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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 29, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana 205 KOKOMO TRIBUNE March 50 cents Claims surprise panel ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Four expense claims from Howard County Prosecutor James Andrews were paid despite their denial by county commissioners who wanted more information before approving according to state expenditures of a prosecu tors discretionary funds should come before the countys fiscal the county instead of the said County Attorney Larry At a February commis sioners voted unanimously to approve a routine list of claims from several But the at the time under the impression it was their role to do put Andrews claims on hold because the claims lacked proper they One claim was for to For tune Management and was labeled office There was no copy of a lease attached and no address was The other claim requested reim bursement to Investigator Gary Ashenfelter of for miles driven in the month of January and for a cellular phone County Executive Assistant Bernard Ampe said the commis sioners didnt feel that claim was detailed enough because it didnt say where and when Ashenfelter accumulated the Every other mileage claim that comes through is documented by a Ampe Ampe later learned the claims had already been paid when he wanted to look into them said Commissioner David Auditor Marilyn who writes the checks for county said at Mondays meet ing the claims were automatically paid out of the prosecutors dis cretionary fund since it has been approved by the county Murrell said of the expense They were somehow brought before the wrong Griffey attributed the mistake to probably someone in the audi tors Andrews was in a meeting and unavailable for comment about the according to his Whether even the council has authority over how a prosecutor spends discretionary funds is still Murrell The council and the prosecutor have been in the process of clarify ing how these funds should be Murrell Theres been some confusion as to how much of a role the council should Nobody really understands whos supposed to do In the mere are going to be some kinks to work According to Murrells interpre tation of the statute which details how prosecutors can han dle user some type of coun cil action is required in approv ing the disbursement of discretionary funds by county But how we imple ment that is the source of some Both Murrell and County Coun cil President Richard Miller said they are awaiting guidance from the state board of The confusion comes on the heels of a 15 county council meeting in which Andrews pre sented an itemized budget or his discretionary funds for the first time since The council has been asking Andrews to submit an itemized list of how discre tionary funds are spent for the past five but it has been Andrews position that a 1989 ordinance allows him total control over how the money is Andrews presented the council an itemized list of how the funds were spent on 15 because he was forced to by the state board of he told the Kokomo Tri bune Miller said he hopes the state board of accounts decides either the council or commission has some oversight in how Andrews spends discretionary Its my position the public has an absolute right to know where that money comes how much is available and where that money is Miller Educator suspended Teacher at TriCentral Elementary By LISA FIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau North ern School Board members unani mously approved Superintendent Harry Days recommendation to suspend TriCentral Elementary teacher Donald Garner for 10 days without The agreement forego ing more serious disciplinary action based upon his investiga tion into allegations of misconduct by the Garner agrees to a suspension from his teaching duties for a period of 10 working beginning with March and concluding with April The agreement goes on to the teacher Garner hereby acknowledges he has engaged in intentional and unintentional con duct with female students which he now knows was unwelcome and had the unintended but real consequence of upsetting and offending some of those students That behavior led to Garners placed his continued employment in jeopardy and a similar incident wifl lead to the initiation of the process of cancel lation of his indefinite teaching according to the agree As part of the Gar ner shall not initiate physical contact with any student of the Northern Community Schools on school property or during school hours except in a circumstance where the physical contact is nec essary to prevent or mitigate injury to a At the board Day said coaching contracts are renewed and decisions have not been made for the 199495 school Garner was the girls varsity basketball Garner is to have at least two hours of counseling by April 11 on the risks and consequences for students and the school community arising from sexual harassment and other unwelcome contacts and commu nication in the teacherstudent He is to have at least 14 hours of counseling on the matter by In December four female seventh grade students alleged Garner had inappropriate con tact with Indiana State Police Gary Boyles Because of the ISP Northerns school board placed Garner on paid leave Until Gamer has been on paid On a Tipton Circuit Court grand jury declined to return an which means no criminal charges were filed against school officials said at a special meeting 9 that they needed to know if Garner violated any school behavioral At that February the board passed a resolution to sub poena the ISP records so Day could determine if any discipli nary actions were He and his attorney recently finished reviewing the Garner has been a teacher at Northern for 14 years and various sports for 25 Miami County Emergency Medical Service personnel assist the six victims at a two vehicle accident at 1350 Road 200 West in Miami County Monday Tribune photo by Tim Bath Accident claims womans life 5 hurt A Kokomo woman was killed and five others were injured in a twocar accident in Miami County Madonna Kokomo was pronounced dead at Howard County Coroner Jeff Stout She died of massive internal injuries and head trauma in the emergency room at Howard Community Indiana State Police said she was ejected from the front pas senger seat of one of the according to Indi ana State Five others were injured in the Four were taken to Howard Community and one was treated and released from Dukes Memorial Hospital in according to state Edward Kokomo husband of was treated for chest pains and was admitted in fair according to hospital Sullivans two Kathy Kokomo and Donna Bunker were treated for back and neck injuries and were James was also treated and released for head lacerations and pain to his Leslie was treated and released from Dukes after treatment for head lacerations and a According to police the fatality could have been avoided by wearing seat The accident happened at the intersection of 1350 Road 200 West around police his and two daughters were driving in a 1988 Chevrolet traveling eastbound on 1350 South when they were struck by Lawsons a 1986 Pontiac state police Lawson and passenger Biddle were traveling north on 200 West when they disregarded a stop sign at the police The right front door on Sullivans car came resulting in Madonna Sullivan being ejected from the police Both cars then left the roadway and went into a field at the northwest corner of the police Lawson was cited by police for disregarding a stop and state police said that an investigation will Japanese unveil trade measures TOKYO AP Hoping to break a sixweek stalemate in trade talks with the United Japan today announced a package carefully crafted to answer demands to open its But it postpones many tough deci If the Clinton administration is unsatisfied with Japans efforts to reduce its billion annual trade surplus with the United it can levy sanctions under the newly revived Super 301 provi sion of trade The first step toward sanctions could come when a report will detail foreign trade Japan pledged today to make it easier for foreigners to win gov ernment contracts and sell insur both key It also promised to relax regula tions in retail food and other valued at a total of But Japan said it would not decide until June on specifics of how to bring product regulations and standards more in line with world The United and many in say the cumbersome process of modifying and inspect ing products for the Japanese mar ket acts as a large trade Doubts that Washington would be satisfied with the package pushed the Japanese yen higher on currency markets today amid speculation the United States would try to nudge the yen high IRS gives home buyers a break Deductibflity of points paid on mortgages being expanded v 1 WASHINGTON AP In a lastminute change affecting potentially millions of home the IRS is expanding the deductibility of points paid on The retroactive announced Monday with less than three weeks left in the current filing means people who bought homes in and 1993 could reap hun dreds of dollars by amended Points each equal to 1 percent of the loan often are charged as fees by mortgage Until the Internal Revenue Ser vice allowed home purchasers to deduct only the points they home sellers paid all or part of the points on the buyers behalf but buyers were not allowed to deduct the sell ers simply raised the price of their home by an amount equal to the points they In sellers acted as middlemen between the buyer and It disadvantaged buyers by reducing their tax deduction but it helped them by reducing their closing Effective buyers will be able to deduct all of the We looked at the transactions and decided there was no difference between the seller pag ing points and the purchaser paying IRS spokesman Wilson Fadley Heres an example of how the change will work OLD RULE The Smiths buy a hoUse from the Joneses and borrow from a bank to pay for In addition to the mortgage inter the bank charges three points or as a loan origination The Smiths and Jones agree to split the points The Smiths then deduct from their income on their tax NEW RULE Under the same set of the Smiths will be able to deduct the they paid and the the Joneses The change affects homes purchased after Kevorkian threatens to help in another death AP Jack Kevorkian is threatening to go back on his word and help a severely arthritic woman commit suicide unless her doctor provides stronger To get out of jail in Kevorkian promised a judge not to help others kill themselves until an appeals court rules on the con stitutionality of Michigans ban on assisted But his Geoffrey said Monday that a woman in her 70s whom Kevorkian has been counseling is in so much pain that Kevorkian considers himself unbridled from that She wants somebody who will give her stronger medication to make the rest of her life more Fieger In the absence of Kevorkian will no longer feel constrained under the promise that he previ ously Kevorkian cant prescribe drugs because his medical license has been suspended in In a videotape played at Fiegers the who was not said she has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for 26 She described losing an having her left leg amputated four years ago and losing her right leg two weexs Asked if she was considering she I think that would be the best thing for Inside Local The drive to save the air planes at Grissoms Heritage Museum edges ever closer to the needed Page Sports The Indiana Pacers get on the winning track a the Los Angeles Clippers day Page Also inside markets Classified ads Comics inst Local Down Nation 4 News pf record 1H3 State 4 Style i 9 ;