Welcome To The New Real School Police

Welcome To The New Real School Police



My newest blog, since I have more time on my hands now!!!

The Godley Files

http://thegodleyfiles.blogspot.com/

The complete P.O.S.T record of Bob Godley. The former cop that thinks the whole county owes him an apology for his bad behavior.


There is a new blogger in town, who is also upset with this school system. Thank you Paul for standing up for what is right, and not backing down to the ESTABLISHMENT.

Camden County Schools The Truth

http://www.camdenschoolsthetruth.com/

Please visit my other blogs:

Who Killed Racheyl Brinson

http://whokilledracheylbrinson.blogspot.com/


And don't forget the Dennis Perry trial transcript also:

Remember Dennis is the one framed by former Sheriff Bill Smith and his lying so called detective Dale Bundy.

http://dennisperrytrial.blogspot.com/



Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Camden Sheriff’s Deputy Shot with Canon

I guess it's ok for Big Brother to film you, But don't you film them!!!!!!!!!

From: http://camdenfreepress.com/blog/2010/07/19/camden-sheriffs-deputy-shot-with-canon/

Camden Sheriff’s Deputy Shot with Canon
By Paul Rushing on July 19, 2010

Today a Camden County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot with a Canon by a motorist on I-95. Fortunately for the deputy there were no injuries due to this alleged assault. The Sheriff’s department was quick to respond and was immediately able to track down the culprits who did this dastardly deed.


Due to the fact that the officer was not injured in this incident, no arrest was made (which would be very unusual in Camden County Georgia). The Sheriffs Department in Camden County takes a very proactive stance to traffic enforcement and always maintains heavy patrols along the I-95 corridor which splits the county in half. This very aggressive presence may have something to do with the slow growth for Camden County.


The Canon that shot the Sheriff’s deputy is pictured on the left. This clarifies why the shot was non-lethal to the officer. It was a simple point and click. The reason for the rapid response from so many law enforcement officials for this benign occurrence is unknown. Statements made by officer who made the initial traffic stop claimed that the officer whose picture was snapped by this Canon was in fear of his life and thought that it may of been a hand gun?!? (He refused to let us to film this interaction and was very insistent that we stop our video camera from rolling, while not stopping his in the patrol car.)


The reason we were only able to shoot an actual stop versus officers hiding in speed traps is still a mystery to us, since they have several locations across the county in which they sit and wait to pull over speeding motorist. We do know that it did not take four police cars for them to confirm that we were taking pictures of them in action. Maybe at some point the Sheriff’s department could put these officers to work cleaning up the areas of the county inhabited by drug dealers and zoning violations versus looking for fine revenue from passing motorists.

If you capture a pic of any police department in Camden county running a speed trap, please submit your photos and location to us for us to post. Obviously speeding (or recording the results of it) does not work in Camden County GA.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Camden County Jailer Goes To Jail!!!!!

From: 

South Ga. jailer arrested for pawning cop radio

Morris News Service


Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 5:56 AM

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Gerri Shiree Waters ended up on the wrong side of the bars at the Camden County jail where until mid-afternoon Wednesday she worked as a corrections officer for about 18 months.

Sheriff Tommy Gregory fired Waters, 37, as Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents arrested her on felony theft by taking and misdemeanor theft by deception charges for pawning a handheld Sheriff's Office walkie-talkie at the Pawn Place in Kingsland pawn shop.

Waters is accused of stealing the 16-channel radio valued at $750 and pawning it for about $50 cash. GBI agents recovered it during the five-hour investigation Wednesday.

Gregory asked the GBI to investigate when the pawn shop owner alerted him that morning upon discovering the walkie-talkie in his store's inventory, said Mike McDaniel, special agent in charge of the GBI's Kingsland office.

A store employee had taken in the radio for pawn earlier without realizing it was Sheriff's Office property, McDaniel said.
Because the investigation is ongoing, McDaniel declined comment about the possible motive in the case.

Maj. Larry Bruce, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, said an inventory was under way to determine whether any other department equipment might have been stolen or pawned.


They really did throw her in jail, Something you would not have seen under the Smith lead SO.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hase Makes Waste!!!!!!!!!!

If the City Council of St. Marys wants to play dirty , so will the citizens of St. Marys.

Remember back in the day Charlene Sears called my blog and others WORTHLESS.

And were did that comment get her?

Now Deb Hase, another elected official, who uses bloggers all the time to get her message out is saying that she doesn't put much stock in the bloggers’ campaigns.

Really Deb, that is not what you said to me during the last election for Sheriff. If you remember correctly you told me at the July 4th parade, that you were proud of what us bloggers were doing for the county.

He is Deb's letter to local business owners"

From http://camdencommentary.com/2010/12/19/deb-hase-calls-for-economic-boycott/

There is a shocking movement underfoot in our community. Recent criticisim of our navy base commander and his support of Sheila McNeill as a lobbyist for Kings Bay Navy Base was expressed in a letter to the editor last week. Today I heard that it was also posted on a local blog that is known for trashing local leaders and business people. The anonymous bloggers are apparently urging people to boycot Sheila’s Hallmark due to her successful lobbying and work as a member of the Camden Partnership. Not that I put much stock in the bloggers’ campaigns, but this is such an unethical effort, that I have been urging people to show their support for Sheila, who has done so much for this community, and worked so hard to maintain our level of military missions at our base. We as business people know what this community will be if the base ever leaves or severly reduces the missions at Kings Bay. Her business, like ours, has been suffering in this economy. I am asking you to show your appreciation and support of Sheila’s local business as a thank you for her sacrifice over the years to keep our community solvent with our number oneemployer, Kings Bay Navy Base. Just pay her a visit and let her know how much you appreciate her. I am sure that you will be glad you did. Maybe someone will do the same for your business in the future. God Bless, and I am thanking you in advance for supporting Sheila. Deborah Hase”


Gee Ms Hase do you go out of your way for all citizens of this city, or just ones that line your pockets with cash!!!!!!!!!!!

I used to like you and I also supported you when you ran for city council, and like you I am now turning my back on YOU. I think it is terrible that you supply information to bloggers and then when they do one thing you don't like YOU TELL LIES to make them look back.

"known for trashing local leaders and business people" I didn't hear one complaint from you when we were going after Smith, in fact you help out!!!!

But I see the shoe is on the other foot.

Enjoy your time as a member of the city council while you can, as this will be your last round in local politics.

And by the way Deb and Sheila if the Navy wanted the airport shut down, They would shut it down. Kinda like they did after 9/11. I don't believe they asked you if it would be OK to shut it down then, did they?

End Executive Session and End The Corruption!!!!!

The Most Corrupt City In America!!!!


Executive session is used for three main reason to discuss litigation, personnel, or real estate.


These reason were put in the open records act to cover lawmakers butts. They made the law and they use this law. What they also did was include the word "MAY" when referring to when they could go into executive session.



Let's take a look at some of things St Marys used executive session for...



Personnel: Well one name comes to mind her Janet Brinko, That executive session will cost the city 1 million dollars!!!!



Real Estate: Well only one thing comes to mind on that, Gilman Boathouse!!!!!!!



That cost the city 1.3 million, maybe more since there will probably be some legal issues involved with how the purchased it and the fact that others had offered to buy it.



Litigation: This is were they will be spending alot more executive session time in the coming months. And let's face it if their attorney does not know that the city can be investigated by the grand jury, maybe it is time to find a new attorney!!!!!!



If they would end executive sessions and do the peoples work in public we would have to meet in private behind closed doors and be sued by it's people.



End executive session and end the corruption!!!!
 
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Bill Smith Corruption Case Has Been Closed. Cites Lack Of Funds!!!

When Barrack Obama appointed a new U.S. Attorney in Savannah, we all thought he would continue the corruption case against Bill Smith. One person I talked to yesterday at the U.S. Attorney's office in Savannah told me that the new U.S. Attorney was hoping the case would be able to just "go away", and he would not have to do anything. But according to this person the weekly phone calls wanting to know the status of the   case kept the case on the front burner. Now that the case keeps being brought up every week the NEW U.S. Attorney has declared that is not even money to prosecute Bill Smith.

Even though the Justice Department found that he misspent money and demanded the TAXPAYERS of Camden County pay it back, there is not enough money to prosecute him.

Justice once again has not been served and this time it's due to lack of money.


I say print the damn money and PUT SMITH IN JAIL WERE HE BELONGS!!!!!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Georgia School Strip Searches 10 Yr Old Girl


From News4Jax.com:
Lawyer May Sue School Over Girl Strip Search Claims


Students Said 10-Year-Old Had Stolen $5

NAHUNTA, Ga. -- A Georgia lawyer said he might sue the Brantley County School District over an alleged strip search of a 10-year-old girl.

The lawyer said the search was done at Nahunta Elementary School in May after other students said the girl had stolen $5.

He's filed a claim for $150,000 and said if the claim is denied, he will file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

According to the school district's policies, searches are allowed if there's a suspicion that a student has items like weapons or drugs.

The lawyer said a $5 bill doesn't fall in that category and that the district policy doesn't allow for intrusive searches.
The school district has not commented on the potential lawsuit.

Copyright 2010 by News4Jax.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Isn't it nice, the government is allowed to remain silent!!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Nassau's Killer Cop Ernie Cole Get Promotion, We Get Video!!



Nassau deputy cleared in fatal September shooting has new title


Sheriff says it’s a lateral move; victim’s family thinks it’s a promotion.

Posted: November 16, 2010 - 2:14pm
By Kate Howard


The Nassau County deputy who was cleared of wrongdoing last week in the September shooting of an unarmed man has gotten a new assignment: narcotics detective.

Deputy Ernie Cole was assigned to patrol on Sept. 11, the night he fatally shot Franklin “Ray” Bodden, 39, during a traffic stop. The State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated the shooting and determined last week that it was justifiable homicide and Cole was not criminally responsible for Bodden’s death.

The five-year veteran of the force was returned to duty as a narcotics detective, Sheriff Tommy Seagraves said, a job he sought before the shooting.

“This is a lateral move,” Seagraves said. “This is not a promotion.”

Detectives are considered the same rank as a deputy, and Cole did not receive a pay raise, Seagraves said.

Seagraves said Cole has expressed remorse for what happened and has been subject to a lot of harsh language and thinly veiled threats since the shooting. Nothing has risen to the level of criminal conduct that would require an investigation, Seagraves said.

But family members said they feel the deputy was rewarded. Chuck DeYoung, Bodden’s brother, was with a group protesting in front of the Sheriff’s Office for much of Tuesday.

“Kill my brother and you get a promotion,” DeYoung said.

The shooting occurred while Cole was patting down Bodden’s friend after pulling them over for speeding on Bodden’s motorcycle. A new hire at the correctional facility, David “Bo” Bright, was riding along as a civilian and had a flashlight trained on Bodden, who put his hand in his pocket. Bright yelled at him not to move and shouted that Bodden had something in his hand. Cole shot Bodden twice. The object in his hand turned out to be a tightly wrapped package of marijuana.

DeYoung doesn’t buy the idea that Cole’s reassignment doesn’t amount to a pat on the back, even if there isn’t a raise involved.

“I don’t believe anything they say anymore,” he said.

When told about the family’s reaction, Seagraves said he wasn’t going to comment on anyone’s feelings.

“I run the Sheriff’s Office, and I run it based on what’s in the best interest for this community,” Seagraves said.

DeYoung and Seagraves had a public discussion last week at a news conference, when DeYoung pressed him for answers on why his brother was killed. DeYoung said it was the first time his family had any contact with the department, and they hadn’t heard from anyone since.

kate.howard@jacksonville.com, (904) 359-4697


BOY, HOW THIS WHOLE STORY HAS CHANGE SINCE SEPTEMBER!!!!

I BELIEVE THE FDLE AND NASSAU COUNTY ARE COVERING UP AND PLAIN AND SIMPLE MURDER!!!!!

WHY?

MONEY, MONEY AND MORE MONEY, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

More Friends And Family This Time It's Judge Amanda Williams

Corruption in High and Not So High Places

Cash for Clunkers

This is a story of ethically challenged characters who conspired to win a lawsuit with a potentially large cash payoff.

It involves a cub lawyer who violated Georgia Bar1 Association Code, an aggressive Chief Judge of the Glynn County Superior Court, who has a vested interest in her son’s financial success, and a Clerk of the Court whose salary is dependent on the good graces of the Chief Judge and who also writes orders for another Superior Court Judge.

This clique was successful in overturning key decisions handed down during years of prior litigation.

Chief Superior Court Judge Amanda F. Williams is the mother of Nathan Williams a junior attorney in Glynn County, Ga. Judge Williams owns the office that Mr. Williams uses and has a financial interest in his success. Judge Amanda Williams has asked attorneys in our community to send business to her young son.

In addition Judge Williams has intimidated a lawyer to withdraw representation of a long standing client who is being sued by Nathan Williams.

Judge Williams has important say in the compensation of her law clerk, Mr. Edward R. Zacker, for whom she obtained a $4,000 a year raise by special request to the Glynn County Commission.

Judge Williams is known to be an imperious person who has earned a reputation for aggressive and arbitrary behavior in her courtroom. Because of her impulsive conduct Judge Amanda Williams is the most reversed Superior Court Judge in the Glynn County Court System.

Mr. Edward R. Zacker serves as a clerk for Judge Amanda Williams and also serves as clerk for Judge E. M. Wilkes III for whom he writes orders. Mr. Zacker misrepresents his status to the State Bar of Georgia as an “inactive member” when he actually is an “active member”. In which case Mr. Zacker would be obligated to pay over twice the dues that he currently pays to the State Bar of Georgia and would also be required to keep his continuing legal education skills in ethics and professionalism current. This should have prevented the conduct that resulted in his crafting an order of contempt after Nathan Williams had bombarded Judge Wilkes with letters over a period of eleven months. Not only are members of the State Bar of Georgia governed by its rules of conduct, members are charged with the responsibility of reporting any misconduct.

In this case not only was Nathan Williams operating under a concealed contingency agreement* with his client, he also made false statements to the court relating to the use of an alias by the plaintiff.

In addition, Mr. Edward Zacker had series of discussions with the presiding Judge about a case that excluded the presence of the defendant’s attorney Mr. Millard Farmer. After a hearing on the motion for contempt and before the order was presented to Judge E. M.Wilkes for execution, Nathan Williams also communicated with Mr. Edward R. Zacker about issues in the case in the absence of counsel for the defendant Joe Iannicelli. This communication deprived Joe Iannicelli of the opportunity to have the court accord him statutory and constitutional rights. It should be noted that Zacker’s order also failed to address issues of dormancy and use of a false alias by Williams’ plaintiff (Joyce Head) raised by defendants attorney.

The combined interaction of Nathan Williams, Chief Judge Amanda Williams and Edward Zacker resulted in Mr. Zacker, acting as law clerk of Judge E.M. Wilkes III, to write an order on February 18th, 2009 holding Joe Iannicelli in contempt of court and subject to incarceration. Mr. Zacker’s order reversed rulings of three previous Judges which refused to hold Joe Iannicelli in contempt for not paying alimony.

It is ironic that the first time this issue was litigated 30 years ago Judge Robert L. Scoggin handed down a decision that Joe Iannicelli was not in contempt of court for not paying alimony to the plaintiff Alma Joyce Head because “just cause existed for arrearage” and the plaintiff “could not enforce by contempt and order that she herself was defying”. In other words plaintiff did not have “clean hands” because she abandoned custody of two teenaged sons. Mr. Iannicelli’s attorney in that case was Mr. James Williams, father of Nathan Williams and husband of Chief Judge Amanda Williams.

The ruling of Judge Wilkes reversed the orders of at two other Superior Court Judges over a period of about 25 years that they would not hold Joe Iannicelli in contempt for not paying alimony because the defendant’s ex-wife violated the divorce decree when she abandoned custody of two teenage sons. Her conduct deprived her of any rights to a contempt citation.

In retrospect, considering the pressures and influence of Judge Amanda Williams, Nathan Williams and Edward Zacker, it is almost inconceivable that Judge Wilkes would not give Nathan Williams what he wanted, which was a verdict of contempt and incarceration crafted by Zacker.

The same outcome could be expected for other defendants sued by Nathan Williams in cases brought before Judge E.M. Wilkes III. It should be pointed out that Chief Judge Amanda Williams has a great deal of authority in the assigning of cases to Glynn County Superior Court Judges.



1 EC-2-20 …….Because of the human relationships involved and the unique character of the proceedings, contingent fee arrangements in domestic relation cases are rarely justified. ……..Public policy properly condemns contingent fee arrangements in criminal cases, largely on the ground that legal services in criminal cases do not produce a res with which to pay the fee.



* Nathan Williams was given this case by Anthony Harrison (now Judge Harrison) who also sued Mr. Iannicelli under a contingency agreement with Ms. Head. Judge Amanda Williams supported Mr. Harrison during his campaign for Judge. Mr. Harrison was not successful in persuading Judge White to incarcerate Mr. Iannicelli in November, 2000.

Did Judge Williams Steal Money, And Then Claim Ignorance Of The LAW?

This from a sitting judge, who is now a sitting duck!!!




Were Two St. Marys Cops At Pot Houses Before Fire?

Folks,

Email after email poured in over the weekend claiming that St Marys officers were inside these two pot houses days before a fire broke out in one of them. Sources tell me that neighbor's seen St Marys cop cars parked in the driveway of both houses within weeks of the bust.


Did the St. Marys PD know what was going on in these houses?
Did they assist in the manufacturing of these plants?
Is this the reason no one has been arrested yet?

Interesting that one man was cleared completely, yet never once talked to cops?


WHO'S INVESTIGATING THE COPS!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Boycott St. Marys Georgia, Entire City Is Corrupt

City employees may no longer appeal if they are fired.

The City Council voted 4-2 Monday night to repeal its appeals policy.

http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2010-10-...

This City has said FU to the taxpayer and now to their own employees.

The City Council and police department are so corrupt, they think they can do whatever they want and just ignore the people.

Boycott all of St. Marys and force the business community to take action. If sales drop, they will comp0lain and as soon as enough start complaining they will have to react.

WHERE IS THE MAYOR AND WHY IS HE LETTING THIS HAPPEN?

Employee should all quit and find new jobs as this statement by the council shows their lack of respect for its own employees.

This mayor and his council have no respect at all for their employees.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"They Won't Even Give The Reason For Pulling Him Over"

Family: Nassau County sheriff providing no details in fatal police shooting


Video could hold key to the incident.

Posted: September 14, 2010 - 10:
By Jim Schoettler

YULEE — A state investigator has told the family of an apparently unarmed Callahan man slain by a deputy Saturday night that he intends to review the patrol car’s video for evidence, but no details about what’s on the video or related matters have been released.

Sheriff Tommy Seagraves broke his agency’s silence about the shooting in an afternoon news conference Tuesday but gave few new details. Seagraves had refused to comment after turning the case over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, whose officials have also declined to release details.

Seagraves wouldn’t discuss the reason for the traffic stop that led to the death of motorcyclist Franklin “Ray” Bodden, 39, or any circumstances involving Deputy Ernie Cole’s decision to shoot Bodden. Bodden’s sister, Melissa Bodden, told the Times-Union Tuesday night Bodden’s passenger, Tony Weeks, told her from jail the stop was made for speeding. She said she believes her brother was reaching for his cigarettes when he was shot.

Seagraves said he is waiting for the FDLE’s investigation to be complete before he proceeds with his own.

“Sometimes officers have to make … split-second decisions,” Seagraves said. “We do offer our sorrows at this occurring. It’s not something we wanted to see happen.”

Seagraves said he has not seen the tape from Cole’s car.

Bodden’s family has complained about a lack of information, though Seagraves said he’s released everything he could to the family.

“They haven’t had the decency to come down here to tell the family what happened,” said Chuck DeYoung, 55, Bodden’s brother. “I want the truth.”

Seagraves said Cole was placed on administrative leave following the shooting, which occurred after Cole stopped Bodden and Weeks in a commercial area of U.S. 1 in Callahan.

Also in Cole’s car was David Bright, a detention deputy, Seagraves said. He said Bright was riding with Cole as part of the agency’s civilian observer program.

Seagraves said Cole began his work as a corrections officer before moving to patrol. He called Cole a good deputy. He said Bright was hired a week before the shooting.

An FDLE spokeswoman said she didn’t expect the investigation to be completed for at least several weeks.

Bodden’s family said they were told by Weeks that Bodden was shot after Bright yelled out to Cole that Bodden was reaching for something in his pocket. Weeks said he witnessed the shooting from the hood of Cole’s car, where he was being handcuffed after Cole found some type of pill in his possession.

Melissa Bodden said she talked to Weeks on Tuesday night at the Nassau County jail, where Weeks is being held on charges of resisting arrest without violence and possessing drugs without a prescription.

Bodden said her brother and Weeks, his best friend, were riding on Bodden’s motorcycle to a pool hall when the shooting occurred. She said Bodden and Cole apparently knew each other. She said a witness to the traffic stop said Bodden and Cole shook hands moments after the motorcycle was pulled over in front of the pool hall.

Bodden said Weeks told her Bright called out to Cole, “He’s going for something.” She said Weeks told her Cole ordered her brother to stop, then shot him twice in the chest.

Bodden’s family said he did not own a gun and was unarmed at the time of the slaying.

A viewing for Bodden will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nassau Funeral Home, 541720 U.S. 1. His funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Freedom Hall, 54233 Plantation Road.

jim.schoettler@jacksonville.com, (904) 359-4385

Callahan Deputy Highly Praised By Sheriff!!!

Callahan Gains Deputies


Sheriff T.L. “Tommy” Seagraves, Jr., and Mayor Shirley Graham announced today that Deputies Ernie Cole and Ray Rhoden are now primarily working within Callahan. Specifically assigning deputies to Callahan and Hilliard was a project both the mayor and the sheriff have worked on for more than five years.

Sheriff Seagraves reported that a grant is paying for officers’ salaries and equipment in both Hilliard and Callahan. This grant will cover their activities for the next two and a half years.


In the photo, Ernie is on the left and Ray on the right

He said that both towns will retain their existing substations. Deputies assigned to Hilliard and Callahan will primarily work those towns but will be available to assist other officers during emergencies.

Both deputies, born in Callahan, have been in the department for some time. Ernie graduated from West Nassau High School in 2003 and Ray in 1992. Ray first became a police officer in 1999 in Fernandina Beach.

Sheriff Seagraves pointed out that he thought it important that officers familiar with Callahan be assigned. Mayor Graham said they were already have made an impact in town and have been meeting local businessmen.

Council Members Deborah Hase, Chuck Trader and John Morrissey MUST GO

FU TAXPAYER SO SAYS COUNCIL MEMBERS

St. Marys votes to fund more airport studies


Two councilmen say the project wasn't supposed to cost taxpayers.

Posted: September 14, 2010 - 11:16pm

By Gordon Jackson

ST. MARYS - City Council members voted 3-2 Monday to fund a new appraisal and a separate environmental study at the site of a proposed municipal airport near Woodbine.

Councilman Sidney Howell, who voted with Greg Bird against funding the studies, said it violates a non-binding referendum question that voters approved more than two years ago. The referendum gave city officials permission to relocate the airport under the condition no local taxes are used for the project.

"It's wrong spending money when the referendum said at no cost to taxpayers," Howell said.

The studies will now consider 600 acres that city officials said will be donated by a group that is the top bidder - so far - for Sea Island Co., which has declared bankruptcy.

The appraisal will also include more than 225 acres of wetlands never considered in the initial study, city officials said. The city's share for the two studies is $1,912.

Council members Deborah Hase, Chuck Trader and John Morrissey voted in favor of the motion. Keith Post, who has consistently voted for airport relocation, didn't attend.

Before the vote, Hase defended the recommendation to use local taxpayer money to fund the studies.

"The referendum still said to move it [the airport]," she said.

Earlier this year, council members approved a resolution 4-2 to use city funds for "incidental expenses" for airport relocation. Bird said the resolution allows city officials to disregard the voters' wishes.

"They gave themselves carte blanche on moving the airport," Bird said. "They put no limits on it."

Bird asked council members to delay the vote two weeks because the city has never published a Finding of No Significant Impact study, or FONSI, in the county's legal organ as the FAA requires.

The report was never published because city officials voted to abandon airport relocation in February 2007, a month before the study was released. Eleven months later, a new city council decided to resurrect the airport relocation issue.

City Manager Bill Shanahan said the city is not required to publish the study in the county's local newspaper because it was published in a federal publication that he did not identify.

But Bird disagreed, reading from a March 2007 letter from the FAA.

"In accordance with FAA procedures, the FONSI must be made available to the public," Bird read. "The enclosed notice must be placed in a local newspaper as soon as possible and run for a minimum of three days."

Bird said it's important for the public to understand the impact a new airport could have on the environment.

"We don't know the significance of the project," Bird said. "We need to find out exactly what we're dealing with [regarding] environmental issues."

Hase disagreed, saying the FAA understands the issues surrounding the project.

"It doesn't hurt to move forward," Hase said. "We need to keep moving with this project."

gordon.jackson@jacksonville.com, (912) 729-3672

Why do you need to keep this moving, and at what cost?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nassau Cover Up!!!

In the real world if this COP didn't have a badge, he would be sitting in jail charged with murder, but he wears a badge and gets a free pass.

Why did it taking so long for Nausau to release the names and tell us what they THINK happened.

THIS IS WHY PEOPLE DO NOT TRUST COPS!!!!!!!!

FROM THE FLORIDA TIMES UNION:
Nassau sheriff to break silence in fatal shooting of motorcyclist by deputy


Deputy Ernie Cole shot motorcyclist Franklin Bodden during a traffic stop in Callahan Saturday night

Posted: September 14, 2010 - 10:29am
 
 
By Jim Schoettler


A state investigator has told the family of an apparently unarmed Callahan man slain by a deputy Saturday night that he intends to review the patrol car's video for evidence of the incident, but no details about what's on the video or related matters have been released.

Sheriff Tommy Seagraves plans to break his agency's silence about the shooting during a 3 p.m. press conference today. Seagraves has refused to comment after turning the case over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, whose officials have also declined to release details.

The siblings of Franklin "Ray" Bodden, 39, said an FDLE investigator told them that Deputy Ernie Cole's vehicle was equipped with a video camera and that evidence would become part of the investigation.

Chuck DeYoung, Bodden's brother, and Melissa Bodden, their sister, told The Times-Union this morning the investigators said he would contact them with more information, but hasn't so far. Bodden's family has complained about the lack of information released in the case.

"They haven't had the decency to come down here to tell the family what happened," DeYoung said of the Sheriff's Office. "I want the truth."

FDLE spokeswoman Kristen Chernosky said Cole was placed on administrative leave following the shooting, which occurred after Cole stopped Bodden’s motorcycle in a commercial area of U.S. 1 in Callahan.

Also in Cole's car was David Bright, who had just been hired by the Sheriff's Office as a corrections officer, Chernosky said. She said she wasn't sure why Bright was riding with Cole.

Authorities have yet to give a motive for the shooting or why Bodden's motorcycle was stopped. The Sheriff’s Office has yet to release any details about Cole or Bright's employment with the agency.

Chernosky said she didn’t expect the investigation to be completed for at least several weeks. She declined to comment on any evidence in the case or other details.

Bodden's family said they were told by his passenger, Tony Weeks, that Bodden was shot after Bright yelled out to Cole that Bodden was reaching for something on the motorcycle. Weeks said that he witnessed the shooting from the hood of Cole's car, where he was being handcuffed after Cole found some type of pill in his possession. Weeks said Bodden had been told by the deputy he was free to go when the shooting occurred.

DeYoung said he talked to Weeks by phone Monday from the Nassau County jail, where Weeks is being held on charges of resisting arrest without violence and possessing drugs without a prescription. DeYoung said Weeks told him that Bodden had either raised his hands or was raising his hands when he was shot twice in the chest.

Bodden said her brother and Weeks, his best friend, were riding on Bodden’s motorcycle to his parent’s home to spend the night when the shooting occurred. She said Bodden and Cole apparently knew each other. She said a witness to the traffic stop said Bodden and Cole shook hands moments after the motorcycle was pulled over in front of a local pool hall.

Bodden said she believes her brother was only reaching for his cigarettes when Bright called out to Cole, “He’s going for something.” She said her brother was shot twice in the chest and fell face down.

Bodden's family said he did not own a gun and was unarmed at the time of the slaying.

DeYoung said funeral arrangements for his brother should be completed by this afternoon.

Read jacksonville.com and Wednesday's Times-Union for updates

 
 
 
CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE INTERNAL INVESTIGATION FINDS ON THIS ONE.
 
details to follow.....

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

NAACP Cummings Documents

I FOR ONE AM SOLD THAT THIS WAS A PROGRAM ENDORSED BY
NAACP!!!!!!!


THE WHOLE COUNTY WAS FOOLED ON THIS ONE!!!!!! 




Monday, August 23, 2010

St Marys A Hot Bed For Abusive Police!!!!!!!

Will the City Of St Marys Ever Learn?

http://ftp.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/787/787.F2d.1496.85-8288.85-8287.html

787 F.2d 1496


Bradley Jay DEPEW, Plaintiff-Appellee,

v.

CITY OF ST. MARYS, GEORGIA, Defendant-Appellant.

Charles Earl FOWLER, Plaintiff-Appellee,

v.

CITY OF ST. MARYS, GEORGIA, Defendant-Appellant.

Nos. 85-8287, 85-8288.

United States Court of Appeals,

Eleventh Circuit.

April 28, 1986.

Richard A. Brown, Jr., Brunswick, Ga., for defendant-appellant.

Alva J. Hopkins, III, Folkston, Ga., for plaintiffs-appellees.

Appeals from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

Before GODBOLD, Chief Judge, ANDERSON, Circuit Judge, and ATKINS*, Senior District Judge.

ATKINS, Senior District Judge:



The City of St. Marys appeals from an adverse verdict in consolidated section 1983 actions which were based upon allegations that the city knowingly approved a pattern of improper police conduct consisting of acts of violence, intimidation, and humiliation.1 Appellant maintains that the evidence was insufficient to prove a policy or custom establishing the city's fault regarding the constitutional deprivation of plaintiffs' rights. In addition, appellant maintains that plaintiffs were not denied due process because adequate state remedies exist.2 Because we find that the evidence supports the verdict, and that the existence of a state remedy does not bar a section 1983 action of this type, we affirm.

* There was sufficient evidence before the jury from which the following facts could be inferred. On July 22, 1983, plaintiffs, Fowler and Depew, began repairing a customer's jeep at Fowler's garage. After completing the repairs at 1:30 a.m. the next day, plaintiffs took the jeep for a test drive. Fowler noticed a problem with the steering, so he allowed the jeep to veer to the right on two occasions and was subsequently stopped by Officer Kusek.

Fowler explained what he was doing, but was told he had to submit to a sobriety test although none of the officers detected any alcohol odor on his breath. Fowler readily agreed to take the test. Later, a lab report showed negative alcohol content.

While Kusek went to his car, apparently to obtain the test equipment, Fowler sat down in the jeep. When Kusek returned to the jeep, he grabbed Fowler around the neck and tried to drag him from the jeep. Fowler clung to the steering wheel, because he was surprised and frightened. When Kusek was unable to drag Fowler from the jeep, he demanded Depew's assistance. Depew, however, refused to interfere in any manner.

After a short while, several other officers arrived at the scene. One officer held Depew at gunpoint while he was handcuffed. Other officers helped Kusek drag Fowler from the vehicle. Then, Fowler was thrown to the ground and beaten by the officers before he was handcuffed. Depew was taken directly to jail, while Fowler was taken to a hospital for blood tests.

Plaintiffs subsequently filed these actions against the city and other parties. Plaintiffs alleged that their civil rights were violated due to the use of excessive or unreasonable force by the city's police officers. Liability was asserted against the city based on allegations that the mayor and city council had knowingly established a policy or custom of police misconduct. During trial, the evidence revealed several prior incidents of police misconduct. The evidence also indicated that the city failed to train, supervise, and discipline its police officers as required.

Ms. Donini testified that she had been harassed and forcibly placed in a police car by the city's officers during their apprehension of a suspect on her property in 1981. When she complained of a violation of her rights, she was informed that she had no rights. Moreover, her complaints were largely ignored by the mayor and council members. In fact, the city commended the officers for their actions.

Ms. Crumbley, a council member since 1979, testified that the council was aware of the Donini incident and another incident involving Michael Dixon. Mr. Dixon had also initiated a lawsuit alleging police brutality. Crumbley denied that the officers acted improperly, and maintained that these cases were settled merely to preserve peace in the community.

Mr. Dyals, a council member since 1980 and former chairman of the police subcommittee, stated that he was unaware of any investigation or disciplinary measures regarding the Donini or Dixon matters. Similarly, when questioned about another incident involving David Chaney, he could not remember any investigation regarding the matter.3

Councilman Saunders initially testified that no action had been taken by the council in the Donini and Dixon matters; however, he later testified that the Donini matter had been investigated. He stated that the council concluded that the officers had acted correctly. He also admitted that no action had been taken to alter police policy.

Additional evidence indicated that other complaints of police misconduct existed. Officer Ring remembered a complaint involving Officer Murray, but could not recall the details. Similarly, Officer Wiggins, a former training officer, was disciplined when he struck a handcuffed prisoner for no apparent reason.

The evidence relating to the lack of proper training, supervision, and discipline consisted of various personnel evaluation reports, employee warning reports, directives promulgated by Chief Keele, and the testimony of various witnesses. For example, Officer Ring was never disciplined other than by verbal reprimand although he had been cited for poor and improper work on many occasions. Similarly, while Officers Halley and Kaser were known to be hot tempered, both officers remained on patrol duty.

Chief Keele admitted that he had disciplinary problems with his officers. Nevertheless, he did little to rectify the problem. In fact, he stated, "At six bucks an hour, you take what you can get."

While the parties presented conflicting evidence, testimony indicated that the officers received inadequate training concerning the use of force in any given situation and when the use of deadly force was proper. Officer Sanders testified that no instructions on this subject were issued by the department. Moreover, Sanders candidly stated that excessive force was used against Fowler, but that it was nothing that he had not seen before.

The evidence also demonstrated that officers had little incentive to learn the policy and directives of the police department. If an officer failed an examination on the department's policy and directives, he remained in the same position, with the same duties, and he received the same wages. His sole penalty was that he was not promoted to a higher rank.

The mayor and council showed no inclination to change police policy. In fact, while the mayor and council members were aware of prior complaints of excessive force, they continued to assert that the department's supervision was satisfactory and that the officers were doing a good job.

At the conclusion of plaintiff's case, defendants moved for a directed verdict. The motion was denied. After the jury returned a verdict against the city, defendants moved for judgment notwithstanding the verdict. Finding the evidence sufficient to support plaintiffs' claims, the district judge denied this motion as well.II

The City of St. Marys contends that the evidence was insufficient to support the jury's verdict which was based on a finding of custom or policy on the part of the city resulting in plaintiffs' injuries. When considering the sufficiency of the evidence, this court must consider the evidence in a light most favorable to the plaintiffs and give them the benefit of all inferences which the evidence supports. This court must affirm unless it is convinced that there is a complete absence of probative evidence supporting the verdict or that the evidence so overwhelmingly supports the city that reasonable men in the exercise of impartial judgment could not render a verdict against it.

Section 1983 generally makes every person liable for conduct which deprives any citizen of the United States of any right, privilege or immunity secured by the Constitution. 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983 (1982). For purposes of this statute, municipalities are persons. Monell v. Department of Social Services, 436 U.S. 658, 98 S.Ct. 2018, 56 L.Ed.2d 611 (1978). Section 1983 provides a fault-based analysis for imposing municipal liability; therefore, plaintiffs must establish that the city was the person who caused them to be subjected to their deprivation. To establish a policy or custom, it is generally necessary to show a persistent and wide-spread practice. Moreover, actual or constructive knowledge of such customs must be attributed to the governing body of the municipality. Normally random acts or isolated incidents are insufficient to establish a custom or policy. Bennett v. City of Slidell, 728 F.2d 762, on rehearing, 735 F.2d 861 (5th Cir.1984) (en banc). However, the custom need not receive formal approval. Monell, 436 U.S. at 691, 98 S.Ct. at 2036.

In this case, while the city provided rules and regulations for the operation of its police department, these rules were violated on numerous occasions. The city, however, failed to rectify the situation. The evidence revealed several incidents involving the use of unreasonable and excessive force by police officers. Therefore, the city had knowledge of improper police conduct, but failed to take proper remedial action. The continued failure of the city to prevent known constitutional violations by its police force is precisely the type of informal policy or custom that is actionable under section 1983. See Herrera v. Valentine, 653 F.2d 1220, 1224 (8th Cir.1981); See also Turpin v. Mailet, 619 F.2d 196 (2d Cir.), cert. denied, 449 U.S. 1016, 101 S.Ct. 577, 66 L.Ed.2d 475 (1980).III

Appellant maintains that plaintiffs failed to state a claim under section 1983, because they had an adequate remedy under state law and were not denied due process. Plaintiffs can pursue claims for false imprisonment, false arrest, and assault and battery in state court. Since state law provides plaintiffs with these post-deprivation remedies, appellant asserts that plaintiffs have received all the process which they are due under the Fourteenth Amendment.

Parratt v. Taylor, 451 U.S. 527, 101 S.Ct. 1908, 68 L.Ed.2d 420 (1981) is the starting point for discussion. Parratt involved a section 1983 suit for damages of $23.50 brought by an inmate for the negligent deprivation of property without due process of law. The court concluded that the due process clause was not violated because plaintiff had an adequate state remedy. A pre-deprivation hearing was not practical and a post-deprivation hearing was available. Id. at 543, 101 S.Ct. at 1916. The court emphasized the need for this result. Otherwise, every injury caused by a state official under color of law would constitute a due process violation and would be actionable under section 1983. Id. at 544, 101 S.Ct. at 1917. Justices Stewart and Powell concurred, because they did not believe the claim rose to the level of a deprivation of property under the Constitution. Id. 544, 546, 101 S.Ct. 1917, 1918. Justices White and Blackmun emphasized that the opinion was limited to deprivations of property and did not encompass deprivations of life or liberty. Id. at 545, 101 S.Ct. at (White and Blackmun concurring).

In Hudson v. Palmer, 468 U.S. 517, 104 S.Ct. 3194, 82 L.Ed.2d 393 (1984), the court dealt with an intentional deprivation of property through an unauthorized act by a state employee. The court extended the holding in Parratt to include intentional deprivations of property where it was impractical to hold a pre-deprivation hearing and where an adequate state remedy existed. The court's holding, however, was based on the fact that the action was unauthorized.

We reasoned that where a loss of property is occasioned by a random, unauthorized act by a state employee, rather than by an established state procedure, the state cannot predict when the loss will occur.

Id. 104 S.Ct. at 3203. The Court reasoned that while the action was under color of law, the unauthorized acts were beyond the control of the state. The Court then discussed Logan v. Zimmerman Brush Co., 455 U.S. 422, 102 S.Ct. 1148, 71 L.Ed.2d 265 (1982). In Logan, the court reaffirmed Parratt but distinguished it.

We specifically distinguished the case from Parratt by noting that "Parratt ... was dealing with a ... 'random and unauthorized act by a state employee ... [and was] not a result of some established state procedure.' " Parratt, we said, "was not designed to reach ... a situation" where the deprivation is the result of an established state procedure.

Hudson, 104 S.Ct. at 3203 n. 13 (footnotes omitted).

Gilmere v. City of Atlanta, 737 F.2d 894 (11th Cir.1984), rev'd, 774 F.2d 1495 (11th Cir.1985) (en banc) is the critical Eleventh Circuit decision regarding this issue. In Gilmere, plaintiff's decedent was killed by police officers during arrest. The court ruled that the state survivor tort remedy was all the process that was due because the conduct was random and unauthorized, and a pre-deprivation hearing was impractical. The court then extended the holdings of Parratt and Hudson to include negligent and intentional deprivations of liberty. The court avoided ruling on whether the same result would have been proper for a violation of substantive due process. In fact, the court specifically stated:

Thus our holding today is in line with Duncan v. Poythress, 657 F.2d 691, 704 (5th Cir.1981) where the plaintiff's claim was held to be not barred by Parratt because it was based on the substantive due process right to vote. Additionally, the acts of the police here, although most unfortunate, did not "offend those canons of decency and fairness which express the notions of English-speaking peoples even toward those charged with the most heinous offense" or "shock the conscience," so as to violate the substantive due process guarantees "implicit in the concept of ordered liberty."

Id. at 910 (citations omitted).
Upon rehearing, the court stated:

We accepted this case for en banc consideration primarily to determine whether Parratt v. Taylor precludes a claim by his administratrix under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983 because state tort law provides a comparable remedy.
Gilmere, at 1496 (citations omitted). The court concluded that plaintiff's action was not barred.

Having thus found that the scope of Parratt is necessarily limited by both the legislative history of section 1983 and the Supreme Court's own pronouncements, we perceive at least two alternative constitutional theories ... on which this plaintiff may predicate her section 1983 claim for relief against the police officers.
Id. at 1499.

In Gilmere, the court articulated two theories which allow injured parties to bring actions pursuant to section 1983 regardless of whether an adequate state remedy was available. First, an individual can maintain a section 1983 action whenever the government's conduct violates substantive due process. Id. at 1501. Similarly, an individual can bring a section 1983 action based upon Fourth Amendment violations. Id. at 1502.

Here, the jury determined that the City of St. Marys had implicitly ratified a custom or policy permitting the police to use excessive force against its citizens. The use of "excessive" force in making an arrest constitutes an unreasonable seizure. Therefore, the plaintiffs are entitled to maintain a section 1983 action in spite of the existence of any state remedies.4

The evidence was far from overwhelming, but it was sufficient to support the jury's verdict. The jury was entitled to draw all reasonable inferences from the evidence and evaluate the credibility of the witnesses. The evidence revealed sufficient prior incidents where the police had used excessive force to put the city on notice. Yet, the city failed to take proper remedial action. This evidence was sufficient to support a finding that the city's officials implicitly ratified a custom which resulted in plaintiffs' injuries. Based on this evidence, the plaintiffs are entitled to maintain a section 1983 action in federal court regardless of the existence of any state remedy. Thus, we AFFIRM.



*

Honorable C. Clyde Atkins, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, sitting by designation



1

Plaintiffs did not appeal from verdicts for all other defendants nor contest the amount of the award



2

Appellant also maintains that the pendent state law claims are barred under Georgia statutes. However, a recent case, Toombs County, Georgia v. O'Neal, 254 Ga. 390, 330 S.E.2d 95 (1985) has settled this issue. The defense of sovereign immunity is waived to the extent of the municipality's liability insurance coverage. Id. Neither Acker v. City of Elberton, 176 Ga.App. 580, 336 S.E.2d 842 (1985) nor any of the cases cited therein are relevant. The implied holding of Acker is that a municipality is not liable for the torts of police officers under a theory of respondeat superior. No such limitation on liability exists, however, when the officer's conduct is based on a city's custom utilizing excessive force to control its residents



3

The Chaney incident was not explored during the trial because the court refused to allow certain witnesses, including a former St. Marys police officer, to testify. This incident also involved allegations of police brutality



4

Gilmere identifies the proper balancing tests which will guide parties in the future. See id. at 1501-02. In this case, these tests are obviously satisfied, so there is no need to remand the case

Monday, August 16, 2010

Riggle's Nieghbor Says "he will do anything to help anyone in the neighborhood."

Really Anything?

Here is the complete post from his NEIGHBOR! 


Anonymous said...


Yeah, I know about him. He's my neighbor and will do anything to help anyone in the neighborhood.

As far as I know, he's also a fair cop in St Marys

LEAVE HIM AL0NE RICK !!!
Sat Aug 07, 10:57:00 AM EST


I guess it is hard to believe that some cops are bad.
Let's face it, we have had a doctor found guilty of murder, a firefighter acussed of trying to hook up with a child for sex, and another cop fired or forced to resign 4 times due to sexual problems, So why do you just assume this cop could do no wrong?

 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

From Heroes To Crooks How Friendship Will Kill A Career

Are Godley and Riggle BFF'S?

Deputies Rescue Grandmother

A house fire on the afternoon of January 6, 2006, on Lynwood Street in Kingsland severely burned a one-year-old boy and nearly took the life an elderly woman. Investigators believe the fire started at about 4:00 p.m. in the crib of the infant boy after his mother left a burning candle on a dresser beside his crib. The child was left in the crib unattended.

The mother, and owner of the residence, Jennifer Lynette Brown, 24, told investigators she was standing outside the residence when she heard her child screaming. She and a neighbor went into the residence, extinguished the fire and brought out the child. He was transported by air ambulance to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., then transported to Shands Burn center in Gainesville, Fla., with first and second degree burns over 30 percent of his body.

The responding deputies, Dep. Robert Godley and Dep. Richard Riggle, asked Brown three times if anyone else was in the residence before she told them her grandmother was still inside. At that point Godley and Riggle entered the smoke-filled home and found, Shirley Durham, 72, incapacitated, but alive and unharmed, lying on a bed. The deputies picked up the mattress, left Durhan on it and carried her to safety.

Sheriff Bill Smith said he was proud of the deputies’ efforts.

“This is not something that deputies are called upon to do very often, but once they realized there was someone left in the home they did not hesitate to go in and get her. Dep. Godley and Dep. Riggle did an outstanding job and saved Mrs. Durham’s life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the young child who was not as fortunate and burned very badly.”

The fire remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Camden County Fire Rescue.

Fast Forward 4 years.....

Godley has been fired for his sexual addictions and accusses ME (Rick Rogers) for spilling the beans on him. Now his BFF Rich Riggle has a chance to get Rick, but NOT DOING A PROPER INVESTIGATION, MIGHT GET YOU FIRED!!

Now they were so proud of the arrest they started a whole thread on Topix. Months past and I file a complaint with the St. Marys PD and low and behold Godley removes all his posts from this thread, Why?

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Emails concerning the Brinko Firing!

I requested all emails concerning Janet Brinko, and this is all I got.

I hardly believe these are the only emails that concern the Brinko case.

YOU PEOPLE ARE A BUNCH OF LIARS.

FROM THE MAYOR TO THE CITY COUNCIL TO THE POLICE DEPT.

ALL LIARS!!!!!


Donna Folsom email date July 14, 2010.

Dear Mr. Rogers:
Attached is one of the e-mail documents forwarded from Mr. Shanahan.

Thank you,
Darlene M. Roellig
City Clerk
City of St. Marys
418 Osborne Street
St. Marys Georgia 31558
912.510.4039 Telephone
912.510.4013 Fax
darlene.roellig@ci.st-marys.ga.us

From: Bill Shanahan
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2010 2:11 PM
To: Darlene Roellig; Donna Folsom; Gary Moore; Bill DeLoughy; Chuck Trader; Darlene Roellig; Deborah Walker-Reed; Deborah Hase; Greg Bird; John Morrissey; Keith Post (keithfpost@tds.net); Sidney Howell
Subject: FW: Meeting Notes

This is a second e-mail that I have as per Mr. Roger’s Open Records Request.
William P. Shanahan, Jr.
City Manager
City of St. Marys
418 Osborne Street
St. Marys, Georgia 31558
912.510.4041 Office
912.510.4013 Fax
bill.shanahan@ci.st-marys.ga.us

The information contained in this electronic mail transmission (including any accompanying attachments) is intended solely for its authorized recipient(s), and may be confidential and/or legally privileged. If you are not an intended recipient, or responsible for delivering some or all of this transmission to an intended recipient, you have received this transmission in error and are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from reading, copying, printing, distributing or disclosing any of the information contained in it. In that event, please contact me immediately by telephone (912) 510.4041 and delete the original and all copies of this transmission (including any attachments) without reading or saving in any manner.

From: Donna Folsom
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 4:44 PM
To: Bill Shanahan
Subject: Meeting Notes
Meeting Notes


On May 26, 2010 Bill Shanahan and I were in a personnel session with Janet Brinko. During this meeting, Ms. Brinko became very upset about a letter of caution she was receiving and said she didn’t understand why she was getting a memo and further stated that Alyce Thornhill should be in trouble for disobeying a directive from Mr. Shanahan. She went on to say that Ms. Thornhill had contacted Jolene Haney to discuss the possible pros and cons of consolidating the St. Marys Tourism Dept and Economic Development Department. When the City Manager asked how Ms. Brinko became aware of this, she stated that Jolene Haney had contacted her and informed her that Ms. Thornhill had contacted her (Ms. Haney) about the possible consolidation.

At that time, the City Manager stated that he would look into it further. Ms. Brinko stated that Mr. Shanahan should contact Ms. Haney right now on the phone to confirm the information. Mr. Shanahan stated he did not conduct investigations that way and let Ms. Brinko know he would be contacting Ms. Haney at a later time during his investigation.

Donna M. Folsom

Human Resources Director



Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 4:13 PM
From: Jolene Haney [mailto:jolenehaney@gmail.com]
To: Bill Shanahan
Subject: ORA Request

Bill,

I would like to formally request copies of all correspondence regarding the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Please include e-mails, reports and all written documents from all city employees and city council members for the past 6 months. Please notify me of any cost associated with this request.

Jolene Haney
912-467-2119


Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2010 5:21 PM
From: Jolene Haney [mailto:jolenehaney@gmail.com]
To: Barbara Ryan; Mardja Gray; Dave Phillips; Julie Riffe; Susan Lockhart; Mary Neff; Keith Post; John Carroll; Bill Shanahan; Sidney Howell; John Morrissey; Deborah Hase; Greg Bird; Chuck Trader

Subject: Tourism Director

I regret to inform the CVB Authority members that Bill Shanahan has terminated Janet Brinko as our Tourism Director. Over the next few days and weeks we will undoubtebly have many questions and comments from the public. I myself have many questions. In Barbara's absence I will continue to monitor the activities at the Welcome Center and support the staff as needed. We must continue to move forward with our mission. It will be business as usual. I feel certain we will have a special called meeting at some point prior to the meeting on the 27th. I will let Barbara make that decision.

Please contact me with any questions.

Jolene Haney
Vice-Chair
St. Marys Convention and Vistors Bureau
912-467-2119

Emails Sent July 15, 2010

From: Sidney Howell

Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2010 5:09 PM

To: Bill Shanahan

Subject: RE: Update

Bill
I would like to have all copies of this.

Thanks, Sidney


From: Bill Shanahan
Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2010 4:34 PM

To: Bill DeLoughy; Chuck Trader; Darlene Roellig; Deborah Walker-Reed; Deborah Hase; Gary Moore; Greg Bird; John Morrissey; Keith Post (keithfpost@tds.net); Sidney Howell

Cc: Donna Folsom

Subject: Update

Good Afternoon:
After finishing my investigation and reviewing Janet Brinko’s response to the charges, I have terminated her from employment with the City of St. Marys.

I have already had open record requests for the paperwork that led to this.
If you would also like copies of this information, in order to understand the reasons for the action, please let me know.

I will be meeting with the Tourism Department Staff and Authority tomorrow to brief.

William P. Shanahan, Jr.
City Manager
City of St. Marys
418 Osborne Street
St. Marys, Georgia 31558
912.510.4041 Office
912.510.4013 Fax
bill.shanahan@ci.st-marys.ga.us

The information contained in this electronic mail transmission (including any accompanying attachments) is intended solely for its authorized recipient(s), and may be confidential and/or legally privileged. If you are not an intended recipient, or responsible for delivering some or all of this transmission to an intended recipient, you have received this transmission in error and are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from reading, copying, printing, distributing or disclosing any of the information contained in it. In that event, please contact me immediately by telephone (912) 510.4041 and delete the original and all copies of this transmission (including any attachments) without reading or saving in any manner.


Sent July 30, 2010

From: Bill Shanahan


Sent: Friday, July 30, 2010 5:43 PM

To: 'Gary Moore'; Donna Folsom; Bill.Deloughy@ci.st-marys.ga.us; chuck.trader@ci.st-marys.ga.us; Darlene Roellig; Deborah Walker-Reed; deborah.hase@ci.st-marys.ga.us; greg.bird@ci.st-marys.ga.us; John Morrissey (john.morrissey@ci.st-marys.ga.us); Keith Post (keithfpost@tds.net); Sidney Howell (sidney.howell@ci.st-marys.ga.us)

Subject: Update

Good Afternoon:

Please be advised that, under the advisement of our attorney, I have directed the H.R. Director to send a letter to Janet Brinko and Jim Stein in reference to her appeal.
As per our policy, the written notice of the appeal, to include specific information, was due within three (3) working days of the hearing date.

This did not happen and therefore the appeal process has been terminated. (As per our policy.)
Just wanted to keep you in the loop.
Thanks,

William P. Shanahan, Jr.
City Manager
City of St. Marys
418 Osborne Street
St. Marys, Georgia 31558
912.510.4041 Office
912.510.4013 Fax
bill.shanahan@ci.st-marys.ga.us

The information contained in this electronic mail transmission (including any accompanying attachments) is intended solely for its authorized recipient(s), and may be confidential and/or legally privileged. If you are not an intended recipient, or responsible for delivering some or all of this transmission to an intended recipient, you have received this transmission in error and are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from reading, copying, printing, distributing or disclosing any of the information contained in it. In that event, please contact me immediately by telephone (912) 510.4041 and delete the original and all copies of this transmission (including any attachments) without reading or saving in any manner.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Is Godley Interfering With The SMPD Investigation?

It has been brought to my attention that posts made by Bob Godley on Topix have been deleted! Now, I wouldn't comment on it, But he didn't delete all of his posts, just the one he started about me going to jail. Now why did he do this?

Will the SMPD ask him?

Is he trying to hamper the investigation?

Why only this thread?
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/kingsland-ga/TVAJATCF9QBF89LLV


The key to all of this is:

WILL SMPD DO THEIR JOB AND ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS?

STAY TUNED AS THIS UNFOLDS.

Friday, July 30, 2010

St Marys PD Opens An Investigation

ARE THERE BAD COPS IN ST. MARYS?







Yes it is true the SMPD has opened an investigation, not on anything at the courthouse, but on the whole incident investigation. I am saying that the investigation was flawed.

This is what I want to know from the City of St. Mary involving my case:

  1. Who called 911?
  2. In a dispute, don't you talk to both sides involved?
  3. Do you allow an outside agency with no authority to come in and start barking orders at the SMPD?
  4. Do walk over the injured to slap handcuffs on someone?
  5. Do you document injuries to all parties involved, or just one side?
  6. Why did Bob Godley's name come up time and time again?

These are just a few of the questions I hope are answered.

To all out there be careful when you call 911 in St. Marys, You might be the one going to jail.

We all know why I was arrested, and it had nothing to do the the doctors office, and everything to do with one of Bob Godley's friends who thinks he is God since someone was dumb enough to give him a badge.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Election Results

Camden County Races


Georgia State Senate District 3 - Republican

William Ligon 9,768
Terry Carter 7,552
Precincts Reporting - 58 of 58



Georgia House District 180 - Republican

Cecily Hill 2,008
Jason Spencer 1,612 
Rindy Howell 911 

Precincts Reporting - 15 of 15



Camden Co. Commission District 2 - Republican

Katherine Nisi Zell 397
Charles L. Clark Jr. 371 
E.B. Herring Jr. 258

Precincts Reporting - 4 of 4



Camden Co. Commission District 4 - Republican

Gary Blount 636
Royal Weaver 307
Jay Moreno 224

Precincts Reporting - 3 of 3

Kingsland City Council

Grayson Day 559
Scott Alexander 347
Matthew Pettus, Jr. 209
Bobbie Chestnut 149
Precincts Reporting - 4 of 4



Woodbine Special Election Sunday Alcohol Sales

Won Option Votes %

No 94
Yes 82
Precincts Reporting - 1 of 1

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cops Now Arrest You For Video Taping Them! Who Do They Think They Are!



GIVE THEM A BADGE AND A GUN, AND THEY THINK THEY ARE SUPERMAN!

Anthony Graber broke the law in early March is indisputable. He raced his Honda motorcycle down Interstate 95 in Maryland at 80 mph, popping a wheelie, roaring past cars and swerving across traffic lanes.

Anthony Graber was arrested for posting a video of his traffic stop on YouTube.But it wasn't his daredevil stunt that has the 25-year-old staff sergeant for the Maryland Air National Guard facing the possibility of 16 years in prison. For that, he was issued a speeding ticket. It was the video that Graber posted on YouTube one week later -- taken with his helmet camera -- of a plainclothes state trooper cutting him off and drawing a gun during the traffic stop near Baltimore.
In early April, state police officers raided Graber's parents' home in Abingdon, Md. They confiscated his camera, computers and external hard drives. Graber was indicted for allegedly violating state wiretap laws by recording the trooper without his consent.
Arrests such as Graber's are becoming more common along with the proliferation of portable video cameras and cell-phone recorders. Videos of alleged police misconduct have become hot items on the Internet. YouTube still features Graber's encounter along with numerous other witness videos. "The message is clearly, 'Don't criticize the police,'" said David Rocah, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland who is part of Graber's defense team. "With these charges, anyone who would even think to record the police is now justifiably in fear that they will also be criminally charged."

Carlos Miller, a Miami journalist who runs the blog "Photography Is Not a Crime," said he has documented about 10 arrests since he started keeping track in 2007. Miller himself has been arrested twice for photographing the police. He won one case on appeal, he said, while the other was thrown out after the officer twice failed to appear in court.
"They're just regular citizens with a cell-phone camera who happen to come upon a situation," Miller said. "If cops are doing their jobs, they shouldn't worry."
The ACLU of Florida filed a First Amendment lawsuit last month on behalf of a model who was arrested February 2009 in Boynton Beach. Fla. Her crime: videotaping an encounter between police officers and her teenage son at a movie theater. Prosecutors refused to file charges against Sharron Tasha Ford and her son.

From: http://abcnews.go.com/US/TheLaw/videotaping-cops-arrest/story?id=11179076

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

St. Marys Continues To Keep Spending A Secret!!!!

Actual leaked emails:

From: Bill DeLoughy [mailto:Bill.DeLoughy@ci.st-marys.ga.us]

Sent: Monday, June 21, 2010 10:46 AM
To: Chuck Trader; Deborah Hase; Sidney Howell; John Morrissey; Greg.Bird@tds.net; Keith Post
Cc: Bill Shanahan
Subject: MMST

To All,
I recently met with Shelia Mc Neil and David Keating with respect to retaining our MMST in St. Marys. The Camden Partnership is planning to go to Washington to lobby for retention of this program. Since this program is vital to the well being of St. Marys they are planning to make several trips to DC for the purpose of retaining this unit. The city was asked to sponsor one trip at a cost of approximately $1,500. We can donate this money to the JDA to act as our consultant on this matter. Bill S. has checked our budget and advised me that there are funds available for this purpose. Both Camden Partnership as well as the JDA has been advised that our sponsorship is to be used only for the MMST program.

Please let me know if you will support this effort ASAP. I will authorize this expenditure if there are no major objections.

From: Greg Bird [mailto:Greg.Bird@ci.st-marys.ga.us]

Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 3:30 PM
To: Bill DeLoughy; Chuck Trader; Deborah Hase; Sidney Howell; John Morrissey; Greg.Bird@tds.net; Keith Post
Cc: Bill Shanahan; Gary Moore (gmoore@tosclaw.com)
Subject: RE: MMST

Hello Bill
I believe this should be decided before an open meeting of council. We might want a legal opinion as to whether this could be construed as a straw poll and conducting an illegal meeting by using the internet. Better to be safe than sorry. I am not in favor of donating tax dollars to Camden Partnership even though I fully support our MMST. Keith Post has taken the lead for us in this area and has done an excellent job in my opinion. If we want to do more then let us meet before the public on it.
Thanks,
Greg

From: Keith Post

Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2010 11:38 AM
To: Bill DeLoughy
Cc: CityCouncilMembers; Bill Shanahan; Gary Moore; sheilamcneill@bellsouth.net
Subject: MSST Lobbing Effort Funding

Mayor –

It is my understanding that you have the authority to authorize this expenditure, with or without our say-so. That being said, I do appreciate you wanting to know the thoughts of Council informally before you make a decision to expend City Funds.

I will defer to our City Attorney the issue Councilman Bird raised as to whether you can ask our opinion on an issue by email about a decision you want to make. I hope that is not wrong, for if it is not allowed, you and I having a conversation in the hallway about something will be the next thing to go. Soon we will have to drive down different roads to avoid being in the same proximity to each other.

I do want to make an important point as to Councilman Bird’s framing of this situation. I do not consider this request for financial support a ‘donation’ to the Camden Partnership. Sheila McNeill, as you know, is President of the Partnership and she has been the lead in this fight to stop the Obama Administration from cutting the USCG Budget which includes closing our MSST (Maritime Safety and Security Team).

I was asked by Council to be the lead man in the City’s effort to stop the closure of the MSST, and I do appreciate Councilman Bird's kind words in that regard to my service in that capacity. I have kept the council informed with periodic updates formally at Council meetings of the goings on both here and in DC. I have provided copies of letters to all of council that our Senators and Congressman have jointly signed with others from other parts of the country. This has not come about due to my efforts, this has come about due to the enormous amount of respect and accessibility Sheila is afforded on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and at Coast Guard Headquarters. As I stated to you earlier, at a national meeting of the Navy League In Washington DC the begin of this month, it was Sheila who was singled out and recognized by the new Commandant of the Coast Guard for our efforts. No one else from anywhere else in the country was afforded this recognition.

I consider this expenditure of $1500. a small investment in her efforts on OUR BEHALF on Capitol Hill, compared to the amount she has actually spent, not only in resources but in her time. I can tell you that I cannot afford to make all the trips she is making. I personally paid for my trip to Washington, DC as part of the Chamber Fly-In as the President of the Navy League in April where we visited with the Coast Guard at their HQ, and also had the opportunity to meet with CG Staff at a dinner. I helped write the letter you signed in support of our efforts, and I wrote and signed a letter to the Commandant as President of the Navy League.

This is a fight we must win. To question making a $1500. investment to assist in the expenses of trips to DC that Sheila is making to lobby on our behalf, when we stand to lose $231,000 in rent alone as a city not to mention the 8 Million Dollar impact to our county and area, is almost ludicrous. The partnership has asked Kingsland and Woodbine for support as well, and how embarrassing will it be for us if they make a commitment before we do. This is the right thing for us to do.

I hope you will move forward to assist the Partnership in their efforts to save our MSST.

Keith

Keith F. Post, Councilman






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Anonymous said...
I just spoke with a lady that had called Judge Williams number to ask for Dennis Perry's plea be thrown out and to grant him a new trial. Guess what? As soon as Dennis' name was mentioned, the secretary or whoever she was got very cold and told the lady she would have to send the judge a fax or write her a letter. AND THEN SHE WOULDN'T GIVE HER THE FAX NUMBER!! She was told she would have to write a letter..which the lady has done. Does that tell you there is something wrong with this case? You people in Camden County better wake up and smell the roses before you find yourself in the same position that Dennis is in. He isn't asking to be released. Just for a FAIR trial!!

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