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December 31, 2013

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3 A total of 95 felony charges were filed against nine employees at Wagoner Medical Center in April, following an investigation into its offices in Kokomo and Burlington. Police said the offices owned by Drs. Don and Marilyn Wagoner ran what amounted to a narcotics distribution ring under the guise of two family medical practices. The doctors both have surrendered their respective Drug Enforcement Agency registrations, and no longer possess prescriptive authority for controlled substances. On top of the criminal charges, a civil suit under Indiana’s anti-racketeering law has been filed, seeking a seizure of the Wagoners’ considerable assets as prosecutors pursue a racketeering case. The Wagoners, along with two other doctors from their clinics, two physician assistants, the head nurse and several office personnel have all pleaded not guilty to numerous charges.

4 A homicide that took the life of 21-year-old Destiny Pittman remains unsolved after the Kokomo resident was found dead in February at her home on James Drive. An autopsy revealed she died of a single gunshot wound to her torso. Investigators with the Kokomo Police Department said they were told there is a possibility that two intruders forced their way inside the home and killed Pittman. Once inside the residence, the intruders were confronted by Pittman and fired a single gunshot, striking her in the upper torso. No arrests have been made in the case and the investigation continues.

5 After 63 years of marriage, Kokomo couple Earle and Lou Nell Howard passed away side-by-side within minutes of each other after praying God would allow them to die together in February. The couple married on July 11, 1949, in Kokomo, after Earle served in the Army during World War II. He eventually became Kokomo police chief, was elected twice as Howard County sheriff and served as a state representative from 1986 to 1994.

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