WV ISSUES TO BE FEATURED ON CBS-DUTCH NEWS – TV Crew Visits Calhoun, Broadband Promises
| Erik Mouthaan (L) and Freek Herberts visit the Hur Herald office
Story and Photos by Drew Moody
Last week, three stories brought the North American bureau chief of RTL-TV news (The Netherlands) and his cameraman to West Virginia.
While state and national media focused on the toxic chemical spill in Charleston, Erik Mouthaan and his cameraman, Freek Herberts, traveled the back roads of the Mountain State for other reasons.
Based in New York City, the pair spent a day in Calhoun County putting together a story about the lack of high-speed Internet access.
In addition, they also focused on prescription drug addiction and the coal industry in the state.
“The fact that 1-in-7 people (in the U.S.) don’t have access to the Internet is mind-boggling to me,” Mouthaan said last week. He surmised since America is the home to Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and invented the concept of online shopping there is no good reason why everyone shouldn’t have access to high-speed Internet.
A problem in rural West Virginia is selling so-called high-speed that really doesn’t come close to advertised speeds.
“Back home in Holland connectivity to the Internet is not an issue. We have 5-percent of the population not online and it’s mainly because they choose not to,” he said, with real broadband speeds.
RTL-TV producers in New York City began researching the lack of rural broadband and stumbled on The Hur Herald’s extensive and ongoing coverage of the issue.
Hur Herald owner/publisher, Bob Weaver, subsequently agreed to assist them with the story.
Will Dobbins, of near Chloe shared his difficulty
Dobbins said at times the connection speed operates at such a crawl if he were to attempt to download a full-length movie it could take 14-days.
Marvin and Peggy Stemple, of the Rocksdale/Richardson area of Calhoun County still have to use a dial-up connection using a phone line modem.
Marvin Stemple demonstrates the slowness of his Internet connection
If they’re lucky they can connect to the Hur Herald and view the home page after waiting five minutes to download it at the 56k connection speed.By comparison, using AT&T’s Internet speed test a Shentel cable modem in Burnsville, WV, clocked download speeds 394-times faster than a 56k modem.
Weaver’s Hur Herald uses a combination of Frontier’s Internet service and HughesNet satellite.
The pairing is costly and is slow by mainstream high-speed standards. “We keep getting told it’s going to get better,” Weaver said.
However, the promises government and politicians have made, along with many phone and cable providers, are largely unfulfilled in rural West Virginia where less than half the population has access to real high-speed Internet.
Mouthaan and Herberts also traveled to the Wyoming County city of Oceana interviewing citizens about the documentary “Oxyana,” which locals say Oceana is now known as because of the OxyCotin addiction levels there.
And finally, they also were working on a news story about the economic impact of the decreased demand for coal and how changes in EPA regulations were affecting mining here.
Erik Mouthaan talks “high-speed” with
RTL News’ trip to Calhoun County this week isn’t the first time media have stopped by The Hur Herald to visit with Bob Weaver.
Writers from The Atlantic and Business Week magazines have made the pilgrimage. Several daily newspaper reporters and columnists have stopped in and done stories.
And Weaver has been featured in several TV documentaries, including one produced by PBS. The Hur Herald is in its 15th year of publication and has over 2-million unique visitors to the website annually.
By Editor Edison
Four years ago a hunter discovered the skeletal remains of Christian Dawn Starcher Seabolt, an 18-year-old Spencer woman, who vanished in 2002.
Authorities went to a remote area known as Groundhog Ridge to examine the remains, discovered about 25 feet from a rural road.
The remains were sent to the Smithsonian for forensic examination, during which they determined a positive identity.
State Police in Spencer indicated to Spencer Newspapers they have no new leads on who murdered the woman, but the Spencer newspaper is a lot like the lying ass Glenville Democrap and Pathfinder of Bullshit ran by Dave, “CORKY” Corcoran, whose paper survives on county commission money from placing legal ads, otherwise could never sell enough advertising to support the rinky dink slink link of a poor excuse for print media.
The 18 yr old girl left her mother’s apartment in Spencer to get a pack of cigarettes on August 31, 2002, but what was not said was that Dawn Starcher Seabolt had information on bad cops and local drug dealing. Anybody that was around in those days and knew the girl would tell you the same story.
This story is about complacency and people not wanting to get involved for the reason the matter stinks of police corruption. If you don’t believe those allegations, I would invite you to go talk to her friends who have long since had their ten year high school reunion. Privately they will tell you the young girl had information about a bad cop.
Seabolt was an acquaintance of “Tattoo Vince” Golosow, a Tariff, Roane County man, now is serving time for killing Michael Judson Reid, 52.
“Tattoo Vince” was connected to a number of individuals who resided in Roane, Wirt and Clay counties, but quite frankly had nothing to do with the murder of the girl. “Vince” will tell you himself, why kill one of the few bang-able chicks in the area. The word is from people in the area was that they were on friendly terms.
Therefore, any savvy investigator knows “Tattoo Vince” in this case is just a patsy, and that false story that he was responsible for the girls murder was disinformation released by the local cops, and by the person that was actually guilty of murdering the girl.
This was the ROANE COUNTY version of the murder of FRED HILL 7 years in advance.
“Tatto Vince” Golosow 58, said Seabolt was a nice girl. He did admit Seabolt used to come around his house.
Sometime after Seabolt went missing, Judd Reid, a friend of hers and Golosow, was murdered.
Golosow was convicted of Reid’s murder in 2004. Golosow, who claims he’s innocent of Reid’s murder, is also considered a person of interest in Seabolt’s case by law enforcement officials.
Moe Starcher the father of the murdered girl thinks his daughter was murdered for attempting to report police corruption. He points to rumors of drug-related law enforcement corruption in the area. His daughter’s claims did not sit well within the law enforcement community, Starcher said.
“What I was told before she came up missing and what I believe to this day:”
“There were some dirty cops in Clay and Roane County. It is well known by many.”
Starcher claims a 911 call was made the day Seabolt disappeared. Officials said the 911 call to which Starcher refers was not made by his daughter.
Officials are working with Starcher to allow him to listen to the recording. Starcher believes the recording the state police will provide is not the call his daughter made, and that they are covering for dirty county cops the same exact way they have been documented of doing so for corrupt law enforcement in Gilmer County.
“I was told by a state police officer that there is a phone call and it was my daughter and now it doesn’t exist. Where does that leave me?”
The State Police are obviously corrupt too!
“I think when (Golosow) said I was on the right track, referring to police corruption, he’s right on that,” Moe Starcher the father of Christian Dawn Starcher Seabolt said.
Starcher referred to a fictional crime novel, “Murder Mountain” written by Ohio police officer, Stacy Dittrich. The fictional novel is based on drug-related events in Clay and Roane counties.
That “GOOFY FUCK” Steve Canterbury Won’t Charge Kelly
Judge Cuffed Publisher-Despite TWO Payments
Just days before The Putnam County Screamer is resigning his office, Michael J. Kelly, the Kanawha County Family Court judge that is hearing one of William M. “Chip” Watkins’ cases may also lose his career-and should go to prison.
PutnamLIVE.com Publisher Mark Hallburn was illegally handcuffed and detained Friday, November 15th, 2013, for nearly two hours-despite having the $250 money order to pay Kelly’s illegal sanctions-after Kelly screamed at Hallburn, “You don’t call the shots.”
But wait-there’s more!
Monday, Hallburn dug up the documents that prove that Kelly’s court staff signed for the certified check to pay for the sanctions NEARLY 24 HOURS BEFORE HALLBURN was detained.
This United States Postal Service document proves that a court staffer (who “conveniently” failed to print a name on the receipt) signed for Hallburn’s cashier’s check Thursday, November 14th, 2013, at 10:40 a.m.
Kelly ignored the fact that Hallburn ALSO brought in a money order, for $250, in person, meeting Kelly’s irrational demand. Hallburn was illegally “cuffed and stuffed” despite FULL COMPLIANCE with Kelly’s order of an in-person appearance and payment.
But wait-theres’s more!
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Administrator Steven D. Canterbury was told about the documents, then provided them, and told Hallburn that he wouldn’t look at the documents-and wouldn’t file an “extraordinary complaint” against Kelly.
“This shouldn’t surprise anyone,” says Hallburn. “Many of us remember when Canterbury covered Watkins by saying The Putnam County Screamer was “just having a bad day” when Watkins screamed at Hurricane Bible Church Pastor Arthur D. Hage in the above video.
So Hallburn published more videos of Watkins screaming-at several people, including Robert Harper, Sr., and Tammy Jo Lambert.
Months later, after Hallburn challenged Watkins to “Face me like a man,” during a disciplinary hearing, the slow-to-respond West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals finally responded.
Watkins was suspended-without pay-but with pension contributions-for the remaining four years of his term.
Kelly has been hammering Hallburn for months after he revealed that Kelly lied about not receiving documents that the judicial thug demanded for Hallburn’s young son, Matthew, to visit Hallburn’s mother, Nancy, before she died, August 5th, 2013. Kelly’s misconduct prevented the precious final visit. Canterbury took insensitivity to a new high when he stated that Nancy didn’t have a constitutional right to visit her grandson, outside of Watkins’ disciplinary hearing.
“Mike Kelly is a disgrace to the judicial system,” says Hallburn. “The so-called justices that let Kelly get away with his abhorrent behavior are a bigger disgrace. Hell doesn’t burn hot enough for all of them.”
But wait-there’s more.
After being referred by the West Virginia State Police, Hallburn contacted the office of Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants about prosecuting Kelly. “We aren’t interested in this case,” says Chief of Staff Dan Holstein. “People make mistakes.”
“That’s disgusting,” says Hallburn. “Plants’ Facebook page states, ‘Justice for criminals, compassion for victims.’ Obviously there is no justice for criminal judges like Mike Kelly or compassion for Kelly’s many victims. He didn’t ‘make a mistake.’ Kelly’s misconduct was deliberate! We have the courtroom video. We have the documents. Kelly had seven chances to ask his secretary about the money order. The certified check was signed for, in the court, nearly 24 hours before Kelly ordered me handcuffed and detained. Kelly belongs in federal prison. So do the people that are protecting his violation of my civil rights.”
But wait-there’s more.
Kelly and Hallburn met again, in Kelly’s Kangaroo Court Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Kelly acknowlwedged that the check was in the building, the day before, but says he didn’t receive it. “That’s lame,” says Hallburn. “He is responsible for allowing someone else to sign for his mail. He knew I had the money order Friday morning. Judge Kelly violated my civil rights. He is a liar and a judicial thug that belongs in the mental ward of a prison. Kelly has no business sitting on a bench.”
But wait-there’s more.
Hallburn has filed a complaint with the West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission and turned this case over to the F.B.I.’s Charleston office. “Let the feds go after Kelly. Let them send him to Leavenworth!”
If you have video of Judge Michael J. Kelly acting inappropriately, or can order such a video from your hearing, PutnamLIVE.com would like to publish the video. You can reach us at News@PutnamLIVE.com or 304-415-NEWS.
Publisher’s note: Dan Holstein photograph courtesy of the Charleston Daily Mail. Mark Plants photograph courtesy of WVMetroNews.com.
Supreme Court affirms Gilmer Co. decision
CHARLESTON – Because the intentions in his will were clear enough, the state Supreme Court has ruled a Gilmer County woman may continue to reside in the home she shared with her former companion.
In a 4-1 decision, the court affirmed the ruling Gilmer Circuit Judge Jack Alsop made in August 2012 granting summary judgment to Ruth Mitchell in a suit to quiet title brought by the estate and heirs of Willard Cottrill.
In a memorandum opinion issued Oct. 18, two days shy of the third anniversary of Cottrill, 73, dying suddenly and under suspicious circumstances, the court said the effort by the estate’s executor, Michael Murphy, Cottrill’s son-in-law, and the heirs to eject Mitchell from the modular home she shared with Cottrill on his 42-acre property in Linn is “wholly inconsistent,” with his last will and testament.
Memorandum opinions are issued by the court in cases that present no new issues of law and would not be aided by oral argument. Chief Justice Brent Benjamin cast the dissenting vote.
According to court records, Cottrill’s will was admitted into probate on Nov. 5, 2010. In it, he directed that a residence be provided for Mitchell “for so long as she chooses to reside, with this provision becoming void should she at any time choose or need to live elsewhere.”
Cottrill also specified that Mitchell’s “residency shall not preclude divestiture of the property by my heirs, and is not intended to establish a life tenancy.” Furthermore, he “direct[ed] that income from the rental units on my property be used for taxes and upkeep of the remainder of the property including the unit occupied by Ruth Mitchell, and the parcel referenced in the above provision.”
On June 17, 2011, Murphy, along with his wife, Venita, and her brothers Mark and Alan Cottrill, residents of Syracuse, N.Y., filed suit seeking an order to compel Mitchell to “vacate the premises.”
However, on Aug. 21, 2012, the eve of a trial date in the case, Alsop granted Mitchell’s motion for summary judgment recognizing, as Cottrill specified in his will, she had a right to reside on the property so long as she desired.
In affirming Alsop’s decision, the court clarified that Mitchell’s residence is no way construed to be a life estate or tenancy. Regardless, ordering her out of the dwelling she’s called home for the last decade would go against Cottrill’s express wishes.
“The relief [the estate and the heirs] sought beyond clear title – this is, ejectment – is wholly inconsistent with [Cottrill’s] directive that [Mitchell] be provided a residence,” the court said.
“Inasmuch as the circuit court was called upon to construe Mr. Cottrill’s will in this action to quiet title, it appropriately followed the tenant of this Court: ‘The cardinal principle in construing a will is to ascertain the intent of the testator as expressed in the wills and codicils, giving consideration to the surrounding circumstances.’”
The estate, and the heirs were represented by Staci N. Criswell with Dinsmore and Shohl. Mitchell was defended by Gassaway attorney Dan Grindo.
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals case number 12-1213
Gilmer Circuit Court case number 11-C-20
By Editor Edison – CalPatty Press Editor
a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs …
Gerald B Hough is the exact definition of a Hypocrite as recognized in a letter to the office of the prosecutor for Gilmer County which you will find below. Gerald B Hough is also the exact definition of a ..Lying Dishonest Son of a Bitch, among other things too numerous to mention! Here is the letter and photo from Secret Seven Coalition member Lawrence Smith from Hurricane.
Public records research * Process serving * Asset/Heir location
TRUE COLORS SHOWED and it is revealed in this video DEVIN HEATER from HOPE Inc and her proclamation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is obviously a complete sham.
In my opinion Heater came off as a real phony and this video obviously exposes the facts that the GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION violated the people’s RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH represented by the publisher of the GFP.
TRUE COLORS OF BRIAN KENNEDY SHOWED WHICH is THE COLOR OF DISHONESTY ! IF I WAS AT THIS MEETING I WOULD CREATED A HUGE DISTURBANCE AND IT COULD HAVE LED TO SERIOUS SITUATION OVER A TYPICAL TACTIC USED BY THE CROOKS OF CROOKED COUNTY.
KENNEDY STATED TO DAVE RAMEZAN THAT HE PUTS WORDS IN PEOPLES MOUTHS AND THAT IS A COMPLETE LIE AND FABRICATION.
THIS IS A TACTIC USED OFTEN BY GILMER COUNTY OFFICIALS -THEY SIMPLY JUST MAKE STUFF UP AND BRIAN KENNEDY IS CAUGHT ON VIDEO DOING IT HERE.
KENNEDY NEEDS TO BE CONFRONTED FOR HIS UN AMERICAN ACTION AND I FOR ONE SUBMIT THAT WE PUT TOGETHER A PETITION TO REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE.
DEVIN HEATER’ S PROCLAMATION IS A SHAM AND THE 17 UN PROSECUTED RAPES AT GSC WERE NOT ADDRESSED BY THE COMMISSION OR RECOGNIZED BY SOMEONE WHO GETS PAID TO BE A RAPE COUNSELOR.
THIS VIDEO PROVES THE GILMER COUNTY PROCLAMATION ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A PHONY AND JUST AS PHONY AS THE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND GED OF SHERIFF METZ WHICH WAS PUBLISHED FOR ALL TO SEE – NOW MICKEY METZ CAN’T EVEN GET A JOB AS A JAIL GUARD BECAUSE HE DOES NOT HAVE THE REQUIREMENTS.
Brian Kennedy is late to every meeting and did not let Dave Ramezan make a statement for the people – please forward to minute 28 on the video and let play to minute 33 and you will see for yourself that our Gilmer County Commission is made up of phony’s that have not one care for the well being of the community, and I for one am making a call for action to make some changes for the better in Gilmer County!
By Editor Edison – CalPatty Press
Somehow this madness at Glenville State College must cease.
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We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Glenville, West Virginia.
I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed,whose culture is being subverted by corrupt judges like Richard A Facemire and a corrupt prosecutor Gerald B Hough .
I speak for the poor of West Virginia who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and those brutally raped and murdered by the corruption of Gilmer County!
I speak as a citizen of West Virginia, for West Virginia, as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as a backwoods citizen of Central West Virginia to the leaders of my own state. The great initiative in this RAPE war is ours!!
The initiative to stop it must be ours!!!
I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world evolution, we as a small county must undergo a radical revolution of values and give back some rights to some WHITE PEOPLE.
We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thug-oriented” Gerry Hough, Peter Barr, Tim and Terry Butcher society to a “person-oriented” society.
When FOOTBALL and big city criminal, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than innocent white girl college students, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and having the bejesus fucked out of you by a big black MAG LIGHT are incapable of being conquered.
These are revolutionary times! It is time to kick some negro rapists to the curb bitches!
All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression and out of the wombs of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born.
The shirtless and barefoot people of Central West Virginia are rising up as never before, under the leadership of the Secret Seven Coalition!
“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.” …And it was a WHITE GIRL naked who was fucked and RAPED brutally, bruised and damaged forever more at Glenville State College the HOME of RAPE!
We in the state of West Virginia must support these revolutions of the Secret Seven Coalition and the Concerned Citizens of Central WV!
It is a sad fact that, because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of the Church of Ike, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch anti-revolutionaries….
Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to BIG BLACK DICKS ruining the lives of young girls like Mary Hudnall, honor student Amanda Smith, Anita Phillips-Wiseman, Meghan Ruddlesden and the list goes on!
A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every county in West Virginia must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.
This call for a state-wide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s GSC tribe, or team, class or ASS, and now in West Virginia it is a reality, a cum stained semen soaked call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all the RAPE VICTIMS at Glenville State raped like a bitch by a BLACK MAN that HAS SOME CREAM!!
This oft-misunderstood and misinterpreted concept—so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the a poor state like WV as a weak and cowardly force—has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. Brave individuals now speak out about really kicking some asses now!
When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life.
Love and unselfish devotion to kick these bitch ass rapists to the curb is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. Burn some crosses up on that bitch ass hill even if one more fucking white girl gets raped!!!
This Hindu-Moslem-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John:
Let us love one another; for love is God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. If we love one another God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day. We can no longer afford to worship the god of the CHURCH OF IKE or bow before the altar of being raped like a bitch!
The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of rape. History is cluttered with the wreckage of Crooked County’s such as Glenville and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of rape. As Arnold Toynbee says: “Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word.”
And we are gonna make those bastards hold to account the day they ever even thought of popping those big black dicks out. The next big black phallic symbol that just magically appears could just as quickly, “Like Magic,” disappear, how about that?!
We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today, so lookout while the SUN is SHINING we will be a makin hay and putting a little polish on the buck knife!
We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.
In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.
Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones of raped white girls up at the college and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: “Too late bitches!”
There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. “The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on…” We still have a choice today: violent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.
We must move past indecision to action. Lets run those rapists the fuck out of our town!
We must find new ways to speak for peace in Gilmer County and justice throughout the developing county—the crooked evil state of West Virginia that is knocking on our doors but be made whole again, we must force the evil out and back to Washington DC!
If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight, but fuck it, NOW is the time to act! Who gives a fuck what they say now, we have been lied to for far too long!
Now let us begin to pursue those evil sons of bitches at the College of RAPE on the hill!
Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter—but beautiful—struggle for a new county free from LARRY CHAPMAN free from that unsavory character BEET RED BRIAN KENNEDY and that fat as fuck Darryl Ramsey County Commissioner.
This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response to light that torch and save your new sister, your wife, a daughter, the girl at GO MART — Or some innocent co-ed from Wood County who is headed for a bad experience of forced SEX and brutalization by a member of the GLENVILLE STATE FOOTBALL TEAM – They HAVE SOME CREAM!
Shall we say the odds are too great?
Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard?
Hard as a BIG BLACK DICK?
Will our message be that the forces of the Secret Seven Coalition militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message, of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, whatever the cost? THE SS HAS GOT YOUR BACK BITCHES!!!
The choice is ours, TAKE OUT a GSC RAPIST NOW and make sure that crazy fuck never rapes again! And though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose this choice in this crucial moment of human history.
“It’s Not My Time…
There’s a fear in me it’s not showing
This could be the end of me
And everything I know
Oh but I won’t go you can’t rape me!
G-LtE™: Nominee for the Golden Padlock Award
Investigative Reporters and Editors:
I submit to you what I’m confident will be this year’s hands-down winner of IRE’s inaugural Golden Padlock award. It is the West Virginia Judicial Investigation Commission, and its counsel, Teresa Tarr.
JIC is the arm of the state Supreme Court that investigates allegations of misconduct against justices, circuit and family court judges and magistrates. Last September, I submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to Tarr for the number of complaints filed by year against 27 judicial officers since they came under JIC’s jurisdiction.
My request was largely prompted by two sets of formal ethics charges filed against a family law judge in Putnam County accused of, among other things, showing ill temper toward litigants in his courtroom. In March, the Court voted unanimously to suspend the judge, William M. “Chip” Watkins III, for the remainder of his term.
The purpose of my request was to not only see if Judge Watkins’ misdeeds were well-know to JIC, but also compare the number of complaints against him with some of his peers.
Shortly after receiving my FOIA request, Tarr called and e-mailed me asking me for an extension of time to fulfill. The reasons she gave were an upcoming training conference in Morgantown, and a visit to her mother in Hancock County.
Like a nice guy, I graciously granted her extension.
Later that month, Tarr formally replied to my FOIA request. I was livid when I read her letter.
Buried in her Clintonesque rambling was reference to a decision rendered in Kanawha Circuit Court last May in a FOIA lawsuit The Charleston Gazette filed two years earlier to details on, among other things, the results of use-of-force investigations against state troopers. The judge in that case ultimately denied the request saying making that information public would violate the troopers’ privacy.
After reading the judge’s decision, I wrote back to Tarr pointing out how it did not apply to the information I was seeking. I provided at least three solid reasons why.
First, since they are popularly elected, and are part of a constitutionally created branch of government, judicial officers do not have the same privacy interests as state troopers.
Second, the case, The Charleston Gazette Company v. Col. Timothy Pack – the then-superintendent of the State Police – was not settled law since the Supreme Court had yet to hear it (which it is scheduled to do in the Fall).
Third, in her decision, Judge Bailey said among her concerns in granting the Gazette’s request is that the information they were seeking had never been released before. I pointed out to Tarr that not a week prior to my mine, she granted a request from a citizen-activist in Morgan County who asked for identical information on many of the same judges, including Watkins.
Despite several attempts to persuade her it was in her best interest to release it, Tarr remained steadfast in her refusal to provide me the information. This resulted in me two months ago filing suit in Kanawha Circuit Court against her and JIC to compel them to release the information.
The suit is still pending.
Aside from that, JIC, along with other other agencies under the Court’s jurisdiction – the Board of Law Examiners and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel – about three years ago moved into the top floor of a high-rise office in a upscale part of Charleston about two miles from the statehouse. Access to the suite is restricted as visitors are allowed to enter the elevator only after they’ve been screened by someone in the suite via a camera.
Also, once someone arrives on the floor he or she will find the door to JIC locked, and a sign on the door saying that camera use is prohibited. Anyone wanting information has to speak with the ODC secretary, on another part of the floor, though a glass partition.
I should point out that prior to becoming JIC counsel, Tarr worked at ODC, which investigates ethics complaints against attorneys. Regardless the outcome, all complaints against attorneys are kept in a file open to the public.
Before he became judge, nearly a dozen complaints were filed against Watkins, some of which alleged the same boorish behavior that resulted in his suspension. Once he put on that black rope, the public was not permitted to evaluate him.
The fact that West Virginia citizens are locked out, literally and figuratively, from finding out the most rudimentary of information about their judicial officers is the reason why I’m asking IRE to bestow on JIC and Teresa Tarr the Golden Padlock award. Though I believe I’ve provided a wealth of it, if there’s any information you may need please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Lawrence J. Smith
GFP – 05.28.2013
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Can anyone locate the “key” to Padlock that has been placed on dialogue between the local elected school board and the State Board of Education? Our board is as much in the dark now as when the State Board over threw our board.
Your school board is controlled by the same people that control the courts and control law enforcement.
We have a spinless Sheriff in Gilmer County that will NOT MAKE A MOVE or an ARREST without first calling S. P. of W.O. and G.
Since when did S. P. become the head law man around here? Can anyone answer that question.
Terri Tarr has made some serious legal errors and recently protected Judge Richard A Facemire in a complaint in which he denied making statements showing great bias during the longest running circuit court case in Gilmer County history and had been documented making those statements.
Tarr is a door stop to protect judges like “Chip” Watkins who was recently removed from the bench by the efforts of a Citizens Action group that worked together as a team and who also got the national television attention on the subject so that Watkins and the WV Supreme Court were laughed at and made fun of by millions of Americans.
Those same national news services have also been contacted in regard to the rapes at the college that our sheriff is afraid to investigate, because he was told not to.
Now I ask you, what kind of County govt is that?
I will tell you! The kind of county govt that needs to be exposed to all of America and laughed at and made fun of.
It seems to be the only thing that works to capture the corrupt and put them out of business in the state of WV.
Did someone put a “$gold$“ padlock on the Doug Morris arrests in Calhoun County?
Drugs? Speeding? Evading the Trooper?
Nothing will happen with the Glenville State College rape cover ups. Money is a voice silencer.
There are a couple people in Gilmer who have helpful information, if they are hunted and contacted.
Well actually, we stepped into to CHANGE that this time, for AMANDA SMITH filed a lawsuit against the college and against her rapists and YES, another mention of the GSC football team, and the latest sexual assault was just a couple of months ago, the last one reported, and the last RAPE not reported to police was just a couple of weeks ago.
In my opinion anonymous you are PATHETIC, for your mention, and heaven help the next rapist that is even accused, for we have decided to step in at the mere even mention of a sexual assault on the campus of GSC and WE WILL step in, and then make our own arrests if necessary while bringing the campus police up on charges.
I am going so far as to say, we are working on bringing a rape complaint against a high ranking member of the campus police sometime soon.
Now what I would like to find out is WHO in the heck YOU might be, for saying what you did.
By Council of Concerned Citizens on 05.30.2013
From the entry: ‘G-LtE™: Nominee for the Golden Padlock Award‘.
Steve Canterbury the administrative director of the West Virginia Supreme Court called the Supreme Commander of the Central West Virginia Secret Seven Coalition Dan Bingman at home the first week in March of 2013 and wanted to know who should get credit for taking down Judge Watkins, and the reply was …
“Mark Halburn and Troy Sexton get first billing along with Lawrence Smith from the West Virginia Record, and then I have been contacting ALL the networks for the last SIX months, making contacts and submitting story idea’s and some to regional news outlets as well”
Mr Bingman then explained to chief executive of the WV Supreme Court Canterbury that we if we had NOT gotten Watkins in front of a national audience there would have been no punishment, since Canterbury already said the judge was CONTRITE after the broadcast. The issue had to be forced later, since the JIC was initially going to do nothing about the misconduct of the judge caught on tape. So now, after it ALL is said and done, a new and unique victory has been achieved by the exposure on national news and exposing corruption is the main function of the Central WV SS. They have been doing a damn good job of it since 2006 in WV, and have many victories. The public humiliation of Judge Watkins in front of a grateful nation is just one of the many SS Victories that are now history.
“Contrite” was not enough for the Central West Virginia Secret Seven Coalition a citizens action group and advocates for a better West Virginia, so additional complaints were filed against Judge Chip Watkins and now the punishment phase begins!”
Watkins Gets Four-Year Suspension
Putnam County Screamer Kicked Off His Bench
By Mark Hallburn
The hammer has dropped.William M. Watkins, III
Putnam County Family Court Judge William M. “Chip” Watkins, III, has been suspended-without pay-through December 31st, 2016, the remainder of his current term.
In an opinion authored by Justice Menis E. Ketchum, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals affirmed the four-year suspension recommendation of a special disciplinary hearing board.
During the November 27th, 2012 hearing, Watkins admitted to 24 counts of wrongdoing-then was rude to PutnamLIVE.com Publisher Mark Hallburn who addressed Watkins and told him to “Turn around and face me like a man.” Instead, Watkins pitched a fit, letting the hearing board see that Watkins’ apologies on the witness stand had little, if any, effect on his behavior.
“Watkins’ apologies were obviously coached,” says Hallburn. “He was rude to Bob Harper, he was rude to me, and the disciplinary board saw right through him. The four-year-suspension is a start. What we need now is complete court reform, including a Civilian Review Board. For the Supreme Court to leave Watkins in office for 118 days after his admissions of wrongdoing is grounds to impeach all of them and start over with real justices.
Watkins made headlines across the country and across “the pond” when he screamed at Hurricane Bible Church Pastor Arthur D. Hage, in court, May 23rd, 2012.
PutnamLIVE.com first published the video, and West Virginia Supreme Court Administrator refused to punish Watkins-until the screams became the talk of law offices and courts around the world. Hage was not available for comment about Watkins’ four-year suspension.
However, Robert R. Harper, of Sissonville, another Watkins courtroom victim, has plenty to say.
“He’s the one that started it,” says Harper. “He made it personal with me, he made it personal with every other person that went before him. Watkins thought he was better than God, and that he was the God of Putnam County. I just have one question: ‘Hey Chip, now that you have to pay this big fine, do you want to sell your dog to help pay the fine?’ It’s not over.”
PutnamLIVE.com then published more videos of Watkins rages, and Canterbury and the Judicial Investigation Commission finally took Watkins’ misconduct seriously-filing charges.
However, Watkins has not been charged with the allegations made in complaints filed by Margaret Farmer and Troy Sexton-who were not allowed to speak to Watkins at the disciplinary hearing.
The JIC has not commented, but, it is assumed that the agency felt those charges were not necessary considering the punishment already faced by Watkins.
“He did it to himself,” says Harper. “He can’t blame us. It was Watkins and his big mouth that did him in. And I’m happy.”
The whole ordeal started after PutnamLIVE.com published this article about Watkins threatening free-lance reporter Lawrence W. Smith after Smith telephoned Watkins about being listed as “not in good standing” by his homeowner’s association. Watkins falsely blamed a stunned Hage for the photo of Watkins’ home. The judge also wrote a rather rude letter to Hallburn, who filed a complaint with the JIC.
The rest, including Watkins, is history.
GO GREEN: PutnamLIVE.com is only available online. We do not publish a paper edition in order to protect the environment. Please do not print this article unless it is necessary!
Link to Original PutnamLive.com article below:
Coach Luck is a graduate assistant former PG for the GSC mens BB team but WHY he is sleeping with BREE WOLFE who had sex with Jason Cunningham the Football Coach at GCHS!
By Freebird – Revenge of the Ghost Wolf Reporter for the Secret Seven Coalition/ Editor Edison – CalPatty Press Editor
With most of the Staff of the Secret Seven Coalition on SPRING BREAK and on vacation we got the go ahead to republish this article from MARCH of 2013 — that is one our top ten articles from 2013 — And since there have been so many page views and requests for specific information from this article a decision was made to republish this hard hitting Secret Seven Coalition article endorsed by Concerned Citizens of Central WV. There seems to be a lot of fans of our own Buckwild Gilmer County girl BREE WOLFE that continue to write and request information. This article should serve as a valuable review for her many fans in the central part of WV!!
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