Logansport Pharos Tribune, April 23, 1985

Logansport Pharos Tribune

April 23, 1985

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Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Newspaper) - April 23, 1985, Logansport, Indiana Sfrttmtte Vol 141 No 96 Logansport Indiana April 23 Founded 1844 Man Shot In Head 1 Jailed MEDARYVILLE A Knox man is being held on a pre liminary charge of at tempted murder following a shooting incident late Mon day evening in Medaryville State Police Trooper Carl Freeman said today that David Carter 22 Rt 1 Medaryville was allegedly shot in the head by Paul Frinkel 35 Knox Carter was taken to Pulaski Memo rial Hospital in Winamac before being transferred to Home Hospital in Lafayette where he is listed in satis factory condition A spokesman for the hospi tal would not confirm a re port that the 38 caliber bullet in Carters head has not yet been removed The incident occurred at on Pearl Street Freeman said information from police at the scene in dicated that Carter was a passenger in a car passing by Frinkel on Pearl Street when Frinkel yelled at Carter to stop the car Freeman said Frinkel allegedly walked to the side of the car and shot Carter in the head Medaryville Town Marshal Harold Fritz and State Police went to Frinkels mothers home in Medaryville where Frinkel surrendered in the backyard Fritz said Carter appar ently was shot at close range and that Carter suffered the wound to the right side of his face The town marshal said the shooting was apparently the result of a domestic incident Fritz said the driver of the car John Conley was un hurt Frinkel was taken to the Pulaski County Jail where no bond was set He is expected to make a court appearance later today Kains Closes Business By DON FREEHAFER City Editor Kains Motor Freight with 130 employees is closing its business The company which has served as a common carrier since 1928 with offices and ter minal on 24 at the west edge of Logansport also has offices and terminals in Indianapolis Richmond and Chicago and agents in Milwaukee South Bend and Columbus Ohio It has covered southwest Ohio Chicago and Milwaukee and most of Indiana Daniel M Cook Indianapolis who has been president of the company since 1979 said the closing of the company is due to its inability to negotiate wage concessions from Teamsters local 543 Lafayette in a new threeyear contract The old contract expired March 31 and efforts made since then to nego tiate a new contract have been unsuccessful A union spokesman was un available Tuesday morning Our costs are too heavy for the deregulated discount oriented market place We cant continue to operate at a loss so we decided to close our opera See Page 2 EPA Finds Cyanide Sludge Agency says substance dumped illegally in Midwest Plating basement By DAVID MARONEY Staff Writer The basement of Midwest Plat ing and Chemical 12th and Spear Streets is halffilled with illegally dumped cyanide sludge but there is no apparent ground contamination Early results of the Environmental Protection Agencys emergency cleanup were obtained this morning from Art Gasior EPA community re lations director in Chicago Gasior said cleanup workers already have removed caustic cyanide sludge fuming acid and hydrogen cyanide from the abandoned factory Gasior minimized health haz ards in the factory area He said potential danger at this point has been held to a There probably would have been a serious problem if the EPA hadnt come in and started the he said Gasior said the basement beneath Midwest Plating is 40by16 feet with 7foot walls The basement floor is earthen and the basement contains four feet of liquid A preliminary report indicated the sludge was poured into the basement Gasior said testing shows cya nide concentrations of parts per million but he em phasized this does not constitute an immediate danger He said sewer lines at the plant and in adjacent areas have been tested and there are no indications at this time of groundwater contamination Gasior said however that the total effect of the sludge dumping is pending addi tional testing He said it was illegally dis charged into the is being tested for volatile or ganic Other quantities of cyanide sludge the fuming acide and the hydrogen cyanide were treated and removed from the plant Gasior said an air monitoring program is being istalled in the factory Metal drums found out side the factory have been taken inside for testing and treatment Steve Barrels stacked at Logansport Midwest plant during cleanup Emergency Cleanup To Start At Kokomo Plant By DAVID MARONEY Staff Writer The Environmental Protection Agency is devising a second emergency cleanup program for Midwest Plating and Chemical this one for an abandoned Kokomo plant The EPA already is working on a similar chemical cleanup at Midwests factory in Logansport The cleanup here led to discov ery of chemical problems in Kokomo Sources in Indianapolis re ported however that an inspec tion team composed workers from the EPA and the State Board of Health discovered new chemical spills Monday in Kokomo Von Roebuck of the board of healths communications office said today The EPA is evaluating the situation and will devise an emergency action The EPA will determine what kind of cleanup is necessary how long it will take and what it will The Kokomo action is identical to the cleanup program launched last week by the EPA at the Logansport factory Officials See Page 2 GOP Protests House Recount WASHINGTON UPI House Republicans angry at the pro spect of losing a seat to the Democrats in a disputed re count kept the House in session all night and into the morning for 14 hours talking of rebellion and Hitlers death amid scholarly claims of constitutional abuses The GOP started the talkathon at Monday and ran until today delaying the start of regular business and a debate on Nicaragua We are members of the In somniac Club of quipped Rep Stewart McKinney as the talkathon passed its 12th hour Republicans said they orga nized the allnight marathon as an expression of their outrage and in hopes of focusing attention on the election issue They warned of more disruptions if oneterm Democrat Frank Mc Closkey is given the seat for the 8th House District in southern Indiana The seat has been held vacant since Jan 3 while the House determined who won The result will have liittle effect on the House lineup currently 252 Democrats and 182 Republicans with the one Indiana vacancy But that didnt stop the pro testers Put it all together and there is no way you can justify corrupting our Rep Thomas Kindness ROhio said as the talkathon stretched well beyond dawn It is time for It was one of the closest House races this century and led to the first Houserun recount in 24 years The level of rage among Republicans is so deep I think it is conceivable that almost any thing could Rep Newt Gingrich said It could go anywhere from physically blocking the doors to a great deal of noisemaking by Republicans to make it impossible to get the House in Rep Robert Dornan suggested the demonstration should continue for eight days in honor of Indiana and we would end on the death date of Adolf A report from a threemember House task force saying Mc Closkey beat Republican Rick Mclntyre by four votes out of was submitted Monday to the House Administration Committee which has scheduled a meeting for later today President Reagan in a tele phone call to Mclntyre called the recount a robbery and Re publicans took to the House floor Monday evening to vent their anger making good on their promise to keep the House open into the night Only a few House members at a time were in the chamber early today to discuss the race and speakers read from the Constitution and James Madisons Federalist arguing that the Houses Demo cratic majority was disregard ing those documents to seat a Democrat Republicans are not pre pared to take this kind of con stitutional abuse said Rep Bill Green The minority in this House is not prepared in this case to turn the other Accident Victim Dies A Carroll County man in jured in an accident last Thursday has died of the injuries he suffered William Woolum 66 Rt 1 Flora died at Monday in Memorial Hospi tal Cass County Coroner Louis Marocco said Woolums death was at tributed to chest injuries suf fered in the accident Woolum suffered a broken right leg contusions to the heart and facial injuries State Police in Lafayette said Woolum apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his pickup truck when it went off the roadway and struck a tree on Ind 29 The accident occurred at Sycamore Row south of Deer Creek Leave Extension Denied ExCoach BY DAVE LONG Staff Writer The Logansport School Board has refused to grant an extension of a leave of absence for former varsity basketball coach Jim Williams Williams requested an extension of the unpaid leave of absence for one year for reasons of ac cording to a letter he sub mitted to Su perintendent Williams Ted Hughes He is currently on a years leave of absence from his teaching position in the business department of Logansport High School The leave was granted by the school board prior to the current school year School officials said the volun tary options now open to Williams are either to resign or to return to Logansport to teach Williams is a fulltime teacher this year at Indianapolis Cathe dral High School He also was that schools varsity girls basketball coach last season Rev Patrick Kelly principal at Cathedral said Williams is teaching business and the school intends to offer him a contract for next school year Kelly said Cathedral does not sign teacher contracts until after May 1 of each year Williams requested the extension of the sick leave he said in his letter on the advice of his personal physician and his internist Williams said the physicians have both advised me to take the additional years leave of absence for medical reasons or very likely suffer additional serious medical com plications During this time I will remain under their monitored Board Member Larry Dunn made the motion not to extend the leave of absence The motion passed 40 Board Member James McKeever was not at the meeting There was no other discussion of the request Following the meeting Dunn said he made the motion because I felt it is in the best interest of the school corpora tion Evidently the other mem bers of the board feel the same way because no one voted against the Williams was hired as busi ness teacher middle school athletic coordinator and varsity basketball coach in the Logans port Schools in August of 1975 His tenure at Logansport has been filled with controversy The Logansport Education Association LEA on Aug 14 1980 filed an unfair labor practices claim against the corporation on Williams behalf when the middle school athletic coordinators position was abol ished The LEA claimed the corpora tion abolished the job improperly because there was no previous discussion of the decision ac cording to the master contract signed by the corporation and the LEA A hearing examiner for the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board recommended following a hearing that the middle school contract for Williams be reinstated Williams filed a million damage suit against the Logans port School Corporation Hughes former High School Principal Hugh Leeman and Athletic Director Jim Jones in May of 1983 The suit claimed the defen dants made false public state ments which damaged Williams reputation and standing in the community caused his family to be harrassed and his son to be transferred to another school The suit contained various charges against the corporation and the individual defendants It also contained charges of conti nuing harrassment by those named in the suit School Attorney John Hillis said all of the suit with the exception of the part relating to the charge of continuing har rassment has been dismissed by the Cass County Superior Court Williams resigned as varsity basketball coach in 1981 after six seasons His teams were 8553 during this tenure The head position was filled temporarily by Assistant Coach Phil Hershberger Former Whiting Coach Gary Meyer was hired in May of 1981 as Logansports head coach but he resigned after one year Hershberger was then hired as head coach to the position he has held for the past three seasons ;