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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - June 20, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 287 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Monday June 20 1994 50 cents Looking it over John Rocchio with his sons Rocchio 9 and Michael Rocchio 7 look at a 1958 Isetta 300 at the Sunday in the Park celebration at Highland Park Sunday Sponsored by WIOU and Z93 the annual event features a car show food and exhibits on Fathers Day afternoon The Isetta powered by a singlecylinder engine gets 63 miles per gallon For another photo from Sunday in the Park see Page A2 Tribune photo by Dave Hess might admit to murdering Arraignment set for today LOS ANGELES AP The dis trict attorney believes Simp son may admit killing his exwife and her friend but portray himself as a victim who was not responsi ble for his actions Weve seen it in Menendeiz Its foing to be a likely defense here I elieve once the evidence is reviewed by the District Attorney Gil Garcetti told ABC News He was referring to Erik and Lyle Menendez who admitted killing their parents but said they feared for their lives after years of sexual and psychological abuse Their first trials ended with hung juries Simpson is charged with mur der in the stabbings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Gold man He was scheduled for arraign ment today Simpson has insisted he is inno cent The football Hall of Famer spent Fathers Day under a suicide watch in his cell at the Mens Cen tral Jail depressed and said his lawyer Robert Shapiro Simpson was visited by a psy chiatrist as fans flooded the jail switchboard with calls address I spoke with this monjling and he wished me a happy Fathers Day and asked to spend the morning with mytwo Shapiro said Then he started to cry and said I wish I could spend Fathers Day with my Simpson had not talked with his own children Sydney and Justin Shapiro said He would not discuss Garcettis speculation about legal strategy Sydney 9 and Justin 6 spent the day with their mothers fami ly said Mrs Simpsons sister Denise Brown The children understand their mother is gone but theyre hold ing up well Were a really close family and theres a lot of support Ms Brown said Leave yard waste put of household trash By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer A state law with a preliminary deadline of June 30 that aims to reduce the amount of waste that clogs up landfills has little teeth in it said Tom High superintendent of the Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant By June 30 Hoosiers may not throw yard waste grass clippings leaves and limbs in with their household trash to be picked up by the street department Instead leaves and grass have to be bagged separately and taken to a separate area for composting instead of being dumped into the landfills Its another of those laws without any teeth to High said referring to the fact that there are no penalties for those who refuse to follow the state mandates However he conceded that the reason for this is because it is difficult to enforce and public education may be the best resource Theres still going to be grass mixed with trash after June 30 and even after Sept 30 but eventually it may be High said Joe Ewing Kokomo assistant street commissioner agreed that there was little the street department could do if people insisted on mixing grass with regular trash We can always tell if theyre been mixed together by the weight of the he said However he said that even though the street collection staff was aware of the contents of the bags it was unlikely that those bags would not be collected I really dont know if were going to leave those behind or he said The citys responsibility is not to mix the trash with the organic waste after they have been collected High said Kokomo is one of those Indiana cities which has had its composting program in place and has been encouraging local residents to set up their own homecomposting pro grams Weve been having two trucks go round to pick up trash and another one for grass High said referring to the citys curbside collection of waste Weve picked up tree limbs separate An area at the rear of the wastewater treatment plant has been allocated ta the composting of grass leaves and limbs and the resulting compost has been given away to residents wno come and pick them up in their ownVehicles Indiana officials have mandated that landfills here are filling up and the state must reduce the waste being produced Organic waste in plastic bags in land fills remains there for years whereas grass leaves and limbs can be turned into compost within six months and returned to the soil According to an Associated Press report the Indiana Department of Envi ronmental Managements PhilhChurilla said The whole thisjirionths deadline is to prepare people for theactu al Another alternative toicbmposting mat has met with opposition fr6m the Hoosier Environmental Council is the legislation passed in 1992 whereby landfills ciin con tinue mixing organic waste wift regular trash if they apply for a methane collec tion permit Participating landfills would have to install piping in the trash mound to col lect the mixture of flammable methane and other gases producedby the decom position of the Inside todays Tribune Local A Greentown man seeks information about a signature quilt handed down in his fami ly Page A3 Style Celebrate anniversary of his toric lunar event in Ohio Flori da Page Bl Sports Rockets live to play again Game 7 Wednesday in Hous ton Page A7 Also inside Business Classified Local News of Blast furnace heat wont melt away Crops remain in good condition here By Kokomo Tribune staff and The Associated Press How long can this heat go on Count on it for at least another week In fact theres no relief in sight We could be into the warm and hots at least into early next Meteorologist Eric Zimmerman of the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis said today Summer by the way doesnt officially arrive until EST Tuesday Astronomically that is Climatogically speaking summer began June 1 Zimmerman said Strangely the day summer arrives could be the coolest day that much of the state enjoys or should that be endures during the last half of June A cold front sweeping across Indiana from north to south will lower temperatures but by only five to 10 degrees Zimmerman said High temperatures in the northern naif of the state Tuesday are forecast to reach only the mid dle to upper 80s but return to the 90s the following day Southern Indiana still will have highsin the lower to middle 90s Before you start feeling sorry for the southernmost residents of this state keep in mind that nprthern sections generally have had the warmest weather so far Zimmer man said Fort Wayne reached 99 on Sunday and South Bend turned in a record 98 degrees last week Terre Haute in west central Indiana reached 100 on Sunday the weather service said The National Weather Service in Indianapolis said Kokomo and the Howard County area experienced high temperatures of 97 degrees Sunday Local weather observer Bob Wise said that for all of 1993 there were only two days of the year that saw 90degree temperatures But this is the eighth consecutive day that the region has had to endure temperatures hovering around 90 degrees and beyond he said The record high was in 1953 when the mercury hit 102 degrees he said Scattered showers were record ed in parts of Kokomo and today theres only a 30 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms The high today will be 96 and the low around 74 Tuesday will see 94 for a high and 72 for the low with 20 percent chance of scattered thunder storms It will cool off slightly on Wednesday night which will see highs of 93 and lows of 68 Thurs day will be partly cloudy with highs of 90 and lows of 68 degrees Friday will be wanner yet with highs of 96 Wise said An area of high pressure lodged in the upper atmosphere over Indiana is keeping most fronts from penetrating the state and bringing a change in the weather Zimmerman said The weather systems arent moving that he Its keeping everything stagnant over Indiana I dont see anything coming along to dislodge it before the end Norwegian World Cup soccer fans beat the 99degree heat Sunday near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington AP photo of the week at he said Howard County farmers have not found that the hot weather has ruined their crops yet Crop conditions right now are Getty good according to Robert cCormick Howard County agricultural extension agent We received some rain Parts of the county got six tenths of an inch of rain last night down on County Road 100 southwest of McCormick said The rain really helps that area Also the rains a week ago were real helpful the extension agent said With all the hot temperatures and humidity these crops take up a lot of water Before long though the crops will need some rain I dont think were critical yet but its one of those things when youve got this kind of heat things need to pull water from McCormick noted many farmers are reporting their crops look real healthy The heat also causes a lot of stress on livestock With both heat and humidity the stress is high especially for animals kept outside he noted Many farmers are using sprin kler systems inside buildings to keep animals cool McCormick said Movement and transporting animals is real critical at this time McCormick added Animals should have plenty of water available to them and some type of shelter to produce aha Producers should keep a water livestock during this heat to for signs of heat stress The sixto10day outlook calls for abovenormal temperatures over all of Indiana ana slightly belownormal precipitation he said The weather pattern isnt unusual One typically along every pummer said It was just six years ago state was sweltering iL drought The high during that period iu reached on June 25 19M i Fort Wayne JQ4 to Sputh and 102 P 4 ;