Archive for September, 2011
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A number of criminal cases brought in recent months against Jennifer “Jade” Jones and her husband John “Jack” Jones were dismissed in Quartzsite Magistrate Court yesterday. The Jones family has a reputation for being politically active, especially regarding issues of free speech and rule of law and transparency in government. Their outspoken views in public and in Jones’ newspaper “The Desert Freedom Press” have created political enemies. This is evidenced by the recent documented many Quartzsite Town government leaders and law enforcement officers.
Michael Roth and Dana Stadler were arrested Tuesday for Criminal Damage, Criminal Trespass, Conspiracy for writing with chalk. The video below tells the story. Excerpt from a news report by KSWT in Yuma. Gilbert: “It’s interesting that [Roth] didn’t come in at 8 o’clock in the morning when Town Hall was open in daylight hours and both these individuals used the cover of darkness, you know, to come in when nobody was there when Town Hall was closed and do this tagging”
Also, in a separate telephone interview yesterday with “CopBlock.org”, current police chief Jeff Gilbert refused to identify himself. (see video below, at 5 minute marker). Then, the female receptionist also declined to identify [Gilbert] as the voice.
Gilbert, if he was the voice on the phone, and speaking anonymously, again offered another opinion to another reporter: “do you feel it’s appropriate for a uh person to make threatening statements? Writing on .. anywhere? Public property? Would you say death to the council is appropriate statement? Do you think a child would do that?”
Quartzsite is now without the services of sworn officers Herlen Yeomans and Heriberto Dominguez. They received their termination papers just a few days ago. They had been placed on administrative leave, and paid to stay home each weekday to be available to town managers if called. Yeomans and Dominguez were among the “Quartzsite 10” officers who led the charge to begin the current ongoing investigation into management irregularities in QPD by the current chief.
The Quartzsite Attorney has been named in a complaint to the Arizona Bar Association. The complaint contains 6 charges regarding misconduct, submitted by former Mayor Ed Foster.
READ YESTERDAY’S BAR ASSOCIATION COMPLAINT (5 MB .pdf file)
Just earlier this year, Brannan was punished for misconduct for his part in a FIRST DEGREE MURDER case in Apache County, botched: Excerpted: In the Matter of Martin E. Brannan, Bar. No. 017151 … Reprimanded and costs imposed…. [his] capacity as deputy county attorney … factors were found in aggravation: … Respondents’ negligent misconduct caused actual harm to the legal system … substantial experience in the practice of law.
Again, the Town Council Mayor seat is vacant, subject to the final ruling of Judge Burke yesterday in Superior Court in Parker. Jennifer Jones brought an action against Jose Lizzaraga, the newly elected and installed mayor. The decision pivoted on the fact that Lizzaraga was not qualified for the position. He had not obtained a bond as required. Jones was herself a candidate for the mayoral recall election.
On Tuesday morning an 18 wheel semi truck collided with a combine in the west bound lane of I-10 at exit 19. The semi driver was not injured and refused medical aid. The combine driver was injured and
transported to Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe, Ca., with non life threatening injuries. The combine was from Buckeye Az. The accident is still under investigation by Arizona Department of Public Safety. Story and photos by Bill Moore.
Stephen Frakes, Michelle Norris, and J. C. Kemp were dismissed from the Quartzsite Police Department by a low level employee on Friday. Employee dismissals fall under the power of the current town manager Alex Taft, who delegated the task of interviewing the officers. The firings were said not to be a surprise to the officers. The Quartzsite Town leadership has previously indicated that it wants certain officers fired, after many submitted complaints to the town council describing various serious problems in their department. The council showed little interest.
It is reliably reported that the town of Quartzsite has issued Letters of Intent to Terminate for all of the remaining “Quartzsite 10″ officers. Hearings will be held by Al Johnson, Assistant Town Manager. The original “Quartzsite 10″ blew the whistle on wrongdoing in the Quartzsite Police Department in May 2011. These firings are seen by many to be retaliatory.
Short and sweet meeting, with a long intermission for “executive session”.
Notably, consent agenda item 1: Council and new mayor approved entire payroll of over $68,000 without viewing names of recipients and amounts of the checks. Just after this, the council voted to “Strive to be transparent in governance”. Also, no opportunity for public discussion.
Ed Foster attended the court hearing today in Flagstaff. He gives this report. Johnson, Gilbert, Taft and Brannan were in attendance. Judge Aspey advised that by moving the action to US District Court, the matter essentially starts fresh. The former Temporary Restraining Order (T.R.O.) that the La Paz County Superior Court had in place has expired. All agreed.
The “Quartzsite 8” will need to re-file for such restraining orders in this Federal Court, if the status quo changes. In other words, if the Town of Quartzsite acts badly, as may have been alluded to by an attorney
today, a new T.R.O. may issue. In the interest of constraining litigation costs, the judge also ordered a settlement conference between parties. No hearings are currently scheduled.
Worrisome for the Town and individual defendants, the judge also stated that this decision does not resolve the matters of contempt of Judge Bartlett’s (La Paz County) court, which will require additional consideration.
The “Quartzsite 8” have been granted a hearing in US District Court at Flagstaff. Judge Aspey will preside. Your presence is invited. Arrive in time for a 1:30pm hearing at 123 N. San Francisco Street, Flagstaff Arizona in a first floor courtroom. The hearing will require the town to Show Cause as to why the town did not take actions that the recent Temporary Restraining Order required (issued by Superior Court).
“The Quartzsite 8” remain standing strong against corruption. Formerly known as the “Quartzsite 10”, two officers have chosen to return to work on the current
chief Gilbert’s terms. A reliable source indicates that one of those two officers may already have made a false arrest.
Quartzsite Town Council met today at 10 am for the purpose of canvassing the election vote (finalizing) and then immediately swearing in the newly elected mayor. The election was a successful recall effort against Ed Foster. Two agenda items followed. Thanks very much for the video, to http://angryrightwinghousewife.com and to Bill Moore of Quartzsite. Both videos are offered for a more complete perspective.