Elvers was last arrested last July, after lab results came back on items police seized in a March 19 raid. Even then, he refused to close his store, at the corner of Mulberry and Philips streets.
Today, however, there’s a For Sale sign out in front, and the place has been cleared out. According to Elvers, he closed last November.
“With the police and everything, I think a lot of customers were scared away. And then they raised my rent. It just became too expensive to stay open,” he said. His bank accounts remain frozen, while his case is pending. And the state legislature has banned most of what he previously sold. Elvers maintains he’s a victim of a pointless war on drugs, but he’s paying a high price for his recalcitrance.
A different ballgame
When Wayne Seybold, mayor of Marion, announced he was seeking the Republican Party nomination for Indiana State Treasurer in 2014, he didn’t realize it would be a different type of political campaign than he was accustomed to.
Last week Seybold said he was used to a campaign that involved a primary contest to win a party’s nomination. The Treasurer’s nomination, however, is decided at the state party convention by party chairmen and vice chairmen, and delegates to the state convention. The delegates aren’t determined until the May primary.