Kokomo Perspective 06 26 2019 E Edition Page A1

Last week the Howard County Election Board unanimously moved to forward information con- cerning a local business owner registering to vote at his place of business to the prosecutor's ice for review, and a decision will be made as to wheth- er criminal charges will be filed. But, the question re- mained about how the man managed to vote while registered at his place of business, even though a previous voter registration at the same address was rejected in an early election. The incident concerns Allen Wilson, the owner of Competition Towing and Recovery, located at 1101 S. Apperson Way. In early May, Kokomo resi- dent Athena Sinnettsub- mitted a complaint to the election board, accusing Wilson of fraudulently registering to vote at his place of business. According to Wilsons voter registration histo- ry, a previous attempt by Wilson to register to vote using the address of his towing business had been rejected because the ad- dress was found to not be a residence. So, how did the systems in place not catch the error a second time, allowing Wilson to cast a ballot during this election? According to Howard County Clerk Debbie Stewart, when individu- als register to vote, their registration is verified by the local voter registra- A local business own- er is among the rare few capable of growing hemp in Indiana, and his com- pany, DREEM Nutrition, may be ahead of the curve in not only growing the plant but also manufac- turing CBD-based prod- ucts locally and adapting hemp for growth in the Hoosier state. In February DREEM Nutrition Owner Austin Rhodus moved his com- pany into a 42,000-square- foot facility in Russiaville. Since then, DREEM Nu- trition employees planted and harvested the first round of hemp in a plot just north of Russiaville and moved even closer to becoming vertically integrated with the con- struction of its in-house manufacturing facility. Following that, DREEM Nutrition's first iteration of locally-craft- ed CBD oil rolled out earlier this month. While these developments mark significant achievements, Rhodus hopes to create a broader impact by help- ing jump-start the hemp industry in Indiana. That, said Rhodus, starts with a focus on breeding hemp plants specifically engineered for In- dianas climate and providing farmers with the knowledge and seeds they need to begin growing their own hemp harvests. My dream always has been to bring this in- dustry back home, said Rhodus. That's what I want to see happen. So its exciting to see it come to fruition, see the indus- try start to catch on here and get a grip because were actually able to do things here now. Rhodus launched DREEM Nutrition in 2015. At the time, in or- der to sell hemp-derived products such as CBD oil, he depended on out-of- state growers and man- ufacturers. But then the 2018 Farm Bill opened up new options by reclassi- fying hemp from being a controlled substance to an agricultural crop. Accommodations in Indiana law followed, making way for the in- The eminent domain case pitting the city of Kokomo against Koko- mo Glass already has been through a jury trial, but it appears far from over as the citys legal bills continue to mount. On June 11, the citys legal counsel filed a no- tice of appeal with the Indiana Court of Ap- peals, following through on an earlier promise to appeal a jurys March verdict that awarded the Newton family, the owners and operators of Kokomo Glass, $305,600 for both the downtown property the city seized from the business, as well as various expenses incurred as a result of the move. Now entering this new stage of litigation, the city procured the ser- vices of a new law firm, Taft Stettinius and Hollis- ter LLP. During the first stage of litigation, the city used Krieg Devault LLP and, in the process, accrued nearly $55,000 in legal billings. The case is likely to center on the citys ar- MORE THAN 31,000 DISTRIBUTED WEEKLY & MORE THAN 320,000 MONTHLY PAGE VIEWS AT KOKOMOPERSPECTIVE.COM Kokomoperspective.com 209 N. Main St. - Kokomo 765.452.0055 June 26, 2019 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICES! BEST PRICE FIREWORKS 100% locally owned 765.419.8765 413 E. Center Rd. In Gabe's Pizza Place Building and East of Circle K. On 931 behind Chuck E. Cheese and in between J.C. Penney and Buffalo Wild Wings MENTION THE ALL INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND AT WESTERN AND BEST PRICE FIREWORKS WILL DONATE 5% OF YOUR PURCHASE TO THE PLAYGROUND WE ACCEPT COMPETITORS COUPONS! WE WILL NOT BE UNDERSOLD! by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Perspective Photos / Devin Zimmerman, Provided CULTIVATING - (Above) Employees of DREEM Nutrition aim to help launch a hemp industry in Indiana. (Right) Juvenile hemp plants grow within the company's Russiaville facility. Perspective Photo / File DOMAIN - Kokomo Glass Shop relocated to South LaFountain Street after the city claimed one of its buildings. Glass A3 Hemp A6 Fraud A7 DREEM Nutrition founders aim to develop hemp plants that flourish in Hoosier soil City legal bill in Kokomo Glass case up to nearly $55,000 2015 At th ti i How did voter fraud case get to this point? Election board votes to send case to prosecutor Kokomo files notice of appeal in eminent domain case ADAPTING HEMP TO INDIANA Stewart

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