The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local News

July 9, 2014

Real Estate Commission suspends Shoot's license

Testimony taken from alleged victims, county officials at hearing

ANDERSON, Ind. — Roger Shoot, the embattled Madison County real estate broker whose business practices are being scrutinized by the Indiana Attorney General's Office and local prosecutors, was temporarily stripped of his real estate license on Wednesday.

The Indiana Real Estate Commission's 90-day suspension was issued after a long hearing at which alleged victims and county government officials testified. A final hearing will be conducted at a later date at the request of attorney general's office, which is amending its initial complaint filed in April 2013.

Wednesday's hearing was the first of two tribunals Shoot faces in the next several days.

The second will come on Monday when Shoot is expected to enter a plea in an initial hearing before Madison County Judge Thomas J. Newman Jr. on a 32-count criminal indictment filed by county Prosecutor Rodney Cummings last month.

The charges include forgery, theft, perjury and corrupt business influence.

"The attorney general's office is pleased with the commission's decision to summarily suspend Mr. Shoot's license," said Jaime Barb, a department spokeswoman "We believe this step was necessary in protecting the public."

David F. McNamar, Shoot's attorney, declined to answer questions about the case and the decision to suspend his client's real estate license.

"I really don't have any comment at this point," He said.

But Karisha Walker, one of Shoot's alleged victims, couldn't wait to see Shoot for the first time and testify against him about her rent-to-own home buying saga that began in 2009.

"That's the first time I ever saw him," Walker said after Wednesday's hearing. "It was amazing. I learned a lot of things I didn't know before ... I actually cried and thanked God," after the commission announced its decision.

A house at 615 Woodlawn Drive Walker and her former husband, Landis Walker, agreed to buy in 2009 figured prominently in the case authorities began building after complaints were lodged against Shoot in 2012.

A low down payment of $600 and low monthly payments attracted the couple to the house. They had no illusions about what they were getting, though. It was virtually unlivable.

There were no ceilings in some rooms and dirt floors in others. The furnace didn't work and plumbing throughout needed to be replaced, but the couple invested $16,000 in repairs to make the house a home, the couple told The Herald Bulletin in a story published last year.

According to court records, Shoot agreed to pay all property taxes due on the property in November 2009. After that, the Walkers would take responsibility for paying taxes, which were to be collected monthly along with homeowners insurance as part of their mortgage agreement.

But Shoot didn't live up to his end of the bargain, according to the lawsuit. Delinquent property taxes for 2008 payable in 2009 totaled nearly $5,225, but were never paid by Shoot as promised.

The first sign of trouble came in March 2010 when a homeowners insurance cancellation notice arrived at the house. Later, the Walkers learned the property taxes were delinquent.

A year later, in April 2011, Tyler Hazel, who worked for Shoot, bought the house at a Madison County tax sale without the Walkers' knowledge. Hazel has been charged with one count of Class D felony theft.

Another Shoot employee, Roberta Curson, has also been charged with 31 felony counts and will also have an initial hearing on Monday.

Walker told the commission Wednesday that the constant stress and financial loses associated with the house contributed to the dissolution of her and Landis Walker's marriage.

"He just can't do this to anybody else," she added. "I just hope it (the suspension) sticks. That's the main thing."

Like Stu Hirsch on Facebook and follow him @stuhirsch on Twitter, or call 640-4861.

Text Only
Local News
  • NWS-HB0726-Blighted.jpg State provides money to take bite out of blight

    The worst-of-the-worst abandoned and uninhabitable residential houses in Anderson, Alexandria and Elwood will soon start tumbling down, say officials in all three cities. Demolition of the houses is being made possible through a federal loan initiative administered by the state called the Blight Elimination Program.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Elwood schools seek election change Elwood Community Schools is seeking to change the process for the way that members of the school board will be elected starting with the November election.

    July 25, 2014

  • NWS - HB0726 - fabricating bill Company not charged for electricity for five months Ever since CB Fabricating moved into a new addition at their business, there has been a problem with electric bills received from the city of Anderson. The company received no bill for electricity usage from the Anderson utility office for five months, despite numerous attempts they say they made to correct the problem.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0726 - Colts Camp day two 349 Enjoy football, save lives

    Nine Indianapolis Colts fans attending practice at Anderson University saved 27 lives on Friday. That's good, of course, but if 15 more fans had taken a few minutes out of their afternoon to donate blood, 72 lives could have been saved, said Julie Gordon of the Indiana Blood Center.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • County doctor arrested on drug charges

    A Fishers doctor with ties to Pendleton was arrested Friday in a Drug Enforcement Administration raid of numerous doctor’s office in central Indiana.

    July 25, 2014

  • news_youngpilots.jpg After teen pilot's crash, how young is too young?

    The deadly crash of a teenager on an around-the-world flight brought new attention to the dangers of record-setting youth adventures, and questions about how young is too young to fly a plane.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Briefs: July 26 A compilation of news items of local and statewide interest as published in the Saturday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 25, 2014

  • Arrest Log: July 26 Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Thursday and Friday based on Madison County Jail records.

    July 25, 2014

  • Arrest Log: July 25 Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Wednesday and Thursday, based on Madison County Jail records.

    July 25, 2014

  • DSC_8125.JPG Auction teaches in business, farming

    After 10 years of 4-H, saying goodbye to his animals has become a simple matter for McKennon Heald. But he said he wouldn't be surprised to see some tears from some of the younger participants. He's been there.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

July Staff Photos

Buy and browse more photos from The Herald Bulletin

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Auto Industry Book
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide