Kokomo Perspective 09 06 2017 E Edition Page A1

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 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID KOKOMO, IN PERMIT NO. 60 **************ECRWSSEDDM************** Residential & Business Customer by Alyx Arnett Editor editor@kokomoperspective.com September 6, 2017 William R. Grider, DDS, FICO Over 30 years serving Howard County 3416 S. Dixon Road, Kokomo In, 46902 765.455.1971 Kokomodentalcenter.com by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Perspective Photo / Alyx Arnett FEED THE PEOPLE - Kathy McCormas serves Nathaniel Long last Thursday at that Kokomo Rescue Mission during lunch. Protection A8 HAPPENING NOW Yes We Can' to benefit busy Kokomo Rescue Mission NEEDS REMAIN HIGH A bit of competitive flair is accompanying the annu- al Yes We Can food drive to benefit the Kokomo Rescue Mission this weekend. On Sunday, middle and high school students will embark on a mission to collect not only the most canned food throughout Howard County neighborhoods but also the most of one designated item. Once the s c a v e n g e r hunt ends, the students will meet at Bible Baptist Church where they're encouraged to barter with the other teams in order to get the most of their designated item, known as their mega food. They'll pick up all of the canned foods they come across, but they're also looking for a specific item, which just ups the fun factor, said Anna Brown, special events coordinator with the Kokomo Rescue Mission. After the items are weighed and counted, awards will be handed out to the team with the most items total and also the team with the most mega food items. In order for the teams to pick up items, the community is being asked to leave out bags of canned goods on Sunday morning with a tag that says for Kokomo Res- cue Mission. The teams will be picking up items from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. Since there are more homes than the students can possibly get to, res- idents who have bags that don't get picked up are asked to drop them offat the Mission, starting Monday, Sept. 11. At the end of the week, those items will be weighed and added to the total. The food that's collect- ed is used t h r o u g h o u t the year to serve to guests at the Kokomo Rescue Mission and at Open Arms, the women and children's shelter. Last year, the canned food drive brought in 8.1 tons of food. While that number was down from the previous year, Brown said it turned out to be what was Need for food climbs despite low unemployment numbers; director attributes need to mental health and addictions issues Local realtor in hot water over missing money A local realtor is in hot wa- ter over thousands of dollars in missing money. In just a span of a few months, multiple civil suits leveled at local realtor Keith Shallenberger allege he mis- appropriated homeowners' money, and now thousands in damages are sought by multiple individuals. From June up until last week, four separate civil suits were filed against Shallenberger and his company, Shallenberg- er Realty. Between the suits, a common running theme quickly emerges. According to the suits, homeowners engaged in contracts with Shallenberg- er, who would manage the homeowners' properties in exchange for a percentage of rent owed by those leas- ing the homes. In return, according to the civil suits, Shallenberger would receive a portion of the rent profits. In each case, rent would be sent to Shallenberger who was then supposed to send checks to the property own- ers. It's alleged Shallenberg- er stopped sending the rent profits to his clients after a period of time. Now his cli- ents want their money back. The latest suit filed in Howard County came on Realtor A2 Will Center Township see tax increase for fire protection? by Devin Zimmerman News Reporter dzimmerman@kokomoperspective.com Residents living in the unincorpo- rated areas of Center Township made their concerns known about poten- tially receiving fire protection from departments outside of the City of Firsts, but the question is will it cost taxpayers more? Negotiations continue between Center Township and the city of Kokomo concerning fire protection. With the prior contract between the two entities expiring in October, Dar- rough Chapel and Tall Oaks - the only portions of the township not annexed into the city - face potential changes in fire protection. Under the old contract, Kokomo Fire Depart- ment provided fire protection for the areas in exchange for the township providing several firefighting ve- hicles to the city. Now, with the old contract expiring and the vehicles no longer a bargaining chip, the town- ship faces a potentially large increase in the cost to providing fire services to the two unincorporated neighbor- hoods. The alternative to contracting with the city, of course, is contracting with other volunteer entities in the coun- ty. This could, however, result in much longer response times should an emergency arise in either Tall Oaks or Darrough Chapel. Recent- ly, Darrough Chapel residents made their concerns about such an option known during the recent meetings of the Center Township Board of Trust- ees and Kokomo Common Council. To say we'd have to wait for vol- unteers, whether it be Greentown Yes We Can A9 Perspective Photo / Devin Zimmerman

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