The Snyders Speak Out: Part 2

The Snyders of Roseland and their saga continues to be the most watched story on our website.

We know about the rumblings, arrests and lawsuits, but what else do we know about this infamous couple?

We realize the Snyders are controversial and we understand your concern over us interviewing them. We as a news organization wanted some answers and, by your response, we think you do too.

I talked with the Snyders about their past and future.

“I like to say that a small town is good because you know everybody and a small town is bad because you know everybody,” said Dorothy.

While David and Dorothy Snyder were serving on Roseland's three person town council, there were brawls, arrests and lawsuits.

As we walked around the small town of 750 residents, the Snyders talked about the positive things they did in office, like helping Roseland grow.

There is a new hotel in town, some high-end condominiums and a comprehensive master plan that will allow the town to get grant money to keep growing.

“The 58 town homes alone brought in about 11 million dollars in value,” explained David.

And they say the get along with most of the folks in town, but people tend to remember the negative.

“I think the people of Roseland need to come together and work on their future and say, ‘Is this what we want to be?’” said David.

The Snyders claim there were no problems in Roseland until the South Bend Tribune decided to make it an issue.

“Once the Tribune said one of them should resign, that's what made it a contest to make one of us resign,” explained Dorothy.

But what about the two of them voting council president Charlie Shields out and Dorothy Snyder in as president? They say they had no choice.

“You have to realize what happened before then. That council president took action he had no right to do. He authorized the demolition of a house,” said Dorothy. David continued by saying, “Historic house, a historic house that had scheduled to be moved and saved for the future.”

In September of last year, David Snyder is arrested at a town council meeting and NewsCenter 16’s camera captured then Town Marshall Jack Tiller pushing him out the doors.

I asked him if he provoked him by using the word “bully.”

David responded by saying, “I have to preface this by saying I can’t say a whole lot about it. We do have a tort claim filed. I don’t believe anything anybody would say to a police officer should cause a police officer to use the force he used.”

We asked people on our website whether the police went too far. Nearly 67-percent thought yes.

The prosecutor presented the case to the grand jury, which decided no charges should be filed.

But David is facing trial for another incident involving fellow council member Tedd Penn. Snyder is accused of felony intimidation involving an alleged fight with Penn.

Penn showed our reporters scratches and said he was bruised.

David told me that he did not bruise Penn. I contacted Ted Penn, and he responded by saying, “Rock bottom. Absolute non-truth and the truth will come out in court.”

When I asked him if he was fearful of ending up in jail, David said, “No, I think the court system, the truth will be found out. The court system will work, a jury of my peers will find the truth.”

Snyder was also arrested for failing to pay child support to his two children living in Texas.

“That may be resolved by as soon as the end of next week,” David said. I asked if he meant by catching up with payments, and he said “As far as getting it resolved with a resolution everyone can live with.”

I contacted the prosecutor’s office and Snyder's ex-wife. Neither knew of an agreement, but since he still owes over 81,000 dollars in child support she says she welcomes one.

David insists the settlement is being negotiated by a third party and attorneys will be working on an agreement this week.

So that, and David's upcoming trial, will unfold in the courts.

So what's next?

David said he wants them to be remembered as “agents of positive change.”

“I would think that would be the best way to be remembered. I think that's going to take a few years for that to happen, I think people have got to see what we did in those three years we were working together,” said David.

“And that’s why we are connecting with the media, not because we are egomaniacs or something like that,” said Dorothy, laughing. “That’s what we’re doing again today, we’re trying to say, here we tried to serve Roseland. There were a lot of good things that happened in Roseland in the last five years and people should get involved in their community.”

A community the Snyder's are not leaving. They say things can only get better for Roseland and they want to be part of that positive change.

David Snyder says he would "never say never" to holding public office again, but Dorothy says she has no desire to run for office.

If you would like to hear more of the Snyders’ interview or watch Wednesday night’s part, just click on the Big Red Bar.

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