Good Bones Star Karen E. Laine Says Home Was Broken Into on Daughter Kelsy’s Wedding Day

Good Bones‘ Karen E. Laine is trying to track down the culprit behind a recent break-in at her Indianapolis home.

The HGTV star told local news network WXIN that her house has been broken into three times, with the most recent incident happening on her daughter Kelsy Gray’s wedding day on Nov. 7. Laine told the outlet that the burglaries feel “personal” since the perpetrators defecated in her garage.

“Last Saturday someone came in, stole more things, and pooped in the garage. It’s sort of an epithet to say ‘I poop on you,’ ” said Laine, who, prior to starting her remodeling company, Two Chicks and a Hammer, with daughter Mina Starsiak Hawk, was a defense attorney with her own practice.

According to WXIN, the thief stole Laine’s husband Roger’s bike from their garage in the first break-in, and in the most recent incident, they stole her purse. The outlet reports that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department found that her credit card was used multiple times after the robbery.

“It seems very personal and intentional,” Laine said. “They know we have a bathroom. That’s what makes it feel personal because it’s not, ‘Oh, I need to go to the bathroom.’ It’s, ‘I’m going to leave my feces behind for you to clean up.’ “

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The reality TV star joked that hers is “probably not the house you want to burglarize because I was immediately on the case.”

“I found out where my credit cards were used, I got it to law enforcement. I said you need a warrant today to get an address on this. [Investigators were] able to recover video, so we may have people on video.”

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Good Bones centers around the Two Chicks and a Hammer company, following the mother-daughter team as they use their home-flipping skills and creativity to breathe new life into run-down properties in their hometown of Indianapolis.

Laine announced in October 2019 that she had decided to retire from her mother-daughter company, though she’d continued to appear on the series, focusing more on DIY projects rather than whole-home renovations.

“After a long career of practicing law and revitalizing homes and neighborhoods, Karen is retiring from Two Chicks and a Hammer,” read a post on the company’s Instagram page. “She will still be part of the HGTV show Good Bones! Karen is excited to spend her time

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On the money: How 3 women of color overcame a broken system and made history in Congress

When Congress welcomed a record number of women in 2018, the triumph was attributed to wins in the Democratic Party. It was also a year of historic firsts for Democratic women of color.

Rep. Veronica Escobar, one of the first Latinas to represent Texas in Congress, told ABC News that 2018 was a “watershed year” because women “know what’s at stake.”

The 116th class became the most diverse group of lawmakers in U.S. history and 2018 was dubbed “the year of the woman.”

On election day, 115 women of color will be on the ballot for House seats — a record for American politics. Deborah Roberts spoke with 8 of those women across the aisle in a roundtable discussion.

“2018 is the year that many, many women, and especially women of color, not only broke a ceiling … [but] broke a concrete ceiling,” Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of only two Muslim women in Congress, told ABC News. “We sort of shattered the perception of what it meant to run and who in politics can be a successful candidate.”

“There’s people who maybe never thought they would see someone who looked like them having a seat in Congress,” New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland told “Good Morning America.” “I wore my native dress … my pueblo clothing on swearing-in day. I just felt like I needed to express the honor I have for my family.”

As of 2020, only 75 women of color have served in the U.S. House of Representatives: 71 Democrats and four Republicans. Five women of color, all Democrats, have ever served in the Senate.

According to Kelly Dittmar, director of research at Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics, “The fact that it’s 2020 and we’re still celebrating those firsts [is] reflective of the progress left to make.”

Escobar, Haaland and Omar said money largely keeps women of color out of politics. These three women — all first-time candidates for Congress in 2018 who prevailed in competitive primaries — shared lessons on what it takes to level the playing field.

Women of color are often discouraged from running for politics because they don’t have war chests that rival their male counterparts.

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Before she ran for Congress, Escobar had deep roots in her community, where she served as a county judge from 2011-2017.

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Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area, 6850 S. Elwood Ave.

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Turkey Mountain Haunted Trail is a trail (three-fourths of a mile long) full of twisted cedar, cobwebs, creepy crawly bugs and gnarled oaks. Guests will encounter live actors, fun special effects and ghastly scenes while walking the trail.

The experience is not recommended for children younger than 12, the faint of heart or those with mobility issues.

The trail will begin Friday, Oct. 23, and will continue from 7-11 nightly through Halloween. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and begin at Turkey Mountain’s main parking lot.

Trail guides will take groups of eight to 10 people at a time through 10-12 scare stations that, according to a news release, will “focus on creating an extremely eerie and spooky atmosphere rather than the blood and guts shock scaring” of indoor haunted houses.

Tour spaces are limited, and tickets should be purchased in advance at turkeymountainhauntedtrail.com. Tours are $7, plus service fees. All guests and staff must wear masks or face shields.

Youth tours (age 12 and younger) will take place from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 23 through Halloween. Parents can walk with children in a safe environment that is “almost scary” but is intended to create smiles instead of screams.

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