Tuesday, July 10, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT JOHN COLBERT SUED OVER VIOLATION OF ARKANSAS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT






Newly hired Fayetteville Public School Superintendent John L. Colbert has decided to violate the rights of our publisher under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. 


COLBERT

Our publisher requested documents concerning the firing of Colbert's former boss,  Matthew Wendt back on June 19th.



WENDT

FPS attorney Missy Duke claims Colbert can't release the documents because someone, probably Wendt, has told Colbert that he will seek "intervention" from the court to prevent release of the public records regarding his firing.



DUKE (on right)
FPS has no right to withhold the requested records no matter what Wendt or anyone else threatens to do.

Wendt's attorneys requested an opinion from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge after the FPS had determined that the documents were releasable under the AFOIA.

Rutledge's opinion was clear and direct - the material sought was releasable under the AFOIA. You can read it by clicking here.

Rutledge even went so far to mention that Wendt's text messages, used in his termination and sought by our publisher, reflected the "lack of performance of official functions" and were releasable under the AFOIA. Way to go Leslie!


Rutledge lost a lawsuit filed against her and the Arkansas State Police and she has cited that loss in a recent AG's Opinion. You can view that opinion by clicking here  - see page 7 - Rutledge was the "et al".




The lawsuit filed by our publisher will have to be heard in seven days, and Wendt's attorney's won't be able to serve our publisher notice before then.

Our publisher has fought and won several similar AFOIA lawsuits, the most recent one against befouled Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Tremar Buckner.

The Fayetteville School Board voted unanimously to fire Wendt on June 18th following a sexual harassment investigation.

The attorney of the woman who filed the complaint against Wendt released the document in a press release on June 14th.

The woman said her problems with Wendt began in September 2017 with an invitation to meet "a group of employees after a Saturday employee retreat." But when she arrived, no one else showed up except Wendt.

While the two were there, she said he "pulled my face around and kissed me."

After that incident, she received texts from Wendt to meet at a hotel. She eventually met him at the hotel where they had drinks and had sex in October 2017. 

The woman said it was "the biggest mistake I've ever made."

Wendt allegedly requested the two start a relationship and when she refused, she said Wendt started driving by her house.

The behavior would escalate until a sexual harassment complaint was filed on May 25th with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

 - Stay tuned for updates.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

GOVERNOR'S SON ARRESTED FOR DWI - THIS MAKES HIS 4TH TIME

ASA HUTCHINSON III PLACED IN HANDCUFFS BY ASP TROOPER TAYLOR ELKINS

William Asa Hutchinson III, the son of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson was arrested back on May 18th by the Arkansas State Police for his 4th Driving While Intoxicated ("DWI") offense.
  
We previously covered his 3rd DWI arrest which his conviction was tossed due to a technicality  (click here, here and here) and his arrest at a festival in Alabama for possession of MDMA (click here and here).

ASA III's ALABAMA MUGSHOT

His latest arrest resulted when he was blasting down I-49 and was clocked by an Arkansas State Trooper going almost 90 mph.

When the trooper pulled Asa III over and was talking with him, he noticed the smell of alcohol and impaired motor movements.

The trooper also noted opened box of canned alcoholic beverages (beer?) in the back seat.  The trooper asked him if he had been drinking and Asa III said no.

The trooper had Asa III exit his vehicle and the trooper noted that Asa III's eyes were bloodshot and watery.

The trooper inquires again about drinking and Asa III then said he had been drinking earlier that morning, but he was "sober as a jaybird".

Asa III whined about his shoes and clothes and stated that his younger girlfriend had dressed him. He went on to say that it was not the clothes he wants to wear. This drunkard is 42 years old.

Asa III slurred his words, had difficulty standing on one leg (he wobbled but did not fall down) and he blew a 0.187% BAC during a portable breath test. The legal limit is 0.08%. 

This is the video we obtained from the Arkansas State Police of the incident. It's 25 minutes long, so grab some popcorn and a non-alcoholic beverage.


 
We have additional videos and they will be posted as they are added to our YouTube channel.

These are the documents we obtained from the Washington County Sheriff's Department.






 And the report from the Arkansas State Police.



We requested the  information from the ASP back on May 29th and received it yesterday.


These are some screen shots of what you can expect in the other videos.





  

 






Asa III needs to have an ignition interlock on his ride before he kills someone.

His daddy needs to have a come to Jesus meeting with him and get him some substance abuse treatment. Makes us wonder if its something that runs in the family and they don't see this as a problem.

The moral of this story is if you are connected to an elected official, especially to the Governor of a state, you get breaks, Like Asa III has, that most other folks don't get.



 




Saturday, May 19, 2018

FORT SMITH DISTRICT JUDGE JIM O'HERN ADMITS HE VIOLATED LAW ACCEPTING ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

ADMITTED LAWBREAKER - FORT SMITH DISTRICT JUDGE JIM O'HERN

Fort Smith District Judge Jim O'Hern signed an Offer of Settlement with the Arkansas Ethics Commission in which he admitted and agreed he violated Arkansas law by accepting illegal campaign contributions in his run for office.
The complaint against O'Hern was filed by the publisher of this blog.




O'Hern was not fined, but was issued a Public Letter of Caution.



O'Hern's campaign treasurer, William C. Warren, Jr.,  an attorney as well, also signed the Offer of Settlement and was fined the whopping sum of $100.00 for violating the law by accepting illegal campaign contributions.  



Warren was also issued a Public Letter of Caution.

You can view the documents concerning O'Hern sent to our publisher about by the Ethics Commission by clicking here:

You can view the documents concerning Warren sent to our publisher about by the Ethics Commission by clicking here:

We will post a link to the full Ethics Commission files on this matter once they are released.

O'Hern remains under investigation by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

In case you missed our previous posts about O'Hern and his meth using prostitute girlfriend:


http://badgovernmentinarkansas.blogspot.com/2016/12/fort-smith-judge-elect-involved-in.html

http://badgovernmentinarkansas.blogspot.com/2017/01/more-details-surface-in-judge-jim-ohern.html 

http://badgovernmentinarkansas.blogspot.com/2017/03/sketchy-fort-smith-judge-acknowledges.html 

http://badgovernmentinarkansas.blogspot.com/2017/12/ethics-commission-accepts-complaint-on.html 

http://badgovernmentinarkansas.blogspot.com/2017/11/more-problems-for-sebastian-county.html 

http://badgovernmentinarkansas.blogspot.com/2018/04/arkansas-ethics-commission-finds.html

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

INFORMATION FBI SUBPOENAED CONCERNING STATE SENATOR JOYCE ELLIOT FROM CENTRAL ARKANSAS PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT REVEALS MORE MONEY FUNNELED TO RUSTY CRANFORD - DID ELLIOT GET A KICKBACK LIKE FELLOW LEGISLATORS?

STATE SENATOR JOYCE ELLIOT (LEFT) AND RUSTY CRANFORD (RIGHT) ON ELECTION NIGHT IN 2012

Last week we received a tip that the FBI had their eyes on Arkansas State Senator Joyce Elliot (D) of Little Rock. 

So we called the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District office in Lonoke (they are the agency that gave of the GIF booty) and made a verbal Freedom of Information request for "all files the FBI subpoened from their agency regarding state Senator Joyce Elliot."

CAPDD quicky responded, after all they had already prepared the records for the FBI,  and did we strike gold.

Elliot funneled around $60,000.00 to Rusty Cranford just as felons Micah Neal and Jon Woods did.

NEAL & WOOD ALSO FUNNELED TAXPAYER FUNDS TO CRANFORD

Neal testified at his trial back in April that "Jon and I expected to get paid." 

The question we have is did Elliot also expect a payment and did she get one?





Cranford did not provide CAPDD with much in the way of documentation to show how the funds were spent and he changed what the money was going to be used for after making an application and obtaining approval.


 
 
 


 
 

Cranford's case is set for trial this month in Missouri.

MUGSHOT OF RUSTY CRANFORD


We also found other questionable expenditures of taxpayer funds by Elliot.

Like public funds for a private United Methodist Church college, Philander Smith,  $125,000 for equipment and scholarships.






And $7,000.00 for a choir concert for St. Luke Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

 





 
ST LUKE BAPTIST CHURCH IN NORTH LITTLE ROCK

Then there was $25,000 to Mosaic Church for its Vine & Village program to purchase folding tables, computers and some boxes of diapers.







 









 
MOSAIC CHURCH - LITTLE ROCK

The kicker was $26,000.00  to  St. Mark Baptist Church for video equipment so they could upgrade to high definition for the broadcast their Sunday morning service on television.











ST. MARK BAPTIST CHURCH IN LITTLE ROCK


Public funds should not be used for scholarships to attended church owned colleges and to purchase lab equipment for a church owned college or for church choir concerts (especially a church led by a pastor arrested for beating his wife in the church parking lot - Google Jacksonville pastor Eric Alexander arrested) or to buy tables, computers and video equipment for a church.

One thing is for sure, it is time for Elliot to go. Even if the FBI does not charge her with crimes, she has outlived her stay as a public official.