Sheriff's candidate faces felony charges after confronting door-to-door salesmen

A couple of months ago, we told you about a group of salesmen going door-to-door in New Carlisle and the story of one family who says strangers pushed their way into their home, making them feel unsafe.

Now, more allegations of pushy sales tactics are coming from Starke County.
According to our reporting partners WKVI, this group works for an independent contractor in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but from what residents are saying, they were just as pushy.

Many hope the Starke County Sheriff’s Department continues to look into these people, but someone you may not expect, is now facing a felony charge from this event.

“On February 15th, we had an incident with four individuals that were traveling in a white van. They were going around and stopping and it started, it was approximately 8:10 at night,” says Starke County resident, Lora Hill.

“I didn't go to the door, and then I noticed the car didn't leave right away, so I went and looked out the back and there was somebody at the back,” says another resident, Bethel Fisher.

One woman, who lives a couple houses down says they pushed their way into her home as well. She says when she asked them to leave numerous times they wouldn't so she called her nephew. Her nephew was Greg Wireman, a Stark County Resident running for sheriff in 2014.

“Residents in the area had called 911. Sheriff’s deputies were tied up. As I was contacted to come and help to the situation, it happened at my aunt’s house and she felt threatened and intimidated and I felt compelled to help my family,” says Wireman.

When he arrived, one person was in his aunt’s home and after asking a few questions, his goal was to get him out.

“My number one interest was for the safety of my community. I never acted out of line and those facts will come out,” he continues.

Shortly after that, deputies arrived at the scene. According to the case report, deputies talked to Wireman's aunt as well as the salesmen.

Here's where things get interesting. All of the calls from neighbors came in because they say the salesmen were forcing their way into their homes, making them feel unsafe, but Wireman, who says he was just trying to help, now faces a Class D felony Charge for impersonation of a public servant.

The case report says, "The driver, Alexandria, stated that they were attempting to sell vacuum cleaners. She stated that Greg guy identified himself as a police officer and blocked them in the driveway and they were unable to leave...."

Wireman and his aunt say that was not the case.

“No one was actually detained and again, those kinds of things will come out as the trial goes on,” says Wireman.
Now, it is important to note that one of the deputies, who arrived at the scene, passed the case over to another deputy because of political reasons. Neighbors say it's because he too is running for sheriff.

Ultimately, neighbors want to feel safe and they say it's hard to feel safe because the sheriff’s department is looking into Wireman and not these salesman.

According to our reporting partners at WKVI, one of the salesmen was convicted of larceny in 2009 and the Starke County Auditor's Office says it has no record of any of the three vacuum cleaner salespeople having permits to sell items door-to-door.


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