Mayor of Kokomo temporarily placed in contempt of court over removal of pipes

Photo Courtesy of Howard County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy of Howard County Sheriff's Office

KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) – Mayor Greg Goodnight was temporarily placed in contempt of court on Tuesday afternoon after a misunderstanding over access to the Howard County Courthouse’s west entrance.

Sources report that Goodnight was placed in contempt of court around 3 p.m. by Howard County Superior Court I Judge William Menges.

Judge Menges had ordered Goodnight to have crews remove several sewer pipes that were blocking the west entrance in the courthouse.

According to Goodnight he got a message from Howard County Commissioner Tyler Moore that removing the pipes by 2 p.m. wouldn’t be a problem. However, Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers appeared in Goodnight’s office later that afternoon and ordered Goodnight back to the courthouse.

After Goodnight had crews move the pipes he was released.

Goodnight told the Kokomo Tribune that it all boiled down to a judge on an ego trip.

Street Systems Manager Jon Pyke was told to have the pipes moved by 8 a.m. Wednesday. However, he was only contacted by Commissioner Moore prior to Roggers’ arrival at Goodnight’s office.

Rogers would not go into detail about the incident, but said the incident was carried out quickly. Rogers added that Goodnight was never placed in handcuffs and never booked. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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