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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 13, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 220 K OKOMO Kokomo Ind Wednesday April 50 cents Soggy weather returning Friday By Kokomo Tribune staff and The Associated Press Respite from the showers which have recently plagued the Koko mo area is expected through Thursday but local weather observer Robert Wise warned that the break will be brief Wise said this morning that the 24hour rainfall in the Kokomo area reached 21 inches bring ing the total to inches since Saturday Tonights low was predicted to be near 40 under clear skies and Thursday will be a beautiful said Wise Thursday will be sunny and warmer and the high will be 73 Thursday nights low will be 50 But the showers return Friday afternoon after a partly cloudy morning that day The high Friday will be 70 but Wise said this area could get 1 to 2 inches of rain from that afternoon through Saturday afternoon Showers are expected to end Sat urday afternoon The high on Sat urday will be 70 In other parts of Indiana flood waters today set out on their dam aging journey down the Wabash River to Lafayette Terre Haute and other river towns en route to southern Indiana The National Weather Service said the Eel River which drains into the Wabash as well as the St Marys and Maumee will crest tonight in northeast Indiana about 4 feet above flood stages Flood warnings also were issued for the Tippecanoe River another Wabash tributary and the White River in southwestern Indi ana The weather service said the combination of high water in the Wabash and Vermillion rivers was causing extensive flooding in the area of Eugene and Cayuga in Vermillion County Smaller streams feeding the Wabash already began sending the runoff from 6 inches of rainfall Tuesday into the large river The Wabash was forecast to crest Thursday at Lafayette and Sunday at Terre Haute We may not have record flood ing but this will get into what we consider substantial said meteorologist Michael Sabones of the National Weather Service Two people had to be rescued from the roof of their car south of Lafayette on Tuesday director Jerry Hauer of the State Emer gency Management Agency said If the Wabash reaches levels the weather service thinks it might well have serious flooding there over he said Severe thunderstorms in north ern Indiana late Tuesday night dumped only spotty rain and did not appear to exacerbate the rising rivers Benton County schools were closed for the day after many roads had to be closed Its kind of an unusual situa tion a rainout at said Benton Central High School Prin cipal Michael Sipe Studys surprise Beta carotene might actually cause cancer BOSTON AP Scientists who launched a major study to prove that a form of vitamin A prevents cancer were amazed when their findings suggested just the opposite After 10 years of study it turns out that beta carotene might actually cause cancer Beta carotene is the vegetable source of vitamin A Dozens of studies have suggested that peo ple who get lots of it lower their risk of cancer Beta carotene and other socalled antioxidants are widely touted as cancer fighters So scientists felt confident when they launched a mil lion study on smokers that they would find in the end that beta carotene pills helped them ward off lung cancer Instead to their complete amazement they found that people who got the beta carotene were 18 percent more likely to have lung cancer than those who did not take the vita min The study was so large involving men that there was just one chance in 100 that the finding was a statistical fluke Some scientists including the researchers said this might indeed be the explanation The message to the public is Eat a good balanced diet be pleased that scientists are work ing on these complex cancer pre vention strategies but be fore warned that there are no simple answers and there is no guaran tee of safety when you take cap sules into your said Dr Gilbert Omenn dean of public health at the University of Wash ington Beta carotene is common in deep yellow orange and dark green vegetables and fruits such as carrots broccoli and yams Among other findings Vitamin E users had a 34 per cent reduction in prostate can cer Those using vitamin E were also somewhat less likely to have strokes resulting from blot clots in the brain but more likely to have strokes involving bleed ing in the head Howard County Proposed ambulance coverage area The proposed ambulance coverage would split Kokomo and the county between the two hospitals The split on the north side would begin on 50 East enter the city at the north end of Ohio Avenue drop south to Markland Avenue head west to Leeds Street drop south to Defenbaugh Street and west into the county along 100 South Mike and Kay Priest sit in their flooded home Tuesday in Carroll County AP photo Charge dropped against boy 13yearold at Western going on informal probation RUSSIAVILLE Ind The charge of intimi dation on the 13yearold boy who allegedly threatened to poison a Western Middle School principal has been dropped I think we can get a handle on it informal said Jeff Lowry Howard County deputy prosecutor for juveniles After talking to the principal Ron Colby and seeing that the boy is going through therapy I feel this does not warrant formal But he did say the teenager would still be on informal He still will have to report in to the Kinsey Youth Center and talk to a probation officer to see how he is doing in his therapy and make sure he stays out of Lowry said March 16 the 13yearold allegedly wrote a note saying that he was going to poison the principal by putting a substance in his coffee The note was intercepted by Colby who reported it to Howard County Sheriff Depart ment The boy was initially charged with intimidation The substance was never tested because of the decision to handle it informally the deputy prosecutor said The substance was believed to be sodium ferrocyanide Det John Russell of the Howard County Sheriff Department said Its a typical chemistry set type of chemical very According to Moores Rexall Drug pharmacy department sodium cyanide is a poisonous chemical and ferro means there is iron in the compound Uses include extracting gold and silver from ore and in dye manufacturing The boy was initially suspended from school for his alleged actions but Colby refused to say how long the student was suspended from school or if the suspension is over Militant black leader vows retaliation INDIANAPOLIS AP An attorney said he did not think a militant black leader was serious when he threatened retaliation if his son is convicted and sent to the electric chair for the deaths of three young Carmel residents Mmoja Ajabu the leader of the Indianapolis Black Panther Mili tia said in a telephone interview Tuesday that others would die if his son were executed for a crime he did not commit Kofi Ajabu 21 received formal notice Tuesday from the court that capital murder charges were filed against him in the deaths of Lisa Allemenos 13 Nick Allemenos 17 and Chris James 23 Death penalty charges also were filed against Raymond Adams 26 and James G Walls 20 both of Indianapolis He is just upset very Kenneth Roberts said of the elder Ajabus statements I think it probably hit him for the first time that they are seeking to put his son to Roberts is repre senting Kofi Ajabu But Ajabu said no one should doubt the seriousness of his inten tions Im a black man who will take a strong stand and I will kill if I have to avenge the death of my Ajabu said They must realize that There will be holy hell in these United States of Ameri The bodies of the children and James were found at the Alle menos home March 17 by Nick girlfriend who became worried when he did not show up for school All three victims had their throats slashed after being bound and gagged with duct tape Investigators said the slayings happened during a robbery that turned at the home in a suburb north of Indianapolis The crimes shocked many who consid ered the upscale neighborhood where the Allemenoses lived to be safe from such brutality Ajabu said his son did not kill the Allemenos children or James and should not be punished I dont like the way things are the elder Ajabu said Im angry Im upset and Im contem plating very nasty things if they kill my Hospitals argue over split Disagreement centers on how to share subsidy Kt graphic ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer The only thing left to determine in a Howard County ambulance service agreement is which of Kokomos two hospitals will receive more of the countys annual subsidy Howard Community Hospital officials believe they deserve 70 percent because under the agreement theyd be servicing about 70 percent of Howard County Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center however has asked the commissioners for a 6040 split claiming it needs at least a year to break even in its ambulance operations County commissioners said theyll come back with a decision at next Mondays meeting Commissioner Rm Shearer said hed abstain from voting in light of is position on the Howard Community Hospitals Board of Trustees Commissioner David Griffey has advocated a 60 40 split in favor of Howard Community Commis sioner Brad Bagwell has said he feels each hospital should receive 35 percent and the remaining 30 per cent should be divided between the two according to how many county runs each does According to a map drawn up by the hospitals ambulance neads St Joseph would cover the area north of Defenbaugh Road and west of 31 The move is intended to quicken ambulance response time to residents of northwestern Howard County Howard Community now is contracted to cover the entire county It has been agreed upon that Saint Joseph could reach the north and northwest portions of the county quicker from its location at 1907 W Sycamore than can Howard Community from 3500 S Lafountain St Saint Joseph now covers the city limits The rela tively high number of indigent cases there those in which the patients cant afford to pay for the run arid the hospital ends up writing off has meant some losses for Saint Joseph Griffey has said Under the proposed agreement Saint Joseph would pick up Clay and Ervin Townships where more patients should be able to pay Griffey told Saint Joseph rep resentatives at Mondays commissioners meeting I think its a little more affluent out there if 1 might say Griffey said Maybe youll have some profits out there to offset your The agreement should also create a more equitable situation as far as Saint Joseph is concerned commis sioners have said The hospital has gotten no county funding despite making runs to county addresses Despite the boundary lines both ambulance teams observe there exists now a considerable amount of overlap and cooperation according to Ray Broughton ambulance service manager at Saint Joseph He said his team now makes about 100 runs a year into the county Inside Local Western School Corp has made an offer tp a superinten 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