Plea deal for Northglenn councilman craters
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#1 Apr 24, 2006
A plea to Northglenn's Mayor from a Tacoma citizen
Northglenn Councilman James ("Jim") D. Miller Councilman is a former Northglenn Police Officer - originally facing charges of harassment, second-degree criminal tampering and domestic violence, but while he does that, he has still been allowed to be in the very heart of the city's seat of power - your City Council. I read in the news that Mayor Kathleen Novak says that the council has no power to sanction its members for wrongdoing outside of city government.
To Mayor Novak: Please learn from Tacoma Washington's mistakes. Our mayor would love a second chance to make wiser choices. Confronted with allegations of domestic abuse in the ranks, our Mayor Bill Baarsma concurred that what our Police Chief David Brame does in his private time is not the city's business.
The next day our chief and his wife Crystal were both fatally wounded, with their screaming crying children standing over the carnage.
Our city is still rocked and that was 3 years and millions of dollars ago. What we lost can never be recovered - two lives.
Miller was arrested in February on allegations that he stalked and sent threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend, BROOMFIELD POLICE OFFICER APRIL SANCHEZ, in late January, and of throwing eggs at the car of Sanchez's friend & co-worker BROOMFIELD POLICE OFFICER Jason Smith. Ex-girlfriend Sanchez called 911 and said she was being followed by Miller in his car and that he was blinking his headlights and honking his horn, sending up to 20 text messages as he followed because she refuses to answer his calls to her cel phone. A few days later on Jan. 27, Sanchez said he followed her when she picked up her son School and that Miller had driven by her house four times that night. He also allegedly sent Sanchez 20 text messages that she said she felt were threatening in nature. Sanchez and Jason said THEY SAW Miller drive by her house two more times the night of Jan. 27, in a different car, and throw eggs at Smith's car, which was parked in front of her home - and that Miller returned again and threw some more that night.
What did Miller say? That he driving home from a meeting when he saw Smith's car parked in front of Sanchez's home and became angry, thinking that they were having an affair. After sending Sanchez several text messages, Miller said he drove home and then came back to throw eggs at Smith's car.
What does it take to realize someone is not alright?
(He's not alright.)
For his own sake, for your city's sake, and for the victim's sake - he needs to be removed from power and given access to effective, real help.
You don't get do-overs.
Our city learned that the hard way.
cloud_writer at yahoo dot com
#2 Apr 24, 2006
Sorry for the typos.:)
Just wanted to say that in today's article, the woman who said it was NOT alright to plea bargain down the charges...
is my hero for the day.
And so is the judge who LISTENED to her.
THAT is good news.
#3 Jun 8, 2006
Since Councilman Miller's case has worked its way through the system, there are several of us on the Northglenn City Council calling for his resignation at the meeting tonight. He has stated that he will not resign. The only way to remove him from this seat is through a recall election.
#4 Jul 19, 2006
It took me awhile to come across this again and it's good to know that you know.
My heart just aches when I see towns and cities taking such dangerous chances.
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