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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 23, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 20 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Friday Sept 50 cents Iron will Kenny Tarr a worker for Indianapolisbased All The plant being constructed next to the Waste State Steel assembles a 68foot long iron bar water Treatment Plant will be used to compost joist to support the roof of Kokomos new com yard waste and sludge generated from sewage posting plant treatment Construction on the facility began in late summer and the plant is expected to be oper ational in late winter or early spring Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Courts boot Dwayne Brown Supreme Court clerk barred from work INDIANAPOLIS AP Dwayne Brown pledged to return to work and finish out the year as the state courts clerk shortly after his indictment on ghost employ ment charges but the Indiana Supreme Court had other ideas Shortly after Brown was indict ed by a Marion County grand jury on Thursday the states high court issued an order that pro hibits Brown from exercising any duties pertaining to the office It says he can only go to his office to collect his belongings Brown faces seven counts accus ing him of having state workers perform political tasks for his ben efit on state time felony charges that carry a maximum threeyear sentence each upon conviction The Supreme Court justices attending a conference in South Bend acted swiftly in limiting Browns power The charges are a danger to the effective processing of the nearly appeals filed with the court clerks office each year Chief Jus tice Randall T Shepard told The Indianapolis Star Brown who surrendered to sheriffs authorities within hours of the indictment and was released after posting bond denied the charges in comments to reporters Brown had hired several female employees who knew nothing about the operation of the office and apparently never got the chance to learn authorities said We asked them to estimate how much of their time was spent either on Browns congressional bid or attorney general bid and the estimate ranged from 90 per cent to 100 Prosecutor Jeffrey Modisett said in announc ing the charges Brown a rising star in Democra tic politics nearly four years ago when he defeated a Republican incumbent did not seek a second fouryear term to the office His current term expires this year Chemical reaction caused Haynes fire No danger to environment people in moistureinduced blaze Modisett said sexual harassment allegations brought by former female employees were inter twined with the criminal charges but would not elaborate Kokomo fire investigators have determined the cause of Tues days Haynes International fire was the result of a chemical reac tion The fire apparently started as a result of a chemical reaction between moisture on a piece of alloy and kolene which is a clean ing solution Deputy Fire Chief Larry Laird said The reaction caused the kolene to splash out of the tank and ignite the fiberglass ductwork Fiberglass was the reason for the black he said Employees were evacuated from that part of the building with no injuries and the fire was extinguished Laird said Eight units of the Kokomo Fire Department assisted in containing the fire Kolene is not an acid as earlier reported it is a salt solution used to clean manufactured alloy according to Haynes International Safety Manager Steve Fisher He also said the temperature of the kolene is between 800 to 900 degrees The fire was contained to the R 1 Pickle Plant which houses large tanks of nitric acid hydrofluoric acid and kolene No chemical was burnt and there was no danger to the envi ronment or people An over splash from the kolene tank ignit ed the fiberglass he said The ductwork is used to carry the acid fumes way from the tanks into a fume scrubber which cleans the acid fumes Fisher said The work area there was halted since the fire but Fisher said it should be up and running today or Monday Fisher said no dollar amount has been set on the damages Buyer beating Beatty ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Rep Steve Buyer has an advan tage over Democratic challenger John D Beatty in the 5th District congressional race according to a Star poll released Thursday The poll taken Sept 18 showed Buyer with a 3 to 1 lead The results break down to percent for Buyer and percent for Beatty But a substantial per cent were undecided and there was a margin of error of plus or minus 11 percent Thus the poll should be taken with a grain of salt according to its conductor Brian Vargus director of the Indi ana University Public Opinion Laboratory Vargus posed a series of open ended questions to registered vot ers statewide 100 of whom live in the 5th District While noting the poll reveals an advantage for Buyer he said it is not meant as a definitive measure of whos in command of a particular race Instead it attempts to gauge what issues are most important to vot ers Were trying to let regular vot ers set the agenda instead of the Vargus said Vargus said most respondents were undecided when asked to identify an issue that will deter mine which candidate theyll vote for but the most recurring issue cited dealt with health care Buyer who on Thursday held a press conference challenging Beat ty to publicly take a stance on health care reform said that factor bodes well for his reelection bid For to hide on the health issue that hurts Buyer said this morning in an interview from Washington Beattys campaign manager Jim Bonham denied that characteriza tion He said Beatty has not come out in favor of a specific health care plan before Congress as Buyer challenged him to because he opposes them all He would support one that allows citizens the same coverage members of Congress enjoy the right to opt out of a plan and choose their own doctor Beatty would also support some form of employer mandate Bonham said Inside Business markets Classified ads B8 Dr Gott B9 B2 Local news Nation B3 Obituaries Opinion Sports B4 State Style Bl World B5 Haiti in flux Haitians dance in streets troops take over military base weapons depot PORTAUPRINCE A young Haitian girl waits outside the port as a soldier stands guard AP photo PORTAUPRINCE Haiti AP troops took over an air base and Haitis only known weapons depot as Haitian sol diers stood by Many in Haiti were buoyed by the widening of the American military contol and a threat to shoot security forces who menace civilians Thousands of joyful Haitians broke into a spontaneous demon stration Thursday at the gates to the citys seaport a staging area for the occupying force They called for the return of exiled President JeanBertrand Aristide and jumped up and held voter cards containing his picture Aristide Haitis first elected leader was ousted in a 1991 coup led by army commander Gen Raoul Cedras His restoration and Cedras ouster are primary aims of the intervention Lock up the crowd sang The demonstration happened within a few yards of where police beat one person to death and injured others on Tuesday while breaking up a crowd that had gathered on me docks to see the arriving troops On Thursday officials said American soldiers would open fire to prevent Haitian police and soldiers from killing civilians and few Haitian security forces were seen at the port Army Col John Altenburg told a news conference Thursday that American forces are expect ed to help Haitians if they see them being assaulted and can stop the attack without enor mous risk We wont search out or patrol to stop all the violence but if it happens before our eyes well take a graduated response up to deadly said Lt Col Egon Hawrylak commander of a Army battalion that took Portau Princes air base on Thursday In keeping with an agreement signed Sunday by Cedras and a delegation led by former President Jimmy Carter the 100 Haitian soldiers on duty did not resist the takeover of the dilapi dated airfield At the military airfield 17 small planes none visibly armed were parked alongside two heli copters Aging passenger planes their wing and tail flaps missing rusted amid chesthigh grass alongside the runway This is their air force base one soldier from the 10th Moun tain Division based in Fort Drum asked with a chuckle after hopping out of a Blackhawk helicopter ;