Broken elevator causes months of woes at Peru courthouse

A broken elevator at the Miami County Courthouse in Peru 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 broke down in mid-May and officials have been waiting for a company to make a replacement part. The Kokomo Tribune reported 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 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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