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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 26, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Indy 500 special section Inside todays KT VoL 143 No 263 Kokomo Ind Thursday May 50 cents 2 gunmen Jury trial set for Sept 19 INDIANAPOLIS AP Two Wyoming brothers charged with murder and 41 counts of kidnap ping for a shooting and standoff at a Dennys Restaurant appeared for their initial hearing this morn ing Thomas and Ronald Mathisen showed little emotion as Marion Superior Court Judge John R Bar ney Jr entered automatic pleas of not guilty and ordered they be held without bond He appointed public defenders for them and set a Sept 19 jury trial date Neither brother was wearing shackles Marion County Prosecutor Jef frey Mpdisett said a committee will consider whether to seek the death penalty in late June or early We know that it this case meets the he said The Casper brothers father i and Thomas Mathisens at the 9 EST hearing I just want to try to stay calm right I just want to get back said Heather Mathisen seven months pregnant Were not trying to be stupid We told the kids we wouldnt say Ronald Mathisen Sr said The pair said they would fly back to Wyoming immediately after the hearing The Mathisen brothers told investigators they came to Indi anapolis and planned to take hostages and then kill themselves In addition to murder and kid napping the Mathisens also were charged with four counts of attempted murder and onfe count of conspiracy to commit kidnap ping in connection with the six hour standoff said Rob Smith spokesman for the Marion County prosecutors office Smith said the two were each charged with two counts of mur der because the killing was done in the commission of another felony Both men also were charged with carrying a handgun without a license which were upgraded from misdemeanors to felonies because each has a prior conviction Smith said Marion County Prosecutor Jef frey Modisett said a separate kid napping charge was filed for each person held hostage at the restau rant Mondayf Their lives were endangered They were used as Modisett said Alan Ladd who was appointed to represent Ronald Mathisen saiti he hadnt had a chance to speak with his client much but his overall impression of his demeanor right now is he is shell shocked Pleasant weather forecast for holiday Race fans can look forward to sunny skies mild temperatures and light winds on Sunday according to local weather observ er Robert Wise Highs on race day should hit about 80 degrees with light winds out of the southwest at 10 to 15 mph Temperatures will drop off con siderably until then though with an unseasonably cool low of 40 degrees tonight Friday will be sunny and cool with a nigh of 70 of 40 The sun will contin ue on Saturday with temperatures warming to 77 degrees and drop ping to 50 degrees Saturday night Memorial Day should be sunny with a high of 83 pleasant weath er for those with the holiday off from work AH Kokomo Howard County and Tipton County governmental offices as well as all area schools will be closed on Monday Koko moHoward County Public Library main and branches and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will be closed Saturday through Monday Waste Management of Central Indiana will not pick up trash on Memorial Day but will do so on Tuesday The Crown Point Cemetery will be open the site of this years Memorial Day Service It will be conducted at 11 and organi zations planning to present a wreath should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the service There will hot be guest speakers Howard County Voiture 1103 40 8 is in charge of the memori al service May showers Jason front and Tye parliri right seventhgraders at Taylor Junior High School get wet with other pupils Wednes day as they grab for a water balloon which was doubling as a volleyball during a school picnic The event was conducted as a Hey lets have a good afternoon event according to teacher Larry Taylor For another photo of picnic activities please turn to Page A2 Tribune photo by Tim Bath Woman survives ordeal in creek A Kokomo woman was listed in critical con dition at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis today after the car she was a passenger in left a Miami County road Wednesday and went into a creek according to police Patsy A Davis 42 200 S Union St Apart ment 1 was found with only her head sticking out of the water It was estimated that she was in the water for about five to five and a half hours before help arrived and was semicon scious according to a press release by Indiana State Trooper Mike Tarrh Davis was initially taken to Howard Com munity Hospital and then was transferred via Lifeline helicopter to Methodist according to state police reports The accident occurred east of the intersection at 700 E Road 1400 South between 1 and the release said The driver of the vehicle Gregory E Caine E Foster was treated and released from Howard Community Hospital for pain in his neck and back According to reports Caine was driving a 1980 Chevrolet He told police that he blacked out and when he came to the car was in the water partially submerged He further stated that he drug Davis to the side of the creek and then went for help police said According to Tarrh Caine told police that he was on a number of prescribed medications which may be the reason for leaving the road It is unknown if seat belts were used but they would not have prevented injuries in this situation police said Converse Fire and Ambulance Services Con verse Marshal and medics from St Joseph Hospital Health Center assisted state police at the accident scene The accident remains under investigation by Tarrh Two help rescue woman A 40yearold woman was pulled from her vehicle by two witnesses just before her car caught fife early today Judy P Reese 715 N Bell suf fered lacerations to her head in the accident that occurred at As of Kokomo Tribune deadline Reese was being treated in the emergency room of Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center It was unknown if the woman would be admitted according to hospital community relations According to Kokomo police Spec David Galloway Reeses 1988 Oldsmobile Calais left the roadway on 31 South crossed through a vacant parking lot at Kentucky Fried Chicken 1523 S Reed Road struck a set of railroad tracks and came to rest in a ditch Two witnesses pulled her from her car before the fire started Galloway said the fire started in the engine compartment and was con tained No other injuries were report ed Galloway said that Reese was wearing a seat belt Reese told police her car began pulling toward the shoulder on 31 and when she tried to steer the vehicle back it left FireflghtersrDaveKinney front ano Capt Brad Chaplin extinguish a car fire after an accident off 31 this morning Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Vietnamese agree to open diplomatic offices HANOI Vietnam AP Viet nam and the United States have agreed to establish diplomatic missions an important step toward the normalization of rela the Foreign Ministry announced today The agreement comes more than 20 years after the two countries fought each other in a bloody war that divided the United States and cost nearly American lives the Foreign Ministry said in a statement that on May 20 and May 21 Assistant Secretary of State Winston Lord and Viet namese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Mai exchanged letters concur ring in the establishment of repre sentative offices in their respective President Clinton announced plans to establish the liaison offices when he lifted the 19year trade embargo against Vietnam on Feb 3 Since then relations between the countries have steadi ly improved Lord is scheduled to visit Vietnam in late June for the second time in six months Inside todays Tribune Local What are the chances of get ting a hotel room here Page A2 Sports Pacers look to even their series with the Knicks tonight Page Cl Also Inside Business Classified Local News of ITfPWtTHl INK ;