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PAGE 2 Ttw Call-LMder, Wednesday, October 20, 2004 Weather Wednes Obituaries Police report- Tonight will be mostly cloudy with lows In the 40s. Thursday and Thursday night will be cloudy with highs in the 60s and lows around 50. Friday and Friday night wiH be cloudy with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. Saturday and Saturday night will be cloudy with highs In the 60s and lows in the 40s. College cost increase is moderate, however private loans up sharply 1 and was taken by helicopter to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday.

The crash occurred about 6:30 a.m. a few miles west of Valparaiso. It wasn't until Joanne Blachly went to her mailbox six hours later that she saw the car at the bottom of the ditch. The car couldn't been seen from the road by motorists. "I had no idea anyone was in an accident down there," she said.

"This isn't the first time a car has landed in the ditch, but more frequently they end up in my front yard." She called 911 and asked her neighbor Ken Passe to check on the car. "I was surprised when he raised his head and started talking," Passe said. Porter County police spokesman Ryan Jones said Amundsen accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes and ran into the ditch. Amundsen told rescuers he was unable to get out of the car, and firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to free him. Former softball league treasurer 7 percent in 1998.

"It's fine for students to borrow for college; the earnings premium is high," said Sandy Baum, senior policy analyst with the College Board and an economist at Skidmore College. But a continued trend favoring borrowing over grants would hurt poorer students, who aren't helped as much by tax benefits or by the trend toward merit-based state aid programs. "For low-income students it's particularly difficult, because they don't have family resources on which to fall back to help them repay their loans," she said. According to the College Board, which owns the SAT, student aid from the federal government rose 10 percent in real terms in 2003-2004 to more than $81 billion. Funds for Pell Grants, the primary support for low-income students and a topic in the presidential campaign, rose 6 percent, even after adjusting for inflation.

But the number of Pell Grant recipients also rose 7. percent, and the average amount of each grant fell 1 percent in constant dollars. David Ward, president of the American Council on Education, which represents public and private schools, said political pressure, cost-cutting and improving state budgets have helped moderate tuition increases. But he said a fundamental issue remains: colleges are getting more of their support from students and less of it from taxpayers. "It's the substitution of tuition for state support that's causing tuition to go up," he said.

Funeral services will be at 1 1 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at Dunnichay Funeral Home, with the Rev. Brian Wise officiating Interment will be at Vinson Cemetery in Summitville. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m.

Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Summitville Fire Department Ambulance Fund or the Jones Chapel Christian Church in Jonesboro through the funeral home. Daniel J. Pearcy SHARPSVILLE Daniel "Diesel Dan" J. Pearcy, 48, died Oct.

18, 2004, at the Howard Regional Health Center in Kokomo. Born Jan. 11, 1956 in Effingham, he was the son of William T. and Ruth (Ramsey) Pearcy. He married Rowena P.

Bales Feb. 25, 1997 in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a truck driver for more than 30 years, driving for Schilli Specialized Transport. He graduated from high school in 1974. He was a member of a church in Illinois and the Eagles Lodge of Kokomo.

Survivors include his wife; a stepson, Daniel L. and wife, Jessica Bales of Kokomo; a granddaughter, Destiny Pearl Bales; two brothers, William and wife, Marge Pearcy of Effingham, III. and Richard and wife, Georgia Pearcy of Altam-ont, one sister, Erma and husband, Shelby Antrim of St. Louis; a sister-in-law, Sherry Pearcy of Altamont, and several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Sam Pearcy; his parents; and his stepfather, Sam Baker.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at Boyer Funeral Home in Sharps-ville, with Dr. William D. Sals-bery officiating.

Burial will be in Sharpsville Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 tq J3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral hoia J. Services Funeral services for Walter D. Cunningham, of Frankton, will be at 11 a.m.

Thursday at Harper Dunnichay Funeral Home, with the Rev. Al Covell The pace of ever-rising college costs has slowed somewhat this year, and students are relying more on private loans rather than grants or other tederal sources to finance their education, according to two new studies. This year, the average tuition for in-state students at public, four-year colleges rose 10.5 percent to $5,132, according to twin studies released Tuesday by the College Board. Last year tuition rose by 13 percent, the first double-digit increase in a decade. Tuition at two-year public colleges rose 8.7 percent this year to $2,076, and at private colleges rose 6.0 percent to $20,082.

Factoring in room and board, prices at public, four-years rose 7.8 percent to $1 1 .354. Costs at private institutions were up 5.6 percent to $27,516. Of course, most students don't pay the full sticker price in 2003, the average full-time equivalent student saw those figures shrink by an average $4500 in grants and tax benefits. In the current year, the net costs of hfgher education have likely gone up, though the College Board can't yet say for sure because student aid data is a year behind the tuition price data. The survey also found students are turning increasingly to private loans to pay for school, borrowing $11.3 billion last year from non-federal sources, mostly private lenders.

That figure has risen 147 percent in three years and it doesn't include credit card debt, which as many as one-quarter of college students may be relying on to finance their education. Loans through banks and other private sources accounted for 1 6 percent of education loan volume in 2003, compared to just Theft At 3 p.m. Tuesday, a theft from a vehicle was report in the 2300 block of North Street. Prosecutor being investigated for possible battery An investigation involving potential battery charges against Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings is currently underway. The Anderson Police Department filed a probable cause affidavit to Deputy Prosecutor David Puckett, alleging that Cummings battered a 12-year-old boy during an after school boxing program at South Side Elementary School in Anderson on Friday.

The boy was allegedly causing problems during the boxing demonstration. Cummings escorted the boy out of the gym. The following day the boy was taken to Community Hospital and diagnosed with a strained shoulder. Cummings has denied any wrongdoing, calling the allegations ndiculous He also stated that ootential charges stem from a personal vendetta between himself and the APD Sergeant Tom Srown. who requested the charges De filea.

Meth mixture explodes after being tossed on driveway EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) A man remained jailed Tuesday on drug charges after a duffel bag inside which a batch of methamphetamine was cooking was tossed onto a driveway between two houses and later exploded. The chemical mixture inside the bag ignited after firefighters had loaded it into a drum for disposal, sending flames some 10 feet into the air, police said. No one was injured in the explosion Sunday night in the residential neighborhood just blocks from the University of Evansville campus. The bag was tossed from a-pickup truck, that police officers had chased for several minutes after they beeame suspicious a group of men congregating in a hotel parking lot.

The batch of meth had gone bad, police said, and its resulting byproduct was volatile. "It could very easily have caught the house on fire," said Detective Jerry Tooley of the Joint Drug Task Force. Richard Allen Stewart, 41, of Henderson, was being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail on charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, reckless driving and child neglect. Stewart's passenger, his 16-year-old son, also was arrested. Officers reported that during the chase, Stewart nearly hit a parked car and drove through several alleys.

The two were arrested after a short foot chase, police said. Man trapped for six hours after crash into ditch VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) A man whose car veered off a county road and fell 35 feet to the bottom of a watery ditch spent nearly six hours trapped in the wreckage before being spotted, Robert Amundsen, 61, of Hobart, suffered two broken legs and a broken right arm in the crash on Tuesday, police said. He was alert and talking when he was found, police said, 127 S. EAST TIPTON 675-7505 ttv "on Anderson to remove old railroad crossing Russell J.

Pattison Russell J. Pattison, 89, Sum-' mitville, died Oct. 19, 2004, at Community Hospital. Born May 5, 1915, in Grant County, he was the son of Alva and Bessie (Kirkpatrick) Pattison. He was a graduate of Fair-; mount High School.

He married Wanda B. Davi-: son Feb. 14, 1935 She died Dec 15, 2003. He was a farmer all his life and a dairyman for 61 years. I He was a member of Jones Christian Church and served on numerous boards and committees related to agri-; culture.

He was chairman of the 4-H Dairy Department for many years and a basketball season ticket holder for 65 years Summitville and Madison-Grant. Russell was a big supporter of his family's involvement in 4-H and athletics. He is survived by his son, Rodney and wife, Barbara Pattison of Summitville; a daughter, Nancy Keefer of Summitville; daughter-in-law, Judy Pattison of Anderson; grandchildren, Donetta and husband, Tom Riser of Elwood, Kevin and wife, Gail Pattison of Russiaville, Dennis Keefer of Summitville, Mary Jo and husband, Doug Brunt of Alexandria, Ryan and wife. Heather Pattison of Alexandria, Jessica Pattison of umrnitvijle and Alyssa Pattison 0f greats grandchildren, Megan and Beau of Elwood, Breanna and Brayton Pattison of Russiaville and Brandon Brunt of Alexandria; a brother, Raymond and wife, Lavon Pattison of Marion; and a stepsister, Dorothy Knut-son of Belva, N.D. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a greatgrandchild, Macy Jo Brunt and a son, Donald Pattison.

Lottery INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Here are the winning numbers selected Tuesday in the Hoo-sier Lottery: Daily Three-Midday: 5-1-6 Daily Three-Evening: 2-3-5 Daily Four-Midday: 2-0-3-7 Daily Four-Evening: 6-1-1-9 Lucky 5-Midday: 12-15-19-26-29 Lucky 5-Evening: 5-13-16-23-25 Estimated Hoosier Lotto jackpot: $6 million Helping people unci knowing what I do makes a difference. That is what it's all about." Medical Assistant Health Claims Examiner Medical Coding Specialist INDIANA BUSINESS COLLEGE We change bves, one student at a 76544-7514 1-800-IBCGRAD On the Net: College Board: the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center. The city's Board of Public Works on Monday hired an excavating company to remove the railroad crossing at a cost of $37,966. The railroad tracks on the city's south side are no longer used. Rob Sparks, the board's chairman, said the decision to remove the crossing was partly because of the 2002 incident.

"That was an unfortunate incident," he said. "That is a bad crossing and is being done in the interest of public safety." Tonight at 7:15 charged with forgery HOBART, Ind. (AP) A former treasurer of a girls softball league accused of emptying the league's bank account of almost $50,000 over an 11 -month period was charged with forgery and theft. Shane N. Smith, 30, of Hobart, who resigned last month, was expected to surrender to Hobart police Wednesday, detective Sgt.

David Gris-som said. A Lake Superior Court judge issued a warrant for Smith's arrest after the prosecutor's office charged him Tuesday with seven counts of forgery and one count of theft. His bond was set at $150,000. The Associated Press left a message seeking comment late Tuesday at a number listed for Smith. 1 Smith admitted to forging signatures on 17 checks -drawn on the northwestern Indiana soft-ball league's checking account that he made payable to himself, Grissom said in a probable cause affidavit.

He also said he made two electronic transfers from the league's account to pay bills, according to the affidavit. As of Sept. 18, the Hobart Girls Softball League had $100 left in its checking account, an audit revealed. The account balance should have been $49,516, according to police and league officials. Smith returned $25,000 before the audit was completed, officials said.

"We hope the court will see to it that we get the other half," league Vice President Bill SeDoris told the Post-Tribune of Merrillville for a Wednesday story. Man admits to beating girl with belt and switch INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A man admitted he beat a 4-year-old girl with a belt and a switch Please see Dally on page ten Golden Brown Fish Sandivichcs 2s HURST FRI. St Rd. 28 East Elwood MR. HAPPY BURGER ANDERSON, Ind.

(AP) City officials have approved spending almost $38,000 to remove an unused railroad crossing where a 13-year-old was killed while taking part in a stunt. Aaron Brown died in December 2002 after a 17-year-old driver ramped a van over the railroad crossing at more than 70 mph. According to Anderson police, the teens were acting out a stunt similar to one they saw on the now-defunct MTV show "Jackass." After the third jump the driver lost control and the van crashed into a parked car and slid 400 feet. Five of seven teens in the van suffered injuries. The driver was sentenced as a juvenile to and Sister Jean Marie officiating.

Interment will be at Per-kinsville Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Grain INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Estimated grain prices Tuesday at Indianapolis-area elevators: Corn: cash $1.72, January $1.99. Soybeans: cash $5.11, January $5.32.

Police accepting donations for Shop With a Cop The Elwood Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 82, is accepting donations for the Shop With a Cop program. During the 2003 Christmas season, 24 children were treated to a shopping spree at the Elwood Kmart with each child receiving a gift card worth $150. In addition, ten gift cards worth $100 each were given to children not taken on the shopping trip. Children are required to spend at least $75 on clothing and the remaining balance how they choose. The children that are selected for the shopping spree are taken from the Elwood Community School System who are in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Anyone wanting to make a donation is asked to contact any member of the Elwood Police Department or mail their donations to F.O.P. Lodge 82, P.O. Box 482, Elwood, Ind. 46036. 1 WaV ANNIVERSARY 418 9 4 lgj994j -MEnniMTEn nouns EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY! Sunday Era Thursday.

5 AIL to 9 P.M. Friday a Saturday 5 AIL ta 11 Ml Jack Bames President Sandy Burton Robert Nash Randy Bayne Managing Editor Publisher Production Manager Advertising Director Lynn McCord Circulation Manager Dan Skinner General Manager Phone 552-3355 The Call-Leader (UPS 174-640) Published daily except Sundays and holidays. Periodical Class Postage paid at Elwood, Indiana. No mail service within Elwood city limits. Office located at 317 South Anderson Street, Elwood, Indiana 46036.

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