operations closed week Page B4 Styls Academy of Women hon orees noted Page Bl Sports Western and Northwestern advance to Saturdays IHSAA Taylor Sectional vol leyball semifinals Page A7 Also Inside Business Classified Dr Local case erupts into media battle Attorney aims to halt jury selection Scholars blast Judge Itos decision LOS ANGELES AP Nicole and Ronald who The focus of the Simpson case has abruptly shifted to issues far removed from the knife killings of Simpsons exwife and her friend Instead a constitutional battle between the news media and Superior Court Judge Lance Ito has erupted over his decision to bar the media and public from a portion of jury selection The fight Intensifies today as a media attor ney seeks to halt the closed jury selection so a higher court can review the issue KelU Sager who represents sev eral news organizations planned to file an appeal today contending Itos decision violates free speech rights Under the First Amendment the public and the press have a right of access to jury selection unless there is a compelling she said And no such compelling interest exists in this The motion to close jury selec tion was made by both the defense and he prosecution at the urging rf the judge who has long expressed frustration about the amount and nature of the cover age Ito closed the portion in which prospective jurors are asked whether they can still be impartial despite intensive coverage of the case Reporters will be allowed back in the courtroom Wednesday when prospective jurors are quizzed about their backgrounds beliefs and biases The move was largely prompted by Itos concern that a controver sial new book about Nicole Brown Simpson will affect Simpsons right to a fair trial Many legal scholars consider jury selection the most important part of a trial said American Civil Liberties Union attorney Douglas Mirell The judge it seems to me has developed a very suspicious fear ful hostile and antithetical view of the legitimate medias role in covering this said South western University law professor Robert Pugsley After the ruling 18 prospective jurors were questioned in private Five were dismissed including a woman who said she heard Ms Simpsons 911 tape on Geraldo Riveras talk show and thought that somebody was being hurt Rescue personnel found at least 32 bodies AP photo Section of bridge collapses 32 people tumble to their deaths in South Korea SEOUL South Korea AP A large section of a bridge collapsed during morning rush hour today sending a packed city bus a minivan and cars plummeting into a river below At least 32 people were killed and 17 injured As the segment of the fourlane Songsu bridge plunged SO feet some vehicles fell into the fast moving Han River and sank Others were crushed on top of the road by the impact Divers boats and helicopters rushed to the scene rescuing 23 people But the rapidly flowing muddy river made it hard to find more bodies The death toll was lowered to 32 after officials discovered some bodies had been counted more than once said a spokesman at the emergency dis aster headquarters The city had begun resurfac ing the bridge on Thursday and investigators rushed to the scene to examine me work ;

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