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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - October 2, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Purdue shocks 25thranked Illinois Page B1 Vol 144 No 29 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Sunday Oct Japan prevent trade war WASHINGTON AP The United States and Japan struck a series of opening trade agreements Saturday after a 20hour negotiating marathon averting a threatened trade war between the worlds two largest economies However the countries could not reach a deal to lower barriers in Japans auto and auto parts market which account for 60 percent of Americas record bil lion annual trade deficit with Japan The Clinton administration which had been pressing the Japanese to open key markets hailed the accords which cover telecommunications medical equipment insurance and glass as landmark deals mat should result in billions of dollars of new sales of American goods and ser vices This is a good deal for the United States and a good deal for Trade Representative Mickey Kantor told reporters The government procurement agree ment covers purchases of medical and telecommunications equipment by the Japanese government and Japans huge government controlled telephone compa ny NTT The procurement agreement and the insurance deals were finalized Saturday while both countries agreed in principle to a proposal to open Japans billion glass market Remaining details will be worked out over the next month Because of the failure to lower auto trade barriers the administration said it would begin negotiations over the next 12 to 18 months seeking to open Japans replacement auto parts market Foreign producers now capture just percent of total sales compared to 47 percent in the United States But the administration refrained from citing Japan under a more feared section of trade law known as Super 301 which carries the stigma of being labeled an unfair trader Kantor said that Japans willingness to reach deals in the other areas had been a factor in withholding a Super 301 desig nation He said no country would be cited this year although the administration would publish a watch list of countries with unfair barriers on Monday On the march Western High School drum majors Kevin Wilkinson left and Cheryl Cox right lead the Panther band at the Indi ana district band contest at Lewis Cass High School in Walton on Saturday Area bands advance to regional contests Kokomo High School is among several area inarching bands advancing to regional competition in the Indiana State School Music Association Marching Band Contest Satur day Kokomo competing in Class A will advance to the regionals in Carmel Saturday according to Gary Wallyn band director The area bands will advance because they each earned fist diviaion ratings said Don Krug band director at Lewis Cass High School in Walton In Claw D competition at Lewis Cass High School Satur day five high school bands earned the right to advance to regional competition in Elkhart Saturday The advancing bands include the following according to Krug Eastern TriCentral Pioneer from Royal Center Winamac Norm Miami from Denver TriCentral won a caption award for best auxiliary and North Miami won a caption award for best inarching In Class C competition the fol lowing high school bands will advance to the regional Western Taylor Lewis Cass Maconaquah Frankfort A caption award went to Western for best auxiliary Lewis Cass won caption awards for best music best marching and best general effect the most awards the band has won in a single contest this year Krug said Sophomore Bradford Morgan above of Lewis Cass High School concentrates before the bands perfor mance photos by Stophtn Shantr The Lewis Cass marching band at left gets ready to take the field Saturday at the district band contest it hosted Taylor teachers to talk Thursday Representatives of Taylor School board and teachers will meet Thursday night for the first time since 1994 contract talks between the parties ended in stalemate Sept 13 We have met with our mem bers and discussed the issues that are blocking a Taylor Education Association President James Myers said in a statement released this week We are ready to offer a counterproposal mat will hopefully get the process Teachers have been without a new contract since January when their 1994 pact expired They have asked for a percent salary increase and addition of fair a process which would require nonunion teachers to pay for TEA representation During the Sept 13 session which involved a state mediator school officials last proposal included a percent salary increase but no fair share Two days later the teachers rejected the offer No mediator will be at Thurs days meeting This weeks TEA statement was released by William G Gist Indi ana State Teachers Association UniServ director It said no details of the teachers counterproposal will be announced to the media Munster attorney Steven R Crist the school boards negotia tor said he has heard no details of the teachers upcoming proposal either I wont know until the he said Im anxious to hear what they have to He declined to say whether the board has its own revised contract proposal Meanwhile Myers said teachers will continue to show their unity by wearing badges buttons and likecolored doming to school TEA plans to do no volunteer committee work for the corpora tion Monday and Friday Inside todays Tribune Local Congressional can didates give their views on health care Page Cl Auto Dl2 Classified ads D312 DearAbby D4 D5 Entertainment E78 Metro Cl6 News of record A6 State Four jailed on felony charges in shooting By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer Four people each face a conspir acy to commit murder charge for their alleged involvement in a shooting that police say is gang related All four were in the Howard County Criminal Justice Center Saturday Andrea N White 22 1321 E Taylor Steven J Bender 19 1118 E Monroe Jason D Bot toms 28 611 E Main St Apart ment 5 and Ollie Williams III 20 Indianapolis were each arrested on a Class A felony charge of con spiracy to commit murder according to a Kokomo police press release If convicted as charged the foursome could spend from 15 to 45 years in prison and could pay up to a fine White Bender and Bottoms are being held in jail without bond Williams also known as is being held in jail on a bond reports said The charges allege that on the morning of Sept 11 the four con spired to kill Ronald D Taylor 22 of Kokomo at his eastside resi dence Taylor survived the shoot lice said ilice would not be more specif ic on how the shooting was gang related but they did say other arrests are expected White and Bender were arrested Wednesday and Thursday respec tively on other charges or conspir acy to commit theft and theft in an incident at Cubs Foods White was also charged at mat time with battery and disorderly conduct for her alleged involvement in a fight at Christos Club Aug 20 Williams was arrested Friday at his Indianapolis home and was transported to the Howard Coun ty Criminal Justice Center In the shooting the front dopr of Taylors home had been kicked in and he was allegedly shot in the left upper arm and mouth while sleeping in bed with his girlfriend according to police reports The 18yearold girlfriend who lives with Taylor but whose iden tity was not available police was not shot Police told someone had broken into the home and toed at least thrae shots in the bedroom area One shot from a mediumcal iber semiautomatic gun hit Tay lor with the bullet going fcrough his ana according to reports Tay lor was struck in fee mourn either by the same bullet or by a feme fragment Police said Taylor knew the suspect and had an argua wim him earlier that nuning ;