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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 26, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 23 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Monday Sept 50 cents Haitian police soldiers beat it Civilians loot empty buildings CAPHAITIEN Haiti AP Marines are now the only law in Haitis secondbiggest city Few of Haitis hated security forces were on the streets of Cap Haitien on Sunday a day after a Marine patrol killed 10 Haitian gunmen in the first clash between troops and Haitians An estimated 800 police sol diers and civilian gun men attached to the army were either hiding or fleeing having abandoned their police headquar ters and an army barracks Hundreds of Haitians embold ened by the deaths of the 10 armed men in the firefight with Marines ransacked police sta tions carrying off guns identity cards even musical instruments The Marines meanwhile backed off their initial report that the Haitians fired first Saturday night touching off the deadly gunbattle outside a police station One of our patrols saw a ges ture by an individual with an Uzi machine gun He took that indi vidual out and a firefight said Col Tom Jones commanding officer of the Marine AirGround Task Force The lieutenant shot him when he made a gesture to raise his Jones continued He said he could not say who fired first Lt Virg Palumbo 24 of Windber or the Haitians The gunfight broke out after an Echo Company platoon on its evening patrol stopped across the street from the police barracks servicemen are in Haiti to pave the way for the return of the ousted elected president Jean Bertrand Aristide and set the scene for democratic government in a country with no tradition of democracy Francis Jose a HaitianAmeri can Navy apprentice serving as an interpreter suffered a flesh wound in the leg during the gun battle Saturday night and was evacuated to the USS Wasp for treatment A Haitian seriously wounded in the firefight also was taken to the American helicopter assault ship In the early morning hours Sun day police and soldiers aban doned their posts Word spread quickly to the streets and hundreds poured out Adopting Amber At the main military barracks Haitians took everything they could get their hands on even tubas and trombones They played the instruments in the as crowds garnered out side Some people fired guns into the air but many handed weapons over to some of the Marines in CapHaitien One civilian handed over a skull with a bullet hole Inside Local Yard waste ban wont cause problem for most lawn care enthusiasts Pagt A3 Style Harvesting zucchini Try these recipes Page Bl Sports Colts fall victim to bigplay Browns Pagt AS Alto IntMe Business Local News of George Anita and Tiffany Burns hope to bring Tiffanys biological sister Amber shown in picture into their home soon Tribune photo by Tim Bath Battling the system Greentown couple fights to reunite greatnieces ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer You dont have to be a parent to shudder at what baby Amber has been through Shes been shifted from several different homes in the first two years of her life She was neglected and malnourished to the point that her body weight dwindled to 7 pounds 1 ounce at 10 months of age recalls Anita Burns the woman now trying to adopt her In her first few months of life she was sometimes laid to bed at night in a dresser drawer out of which a rat once jumped after gouging a 1 inch scratch in her leg according to past Kokomo Tribune reports It also doesnt take a parent to understand why George and Anita Burns have struggled for the past two years to adopt Amber their greatniece Its the hurdles the Green town couple has encoun tered along the way that have them baffled they say Ambers natural mother 21yearold Christina Runyan is the Burnses niece Runyan had her first child Tiffany at the age of 16 and gave her to the Burnses when she was 10 months old The Burnses recently won the right to legally adopt Tiffany four years after they began raising her and theyre now entering into a court battle to do the same with Amber They hope to reunite the two halfsisters they have different fathers and give them as normal a family life as possible for the rest of their childhood The Burnses say theyre fighting the Howard County division of Child Protection Services CP6 part of Family Child Services over the mat ter but they dont know why They claim to have GRINS rallying support for Burns family Anita Burns is forming a Howard County chapter of Grandparents Rights In New Strength an advocacy group for grandparents and other rela tives of children GRINS was to stage a rally outside the Howard County Courthouse west entrance at 10 today to show sup port for the Burnses and spread the word about their cause The rally was to coincide with a 10 court hearing to legally terminate Christina Runyans parental rights to Amber the 2yearold Burns wishes to adopt GRINS has a full agenda of laws it will push for next year in the Indiana General Assembly The group not only aims to help grandparents aunts and uncles adopt children of their relatives but also fights for their visitation rights For more information call Anita Burns at 6283963 or 6286080 passed numerous welfare department home studies in which officials assess a households appropriate ness for raising children They also passed psycho logical exams the depart ment forced them to undergo as a condition to get Amber back George and Anita Burns 36 and 43 years old respectively once had Amber They were given custody by CPS after police raided the garbage roachand rodentinfested home of Christina and John Runyan in February 1993 arresting the couple on charges of child neglect according to court records They were con victed of neglect of a dependant Christina served 30 days in jail was placed on probation and was ordered to attend par enting classes John was ordered to serve one year in prison But the Burnses volun tarily turned Amber back over to CPS nine months later making her a ward of the state George says he regrets that move his one big mistake He admits to signing an affidavit releasing Amber to foster care last October due to the recent court ordered visitations and stress on my But the Burnses say the visitations were the real reason they did so Ambers then alleged natural father John Runyan was convicted of having sex with a 14yearold girl in 1991 according to court records He pleaded guilty to Class D felony child molest and was sentenced by Judge Randy Hainlen to six months in jail and three years pro bation The Burnses say Runyan was granted vis itation rights to Amber when he got out of jail a weekly ritual that the couple says tore it apart Please see Battling Page Jury search opens today Process could take up to a month LOS ANGELES AP He has no equal thats why so many peo ple know Orenthal James Simpson by just his initials Yet the Consti tution requires that his case be heard by a jury of his peers Judge Lance Ito was to begin questioning the first of hundreds of prospective jurors today off camera in the mostwatched mur der trial in American history The goal is to find 12 jurors and eight alternates willing to spend up to six months of their lives on a cause they wont able to talk about possibly sequestered in a hotel far from family and friends with the world watching and waiting for a decision sure to be secondguessed for years Theyll be asked to decide if a successful likeable handsome father with a nice house and lots of friends who adore him is noth ing short of a murderer About all they wont be asked to do is to answer questions about themselves on live TV Ito has shut off the courtroom camera for jury selection Simpson ON TRIAL The only member of the media who was to be allowed into court to cover jury selection was Associ ated Press Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch Ito decided Already people have been summoned to the jury pool 700 respectfully declined saying they just cant carve out the last three months of 1994 and the first three months of 1995 Ito alone will quiz the pool during what could be a month of jury selection Both the prosecution and defense con tributed sample questions for the 50page jurors questionnaire Clinton defends military policy Seeks international cooperation NEW YORK AP President Clinton is seeking international support for limiting military inter vention in regional conflicts and allowing the worlds trouble spots to resolve their own problems In an address today to the Unit ed Nations his second as presi dent Clinton was defending the occupation of Haiti while offering million in new aid to Bosnia another conflictrid den small nation occupying the world institutions attention Clinton was expected to focus on both conflicts in his address to the General Assembly which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year The president was mixing his appearance with a series of meetings with world leaders He meets separately today with the leaders of Azerbaijan Romania and Mexico On Sunday he held talks with SecretaryGeneral Boutros BoutrosGhali and with the president of Bosnia Alija Izetbegovic After that session a senior administration official announced million in new assistance for Bosnia to help its economy and to run the government in Sarajevo and a promise to ask Congress for an additional million Another million already is in the pipeline to the former Yugoslavia Clinton was expected to tell the United Nations that the poli cy in Haiti is working despite uncertainties and violence such as what flared over the weekend What went wrong INDIANAPOLIS It was another long Sunday for Indi anapolis Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh who saw his team fall to the Cleveland Browns 2114 here in the RCA Dome Harbaugh was sacked only one time but was out played by his Browns counterpart Vinny Testaverde who entered the game as the AFCs lowest rated quarterback Testaverde threw for 266 yards on 16 of 28 accuracy including two touchdown tosses to Eric Metcalf Har baugh completed 16 of 26 for 194 yards For an addition al photo and stories refer to the sports section on Page A8 Tribune photo by Stephen Shaner ;