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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 25, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 315 Kokomo Ind Monday July GOP wants litics out ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Howard County Republicans are calling for a special independent prosecutor if additional charges are brought against Circuit Judge R Alan Brubaker Bill Menges Republican Party chairman said Howard County Prosecutor Jim Andrews admit ted close relationship with the judge and his family compromis es his ability to objectively prose cute any further charges should they be filed in Howard County Andrews is a Democrat seeking reelection this year while Brubaker is a Republican We have to remove politics from this entire Menges said This is much too serious an issue for our community to have politics play any role whatsoev That would be a waste of tax payers countered DJ Bolinger Democratic party chair man Andrews can prosecute this Bolinger said the fact that investigators from Andrews office joined the Indiana State Police investigation rules out any appearance of favoritism toward Brubaker On the other hand Andrews shouldnt be pulled from the case just because Brubaker is a Republican Bolinger said I dont think its appropriate to look up everyones voter registra tion designation before prosecut ing a he said Bolinger said Menges call for an independent prosecutor is motivated by political reasons itself Menges has staked his rep utation on Andrews Republican candidate Jim He doesnt want Andrews getting good press in an election year when his candidate is sitting on the Bolinger said Menges also accused Bolinger and Center Township Trustee Jean Lushin of politicking in their recent account of a 1992 sexual encounter between Brubaker and a 16yearold male as told to them by the young man Their claim that they felt compelled to take the story to state police and the FBI instead of local law enforcement is politically moti vated Menges charged There was the clear implica tion the chief wouldnt do his job because of Menges said Bolinger said he didnt go to the Kokomo police because Chief Lynn Rudolphand Kokomo Mayor Robert Sargent had endorsed Brubaker Rudolph this morning denied he ever endorsed the judge I dont remember any one from our department endors ing Rudolph said There is the potential for poli tics to come in and become a motivating factor It would be very tempting you can see some of it coming in from response If I wasnt in the same party as the judge Id be sitting here seeing how I could use this to my political advantage We have that potential and we need to eliminate Brubaker who is suspended does not face any charges relating to Bolingers allegation He has pleaded innocent in Bbone Supe rior Court 1 to soliciting a prosti tute dealing in cocaine two counts of conversion and official misconduct Jeremy Elek 16 and Adam Neff 15 who are visiting Kokomo from Ohio apply sealant for a Kokomo Habitat homes floor this morning Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Helping hands arrive from Ohio A group of about 30 youths from Novelty Ohio arrived Sunday night in Kokomo to work with Habitat for Humanity on its house building project at 111 S Purdum St Habitat is an ecumenical group that builds affordable homes and sells to people in low income groups at cost using volunteer labor The family that purchases also has to invest500 hours of sweat adult member in the building project Like the church group from Pennsylvania that was here two weeks ago the youth group will engage upon a building blitz to get as much of the work done as possible Unlike that group which comprised adult professionals it is not expected that the house will be completed within their fourday stay said Nick Pate who handles publicity for Habitat for Humanity of the Kokomo Com munity I think the house will at least have a roof On it by the time they leave on Thurs he said Much of the material used in the construction of this house is from the non returnable building materials were used in the historical pageant The Banks for the KokomoHoward County Sesquicentennialcelebrations Juvenile crime statistics ganging up WASHINGTON nile court cases involving serious crimes grew tremendously from 1988 to 1992 according to the Jus tice Department and a criminolo gist says the problem is bound to worsen as the population of teen agers increases According to a Justice Depart ment study released Sunday of serious crimes aggravat ed assault cases increased the most up 80 percent to in The young and the ruthless 1992 Homicides increased by 55 percent to robberies went up by 52 percent to and forcible rape cases 27 per cent to James Alan Fox dean of crimi nal justice at Northeastern Uni versity said declines in the ado lescent population over the past few years is bottoming out If the problem is not addressed crime among juveniles is bound to increase because well have a tremendous growth in the num ber of Even though there are fewer kids now theres a small core group that is committing violence at an unprecedented rate the young and the Fox said That is what has prompted a 68 percent increase in the number of juvenile court cases involving the offenses of murder aggravated assault robbery and forcible rape he said Overall juvenile court cases increased by 26 percent to mil lion said the study by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquen cy Prevention Criminals are getting younger victims are getting said Wesley Skogan a political science and urban affairs professor at Northwestern University Its a combination of bravado hope lessness access to firepower and the allures of the drug The new report showed one area of decline a 12 percent decrease in the number of drug law violation cases handled by juvenile courts from 1988 to 1992 Fairly patient QREENTOWN Ind Olivia Taber and her collie Misty wait patiently for the results fol lowing the 4H dog the Howard County 4H Fair on Sunday afternoon Over all grand champion honors and high point dog went to Shana VanDeWege and Taber and her dog won reserve grand champion honors Tribune photo by Dave Hess Middle East peace takes step forward Israel Jordan ending hostilities WASHINGTON AP Trans forming the wartorn landscape of the Middle East Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Jor dans King Hussein met today to declare an end to 46 years of hos tilities This day is a day of hope and said Hussein The leaders were putting finish ing touches on a declaration that is aimed at ending years of bel ligerency between the two coun tries as well as provide a blue print for economic cooperation The king and prime minister greeted each other with a hand shake and warm smile Rabin said their handshake symbolizes much more than two people who no longer take up arms against one Your majesty the entire state of Israel is shaking your he told Hussein at a White House ceremony that marked their first public meeting Welcoming them to the White House President Clinton said On this morning of promise these visionary statesmen from ancient lands have chosen to heal the rift that for too long has divid ed their Inside I todays Tribune Local Paddlers will rendezvous on Wildcat Creek this weekend Page A3 Style Visiting the White House is free but plan to arrive early for tickets Page Bl Sports Its officil the Colts have a running game Marshall Faulk signs Page A8 Also inside Business Classified ads Local News of Accident claims mans life Countys second traffic fatality in four days A Greentown area man on Sun day became the second traffic fatality in four days in Howard County Patrick E Bonham 51 12620 E Road 100 South was declared dead at the scene of a onevehicle Accident at Sunday A news release from Howard Coun ty Stout listed the mans cause of death as a basal skull fracture and other multiple Just before 8 Sunday Howard County sheriff deputies were called to Road 400 North at approximately Road 225 East where they were told a person was trapped in a vehicle as the result of an accident They arrived to find a red 1992 Chevrolet coupe overturned and its driver underneath Sheriff department reports said Bonham was westbouna on Road 400 North and left the south side of the road losing control and then leaving the north side of the road The front passenger side of the car struck a tree which turned the car on its side The car then struck another tree turning it on its top Kokomo and Galveston firefighters used extri cation equipment to remove Bon ham who was a safe ty belt deputies said Stout said Xrays and toxicology tests were performed pn Bon hams body at Howard i nity Hospital He said man had a blood alcohol cofrtent of 210 or more tain twice the legal limit for intonation in Indiana a factor sheriff fplayed a department report sai major factor acci accident Gunn in Howa nt the fatal Wiled Jarvis R Parkway Court nty on Thursday ;