Kokomo Perspective 08 14 2019 E Edition Page A1

The special judge as- signed to oversee the civil suit filed by a Jane Doe against a local church and pastor sided with the reli- gious organization recent- ly. Last month, the special judge assigned to handle the nearly two-year-old civil suit filed against Tem- ple Baptist Church, Pastor Mike Holloway, Donald Croddy, and his wife Elf- riede by Jane Doe ruled on a requested summary judgment by the defen- dants in the case. In that ruling, Special Judge Rick Maughmer sided with the defendants on the grounds that Doe's claims of being molested by Croddy while staying at his house at the behest of Holloway fell outside the bounds of the The matter of public safety so far in this year's mayoral race has served as a contentious topic. This week, each candidate vying for the mayor's icesharedtheiropinions regarding Kokomo's police and fire departments. Previously, mayoral candidates Abbie Smith (D), Tyler Moore (R), and Michael Virgin (L) weighed in on pressing questions concerning economic development in the City of Firsts. In this week's edition of the Kokomo Perspective, the candidates tackle questions concerning public safety. Each candidate previously received a list of questions surrounding various public safety issues, and their answers are printed just as they were given, with the exception of minor grammatical corrections. 1. What do you believe the most pressing public safety issue is that Kokomo faces, and how would you address it if elected? Abbie Smith, Democrat: Recently, we had a situation that demonstrates the complexities we're facing. On the surface, it looked like a shooting - two men, drugs, a woman, the 911 caller, and the most heart- breaking part, the two children who witnessed the horrific scene. How do you pick one issue in that? Honestly, you can't. It would be irresponsible to do so. It would be like a surgical team removing an appendix but not sewing up the patient and scrubbing out. We've forgotten people in that scene: first responders, people who willingly rushed to help in a dangerous, unpredictable situation. Leaving them unprotected is also irresponsible A comprehensive look at the tools we give our first responders to do their job is a basic responsibility of my job as mayor: more and better training, manpower, equipment. We need to do better. We need to follow up with all the people involved. Public safety is at its best when we treat the entire 'patient' not just individual 'symptoms.' Tyler Moore, Republican: I believe the sting levels of the Kokomo Police Department and Kokomo Fire Department are inadequate for a community the size of Kokomo, and this is the most pressing issue for not only the safety of our citizens but that of the icers and firefighters themselves. The public safety pillar of my campaign platform I recently released spells out the plan I expect to implement once I am elected. That plan can be found at www. MooreForKokomo.com. Michael Virgin, Libertarian: I feel that the reduced sting (30to 40 percent) in both KFD and KPD is hampering the ability of these department to effectively handle public safety in the city. I also feel that the low sting, coupled with the drug The Howard County Prosecutor'siceleveled more charges at a local con- struction contractor who stands accused of swin- dling money out of elderly clients. Court records indi- cate the Kokomo man may have scammed seniors out of more than $85,000. Late last month a Ko- komo Police Department investigation resulted in Dennis Sanders, the owner of Ace Handyman and Construction, be- ing charged with felony counts of home improve- ment fraud and theft. The allegation at the time was that Sanders was engag- ing in home improvement contracts with elderly cli- ents, cashing the checks they paid for services and materials, and then never completing the work. Since then, the KPD investigation uncovered more supposed victims, and now Sanders stands accused of three counts of home improvement fraud, all level 5 felonies, and three counts of theft as lev- el 6 felonies. More so, court records indicate Sanders left a trail of similar victims, who sought restitution through small claims court. He takes his money and squanders it somewhere. I don't know where, said Sue Hight, a 74-year-old retiree of Delco. You would call him and say, 'Where are you?' And it's, 'Well, my cousin died, and we're at the funeral.' Then he's in Arizona. Then he's somewhere else. It was al- ways an excuse with him. You could never get him. I just washed my hands of it I borrowed on my house to get the extra mon- ey to get it done. Hight said she entered into a contract with Sand- ers last September for renovations to her home, which she'd hoped to get completed by December so she could sell her home to downsize. According to a probable cause idavit, Sanders requested $2,500 on signing in September, which Hight paid, and then 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 August 14, 2019 Safety A5 Fraud A6 Baptist A2 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Perspective Photos / File STAFFING INCREASES? - Kokomo's mayoral candidates sound off on public safety for the second topic in the Perspective's series that aims to better get to know the candidates running for the city's highest office. ON PUBLIC SAFETY Mayoral candidates share their views on Kokomo's public safety PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer komos public safety Mayoral candidates s Howard County residents show your ID and Play for $33 3200 Timber Valley Dr Kokomo, IN 46902 765.455.3673 exp. Aug 21, 2019 More theft, fraud charges leveled at contractor Civil suits, criminal charges amount to allegations of more than $85,000 in stolen money Sanders Kokomoperspectiv August 14, 201 Judge sides with Temple Baptist, pastor, in summary judgment Jane Doe's legal team vows to appeal Howard County residents show your ID and Play for $33 s exp. Aug 21, 2019

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