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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - December 27, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Kokomo Ind KOKOMO Tuesday Dec 50 cents Fog fouls flights Soupy skies clearing today INDIANAPOLIS AP Long lines of weary passengers some carrying Christmas gifts snaked toward airline counters at Indi anapolis International Airport as a dense fog stranded thousands of travelers Its not fair It has ruined all of our said Bahia Benchekroun who was trying to catch a flight to Washington Instead of boarding a USAir flight on Monday she and her brother laid down on terminal benches to wait for an 8 flight The thick fog bank first appeared over the plains in Okla homa and moved steadily east ward Fog that made driving adventurous Monday was expect ed to lift in Kokomo by around noon today giving way to sunny skies and a high of 46 degrees according to locaT weather observ er Robert Wise Wise attributed the fog to cool air along the ground trapped by warm air aloft Almost 30 commercial flights were delayed or canceled at the Indianapolis airport on Monday one of the busiest air travel days of the year Weve have had it as bad as anyone We had our share of the fog today and were ready to give it said Robert Spitler air port director of operations The only happy people here are the concessions he joked Gary Wilmoth of New Whiteland passed the time reading as he wait ed for a longdelayed flight to Philadelphia Our plane was com ing in from Charlotte and it cir cled overhead for about an hour but the pilot opted to go to Colum bus Ohio and all those people are being bussed in he said Most of the delays began to accu mulate around midmorning Spitler said He said the 36 airlin ers parked overnight at the airport departed despite the heavy fog because takeoffs do not require as much visibility as landings An airliner with the most sophis ticated navigation gear available can land when the pilots can see just feet down the runway Spitler said But at times on Mon day runway visual range was as short as 600 to 800 feet Problems occurred because flights that began arriving around 9 could not land On a normal day with planes only filled to 60 or 70 percent you could absorb the problem But today most of the flights going out are 100 percent Andy Dewhurst son Andrew 7 and dog jog Monday on a county road TribuiM photo by TIM Bath Christmas is over giving isnt Needy local children still need your helping hand dltellows 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 distrib uted 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 Tribune and dropped off at the accounting department The Tribune encourages dona tions in memory of loved ones Memorials and listings will appear on Page 1 throughout the holiday season In memory of our parents Lau den and Edith Hudson Anonymous In memory of departed mem bars of the Martha Circle of CassviUe United Methodist Church GOOuft Lt OW8 MAKr rHiLuHBN SMILE Mr and Mrs Dankert In memory of my Dad PJ Pohl and Patrick In memory of our beloved Mom Ellen Jack Donna Marcia Sue and In memory of Robert Bob Effhpiman In memory of our good friend Carl Hindel and our son Christo pher Love Judy Bob Courtney and Ashley In memory of Tommy Frew Buddy and Jeannie Walker Rex and Lisa In memory of Marlene Hief Oscar Hief and Nelda Hief Merry Christmas from the Moores Dick Margi Ty Terri Mindy Shelly and In memory of Marge Katherine and In loving memory of Mom Mrs Garnell Horoho In loving memory of our son Jef frey Lynn Trudy and Paul Bogue In loving memory of our mom Garnell Horoho Trudy and Paul In honor of my friends at the Kokomo Tribune Happy 19951 In memory of Neal L and Mary F In memory of our loved ones from the Bon Air Middle School Christmas Wtah Collection Total Inside Business Dilip Pendse associate pro fessor of economics at Indi ana University Kokomo tikes a look back at Koko robust economy mis year Page A8 Styls Local man from experimental procedure Page Sports The Vikings claim Central Division title Also Inside Business Classified Local Vol 144 No 116 GtypoHce targeting tipsy drivers By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer As in years past local police will continue to be out in full force for the New Years holiday to crack down on drunk driving To be considered intoxicated by Indiana law a person would have to have a bloodalcohol level of 10 percent For a 160pound man that amounts to about five drinks with in an hour on an empty stomach If people choose to spend New Years Eve drinking and partying with friends police say dont drink and According to state police figures Indiana traffic fatalities are up 7 percent this year through August State police records show 578 peo ple died in 509 fatal traffic acci dents during the first eight months of 1993 compared to 626 traffic deaths involving 549 fatal crashes during the same period this year Of Howard Countys 14 fatal accidents this year five are believed to be alcoholor drug related Kokomo Police Lt John Brown said sobriety check points have been conducted for several weeks and will continue through the upcoming weekend Kokomo Police along with coun ty and state police also plan to con tinue the 31 Corridor Project which monitors traffic violations along 31 State police are also using sobriety checkpoints and special patrols to target drivers for speeding drunken driving and fail ure to wear seat belts Last Friday night Kokomo offi cers made five arrests in two checkpoints on Home Avenue Sgt Jeff Kirk said Three of the arrests were charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and the two others were for habitual traf fic violators On December 17 police conduct ed two sobriety checkpoints where 250 cars were checked at two ferent locations Brown said Police ran seven people on portable breathalyzer tests result ing in two drunken driving arrests Police also issued a few citations on safety belts as well he said Police are targeting the hours of 10 until 3 for the check points and will continue them throughout December on weekend nights he said The check points are paying Brown said I think its deter ring drunk the lieutenant said Especially since we started the mandatory jail time Arrests have gone down considerably almost half as much in four years For some its the financial part that gets to them for others its the jail time the education classes or the impact panel We hope one of those has an impact and people become more Drunken drivers face tough penalties here By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer If arrested for drunken driving over the holidays the conse quences will be costly According to Howard Superior Court 3 Judge Randy Hainlen a person convicted of his or her first offense for driving under the influ ence with a blood alcohol level between 10 the legal limit and 20 can expect to spend at least four days in jail which he says is mandatory and fines of least least The sentence is classified as a Class A misdemeanor and would read a oneyear suspended sen tence oneyear of probation attend and complete the alcohol drug program lose of drivers license for either 90 days or a lose of 30 days and a restricted license to drive to and from work for 180 days Also if convicted a person has to pay for court costs for alcohol and drug counter measure fee that is used for DARE and other programs to have drivers license reinstated for drug and alcohol program user fee and a month for probation And thats not including a lawyer if one is sought Offenders will also be required to attend a victims impact panel which is a program having people that have had rela tives die because of a drunk driver speak about how their lives have been affected by drunken drivers For the second drunken driving offense if prior conviction is with in five years can face an 18 month suspended sentence with 30 to 45 days to spend in jail Hainlen said Also an inhome detention sen tence of 60 days on top of the jail time a more intense drug and alco hol program and loss of drivers license for one year He said the court cost would be the same The most severe drunken dri ving charge a Class C felony is sought if an intoxicated person causes the death of another person while operating a motor vehicle If convicted a person would be imprisoned for two to eight years and pay a maximum fine of I dont think the penalty for drunken driving and causing bodi ly injury is severe enough People get the same penalty for stealing a carton of Lt John Brown of the Kokomo police acci dent investigation unit said If under 21 a person arrested for the first offense will likely get four days imprisonment and have to complete a 60day inhome deten tion sentence Hainlen said Spy insisting he did not jeopardize security WASHINGTON AP Con fessed spy Aldrich Ames says there probably are other moles inside the CIA but insists his own actions did not damage nation al security in any significant The exCentral Intelligence Agency official is serving a life term for selling secrets to Moscow for more than eight years until his arrest last February His wife is serving a fiveyear prison term He was interviewed for one hour by a CNN team for a program to air tonight Ames said he hopes to go free some day despite his sen tence to life imprisonment without parole I dont think you can live other Ames said in the interview taped at the federal penitentiary in Auenwood Pa Asked if he believed there were other mojes still inside the CIA Ames said CIA Direo tor James Woobey has called Ames a warped murdering trai Several of the Soviet and East European doubleagents he unmasked were executed But Ames sought to play down the damage he inflicted While I betrayed my public trust I dont believe that ttyat betrayal flnmajfd our atymfll security in any signifi cant Ames ;