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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 24, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 261 Kokomo Ind Tuesday May 50 cents Plans in ace here in case of violence By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer Local law enforcement offi cials said Howard County will be ready if it encounters a hostage situation similar to that in Indianapolis Monday I dont think youll find a city our size thats more said Kokomo Police Chief Lynn Rudolph Two men are accused of hold ing 24 Dennys Restaurant patrons and employees hostage for six hours in Indianapolis Monday and of killing a pafron and wounding four others Rudolph Rogers of Howard County Sher iff Department said their agen cies have rehearsed plans for dealing with cases involving hostages or those who barricad ed themselves into a building Well be as creative as we need to be to protect the safety of hostages perpetrators and the Rogers said If it means were going to have to serve up vanilla ice cream with peanuts on top were going to do While trading weapons and hostages is out of the question the officials said Rudolph added You never say Once SWAT teams and nego tiators arrive on the scene the tactic is to wear down those who have taken hostages Patience is the greatest thing you have to said a sheriff department negotiator Local hospitals have disaster plans which would be Used in a hostage situation said officials from Howard Community Hos Joseph Hospital Center Connie Burt point finger at manager Nothing would have happened if he hadnt grabbed my gun Suspected gunmen Thomas E Mathisen and his brother Ron with hands above their heads are taken into custody by police in Indianapolis Monday AP photo Saint Joseph nursing director said such a plan was implemented during the 1987 Howard County a former negotiator said hostage and barricade situa tions occur locally twototrtfee times each year But hesaid Mondays cast Indianapolis was a singular inci dent that could have been any he said More people can save them are just aware of whats going INDIANAPOLIS AP Two brothers accused of holding police at bay for six hours after a botched robbery attempt blamed the restaurants manger for resisting the holdup a police negotiator said He was real upset with the manager for grabbing his Indianapolis police Sgt Frank Evans said of Thomas E MathiSen He said Nothing would have happened if he had nt grabbed my Mathisen 24 and his brother Ron 27 entered a Dennys on the east side of Indianapolis about Monday as a lunchtime crowd began to fill the restaurant The brothers from Casper approached the cash regis ter and Thomas Mathisen showed restaurant manager Robert Doan a 9mm automatic pistol he had stuck in his waist band Doan grabbed for the gun the two struggled and the pistol went off wpunding the manager Ronald Mathisen then went Evans said killing a restaurant patron and wounding three others with a 357caliber pistol About 15 people fled from the building and the brothers took the remaining two dozen cus tomers and employees hostage Dennys 7101 Pendleton Pike Indianapolis Star graphic via AP Alfred Smith 71 died of gun shot wounds to his face and upper body His wife Linda was also among the customers at the restaurant She told The Indi anapolis Star the couple just happened to stop in at the restaurant and were in a booth when the shooting began Please see Suspects Page UK official open to policy including gays ByJEFFPARROTT Tribunestaff writer V A proposed Indiana University policy that would allow gay domestic partners of employees to receive the same benefits as married couples would be a welcome change at Indiana University Kokomo said IUK Director of Human Resources Shirley Wilson adopted would also apply to opposite sex1 cduples living together as domestic partners Thepolicys future is uncertain and is reportedly opposed by the schools board of trustees which would have the power to kill it The faculty council at the Bloomington campus however voted unanimously to suppbrt it earlier this spring The IU sys tem faculty council which nas represen tatives from IUK is expected to vote on the matter at its next meeting in Septem ber Wilson while admitting herpersonal views lean toward said she believes the Kokomo would be ready and willing to view samesex part nerships equally with those of the oppo site sex Benefits would apply to every thing from medical insurance to family leave to access to the schools credit union The times are changing and I think we are accepting of different types of rela Wilson said adding that IUK will follow any policy the eightcampus IU system initiates She also stated she doesnt feel a rule change would have much of an impact on IUK staff and said shes never been approached by employees trying to have their domestic partners included in their benefit plans If IU did make the change it would fol low Big 10 counterparts University of and University of Iowa as well as the University of Chicago Stan ford University and all Ivy League Schools said IU professor Peter Burk holder Burkholder an IU Bloomington musi cology professor who lives with a gay partner said the school should adopt the policy for two reasons First because it is discriminatory to exclude gay domestic partners and straight couples who choose not to marry The policy would also be an effective tool with which to recruit top faculty and staff he said Burkholder said he and Doug McKin ney an IU library employee own a house together share a checking account own stocks and bonds together and are benefi ciaries in each others wills and life insur ance policies Were a committed couple Were in it for Burkholder said Roll out the banner Event Decorators of Indianapolis put up decorations that incorporate the Greater Kokomo Howard County Sesqui centennial logo at City Hall Monday The Howard County Courthouse was also decked out Businesses in Howard County will be invited to seek the services of the company to lease the decorations Photo by Brian Reynolds Hungry Fox on the prowl Wants to gobble up stations from bigger networks NEW YORK AP Fox Broadcasting Co hopes to reshape the television landscape with a million deal to pry loose 12 stations from the three major net works New World Communications Group a TV production company said Monday it had agreed to switch five of its stations and seven others it will buy in the next year over to Fox In returii Fox will buy 20 percent of New World for million Eight of the stations are CBS affiliates three are with ABC and one is with NBC All 12 stations are on the highpowered VHF frequency most are in key markets such as Detroit Cleveland Dallas and Atlanta VHF stations which broadcast on channels 2 through 13 usually earn more advertising revenue than UHF stations because they reach bigger audi ences and get better ratings Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch called it the biggest network realignment in 60 years of American television This agreement will forever change the competi tive landscape of network he said in a statement This is a giant step toward leveling the playing field and toward the longstanding public policy goal of achieving a fully competitive fourth broadcasting Fox has about 150 fulltime affiliates compared with more than 200 each for CBS ABC and NBC The Fox network was launched seven years ago in a brash effort to compete with the older networks by gearing primetime snows to younger viewers Fox stunned CBS in December by agreeing to pay billion over four years for the broadcast rights to National Football League games CBS had been car rying the games for 38 years CBS stock fell a share Monday to close at on the New York Stock Exchange Will computer help nab killer JEFFERSON CITY Mo AP Investigators have a good description of the man who they say killed six store clerks in three Midwestern states They dont have his name and they are sure he will strike again This guy will continue until hes not able to because hes dead or locked up There may be hiatus of 18 months or two years but he will go back to it if hes said Detective Lt Pat McCarrick of the St Charles Police A task force of some 15 investigators from Mis souri Kansas and Indiana plus federal agents met Monday and today in a periodic review of the cases to start using a computer database to sort through about names accumulated since the murders in April and May of 1992 The main thrust of our meeting is the computer system We want to make everyone familiar with it Well set the direction for the next few months on how we will said McCarrick the task force spokesman The man has been dubbed the killer because the murders occurred in strip malls or stores near the two interstates A 1992 sketch by Wichita police has been cir culated in the three Police say the suspect is a slender white male in his mid20s to early 30s about 5foot7 to 5foot9 in height He has sandy blond hair with a reddish tint Anybody with information relating to the killings can call a tollfree number 18008003510 which connects with the St Charles Police Department Inside todays Kokomo Tribune Local A fireman is injured Monday in a wreck while he was rush ing to a fire Page A2 Style Hospital Cheer Guild event boost to local hospitals Page Bl Sports Area girls prepare for tennis track regionals Page A7 Also inside Business Classified Local News of ;