Friday, January 19, 2018

ETHICS COMMISSION FINDS THAT APRIL MATHIS VIOLATED LAW - IMPOSES $500 FINE

APRIL MATHIS ATTEMPTS TO AVOID BEING PHOTOGRAPHED

The Arkansas Ethics Commission unanimously found that April Mathis, a former employee of Cody Hiland at the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's Office, violated Arkansas Code Annotated § 21-8-304 and imposed a $500 fine.


Our complaint to the Ethics Commission alleged that Mathis used her position to obtain sealed court records from another state, records that were of divorce proceedings of the current wife of Mathis' ex-husband. 

You can read the complaint submitted to the Arkansas Ethics Commission by clicking here.

Mathis represent herself at the hearing and claimed that since she had been "sanctioned" at her former job, the matter already been dealt with and the complaint before them was moot. 

Mathis also claimed that there was no policy about use of county email for personal use.

The publisher of this blog countered each defense claim made by Mathis and stated that the evidence was clear and overwhelming that Mathis used her position for personal gain and benefit.  

He  pointed out that Mathis did not return the documents after she claimed she found out she was not supposed to have received them as her testimony in the hearing revealed.  Mathis tried to place blame on the circuit clerk from the other state.

The publisher also pointed out that the disciplinary action taken by her former employer had not bearing on the matter before the Commission, as did the pending investigation by Special Prosecutor Jack Quarry for possible criminal charges.

He also countered Mathis' claim about  email use and referred to an email from Faulkner County Attorney David Hogue that contained an excerpt of policy that prohibited such use.




You can read our previous posts about Mathis by clicking here, here, here, here, here and here.

We will post the Ethics Commission file as soon as it is released to us - usually it is made public 30 days after a final decision.


 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

TOM COTTON SENDS OUT CEASE & DESISIT LETTERS TO CONSTITUENTS

JUNIOR SENATOR THOMAS BRYANT COTTON SENDS CONSTITUENTS TO THE SHIT-HOUSE

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton has been sending troublesome constituents and others cease and desist letters.


Hopefully Trump will appoint Cotton to some shit-hole post and appoint someone that will have thicker skin and intelligence to listen to constituents.

In the meantime let Cotton know what you think of his shit-move.



#TimeForChange

Thursday, January 11, 2018

ETHICS COMMISSION SETS FINAL ADJUCATION HEARING FOR APRIL MATHIS COMPLAINT


APRIL MATHIS - CRAZY LIKE A FOX OR JUST PLAIN CRAZY?


We previously posted about April Mathis, now a former employee of Cody Hiland back when he was Prosecuting Attorney for the 20th Judicial District. You can read those posts by clicking here, here, here, here and here.

Mathis was forced to reign or be fired after her illegal activities were revealed by this blog and she filed a false police report about her children being "kidnapped."

She is now reported to be working as a substitute teacher - check you kids schools in Conway and surrounding towns - she is someone that we would not want our children or anyone's children exposed to. 

We filed an complaint with the Arkansas Ethics Commission concerning Mathis using her position in the office of the Prosecuting Attorney for the 20th Judicial District for her own personal gain and benefit. You can view the complaint by clicking here.

The publisher of this blog received notice of the date for the final adjudication hearing in today's mail.  





Based on our experience with the Ethics Commission, they will find that she violated Arkansas law and deal out the appropriate sanctions.

But that is not the end of April's troubles.

Conway Police also investigated Mathis and found reason to believe that she had criminally violated Arkansas laws and turned a file over to Conway City Attorney Chuck Clawson. 

Clawson was reluctant to get involved as there are rumors that he and Mathis had a fling and that led to his divorce.

Clawson's divorce case was sealed and we cannot review or obtain copies of case filings to see if such allegations were made. 

There must be a reason Clawson wanted his divorce case sealed as sealing divorce case files is rare, except in Faulkner County where they like to hide a lot of salacious information. 

After months of prodding by the publisher of this blog, Clawson requested a Special Prosecutor be appointed.



We spoke with the appointed Special Prosecutor Jack McQuary earlier this week and he advised us that the matter is being reviewed and a decision about filing charges against her will be forthcoming.

McQuary acts as a Special Prosecutor in cases all over the state and has a busy caseload as lots of Prosecuting Attorney's don't want to get involved in a case that involves friends or individuals that they have some sort or relationship with.

We also understand from sources inside the Faulkner County Circuit Court system (yes court employees like to read this blog) that this blog was the subject of attention in a recent hearing in April's domestic relations case.

Her attorney,  James "Bugsy" Barger, wanted to find out how we obtained all our information about his client.




Too bad he did not subpoena the publisher of the blog as he would have learned about the little thing called the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. But he is not concerned with the truth.

Stay tuned for updates.

 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

DFA RELEASES FORMS THAT LEAD TO DISCOVERY OF NAMES OF INDIVIDUALS THAT FILED APPLICATIONS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION AND DISPENSARY PERMITS




TAINTED ABC ENFORCEMENT DIRECTOR BOYCE HAMLET WILL NO DOUBT TAKE A PERSONAL INTEREST IN ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA OUTLETS AND CULTIVATION FACILITIES


We successfully fought the Department of Finance and Administration for release of documents to help identify the individuals that filed applications for permits to open a Medical Marijuana cultivation facility or dispensary.

Although they redacted the name of the applicant on the forms we requested, we are able to identify most if not all of them through filings with the Arkansas Secretary of States office and will soon have another post that will list the names and proposed locations and their information from filings with the Arkansas Secretary of State.




We have uploaded the files DFA gave us and you can view then by clicking on the links listed below.













 



Once we have completed the research, we will list the applicants in another post.

Friday, December 22, 2017

2017 WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR BLOGGING

This and other blogs we publish had an epic year of rooting out and exposing misdeeds and misadventures of local, county, state and federal agencies and their employees in Arkansas.

Every day we get information from the public, employees in local, county, state and federal agencies that we investigate and share with our growing readership.

Several posts we made were featured in the Arkansas Times Best and Worst 2017.


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One was our January 15th post about state General Improvement Funds being being given to a sham medical research entity.




The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette published a story about this 10 months later and made it seems like it was breaking9news crack investigative journalism.  

They were heavily criticized by the Arkansas Times and us for their  "BREAKING NEWS" front page story.







We know that many of the ARDEMGAZ  reporters follow our blogs and often report on the same topics, but to try and do what they did back in October was a new low for that rag.

In April we obtained footage that no other new media source obtained and even some that Arkansas State Police investigators did not have concerning Johnson County Circuit Court Judge "Wild Bill Pearson and posted several stories on our Bad Government in Arkansas blog.





http://badgovernmentinarkansas.blogspot.com/2017/04/judge-fails-to-stop-at-checkpoint-is.html

http://badgovernmentinarkansas.blogspot.com/2017/04/new-videos-obtained-of-judge-wild-bill.html

http://badgovernmentinarkansas.blogspot.com/2017/04/watch-video-of-drunk-judge-wild-bill.html

The next one our our posts referenced was from our Bad City of Little Rock blog about the corruption and violation of city and state laws by LRPD for refusing to issue tickets to LRPD personnel (or any other LEO) when they cause an accident withing the city limits of Little Rock.





That post is cited by many that are demanding the removal of LRPD Chief Kenton Tremar Buckner and LR City Manger Bruce Moore from their positions.
 
The last post that was noted in the Arkansas Times Best and Worst 2017 was another one from our Bad City of Little Rock blog about the financial mismanagement of public funds by Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore with his "no strings attached" $5k bonus to LRPD recruits upon graduation from the academy.




The ARKDEMGAZ and other news media reported that two officers took the money and ran, but it was our blog post that identified them and exposed lies that LR City Manager Bruce Moore told about the "incentive" and documented his refusal to set any sort of conditions on the receipt of that "incentive" even after $10k was foolishly wasted.

We expect that 2018 will prove to be a better blogging year and much more corruption will be exposed.


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Sunday, December 17, 2017

LITTLE ROCK CITY LEADERS MORE CONCERNED ABOUT LAUNCHING OF USS LITTLE ROCK THAN DEATHS OF MOTHER AND CHILDREN

  
MAYOR MARK "SKIPPER" STODOLA  AT LAUNCHING OF USS LITTLE ROCK

Little Rock city leaders display lack of respect and concern in recent events. Two more marks added to their naughty list.
http://badlittlerock.blogspot.com/2017/12/city-leaders-more-concerned-about.html

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FORMER PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH BATTERY FOR ATTACK ON SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENT

KAY SURRATT - PCSSD EMPLOYEE (NOW FIRED) ATTACKED SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENT

Kay Surratt, was a Pulaski County Special School District employee back in February of this year web she viciously attacked a special needs student that was being transported to a caretakers home.
 


The vicious attacks occurred while the vehicle was traveling from Little Rock to Maumelle and apparently the driver of the PCSSD vehicle,  Aaron Shelton, called 911 and a North Little Rock Police Officer responded. 

According to information obtained by our staff, the victim was placed into handcuffs by NLR police, but was not arrested or charged with any offense.

NLR Police refused to arrest Surratt and it is not believed that they filed a mandated report with the Arkansas Department of Human Services as Arkansas law requires.

 



This is not the first time that PCSSD has been under scrutiny for their sketchy employees.

We previously posted a story about them hiring a convicted felony.  

You can read that post by clicking here

Surratt is scheduled to appear in District Court in Little Rock on January 8, 2018.

We have requested a copy of the video from the PCSSD vehicle and other documents regarding their employment of Surratt.

Stay tuned for updates.