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Friday, June 18, 2010

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Clay County Sheriff's Department Deputy Brison Swearingen (left) and Sheriff Mike Heaton provide perimeter assistance while Chief Deputy Rob Gambill and an unidentified drug detective knock on a suspect's door during Thursday's warrant sweep. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
Organizing a warrant sweep is an in-depth process.

On Friday, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton and Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger spoke with The Brazil Times about Thursday's operation.

Due to the amount of evidence necessary to create a strong case against a defendant, drug investigations can take up to a year or more of a detective's time.

According to officials, the suspects involved in Thursday's warrant sweep had been under investigation for more than nine months, with approximately 200 hours spent by investigators on surveillance and collecting evidence.

Once a case reaches a point investigators believe it is solid enough to stand up in court, all the evidence is reviewed before a case report and charging information is provided to the prosecutor's office.

The prosecutor's office once again reviews the information to create a formal probable cause affidavit and other necessary paperwork for review by a judge. If a judge finds the allegations to be justified, they sign the arrest warrant.

However, it is not a formal set of charges against the suspect until the Clay County Clerk's Office processes the charges and types the warrant. What court will handle the case and potential bond information is also determined at this time.

According to Reberger, the decision as to whether the information in the arrest warrant will be available for public record has to be made during this phase of the review process.

"Not all arrest warrants are automatically sealed. We have to make that request when the judge reviews the case," Reberger said. "Sealing that information not only protects the officers who will have to serve the warrant, but also the integrity of the investigation."

When the arrest warrant is returned to investigators, the next step in security protocols takes place -- an informational arrest packet is created for the "target."

"It contains the warrant, photos of the suspect and the location selected, like their home, to serve the warrant," Heaton said. "It also includes pertinent intelligence gathered during the investigation about the suspect, any previous criminal history and the information necessary to speed up the booking process when the suspect is brought into the jail."

Informational packets are also created to coordinate the details of the operation with the 911 dispatch center at the Clay County Justice Center.

"We always have back-up plans for medical issues as well," Heaton said.

Then it's time to set a date.

"There are a lot of factors we have to consider," Heaton said. "And anything can change along the way."

Whether there will be enough manpower available to handle the number of targets within the department, if other departments need to be involved and budget constraints play key roles in selecting a day.

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Lee Reberger
On Thursday, part of the overtime pay for deputies was paid with federal funds supplied by the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant.

"We were fortunate to have enough manpower within the department to do this warrant sweep Thursday and still have deputies out on normal patrol within the county," Heaton said. "Deputies are paid with county tax dollars and the grant was made available through federal tax dollars. Local residents got twice the bang for their tax dollars Thursday."

The bang is even greater, according to Heaton, because the grant money was also used to purchase equipment for the department and support the department's anhydrous sting in March and April.

"We wanted to stop methamphetamine from getting into our community before it had a chance to be made," Heaton said about the arrest of another 11 suspects.

Settling on a date is not only choosing one that works best for the department, but also taking into consideration factors involving the suspect, including if it's a holiday or weekend, if the suspect is employed, whether there are schools or public housing or facilities nearby or what family members might be at home.

"If there are children in the home, we try to wait until after they have left for school," Heaton said. "A child doesn't need to see that."

Officials also try to avoid arresting a suspect at work.

"We don't want to risk potentially creating a negative impact on a local business," Reberger added.

On the judicial side of the equation, Reberger explained the best date is one in which the hectic court system is not congested with cases so a judge can be available to review any additional requests for search warrants.

The prosecutor's office also needs to have enough staff members on duty to handle the normal case load along with the incoming cases, and still have one person available to be in the field with investigators to help with procedural questions.

"It's not a real problem during a weekday when the courthouse is open anyway," Reberger, who was out in the field with deputies during Thursday's warrant sweep, said. "All the offices work well together and are more than willing to accommodate the extra work."

The day of a warrant sweep, there are always more issues to deal with.

"Timing is crucial," Heaton said. "The element of surprise is better and safer for everyone."

On Thursday, deputies had to perform traffic control, make arrangements for family members to pick up the children of two suspects, contact another county regarding an outstanding arrest warrant and transport of that suspect to that county, provide information to landlords and concerned citizens while dealing with new arrests and organizing prisoner transport.

"We not only have to have officers go inside to arrest people," Heaton said. "But we have to have officers available on the outside to provide safety for everyone involved."

During the warrant sweep, the CCSD worked with Vigo County Sheriff's Department Drug Task Force, Parke County Sheriff's Department and the Montezuma Police Department.

"There is so much planning that goes into something like this," Reberger said. "The public really needs to understand that the primary concern in these types of operations has always been the safety of everyone involved. This is an ongoing project. We're doing the best we can to get the drugs off the streets by going after these suspects in a timely manner with the strongest cases possible."


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Here is my two cents on the drug drama. First of all, I'm not impressed with the CCSD. It seems like it's usually around election time that they have a "big drug bust". Their drug busts consists of rounding up repeat offenders so that the police force looks like they are keeping the riff raff off the streets. I have been told rumors that the police protect some of the drug dealers by letting them produce and sell meth then arresting the people who are buying. Instead of using police skills, their plan of attack is setting people up. They also make busts by pulling over every crap car that crosses their path. I know this from personal experience. In the past year I have been pulled over 4 times for no reason at all. Some of the excuses I was given was I looked suspicious, I looked like I wasn't wearing my seatbelt, and my favorite excuse..."I pulled you over tonight because your vehicle matches the description of a car we are looking for". They lie and many of them are extremely rude. Prepare to be treated like a criminal until they decide oterwise. Have you ever had a county mountie behind you? You know, they run up on you real fast then back off a little and then come back on you real fast again then they ride your bumper until you swerve. At that time they pull you over and want to know why you can't drive right. Uh, maybe cause it's hard to drive while someone is pushing you down the road. Second of all, I went to school with a lot of the ones who got arrested and most of them have been doing drugs since we were 15 and 16 years old. They are users not sellers and there is a huge difference. The CCSD has excelled in harassment and not in cleaning up the county. If you want to impress people then capture a drug lord or arrest a prominent citizen of the community. Otherwise, hang it up because you are not making much of a difference. And it wouldn't hurt if a some of the officers hit the gym a few times a week. It might make a police raid easier.

-- Posted by Foxy2020 on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 1:00 AM

wow sounds like u have lived in brazil for awile lol. i have all my life and ever since i was 16 and recieved my drivers license have delt with the same crap just bcuz of my last name. but i totally agree they only do this stuff to look good and make money. u never hear of ANY other kinds of arrest in clay co. not saying drugs aint a problem here but we do have other crimes too... but that would intell some actuall police investigation instead of it just falling in their laps... maybe we should actually get some DETECTIVES then and only then will the actuall CRIMINALS b arrested.....

-- Posted by 3bigpits on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 1:18 AM

I, for one, am impressed by all of the great work our local law enforcement officers are doing. I don't see that this is politically motivated. Every three out of four years is an election year (two county/state/federal and one local/city). I don't think it would be very wise to wait three years, until there is not an election, to make arrests.

I regularly read about criminals being arrested for burglary, sex offences, drunk driving etc. I think the police do a great job, especially considering the number of policemen we have. I also call B.S. on the comment about the rumor that the police are letting some people make meth and then arrest the customers--I heard a rumor a few days ago that some guy saw a blonde sasquatch. As far as repeat offenders go, I'd be pretty upset if the police stopped arresting people just because they're repeat offenders, maybe the judges need to step up and send them away for a few decades then we wouldn't have to worry about the police being lazy by arresting them.

3bigpits, if you want to see the other crimes that people are arrested for, just check the public record section of the Brazil Times-every week there are dozens of people arrested for all sorts of crimes. Also, you sound like you know a lot about the local criminal world-why not apply for a job with one of the local agencies? Maybe you could make a difference--somebody as brilliant as you should be able to get any police department in shape in no time.

-- Posted by snow on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 2:32 AM

I am very very glad that they are getting the drugs useage/sales under control..don't get me wrong.

I agree thought that we never hear about any other types of arrests. It seems like the police think only the drug raids get them the good exposure.

What about arresting or taking care of ALOT of the illegal's we have here. Most of the ones that are here in our hometown are very rude and crude people. Some of my friends have been harrassed at the workplace by them and the funny thing is...she was working at a restaraunt that "they" own. They don't think that they can get into any trouble...well they should and it should be called...deportation. Myself along with others have been harrassed in the bars. My family member works at Kroger and is harrasses all of the time by them. One had the guts to buy her roses, ask for her number, and ask her out. He was told no repeatedly but kept coming back in. She informed the police of this and they said w/out proof there wasn't much that could be done....WHAT???

I am not racist at all. I have plenty of friends who are not white. I just think something needs done about the ones who are here illegaly and get everything under the sun...including food, medical, and housing assistance.

-- Posted by JQuick on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 2:33 AM

great job CCSD!!!! now if we can just lock up all these Loosers for life and not let then out EVER we might get somewere!!! or maybe cut off some hands or hang some of the dealers we could clean this town up. instead we just slap them on the wrist and say no dont do that and let them free to do it all over again.

-- Posted by FIREMEDIC on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 3:05 AM

1]I've ONLY lived in Clay county 15 yrs but NEVER had an officer tail gate me or harass me. I've got 4 daughters who grew up here and they never have been either.

2] Do search for drug arrest or sweep and you can get dozens of Times articles from ALL time periods, proving that this doesn't just happen near election times. Drug arrests sadly go on continuously.

3]Having the same last name as one accused of a crime can be difficult. I too have been called on phone by collections companies looking for deadbeats with the same name. They are doing their job however and once proper ID is verified, they move on.

4] JQuick...In my opinion anyone who assumes that someone of a different race is illegal, IS a racist. I have known college professors who were originally from other countries harassed by people because they looked different than a WASP. People can be jerks from the US as well and come on to young women. Don't make assumptions you can't prove. THAT makes you appear racist. If you have some reason to suspect that someone is here illegally, report it. I suggest you watch the film "The Visitor". Those here illegally try hard to blend in and not cause any disturbance for fear they will be noticed. They do not cause trouble or try to stand out for fear of being reported to police for something and then being asked for their papers. Most likely the guy trying to ask your family member out was here legally or he wouldn't have taken the chance of bothering someone enough to call police.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 9:02 AM

I love reading some of the comments on these pages and in MY opinion (which I have a constitutional right to have)some of the comments show just how ignorant people can be. ELECTIONS have alot to do with articles of drugs busts (IN MY OPINION) and I do agree that if you can SNITCH on people you can get away with alot of illegal activity. I myself are not one of those people that get into trouble and I have also never been arrested because I don't do anything illegal but I have had to do some dealings with the police for broken vehicles windows or some idiot harrassing my teenage daughter and it gets swept under the rug by the police department. Also (IN MY OPINION) we have alot other problems than drugs in Clay County like sex offfenders - drunk drivers and things that are just important and I would like to see these offenders off the streets as well. I know that drugs is a big problem but lets not loose focus on other crimes that are just important too.

-- Posted by Innocent on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 9:59 AM

It is obviously a good thing when a criminal is removed from our community. The police officers are doing their jobs.

I'm concerned about the people who complain that they never hear about the police making other arrests. It is not the police department's responsibility to let you know every time an arrest is made. The local paper gives you the information from public records and contacting the police department when they hear something like this happens. It is the media (paper) who reports the arrests to the masses. They are trying to make money by selling papers and advertising. If they put a big story about drug busts on the front page, they will likely sell more papers. If they put a story about the local man who was arrested for vandalizing their neighbor's car, it is unlikely to sell. You need to keep in mind that the paper is a business and is doing their best to give the reader what they want to read. Search the public records and you will find that the police department makes arrests everyday for other crimes. Don't blame the police for not telling you, it's not their job.

-- Posted by PositiveBeatsNegative on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 11:09 AM

I am sure it's frustrating always seeing your friends and family in the paper you small minded people. Yeah, let's put our police force down for getting criminals off the street. If you can locate the little search box in the right hand corner of the screen and type in arrest you'll see that there are a LOT of arrests made and they are not only for drugs and they are not only made during elections. I know you probably won't because you are just nursing your resentment toward these officers and the job they do. Yes, drugs are a huge problem in this area so there are a lot of drug arrests made here. It's the lowest of the low that's going to get mad because another druggy got arrested. Good job officers!

-- Posted by jm3611 on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 3:06 PM

Well, it's amazing. The miracle has been done. Hat's off. Well done, as we know that "hard work always pays off", after a long struggle with sincere effort it's done.

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-- Posted by shailenago on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 3:36 PM

you people keep on thinking the officers for the wonderful job they did sitting around waiting on the snitches to give names and information they get paid to do a job they should get the evidance on there own and to all you snitches out there do your time or don't do the crime you play you pay

-- Posted by hookerhoe7586@yahoo.com on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 7:21 PM

Totally agree with foxy2020. The officers are extremely rude...And I believe they do inform certain people when there is going to be a bust. They keep the snitches happy and its the snitches who are most likely the ones still selling their crap. As for the article about not wanting the children home..Maybe they should talk to some of the people arrested and ask them how that child in their home was treated..They talk crap to the child..I think they should do their own investigations and quit relying on the snitches. To me it looks like they are just protecting snitches.maybe they consider them family..alot of the snitches in this town are the kids of snitches.. Go figure..

-- Posted by whatthe? on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 7:36 PM

To everyone talking smack about the Grigsby family is wrong...the two Grigsbys were cleaning their lives up majorly...They both had good paying jobs and other things to worry about than drugs...I am saying this because i live with both of them and i have a newborn baby...nothing was in this house when they came...or on the two of them for that matter...just because of their past doesnt make them bad people now...It takes alot of will power and help from the ones around you to make the choice not to do things like that anymore...They were odviously getting that support from everyone because they were and are clean...So instead of sending messages putting them down...either dont send any at all or say something to encourage them to keep on staying away from it...I mean seriously come on people...you are just like kids talking about each other...So please stop being little kids especially the ones who wont even show their real names on here...

-- Posted by M, Fields on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 8:38 PM

M, Fields

It doesn't matter if it was a long time ago that they did the crime. The point is that they did it at some point. They made a negative impact on other peoples lives, and I guarantee you probably helped with others starting to use drugs. If somebody murdered someone and didn't get caught until a year later should they get away with it? No, the point is that they did it and they need to face criticism that the public is giving them because that is part of their punishment. It is a good thing that they keep us updated on who is getting arrested and why, because it lets us know that the police are using our tax dollars for good, because we should know whats going on. However, my philosophy is innocent until proven guilty.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 10:57 PM

M, Fields

I think it is great (if true) that the Grigsby's are "cleaning up their lives", but these warrants are not from something they did last week. How does a police officer know that they are "cleaning up their lives" during a year long investigation? My guess is that these warrants are from drug deals that have occurred over the course of time, not just an isolated incident. The problem is that they have committed a crime at some time and now have to pay the time. You cant just stab someone, steal something, etc... and then start going to church and the past it wiped out. You still have to pay the piper when they catch up to you.

I am not criticizing you or the Grigsby's and I hope that they can continue on a clean path. Possibly if they can show a judge that they have been trying to do that for a while then the judge will take that into consideration and go easy on them. I have a very close family member that was swept up in the last drug raid and the warrant was for an incident that had happened almost a year prior. But in the long run it was a blessing. They did their time and have now been clean for 3 years. I hope the best for the Grigsby's and everyone else involved. The problem is there is a BIG drug problem and they have to start somewhere and the ball continues to roll. I hope this ball rolls a long time and the war on drugs continues. Too many innocent people are hurt by others action, including you. You are obviously hurt and angry that this has happened, therefore you, as well me and my family, haved been hit in the cross fire. No drug user, dealer or both are the only ones damaged by their actions. One user/dealer can hurt so many lives even if not intended. Please stay strong and pray that your family/friends get the help to continue to get/stay clean and this may not end up being as bad as you are anticipating.

Dont blame it on law enforcement, they are doing their jobs and a very small part in making things better.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 11:04 PM

Northview girl I think we are on the same page. LOL

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 11:06 PM

snow i think your right... maybe i should become an officer.... i would love to drive around town getting free food, beverages and gas!!!! and not have to do any work!!!! i wasnt saying they dont get the occasional drunk driver but how hard can that be with the two main bars right down the road... and i dont know what your problem is with me and why you always have a smart a** comment to make about anything i say....i just take people like you with a grain of salt.... CUZ YOUR BITTER

-- Posted by 3bigpits on Sun, Jun 20, 2010, at 1:13 AM

Sorry but...

HookerHoe, HookerHoe, that's the coolest name I know!

-- Posted by LastSanePerson on Sun, Jun 20, 2010, at 9:31 AM

Here a thought for those of you who feel that the drug busts are simply political ploys to make the Sheriff's Department and Prosecutor look good. Shut Up!!!! If people feel that the police are setting them up, they are simply ridiculous! The thought that corruption in the Sheriff's Department is stupid. Do you understand the length of time and information needed to deliver a warrant? If you don't want in the paper for dealing or using, then here's a great idea, leave! Too many lives are impacted by drug use and cleaning up the county is the job that Sheriff Heaton and Sgt. Clarke and others do.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Sun, Jun 20, 2010, at 11:56 AM

innocent until proven guilty - these guys will walk...

-- Posted by Simpletruths on Sun, Jun 20, 2010, at 2:09 PM

NORTHVIEWGIRL,

Not once did i ever say they should get away with it just because its in their past...I do believe what you do bad will come back to bite you...Im simply saying that people dont know anything about the Grigsbys, and they should take into consideration they were and still are cleaning their lives up...Plus im not saying im perfect, because nobodys perfect...But i have never in my life got anyone to do drugs...So before you gaurantee next time, think about what you say...Because you dont know jack about me...I have a newborn and would NEVER have anything like that around him...So to all of you critisizing, do unto others as you would want done to you .

-- Posted by M, Fields on Sun, Jun 20, 2010, at 4:42 PM

LIFEHASITSMOMENTS, I almost forgot to thank you for kind of understanding me and my family...and not completely critisizing us.

-- Posted by M, Fields on Sun, Jun 20, 2010, at 4:47 PM

3bigpits- Stop crying that I'm picking on you, you came after me first and I just answered back. I go to church with some officers and serve on boards with a few others and I know that there is a lot more to their jobs than you think.

How would you react to doing CPR on a dying child or a suspect that just tried to kill you? the officers I know have had to do both. Would you be able to run into a burning house, with no protective gear, to rescue a total stranger? two of my friends that are officers have. How many child molesters have you and the other naysayers gotten off the streets? I know that my friends have put several in prison--if you don't believe it, look up the number of sex offenders on the registry in our area, they had to be arrested and successfully prosecuted in order to get on that registry.

I'm sure that not every officer is perfect just as not every parent, teacher, preacher, lawyer, etc. are perfect. Too often people base their feelings of officers on one or two meetings. If an officer is stern it isn't always that he is a jerk, he knows that too many officers are killed in the line of duty every year and he doesn't want to add to the statistic. Officers are just people doing a job and they have good and bad days like everybody else. If you think an officer is out of line, call his boss and report it. The Mayor and Sheriff are elected officials and they won't allow their people to get away with being rude.

-- Posted by snow on Sun, Jun 20, 2010, at 7:05 PM

Well... snow... i never meant that some of clay officers arent the finest... Gambill,Archer,Mace, all wonderful respectful officers. not that they are the only ones. just some of my favs... and yes i also believe their work is some of the hardest underpaid and least rewarding work ever (except for our poor school teachers!!)but as a concerned parent i wish our officers would do more about the sexual misconduct in this county. recently my 14yr old niece was molested NOTHING done... a local women put on a very explicite "sex" show for my 15 & 11yr old nephews and 10+ of their friend and again NOTHING done about it so excuse the fact that i am very bitter about the way things are handeled in cc. so i took your advice and i just pulled up clay counties sex offender registry and couldnt get much info. mostly really old cases or cases in different counties so if you have a website i could go to i would b very thankful. now for everyone whos complaining about the way i type dont read it!!!

-- Posted by 3bigpits on Sun, Jun 20, 2010, at 8:52 PM

oh ya,thank you!, to the snitches for the great job!!! lets see let one go it get 10 others works for me. next time i just hope someone snithces on the snitches!! what ever it takes to get the job done!!!

why do people want to complain about anyone getting arrested for anything? that had to something at some point to for the officers to arrest them. and then if the were wrongfully arrested the then they should sue

-- Posted by FIREMEDIC on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 1:01 AM

3bigpits- I'm pasting below a link you and others can check for sex and violent offenders, if you can't click on it, you should be able to copy and paste it into the address bar. I took a look at it just now and it's pretty frightening how many people living in our county are listed as sexual predators, makes you want to lock up your children. Also, remember, the police can only investigate the crime, they can't make the prosecutor file charges or make the judge sign for a warrant. If you can't get the link to open then do a search for the Indiana Sheriffs' sex and violent offender registry.

http://www.insor.org/insasoweb/initAdvan...

-- Posted by snow on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 1:39 AM

Wow .. never a dull moment in the forums! lol We went from drugs, to illegals, to the Grigsbys, to pedofiles, to strip-tease porn!

Go to any town or big city .. the police utilize the 'snitches' because they're KNOWN in the drug community. Doesn't take a genius to figure that one out.

Different scenario, but with the same results is - you ask your friends friend to 'put in a good word' for you to get a job. Should your friends friends stop helping helping you because you 'couldn't get a job on your own'? Don't be ridiculous.

I've said it before, but it's (obviously) worth repeating .. don't like Brazil .. move! Think it's better elsewhere (like Terre Haute or Indy for example)? Let me know how that works out for you.

Drugs are everywhere .. and meth is the most popular - make a living at it and not working a REAL job (because you're required to at LEAST graduate HS and pass a urine test). "Poor Man's Coke" Yeah, no kidding!

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 1:02 PM

ELECTRICEYE--You obviously have a friend or family member who works in the Clay County Judicial System. The cops and the prosecutor in this town are corrupt and have been for a long time. If you don't think so then you live in the dark.

-- Posted by Kelly47 on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 2:14 PM

Kelly47- It's easy to make these types of allegations--where is the proof? I challenge you to provide proof, not rumor or innuendo, that the "cops" and/or the "prosecutor" are corrupt. There may have been somebody in the past who may have had a problem, but it seems you're blanketing all of the "cops" together as being corrupt-prove it. Before you ask, I do obviously have friends that are police officers and you obviously have friends who are criminals.

-- Posted by snow on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 9:19 PM

LASTSANEPERSON, IT REALLY GETS PEOPLE THINKING AND WONDERING

-- Posted by hookerhoe7586@yahoo.com on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 10:04 PM

Snow--You could say some of the people I hung around back in the day were drug users or criminals. In fact one of those people has recently became a Brazil City Policeman and he was one of the biggest meth users up until the time he was at least 23 or 24. He quit because his nose was eventually going to cave in. I'm sure your theory on that is people change, right?Also, the Prosecutor is corrupt. Did you know because of him the Community Theater is on the verge of backruptcy.If something isn't done soon then there won't be a theater anymore. He acts like he is a diva and doesn't have to answer to anyone. Terry Harrison was fired for stealing seized drug money for his own personal use. And what we call snitches the police call informants and again yes I know people who are informants and to me if someone has to tell a cop who is doing drugs than to me that is corruption. And that is all facts that can all be proven.

-- Posted by Kelly47 on Tue, Jun 22, 2010, at 10:23 AM

Kelly47- Okay, you mentioned one police officer in the past that you feel was corrupt and one current that you alleged did drugs in his past--that totals one current officer that you "know" anything about and that was something before he was a police officer. What about the other 40 or so officers who work in the county?

Also, Are you saying the prosecutor stole the money from the theater? I don't think so, he earns a very nice living and doesn't need the money from the theater. If he has been a bit extravagant with purchases, well that shows that he may not be a good money manager for the theater but it is far from proof of corruption.

As far as informants go, that is part of life, not corruption. The police know who is dealing drugs but the dealers probably won't sell to a police officer or tell them about the inner workings of their "business"-that is where the informants come in handy. If you had as much information about what goes on as you think, you would realize that informants have helped solve cases like murders, rapes, burglary, and so on. I have no problem if the police let a person they caught with a few joints go in order to catch someone selling meth.

-- Posted by snow on Tue, Jun 22, 2010, at 11:09 AM

Kelly47-I know which officer you are talking about. It's funny how someone can be a full blown drug addict and then eventually become a cop and people see that person as someone who just got mixed in with the wrong crowd. Then you can have someone else who maybe at one time dabbled in drugs and people see them as this horrible awful monster. Just shows you how hypocritical humans are. The sad thing is he will probably be rewarded by eventually being a drug task officer.

-- Posted by kissmeimirish on Tue, Jun 22, 2010, at 5:51 PM

Hey hookerhoe, have you ever heard of punctuation? Idiot. I guess with a name like hookerhoe we shouldn't expect too much.

-- Posted by jm3611 on Tue, Jun 22, 2010, at 10:11 PM

It would be different if these snitches were only caught with a couple of joints. But most of these "informants" are meth users/dealers themselves. So how does letting them back onto the streets just because they have a lot of information any different?(most of them end up arrested again and again) And this officer/former user probably will make dtf since he has the inside connection. And as for Terry Harrison, this is probably just the only time he got caught. I'm sure a decorated detective didn't just wake up one morning and decide "well i'm gonna steal some money today!" If thats even what it was. And as for people saying that they didn't do this for publicity, then how the heck did the local news crews just "happen" to be on site?

-- Posted by 3bigpits on Tue, Jun 22, 2010, at 10:18 PM

jm3611- Thats just RUDE. Do you even have a comment about the story? Didn't anyone ever tell you if you don't have anything nice to say don't say it at all????? Just be respectful of others and try to stay on topic. lol

-- Posted by 3bigpits on Tue, Jun 22, 2010, at 11:08 PM

3bigpits, yes, I did make a comment earlier, you can scroll up and read it if you like although you probably won't like what you read. Maybe YOU should also stay on topic. Also, maybe you should heed your own advice. BE RESPECTFUL of these officers doing their jobs!!!

-- Posted by jm3611 on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 7:18 AM

The county makes more money by arresting, trials, and rearresting. There's alot more money in that than just puting these people away like they should be. Justice is blind, and stupid. We can't keep this charade up forever. Someone will have to start making things right. If the judges and prosecuters won't do their job, then we need to elect someone else. These people have been in thiese positions for a long time and we still have the same results. No jail time, instant release from incarceration, months to go to trial and in the meantime, they are still out doing the same things. Drug test everyone that is awaiting trial, drug test everyone that is on probation, parole, house arrest,...They lost their rights as soon as they broke the law.

BTW, Most of the police officers in this area were the bullies in school. That mentality is still there and they are rude, obnoxious, and forceful. There is no excuse for this type of behavior from a PUBLIC SERVANT!! Also, many of these officers have tried drugs, thus making them criminals in the past. Do we test them randomly? doubt it.

-- Posted by CCmudman on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 10:19 AM

jm3611.... Scrolled all the way up and nope.... not one comment from you except the one where you were calling that girl an idiot....

-- Posted by 3bigpits on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 4:07 PM

3bigpits- Scroll all the way up, 10th comment down. In fact, I will copy and paste it for you since you are so concerned.

I am sure it's frustrating always seeing your friends and family in the paper you small minded people. Yeah, let's put our police force down for getting criminals off the street. If you can locate the little search box in the right hand corner of the screen and type in arrest you'll see that there are a LOT of arrests made and they are not only for drugs and they are not only made during elections. I know you probably won't because you are just nursing your resentment toward these officers and the job they do. Yes, drugs are a huge problem in this area so there are a lot of drug arrests made here. It's the lowest of the low that's going to get mad because another druggy got arrested. Good job officers!

-- Posted by jm3611 on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 3:06 PM

-- Posted by jm3611 on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 7:28 PM


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