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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 22, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana KOKOMO Vol 143 No 198 Kokomo Ind Tuesday March 50 cents Evidence points to Tonya Harding Grand jury says she was in on plot to hurt Kerrigan PORTLAND Ore AP Just a week after Tonya Harding ducked jail in a plea bargain a grand jury concluded she was in on the plot to attack Nancy Kerrigan After more than two months of investigation the grand jury said Monday that Harding and the four men who confessed to the crime conspired to injure Kerrigan to knock her out of the Figure Skating Championships in Janu ary There was a great deal of evi dence pointing toward the fact that she was involved from the beginning or very close to the said grand jury fore man David Holt Last week Harding reached a plea bargain in which she admit ted hindering the prosecution But she continued to insist that she did not learn of the plot to attack Kerrigan until after the fact Harding escaped indictment last week by reaching the plea bar gain Holt said The grand jury had little evidence other than what the public already knew he said But that was enough I believe she was so close to a lot of ilie things that were going on that theres no way she could not have he said The attack which cost less than was paid for with figure skating association money meant for skating expenses the indict ment said The grand jury indicted the meii who have admitted carrying out the attack Shawn Eckardt Shane Stant and Derrick Smith They pleaded innocent to charges including racketeering conspira cy and assault and unlawfully obtaining communications The last charge involved a meeting that was taperecorded secretly The indictment said the three agreed with Harding and her ex husband Jeff Gillooly to cause physical injury to Nancy Kerrigan by means of a dangerous Harding pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to hin der prosecution She was placed on three years probation fined ordered to contribute to the Special Olympics agreed to pay for prosecution costs and resigned from the amateur competition Gillooly pleabargained earlier prosecutors are recommending a twoyear prison sentence and fine Inside Local The new Kokomo Police Department narcotics division recruit has special skills Page 2 Style Prostate problems are dis cussed Page 11 Sports Sagging boys basketball attendance causes money shortage in area athletic departments Page 13 Also inside Business Classified Local News of UAW Chrysler reach settlement Steven Spielberg grasps two of his 10 Oscar statues Monday night AP photo Finally Spielberg has 10 good reasons to smile LOS ANGELES AP No longer will he be known as the whiz kid who couldnt sit with the grownups Steven Spielberg now finds himself at the head of the table He got there with the most adult film imaginable Schindlers a searing threehour portrait of heroism and evil during the Holocaust shot mostly in black and white and without any Hollywood stars The childlike wonder of the ExtraTer restrial had been replaced by the horror of geno cide Its such a Spielberg said in finally winning an Academy Award and it comes from such a The film won seven Oscars in all Monday night Related stories and photo on Page 4 including best picture and best director The industry seemed anxious to make up for 20 years of snubbing its own boxoffice champion As Spielbergs dry spell at the Academy Awards was finally broken his peers stood and applauded long and loud as if to honor his whole career The Schindlers List wins capped the most astonishing year in an already remarkable career His other 1993 film Jurassic is the highest grossing movie ever and won three Oscars in tech nical categories Monday night By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Chrysler Corp will invest million for new equipment and add about 150 new jobs at its Kokomo casting plant as part of a settlement reached Monday with the United Auto Workers union Members of UAW Local 1166 had threatened to strike the plant today over health and safety issues in order to secure future product commitments for the cast ing plant from Chrysler As part of a plan announced recently to hike vehicle output worldwide by a third union offi cials said Chrysler planned to out source additional casings and other small parts from plants in Canada and Mexico The UAW is prohibited from striking over outsourcing plans and filed about 100 grievances over health and safety work rules to force Chrysler to the bargaining table The two sides reached a deal early Monday afternoon after holding marathons talks in recent days In addition to the health and safety issues resolved the union believes this settlement will enhance job security at the plant including expansion of the facili said Eugene Clark an offi cial with the unions international office It all depends upon the mar ketplace but we feel more jobs will be generated with this settle said Clark We now feel we can grow with the business We never had a commitment to invest in the casting plant from the corporation Under the settlement Chrysler agreed to install as many as five new die cast machines and rebuild many of the plants existing die cast units by 1996 Output at the casting plant could jump by as much as casings a year union officials said The plants 900 workers were being briefed on the plans during meetings today Chrysler officials declined to comment until afteir union members had been briefed Union officials say they received commitments from mani agement to improve hearing in plant and to upgrade maintenance programs for equipment The plant is one of the largest die cast facilities in the world It was built in 1965 and expanded in 1969 and 1986 To meet growing demand for itp vehicles Chrysler earlier this month said it would increase spending from billion to billion to increase capacity by one third to million vehicles world wide The plan will add up to jobs Chrysler estimates Portions on the plan must receive union approval Chrysler is also expected to seek financial incentives and other agreements with local governments over the plan Chryslers sales rose 14 per cent in 1993 from 1992 to mil lion units and the company is on track to sell a record number of vehicles and increase market share this year Under the project Chrysler pro posed spending another mil lion to boost production of auto matic transmissions at the companys Kokomo transmission plant by units Employment at the transmission plant is expected to increase The casting plant supplies casings and other small parts to the adjacent transmission plant Chryslers Trenton engine plant the automakers thermal products plant in Dayton Ohio and numerous assembly plants Commissioner in violation of county zoning ordinance Griffey planning to comply within 90 days ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Howard County Commissioner David Griffey is violating a coun ty zoning ordinance and nas been instructed to come into compli ance according to County Zoning Administrator James Hunter Griffeys Kokomo Auto and Truck Sales 1449 S Dixon Road is selling cars and trucks in an area zoned strictly for industri al use According to zoning ordi nance 19819 retail sales of new and used cars is prohibited at the property which sits at the north west corner of Dixon and Defen baugh roads Therefore we must ask that you take steps to bring this situa tion into conformity with the zon ing ordinance and that you do so within ninety 90 read a letter from Hunter to Griffey dated March 1 The letter was prompted by a formal complaint filed Feb 25 by James Christensen 5454 N Road 00 EastWest Griffey dismissed Christensens complaint as one more attempt to harass and publicly embarrass him Griffey said Christensen whose daughter is married to Griffeys son has been angry at Griffey since June of last year Then Griffey pulled his used car and truck sales from a lot owned by Christensen at 804 S Reed Road and moved to the Dixon Road spot In a related matter Christensen has filed a small claims suit against Griffey in Superior Court 3 seeking the replacement cost of a sign that was damaged by an unknown vehicle at the Reed Road lot The damage occurred in July 1993 after Griffey left but before his lease expired Its really a no news story and a family Griffey said of Christensens zoning complaint Griffey however did admit he was violating the ordinance He said he will come into compliance within 90 days but has not yet decided how Griffey said he foresees no pos sible reason a downzoning to B2 or business use would be denied since it would ask that less restrictions be placed on the prop erty than its current industrial sta tus Griffey would have to petition the planning commission for a downzoning But if the status of the property is changed to B2 which permits car sales then Grif fey Contracting which sells heating and cooling systems out of the same location would be in violation Howard County Assistant Attorney Ralph Helms said if he were Griffey he would split the lot and petition the city of Koko mo to annex the portion selling the cars arid trucks Under the citys zoning ordinance any busi ness or residential use is permit ted in an industrial zone Helms said The Indianapolis consulting firm that prepared the countys zoning ordinance in 1981 made a mistake in failing to permit retail auto and truck sales in industrial zones Helms said More obnox ious uses are permitted such as auto repair shops and car washes he added Hunter the zoning administra tor also downplayed the ordi nance violation calling it very About 70 to 80 percent of the business owners in the county that change the use of an existing building are ignorant of this part of the ordinance he said Griffey agreed There are little mom and pop organizations all over the county doing business where theyre not supposed to be and nobody com plains about Griffey said Im not offending anyone in the coun ty no neighbors have com When asked if he was concerned with such a widespread violation of the zoning ordinance Hunter replied Kokomos not that big of a town We find out about most of In the complaint Christensen said he notified the Zoning Board of Appeals of Griffeys violation in June 1993 Hunter responded in an inter view that he didnt take action at that time because he thought Christensen was griping in rela tion to the pairs past differences instead of filing an official com plaint I gave him an official com plaint form in June 1993 and he never brought it Hunter said Said Christensen in the com plaint Perhaps theres an Indi ana law stating that if youre an elected official youre above the laws that pertain to the rest of Ind 22 detour The rail crossing at Sycamore Street and Western Avenue is scheduled for replacement within the next two weeks Please note the following detour routes St Legend Ind 22 detour local detour site of crossing 1 replacement KT graphic West Sycamore Street closing On April 4 part of West Sycamore Street will be closed while workers replace a railroad crossing at Sycamore Street and Western Avenue During the projecf which is expected to be finished in four to eight weeks motorists will be directed to detour routes according to Dan Chaplin traffic systems manager The Kokomo Traffic Commission approved the proposed detour routes established by Chaplin at a recent monthly traffic commission meeting Chaplin has established both a local and a state road detour route KokomoCenter School which has bus routes that will be affected by the closing will study the detour route and determine what busing changes must be made said Community Relations Officer David Barnes Parents of those children whose bus routes will change will be noti fied by mail Barnes said Experiment would transport movies over phone lines LAS VEGAS AP Pacific Bel ls plans to test sending movies directly from the studio to select ed theaters could change the way motion pictures are distributed and could provide new revenue streams for movie theater owners Digital video transmission over phone lines would cut duplicating and shipping costs to theaters curb pirating of films and improve the quality of the picture Howard Gunn vice president of marketing for Alcatel Network Systems said Monday In a test this summer PacBell will use Alcatel equipment to send movies through fiber optic telecommunications networks to 12 California theaters ;