From Dan Spalding and our reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth:
While many people were glad to see authorities shut down six convenience stores in Elkhart over allegations of selling synthetic marijuana, David Henke said he believes the approach has some shortcomings.
Henke, a Republican city council member, owns a rental property adjacent to one of the stores and was renting to some of the store employees. He thinks it could have been handled differently.
Henke said police attempting to gain entrance to some of the suspects’ residences broke down several steel frame doors to his rental property with damage totaling $5,000. Insurance won’t pay for it, he said, because it was part of a police action.
Henke said the city is now left to care for six properties, and the closures add to the existing blight in some of the areas.
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