Taylor County corruption in WV

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Jeff Landers

Shinnston, WV

#1 Jun 3, 2012
It seems that police chief Robert Beltner is upset with this forum because people are simply speaking their minds, which is part of the constitution of free press, and because much of what is said in this forum is based on fact. I wonder if Officer Beltner is aware of the level of domestic abuse in Taylor County and the fact that these problems are not getting any better. There cannot be a lawsuit for libel if truth is being said. Maybe Beltner needs to reread that text book he read in high school one more time.

I have read that there is a lot of domestic violence in this county, and surrounding counties throughout West Virginia, and that the officers in Taylor County seem to think of this crime of domestic violence as a joke. They do not want to be bothered when they can be drinking coffee and eating donuts, acting important chatting with others around town. Every minute in this country, five women are being battered by their partner and every hour, there are 16 deaths in this country related to domestic violence.

It seems that evil people will either become criminals or become a police officer.

Senator Rockefeller discusses domestic violence in this state in the article below. He says this is an outrage how much domestic violence is around and nothing is being done about it.

That's how U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller describes his feelings over the death of 11-year-old Jahlil Clements earlier this year as he tried to flag down help for his mother who was being beaten by the side of the highway 64 in Charleston.

Rockefeller was in Charleston Tuesday for a statewide roundtable discussion on domestic violence, the same day Ethan Chic-Colbert was arraigned on murder charges in the death of Clements.

"There are some awful things that have happened here in West Virginia in the past couple of months which are truly shocking events. Of course, they've been going on for years and people don't talk about them,” Rockefeller said.“Now what's happening is that people are beginning to talk about them."

Back in 1994, Rockefeller was a co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women Act that was reauthorized in 2000, 2005 and 2011.

"We've got to have strong laws with strong teeth. We've got to keep records and we've got to punish,” he said.

Rockefeller went back to the Clements case saying a young boy is dead, his family devastated and the ripple effects continue.

“It catches all of us up one way or another."

The senator says the roundtable discussion was a chance to hear from domestic violence groups from across West Virginia, the problems they're seeing and possible solutions. He wants to be a part of that.

"It can't be corrected by law but it can be helped by law. And all these people, all these groups who are working so hard all over West Virginia, I really admire them."

Rockefeller's office says they've counted up at least 17 domestic violence-related deaths in West Virginia so far this year.

http://www.wvmetronews.com/index.cfm...
Alice Johnson

Shinnston, WV

#2 Jun 3, 2012
This is a shame there is so much domestic violence in Taylor County and that nothing is being done about it. Is it possible that some laws need to be changed or some new laws made? Is it time for government workers who work in the courts and for the sheriff take time out to see that they are only helping perpetrators of domestic violence by ignoring the situation? Therein lies a major crime in and of itself. I agree with Senator Rockefeller that this is indeed an outrage. It appears this problem of apathy is widespread throughout the state.
Jake Miller

Shinnston, WV

#3 Jun 3, 2012
We need lawmakers who are prepared to help change laws to protect battered women, not to just ignore the problem. We need police who are concerned about the high level of domestic violence in the city. We need officers and prosecuting attorneys who are willing to make changes in the way they deal with domestic violence. Allow the following as evidence in these situations: statement of officer, photos, statement from neighbors.

Thousands of women die every year because of domestic abuse. Most of the time, these crimes are never dealt with properly and the abusers run free. If laws can't be changed, perhaps the way police and prosecutors deal with this problem can be changed. Enough of giving abusers a slap on the hand and letting things slide for one or two offenses. We need prosecuting attorneys and police who are willing to make arrests and convictions.

• On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day. In 2000, 1,247 women were killed by an intimate partner. That's an average of three per day.

• Women are much more likely than men to be killed by an intimate partner. In 2000, intimate partner homicides accounted for 33.5 percent of the murders of women.

Despite the fact that advocacy groups trying to halt the epidemic of violence and sexual assault, the numbers are still shocking. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year. Less than 20 percent of battered women sought medical treatment following an injury. Between 600,000 and 3 million women are victims of domestic violence each year, depending on the type of survey used to obtain the data. Not all women report domestic violent crimes.

The level of domestic abuse in this county and state is high and these problems are not getting any better.

Domestic violence is not a joke. I agree with this statement that it seems that evil people will either become criminals or become a police officer.

This is an outrage how much domestic violence is around and nothing is being done about it.

There are some awful things that have happened here in this county and state over the years, which are truly shocking events. Of course, they've been going on for years and people don't talk about them. Now what's happening is that people are beginning to talk about them.

It's great that Senator Rockefeller is speaking out against domestic violence. He has integrity as a human being. We've got to have strong laws. We've got to keep records and we've got to punish.

It catches all of us up one way or another.

When County police officers ignore domestic violence or they react in a warped and ineffective manner, therein lies more violent behavior. It's time for folks to stand up and say "enough is enough". For heavens sake, let's use our brains to come up with solutions.

http://www.dvrc-or.org/domestic/violence/reso ...
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BLUE GRAY GHOST

Barnesville, OH

#5 Jun 3, 2012
It seems that our Sheriff over here in Barbour County would like these forums shut down as well, especially the Barbour County Corruption thread. What they and everyone has forgotten is the 1st amendment and our constitutional right to freedom of speech. Of course the only reason they do not like it is because we are showing our dislike for their current policies! I say, if they do not like your thread or ours, then they should quit reading it!
Law Dawg

Newington, CT

#6 Jun 3, 2012
Or do the right things and they wouldn't have to worry about this forum...LOL
True_American

Pine Grove, WV

#7 Jun 3, 2012
Jeff Landers wrote:
It seems that police chief Robert Beltner is upset with this forum because people are simply speaking their minds, which is part of the constitution of free press, and because much of what is said in this forum is based on fact. I wonder if Officer Beltner is aware of the level of domestic abuse in Taylor County and the fact that these problems are not getting any better. There cannot be a lawsuit for libel if truth is being said. Maybe Beltner needs to reread that text book he read in high school one more time.
I have read that there is a lot of domestic violence in this county, and surrounding counties throughout West Virginia, and that the officers in Taylor County seem to think of this crime of domestic violence as a joke. They do not want to be bothered when they can be drinking coffee and eating donuts, acting important chatting with others around town. Every minute in this country, five women are being battered by their partner and every hour, there are 16 deaths in this country related to domestic violence.
It seems that evil people will either become criminals or become a police officer.
Senator Rockefeller discusses domestic violence in this state in the article below. He says this is an outrage how much domestic violence is around and nothing is being done about it.
That's how U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller describes his feelings over the death of 11-year-old Jahlil Clements earlier this year as he tried to flag down help for his mother who was being beaten by the side of the highway 64 in Charleston.
Rockefeller was in Charleston Tuesday for a statewide roundtable discussion on domestic violence, the same day Ethan Chic-Colbert was arraigned on murder charges in the death of Clements.
"There are some awful things that have happened here in West Virginia in the past couple of months which are truly shocking events. Of course, they've been going on for years and people don't talk about them,” Rockefeller said.“Now what's happening is that people are beginning to talk about them."
Back in 1994, Rockefeller was a co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women Act that was reauthorized in 2000, 2005 and 2011.
"We've got to have strong laws with strong teeth. We've got to keep records and we've got to punish,” he said.
Rockefeller went back to the Clements case saying a young boy is dead, his family devastated and the ripple effects continue.
“It catches all of us up one way or another."
The senator says the roundtable discussion was a chance to hear from domestic violence groups from across West Virginia, the problems they're seeing and possible solutions. He wants to be a part of that.
"It can't be corrected by law but it can be helped by law. And all these people, all these groups who are working so hard all over West Virginia, I really admire them."
Rockefeller's office says they've counted up at least 17 domestic violence-related deaths in West Virginia so far this year.
http://www.wvmetronews.com/index.cfm...
Taylor County is one of the better places to live, so If I was you I would worry more about the county that I live in.
Rumer Mill

York, PA

#8 Jun 3, 2012
The situation is very dark indeed... I know for a personal fact that one abuser, who had put his girlfriend in the hospital and had three domestic charges at age 20 was being protected as an informant in TC, when this piece of (BLANK) attacked me the prosecuters office tried and tried to get me to drop the charges after making a deal with him...

You have heard many of my accusations over the months/years, ever wonder why I have not been sued over it? Its True! These are not fabrications, and for some very strange reason much of the violence as well as lack of prosecution for said violence often seems to have a young female victim or outsiders which for some reason do not deserve protection in the eyes of the prosecuter...

It really is disgusting that people have to fight the LAW as well as the perpetrators of crime and abuse in order to get Justice...
Flemington resident

Grafton, WV

#9 Jun 3, 2012
Basically all of you....including Mr. Rumor Mill....who most know who u are....are a bunch of cry babies who were probably caught up in an illegal practice and now crying the blues spreading venom on topix......anyone with any reputable life believes none of this garbage and there are ALWAYS 2 sides to every story.
wow

Fairmont, WV

#10 Jun 4, 2012
Defintly two sides to every story, well spoken Flemington resident, sometimes the other story needs told, then maybe people can see or decide what the trueth is and isn't. I hate the fact that this so called 20 year old person is being accused of putting his girlfriend in the hospital, who knows if she was, I hate mostly that he is accused of being and informant for TC, You know there are over 100 informants, it was once said, in TC, but listening to people who might not like someone for something, which everyone has a skeleton or two, You could say anyone that ticks someone off is an informant, very big words Mr Rumer Mill, would You want to be called a child abuser if you werent infact that, no so lets state facts here and if you know for a fact tell us all how you know........
Rumer Mill

York, PA

#11 Jun 4, 2012
Im not a criminal, yet :) No record at all actually! And that says alot for having lived in grafton coming from out out of state CUZ THEY SURE TRIED... I am sure TC is working hard trying to charge men with somthing to shut me up now...

According To a Sheriffs Deputy, who told me my charges came AFTER this informants deal, thats why the prosecuter was PUSHING ME TO DROP THEM... PLUS the fact 10 people that were raided within weeks of his incarseration... I say it was reliable! PS I pulled this Guys sheet at the courthouse... 3 domestic batteries! Not Blowin Smoke!!!
Rumer Mill

York, PA

#12 Jun 4, 2012
Flemington resident wrote:
Basically all of you....including Mr. Rumor Mill....who most know who u are....are a bunch of cry babies who were probably caught up in an illegal practice and now crying the blues spreading venom on topix......anyone with any reputable life believes none of this garbage and there are ALWAYS 2 sides to every story.
Documented facts do not lie! and you would be suprised who believes it. Or maybe Not! Im pissed allright, with good reason! But sorry, NO CRIMINAL RECORD AT ALL!!!
TaylorCoProudles s

Grafton, WV

#13 Jul 26, 2012
I'm just sick of knowing the people at the courthouse can steal so much money from Grafton and still keep their job. I'm also sick of a deputy and his wife that "shops with a cop" also shops for their 3 kids with money meant for children that couldn't afford to have a Christmas without this money and people helping them. As far as I see it, they are also stealing money from Grafton. I KNOW FOR A FACT this is why so many businesses didn't give money in 2011 as before. I could write a whole lot more but I had to get this off my chest. Its pathetic.
Jason McDaniel

United States

#14 Jul 26, 2012
First of all Chief Robert Beltner is the best Chief of Police the City of Grafton has had for a long time hands down. Secondly Kevin Humes you are pissed off at Taylor Co because you were a slum lord whos property was a dump. So quit running your mouth about Taylor Co and grow up
Rumer Mill

York, PA

#15 Aug 2, 2012
Any Relation to McDaniel's that the city covered up for Jason? The Slumlord that the city alowed to hide the fact these buildings were collapsing and turned a blind eye?

When all you crooks BURN Ill be smileing, Believe... smell it yet?
the truth is

AOL

#16 Aug 4, 2012
u know rumer mill the more i think the more i believe ur right.the law in taylor co.is about as crooked as they come.le lets certain people get by with about anything,1 example,the owner of d & l limousine,a convicted felon,le in taylor co.knows he caries a gun,they look the other way,he acts as an officer of the court by serving legal papers,against the law,but again le looks the other way,it is against the law for a convicted felon to have any thing to do with the bailbond system,but le lets him,and in fact encourages him to get involved,i have witnesses that will make statements that he has come to their house carrying a weapon,but when le is told they say,well we will tell him not to do that,but he called the atf on his brother,telling all kinds of lies on him.when approached by atf he blew smoke up their ass and they in turn gave the brother a hard time.he is just like his mother,he tells so many lies he believes them his self.that is the law in taylor county,they all dont do any thing but blow smoke.as i said ur right CROOKED,THEY ARE ALL CROOKED waiting 4 more comments fron u
Jason McDaniel

Moundsville, WV

#17 Aug 8, 2012
Rumer Mill no theres no relation to the McDaniels that you speak of that Im aware of. I was just stating my opinion Ive know Chief Robert Beltner for many years and I feel he is was a great officer and a great Chief of Police.
WHAT

United States

#18 Aug 8, 2012
Beltner is a guttless BAST**D!!
Jason McDaniel

Moundsville, WV

#19 Aug 11, 2012
WHAT well thats your opinion and your intitled to it. But Grafton PD has advance by leaps and bounds under the leadership of Chief Beltner. Ive known him for many years and he has always been the type of person who i could turn to if i had a question or a concern. So i stick by my statements previous i dont expect everyone to agree with them but they are my opinions and my observations from the many years of knowing Chief Beltner on both a personal and professional level. So I commend Chief Beltner for all he has done to improve Grafton PD and the city of Grafton
truth mill

United States

#20 Dec 1, 2012
Heaps and bounds... And still they cant accept credit card payments for taxes...why, becaus they arent as easy to steal as cash...
Jason McDaniel

Morgantown, WV

#21 Dec 4, 2012
Really i think If you would go down and speak to the finace director i bet can account for every cent that has been brought in and spent since he has been in office. If you dont like Grafton and Taylor County please move the hell out

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