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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - November 3, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 61 Kokomo Ind Thursday Nov SO cents Hill found guilty PENSACOLA Fla AP A former minister who killed an abortion doctor and his unarmed escort then refused to defend himself at his trial faces the elec tric chair or life in prison The 12member jury that con victed Paul Hill of murder after deliberating only 20 minutes Wednesday was to return today to recommend his sentence Hill acting as his own lawyer refused to make any statements or question any witnesses dur ing the three day trial It was not clear whether he planned to fight for his life today or continue his silence We dont even know if he is prepared or interested in present ing said one of his sup porters lawyer Vincent F Heuser jr But thats up to Wielding a 12gauge shotgun Hill ambushed Dr John B Britton 69 his unarmed bodyguard James H Barrett 74 and Barretts wife June 68 as the three arrived at the Ladies Center abortion clin ic on July 29 Hill was convicted of attempted murder for wounding Mrs Bar who also was escorting Brit ion I have nothing to say Your the thin bespectacled Hill said before deliberations began He showed no emotion as the verdicts were read His moth er Louise Hill broke into tears as his wife Karen remained com posed Before the shootings Hill had openly advocated killing abortion doctors claiming it was justified to prevent the deaths of fetuses Circuit Judge Frank Bell refused to let him present that defense to the jury Hill 40 is a Miami native who moved to Pensacola two years ago He is a former minister Hill Leaf weather Kokomo City Street Department workers Mike Cody left and Mike Beatty vacuum leaves from South Webster Street Wednesday City crews have visited every neigh borhood in the city and plan at least three more visits to each neighborhood to collect the fallen leaves Once col lected the leaves are brought to the city Wastewater Treatment Plant where they are composted Tribune photo by Tim Bath Kokomo area schools to test new IPASS exam Test will replace ISTEP in 199596 school year By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer and The Associated Press Local education officials are reserving judgment about a new statewide studentassessment test being piloted at three area school corporations this month The test called IPASS for Indi ana Performance Assessment for Student Success will replace ISTEP in the 199596 school year ISTEP or Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress tests children in grades 2 3 6 8 and 9 in redding language arts and math through multiplechoice questions Those who fail the test get remedial help except for ninthgraders But IPASS will measure lan guage and math skills by empha sizing expression and thought instead of multiplechoice guess work state officials say The new system will assess students from kindergarten to adult through state and classroom measure ments Students at more than 800 schools statewide will take a pilot form of the fest beginning Nov 14 and the results will help edu cators create a final version to be administered next fall KokomoCenter Taylor and Tipton school corporations are among those that will test pupils in randomly selected classes for a week We need to prepare parents as much as students for this said Tim Henderson principal of Taylor Elementary School where about 30 fourthgraders will take part in the pilot It requires dif ferent thinking and communicat The most important difference in the IPASS test is that students will be asked to express what they know in a series of essay and shortanswer questions instead of just picking the right answers Outer pupils selected to take the test attend Bon Air Darrough Chapel Pettit Park and Sycamore schools Taylor JuniorSenior High School and Tiptons Lincoln Elementary School No remediation will be required for pupils based on pilot test scores local officials said For right now we just want tp see how well they said Robert Lawson KokomoCenter assistant superintendent for academic affairs Its not a negative Under ISTEP only the fcoorest performing students got help Beginning next year all students who fail to meet the states mini mum standards will receive extra help with schoolwork Some state Department of Education officials estimate as many as 3D percent of students may fail the IPASS The help comes with a price tag The state spent about mil lion a year for remedial teaching under the old testing system The tab under the new testing pro gram could reach million or more said Robert Dalton deputy education superintendent Representatives of area school corporations piloting the test said they are optimistic about the new systemIn a written statement Tipton Superintendent Tom Fletcher said I am very and hope that the total program will bring about positive instruc tional growth in Indiana But Lawson said he has con cerns about how remediation would be handled under PASS The he said is when woo would do it and how will we pay for Plane rolled before crash Flying too fast with flaps extended ROSELAWN Ind AP Pilots fought to level a commuter plane after its right wing dipped but the Slane then rolled to the right ipped upside down and plum meted to the ground federal offi cials said Using information from the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder investigators recon structed the final minutes of American Eagle Flight 4184 The twinengine turboprop was descending from feet to feet in a driving rainstorm when pilots were warned the plane was moving too fast to have its flaps extended said Greg Feith lead investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board With the plane flying 213 mph at feet as the flaps began to retract the ailerons moved rapid ly making the planes right wing dip NTSB Chairman Jim Hall said at a news conference Wednesday Ailerons are devices near the end of the wings that turn an aircraft The pilots attempted to recover but the airplane rolled sharply to the right Hall said The airplane then rolled over its back and a recovery was not Hall said All 68 people flying from Indianapolis to Chicago were killed in the crash Monday Ailerons are controlled by the pilots but it was not clear exactly what caused the initial dip The cockpit voice recorder showed alarms soundedrepeated ly before the plane dropped from air controllers radar screens NBC reported Hall said there is con versation on the recorder but he would not reveal what was said Aircraft performance officials were to meet today to study all voice and data reports and com pare the accident to others involv ing similar planes The planes antiicing device was activated at the time of the crash but investigators were still trying to determine if ice played a part Hall said Ice can build up on the wings and make it hard for planes to maintain their altitude Icing is an issue Theres no way to say at this point if it does become a factor said NTSB spokesman Ted Lopatiewicz Other weather factors including winds that gusted to 49 mph also were being considered The Amer ican Eagle flight was the first of 11 placed in a holding pattern because of poor weather condi tions at Chicagos Interna tional Airport and had been cir cling for 32 minutes Meteorologist Allan Morrison of the National Weather Service in Joliet said wind shear sud den changes in wind speed and direction were reported at the time of the crash Hall said the shifting winds had been occurring all day Numerous aircraft were pene trating the wind layer with no reports of turbulence Hall said Preliminary information shows Flight 4184s engines were run ning when it hit the ground Hall said Friends colleagues remember victims By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer John J MacDonald II was sup posed to be the best man at his big brother Bills wedding in Baton Rouge La next Friday Instead Bill and other MacDon ald family members celebrated Johns shortened life at a memori al mass at noon in Our Lady of Mt Carmel church today MacDonald 32 was among 68 passengers killed when American Eagle Flight 4184 crashed in a soy bean field near Roselawn on its way from Indianapolis to Chicago late Monday afternoon Friends coWorkers and former team members from MacDonalds Clarkstown South High School football team in New City were among the mourners The crash also claimed Richard G Cunningham df Walton Bradley R Stansberry of Ander son and David A Snyder of Koko mo All four men were employees at Delco Electronics Corp and en route to Chicagos OHare Inter national Airport to connect with overseas flights General Motors Corp psycholo gists who have interviewed and counseled Delco workers this week say MacDonald and the other victims were wellliked as friends and coworkers Its amazing how many people loved John There was something very genuine about his brother Bill said A marketing specialist with Del cos new ventures group Mac Donald is survived by his wife Antonia Eviston an audio engi neer for Delco and a 14month old son John J MacDonald III John was a vety good said Father John Duncan paster at Our Lady of Mt Carmel His family was his biggest hobby and whole John and his wife Toni were introduced by friends and co workers on a blind date They were married on Aug Bill MacDonald 37 says his brother wasnt a frequent traveler and was reluctant to go on the trip to Brazil If s been very hard to come to Cunningham Snyder grips with die loss it came so said Bill He was wor ried about the baby and didnt feel right leaving so close to the wed ding He was worked up about a lot of Duncan who celebrated todays mass said many people will blame God for the accident We have to recognize that our technology and scientific advances are sometimes flawed and seek Gods providence to recover and said Duncan A native of West Nyack i MacDonald held undergraduate and graduate business degrees from Lehigh University in Bethle hem Pa He was a big football fan and followed the New York Giants He joined Delco in Febru ary 1989 Stansbeny 27 an electrical engineer with Delcos audio sys terns design and development staff was returning to a tempo rary assignment with Delco Weisbaden Germany Please see Friends Page A6 Lt Rich Stalbrink of the Indiana State Police consoles United Airlines flight attendant Corrine Hart at the crash scene AP photo