Winamac Town Board Denies Payment for Vacationing Homeowner’s Door

The Winamac Town Board voted to reject a claim that would pay for damage in an incident with the police department.

Winamac Chief of Police Mike Buchanan told the board he performed a welfare check at a residence and ended up breaking the door to get into the resident’s home. He said the staff exhausted all efforts in finding the resident and, as a last resort, officers broke down the door to ensure the location and safety of the resident. Police later found out that the homeowner was on vacation.

The homeowner is now seeking reimbursement of the door.

Chief Buchanan explained to the board that due to the circumstances the town should not be responsible for the door. After a discussion, the board voted to deny payment.