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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - October 13, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 40 Kokomo Ind Thursday Oct 50 cents Its fall fun time Colors burst across state Southern hills will leave you breathless INDIANAPOLIS AP Southern Indianas rolling hills are bursting with the col ors of autumn not to mention bumpertobumper traffic But naturelovers who want to catch a glimpse of the leafy kaleidoscope had better join the traffic jam soon The word is that the colors are going to peak this week end in southern Indiana Hopefully well have cooper ative weather so people can enjoy the said Julie Charles a spokeswoman for the states Division of Forestry Although the leaves usually hang around for a couple weeks after their peak color Charles warns that procrasti nators could miss the colorful show if a hard freeze or strong autumn storm visits the trees before they do Foul weather can send the leaves fluttering to the forest floor at any rime she says The weather has been real ly good for the leaves clear warm days and cool nights but you cant count on some thing this beautiful lasting for she said Closely gourded Reba Shelley says this pumpkin shes next to was grown at her home on Howard County roads 300 North and 450 West It weighs an estimated 400 pounds she said After Shelley uses the insides for pies she plans to allow her grandchil dren to carve the pumpkin into a jackolantern Her secret in At Brown County State Park seasonal naturalist Jack Weddle has been watching the leaves arid agrees theyre almost at their peak Weddle thinks the leaves are turning earlier than usual this year although some park visitors hes chatted with growing the large pumpkin is tenderloving care Her hus band Leonard Shelley fertilized the plant often In addition he used composted yard waste distributed from Kokomos Wastewater Treatment plant Tribune photo by Stephen Shaner during his sassafras basket weaving demonstrations have disputed that Whatever that case he says the colors are as beautiful as they ever were The turning every thing from yellow to orange to red and the blackgum is a oeau tiful said Weddle a Gnawbone resident Some of the hickory trees yel low on the ridges but down in the valleys theyre a brown color and not as Weddle said that besides leaves park visitors might spot a wild turkey or two he counted 43 of the birds last week along with a number of deer While autumn in Brown County means lots of spectacular foliage the park and nearby Nashville typically attract around a million visitors from late September through October Crime bill bringing more officers here Police department gets grant ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer One of the first tangible results of this years crime bill will come to Kokomo in the form of five new police officers The Justice Department has awarded the Kokomo Police Department a grant to hire the additional officers according to a statement from 5th District Rep Steve Buyer The grant aims at putting new officers on community police patrols a growing concept in which cops patrol neighborhoods on foot or bicycles instead of in squad cars Police Chief Lynn Rudolph and Mayor Robert Sargent returned to Kokomo from Washington Wednesday evening where they attended an upbeat ceremony on the South Lawn of die White House They joined other police chiefs and mayors from around the nation Attorney General Janet Reno and President Bill Clinton The president released a mil lion down payment of an billion total that will help 392 communities put new police officers on the beat The ceremony marked the first step in Clinton s campaign pledge to put new officers on the street Were determined to hit the ground run Clinton said We together have made a commitment to make the American people freer of Buyer the Republican congress man who voted against the crime bill cautioned that the money is temporary and will not cover the full costs of the officers He said the grant requires a 25 percent local match and will only fund the officers for three years after which the entire cost will be shift ed to local taxpayers Please see Crime Page Quiet exit PORTAUPRINCE Haiti Former Haitian military leader Raoul Cedras is led to the PortauPrince passenger terminal by Army soldiers along with his sons Christian 10 Raoul 16 and daughter Michaela 14 shortly before departing for Panama early this morning AP photo Lazarus workers giving 100 for United Way By LISA FIPPS Tribune staff writer Lazarus is doing its fair share to help the United Way According to Lori Tate a loaned associate from United Ways Information and Referral Services 100 percent of the employees at the store are participating in the fair share program Those participating in the fair share program agree to have a portion of their earnings deducted from their paychecks and donated to United Way The standard gift ranges from 6 percent to per cent However people am also give Eagle gifts which are twice the standard meaning to 3 percent of their salaries Mike Spear executive director of Howard County United Way never heard of it happening Tate said This is the first time its happened since hes been She noted hes been on staff for at least 10 years One hundred percent of employees at one company giving is unusual but to have mem all participate in Society Bank workers Joyce Astell and Uz Donovan clap as results are announced Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds fair share is even more unusual personal stories store members Milly Kelley United Way staff shared about how the local United member said Tate attributes Waysupported organizations Uzaruss outstanding gift to the have positively touched their managements enthusiasm for the lives United Way campaign and the Its really neat Tate said They get up and talk and my jobs over Theres nothing better than a personal experience Not only can peo ple participate in the fair share pro gram they can make cash dona tions to the United Way or state a dol lar amount they want to give in one lump sum quarterly etcetera Also people can give or more to cover the minimal admin istrative expenses United Way incurs and become a member of the Pioneer Club or to and become a member of the Elwood Haynes Club The clubs were started so other dona tions could go directly to the local organizations that United Way helps support Lazarus employees are just some of die people who have lent helping hands to touch hearts recently 1994 United Wty Campaign At this weeks report meeting Spear announced the United Way loaned associates and vol unteers have now raised or 38 percent of its goal Thats up percent from last Wednesday The United Way cam paign continues until Nov 10 Money raised by the United Way supports the following local organizations American Red Cross HowardTipton chapter Big Sisters Bona Vista Rehabilitation Center Boy Scouts of America Sagamore Council CASA Carver Commu nity Center Family Service Asso ciation Food Finders Food Bank Girl Scouts Tribal Trails Council Howard County Childrens Cen ter Literacy Coalition Mental Health Association the Salvation Army YMCA and YWCA Accident victim is dead Tuesdays accident at the inter section of Howard County roads 300 East and 50 North which resulted in the death of Ida Graber 64 Peru also claimed the life of her daughter Joan Bon trager on Wednesday The 39yearold Bontrager died at Methodist Hospital in Indi anapolis at Graber died at the scene of the twocar acci dent on Tuesday Investigators said today they expect criminal charges to be filed against 17yearold Daniel Hester 1021 Cornell Road Hester who was driving the other vehicle involved ran a stop sign striking Bontragers car Howard County Sheriff Deputy Lt Napoleon Leal said Graber was a passenger in Bontragers car Sheriff deputies found a small quantity of marijuana and para phernalia in Hesters vehicle at the scene according to Leal Police believe marijuana was not a factor in the accident But Leal did say criminal charges will be sought from the Howard County Prose cutors office today against Hes ter Tests were done to determine if Hester was under the influence of marijuana and or alcohol According to deputies reports Hesters vehicle was traveling west on 50 North and disregarded a stop sign at 300 East striking Bontragers car Hester was flown via Lifeline helicopter to Methodist Tuesday and is in fair condition Also injured were three teenagers who were passengers in Hesters vehicle They were taken to Howard Community Hospital Thomas Halter 18 1809 N McCann is in critical but stable condition Christy Miller 16 1807 N McCann and William Robinson 19 Russiaville were in good condition Schwans recalls ice cream INDIANAPOLIS AP State officials are advising Indiana resi dents to steer clear of recalled Schwans ice cream after several Hoosiers report becoming ill Among them is a woman who came down with salmonella food poisoning after eating Schwans ice cream Health officials say they cant be sure the ice cream caused her illness that was diagnosed this week State Epidemiologist Edmundo Muniz says health officials are investigating reports by several other Indiana residents who said they had severe diarrhea after eat ing the ice cream People in at least 14 states have reported getting sick after eating the ice cream health officials said Wednesday The Indiana Health Departmen ts telephone number for people concerned they may have con tracted salmonella is 3176330100 Inside Business Howard County farmers have a healthy harvest Paae B7 B Style Kokomo Symphony plans special evening Page Bl Also inside Business Classified Local ;