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Civil suits have continued to be filed against former realtor and property manager Keith Shallenberger, with property owners and renters now claiming more than $100,000 has been taken from them. Meanwhile, the local prosecutor's ice has stepped into the fray. Last September the Kokomo Perspective broke the story about a host of property owners filing suit against Shallenberger or his former company, Shallenberger Realty. Since then, others have followed suit, both with property owners seeking their rent collections from Shallenberger or renters seeking their damage deposits that havent been returned. In one instance, the prosecutor iled a charge of conversion, a class A misdemeanor, although the judge has yet to sign off on the matter yet. T h r o u g h Shallenberger R e a l i t y , Shallenberger engaged in many contracts to manage properties for various individuals or companies. As part of those agreements rent for the properties was collected by Shallenberger, a portion Democratic hopefuls in Indianas primary races for the 4th and 5th congressional districts ventured to Kokomo recently for a candidate forum, but it was area students who did the grilling. Last week the Howard County Democratic Women's Committee hosted a candidate forum at Carver Community Center, and Howard County students didnt take it easy in trying to igure out what issues were driving each prospective campaign. From the opioid epidemic to public education, the topics spanned the gamut as students put the candidates through their paces. Four students helped construct and ask the questions utilized in the forum. Participating were Raleigh Brown of Northwestern High School, Jada Williams of Kokomo High School, Alec Dean of Kokomo High School, and Aaron Galles of Kokomo Central Middle International School. Even though not all of them can even vote in the upcoming primary races, the forum represented a unique opportunity for the students to get involved in politics. I decided to get involved with politics because if you want something done you have to go out and try to get it done, said Galles. C a n d i d a t e s participating in the forum were Joe Mackey and Dan Griesey for the 4th District and Dee Thornton and Eshel Faraggi for the 5th District. Brown wasted no time in getting to the heart of an issue facing Hoosiers with the first question, posed to 4th District candidates vying for the seat vacated by Rep. Todd Rokita, who vacated his seat to make a run for Senate. While Indianas infant mortality rate is one of the highest in the nation, hovering at 42nd, Representative Rokita has worked tirelessly to defund Planned Parenthood, said Brown, a sophomore. Do you feel Planned Parenthood has a viable role in our communities, and do you feel it should be federally funded? Griesey said Planned Parenthood and rural clinics alike need to continue to be funded and stressed a need for pushing health to be viewed as a lifelong practice. As far as Im concerned I believe Planned Parenthood should be fully funded, said Griesey. I believe all clinics should be fully funded, but I also recognize that at the end of the day we have to have a real discussion as far as health, health practitioners, and how we live our lives in this According to court documents, a local man accused of stalking a fe- male po- lice icer continues to follow the same o f f i c e r a r o u n d the city. O n April 20 Kokomo Police De- partment icerTe- resa Kelley filed an ex par- te order for protection in Howard Superior I alleg- ing Chris Sutton continues to stalk her even after mul- tiple felony-level charges were leveled at the man for similar behavior. The order was granted the same day, and just the day prior the Howard County Prosecutor's ice filed a similar no-contact order against Sutton as well. Sutton already faces charges of stalking, a lev- el 5 felony, intimidation, a level 6 felony, and ha- rassment, a class B mis- demeanor for allegedly stalking Kelley and en- couraging followers on so- cial media to booby trap their yards to intentionally injure icers who come onto their property. These social media posts, accord- ing to a release from KPD, were made on April 4, and the charges were filed soon after. That same re- lease indicated the threats were directed toward Kel- ley, who works as a code en- forcement icer. It also had been indicated that Sutton had been s t a l k i n g K e l l e y since 2014. In October of that year, an icer conducted a tric stop on Sutton as he fol- lowed her at the comple- tion of her shift toward her residence in an aggressive manner. He was issued multiple tric citations and pled guilty to the in- fractions. According to the ex par- te protective order filed by Kelley, shes encoun- tered Sutton in three more instances in a relatively short period of time. Kelley claimed on April 20, when she was exiting the post ice downtown, Sutton walked right up behind [her] and followed [her] out of the [post of- ice]. She claimed Sutton is very familiar with her MORE THAN 31,000 DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY & MORE THAN 320,000 MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS AT KOKOMOPERSPECTIVE.COM Fair Honest Dedicated Experienced paid for by The Committee to Elect Justin Alter Judge PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer ELECT STEVEN JONES FOR COUNTY COUNCIL paid for by the comittee to elect steven jones howard county council, jordan buckley chairman. 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 May 2, 2018 Trouble grows for Shallenberger Civil suits mount, criminal charge filed against former property manager by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Students A11 Shallenberger A11 Sutton A11 'I observed Mr. Sutton on top of a U-Haul truck, and he was using is cell phone to videotape me Perspective Photo / Devin Zimmerman YOUTH AND POLITICS - Aaron Galles poses a question to the candidates running for Congress in the 4th District. Order alleges Sutton continued to stalk female officer Students ask candidates the tough questions 4th and 5th district congressional candidates field questions from area students Sutton

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