Who owns the former Mount Hope High School building?
A court battle waging in Fayette County Circuit Court seeks to answer this question.
Mount Hope Heritage & Hope, a nonprofit corporation, filed its civil suit in late September against William Sohonage II, Lynn Loetterle, The Center of Hope Inc., Mount Hope ON TRAC and the city of Mount Hope.
In its suit, Mount Hope Heritage & Hope says the property was fraudulently transferred to The Center of Hope.
In their Oct. 28 responses, former Mount Hope Heritage & Hope board members Sohonage and Loetterle said the property transfer was legitimate. Loetterle seeks to dismiss the complaint.
Mount Hope Heritage & Hope says the state Board of Education conveyed the property to use as a youth development center. However, Sohonage, who Mount Hope Heritage & Hope says was responsible for recording the deed, didn't do so, the suit asserts.
The suit asserts Mount Hope Heritage & Hope didn't know he hadn't originally recorded the deed.
The suit continues, asserting Sohonage created a fraudulent deed conveying the title of the property to ON TRAC and his organization, The Center of Hope.
Mount Hope Heritage & Hope says he recorded this deed the same day he recorded the original deed conveying the property to Mount Hope Heritage & Hope.
In Sohonage's answer, he says the recorded board minutes "clearly outline the unanimous decision to legally separate the board into two entities and all actions were done with board approval."