Kokomo Perspective 02 21 2018 E Edition Page A1

After reaching a con- sensus, the local judg- es are opting to knock out Howard Superior Is caseload burden with a one-two punch. Last week the majority of Howard County's five judges signed an agree- ment aimed at redis- tributing the drug cases funneling into Superior I, which is overseen by Judge Bill Menges. Now, the plan moves to the Indiana ice of Court Services where it will undergo a 30-day public comment period before inal approval by the In- diana Supreme Court. In addition, the judges have started the process of creating a magistrate position to assist the local courts. Both solutions, it's hoped, will alleviate the issues created by the countys high caseload while bypassing the need for increased investment by Howard County in the local court system. The issue of case allo- cation first came to the forefront during Jan- uarys meeting of the Howard County Coun- cil. There, Menges de- tailed the increased case- load his court, which handles all drug-related cases, had incurred as a result of the opioid cri- sis. At that time, Meng- es sought an additional employee and raises for his present staff to deal with the increase. That idea, which flew in the face of Howard Countys attrition policy, has been bypassed with the new plan, though. Instead, a new pro- posed case allocation plan will alter the pres- ent plan in two major ways. According to Cir- cuit Court Judge Lynn Murray, drug cases now will be more evenly dis- tributed amongst the court. Whereas before all drug- and domestic violence-related criminal cases went to Superior I, criminal cases now only MORE THAN 31,000 DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY & MORE THAN 320,000 MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS AT KOKOMOPERSPECTIVE.COM PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer February 21, 2018 Kokomoperspective.com 209 N. Main St. - Kokomo 765.452.0055 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com United Way shatters records Nonprofit raises nearly $2.5 million for 75 in 5 Perspective Photo / Devin Zimmerman GOAL - Bob Varsanik, United Way campaign chair, announces the nonprofit raised nearly $2.5 million. United Way of Howard County not only raised the bar this past year, but the nonprofit also shat- tered the previous record for its annual fund-rais- ing campaign. Last week, United Way announced it raised $2,493,963 as part of its 75 in 5 initiative, far out- pacing the $2.1 million goal the nonprofit set for its previous campaign. With that, the nonprofit made significant prog- ress in ensuring the ini- tiative, aimed at raising readiness levels of area kindergartners from 45 percent to 75 percent by 2022, was off to a solid start. The announcement marked several successes in the campaign. Bob Var- sanik, the campaign chair and general manager of powertrain, transmis- sion, casting, and compo- nents division at FCA US, lauded the achievements of the past year during the nonprofit's annual campaign wrap-up meet- ing last week, including hitting the goal of raising $1 million through FCA US employees and facil- ities. We succeeded. We succeeded, and we can honestly say, with the loan associates help and the money we raised, we hit the $1-million mark, said Varsanik. I just want to say FCA is a big group here in Kokomo and the Tipton area, and its our job to make sure that we donated. We have to lead the way. Well continue to do that next year, and my promise to you, even though I wont be t h e chair, I know I will be a l o n g w i t h a l l t h e p l a n t manag- ers, the HR manag- ers, and all of their teams well be right there by your side to help again. With the goal set at the campaign's offset of raising kindergarten readiness levels, United Way embarked last year on the path of reversing troubling trends in How- ard County. According to data gathered by the or- Judges find solution to caseload burden Caseload A2 Gunshot victim, her shooter recount day he almost killed her On Oct. 18, 1992, a man shattered Misty Wallaces life. It began as a night illed with revelry. Ac- companied by friends, the 18-year-old student took in the festivities surrounding Halloween on the southwest side of Indianapolis. As a high school senior Wallaces path to success seem- ingly was paved. She'd earned a full-ride schol- arship to play softball in college and was filled with hopes and dreams. But a decision to stop at a payphone in a Burger King parking lot forever altered her future. After a fight with her boyfriend, Wallace left him and her friends to head home. On the way, she pulled into the fast-food restaurants parking lot to call her boyfriend on a pay- phone outside. While on the phone near her car, another vehicle crept around Burger King and stopped near her car. She noticed the other car and watched a man wearing a sweatshirt, hood pulled up, exit his vehicle, and approach. He asked her how long she would be on the phone. As soon as she hung up the phone, Wallace started to walk back to her car. The man pulled out a pistol, stuck it to the 18-year-olds left cheek, and pulled the trigger. A bullet en- tered Wallaces face, tore through her esophagus severing her carotid ar- tery, ricocheted within her body, and shattered the top two vertebrae in her neck. Shock seized Wallaces body, and she by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Perspective Photo / Devin Zimmerman FORGIVENESS - Keith Blackburn and Misty Wallace share a laugh during a presentation as part of the Addiction Impact Panel. Campaign A7 Gunshot A7 Murray Magistrate, case reallocation plans underway in Howard County

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