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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Kokomo, Indiana Gift ideas Kokomo Tribune Deal Day see Page 2 Kokomo ind december s 1999 50c Street Wise neighbors police at Odds Over alleged brutality by Mike Fletcher Tribune staff writer is standing on a Street Corner or walking Down the Street with a group of people reason enough for police to question harass or even search a person several Africa american Resi dents on Kokomos East Side inter viewed this week say its not but they claim it is happening and want something done to Stop it if in standing on the Corner like i am now they would Stop me for no reason and ask me what in t j Smith said As he leaned up against a Stop sign on East Ackson Street i related Story City Council should create review Board see related editorial pagea11 questions and want vice Nix they do us the Way they 15yearold Lashara Young who had also stopped at the Corner said they think All coloured boys Are Gan related and have drugs this is not the age of racism anymore we All have to it photo by Michael Mickey harassment complaints Smith says he sometimes is badgered by police officers for doing nothing More than standing on a Street Corner breaking it up sometimes youths congregating on Street Corners Are told to leave by Kokomo police offi cers seen Here talking Are from left Tracy mix Karl Rogers and Charmichael Allen get along some residents like Smith Nix and Young say police some times harass minorities in their Community for no reason other residents of the cites North and East sides say police Are merely doing their jobs trying to rid the streets of drug dealers and other miscreants who terrorize their neighbor hoods police for their part have defended their actions say ing they Are making strides in the War on drugs the Issue of police brutality arose recently when Bishop t see Street Page a2 a Kokomo mayor May have found a few ideas on Day government Dur Bis recent trip to t a Lent find any on citizen review Boaras freshly returned National league of conference Trobaugh he find any us sized complaints against j Are routinely i Yesu 1 talked with j Senta Tives from Jim Trobaugh r of on citizens Board Many other cities and none of them had a Trobaugh said wednesday Here Are some larger cities that had them were going to have to investigate if there Are any cities around our size that use Trobaugh declined to Issue any opinion on whether citizens review might be appropriate for Kokomo calling any conclusions liability would be an Issue As would the cites labor contract with its police Force tiie contract contains specific language regarding disciplinary procedures and any review Board option would Likely have to be negotiated during the next round of collective bargaining Kokomo police it Tom t see Board Page As boy 9 spends thanksgiving with mothers Corpse Memphis Tern a a 9year old boy whose Mother died at Home lived with the Corpse for a month fixing his own meals and attending school without fail because he was afraid hed be put in Foster care if anyone found out when Crystal Wells died nov 3 her son Travis Butler covered her body with her coat and placed sheets of note Book paper Over her face after that Travis Cut his hair pre pared meals mainly Frozen pizza Cereal and soup and went to school every Day until her body was discovered monday by family friends Dorothy and Nathaniel Jeffries Dorothy Jeffries said Travis begged them not to Call police he told them he lived with the body on the living room floor because he was afraid of being placed in a Foster Home when the ambulance came he ran to his Mother because he didst want her to be taken i will never forget that she said police have not released a cause of death for Wells 30 but said foul play is not suspected Jeffries said Wells had various health problems including High blood pressure i just dont know How that baby sur Vived in there for a month with that Jeffries said it was the Saddest thing i have Ever seen in my Jeffries and her husband went to Wells apartment after becoming concerned about being unable to Contact her when they arrived Travis answered the door at first he said his Mother was at work and Jet us Jef Fries said when we kept asking he finally just broke Down and said mama cant talk anymore because she got really sick and 1 think she is Jeffries said Travis told her that after his Mother died he would take the bus to school do his Homework and watch to his Mother had some Money in the House and when he ran out of food he t see boy Page As lets go Bowling the Kokomo Tribune is sponsoring a College bowl game contest its that time of year again Christmas presents Snow Santa egg nog the new year aka new Century aka new Millen and of yes of course College football bowl games for the first time Ever Purdue is in a new years Day game against geor Gia in the Outback bowl Purdue played in the 1967 Rose bowl but that game was played on Jan 2 because the first fell on a sunday that and As if the bowl season we rent exciting enough the Kokomo Tribune is Spon Soring a Pool in which readers can select the winners of each of the 23 games those readers who predict the most win ners can win a variety of great prizes the firs place Winner will receive a Nokia digital cellular phone compliments of get wireless at 3750 s Reed Road with one year of free air time Nokia sponsors the sugar bowl where this years National championship will be played Jan 4 Between Florida state and Virginia tech the second place Winner will receive dinner for four at where else the Outback Steakhouse sponsor of the Outback bowl third through fifth place winners will receive two Large pizzas two orders of wings and two free sodas from pizza hut entry forms can be found on Page b2 today following today entry forms will appear next monday through Friday dec 1317 in news stand editions Only you can enter As Many times As you want but Only Origi Nal entries will be accepted All entries must be in by 5 dec 17 Good Fellows set to shop Good Fellows a Kokomo tribunes on sorted Charity that provides clothing to children at Christmas will have Volun Teers at corporate sponsor a Penney sunday to help families shop the store is encouraging All of those who applied and received vouchers Akin to gift certificates to shop on sunday even though they can also shop from 6 until Clos ing dec 13 through dec 15 those who shop on sunday will have the Opportunity to win gift certificates Sqq Fellows the following donations were made to Good Fellows a Kokomo Tribune sponsored Charity that through corporate sponsor a Penney provides clothes to needy Chil Dren at Christmas from in memory of Danny Allen from his family in memory of Glenn Rodgers in memory of Jerry Jim Ron Rita and Many other Union members we wish All a merry Christmas and a Happy new year United society friends in memory of Mam and Paw Anonymous in memory of Nellie Mayfield from the ladles of food and nutritional services of Saint Joseph Hospital in memory of a Paul Huffman and Leila and Stout Kokomo greek club in Loving memory of Robert Dwigans and Alan Dwigans total for 1999 weather rain arriving High 52 Low 38 t mostly Cloudy High 42 Iii i ill Jill Villi i

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