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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 24, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 346 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO lTRIBUNE Wednesday Aug SO cents Tipton County may get stuck Feds could force county to cough up back pay ByLISAFIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau TIPTON Ind Tipton County commissioners will meet With a Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigator Friday to hnd out if the county owes back pay to three sheriff department employees Tuesday the commissioners told the Tipton County Council they hop will be enough to pay back wages and penalties assessed to the county after a recent audit Councilmen trans ferred from a landfill account and approved appropriat ing it for overtime According to Commissioner Carl Colbert the problem arose from the sheriff department using volunteers as reserve deputies Reserve deputies have arrest powr ers but are not paid Three of the Tipton County sheriff reserve deputies also work within the departmentas two jailers and one dispatcher Colbert said However Marcos Ponce of the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division told the com missioners last week that employ ees in a department can not volun teer for other jobs in that department Once hired and paid am employee mustcontinue to receive pay for any work per formed According to Maj Matt Thomp son the department was follow ing Indiana law to a T He said he could find nothing in the Indi ana law which states an employee from the department can not vol unteer as a reserve deputy Col bert said Ponce cited a federal law which supersedes state law Thompson said if the federal law was enforced this is going to devastate the sheriff depart ments in 92 Last week Ponce requested a list of all employees with arrest powers payroll records and time sheets for the sheriff department Auditor Helen Tragesser said she provided him with the infor mation that she had Some of the records Ponce wanted would need to be provided by the sheriff department but Sheriff Jim Schroeder does not have them according to Thompson He said the department has not kept track of the volunteered hours Colbert said Ponce was not totally satis fied with the information provid ed to Colbert said Its not a real pleasant situa Colbert said He said he and Commissioner Max Crouch were intimidated as Ponce pointed his finger at them and was very very firm with us He was very gruff very firm very implicit Tragesser interjected he had Max and Carl I think hes going to stick Crouch said HI really Council attorney Dick Regnier asked Tragesser did someone blow the whistle Tragesser said he did not She explained that an IRS agent told her the State Board of Accounts told the IRS to look at all Indiana sheriff depart ments because theyve found lots of Inside Local Rep Steve Buyer and Democratic challenger John 0 Beatty trade views AT Alto Inside Business Classified Local Traversing the tower Don Dotson is lifted to the top of a 285foot serve the GTE cellular network and is being selfsupporting radio tower this week as built by Tower Service Manufacturing of construction continues on East Vaile Indianapolis Avenue near Critter Corner The tower will Tribune photo by Tim Bath Coats seeks to trim fat off crime bill Its better to have no bill than a bad spokesman says By STEVE JACKSON Tribune staff writer In the days since the House passed a scaledback ver sion of President Clintons massive crime initiative Senate Democrats have been trying to attract a handful of Republicans to support the bill and ensure it makes it to a Sen Dan Coats will not be among that group Coats issued a statement Tues day saying he will push to trim more than the billion the House cut from the original billion bill I believe that more of the social spending should be cut back to pay for law enforcement and to ensure that we do not add to the Coats said There has got to be a way to leverage more savings and I will support an effort to do Coats voted in favor of the origi nal Senate bill which carried a price tag of billion Republican support is key to Senate passage of the billion package which earmarks funds for new police officers increased prison space and crime prevention programs While Democrats have enough votes to pass me bill they are four short of the 60 votes necessary to stop any GOP attempts at blocking a vote with a filibuster Coats joins several Republican senators in pushing for cuts beyond the billion made last weekend to ease the bill through the House Texas Sen Phil Gramm is drafting an amendment that would cut an additional billion from the package and 40 GOP senators signed a letter encourag ing Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole to push for a less expensive bill Coats has already begpn estab lishing a list of potential cuts spokesman Tim Goeglein said Among those cuts are million for the Olympic Committee and funding for a task force which would study nonindigenous Cubans relentless in mass migration Some drowning in dire straits KEY WEST Fla AP With no sign that Cubans are heeding advice to stay home the Coast Guard has called in more ships to intercept refugees sailing toward Florida Hundreds of flimsy rafts and inner tubes bobbed in the choppy Florida Straits on Tuesday stretching the resources of their rescuers close to the breaking point There were refugees picked up by the Coast Guard the most in one day since the 1980 Mariel boatlift The bodies of eight rafters washed ashore near Havana Cuban radio reported Those who search for refugees say many oth ers are dying though the exact number will probably never be known Weve never seen any thing quite like said Coast Guard Lt Cmdr Jim Howe Were throwing everything at it that we Cuba acknowledged lor the first time Tuesday that it has relaxed its migration policy although it remains opposed to illegal depar tures and blames the United States for prompting the current exodus Its total chaos out there and its getting said Arnaldo Iglesias a leader of Brothers to the Rescue a group of Cuban exiles that searches tor rafters We are begging people Please dont do The Brothers to the Rescue planes drop packages of Snickers oars fresh water and smoke flaoes to rafters Pilots call in raft loca tions to the Coast Guard The Coast Guard called in 10 more ships from as far away as the West Coast and the Great Lakes to join the 20 already patrolling the 90 miles between Cuba and Key West Howe said the Coast Guard gets to all the rafts that are spotted although it sometimes takes a few hours Theres nothing we can do about that other than send a message saying Stay Howe said A total of 280 Marines were dis patched from Camp Lejeune to assist with security and crowd control aboard refugeecar rying Coast Guard and Navy ships During the Mariel boatlift which brought Cubans to Floridas shores in five months as many as refugees came ashore in a day So far mis year about Cubans have come ashore Cubans have been fleeing in greater numbers since the Aug 5 riots in Havana which prompted Cuban leader Fidel Castro to threaten another Mariel Unlike the Mariel exodus when moat Cubans came in boats carry ing a dozen or more people the recent rescues average only three or four people per ran Since last weeks policy change by the Clinton administration Cubans intercepted at sea are being taken to the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay Chomp chomp chomp ANDERSON Ind Hartey Hogg a groundhog who has been raised from after birth by Wfaiam and Linda Crosley of rural Madison County munches on an ear of corn Hariey who was found orphaned behind the Crosleys farm also Ukes to snack on bananas soybeans and an occasional bar of soap AP photo Legislation faces noose WASHINGTON AP In a power play Senate Repub licans are demanding changes in crime legislation thats one step from the pres idents desk As leverage to force changes Republicans are threatening to raise a parlia mentary point of order over a trust fund established to make sure theres enough money available for the pro visions elsewhere in the bill Fortyone votes would be enough to block the measure plant and animal species and their possible introduction into Hawaii Further trimming of the bills cost could create chaos on Capitol Hill Since both houses of Con gress must pass identical versions of legislation before it can be pre sented to the president for signa ture the Senates version would have to be sent back to the House which has already had two exhausting votes Sen Christopher Dodd D said Tuesday that sending the bill back to the House would be an absolute If you put that building over there through this process again youre going to have a Goeglein said thats a risk Coats is willing to take Senator Coats thinks ifs better to have no bill rather than a bad Goeglein said In its current form this bill is not the kind that will surely get to fighting crime in a fiscally responsible Indianas other senator Repub lican Richard Lugar has yet to determine if he will support the bill Lugars Democratic oppo nent former congressman Jim Jontz has said he would support the billion package passed by the House Polite bandit gets a room in jail PLAINFIELD Ind AP 21 yearold Paragon man has admit ted to being the polite bandit responsible for seven armed rob beries at hotels and motels from Columbus to Crawfordsville police said Brandon Weaver was due to be arraigned this afternoon in Hen dricks Superior Court and then be transferred to Bartholomew Montgomery Putnam and Mon roe counties to face charges in those jurisdictions Plawfield police said Weaver was arrested in Morgan County Tuesday night by police from Plainheld Cloverdale Columbus and CrawtordsviUe Plainfield police said He had been identified by mem bers of the public after television newscasts aired a videotape taken by a security camera at a Colum busarea motel last Thursday police said The robberies com mitted by a bandit victiM described as Hrf occurred since July 19 Waver said financial and sortal motives drove him to nut the robberies police said ;