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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 15, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Western Northwestern win county Page 11 Vol 143 No 132 Kokomo Ind TRIBUNE Saturday Jan 50 cents Skater accused by guard PORTLAND Ore AP Harding met with attor neys after surfacing with her ex husband Friday and NBC News said her bodyguard accused her of being involved in the Jan 6 assault on Olympic figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan NBC said Hardings bodyguard Shawn Eric Eckardt accused Harding of being involved in the planning and coverup of the attack on Kerrigan at the Fig ure Skating Championships in Detroit Eckardt was arrested Thursday A law enforcement source told NBC there is no warrant for Hard jng but that she is under active criminal Authorities have said there are no indications Harding 23 was involved Asked about the NBC report that they were investigating Hard ing Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney John Bradley said Not at this We are investigating every he said So I mean we are going to be as complete as we can Whatever you make of Earlier Bradley said When we feel satisfied that there is a case to be made against other suspects they will be So far three people including Eckardt Hardings 350pound bodyguard have been arrested in the Kerrigan case Derrick Brian Smith 29 was arraigned Friday along with Eckardt 26 on conspiracy charges aridwill next appear in court Jan 24 Pleas of innocent were auto matically entered for them Smiths nephew Shane Minoa ka Slant 22 of Chandler surrendered Friday in Phoenix Jeff Gillooly Hardings exhus band hasnt been charged attorney W Mark McKnight said his client is not smart enough to have played a greater role in the attack He has taken responsibility for his he said after the arraign ment adding his client feels very remorseful Harding and Gillooly were seen for the first time since Tuesday when reports of the alleged plot surfaced Harding met with attorneys Robert Weaver and Chris Kovack according to the lawyers recep tionist Sandy Linebarrier She said a statement would be issued within two or three days Gillooly allegedly suggested a plan to injure Kerrigan according to sources quoted in The Oregon ian newspaper His stormy mar riage to Harding ended in divorce last August but they reconciled and resumed living together Indictments unsealed Friday said Slant Eckardt and Smith con spired in late Port land to unlawfully and inten tionally cause physical injury to Nancy Kerrigan by means of a dangerous weapon by striking Nancy Kerrigan in the leg with the dangerous Inside today Local Flu disarms the Tipton Police Department Page 2 World Russias parliament elects a hardliner as speaker Page 7 Also inside Classified Local News of Jennifer Setfon 9 jogs Friday at Market and Walnut streets to keep up with Guy Tharp 12 on the bicycle as the friends battle nearzero temperatures on the way to Sextons home Tribune photo by Tim Bath Winds out of the northwest at 15 to 20 mph sent Friday nights windchill temperatures to 35 to 45 below according to local weather observer Bob Wise The brutally cold temperatures were close to a record but according to Wise the coldest he recalls was Christmas of 1983 when windchill factors reached 7Q and 80 below This mornings temperatures are expected to be 35 to 45 below zero with the windchill factor Wise said Winds will gradually decrease in the afternoon with a high of zero Tonights tempera tures are expected to be minus 5 Temperatures will rise to 5 morning with cloudy skies and a chance of scat tered snow Snow is likely to increase Sunday and Monday with an accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possibly by Monday Sun days high will be 19 with a Jow of 15 Wise said It will be a little warmer Mon day with a high of 20 But Tues day will bring more cold with a high of 5 above and a low of 10 below More snow could also be likely on Wednesday Wise said To help combat the cold tem peratures across the Midwest a federal ruling will allow Hppsiers in central and southern Indiana to continue to receive home heating fuel deliveries dur ing the weefend accorchW to a press the office of Sen Richard RInd This emergency measure will reduce the chance that Hopsiers run out of vital heating fuel in the heart of Lugar said in a press release The department has declared that a regional emergency exists because of brutally cold weather forecast for the next several days in Indiana and throughout the Midwest The emergency declaration lifts restrictions on the number of hours of fuel delivery vehicles can work The emer gency will remain in effect for 10 days and will allow the delivery of home heating fuels including propane heating oil and kerosene Survey favors Fort Wayne PERU Ind AP A feasibility survey shows that locating a new Indiana Air National Guard refu eling unit in Fort Wayne might be more costeffective than having it at Grissom Air Force Base Rep Jill Long says The Indiana Democrat said Thursday that a Department of Defense liaison to her office told her about the survey results Long declined to name the liaison say ing specifics of the survey have not been released including the anticipated amount of savings Fort Wayne is the best option to host the refueling unit if we are looking for cpstsjiyjnes which can come with a publicprivate Long said The Department of Defense would only pay a small fee for the purpose of she said The point I am trying to make is that the Guard is a parttime pro fessional unit The costsavings come from not having to maintain the facilities and runway on a full time The estimated cost of preparing Fort Wayne International Airport for the Guards proposed eight KC135R Stratotankers has ranged from million to million among military and legislative sources Facilities available to host up to 60 KC135s are available at Gds som where 20 of the tankers are currently based Neighboring communities are pursuing prospects for utilizing the runway and facilities as the base moves toward a Sept Fort Wayne International now hosts the Guards 24 F16 jets which would be replaced with the KC135s according to a proposal announced by Maj Gen Charles Whitaker commander of the Indi ana Guard Details of the cost of hosting the Guard unit and what its fiscal relationship would be with Gris 434th YYiflg unit of Reserve Air Force personnel have not been released Womans story is challenged Jury watches her leave in tears By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer A woman who was granted immunity in exchange for her tes timony against her former boss left Howard Circuit Court in tears Friday after being accused of giv ing inconsistent testimony and alleging that she had been threat ened by members of the prosecu tors staff Susan Conner took the witness stand during the third day of the trial of Larry M Foster who is accused of mishandling Job Train ing Partnership Act funds during the summer ot 1992 At that time Foster administered the program for KokomoCenter and Conner was his secretary Foster is charged with a total of seven counts and two of them Class D felony charges of ghost employment and aiding inducing or causing theft relate directly to Conner The count of ghost employment alleges that before July 29 1992 Foster assigned Conner two weeks of vacation to which she was not entitled The vacation was not related to her position at the school corporation which was operating under a grant from the Job Training Partnership Act according to the charge The count of aiding inducing or causing theft is also tied to the twoweek vacation period It accuses Foster of assisting Conner to receive to which she was not entitled for the vacation Some information Conner pro vided to investigators was used to file charges against Foster The information alleges that Conner told authorities that Foster allowed her to take a twoweek vacation during the 1992 JTPA program and that she performed no work during the period but did receive pay When asked by Prosecutor James D Andrews if Foster knew she had taken a vacation Conner said she believed he did because she was not at work Responding to the same question later in her testimony Conner said I was out of state 1 hope She also testified that her bene fits did not include sick days or vacation time The prosecutor also questioned Conner about the selection of vacation time She said there was a calendar in the outer office and the three secretaries marked on the calendar when they would be gone Conner said her name was written on the calendar for all to Later defense attorney William E Beck II reminded Conner that his client was charged with approving two weeks of vacation for her Did Foster approve a twoweek vacation for you Beck asked No Conner replied The filling out of time sheets for Foster and employees of the sum mer 1992 JTPA program has been another subject of debate during Fosters trial Teachers in the pro gram have testified that they did nt fill out their time sheets During discussions with investi gators and in court Friday Con ner said she would put certain information on the teachers time sheets Conner confirmed that she had been questioned about some of the time sheets in by Barbara Nichols KokomoCen ters payroll During further questioning Andrews asked Conner about prep time hours that appeared on the time sheets of five teachers during the JTPA program According to the woman Foster added the hours to the sheets Please see Womans P10 Hamacher Aspy state witnesses By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer Two KokomoCenter adminis trators facing a total of four crimi nal counts will see those charges dismissed if they live up to the terms of agreements reached with the county prosecutor In exchange for the dismissal of their charges Patricia Hamacher the school corporations coordina tor of fiscal services and payroll accountant Kathy Aspy have agreed to be witnesses for the state in cases against all other KokomoCenter administrators facing criminal charges Hamacher and Aspy are two of seven charged in Howard Circuit Court of a total of 36 theftand conflict of interestrelated charges Hamachers counts include Class D felony conspiracy to com mit theft and aiding inducing or causing theft and Class A misde meanor official misconduct Aspy faces a Class D felony aiding inducing or causing theft charge Both are accused of helping KokomoCenter employees receive nonschool board approved pay Hamacher was called to testify Friday in the Howard Circuit Court trial of Larry Foster Koko moCenter special population coordinator Early in his question ing of Hamacher that day Howard County Prosecutor James D Andrews entered the states written agreement with the fiscal services coordinator as evidence in Fosters case When read a copy of the Hamachers agreement by the Kokomo Tribune Aspys attor ney George A Hopkins said his client had been offered the same deal and accepted it Andrews confirmed that there is an agree ment but he said is has not been filed Legal counsel for a third mem ber of the group of criminally charged KokomoCenter adminis trators Charles Lane administra tive assistant to the superinten dent said his client received a similar offer from Andrews But attorney Scott A Kinsey said Lane did not agree to the proposal and would give no details on it The states agreements with Hamacher and Aspy call for the two school employees to honestly provide information on all other KokomoCenter cases If they are not believed by the state to be giving honest testimo ny they must take polygraph tests according to the agreements If a polygraph test proves dishon esty in either case that agreement could be voided Also Hamacher and Aspy agreed not to conspire to intimidate or tamper with any witness or informant involved with any of the other Kokomo Center cases Hamachers attorney Indi anapolis Robert Hammerle said her agreement with the state should not be considered an admission of guilt Ms Hamach er has maintained all along she was completely innocent he said Regardless of anybody else this lady is wrongfully accused I believe thats the only reason the prosecution agreed to disr miss the Hammerle said giving honest testimony is something his client would have done even without an agreement to dismiss charges You might as well make an agreement contingent on her breathing said Hopkins also said his client is admitting wrongdoing Quite he said I dorft think Mrs Aspy did the first darn thing wrong Aspy has not testified in the of Foster the first KokomoCenter defendant to go to trial Andrews had no comment op the existing agreements and said no other agreements with the KokomoCenter group have beer made V ;