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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 1, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 298 Kokomo I RIBUNE I IGQA 50 cents Friday July A final flight GRISSOM AIR FORCE BASE Ind The A10 Thunderbolt II aircraft perform a final flyby in diamond formation Thurs day The 45th squadron is being dissolved at Grissom Air Force Base as part of the bases realignment to reserve sta tus Tribune photos by Tim Bath GRISSOM AIR FORCE BASE Ind Maj Brian Duke Holland comforts his daughter 12 and son Christopher 9 after he landed his A10 Thunderbolt II air craft for the last time Thursday For the story and related photo please see page A2 Ameritech plan gets OK Monthly phone rates to fall over next 2 years under program By PAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on Thursday approved Ameritechs controver sial Opportunity Indiana plan ushering in a new statewide com munications system for schools and hospitals while reducing rates to customers by million I Ameritech eager to have the plan adopted agreed to pay another million on top of the million it had initially pledged to spend on an advanced communications network linking every school hospital and govern ment center throughout its Indi ana service territory Ameritech earlier agreed to spend million through 2000 for equipment software and train ing to help schools become acquainted with the communica tions network In return for rate cutbacks the states largest utility will receive pricing flexibility based on the competitive market place for services where cusr tomers have a including Centrex dedicated communica tions services such as circuits most long distance 800 numbers WATS lines and operator ser vices The program effectively regulates Ameritechs prices rattier than earnings This plan gives us the regulato ry flexibility to quickly respond to customer said Thomas J Reiman president of Ameritech Indiana formerly known as Indiana Bell Indiana is now wellpositioned as the telecommunications industry moves toward a totally competi tive environment driven by cus tomer Under the plan first unveiled in May 1993 Residential rates for local tele phone service will drop by a month over a twoyear period beginning with a 67centsper month drop retroactive to May 1 that will appear on customers July bills Rates also will be reduced by 71 cents beginning Jan by 42 cents on Jan 1 1996 and by 41 cents on June 1 1996 The monthly charge for TouchTone service 65 cents a line per month for residential cus tomers and a month for businesses will be eliminated retroactive to May 1 An extension of the ban on local measured service until Jan 1 1998 Local measure service bills customers for local calls based on the number they make rather than allowing unlimited calls for a set rate Ameritech cant ask the IURC for permission to raise rates on basic and related telephone ser vices until Jan 1 1998 Related services include call waiting directory assistance Linebacker and numbers However the monthly charge for call forwarding speed dialing and threeway calling may increase no more than 25 centsper feature between now and 1998 Ameritech will offer people who live in areas that have below average phone subscription rates a chance to sign up at no charge to get phone service A cap based on average rev enue per minute of use on the basic tariff schedule for residential long distance calls within a calling zone until Jan 1 1998 or until customers can use any long dis tance company for such The call allowance for residen tial message rate service will be increased from 30 calls to 45 calls monthly Consumer advocates initially hostile to the plan welcomed the KJRCs move after reaching a set tlement with Ameritech earlier this year Inside Business GM to hike 95 model prices Page All Style Makeoip expert offers some valuable tips Page Bl Sports KT City Tournament begins Saturday Page A5 Also inside Business Classified Dr Local News of Crowds cheer Arafats return RAFAH Gaza Strip AP Yasser Arafat on a historic jour ney of made a tri umphant entry into the newly autonomous Gaza Strip today to cap a 27year odyssey from guer rilla fighter to government leader Arafat walked through the bor der and toward a crowd of thou sands of frenzied supporters The route to Gaza City was lined with flags posters and crowds awaiting their first glimpse of the PLO chairman He was hoisted onto the shoul ders of his police and waved a V forvictory sign at the cheering and chanting crowd The crowd chanted with spirit with blood we sacrifice Abu his nomde guerre case balancing on the edge of a knife LOS ANGELES AP Simpson was sold a 15inch fold ing Knife about six weeks before the football greats exwife and friend were slain cutlery mer chants testified Hours later parts of a knife an entirely different style of knife surfaced in a Chicago airplane waste collection tank As a preliminary hearing to see if Simpson will go on trial began Thursday attorneys unveiled evi dence for the first time blood inside Simpsons white Ford Bronco on his driveway and in two of his bathrooms and a bloody glove containing bleached blond hairs that matched a glove found at the crime scene Robert Shapiro Simpsons lawyer moved to suppress 34 pieces of evidence seized from the estate early June 13 including the bloody glove He argued that detectives obtained the evidence before they got a warrant Merchants testified at the hear ing that Simpson bought a folding knife with a 6inch blade weeks before the double murder Thursday night workers found a carving knife nandle and a small part of the blade at OHare Inter national Airport in a tank that holds bathroom waste pumped from American Airlines planes Simpson flew to Chicago on an American Airlines flight on June 12 The bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson 35 and Ronald Goldman 25 were found at on June 13 Set Philip Derrig of the Chicago Police Departments OHare Unit today described a knife quite dif ferent from the one witnesses said Simpson bought Its a carving knife a standard knife for a Derrig said Its no waste she said folding knife The blade cant be closed or moved or Workers found the knife frag ment when equipment that grinds up the waste jammed and they emptied the tank to fix it The tank was last emptied a month ago Theyre trying to get the rest of it but its down in this Godawful Todays HaynesApperson Schedule Festival uptown Kokomo 6 Haynes Centennial Exhibit opens at Howard County Museum 1200 vy Sycamore St 10 7 Carnival opens uptown KoKomo 11 t Colts Solt riding herd on HA parade Itll be easy to spot the grand marshal For the second straight year an Indianapolis Cqjts player will serve as Sand marshall of the aynesApperson Festi val parade In 1993 it was Kevin Call and in 1994 it willbe Ron Solt The parade begins at 9 Saturday at Kautz Field Last season was a forSolt gettable one for Solt whp spent the entire campaign on injured reserve after being hurt in the preseason It would have been Solts 10th in the National Football League and sixth with the Indi anapolis Colts Originally drafted by the Colts in the 1984 draft he was traded to Philadelphia in 1988 He returned to Indi anapolis in 1992 and started 15 games that sea son For those fans looking to pick him out of the crowd hell be easy to spot he stands 6foot3 and weighs 280 pounds After completing his duties as grand marshall Solt might want to take a shot at the benchpress competition He can bench press 500 pounds and squat 800 Maggie Price left and Marley Campbell 3 clean ping pong balls for a carnival game Thursday Tribune photo by John Snyder ;