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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 4, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana 121 TRIBUNE 50 cents Misu By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer A document KokomoCenter School Board members did not understand fully is behind the halting of dismissal proceedings against the corporations alterna tive school principal and director of facilities and We did not understand the document fully and its legal rami said board President Michael Coady of the signed set tlement agreements ana releases which are now standing in the way of the boards possibly firing Principal Larry Horner and Direc tor Lyle The agreements were negotiated when the two who Sperm donor loses He must pay child support INDIANAPOLIS AP A man who said he merely donated the sperm so a fellow teacher could have a child must pay child sup port despite the womans written promise she would not seek his financial a court has The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in a 21 decision that Francine Todds now has a right to financial support from Edward Straub despite any agreement made by the Straubs attorney said Todd had every right to make the agreement and should be bound by it and that he would appeal the Straub and both southern Indiana elementary school teach began dating in the mid Todd asked then to father her child after a local physician informed her that artifi cial insemination would not be court records Straub resisted but later agreed to if then signed an agreement promising she would never seek financial aid from In loving memory of Ralph and Helen In memory of Serena Utley Mindy and Christy Trobaugh and James Frances C and David In memory of Wllma McGree from John and In memory of Luella Singer from sponsored by the Kokomo provides new clothing at Christmas time for needy youngsters age infant through 12 through corporate sponsor Inside Style Make strides toward fitness via power Page Spoilt Colts pick up the pieces of disheartening Page 11 Also Inside Classified ads H t H H H H H HIM111MIHIH A 7 MtlllMIIMHMMHMtMH 40 Local news M News of Wof IHIUHIM0 13 face a total of 20 and conflict of interestrelated charges in Hdwaifd were allowed to return in May from a paid leave of The board at that time cleared Horner and Mitschelen of intentional wrong doing in its investigation of the criminal charges they Indianapolis attorney Rodney Taylor who led the board up the said Superintendent Roger The pacts call for the administra tors old contracts to be invalidat ed and for contracts for new posi tions to be drawn Horner was superintendent before becoming alternative school principal in and Mitschelen Was assistant superin tendent of support They requested newjobs to allow them more time to devote to their crimi nal But Thornton received new information in November regard ing Mitschelen and Coady and in early Decem ber the two were notified in writ ing that the board would meet 13 to Consider firing Thornton will not say what that information where he received it or when it might become Thornton dis covered the settlement agree he said in a statement to the board The separate agreements one signed by the other signed by Mitschelen and both signed by ing halts dismissals thenboard President Darlene Poulard and thenboard secretary Phoebe Carter contain clauses which irrevocably and uncondi tionally acquit and forever discharge the administrators from any and all actions and causes of action whatsoever aris ing out of or relating to the administrators old Thorntons attorney and the boards legal counsel verified the superintendents belief that those agreements disallow dismissal The which were only drawn up for Horner and do not express the intent of this the superin tendent In two written motions read by the board unanimously voted to allow Thornton to try to void the The superin tendent said he does not know what steps will be next or how long they might Horner te still but Thornton said Mitschelen has been on paid suspension for sev eral weeks because of thenew information Horners present contract expires June while Mitschelens pact will end this Taylors future role in the board s investigation is Coady The attorney has not returned calls from the Kokomo Tribune for several weeks and AjGalvdston firefighter works at scdneof a twostoiyapartmerit building fire at 3819 Road 00 EastWest early today V Tribune photo by Tim Bath hurts By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer An early morning blaze destroyed a northside apartment One man was and he and two oth ers were left The at 3819 Road 00 contained three apartments that were severely damaged by fire and according to Galveston Fire Chief Steve A tenant in the front down stairs Barney Old f Suffered and transported to Saint Joseph Hos pital Health Center where he is In fair to hospital spokeswoman Mary No other information was The front part of the building was engulfed in flames when the Galveston Volunteer Fire Depart ment arrived at about 7 according to The fire chief said the fire apparently started in the front part of the building and spread quickly cause of the blaze was unknown as of A tenant in the other down stairs Carliss Free said he was awakened by the He also said the smoke alarm in his apartment I woke up and smelled the smoke and got out as quick as Freeman He also said theother two people but one suffered from minor Freeman said that he could stay with family mem bers until he can get another place to The third Michael Who lived In the upstairs apart was unavailable for com Cathy Neumann of the Ameri can Red Cross was on the scene to give assistance for the She advised that the American Red Cross will supply food and other necessities and help the people get back on their The owner of the Cor nellia said all three apartments had working smoke could not be reached again this KokomoCenter School paid Taylors Christopher in The board also on Monday rescinded its June 1 approval of more than In additional pay for services and holiday time for Mitschelen and Boulevard School Principal Carl Henderson from 1990 to That move overrules the boards previous vole on that piy but does not yet call for any further action to be token regarding that Condy Henderson will resign 14 for personal PSI mailing refunds By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Fooling pinched with your Christmas bills coming due PSI Energy has some tonic to ease the sting from New Years As part of n settlement with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Com the utility has begun mailing longawaited refunds to its Indiana The refunds stem from mil lion in settlements PSI reached with several parties who chal lenged PSIs rates following the abandoned Marble Hill nuclear power plan The facility near Madison was scrapped in and PSI was granted ordinary rate relief to recoup billion in The Indiana Supreme in November 1991 ruled that PSI col lected an extra million when its federal taxes were lowered to 34 percent in Under the emergency rate order granted in regulators had granted PSI a rate of return based on federal taxes of 46 In a separate the state Supreme Court declined in July 1993 to review a lower court deci sion that found PSI had illegally charged customers from April 1990 to June Lower courts agreed with outside claims that PSIs return on common equity in a 1990 rate order was too high and not supported by the actual operating Beginning customers also received percent rate or about a month for the average as part of the Ratepayers who were PSI cus tomers for any period between July through are eligible for the onetime Adjustments will be cal culated by how much customers including applicable tax during the eligibility A ratepayer who uses an aver age of kilowatts a month and was a PSi customer during the entire eligibility period win receive a onetime refund of about PSI PSI will also issue refunds to former who must apply for refund checks in writing by May aim at gun dealers WASHINGTON AP The Cllntoi administration wants to charge gun a year for a license to discourage all but egitimate busjhessei from I ministration sources sional and adt TrflMHry Secretary Woyd Bentsen wan scheduled to unveil the proposal today as part of a broader legislative package to place firearms dealers under tighter regulatory said the who spoke Monday on condition pf The Bureau pf Tobacco and Firearms estimates that increasing the fee to would prompt 80 percent of the nations dealers to drop their an administration official ATF now 240 Inspectors who process licenses and visit dealers to ensure compli ance A vasi Majority of dealers are people who sell gunp from their homes on jan basis and who obtained the Ifeefhse loanable them to purchase weapons at deep discounts from Licensed dealers are also free of legal restrictions imposed by state gun laws and can order weapons to be shipped to them across state ii For 25 the licensing fee was tor three The fee was raised recently to for a new threeyear license and for the renewal of a valid The increase was contained in the recently enacted Brady gun control act that imposes a fiveday waiting period and background checks on handgun Local gun sellers willing to pay higher fee Two local businesses that sell firearms as a part of their trade today said they are willing to pay a high er fee if Bonnie whp owns the Hunters Den in Peru with her husband today said their license is to every two with a renewal after three Referring to the proposed annual Mathls I think its a little but theres a lot of basement dealers that dont have the proper and they lie to the state to get and theyre selling guns for like 10 percent off their so if Itll eliminate the basement Im all for A federal agency estimates that the fee could force thousands of dealers out of the business of selling guns But Mathis says her store will pay more if Another provision of the Clinton administration plan would require gun dealers to provide informa tion to the Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms upon request about weapons used in To Mathls I do that The state police calls me and asks me about a certain gun and I give them the Information that they Because Iflts involved in a crime Im not for the thats all there is to Mnthis Dale merchandise manager for all Big R echoed Mathls thoughts about coop eration with the He said Big R Stores would cooperate with all law enforcement agencies If they about the purchase of a gun from the Johannaning said Big K Stores have a fouryear Federal Firearms that carries a fee of under He said he was not sure what the effect the proposal would have on the business if the one year proposal went into He believes some smaller dealers would feel a major and they could be forced to gut out of the ;