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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - October 6, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 33 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO lTRBUNE Thursday Oct 60 cents Smoking harvest Andrews ad stirs criticism from GOP Menges calls quotes a deception ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer A political advertisement for Democratic Howard County Pros ecutor James Andrews in which he quotes his opponents cam paign chairman as praising him has drawn fire from county Republicans The halfpage newspaper ad headlined What Others Are Say ing About Jim dis played favorable quotations about the prosecutor from nine individ uals While the statements all appear to be factual the fact that all but one of them are several years old has enraged members of Republi can challenger James Flemings campaign mat ad is nothing more than a deliberate and willful attempt to mislead and deceive the voters of Howard County into thinking the people that were quoted in the ad are endorsing the candidacy of Jim said Bill Menges county Republican Party chair man In addition to its passing off old comments taken from a vari ety of sources as modern senti ments Menges attacked the ad for taking out of context a January 1993 Kokomo Tribune letterto theeditor written by Dr Robert Steele Flemings campaign chair man The ad quotes Steele as saying of the KokomoCenter school scan dal If the unfolding trial process proves that serious crimes were committed this terrible cost will be proven to be worthwhile and the citizens of Kokomo will owe Jim Andrews Howard County Prosecutor and Craig Dunn Kokomo school board member a vote of Steele admitted the words were his but took sharp exception to their presentation If you read the entire text of the letter its obvious it was taken out of Steele said The next sentence in the letter read On the other hand if nothing is proven other than relatively minor transgressions of procedure and administration such as the selling of vacation Andrews and Dunn will owe the people of Kokomo some convinc ing evidence that this represents something more than a personal vendetta and an unscrupulous bid for notoriety or The letter was critical of the prosecutors Steele said Wednesday I think if he has to go to his opponents campaign chairman and lift quotes out of context hes real hard up for Andrews defended the adver tisement I have never intended by this ad to say that the people who are listed are presently endorsing Andrews said The purpose of the ad is to show what people have said about the prosecutor during the time that I have been Please see Andrews Page A6 Former minister convicted under abortion clinic law Both sides of issue voice their opinions RUSSIAVILLE Ind Bob Exmeyer clears an opening on the back of a truck that was unloading soybeans Wednesday at the Kokomo Grain elevator Soybean crops expected to be generous are about 70 per cent harvested in the Howard County area For a related photo please see Page A2 Tribune photo by Tim Bath PENSACOLA Fla AP A former minister accused of killing an abor tion doctor and an escort has been convicted in the first trial using a new fed eral law guaranteeing access to abortion clinics Abortion supporters and opponents said Paul Hills conviction Wednesday would set a national prece dent in the ongoing battles outside abortion clinics It sends a very clear massage that this extreme terrorist activity in the name of religion will not be said Eleanor Smeal president of the Fem inist Majority Foundation in Arlington Va The Rev Flip Benham director of Operation Res cue denounced the killings but said the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances law was not about vio lence its about Abortion rights advocates are just in glee over the fact theyve won this case because they know that a prece This government is unjust because it does not protect innocent they have set he said The jury deliberated just over two hours before finding Hill who repre sented himself guilty of three counts of violating the new law and one firearms charge He showed no emotion as the verdict was read but after the jury left he smiled broadly and shook hands with two courtappointed lawyers who had been asked to advise him Hill 40 could receive up to life in prison when he is sentenced Dec 9 He also faces the electric chair if convicted of murder in his Jan 30 state trial Hill presented no evidence called no witnesses and crossexamined none of his accusers during the threeday trial He plans to represent himself at his murder trial He also didnt deny killing Dr John Britton and his escort retired Air Force Lt Col James Barrett and wounding Barretts wife June Paul Hill Buyers offices may have violated House regulations He promises to reimburse federal Treasury By D AVID HA WRINGS Thomson News Service WASHINGTON Rep Steve Buyers congressional and campaign offices exchanged frequent documents this sum mer some memos about political strategy and fundraising in possible violation of House rules Buyer a Republican is seeking a second term in Congress representing the 5th Dis trict which includes Howard County and the counties to the west north and east His Democratic opponent next month is Howard County Sheriff Beatty who has been criticized by Buyer for using his official county telephone line for campaign calls House of Representatives ethics rules say no campaign activities should be per formed in a manner mat utilizes any official including official office space or equipment But die House Ethics Commit tee recently told members this is not always especially when it comes to scheduling and press relations for a con gressmans dual lives as office holder and candidate But during a threeweek period in late August and early September Buyers three official office fax machines sent 26 transmis sions to the Hoosiers Supporting Buyer for Congress Committee in Monticello an accounting of fax traffic on the campaigns machine shows In the same period the records show another 26 transmissions were made from the campaign fax machine to Buyers con gressional offices in Washington Kokomo and Monticello Please see Buyers Page Inside todays Kokomo Tribune Local More views on health care changes A3 Style Start planning your Hal loween activities now edition of Prep Watch Sports Easterns Kristin Mason is featured in this weeks Also Inside Business Classified Local United Way jumps to 25 of goal By LISA FIPPS Tribune staff writer There were three cheers literally for the United Way Wednesday as it was reported the organization has raised nearly 25 percent of its goal Kokomo High Schools varsity cheerleaders performed three cheers to keep enthusiasm at its peak during the first loaned associates report meeting Loaned associates were previously called loaned executives Loaned associates are workers from area business es labor unions government bodies and educational insti tutions who are loaned to the United Way from the end of August until Nov 10 They work either fullor parttime for United Way and are relieved of regular job duties during the time they are loaned to the Unit ed Way but continue to receive pay from their employers There are 18 loaned associates along with 100200 volun teers soliciting contributions for United Way There are four report meetings conducted each Wednes day during October During each of the report meetings the loaned associates report progress made toward the 1995 fundingraising campaign goal of Since the Sept 10 kickoft of the organizations annual fundraising campaign Mike Spear president of the United Way announced has been raised Thats per cent of the money needed to support the organization which in turn helps support other organizations United Way helps support American Red Cross HowardTipton chapter Big Sisters Bona Vista Rehabilitation Center Boy Scouts of America Sag amore Council CASA Carver Community Center Family Service Association Food Finders Food Bank Girl Scouts Tribal Trails Council Howard County Childrens Center Literacy Coalition Mental Health Association the Salva tion Aroiy YMCA and YWCA Tte next report meeting is noon Oct 12 at the United Way building community room Kokomo High School varsity cheerleaders Jaime Coady left and Amanda Mason cheer for United Way on Wednesday Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds ;