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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 27, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 144 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind No Ho Reading MatteL Jn Jn Thursday Jan SO cents Ice storm cometh Freezing rain slides into area By Kokomo Tribune staff Kokomo residents trying to get to Work and school this morning found themselves slipsliding away as freezing rain turned streets into sheets of ice Freezing rain started falling across northern and central Indi ana after midnight Temperatures in central Indiana were warming about a degree per hour but not quickly enough to melt the ice before riish hour At it was 27 degrees in Kokomo according to Robert Wise local weather observer Wise predicted the rapidly warming temperatures would have the Kokomo area icefree by noon While temperatures rose dri vers still had to deal with slick spots on the roads this morning as Well as accidents authorities said The ice also wreaked havoc with school bus schedules Many northern and cen tral Indiana were running at least an hour or two late In Howard County and sur rounding areas many school cor porations Indiana University Kokomo and Indiana Vocational Technical College operated delays Some corporations including all of this countys pub lic schools except KokomoCenter closed for the day A KokomoCenter bus on its way to pick up students ran off the road and into a tree at about today said David Barnes school community rela tions officer No students were on the bus although the driver Carla Lewis was taken to an area hospital for head injuries he And about parent Sherry Herbst fell on ice at Maple Crest School Calls for rescue units from the police scanner described the woman as bleeding profusely from the Barnes did not have further information on that incident this morning Barnessaid the corporations decision to operate as scheduled today may have been the wrong one If we couldve seen we wouldve called school he said But we dont have a crystal KokomoCenter officials origi nally believed a tworhour delay would have placed pupils en route to school in the heart of an ice storm and we didnt want he said Wednesday night in Tipton the county highway crew prepared for an ice storm similar to the one that paralyzed the area in 1991 But luckily that didnt happen Jerry Larson assistant superinten dent said Crews began working when the rain started about He said they put down chips and abrasives on Bridges curves and intersections Even though the roads will be wet Larson said tonight and Fri day morning shouldnt be as bad because the temperatures are sup posed to stay above freezing on With Dad Dan Wiederihoeft and his daughter Brandi do the hokeypokey during the Kokortip High campus FatherDaugHter Romp Wednesday night Theme for the night was Rock Roll with DaddyO 1950s games square dancing and food being the main Participants could also get a picture taken at the event as a memento For more on the event see Page 2 Tribune photp by Anne Farrar Foster resigns Retirement not accepted By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer After withdrawing his notice to KokomoCenter School Corp offi cials that he planned to retire Larry Foster submitted a letter of resignation to Superintendent Roger W Thornton on Wednes day This afternoon Larry Fos ters letter of resignation effective Jan 27 has been officially accepted by KokomoCenter Superintendent Roger David Barnes KokomoCenter community relations officer read in a statement during a Wednes day telephone interview Foster 60 KokomoCenters for mer director of vocational and adult education was convicted by a Howard Circuit Court jury Tuesday of two counts of theft one count of theftreceiving stolen property one count of aiding inducing or causing theft and one count of ghost employment all Class D felonies He was also con victed of official misconduct a Class A misdemeanor Those six charges and a seventh of which he was acquitted alleged he misappropriated Job Training Partnersnip Act funds in summer 1992 Early Wednesday he submitted a letter to Thornton expressing his intent to retire effective today But Wednesday afternoon Barnes read a statement from Thornton which indicated the superinten dent had rejectedthat letter Retirement would entitle Larry Foster to more than addi tional Barnes quoted Thornton as saying in that state ment and that is not acceptable given Tuesdays Thornton was out of town conference Wednesday and today Barnes said The community relations said the would have beeria onetime payment based on ters years of teaching experiettee He did not know what other bene1 fits Foster would have been eritir tied to in retirement But later that afternoon Fostef withdrew his original notice seek ing retirement and with a letter of resignation Thorn ton accepted the resignation letter effective today Michael Coadyi KokomoCenter School Board president said the board will vote on the resignation at its regularly scheduled Feb 7 meeting Accepting Fosters resignation was in the best interest of the school corporation and Larry Fos Barnes said Also a person convicted of a felony relatedto his or her ability to perform school duties may face teacher license revocation said Jeff Zaring State Board of Education administrator Information on felony convictions is usually received by the education depart ment from prosecutors or school boards The education department then typically forwards such tion to the State Professional Stan dards Board which makes deci sions on revoking licenses he said The education department had not received any information on Fosters convictions from the traditional sources Wednesday afternoon Zaring said Since the summer Foster had been KokomoCenter special pop ulation coordinator a position ne requested to allow him more time to work on his criminal case more it exports Can anything be done about Indiana takes over Big Page Business markets Classified ads Comics Dear Abby Dr Local News of recirf 8 8 Opinion Style around Tonya Harding PORTLAND Ore AP The web of suspicion drew more tight ly around Tonya iHardmg with reports her exhusband was trying to cut a deal with prosecutors to testify against the skater Jeff Gillooly emerged from FBI headquarters Wednesday night after nearly six hours with investi gators looking into the attack on Nancy Kerrigan He was to return for more questioning today His lawyer Ron Hoe vet nad no com ment The walls are really closing in on that a law enforcement source speaking on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press on Wednesday Another source said that Gillooly is trying to cut a The source said He would give up his Asked if Gillooly would impli cate Harding in the attack FBI spokesman Bart Gori said Theyre asking the appropriate Gillooly Harding bodyguard Shawn Eckardt and two other men were charged with conspir ing to knock Kerrigan out of the national figure skating champi onships Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee after a workout Jan 6 Harding who has denied any involvement in the attack won the championship and aspot on the Olympic team Kerrigan got the other spot even though she could not com pete for it NBC reported Wednesday that sources said Gillooly was working on a deal in which he would pleaf guilty and get an 18month serV tence half of what he could get if convicted r The network said Harding could be arrested as soon as today Senate debates lifting Vietnam embargo WASHINGTON AP In what would be a big step toward reconciliation with a former enemy the Senate is deciding whether to lift twodecadeold trade embargo against Vietnam A vote was expected today on an amendment to the State Department authorization bill urging President Clinton to nor malize trade relations with Hanoi The amendment was sponsored by two Vietnam veterans who are among the Senates most influen tial voices on Vietnam and the POWMIA issue Sen John McCain spent six years in North Vietnam pris oner of War camps while John Kerry was chairman of the Select Committee on POW MIA affairs that investigated the possibility that American service men might still be alive in South east Asia The Clinton administration is already thought to be moving toward normalizing trade rela tions with the Hanoi government and the nonbinding Senate legis lation backs immediate steps in that The business community is actively lobbying for an end to the embargo Were convinced that the goal of achieving the biggest account ing possible of our veterans is begt served by moving forward in cooperative Kerry 93 was banner year for United Way New slate of board members elected to 4year terms By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer His term as president of the board of directors of the United Way of Howard County in 1993 was an easy one said SteveTay lor reminiscing Wednesday his year of service Taylor made his comments fol lowing United Ways annual report meeting Wednesday A new slate of board members was elected to fouryear terms I thought it was pretty Taylor said It just amazed me the number of volunteers and all the staff at the United Way office who are so willing to go the extra mile We are very fortunate that we live in a community that is so car ing to provide the communi tys needs The challenge foriUnit ed Way is just to keep replenish ing these kinds of pepple into the Taylor said To his successor Mike Tuberty QfCbryiJer Tayjpr said I he is as fortunate as I have been to have a good executive Taylor will serve another year on the executive committee as past president 1993 Campaign Chairman Lynn Rudolph who Is Kokomos poliee chief said he had his bad moments last year when rje thought the campaign wouldnt reach the goal of f But the diligence of the loaned executives and all the United Way volunteers and staff pushed them to the finish 1 Rudolph hands the baton to Pete Hossenlqpp director pf Pelco mp operatipns who will beagsjst ed by first vicechairman John Fjoya manager of Chrysler KoHomo casting arid transmission plant complex Executive Pirjfctor Mike Spear said 1993 had been another ban ner year for ihf United The clinic serves those in the community who lack health insurance and who have not had access to a family physician fof more than a year The new boardiricludes Jim Kebrdle of Kokomo Auto World Darlene Poulard pf the KokomoCenter School Board Dorothy Hgpyer a homemaiker Jim Smidebueh w i r United Auto Workers Local 685 J Ron Thomas of First National Bank Mike Meagher of Area 5 Agency on Aging Community Services Jphn Westerhold of Social Security Administration Jason Lewis of Indiana Vocational Technical College Region 5 Steve Taylor JohnstonTaylor Associates Vicki Benckenstein of Roo sevelt School Larry Cover of Chrysler Pat Herrmann of Howard Commu nity Hospital Ken is retired Shirley Kokomp Housing Authori ty Ted Goffof Howard Community Hospi tal Tpnl Davidson of United Auto Workers Local 292 Kent Evans of Evans Bottle Shops Dale Rowe of Star Financial Bank Dave Thomas of First National Bank Bob Hingst a certified professional accountant Paula Borsa of Delco Electronics Steve Bar ton of the Kokomo Police Department John Wiles Kokomo Tribune managing editor George Schrader Howard County Treasur er Pete Hossenlopp of Delco Electronics students Brady Davis and Heather McCar ty Jeri Malone of the Howard Community Health Department and Corbin King an attorney with Lacy OMahpney Mahoivey Pete Hossenlopp and John Floyd wereioffMucfld flt meeting Wednesday Tribune photofry BrianSyAj ;