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Attack involves
vehicle, fire
Two 20-year-old men approached
a car as it was preparing to make a
turn from Oakland Street onto Tappan
Street early Saturday morning and
discharged a fire extinguisher onto its
windshield, police say.
According to Ann Arbor Police
Department reports, the unprovoked
attack then led to a fight between the
wo men inside the car and the two
W ith the fire extinguisher.
When the driver of the car opened
his window, he was sprayed with
chemicals from the extinguisher, re-
ports say. The suspect then allegedly
punched the driver repeatedly in the
face. Trying to help his friend, the
passenger was then assaulted as well.
A second friend, who was not in the
car, ran to the scene and began attack-
*ng the two suspects.
Police apprehended the two sus-
pects as they arrived at the scene,
noticing a man walking away with no
coat and no shoes. After initial ques-
tioning, the suspect said, "Someone
had just handed me the fire extin-
guisher while I was walking down the
The two suspects were taken into
custody and were released pending
Sexual harassment
reported at library
A female student told the Depart-
ment of Public Safety that she had
been harassed by a man who had been
wandering in the Undergraduate Li-
*rary Sunday night.
The woman said the man had sat
down next to her and began making
sexual comments, reports say.
The man was wearing a "weird
hat, sunglasses and a tan trenchcoat,"
according to reports. DPS officers
located the man, who had been in-
volved in sexually harassing a custo-
dian in Angell Hall last October, and
scorted him from the building.
Driver blames
accident on sky
As a driver was heading
eastbound on Broadway on Thurs-
day, he noticed another car driving
directly toward him, AAPD reports
0 The other driver, a woman who
appeared disoriented, continued to
drive into a head-on collision with the
man's car.
As an officer arrived, reports say,
he saw the woman exit her car and "go
running down East Broadway wav-
ing her arms in the air, totally out of
The officer then made contact with
he woman and tried to ask her ques-
4ions, but found her unresponsiye.
According to the report, the woman
would only say that "the sky made her

do this."
- Compiled by Daily Staff'
Reporter Josh White

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 7, 1995 - 3
pleads no contest
to assault charges


Gotta be the shoes
Chris Mayberry, an employee at Colonialt

Lanes, practices his bowling yesterday before he begins his shift.

Council creates alternate revenue
source, asks for cigarette control

By Frank C. Lee
Daily Staff Reporter
A University student-athlete
pleaded no contest Friday to aggra-
vated assault charges.
Kendrick K. Kakazu, an LSA se-
nior and a wrestler, was charged with
aggravated assault - a misdemeanor
with a possible one-year sentence -
last December following an alterca-
tion at a party. He will be sentenced
Feb. 17 by Judge Ann Mattson in 15th
District Court at the Washtenaw
County Courthouse.
"He pled nolo contendere, which
is 'no contest' to aggravated assault,"
said Allison Bates, a Washtenaw
County assistant prosecutor. "It's the
same effect, procedurally, as a 'guilty'
A plea of no contest means the
defendant is not admitting guilt but
will offer no defense. The person is
punished as guilty but can deny the
same charge in another legal proceed-
Based on his lawyer's advice,
Kakazu has not made any statements
to the press. Kakazu's lawyer also
declined to speak with The Michigan
"What happens in the interim is he
will go to the probation department,"
Bates said. "They will decide if he's
sentenced to jail, does community
service, is fined or put on probation."
Second-year Law student Eric
Wise and some other students were
having a party at Wise's house on the
night of Oct. 1 in the 500 block of
Benjamin Street. Kakazu and one of
his friends, Paul Uzgiris, walked over
to Wise's from a party across the
Donald Wiest, a housemate of

Wise who attended the party, claimed
Kakazu and Uzgiris were uninvited
and intoxicated. Wiest claims Kakazu
punched a guest, and Kakazu and
Uzgiris refused to leave when asked,.
Kakazu and Uzgiris eventually left
Wise's party, only to return hours
later that same night with some other
"Kendrick and Eric started grap-
pling, and about six other guys jumped
out from the other side of the porch
where they had been hiding and
dragged Eric down the steps," Wiest
Several of the wrestlers_ have de-
nied they assaulted Wise or witnessed
an assault, but the police and the as-
sistant prosecutor said medical re-
ports and photographs taken of Wise
after the fight suggest he was attacked
by more than one individual.
"Kakazu is the only person who
could be positively identified as be
ing there - and as assaulting the
victim," Bates said.
Despite the fact that Kakazu was
the only one charged with aggravated
assault, Wise said he is satisfied with
Friday's outcome.
"I'm pleased," Wise said. "Of
course I'm not happy that anyone
should be in trouble with the criminal
justice system, but he brought this on
Bates, too, said she is satisfied
with Kakazu pleading no contest to
the charges even though she thought
that they would go to trial.
"It was my assumption based on
what his lawyer said that they were;
going to try to establish his innocence
at the trial," Bates said, adding she
was not sure exactly why the defense
changed its plans.

By Maureen Sirhal
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor City Council, in
last night's regular meeting, made an
attempt to deal with its current budget
crunch and urged the state Legisla-
ture to untie local hands concerning
cigarette sales to minors.
In an effort to increase city rev-
enue, the council unanimously ap-
proved a resolution to allow advertis-
ing on public land.
The resolution, submitted by
Mayor Ingrid B. Sheldon, called for a
pilot program to generate revenue in
ways that do not directly tax individu-
als or property.
"There are no gurantees," Sheldon
said. "We don't know what the public
response will be."

The resolution comes in light of the
city's recent financial burdens, includ-
ing lawsuits with the Ann Arbor YMCA
and Great Lakes Bancorp. The proposed
advertising would remain unobtrusive
and aesthetically pleasing.
Council members expressed some
concern over the resolution's ramifi-
"I have spoken to private sector
business who said it is not fair for a.
government entity to sell where we
can't do the same thing," said Council-
member Jane Lumm (R-2nd Ward).
Councilmember Peter Nicolas (D-
4th Ward) compared the advertising
to kiosks at the University.
Nicolas added that some sort of
guidelines would be set up to regulate
who could rent the space.

The council then addressed the
issue of minors purchasing tobacco
- unanimously passing a resolution
supporting a bill currently circulating
in the state Legislature
The bill calls for repealing a state
law that, until now, has prevented local
governments from controlling the en-
forcement of tobacco laws.
"There is a serious problem with
minors buying cigarettes very eas-
ily," said Councilmember Jean
Carlberg (D-3rd Ward). "If we bring
this back to the community, we can
put fines and take action against re-
Councilmember Peter Nicolas said
that with its daily operations, "the
state does not have the ability" to
keep up with the problem.

Poetry Slam to feature contest winner

NRA to challenge weapons ban

By Usa Michalski
Daily Staff Reporter
In writing, "the new, the unusual
and the radical shall be especially
encouraged," said Avery Hopwood,
the 1905 University graduate whose
estate sponsors the annual creative
writing contest bearing his name.
Tilney Marsh, the biggest prize-
winner in this year's Hopwood Un-
derclassmen Contest, will read some
of her newest work during tonight's
Poetry Slam at the Heidelberg.
Hopwood judges awarded
Marsh, an LSA sophomore, first
place in the fiction and essay cat-
egories at the Underclass Awards
Ceremony held in Rackham Audi-
torium on Jan. 24. In addition, she
received a third-place prize in the
essay division of the Louise and
George Piranian Award contest.
Marsh also finished first in each of
the two previous Poetry Slams that
she entered, tying with another con-
testant in the latter.
The Poetry Slam, scheduled to
begin around 8 p.m. in the
Heidelberg's upstairs bar room, is
"like a poetry reading with cool tail

fins," said Larry Francis, emcee of
the event. He said it is the only portion
of the evening that is competitive and
In the Slam, six contestants each
read an original poem and are judged
by a panel of five audience members,
Francis said. The two with the highest
scores compete for first place in read-
ing a second poem.
The Poetry Slam, which takes
place on the first Tuesday of every
month, has a differently charged at-
mosphere than an open-mike poetry
reading, Francis said. "It's got more
of a kind of show feel to it."
Marsh said that, although com-
petitive, the environment at the Po-
etry Slam is supportive and friendly.
"They definitely welcome new
people," she said.
Unlike the large cash prizes the
Hopwood Contests award their win-
ners, first-place contestants in a Po-
etry Slam receive a different kind of
honor. "It's 10 bucks and the heavy
adrenaline rush that comes with vic-
tory. That's our motto," Francis said.
Marsh said the poetry she reads in
the Slam is very different from the

work she entered in the Hopwood
Contests. "I think the audience (at the
Poetry Slam) tends to appreciate stuff
that's a little lighter and less tradi-
tional," she said.
Francis said previous Slam audi-
ences have enjoyed Marsh's poetic
humor. "The last two months she's
read some comic pieces that have
been very well-received," he said.
"Coffee Angst," a poem Marsh
read the night of her first Poetry Slam
victory, is about a bad cup of coffee
she received at Amer's.
Marsh said the poetry she reads in
the Slam tends to focus on everyday
aspects of life, "especially the Ann
Arbor things," she said. "It gets their
sympathy because everybody's had a,
bad cup of coffee at Amer's."
Marsh said a poem she plans to
read this evening is a sarcastic com-
mentary titled, "Why I Love the

LANSING (AP) - The National
Rifle Association planned to mount a
legal challenge in Michigan to last
year's assault weapons ban, the
NRA's chief lobbyist said yesterday.
The federal lawsuit will attack the
ban law as technically flawed and un-
constitutionally vague, said Tanya
Metaksa, the executive director of the
NRA's Institute of Legislative Action.
The Michigan United Conserva-
tion Clubs and some retired police

officers plan to join in the lawsuit,
which was to be filed today in U.S"
District Court in Bay City.
The assault weapons ban is aimed:
at 19 specific guns and scores of simi-
lar models. The law also outlawed'
magazines that hold more than 10
rounds of ammunition.
The ban was part of President,
Clinton's crime bill and nearly caused;
the bill to fail in the U.S. House ands


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