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Theft allegations land Terre Haute man in jail

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Reginald Reese
A Terre Haute man is currently in custody and being investigated for allegations of theft and possible home improvement fraud.

According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Reginald Reese, 47, is currently incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center on three class D felony theft charges.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton informed The Brazil Times the department has received more than a dozen local complaints of a man taking money for home improvements and allegedly not completing the job, and there are more in surrounding counties potentially involving the same suspect.

Reese remains in custody awaiting further court proceedings.

Further details are being withheld to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

To report information about this crime, or any other, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.

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it probably is.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Wed, Jul 14, 2010, at 6:25 AM

What a jerk!!!

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Jul 14, 2010, at 4:22 PM


My guess is that you are a member of the KKK if you are seriously thinking of killing someone who has conned someone when though a crime, is not one that has caused physical harm... Second guess is that you are most likely a bigot to even mention a suggestion like that in light of this suspect's dark complexion. Hmm? Maybe you had better enlighten us as to why you think this person deserves anything more than the typical "lock him up" phrase???

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Jul 14, 2010, at 5:13 PM

I was a victom of his he was going by the name John Smith R. Smith Painting. Thought he was a great man several young men worked for him and were never paid they were also put into financial messes. He drives fancy cars and has lots of fun on our money I really liked him and I'm sure he was laughing all the way to the bank. This is not his first state to do this in.

-- Posted by gardenmom on Wed, Jul 14, 2010, at 9:59 PM

Shut up Jenny! Just shut up. No one wants to hear your arrogant comments anymore. You've worn everyone out.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Wed, Jul 14, 2010, at 11:28 PM


HMM...So Guesswho27's comment about hanging a fellow man are not arrogant but mine are?

What this guy has been accused of was wrong but you are misguided. Please think about it. If you don't like reading my comments, don't read them. For me to let Guesswho27's comments go without a reply is to condone them. "Evil thrives when good men do nothing" Note it doesn't say popular men, or men in the "clique". Mob mentality can be a dangerous thing as many times decisions are made to be popular.

As I've said before, I am not trying to win a popularity contest here, just playing devil's advocate to get people thinking before they make comments. Do you really agree with what Guesswho27 said? I really hope not. If the rest of the readers want to let Guesswho27's comment stand, that's their business, but I feel it was deplorable and racist. I stand by what I said even if others think it's arrogant. I'd rather be called arrogant than racist or in agreement with thinking a person should be put to death. Maybe it's because I use my real name and want my reputation to be a true one and don't hide my identity under the "hood" of a false ID?

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Jul 15, 2010, at 8:41 AM

Go Jenny! I am in complete agreement with you on this!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Jul 15, 2010, at 9:10 AM

Just shut up. It doesn't mean with this specific topic. Just give people a break from your rantings. You are an expert on EVERYTHING including morals, views, defining what one is based on one line, the list goes on and on. Sometimes I can't help but read what you print, because it's like looking at a train wreck or car crash. You know you shouldn't, but you just can't stop yourself. It's obvious you are well educated and think as an individual, you don't need to tell us that over and over again. However, you are arrogant, horribly judgmental, critical and so negative regardless of the topic. What a bitter, bitter woman you are. And I expect you to come back with something to defend your actions. Try thinking about what you keep hearing from this forum and reflect on it. Perhaps there is truth to what you are hearing about yourself. Perhaps we are saying what your loved ones would like to say to you, but don't. LIGHTEN UP!

-- Posted by Claycountian on Thu, Jul 15, 2010, at 5:37 PM

Ah Jenny, how is Guesswho's comment "arrogant"?? Do you even know the definition of arrogant, apparently you don't. FYI, arrogant is: Having or displaying a sense of overbearing self-worth or self-importance or Marked by or arising from a feeling or assumption of one's superiority toward others: an arrogant contempt for the weak.

Notice it says "weak", not Black (capitalized because it's politically correct). So don't try to play the race card, that is unless YOU consider that Blacks are weak.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Jul 15, 2010, at 9:34 PM

I wish all of you would shut your pie holes

-- Posted by Thorn44 on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 5:47 AM

This blog and the blog on Transcare are why I continue to come back...can't beat the bang for the buck, entertainment-wise....so don't follow Thorn44's advice and keep those "pie holes" open. While I agree with most of what Brazilabilly is saying he is dangerously close to being a hypocrite.

-- Posted by madman36 on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 6:55 AM

I have read through the recent comments and felt it necessary to throw in my two cents. I've known Mr. Smith/Reese for quite some time. You see, I was one of the workers he never paid. In fact I was the one employed by him the longest amount of time. So Miss Moore you'll have to forgive me, but my Feelings of resentment & anger toward this man are similar to those that belong to Guesswho27. I don't agree with his method of action but if he feels like I do I understand why he would leave such a comment. Now before I'm caste as a bigot & racist I'll tell you I'm an African-American male. Just a side note, that would be the PC phrase of today, not "black". He conned and schemed so many people out of ALOT of money and labor. Many of the clients I spoke to (individually) use the same line, "he's lucky he's still living and not been shot yet." Mob rule is not going to usurp Clay Count's Local Law enforcement. So I don't know, what GW27's motives were for their comment, nor would I assume to know. The person could be A/A like me or a client, or a former worker. However I do know this, Had Mr. Reese pulled his con some time ago the law would've put him to death, regardless of his origin. But yes I know the year is 2010. I know this also, YOU DON'T MESS WITH PEOPLES' MONEY. He took these clients for hundreds of thousands of dollars,along with an untold amount of back pay from his workers. I feel He deserves whatever the Law Throws at him.

-- Posted by Justin Mathews on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 9:05 AM

Wonderfully stated Justin. It's nice to get the perspective of someone intricately involved in the situation. Thanks for your post.

-- Posted by karenmeister on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 10:03 AM

Justin, just a question as I'm sure I'm quite a bit older than you so maybe I'm behind the times, when did Black, black or whatever not become politically correct?

Now, as far as African-American. Aren't we all ******-American, except maybe the American Indians?? None of our ancestors were origianaly from America were they? I mean there are German-Americans, Swiss-Americans, French-Americans, etc etc. Folks whose ancestors were from Egypt are African-American, ppl. from South Africa are also African-American. The term "African-American" does not neccesarily describe a person with dark skin. Correct??

Your post is very good, keep it up!

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 11:27 AM


Maybe I am arrogant....Maybe I make people feel uncomfortable. As I said. I am not commenting to win a popularity contest. Just to give people cause to think about situations, just as I'm sure others are. So be it. As I tell my children, I am not here to be their friend, but to prepare them to live on their own in society and be able to look at themselves in the mirror and face their God. If what I say puts you outside your comfort zone, that is not my problem.

I've been cheated before in situations as well and it not only hurts but makes one mad. Never though have I wished them dead for it. No excuses needed for my comment. I stand by it.

Se la vie.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 5:21 PM

Well Im glad you asked Sir. By the way thank you kindly for your words. I actually wrote a paper some time ago about the subject, funny thing is I can't remember the date of the change. However just as time progressed so did the term to desrcibe "us" change. Remember what "we" used to be called? Now Mr. Thall I do agree with you, The vast majority of Americans have ancestry from other lands. Personally I've a problem being indentified as a Black or A/A. You see my complexion is dark brown. I've never been to Africa nor do I have any intention of venturing there anytime soon. America is my Home and I am glad for that. Afican-American was made up to replace the other not-so-kind euphemisms. Replacing the skin tone with the origin. A necessary evil of that time. I believe the term serves to still separate. I ask, why? I identify more with America more than I do Africa.

-- Posted by Justin Mathews on Fri, Jul 16, 2010, at 8:49 PM

Justin Mathews:

Could it be that parts of a population favor one description and others another? Having just returned from Alaska and Yukon Territory and hearing the different ways in which "Native Peoples" are described, makes me think this. some refer to themselves as Eskimos which I thought went taboo a decade or so ago, others say Native Peoples, other associate their name to specific clan [mostly raven or eagle] and others differently again with names in their traditional language.

Here we say Native American and not Indian but in Australia the Native people are called aboriginals. Is there a catch all that is politically correct for everyone??

I heard on radio this morning that this weekend in Indy the "Black Expo" is being held and not the "African American" Expo. Of course many people of color [I term I quote from Oprah Winfrey-yet another description that includes I believe any person with dark complexions whether from Hispanic origin of South America and Mexico with "native people" descent, those from middle East, India, etc etc] take part in this event, not just those whose origins hail from African continent. It too isn't a perfect solution as all people have "color". Just different color. Even us "gringos".

MY family's origins are a true "Heinz 57", hailing from England Germany, France, Scotland, Austria, Yugoslavia, Slovenia [the last three being one and the same with various boundary changes over the years]...with Narragansett "Indian or Native American or Native Peoples" thrown in there as well.

Oh for the day that we can all be blended enough so a physical difference doesn't single someone out by simply looking different.

Mistakes have certainly been made by the human race. Enslavement, WWII camps that confined Japanese Americans, Vigilant-ism against innocent Sikhs and Muslims thought to be the fundementalist crazed terrorists.

Certainly we have learned by now that what someone looks like has no bearing on what kind of a person they are. This Reginald Reese sounds like a real scuz ball if he's done half the things reported and I would agree that he needs to be punished, but I could just not let guesswho27's remark go without comment as it sounded to me to be far to extreme an idea for a con man's punishment, whether he be black or white, or any other shade in between. Given the obvious color of his skin and the fact that I'm told there still ARE active groups of KKK in this area who might pick up on this type of thing, I just could not let that remark go without commenting. Others have called me arrogant. So be it. I still feel that the comment appears to be a racist one just as the displaying of the "rebel" flag in light of what it represents to those whose ancestors were enslaved, is inappropriate in this day and age. That flag is part of history and belongs in museums. I expect I will get a big flam for that statement about it being all about state's rights and that is true but we all know what those states were wanting to decide. THAT is what it still stands for in many people's minds. Denying that is disrespect for those of our fellow citizens who were enslaved under that flag. If they don't realize that they are being racist or are too ignorant to know any better. Have good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sun, Jul 18, 2010, at 11:06 AM

Justin Mathews, you are a gentleman and a scholar. If you're in the phonebook and I need painting done .. I know who to call. I'm impressed by you .. and I'm not easily impressed.

My ex is in construction .. if he's looking for workers (and you're interested) I'll let him know you're available. ; )

FYI - not to split hairs here, though it IS my job (self-appointed, of course) .. JENNY?

It's "c'est la vie", darlin'. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jul 21, 2010, at 12:01 PM

Justin has it right, people should not be identified by the color of their skin. They should be identified by the person they are. Great discussion today.

-- Posted by c1iwant on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 3:56 AM

Well Thank you Miss Emmes. I'm not listed in the phonebook but I can be easily reached through email. mathewsj87@hotmail.com

Ok. Just some food for thought Miss Moore and then I'm done, I promise. Since there's no way to determine GW27's nationality, whether he is "black" "white" etc, how can his/her comment(albeit insensitive) be defined as racism? What makes an action a "racist one"? Is it dependent on my skin tone/nationality or theirs? And in either case can one hate his/her own people and be called a racist? I don't have the answers just more and more questions. But while pondering these thoughts, I've kept in mind that We are all part of the "human race."

Thank you all for your time and comments. To those like myself that have been wronged by Mr. Reese Let us keep in faith that justice will prevail.

-- Posted by Justin Mathews on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 3:26 PM


Yes I realized that I mixed Spanish and French AFTER I submitted that...I took both in school and STILL confuse the languages and use Franglish [Spanish/French/English] phrases. Sorry about that.


No we don't know GW27's race, but there are cases of people people lumping others of their "own kind" into a negative group due to stereotypes, sub groups, and the people they hang around with. In communities where blacks are few and a single black person may not have associated with many other blacks in their lifetime, they too can look at the black community with negative eyes just as they whites look down on other ethnic white groups as beneath them. For example the Irish in NYC. The Irish poured into NY during famine in Ireland and got the reputation for being good for nothings and low lives. Even the "Paddy wagon" was named such as so many Irish men were named Patrick after St Patrick who supposedly drove the snakes from Ireland. The nick name was given to the vehicle that hauled them away to jail as it was used to haul so many "paddys". The term to gyp is defined as to swindle or cheat someone was and still is used refers to those gypsies who would travel from town to town saying that they would work on your roof or coat your driveway and then like this Reginald Reese did, run off with one's money. This is prejudiced remark that paints the whole culture as one who is out to cheat people.

I know of at least one person who had lighter skin than others in their black family [most likely due to European blood from a previous generation] who didn't associate themselves with the black people and made quite outspokenly racist remarks.

In short I think a person of any color can be racist and I feel that all of us have a little racism in us...Maybe not the typical white/black kind, but against other cultures, religions, or nationalities due to the stereotypes we hear about when we don't actually know individuals from that pool of people. It's a terrible thing and starts wars at times but if we are aware that it's there we can work on ourselves as individuals to try not to do it. I myself was raised with the word gyp and now it still slips out when I am not thinking when I talk about someone being conned or cheated and I know it's a prejudiced remark. Another is to "jew" someone down. It assumes that all Jews are out to get every nickel they can from you and a holdover possibly from Nazi era when Hitler got the German people who were in a depression to believe that it was the Jews' fault that they were having such a tough time of it.

Look at Hutus and Tutsis. Two black groups who have terrible prejudices. Look at Palestinians and Israelis. Two peoples that go back to Abraham of the Bible who cannot get past their prejudices. Look at Northern Ireland. BOTH CHRISTIANS but one Catholic and the other Protestant. Look at us and how many think about those who are of Islamic faith. We lump them all with AlQaida when Islam teaches about the inner struggle to do right and give back to our community through service and contribution.

Prejudice is alive and well and something that we cannot say is only history. It just changes as we go along. If we can remember that, we can continue to fight it.

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 9:18 AM

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