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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 16, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Northwestern Vol 143 No 133 K OKOMO Kokomo Ind Sunday Jan Computers to help track youngsters Enhance information exchange By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer Additional computers have been installed to track Howard County juveniles who may be at risk Last month 14 computers were purchased to enhance the existing network of information exchange among agencies that deal with juveniles The computers were purchased with federal grant monies from the Indiana Criminal Justice Insti tution for the program which had its beginnings in 1988 The agencies involve city and county law enforcement agencies the five school districts prosecu tors office juvenile probation office welfare department and Howard Circuit Court These computers will enhance the SHOCAP information net work which has been in existence since 1991 and involves city police the sheriff department the prosecutors office division of families and children and the Howard County Circuit Court office of juvenile services and all five school districts Kokomo Police Chief Lynn applied for the justice department grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquen cy Prevention The program Habitual Offender Comprehen sive Action Program SHOCAP and School Administrators For Effective Police Probation and Parole Operations Leading to Improved Children and Youth Services It gives the participating agen ciestimely information on a day today basis to make informed decisions about juvenile said Capt Dave Kellar of juvenile operations at the police depart ment We enter information regard ing domestic violence into the computer and make the schools aware that a student is in this type of situation and may have to miss school or something Perhaps they are detained at the juvenile deten tion center so they surely wont be at school the next he said The leaders of the agencies involved agreed that the problems of atrisk youths juvenile delin quency habitual offenders are a community problem and can only be addressee by a community based cooperative effort So an interagency model was designed to find community Related story Student informa tion wont be made public Page 8 based solutions to problems The SHOCAP model which is one of the few operating in the nation was given to Howard County in 1988 In 1991 a United Way Venture grant made money available for the purchase of two computers Later other school corporations had their own Are the problems at North western School the same as those at Kokomo Center schools Not Kellar said But it helps the counselors of some children who have been molested or are victims of incest to see how other kids have been helped or how they have respond ed to Each individual situation can be dealt with more appropriately by the authorities when they have a data base to work from he said We look at the indicators and identify the atrisk juveniles and come up with solutions to inter vene before they become habitual Kellar said The Robert J Kirisey Youth Cen ter with its shelter care longterm treatment andT secure facilities is av significant step toward dealing juvenile offenders at various levels Keller said Nancy Geiger counselor for at risk students with the Western School Corp said the information exchange is definitely a boon to her work We are working together as a community and to have the com munity resources at hand Its not just about kids but its about han dling said The school district has had few students who1 are considered seri ous habitual offenders But the program has helped identify those who may be at risk so preventive measures may be taken Although sometimes students may not be happy that the school is aware they were arrested the night before in other situations she said it helps them to have the support if theyre involved in a situation that is outside their con trol Those students that dont have too much parental support they know that go to bat for Crash knocks out power An automobile accident at Goyer Road and Southway Boule vard Saturday knocked down power lines and left about 600 PSI customers without electricity No other information was avail able PSI workers repaired the power lines and replaced equip ment which shut down electricity for nearly seven hours Saturday morning according to PSI Spokes woman Becky Brown The Kokomo Gas and Fuel Company stated that they have been busy all day mainly with calls in reference to lighting pilot lights on furnaces A spokesperson for the American Water Company said they were kept busy with calls about frozen water pipes The spokesperson said if people have exposed water pipes they should have a heater close to them so they dont freeze Customers of PSI Kokomo Gas and Fuel Company and Indiana American Water Company who need emergency assistance can call these numbers 24 hours a day PSI Water compa ny 4575563 Gas company 459 4101 Saint Joseph and Howard Com munity had no reports of frostbite or hypothermia Closing school to be proposed BUNKER HILL Ind Maconaquah Superintendent Ronald L Wilson on Monday will propose closing Randall School next school year because of pre dicted enrollment declines During a special school board meeting set to begin at the Maconaquah administration building at 7 Wilson will start the kickoff to a lot of other things we have to do during the he said Because of the downsizing of nearby Grissom Force Base that school corporation has had make staff cuts for the past two school years Wilson on Friday estimated that when the base realigns tp a reservist facility Oct 1 Maconaquah Schools could lose He said he will propose closing the elementary school most children of Grissom person nel attend He said he will give his esti mates of pupil loss to the board during the Monday session as well as information outlining the process for reducing staff further Boy Scouts Qhad Calvert W left Brian Lausch 14 center and Kyle Peters 13 stay warm in belowzero temper atures by sitting next to a fire Saturday at Mississinewa Reservoir Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Scouts make fun of subzero By MJKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer When the windchill hits 40 or 50 below like it did Saturday morning most people are inside with the thermostat on broil But for Kokomos Boy Scout Troop 568 its a time to sleep overnight in tents to earn the FreezeOut SubZero patch in the annual Klondike Winter Survival Training To earn the patch seven Scouts from Troop 568 camped out Fri day and Saturday nights which are the coldest nights of the year according to local weather observer Bob Wise The only problem was that one young man had a case of the flu and Scout Master Greg Miller drove him home Besides that all of the scouts said Its very cold but its If youre prepared and have the knowledge to spend time out it doesnt matter what the temperature said Unit Commissioner Kenny Fish er who was standing next to a campfire Their campsite was in the Frances Slocum State Recreation Area in the primitive camp ground on the north side of Mis sissinewa Lake The lake is in southwestern Wabash County northeast of Kokomo Scouts call the camp out a which is a test of a Scouts outdoor skills The event is named after a region in the Yukon Territory in northwestern Canada which is known for its belowzero temperatures and a gold rush in the 1890s The training teaches the young sters how to dress and sleep in belowfreezing weather Each boy is trained on how to detect frostbite and hypothermia Firstaid is part of everything we do up here Fisher said The scouts stated that they all slept in double sleeping bags and the worst part about it was getting up in the morning Its so cold you dont want to get out of your sleeping they said One youngster stated that his mother told him before he left Ill see ya indicating they wouldnt endure the cold temperatures until Sunday The campground consisted of one big tent supplied with heaters and cooking equipment Four smaller tents were used for sleeping Also they had a small trailer that was used to haul all of their supplies which was used as a changing room According to Fisher they have the boys change into warm dry clothes before they go to sleep This year the group brought a generator for electric heaters the first year for that Fisher said Usually we dont need a gen erator but its usually not this cold v The scouts began the winter training by setting up 1J Friday and will remain in the freezing temperatures until today at noon For supper Saturday night tKe scouts whipped up what they called Turkey which was a turkey roll chicken arid noodle soup cream of mushroom soup and more hoodies Because of the cold you need more starch Thats why we put a lot of noodles in Miller said A body uses up a lot of calories trying to keep Miller said that they have reli able vehicles and also a telephone in one of vehicles in case of an emergency Scouts participate in different activities also sled racing four man ski racing knot tying and even pancake flipping Cooperation speeds bills ByTERRI HUGHESLAZZELL Tribune staff writer Partisan lines have become cloudy leaving an environment of cooperation in this session at the State House That how local legislators see this legislative session anyhow Rep Brad Bayliff RRussiaville credits Gov Evan Bayh for reach ing out to Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Republican leadership in the Sen ate Bayliff credited the governor and his staff for working with the budget and making cuts tp meet the restrictions of that budget Sen Steve Johnson RKokomo said he expects to see a much more cooperative relationship between the Republicans and Democrats at the state level throughout the rest of Bayhs administration because of these changes But he warns this doesnt mean there wont be differences of opin ion only that these differences wont be personal or partisan In dealing with health care the legislature is also looking at adding provisions to Jiving wills that will allow people to decide ahead of time of whether they want nutrients and liquids with held from them if in a vegetative state Bayliff said he and others are worMDg with to reword some of the controversial points of the legislation that is still under review by a House committee When questioned by someone attending Saturdays Third House session at Indiana Vocational Technical College Region 5 in Kokomo Bayliff said this bill doesnt require everyone to make these decisions only that its an option to those who want it Rep Earle Howard DKokomo agreed saying it should be up to the individuarand no one else However Rep Bill Friend R Macy disagrees with this bill He believes food and water are basic needs and are not extravagant medical procedures Bayliff will be part of more meetings on Monday on this leg islative proposal Indiana already has legislation allowing living wills This is just another component of what peo ple would be allowed to decide prior to a tragedy KokomoCenter School Corp Superintendent Roger Thornton also asked representatives to do something about exempting schools from these medical issues including the do not resuscitate legislation that allows parents to request school personnel to with hold resuscitation to their child if the need arises Please do hot do this to our personnel Let medical crews make these he pleaded with the legislators at Saturdays meeting Thornton also told the panel that Medicaid cuts could affect schools that may be requested to pay for fulltime nurses accompa nying patients with special needs to school if Medicaid reimburse ments are cut for these programs Other issues facing legislators this session include bills focusing on gun use One such proposal would ban semiautomatic and automatic weapons Another focuses on handgun controls and punish ment to juveniles who commit crimes with handguns Those issues are still in commit tees for discussion but Dr David Harris of Kokomo asked legisla tors to strike down the proposal to ban semiautomatic and automat ic weapons Look at all the facts not just the media he suggested to the panel Look at the cities who have the most restrictive gun laws like the District of Columbia and New York They have the highest crime Harris suggested that the real problem is the breakdown of morals and not guns He said he and his family are avid sports and recreation shooters and hunters and enjoy the use of semiauto matic weapons this legislative session also will focus on welfare reform which is being prompted by bpth the gov ernor and those in the legislature Some suggestions are tolimit the time recipients are allowed to receive welfare benefits arid require jpb training and educa tion Inside todays Kokomo Tribune Local The deadline for college aid is approaching Page 3 i Sports Kokomo forces Maconaquah into 10 shooting in the first half and cruises to victory Page 21 World President Clinton will meet today in Geneva with Assad of Syria Page 6 Also inside 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