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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 2, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana KOKOMO Vol 143 No 150 Kokomo Ind I Wednesday Feb 2 1994 50 cents Shuck faces charges Former teacher free on bond By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer A former KokomoCenter Schools teacher and former state representative has been charged in Howard Circuit Court with three misdemeanor counts for providing alcohol to a minor Bruce K Shuck 42 921 James Drive was charged with a Class A misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge and with two Class C misde meanor furnishing alcoholic bev erage to a minor according to the Kokomo Police Department Shuck turned himself in at Howard County Criminal Justice Center Monday and is free on bond Statements to Kokomo police by Kokomo High School senior Steven Kent Hall II 19 758 Riverview Drive allege that Shuck provided alcohol to Hall and two other minors on several occasions in November and December according to docu ments filed in Circuit Court by the Howard County prosecutors office Police also said in a supplemen tal report that Hall accused the possibility of a sexual battery which occurred in the motel room at the Lees Inn in Hall also alleged that about Nov 9 after Shuck provided a drink of orange juice and a half shot of vodka to the minor at Shucks home the former KHS teacher said If you get caught dont tell them it was Hall then said to police during questioning I guess his job relies on it which it does I told him then to break the ice a little bit that my parent didnt really care If I did get caught they wouldnt rat on Halls father Steven Hall first contacted Kokomo police regard ing his sons allegations Dec 12 According Shuck to Halls allegations during the same time period Shuck provided alcohol to Halls thengirlfriend Gretchen Leigh Stahl 18 2101 Sil bey Drive a Ball State University freshman and a 17yearold boy Shuck allegedly provided alco hol for at least one of those minors on Nov 9 10 23 and 24 and on Dec 3 at Shucks home Hall drove home from Shucks resi dence on several of those occa sions Also Shuck allegedly pro vided alcohol to Hall en route to Indiana University Dec 10 Circuit Court Judge R Alan Brubaker has removed himself from the case and has recom mended that a special judge be chosen from Donafd Leicht Dane P Nash and Kathy Smith Brubaker said he removed himself because he worked with Shuck when the former teacher was Howard County Democratic chairman Hall also alleges of Shuck occa sions that have happened and I dont feel this should be some thing that he does with kids When we went to Martinsville the weekend of the trip to he grabbed me in the crotch area He grabbed my He also charged that on Dec 12 alcohol was provided to him at the Carmel home of Michael Wil son also a former KokomoCenter teacher At Wilsons home he alleged I took Mr Shuck down and wrestled Wilson came in and yelled Tag Wilson started wrestling with me He pinned me to the Then Hall told police Shuck and Wilson pulled the 19year olds pants halfway down but that the teen resisted Also at a car wash that day Wil son hit him in the mouth playful ly but it drew blood Hall told police No charges have been filed against Wilson Marion County Sheriff Department officials have said they are awaiting the results of a Hamilton County investiga tion into Halls allegations before moving forward on their own case Hamilton County Sheriff Department officials said Tuesday they are continuing their probe Martinsville police have ended their investigation of Shucks pos sible misconduct in their city said police Capt Frans Hollanders and no charges will be filed Shuck and Wilson resigned their Kokomo High School south cam Eus teaching positions in Decem er Shuck cited personal and health reasons for his decision and Wilson quit for personal rea sons Shuck is a former coach at Koko moCenter and this year was a parttime counselor Telephone messages to Shucks attorney Mark A Ryan went unanswered Tuesday and today David Barnes KokomoCenter community relations officer said Superintendent Roger W Thorn ton is out of town today and the corporation has no comment on the situation President prepared to lift embargo against Vietnam WASHINGTON AP Presi dent Clinton is primed to lift the 19year economic embargo on Vietnam administration officials say spurred by progress on the MIA issue and urged on by Clin tons top advisers senators and business interests A memo on its way to the presi dents desk embraces a consen sus recommendation that the embargo end the officials said Tuesday night Clintons advisers weighing in on the issue were Secretary of State Warren Christopher Defense Secretary Les Aspin and national security adviser Anthony Lake Some veterans groups and fami lies of missing Americans want the ban to stand But Clinton is prepared as one official put it to check the right box in favor of resuming normal trade relations Other officials said Clinton has been leaning for weeks in the direction of ending the embargo as the best way to speed the search for servicemen unaccount ed for from the war While there are varying views among Clintons advisers whether lifting the ban would achieve that goal a majority do believe that a change on trade would improve chances for getting more coopera tion from Vietnam in determining the missing Americans fate the officials said However the administration is not ready to open a diplomatic office in Ho Chi Minh City a step that the Asian nation wants the officials said All Tonya Harding wants is fairness her lawyer says PORTLAND Ore AP As the noose of suspicion tightened around Tonya Harding her lawyer urged Olympic officials not to throw her off the team based on her exhusbands claim she gave the OK for the attack on Nancy Kerrigan All Tonya is asking for is her measure of fairness and jurispru dence that is represented by 6very one of the team members who will be wearing the United States flag on their Robert C Weaver Jr said Tuesday Weaver made the appeal after Hardings exhusband Jeff Gillooly pleaded guilty to racke teering and agreed to testify that Harding approved the Jan 6 attack that knocked Kerrigan out of figure skating champi onships the qualifying competi tion for the Olympics this month in Lillehammer Norway In exchange for the guilty plea prosecutors agreed to recommend two years in prison and a fine In Gilloolys statement to the FBI released Tuesday he said Harding wanted Kerrigan out of the way because Kerrigan was the favorite of the Figure Skating OK lets do Gillooly quot ed Harding as saying of the plot Tigers triumph Northwestern coach Jeff Hoover gives instructions to Lady Tigers point guard Con nie Whitney during the teams 5233 victory over Eastern in the IHSAA Girls Basketball Sectional at Memorial Gym Tuesday night Hoover scored a gamehigh 15 points to lead the Tigers into the second round when they will meet Taylor Thursday at approximately Tribune photo by Dave Hess House approves tax savings legislation Bill would limit school construction next year INDIANAPOLIS AP Republican House members grumbled but punched the yes buttons to vote for a Democratic drafted measure that saves an esti mated million statewide in property taxes During debate Republican Brian C Bosma of Indianapolis said he would vote a reluctant yes Why Its the only property tax savings bill in he said In the end Bosma had plenty of company as Republicans crossed over to join the 55seat Democratic majority to pass the bill 8020 The bill would limit school con struction next year to million statewide well below the million spent last year The legis lation would slap a 5 percent cap on the growth of school trans portation operating costs and control tax rates for construction This bill is the biggest property tax savings the biggest property tax control bill in 20 said House Ways and Means Chair man B Patrick Bauer DSouth Bend the principal sponsor The bill also increases the stan Legislature dard homeowner deduction by to a total of saving homeowners an estimated million over five years That fig ure is not included in the estimat ed million in savings also over five years Republicans objected the mea sure did nothing to fix a problem behind rising property tax collec tions the state is contributing less for school costs forcing local gov ernments to ante up more Rep Samuel R Turpin R Brownsburg said the state Board of Tax Commissioners appointed by Democratic Gov Evan Bayh has exercised too little power to limit school spending The bill even if signed into law in its present form wont lower property tax bills The estimated savings come by cutting anticipat ed increases in tax collections based on recent trends The projected savings are less than the million relief Bayh had asked for The House also passed 955 a bill to ask federal permission for pilot welfare reform prograiri that would enable welfare parents to keep their benefits while working in a transition out of welfare passed 881 a measure encour aging schools to ban students from using telephone beepers and portable phones Rep Vernon G Smith DGary said the communi cations devices are often used by drug dealers passed 980 a bill prohibiting courts from imposing death sen tences or life without parole for murder if the defendant is mental ly retarded passed 8018 a bill imposing the death penalty for gangrelafed murder and for murder commit ted during a driveby shooting passed 1000 a measure to allow child sex abuse victims to testify by videotape or prior state ment if victim cannot testify in court passed 927 a bill requiring jail inmates to make a copayment up to for medical and dental care Traffic flow is expected improve or Ind 22 in front of and Sams Club Page Also Business markets Classified ads Comics Dear Dr Entertainment Local News of record 5 Sports WITH Hosier pleads guilty in accident By JULIE McCLURE Tribune local area editor Richard P Hosier 53 5480 N Road 200 East pleaded guilty Tuesday in Howard Superior Court 3 to Class D felony operat ing while intoxicated causing seri ous bodily injury and failure to prove financial responsibility The victim in the case Kokomo firefighter Dan Smith watched without reaction It was a moment Smith had waited for since he was seriously injured Oct 5 but when Hosier pleaded guilty he found it diffi cult to put his reaction into words I dont he said Im just glad the truth finally came He added that when he called the Kokomo Tribune about his dissatisfaction with the way his case was being handled by a Howard County deputy prosecu tor I was desperate I was in a battle for the way things should have been handled and in a matter of one or two days it has turned completely Smith was relieved that the two guilty pleas will go on Hosiers driving record The case was originally set for trial Thursday but was moved to Tuesday by mutual agreement between the prosecution and defense on Monday According to investigators Hosier was accused of driving his van on Oct 5 north on Washing ton Street where it connects with 31 on Kokomos northside when the van left the road and traveled into a yard next to Smiths home Smith 3491 N Road 00 East West was standing outside his house talking with a friend Scott Harris and warned Harris to get out of the way The vap then hit Smith pinning him partially underneath the vehicle near his front porch Hosiers blood alcohol content tested at Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center after the accident registered 203 more than twice the legal limit in Indiana Smith suffered compression fractures to the third and fourth thoracic vertebrae a concussion a right knee sprain and lacerations He was initially treated at Saint Joseph and then transferred to Methodist Hospitals neurocriti cal care unit He is currently in physical therapy treatment at Kokomo Rehabilitation Hospital LasJ week Smith talked to the Kokomo Tribune about his frus tration in how the criminal case was handled by Howard County Deputy Prosecutor Lisa L Clancy Clancy has not returned tele phone calls seeking an interview or comment about Smiths allega tions Smith objected to a plea bar gain Clancy was considering in the case and was angry that Glan cy refused to file the failure to prove financial responsibility charge although the investigator s report indicated Hosier did not have insurance Clancy was removed from the case Jan 21 by Prosecutor James Andrews and replaced by Chief Deputy Prose cutor Ron Byal On Tuesday Byal said Hosiers attorney contacted him Monday and said his client would plead guilty The plea was not made as part of any plea bargain agree ment Sentencing will be up to Judge Randy Hainlen who ordered a presentence investiga tion report Byal said ethically he could not say what he would seek in the sentencing hearing March 1 but that he planned to put Smith on the stand to testify aoout the inci dent In an earlier interview Andrews said the maximum Hosier could receive is three years in jail and a fiie for the operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury with the judge hav ing the discretion to order restitu tion to Smith and to suspend Hosiers drivers license Andrews said the maximum penalty furj failure to provide proof of financial responsibility insurance fc 60 days in jail fine T 1 ;