Kokomo Perspective 08 15 2018 E Edition Page A1

Four months after an effort to unionize Howard County workers began, it doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. That was the message delivered by David Robertson, the assistant director of AFSCME Council 962, during last week's Howard County Commissioners meeting. Robertson appeared before the commissioners four months after local labor leaders presented a sample ordinance to the board, asking them to consider enacting it to allow Howard County government workers the right to bargain collectively. At the time, the commissioners said they'd take the matter under advisement and research the idea. With still no action from the commissioners, Robertson made it clear he didn't intend to let the issue go. I just want you to know we'll be coming to the commissioner meetings a little bit often, and I look forward to hearing from you guys, said Robertson. According to Robertson, a public push soon will commence, starting with informational posters being dispersed that raise issue with the commissioners' lack of action. It also calls on union sisters and brothers, family, friends, and neighbors to attend the Sept. 4 board of commissioners meeting. If successful, the push has the chance to draw a large crowd given Kokomo's deep union ties, with some organizations, such as UAW Local 685 boasting about 6,500 members. One question central to the matter is the collective desire of Howard County workers to unionize. Even if the commissioners enacted the sample ordinance presented to them, it only would lay the groundwork for organization. If workers were granted the ability to collectively bargain by the ordinance they still would need to vote to form a union after an organizing drive. To this end, both parties disagree about what desire there is by county workers to form a union. Robertson maintained that not only do county workers want to unionize but that there's also enough for an organizing drive to succeed. But he's mum on exact details. When asked if there have been gatherings of workers that lead him to this belief, he said there have been. Yes, there has Right According to those involved in the operations of the juvenile division of Howard Circuit Court, runaways always have been an issue with the youth in the system. But, icials indicate they're noticing disturbing trends with those runaways. One trend, according to Juvenile Referee Erik May, is that juveniles seem to be disappearing for longer periods of time. What's allowing this is that other individuals appear to be harboring juveniles more often and even participating in hiding the children from their parents. This, said May and Howard County Deputy Prosecutor Jeffrey Lowery, who works as the prosecutor for the juvenile court, has to stop. Runaways are a common phenomenon in juvenile court, said May. Recently though, it seems like the last few years we've had kids who run away, and they're gone for more than a few hours Then you have other situations where kids are gone for weeks, sometimes months. When that happens, May said it begs the question, Where did you go? And sometimes the answers the juveniles give disturb the referee and prosecutor. One recent case in particular was referenced by both May and Lowery where a young girl who ran away from home was harbored by a woman who refused to even give the juvenile her real name, despite allowing the girl to stay in her home. We had a case last week when the judge and I just shot each other a look like, 'Oh my goodness,' said Lowery. Erik said, 'Where have you been staying?' [Her response was,] 'Well I don't know the woman's name, but she just said to call me mom.' That just sent chills down our spine. Call me mom just because she didn't want to be identified with a name It seems rather nefarious to us. In another instance, a young girl procured up to 10 cell phones in a year's time from an adult who was harboring her. Cases such as these make May and Lowery fear the worst: child Developer Jeff Broughton's legal troubles have expanded beyond the borders of Howard County. He made a splash in Kokomo renovating u n d e r - u t i l i z e d properties, but on the heels of two other local civil suits targeting Broughton for unpaid money owed for various reasons - one of which yielded a judgment against the developer for more than $34,000 in unpaid bills to another local developer - a Culver-based business venture by Broughton crumbled for similar reasons. According to a civil suit filed in Marshall County, property owners George and Tamara Pesek engaged in a deal with Broughton, agreeing to lease him property in Culver for two years to launch Vongarde Brewhouse beginning on Oct. 14, 2016. Rent payments were to commence on Nov. 1, 2016, and the deal also included an option to purchase the premises. However, about a year later the property owners stopped receiving their rent from Broughton and his LLC associated with the business, Deep Water Brewing Inc., which is listed to a Kokomo address, according to the Indiana Secretary of State's ice. In total, the suit filed on June 21 claimed monthly installments of $1,850 were owed from 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 Kokomoperspective.com 209 N. Main St. - Kokomo 765.452.0055 Aug. 15, 2018 Perspective Photo / File UNION TALKS - Howard County Commissioners (pictured left to right) Paul Wyman, Tyler Moore, and Brad Bray are being asked by labor leaders to enact an ordinance that would lay the groundwork for the unioniza- tion of county workers. Broughton A9 by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com County A9 Runaway A9 307 N. Main 459-5552 SODA FOUNTAIN OPEN Mon.-Fri. 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Super Special BUY A PLATTER OR BASKET GET A 2ND FOR ONLY $1.00 Equal or lesser value. No free refills on drinks. Add 50 for carryout. 4 to 6PM Only. 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