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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 16, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 337 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO lTRIBUNE Tuesday Aug 50 cents Just a swingin Timothy Hoskins 10 hits a golf ball Monday at Rices Golf Center near 31 He hit one ball about 125 yards The Kokomo boy is learning to play golf this summer with clubs given to him by his grandfather Herb Hoskins who was also practicing his game at the driving range Tribune photo by Tim Bath Commission kills complaints against two local attorneys Fleming Beck grateful to commission By JULIE McCLURE Tribune local area editor Complaints filed by two Howard County prosecutors investigators against local attor neys James Fleming and William E Beck II have been dismissed by the Indiana Supreme Court Disci plinary Commission Fleming is the Republican can didate for Howard County prose cutor challenging Democratic incumbent James D Andrews in November The letter announcing the dis missal of the complaints filed by Gary Ashenfelter and Tom Melton was dated Aug 12 I never for a moment doubted the said Beck who talked to the Kokomo Tribune in May about the complaints He expressed his gratitude to the commission for the determina tion and added It is reassuring to me as a member of the legal profession that the groundless spurious meanspirited loath some and reprehensible attempt by the employees of the Howard County prosecutors office to have me disciplined for shining the cold light of truth on the actions of that office has been totally dis credited by the Fleming said Becks comments fairly summed up his reaction and added that he felt Ashenfelter and Meltons complaints were to some degree political harass He added that Its time for Howard County to remove those in power who abuse their power thats why Im running for The complaints were related to the fact Fleming represented Susan Evans KokomoCenter School Corps former coordinator of computers and data processing and Beck represented Larry Fos ter KokomoCenters former director of vocational and adult education The basis for the grievance against Beck was a verified peti tion for appointment of a special prosecutor filed June 3 in which Beck sought Andrews removal from the Foster case The petition mentions Ashenfel ter and Melton and raised allega tions about their employment and mum on matter Howard County Prosecu tors Office investigators Tom Melton and Gary Ashenfelter said they had no comment about the dismissal of com plaints they filed against local attorney William E Beck II and Republican Prosecutor candidate James Fleming When asked if he would acknowledge that a complaint had been filed Melton said no I will When Ashenfelter was asked if he had any comment or would acknowledge that he had filed a complaint he said Ditto what Tom Beck gave the Kokomo Tri bune copies of letters sent to Ashenfelter and Melton at W Walnut Howard County Prosecutor Jim Andrews office Fleming and Beck received copies of letters sent to Ashenfelter and Melton along with a letter informing them of the com missions decision The text of the letters to Ashenfelter and Melton On April 7 you filed a complaint with this office against attorney William E Beck II This matter was inves tigated by this office After reviewing the complaint we have determined that it does not raise a substantial question of misconduct which would warrant disciplinary action against Mr Beck Therefore the complaint has been dis missed Thank you for bring ing this matter to the attention of the Disciplinary Commis The letter was signed by Donald R Lundberg commis sion executive secretary the method in which they were paid UK benches suspended judge By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer Suspended Howard Circuit Judge R Alan Brubaker has been placed on paid leave from another Job that of adjunct faculty member at Indiana University Kokomo Linda Ferries IUK director of media relations and publications said Brubaker is under contract to teach one section of the three credit course titled Evidence for fall semester which begins Satur day He is one of the major instruc tors in the associate degree pro gram in criminal Ferries said But IUK Chancellor Emita B Hill barred Brubaker from teaching the course after consult ing with IU Blooming tons legal counsel In July Brubaker whose contract was for the fall semester only will still be paid the salary all adjunct faculty mem bers receive In July Brubaker was charged in Lebanon with dealing in cocaine a Class B felony two counts of conversion and single counts of official misconduct and patronizing a prostitute Brubaker The latter four counts are Class A misde meanors He was suspended with pay from the Howard Cir cuit Court bench by the Indiana Supreme Court following his felony arrest Hill was really follow ing the lead of the Indi ana Supreme Court that you are innocent until proven guilty The Supreme Court placed him on paid leave as Ferries said It is not appropriate at this time for him to teach because of the Brubaker had taught a variety of criminal justice classes at IUK the last two years He is accused of delivering a halfgram of cocaine to a confi dential informant in Boone Coun ty on the understanding that it would be payment for an act of sexual intercourse or an act of deviate sexual conduct He allegedly removed cocaine and adult videotapes from the Howard Circuit Court property room and delivered the tapes to the informant Ferries said the IUK 199496 course catalog lists the class Evi dence as dealing with such areas as proof of disputed issues wit nesses and the hearsay rule The course is for IUK students in the second of a twoyear pro gram Kokomo defense attorney Charles Scruggs will replace Brubaker as teacher of the class and will also receive Twentyseven students have registered for the course Fall enrollment ends Thursday Ferries said students have not been informed of the change of instructor Adjunct faculty contracts for the spring semester will likely be offered in October Ferries said IUK officials have no plans to offer Brubaker such a position Inside todays Tribune Local State officials approve degrees in computers and accounting at Tech A3 Style No butts about it smokings bad for you 81 Also Inside Business Classified Comics B9 B7 Entertainment 82 Local news Nation 834 News of record A10 Obituaries A10 Opinion Sports A79 State 83 Style 81 World 83 car production rolls to No 1 Healthier American market slump in Japan drive shift TOKYO AP The United States will overtake Japan as the worlds No 1 auto producer this year for the first time since 1980 a major financial newspaper is pre dicting The forecast Monday by the Nihpn Keizai Shimbun Japans main financial daily to in line with by industry analysts based on praduetfoA schadutes for man ufacturers in both nations The newspaper estimated Japans total vehicle production this year would be to million while vehicle pro duction would top 11 million Analysts have cited recovering auto sales in the market and a threeyear slump in Japanese auto production as factors behind the turnaround But another major reason is the continuing trend of Japanese automakers shifting pro duction to the United States to evade the effects of the high yen which makes exports from Japan less economical The is back on top as the worlds top vehicle producer but its important to keep in mind whos producing them its not just said Steve Usher Kleinwort Bensons auto analyst In one example Honda Motor Co announced an expansion of its North American operations last month under which it hopes to boost the percentage of American made Honda vehicles sold there from the current 60 percent to 75 percent by the turn of the century Related stories Q Howard County Prosecutor James D Andrews says he cant release a preliminary State Board of Accounts audit because it is stamped confidential PageA2 Q James Fleming Republican Howard County prosecutor can didate wants county officials to examine the amount of money Andrews is spending to lease office space at Walnut St In May Beck told the Tribune They are alleging as a lawyer I had wild and wanton disregard for their rights by making the alle On Monday Beck said the com plaints were yet another sad example of the abuse of power by the prosecutors office Unfortunately in our county anyone courageous enough to speak out against the current prosecutor to criticize the actions of the office in any manner is sub jected to threatened civil lawsuits threatened criminal prosecution and is even set upon to remove his livelihood his license to prac tice law I for one am undeterred by these public and private threats of civil and criminal prosecution by the prosecutor and his employ Beck said it would be inconceiv able for Andrews not to have had complete knowledge and consent to the filings He also said he stood by every thing he has previously said con cerning the prosecutors office operation The unaccountability for funds taken in by the office and the mis use of the pretrial diversion sys tem are blatant flagrant and arro gant mishandling of public he said Andrews said the complaints were done by Ashenfelter and Melton and had nothing to do with him They were neither instructed to or not to file complaints by Jim Andrews said Monday They acted indepen Feds poised for 5th rate hike WASHINGTON AP Attempting to squelch infla tion before it gets started the Federal Reserve appears on the brink of raising shortterm interest rates for the fifth time this year On the eve of todays closed door meeting of the central banks policysetting Federal Open Market Committee the debate among economists no longer was over whether shortterm interest rates will move higher but whether by a quarterpoint or hallpoint The Fed is said economist Laurence H Meyer a St Lotus consultant Tttey have gone on record to consis tently U would be sur prise if we didnt get at least a quarterpoint He and other analysts cited July 20 congressional testimo ny by Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan who said he would rather err on the aide of push ing rates too high rather than keeping them too low and allowing inflation to acceler ate ;