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Employee suspension extended

Thursday, August 7, 2008

A Clay County Highway Department employee will have to wait a little longer before learning if he can return to his job.

The Clay County Commissioners conducted an executive session, followed by a special meeting, Thursday morning to review the progress of Brandon Riggle.

On May 12, Riggle was suspended for 90 days, without pay, for his role in an altercation with Clay County Sheriff's Department Deputy/K-9 Handler Josh Clarke and K-9 Officer Forrest.

Riggle, 27, had been scheduled to appear in Clay Circuit Court July 9, but a motion for continuance was granted due to legal negotiations surrounding the case.

The court date was rescheduled for Oct. 8, causing the commissioners to extend the suspension until the issue is resolved in court.

"We cannot make a final decision until after the trial in October unless the matter is resolved before then," Commissioners' President Charlie Brown said. "If a resolution comes before the trial date, it is up to Brandon to bring us a court order stating it is resolved."

While the suspension remains without pay, the commissioners are allowing Riggle to maintain insurance coverage until Sept. 30.

"Court dates always have the potential to be pushed back and we can't continue to pay the insurance not knowing what might happen," Brown said. "However, he has complied with our request to undergo alcohol counseling voluntarily, because it was not court-ordered, so he deserves a chance to get the matter resolved before his insurance is cut."

Shortly before midnight on May 4, an unidentified homeowner called 911 dispatchers to report they were able to get the license plate number of the truck that just hit their home at 1378 West County Road 800 South and drove off.

After a search discovered an abandoned truck, with blood and firearms inside, Clarke and Forrest tracked down Riggle, hiding in a brush pile under some weeds.

Riggle refused several orders by Clarke to come out, and when Forrest was sent out to get him, he allegedly began hitting Forrest in the head, causing bruising and swelling to the K-9's head and muzzle.

He was formally charged with one count each of Operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Resisting law enforcement and Interfering with law enforcement, all of which are class A misdemeanors, and one count of Failure to stop after accident resulting in non-vehicle damage, a class B misdemeanor. If convicted of all charges, Riggle could face up to four years, 180 days incarceration and a $21,000 fine.

Due to the open case, Riggle was unable to comment on the matter

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wow, i think he should have been charged with assulting an officer as well. He shouldn't have done any of the things and he wouldn't have had the run in with the officers. FIRE him!!! There are plenty of people who would not cause this kind of problems and would do a great job. just my opinion

-- Posted by janklmom on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 11:54 PM

UhOhNoNo sounds like you have a problem and a big problem. I think that you must be crazy. Maybe you are a little girlish your self. I wouldnt talk about Officer Clark like that in fact I hope that you guys meet and you run like the fool this article is written about and I hope Forest bites you and really hard. In fact man up go ahead UHOHNONO go ahead be a man and man up dont just talk about Officer Clark behind a girly screen name lets see if your bite is as loud as your bark go talk to Officer Clark and remember MAN UP

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 2:11 AM

Well let's see here: Aluding police, cruelty to an animal, assaulting an officer, distruction of property, intoxicated while driving. What the HELL else does it take to get fired ? FIRE HIM, THEN SEND HIM TO PRISON !!!

-- Posted by fourhorses on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 3:05 AM

-- Posted by fourhorses on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 3:06 AM

He should be terminated. Give the opportunity to someone else. There are plenty of good people looking for work these days.

-- Posted by opinion on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 7:03 AM

E-Thugs...because talking smack in person is dangerous...

-- Posted by RickS on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 7:20 AM

Ugh..I missed what UhOhNoNo said!!!!

-- Posted by Pro Se on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 8:11 AM

WOW!..I am glad we are not back in the old days when stoning people at the wall was used to publicly execute and humiliate people accused of a wrong doing. I know all of you out there are snow white innocent of any wrong doing. Not that I am standing up for what Riggle has done. But did anyone consider what made him stoop to this out of character behavior on his part. I am sure a background check was ran on this man before he was hired as a county employee.

There must have been somthing in his personal life that caused him to want to escape reality for awhile...I know we have all been there done that at one time or another. And then to become out of control physically and mentally became an embarassment, thus the reason for his hiding. As far as assaulting the K-9, these dogs are trained to attack, and I am sure if I was being attacked I would try and fight back as well. But he did not elude the police because he was not being chased...however he did knowingly leave the sceen of an accident, but no person was injured, only his self esteem and pride. Unless he had a record in his past for this kind of behavior, does making a poor judgement call on his part deserving of lifetime banishment.

I also know that in this community good help is hard to find. This is common knowledge, just read the newspaper and count all the drug and alcohol related arrests in the newspaper on a daily bases. What ever happened to "judge not less ye be judged" and "let he who is without sin cast the first stone"? And when one of you can step up to the plate as a holier than thou person, I am sure your name is mentioned somewhere in the bible.

Always remember.."to error is human, to forgive is divine." and the human part is what we are all guilty of.

-- Posted by Keeping An Open Mind on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 12:03 PM

Maybe we should just wait for the outcome of the trial before we start deciding whether or not to fire him. If everyone is going to convict him in the press and demand punishment of some kind why bother having a trial. Why don't we just tell him to report to the public square for 40 lashes and then fire him and banish him from the village. C'mon folks let's give the man the benefit of due process before you start screaming for his blood.

-- Posted by Ventuno on Fri, Aug 8, 2008, at 5:31 PM

I know what he did is deffinately wrong. I am not defending him at all here.

But I went to high school with this guy, and it is so hard to imagine that he did something like this. He was a great person and would do anything to help you out. He in fact has helped out many. He was an outstanding person. This is very unfortunate. Something has gone terribly wrong in order for him to have acted this way.

I do think he should suffer the consequences for his actions, but everyone makes mistakes. Too bad he made such a bad one. I feel sorry for his family. They are all very good people. This was a terrible incodent.

-- Posted by kd323 on Sat, Aug 9, 2008, at 7:15 AM

Those dogs are trained to control the subject. The more this guy fought, the more that dog was going to bite to control this man. Personally, I feel sorry for the dog!

If this man has some kind of issues that would make him "snap" like that, then he needs to seek some professional help.

-- Posted by th1953 on Sat, Aug 9, 2008, at 11:21 AM

I have one more thing to add at least he's not a sex offender like the city of brazil employee's.

-- Posted by kd323 on Mon, Aug 11, 2008, at 7:14 PM

Don't let the door hit ya, where the good Lord split ya

-- Posted by reddevil on Thu, Aug 14, 2008, at 11:34 PM

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