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December 30, 2013

Top 10 area crime stories of 2013

Homicides, fatal crashes, others made the top 10 list.

Two homicides, a Kokomo investment adviser who killed himself in the wake of bilking millions from investors and a police raid of a medical clinic highlighted the year of crime in the Kokomo area for 2013.

Schwartz ends his own life

Richard Schwartz, who built his business in Kokomo, made local, state and national headlines when he shot himself Aug. 23 at his Simpsonville, Ky., home, after first attempting to kill his wife.

Police were called to the Schwartz home, 2000 Todds Point Road, Simpsonville, on a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found Schwartz dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The ensuing investigation prompted state officials to file an emergency petition in October to freeze some of Schwartz’s assets alleging he was running a multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme involving a number of investors from Kokomo and around the country.

Schwartz, well-known from his billboards around Kokomo, ran RAS Associates, 1932 S. Dixon Road, which billed itself as an investment firm.

Wagoner doctors arrested

Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann filed a total of 95 felony charges in April against nine employees of the Wagoner Medical Clinic in Kokomo and Burlington following an intense investigation by the Kokomo Police Department, Howard County Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI and the Indiana office of the Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Kokomo Police, assisted by the Howard County Sheriff’s Department, arrested Dr. Don Wagoner, Dr. Marilyn Wagoner, Dr. William Terpstra, and physician assistants, Gary Hartman, Thomas Hewitt, nurse Linda Richards and office manager Michelle Wagoner. Dr. Robert Brewer and Physician Assistant John Thomas were charged but not arrested.

The Wagoners’ case is pending a March 7 jury trial in Howard Superior Court 1.

Fatal hit-and-run crash kills teen

On Sept. 12, a driver of a pickup truck failed to stop after hitting a mo-ped driven by two teens at Center Road and Highland Springs Drive.

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