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Friday, January 18, 2019

15 Out of 20 but wait there's more

Let Cleanup begin...

Folks, WAAY TV posted a very good article about contraband in the Marshall County Jail.  If you recall in June 2018 four correction officers were fired for bringing contraband into the jail.  This issue is not exclusive to the Marshall County Jail, the Morgan County Jail, Limestone or any other jail.  It happens.  These issues will not be cleaned up overnight.  Some of these jails have been ignored for years.  You can't fix it overnight.  In addition, in some cases, you can't trust the jailers to do the right thing.  It will take time for the new sheriffs through observations, resetting the cameras, and diligently watching the inmates and the jailers to get rid of contraband.  We are only five days into the new administration.  Can you imagine what the new sheriffs are finding at their jails?


https://www.waaytv.com/content/video/504511602.html

MARSHALL COUNTY JAIL CLOSED TO VISITORS TO STOP CONTRABAND

WAAY 31's Sierra Philipps spoke with officers about the changes under the new sheriff.
Posted: Thu Jan 17 15:47:06 PST 2019
Updated: Thu Jan 17 15:47:06 PST 2019

Speech to Text for Marshall County Jail Closed to Visitors to Stop Contraband

Below is the closed-captioning text associated with this video. Since this uses automated speech to text spelling and grammar may not be accurate.
plan to fix issues at the jail. standup- right now if you come here to visit a loved one in jail you'll see this sign letting you know visiting is closed for the foreseeable future casey - "it might be tough on people for a little while - but in the long run it'll be better" matt casey voted for the new sheriff and is glad to see changes already in the works. casey "i know its frustrating not being able to see people in there but i'm sure he's working as fast as he can" i asked sheriff phil sims how long visitation will be closed-- he told me as long as it takes to fix major safety issues at the jail the main issue deputies are tackling now--- contraband.an issue everyone i talked with thursday was well aware of..... casey "the biggest thing is making sure the contraband is out" ....and they say they're hopeful the new sheriff will be able to curb the problem. montero "i'm hoping so...i can't say he will ..you know it always happens" the sheriff says contraband is just one problem. he's got staffing and budget issues to also tackle. in guntersville, sp waay31 news

Alabama State Trooper Arrested

Blogger Comments:  Folks, read the entire article.  It sounds like Michael Vernon has some explaining to do.  Having ALEA investigate seems like a smart procedure to take.  Wonder why Blakely didn't call in ALEA to investigate the claims against Sloss?

https://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Florence-Police-State-trooper-arrested-for-violating-protection-from-abuse-order-504504922.html

I-TEAM: STATE TROOPER ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING PROTECTION FROM ABUSE ORDER, FLORENCE POLICE SAY


He was booked in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.
Posted: Jan. 17, 2019 4:22 PM
Updated: Jan. 17, 2019 6:56 PM

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cleaning Up Corruption One Office At A Time

Alabama mayor convicted of fraud, removed from office

The mayor of Gordon, Alabama, has been convicted of voter fraud and removed from office.
News outlets report Elbert Melton was convicted Wednesday of unlawfully falsifying ballots when he was elected in 2016. He defeated challenger Priscilla Wilson by a 16-vote margin. This conviction strips him of his office. The Gordon Town Council will appoint an interim mayor to serve until an election is held.
Melton was charged in September with absentee ballot fraud and second-degree theft of property. Arrest warrants say he knowingly obtained or exerted unauthorized control over $1,700 that belonged to the town.
Prosecutor Mark Johnson says the judge has released Melton on bond. Melton is set to be sentenced next month on the fraud charge. He still is facing the theft charge.

The Drama Next Door

Folks, we have heard a lot of rumors from Limestone County over the years.  We are pretty sure if we go back a couple of sheriffs in Morgan County you would not be surprised at the tales that could be told.  Oh! How the rumors do fly.

The truth will eventually come out in Limestone County we pray Ms. Ramsey is strong enough to see it through.  She seems to have followed the proper protocol. 

The allegations of incompetence and misconduct identified in the Daily news article are disturbing. 

The beloved Blakely of Limestone County looks guilty for the actions taken against Ramsey after she reported the incident. 


Sloss


Blakely
Crystal Vander Weit/Decatur Daily

 
 Ramsey

On the left side of the ring is Sheriff Max Sanders and on the other side of the ring

Blogger Comments:  Folks, Sheriff Max Sanders claims the previous sheriff left the SO in a mess.  We haven't seen the jail and the condition of the jail but if it is a mess shame on the previous administration.  Sanders will eventually get the clean up done.  Our concerns are the sheriff's office property.  We recommend that Sheriff Sanders along with the other new sheriff around the state conduct an audit of all property both accounted for and unaccounted for (to include SO funds from each account) and then call for back-ups such as the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency or the FBI.  How can you run a jail in that kind of mess?  If the SO is a mess, the financial records are a mess as well.

We have heard this kind of stories around the state.  The Jefferson County sheriff just placed the promotions of 19 employees under the merit system on probation and two other employees promotions were outright rescinded.  The new sheriff of Marshall County has enough toilet paper to last three or four years while at the same time he was left with no money for supplies for this year.  Some of these sheriffs are shameful.

Some sheriffs take from one account to make a surplus in another so they can take the money and run.  They have internal employees prepare verbatim tapes of conversations that are not verbatim.  What losers these folks are. 

The new sheriffs in town do not want to make the messes their administrations, use inmate food funds, feed inmates food designated for farm animals, and keep unsanitary conditions in the jail.

https://www.decaturdaily.com/news/lawrence_county/sanders-department-a-mess-when-he-took-over-monday/article_4588db93-d7ee-5115-99f0-1f8abc38be20.html

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sexual Assualt of A Female Officer


Blogger Comments:  Folks, we are right there with Leslie.  A female officer has alleged sexual discrimination against Limestone Couty Sheriffs Office Chief Fred Sloss.  No woman should be harassed on the job by senior personnel.  If this happened both the sheriff and his chief should have to pay.

This is not an easy choice for Leslie to make.  Leslie will be put through more years of pure hell in the coming weeks, months, and years ahead than she could imagine.  Sometimes you must fight back.  People are cruel.  They will try to dig up dirt on her.  Claim stuff such as she is well known to law enforcement.  Some will say she was asking for it.  The dirt she will be dragged through is horrible.  They try to destroy your family, your home, your business, and because it is law enforcement, they will claim that they are immune from prosecution. Shucks, just good ole boys having fun.  Girls just can't take little jokes.  Folks, this is no laughing matter.  It is serious and if true it has the ability to destroy a woman's life.  Take her down, embarrass her to the core, affect her small children, her husband, parents, and other family members.  Some of the corrupt law enforcement officers do not care what they do to you.  

It sounds like Leslie has done all the right things. Filed complaints to all the right folks, been moved in and out of her official position and still she has to live through the hell of the lawsuit.  No man or woman has a right to touch another without their permission.  One of the first things a victim is responsible for doing is letting the offender know that they are not interested and their actions offend them.

All it takes is a nice looking, well-groomed honest woman to go to work in an office where the workforce is predominantly male for one sleazebag to make the move.  

If this happened at the Limestone County Sheriff's Office the time to stop it is now.

The whistleblower hasn't experienced anything remotely like the claims Leslie has filed but we know first hand how dirty and conniving the corrupt are and the level they will go to just to destroy your life, your family, your business, and your reputation.  

For the graphic details and video click on the link below.  You are a brave woman Leslie Ramsey.


https://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Limestone-Co-Sheriffs-Office-investigator-filed-sexual-discrimination-lawsuit-against-Sheriff-Blakely-and-Chief-Sloss-504393271.html

LIMESTONE CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATOR FILED SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST SHERIFF BLAKELY AND CHIEF SLOSS

Leslie Ramsey filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Sheriff Mike Blakely and Chief Fred Sloss.
Posted: Jan. 15, 2019 4:31 PM
Updated: Jan. 15, 2019 10:47 PM

On Monday, an investigator with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, Leslie Ramsey, filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Sheriff Mike Blakely and Chief Fred Sloss.
Ramsey has worked at the sheriff's office since September 2007. The lawsuit names Limestone County, the County Commission of Limestone County, Sheriff Blakely and Fred Sloss as defendants.
According to the lawsuit, Ramsey began reporting to Sheriff Blakely and Sloss after her previous supervisor's retirement on October 1, 2016. 
The suit says that on the evening of January 14, 2017, Ramsey and her boyfriend at the time, Bobby Joe Ruf, visited Sloss at his home. Ramsey claims when she went outside to smoke a cigarette, Sloss followed her and began to touch her against her will. She says she pushed him away and that he then pushed her against a vehicle and asked, "does [Ruf] ever tell you how beautiful you are?”
Ramsey says Sloss told her he'd make her Captain if she consented to his sexual advances, which she says she refused. She says he made another inappropriate comment and that she then left the residence with her boyfriend.
In the lawsuit, Ramsey claims that she was placed under "increased scrutiny" by Sloss after the January 14, 2017 incident. She says he had her followed home on May 19th and 20th of 2017 after Sheriff Blakely’s fund-raising rodeo, which she says did not happen to male officers.
The suit says that on May 22, 2017, Sheriff Blakely called Ramsey and Sloss into his office to reprimand her for her involvement in the rodeo. She says Sheriff Blakely made comments to her, including that she is a "bad apple" and that she needed to see a psychiatrist. She says he also threatened to demote her or to terminate her employment.
Ramsey says she was demoted from investigator to patrol duty after submitting a grievance in 2017 about "the sexual assault and the rodeo reprimand." According to the lawsuit, she filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on November 7, 2017 and was reinstated to her investigator position on February 29, 2018.
Below is a response from the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office:
"Sheriff Blakely, Chief Sloss, and the Limestone County Sheriff's Office have always been proactive in their commitment to treating everyone, including our employees, with equal respect and dignity in every way possible. While we are unable to provide a detailed response at this time on advice of counsel, we want to assure the people of Limestone County that our commitment to equality and providing the best workplace environment possible for everyone remains steadfast."
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The lawsuit below contains some graphic language:


Taking Responsibility - Something Some Politicians Are Not Capable Of

Former Alabama lawmaker Ed Henry pleads guilty in Medicare fraud case
Former state Rep. Ed Henry of Hartselle, shown at a press conference in June 2017, intends to plead guilty in a federal case in Montgomery according to a court document filed Jan. 9, 2019. (Mike Cason | mcason@al.com)By Mike Cason | mcason@al.com
Former state Rep. Ed Henry of Hartselle pleaded guilty in federal court this morning to one count of theft of government property.
Prosecutors said Henry entered agreements with three doctors under which the doctors would refer patients to Henry’s chronic care management business and waive the required co-payments by patients. Medicare then reimbursed for the services provided by Henry’s company.
Prosecutors said the result was that Medicare paid for services that patients would have otherwise declined had they been required to pay the co-payments.
Terms of Henry’s plea agreement were not immediately available. The crime is a felony and has a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
Henry and his attorney, Max Pulliam, declined comment after today’s hearing.
Henry, who served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2010 to 2018 and did not run for re-election last year, filed a notice last week that he would change his plea from not guilty to guilty.
Henry was scheduled to go on trial starting Feb. 4 in federal court in Montgomery.
He had initially denied any wrongdoing after his indictment last year.
A Huntsville general practice physician, Dr. Nicole Scruggs, pleaded guilty last week to one count in the same case. Scruggs' attorney, F. Wilson Myers Sr., said last week Scruggs intends to continue her medical practice.

Sounds like five deputies are on the road again - permanently

Blogger Comments:  Folks, this is a must-read article.  The county has waited 8 long years for this moment.  Puckett has a lot of work ahead of him.  We are encouraged that he has an open door policy.  That is good at times when an old geezer needs to talk to the sheriff about his loved one.  It isn't feasible that the sheriff could or should have a revolving door all of the time but sometimes, not often, and in dire situations, one should be able to talk to the sheriff, his chief deputy, and/or the warden.  We believe Puckett has a bunch of great people to work with.  Time will tell.  Actions speak louder than words.  It is a new day a new beginning.

If there happen to be more slaggers diehard supports of the previous sheriff, Puckett and Chief Deputy Price will see through their act.

We are excited that eight years of controversy and drama is over.

https://www.decaturdaily.com/news/morgan_county/new-sheriff-in-town-puckett-ready-to-prove-his-integrity/article_187fc445-4a18-59a4-ac96-1e0b92403643.html

New sheriff in town: Puckett ready to prove his integrity


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Reading over comments and post

Folks, we have been reading over comments and posts from outgoing sheriffs supports around the state.  Reading all the well wishes and excuses made by folks calling their actions "mistakes" is disgusting.  All we can say is give us a break.  Many of the sheriff's actions are not "mistakes" they are intentional acts of corruption, wrongdoing, abuse of power, and much more.  A mistake is just that.  Something you learn from.  Intentional acts are just that.  You keep doing the same thing over and over even though you know it's wrong is an intentional act.

Webster Dictionary:  mistake
 verb
mis·​take | \ mə-ˈstāk  \
mistook\ - ˈstu̇k  \mistaken\ - ˈstā- kən  \mistaking

Definition of mistake 

(Entry 1 of 2)
1to blunder in the choice of mistook her way in the dark
2ato misunderstand the meaning or intention ofMISINTERPRET don't mistake me, I mean exactly what I said
bto make a wrong judgment of the character or ability of The army's leaders mistook the strength of the enemy.
3to identify wrongly: confuse with another mistook him for his brother
to be wrong you mistook when you thought I laughed at you— Thomas Hardy

: Intentional Behavior
Intentionally Law and Legal DefinitionIntentionally means done deliberately. A person acts intentionally with respect to a result or to a conduct described by a statute defining an offense when his/her conscious objective is to cause that result or to engage in that conduct.