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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 5, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana No 242 Kokomo Ind Thursday May 5 1994 50 cents Fay American teen gets 4 lashes SINGAPORE AP American teenager Michael Fay suffered four lashes with a rattan cane across his bare buttocks today for a case that provoked an international debate on crime and punishment The Prisons Department said he and nine other prisoners were flogged at Queen stown Prison where the 18 yearold high school senior completed his fifth week of a fourmonth prison term for spray painting cars and other The remitted sentence of four strokes was carried out On Michael Fay He was examined by the prisons doctor after the can ing and found to be in satisfactory a brief statement said No other given arid no official comment was expected from the government which Wednesday reduced the original sentence of sixstrokes to four Fays lawyer Ramanathan Palakrishnan said he was trying to see his client as soon as possible but would not call in an indepens dent doctor to verify his condi tion might get permission to see him early next NBCTV in an interview today when state doctorssay that an inmate is fine we will accept that We have no reason to doubt Palakrishnan also said now that the caning was over the govern ment had reduced Fays four month sentence by a third and he expected the teenager to be freed June 21 Official descriptions ofcaning say prisoners are lashed to a tres tle by their hands and ankles and struck on the bare buttocks by a long switch The skin is broken the buttocks are bloodied and per manent scars are often left The case sparked debate about whether fay s punishment fit his crime Barrett may seat on school board If no one contests results hes in Learning for Life Malachy Mpdprmack a Scout volunteer helps Tony Carpenter 10 prepare to com pete in a downhill race as fellow Pettit Park School student Jonathan Trine waits for a turn The Sagamore Council Boy Scouts of America provided the program Learning for Life Wednesday and invited youngsters from area schools to attend The coed pro gram is designed to help youngsters achieve living skills necessary for selfsufficiency Activities included Cubmobile races square dancing crafts and a magician For more on the program see Page 2 Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer The attorney for the State Elec tion Board said the responsibility for determining Paul William Bar retfs status as a newly elected KokomoCenter School Board member now is in the hands of the districts voters KokomoCenter Schools voters including the board candidates have until noon Tuesday to file a petition contesting the results of this weeks election in court according to Indiana Code 3128 said Bradley King If no such action is taken Barrett may take his seat on the board The voters decided on it so if s up to the courts to rule on King said If no such ruling is made he said then hes eligible to The Howard County Election Board said Barrett violated the state candidacy statute for resi dency But when that decision was handed down in April it was too late to remove his name from the ballot In a fourcandidate race for three atlarge KokomoCenter School Board seats Tuesday Bar rett placed third That result would qualify Bar rett for the third seat But Wednes questions remained as to who would make a decision on whether Barrett could serve on the board Jerri Bourff Howard Coun ty chief deputy responsibility lies with Kokomo Center School Board which was said to be considering its options King said there is no state statute giving the decisionmak ing responsibility in this matter to the county clerks office the local election board or the school board The charge that Barrett does not meet residency requirements is just an allegation until a court makes that ruling he said Leal said that after speaking with attorneys he is debating whether to contest the election results I dont know if its even worth he said noting that attorney fees in such a process could cost him as much as the annual salary a Kokomo Center School Board member receives I think Im going to wait until the final minute and then decide what Im going to Asked Wednesday morning if he would take the board seat if it were allowed Barrett said If its not going to be a problem I wont turn it State statute mandates that any KokomoCenter School Board candidate or any voter who was eligible to cast a ballot in that race may contest the outcome through the county clerks office said Howard County attorney Larry Murrell The petition would then be forwarded to Howard Circuit Court County Clerk Sue Metcalf said this morning no such petition had been received by herv6fhce Inside todays Tribune Local A hearing on whether to close High School Road in Greentown is continued Page A3 Sports Kokomo High Schools Trent Sandifur is a true studentath lete Page Also inside Business Classified Dear Local News of GrJssom would make a better choice study claims By JEFF PARROT 1 Tribune staff writer The results of a National Guard Bureau study confirms what Rep Steve Buyer has argued all along that Grissom Air Force base can better handle a wing of refueling planes than can Fort Waynes Baer Field The feasibility study according to Buyer concluded that locating ejght to 10 KC135 refueling tankers at Grissom instead of Baer will save an estimated million in construction costs and in annual operating costs Gris som is equipped to accommodate 60 KC 135s and now houses 20 tankers The Pentagon had announced in Octo ber it was considering converting the 122nd Fighter Squadron of the National Guard in Fort Wayne to the air refueling unit The announcement drew immediate criticism from Buyer atidmais touched off a chess match with Democrat ic Rep Jill Long who represents Fort Wayne each lobbying and the media on bases merits Bom have insisted their battle is not political although both have contrasting party affiliations Long has argued on Baer Fields behalf that the Guardcould save money because Fort Wayne International Airport main tains runways and qther facilities Fort Wayne International and Baer Field work under a joint publicprivate sector part nership allowing both to share costs Buyer is now trying to set up a meeting with Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall to urge action on the studys findings said Pat Hlnton Buyers press secretary Buyer said hes also contacted Major Gen eral Charles Whitaker the Adjutant Gen eral of the Indiana National Guard and Gov Evan Bayh Whitaker couldnt be reached for com ment but Bayh Press Secretary Fred Nation said the governor will continue to stay but of this debate Its the governors position that this is an issue to be decided by the National Guard Nation said Its not a political football to be decided by position and influence It ought to be decided on its merits and taken into account as a national security and defense issue by while maintaining the Democ ratic governors neutrality on the issue said the potential cost savings at Grissom are important but are not all that should be considered The study does not take into account both locations geographic capability to recruit reserve personnel Buyer admitted the study doesnt cover that He insisted Grissoms central loca tion between Indianapolis South Bend and Fort Wayne would allow it access to a large enough pool of recruits Grissoms active forces are slated for demobilization by Sept 30 as part of a national military down scaling Hearing date set for Tribunes claim TIPTON Ind A May 17 hear ing date has been set in Tipton Circuit Court for the Kokomo Tri bunes request to view or copy a tort claim filed against Northern School Corp by two unidentified families The Kokomo Tribune filed a complaint April 28 under Indi anas Open Records Act to view the document The Tribune made a formal written request for the document April 13 which was denied by Superintendent Hairy Day on April 14 The tort claim was filed last month by Kokomo attorney Mark McCann who represents the par ents of two Northern School Corp girls who have alleged teacher and coach Don Gamer made sex ual advances toward the girls A tort claim is the first step in civil litigation If a lawsuit was the parents would seek con pensatipn for alleged damages their children suffered because of the incidents In the denial notice Dsjyieited federal education privacy statutes which he and his attorney claim do not permit the school corpora tion to release the documents The Tribune in jts complaint filed by Kokomo attorney Michael Cord states ShftFamfly education al Rights and Privacy Act does not bar disclosure of educational records rather it provides for Withholding of federal funds oth erwise available to an educational institution that maintains a policy or practice permitting the release pf educational records The Tribune tort claim notice is not an educational record under the meaning of the act Indianas Publfe Rssords Act allows individuals and the media to file a request for a court hearing seeking JM wder compelling Northern to allow inspecnon of the The case which resulted in the tort claim began in December 1993 when four lemale seventhgrade students alleged a Tri Central Elementary School teacher had inappropriate con tacf with them according to the Indiana State Police A Tiptoni Circuit Court grand jury dia nonreturn an indictment against Garner in February After Day and his attorney reviewed tre Indiana State Police records the school board agreed to suspend Garner for 10 days without pay beginning March 21 Garner was also ordered to have at least 14 hours of counseling ty Jan pn the risks and sequences for and the school community arising ftpm sexual harassment other unwelcome contacts and pommu nication in the teacherstudent House votes on gun ban today Reps Buyer Burton plan to vote against assault weapons bill By Thomson News Service and the Associated Press WASHINGTON Gaining some surprising con verts House supporters of a ban on 19 types of assaultstyle weapons say they me close to winning their battle If s going to be neckandneck If s going to make the Kentucky Derby look like an easy con the bills chief sponsor Rep Charles Schumer said this morning Both Kokomoarea Congressmen Reps Steve iBuyer and Dan Burton plan to vote against the TKisVis an issue of hype and symbolism over sajd Buyer who represents Howard County and the surrounding counties to the west north and east The proponents of this bill are mostly those people in the House who are weak on fighting crime they need to remember that the greatest assault weapon is the criminal whose district includes Tipton and Cluv ton counties is a longtime opponent of all federal gun control measures However both of Indianas Republican Senators Richard Lugar and Dan Coats supported the Sen ate ban last tall v While both sides said the vote scheduled for today was too close to call there was some notable changing of positions including two Texas Democ rats and a Pennsylvania Republican who had opposed another ban on such weapons in October bill had failed 247177 Rep Ron Coleman DTexas who has never voted against a National Rifle Association position before said Wednesday that his decision to vote for the ban followed discussions with his local police chief and sheriff Ultimately I think you have to defer to law enforcement leaders in your said Coleman When the chief of police and the sheriff both say they support banning these deadly weapons then I have to stand up and take notice ;