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Jones Claim Against Judge Putz-Artrip And Town Of Parker

03 Feb

A letter of claim has been delivered to the Town of Parker and others as described below. This claim is directly related to another described on this blog today. READ FULL LETTER OF CLAIM

This claim … arises out of the negligent actions of [Parker Magistrate Judge] James Putz-Artrip, acting outside of judicial immunity… Judge James Putz-Artrip signed administrative search warrant SW-2013-002 as “Judge Quartzsite Municipal Court”, which had the effect that Jennifer Jones and her husband John Jones were subject [to] a false light invasion of their privacy in a heated confrontation with four armed Quartzsite Police Officers and the Community Development Director.

No arrest or citations… a false and defamatory press release was subsequently issued… by The Town of Quartzsite… had the effect of forcing the Jones’ to relocate…Mr. Jones was then harassed by BLM law enforcement officers Conde and Thompson…. the application was for a non-criminal search warrant …extra due diligence would have been appropriate… no physical evidence such as photographs, video, or even copies of referenced codes or ordinances over the alleged ‘violations’ were submitted in support of … warrant… “

 
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“Going Quartzsite”

24 Jan

A new phrase has been coined by the largest news organization in Arizona. The Arizona Republic reports on website AZCentral.com:  “Cave Creek, Don’t Become The New Quartzsite“. The governing Council of Cave Creek, Arizona is experiencing strong resistance to their leadership. A recall is being organized there against 6 newly elected members.

Quoting the article: The syndrome has a name. Cave Creek, it appears, is going “Quartzsite.” In 2011, the tiny western Arizona town of Quartzsite was convulsed in political in-fighting so chaotic that observers were calling on the governor to send in the state police to restore order.

 

 
 

Jennifer Jones v Town Of Quartzsite New Lawsuit In U.S. Court

30 Oct

Click to view the case, filed October 24: Jennifer Jones v Town of Quartzsite (a .pdf file)

These defendants are named in a Civil Rights action: Town of Quartzsite; Laura Bruno, Wife and Husband; Stephen Henrichs, Husband and wife; David Ward; Mark Orgeron, Husband and Wife; Norma Crooks, Wife and Husband; Mike Jewitt, Husband and Wife;  Carol Kelly; Patricia Anderson, Wife and Husband

 
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Quartzsite’s Incompetent Town Council

25 Oct

At the last meeting, the Quartzsite Town Council:

1. Fired Police Chief Jeff Gilbert (his second firing in about a year). Reported cost to taxpayers to break the Chief’s contract is at least $85,000 $116,000.

2. Appointed a new Council member without adequately examining her qualifications. The presiding Quartzsite Municipal Court judge yesterday refused to swear in the new unelected appointee – Monica Timberlake. The judge’s reasons:

1. “interrupts judicial proceedings” 2. “owes the court money” 3. “breaking the law …[that the appointee is]…  swearing to uphold”.

 
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Quartzsite Chief Gilbert Fouls Out At His Firing

22 Oct
Jeff Gilbert

Jeff Gilbert

Jeff Gilbert was terminated (fired) without stated cause by the Quartzsite Town Council today. His last act was to stand at the podium during the call to the public and break a very significant rule. He decided to turn around and face the public and “thank” the town (his foul-out). It is well known that a speaker must face and address only the Council from this podium, not turn to the public.

Ironically, Jeff Gilbert personally participated in the arrest of his nemesis Jennifer Jones about two years ago at the same podium and for the same act – facing the public from the podium. Her elbow was broken by Officer Rick Paterson during that widely criticized arrest. Another irony – the same mayor presided today, as in 2011, but did not object to Gilbert’s obvious infraction.

“I am still the chief” was a familiar statement from this former police chief. This was his second firing by the town in about one year. His firing in 2012 was reversed. The Town of Quartzsite is now burdened with many claims and lawsuits as a result of actions by Gilbert and his cops. The Town is thus clinging to sub-prime liability insurance it sought after its participation in the economical Arizona Municipal Risk Pool was cancelled.

The Jennifer Jones arrest two years ago:

 
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Quartzsite Judge King Reprimanded And Sent To School For New Judges

05 Dec

Judge Lawrence King

Judge Lawrence “Larry” King has received a public reprimand and been ordered to attend school for new judges. This is a result of a complaint brought by an Arizona resident who wishes not to be identified.  Her/his complaint spelled out multiple offenses by King in his own court, the details verified by audio and written records and witnesses.

Judge King is right now seeking a contract renewal with the Town. Mayor Foster suggested and the Council agreed to postpone any new contract in order to see this ruling of the State of Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct. The Commission chose only to reprimand Judge King for his actions in Florian v Jones where he shouted and improperly directed defendant Jennifer Jones.

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ORDER
The complainant alleged that a pro tem municipal court judge was biased, engaged in improper ex parte communications, improperly failed to disqualify himself, exhibited an improper demeanor, engaged in a pattern of legal error, and treated pro se litigants unfairly.
After reviewing the allegations, the relevant recordings and legal documents, and the judge’s response, the Commission finds that Judge King violated the Code of Judicial Conduct as to one allegation, warranting an informal sanction. Specifically, during a hearing in the injunction against harassment case of Florian v. Jones, Judge King displayed an improper demeanor in violation of Rule 2.8(B) of the Code. While the Commission did not find that Judge King violated the Code with regard to the remaining allegations, the members did determine that his evidentiary rulings in Florian v. Jones suggest that he lacks a complete understanding of the Arizona Rules of Evidence. The Commission therefore directs Judge King to attend the portion of Limited New Judge Orientation in 2013 that deals with the Arizona Rules of Evidence.
Accordingly, Judge Lawrence King is hereby reprimanded for his conduct as described above and pursuant to Commission Rule 17(a). The record in this case, consisting of the complaint, the judge’s response, and this order, shall be made public as required by Rule 9(a). The Commission also directs the judge to attend the educational course described above, pursuant to Commission Rule 17(b).
The Commission dismissed the remaining allegations against the judge pursuant to Rule 16(b), with a private warning letter limited to the issues of evidentiary rulings and ex parte  communications.
Dated: December 4, 2012.

 
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Quartzsite Radio Show

12 Sep

There is a a two hour (internet) radio show gaining in popularity in Quartzsite. It is hosted by local resident Richard Abbey. Listen to last night’s episode at: QUARTZSITE RADIO SHOW . Glen Gimbut was the featured guest. Mr. Gimbut is the City Attorney for San Luis Arizona.

 
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Quartzsite Police Chief JEFF GILBERT FIRED

11 Sep

Jeff Gilbert

Jeff Gilbert, embattled Quartzsite Police Chief (suspended with pay) was fired today (no more pay) .  The Town issued a press release at 8:42 am without informing the Town Council. Council went into a public meeting at 9:00 am without knowing of the firing. There was no  announcement made to the public at the meeting.

Gilbert is said to be on vacation out of the state. Most recently a complaint was made against him for displaying his gun in hand to a man who was at Gilbert’s residence with legal papers to serve. Gilbert ordered the man off his property but the man never set foot on Gilbert’s lot.

Many reasons were given for dumping Gilbert in the letter accompanying the press release. Many local residents who suffered serious abuse by the chief and his department expressed that they will not miss him. READ   Press Release – Gilbert Fired

 

 
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Jennifer Jones Exonerated Today

15 Aug

Jennifer Jones prevailed in Quartzsite Municipal Court today. She was again falsely charged by the Town Assistant Manager Albert A. Johnson, this time for operating a business without a license. Jones demonstrated that indeed “Furry Friends” pet salon was licensed at the time of the multiple citations, issued last October.

During the proceedings, all present were able to view the license on a large screen. Johnson responded “I don’t remember” or “I don’t know” to many questions from Jones, who represented herself. Al Johnson said he did not “believe” Jones had a proper license, but could not demonstrate to Judge Lawrence King how or why. The fourth charge against Jones, for operating a kennel without a license, was dismissed because the Town has no kennel license!

Often, if a business is thought to be out of compliance with the Town code, a Notice of Violation is tendered the owner.  This allows most infractions to be taken care of informally. In Jones’ case, the Town chose to immediately file multiple criminal charges, for each day that Johnson thought the code had been violated by opening the dog grooming business for business. Johnson said he did so “because we can”.

A special prosecutor had to be hired from Maricopa County to bring the case to trial, at additional expense to the taxpayers of Quartzsite, Arizona.

 
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Quartzsite Woman Seeks Supervisor Position

08 Aug

Jennifer Jones

 

Jennifer Jones will appear on the August 25 primary ballot for La Paz County Supervisor, District  3 (the part of town south of Interstate 10). She is the only Quartzsite candidate to appear on the ballot. HEAR HER ADDRESS THE PUBLIC at “Meet the Candidates” night last July 26.

Audio much appreciated, contributed by Southwest Desert News / MPI, LLC (copyright)

 
 

Attention! Council Meets Tomorrow – Wednesday 9:30am

24 Jul

SPECIAL MEETING CALLED

Tomorrow at 9:30 am the Quartzsite Town Council will meet to essentially consider allowing newly elected Council member Mark Orgeron to be properly recognized. Orgeron brought a legal action against the Town of Quartzsite in U.S. District Court in Phoenix to force the Town to drop their resistance to allowing him to take his Council seat. The Town and Orgeron’s attorney Kory Langhofer of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. reached a settlement agreement compromise, which the Council will have an opportunity to approve at the meeting.

Kory A. Langhofer

 

 
 

July 24 Town Council Meeting

24 Jul

New revelations.

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New Councilman Mark Orgeron Prevails In Federal Court

21 Jul

Story contributed by Quartzsite Outsider

Late Friday afternoon federal Judge Roslyn Silver ruled in favor of Quartzsite Town Councilman-in-waiting Mark Orgeron, in the matter of Orgeron v. Town of Quartzsite.

At issue was the Town’s patently frivolous contention that Mr. Orgeron was not a resident of Quartzsite. Judge Silver was very  gracious toward the Town, giving it every benefit of the doubt, not getting angry or using the word “frivolous.” Nevertheless, it’s clear from what she wrote, (excerpts below), that the Town had no basis to prevent Mr. Orgeron from taking his duly elected seat. One hopes, given her statements, that she will award Mr. Orgeron attorney fees because the Town forced him into this action.

But it’s not quite over. Unfortunately, Judge Silver did not immediately order the Town to seat Mr. Orgeron, but told the parties to confer and offer a joint proposed order. Their deadline is Tuesday the 24th, the day of yet another Town Council meeting without the Town’s duly elected official in office.

(Mr. Orgeron had also sought to use this action to seat Mayor-elect-in-waiting Ed Foster. However, since Mr. Foster was not a party to this lawsuit, Judge Silver could not make a ruling to seat him one way or the other. Mr. Foster is still waiting on the state’s Quo Warranto action.)

Judge Silver’s Order can be downloaded  HERE .

Poignant excerpt below:

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The Court admits to some confusion regarding Defendants’ decision to disqualify Plaintiff based on these statutes.   There can be no serious dispute that Plaintiff had an “actual physical presence” in Quartzsite for close to three years prior to the election.

Defendants [Town] presumably had some basis for determining Plaintiff was not a resident of Quartzsite but Defendants chose not to present the Court with that basis.

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Machine Guns, Ropes, Video Recorders

17 Jul

Honorable Councilwoman Pat Workman was today publicly insulted by this letter from the Town of Quartzsite. The so-called “CONFIDENTIAL” letter was seen laid face up on the receptionist’s desk for all passersby to see, even the public.

EDITORIAL. You guys in Town Hall slay me. Your bad jokes are killing me. This one bombed. Fasten your seatbelts for a crash!

Councilman Joe Winslow threatens to machine gun 5 people in the front row of public seating, and you don’t react. Now, you claim that newly elected Councilwoman Pat Workman is too dangerous a person to be near Town staff in the employee areas. It’s a good thing that she wasn’t trying to video record anybody, or she might have been immediately arrested! it’s a good thing she didn’t try to speak publicly at the podium, or she might have had her arm broken! LOL.

 
 

Let’s Replay Their Own Words

17 Jul

March 27 2012, at the Council Meeting, at 17 minutes into the meeting:

Speaking about Resolution 12-07 Town Attorney Martin Brannan states “This doesn’t authorize an expenditure of any town funds. We are requesting other government agencies to do investigations, if they say no, they say no. It wouldn’t authorize the town to take any independent action or to hire an investigative firm or spend any money ” And then council passed the resolution.

Then on to the July 10 meeting new Councilwoman Pat Workman questioned a check [town funds] written to a private investigative firm [Humphries Investigative Services].

Town Manager Alexandra Taft answered her question this way. “That resolution [resolution 12-7] stated that I was to proceed with the investigation, it was quite clear”. Councilperson Workman responded “So it was authorized by you then”. Taft: “No,  it was authorized by the council”.

Contrary to Resolution 12-07, at this time at least $30,000 of Town funds have been paid or committed to private investigative firms for the purpose of investigating the Town’s own residents!

Story and Video by Bill Moore, Southwest Desert News, Quartzsite AZ – Thanks Bill!

 
 
 

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