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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 23, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 345 Kokomo Ind Tuesday Aug A tranquil moment Two horses graze quietly in the early morning near a pond at 300 West450 North Monday morning Taylor owns the property While the early morning fog created a misty effect on farmland it caused Carroll School Corp to operate on a onehour delay Monday morning Tribune photo by Tim Bath Stink rises over unpaid sewer fees By JEFF PARROTT Tribune staff writer Howard County may have to take the city of Kokomo to court so that individuals who recently bought property in the commis sioners tax sale can take over the deeds to their lots Commissioner David Griffey said he has directed County Attor ney Larry Murrell to explore that option as the city has refused to sign off on existing liens for unpaid sewer fees on the proper ties According to Kokomo Mayor Robert Sargent the city would like to write off the liens and get the properties back on the tax rolls but is prohibited from doing so by state law State Rep William Friend R Macy agreed the law dictating how counties can conduct delin quent property tax sales has a shortcoming in that it doesnt allow cities to write off unpaid back taxes as uncollectable but not liens on special assessments Those include sewer liens and weed maintenance liens in which the city keeps track of money it spends maintaining vacant lots Friend said the Indiana Treasur ers Association is drafting an amendment to include special assessments and hell sponsor it in the next session of the General Assembly Griffey said a process in which the state wont allow a city to decide which unpaid taxes it wishes to collect or write off does nt make sense Commissioners have been trying to finish the tax sale since March but have encountered numerous bureau cratic roadblocks along the way Im just frustrated about the whole Griffey said We probably shouldnt have had the1 Griffey said worth of sewer and weed liens exist on the 38 properties which were sold In many cases the liens on prop1 erties run higher than what bid ders paid Meanwhile buyers who have paid the county about for the properties are waiting to see if theyll get their titles Commis sioners nave told them theyll get them in 60 days or their money back Griffey doesnt want to go through trying to sell these prop erties all over again he said If the county takes the city to court and a judge rules to allow the city to forgive the liens the State Board of Accounts would be satisfied and would indicate so in its annual audit report according to Deputy Examiner Charles John son Senate Dems confident about crime bill WASHINGTON AP Democrats are confident they can find enough Republican support to win final congressional approval for a hardfought anti crime bill Im not losingsleep over it at this Sen Thomas Daschle a member of his partys leadership said in an interview I think well find the Asked this morning whether he had enough votes Sen Joseph Biden DDel chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said on CBS I think I do I have at least 58 senators of the 60 needed to block a Republican plan to derail the package It was unclear when the Senate would vote on the electionyear measure On Sunday a weary House approved the billion legislation 235195 after Democ ratic and moderate GOP lawmak ers negotiated a pareddown ver sion As Senate debate began Mon day Daschle and other supporters expressed little fear over a plan by Republicans to use a procedure that would sink the package unless Democrats could round up 60 votes Sen Phil Gramm of Texas a leader of the GOP opponents said Republicans expected to get the support of just one of the Senates 56 Democrats Sen Richard Shel by of Alabama With Sen Arlen Specter saying Monday he would support the measure that left Democrats needing to find four more votes to assure passage Most Republicans seemed ready to argue that despite changes made m the bill over the weekend by GOP House members the mea sure remained too costly and not tough enough on criminals Ifs larded with said Sen Orrin Hatch RUtah There are a lot of good tough provisions that arent in Works board gives firefighter the boot By STEVE JACKSON Tribune staff writer For the second time in a year Kokomo firefighter Anthony Pasquali has been told not to report to work This time howev er the order is permanent The Kokomo Board of Public Works and Safety fired Pasquali Monday for violations of three Kokomo Fire Department rules in connection with his February con victions of public indecency charges The fouryear KFD veter an was placed on suspension in November while his case was moving through Howard Circuit Court He returned to work in Febru ary after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to exposing himself in public Pasquali was charged after two June 1993 incidents in which he exposed himself to young girls while riding his bicycle In deciding to dismiss Pasquali the works Ijoard accepted the findings of an internal KFD inves tigation that found Pasqualis con viction caused him to violate three departmental regulations convic tion of any crime immoral con duct and conduct unbecoming an officer Dan May Pasqualis attorney said this morning he had not received official notification of Pasqualis termination and could not comment on the case until he has Neither Pasquali nor May was present at Mondays hearing The policy violations were Pasqualis first as a Kokomo fire fighter the investigation said Firefighters are not typically dis missed upon their first violation of departmental rules However KFD chief Joe Zup pardo earlier this summer recom mended the board terminate Pasqualis employment Zuppar do said dismissal was warranted because of the youth of the victims and the fact that the policy viola tions appeared to have taken place over a long period of time The investigation said there were incidents of Pasquali exposing himself to 8to 12yearold girls as far back as 1991 Despite believing that Pasqualis violations of departmental policy were severe enough to remove him from the force Zuppardo said making that decision was dif ficult These situations are always he said Zuppardo said Pasqualis dis missal will not have an adverse effect on KFD staffing A field of applicants was being evaluated before the works boards decision and a replacement will likely be chosen from that group Zuppar do said We should have that taken care of any he said Pasquali is currently serving two years of probation for his criminal convictions He has 30 days in which to appeal his dis missal from the KFD Inside todays Kokomo Tribune Sports Five area football teams draw votes in first AP poll Pap U Altolnskto Business Classified Local of A last embrace Refugees flee Cuba No money no food 1 hope America HAVANA Cuba AP A couple hugged in the glow of a beach fire at the edge of the moonlit sea It would have been an enchanti ng scene except that it was their last embrace before the husband headed out on a des perate attempt to reach the United States Crossing the 90 miles of high seas between Cuba and the United States always has been a treacherous venture for peo ple fleeing in small boats and makeshift rafts With Washing tons withdrawal last week of blanket asylum for Cubans the voyage becomes all the more perilous But the obstacles seem small er to many Cubans than the problems they face at home Ifs been three days since I cooked because I have nothing at and no money to buy said Lucreda Ramos 34 as her husband was about to set off on a raft with their 6yearold son Louroes Riot 34 was at Coji mar beach near Havana Mon day night to see off her hus band and daughter leaving her with two other children arid her 78yearold grandmother I cant risk she said Nearby by the light of small fires people inflated inner tubes spread tar on pieces of plastic foam nailed wood and otherwise tried to make rafts in a hurry Few seemed seaworthy Some never even made it more than a few yards from shore Coast Guardsman Anthony Allison pulls a young Cuban refugee aboard his craft near Key West Monday AP photo In the first days after the gov ernment of President Fidel Cas tro stopped trying to block wouldbe refugees mis month most of those setting off to sea were young men and the num bers were relatively small Now women and children whole families are at beaches with the hope of leaving If leav ing is hard arrival is even hard er The United States used to accept all peoplt fleeing Cuba for political asylum But with fears mat Castros relaxed policy would spur a huge wave of Cuban refugees me Clinton administration said those who wish to come must first apply for legal immigration The United States allows Cubans to legally immigrate each year so far this year only nave been accepted through those channels Another Cubans were allowed entry as political refugees but that chan nel is now closed except for those already in Florida said officials of the Immigration and Natural ization Service On Sunday more than Cubans were picked up at sea by the Coast Guard On Mon day more man Most people are leaving sim ply for lack of said Felix Nunez 46 adding hed like to join his five brothers and sisters in Miami but wont risk his fam ily on an Atlantic Ocean voyage on a raft Ill go through difficul ties before Nunez said The refugee surge is taking place at a tune of severe econom ic crisis in Cuba and increased tensions between the United States where most refugees hope to wind up and Castro s gov ernment Cubans are desperate They have neither a present nor said Ramon Gonzalez a 25yearold student who was checking out rafts for a possible voyage himself ;