Broken elevator causes problems at courthouse

By The Associated Press

PERU — A broken elevator at a courthouse in northern Indiana has caused problems for months for people who can’t make it up three flights of stairs to pay taxes or get to court hearings.

The elevator at the Miami County Courthouse in Peru broke down in mid-May and officials have been waiting for a company to make a replacement part. The Kokomo Tribune reports that in at least two instances county officials said a person in a wheelchair was carried up the stairs by a family member for a court hearing.

Miami County Circuit Court Judge Tim Spahr said at least one court case has been postponed for more than two months. He said judges have also been forced to conduct hearings via cellphone or hold sessions in empty first-floor rooms.

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