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WASHINGTON (AP) - The partial government shut down will almost certainly be handed off to a divided gov ernment to solve in the new year, as both parties traded blame today and President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes in the week long impasse. As agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power, it sets up the first big confrontation between Trump and newly empowered Democrats. Trump is sticking with his demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico, and Democrats, who take control of the House on Thursday, are refusing to give him what he wants. Trump raised the stakes today, reissuing threats to shut the U.S. Mexico border to pressure Congress to fund the wall and to cease aid to three Central American coun tries from which many migrants have fled. The president also sig naled he was in no rush to seek a resolution, welcoming the fight as he heads toward his own bid for re election in 2020. He tweeted Thursday evening that Democrats may be able to block him now, "but we have the issue, Border Security. 2020!" The shutdown is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contrac tors to stay home or work without pay, and many are experiencing mounting stress from the impasse. It also is beginning to pinch cit izens who count on varied public services. Gates are closed at some national parks, the government won't issue new federal flood insur ance policies and in New York, the chief judge of Manhattan federal courts suspended work on civil cases involving U.S. govern ment lawyers, including sev eral civil lawsuits in which Trump himself is a defen dant. With another long holiday weekend coming and nearly all lawmakers away from the Capitol there is little expecta tion of a quick fix. "We are far apart," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CBS today, claiming of Democrats, "They've left the table all together." Incoming acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Democrats are no longer negotiating with the admin istration over an offer made back on Saturday to accept less than the $5 billion Trump wants for a wall along the U.S. Mexico border. Democrats said the White House offered $2.5 billion for TIMES UNION December 28, 2018 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 305 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Indiana Indiana losing several dairy farms each week. Page 8A Opinion Blame Con- gress for immigration problems. Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 29 High 32 Sports CFP teams go national to stock rosters. Page 1B Mostly cloudy tonight and Saturday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Sign Up To Win: La-Z-Boy Recliner, Sealy Mattress Set, $500 Gift Cert. & More! Sign Up To Win: La-Z-Boy Recliner, Sealy Mattress Set, $500 Gift Cert. & More! Monday, Dec. 31 st 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Town Square Furniture 118 W. Main St., Warsaw 574-267-5940 ReinholtsFurniture.com REINHOLT'S NEW YEAR'S EVE SALE Friday IN OUR 164th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY Photo by As ociated Pres Tourists walk past a sign near the embarkation point for the Statue of Liberty in New York Thursday. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will remain open despite the ongoing partial government shutdown, even as some national parks and monuments close down, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. See BLAME- Page 2A $1 GOP, Dems Trade Blame, No Shutdown Deal In Sight The town of Milford and one of its officers have successfully requested a lawsuit against their noise ordinance to be moved from Kosciusko Circuit Court to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division. Through his attorneys, plaintiff Richard Costa filed a suit against police Lt. Timothy Miller and the town Nov. 2 in Kosciusko County Circuit Court. He is seeking "an order permanently enjoining the enforcement of the town of Milford's unconstitutionally vague and overbroad local noise ordi nance that, among other things, has interfered with his ability to play music in his garage." The suit states Costa brings the action against the defendants for violations of the Fourth, First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and for "the tort of trespass to land." On Nov. 27, attorney William Ramsey, of Fort Wayne, on behalf of Miller and the town, filed a joint notice of removal of the case to the U.S. District Court. The defendants' joint notice of removal states that they received notice of Costa's complaint on Nov. 12, and that pursuant to U.S. code, "any civil action brought in a state court of which the district courts of the United States have original jurisdiction, may be removed by the defendant or the defendants, to the district court of the United States for the district and division embrac ing the place where such action is pending." According to pacermonitor.com, the case has been assigned to District Court Judge Philip P. Simon and referred to Magistrate Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr. A jury trial is requested in the case by Costa. The Milford noise ordinance pro hibits "any loud, unnecessary or unusual noises whatsoever which shall annoy, injure or endanger the comfort, peace, health or safety of others." That includes "radios, stere os, tape players, compact disc play ers or any loud noises by or from any motor vehicles or bicycles." The ordinance also stipulates fines for violation of the ordinance. On Feb. 17 at around 3:45 p.m., Costa was inside a garage at his home on North Shaffer Street in Milford, the claim states. He began playing rock music with his father and a friend. Costa was playing drums and his friend and father were playing guitars. All doors and entrances to Costa's garage were shut, the original complaint states. Costa had installed insulation in his garage to minimize the sound of music. While Costa was playing music on Feb. 17, Miller came to Costa's home. Miller came onto Costa's property by walking onto the drive way and opened the door to Costa's garage and yelled, "Shut it off." Miller was outside of Costa's home no more than three minutes before entering the garage, the claim states. Miller did not have authorization from Costa or anyone else at the residence to enter the garage. He also didn't have a war rant to enter and didn't have proba ble cause or reasonable suspicion to believe a crime was taking place in the garage. Before entering the garage, the suit states Miller had no exigent cir cumstance necessitating he enter the garage and he did not call Costa by phone, knock on any entrance to the home or contact Costa in any way prior to "unlawfully" entering the garage. The town is liable for Miller's actions because he is an employee of Milford, the suit states. Costa wants the court to declare Milford's noise ordinance unconsti tutionally vague and overbroad in violation of the 14th Amendment. He wants the court to enjoin the town from enforcing the ordinance, award him compensatory and puni tive damages against all defendants, award his legal costs and attorneys' fees and grant all other just and proper relief. Lawsuit Against Milford Now In Federal Court BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com SOUTH WHITLEY - South Whitley Police Department offi cers were notified of a reckless driver traveling west on Ind. 205 approaching the town at about 1:29 p.m. Thursday. An officer found the vehicle in the area of CR 400W on Ind. 205, and after seeing the reckless driv ing behavior, the officer attempt ed to initiate a traffic stop, accord ing to a news release from the SWPD. The driver failed to yield to the officer and continued west on Ind. 205. After a tire deflation device was deployed on the vehicle, it came to a stop near the intersec tion of Ind. 5 and Ind. 205. Whitley County Sheriff's Department deputies assisted the SWPD officers in removing the driver from the vehicle; the driver was verbally and physically unco operative, the release states. After gaining control of the driver, further investigation led officers to believe a medical episode might be taking place. Medical personnel were called to the scene and took the driver to a hospital for further medical eval uation. The name of the driver is not being released at this time. BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com A Pierceton man was arrested recently after allegedly taking a woman's vehicle without permis sion and then threatening her parents. Rodney Brent Knuckles, 33, of 18 EMS B20A Lane, Pierceton, was arrested and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail Dec. 18 for theft of a vehicle and intimida tion. His preliminary bond was set at $5,250. Court documents filed Thursday list the auto theft and intimidation charges as level 6 felonies. During the early morning of Dec. 18, Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department deputy Craig Summers spoke with a woman at her house who said that during the night before, Knuckles used unauthorized con trol of her Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. She said Knuckles called her prior to the arrival of Summers and told her that he would bring the vehicle back, but he had not done so by the time Summers arrived. The woman said she did not give Knuckles permission to take the vehicle, according to court documents. After Summers left, he put out an "attempt to locate" the vehicle in Kosciusko County. Later in the morning of Dec. 18, Summers was again dis patched to the woman's home. Dispatch told Summers that it received a call saying that Knuckles was at the woman's home. Upon arrival, Summers saw the Jeep and Knuckles in the driver's seat, and he arrested Knuckles. The woman told Summers that after Summers left earlier that morning, she spoke with Knuckles on the phone. She said that once Knuckles found out she contacted the police, he threat ened to burn down her parents' house. Knuckles has since been released on his own recogni zance. His initial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11 in Kosciusko County Superior Court III. BY DAVID SLONE TIMES-UNION Staff Writer dslone@timesuniononline.com Medical Problem May Have Sparked Chase Theft, Threat Lead To Arrest Of Pierceton Man Latino Support For GOP Steady Despite Trump Immigration Talk LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - Pedro Gonzalez has faith in Donald Trump and his party. The 55 year old Colombian immigrant is a pastor at an evan gelical church in suburban Denver. Initially repelled by Trump in 2016, he's been heart ened by the president's steps to protect religious groups and appoint judges who oppose abor tion rights. More important, Gonzalez sees Trump's presiden cy as part of a divine plan. "It doesn't matter what I think," Gonzalez said of the presi dent. "He was put there." Though Latino voters are a key part of the Democratic coalition, there is a larger bloc of reliable Republican Latinos than many think. And the GOP's position among Latinos has not weakened during the Trump administration, despite the president's rhetoric against immigrants and the party's shift to the right on immi gration. In November's elections, 32 percent of Latinos voted for Republicans, according to AP VoteCast data. The survey of more than 115,000 midterm vot ers - including 7,738 Latino vot ers - was conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago. Other surveys also found roughly one third of Latinos sup porting the GOP. Data from the Pew Research Center and from exit polls suggests that a compa rable share of about 3 in 10 Latino voters supported Trump in 2016. That tracks the share of Latinos supporting Republicans for the last decade. The stability of Republicans' share of the Latino vote frustrates Democrats, who say actions like Trump's family separation policy and his demonization of an immi grant caravan should drive Latinos out of the GOP. "The question is not are Democrats winning the Hispanic vote - it's why aren't Democrats winning the Hispanic vote 80 20 or 90 10 the way black voters See GOP- Page 2A

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