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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana KOKOMO 298 1994 50 cents Water company seeks rate hike Petition will cover construction effort By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Indiana American Water will seek regulatory approval for another rate increase late this year to recover million in new con struction and other operating company officials dis closed The if would mark the third increase in local water rates since May Rates were raised percent in Febru ary and percent in May Richard president of the said the utility will ask for at least a doubledigit increase in local rates and that the Indiana Utility Regulatory Com mission could rule on the request by early We havent done any final but we know we are going to need relief to cover this new other ser fire hydrants and other he IndianaAmerican Water show cases new treatment center A2 Company officials made the announcement Thursday after dedication ceremonies for the uril itys new million Kokomo operations and treatment center on East Superior Indiana American Water will host public tours of the operation from noon to 3 as part of Howard Countys sesquicentenni al The project the largest ever undertaken the utility caps a five threephase construction campaign aimed at helping the utility meet current and future drinking water In a related Hargraves suggested the company will petition the IURC again to imple ment singletariff During the utilitys latest rate the commission rejected the plan to establish uniform commer residential and industrial water rates across the utilitys five Indiana service IndianaAmerican Water serves customers in Terre Haute and Several including Sey mour Mayor John Burkhart and the Office of the Utility Consumer opposed the Hargraves said the policy would protect residential customers from rate For he Terre Haute customers saw rates rise when the utility was forced to cover a insurance claim several years are a selfinsured so everyone is paying for essentially the same he Hargraves said the utility would launch a campaign to educate the public more thoroughly about the Focusing on a trail of blood Prosecutors now must link killings LOS ANGELES AP With a preliminary hearing near conclu prosecutors must directly link Simpson to two killings to support holding him for Blood analysis may be their Were not at the but were getting said Loyola Uni versity Law School Professor Lau rie What they have to put on now is blood typing and the coro ner to tell us about the wounds and how the a former prose said the coroner also could link a knife Simpson to Wounds on his exwife and her They have put on fairly strong circum stantial evi she Now they have to get down to hard physical Some of that physical evidence will be allowed even though detectives didnt have a warrant when they found it at Simpsons Municipal Judge Kathleen KennedyPowell ruled The defense had sought to bar a bloody righthand glove found on the blood spots in the dri veway and a blood spot on the handle of Simpsons Ford A lefthand glove that appeared to match the one found at the estate was recovered at the crime is accused of mur dering Nicole Brown and Ronald on June 12 outside Simpsons condo The preliminary hearing is to determine whether he will stand Simpson Related story A4 Detective Tom Lange testified that five droplets of blood at the crime scene failed to match the blood of the A police expert on blood evidence was preparing to explain how he compared the blood of Simpson and the victims to the droplets when court recessed for the If Simpsons blood matches the prosecutors could argue that he cut himself fighting with the trailed blood on his way home and dropped the bloody glove at his Simpsonhad a cut on his left middle finger when he returned to Los Angeles the morning after the He said he cut it on a drinking glass in his Chicago hotel room when he received news of the The lead Detective Philip acknowledged under crossexamination that there were no cuts on the left glove to match those on Simpsons But he said the gloves could have been dropped during the Vannatter testified that he believes the killer lost the left glove at the scene and that the right glove was dropped at A witness who lived in Simp sons guest house testified earlier that he heard thumps the night of the slayings in the area where detectives found the glove the next Levenson said prosecutors may theorize that Simpson scaled a bumped into the guest house and dropped the glove in his haste to return home and be ready for a limousine ride to the A trace of blood was found on top of the according to a search war rant Simpson left for Chicago before the bodies were His lawyers suggested someone else could have dropped or thrown the bloody glove on a Kokomo Patrolman Heath Haalck inspects a 1994 Chevrolet in which a Kokomo High School student was serious ly injured Thursday Tribune photo by Tim Bath KHS senior hurt in accident Collision with dump truck results in neck injuries A Kokomo High School senior was listed in serious condition in an Indianapolis hospital today with injuries she received Thurs day when her car was involved in a collision with a dump Judey Mulberry was initially taken to Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center with a possible neck frac ture and head and later she was flown via Lifeline heli copter to Methodist Hospital in Kokomo police accident investigator John Brown a hospital official said Budenz was being treated for a fractured skull and contusions in the pediatric intensive care Rescue personnel from the Kokomo Fire Department were called to extricate Budenz from her 1994 Chevrolet Corsica due to the extensive damage to the dri vers The driver of the Charles La was not The accident happened on Berkley Road and Deffenbaugh Street at The a loaded 1991 Mack triaxle dump owned by Kokomo Gravel was traveling east on Deffen baugh Street when Budenz apparently pulled out in front of Brown She was stopped at the intenj section facing north on and was attempting to turn west onto Deffenbaugh the lieu tenant Brown also said Budenz was wearing a seat Harold south campus referred to Budenz as a neat He said she is a varsity cheerleader and has been involved in a number of other including Span ish Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Honor Society she is a DARE role a Girls State delegate and a member of the Outdoor At Kokomo High Schools downtown Budenz was a member of the diving and basketball among other Canady Local bomb threat shatters employees nerves ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer A bomb threat at the Howard County Courthouse Thursday afternoon turned out to be but the fears some employees are expressing for their safety there are very I didnt feel comfortable com ing back into the said 1st Deputy Clerk Ann She said sheriff deputies looked for a bomb for about 10 minutes and then called who were standing back to I expected the fire department and a whole not two deputies taking a quick walk through the Spicer If its serious enough to evacuate the its serious enough to search it I was very upset about Mark who qversaw the bomb did not return calls for According to police the phony threat came into the at It was traced to a pay phone outside the Village 420 Morgan Spicer said she was quickly reminded of April when a defendant in a drug case deto nated a brief case bomb that killed him and injured 20 I can still hear that explosion if I think about Spicer She said the courthouse is in dire need of tighter security mea like metal detectors and a more efficient alarm Employees in first and third floor offices heard the alarm but those on the second floor had to be told to evacuate by Clerks office employee Debbie Sines said she no longer feels safe coming to We have noth no protection at Sines adding she wishes the coun ty commissioners would consider installing metal security cameras and The last time we had a bomb Sheriff Beattv told us everything was but to look under our desks when we went back Sines said ofan incident last Im not going to look under my Id rather have my legs blown off than my But County Commission Presi dent David Griffey said metal detectors and extra security mea sures are not economically feasi ble and wont come If you asked all the taxpayers in Howard County to each chip in an extra dime for more security at the a majority would say Griffey I have a concern about making the court house so secure that people are nervous to enter Griffey said the cost of more security would ben You probably have just as good a chance of walking out in Front of a car and getting killed than being killed in a court But Sines doesnt feel so We have a lot of criminals in here that get angry and start Sines said They just pull out a gun at any minute and blow us Inside todays Tribune Classified Local News of DMA test rights a 51yearold wrong AP For 51 Genevieve Lowery Rind field and her daughter lived under a pall of shame and Townsfolk called Rind field a tramp for bearing a child out of Few believed her story she was raped by her boss on her 18th This her daughter was Seicvet sy s ha a nd scan da I awarded from John Brooks estate after a crusade that included the exhumation of Brooks DNA testing of his ribs that confirmed he was her and the change of a Michi gan I think this is a case of both tragedy and Probate Judge Charles Jameson said in his ruling The lives of two women Avere greatly affected by what hap Theyve waited patiently for this justice to For daughter Diane the ruling verified her God took a rapb and brought something good out of it anfT it was she said fighting For too many years 1 believed the exact opppr Continued on Page ;