Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

April 21, 2013

Public Eye - April 21, 2013

The long wait is over

After almost two years, the Tipton County Council has finally approved the minutes from their meeting on May 31, 2011 at Tri-Central High School.

The meeting, which lasted several hours and attracted a large crowd, was when the council voted to approve a 10-year tax abatement requested by E.ON Climate & Renewables for the Wildcat Wind Farm, east of Windfall.

The wind farm began operations in January.

The lack of council minutes has been a point of contention. Current Auditor Greg Townsend has been pressed for months to get the minutes up to date. Mandy Inman was auditor at the time of the May 31, 2011 meeting.

County officials were aided in the completion of the meeting minutes by local resident Bob Edinger, who supplied audio recordings of the meeting.

Council members also approved the minutes from the Dec. 18, 2012 meeting in which the 10-year tax abatement for the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm was approved.

For anyone wondering, minutes of government meetings are public record as soon as they are created. They do not have to be approved at a public meeting to be considered public record. The Indiana Public Access Counselor has dealt with that issue many, many times over the years.

Karickhoff reverses course

Two years after authoring a bill which required universities to verify a person’s citizenship or immigration status before granting in-state tuition, has State Rep. Mike Karickhoff had a change of heart?

Last week Karickhoff voted in favor of SB 207, which essentially nullified much of what he authored two years ago.

The Senate and the House have passed different versions of the bill, which have to be reconciled before it can go to Gov. Mike Pence for a signature into law.

But both chambers voted to make exceptions to the Karickhoff bill’s requirement that an agency or political subdivision verify that an individual applying for state or local public benefits or federal public benefits is a United States citizen or qualified alien.

State Rep. Heath VanNatter, R-Kokomo, and State Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, were both in the minority voting against SB 207.

Father of the year?

State Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, is under the spotlight after two Associated Press stories linked his legislative efforts to possible conflict of interest issues involving two of his children.

His daughter, Jessica Turner Stults, is a lobbyist working for a company called Insure-Rite, which is trying to win a multi-million dollar contract screening uninsured drivers for the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

According to the AP, Eric Turner tried to include legislation paving the way for the contract in a tax bill, which failed. A similar measure, however, was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence last week.

Rep. Turner’s son Zeke is at the center of another potential conflict, after Zeke Turner’s Mainstreet Property Group was set to receive $345,000 in state aid. Last week, Pence put that money on hold pending a review.

Eric Turner has denied wrongdoing in both cases, saying he did not hold a direct financial stake in either company.

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Kokomo Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Pence pushing Medicaid alternative during DC trip INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is heading to Washington to seek federal approval of his proposed state-run alternative to traditional Medicaid in order to expand health care coverage for low-income residents. The governor's office says P

    July 30, 2014

  • mopeds Mo-ped law means some scooters now require license With more and more mo-peds hitting the streets, police are having a hard time enforcing new restrictions encompassed in the new scooter law. Mo-ped drivers can still cruise the streets and roads on their two-wheel machines, but the new state law, whi

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Indianapolis man buys 2 $1M tickets in 3 months INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man is celebrating his second $1 million Hoosier Lottery prize in the past three months. Lottery officials say Robert Hamilton won a $1 million prize from a scratch-off ticket he bought last week at a convenience s

    July 30, 2014

  • Two arrested in purse-, wallet-snatching spree

    Two people were arrested late last week in relation to a string of purse and wallet thefts from shopping carts in local department stores.

    July 30, 2014

  • Feds cite Indiana Medicaid fraud unit over notices INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency found that the Indiana attorney general's office didn't give proper notice in nearly a quarter of the Medicaid fraud cases it helped prosecute in recent years. A report from the Department of Health and Human Serv

    July 30, 2014

  • Frankfort teen dies after rescue from Indiana city pool FRANKFORT (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy pulled from a central Indiana city pool has died. Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says Adrian Alanis died in an Indianapolis hospital on Tuesday, the day after he was rescued from the deep end of the

    July 30, 2014

  • YMCA front rendering NIPSCO donates $50K to YMCA campaign The Northern Indiana Public Service Company donated $50,000 Tuesday to the Kokomo Family YMCA’s Beyond the Bricks campaign to build a new Y in downtown Kokomo.“The Y is a great resource for the community, so we’re glad to help it grow and add to the

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fatal Truck+Car Accident03 Woman killed after vehicle collides with semi head-on A woman was killed Monday night after her vehicle collided with a semi truck in the northbound lanes of U.S. 31 near the junction with U.S. 931.Elizabeth Ann Jeffries, 41, Monticello, died after her car apparently left the road and entered oncoming,

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bldg Wall Collapse 01 KipCor purchases partially collapsed downtown building A building that has long been a part of downtown Kokomo’s landscape will remain intact, but undergo extensive demolition, after being purchased by a company that has been active in the city’s redevelopment efforts. The Barko building, also known as t

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Supreme Court observers predict ‘wide open’ process of picking of next chief INDIANAPOLIS — State Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson surprised observers in June when he decided to step down after a brief tenure in the leadership post. Another surprise may be in store when his replacement is named. A seven-member panel

    July 29, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries