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.

I seriously thought about writing that letter in crayon. … Read more

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