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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Kokomo stays in NCC Page 13 Vol 143 No 125 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Saturday Jan 50 cents Couple allege slander ByLISAFIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau Ind An attorney for Tipton County Solid Waste Man agement Director Brook Edwards this week sent notice of a potential tort claim against Tipton County Commissioner Max Crouch alleg ing Crouch has defamed Edwards According to Edwards attor ney Richard A Waples of Indi Crouch allegedly made slanderous statements against Edwards According to Waples Crouch allegedly said Edwards is not doing his job and that Edwards and his fiance Judy Walker are homosexuals Waples is also rep resenting Walker When contacted by the Kokomo Tribune Crouch said he had no comment When asked if he denied the allegations he said Yes I dont want to Crouch said the Tribune could speak with County Attorney Rick Pearce When contacted by the Tribune Pearce said at this point there is nothing for Crouch to admit or Pearce said it would be inappro priate to comment unless an actu al lawsuit is filed The Tuesday letter sent to the Tipton County Commissioners states On July 8 1993 at Fayes Northside Restaurant 506 N Main Max Crouch had a con versation with several members of the public including William E concerning Brook Edwarasjperfofrriaifice as director of the Tipton County Solid Waste Management The letter informing the com missioners of Edwards potential tort claim also stated Grouch informed the members of the pub lic that Edwards was not doing his At that same location the letter stated on July 15 Crouch told members of the public including Tidier and Bob Wesner that Brook Edwards was a homosexual and that his girlfriend Judy Walk er was a lesbian Crouch repeat ed these defamatory accusations regarding the sexuality of Edwards and Walker on Oct 14 1993 to Dick The letter went on to state that because Crouch is one of Edwards bosses Crouch is on the board of directors of the Tipton County Solid Waste Management District that the false accusations have damaged Edwards ability to perform his The accusations have also dam aged the reputation of Edwards and Walker in the community and caused them emotional pain and suffering including lost sleep and increased according to the letter None of these things are true and both accusations have been calculated to defame Edwafds and Walker in the Waples claims A notice of a potential tort claim Waples said is sent to a govern ment entity agent to inform that entity or person that theyve allegedly done something that violated the rights of some one The letter was sent to the Tipton County Commissioners Tipton County Solid Waste District Crouch and Pearce Waples said people told Edwards of the comments Crouch allegedly made and Edwards confronted Crouch When confronted Edwards told Waples did not deny saying these Waples said he anticipates that the county and Solid Waste Dis trict will investigate the matter Those involved have about three months to respond compromise and negotiate he said Edwards and Walker have not asked for any specific compensa tion according to Waples With this kind of thing its difficult to calculate what the damages are but I suppose some money would be He said if the issue is not satis factorily respjved then a civil law suit wpuld be filed in Tipton Cir Elvis in bronze V British Elvis Presley lookalike Leyton Sumcreated by British sculptor Jon Douglas in niers poses next to a lifesize bronze statue auctioned Jan 18 Bids already of Presley at an American reslaujiarit in tral London on Friday Todaftyould r been the singers S9th birthday The statue APphdto Mothet given 10 year for courtroom killing SONORA Calif AP A woman who fatally shot her young sons alleged molester in a courtroom was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday by a judge who rejected pleas for clemency because the woman has cancer Superior Court Judge William Polley sentenced Ellie Nesler to six years for voluntary manslaughter and an additional four years for using a gun to commit the crime This crime was infact an exe said PplleyJ who also denied Neslers request for bail Friends and relatives had urged clemency fortester who has cancer and had faced a maximum term up to f 6 years in prison Nesler sfid earlier that she feared prison term would be thesame as a life sentence because of Itier condi tion The doctors have given me only a 50 percent chance of liv ing one to five years even with chemotherapy she said Thurs day Tad Fplendora a city council man in Angels Camp where Nesler grew up said if she remained free she could work toward improving the legal sys tem During her sentencing Nesler sat stiffly in her seat as friends and relatives cried Moments later she turned and flashed a brief smile She was taken to a jury room where she had meet with her children before being taken to jail A jury found Nesler guilty of voluntary manslaughter jfpr fir ing five bullets into the neck and head of Daniel Mark Driver on April 2 in ntarpy Jamestown Earlier this Week the judge denied her motion for a new trial i Driver 35 was killed as he sat shackled beside his lawyer dur ing a recess in a hearing tp mine whether he should stand trial on charges he molested four boys including Neslers son who is now Immediately after the shoot ing Nesler became the focus of debates about vigilante justice and penalties for child moles ters By MIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer INDIANAPOLIS On Feb 22 Richard L Campbell the former business manager of Indiana Uni versityKokomo will leave a Department of Correction work release center here and will pre sumably return to Howard Coun ty On that date he will hayej com pleted the confinement period of a prison sentence imposed five years ago for theft from the uni versity Campbell 52 is currently clos ing out his stay at the Indianapolis Mens Release Center Superintendent Ron Rice con firmed Assigned to the facility July 30 Camppeil works ejght hours a day at a job away front the He is enrolled in computer classes at Indiana Vocational Technical Col lege in Indianapolis according to Rice Friday the superintendent did not have information on the type of job Campbell performs before returning to the work release center at night Campbell is serving the second half of a 10year sentence for theft convictions related to his former job at IUK He was accused of stealing abput from the Teachers eye school probe funding origin Fund source of teacher raises By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer The president of the Kokomo Teachers Association said teachers are wondering where the money came from to pay thousands in investigative costs in 1993 It does cause one to wonder how money cannot be there at one time and there at said Holly Kirkpatrick president of the Kokomo Teachers Association But the superintendent said if anyone is to blame for money spent on the investigation of seven criminally accused KokomoCen ter administrators its any admin istrator who is found at fault In 1993 KokomoCenter School Corp spent about in costs related to administrators fac ing criminal charges The school board placed the criminally accused group on paid leave in January It later that year allowed all seven to return to work after clearing them of intentional wrongdoing through an indepen dent investigation led by Indi anapolis attorney Rodney Taylor Expenses for Taylors law firm for 1993 were said David Barnes KokomoCenter community relations officer The State Board of Accounts audit requested by KokomoCenter School Board as part of its probe which Barnes said replaced that agencys regular annual audit of the school corporation for the year cost about more than the average cost of a routine audit ThenSuperintendent Larry Horner and thenAssistant Super intendent Lyle Mitschelen were among those charged so replace ments were hired during their leave Approximately was the total cost for former Interim Superintendent Raymond Fatheree and financial consulting firm Educational Services Co Kirkpatrick said the average salary of a KokomoCenter teacher is about The corporation has no out standing bills on the services Barnes said But all 1993 costs related to the criminal charges were taken from KokomoCenters million general fund the source of teacher salaries There is stress with the circunv stances involved to begin Kirkpatrick said It is getting to be difficult to remain focusedon KokomoCenter teachers wete already discouraged About decreasing state and federal fund ing for education and this has just kind of added another layer to she said KokomoCenter teachers in August were given a 2 percent raise for the first year of a three year pact with both parties in negotiations acknowledging there win be little new money from the state Kirkpatrick said With the added demand of costs related to the criminally charged group teachers are concerned about the future of programs at the corpora tion But she acknowledged that the boards investigation was nothing the board could have and Superintendent Roger Thorn ton agreed This is a general concern from everyone including the Thornton said of the additional costs It was unexpected but had to be paid for I think in all candor those administrators who would have been in violation are accountable for money Thornton said he believes not all those facing criminal charges did anything wrong But there are certain others who it may be found He would not say who he believes did and did not commit wrongdoing The school board has said Thornton in November received new information which could call for the firing of Horner and Mitschelen But release agree ments signed when the two administrators returned to Work in May stand in the way of the cor porations proceeding with missal proceedings Inside todays Tribune Classified Dr Local News of s release Feb 22 institution and was sentenced Feb under the terms of a plea agreement approved by Howard Superior Court 1 Judge Dennis H Parry Parry sentenced Campbell to five years in prison for two Class C felony theft convictions and ordered the sentences to be served consecutively The judge suspend ed 12 years on three other convic tions Also the judge suspended in fines on the condition Campbell make a contri bution to the IUK Campbell was also ordered to serve five years of probation upon his release from prison and per form 500 hours of community ser vice Upon his release from the Indi anapolis facility Campbell will be under dual supervision of the Indiana Parole Board and the Howard County Adult Probation Department Rice said dual super vision is imgpsed when a portion of a defendants sentence is sus pended He explained that proba tion overrides par61e Joanna Keller Howard Countys chief adult probation officer said her office and the court receive notification from the DOC about 10 days before an offender is released Once released from cus tody an offender has 24 hours or until the next working report to the probation depart ment She said a judge can then order the offender to appear in court for1 formal reading of the rules of proT batioh The community service portion of an offenders sentence would be administered by the coordinator of the community Sf r vice program at the courthouse Keller said Friday Rice of the Indianapolis Mens Work Release Center said Campbell has not been a probj has adjusted well1 to the center He anticipates that Campbell will be released Campbell served about two months of inhome detention iri early 1992 when Parry ordered His release from the Atterbury Correct tional Center in Edinburgh said the former Kokomo resident had been rehabilitated and any further imprisonment wouldbe Campbell was to have served one year of inhome detention But he was returned to Attejf bury in May 1992 when the Indi ana Supreme Court ruled that Parry did not have the authority to release the former IUK official The Supreme Courts decision was based on a motion filed by Prosecutor James D T ;