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Village of Caseyville,Epps past conviction, and case's need looked at

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Beth

Monroeville, AL

#1 Aug 22, 2011
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By Chris Parker in Lists, Police bungling
Thursday, August 5, 2010, at 9:00 am
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​5. Steve Epps
"Don't get mad, get even" could be Caseyville, Illinois officer Steve Epps' credo. According to Epps, he was just doing his job when in late November he faxed Munie Greencare Professionals about one of their employees' reckless driving, and requested information on the driver of the truck the night before.
Of course, the driver in question, Matt Kohnen, hadn't been in Caseyville or even on the road that night. But he was, coincidentally, parked in the driveway of Epps' ex-girlfriend. After receiving a call from Kohnen, Chief J.D. Roth looked into the matter and discovered the department hadn't received any reckless driving complaints.(There was however a big box of complaints about people sleeping with ex-girlfriends.)
When Roth interviewed the ex-girlfriend, she reported that Epps had "done things like this is the past." In the course of investigating Epps, temporarily suspending him and eventually recommending his dismissal, Roth discovered the ten-year veteran had that same month spent a couple nights with a woman in a hotel while on-duty.(Presumably undergoing on-the-job grief counseling.)
While Epps' charms may have gone unappreciated by his ex, they weren't lost on his fellow officers, who queued up behind him like a stadium bathroom line during the 7th inning stretch. Eight of the department's ten officers signed a petition calling for the chief's ouster. Then again, who doesn't hate their boss?
Epps was never charged, and was reinstated after a village arbitration hearing. You certainly won't find a link to any of this on his Match.com page.

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#2 Aug 22, 2011
Words in the Post Dispatch
For more than three years, Larry WETZEL has been locked in a battle with CASEYVILLE officials over a windmill.
WETZEL, 46, is vice president of Vehicle Doctor, a car repair shop situated near the intersection of Illinois Route 157 and Interstate 64. He said he decided to put up a 120-foot wind machine outside his business not only to generate electricity but because he was trying to do the right thing.
"I thought it would make jobs for the community, and I thought it would be a good public relations measure to show that I wanted to go green," he said.
But he ran into a problem with city officials over a building permit and zoning restrictions.
"He's done everything wrong," said Caseyville Mayor George Chance. "He has not filled out the proper permits. He wanted to put the thing way up in the air, and we don't allow it in the area that he's in."
Wetzel said he first realized the problem in the summer of 2007, after he bought the wind turbine, laid concrete and hired workers to install it. He said several police officers arrived in tactical gear with guns drawn and took him away in handcuffs.
Caseyville Police Chief J. D. Roth denied that, saying he showed up with one other officer to check whether Wetzel had the proper paperwork for the job. No guns were drawn, and Wetzel was not physically arrested, although he was issued tickets for ordinance violations.
Roth said Wetzel got into trouble because he didn't have a valid permit to build the windmill. He had a building permit that was issued to demolish a burnt house and garage in 2006. It included wording officials said Wetzel added later to allow the windmill.
Police charged Wetzel with four counts of forgery.
"Why else would they be so stressed out over a windmill?" he asked. "I'm not proposing anything to do with drugs, a dance parlor or gambling."
Village officials deny politics are at play in the tangled mess and said that some residents oppose Wetzel's plan. The mayor said Wetzel's run-in with the town is unusual for the longtime businessman who used to be an auxiliary police officer.
"I've known him for quite a few years," Chance said. "His father had a body shop for years, and then his father passed away, and he took it over. I don't think he's ever been in any trouble with anything else that I know of."
Wetzel's office is lined with legal books, and on a recent visit, his desk had a Bible, the Illinois State Statutes and the Illinois criminal code — three books he said are closely related and that he referred to regularly.
"Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are God-given rights," he said. "It starts out with the Constitution, and then it flows into the statutes and then those statues flow into the criminal code, which originates from the Bible."
He pulled documents from a stuffed briefcase showing he had entered into an agreement with Ameren
"I'm one day away from producing renewable energy," he said.
But given the history of the dispute and the law, it seems unlikely that the standoff will end soon.
Leigh Morris, spokesman for Ameren Illinois, said agreements like the one Wetzel signed with Ameren require customers to comply with local, state and federal rules, regulations and codes.
In December, meanwhile, he erected on his property a 25-foot windmill that he covered with Christmas lights and a sign still is on display that says simply, "Liberty." Case no 07-cf-1405 without Epps story there would be no case. Epps lied at the PC hearing it on the record so the case should be over turn the State has duty to the people not to let it stand.
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Monroeville, AL

#3 Aug 22, 2011
DonQuixote wrote on 1/21/2010 7:48:00 PM:
BND reported,"Two years earlier, Wetzel battled alderman Dennis Baricevic over allowing the use of animals on Wetzel's property on Richfield Road." Is ex alderman Dennis Baricevic also the brother to Judge Baricevic? Could there be bias, prejudice and judicial abuse possible here? Mr. Trustee a.k.a. joeblow123 what do you think?
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Belleville News Democrat reported, "Bruce Brandwein, the Chicago lawyer who represented Wetzel, told jurors the state never proved that Wetzel altered the permit or knew that it had been altered before he showed police and the court clerk." When Judge Eckert continued Wetzel's sentencing date on 11/13/09 due to an Interlocutory Appeal notice from the Appellate Ct., did Judge Baricevic intervene over Judge Eckert’s ruling and dismiss Wetzel's Attorney then arrest him for being absent from the sentencing setting a $80,000.00 bond? Quixote ask, is Wetzel fighting an unbeatable foe' or will the truth set him free? How does one judge over rule the trial judge and then dismiss a citizen’s legal counsel prior to ordering him jailed without personal jurisdiction?
BND reported,"Two years earlier, Wetzel battled alderman Dennis Baricevic over allowing the use of animals on Wetzel's property on Richfield Road." QuIxote ask,“is ex alderman Dennis Baricevic also the brother to Judge Baricevic? Could there be bias, prejudice and judicial abuse possible here?”
BND reported, "Wetzel obtained a permit to demolish a house and garage at 8801 Hatten St. in Caseyville in October 2006, but Assistant State's Attorney Tara Mendola told the jurors that Wetzel later showed Police Chief J.D. Roth an altered version of that permit that stated Wetzel was allowed to build a windmill and power building." When Wetzel showed the same J.D. Roth that he had an Interlocutory Appeal and jurisdiction with the Appellate Court on 11/13/09, Roth telephoned Judge Baricevic who ordered Wetzel to be jailed again with another $80,000.00 bond for his felony, grievous and society threatening crime of forgery of altering a $44.00 construction permit. Village Attorney wrote on 8/28/09," Prior applications were received by the Village and were denied."
BND reported, State's Attorney Jim Fuld said during his closing argument. "He didn't want to follow the rules. He didn't want to spend the time and money and go through the processes." The Village of Caseyville's attorney wrote the AG on 8/28/09,"Please note that no building permit applications are currently pending." Prior applications have been received and denied." " The Village of Caseyville obtained an injuction in court against Mr. Wetzel and the construction was halted." Quixote asks,“Did Wetzel pay for a commercial lot, demolished a house, bought a U.L. wind turbine approved by Nat'l Electric Code, paid Ameren to tie to the grid metering, paid EPA for permit, hired lawyers and engineers but he is found guilty of (4) felony forgeries of a $44.00 permit that has cost him over $50,000.00 in legal fees, bond and his freedom but he doesn't play by their rules???? Whose rules? Is Judge Baricevic the brother to Dennis Baricevic? Could there be a personal vendetta here or just judicial abuse or is it an "Impossible dream" to construct a wind turbine in small town America because the monopoly utilities do not like the slightest hint of competition?
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#4 Aug 26, 2011
How does it work? absentee Ballots Mr. Trustee Davis? Do you take Medication for your problems,Worried they are going to find you out?Kerry Davis do you spot light dear at night.Have you been charged with stop lighting as reported in the News Democrat Kerry Davis aka Joe blow123.
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#5 Aug 26, 2011
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Caseyville officials may lay off all four village police dispatchers to help close a $450,000 budget gap. The Village Board is scheduled to discuss the plan Wednesday.

"At this point I can't say anything," said Caseyville Police Sgt. Greg Hosp, who is in charge of the department while Chief J.D. Roth is on vacation.

The telecommunicators would be replaced by St. Clair County Sheriff's Office staffers under the plan.

Hosp would not talk about specifics, although he said it's "pretty evident" police response times would increase if the proposal is adopted.

Village officials said they had no plans to vote Wednesday on the layoffs. The items are for discussion only.

A telecommunicator contacted for this story said no dispatchers were available to talk about the situation.

But Penny Johnson, who retired as a dispatcher, said many are worried.

"They're very upset," she said. "That's all the income some of these ladies have. There's a lot of cuts they could make in this town before they should go to the Police Department."

Dispatchers take 911 calls in the village and communicate with and coordinate police on the road.

Village Trustee and Finance Committee Chairman Patrick Dyson blamed prior treasurer Rick Casey Sr.

"Over the years, the budget has not been monitored as it should have been by the previous treasurer. We have an actual accountant that works for us now," Dyson said. "We should have seen this years ago, where the money should have been there."

Casey was removed from his position after concerns that his role as director of village tax increment financing may have conflicted with his wife's interest in developing a TIF district.

Casey called the accusation "slander" and said he monitored the budget well.

"How can you blame me? I've been gone eight months," Casey said. "It kind of aggravates me that this guy would say that. I don't see where he can come up with using me as that problem. I know there were tight times. There were tight times in the village going back 10 years. The problem was that nobody wanted to address the issue that somewhere we had to cut costs."

The four dispatchers make a combined salary and benefits of about $250,000. Village officials are considering additional cuts, they said.

Without the four dispatchers, the village Police Department would have to be manned by at least one officer to remain open, as there would be no other staff on hand.

Dyson said the plan for Wednesday was primarily to discuss the process with county representatives.

The village's dispatchers are represented by Swansea-based Teamsters Local 50.

Teamsters Spokesman Pat Nichols said the union was considering its legal options.

"It's going to be a tough situation and a tough hill to climb but we're willing to work through this without the loss of jobs," Nichols said.

Village Mayor George Chance said Tuesday he did not know if there would be a decision on Wednesday. No vote was scheduled on the agenda.

"We're short. If we're short, cuts have to be made in our village," Chance said. "We definitely got some financial problems."

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Caseyville officials may lay off all four village police dispatchers to help close a $450,000 budget gap. The Village Board is scheduled to discuss the plan Wednesday.

"At this point I can't say anything," said Caseyville Police Sgt. Greg Hosp, who is in charge of the department while Chief J.D. Roth is on vacation.

The telecommunicators would be replaced by St. Clair County Sheriff's Office staffers under the plan.

Hosp would not talk about specifics, although he said it's "pretty evident" police response times would increase if the proposal is adopted.

Village officials said they had no plans to vote Wednesday on the layoffs. The items are for discussion only.

A telecommunicator contacted for this story said no dispatchers were available to talk about the situation.

But Penny Johnson, who retired as a dispatcher, said many are worried.

"They're very upset," she said. "That's all the income some of these ladies have. There's a lot of cuts they could make in this town before they should go to the Police Department."

Dispatchers take 911 calls in the village and communicate with and coordinate police on the road.

Village Trustee and Finance Committee Chairman Patrick Dyson blamed prior treasurer Rick Casey Sr.

"Over the years, the budget has not been monitored as it should have been by the previous treasurer. We have an actual accountant that works for us now," Dyson said. "We should have seen this years ago, where the money should have been there."

Casey was removed from his position after concerns that his role as director of village tax increment financing may have conflicted with his wife's interest in developing a TIF district.

Casey called the accusation "slander" and said he monitored the budget well.

"How can you blame me? I've been gone eight months," Casey said. "It kind of aggravates me that this guy would say that. I don't see where he can come up with using me as that problem. I know there were tight times. There were tight times in the village going back 10 years. The problem was that nobody wanted to address the issue that somewhere we had to cut costs."

The four dispatchers make a combined salary and benefits of about $250,000. Village officials are considering additional cuts, they said.

Without the four dispatchers, the village Police Department would have to be manned by at least one officer to remain open, as there would be no other staff on hand.

Dyson said the plan for Wednesday was primarily to discuss the process with county representatives.

The village's dispatchers are represented by Swansea-based Teamsters Local 50.

Teamsters Spokesman Pat Nichols said the union was considering its legal options.

"It's going to be a tough situation and a tough hill to climb but we're willing to work through this without the loss of jobs," Nichols said.

Village Mayor George Chance said Tuesday he did not know if there would be a decision on Wednesday. No vote was scheduled on the agenda.

"We're short. If we're short, cuts have to be made in our village," Chance said. "We definitely got some financial problems."

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Posted in News on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 12:00 am Updated: 9:53 pm.

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#7 Aug 27, 2011
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I know Epps. He is a very nice guy.
He made a mistake. Get over it. If you had the authority to check someone out I know you all would do it.

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#8 Sep 11, 2011
Steve Epps is a very good police officer. I think people, for the lack of a better word, from Florida mind their own business. Remember you people down in Florida have baby killer Casey Anthony. Talk about her and not our police in Caseyville.

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