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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 31, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana V6l 143 No 267 Kokomo Ind TRIBUNE Tuesday May 50 cents Members of VFW 1152 Auxiliary and the posts Junior Girls Auxiliary march back in formation after placing a Memorial Day wreath Tribune photos by Dave Hess Solemn salute has personal meaning ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer The Civil War Sailors and Sol diers Monument at Crown Point Cemetery has been a Kokomo fix ture since its construction in 1886 rate out flllen soldiers each year at Memorial Day This year was no different as visitors paid tribute at an 11 ceremony on Monday Georgia Reed president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars 1152 took part this year in laying a wreath on the statute It is a solemn salute to all those who gaveitheir lives in the line of battle defending their country she said As president of the auxiliary a group of Nyives daughters and sis ters of VFW post 1152 members Reeds participation is a natural outgrowth of her support of veter ans and their families But it goes a little deeper than that Reed born in 1943 at the height of World War II also pays tribute to her late father Morris C Myers Myers of Kokomo survived his tour of duty in Germany sur vived the war and later worked for Chrysler Corp He retired from Chrysler in 1977 and died about a year later Reed said shes not sure exactly how her father served because she speak of the war unlike many ofthe Post 1152 members who find it therapeutic to discuss their wartime experi ences with each other I know it must have been really hard on him because he never spoke about Reed said These guys down here at Post 1152 920 N Washington talk about it all the time so I figure my father must have seen some things that really upset I think its better to talk about it because it puts their mind at ease instead of holding everything Reed said in addition to com memorating the holiday at Crown Point she plants a variety of flow ers each year for her father outside her home in Point Isabel about 10 miles north of Elwood This year she planted marigolds irises and poppies some of his favorites Audrey Presnall whose husband was killed in Viet nam prepared this flower arrangement in her hus bands boot as a memorial No deal Defiant Rosty could be indicted as early as today WASHINGTON AP A defiant Rep Dan Rpstenkowski one of the top dealmakers in Con gress is rejecting any plea bargain with prosecutors and gambling that he can win an expected trial on corruption charges I am confident that I will be he says The feisty chairman of Rostenkomki the House Ways and Means Committee virtually dared federal prosecutors to indict him Monday relishing the chance to fight to regain my reputation in Rostenkowski said he would temporarily leave his chairman ship remain in Congress and run for a 19th term in November Prosecutors were prepared to oblige Rostenkowskis challenge Attorney Eric Holder sched uled an afternoon announcement concerning Rostenkowski and could obtain a grand jury indict ment as early as today on charges that the congressman defrauded taxpayers of hundreds of thou sands of dollars Holder had given Rostenkowski until today to accept or reject a plea bargain offer that would have allowed him to plead guilty to a felony serve a short jail term and resign from Congress If Rostenkowski surren ders his gavel Rep Sam Gibbons would be likely to take over the committee as it struggles with President Clintons health care reform bill Rostenkowski 66 would be forced to vacate his post anyway under House Democratic Cau cus rules which demand that a chairman step aside if indicted for a felony carry ing a prison term of two or more years But three members of his com mittee Democrats Charles Rangel of New Mike Andrews of Texas and Republican Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania agreed today that Rostenkowski would remain a force on the com mittee I suspect he will stay actively Andrews said on CBS I think the chairmans going to maintain a behindthescenes con trol of this Santorum said of Rostenkowski and health reform legislation Rangel appearing with Santo rum on ABC agreed but said that without Rostenkowski as chair man Quite frankly I think it will take a little longer to get fail to save whale SANTA AP A 26foot gray whale that had wandered the shallow waterways off San Francisco Bay died after three days of efforts by scientists police and volunteers to coax the animal into deeper water The 4ton carcass was hauled from a creek with a crane late Monday so that marine biologists could examine the whale and find out why it died The animal lost its way on Sat urday and eventually got stuck in muck and about a foot of water Rescue crews climbed into the creek and tried to push the whale into deeper water Later they put a harness around the animal and used rubber boats to try to tug it gently toward the bay but the whale died Monday evening Veterinarians had no idea why the whale kept turning the wrong way Other whales were spotted last week in shallow waters in the San Francisco Bay area and a whale nicknamed Petaluma Pete swam up the Petaluma River and disap peared Marine mammal experts want to know if the beachings were relat ed Inside todays Tribune Local Tipton glider pilot crashes into grain elevator Page A2 Style Lions help toddler get new eye Page Bl Sports Reggie Miller steps to fore front in closing minutes and sends Knicks reeling to New York Page A7 Also inside Business markets Classified Dear Or Entertainment 356 B710 Local News of HUNTED WITHl SOYIKIK Bomb techs defuse explosive situations By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer Having a job which involves defusing and disarming bombs is not conducive to a long life span but the job is a rush according to Sgt Jeff Kirk and Sgt Rick Nutt The two Kokomo Police Depart ment officers are bomb techni cians They find their job fulfilling but very dangerous The biggest rush is when everything works out as it wag said Theres no Other feeling like Nutt said Nutt is the bomb technician for the departments Special Weapons and Tactical team and Kirk is the departments bomb technician who works closely with the SWAT team The two applied to the FBI bomb school in Huntsville at the same time in 1989 and form a good team when needed Kirk said We compliment each other well and know what the other is thinking in a crucial he added The two said they have been called out as a team about five times on bomb or related calls and on several other situations We not only investigate possi ble bombs but we receive a lot pf calls about things people find that theyre unsure what it4s Some times its ypu just never know what to Nutt said The recent incident was May 19 at Chrysler Cprp Trans mission Plant 2401 S Reed Road Police were called out after an object that may have had possible explosive capabilities was found in the factory Kirk was called in to detonate the object for safety precautions Kokomo police and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms investigated the object and days later announced that the device did not have explosive capabilities But as the two explained you cant take any chances You have to treat every situation as if it were a real When you go out to something like this its a life threatening situ Kirk said I didnt have time to think about the fact that I could have been blown to pieces when I went there I was thinking about the training I received and the best way to handle the situa he said I felt the biggest rush when I walked up to the device after detonating it and see ing that everything went as planned The training worked Then when its over you shake like he added Kirk said the bomb explosion at the Howard County Courthouse in 1987 that injured 15 and killed one triggered the need for bomb specialists Police believed the suspect Robert Gray who died in the explosion may have had other explosives around town The department needed a lot of extra Sgt Jeff Kirk takes a break earler this mpnth manpower in that investigation Kirk said It took a time longer than it should to investigate Kirk said After that the admin istration felt that it was in the departments best interest to have a bomb after detonating an object at Chrysler Transmission plant Tribune photo by Anne Farrar The training for the risky job consists of fourweek initial train ing course and officers are required to be recertified every two years The school accepts and trains about 150 to 200 officers a year out of about applicants Nutt said Theres only about 20 to 25 trained bomb specialists in the Mutt explained Because of that we assist sur rounding cities and counties in possible bomb situations when v T ;