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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - June 7, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana 274 KOKOMO June 50 cents Rats Raging rodents trap board of healths notice ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer When the Durham family bought a home in Indian Heights nine years they never dreamed the suburban setting would one day draw hordes of sewer But thats exactly whats hap pened according to George 413 Tomahawk The rats have taken over his back yard to the point he wont let his 4and 1yearold boys play there Durham recently dismantled a sand play area he built for he A couple of rats Ive seen are pretty good Durham claiming he saw one last Friday the size of a Theyre big enough they could bite you and hurt you pretty I think people should be aware of it so they can be watch Durham said hes seen the rats coming out of the sewer manhole cover in the back so he called the Kokomo Department of They in turn told him the sewer is a storm which falls under the jurisdiction of the Howard County Health Depart The Durhams appeared before Howard Countys Drainage Board Monday hoping for some with Taylor Township Trustee Janet Raisor by their side The commissioners called the county health board during the who sent two staff members to the Durham house hold Monday afternoon to assess the I potentially can see the grounds for some said Howard County Health Depart ment Environmental Coordina tor Robert after looking over the Durhams yard and two dead rats in the Paulus said hed return later that evening to explore the situa tion and wanted to ask neighbors if they too have encountered the rodents Paulus said if the department will monitor the situation over the next couple of and if an epidemic there are funds available to kill the Bruce owner of Star Pest said he believes the rats are coming from the Hes definitely got a prob George Durham showed the Howard County Board of Health two rats which emerged from a sewer near his Indian Heights home Tribune photo by Jeff Parrott Grimes referring to Durhams Both times Ive been out here Ive seen live ones running Paulus asked Grimes how to kill the should the depart ment decide to step Grimes recommended baiting the sewers with poisoned food Grimes said he could take care of the Durhams rat having already laid but that wouldnt do much good if they keep coming out of the The Durhams said theyve never had a problem with and have no idea why there is a problem Paulus and Durham that the Durhams yard has an elevated vegetable garden encompassing half the back which could be a potential food The rats have also bur rowed around two work sheds looking for Paulus and Raisor said Durhams complaint is the first theyve heard of the KC school board divvied into districts Narrow passage leads to vows of support By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer By a narrow margin KokomoCenter School Board adopted a resolution to add dis tricting requirements to its elec tion Four of the boards seven mem bers voted for the pro posed by appointed board mem ber Phoebe Carter at a public Of Im very happy about the she said I wouldnt have pursued it like I think I did if I hadnt felt that Carter first presented her plan to the board in calling it a way to give the school district fair er and more equal Voting against the proposal were board President Michael Coady and members Linda McFa tridge and David But after the Coady vowed to support the boards The time for debate is he It was the pleasure of the board to pass the and I support the The resolution calls for the boards election plan to be amend ed to include districting require Every four starting in one member from each of four residency districts would be elected by all KokomoCenter vot Three atlarge members would be elected in 1998 and every fourth year after all KokomoCenter School Board members are elected at meaning they may live anywhere in the school The basic northsouth dividing line for quadrants in the Kokomo Center Schools district would be Markland Avenue and Sycamore The primary eastwest dividing line would be Washing ton and Lafountain according to the During Mondays discussion on the new Coady and McFa tridge said they worried that lack of candidates in each district might mean the board would take away voters I feel like this falls somewhere between an appointed and an elected McFatridge said of the new And Coady said the plan could allow for four members three atlarge trustees plus one district member to be on the board at constituting a majority of the I think that needs to be he Some audience members ques tioned whether any change is Kathleen who worked to develop the boards current election noted that the boards makeup now includes four members from one And I dont have a problem with any of she McFatridge suggested letting the public decide by sending the issue to a the method in which the boards current plan was And Paul who has been elected to take a board seat in What is the problem with waiting a few days and letting the public digest it But before casting her yea member Darlene Poulard If we had not started this in Id agree with But I have gotten phone calls and have been stopped in the grocery store and all the input Ive gotten has been overwhelmingly The new plan must now be pub lished in a local newspaper within 10 School district voters will then have 120 days to protest the amended plan with 500 voters signatures or provide an alternate plan with signatures from 20 per cent of the districts If such documents are filed with the the issue will be decided in a special election set by the local election according to state If no petitions are the state Department of Education will make the final determination on the new Stepmother strangler sentenced to 10 years 21yearold ordered to get counseling and a diploma By LISA FIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau Matthew Corey was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for the strangulation death of his Four years of the sentence was suspended with good time credit time already served in the Tipton County Matthew Weeks will be released in two years and one He has been in jail for 11 He was also ordered to receive counseling and pursue a general education diploma while in if he could afford and must receive counseling while on pro Tipton Circuit Judge Dane Nash also ordered Matthew Weeks not to have any contact with his stepmothers Bar bara In Matthew Weeks pleaded guilty to voluntary a Class B in connection with the June 1993 strangulation death of his step In return for his guilty two charges of Class D felony theft were One theft charge alleged he exerted unauthorized control over a vehicle belonging to his adoptive Charles According to Tipton the vehicle was missing June the same day Charles Weeks found his wife Christina dead on the bathroom floor of their resi 327 Independence On June Matthew Weeks was arrested in El about 30 miles northeast of for several traffic vio School gruel full of fat feds fed up School cafeterias would have four years to switch to leaner and healthier menus under rules about to be announced by the Agriculture A proposal to overhaul the school lunch requiring its meals to follow the governments own guidelines for proper is to be announced But the deadline for compliance wont be until the 19981999 school a USDA official said That means that a youngster entering the ninth grade next fall will graduate from high school with the current standard cafeteria found to provide up to 38 percent of its calories from Thats too said the consumer group Public which con tended it shouldnt take more than a year tor schools to begin serving meals that get no more than 30 percent of their calories from If thats the then we think that thats said Tricia spokeswoman for the consumer which has long advo cated an overhaul of the school lunch Public Voice was headed until last year by Ellen the assistant secretary of agriculture who is to announce the Kevin a spokesman for the American School Food Service said the lengthy deadline will help those schools that arent as far along as they should be to meet these Inside todays Tribune Popcorn is great Sports survives with the Golf Sectional Page Classified Local Two firefighters injured Firefighters from Indian Harrison and Qreentown volunteer fire departments battled a barn fire at 200 Road 200 East at 2 Two Indian Heights firefighters were injured battling the Shawn Sloan suffered seconddegree burns to his hands and feet and Gary Castner suffered heat The barn and contents were a total firefighters The barns owner is listed as Charles Tribune photo by Tim Bath lations involving the according to The other theft charge alleged that on June 1993 Matthew Weeks stole a blank check from a Madison County made it payable to himself and cashed it for at the Steel Parts Federal Credit 201 Main in Ruth an aide and bus dri ver of a special education bus on which Matthew Weeks was taken to testified during Mon days Matthew Weeks was diagnosed with a learning She said Matthew Weeks on a regular basis told her he had been abused by his Roe said once Matthew Weeks told her Christina Weeks had kicked him in the Please see page A10 Cold drink could land you in clink NORTH LITTLE AP Sipping a cold one on a front porch here could get you in hot Mayor Patrick Henry Hays told police Friday to start arresting people who drink alcohol in front of their He said the crackdown could decrease crime and possibly gang A city ordinance pro hibits drinking in public or in public view but has until extended to porches or front When you have groups of peo ple gathering on front yards drinking and throwing bottles its part of a condition that leads to feeling unsafe in neigh police Captain Danny Bradley Violation of the city ordinance could bring a fine of up to City Attorney Randy Morley said he was not sure the arrests would be legal because the fronts of homes are private He said he knew of no arrests as of Monday in this city of across the Arkansas River from Little ;