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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 1, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 149 Kokomo Ind Tuesday Feb 1 1994 50 cents Plugging In Lesa Porter a bus driver for KokomoCenter School plugs her bus into electricity at that corporations transportation center Mon day A heater in the bus keeps its diesel fuel from jelling in belowfreezing temperatures and Porter said buses are plugged in whenever the mercury dips below 32 Last nights low temperature was 8 below zero according to weather observer Robert Wise Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Jontz behind Lugar in campaign By The Associated Press Former Democratic Rep Jim Jontz is just getting his Senate campaign running and should have much more in contributions by March 31 the next time cam paign reports are due his spokes woman says According to federal election campaign reports filed with the state Monday had in cash on hand as of Dec 31 Republican Sen Richard Lugar had more than million At least Jontz wont have to spend the money in a primary race against Anderson Mayor Mark Lawler Lawler dropped out of the Democrat race Monday The announcement was expect ed since Lawler recently said he had put his campaign on hold to focus on Anderson projects including development of the states first parimutuel track He also said a contested primary would not benefit the Democrat candidate for Senate Lawler who was elected to his second term as mayor in 1991 said he would be an active sup porter of the Jontz campaign Looking at finances Beth Kirsch said she expected Lugar to have million or million I think if we have million we can pull this she said Lugar already had million by June 1993 and took in from July 1 to Dec 31 according to a federal campaign report filed with the State Election Board He spent in that sixmonth period Monday was the deadline for fil ing the reports but they only had to be postmarked and sent by cer tified mail by days end so many were not in None of the reports for incumbent House members from Indiana were in by late Mon day afternoon Of the Lugar raised for the period was from individuals was from political action committees or PACs and was from political parties the report said Of his cashonhand balance of million more than 76 per cent came from individuals and nearly 15 percent was from PACs his office said The average individual gift for the latest filing period was and of all individual gifts 95 per cent were from Indiana said spokesman Kevin Shaw Kellems Jontz who lost his 5th District House seat to Republican Rep Steve Buyer in 1992 took in during the that was from individuals from PACs and from political parties Jontz report for his congression al reelection bid in 1992 showed him still owing through Dec 31 But Kirsch said that debt has been nearly wiped clean Lawmakers gear up for their busiest day Property tax relief on agenda INDIANAPOLIS AP The rush to approve some form of lim ited property tax relief could deal a blow to poorer school systems said a Republican lawmaker who wants to see a Democratic tax reform plan amended The reform plan was among the issues lawmakers faced today as they returned to the Statehouse for what may prove the busiest and longest day of the 1994 leg islative session The Legislature faces two major deadlines this week Bills must clear the amendment phase before the full House and Senate by the end of today and by Thursday bills must pass the chamber of ori gin Measures that get left behind are dead at least according to the rules although almost any stalled measure can be revived by deft parliamentary maneuvering Measures on the docket includ ed the creation of a public registry of convicted child molesters and the addition of up to 10 years to Legislature sentencing for hate crimes Once they get going how long might they work said Rep William Bailey DSeymour Id say midevening depending on how many caucuses we have Rep Samuel R Turpin R Brownsburg said he planned to offer amendments to the Democ Jratic plan for limited property tax Democratic program w6uld cut more than million from anticipated statewide increases in property tax collec tions over the next five years Proposed limits on local school spending may harm poorer dis Turpin said And in any case some property taxes have the state has cut backIon its share of spending forcing local governments to make up the difference he said The Democratic proposal doesnt attempt to solve that problem he said Everybodys rushing to the voting machine to vote for proper ty tax reform but nobodys been looking at the Turpin said In the Senate two Democratic senators sketched an outline of changes in election campaign financing and spending but said theres virtually no chance of changing the rules this year Setts Robert F Hellmann of and William McCarty of Anderson suggested campaign finance limits they said would rein back some advantages held by incumbents The lawmakers have not drafted an amendment but suggested restricting contributions from out side the candidates district and from political action committees political party sources and corpo rations and labor organizations Theres probably little that can be done in this election McCarty said Were too far into Company wins abatements Resolutions will help create 13 jobs here Kokomo Common Council passed two resolutions Monday granting close to million in tax abatements to Adept Custom Molders Inc for expansion and creation of 13 jobs The plastic injection molding company on 2311 N Washington St leases its premises from Everett W and Mildred M Collins who petitioned the council for the eco nomic revitalization designation The first resolution gives the company a sixyear tax abatement of for the construction of a new building A truck dock and warehouse will be built to enable the addition of new equipment and give them an opportunity to engage in secondary operations such as assembly and decorating said company president Michael Eikenberry The second resolution grants the company a 10year tax abatement totaling for new machin ery and equipment Economic revjtalization desig nation is a tool that allows eco nomic growth in the community and has been initiated by the city since 1980 Tax abatements are given on a sliding scale with 100 percent the first year and five per cent for the final year Adept Custom Molders is a sis ter company of BMJ Mold Engi neering Inc on 1104 N Touby Pike which last November merged to form Eikenberry Associates Inc The 10yearold business presently employs about 50 peo ple and makes plastic products such as buckles for car seats life vests luggage and shopping carts Its customers include the Ford Motor Company Chrysler Corp and General Motors Corp In recommending passage of the resolutions Jim Trobnugh R6th said This is a great example of what city council can do to enhance a business that is really A hearing is set for Feb 14 to let objections be voiced Once that hurdle is cleared construction will begin March 1 Business markets Classified ads Comics Dear Abby Dr Entertainment Local news 2 Nation 4 News of record Obituaries Opinion 6 Sports State 4 Style World 4 PRINTED Croatians defying warning from troops cross into Bosnia WASHINGTON AP Up to Croatian troops may have crossed into neighboring Bosnia warning that such intervention could lead to eco nomic sanctions a Clinton admin istration official says Reports of deepening involve ment by Croatia in Bosnia come as the United States and its allies seek a common strategy for end ing the 21month ethnic conflict which has claimed more than lives The search for consensus received new impetus Monday when Secretary or State Warren Christopher announced backing for a report threatening air strikes against Bosnian Serbs if they attack peacekeepers in two key towns British Foreign Secretary Dou glas Hurd adds his views today Britain and France are pushing the United States to pressure Bosnias Muslims into accepting a territori al division of their nation In a fastpaced day Hurd was meeting with Christopher Vice President Al Gore Defense Secre tarydesignate William Perry and congressional leaders i There are persistent reports that Serbia also has sent in regular Army units but Michael McCur ry the State Department spokesman said Monday he could not confirm an expansion of Serbias intervention Gillooly strikes bargain Tonya was in on it from the beginning PORTLAND Ore AP Tonya Hardings ex husband claims she was in on the plot against Nancy Kerrigan from the beginning convinced that skating judges wouldnt give her a fair shake the ex husbands lawyer says Jeff Gillooly struck a plea bargain under which he was to plead guilty to racketeering today and get two years in prison and a tine in exchange for his testimony Tonya was in on it from the Gilloolys lawyer Ron Hoevet told The Associated Press on Monday night Thats what Jeff has said and I believe that to be the investigators have gathered corroborating evi dence including telephone and bank records and videotapes Hoevet said Last week Harding denied any advance knowl edge of the Jan 6 attack and said she didnt learn until days later that people close to her may have been involved She has not been charged Gillooly te accused of asking Hardings body fard Shawn Eckardt to send alleged hitman we Slant and alleged getaway driver Derrick to Detroit to club Kerrigan on the knee knocking her out of1 the national championships Harding went on to win the championships along with a spot on the Olympic team Gillooly told authorities that he and Harding began planning the attack in early December after she finished fourth at a competition in Japan and feared judges at the championships would hold it against her Hoevet said They viewed Kerrigan as the clear favorite the fairhaired Hoevet told The New York Times They thought what happened to Tonya in Japan was politics and that would hurt her in Meanwhile a special committee of the Figure Skating Association was to meet today to consider whether to recoirjmend removing Harding from the Olympic team On Monday the Olympic Committee includ ed Kerrigan and Harding on me team that will com pete in Lillehammer Norway Michelle Kwan 13 was named an alternate The Games begin Feb 12 but the roster can be changed as late as Feb 21 An AP poll found that four in 10 Americans feel Harding should withdraw from the team even if she is innocent Tonya Harding slides on the ice after falling during practice Monday in Portland Ore AP photo ;