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State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) said this morning a video that seems to show him poking fun at American actor and singer Jim Nabors was taken out of context. Wolkins said that when he mentioned Nabors, an openly gay man, during a meeting with supporters at the statehouse a day or two after Governor Mike Pence's State of the State address, no disrespect was intended. "I did not make fun of Jim Nabors," Wolkins insisted, but was questioning why Pence referenced the song "Back Home Again in Indi- ana" in his State of the State address Jan. 12 while he was talking about LGBT is- sues. Wolkins said he and many others wondered what Pence's purpose was in ref- erencing that song and was it an attempt to reach out to Indiana's LGBT community. "Not one person in that group at the statehouse took it as a shot to the gay com- munity. I would take it more as a shot at Pence. I don't know if it was a brilliant move on Pence's part or if that was intended or not," Wolkins said, noting he has- n't talked to Pence about it. During the meeting after the State of the State, the group was asking Wolkins a myriad of questions, espe- cially about LGBT issues, and Pence's reference to that song was discussed. Nabors is known for singing "Back Home Again in Indiana" prior to the start of Times-Union Sports Nation Mostly cloudy tonight; partly cloudy Saturday. Contact Us Phone: 574-267-3111 Email: news@timesuniononline.com Website: www.timesuniononline.com Mail: P.O.B. 1448 Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 Low 28 High 44 Friday January 29, 2016 In our 162nd year of continuous service to Kosciusko County Girls Hoops Warsaw, Tippecanoe Valley win conference games. Page 1B Oregon Standoff FBI releases video of fatal shooting. Page 8B TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 See STAGE- Page 2A Photo by Al Disbro Seated are the 2015 Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce Man and Woman of the Year, Jane Wear and Jon Sroufe. Standing are award sponsors Gary Gerard, Times-Union (L), and Doug Baumgardner, First Source Bank. BY DAVID SLONE Times-Union Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com 50 Cents Warsaw, IN Founded 1854 No. 24 Judge David Cates put his faith in a convicted criminal Thursday morning. James M. McKinley II, followed by multiple family members, ap- peared in Kosciusko County Supe- rior Court before Cates, having already taken responsibility for his offense. McKinley was arrested in August for stealing almost $44,000 from Warsaw's NAPA Auto Parts, where he worked at the time. He was charged with level six felonies theft and obstruction of justice. As of Thursday morning, McKinley, 28, of 500 N. Lake St., Syracuse, has already paid $6,500 in restitution. The state says that he owes a total of $17,000. He told Cates that he will pay another $5,000 within a week. He delivered a written speech about the crime and his regrets for it. Kosciusko County Deputy Pros- ecutor Brad Voelz could not define a sentence amount, as McKinley had already taken responsibility for the crime and was attempting to right his wrongs. McKinley was sentenced to two years on probation, where he must maintain employment and cannot commit any crimes. Cates told the court that McKinley was not the typical defendant. He has more ed- ucation, more support and much less criminal history than most that Cates encounters. Cates ad- vised that he believed McKinley could be positive member of his community, and urged him to do so. McKinley admitted in writing that he committed theft from Jan. 31, 2014, to March 31, 2015, ac- cording to the affidavit. He told Warsaw police that he stole more than $17,000. Inter-Cap Control Company Inc., an auditing com- pany, President Richard Dohoney was present for the confession. According to the affidavit, McKinley would create cash and inventory losses that would take deposit payments from customers. Instead of applying the payment ot a customer's account, he would cheat the system to remove the money and replace it with a service credit charge. The owner of NAPA Auto Parts, BY CHRIS TULLEY Times-Union Staff Writer ctulley@timesuniononline.com WINONA LAKE - It was a shocking night for the Kosciusko Chamber's Man and Woman of the Year Thursday. Both Jon Sroufe and Jane Wear expressed sur- prise when they were called to the stage - not just be- cause it was unexpected, but because they expected something else entirely when they attended the 104th annual Membership Awards Dinner at Grace College. Sroufe was recognized for a long career in busi- ness and service organiza- tions, starting when he filled sandbags in his garage for DePuy. While ac- cepting his honor Sroufe said he was told he was there to accept an award on behalf of the North Webster Community Center, which he was cited as being in- strumental in founding. "I think the accolades were a little heavy, and I thank you all," Sroufe said after presenter Doug Baumgardner listed his service and accomplish- ments, which include Wear, Sroufe Honored As Chamber Man, Woman Of Year BY JORDAN FOUTS Times-Union Staff Writer jfouts@timesuniononline.com Wolkins Says He Meant No Disrespect In Comment About Nabors North Webster firefighters quickly controlled a small house fire this morning. The fire was reported to North Webster Fire Department at 6:58 a.m. When NWFD arrived at the house at 37 EMS W14B Lane, flames were erupting out of a bedroom window, according to the fire department. They quickly contained the fire with assistance from Syracuse Fire Department and Lutheran EMS. No one was present in the home, which belongs to Martin Wine. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union Webster Fire Emergency personnel tend to one of the occupants involved in Thursday night's one-vehicle rollover accident on the west side of Ind. 15, just north of Leesburg. Further information from authorities was unavailable at press time. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union Leesburg Crash See YEAR- Page 2A See NABORS- Page 2A Defendant Accepts Responsibility, Gets Lighter Sentence A North Manchester sex of- fender will serve five years in prison for raping a woman in May. Noah Akins, 24, First Street, North Manchester, appeared be- fore Kosciusko County Superior Court Judge David Cates Thurs- day morning. On Jan. 7, Akins pleaded guilty to the rape, a level three felony. On May 10, Akins was heavily intoxicated and was staying at a friend's home. At some point dur- ing the night, he entered the vic- tim's room, where she was asleep in bed with her husband. Akins as- saulted the sleeping woman, ac- cording to the probable cause affidavit provided by Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office. She woke up to Akins "licking her inap- propriately." She immediately began screaming and kicking Akins in the head. The victim and her husband both spoke in court. The victim told the court that her life has torn apart since the crime. She said that she no longer goes out in pub- lic unless she has to, trusts no one but her family and even feels un- safe in her own home. Holding back tears, she said that she has been diagnosed with post trau- matic stress disorder, but can no longer afford counseling. She told Akins, who was present along with his family members, that she for- gave him, quoting Bible verse Colossians 3:13. She made it clear that she could not forget the at- tack. Her husband showed remorse while testifying. He claimed that he was drunk when the offense hap- pened, hinting that he should have protected his wife more appropri- ately. State prosecutor Brad Voelz ad- vised that while Akins has no crim- inal history, he has been divorced and does not regularly pay child support. Akin's attorney John Barret told BY CHRIS TULLEY Times-Union Staff Writer ctulley@timesuniononline.com North Manchester Man Gets 5 Years In Felony Rape Case See GETS- Page 2A See RAPE- Page 2A Court Rules For Indiana In Stage Collapse INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana is not liable to pay damages incurred by a com- pany that provided stage rigging that collapsed and killed seven people during the 2011 state fair, the state's high court has unan- imously ruled. Mid-America Sound

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