Racism within the Montgomery County Ohio Sheriff's Office

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Among the racially-charged interactions between African-Americans and law enforcement, this case stands out for being completely on the record. Rarely do we see police documenting their own racist statements and unprofessional behavior.

The accusations of racial bias and misconduct were raised by the divorcing spouse of one of the subjects. So the credibility of the complaint is immediately suspect. But watch as the following internal affairs investigation reveals the pettiness of law enforcement officers as they attempt to throw each other under the bus in order to keep their jobs. We observe how LEOs feel about each other as an officer explains his coworker's nickname of "fart box".

The investigation raises significant questions. "Are private conversations on personal cell phones off limits to employers?" And most importantly, if this racism was caught on record, "How much more racism is there off the record?"

It is alleged between November of 2011, and January of 2013, Detective Michael Sollenberger exchanged text messages with Captain Thomas Flanders, Sergeant Brian Lewis, Deputy Joseph Connelly, Deputy Jayme Horton and Detective Brad Daugherty. These text messages were allegedly archived by unknown person or persons by printing them out to paper. The unknown person then provided the printed messages to Mr. Derrick Foward, President of the Dayton chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in August of 2014. Mr. Foward lodged a complaint on behalf of the citizens of Montgomery County against the deputies participating in the text conversations due, to the allegedly derogatory and threatening comments contained in the messages.

Elected Judges

The vast majority of US judges are elected, forcing many judges to pander to the electorate and accept campaign money in order to keep their jobs.

Judges also frequently benefit from campaign money given by businesses and special interests. And while they might claim that doesn't affect them, multiple studies have suggested otherwise.

We looked at the Ohio Supreme Court and ask the question how often they vote for contributors who appear before them and the answer was overall about seventy percent of the time. And in the case of one justice, Terrence O'Donnell, ninety-one percent of the time.

Now Justice O'Donnell says there was no connection there but the point is, he still said, "sure, why not?" in response to people who gave him money 91% of the time.

Don't fall victim to an IRS scam

Montgomery County residents may be targeted by a scammer pretending to represent the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS.

One alleged victim reports "someone called me aggresively trying to extort money from me saying I had defrauded the IRS over the past 3 years and I owed them $3,667."

To squeeze the victim instantly while still on the phone line, the scammer claims that they have already dispatched police and that they are on the way to apprehend. The scam victim is told they could spend 90 days in jail.

Teeth and claws are bared to animal abusers

Residents are outraged at mistreatment of animals.

As reported by ABC 22 / Fox 45, Woman Faces Animal Cruelty Charges for the Second Time, Montgomery County Ohio residents are speaking out against animal cruelty.

Was it racial profiling or just tinted windows?


Officer [redacted] pulled us over for no reason. [He] did not ask for insurance cards even though it was offered. He was aggressive and wanted to profile our vehicle over window tint. He is a Moraine police officer.

Tinted windows can be probable cause for a traffic stop in Ohio. So the officer had sufficient reason to pull you over. Officers have the right to immediately test your window tint level to determine if it is within legal limits. Officers also have the right to observe any other illegal behavior that was not previously apparent before the stop.

Dave Vore withdraws bogus Ohio Election Commission complaint against Judy Dodge

The Dayton Daily News is now reporting that the Montgomery County Republican Party and Dave Vore are withdrawing their October 31 frivolous complaint against Judy Dodge.

Deputy allows drunk woman to re-enter a vehicle, drive away and crash into a parked car

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On Tuesday, October 14, 2002, at 2123 hours, Deputy Shawn Baab conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by Timothy W. Knight Jr. on West Third Street at Infirmary Road in Jefferson Township. Mr. Knight alleges that during the traffic stop, Deputy Baab used excessive force on him and falsely arrested him for Disorderly Conduct. Mr. Knight also alleges that when he asked Deputy Baab why he was going to jail, Deputy Baab told him it was "for being a smart ass."

Sheriff's Office allows child workers to collect and take home live ammunition

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On Monday, November 22, 2001, Sergeant Schroeder received a letter from Mr. Joseph Wilson, the Children's Services Bureau Juvenile Worker Program Director, detailing six complaints against Transportation Deputy Gerald Barnes from October 27, 2001 to November 17, 2001.

Domestic Violence Temporary Protection Order (TPO) issued against deputy

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On Friday, May 31, 2002, Ms. Andrea Baab filed a Domestic Violence Temporary Protection Order, #02DV497, against Deputy Shawn Baab with the Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court. The Domestic Relations Court issued a Domestic Violence Temporary Protection Order in response to the filing based on an incident that allegedly occurred on Tuesday May 28, 2002, in which Deputy Baab had an argument with Ms. Baab.

Deputy engages in a road rage incident while off-duty

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On Saturday, March 9, 2002, Deputy Powell, while off-duty and driving his personal vehicle, allegedly became engaged in a "road rage" incident while driving in Washington Township. Deputy Powell allegedly confronted the driver of another vehicle, Mr. Nick Kuntz, who allegedly cut him off, and engaged in a verbal dispute in which Deputy Powell allegedly identified himself as being employed with the Montgomery County Sheriffs, used profanity, and identified himself as a sergeant.