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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - November 19, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Tipton heads back to the Dome Page B1 Kokomo Ind Saturday I Nov 50 cents A surfer in Cape May waits for a wave to crash before venturing out Storm turns south Bizarre Gordon downgraded to tropical storm AP photo NAGS HEAD AP Hurricane Gordon the Atlantics most bizarre storm in 22 years battered North Carolinas Outer Banks before it weakened into a tropical storm Friday and doubled back unexpectedly toward Florida Forecasters in Florida kept a wary eye on Gordon which left a trail of devastation as it took a zigzag course up from the Caribbean earlier this week The storm which didnt reach the 74 mph hurricane threshold until Thursday when it was off North Carolina was blamed for hundreds of deaths in Haiti and six deaths and at least mil lion in vegetable crop damage in Florida Were not panicking or any thing here but we are taking it said Mike Rucker meteorologist with the Florida Division of Emergency Manage ment If it does get as tar south as the Bahamas it gets into warm waters again and can At 4 Gordon was about 165 miles south of Hatteras with winds clocked at 70 mph The storm was drifting south at 6 mph with little change in strength expected over the next 24 hours Rucker called Gordon the most bizarre storm since September of when Hurricane Dawn hit South Florida arid headed into the open Atlantic Like Gordon Dawn headed north then turned west toward the Outer Banks where it got close but never hit land Dawn then doubled back toward Flori da barely missing Jacksonville Fla Residents on the Outer Banks worked Friday to clean up after a punishing high tide with waves up to 16 feet destroyed four empty houses in Kitty Hawk Three of the houses had been condemned because of heavy damage from earlier storms The tide left a sandy muck as much as feet deep on parts of state Highway 12 which links North Carolinas fragile barrier islands For most Outer Banks residents it was business as usual The tem perature reached a record 79 degrees in Cape Hatteras and at the Nags Head Links people played golf in shorts and short sleeves Most businesses in Atlantic Beach an island south of More head City were operating as usual Only the main pest office and a few businesses nad taken storm precautions and taped their windows Wes Whitt who owns a surf shop across the street from the ocean had boarded up his windows but stayed open for business Ive had two great he said Were right here at the No 1 spot for surfing so people fly in and come here just to surf this Greg Walshs camper got stuck as he tried to head home from the Outer Banks to Saratoga I picked the wrong time to come said Walsh who had come to fish near Nags Head with his two children Gordon developed off Nicaragua on Nov 8 and ran an erratic course over Cuba and neighboring Haiti where officials put the death toll at 531 It was the third hurricane of the Atlantic storm season A grazing cow searches for drier ground as an egret hitches a ride across a flooded pasture outside Miami Gooch arrested on OWI charge ByMIKEPALUCK Tribune staff writer A Kokomo man who served four years in prison for the traffic related death of Barbara Peelle of Kokomo was arrested early Friday on a misdemeanor charge of oper ating a vehicle while intoxicated records indicated With the arrest Nathan D Gooch 23 3812 W Road 80 Norm could face disciplinary action from the Indiana Parole Board a parole officer said Friday Gooch appeared in Howard Superior Court 3 Friday morning for an initial hearing on the Class A misdemeanor charge that accus es him of driving while intoxicat ed near the intersection of Laramie Lane and Sycamore Road Judge Randy G Hainlen entered a plea of innocent for Gooch and set a Jan 26 jury trial One year in prison and a fine are the maximum penalties for a Class A misdemeanor con viction Gooch was paroled from the Indiana Department of Correction Feb 6 after serving time for a reck less homicide conviction in Peelles July death Friday he was released from the Howard County Criminal Justice Center on bond that was set for the new charge a jail official said According to a report filed by Kokomo police Lt Jerry Williams Gooch was the driver of a 1994 Jeep that was traveling west on Sycamore Road at approximately 55 mph The posted speed limit in the area is 35 mph the report said Williams reported that when he stopped the Jeep at Laramie Lane he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Gooch and noticed his eyes were very bloodshot and Gooch admitted to Williams that he had been drinking beer court records said The officer reported that Gooch tailed fieldsobriety tests After the tests Gooch voluntarily sub mitted to a portable bream test that registered a bloodalcohol content of percent A person with a bloodalcohol content of percent is considered intoxi cated in Indiana Williams reported that Gooch initially agreed to take a breath test at the county jail but once at the jail he refused to submit to a breath test or a blood test On Feb in Howard Cir cuit Court Gooch was sentenced to eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a Class C felony charge of reckless homicide in Peelles death Authorities said Gooch was the driver of a Chevrolet Beretta that struck Peelle and her dog as they walked near her home on Old Sycamore Road The car was trav eling 80 to 90 mph at the time of the collision according to a teen ager who was riding with Gooch Peelle received massive injuries and died at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis about 10 hours later As part of the sentence in Howard Circuit Court Goochs drivers license was suspended for five years Another 30day sus pension was added in December 1990 when Gooch was convicted of passing a school bus while loading or unloading A drivers license that was issued to Gooch June 27 is now stapled to the file of the OWI case pending against him in Superior Court 3 Friday Bill Geary an Indiana parole officer said Goochs parole officer can request a warrant for his arrest After a preliminary hearing the parole board waits for the outcome of any new charge before taking any action for an alleged parole violation The board would have to conduct a final hearing within 60 days of the disposition of the new charge Cleary said Local Inside todavs Tribune Health officials schoolers to get wl cough vaccinations Page Sporta Kokomp Womens City Bowl ing Tournament results Classified Comics Local Nation News of Primetjwe Spoils Vol 144 No 77 21st Century decision may come Monday By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer KokomoCenter Schools 21st Century Plan will enter its next stage Monday if the school board takes the action Superintendent Roger W Thornton hopes The board is scheduled to make a tentative decision on what to include in the schoolimprove ment plan so a financial adviser can be hired to find the cost of the work Thornton said The boards decision is expected to come dur ing a special public meeting scheduled for Monday at the KokomoCenter administra tion building I would expect the board after whatever discussion it deems appropriate to set a tentative Thornton said Darlene Poulard KokomoCen ter School Board president said the only vote that will definitely be taken during the Monday ses sion is on whether to hire a finan cial consultant The boards ideas on what should tentatively be studied by that consultant could come in the form of a vote or in discussion with Thornton I think its dangerous at this point to say we definitely want to lock in what we want to look she said Three years in the making the 21st Century Plan outlines recom mendations to enhance education at KokomoCenter Schools Thornton presented the plan formulated by community mem bers and school administrators in September The plan calls for six elementary schools and three middle schools Darrough Chapel Lafayette Park and Maple Crest at the corporation All high school stu dents would attend Kokomo High School south campus where a new career center would be built Roosevelt Washington and McKinley schools and Kokomo High School downtown campus would be closed or demolished under the proposal One building Wallace School would be torn down and rebuilt The plan also calls for increased counseling and parental and busi ness involvement The corporation has also unveiled options to three recom mendations in Septembers 21st Century Plan They call for keep ing KHS downtown campus and Washington School open for use by KokomoCenter They would allow Darrough Chapel School to remain an elementary and Bon Air School to be a middle school Judge steps into school for a day HUNTINGBURG Ind AP The judge got a lesson in handing out discipline Superior Court Judge Elaine B Elliott stepped down from the bench and into the classroom at Southridge Middle School She followed Principal Al Mihajlovits for a day as part of American Edu cation Week Ms Elliott said she was impressed with how Mihajlovits disciplined a couple unruly stu dents In one case two teenagers got into a shoving match Another teen was disrespectful to a teacher She said Mihajlovits let the stu dents know he cared about them but he kept a serious tone to let them know he meant business Then he ended the session on a positive note by talking about bas ketball or other miscellaneous subjects They left on a good note and said See when they left the she said I admirethe way he dealt with Ms Elliott said she also spent part of Wednesday in the boys locker room tending a student hurt in gym class The boy needed stitches but returned later in the day She also met with teachers who had attended a national confer ence and monitored students in the halls at lunch Ms Elliott taught art for stu dents in kindergarten through 12th grade for three years before entering law school Still she was pleasantly surprised at how friendly motivated and well behaved the middle school stu dents were Word wonders Kelli Gibson from left and Daniel Grant finish spelling the word repugnance at Maple Crest School as Sabrina Schroeder checks to see if her spelling is correct Friday The three are part of a Kokomo Enrichment for Youth KEY team that will compete in the state Junior Hoosier Spell Bowl com petition at noon today at Belzer Middle School in Indianapoltev The local group is made up of seventhand eighthgraders from the KokomoCenter advanced learning program v Tribune photo by Tim Baity ;