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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - December 13, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana KOKOMO Tuesday 50 cents Fleming Fleming pushes for an audit ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Although his election campaign ended successfully James Fleming continued his scrutiny Monday of how outgoing Howard County Prosecutor James Andrews conducts his office Prose cutorelect Fleming hes concerned about how Andrews bookkeeping will affect his own ability to run the Fleming asked the county commissioners to have an inde pendent accounting firm audit the They took no action on his Fleming told the commissioners that two payroll claims Andrews submitted for payment at the meeting for drug investigators Charles Melton ana Gary Ashen felter were twice as large as theyre entitled to be under the federal grant that pays their Fleming said that because one of Andrews discretionary accounts Pretrial from which their salaries are par tially paid was running a Andrews sought to pay their monthly salaries entirely from the Drug Task Force Fleming said the grant only allows for per month total salary between the two not a Paying the claims this way could deplete money Fleming will need next year as he Citing the discretionary fund deficit and Drug Task Force Fund Fleming called for an audit of all accounts that as has access I sure dont want to take office 1 with all this Fleming The commissioners said they werent aware the Pretrial Diver sion and Title IVD Incentive funds were operating in the red and about respec Pretrial Diversion funds come from fines paid by those accused of Title IVD Incentive funds are federal dollars the prosecutor earns as a commission for collecting back child support The com missioners passed a motion to freeze all payments of claims made from the accounts until they are brought above a zero But that move may not have been according to She told the commissioners during the meeting that Andrews had told her to hold payment on payroll claims submitted for Mon days meeting until funds from the Pretrial Diversion Program make their way through the Clerks Office and into the Later on Cook told the Kokomo Tribune Andrews had called her office payroll clerk shortly after the meeting and instructed her to void the checks The checks were written to seven Andrews Cook Andrews did not return a tele phone call seeking comment about the claims or Flemings request for an According to the State Board of Accounts permits check writing from overdrawn accounts if money to back the checks is expected to come in shortly there after as is often the case with discretionary she Of the audit Fleming the commissioners gave mixed I think its as some of these things are coming to light or that have in the said Commissioner James But like Commissioner Dave noted that this time of year is a busy one for accountants and doubted whether an audit could be completed any time This would be the worlds worst time of year for an Shearer 1 think we should think about at least until the next meeting Its not going to be finished by the end of the said County Attorney Larry Highland Park shining bright Noahs Ark reflects off the surface of Kokomo Creek at the City of Lights holiday display at Park Monday The sponsored by the city Parks Department and the YMCA Ys is open each night from 6 8 The Ys Men are accepting donations from cars traveling through the Tribune photo by Dave Hess Diesel fuel clogs 31 Seventyfive feet of 31s eastside northbound lane remained closed at Kokomo Tri bune deadline today after 50 gal lons of diesel fuel leaked from a semitractortrailer And the semi is believed to have leaked as much as 150 more gal lons of fuel as it traveled from the intersection of 29 and 28 to 26 and onto said Chief Gary Wysong of Indian Heights Fire State highway crews were checking the path of the and a hazardous materials group from Bolan Construction in Logansport was on its way to remove the fuel from 31 just north of Tomahawk Wysong said traffic could be blocked in that area all But Larry director of the Howard County Emergency Man agement said no traffic tieups had been caused by the which was reported at Wysong said the 1993 Freight liner which was carrying car punctured a fuel line as it left the area of 29 and It stalled at the site of the main fuel The which was towed from the is owned by Direct Transit of Sioux Its driver was Kenneth Robinson of No injuries were todays Kokomo Tribune DearAfcby n Local rwws News erf 101 team Postal rates rise 3 cents Change effective New Years Day WASHINGTON AP Happy New Year from the post office The 32cent stamp becomes offi cial Millions of nonpriced stamps bearing the letter G and an American flag are en route to post offices for use until 32cent stamps can be The Love stamp being issued for Valentines Day also will be since it had to be printed in Also planned is a nonpriced makeup bearing a draw ing of a that is worm 3 cents and can be combined with leftover 29cent stamps to equal the new It takes about 90 days to com plete printing and distribution of a so stamps bearing the 32 cent price should begin appearing after that The new rates become effective at local on New Years Day under a unanimous vote Monday of the governing board of the Postal Board Chairman Sam Winters noted that the increase of a first class stamp from the current 29 cents is the first in four years and is below the percent con sumer price inflation for that peri The new rates are expected to bring the Postal Service bil Stamp Increase The price of a firstclass stamps increase from 29 cents to 32 in With the the typical household wN spend an extra 60 to 75 cents per The cost of mailing a letter 1870 1890 1910 1930 1950 1970 1990 AP Graphic lion in added income in It lost million in the justcom pleted fiscal year and the year The independent Postal Rate Commission approved the new rates in late November after near ly nine months of Dont forget the donate to Goodfellows Goodfellows is a charity spon sored by the Kokomo Tribune to help needy children at Youngsters age infant through age 13 receive new clothing at Christ mas provided through corporate sponsor Donations to the charity are used to fund vouchers which are distributed to eligible Howard County Shopping by Goodfellows recip ients continues tonight through Thursday night at The store is also open for regular shoppers through the according to store Goodfellows shoppers are direct ed to special registers in the store to handle their Donations to the charity may be mailed to the Koko mo Post Office Box 300 Union Donations may also be brought to the Kokomo Tri bune and dropped off at the accounting The Tribune encourages dona tions in memory of loved Memorials and donation listings will appear on Page 1 throughout the holiday Anonymous donations are accepted and listed as In memory of both our parents and James Mitchell from Hazel and Tom Crowder Anonymous In memory of Alvin Chalk In memory of Thelma Fisher RN First Congregational Christian United Church of Christ In memory of our parents Nel lie and Walter Hiatt and Cleo and Percy Ressler Anna Mae and George Hiatt In memory of my husband Reg Freeman Connie Lan g GOOOFELLOWS MAKE CHILDREN SMILE England and Galen Hodge In memory of my dear Leva Evans Stewart Tom Stew David Bolinger and Barbara Bolinger In loving memory of our par Fred and Rowena Buckley Gary and Karen Buckley In memory of our parents Lawrence and Betty Coles From Alexis Jessup Have a Merry Christmas Karen Baker In memory of Ralph and Violet Harry and Crystal Thomas and Brent Porter In memory of Leonard Daulton In memory of Dorothy Wooldridge In lieu of Christmas Rick Fingleton In memory of Ryan Connerton from Judy and Chris In memory of Virginia Robson a friend In memory of Mason Moore In memory of Hugh Coffey In memory of our granddaugh Christine Hope Beale Tom and Bonnie Beale In memory of Lowell and Agnes Hundley and Wilma Fish In memory of my husband Walter and loved ones departed Dorothy Ervington In memory of Molly Wright Total Female students bolt doors against males Texas AP Female students seized and occupied the admissions office at Texas Wom ans launching what they promise to be a weeklong protest of plans to admit men to all university About 50 students occupied the office for about five hours Mon They left when the building closed at 5 but vowed to return today and extend their sit in through the week in defense of their womenonly If a male tries to come in here to were not going to let one woman shouted to about 200 cheering supporters outside the The universitys regents deckled Friday to admit men to all its pro men were allowed only in graduate programs and undergraduate healthsciences ;