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Hyten facing more charges, administrative leave

Friday, June 24, 2011

On the heels of a Class A misdemeanor charge in Putnam Superior Court last week, two felonies and another misdemeanor have been filed against a Putnam County official.

He is also facing unpaid leave in the wake of the charges.

Kim Hyten, 43, Fillmore, county planner and emergency management director, faces charges of Class D felony strangulation and criminal confinement and Class A misdemeanor interference with the reporting of a crime. He was charged last week with Class A misdemeanor domestic battery.

The charges spring from a May 28 incident involving Hyten and wife Karen Reeves-Hyten.

The county commissioners had a special meeting Thursday afternoon regarding other matters, but county attorney Scott Hoff notified them the charges were pending. The board discussed the matter briefly, deciding the time had come to act.

"I want him out of there," Commissioner Nancy Fogle said. "He needs to be put on administrative leave."

Fogle made the motion Hyten be put on leave without pay, but retaining his benefits.

"Let him keep his benefits so he can get treatment," she said.

Kristina Warren seconded the motion, and it passed 2-0. Commissioner Gene Beck was not present.

Hyten will remain on leave indefinitely.

Hyten's initial hearing is set for Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. in Putnam Superior Court. Lee Reberger and Kim Jackson of the Clay County Prosecutor's Office have been appointed special prosecutors in the case. Likewise, Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph D. Trout assumed jurisdiction in the case.

Additionally, the investigation was handled by the Indiana State Police, as both parties are Putnam County employees.

In an ISP interview, Karen Reeves-Hyten alleged that on May 28, her husband assaulted her several times, including throwing her off the porch, dragging her around by the foot, choking, shaking and eye gouging.

She also said Hyten held her against her will the following day, taking the home telephone away, as well as Karen's phone and car keys. The ISP interview did not take place until nine days after the alleged incident.

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Hopefully they don't let him plead to the misdemeanors to get the felony charge to go away.

-- Posted by CdaleResident on Thu, Jun 23, 2011, at 5:00 PM

Thanks to the County Commissioners for realizing he should not be a representative of this county. They did the right thing suspending him without pay. I realize he has not been found guilty, but this is the second time; so where there is smoke there is usually fire. It sounds like he has some definite anger issues.

-- Posted by whatruthinking2 on Thu, Jun 23, 2011, at 7:20 PM

Thank you Mrs. Fogle for your continued commitment to this county. Your hard work has not gone without notice. Thank you also Mrs. Warren for your vote.

-- Posted by welovethiscounty on Thu, Jun 23, 2011, at 9:24 PM

Heh heh, Reberger and Trout. I'm sure they'll do the "profitable" thing.

-- Posted by westforty on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 12:59 AM

I'm so relieved that Mrs.Fogle has continued to be the voice for the people of Putnam County. I'm also relieved that he is on administrative leave - although I don't think he deserves benefits - it's a good start to the outcome that so many feel he deserves. Let's hope he can keep his hands to himself until August 16th, and not follow suit and pull a Mark Frisbie.

-- Posted by PutGrad06 on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 5:23 AM

They need a special prosecutor to handle the case. It would be the only fair thing to do for everyone. Also it would hopefully eliminate any kind favortism that could be alleged by anybody on either side of the fence.

-- Posted by purple_heat on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 7:21 AM

Having a special prosecutor and a special judge doesnt really mean that they will do the right thing either. From their point of view he would be a highly respected county official and would probably be more apt to give him a better deal to save face with the our counties other officials because the know some day the roll will be switched and their county may be under Putnam counties rule for a case. Further they will probably have him plead to the misdomeanors but they are still violent misdemeanors and would greatly hurt his chances of keeping his current position as janitor babysitter.

-- Posted by Oh My Goodness on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 7:38 AM

Does he still have the county expediton gas guzzler burning up are tax payers money road trippen... i?

-- Posted by tru story on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 8:15 AM

is this more of the putnam county morals squad at the keyboards? should be a piece of cake to convict him with all the people who seem to have been a witness to the events. (according to some of the postings on last weeks article) because all of those people seem to already know all the facts and truth to this situation already. they must know to be calling for his head that way. we wouldn't want that silly constitiution thing about innocent till proven guilty to get in the way would we? it doesn't give you pause to think that his own ex wife came to his defense and claimed the charges from before was not what they seemed or was printed and commented on in the paper. or that someone could make charges and accusations to "get back" at someone, which doesn't mean they are all true. i know Kim and I know Karen, there is more going on than just the one side being printed and commented on.

lord help you if someday accusations are made at you which may or may not be true, and these citizens brand and condemn you before you even get a fair shake at your side of the story. but please, those of you who have no indescresion in your entire lives, please show us mere mortals the path to being perfect and always right.

-- Posted by BORNINPUTCO on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 8:48 AM

I agree with borninputco. If you were not there, then you do not know the whole truth. People do make up stories and lies. So until the truth comes out, dont judge. If you didnt see it happen then keep your mouths shut.

-- Posted by oifmom on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 9:04 AM

I am so glad that he finally is being charged and held for his actions. This man has been accused of this many times and has been divorced because of this issue. Our system allows the actually people that does domestic violence to get away with it just because he is related or knows someone that can get him out of it and then you have people sitting in jail or has a felony because of women who beats their husband or boyfriend. When will our society look at women with this sickness? I know of two that have or had this sickness and nothing comes of them. Thank you Nancy Fogle for speaking out loud and holding strong in this issue...I am very proud of you!.....

-- Posted by cato on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 9:23 AM

Come on and wake up people....he has the sickness...let him suffer the pain of being punished.

-- Posted by cato on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 9:24 AM

@Cato- I highly suggest you get your facts straight (maybe a grammar refresher course as well) before you comment. I said on here once before that the divorce was due to infidelity. The banner removed that comment because they want you all to think otherwise as to why we divorced. I'm sure this one will be removed as well. WTG BG!

@tru story- No, he doesn't

@BORNINPUTCO & oifmom- EXACTLY thank you.

@UMad- Kim is not the only one who uses his "benefits". There are innocent children involved that don't deserve to go without health care because their father is being wrongly accused.

-- Posted by KimHytensfirstwife on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 9:56 AM

to KimHten's first wife and her comment about innocent children suffering if the health cdare insurance is denied. I lost my job over a year ago and have not found employment since. I also lost my health insurance, so neither my wife, our 3 children nor I have any health insurance now. I lost my job thru no fault of mine, but the jobs were shipped overseas. so there are people suffering with no health insurance

-- Posted by albert on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 10:16 AM

@Albert- Sorry to hear about your situation. I too lost my job over a year ago through no fault of my own, and my spouse and I are without health insurance. I too, am having difficulty finding employment. I am one of those "people suffering with no health insurance". Their father has not LOST his job, he has only been put on administrative leave. So, once again, there are innocent children involved that don't deserve to go without health care coverage because their father is being wrongly accused.

-- Posted by KimHytensfirstwife on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 10:27 AM

I love small town life EXCEPT it's backwards here. It's "guilty until proven innocent". It's so sad...

-- Posted by KimHytensfirstwife on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 10:29 AM


with your apparent medical degree and expertise. can we assume you are going to be called as a witness for the prosecution? your professional veiws should be quite useful and with your apparent insight to both sides of the story should seal the case against him. i just wonder why if you were , apparently , there at the time. why you did not stop it. you seem to have been right in the middle at the time?

this is not a movie, good guys don't wear white hats and bad guys black hats. nothing in life now adays is so cut and dry. find out both sides of the story before you hang a man.

vengence is mine sayeth the lord.

which i assume means it is not ours. and if you want to throw the "law of the land" on us, then remember that little quote i used before anbout innocent till proven guilty???

so you see, if you object on moral grounds, God has you covered, and if you object on legal grounds, then allow the law to work unbiasedly, and fairly for both the accused as well as accuser.

there are always two sides to a story. glad this isn't the old west anymore, a one sided article in the paper and you're all looking for the nearest tree.

-- Posted by BORNINPUTCO on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 10:33 AM

I knew it wouldn't be too long till kimsexwife chimed in. Why in the world would you defend a man who has not once but twice been ACCUSED of beating women. Sad : ( Seems like there is a pattern here.

-- Posted by jakeboy on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 11:05 AM

Borninputco...actually there are three sides to a story, his, hers and the truth.

I am truly sorry for the people that have lost their jobs. It is truly sad but as far as insurance have you tried alternatives such as HIP or medicaid. It is always worth a try especially for the children.

-- Posted by girlmd on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 11:12 AM

I hope while he's off that someone explains to the JERK that his County Car is subject to road laws, I see him constantly driving 40- 50 mph in residential areas. He is a accident waiting to happen and guess what the Police simply turn their heads.

-- Posted by Trying hard on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 11:45 AM

@jakeboy-Did it ever occur to you that the first incident is being blown way out of proportion and being taken advantage of for someone's sick and twisted personal gain? Of course not, your beliefs are guilty until proven innocent, right? If you would just calm yourself down and be patient, the truth will prevail. Then you will know why. By the way, its very admirable of you to admit in your screen name that you are not a man, but rather just a boy. Kudos.

-- Posted by KimHytensfirstwife on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 11:48 AM

@Trying Hard-OMG! Agreed! Haha, however, let's try to stay on topic as directed above :)

-- Posted by KimHytensfirstwife on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 11:55 AM

KimHytensfirstwife, It is obvious that you are still in Love with your Ex.

1 wife + 1 wife = 3 marriages for Kim, after #2?

-- Posted by macvrod on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 12:06 PM

@macvrod-Yeah, cuz that's the only logical explanation. It's just simply not possible for a mother and father to get along like mature adults and care about each other for the children's benefit, is it?

-- Posted by KimHytensfirstwife on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 12:42 PM

Do the county employees have to be drug tested?

-- Posted by Utah on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 1:03 PM

You know "kimHytensfirstwife" I really can't tell if you are for him or against him. Some of your remarks are just plain juvenile. In the first article you admit you called the police on him just to scare him. He clearly had to be doing something to you for you to feel threatened enough to call the police. Second, you claim your divorce was due to infidelity. So now you let the public know he is not only an alleged women beater, but also a cheater. Or maybe you are the cheater? Really who cares, and why did you even bring it up? If you think you are helping him you are sadly mistaken.

The Commissioner's did the right thing in placing him on administrative leave. I am glad that Nancy Fogle had the guts to take action when clearly it looks as though the other two would not. Gene Beck didn't even bother to show. I am not so sure I agree with Kim being allowed to keep his benefit's other than they probably feel they can't take everything away from him pending the outcome of his case.

I firmly believe you are innocent until proven guilty, but I also believe when there is probable cause that a man/women/child is causing harm to another person clearly that person needs to be detained for the safety of all involved.

-- Posted by alot/of/crap on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 1:58 PM

@cinnamon-Really, who cares, and why did YOU even bring it up?

-- Posted by KimHytensfirstwife on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 2:03 PM

I think that this man is getting off way too easy! Just because he is a county employee that makes him incapable of commiting a crime? If this was someone that didn't work for this county then he would allready be sitting in jail!!! I know Kim and Karen and I hope for her sake that he gets the same conviction as any other person would, and that he gets help so that he does not do this to yet another person...and also to Kim's ex wife who is now defending him...if he is so innocent why are you the one that was with Karen when she went to the police to file charges???? I'm just saying this town is corrupted and I can't stand to keep my mouth shut any longer!!

-- Posted by jwm777 on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 2:07 PM

@jwm777- Karen and I went for a drive on June 8. You do the math. Looks like you are just another ignorant person who "thinks" they know what they're talking about.

-- Posted by KimHytensfirstwife on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 2:15 PM

Wow, I didn't realize we had so many perfect saints living in this county. I'm sure none of you have ever done anything wrong have you? Just because someone cheats doesn't automatically make them guilty of other crimes. So what if his ex wants to support him! Why do you people care?! Get a life!!

-- Posted by ang_hnby on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 2:27 PM

I don't know if he did what he's charged with, but it looks bad. I've had to work with him a couple times in the past 3 years. It took forever and he dosen't want to get things done. I never had a bad word with him, and got what i wanted. I'm in my 60s and a fair judge of people, and that guy is way too full of himself. I bet in his opinion, the only 2 jobs he could move into would be director of homeland security or God. They are both filled right now. Three county pay checks a month and one federal check. Give me a break.For that? He needs to go. Hey, Gene Beck and Bookwalter, I'll remember the next election.

-- Posted by crusty on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 2:50 PM

KimHytensfirstwife: Is that really the best you can do!! Please.

One last thing! You would not make a credible witness for either side. Enough said!

-- Posted by alot/of/crap on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 3:00 PM

All I can say it is about time someone stood up to this man ( MOUSE ) and knocked him off his high horse. I'm really getting sick of hearing about what a good father he is, yes I'm sure he does love his children but some of the stuff he did in front of them he should not have done, so to me that does not make him a good father at all. I hope he gets the help he needs and as far as Karen goes I hope she will be able to trust again, Karen hold your head up and God will lead the way.

-- Posted by madasheck on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 3:14 PM

@cinnamon-You, nor anyone else are going to get a rise out of me. I have made a choice to believe one party over the other. I feel I have good reason. Why does everyone want to cut me down for that? I have a 14 year old son is who is very upset about comments on here towards his father and myself. No, that's not the best I can do, but its all I choose to say to you since you are obviously trying to get me worked up...and you called ME juvenile (my comments, same thing).

@any_hnby- thank you, agreed. Everyone get a life!

-- Posted by KimHytensfirstwife on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 3:38 PM

Hey, no problem. I don't know you but its BS how people are talking to you. Million bucks says "cinnamon" is a close friend/co worker of Karens, or is somehow connected to her, or works at Collins-Evans!! Maybe its Karen herself!

-- Posted by ang_hnby on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 4:01 PM

KimHytensfirstwife: Let me see if I do the math right; (9) of the 36 comments on here are from you. I think that's more than a rise. Anyway, this is my last comment because I do have a life:)

-- Posted by alot/of/crap on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 4:02 PM

To cinnamon no B!*(h its called defending herself which she shouldn't even have to do!!

-- Posted by ang_hnby on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 4:06 PM

To cinnamon Instead of last comment because you have a life, I think you meant the office is closing now so I no longer have computer/internet access

-- Posted by ang_hnby on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 4:11 PM

It doesn't really matter who started what between husband and wife or ex-wife.There should never be that type of violence within a relationship.I would be FIRED from my job for acting like that.We hold our public servants to a higher moral standard than others. Right or wrong we do.The Commissioners acted correctly.

-- Posted by citizenoftheworld on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 4:35 PM

To Kim's ex-wife: All of your comments should be deleted for the simple fact that your "defending" him is actually making people who only know what the paper has printed think he's guilty. Why else would his EX be making every other comment on this article? I think you have given us reason to believe your defending him is only so your children are taken care of financially. Since you yourself stated you are unemployed and Kim is the only reason your kids have insurance.

I'm sure your kids are upset. Mine would be to in this situation and I really don't know what happened behind closed doors but do yourself and your ex a favor- shut your internet off!

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 4:37 PM

By reading some of these comments here, I wonder if some people are on Kim's legal defense or PR team. Some to know alot about this case and his past charges.

I agree with others, if you're a public official, you should be held to a higher standard. ISP did their job, now let's see if the courts will do theirs.

-- Posted by purple_heat on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 5:27 PM

She's defending herself for her beliefs the way I see it. It doesn't matter what the paper says, everyone has already made up their minds he's guilty. I've only spoken to him a couple times and he seemed arrogant, yeah but that doesn't make him guilty. What's wrong with his ex wanting to ensure her kids are taken care of financially? Wow where does it end? You condemn her for everything but for wanting ensure her kids are taken care of is ridiculous.

-- Posted by ang_hnby on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 5:28 PM

tru story- now that's funny but true! crusty- I agree with everything you said!

-- Posted by FAHQgc on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 5:38 PM

I did not say it was wrong for her to want her kids to be financially stable. I simply stated that she is not helping Kim at all. As a party involved, and she is because of her connection with Kim, then she should never have commented, even if her intentions were of defending him.

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 6:08 PM

There are many people who never should have commented. Why just pick on her? Because she was the only one who had balls enough to not hide her identity?

-- Posted by ang_hnby on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 7:07 PM

There are a lot of people who shouldn't be commenting. Why just pick on her? She's the only one who had balls enough to not hide her identity!

-- Posted by ang_hnby on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 7:16 PM

No, not because she "has balls." She is a potential witness for his defense and if she goes to court and someone calls her out on her comments on BG it can't be good for Kim. I'm not being mean to her at all, I just believe she needs to be smarter about this whole incident!

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 7:37 PM

Oh gotcha. However I didn't see any damaging comments. Which ones were you talking about? I'm thinking the infidelity? Comments are just comments. The other female involved is probably more likely to be "called out" since her comments were put into an actual police report I would think.

-- Posted by ang_hnby on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 8:26 PM

You know we as adults should watch what we say, because we are not the only ones who read these comments. If you heard, he has a 14 year old son who is reading these and he has friends and even enemies who will get a rise on making fun of him from this. WE AS ADULTS really need to watch what we say. Especially if we ourselves are christians. We are not to cast a stone, until we take the plank out of our own eyes! I really hope WE AS ADULTS, can show some compassion for his children, because it seems we are no better than the bullies that are all over the high schools these days. Wether he is guilty or innocent it is not our decision, it will be up to the judge and jury and God. Remember God is a forgiving God too, so maybe WE AS ADULTS should take a step back and let God take care of this and let Kim's children have some peace.

I will say I know of them but do not know them, and I feel they should have peace...

-- Posted by onetwomany97 on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 8:50 PM

I can inform anyone who cares, the county has Kims Ford SUV and the county has his phone we provide for him. As of mid afternoon he had not been arrested on the latest charge. But there is a warrant out for his arrest. Unless he has been picked up after 3:30 or so. My guess this last charge might require a court apperance. That could mean he would have to sit in jail all weekend. Understanding how the cops feel about the other charges being reduced, they would like him to be locked up all weekend. My guess, he will show up Monday morning, report to the court,and try to get out of sight. That big ego has been dented and he probably feels he's important enough that the law shouldn't apply to him. For Kim,the biggest trouble maker in his life, looks at him every morning in the mirror.

-- Posted by crusty on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 9:00 PM

She's discussing an incident where she is a witness on a public forum. How is that not damaging? She hasn't called anyone out, or said anything bad but common sense says "shut your mouth."

Like I've said before, I do not know the details of this case or these people involved but I can say, loose lips sink ships.

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 9:26 PM

Oh, I didn't see the part where she claimed to be a witness. How did I miss that?! I don't understand "common sense says shut your mouth". I'm just trying to put myself in her shoes. Being with the guy for a long time but now divorced if she felt Kim was capable of these crimes she surely would have voiced that. Onetwomany97 made some strong points. I'm sure his ex is still reading comments yet hasn't commented since 3:30 today so maybe she has decided to no longer comment. Seems as if ol' crusty is quite bitter though!

-- Posted by ang_hnby on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 10:52 PM

sorry crusty but the only thing you got right was that the county has the vehicle. He bonded out at 12:15 friday afternoon. $7000.00 cash bond.

-- Posted by sampsonight on Sat, Jun 25, 2011, at 12:07 AM

Ol' crusty isn't bitter. Just the facts, as told to me by one of our elected officials who called me today. If what i was told is correct, I repeat "correct",the best thing for Kim to do, if this latest charge requires him to go in front of a Judge, is be at the court house Monday at 8am. Make it easy on everyone involved. I do feel Bookwalter acted inappropriate in reducing the charges and then turning it over to Clay county because he and Kim are both county employees. The charges should have been left alone. You can bet the next time I see Bookwalter I will be asking him. As I said before I had to go to Kim for a couple things in the last 3 years. And a few things several years ago. I found him to be very bad at getting his side of things done. Never had a bad word with him. He just has a reputation for being somewhat difficult. I don't know if he beat his wife. It's not my place to make a judgement on it. He's not much different than some other government workers. Half the people in the court house act like they are doing you a favor to wait on you. The whole thing looks bad for our county.

-- Posted by crusty on Sat, Jun 25, 2011, at 12:32 AM

Just a thought to Kims ex wife regarding your 14 year old son.

I can understand why his feelings would be hurt when reading these comments towards his father, however, if Kim was concerned about his childrens feelings beforehand, we wouldnt be reading any of these comments, because he would have made sure that he was a POSITIVE role model for his children and wouldnt have done anything to put his name in the BG to begin with.


-- Posted by dbltrbl on Sat, Jun 25, 2011, at 7:59 AM

OMG, this has gotten out of control. If he is guilty a jury of his peers will see that he is punished. As for the ex wife it sounds as if she is a leaky bucket if you understand that. There is a time and place to do and say anything and I dont think this is the time or place for her to be going on about the innocence of her ex. A little nutty perhaps, dont know and dont care, just sayin.

-- Posted by dcsaiht on Sat, Jun 25, 2011, at 11:56 AM

We must remember these charges are alleged,I DO NOT condone hitting of women,but I've been on the other end too,when a woman (I thought I knew)choked herself to leave marks and said I did it,unfortunly it was caught on a store video and I was not hauled off to jail,so there is always two sides to a story.

-- Posted by obeone on Sat, Jun 25, 2011, at 1:43 PM

amen...and love how my freedom of speech/thoughts/opinions and knowledge gets removed 2 seconds after it is posted...wow

-- Posted by bt5k on Sat, Jun 25, 2011, at 2:34 PM