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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - June 9, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 276 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Thursday June 50 cents Contract out on Heights rats ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Exterminators will lace Indian Heights sewers with poisoned bait in response to a residents complaint of rats Arab Termite Pest Control of Koko mo Inc will eventually bait every sewer in the subdivision but will immediately focus underneath manhole covers along Tomahawk Boulevard and surrounding streets according to Kokomo Street Com missioner Bob Guge George Durham 413 Tomahawk has reported seeing numerous rats run ning through his yard and garden over the past couple of weeks The manhole cover sitting in the middle Maybe a charge to see car By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer When Elwood Haynes 1894 automobile on loan from the Smithsonian Institution arrives in Kokomo later this month there may be a charge for viewing that car and the others which wiH be on display Organizers of the Haynes Apperson Festival who were instrumental in bringing the car home explained that although they had planned to have the pub lic see the car for free expenses have been higher than anticipated We have an informal agree ment with the Howard County Historical Society that a fee may be charged at the said Dave Broman of WWKI Radio which established the notfor profit organization Kokomo Auto motive Heritage Inc It is this group that organizes the annual HaynesApperson Festival which marks its 20th anniversary this year The expenses of setting up the display at the museum turned out to be more than Bro man said We may need to charge a small admission fee to help defray Broman explained that the costs of renovating the Carriage House located behind the Seiberling Mansion at 1200 W Sycamore was expected The festival donat ed for renovations which included installing two double antique doors climate controls and other security measures to meet Smithsonian guidelines In negotiating the loan with the Smithsonian there were addition al expenses for transporting the vehicle and providing the 24hour security for Broman said We havent yet worked out how these expenses are to be The estimated costs are far from definite and everything is very much up in the air he empha sized In the event that the actual costs are not as high as estimated the fee charged may be lower or even eliminated totally Broman said The car that will be on loan from the Smithsonian is the one that Elwood Haynes its inventor drove down Pumpkinvine Pike on July It will arrive in Koko mo on June 28 and remain for three weeks during the Sesquicen tennial celebrations of the city and county The Howard County Historical Society is expected to vote on the proposed rates for adults ana free for children accompanied by adults at its Tuesday meet ing of Durhams backyard from under neath which Durham claims you can sit and watch the rats crawl out was bait ed with cyanide pellets Tuesday night Guge said Arab has a pest control contract for work done within the Kokomo city limits which dont include Indian Heights Guge said But the city will take care of Indian Heights sewers because it has an obligation to maintain all sanitary sewers in the county Guge said It could cost the city extra to nave Arab do the job though The size of the rat population in the area and the conditions attracting it are still unknown so its difficult for officials to gauge the level of danger to the public Durham said hes seen enough of the rodents to keep his 1and 4yearold sons from playing in the yard Youre always concerned about Guge said when asked how careful resi dents should be Why were having more problems now than usual Im not Robert Paulus environmental coordina tor for the Howard County Health Department said he doesnt consider the problem one of epidemic health propor tions He said the combination of the manhole cover in Durhams yard and the favorable harborage conditions for rats make it a probable isolated case About half of Durhams backyard is a vegetable garden terraced with railroad ties Paulus added his survey of surround ing neighbors revealed no other com plaints Taylor Township Assessor Janet Raisor said shes not sure about the rats origin either but wanted to remind residents to keep their properties free of trash and debris I want to tell residents to be responsi ble for their own property if they care at all about our she said Ninety percent of the properties in Indian Heights are well cared for but theres another 10 percent that could care a less But I guess youre going to find that with homes in a Raisor said there are residents who dont pay their trash bill and let bags of Inside Classified Local News of COUNTY UPTON garbage pile up outside creating a rat haven Woodpiles junk cars and used tires also attract the varmints she said Raisor said rats could be breeding in Running Water Park a pond with a histo ry of illegal dumping and raw sewage problems The pond sits about 100 yards from Durhams home Guge said city employees will work with Arab until a source of the rats is pin pointed He is asking residents whove seen evidence of rats either dead ones or their holes to call his office at 453 4030 The more exact information the city has on the rats locations the better he said Teen faces 30 Birthday banner TIPTON Ind Mark McKinney of Tipton puts up a sign Several downtown streets will be closed to traffic during the Wednesday in preparation for Tiptons 150th birthday cele celebration which ends Sunday A related story on the cele bration He was among many workers setting up for Tiptons bration is on Page A2 sesquicentennial which officially kicks off Friday at 2 Tribune photo by Anne Farrar North threatens Japan North Korea says sanctions would be an act of war SEOUL South Korea AP North Korea today threatened Japan with war if the Tokyo gov ernment joins in any sanctions over the Norths suspected nuclear weapons program The Communist state has previ ously said that sanctions would amount to an act of war but by targeting Japan with threats it could be seeking to split the pro sanctions ajliance forged by Washington Seoul and Tokyo If Japan joins in sanctions North Korea would regard it as a decla ration of war and Japan would be unable to evade a deserving pun ishment for the official Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch monitored in Tokyo Japan has said it supports sanc tions to punish North Korea over its refusal to prove its nuclear pro gram is peaceful But Japanese officials are wor ried about the reaction of the near ly quarter million North Koreans living in Japan who send millions of dollars to North Korea every year And defense officials say major Japanese cities except Tokyo lie within range of the Rodong1 mis siles that North Korea has been testlaunching Tokyo has not retreated from its support of punitive steps agreed to within or outside the United Nations but is increasingly coun seling caution We must avoid remarks that might incite North For eign Minister Koji Kakizawa told lawmakers today years By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer A Marion teenager who admit ted that he shot and killed a Koko mo man during a dice game last summer was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday Landon T Harbert 18 pleaded guilty to murder in the Aug 21 shooting of 42yearold Frankie Leon Woodard He told Howard Circuit Court Judge R Alan Brubaker that Woodard took money from him during a dice game near the inter section of Jay and Madison streets Harbert said a gun discharged once during a scuffle and that he backed up and shot Woodard In a statement to Kokomo police last year Harbert said although he never saw a gun he feared that Woodard had a concealed weapon and was going to shoot him during the confrontation over the gambling money Police who responded to a report of a shooting during the early hours of Aug 21 found Woodard lying on a sidewalk with a bullet wound to the chest He was pronounced dead at and his cause of death was listed as a single gunshot wound through the heart Harbert was sentenced under the terms of a plea bargain that resulted in the dismissal of felony robbery and aggravated battery charges During his sentencing hearing Harbert apologized to Woodards family and asked for forgiveness Harbert said he had acted out of The teenager was ordered to pay court costs He received credit toward his 30year sentence for 291 days served in the Howard County Criminal Justice Center He was returned to the facility pending his transfer to the Indi ana Department of Correction Angela Lakeberg dies at 11 months PHILADELPHIA AP Angela Lake berg once given less than a 1 percent chance of surviving a separation from her conjoined twin sister died this morning at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia The 11monthold girl whose parents are from Indiana died at 1 hospital spokeswoman Beatrice Parker said Angela was three weeks short of her first birthday and 10 months out of surgery The girl suffered from acute respiratory distress Parker said though an exact cause was not immediately known No family members were present when Angela died Parker said Angela Lakeberg was a sweet little said Dr Russell C Raphaely director of the hospitals division of critical care medicine The staff was quite fond of her and we were all pulling for her We are all sad dened by the loss of Angela Unable to breathe on her own Angela had been on a ventilator since shortly after birth She had been suffering from increas ingly low oxygen levels in her blood in recent days and the problems with her lungs dramatically deteriorated during the last 24 hours of her life the hospital said Angela and her twin Amy who shared a deformed heart and liver tissue were born June at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood near Chicago Doctors there said separation would result in the death of one child and leave the other with less than a 1 percent chance of sur vival Without surgery both probably would have died in a few months Loyola doctors said The twins parents Kenneth and Rei tha Lakeberg urged doctors to pursue sep aration anyway saying they were willing to test the odds The babies were transferred to Childrens where the separation was performed Aug in a operation The bill for Angelas medical care has topped million at Childrens alone Hun dreds of thousands in bills for the twins care at Loyola remain under dispute between Indianas Medicaid program and hospital officials During surgery doctors first separated the twins fused liver tissue then moved on to more lengthy heart surgery The six chambered heart was larger than a normal fourchambered organ but insufficient to support both girls doctors said The heart finally sewn into Angela incor porated elements of both twins hearts Family members had initially said they were surprised doctors chose Angela to live because they said Amy had always seemed the stronger of the two Strongest man giving career heaveho Towing a shuttle would be a blast ELKHART Ind AP The worlds strongest man has a final goal before he retires next month and only NASA is standing in his way John Wooten wants to pull a space shuttle During his 14year tenure as the worlds strongest man Wooten has pulled a 280ton train climbed a telephone pole with a horse strapped to his back and tugged a 115ton airplane Wooten 42 was in Elkhart this week to pull two semitruck trail ers as part of a promotion for a truckload carrier To pull a shuttle the 6foot 290 pound Boston native would strap on a harness connected to the front of the spacecraft by chains From there it s a lot of heaving Theres a certain amount of technique Wooten said Its a slow pull and a lot of Merely mind over matter he said Wooten who will pull the USS Massachusetts this summer said he has asked NASA for permis sion to use the shuttle but said he hasnt heard back from the space agency An empty space shuttle weighs 80 tons according to a 1979 news release from the Firestone Tire Rubber which makes the radial tires for trucks that trans port shuttles A shuttle with a pay load could weigh 125 tons Firestone said Wooten who lost a lung to can cer holds 104 world strength records he said The title of The Worlds Strongest Man is not Wootens alone But to qualify Wooten said the strongest man in the world must be able to pull push and lift unusually large heavy Wooten said hes always been strong When he was a child he wanted to be Superman He jumped off the roof of his aunts house but even after he realized he couldnt fly he didnt give up He knew he had a special strength By adolescence he was lifting weights regularly He met Jags Walsh a former strongest maniij the in the 1970s and his career took off from there ;