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Nationwide sweep of militia commanders; commo staff purged from Facebook pages

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BETWEEN JUNE AND SEPTEMBER…

ON THE BORDER – Big changes seem to come in August, the month the capitals of government and finance worldwide devotes to staying out of town, on vacation, out of pocket, and out of touch.

Mysterious findings and even more obscure happenings, cryptic references in print and internet items – and the purges, always the purges. Militia commanders get busted and go to jail, get bailed out with electronic ankle monitors locked on and placed under house arrest.

Some are held for long periods without bail, and information broadcasters operating podcasts and Facebook pages go to Facebook jail for short periods, or indefinitely to Facebook prison for offenses as ill-defined as today’s Mexican border, the social media administrators such as Facebook demanding three forms of government-issued picture ID – for starters.

What do these people have in common? They are all adamantly opposed to an open border policy and amnesty for “refugees” who flee to the land of the big PX, and by executive order, are granted asylum, work permits, amnesty from deportation of detention for three years, food stamps, education, cell phones, welfare, Social Security numbers – all without Congressional approval, on the stroke of a President’s pen.

They are all constitutionalists, strict constructionists – some more vociferous than others, and all considered heavily armed and dangerous by a central government that is beginning to look more and more like an army of occupation. They insist they will fight to the death if Big Government continues to trample the principles of their U.S. and state constitutions. Their political stance is similar to the legislators in western states who held out for guarantees that the central government would be severely limited by the constitution, rather than being thereby empowered, in order to get their assent in the ratification of the Constitution of 1790.

Conditions for civil war have been equally ripe in other times, other places; other issues prevailed; there is not much difference in the motivating factors, then or now.

On Thursday, August 21, 2014, Border Patrol Agents following footprints in a smuggler’s trail near Sullivan City, Texas, “found” backpacks stuffed with $650,000 in American and Mexican currency, as well as a kilo of cocaine they valued at $90,000.

Question: Who the hell just ups and walks away from backpacks stuffed with a fortune in currency – a kilo of yegua?

No one, that’s who. Common sense, which is becoming more uncommon by the minute on this troubled and largely undefended, ill-defined international border, would dictate it was a drop designed to pay off, hush, and co-opt someone in a position of authority. Just look who “found” the money – la migra – and wheels within wheels begin to turn.

Where in the world is Sullivan City? Just up the road from Rio Grande City, which is just west of Mission, just a wee bit north of the border, midway between the notoriously violent border crossing at Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, and Roma, Texas, halfway between there and the ultra-violent, cartel-dominated and very active maquilladora border crossing at McAllen-Reynosa, plunked down in the heavily irrigated, highly productive farmlands just downriver from the big lake at Falcon Dam.

Reached for comment, Oklahoma III% Commander Floyd Breshears said, “It all goes back to a threat to blow the trade bridges at multiple spots along the border.” He named Richard Chup as the originator of the threat at Camp Lone Star, near Brownsville. “KC (Massey III) ran him off. He has since been discredited, along with (podcast host) Pete Santilli.”

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Like most things American, a river runs through it. It’s called NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and its course consists of ribbons of macadam and concrete upon which small diesel locomotives tow single cars.

THE CALL TO ACTION…

Key to these developments is the conference call system militiamen and women use to do everything from make policy to arrive at group decisions. In June, 2014, the “call to action” set the conference line on fire for days at a time, and people sat with ears glued to cell phones, shouting into the electronic abyss with total abandon, a system maintained by the United American Militia Advisory Council.

Who was listening in June, 2014?

We all know the answer to that question.

Here is a rundown sampling of who’s in real jail or out on bail fighting felony federal cases – and why.

KC Massey III led a small group of III%’er patriots at “Camp Lone Star,” a 21-acre farm owned by Rusty Monsees in the Southmost neighborhood located on the other side of the border fence by the river at Brownsville. Armed to the teeth and traveling in an ATV “goat,” the men patrolled known border crossings used by human traffickers and drug cartel smuggling teams, picking up trash, counting footprints, keeping landowners posted on who was coming and going from such colorful spots as “Cartel Beach,” and the “Cartel House” dominated by the wealthy and powerful criminal organization known as El Golfo, the coalition of gangsters known as the Gulf Cartel.

When asked on August 29 to patrol an area of densely-forested plantation land owned by The Audubon Society and operated as the Sabal Palms Bird Sanctuary, they ran into trouble when they were sandwiched between cartel operators smuggling people in an effort to create a diversion for a major drug crossing, and Border Patrol Agents.

Massey and two other men were detained for five hours, their weapons confiscated by Sheriff’s Officers who said at the time they had a right to be there, armed, and declined to arrest them. After a Border Patrol Agent fired five rounds at John “Jesus” Foerster, their detention eventually led to an uneasy truce that culminated in Massey’s and Foerster’s arrests in October.

Says Massey, “We’ve got pretty much everything but a confession that it’s a set-up.” A key piece of evidence uncovered by his lawyer: Someone ordered an NCIC background check on Massey a half-hour before he and his two companions headed out for their patrol.

Massey and Foerster are both convicted felons who the government says have no right to be in possession of firearms, while the state greenlights the keeping and bearing of arms, but only at home, where they live.

Foerster and his attorneys have signalled a willingness to plead out; Massey is hanging tough for the prospect of a jury trial before the ultra-conservative opponent of amnesty, the George W. Bush appointee, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen.

William Krisstofer Wolf is a veteran podcaster of “The Montana Republic.” He has been in federal detention without bail for more than 20 days, charged with a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922 (o), the statute that prohibits possession of a fully automatic weapon by an unlicensed person.

Here’s how his arrest took place, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in federal court by the FBI.

After advocating the destruction of power grids, seizing control of public facilities, destruction of bridges, and seizing law enforcement vehicles and weapons on his Blogtalk Radio show, Wolf compared shooting law enforcement officers to “gopher hunting” in June, 2014.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by FBI Special Agent Matthew J. Deurmeier, he was introduced to a UCE – “undercover FBI employee” – posing as a Class III federal firearms dealer by a “CHS” – confidential human source – who for $720 furnished him with a Saiga – 12, a Russian made fully automatic shotgun. Neat trick, if you know how to do it. Then, they busted him for having the machine gun.

One of Wolf’s on-air remarks preserved for posterity in the FBI’s court document: “My preferred method, I’m serious; my preferred method would be to drop 500 pounds of napalm through the roof of the (Gallatin County) courthouse and burn it to the ground and roast some marshmallows on it…”

His original mission: to acquire the stuff to build a flamethrower he could use to burn an armored “Bearcat” law enforcement vehicle. In an aside, the PC affidavit notes, “The possession of the type of flamethrower described by Wolf to the UCE is not regulated under the laws of the United States and thus would not violate federal law to possess such a device.”

One of Wolf’s major topics during his career as a podcaster – Committees of Safety, as practiced during the American Revolution.

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Richard Cook’s  Facebook page displays heraldry that includes a SEAL trident on a field of blue decorated with crossed fencing foils and a banner proclaiming “Keepers of the Standard.”

His notations are concerned with calling out FEMA and Department of Homeland Security officials to consult with interested parties in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area about “strategic updates” to their directives. He has published links to thousands of such files.

According to other militiamen, Cook got flagged when he visited a big box store to purchase more than 100 rounds of ammunition. Local authorities used that as an item of probable cause, then developed a warrant to search his home, where they found firearms and charged him with two violations on April 4. He languished in the Clark County Detention Center until recently, his bail set at $41,000.

The bottom line is not just the river than runs through this tale, but what it symbolizes in a struggle over the worth of U.S. citizenship, with all its attendant duties and responsibilities.

Said KC Massey III in a recent interview, he’s not necessarily against amnesty or asylum. Far from that, he said, “I don’t want them here, period. If we have to abide by the laws, why doesn’t some foreign-invading motherfucker…”

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Brownsville, TX – it’s a typical case of Big Government agents letting the hoi polloi know they have no place to stand in the conflict, no dog in the fight, and they need to get out of the way and let them handle the heavy lifting.

The current hassle over the issue of illegal immigration centers on what happened at a bird sanctuary and a defunct marginal farm property outside the border fence – in no man’s land – on the banks of the Rio Bravo.

KC Massey III and a small band of III% militiamen were encamped there on August 29, 2014, when a Border Patrol Agent opened up with five shots fired at a man known as “Jesus,” and the Sheriff’s men said the patriots had every right in the world to go armed as they proved friendly citizens asked by property owners to help guard their places on this troubled border could easily turn back human traffickers and drug smugglers, just by showing themselves.

Nevertheless, the Sheriff’s Officers confiscated their firearms, and so far, they haven’t given them back.

As the drama over immigration amnesty moved to New Orleans at the Fifth Circuit of Appeals for oral arguments, the list of 26 states arguing in support of U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction on amnesty ordered by President Obama without congressional approval reads like a trip through the heartland drained by the big two-hearted river, with the exception of a couple of east coasters like West Virginia and Maine.

The three-judge panel could hear the protesters demonstrating on Friday, April 17, in support of the presidential amnesty program that would allow border crashers who claim they are refugees from oppression by gangsters and crooked foreign governments, according to news reports.

In this southernmost border city, Judge Hanen’s deadline for written arguments for and against a dismissal of the charges based on suppression of the evidence against KC Massey III for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon came due on the same day with sharply conflicting narratives of the events leading to the October arrest over the fact that a Border Patrol Agent fired five shots at Jesus, prompting the months-later arrest of Massey, who was not within sight of the shooting when it occurred in August.

To further confuse matters, the opposing parties – government and militia – are unable to agree on the name of the government agent who fired on John “Jesus” Foerster. Miitiamen say his name is Hernandez; the government narrative calls him Gonzalez.

The truth is, the Border Patrolmen had given the trio of Massey, Foerster, and Allen “Wolf” Varner permission to assist their surveillance of a group of illegals crossing the river at the Sabal Palms Sanctuary, a bird preserve controlled and owned by the John Audobon Society after a Mr. Aguilar, the caretaker, had recruited Varner to take up the vigil during a coffee klatsch at the local Stripes filling station.

An attorney for Massey has uncovered records of the fact that the government agents had ordered a computer-assisted (NCIC) records check on him about a half-hour before the patrol began. There is much speculation that a government informer known only as “S” served as a signalman for agents, and informed them a half-hour before the patrol set out for the brush along the river at the bird sanctuary.

Massey is a convicted felon who got off paper many years before, following the five-year limit on the state’s proscription of a convict having possession of a firearm – but only where he lives.

Massey and his attorney maintain that where he lived at the time included Camp Lone Star, just upriver from the location of his arrest at the bird sanctuary, the brushy area where he was apprehended at the Sabal Palms Sanctuary and his weapons seized, and a motel room on the interstate, where he sometimes slept.

According to the government’s response to the defense motion to suppress evidence and drop the charge, there is no merit to the argument because, prosecutors say, he clearly maintained no such residence at any of these locations, only at his home near Quinlan, Texas, where they appeared without a warrant on the same day they arrested him in the parking lot of the Brownsville motel where he spent the night on the day of his arrest in October.

Predictably, the defense has taken the tack that it’s a Tenth Amendment issue, that since the only thing the applicable federal statute regulates is commerce foreign or interstate, the power regulating defense of one’s property, or where one is currently residing, rests with the state.

They claim violation of his Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and 14th Amendment rights, as well.

There is little doubt that the hassle over amnesty and the argument over a felon in possession of a firearm are abundantly linked, since Massey and his men had proven over a period several months that armed men on patrol can thoroughly disrupt the flow if illegal human trafficking and drug smuggling with ease – just by being there, occupying the ground and showing themselves to the cartel and the people yearning to be free in America.

The world awaits the decision of Judge Hanen.

Reached for comment, KC Massey III said, he was not “engaged, nor was my possesssion of the firearm effective” in interstate commerce, as defined by Section 8 of Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution.

If you don’t understand the grammatical meaning of those words, you are allowing the government to fuck you…Most people who don’t understand those words don’t understand how the government keeps them from defending themselves.”

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A satellite view of the area of operations at Brownsville

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‘I refuse to live in fear’

Jerry Pierce

The Honorable Jerry Pierce, Mayor of Valley Mills, Texas

Valley Mills, TX – He’s way too much of a man to let on, but one can only assume there have been threats.

People have actually suggested that Jerry Pierce wear a bullet-proof vest. He waits for a reaction, and the interlocutor remarks, “That would make one about as uncomfortable as could be.”

He smiles broadly, says, “I’m not going to do it. I refuse to live in fear. I lived in fear for 25 years before I came out of the closet and began to live openly as a gay man….”

The rest is history. He recounts some major events during his tenure as mayor of this little jewel of a city located where the Bosque River meanders through a picture perfect valley, past the place where the main stem of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe turns due south for its run to Temple, thence to the terminus of the long line from Chicago and midwestern Kansas, Los Angeles, and northern New Mexico, at Santa Fe, near Galveston.

“I’ve had to make some hard decisions,” he recalls, then ticks off the facts – that two chiefs of police have been terminated,  and all but one member of the city  council have moved on.

A forensic audit shows, “They were operating unethically…,” and the town is fairly well polarized over the issues, all of which involve the appearance of corruption. The municipal judge is gone, as well as the city clerk, the chief of the volunteer fire department. The list goes on.

Anger is the key emotion. Hostility oozes from the blazing eyes and the flared nostrils of some of the people you meet at City Hall and on the streets; others are all smiles.

Jerry Pierce is smiling.

“The folks that are angry are the folks that either worked for the municipality, or were on previous city councils. I can lay my head down and sleep at night; I’m curious if they can,” Mayor Pierce says.

It’s a moral issue, for sure. The one remaining angry city councilman is a preacher, and he’s “in cahoots” with Pastor Gaylon Turner of Oak Grove Baptist Church, a former adherent of the cult known as the Children of God. Mr. Pierce shrugs; he grins, shrugs again, shakes his head. He’s incredulous. The preacher is the only member of the city council who voted against an ethics ordinance. “Does that make sense,” he asks, “that a preacher would be against adoption of an ethics law?”

“The Texas Rangers don’t seem to be interested, and that disappoints me.”

The story is to be found in the series of forensic audits done by an Irving firm, the findings of which led to adoption of an array of ethical policies that are in step with state laws governing record keeping, handling money, and the checks and balances required to make auditing possible.

In some cases, according to auditors, there was not enough information available to make an audit of where the money goes once contracts are signed, citations issued and plead out, records kept of the deposit and parceling of monies received as a result of court judgments, purchases and sales of property, and equipment.

One name that comes up repeatedly is that of City Councilman Curtis Wiethorn, who made various motions to enter agreements to to buy equipment and property, negotiate leases, and the like.

There is a mysterious transaction involving an oil and gas lease and the $221,985 deposit split into various CD’s and then paid out into city funds such as paving. “During the examination of documents related to the oil and gas lease, no executed documents were found…Subsequent contact with the Venture Oil & Gas, Inc. by the City shows that the company is not an active entity at this time…The remaining use of the funds related to the oil and gas lease in CD’s were not able to be completed.”

The Dollar General Store is located on a piece of property acquired under a dark cloud from the estate of a deceased citizen, owned by a corporate entity of which no one is quite sure of the identity of its investors.

The minutes state, “This ratification and authorization presentd an emergency and/or an urgent public necessity…” One thing for sure, “Doucments show that the City of Valley Mills sold approximately 1 acre of land to RLM Commercial Realty, Inc., for $65,000. It could be any of three possible, but the truth is, “Dollar General does not own the land where the business is located. It is unknown at this time if a relationship exists between the City representatives and the final owners of the land. There are pending requests for the limited partnership information from Nevada.”

The same goes for the acquisition of a fire truck from Medina County. Murky record-keeping has rendered the transaction an investigator’s trip through a time tunnel of advertisements, deposit slips, and cancelled checks. “The City issued check #21088 to Medina County ESD #1 in the amount of $195,000.” Whatever.

Examination of the monies paid the former city executive, Bill Lancaster, show that his company, Bill Lancaster, Lan-co, Ltd., and Lanco/Bill Lancaster was paid approximately $50,760 in 2013, $47,794 in 2012, and $47,025 in 2011. “A contract with Lanco was not located at City Hall…The business purpose of Lanco is unknown at the present time.”

“The payments were allocated for the most recent periods to the Water & Sewer Fund, although the general fund included payments for 2011 and prior periods.”

The auditors noted a “lack of proficiency” on the part of the municipal judge, who doubled as the court clerk; negligence in turning in traffic citations by police officers and their chief; and stated, “Upon our review of the Valley Mills municipal court operations, the many problems uncovered were systemic and chronic…”

And then, there’s the cops. Somewhere between the cop shop and the court, revenue steadily decreased from $87,709.67 during the period between fiscal year 2007 and 2013 – to $33,226.04.

“There is a difference between the amount below for 2013 and the amount reported to the State in the amount of $2,271.96.” Average revenue for cities population 900 to 1,500 is $84,834, according to the audit.

Little is known about what happened to the citations, but an inventory of money orders received shows that “a payment (money order) of an amount that is collected for a certain citation and is diverted for non-business use and then another payment (money order) for the next citation is posted to the first citation. A possible pressure motive for non-business use is gambling.”

Chief David Jiminez and Officer Randy Threkkeld are no longer employed; their personnel files note the reason for their leaving as misconduct, a fact reported to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Said Mayor Pierce, “If TCOLE wants to get involved, we would welcome their interest.” So far, he says, there has been no inquiry from the commission.

He concludes, “I believe the police should have what they need, but I am not in favor of militarization of little town police departments.”

And then there’s Reserve Officer Phil Harmon, a wrecker service operator who has been a police officer for more than 50 years. He’s had a run of bad luck lately.

In February, a man reported to have assaulted his wife during a domestic disturbance attacked him with his fists and teeth, biting and punching him. Last week, a passenger car ran him over where he stood on the highway easement  after he stopped two tractor-trailers for speeding in a 30-mile-an-hour zone and alighted from his cruiser.

In August of 2013, he told the scribbler a strange tale about chasing a car load of people through Valley Mills to Clifton along Highway 6 at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

A search of the car yielded a large amount of cash – and a book, a ledger, showing where the funds were obtained in payment for drugs. Asked if we could get an arrest and offense report regarding the confiscated car and cash, he said he’d have to ask Chief of Police Ricky Ray.

A week later, he told we of The Legendary that “The Chief said we won’t do that.”

According to Mayor Pierce, Chief Ray was terminated by the City Council after he failed to relocate his residence inside the city’s corporate limits.

Another mystery.

“I never heard anything about any of that,” said Mayor Pierce. He shook his head. “Never did.”

Quinlan city dads find info embargoed in Robinson arrest

RANGERS RIDE IN QUERY INTO PREGNANT WOMAN’S TRIP TO LA CASA DE CALABOOSE, SEIZURE OF HER CHILD AT PARENTS’ HOME

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Quinlan, TX – Mayor Donnie Brock walked out of a sprinkling rain where he’d been helping two public works employees flush out a water line.

He mopped his sweaty body with his damp t-shirt, dried his buzz cut with it, and sprayed deodorant liberally before pulling on a polo shirt with the city seal and his name – no title – D. Brock, embroidered.

He’s wanting some answers, he says. And then he launches into an account of just how and why he has become a question box turned over, working days at an exotic game ranch caring for and feeding lions, tigers, giraffes and zebras rescued by the ranch’s owner.  He pursued a career in computers and internet service provision following schooling at East Texas State in Commerce before he transferred to Baylor, only to learn, “This is the same thing, only with more kids in my class…”

Rapid fire repartee studded with witty references to that which is commonly known by other words follows where the man pumps it, sotto voce, out of the side of his mouth. His chatter is as relentless as a hot box short stop kibbitzing a long, slow summer pitcher’s duel.

Conventional wisdom in the dialect of high glaze flows freely: “Texas DOT is the biggest economic development corporation in the world. They do it right, brother. They’re always broke,” he quips. True story, the roads that get built first just happen to be the ones that are built when landowners donate the right of way. They do it everywhere – everywhere! Cow pastures, swamps, prairies, deserts, hills, dales and any other place.

At present, the 1.3 square miles of Mother Earth known as Quinlan is handling four lanes of traffic coming out of the Rockwall west and four lanes headed east toward the sprawling shores of Lake Tawakoni. “That kind of leaves us in the middle, he said, glancing out the picture window of his office overlooking the town’s main drag at a frenetic moment in rush hour.

“We’re funneling 12 lanes of traffic into my two lanes.”

It’s a situation reminiscent of the roadbuilding politics of the “Kingfish,” Huey P. Long of Louisiana, who often built roads up to one side of towns where unfriendly legislators and local officials held sway, then played out in swampland surrounding the pariah city state, only to take up a mile or two on the other side of the hapless burg.

But nothing tops the culture shock of taking over from a consultant manager who ran things before his tenure as hizzoner began two years ago. What did he find in his office?

A hard drive wiped clean and a “server that had just had a lobotomy, remembers. Other than that, “There were six lawn and leaf bags filled with shredded documents.” Ouch! An eight-page forensic audit by an Addison outfit tells the rest of the story so neatly summed up in Brock’s emphatic statement. The man worked for so $15 an hour and his checks would be be in the neighborhood of $3,000 – but then when you totaled up as many as 11 different expense checks, that figure came in at seven grand?” Something added up, all right.

In the dry language of the forensic accountant, between 2004 and 2006, “the city of Quinlan paid Consultant Green for 7,068 miles, invoiced by Consultant (Billy) Green as mileage reimbursement with no supporting documentation, no trip reports, no travel logs, no dates of travel, no reason for travel, or destination, and with no agreement.” According to the audit, Green, whose pay grade advanced to $25 per hour in ’06, misappropriated $60,365.60 “for his benefit,” and in addition,  $32,152.60 of it was not reported to the IRS.

“I told them, ‘Look, y’all, for 50 years, we’ve been robbed every time a mayor leaves office.” He lets that sink in for a moment, then gestures toward the Hunt county seat, Greenville, which dwarfs the town of Quinlan, saying, “There’s more people like us than there are like them…” His voice trails into a lopsided grin from beneath the floppy brim of an exaggerated black cowboy hat, eyes blazing over half frames.

Did we mention that Mayor Brock is an original TEA Party hand who watch-dogged small cities all over the local map of east Texas before his election to his present post?

Moving right along toward a big part of tonight’s agenda in the City Council meeting, he labeled Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) as “the biggest human trafficking outfit in the world.” He gestures expansively.

His cousin, Deanna Jo Robinson, went down fighting when two Hunt County Deputies elbowed into her elderly parents’ family home after she asked for a chance to read a court order. They and a pair of CPS investigators had flashed a folder at her, but refused to let her read it. She fought hard to slam the door, but wound up bent over a kitchen cabinet resisting handcuffs where a security camera on a laptop caught one of the cops striking her with a closed fist.

As of today, 1.5 million YouTube viewers in 221 countries have witnessed the beating she took that night while her 18-month-old boy watched.

Six days after her six day stint in jail – nude – in an isolation cell, she gave birth after 38 weeks of pregnancy, and a CPS worker took that child, too.

All this brings up an executive session on tonight’s agenda. Quinlan police will be quizzed in private about what information they have forthcoming from the arrest. What in the way of an offense or arrest report, a probable cause affidavit, or an affidavit of warrantless arrest do their records show?

A 23-year-old patrolman, Corporal Daniel Catalan from the Quinlan PD, accompanied the Sheriff’s Officers and stood by while the arrest took place. The question, did he file any report, complaint, statement, affidavit?

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Following a droning discussion of a planned joint venture in a hand-fishing tourney to be staged by Quinlan and West Tawakoni and an interlocal agreement between the Quinlan police and the Quinlan Independent School District police, the Mayor invoked the law regarding executive sessions to discuss personnel, litigation or threats of it, real estate sales, purchases or contracts, and he, the five councilmen, and the city administrator filed into a private meeting room where they stayed for only a few minutes.

The truth is, there is no information available, as all agreed when they emerged. The matter is under investigation by Texas Ranger James Hicks, and that’s that.

Something in the air suggests they all want to know why. What happened? Everyone knows, but no one wants to discuss it in public. Done deal, for now. They voted to adjourn.

And, then, something spooky as all hell happened. A curly-haired woman wearing stylish jeans and a grim expression burst into tears and told The Legendary, “I can’t talk here, but I want to tell you something.”

It turns out that her father died from a gunshot wound he suffered in 1983 at the city police department offices just down the corridor. He was alone in his duties, and it’s still an open case, she insists, looking around warily.”Picture a six-year-old little girl having to walk back-and-forth to school every day, back-and-forth to the local corner store … a little girl sees a bullet hold on the outside wall of the Police Department in which her father was murdered in every day until she could not bear it anymore. I moved away at the age of 15. Not to mention above the bullethole they had a sign that said Bill Smelly counseling center. Spelled exactly the way I wrote they never had the decency to even spell my father’s name correctly; his name is Billy Smelley. She sobs. She is sure someone murdered her father, said Jacquelyn Smelley.

“I’ve known Deanna Joe all my life,” she added tearfully. “You just never know how someone will turn out.” She wants to tell her story, a story about a complete lack of information when something bad happens to a loved one. It’s an every day thing here, she says. We promise to stay in touch, and we head one direction, she in another, fleeing the cop shop and all the misery that passes through it for another day, another time.

One may watch a brief video of the Quinlan City Council meeting’s rapid denoument following their learning of a need to wait – wait for “the whole investigation,” as termed by Mayor Donnie Brock:

Legendary: calls threat and indimidation

Sgt. Eubank

 

Waco – Sgt. Chris Eubank phoned The Legendary Jim Parks at 8 a.m. today, March 13, to say that an article previously published about him is false, that he intends to seek an attorney’s help to “completely break” my bank account.

Cooler heads maintain that is a violation of Sheriff’s Office policy, that it amounts to a threat or intimidation, both of which are prohibited by the Office’s policy manual.

Capt. Steve Smith has been informed by certified mail, return receipt requested, of the matter, and I eagerly await his reply.

Once again, I have been accused of using my pen as a weapon, no doubt.  Here is a link to the letter sent to Capt. Smith. 

Chris Eubank accused of cheating on TCOLE test

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Rural residence near Gatesville where Eubank co-signed a note…

 Six Shooter Junction – A scandal involving an officer taking qualification courses and on-line exams for Sheriff Parnell McNamara came to light when former Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon told The Legendary that Sgt. Chris Eubank admitted his part in the plot to get the Sheriff certified.

According to his admission to the former Texas Ranger, he had been pressured by an ex-lover and live-in companion to provide her financing for a rural residence at Gatesville, Texas, where they both once worked, and a car.

Tax records of the Coryell County Central Appraisal District reflect that the couple acquired the home in December of 2013 from the owner from whom they had rented, Jerry Etux Chartier. One may see the proof by clicking here.

Public Data.com records show that she acquired a Dodge Challenger, license number DHC0089, in April of 2014. She is a full-time dispatcher at the Gatesville Police Department and a part-time dispatcher at the Waco P.D.

Her evidence, he admitted to Cawthon, was a snapshot of himself sitting at a computer in the Sheriff’s office at the Bosqueville Community Center where he took the course, captioned “Me passing another test…” She allegedly threatened to take her recollections to authorities if he did not comply with her demands.

I told him, look, you have a future in law enforcement. Why don’t you just resign and move on?” Cawthon recalled. At the time, the matter was very controversial because of a federal lawsuit that a private attorney named Mike Dixon was arranging to help settle out of court because of other indiscretions committed by Eubank.

As previously reported, he shredded a TCOLE document called an F-5 report of the discharge for cause of an employee, Spencer Rowell, who had been dismissed by Jail Captain John Kollinek for professional misconduct. Sheriff McNamara had requested that the young man be given a chance to resign, though the Jail Division Captain had fired him.

Eubank ordered a subordinate to shred the investigation file on the matter, but when she demurred, he did the job himself. The problem, combined with the TCOLE certification indiscretions, was enough to preclude trying to mount a defense to the lawsuit concerning the outright dismissal or demotion of 9 officers filed in U.S. District Court. According to Cawthon, Dixon used the words, “because of that Chris Eubank shit!”

When Eubank attempted to resign, the Sheriff stopped the music, persuading him to stay on as a Sergeant following his stint as a Lieutenant wearing multiple hats involving training, evaluations, prospective employee vetting, and the like. In his new role, he works deep nights in uniform, contrasting with his former role as a plainsclothesman who drove an unmarked sedan, kept office hours, and had a staff who reported to him.

The revelation may very well generate some heat and light due to the fact that only last month, Sheriff Michael Cox, his chief deputy, jail captain, and a corrections officer were removed from office in Hill County, accused of falsification of a government document and computer fraud. These are State Jail felonies, punishable by as much as two years behind bars.

At any rate, Sheriff McNamara received notice of passing the peace officers exam on September 27, 2014. Records show that though he did not go to a police training academy, he nevertheless took in excess of 25 separate courses in law enforcement on-line, and received approval to take the test after officials waived their rules requiring instruction at an academy.

GETTING RECORD A LONG, STRANGE, TRIP TO TOWN

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 Hunt County Courthouse, Greenville, Texas…

Look out, kid, they keep it all hid – Bob Dylan, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

Greenville, TX – The court papers telling the reasons why CPS workers and three police officers forcibly took Deanna Jo Robinson’s kids  are buried in the files of two district courts.

They are open records, but officials are reluctant to share them. Daniel Ray, an attorney retained by Hunt County, sent a letter to the Attorney General’s office at Austin claiming that since the matter is under investigation, the reasons for the brutal raid cannot be revealed because, among other reasons, Ms. Robinson is a “patient;” her medical records may not be legally revealed. So it goes.

A trip to the courthouse tells the story this way. A little boy told CPS Investigator Joseph Feduccia that Deanna and her husband, a Mr. Llenas, stuff a sock in his little brother’s mouth when he cries. He further alleged that Llenas shouts at the boy, asking him if he wants to “sit in your poop” when he soils his underwear. Fedducia stated in an affidavit that when he arrived at their house, Llenas was cooperative and picked up broken glass in the yard where a window had shattered during an argument in which chairs had been thrown. He said Ms. Robinson had made suicide threats.

In the proposed order written for the 354th District Court by CPS attorney Holly Peterson, the couple were to be ordered to take parenting classes, pay child support payments, and report their whereabouts to social workers,  among other stipulations, including payment of attorneys to serve as attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem for each of the children.

In an order written for the 196th District Court, the CPS attorney wrote that Ms. Robinson’s son Landry, 18 months, was in “immediate danger to physical health of a child.” The writ is file-marked March 4, the day police and CPS workers came to seize the child. He and Llenas’ kids are in foster care, and an infant born 12 days later is in the custody of her mother at Quinlan.

So it goes, and you know it don’t come easy. To be sure, none of the above has been proven. They are allegations.

Asked for access to the court papers, a clerk reacted with anger; she snapped, “Which ones? There are so many of them.”

She demanded to know what the paper says. When told the scribbler had no idea, having never seen them, she became even angrier.  She said the files are checked out to the staff members of the courts, then relented after asking another clerk what to do. She printed the petitions and allowed the scribbler to take notes.

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CPS WORKER ADMITTED THERE WAS NO WRIT OR WARRANT IN ARREST

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CPS worker known only as “Mike” (middle) watched warrantless arrest and seizure of Deanna Jo Robinson’s son, Levi, 18 months old

Quinlan, TX – As internal affairs investigators, FBI agents and local government officials scramble to contain the facts, a picture of a courageous woman who fought to protect her child from an illegal seizure made by Child Protective Services workers without valid court papers is beginning to emerge.

Deanna Jo Robinson, 38, an Iraq War veteran of the Air Force, met CPS workers and lawmen at the front door of her parents’ home in this rural community outside the bustling east Texas county seat of Greenville.

They said they were there to take custody of her son, Levi, 18 months old, and had a court order authorizing his seizure due to an investigation of possible neglect and/or abuse of the child. She asked to see it, and, according to a friend of one of the CPS workers, a man he knows only as Mike, who works out with him daily at a gym located in Greenville, the CPS workers flashed a folder at her and didn’t give her a chance to read it.

The reason is simple enough, he explained. According to “Mike,” there was no court order, no writ, no warrant to show her their authority to take her son to a foster home where he and a step-son named Andric, 9, are still held without her knowledge of its location.

That’s when she tried to slam the door and two Hunt County Deputies elbowed their way into the residence, followed by a Quinlan police officer and the CPS workers.

When she struggled, according to Taylor Parrish, 25, who chatted with “Mike” about the encounter, “They decided to push her down on the floor.”

The two deputies wound up in the kitchen in a struggle with the woman while trying to put handcuffs on her. They eventually arrested her for assault of a public servant, interfering with an official duty, and resisting arrest – but only after Deputy Joshua Robinson beat her with his closed fist.

To view the video of the beating during Ms. Robinson’s arrest, click here: https://youtu.be/eJuKlQF0meg

She was 38 weeks and 6 days into her pregnancy on March 4, when the arrest took place. Six days later, she gave birth to another boy baby named Levi. According to a close family friend, CPS workers showed up at the hospital and took the child to her mother’s home in Quinlan, where he is still being cared for. In the seizure of that child, according to the family friend who requested anonymity, the workers had an “agreed order” from 385th District Judge Richard Beacom.

INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATION

Deputy Jeff Haines, an internal affairs investigator for the Sheriff’s Office, took affidavits from Ms. Robinson’s parents at her lawyer’s office. An FBI agent appeared to obtain a laptop computer and the files of the video made by a motion-sensitive security camera that Ms. Robinson’s father, James Robinson, an elderly former city fireman, had fairly “forgotten about.”

In trying to place the video file in a Dropbox location with limited capacity on his computer, Mr. Robinson inadvertently cut off the beginning of the video depicting the encounter as lawmen and CPS workers entered the room, as well as the ending of the video showing her actual arrest after Deputy Robinson beat her with his fist, according to the close family friend.

He said he wants to get a clean copy of that video off the computer, one that has not been molested,” said the family friend. “He said he can carry it back to a lab at the FBI office and work with it there. I kept trying to tell him, the file is already molested,” said the family friend.

SHERIFF’S ALLEGATIONS TO MEDIA

Greenville and greater Hunt County is abuzz with excitement about statements Sheriff Randy Meeks made to media representatives alleging his belief that Ms. Robinson may have tried to grab Deputy Robinson’s handgun.

Critical thinkers are equally adamant that is highly unlikely because she was bent over the counter, and in any case, Deputy Robinson is right-handed, the hand he used as a fist to beat Ms. Robinson in dealing with her resistance.

One may listen to an audio recording of an interview with Taylor Parrish about what the CPS worker he knows as Mike told him:

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A chance to make case law – the risk, 10 years

Massey

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” – Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

Quinlan, TX – It’s the kind of nervy double-down only a true filibuster would make; KC Massey III is determined to make law, one way or another.

His moral stance is simple enough. He is totally unsatisfied that the federal government is doing justice or anything like it in the performance of its ministerial duty to defend the nation’s borders, as enumerated in Section 8 of Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution. He means business, and he’s backing it up with a risky wager.

If U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen decides to suppress the evidence that Border Patrol Agents and the Justice Department both insist constitutes a violation of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution – that Massey as a convicted felon had no right to possess a firearm as he patrolled private property at an Audobon Society bird sanctuary in the “no man’s land” located between the border fence and the Rio Grande in the Southmost neighborhood at Brownsville – the G will no doubt appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans.

That would open up the possibility of a Supreme Court challenge to the notion that federal authorities can regulate firearms because they were at one time or another since the date of their manufacture shipped from state to state, or from nation to nation.

If Judge Hanen denies his motion, Massey is equally determined to stand a jury trial for the offense. If convicted under 18 U.S. Code § 922 (g)(1), he would face a sentence of at least 10 years, according to federal sentencing guidelines. His appeal on bond or from behind bars would thereby be made even more difficult.

He and another man named John “Jesus” Foerster were charged with the offense in October after an August incident in which a Border Patrol Agent fired five shots at Foerster when he startled him during an interdiction operation in a brushy area at the river’s edge. Foerster is also a convicted felon.

The Offense https://youtu.be/Fyy9PQxwfEU

The risk was not unexpected.

I was prepared to lose it all when I walked away from my home,” he declared. It’s a home he and his wife have built during a successful career as an electrical contractor following a long climb out of the ignominy of a burglary conviction he sustained two and a half decades in the past.

State law says that he’s street legal to carry a long gun in the place where he lives (Tex. Penal Code 46.04), and to wear a sidearm on private property because it’s been more than five years since the date of his conviction.

He shakes his head and stops short of declaring what he will do if his gamble craps out. But that certain look is in his eyes, in the set of his jaw; it tells the story. This outfit has made up his mind he’s got the right to carry a firearm and use it in defense of himself, his family, his home, his place of business, or his nation, if necessary, because the Second Amendment to that same Constitution states unequivocally, “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Again, The Look blazes up in his eyes, and he states, as in a declaration, “Hunting has absolutely nothing to do with it.”

The offense: “…(g) It shall be unlawful for any person –

(1) who has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.”

It just flat doesn’t apply to the circumstances of his arrest, according to his reasoning. “I bought my firearms from a private individual – here in Texas…I was not involved in commerce; I was never involved in commerce.”

Congress has the duty “…To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes;…” according to the Second Clause of Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution.

But it doesn’t say anything about regulating who may go armed on private property to defend against the encroachment of trespassers who are engaged in the illegal trafficking of humans or the highly lucrative, but illegal importation of contraband, such as illegal drugs.

Here is what it does state, equally plainly:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” – Tenth Amendment, U.S. Constitution

The Defense https://youtu.be/2jGv0bjZwM0

The issues are torn from the pages of recent history in the making.

Last week, a federal Grand Jury at Austin indicted Williamson County Court-at-Law Judge Timothy L. Wright on multiple counts of selling firearms to a person unauthorized to possess them under federal law, and further alleged that he did so knowing the ultimate destination of the guns would be Mexico. He is also accused of lying to a federal agent.

Judge Hanen is involved in the current conservative clash with liberal sensibilities in his February 16, 2015, injunction prohibiting the Government from going ahead with a presidential executive order that would have given illegal immigrants legal status and protection and let them apply for work permits, in contravention of immigration law and the absence of an act of Congress. The Obama Administration appealed the injunction ordered by Hanen in the 5th Circuit, and is scheduled to offer argument on April 17 on whether it should lift the temporary hold so that the program can proceed while the lawsuit continues (State of Texas, et al. v. United States of America, et al. (Civil No. 1-14-CV-254).

April 17 is an auspicious date in the dispute leveled in federal court by 28 states because that is the deadline Judge Hanen gave Massey’s attorney to offer his pleadings in support of his motion to suppress the evidence against Massey, and to dismiss the criminal charge against him. His ruling is expected on April 20. Hanen, an appointee of President George W. Bush, was forced to cool his heels during the Clinton Administration when Senators declined to confirm his original appointment by President George Herbert Walker Bush. He is an honors graduate of Baylor Law, the valedictorian of his class.

So it goes.

– The Legendary

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“Southmost,” jokingly called by residents, “The Gated Community”

Deputy beating a mother caught on hidden camera

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Greenville, TX – The story is brutal, and the only thing unusual about it is that a law officer is depicted giving a pregnant woman a severe beating with his fists, his actions captured by a concealed camera, while the woman’s 18-month-old boy looks on in horror.

Deanna Jo Robinson-Katsuki, 38, knew CPS workers were looking for her to serve a court order placing her 18-month old boy in foster care.

She left her home in the D/FW Metroplex on the rainy evening of March 3 and took refuge at her parents’ home in the Hunt County town of Quinlan, where two city police officers and a Deputy Sheriff named Joshua Robinson escorted the child protective services workers.

They gave her a glance at the court order alleging abuse of her child and those of her estranged husband.

She claims they didn’t let her read the document, and that she protested when they attempted to take her little boy without giving her a chance to do so.

That’s when two of the officers, Robinson and a city patrolman, wedged her into a corner of the kitchen counter and began to attempt to wrestle her into handcuffs.

Ms. Robinson repeatedly screamed, “I’m pregnant! I’m pregnant!”

A video made with a hidden camera placed in the dining room area that depicted the struggle taking place in her mother’s kitchen reveals that when they were unable to subdue her, Deputy Robinson punched the pregnant woman at least twice with a closed fist in the area of her kidneys on both sides of her spine. Pictures shot at a doctor’s office six days later following her release from jail show distinct bruising on her back, her extensively distended abdomen, and her thighs.

A mug shot released by authorities shows that she is 5 feet, two inches in height and weighed 175 pounds at the time, in the third trimester of her pregnancy of 38 weeks and 6 days. She was booked into the county jail for the third degree felony offense of assault of a police officer, interfering with an official duty, and resisting arrest. There, she served six days time sleeping on a concrete floor with the overhead lights shining in her eyes, a jailer checking on her every 15 minutes.

She said in an interview that despite her pleas, she received no medical attention because a female nurse who works at the jail was “afraid for her job.” Maneuvering in the jail was a painful process, she recalls. “I was about as big as a woman can get.”

What led to her apprehension as a potentially abusive parent whose 18-month-old child was seized, and the placement in custodial care of her newborn son to whom she gave birth six days after her release from jail?

One of my stepsons told his teacher about a fight – a case of domestic violence – that took place between myself and my husband. I hit him and he threw a chair at me,” she recalls. “The boy told her he really didn’t care if he lived or died. He said that he was tired of his life, that he wanted to die.” She said the boy is afflicted with a nerve disorder – cerebral palsy.

She is a veteran of the Iraq War who served in-country in an Air Force billet.

The story is all too familiar – domestic violence perpetrated by a war veteran leading to the seizure of the children in the family. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that of 2.5 million reports of child abuse and/or neglect each year, 686,000 children are deemed in “dire need” of an intervention, and of these, 17.7 percent of the reports are substantiated.

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Fear and hostility marked the conduct of staff members at the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office when The Legendary showed up to collect public information related to the arrest that had been promised earlier. A woman named Teresa Duckworth who works as a secretary to the staff of the Criminal Investigation Division fairly shouted that the information is “too sensitive” to be released, that “It’s still under investigation.” She was reminded that the arrest and appearance before the magistrate to be charge was an accomplished fact, no longer under investigation.

She summoned an executive of the department who identified himself as “Buddy.” Buddy explained that though the public information request was precisely worded to include only items that are not excepted under the open records law, “That’s not how it was interpreted.”

After he talked with Sheriff Randy Meeks, he came back with a smile, offering booking information, the charge sheets, and the “police blotter” information regarding the offense and arrest. “Maybe we can give you part of the facts,” he explained.

Affidavits of probable cause for a warrantless arrest had been sent to a private attorney named Daniel Ray. Mr. Ray said, “I’m not going to release the narratives until they have been thoroughly redacted and I have obtained an Attorney General’s Opinion.” Clearly, Mr. Ray, a very cordial man with impeccable manners, is thinking ahead.

Judge Wayne Money smiled and said, “OK, what you want are the arrest affidavits, huh? Tell you what, if Mr. Ray says I should release them, I will on his say-so.” A clerk in his office had refused the request as out of the question, saying no such records exist in the courts. Her co-worker had asked, “What does he want?” She replied, “Oh, he wants the affidavits on Deanna Jo.” They both rolled their eyes as another woman fled to the judge’s chambers to summon him in this emergency.

Sheriff Meeks vowed to newsmen that his department will conduct a thorough investigation.

Information about the arrest – though incomplete and consisting only of the unsubstantiated video – went viral before authorities released public information about the incident.

As of midnight today, Tuesday, April 7, the YouTube video of the beating had received 70,000 views after one day of posting, according to data supplied by the broadcasting service.

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One may watch the video by clicking on the hyperlink below:

https://youtu.be/eJuKlQF0meg