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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 12, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 Thursday May cents Nancy Miller watches firefighters who responded to an attic fire at her home at 2307 N Main St at today Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Electrical short causes house fire An electrical short circuit caused a fire early this morning which damaged a northside home Kokomo firefighters were called at to 2307 N Main St by the owner of the home Lyle Miller Miller told firefighters a passerby knocked on his door and told him there was smoke coming from the roof of his home Miller then called me fire department The fire was contained to the upstairs of the home damaging the ceiling and roof Firefighters said an electrical short circuit in the ceiling and roof area ignited the fire Millers wife Nancy said the couples two sons Jeremy and Jeff were also in the home when the fire occurred No injuries were reported firefighters said Firefighters were on the scene for about anHhour and a half to ensure the fire was extinguished Dam age was estimated at firefighters said Light bills will go up PLA1NFIELD Ind July utility bills will be higher for PSI Energys residential customers Rates will rise an average of percent in July due largely to an ongoing legal feud between the Plainfieldbased utility and Exxon Coal USA The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved a proposal for the JulytoSeptember business period that permits PSI to raise rates by per month for cus tomers who use kilowatts That would raise the monthly bill for those customers to PSI sued Exxon Coal in 1992 over the price it was paying for coal from an Illinois mine At one point in the suit PSI had been told it had to pay only per ton of coal it used But a court recently ordered PSI to pay Exxon Coal a ton PSI has until May 22 to decide whether it will appeal the lawsuit to the Supreme Court PSI serves about cus tomers in 69 central and southern Indiana counties Meijer ready to build here Groundbreaking next month By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Meijer which just opened stores in South Bend Mishawaka Carmel and Indianapolis will break ground in Kokomo on a store next month Company officials said design plans for the longplanned store are nearly complete Site prepara tion including the removal and relocation of homes and business es has been uhder way for several months Invest i a at o r s file q r i e va n ce ByMIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer Howard County Prosecutors Office investigators Gary W Ashenfelter and Charles T Melton have filed grievances against two local attorneys with the Discipli nary Commission of the Indiana Supreme Court according to information released by one of the lawyers The investigators filed com plaints against William E Beck II and James R Fleming The attor neys represented two Kokomo Center School Corp administra tors who were charged with a variety of theftrelated counts in Howard Circuit Court Fleming is also the Republican nominee for Howard County prosecutor and was unopposed in the May 3 pri mary Fleming is challenging incumbent Democrat James D Andrews in the fall election Beck represented Larry Foster KokomoCenters former director of vocational and adult education who was convicted Jan 25 of two counts of theft and single counts of theft receiving stolen property aiding inducing of causing theft ghost employment and official misconduct Fleming represented Susan Evans the school corporations former coordinator of computers and data processing whose case never progressed beyond charges being filed Andrews dismissed the charges Feb 17 after former KokomoCenter superintendent Larry Horner took responsibility for funds that were paid to Evans The grievance against Beck has been classified as a nonmiscon duct itenvbefore the commission according to Beck and a letter he received from Donald R Lund berg executive secretary of the disciplinary commission A non misconduct classification means the commission at this time does not believe any misconduct occurred Beck said But Beck has been asked to pro vide a written response as a staff member of the disciplinary com mission conducts an investigation Once the investigation is complet ed a recommendation will be made to die disciplinary commis sion and the complaint will either be dismissed or reclassified as a misconduct Licensed attorneys in Indiana are under the auspices of the disci plinary commission which inves tigates complaints against attor neys clears them or metes out punishment Beck who provided the Koko mo Tribune with copies of the grievances said he will file a response with the disciplinary commission and let that body act as it deems fit Beck said the inves tigators filed the grievance in late March and he received notice of it in April Everything they have com plained about is a result of filing the pleading in the Foster Beck said In substance they are saying the allegations made in that pleading were made to harm them and were wildly The basis for the grievance against Beck is a verified petition for appointment of special prose cutor he filed June 3 which sought Andrews removal from Fosters case The petition men tions Ashenfelter and Melton in the text The document raised allegations about the investigators employ ment with the prosecutors office and the method in which they were paid Please see Investigators PA6 retailer announced plans for the store near Goyer Road and Mark land Avenue in 1992 Kokomo will have an earlier start than our stores planned for Muncie Anderson and Mark Norton devel opment manager for Meijer said Wednesday We think construc tion will take about a Meijer with 85 stores in Ohio Michigan and Indiana plans to make major inroads in Indiana this year and 1995 The chain will open additional stores later this year in South Bend Indianapolis Greenwood and Fort Wayne Indianapolis and Carmel stores are about square feet equal to the size of football fields The chain offers more than items The stores include a grocery deli pharmacy video rental hardware and clothing and three restaurants A typical store employs an average of 900 full ana parttime workers Separately Meijer has con tributed toward funding for a state project to widen 22 from two lanes to fives lanes Wal Mart Stores Corp and Cub Foods have also contributed funds to the project Mohr Construction Inc last month Was awarded a lion state contract to Widen Ind 22 and Ind 35 between 31 and a quarter mile east of Goyer Road from two lanes to five lanes The project is being funded by the state city of Kokomo and San dor Development a developer of several retail centers in the area Vehicle traffic along the state highway has increased signifi cantly since the opening of Cub Foods WalMart Sams Club and other in the area Construction has begun and is scheduled to be completed some time in spring 1995 Lane restric tions will be in place during most of the construction Mohr officials say In addition two new traffic lights will be installed between Goyer Road and 31 accord ing to state officials Inside todays Tribune Business Classified Local hews News of PRINTED WITH SOYINKI Haiti has new president ambassador blasts move by military leaders PORTAUPRINCE Haiti AP Blasts of mili tary cannon fire celebrated the installation of an armybacked judge to replace ousted President Jean Bertrand Aristide but the world condemned the defiant move Using unusually undiplomatic Ambassador William Swing released a statement Wednesday saying This action is utterly without foundation in Haitian law and will not be recog nized by the United States or the international com Washington meanwhile denied a media report that hundreds of servicemen were headed for Haiti whether the military steps aside or not In Haiti the armyorchestrated appointment of Supreme Court Judge Emil Jonassaint 80 WAS intended to legitimise the September 1991 coup that pverthrew the countrys first democratically elected leader Last year as part of a agreement the military ident But the army reneged on its promise to relin quish power and Jet him return Before the swearingin Wednesday Swing sent the chief judge a letter asking him not to permit the Constitution to be utilized as a disservice for parti san political interests especially justifying illegal illegitimate and de facto But a group of armybacked lawmakers led by Sen Bernard Sansaricq installed Jonassaint as pro visional president in the crowded lower chamber of Parliament on Wednesday afternoon Haitis military leader Army cpmmander Lt Gen Raoul Cedras attended while browngarbed army soldiers carrying automatic assault rifles surround ed the building Secretary of State Warren Christopher said the move to replace Aristide seems to us to be White House spokesman Dee Dee Myers called the vote cynical unconstitutional and illegal for a number of In a draft statement the Security Council condemned any such illegal attempt to remove President Aristide and reaffirmed its commitment to reinstating him Aristides governrnentinexile said from Wash ington that the inauguration was designed by coup backers to protect their personal interests further increase the suffering of the Haitian people and plunge the country deeper into The foreign minister of is helping patrpl Haitian waters to enforce a oil and arms embargo designed to pressure Haiti to allow Aris tides called me new government illegiti mate President Aristide has a clear unequivocal man date from the people of Andre Ouellet said in Ottawa Emil Jonassaint left newly sworn in as provisional Haitian president looks on as Lt Gen Raoul Cedras right salutes AP photo ;