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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 28, 1990, Kokomo, Indiana Local 2 Kokomo Tribune saturday april 28 1990 diabetes fair slated for sunday the Howard county chapter of the american diabetes association will Host a diabetes fair Sun Day from noon to 4 at Kokomo High school South Cam pus the fair set up in the schools main foyer will feature free blood sugar testing by Howard Community Hospital prizes vendors and exhibits Kay Stough will discuss exercise and diabetes Dur ing the event Church sponsors breakfast event Parr United methodist Church 1135 n Wabash will have a breakfast at the Fellowship Hall today from 7 the breakfast is open to the general Public a freewill offering will be accepted Mha to begin membership drive the mental health association in Howard county is planning a Kickoff for its membership drive from 10 to 5 today at the Kokomo mall race to Victory Lane is this years theme festivities include an appearance by Steve Butler three time Sac sprint car championship Driver and a Pace car on display Courtesy of Eriks Chevrolet memberships will be sold with applicants being eligible for a drawing for free tickets to the in by 500 time trials eight tickets will be Given away memberships Are single and family Bell memberships May be purchased for Bronze Silver and Gold Grissom med unit heading to Florida Grissom air Force base ind the 930th tactical Hospital is heading to Tyndall air Force base in Panama City today for a two week deployment the air Force Reserve unit will work closely with the 325th medi Cal group tactical air com Mand during the deployment the 325th is our Active duty advisory said senior master sgt Mary Stamper 930th chief of medical administration in a news release for the first two Days after arriving at Tyndall the 49 Grissom workers will participate in continuing medical readiness training a Field condition exer Cise designed to prepare the unit for wartime tasking after the cart they will work with their 325th counterparts each accor Ding to his air Force specially this is our fourth trip to Tyndall in six Stamper said weve always received excellent training the 930th Hospital like All Reserve units must fulfil two weeks of annual training in Addi Tion to monthly weekend assemblies training Sites Are chosen on the basis of support available and Cost effectiveness police blotter High Speed Chase a 14yearold Kokomo girl allegedly stole her mothers car and led police on a High Speed Chase through Kokomo around 9 thursday the girl and a 12yearold boy were apprehended on Washington Street South of King Street Kokomo police reported the girl was charged with resisting Law enforcement criminal recklessness vehicle theft reckless driving and driving left of Center a police officer initially saw the girl driving a red Chevrolet Beretta North on Lafontaine Street in the southbound Lane of traffic the officer who was travelling North on Lafontaine Street turned around drove up behind the car and attempted to Stop it but the girl ignored the officer and and continued North on Washington Street in excess of 85 Mph weaving in and out of traffic police reported the girl struck another vehicle at Washington Street and Markland Avenue but continued travelling North on Washington be fore stopping in the 700 Block after her arrest the girl was released in the custody of her Mother thefts burglaries sunday Kokomo police arrested Thomas Erwin 19 Crowley Texas at target stores 1037 s Reed Road on a class d felony theft charge sunday april King 1247 s Waugh purse and con tents taken from Flamingo bar 1206e Vaile loss set at wednesday Madona Bolton 508 w Madison tools and tool bag taken from vehicle parked at 637 s Reed Road loss set at wednesday Delores Patterson 3141 s Reed Road jewelry taken from residence loss set Jontz adds bark to political bite by Maureen Groppe Tribune staff writer rep Jim Jontz brought new meaning to the term Politi Cal stumping Friday in an Effort to get support for his ancient Forest legislation Jontz who was once called a traffic Hazard by a former Politi Cal opponent because of his pen chant for Riding his Bike through parades came through town in a Semi tractor trailer carrying a 14ton log the log Cut in the olympic National Forest in 1968 from a tree that was More than 700 years old has been trucked around the nation by a group of conservationists who want to Alert the Public to the destruction of forests on Public lands the handful of people who wandered up to the log parked at Indiana University at Kokomo Friday morning paled in com Parison with the thousands who demonstrated in the Pacific Northwest the weekend after Jonts legislation was filed Ric Bailey Driver of the truck and member of the ancient Forest Rescue expedition project said that demonstration was a reaction not to Jonts legislation but to a congressional hearing on the need to protect the endangered spotted owl that lives in the Forest also Bailey said the loggers and Mill workers Are Given paid Days off to attend rallies making it easier to mobilize a crowd Bailey a fourth generation oregonian said there is Only a vocal minority opposed to protecting ancient forests on Feder ally owned land Jontz mentioned a Survey done by a newspaper in Washington that found 52 percent of the population in support of protecting the old growth Trees the legislation introduced april 5 by Jontz would prohibit logging and Road building in designated areas and identify Reserve areas to be managed and the Issue is controversial the 5th District congressman said but it was controversial before he announced his legislation that probably Why it took a con Gressman outside the affected states to Call for action he added Jontz has been criticized for his position by Republican challenger John Johnson and by some con Gressmen who see him As a meddling outsider As he has claimed in the past Johnson said Jontz is willing to take a firm stand on behalf of these out District issues but is so wish Washy when asked questions about issues of concern Here he is trying to put the Best face on this with self righteous claims about protecting the forests and spotted Johnson said but from what people in the Northwest Are telling me Jim has been withholding plenty of facts about this Issue from us hoosiers and has refused to meet with nor pet of the week this ninja int a mutant Turtle but a 14weekold Labrador and Dalmatian mix he can be adopted from the Kokomo humane society 713 n Elizabeth which is open today irom 11 to 4 and weekdays from noon to 6 Tribune staff photo traffic officials Promise action Symik Paluck Tribune staff writer a group of Howard county Resi dents who met with Indiana traffic officials Friday to discuss improving driving conditions on 31 came away with a Promise of action and a Promise that they Are fully aware of the importance of the Janice Fleenor Smith founder of the bypass action committee of Kokomo said the 90minute session in Indianapolis was productive in that it generated Short term proposals for managing traffic on an 11mile stretch of 31 the session which included in put from local residents Law enforcement and business representatives also encouraged development of mid Range and Lon term proposals for traffic flow through the Community Smith said the group went to the meeting to inform state officials of the seriousness of the problems on 31 traffic commissioner Christine Letts and others in stantly reassured the Howard county delegation that they were very aware of the problems and will consider what might be done to Correct them Smith said department of transportation officials said Kokomo is unique because of the Complete commercialization on both sides of 31 and the development creates problems that will be difficult to solve but for the Short term the officials proposed movement on local traffic studies for 31 with the Hope of having at least some of the results available for a May 23 meeting at City venture one a More immediate step occur red Friday with the approval of a order for the erection of signs at either end of the bypass that will warn motorists they Are entering a congested Smith said i the signs can go up before the traffic studies Are completed but she was Uncertain when they will be in place turning to mid Range and Long Range proposals the state officials said they will seek the cooperation and input of City and county traffic officials As Well As business Community and Industrial leaders those who would be most affected by any changes in the cur rent traffic pattern Smith is encouraging the leaders to attend the 4 meeting at City venture one and come up with suggestions the traffic officials could take Back to Indianapolis for review one of the mid Range proposals discussed Friday included the use of frontage roads and alternative City streets to take some of the i town traffic Burden off 31 Community input and traffic studies will be required before developing other traffic routes Smith indicated for the Long term traffic officials said they will take a very serious look at the development of a plan to create a 31 Smith related Friday Long term could mean an Lightyear project according to the traffic officials Smith said but the officials did not indicate if the Lightyear time Frame Means planning and funding of the bypass or planning funding and construction the proposal was not discussed i depth Smith said but the officials Are prepared to gather in formation necessary to take another look at a bypass summing up the meeting Smith said department of transportation officials indicated they will take whatever Steps they can on a Short term basis and they Are committed to developing Neces sary information to create a plan for midterm and Lon term traffic situations around the commune rep Jim Jontz brought a 14ton log with him Friday to Indiana University at Kokomo Tribune photo by Susan Goff to westerners disagreeing with Jontz said claims that he has refused to meet with people Are completely the con Gressman said he has visited with people from All walks of life in the Pacific Northwest including meeting in the living room with representatives of the Beaver Timber co in Beaver Wash Jontz told a Kokomo woman Friday he would Call her son in Oregon after the woman claimed Jontz didst talk with him on a visit to that state he has an open door policy in his Kokomo office As Well As in states he visits Jontz said Johnson said he thinks Jonts interests Are sincere but his knee Jerk preservationist ignores the necessary healthy and mutually self sustaining relationship humans must have with the environment Jontz said the Timber related jobs lost in Oregon and Washington Over the past 10 years were not caused by preservationists he blamed the loss on automation in the Mills and the Export of the raw Wood before it has been processed in the United states Timber harvests from fed eral lands in those states increased by 900 million Board feet during that same period according to Jontz the log tour called the ancient Forest Rescue expedition is a project of the Washington based group greater ecosystem Alli Ance its like killing the last whale or Bailey said poin Ting to the approximately 7foot wide trunk that carries the sign save our ancient Bailey said the group has received tremendous support As it has visited schools churches zoos and shopping centers throughout the country As Bailey and Jontz drove away from the Campus Bailey honked to children playing outside Washington school and the truck moved on to the next of seven stops planned for the Day in the 5th District groups seek Highway funds by Ann Hubbard Tribune Peru Bureau Peru ind representatives of the per Miami county eco nomic development corp and the Hoosier heartland Industrial Cor Ridor association inc travelled to Washington this week to Campaign for More funding for the Hoosier heartland Highway How can they possibly be against something that says Hoosier heartland Highway it sounds so said Steven Rockwell executive vice presi Dent of the development Corpora Tion Rockwell and David Yount director of the Logansport eco nomic development foundation and Glenn Tanner vice president of the Hoosier heartland Indus trial corridor association testified before the House appropriations subcommittee on transportation the group which also includes reps Jim Jontz and Jill Long and sen Dan Coats is asking for million for land acquisition costs for the Logansport Toper Seg ment this would cover 80 percent of the land costs estimated at million the Indiana department of transportation would provide the other million required for the project which it has already approved Rockwell said this would keep the project on schedule construction for this Section is scheduled to begin in the fall and Winter of 1993 we were very Well received we were not real positive going in wondering How Many times you could go Rockwell said he noted one of the congressmen did ask Why they were still doing the demonstration project this is the second time Rockwell has testified in Washington he described Peru As the Lucky Community because it landed four new industries totalling More than million in investments the other 10 communities on the Highway combined didst get a single factory or a single Job he added and were sitting Here with a four Lane North South 31 and half of a four Lane going East he said that is very important to the industries and they Are picking Peru for lots of reasons and one of them is the transportation and the ability to have Rockwell said the million previously appropriated million in 1988 million in 1989 is being used for design engineering and land acquisition of the Wabash Hun tin ton segment the Logansport Toper route is Only one Section of the fort Wayne Lafayette Hoosier heartland Highway the project is divided into sections and the fort Wayne Huntington Section Al ready has been turned into a four Lane Highway the Peruto Wabash Section also is four lanes wide costs to finish the project Are Between million to million Rockwell said the project began about 30 years ago but was scrap Ped about 10 years ago because the people in the 12 communities could not agree on which route to take he added now there agreeing whatever route is the route whatever happens a Road is going to be a Good Rockwell noted with that kind of commitment they will make it but during that same 10year period four new automobile plants employing people have opened on interstate 65 Rockwell said that As Well As the Miles of Railroad being abandoned in Northern Indiana were mentioned in Rockwell testimony there were three Days of hear Ings Rockwell said he Hopes to hear something in six weeks the group will know for sure when the budget is adopted he noted we didst Hurt our Effort and there is a Good Chance we helped our Effort he said in a followup Effort the men Are contacting Sens sugars and coasts offices to make sure the request is on the Senate appropriations Bill As Well so it Doest have to come Back to conference committee if it gets in one Bill and not the other Rockwell also will ask local businesses to write letters of sup port to Congress Congress and the Senate needs to see that this does have a committed victims to face offenders in panel Symik Paluck Tribune staff writer the first victim Impact panel where people whose lives have been affected by intoxicated Drivers Tell their stories to of fenders has its first session scheduled for May 7 in Howard county court for More than a month four people who have lost a loved one been injured or have suffered property damage because of an intoxicated Driver have been practising telling their stories the training period is important because it prepares the panellists to relate their experiences to a group of people concisely and talk about someone they have loved and lost said Cindy Abies presi Dent of Howard county mothers against drunk driving part of the training includes monitoring court cases which is also difficult because that brings Back bitter memories of their own Abies said the first Public discussion of their cases seems to be the most difficult for the panellists but there willing to do it if till make a Abies added after a recent training session with the victims judge Randy g Hainlen said he does not know How anyone can sit through a victim Impact session and not be affected by the stories they hear Abies related the audience will consist of of fenders assigned to the program by Hainlen they will include repeat own offenders and first time offenders who had High blood alcohol concentrations at the time of their arrests Hainlen Abies and Vivian Rudolph coordinator of the Kokomo police departments Vic Tim assistance program Hope to conduct the victim Impact panels on a monthly basis with the dates selected by the panellists Educa Tion prevention of Drunken driving tragedies and Healing Are All goals of the local program the fourth of its kind in Indiana another goal is to select a backup panel of victims who can fill in for the original four members when required Abies said about 10 people will soon begin going through the training process with Rudolph and Abies the possibility also exists of expanding the panel program to in clude offenders from four sur rounding counties also served by the fledgling Howard county Madd organization Abies said Evev fury Umi inc phone 4531251 Oppi of 96 sit 95 Sun 104 glider rockers mothers pin Only Gold Tome finish 1995 order now set with the birthstones of your loved Engel jewellers 200 n main 4595854 custom orders Welcome Granny furniture 1m i North Mon sat

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