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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 11, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 218 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO lTRIBUNE Monday April 11 1994 50 cents Truck strike loads delays By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer The nationwide Teamsters strike nearly one week old is beginning to delay shipments forcing local businesses to secure alternative delivery services Big and small companies are scrambling to find nonunion trucking companies and are rely ing on overnight and package couriers to deliver goods and ser vices The strike affecting less than 20 percent of all nationwide truck shipments also is adding to companies shipping costs Weve seen a slowdown in shipments of some locomotive parts we Henry Weller president of Central Railroad of Kokomo said today But it hasnt forced us to curtail any of our rail Delco Electronics Corp has used alternative carriers to receive shipments from some suppliers spokesman Milton Beach said today 0 Smith Building Supplies in Greentown has a shipment stuck in transit owner John Smith said We dont know where the ship ment is and there is very little we can do about he said Weve had several calls inquir ing if we have equipment avail able to haul shipments that are less than a truck said Claudette manager of Collins Moving Systems a nonunion Kokomo shop with 65 drivers Many of them are truck ing companies here in About Teamsters includ ing in Indiana struck early Tuesday night after talks broke down with 22 trucking compa nies Trucking Management which represents the carriers wants to boost the use of part timers in order to compete with nonunion trucking companies The strike affects lessthan truckload which take small shipments into a single trail er Some of their biggest cus tomers are manufacturers both for raw materials and finished products The strike has idled drivers at CF MotorFreight Roadway Express ABF Freight System TNT Holland Motor Express Yel low Freight System and Consoli dated Freightways in Kokomo and north central Indiana Kokomobased Big R Stores has relied on nonunion truck compa nies and overnight couriers to deliver merchandise to its 11 Indi ana stores The company is getting more use from its own truck fleet We have merchandise sitting on the dock at TNT Holland in Indianapolis that was supposed to be delivered here last said Carolyn Baugher assistant super visor in charge of shipping for Big R Were trying to locate the truck and find a way to go pick it up We havent had to rent addi tional trucks but its going to start getting that way she said WalMart Stores the nations biggest retailer has relied on nonunion trucking companies Last week a state Teamsters leader predicted the strike would affect Indiana mis week We hope they are affected real quickly so they can put pressure on these said John Neal presi dent of Teamsters Local 135 and the states top Teamsters leader It will have an Under Trucking Managements proposal parttime workers would earn an hour compared with for fulltime Teamster workers The companies also propose being able to shift loads to rail roads for part of their journey Bill Gabberd Kokomo is treated for smoke inhalation after he was pulled from a fire by Jerry Goodrich Marion right in his trailer Sunday morning Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Marion citizen rescues local man from fire A helpful Marion citizen pulled a Kokomo man out of his burning trailer Sunday morning on Koko mos north side The resident Bill Gabberd 2700 N Washington St Lot 203 was treated at the scene by para medics from Howard Communi ty Hospital for smoke inhalation and refused further treatment said Battalion Chief Alejandro Gonzalez Jerry Goodrich the helpful citi zen was leaving another trailer down the street when he noticed the smoke He heard the man hollering for help and broke the glass of the back door and helped the man get out Goodrich then called 911 Gon zalez said Firefighters were dispatched to the trailer at Sunday The fire was believed to be started by a pan of grease that was left on the stove firefighters said Gabberd told firefighters he put a pan of grease on the stove to fix some french fries He said he thought he turned the stove off and went to lie down The next thing he knew the bedroom was full of smoke and he was having trouble breathing firefighters said After the fire was extinguished the knob on the gas range was still in the on position and the burn pattern started at the pan of grease firefighters said Damage was estimated at firefighters said 5 underground tanks high on leak list here NATO air strike Two F16 fighter jets bombed Serb targets near the Muslim enclave of Gorazde on Sunday By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer Howard County has 204 registered underground storage tanks of which 65 have been reported to leak at some point However there is ho cause for alarm said Anne Black section chief of the Indiana Depart ment of Environmental Management The majority of them are not highpriority leak she said adding that this refers to leakages where stored substances get into the water table and contaminate public or private water systems Of the 65 that have leakage problems five are con sidered high priority They include the Amoco Oil station on 31 at Ind 26 the site of the former C C Oil Company a disused Shell station on 301 W North Chrysler Transmission Plant on 2401 S Reed Road and Village Pantry on 301 W Markland Ave Another 10 have been listed as mediumpriority cases that is those that have dissolved products in the groundwater which are not affecting the water supply The other 50 are low priority where only soil is affected Those that are high priority are required to conduct a cleanup and investigation of contami nation to see how widespread it will be Black said We work with them and supervise them to do a full cleanup of the she added We advise them and oversee it all the way through to the end of A cleanup could take one to 10 years depending on the extent of the contamination IDEMs underground storage tank program began in 1986 and encompasses federal and state regula tions that protect human health and environment An underground storage tank is any tank including its piping that stores a regulated substance and has at least 10 percent of its volume underground The majority of regulated storage tanks are located at gasoline stations Others include hazardous sub stance facilities airports hospitals and golf courses Underground storage tanks installed after 1988 are required to have leak detection corrosion protection and spilloverfill containment at the time of installa tion Tanks installed prior to 1988 are required to have leakdetection monitors installed By 1998 all such tanks will be required to have corrosion protec tion and spilloverfill containment Noncompliance may result in fines Howard Countys problems are not unlike that of the rest of the state which has underground storage tanks where between 25 and 30 percent of the tanks leak Black said Because these facilities are required to do leakdetection tests when they fail the tests they have to report to The first phase of upgrading ended in December with all tanks requiring leakdetection monitors By December of 1998 the second phase will kick in and they must be totally upgraded This is when the spill and overfill containment will be mandatory and also cathodic detection Black said Two F16s strike Bosnian targets NATp jets blast Serbians again Bosnian Serbs suspend peace talks Range Top Speed Built by 575 miles above Mach General Dynamics Tom Holmes Inside Local Candidates about the issues at Carver Center Page 2 Style Tennessee offers wild times Page 11 Also inside Business Classified Local News of Welfare fraud errors costly Overpayments added up to a whopping billion in 1991 WASHINGTON AP State agencies overpaid welfare recipi ents by billion in 1991 because of fraud and mistakes according to a federal survey At the same time thousands of other lowincome families with children were improperly denied welfare benefits by state and county workers responsible for deciding eligibility for Aid to Families with Dependent Chil dren The survey by the Department of Health and Human Services measures mistakes by agency employees and fraud and errors by welfare recipients It found that overpayments accounted for billion of the billion paid to lowincome families in 1991 an error rate of percent Conservative welfare experts say the survey fails to measure more sophisticated or hardto catch fraud by recipients who work off the books or by using phony IDs hide assets claim ficti tious children or double dip and collect benefits in two states or counties But liberals complain that caseworkers put more effort into keeping errors down than helping single mothers on welfare become selfsufficient The question of welfare fraud is especially sensitive as the Clinton administration drafts a plan to pump billions of new dollars into the welfare system to help low income mothers get the skills education and child care they need to get off welfare and into the work force Efforts to fight welfare fraud are rarely mentioned in the adminis trations draft plans to overhaul AFDC And the Clinton adminis tration on April 1 began cutting back the federal governments share of the cost of investigating both AFDC and food stamp frauoT States and the federal govern ment divide the expenses of run ning AFDC and providing cash benefits to 5 million lowincome families with children State or local employees decide eligibility and investigate fraud Rep Ron Wyden chair man of the House Small Business subcommittee on regulation says the AFDC survey is the latest evi dence of substantial fraud in the nations welfare programs SARAJEVO BosniaHerzegov ina AP For the second straight day NATO warplanes today bombed Bosnian Serb ground forces attacking the Mus fim enclave of Gorazde At least two tanks and person nel carriers were struck in the bombing run by two F 18 jets based with NATO forces in Aviano Italy the Pentagon said The United Nations said three bombs were dropped destroying a Serb tank firing directly into the Maj Rob Annink a spokesman in the Bosnian capital confirmed the NATO bombing run on Serb forces in the Gorazde area 35 miles southeast of Saraje vo but said he had no details on casualties United Nations peacekeepers who had came under fire in the city requested the NATO air pro tection Todays air strike came hours after Bosnian Serbs suspended peace talks with and envoys and struck anew at Gorazde with artillery tanks and heavy machine gun fire officials in Belgrade said today that 200 refugees were wounded in an artillery attack on a former schoolhouse What the United Nations wants is for the Serbs to stop the shelling and to withdraw and to resume the Presi dent Clinton said after todays air strikes For nearly two weeks Serbs have been attacking Gorazde which is on the main highway between their positions to the southwest and east Tank and artillery fire was quite heavy today said Charles Redman the envoy to Bosnia In Sundays attack two F 16 fighters bombed a Bosnian Serb tank and command post officials said both targets were responsible for firing into the enclave Gorazde is one of the six safe Clinton defends actions WASHINGTON AP President Clinton said today that air strikes against Bosnian Serb positions were an entirely appropriate response to protect the besieged Muslim enclave of Gorazde He said the attacks today and Sunday had been requested by the United Nations and were carried out under existing mandates What the United Nations wants is for the Serbs to stop the shelling and to withdraw and to resume the negotia Clinton said He talked with reporters briefly at the opening of a meeting in the Cabinet Room with senior national security advisers Among those present were Defense Secretary William Perry Secretary of State War ren Christopher National Security Adviser Anthony Lake and Gen John Sha likashvili chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff areas for Bosnian Muslims des ignated by the United Nations last year The attack Sunday was NATOs first on ground positions in its 44 year history In February NATO jets downed four Serb planes vio lating a no fly zone over Bosnia Redman said any attempt to restart the peace talks would have to wait until the situation in Goradze was resolved Up to five bombs were dropped Sunday on positions that NATO officials in Belgium described as field artillery headquarters ;