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.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ARKANSAS REAL ESTATE COMMISSION DIRECTOR GARY ISOM SOUGHT TO HAVE FAIR HOUSING COMMISSION DIRECT CAROL JOHNSON REMOVED TO KILL COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST HIS AGENCY

GARY ISOM - ARKANSAS REAL ESTATE COMMISSION DIRECTOR

At an October 9th meeting of the Arkansas Real Estate Commission (AREC"), agency director Gary Isom told board members of a complaint filed against his agency that was being investigated by the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission ("AFHC").

Isom told the board he questioned the jurisdiction of the AFHC to conduct sucj an investigation and said he might need to get a lawyer to represent the AREC.

Isom also told the board that unlike himself, who served at the pleasure of the AREC and reported to them, that AFHC Director Carol Johnson did not report to the AFHC and served at the pleasure of the Governor. Isom told board member that one possible solution to resolve the complaint was to get Johnson removed as director.

You can listen to a recording of that meeting by clicking here.

CAROL JOHNSON - ARKANSAS FAIR HOUSING COMMISSION DIRECTOR
In a meeting concerning the complaint and investigation, Johnson refuted Isom's assertion that her agency "lacked jurisdiction". 


You can listen to a recording of that meeting by clicking here

Word is that Johnson, who was at first ready to go after the AREC, has been told by the Governor's office to quash the investigation and Johnson has asked the complainant to drop the complaint.

We have a series of posts coming up shortly about Isom and the AREC that wil bring to light some of their shenanigans. 




Monday, December 4, 2017

ETHICS COMMISSION ACCEPTS COMPLAINT ON FORT SMITH DISTRICT JUDGE JIM O'HERN, HIS CAMPAIGN TEASURER AND TWO DONORS OVER ILLEGAL CONTRIBUTIONS

MUGSHOT OF JUDGE JIM O'HERN
The Arkansas Ethics Commission has accepted a complaint concerning illegal campaign contributions made to and accepted by the Jim O'Hern during his campaign for the position on the Sebastian County District Court in which he currently holds.

You can read our post about the complaint by clicking here.

The next step in the process will be a Probable Cause Hearing, expected to be held after the first of the year.

Stay tuned for updates.











Tuesday, November 21, 2017

FORMER FAULKNER COUNTY EMPLOYEE APRIL MATHIS MAKES ANOTHER FALSE CLAIM - IS SHE A HAINT OR JUST A HISTRIONIC HARLOT??







The continuing saga of April Mathis, a fired employee of the office of the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's Office, has taken a deeper turn into the twilight zone.

In a filing the day before she was a no-show at her Probable Cause hearing before the Arkansas Ethics Commission, April via her attorney, James Barger, files an answer to on-going litigation between her and her former husband in their domestic relations case

JAMES BARGER - APRIL'S ATTORNEY




In the pleading, April claims that she is being harassed by this blog.

This blog has accurately and truthfully detailed her crimes and shenanigans and provided irrefutable evidence to back up any allegations made.  

Again, if April and her shyster believe that we have harassed her by reporting the facts and detailing her actions, then sue us or shut the f#@% up.


 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

ETHICS COMMISSION FINDS PROBABLE CAUSE IN THE APRIL MATHIS COMPLANT - TO SEND OFFER OF SETTLEMENT

APRIL MATHIS


The Arkansas Ethics Commission held a Probable Cause Hearing on Friday, November 17th for the complaint filed by the publisher of this blog against April Mathis. 

You can view the full complaint by clicking here. And you can read out previous posts concerning her by clicking here, here and here.

April Mathis did not appear at the hearing and was not represented by her attorney James Barger.

JAMES BARGER - APRIL MATHIS' LAWYER
The publisher of this blog was permitted to address the Commission and he reiterated the facts of the complaint.

He also informed the Commission that after the filing of the complaint, Mathis had attempted to use her position to influence a Faulkner County Sheriff's Deputy. That attempt resulted in her separation from employment with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for the 20th Judicial District (see this previous post). He pointed out that a Special Prosecutor has been appointed to look into a complaint presented by the Conway Police Department regarding the same matter that resulted in the complaint before the Commission.

He stated that this was a indicator of a pattern of behavior by Mathis,  to use her position as an employee of that agency to get her way even if it was in violation of the law.

A review of the Commissions file revealed some interesting information provided by April Mathis.

When the District Clerk from Flathead County Montana was finally able to speak with April's former boss, Cody Hiland, Hiland pulled April into his office and asked her what she was up to. Hiland demoted her from Case Coordinator to Hot Check Coordinator with a reduction in salary and sent her home for three days without pay.

Mathis also made some wild, unsupported accusations in written statements:

1. She alleged that her ex-husband provided the publisher of this blog with a copy of a deposition in which she perjured herself. FALSE - her ex has never contacted, spoken with or sent anything to the publisher of this blog.

2. She alleged that Peg Allison, the Flathead County Montana District Court Clerk is not a real person because she Googled that name and found nothing. FALSE.


3. She alleges that the Flathead County Montana District Clerk's Office sent her sealed court records by mistake and they are trying to "cover their ass." FALSE. Exhibits in the complaint clearly show that Mathis requested all the documents under false pretense.

April Mathis has told what few friends she still has that what this blog has posted about her is all false and made up.  If that is the case, why has her attorney not demanded that it be taken down? Why did the Ethics Commission accept the complaint about her and move forward? Because it's all true that's why.

Mathis clearly has issues with the truth.  Just check out her heavily retouched photo she posted on her Twitter account.

 PHOTO FROM HOOK-UP SITE

RE-TOUCHED PHOTO FROM HER TWITTER ACCOUNT
There is an  order for a psychological evaluation in her open domestic relations case.  Can't wait to see how that turns out.
 
The Ethics Commission will send Mathis an Offer of Settlement, in which she will have to agree that she violated Arkansas law by using her position as a public employee to obtained sealed records from another state for her our personal benefit and gain.  They can also impose a fine anywhere from $50 to $2000.

She will have a few days to sign and return the letter. If she does not sign the Offer of Settlement,  the Commission will set the matter for a full final hearing.

Stay tuned for updates.


Friday, November 17, 2017

BOBBY MCCALLISTER DONE AS JUDGE




McCALLISTER  - RESIGNATION HAS LEGAL EFFECT OF REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

Bobby McCallister's days as a judge are done. This was announced today by the Arkansas Judicial Disciple & Disability Commission.

DAVID SACHAR - JDDC DIRECTOR ADDRESSES MEMBERS OF THE PRESS PRIOR TO THE MEETING

 

McCallister will continue to draw a paycheck until December 15th. He still faces a criminal trial in state courts and the IRS has apparently chosen to seek a civil judgment and let him slide on criminal penalties.

McCallister had filed no more than four returns in 22 years. He faces more than $100,000 in federal tax liens for years in private practice.

JJDC PANEL MEMBERS

Thursday, November 16, 2017

MORE PROBLEMS FOR SEBASTIAN COUNTY DISTRICT JUDGE JIM O'HERN - THIS TIME IT'S ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS


LRPD MUGSHOT OF JIM O'HERN

No doubt readers will recall the escapade in December 2016 at a sketchy Little Rock hotel that lead to the arrest and release of then Judge Elect Jim O'Hern of Fort Smith and his questionable girlfriend Brandie Gibson after meth was found in their hotel room.
Gibson was charged with possession of a controlled substance and in September 2017 made a negotiated  plea and was fined and placed on three years probation. Her probation case was transferred to Fort Smith and she is listed as residing at the same address at Judge O'Hern.


In the coming days we will detail the appointment of a Special Prosecuting Attorney in Sebastian County to investigate allegations of violation of a court order and harassment by O'Hern and Gibson.
Our previous posts about the Judge Jim O'Hern Scandal:
O'Hern is probably the only sitting married judge in Arkansas to ever have a felony probationer as a live-in girlfriend.
O'Hern is currently under investigation by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission in part due to his involvement with Gibson.
Now Judge O'Hern is facing a complaint for accepting an illegal campaign contribution made by the Fiori Joint Revocable Trust,
That trust is administered by Sam and Susan Fiori of Fort Smith.
SAM & SUSAN FIORI
Sam Fiori is CEO of K-Mac Enterprises, Inc., a franchisee of Golden Corral, KFC and Taco Bell.
No doubt this will open another investigation by the JDDC into Judge O'Hern's questionable activities.
Here is the complete Ethics Complaint filed against O"Hern, Bill Warren, Jr, his campaign treasurer and the Fiori's.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

ETHICS COMMISSION SETS PROBABLE CAUSE HEARING FOR APRIL MANTHIS, FORMER EMPLOYEE OF CODY HILAND

 
WHAT HOLD DID MATHIS HAVE OVER HILAND TO KEEP HIM FROM FIRING HER?


The Arkansas Ethics Commission has set a probable cause hearing for the complaint about filed about April Mathis for November 17th.

Mathis used her position as the case coordinator for Cody Hiland, who was Prosecuting Attorney for the 20th Judicial District at the time. Hiland is now the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

We posted about her shenanigans here and here.






After months of Conway City Attorney Charles Clawson not taking any action on the investigative file Conway Police turned over to him, he finally sought out and received a Special Prosecuting Attorney to review the matter and potentially file criminal charges against April Mathis.


We first contacted Clawson about this matter in August and then again in September.







Tuesday, October 31, 2017

MORE EVIDENCE SURFACES ABOUT EMPLOYEE IN FAULKER COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY'S OFFICE USING HER POSITION FOR PERSONAL BENEFIT AND GAIN

 
APRIL MATHIS - WILL HER CRAZY ANTICS RESULT IN LEGAL ACTIONS???

We posted a story back in August about shenanigans in the office of the now former Prosecuting Attorney for the 20th Judicial District of Arkansas, Cody Hiland, that involved his case coordinator April Mathis.

That post detailed how April Mathis used her position to obtain sealed records from another state under the false pretense that it was for a criminal case in Arkansas. Turns out it was sealed records from the divorce case of the current wife of her ex-husband.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission has an on-going investigation into a compliant about that very thing and the search for a Special Prosecuting Attorney to review the matter began several months ago - more on that in an up-coming post.

Mathis was demoted from her position as Case Coordinator to that of Hot Check Coordinator in March after complaints about her illegal activity were made to Hiland.


  
News came in recently that she was given the choice to resign or be fired. She chose to resign.


 

The straw that broke the camels back was her latest attempt to use her position in the Prosecuting Attorney's Office for her personal benefit and gain.


According to the report, Nancy Eastham (Deputy Circuit Clerk) was with April Mathis during this kooky episode. Eastham and Mathis spent hours sending emails to each other about personal matters using their work email accounts. A post about Eastham and a threat she made is coming soon.







 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE 10 MONTHS TOO LATE ON STORY ABOUT GIF SHENANIGANS - CALLED OUT BY ARKANSAS TIMES FOR FAILURE TO CREDIT BGA BLOG PUBLISHER

MAYBE IT'S TIME FOR A NAME CHANGE FOR THE PAPER

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ran a story by their top notch investigative reporter, Lisa Hammersly, on the front page Sunday.


The paper made it seem like Hammersly rooted out previously unknown shenanigans in the sketchy GIF pork barrel program. Wrong.

LINDA HAMMERSLY


We posted the same information, with documents, back on Sunday, January 15, 2017.


You can read our full investigative post by clicking here.

We were pleasantly surprised to see the Arkansas Times point out that the information that top-notch investigative reporter Linda Hammersly was staking claim to uncovering had actually been uncovered 10 months before by this blog and noted in stories by the Arkansas Times.



Brantley also said this:


Perhaps Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporters should follow our blogs so they can keep on top of breaking investigative stories.




Sunday, October 1, 2017

TAINTED ABC ENFORCEMENT DIRECTOR BOYCE HAMLET PROVES ONCE AGAIN THAT HE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO TALK TO THE PRESS


Read our latest post about the ABC on our Bad Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control blog: https://badaralcoholcontol.blogspot.com/2017/10/once-again-tainted-abc-enforcement.html


"IT WILL BE THE SECOND OR THIRD WEEK IN NOVEMBER BEFORE YOU SEE THE LAW SHOWING UP ON THE SHELVES OF GROCERY STORES." - BOYCE HAMLET, TAINTED ABC ENFORCEMENT DIRECTOR

Friday, September 29, 2017

ARKANSAS STATE POLICE TROOP L IN SPRINGDALE UNDER REVIEW AFTER TWO NOTABLE EVENTS THIS YEAR - TROOPER HITS ANOTHER WITH CAR & COMMUNICATION TECHS FUDGE LEAVE RECORDS




The Arkansas State Police will be conducting an administrative review of the police troop that patrols the northwest part of the state.

The review follows several incidents from Troop L in Springdale, including a high-speed pursuit that resulted in a trooper striking a lieutenant with his vehicle, according to state police spokesman Bill Sadler.

ASP SPOKESMAN BILL SADLER
 
Trooper Alan Aiken's report states he mistook Lt. John Overman of the State Police for a fleeing driver during the January 11, 2017 pursuit. A video recording shows Aiken's car striking Overman from behind and knocking him sideways to the ground.



Lt. Overman was in plainclothes at the time, and believes Trooper Aiken misidentified him as the suspect, according to the complaint.

“Trooper Aiken has had several pursuits since the above incident and continues to demonstrate a very limited ability to control his emotions and actions in stressful situations,” Lt. Overman wrote in the complaint.

Trooper Aiken “sees the incident as something of a joke,” Lt. Overman wrote. Trooper Aiken tried to get the repair shop to give him a piece of his vehicle’s bumper that was damaged when hitting Lt. Overman, so Trooper Aiken could turn it into a plaque, according to the complaint. 

On Thursday, September 21, 2017 Arkansas State Police Troop L staff were instructed to pull Trooper Aiken from pursuits he tries to join and to terminate any pursuits he begins, except in extreme cases, according to the complaint.

“Trooper Aiken has shown that he cannot be trusted to perform under stressful situations in a manner that does not jeopardize safety or that he does not bring embarrassment or liability to the department,” Lt. Overman wrote.

“He poses an extreme liability to the agency, the safety of the public, other officers and himself,” Lt. Overman wrote.
    
Other recent incidents include two civilian troop telecommunications operators that were suspended for several days without pay after they were accused of documenting sick leave as work time "on numerous occasions," according to a report. The State Police Review Board found the accusations to be true.

Sadler said commanders from administrative headquarters and Office of Professional Standards staff will meet with the troop's supervisors and troopers to review "routine practices and procedures."

The review began earlier this year. Saddler said the review was requested by Capt. Lance King and other police officials.

CAPT. LANCE KING

Troop L patrols Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties.

Stay tuned for updates.

JONESBORO POLICE OFFICER FIRED FOR FUELING UP HIS PERSONAL VEHICLES WITH CITY GAS CARD - WAS SAME COP IN VIRAL VIDEO LAST YEAR

OFFICER JUSTIN THOMPSON ADMITTED USING CITY CARD TO FUEL HIS PERSONAL VEHICLES


Jonesboro Police Officer Justin Thompson was fired this week after an internal investigation revealed that he has used a city issued gas card to fill up his personal vehicles as far back as 2016 which is a criminal offense - Theft of Property.



Sgt. Karen Oldham was reviewing gas purchase logs of officers and noticed irregularities in logs of Officer Justin Thompson.

SGT. OLDHAM HAD OFFICER THOMPSON IN HER SIGHTS OVER GAS PURCHASES

The records reflected that it appeared that Officer Thompson often filled his patrol car more than once on some days and that the mileage did not match up to the amounts of fuel being purchased.

Thompson often filled his patrol car up at the end of his shift and then filled it up again at the start of his next shift. 

Sgt. Oldham's suspicions heighten when she noticed that Officer Thompson on one particular day fueled his patrol car at 7:43 a.m. with 11.03 gallons of gas. The mileage noted at that time was 76961. Than at 11:03 a.m., Thompson fueled his patrol vehicle again with 11.13 gallons of gas, with the mileage noted as 76999. Sgt. Oldham calculated that Thompson's patrol unit used more than 10 gallons of gas to go 38 miles about three hours.

Sgt. Oldham began reviewing video from several Kum & Go stations for the dates and times that Officer Thompson was fueling up his patrol car and was shocked to find that on many occasions instead of filling up his patrol car, Thompson was putting gas into a Dodge Charger or a GMC Yukon, the same model of vehicles as owned by Thompson.

So on or about September 21st, Sgt. Oldham reported her findings to Capt. B.J. Smith. Smith then notified Thompson that he was the subject of an internal investigation and he needed to get his ass into Smith's office at 0900 the next morning.



CAPTAIN B.J. SMITH

 So on September 22nd, Capt. Smith had Thompson sign this form and then began interrogating him.



During the interrogation, Thompson admitted that he used his city issued gas card to put gas into her personal vehicles as well as vehicles of others. Thompson admitted that the only fuel that went into his GMC Yukon was gas purchased with his city issued card.

Thompson claimed that some of the gas purchased was to help stranded motorists but could not back up those statements with any proof.

After the interrogation, Thompson was placed on administrative leave with pay.




 Thompson was then summoned to the Chief's office on September 25th and was promptly fired.

CHIEF RICK ELLIOT

  




Thompson made several posts on his Facebook account concerning his actions.




Last year (August 2016) Thompson gained some unwanted notoriety when he failed to securely fasten handcuffs on 19 year old Logan Younger wrists and was placed in the back seat of his patrol car. The young scallywag was able to slide the handcuffs off one wrist and use it to bang on the car windows and the protective plexiglass barrier between him and Thompson.

Thompson became anxious and when Younger began kicking the car window he turned on the siren and hauled ass towards the Crittenden County Jail, driving in the middle turn lane in heavy traffic.

Younger then pulled a Zippo style lighter out of his pocket (another mistake by Thompson) and tried to set the interior of the police car on fire. This startled Thompson who lost control of the vehicle and rolled over ejecting Younger out of the rear window.



 
 



You can read an article about the crash by clicking here.
 
Video of this incident went viral and to  the best of our knowledge Thompson was not reprimanded for his carelessness that resulted in the accident.



The first video shows Younger in the backseat and the second video is from the dash camera of the patrol car.










LOGAN YOUNGER AFTER THE ACCIDENT

Younger was charged with escape 3rd degree, public intoxication, fleeing on foot and minor in possession.

If Younger was 19, then under Arkansas Law he was not a minor but a legal adult.  Silly policemen, tricks are for kids.


It's not clear if criminal charges will be filed against Thompson.

Stay tuned for updates.