Did Hearne police chief destroy evidence?

Last week I filed a public information request with the City of Hearne after receiving a pseudonymous email alleging that the police chief had destroyed evidence (and no, I’ve never used the word “pseudonymous” before today). Here’s an excerpt from the email:

Chief Thomas Williams is under investigation at this moment with The Texas Rangers and Hearne PD is trying to remain silent about it. Thomas Williams is under investigation in reference [to] destroying evidence, drug evidence. The evidence was located inside the desk of Sgt. Stephen Yohner [a.k.a. “Sgt. Tallywacker“], who is not currently working with this department. After Yohner left the department they removed drugs that were legally used for investigations in catching drug dealers through informants. The department never logged the information or placed the evidence in the evidence room. After it was discovered while removing a desk out of Yohner’s old office, Chief Thomas Williams decided to flush all of it down the toilet, failing to log or place the drugs in evidence. The Texas Rangers were aware and started investigating Thomas’s action.

I don’t print that kind of allegation unless I have some kind of corroboration, hence my request to the city for “documents, records or communications (e.g., emails or text messages) regarding any illegal drugs that were found in the desk of former Sgt. Stephen Yohner,” including “information about the source of the drugs, whether they were kept in a secured location, any inventory of such drugs (whether maintained by Sgt. Yohner or anyone else), and the disposition of such drugs (e.g., whether they were flushed down a toilet).”

Well, sometimes people answer your questions by refusing to answer your questions.  In a letter dated August 18, 2017, City Attorney Floyd Akers admitted that responsive records exist, but he said the records are exempt from disclosure under Texas Government Code § 552.108 because their release “would interfere with the detection, investigation, or prosecution of a crime.”  In other words, Mr. Akers confirmed that there is some sort of investigation into whether drugs were found in Sgt. Tallywacker’s desk. … Read more

Why is the FBI still protecting Hillary Clinton?

Last week the FBI informed me that it had not released records pertaining to my Freedom of Information Act request about the Hillary Clinton email investigation because of concerns for her privacy rights. I kid you not.

In a letter dated August 8, 2017, FBI manager David M. Hardy said I would have to prove one of three things in order to get the records: (1) Mrs. Clinton consented to the release of the records; (2) Mrs. Clinton is dead; or (3) my request pertains to a matter of public interest. Here’s an excerpt of the letter that I sent to Mr. Hardy today:

Frankly, I am stunned that I should have to explain why my request pertains to a matter of public interest. At the time of the perjury referral, Mrs. Clinton was the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, a former U.S. Secretary of State, and a former U.S. Senator. As one would expect, the referral made national news.

I have enclosed a copy of a July 11, 2017 Washington Post article titled “Congressmen ask U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate Clinton for perjury.” One need only Google Chaffetz+referral+Clinton and a string of articles appears. Clearly, my request pertains to a matter of public interest.

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Hearne may terminate female officer who reported sexual harassment

File this under “Sue me, please.”

The City of Hearne may terminate the female police officer who filed a sexual harassment complaint against former Sgt. Stephen Yohner, a.k.a. “Sgt. Tallywacker,” as soon October.

According to a letter from Hearne City Manager John “Boy Wonder” Naron dated July 28, 2017, the city placed Officer Jennifer Passmore on 12-weeks of leave per the Family Medical Leave Act effective August 1, 2017.  If she does not return to duty by October 24, 2017, she will have to reapply for her job, i.e., she will be terminated.

Officer Passmore has been on medical leave since December 10, 2016, when a suspect resisted arrest and fractured her pelvis.  While on medical leave, she provided city officials with text messages from Sgt. Tallywacker, one of which included a photograph of his male appendage. … Read more

Hillary Clinton’s lawyers may yet face justice for destroying evidence

A lawsuit that seeks to force the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission to investigate Hillary Clinton’s lawyers will not be dismissed, according to an order that I received today, and those lawyers may yet have to answer for destroying thousands of emails.

In a long footnote, Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth rejected the rationale of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, an ardent Clinton supporter, to dismiss the case on its face.* That means bar prosecutors will have to explain themselves, and they may have to turn over documents and answer questions under oath.

Frankly, I’m surprised. I’ve previously written about how the Arkansas Bar buried my complaint against Mrs. Clinton, and how the D.C. Bar buried my complaint againstRead more

Arkansas Bar gives Hillary Clinton a pass, but this ain’t over yet

Arkansas Bar prosecutors dismissed a misconduct complaint against Hillary Clinton this week, claiming “there does not appear to be a sufficient basis for a formal complaint” despite Congressional referrals to the Justice Department for perjury and obstruction of justice.

Michael Harmon, the deputy director of the Arkansas Supreme Court’s Office of Professional Conduct, suggested in a July 24, 2017 letter to me that the grievance was dismissed at least in part because the Justice Department ultimately did not file criminal charges against Mrs. Clinton. He also cited the fact that “grievances filed by you with other disciplinary agencies were dismissed against attorneys who were involved in certain aspects of the conduct of which you complain,” and he noted that I have 20 days to file an appeal (consider it done).

Mr. Harmon was referring to the grievances that I filed in D.C. and Maryland against David Kendall, Cheryl Mills, and Heather Samuelson, the three attorneys who destroyed thousands of emails while representing Mrs. Clinton. My regular readers will recall that Elizabeth Herman, an Obama donor and the chief deputy prosecutor at the D.C. Bar, dismissed my complaints without an investigation, then the D.C. Court of Appeals covered up the cover up. … Read more

Hearne forced to release documents about Sgt. Tallywacker

The City of Hearne released records this evening that include complaints, X-rated texts and sexual misconduct allegations against former police Sgt. Stephen Yohner, a.k.a. “Sgt. Tallywacker,” and the complaints describe an atmosphere of sleaze, corruption, and incompetence throughout the police department.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ordered the city to release the documents on June 28, 2017 after the city unsuccessfully appealed my April 7, 2017 open records request. As I reported back on April 22, 2017, Sgt. Tallywacker was placed on administrative leave after a female employee accused him of sending her a photo of his gonads.

It turns out the photo was only the tip of the iceberg. If half of the allegations against Chief Thomas Williams and his command staff are true, the department should be abolished and police services should be contracted out to the sheriff’s department.

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Hillary Clinton is not out of the woods yet (and neither am I)

After almost ten months in limbo, the Arkansas Bar is finally nearing a decision on my bar grievance against Hillary Clinton. According to an email that I received this afternoon from Michael Harmon, deputy director of the Arkansas Supreme Court’s Office of Professional Conduct, he plans to respond to the Clinton grievance by the middle of July. Meanwhile, California is trying to disbar me after I wrote about a corrupt bar prosecutor who withheld exculpatory evidence (more on that below).

As my readers know, I filed grievances against Mrs. Clinton and attorneys David Kendall, Cheryl Mills, and Heather Samuelson for destroying email evidence in the midst of criminal and Congressional investigations as well as civil litigation.  Mrs. Clinton’s attorneys are licensed in D.C. and Maryland, and both bars dismissed my complaints without an investigation. I filed suit to compel the D.C. Bar to investigate, but the D.C. Court of Appeals whitewashed the matter.  I also filed suit in Maryland, and on May 25, 2017 an assistant attorney general filed a motion to dismiss the case and a motion to seal it (my responses to those motions can be found here and here, respectively).

Why would they want to seal the case? Perhaps because they don’t want the public to see what really happens behind closed doors. Consider this: if a storefront divorce lawyer in Western Maryland had systematically destroyed thousands of items of evidence, is there any doubt that Maryland’s Office of Bar Counsel would file charges? Of course not.  Yet when Hillary’s lawyers commit such crimes, the Office of Bar Counsel turns a blind eye.

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The Booger County Mafia is getting nervous (and for good reason)

Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez unilaterally cancelled the upcoming May 2, 2017 city council meeting, according to other council members, and I suspect that’s because he’s worried about facing the voters next Saturday.

Mayor Gomez and Interim City Manager John “Boy Wonder” Naron inevitably would have faced tough questions about their mishandling of the Sgt. Stephen Yohner fiasco, and the surest way to dodge that problem would be to cancel the meeting.

Councilwoman Martha Castilleja told me last night that the mayor had not yet responded to her text asking why the regularly-scheduled meeting was cancelled, and it’s not clear that the mayor even has the authority to cancel the meeting unilaterally, but then it’s not like Mayor McCrooked, Boy Wonder or anyone else in the Booger County Mafia ever cared about following the law.

If you want to understand just how nervous the Mafia is about losing control of city government, read Thursday’s front-page screed against Councilwoman Shirley Harris on the front page of the Robertson County “News” by publisher Dennis Phillips. Dennis never could distinguish between news writing and editorial, but he sure is working hard to earn that $30,000 payoff from the Mafia. … Read more

Hearne city manager lobbies for reprimand of city councilman

You already know about the resignation of Hearne PD Sgt. Stephen Yohner, a.k.a. “Sgt. Tallywacker,” so let’s shift the spotlight to one of the knuckleheads who helped make that fiasco possible: Interim City Manager John “Boy Wonder” Naron.

On Saturday I wrote about Boy Wonder’s fraudulent efforts to recall Mr. Jackson from the council, as well as the city’s efforts to railroad the councilman on a bogus criminal charge, but evidently Boy Wonder was undeterred. In response to an email from Mr. Jackson on Tuesday suggesting that Boy Wonder and Mayor Ruben Gomez had mishandled the Sgt. Tallywacker fiasco, Boy Wonder popped a cork and called for the council to reprimand Mr. Jackson. As you can see from his email below, Boy Wonder wants even more control over the information that comes out of city hall (and city hall was not particularly transparent in the first place).

That’s bizarre enough by itself, but Boy Wonder’s email could also be a criminal violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act if Boy Wonder and his Booger County Mafia allies were polling votes prior to a public meeting. Boy Wonder sent the draft email to the Mayor McCrooked, Councilman Emmett Aguirre, and Councilwoman Margaret Salvaggio, all of whom support Boy Wonder and have repeatedly blocked the council from firing him, and he also sent the draft to Councilwoman Martha Castilleja, who has repeatedly voted in favor of firing him. … Read more

Suspended Hearne PD officer still wearing gun and badge

A suspended Hearne police sergeant still works an off-duty security job in uniform while he is paid to not work for the City of Hearne, according to a local club manager.

Sgt. Stephen Yohner, a.k.a. “Sgt. Tallywacker,” was suspended with pay on March 31, 2017 for sending photos of his gonads to “one or more female employees” of the City of Hearne and carrying on extramarital affairs while he was supposed to be supervising a patrol shift, according to court documents. But Sgt. Tallywacker still works as needed at a private club in Bryan where alcohol is served, according to the manager of that club.

I’ll omit the name of the club and the manager for now, but the manager told me this morning that Sgt. Tallywacker worked in uniform as recently as Friday night. I could not reach Hearne Police Chief Thomas Williams for comment, and Mayor Ruben Gomez and Interim City Manager John “Boy Wonder” Naron have not yet responded to my emails.

Has anyone at city hall considered the potential legal problems that could arise if the city allows a suspended officer to work private security? Hearne has an unusually high rate of police shootings for a city its size, and Sgt. Tallywacker was involved in such a shooting in 2012. Just imagine what would happen if he had to use his weapon off duty, even if it was a clean shoot. … Read more