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Friday, August 11, 2017

Law Enforcement Holding the Bag

Yesterday afternoon I received a call that Greg Steenson was seen with state police and other outside agencies on the waterway near Hartselle.  I sent a contact to the location of the party.  The contact asks what they were looking for at about the same time he observed men in dive gear walking up the hill congratulating each other and holding up something in a bag. The divers handed the bag over to the officers on the bridge.  

The entire incident is very interesting, to say the least.  So what does this mean in the scheme of things?  I am sure anonymous will let us know as soon as this blog comes out.  Very interesting indeed.. 

On another note.  Blogger comments are in BLUE.

Commission proposes deep cuts to nonprofits


  • By Evan Belanger Staff Writer
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Morgan County commissioners agreed in budget talks Thursday to cut another $201,500 from nonprofit groups and other entities in a bid to balance the fiscal 2018 budget.
The proposed cuts add to the $108,500 in reductions already proposed by County Commission Chairman Ray Long.
Meanwhile, Long asked commissioners to consider a 2 percent cost-of-living-raise, which would mark the first pay increase for the county’s 390 workers in two years, after most department heads and elected officials sliced 2 percent from their budgets.
“The elected officials have done what we asked them to,” Long told commissioners.
The commissioners made no decision on the raise proposal and asked for county finance officials to prepare two budgets — one with raises and one without — so they could determine the bottom line.
The commission is expected to take up the final budget for fiscal 2018, which starts Oct. 1, at its Aug. 29 meeting.
In a bid to further cut expenses from Long’s initial proposed budget, which projected $44.9 million in spending — down 4.5 percent from the current year — and a 3.4 percent decline in revenue, the commission added to Long’s proposed cuts to nonprofit agencies and other entities that historically receive money from the county.
Commissioners are taking an extra $50,000 from the Morgan County Health Department’s appropriation, which Long already had proposed cutting by $50,000. That takes its total appropriation from $170,000 to $70,000.
Asked if the cut would require layoffs at the Health Department, Dr. Scott Harris, who heads the department, said on Thursday it was too early to say.
“We’ll have to regroup and decide what we’re going to do next,” he said.
On Tuesday, Harris asked the commission to reconsider the $50,000 cut initially proposed by Long, saying it would cost the department $175,000 in total funding, because the department uses the local money to match federal Medicaid dollars.
Long’s proposed cut, Harris said at the time, would make it more difficult for the health department to fulfill its public health mission, which includes inspecting restaurants and hotels, permitting septic tanks, investigating dog bites for rabies, providing intervention for sexually transmitted diseases, vaccinations for the poor, and family planning services.
The commission also proposed eliminating all funding for the Community Free Clinic of Decatur-Morgan County, which provides free health care to the working uninsured. That nonprofit already was facing a $5,000 cut in Long’s proposed budget. It received $20,000 from the county this fiscal year.
The Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority also faces a complete elimination of its $50,000 appropriation from the county.
Commissioner Jeff Clark said that appropriation and several others were meant only to help the organizations get started and were not intended to be permanent funding sources.
Other cuts would take $25,000 from the Morgan County Economic Development Agency, reducing its appropriation from $200,000 to $175,000.
Agency President Jeremy Nails said he understood the reason for the cut and was hopeful recently announced industrial expansions would help bolster revenues for the county, allowing the funding to be reinstated.
Other entities that would see cuts include the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, the Hartselle Chamber of Commerce, and all Decatur and Hartselle libraries.
The commission maintained level funding for the Child Advocacy Center, which assists abused children during court proceedings, and the North Central Alabama Mental Health Board.
Long said the county would send notices to all the affected entities next week and that none of the cuts would be made official until the budget is formally adopted by the commission.
During Thursday’s budget hearing, four elected officials met Long’s challenge to cut their budgets in order to fund the first employee raises in two years.
Revenue Commissioner Amanda Scott, License Commissioner Sharon Maxwell, Probate Judge Greg Cain, and Sheriff Ana Franklin each cut their budgets by 2 percent, excluding funds considered by the commission to be out of the officials’ direct control.
Franklin made the largest cut at $161,702 from multiple funds designated by Long, according to county finance reports. Multiple commissioners questioned whether several of Franklin’s proposed cuts were realistic.
Blogger Comments:  We should be impressed by Franklin's willingness to cut $161,702 from multiple funds but when she runs out of money she will go crying to the Commission.  When the Commission says no.  Franklin will hit the press and blame all of her problems on the Commission.
Clark pointed out she projected just $58,000 in overtime for fiscal 2018 for Sheriff’s Office personnel when she already has spent more than $204,000 on overtime in fiscal 2017.
Blogger Comments:  Franklin projects $58,000.00 in overtime?  Get real.  Franklin has showered over time on Bones Wilson, Blake Robinson, Ron Livingston, and some of her other goons ignoring the hard working men and women on the road, corrections officers, and staff to her private projects such as the whistleblowers.  
“We’ve just cut on paper, and I don’t think that’s going to work,” he said.
Franklin said she would pay any overages out of discretionary money from other sources, if she has it available, and that she is hopeful she can increase discretionary income through grants and by housing more federal inmates at the jail.
Blogger Comments:  It should be easy for Franklin to pay any overages out of discretionary money and other sources now that her construction and up grades on the property in Saraland has been completed.
“I am open to any suggestions that anyone has, but you all asked me to cut 2 percent out of the budget or nobody in the entire county gets a raise and it sits on the sheriff’s back,” she said, adding she could not make further cuts without endangering staff and the public due to a lack of deputies on the road.
Blogger Comments:  It's time the county placed Franklin's problem on her back.  It is big enough to handle the load.  The commissioners have let it be known that Franklin is responsible for her budget and RAISES for her employees.  She can no longer lie to her employees about why they have not received raises.  That coupled with the overtime she has freely given to her goons and not the hard working men and women of the sheriff's office.
As has been the practice in recent years, the budget proposes taking money from the road and bridge fund to balance the general fund. This year, it proposes taking $1.46 million, which will leave $809,532 for each commissioner to spend on road and bridge repairs in his district.


44 comments:

  1. What's in the bag?! What's in the bag?! Is it Ana and Cousin Greg's dirty laundry? Is it a bag of tricks? Whatever could it be?

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  2. This blog must have made Anas hair extensions fall out.

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  3. Quick...somebody call Barney and Booger...Get this stuff fixed boys...told you couln't trust Steenson. Do it quick Im heading to Saraland. Call me when you get this mess cleaned up..A

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    1. Saraland?! What's in Saraland?! Anything good? You think Ana has something valuable/important hidden away down there, too?

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  4. If you could see the crocodile tears in anas eyes...you would believe there is definately something wrong.

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  5. I told you clowns to destroy it not throw it in some 'waterway'! Wait a minute. There's a waterway in Hartsell? Not the usual anonymus

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  6. I think they meant decatur...large body of water i heard.

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  7. Either way, where are all the Ana sympathizers now? Trying to regroup and make up excuses about what's in the bag? After all, those outside agencies didn't just decide to go "fishing" there for no reason. They already knew ahead of time that they were going to find something useful. Makes me wonder...was it Steenson the one that ratted Ana out?!

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    1. Did you check near Ana's rear end?

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  8. Maybe its ziaja...maybe its Ana or maybe it's the lunatic you've been looking for.

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  9. Somebody said they saw ziaja this morning and his hair had gone from red to white overnight...

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  10. Hell that aint anas hair that's a dolly parton wig compliments of the morgan county taxpayers.

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  11. I can hear Charlie now.. "O where, O where, could my baby be.. The Feds took her away from me."

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  12. Curious minds are wondering what the heck was in those evidence bags taken from river. Hmmmm...since Steenson was involved and most likely Ana and Booger...could it be hard drives...drugs...or money. Aint no telling. Id be wearing diapers right now if i were them.

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  13. Some of you are being very childish about the bag of so called evidence. If Ana and Steven are part of the reason for the search I am sure the evidence will be addressed in some other format other than the blog. Say what you will but I feel sorry for Steven. He loved Ana with all of his heart and soul. He gave her everything. What Steven should do at this point is go to the authorities and report everything he knows. Ana used Steven for his money. He should turn the tide and give Ana some of what she gave him.

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    1. I agree with you there. In all aspects. However, ziaja needs to redeem himself. He could be a great guy, but until he turns the tide no one will ever believe him.

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    2. And...Ana took him for an expensive ride. Its a shame our county can relate...

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  14. Do those who have done so very wrong do what they need to make the wrongs right or do they continue to lie, hide, and bask in the spoils of their crimes? I do feel very sorry for them. They must come forward and admit to the wrongs they have done. They need to do what can to make the wrongs right. Psalm 64 is a very good verse and can apply. This just needs to end so Morgan County and the Sheriffs Office can recover.

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  15. Ive been reading this blog for some time now. I dont always agree with the way the whistleblower explains things. I have lived in this county for decades. One thing the majority of the folks i speak to are fed up. They are shocked that the higher officials have turned a blind eye on the Sheriffs office. Seems to me she has stolen from innocent taxpayers and they are flat upset. I see why the whistleblower exists. Amen to the whistleblower for keeping morgan county aware. Maybe something will get done now.

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  16. I have sat back and waited this weekend to see if Ana or anyone defended themselves on the blog. I have heard nothing. What does that mean? The posse has supported Ana through thick and thin. Ana promised everyone there was nothing to worry about. She will not even speak to us. Larry and Pam are quite and so is Dee and Brian. Ana had all of us believing that she had everything taken care off.

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  17. Ana swears to those closest to her she has friends in high places and is not scared of the feds or anyone else for that matter. Lets all just sit back and wait.....

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  18. Amazing she posts pics having a grand time at the cattlemens lunch. Do they still buy her lies. Please ana tell truth for a change.

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  19. Remember this Ana...you took another path, and it's a shame.

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    1. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
      And sorry I could not travel both
      And be one traveler, long I stood
      And looked down one as far as I could
      To where it bent in the undergrowth;

      Then took the other, as just as fair,
      And having perhaps the better claim,
      Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
      Though as for that the passing there
      Had worn them really about the same,

      And both that morning equally lay
      In leaves no step had trodden black.
      Oh, I kept the first for another day!
      Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
      I doubted if I should ever come back.

      I shall be telling this with a sigh
      Somewhere ages and ages hence:
      Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
      I took the one less traveled by,
      And that has made all the difference.

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  20. Robert Frost on a Sunday morning. Thanks, whichever Anonymous you are.

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    1. I should have added that Ana obvious chose the other road, that path well-beatened by every crooked politician that ever lived but especially by her predecessors in office and her "protectors"** in Montgomery. Given a choice at that moral crossroads, she took the sleazy way out.

      ** You can look up alternate meanings to "protectors", especially the one pertaining to the street trades.

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  21. If all these agents were on the river collecting evidence...whats next. Is the county going to have to wait another year. It would be bad forthe citizens for her to have access to anymore of the county money.

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  22. 28 comments of Glenda (mostly) and her goons talking to each other. This has been comical.

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    1. Bet you wont think its too comical when arrests are made. Haha

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    2. You really don't know who I am, do you? I guess my poker face is on point.
      See ya in a couple days!

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    3. Hahaha...loser. Cant wait to meet you.

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    4. AlL i can say is bring it on losers. You have been caught. Try to explain that to a federal judge. Oops i didnt know that money was not mine - goodbye Sheriff ..you can try all you want to spin this mess but you have been caught stealing from thecookie jar

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  23. These comments are not funny and may be perceived as a threat. The whistleblowers do not know poker face or the anonymous posting and antagonizing poker face.

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  24. Whoever is antagonizing this so called "poker face" is not affiliated with this blog anymore than the poker face person being anywhere around us talking anything. Furthermore, it would be nice if whoever comments would do so in their name. What reason is there to hide behind anonymous unless the comments are just rubbish that cannot be verified or is simply all to often an outlandish opinion with no verifiable facts? We have figured out who many of the previous anonymous commenters were by certian facts they did know at certian times and other similar means. They were often those who are the subject of many of these blogs themselves. We understand why they chose to hide behind anonymous. It would be nice if people would come out and say here I am! I have and I am man enough to stand behind what is said. I wish those others who choose to comment could do the same.
    Why has Ana and thugs all the sudden stopped with their comments? Have they figured out the gig is up or that those that were closest to them are not staying as loyal to the criminal group of thugs? In the end, do they being the bad guys trying to hide ever stay loyal or does the truth inevitably find its way out? Took awhile for it to come out as needed in this case no doubt. As I have said many times over the Sheriffs Office is full of some very good people despite Ana's best efforts. Yes, there is a great deal of corruption and illegal activity from certain individuals in the Sheriffs Office and beyond, it is only those closest to Ana or those she brought in who are the real problem. If you followed this blog for any length of time, you already know who they are! All I can say to "poker face" is nice try! Whoever is antagonizing him or her please stop.

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    1. Well, Rick, maybe the folks who post as "anonymous" would rather not have mentally ill people following them around taking pictures and creating lies about them. Instead of throwing in with the likes of Glenda, you might want to talk to someone sane, maybe a pastor or someone who isn't so full of hate.

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    2. No i dont know rick but what i do know is the whistleblower is a better investigator than most. I commend all involved for standing up to corruption. Using a county checkbook like its your own is not right and our sheriff needs to answer to motgan county for all the funds missing

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    3. I post anonymous because of Ana not because of Glenda. I respect law enforcement to the highest degree. I have not caught Glenda in a lie. Glenda is passionate about what she does. I do not think its about hate. I have seen Ana lie, we all have. I have seen her back up wrong doing. I wish her the best, but I am no longer confident in her.

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  25. Its most likely one of her thugs trying to intimidate.

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  26. The man who studies revenge, keeps his own wounds green - Francis Bacon

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    1. Seeking Justice and truth is not equal to revenge.

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    2. So very sad this person trying defend Ana, Berzett, Livingston, Bones, Robinson, Ziaja, and others are either themselves law enforcement or trying to defend these criminals who currently are. Law enforcement or not they are to blind to see the difference of seeking justice and staying true to the oath they took and what they perceive to be revenge. This may be why they have committed so many crimes in the first place. Blinded by greed so badly it distorts their perception. Exposing the truth and combating criminal activity is not revenge. If that were so every law enforcement agency would be performing their duty based on revenge not justice. Morgan County and its criminals currently in charge of its Sheriffs Office are uniquely blinded with greed to the point of arrogant stupidity. Everyone knows it at this point. Ana and her gang of blinded thugs are soon going to be educated as to the differences of justice while seeking truth, revenge and criminal activity. It is clear this is almost over! Go vote everyone! Luther Strange protected Ana and these thugs just as he did the Love Gov. Vote Luther Strange out of office. It will be a bigger part of fixing Alabama and Morgan County than most realize.

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  27. Wow...thats a gross comment. Is this Bones Blake Steven or Steenson

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