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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 7, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Local Indy 500 minimarathon results Pages Bl 4 fg f Vol 143 No 244 Kokomo Ind Saturday May 60 cents Local dentist cleared By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer INDIANAPOLIS Kokomo dentist Dr Phillip R Pate was cleared Friday of allegations of unprofessional conduct with child patients The Indiana Board of Dental Examiners made up of dentists throughout the state concluded that the state didnt show burden of proof and has no understand ing of pediatric Members of the board also said It was appalling that the state would bring a case like this to this In addition the board members said that they applauded Pates patience throughout the hearing And they said if he could sit through these two sessions with out getting angry he definitely had patience with his child patients After the decision was announced Pate hugged his Indi anapolis attorney David Elliott Jose Pate then smiled and said This is how we thought it would turn He refused to comment further Deputy Indiana Attorney Gen eral Amy Huffman Oliver who served as a prosecutor in the case declined to comment on the boards decision A spokeswoman for the attorney generals office was not sure if the decision will be appealed however Pate was accusedof being unfit to practice because of professional incompetence and failure to keep abreast of professional theory and practice Last month parents of child patients and former patients and a police officer testified about inci dents as far back as 18 years ago and as recent as December They testified that the pediatric dentist used excessive force by holding patients down and telling them to shut They also testified he was moody and temperamental with the children Pate denied all allegations that he used excessive force and stated under oath that he never used the term shut up at work or any other The attorney generals office filed the charges with the Health Professions Bureau in December Camilla Chesshir and Treva Full hart both of Kokomo initially filed the complaints with the attorneys generals office in Indi anapolis Witnesses for Pate included four dentists two from Kokomo and two former employees four cur rent employees and a parent of a former patient Most of Pates witnesses said there was a misperception of behavioral techniques used by Pate The handovermouth tech nique and other restraining tech niques are an accepted and effec tive behavior management method which has been docu mented in the dental literature for over 25 according to an American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry publication All the dentists said that Pate was one of the finest pediatric dentists in this T 4 Artist Sandy Maudlin at Kokomo Mall paints her mural depicting KoKbmcrs history Murals depict Kpkdmos history Kokomo Mall shoppers may get a glimpse ofartists at work this month as three murals are being created in honor of the Kokomo and Howard County sesquicen tennial JudyWhitaker andSandy Maudlin bfKckomo Art Association are painting three murals each depicting a 50 years in this city The goal is to have the artwork completed by June 1 The artwork may be viewed across from the sesquicentennial office at the mall Peasants mural depicts Ameri can Indians and early settlers liv ing together through scenes which include Chief Kokomo the donation of land for the city WilddrtCreek and the first coun ty clerks office a log cabin The early1 part of this century is shown in Whitakers mural which includes the first cars an early gas derrick the first Koko mo High School and a couple Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds strolling past the uptown square Many past and present build ings and businesses grace the mural depicting the most recent part of the citys history Maudlin has painted her creation to show one long street with buildings and a large Sycftrnpre tree arching over a covered bridge Area land marks arid abasketball player are shown in the background The artists are taking sugges tions from passersby on what to include in their murals Kokomo is place to view eclipse Proper eye protection is vital By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer Its not often that Kokomo is considered a prime spot to wit ness an oddity in the sky But that will be exactly the case A line across the earth marking the best view of an annu lar eclipse that day runs right over the Kokomo area A similar eclipse is not expected again in the United States for nearly a quarter century eclipse should never be viewed without eye protection several events are planned for community members to safely see Tuesdays event as it happens The reason Im so excited is were just in a perfect path in Indi said Robert Moloch Eastern Elementary School fifthgrade teacher He plans to lead members of that schools Student Ham Amateur Radio Project SHARP in experiments the day of the eclipse Fred Henderson Indian Heights Elementary School science coordi nator said there are three types of eclipses partial total ana annu lar Annular eclipses occur when the rnoon is centered in front of the sun butis too far from the earth for its size to cover the sun completely The effect men is a ring of fire where the sun peeks around the dark circle of the moon according to an Indiana Universi ty About 90 percent pf the siiri will be blocked in the Kokomo area In the JUK release physics asso ciate professor Rick Steldt said Howard Countys view of the event will be better than that jn cities as near as Indianapolis and Chicago The peak of the eclipse will occur for several minutes just after noon The first contact the moon will appear to be making with the sun will be about am that day Between and the eclipse will be at its peak with 90 percent of the sun disappearing at At the moon will appear to be touching the other side of the sun while passing it Pupils from many schools in the area will view the eclipse and its effects At Eastern Elementary for example pupils will test the eclipses effects on waves trans mitted by very low frequency radio receivers and will send that data to other schools via ham radio Indian Heights Elementary fourththrough sixthgraders will record air temperatures and light intensity and will view the eclipse through solarshielding glasses And Howard Elementary fifth and sixthgrade Student Council members while at the Indianapo lis Zoo will even see how animals react to the eclipse But perhaps the biggest gather ing or those interested in seeing the eclipse in the area is scheduled at IUK where television monitors hooked to solar filterequipped telescopes will show the event as it happens The public is encour aged to attend and the campus Office of External Relatipns is sell ing Eclipse which will protect eyes from the sun Everyone just wants to stress Henderson just do not want to look at the The IUK event will begin about Tuesday in the east and west parking lots near the cam pus Observatory Building and will last through the peak of the eclipse Solarfiltering glasses will also be available during that ses sion Highlighting the end of the eclipse at IUK will be that cam pus 25th graduation ceremonies beginning at But for those not planning to watch the eclipse itself Tuesday will it even be noticeable that what has been called a onceina lifetime event is occurring As the sun begins to disappear from view the temperature will drop fiveto10 degrees or more bircts stop singing bees fly back to their hives and plants and flowers begin to close the IUK release said But the darkness visible in the sky will depend on Mother Nature not a reliable source this time of the year NASA documents predict only about a 40to45percent chance of clear skies in Indiana during May Moloch said sunny skies will be darkened to a dull dimlit type of scene but that cloudy skies will only appear Beatty pleased with passage Sheriff criticizes Buyer for his vote ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Howard County Sheriff John D Beatty on Friday praised the recently passed House bill ban ning 19 types of assault weapons while accusing Rep Steve Buyer of being out of touch with his 5th District constituents Beatty in criticizing Buyer for voting against the ban threw the first punch iivhis battle to wrestle away Buyers congressional seat in November The bill passed the House 216214 on Thursday The roll call went down to the wire decided when Rep Andrew Jacobs changed his mind at the last minute with a Yes vote Buyer called the bill symbol ism over substance and an infringement upon the Second Amendment rights of lawabiding citizens Congress needs to realize that the criminal is the true assault weapon with the deadliest being repeat offenders who commit threequarters of all rapes and robberies and almost all mur Buyer said in a press release Beatty referred to crime forums Buyer held April 30 in Marion and Plymouth in which local law enforcement arid government offi cials were asked for input on a congressional crime bill Beatty said he wondered whether the police officers in attendance were asked how they felt about assault weapons because most hes talked to want them banned Marshall County Sheriff Charles Criswell attended the forum in Plymouth Criswell said it was a good session that gave local offi cials input on issues that frustrate us But he couldnt recall any dis cussion of an assault weapons ban which he supports Any time we can take weapons that are totally useless in society off the streets its a good Criswell said The kinds of weapons that have been banned have no business in society out in Criswell speaks from experi ence He said his tour of duty in the Vietnam War was cut short when he was shot in the throat with an AK47 one of the weapons included in the bill Thats exactly what theyre made for to destroy human Criswell said Detective Corporal Alex Huskey of the Marion Police Department said he also supports the ban Huskey said that at Buyers Mari on forum assault weapons were brought up briefly by a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agent Huskey said the agent spoke in favor of a federal law banning assaulttype weapons because it would give federal law enforcement officials jurisdiction over crimes involving the weapons Huskey who heads up the departments gang violence task force said he supports the ban because it would give him another way to hold juvenile criminals accountable for their crimes He added however that juveniles will get their hands on assault weapons regardless of the Pat Hinton Buyers press secre tary said the fact Buyer recently held 25 town meetings refutes Beattys charge of being out of touch with constituents Buyer said talk of banning assault weapons did come up afthe crime forums and no law enforcement officials advocated it To the contrary Hinton said Buyers Washington office has received more than 500 letters from 5th District residents oppos ing the ban and six from those who support it ;