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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - December 14, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Kokomo Ind 50 cents Dont be a Grinch Give generously to Goodfellows Goodfellows is a charity spon sored by the Kokomo Tribune to help needy children at Christmas Youngsters age infant through age 13 receive new clothing at Christ mas provided through corporate sponsor Penney Donations to the charity are used to fund vouchers which are distributed to eligible Howard County families Donations to the charity may be mailed to the Goodfellows Koko mo Tribune Post Office Box 9014 300 N Union Kokomo Ind 469049014 Donations may also be brought to the Kokomo Tri bune and dropped off at the accounting department The Tribune encourages dona tions in memory of loved ones Memorials and donation listings will appear on Page 1 throughout the holiday season Anonymous donations are accepted and listed as anonymous In memory of Pop Linzey The Linzey family In memory of Mary Ann Selley a friend In memory of George and Catherine Hannah Carolyn Cas sis and Francis Robertson In memory of Merl and Dessa Osbom Helping Hands Auxiliary Mt Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church In loving memory of my hus band George Roach Beryl As we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child let us cherish the birth of every child Anonymous In memory of Chuck and Mary H Thatcher In memory of Lela and Russell Carter and Ethel Degeaffenreid In memory of Alan Dwigans In memory of my Dad Arthur Ogle and my fatherinlaw Andy Warner Linda Warner In memory of the Jurkewicz family John G Anna Tony John F and Estelle Kellner Anonymous In memory of Molly Carl and Sandra Widland In memory of Win L Gray Onolee Jim DeWayne Randy and Glenda Anonymous In memory of Herman Kern Agnes Chuck and David Kern In memory of the Johnson brothers Jesse Russell Charlie Lloyd Buck and our parents Sister In memory of Mr and Mrs Charles Korba Mr and Mrs Main and Mr and Mrs Mervin Main From the USFW of First Friends Meeting In memory of Kenny and Jimmy Sexton Madonna In memory of Mike Stoops The Kokomo Area Association of Realtors Blackout darkens much of West Coast SAN FRANCISCO AP A disruption in the power grid criss crossing the West cut power in eight states early today leaving 1 million customers without elec tricity in California and another people in Seattle in the dark The system went down early today said Lyle LaFaver a spokesman for Pacific Gas and Electric which serves Northern California The other states affected were Arizona Nevada Utah Oregon Washington state Idaho and Montana Lights also flickered in Boise Idaho Bomb threat forcing police to take action Howard County Sheriff deputies Rod Lynch left and Greg Dan Langley as he entered the Courthouse Tuesday Tribune photo by Brian ffeyrKjWs ByJBFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Police have beefed up security at the Howard County Courthouse in uptown Kokomo in response to a bomb threat received Monday Two of the buildings three entrances were closed off Tuesday and today as people entering were frisked at the door by police had their bags and briefcases searched and were required to their reason for being there Considering the danger posed to courthouse personnel and the we consider it a serious threat at mis said Sheriff John D Beatty Due to the number of people involved we felt we had to take certain steps to protect the employees of the The threat came in an anonymous typed letter to the clerks office Beatty said It told of a third person who was planning to explode a bomb some where in the courthouse on two possi ble dates Beatty refused to disclose them saying to do so would jeopardize the departments ongoing investiga tion but he said he would release trie letter Thursday Beatty said police have several leads and are trying to narrow the field but nave no suspects It appears the wouldbe bomber has had some problems with police with the sheriffs department attor neys and Beatty said Indica tions are it is someone whos had some dealings with the courts in a criminal An anonymous woman called the Kokctmpi Tribune at Tuesday wftrfa sirnfiar thought you should know the courthouse going tfi in ator The departments security efforts sig nificantly surpass the response it gave to a bogus July 7 bomb threat that was telephoned in That call was traced to a pay phone on Morgan Street Then courthouse employees were evacuated while police quickly searched parts of the building accessi ble to the general public The searchs brevity drew criticism from several employees some of whom survived the 1987 courthouse explosion of a defendants suitcase bomb that killed him and injured 20 others The bombing and several threats since then have prompted calls from employees for a metal detector at cour thouse entrances and a more effective alarm system But county commissioners have balked at the idea leery of the potential costs Beatty said the most recent threat demands extra security and frisking of visitors that the July incident did not He wouldnt say precisely why that was but said police typically give more credence to bomb threats from a third party than they do to those from wouldbe bombers themselves Beatty was critically injured in the 1987 blast incurring seconddegree burns over 40 percent of his body and imbedded fragments of glass and metal Beatty along with several Koko mo and state police officers was credit ed with saving the lives of about 65 people in a courtroom when he called drug case defendant Robert David Gray into his office to check the con tents of his suitcase Gray a Kokomo autoworker facing a Ifcyear sentence for drug dealing det onated the bomb once the two and attorney Charles Scruggs were in Beat office Gray was kffled i NATO considers major turnaround More muscle for peacekeepers BRUSSELS Belgium AP As Serbs batter blockade and humili ate troops in Bosnia NATO defense ministers today called their top generals to an emergency meeting on plans to toughen the peacekeepers defenses A senior official speaking on condition of anonymity said the decision marked a dramatic turnaround at NATO where mili tary planners have been rushing in recent days to prepare for a possible withdrawal Gen John Shalikashvili chair man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the other NATO gener als will decide whether to send additional resources to the lightly armed troops the official said He did not say whether that meant more soldiers or weaponry The meeting will be held Mon day in the Dutch city of The Hague At separate talks before todays NATO meeting Defense Sec retary William Perry met with his British and French counterparts to review plans to give more teeth to the peacekeeping force Options include redeploying the peacekeepers to more secure positions granting them increased powers to return fire if attacked extending NATO air cover and creating a fortified sup ply corridor from Sarajevo to coastal ports But any such plans will need approval We are not in the lead of the NATO Sec retaryGeneral Willy Claes said today Allied military planners have been drafting plans tor up to NATO troops to ride shot gun if the peacekeepers are forced to retreat under fire However the 16nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization has stressed that pulling the blue hel mets out would be a risky last resort and NATOs biggest mili tary powers are seeking ways to keep the force in place The official said the contin gency planning would be finished in case conditions worsened and an evacuation became unavoid able Britain and France provide the bulk of soldiers in Bosnia Investigators sift through American Eagle wreckage Tuesday night AP photo Local a local law CHBISYMAS Vol 144 103 Jd4 Bl6 Commuter plane crashes 15 of 20 aboard die as craft falls in fog rain MORR1SVILLE AP An American Eagle commuter plane finishing its fifth trip in a daylong hopscotch across North Carolina crashed in fog and driz zling rain killing 15 of the 20 peo ple aboard Flight 3379 from Greensboro went down miles from RaleighDurham International Airport about Tuesday The crash broke the fuselage in two and scattered wreckage across 500 yards of rugged woods said airport spokeswoman Teresa Damiano Residents who rushed to the scene said they heard the cries of survivors as the planes cockpit burned One of the passengers was walk ing around in shock looking tor his wife The way it was mangled there was nothing 1 could do 1 didnt want to hurt them any more than they David Stanley told The News Observer of Raleigh He went to lead rescue vehicles to the scene There was one major piece and the rest of it was a mix of tire plane trees and Edmond Badham Stanleys neighbor told The HeraldSun of Durham It was the commuter airlines second crash in less than two months but this time it involved a Jetstream Super 31 not one of the ATR models that were grounded because of concerns over perfor mance in icy conditions We have complete confidence in this American Eagle spokesman Al Becker said At this point no one has the slightest notion of what caused The twoengine turboprop American Eagles smallest plane can seat 19 passengers andTus a 52root wmgspan It was 37 degrees on the ground and much colder in the air when the plane crashed with 18 passen gers and two pilots aboard Thirteen people died at the scene and seven others were taken to hospitals Damiano said people died at Duke University Medical I antar i there Center and two suffered extensive frau Three survivors were in critical condition at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh The flight data recorder and voice recorder were recovered ana the National Transportation Safety Board and Administration were investigat ;