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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ind. Gov't. - Hancock County coroner steps down from office after pleading guilty in drunken-driving case; Lake County federal trial

So reports Noelle Steele in the Greenfield Daily Reporter in this story that is not available to non-subscribers. More form the snippets available:

But Vangundy said she hopes to restore the public trust and hopes she is re-elected in November.
The caption under a photo says that as part of a plea agreement, she will receive a year of probation. "Although one of them originally was a felony, the agreement specifies punishment for a misdemeanor."

Thats to the reader who pointed out this story and also noted that IC 35-50-2-7, for one, allows reduction to a misdemeanor in certain cases. Felons can not run for public office. From the version in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

Vangundy’s resignation wasn’t required as part of her guilty plea to misdemeanor charges. She was sentenced Wednesday to a year on probation for driving to the scene of a teenager’s suicide near New Palestine in May after drinking alcohol and taking a sleeping aid.

Defense attorney Carl Brizzi said the Republican coroner can hold office because she wasn’t convicted of a felony.

The Indianapolis Star has a longer background story by Bill McCleery, along with this follow-up.

Meanwhile in Lake County, the AP reported in an August 21st story:

August 21, 2012 (HAMMOND, Ind.) -- The federal corruption trial of a longtime northwestern Indiana elected official began with his defense attorney saying he wasn't trying to defraud anyone by taking about $24,000 in child support incentive payments over six years.

The trial of Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot started Monday and is expected to last a week.

Here is a longer story from the NWI Times, by Sarah Tompkins.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 23, 2012 02:22 PM
Posted to Indiana Government