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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 3, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 324 K OKOMO Kokomo Ind TRIBUNE Wednesday Aug 50 cents County has new judge ByMIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer The Indiana Supreme Court Tuesday appointed a retired judge from Warsaw to take over the reins of Howard Circuit Court in the wake of Judge R Alan Brubak ers suspension Richard W Sand will preside over the court on a temporary basis pending a further order from the Supreme Court adminis trator Kim Bradford said Sands appointment was made two weeks after Brubaker 50 was arrested at the Lebanon Holiday Inn on charges of dealing in cocaine and patronizing a prosti tute Brubaker was charged the fol lowing day July 20 with two counts of conversion and one count of official misconduct The cocaine dealing charge is a Class B felony while the four other counts are Class A misdemeanors On July 21 the Indiana Supreme Court suspended Brubaker with pay and the suspension will last until his criminal case is resolved state officials have said Sand who served as judge of Kosciusko Circuit Court from Nov 27 1979 to May 31 1993 will carry put the duties of the judge of Howard Circuit Court Bradford said Among his respon sibilities Sand will continue the employment of court personnel ana will be compensated at the same rate as Brubaker this year Brubakers pay is Howard Gpimty pays kbQUt the according to the Indiana Division State CospAdministration Sand is a senior judge Bradford said A state statute allows a judge who no longer serves in a full time capacity to assist in other counties when a need arises Sand is a 1960 graduate of Indi ana University School of Law Bloomington He earned a bache lor of science degree from Indiana University in 1958 The countys three other judges have been handling the Circuit Court case load in Brubakers absence A local ruling allows the other judges to sign orders for the circuit court if the judge is unable to do so This includes signing pay slips of the staff or signing papers for uncontested divorce cases and other paper work We Care gets in the spirit The calendar may say August but the folks at yVWKTs We Care are thinking Christmas On Tuesday Dick Bronson and Charlie Cropper of WWKIs Male Call program announced the first upcoming fundraiser for charity which helps needy fami lies at Christmas time This year We Care will be doing pur versions of a community event calendar which will list communitywide events such as the HaynesApperson Festival the Vietnam Veterans Reunion the Tipton Pork Festival or annu al events planned by schools churches and organizations These items may be mailed faxed or called in to Jan Buechler We Care coordinator at WWKJ Radio The telephone number is 4594191 and the fax number is 4561111 Those submitting infor mation must list the name of the event the date for 1995 a contact person and a phone number Deadline is Aug 23 We Care is also seeking submis sions from the public for the top halves of the calendars There will he four types professional pho tographs local artists street rods antique and classic cars and just kids in fun photos Those who would like to submit a photo or artwork for any of the calendars should contact Buechler by phone fax or maU at WWKI We Cares proceeds are divided annually among die Salvation Army die Kokomo Rescue Mis lion and die Kokomo Tribune sponsored Goodfellows to help me needy at Christinas Susan Fouts hugs Diane Draughn as Trish Faggert and Stephanie Moss wait to congratulate the bridetobe Tribune photos by Tim Bath Surprise Proposal conies from out of the blue Diane Draughn accepted a marriage proposal from Lt Col John Robinson stationed in Korea on Tuesday at Grissom Air Force Base ByANNHUBBARD Tribune Peru Bureau GRISSOM AIR FORCE BASE Ind While Diane Draughn 43 awaited a surprise package to arrive in the mail from her boyfriend who was shipped over seas her friends and his former staff were making plans for a sur prise engagement Stephanie Moss a former secre tary of Lt Col John Robinson was busy making plans along with Capt Timothy E Faggert 305th Mission Support Squadron com mander and Maureen Guimont the 305th Wing Commanders sec retary Moss could hardly contain her excitement Tuesday after all the plans were completed After only a month of separa tion Robinson 47 knew he want ed to marry Draughn so he called for help back home Faggert proudly announced he knew of Robinsons intentions before any one else and was able to keep it a secret even from his own wife who incidently found out from a bubbling Moss right after a phone call from Robinson Robinson who arrived in Korea just three days ago gave his friends back home a free reign as to how the question was to be popped But it was to be big Fag gert said So the trio got their heads together and came up with a singing telegram performed by the Kokomo Men of Note along with a big bouquet of flowers It was a first for the barbershop quartet as well Moss said A song written by Ray Briggs was con verted to The Proposal just for the occasion Faggert told Moss to make an announcement to the 20 to 30 peo ple left in Building 2 that there was a meeting in his office at 4 Faggert said he never tells details othis meetings so this was nt anything unusual When Moss went to get Draughn from her desk in the civilian personnel office she told her Faegert was ticked and he wanted her in his office Draughn Peru said she wasnt fooled she knew something was up but figured she was to receive some sort of award As she entered the office she immediately saw a computer gen erated picture of Robinson that Faggert had framed for her I want she said grabbing it and hugging it Told to turn around she then saw the quartet dressed in their white shirts and red suspenders who immediately sang Heart of my Hugging the picture close it was apparent Draughn was in shock This is from John somewhere in Briges said before the quartet sang Robinsons proposal in the tune of Happy Will you make me as happy as can be I Love you forever so will youplease marry me There is a reply Briggs said The reply as well as the rest of the proposal was being taped by Faggert to send to Robin son in Korea He will be stationed there for a year Jokingly Draughns first response was to make Robinson wait for awhile No after all this yes 1 will I love you she said to the camera as a cheer rose from the crowd present When give me a she later questioned the camera She also wanted to know where her ring was The Men of Note gave an encore while Draughn helped them sing Let Me Call You to Robinson Draughn said the couple had been dating for about five months and met at work Robinson was the former 305th Mission Support Squadron commander Draughn said the couple have plans to meet later in the year in Hawaii Robinson is serving in the 7th Air Force as director of Per sonnel in Korea Convict back in trouble Woodard may return to prison A Kokomo man who was placed on probation after serving less than one year of a 20year prison sentence for conspiring to murder a Kokomo police officer faces the potential of having to serve the remainder of the suspended sen tence according to court records Ron E Woodard E Jef ferson was among five local men who were arrested in Sep tember 1991 for their roles in a plot to kill Patrolman Michael Vautaw Kokomo police reported that a 12gauge deer slug was fired through the door of a patrol car Vautaw was driving as the officer responded to a call near the inter section of Purdum and Monroe streets Police later determined that the report of shots fired was false and was designed to lure an officer within firing range in order to avenge the arrests of several men earlier that evening Sixteen at the time of the inci dent Woodard was charged with conspiracy to commit murder He was convicted of the Gass A felony in Howard Circuit Court and July 15 1992 Judge R Alan Brubaker sentenced him to 20 years in prison court records said May Brubaker granted a petition to modify Woodards which was filed by Kokomo attorney Mark A Ryan The judge suspended the remain der of Woodards sentence and placed him on supervised proba tion On May 24 of this year Brubak er continued Woodards proba tion and set another review hear ing for May He asked the probation depart ment to provide him with a writ ten report of Woodards progress for the next hearing and make a recommendation as to the length of Woodards probation records said July 22 Woodard was arrested by vautaw the same officer he was convicted of conspiring to kill Kokomo police reports said The arrest at Penny Saver 400 Apperson Way triggered the fifing of four charges against Woodard in Superior Court 3 He is charged with theft receiving stolen property and possession of a handgun without a permit The charges relate to a 390cal iber semiautomatic handgun that police say was in the car Woodard was driving Police said the weapon had been reported stolen in February The 18yearold was also charged with misdemeanor counts of public intoxication and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor A Sept 30 jury trial has been set for the charges The new charges prompted the Howard County Prosecutors Office to file a petition to revoke Woodards suspended sentence in Circuit Court records said When Woodard was in Superior Court 3 for a hearing on the new charges prosecutors requested authorization to file the petition to revoke court records said Judge Randy G Hainlen entered a plea of false for Woodard and sched uled a factfinding hearing for Aug 30 He also ordered Woodard held without bond until the hearing court records said Screeching train flips off rails 125 people injured aboard Amtraks Lake Shore Limited BATAVIA AP An Amtrak train screeched off its rails in a wooded area early today and nine passenger cars were flung down an embankment injuring about 125 people some seriously No deaths were reported said Russ Lang communications direc tor for the Genesee County Sherif fs Department The cause of the crash was unclear The Lake Shore Limited was traveling from New York City to Chicago when it derailed about said Amtrak spokesman Howard Robertson It was carry ing 275 passengers and about 25 crew members he said It got very surreal for a said Jim Lamb a passen ger The train started to wiggle and then it tipped over It was all very After the passengers were taken away the twisted train tracks were littered with baby bottles and baby clothes Nine can were off the tracks some on their sides Lang said 100 to 125 people had injuries that emergency workers described as ranging from minor to very serious Inside todays Tribune Inalde Thursday Business Classified Local Newt of Thursday the Tribune will ite Brickyard 400 souvenir edition Tato Iff jntgir edition will featuw stariesoft John Aminrtti retiring NASCAR peat Hany Gantand Pittsboros Got don Thene are stories on Ifce tary of NASCAR Ufe ston Cup standings aa4 ImlianafurHn Moawr past assnriaHnn wish atacfc can and te fotuw of 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