Multiple arrest warrants have been issued in relation to a trail of
criminal activity resulting in the theft of more than $1 million
from a Fulton County business, authorities said.
Police began an investigation in mid-April when Waste Management
Inc. made a complaint regarding Willow Oak Landfill, which it owns,
following an anonymous tip and a private investigation, according to
the Palmetto Police Department today.
In this case it was the landfill operator that filed a complaint.
Waste Management is one of the two largest solid waste companies
in the U.S.; the other is ADS.
by not warning Jennifer Jones before removing her on 28 June 2011;
by holding a Council meeting on 10 July 2011
in which they excluded the public by actually locking the doors of their
by failing to post minutes of the emergency meeting on
as required by Arizona Law (yes, Arizona law,
like Texas law, requires
posting minutes on the web)
and by not including a required statement of the emergency requiring
and by failing to post withing the required three working days
minutes for the 10 July 2011 emergency meeting,
nor for seven of its work sessions, nor for its 14 June 2011 regular session.
This one wasn’t a violation, but may be at least as important:
The purpose of the OML is to require public bodies to meet publicly
and openly so that al persons so desiring may attend and listen to the
deliberations and proceedings.
The town of Quartzsite, AZ, population 3,466, is in disarray after a
video showing police hauling away a citizen for speaking at the town
meeting podium went viral. The woman was saying that the town council
had been violating open meeting laws.
It was the second citizen arrested at a Quartzsite town meeting in two weeks.
Someone posting as
Mayor John Fretti of Valdosta responded in a comment to
Mayor Fretti, please point us to where on the web is the
video you mention. -jsq
Update 12:13 AM 23 April 2011: Mayor Fretti confirms (through three different channels) that this post was by him:
THat was my post. an attempt to reach out and help explain a few things. the video, as was al evidence in the case was exchanged durig the discovery part of the motion. the video should be with that.
I have asked him whether an open records request would produce the video.
Back to the original post. -jsq
With all due respect to Leigh’s version of the arrest – and it is all
on video, it happened in the end by way of self – executing mode. After
repeated requests for the group to relinquish the podium and rose stating
each time that they will not and we “must do what we have to do”. the
Mayor asked if there was any objection from Council or city manager or
attorney if WE allow Chief Frank Simons to approach the crowd and do
what he sees necessary to allow the meeting to continue efficiently and
effectively. There was some discussion and then John Fason (Cmdr.) asked
if anyone wants to go to jail – to follow him. and they all did – no
cuffs, no restraints. Peacefully. That’s it. and all on video for all
to see. With respect to the charges filed, they were old STATE charges and
were ruled out as overbroad and (something else). That was fine. There was
an appeal by the solicitor General and again the old STATE laws were ruled
overbroad and (something else). as they should have been. We have our own
local laws and ordinances now that have been tested strong in court.
In the appended post about yesterday’s events in Quitman,
George Rhynes cites the
Curiously, the nearest local daily newspaper,
the Valdosta Daily Times, seems to have nothing online about this.
At 8:30 AM, I began receiving phone calls from Quitman, Georgia
in the County of Brooks where the County
Sheriffs Office was arresting citizens at random concerning the recent
Absentee Ballot Problems.
These arrests reminded me of the alleged problems Black Voters/Citizens have
had with the GBI harassing them during their investigation before and during
the last run off election.
This included alleged actions by the GBI
Investigators that local citizens complained about intimidation before,
during and after the election. However little or no Public Media
Attention was given to alleged Black Voter intimidation by local media.
Moreover, little to nothing was published in the
FREE PRESS surrounding citizen’s fear from GBI Investigators. This was a
major point of discussion when I along with a local Pastor from Valdosta,
Georgia walked the streets to get a better understanding of what
Brooks County Voters had to go through during the last election.