So I posted yesterday night that Morgan took a knee rather than let deputies participate in POTUS rally. This was true when I posted. It was confirmed by a city source. There were 6 S.W.A.T team members allowed to participate but deputies were not participating…..at least until I posted my blog.
According to sources inside city and FDLE, late last night a few deputies were called and told to show up for the rally. This was AFTER MY BLOG POSTED AND PEOPLE STARTED GETTING PISSED.
Did I create that? Who knows, but the attempt to change the course of the Escambia history seems to have coincided with a woman in Kentucky with a big mouth. You decide…but it is amusing to think how “impertinent” I am.
In an unprecedented move, Sheriff Morgan refuses to lend support to presidential detail for Trump. WTF? He claims he is shorthanded but this is the Commander in Chief, you make it work or at least give a token few deputies as a show of good faith. In a military town, from a former officer of the Air Force, this is unreal. This begs the question, why?
Photo op and fanfare but no Morgan??? This seems ridiculous. In talking to a military source, a reason that was floated as to this missed press optic, may have something to do with Morgan’s LACK OF SECURITY CLEARANCE. Morgan refused to be vetted for a security clearance to be apart of the Joint Terrorism Taskforce, meaning he is not a party to any terrorism threat in Escambia County. He cannot be privy to details of any info that every other agency in Northwest Florida has access to, like PPD, FDLE, & FHP who work with federal agencies. Morgan can’t be at the table.
Is that a point of contention? Or is it a perceived point of contention? There is no reason for the military Sheriff disrespecting the President in a military town.
Sometimes the posts just write themselves. Thank God for that. Thank God for the Free Speech that would otherwise not be afforded to me in any other country. Free Speech Sir David doesn’t want to hear but that just delineates the need for such. If someone locally, won’t say it, I will. If not me then who? If not now, then when?
There were 2 different articles in the Mullet Wrapper this weekend that basically hit on the same points. The first is by my fave writer, Emma Kennedy, “Reopened death row, juvenile justice cases strain system” & the second, by my other fave writer at the Mullet Wrapper, Kevin Robinson, “Escambia County leads state in charging juveniles as adults”.
To summarize the two issues, in 2012, the Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama, that mandatory sentences of life without parole for children under the age of 18 are unconstitutional. The weight of this decision is financially straining Bill Eddins’s office because………
First thing that comes to mind is that office has been pushing juveniles into adult sentences at a far higher rate than the rest of the state, which is pointed out in the second article, by Robinson. Scott McCoy of the Southern Poverty Law Center, (SPLC) points out that these kids are being pushed into the adult system only to get probation. If the crimes are not severe enough to actually result in jail time, why shouldn’t they stay in the juvenile justice system which would allow them the chance to not be labeled within the adult system? This seems to be a case of not liking that option because it isn’t seen as punitive enough (in NW FL), for Mr. Eddins or at least his perception of what his constituents wants?
Over the last few weeks, I have become more acquainted with what passes for “a case” by the State Attorney’s office. Ron Clark Ball, John Powell, Pat Gonzalez, Gary Sumner were just a few who have been escorted in front of cameras and called criminals but when the evidence is laid to bear…..our court system (and by extension the judiciary that allows them to play “law”) were the through-backs on the short bus in law school.
What are you thinking, Bill Eddins, when you allow a personal vendetta of one of the legal elite firms to rope you into a RICO case, where there is perjured testimony, charges galore that end up being dropped because they are just that charges…not actual crimes committed. The bill on that case will cost the taxpayers millions. What about the letting whomever, assist the Assistant State Attorneys in the grand jury room, when Fla Statutes say they must have a J.D. after their name? Greg Marcille surely knows that. What about letting a Sheriff shake GRAND JURORS hands telling them, “I’ve done my job; now it’s time for you to do yours”? This is a directive to people personally to indict. How many people have been deprived a fair trial for that. Screwing with Grand Juries , YEAR AFTER YEAR, seems to me that will cost the taxpayers BILLIONS WITH A “B”.
This is a case where people who are in charge shouldn’t be. Their decisions result in inequities on the people they were sworn to represent and protect. I am talking about CRIMES OF MORALITY THAT LET THE REAL CRIMINALS OUT WHILE PUTTING THE INNOCENT IN JAIL.
Please, as always, don’t just take my word for this. Go to Flcourts.gov, or FDLE.gov. The statistics of what is actually going on. The problem is these men, Eddins, Morgan are stewards of the county and they don’t play fair. Consequently, in the appellate stage, other courts look at their non-sense and kicks back the badly handled cases. That is an error that is coming to fruition while these men are still in office. Typically, this sort of thing hits the following administration or comes back to haunt the subsequent terms of politicians; however, the glut for power has kept them in office long enough to see the spoils of their injustices.
It is a no-brainer that if you have to pay for a job to be done and then redone because of it was inadequate, it costs more money. Doing the job twice due to shortcuts like not having the properly composed grand jury, pushing kids into an adult system for no reason other than perceived political capital, letting other officials subject court cases to retrial for inappropriate contact, all these things COST THE TAXPAYERS MONEY & on top of it, having to doing out punitive damages for ruining people’s lives COSTS EVEN MORE.
According to the NCJRS (National Criminal Justice Reference Service),
Corruption can arise in virtually any area of local government activity, and will leave distinct traces according to the area -law enforcement, land-use regulation, purchasing, or tax assessment. It is possible to put together a diagnostic check list that will indicate possible corruption in a particular area.
When corruption in government is suspected, there is a checklist of things people should look for. Some of those are:
Have there been any cases tried in recent history of corruption? Statistically, there are going to be people involved in the moving parts of government trying to make money by cutting corners. Lack of this implies there are things not being caught which indicates incompetence or there are things overlooked indicating bigger corruption. Either way, the fact is something has to change for the county to retain its liquidity.
Is there a high turnover in agency personnel? This indicates a systemic internal problem that cost taxpayers money and allows for corruption to flourish in the internal dissension.
Are public positions filled when there is no need for the job, as hiring a
swimming instructor for a park with no pool? This indicates the fulfilling of political favors for off the book gains ie corruption.
Are those arrested for narcotics and gambling mostly street-level people
rather than higher ups? This indicates incompetence in not investigating about the street-level soldiers in a more organized criminal enterprise.
Is there an effective independent investigative agency to hear complaints of official misconduct? This is a check and balance approach to keep everybody honest.
The NCJRS (National Criminal Justice Reference Service) goes on to say:
“Some people who participate in corruption make no attempt to hide their activities, either believing that what they are doing is perfectly acceptable or expecting that no one will be watching. In most cases, however, participants will attempt to cover their tracks, both by making payoffs secretly and by attempting to provide a legitimate cover for their decisions. Where this is true, uncovering corruption problems can be difficult. Existing nvestigative bodies, such as the police and the prosecutors’ offices, are the obvious starting point because they can use surveillance techniques, subpoena powers, and the like, and can grant immunity to uncover evidence of specific crimes. Elected officials and agency heads who have daily contact with first-line supervisors or middle-level management are likely to have a fairly good idea of where the soft spots are, although they may be protected from below from any knowledge of specific corrupt acts or practices. Those who deal with local government from the outside – lawyers representing developers, contractors seeking building permits, salesmen seeking orders, or companies seeking contracts -will have certain knowledge of specific acts of corruption. Some will have little interest in exposing the acts that they profit from while others will be eager to see an immediate end to corruption (although they may be reluctant to aid in a suppression effort that entails personal risk). Newspaper, wire service, and television reporters may have more knowledge of corrupt acts than is revealed in their news reports, but may be reluctant to reveal it for fear of cutting themselves off from sources of other news. Outside of specifically chartered investigative bodies, the least reluctant sources of information about acts of corruption are official records.
” The desire to be respected by the public, so that being a politician or civil servant can be considered an honorable career, and election, appointment, or employment in government can be considered evidence of high personal standards of conduct. (They display:)• Recognition that corruption has a high social as well as monetary cost, and that even though the public may not seem to care in situations where corruption exists, and may continue to vote··in administrations that are either dirty or too stupid to be believed, the social cost is still being paid. When corruption and the costs of corruption finally become unacceptable, the result is likely to be personal as well as civic peril.• The awareness that there are standards of ethical conduct that can be agreed on, and principles of ethical action that can be applied, so that an employee or official can have confidence that he/she is acting ethically and need not be at the mercy of a superior’s whim or an investigative reporter’s slow news day. The most important ingredient of a (government leadership) management environment that is hostile to corruption is a strong and principled leadership. Without that, formalized guidelines for ethical behavior will be of little use. The next ingredient is credibility, which rests not only on sending clear messages that reinforce one another but also on keeping it all open and public”
Bottom line: Is this present in Escambia County? The articles in the PNJ tell the story….NO!
It’s November 16th, and a bit late to start giving thanks but better late than never.
I am thankful that I have the ability to do what I do. My family doesn’t always understand but nevertheless, I have the leeway to jump out on a limb for things I care about without condemnation. Appreciation is taken for granted but I am beholden to my husband and family for letting me be me. Not they had much choice, because I am hard headed, but I don’t get much flack anymore.
The fact that anyone is reading this is amazing to me. I’m just a woman with a big mouth. I’ve never asserted my superiority over anyone; I just think the people in the positions of power should be held accountable. People go through their days everyday without knowing their decisions impact the lives of other people. Politicians should be more cognizant of this fact and they should be thankful everyday they can have the ability to change the world, but all too often, they lose sight of the big picture, seeing only the ass-kissers and their “yes” men who follow them blindly. This tunnel vision gives them the sense of invincibility and that carries with it such arrogance and it blurs the vision of the lines of right and wrong. It is the nature of politics. But that tunnel vision has be broken by people who see a bigger picture or who see the lines between right and wrong vaporizing. Everybody agrees that if a cop shoots an innocent man, the cop should be held to the standard of anyone else–no special treatment, but when that same cop is smiling and shaking people’s hand and stealing from them, that’s just as wrong and anyone witnessing that has an obligation, a duty, to society and the greater good to say something. That is why I do what I do. I thank God for giving me the ability to do so.
The first thing I want to address in this series is a case that truly hurts my soul. Stephanie Todd. This beautiful, eccentric woman disappeared in February. In July, skeletal remains were found 75 ft from her back door that is presumably her. This is a mom with kids who faded into a oblivion one day after putting her kids on the bus. No missing person report was taken; no investigation into why. There are several possible explanations. 1. Stephanie wasn’t wealthy & lived in Brownsville 2. Stephanie was a vocal about local political corruption, particularly the crooked deputies at the ECSO. She’d had run ins with a couple which she was victimized due to her pissing off Sir David’s buddy, Mirza Ahmad.
But since the remains were found in July, steps from her back door, the assumption is the body is Stephanie’s. However, no one smelled the decomp. that should have been overwhelming being so close to her home and no one looked in the woods just beyond the back door of her home when she went missing. Months later, the cause of death of this body that is probably Stephanie is officially deemed suicide. Now that would seem to close the investigation of the case having decided that no crime occurred, but that is wrong. The investigation is still “open” which is problematic for someone like me because that means they won’t release any information as a public record. So this case just withers while no one is verifying who the body is or why no one smelled the decomp or why my friend was never reported missing.
A person’s life is never supposed to be so easily erased without someone giving a shit, but this is a “misdemeanor homicide” in my opinion, suicide was the easy out in resolving it and to not have to put manpower into a real investigation. So today, I want to take time to be thankful that Stephanie Todd lived. She was an eccentric but wonderful woman that I miss very much.
Wherever you are Stephanie, someone still remembers you. Your story isn’t over yet.
It has been a very long time since I sat down and dedicated a message just to you. This last week has been an eventful week in Escambia County and there is no better time like the present.
First of all, let me address the misconception that I have “no interest in Escambia County”, the implied meaning is that I need to get my nose out of your county. Your premise here is like most others is flawed and thereby your conclusions drawn from them are just as flawed, if not, more so.
My current location is simply geography; Escambia County is my home, despite the fact my GPS coordinates differ. I first learned the meaning of normal there; I went on my first date there; my first hellion travails were on those roads, in my first car; I got married and 2 of 3 of my kids took their first breath there; my first real dagger to my soul happened there with the loss of my father, my first parent to die. All my friends, alliances, allegiances and history reside in Escambia County. You are located there; you lied your way into the hearts and minds of the citizens and after you’re done fleecing the people, you, Underhill and Haines, will leave Escambia County because you have nothing that binds you to the people, the land or the legacy of this area when you don’t have your power to abuse. Your geography is not going to be the county’s degeneracy.
So having established my provenance, I will get back to the task at hand.
The County Budget
Gleefully, I told Jeff Bergosh, personally, I was proud of him and his own personal integrity in telling you to be a good steward of the county funds, regardless of your posturing and PR attacks. I know he didn’t do it alone but, in assessing the alpha-ness of the other members, Bergosh stands out, only to be outshined by your bitch, Underling. But Dougie’s pompous bravado on social media shows that in the heat of the fire (being critiqued or scrutinized), he’s reduced to a common schoolyard bully. Since he is ECUA’s favorite commissioner, he may outlast you by a minute but if he continues to hitch his politics to you, he may be out with you.
2. The Complaint about the Security at the Fair
I have been telling people for years what a narcissist you are, but your minions making an anonymous complaint at the fair was the first nail of the week in the cross the citizens are making to crucify you. You see, you looked petty, which you are. Plus by having those security guys leave, the guys working the fair, FDLE (the ones that will inevitably be investigating you) were left shorthanded. You burned another bridge, Dumbass. Or either you allowed someone to burn it on behalf of your agency. Either way, it was your guys, on your watch. Leadership is a role of responsibility, for the good and the bad. You are responsible for their actions, whether you did it or not.
3. The Deputy Sex Scandal
I categorically deny any personal relationship with any member of the Manning family. I apologize to the citizens for wasting taxpayers’s money in habitually being compelled to respond to frivolous and false claims and lawsuits fueled by nothing more than rumors, innuendo, Facebook and blog postings.
Riddle me this, then. If you didn’t have ANY relationship with the Manning family, how did I get your personal cell number from a member of the Manning family? You see, the phones collected from the Mannings were new phones that they had less than 6 mos. The old cells, with their SIM cards, were never taken into custody. Plus, there is a cell carrier with a cloud drive that make access to this info readily available without those old phones.
Now granted you have that number registered under a bogus name but 2 different sources verified it’s authenticity but because I still wasn’t convinced, I called the number and heard:
….The two sources that verified it were other people you pissed off but would not turn over your number to me in spite of the fact they hate your guts. They did, however, corroborate they received calls and text messages from your number in the last few weeks.
How is that possible?? The phone number given to me over a year ago that is registered to:
Why would a Sheriff lie about his association with this family publicly and then have the nerve to use a what I assume you meant to be a burner phone under an assumed name for personal, professional and very private affairs?? Are you trying to get caught or were you arrogant enough to think you only had to half-ass cover yourself?
That’s one for the people to understand. There are a great deal of secrets held by the Mannings (involving you) that would make Ron Jeremy cringe. While you can paint me as someone who is making shit up, the problem is the shit you say I make up, is factual, down to the dirty pics. Mark Smith has a personal stake in those photos too, but I will leave your deviant sexual tendencies and behavior to the speculation of the readers.
By the way, should you feel the need to “go after” me as you claim to the news, ( I am the only blogger who broke this story and your connection to the principals involved intimately), spell my name correctly, Bitch. I would love to turn over all the stuff I have to a judge. That’s my goal anyway. I have nothing to hide and there is nothing that I have asserted that could not be backed up with people, documents or both.
Plus in that statement of possible retaliation you claim to be considering, you show your true colors. Even if the girls are misguided as you claim, who SUES SEXUALLY ASSAULTED GIRLS for their story?? You jump to the defensive position without any understanding of other people. These are young girls who have been raped by the system, as well as their parents, and sexual predators. Do you really want to put YOUR reputation up against that? You love to victimize the victims. This is something most citizens won’t tolerate.
In closing, I just wanted to say I have enjoyed my phone blowing up because of your nonsense boiling over. You are so absorbed in your own shit that you can’t see the forest for the trees.
So I’ll wrap up this letter for now.
The lady who promises to bring the karmic justice you deserve to your door.
A 94 year old widow is being pushed out of her lifelong home because of a convoluted lawsuit against her son, in an attempt to leverage the 94 year old mother to “turn on” her son. This is being done by a non-county employee working for the county with unfettered discretion and authority. I bring up the non-county part because it is important to know that this man has NO REPERCUSSIONS levied if he does illegal things. He will be severed from the county and responsibilities carried in the umbrella of county ethics. He can be “kited” without any blowback to the State Attorney’s office legally. He’s a rogue agent without the same checks and balances to keep him in place. Yes I am speaking of Russell Edgar who has been practicing law since I was born.
How is this possible? Russ retired years ago. He gets full retirement, no pension, and a full pay check for the same job. He also has more authority, in that he isn’t a State employee technically. Abuse of power is only the beginning of this case.
A decorated Navy vet who has done more for this country than Russ has a widow who will be kicked out of her home as a means of trying to get to her son, in a civil suit blown up into a RICO case unjustly. Who do you complain to? He isn’t a state employee. He is a contracted representative with the full power of the state and acts as an agent of the state but is not bound to any rules that would apply to most assistant state attorneys.
How is this possible? Greed by a rogue agent can abuse the law, unscathed, and it be supported by the state. The umbrella of prosecutorial immunity still applies when the laws surrounding that immunity don’t. WTF???
Escambia is paying double for one job to the same person who did it prior. On top of that, he gets free license to go after anyone without any consequences for bad behavior. I just don’t understand.
Doug Underhill never fails to prove every point I have ever made about him. He is a creature of habit and bad behavior. His latest battle is with Wilson Robertson, ex-BOCC member who spoke out against Underhill getting county assistance to fend off his attitude. Wilson told the PNJ that he was opposed to this move because the statements were made outside BOCC normal business and before Doug himself was in a seat on that board. Why should the county pay?
Doug’s witty retort: Look at Wilson’s ethics. WHAT? Is that really an argument or even a logical defense?
Strangely enough, Dougie posted this:
In the post he mentions another poster he personally has, the Logical Fallacies poster. Now this is curious because one of the fallacies is this:
This is Dougie’s FAVORITE LOGICAL FALLACY as he consistently does it. If you don’t have a rebuttal or excuse, discredit the person bringing the message. He did this to Scott Miller, Mark Clabaugh on ECW in one post a number of times. If someone has ever been inaccurate, mistaken, misunderstood, (I mean EVER), then Dougie will drudge that up and use that as his shield. DEFLECTION OF THE REAL QUESTION.
For example: Underhill claims the latest “mudslinging” effort by his “enemies proxy” boils down to people wondering why he pulled a building permit when he didn’t have a license. That’s what the documentation showed.
Sunbiz.org shows he is a partner in the business
Permits dept shows, Dougie pulled permit
Occupational Licensing shows there was no license at the time of the permit.
It ended up being an internal error by the county but it was what the records show as it was. How is that mudslinging? Truth should never be considered licentious.
That is a paper trail to a felony if it is reliable, as the county officials would have you think. For someone to say there is no crime, the documentation would reflect otherwise. The lay person would have done their due diligence if they provided this documentation to authorities in any other county. Especially with Mitch Ashford having been arrested for the very same issue.
Tate High School Athletic Director Arrested On Larceny And Fraud Charges
News 5 has confirmed with Escambia County School District that Mitch Ashford has been arrested on larceny and fraud charges.
No word yet on the extent of those charges.
Just 2 months later, the charges were dropped. Likely this was a benign error but Ashford was arrested, booked and put into the system for said error. No news channel reported on the dismissal.
Underhill claims he is anti-GOB, but he couldn’t get arrested by Morgan if he butchered someone in front of the entire city. Wouldn’t that make him GOB too? Going back to the PNJ article, Underhill bemoans his legal woes and his civil servant’s salary. He says:
My net worth goes down every year I serve…..If you become richer every year you’re in public office, I think you’re doing it wrong.
I know there are 2 years here that show slight losses in net worth and believe me I cannot find what went down. But over the years Sir David has gone from being worth $266K to $1.2 million. Now Underhill has not shown that kind of wealth inflation, however for just making $77K, how does he afford a home that is almost half a million dollars….on the river. Not mention the vehicles, (ie boat, RV) etc.
Dougie is in financial straits but the real issue is that Dougie simply should not be slandering anyone else; it seems he runs his mouth and then cries because he gets sued.
FDLE & the SAO both have re-investigated the claims that resulted in the firing of Philip Nix, a Sr. Deputy with 20 years experience. They found the cause used by the ECSO lacking foundation and WITHOUT MERIT.
When deputies are a commodity, this senseless termination, which is causing the taxpayers money to defend in US District Court is just one of many frivolous uses of county dollars.
Recently, the former ATF agent, Randy Beech was hired as ANOTHER HIGH PRICE ADMIN to the already (nearly completely) top heavy admin. staff of the ECSO as an agency as a whole. Agent Beech is estimated to make in excess of $80 K per year, if his pay at the ATF is comparable to his new position at the ECSO.
TAXPAYERS! MORGAN GOT THE MONEY FROM THE BOCC FOR ACROSS THE BOARD RAISES TO BRING DEPUTIES BASE PAY UP, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE HE’S ALREADY TAKEN THAT MONEY AND REALLOCATED IT FOR OTHER REASONS.
On August 4, 2017, the State Attorney’s office filed further charges against Ron Clark Ball.
All of the (rolling) charges stem from the allegations by Rhea Kessler that Ron Clark Ball established the Kessler Fund LLC without her consent and conducted numerous transactions that constitute racketeering charges, according to Russ Edgar, Assistant State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit.
Although, the NOKA WORLD ENERGY OPERATING AGREEMENT and the KESSLER FUND LLC OPERATING AGREEMENT establish the partnership of Ron Clark Ball and Rhea Kessler and was notarized on several different pages by Marisa Ladner, a former bank employee, familiar to and who knows Rhea Kessler, it is improbable that a fraud was perpetrated misrepresenting the authentic Ms. Kessler, to Ms. Ladner who is an experienced fraud investigator in financial industry. After speaking with Ms. Ladner today, personally, I have no doubt that the signature on the operating agreements is legitimate. It must be noted, however, Ms. Ladner was skeptical of speaking to me regarding this situation. She informed me that she had already been subpoenaed by the State Attorney and provided testimony establishing that while she did not remember the specific document, she knew Ms. Kessler personally and her stamp being on the document was a testament to authenticity, in regards to her participation in this business agreement.
Here are 3 separate instances that would be felonies individually. Ms. Ladner testified that her stamp authenticates the document. Ms. Kessler asserts she did not sign them. Examining the 3 signatures, there is no sign of a stamp-like replication of Ms. Kessler’s signature; there are similarities that are consistent over all pages but maintain individual uniqueness. There is no apparent signs of cutting/pasting or other digital means of altering this agreement.
If Ms. Ladner is not a party to the racketeering case, there is no evidencethat there is wrong doing perpetrated by Mr. Ball. Ms. Ladner is the point of proof that authenticates the agreement which is documented proof of Ms. Kessler’s incorrect accusations. Ms. Kessler and Mr. Ball’s dispute is strictly civil in nature and, in fact, not criminal ,as there was no furtherance of a criminal enterprise. This is classic legal bootstrapping, an attempt to gainjurisdictionover a non-jurisdictionalmatter by itscircuitous relationship to a jurisdictionalmatter.
This is a civil suit all week long and twice on Sunday. Ms. Kessler has been allowed to bootstrap a criminal case onto her civil case, to allow for the state to expend the resources to find assets, she believes, are hidden. This is evident in Ms. Kessler’s attempt to have Mr. Ball waive ALL DISCOVERY in his cases. Waiving discovery would allow them (the SAO & Ms. Kessler, respectively in differing cases) to get evidence admitted without turning it over for Mr. Ball first to authenticate, defend or challenge.
The very nature of this entire case is discounted in the statement by the notary public who validates the integrity of the agreements legally entered into by Mr. Ball and Ms. Kessler. This case amounts to barratry, which is creating legal business by creating or instigating disputes and quarrels, typically thought to benefit the counsel seeking fees, ie the civil representation by Ms. Kessler.