Bizarre details about the deaths of Kathy Loreno and Ron Woodworth were revealed in prosecution papers opposing a defense motion to sever, or separate, the two charges against Michelle Knotek, which would require that two separate trials be held.
Knotek is charged with two counts of murder in the second degree or, in the alternative, manslaughter in the first degree. Count I alleges that she intentionally murdered Kathy Loreno on or between December 1, 1989 and December 31, 1991. Count II alleges that she intentionally murdered Ron Woodsworth on or between October 1, 2001, and August 9, 2003.
Defense Attorney Scoff Harmer said, “There are 13 years, approximately, between the first alleged crime and the second alleged crime. And she’s been charged with two separate and distinct rimes. It is our opinion that she should be tried on each crime separately. We don’t think it’s fair to allow the state to lump all this together.”
…twenty years ago – 1994.
Sullivan, state official meet as SB shortage probe begins
A criminal investigation into the $90,000 shortage of South Bend city funds reported by the state auditor got underway last week.
Prosecutor Mike Sullivan met with Assistant Attorney General Greg Canova and Canova’s investigator, Bob Keppel to start the probe.
Their work could lead to hearings before a “special inquiry” court, Sullivan said. Similar in some functions to a grand jury, the special inquiry court can require testimony under subpoena and determine whether evidence is adequate for the prosecutor to place criminal.
…thirty years ago – 1984.
Bus system buys its headquarters from county
Pacific Transit System board members Thursday night agreed to buy the system’s Raymond headquarters from Pacific County for $115,000.
The transit system has occupied the Second Street location since spring 1980 as a tenant of the county.
The lot fronts Second Street for 80 feet and is 110 feet deep, transit director Dan DiGuilio said.
The sale includes the transit system’s office (1,856 square feet), shop (1,740 square feet), and storage area (1,740 square feet), DiGuilio said.
The county will be paid $95,000 this year, $72,000 of which comes from a federal grant, he said. The final $20,000, plus interest, will come out of the transit system’s 1985 budget.