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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - November 1, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                69 TRIBUNE SO Plane crash claims 68 lives AP First there was a then trie high pitched whine of engines at full throttle as the doomed commuter plane plummeted to the ground like a black streak coming American Eagle Flight 4184 from Indianapolis to Chicago crashed in a driving rainstorm Monday afternoon about 60 miles short of its killing all 64 passengers and four crew Witnesses said wreckage of the twinengine propjet was scattered across a muddy 40acre field in northwest 30 miles south of Searchers just shook their What we aid we did nt said firefighter John Firefighter Jerry Cramer said he talked with emergency workers returning from the crash They said any piece of the plane was small enough it could have been carried out by he Theres not one body thaf s Dawn brought no relief from the cold rain and wind that continued through the night and impeded efforts to recover bodies and State troopers and Newton County highway workers labored through the night to build a temporary gravel road through the quagmire to the Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board gath ered at a hotel about 20 miles north in Merrillville to organize their NTSB chairman Jim Hall said searchers found the planes cock pit voice recorder Monday night within hours of the This we will attempt to find the flight data recorder so that those two instruments can be returned to to our headquarters to be Hall Hall called the crash site a scene of utter Well be looking at the power the the whether air traffic control opera tions and human factors all of those areas will be closely exam The by did not seem to explain the he Certainly airplanes operate every day in this type of weath he Well have to look to see whether there were any unusual weather occurrences that might cause the Police suspend officer during probe Kokomo Police Patrolman David Reynolds was sus pended with pay Monday pending an investigation Into a sexual assault allega As a matter of depart ment procedure he will be suspended with Assistant Police Chief Charles Hackett said this We feel like if s a serious enough allegation to warrant irs just an That doesnt mean he is The incident allegedly took place somewhere in Howard outside while the officer was Hackett The case was turned over to the Howard County Sheriff Department for Reynolds was suspended after police interviewed the alleged victim and The departments profes sional standards unit has initiated an internal investi Hackett No other information was released about the Super ATR The plans that crashed in was a Super the largest plane In American Eagles Hall said the would also include reports that the plane was in a holding pattern when it went That again is an area we will start looking at this morning and investigate very carefully as to how long that plane was in a hold ing and exactly he Well be interviewing the air traffic control well be looking at the records and exten sively looking in that The full plane had taken off nearly an hour late because of heavy traffic at Chicagos OHare and was kept in a holding said American Eagle spokesman Tim Neither the airline nor airport officials said how long the plane had been wait ing to After being cleared for the plane began a descent from to then disap peared from Smith At the winds were gusting to 49 mph in the closest reporting and about 2 inches of rain fell Monday near the crash the National Weath er Service Witnesses said there was dri ving rain when the plane went Officials look over the crash scene of American Eagle Flight 4184 AP photo It sounded like the pilot had it full like a stunt like he was going to try to bring it said who was working under the hood of his It came almost straight not at an angle just straight said Larry Mid who saw the crash as he was driving along a It did nt look like it had a left wing on It just looked like a black streak coming American Eagle would not spec ulate on the cause of the Bob director of opera tions for Indianapolis Internation al said weather in north west Indiana at the time of the crash was moderate and visibil ity was about Those dont appear to be horri ble said who also is a private Three from Delco on flight The crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 claimed the lives of three Delco Electronics David Snyder of Bradley Stansberry of Ander and John MacDonald of Carmel were on the plane en route from Indianapolis to Chicago to catch connecting flights to The twinengine prop deliv ered new to American Eagle in went down late Monday afternoon in a soybean field near killing all 68 passen gers on was manager of Del cos international operations sup He joined Delco in was a market ing specialist and joined Delco in was a project engineer and joined the automo tive electronics firm in This is a time of tremendous sorrow for all of us who knew and worked with these We extend our sincere sympathy to their Gary president and chief executive offi cer of Delco said Brad a Howard County commissioner and Delco said of He was always a happygolucky kind of guy someone you always liked to talk Snyders Mary Lou Sny has worked at Western School for 19 Super intendent Ronald Wilson said She currently teaches fourth grade at Western Interme diate where a substitute teacher was replacing her Intermediate Principal Lori Boy land distributed a memo to the corporations faculty and staff today that Mary Lou Snyders husband was confirmed dead at Arrangements are being made to allow employees to attend Snyders Counselors are on standby for help at the school We anticipate a little bit of emo Wilson Were doing the best we can do to deal with Snyders Kathleen and Steven graduated from Taylor High School in the said Principal William Bozeli Andrews copies Flemings claims ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Howard County Prosecutor James Andrews is mounting a counteroffensive in the wake of a recent State Board of Accounts audit of his offices Andrews has made copies of all claims submitted for reimburse ment over the past three years by Chief Public Defender James according to County Auditor Marilyn Fleming is the Republican attempting to unseat a in die election one week from I think what Andrews is trying to say is he went through all these claims from the Public Defender and saw that there were some that were not properly doc Cook She agreed some of Flemings claims were not properly but said they are being done correctly Cook said there is some truth to Andrews assertion that he has been singled out for improperly riling noting that just about every department heao or elected official has violated some aspect of claim filing But she said the large amount of money Andrews nas access to warrants more At some time or almost every office has them claims that arent totally Cook But she Cooks claims deputy just calls them and mis isnt quite do you want to fix it And they Its just with Andrews Fleming Andrews when they ask him to he just kind of gives them the Hes doing much better but it took auite a On Andrews made copies of all claims filed by the Public Defenders Office over the past three years from the gener al Public Defenders account and his discretionary Cook It took about five hours to pull and copy all the dur ing which she had to be present because claims cannot be removed from the auditors When asked to cite examples of such Cook pointed to a February trip to a seminar in Hawaii attended by Deputy Defender Steve The claim for reimbursement of did not include any paid receipts from the Cook Fleming has signed claims for reimbursement on his own instead of obtaining the signature of the Cook Andrews has also taken exception to Flemings claims for reimburse ment for collect phone calls from county jail The claims lack copies of itemized phone bills containing the Cook said The claims range from to per she Cook said Andrews told he several times that she was com mitting a Class C infraction because she has never run legal advertisements before paying the defenders discretionary claims But Cook said the State of Accounts has told her it is not nec essary to advertise the expendii ture of discretionary furjdg because they dont need to be approved by the Please see Page AID Commissioners want documentation ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer The Howard County commis sioners on Monday said theyll deny a group of monthly claims submitted for reimbursement by Prosecutor James unless he provides more informa tion and The commissioners said they want to see a copy of the lease for his office at 122A Walnut pre cise destinations and odometer readings on a mileage claim for one of his investigators and proof of ownership on a driven by Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ron which was The commissioners also said deny claims for payment of car leases for two of Andrews inves tigators because in Andrews writ ten response to the recently released State Board of Accounts SBA audit of his he stated he is now the only staff member still leasing a vehicle at county Since the all investiga tors are operating on a mileage basis and the only lease remaining is for the Prosecuting Attorneys which has been approved by the County Andrews stated in the The SBA requests that workrelated travel reimbursements come in the form of itemized mileage claims rather than car according to County Auditor Marilyn But Andrews said in the audit he knows of no statutory authority that prevents a car lease from being used as a substitute for mileage reimbursement and the county council has in fact approved car leases for the year 1994 for the various investigators and the Prosecuting Whether the council did in fact approve car leases for the prose cutors staff with the amended ordinance it passed in February questioned by the commis A section of the ordinance includes Providing transporta tion expenses to deputy prosecu tors as well as investigators to alleviate Howard County from providing mileage Commissioner Brad Bagwell said that doesnt specifically mention car so He doesnt feel the commissioners position butts heads with the councils February But the ordinance did appropri ate for Reimbursement Car leases from the pretrial diversion fund and from Title IVD Incentive County Council President Richard Miller said such a large dollar amount would indicate to him that leases other than Andrews car were approved by that ordi In his audit Andrews requested that the commissioners and auditor be made knowledge able of their statutory duties wherein they could refuse claims mat were not properly itemized and Please see PageAlO Inside Classified Local News of   

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