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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - October 5, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 32 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO TRIBUNE Wednesday Oct 50 cents Judge orders a juvenile checklist Aims to standardize placement of youths ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Howard Countys family and child services costs may be rising each year because of unnecessary placements into youth detention That possibility is prompting a new plan to draft a standardized placement checklist for judges to use in juvenile cases county officials said Tuesday Projected costs to place troubled youths in the Robert J Kin sey Youth Center and elsewhere played a large role in the county Family and Child Services budget request for next year the one for million that will likely result in a property tax hike The county council denied the request appropriating the department about million but that action was appealed last week to the state tax board by FCS county director Howard McClean A hear ing at the Courthouse is scheduled for early November Circuit Court Judge Richard Sand filling in for the suspended R Alan Brubaker has directed child welfare and juvenile justice officials to re examine the criteria now used for pulling youth offenders out of their homes and placing them into deten tion after theyre sentenced It costs about per day at the Kinsey Cen ter to dq so and ranges from to in outofcounty facilities Sand said in light of the recent bud getary clash between the cpuncil and PCS the county should possibly reconsider which troubled youths should remain free People dont want to pay the taxes to do this job and they dont want to throw them out in the Sand said Where do you draw the line Marty Stout chief juvenile proba tion officer said that as the system works now some youths are being pulled from the community that dont pose a threat Without that placement criteria where were seeing a problem is when they reoffend on probation no matter what it Stout said naming curfew violation and truancy as examples Weve got to be able to articulate to the judge better that these are still lowrisk kids and therefore do not need Probation officers now base rec ommendations to the judge on per sonal opinions because they lack a set criteria to go by Stout said This is the first time the judge of the circuit court has asked us to sit down and come up with a juvenile justice systemwide policy regarding removals and it could save At the same time although its highly Stout said more youths could be placed into deten tion if strict criteria is set Hell be consulting with local police the juve nile court referee the public defend ers office FCS case workers thera pists and citizens possibly in a public forum While the proposal has not yet been drafted Stout said it will require detention for youths who molest other children in the same household display suicidal tenden cies or indicate a risk at repeating a violent offense Stout said he hopes the policy will be implemented by midDecember The fact there will be a new circuit judge next year Sand leaves Dec 22 and Brubakers criminal trial in Boone County begins Jan 23 could throw a wrench into the works he said but it probably wont Its going to be hard pressed to call it a bad thing if youve got one policy regarding removals in juve nile court instead of 10 referring to each of his 10 probation officers who now make recommendations subjec Van flips four times Dortha and Herrell Buckalew comfort Jill Lowden after the van she was driving overturned four times Tuesday at Sycamore Street and Sante Fe Boulevard Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Local woman hurt in accident A Kokomo woman suffered minor injuries Tuesday in an accident in which the van she was driving overturned several times Jill Lowden 32 4300 Miller wood Lane was treated and released from Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center for minor head pain and minor lacerations according to a press release by Kokomo Police Specialist David Galloway At about 3 Lowden was driving a 1993 Oldsmobile Sil houette van eastbound on Sycamore Street and was struck by a blue 1989 Eagle Pre mier driven by Grace Thrush Doral Park Thrush was traveling west on Sycamore Street attempting to turn south onto Sante Fe Boule vard when her car struck the van Thrush was wearing a seat belt and was not injured the release said After being struck the van driven by Lowden hit the curb at the southeast corner of the intersection causing the van to flip four times before coming to rest overturned Lowden was wearing a seat belt also Police said witnesses helped her out of her van before police arrived Gangs Six face conspiracy charges Vice Lords Gangster Disciples By MIKE PALUCK and MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writers A confrontation between alleged members of rival gangs led to the Sept 11 shooting of a Kokomo man Howard County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ronald C Byal said Tuesday Six people who are charged with conspiracy to commit mur der in the shooting of Ronald D Taylor 22 appeared in Circuit Court Tuesday for arraignment The Class A felony charge is pending against Steven J Bender E Monroe Andrea N White E Taylor Jamal L Cox N Locke Earl Perrigen 20 2721 N Delphos Jason D Bottoms 28 611 N Main St Apartment 5 and Ollie Roc Williams ID 20 Indianapolis Kokomo police have reported that officers were called to Tay lors home 1236 E Taylor at Sept 11 and were told someone had broken into the home and fired at least three shots in the bedroom One shot from a handgun hit Taylor with the bul let going through his arm Taylor was struck in the mouth either by the same bullet or by a bone frag ment police said Taylors 18yearold girlfriend was sleeping with him at the time of the shooting but was not injured according to police According to Byal all of the sus pects with the exception of Bot toms are members of the Vice Lords gang He said the Vice Lords have chapters all over the country and Williams is a mem ber of the Vice Lords in Indi anapolis Byal went on to say the Vice Lords have been in Kokomo for a and added Andrea Whites one of the Asked about a motive for the shooting Byal said The informa tion we have is that Taylor belongs to a gang called the Gang ster Disciples which is the rival gang to the Vice He said the shooting was related to a con frontation that developed between the two groups several hours before the attack at Taylors home Asked for details of the incident Byal said let me just say it was a The deputy prosecutor said Tay lor recently moved to Kokomo and he hadnt heard Taylors name before the shooting Tuesday Kokomo Assistant Police Chief Charles Hackett said Taylor is not an admitted gang Please see Gangs Page Swiss police find 40 bodies at farm Sect members may have killed themselves CHEIRY Switzerland AP At least 40 people including chil dren were found dead this morn ing after fires destroyed a farm and three chalets in an apparent mass suicide by members of a reli gious sect police said Many of the bodies had gunshot wounds and plastic bags over their heads according to police and fire authorities at the fire scenes in four separate locations across two Swiss cantons or states Twentythree bodies were found at a farm in Cheiry in the canton of Fribourg about 45 miles northeast of Geneva Another 17 were found in three chalets near Martigny in Valais canton about 45 miles southeast of Geneva All of the victims at the farm were adults and French Swiss and Canadian passports were found among the bodies said Albert Torche a neighbor He told The Associated Press the farm was bought about three years ago by a froup that said it wanted to do iological research Police said they were assuming the deaths were a mass suicide by a religious sect The sect was called the Cross and Rose according to Andre Filler an investigating judge in Cheiry The deaths followed by just hours a fatal fire that destroyed a duplex in Quebec Canada owned by the leader of a religious group that advocates stockpiling weapons to prepare for the end of the world House voting today on world trade accord WASHINGTON AP House leaders are forging ahead with a vote on a new world trade agreement despite the mis givings of lawmakers in both parties who would rather wait until after the election House Speaker Thomas Foley on Tuesday consid ered doing what the Senate already has done delay the vote on legislation implementing the accord negotiated under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Supported by House Republican Leader Bob Michel of Illinois Foley decided late in the day to push forward with a vote today Trade Representative Mickey Kantor who was to appear today before the Senate Commerce Science and Trans portation Committee said the administration would not regard a House vote in a lame duck session later this year as a setback The 123nation GATT agree ment would cut worldwide tar iffs by about billion reduce other barriers to trade and extend the rules of world trade to services and intellectual prop erty such as computer programs and drug patents Inside todays Kokomo Tribune Style Visitors to Reims France can see sparkling wines Bl Alto Inside Business Classified Dear Local Warehouse fire ALEXANDRIA Ind Anderson firefighter Jeff Freeman sprays the smoldering frame of the warehouse fire here Tuesday Twenty homes were evacuated after the fourblock AIMan Corp complex fire began The build ing served as a storage area for businesses that include Leisure plastic chairs and Red Gold tomatoes A related sUxy on Page A4 AP photo ;