#223 Feb 23, 2010
nelson has gotten his cronies to call different people in berea and are spreading rumors about jerry and then hanging up.there are bounderies nelson and you have stepped across them, I did not think you would go that far as to spread lies about something you have no idea about.you need to know the truth before you open your mouth.
#224 Feb 23, 2010
It's getting crunch time and it's just that the people that have been done wrong by Nelson are bitter and anxious to get things moving in the right direction again for once that's all.
It's politics of coarse it's going to get nasty, let's not post any farces on here please.
We can debate and after Jerry is in office i'm sure he'll make mistakes as well and we'll all be on him as well.
I think what the Shadow and all the other Jerry Combs supporters are saying is or trying to put to light is all the "I am the ruler of this kingdom and will be till i die attitude".
Now before you say how do I say that or see that? Believe me without revealing myself or anyone that is working for Nelson believe me when I say, without conviction I can post these comments because they are the truth as I type and say the things I have said.
You never do really know someone like you think you know them until they are put in certain situations. In this case being put into a Leadership position like he is and failing so profoundly and with the help of Ed Robinson, Terry Begley, Steve King, Bob McMahan and George Hunter.
You think with someone that has a large enough problem would be able to see what was going on is so oblivious of it and it is absolutely insane!
The people in the Sheriff Dept. currently are waging an internal war against him because they see what all of you don't.
For goodness sake they are there everyday and see the destruction that is going on mentally and physically.
Please all of you Nelson supporters please! open your eyes and see for yourself or heck ask one of the people that work there when they aren't threr ina ll the chaos.
#225 Feb 24, 2010
I was asked to vote for Jerry by someone I respect and trust, so Jerry gets my vote and my families vote.
#226 Feb 24, 2010
What you need to know, told the truth. People who work in the Court System, Clerks, Attorneys, Janitors, etc, See what goes on everyday. All of these people can't be wrong.
#227 Feb 25, 2010
'No contact' order sought in Richmond police case
By Jennifer Hewlett - [email protected]
for three Richmond police officers accused of trying to intimidate or tamper with a female witness have asked Madison County Circuit Court to expand a "no contact order" to include representatives of the county commonwealth's attorney's office and sheriff's office.
The attorneys for Sgt. James Rogers and officers Garry Murphy and Brian Hensley indicate in a motion filed this week that the female witness has been intimidated by the commonwealth's attorney's office and sheriff's office. The motion indicates that the woman had plans to file a civil rights lawsuit against employees of the two offices because of their words and actions in the case involving the three officers.
The officers were alleged to have had sexual contact with the woman in the fall of 2009, but no charges of a sexual nature were filed against them.
A Madison County grand jury indicted the officers on other types of charges in connection with the case. Rogers was indicted on a count of intimidating a witness or tampering with a witness. Murphy and Hensley were each indicted on a count of complicity to commit the intimidation of or tampering with a witness. Murphy was also indicted on a charge of fourth-degree assault for allegedly hitting or smacking the woman.
The woman, referred to as the "alleged victim," went to Kentucky State Police to report wrongdoing by the commonwealth's attorney's and sheriff's offices the day before the commonwealth's attorney's office obtained the indictment against the three officers, according to the motion.
According to the motion, Madison County Sheriff Nelson O'Donnell told The Richmond Register newspaper that the woman liked to be dominated during sexual activity. According to the motion, the sheriff asked the woman if Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock had ever made any kind of "sexual innuendos" to her and told her he did not like Brock. Also according to the motion, O'Donnell tried to get the woman to give him a copy of a draft of her potential lawsuit against him and others, saying it "would be the best Christmas present you could ever give me."
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jennifer Smith, according to the motion, told the woman that her lawsuit was bogus and asked the woman if it was better for her to be honest instead of trying to cover for the officers, because she could lose her children over the matter.
The motion relies heavily on a recording and transcript of an interview the woman had with a state police detective in the presence of her attorney, and letters from that attorney — Mary Sharp — to the sheriff and the assistant Commonwealth's attorney.
In one letter to Jennifer Smith, Sharp says: "From the moment of the sheriff's entry into this private consensual matter, he has threatened and cajoled my client in an attempt, we believe, to serve his private interests. The sheriff and his agents have coerced my client in an attempt to force her and to influence her to make a false statement, have called my client a whore, all the while a deputy sheriff made an inappropriate proposition of my client while in his custody and control."
A hearing on the motion has been set for March 4.
#228 Feb 25, 2010
The Voters and non-voters alike should be made aware of this outrage! But it does not surprise me. Nelson will stop at nothing to be re-elected.
#230 Feb 26, 2010
When Dude was in office this type of activity would not be tolerated. When Jerry Combs is elected Sheriff, He will be a servant of the people, Not a Sheriff who would use a victim to retain his office.
#231 Feb 26, 2010
A motion filed Monday by attorneys for three Richmond police officers accused of witness intimidation accuses prosecutors and Madison County Sheriff Nelson O’Donnell of the same offense, and seeks to have a no contact order enforced against them.
The motion alleges that Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Hall Smith, O’Donnell and his deputies intimidated the woman, April McQueen, who is at the center of the case against Richmond Police Department officers Sgt. James Rogers and patrolmen Garry Murphy and Brian Hensley.
McQueen and an attorney, identified in the motion as Mary Sharp, are described in the motion as having contacted Kentucky State Police Post 7 in Richmond on Jan. 27, prior to indictments being returned against the officers, to report “wrongdoing by the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Sheriff O’Donnell, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and others.”
A complete transcript of an interview conducted with McQueen and Sharp by a state police detective has been filed under seal with the court, along with partially unredacted transcripts and audio recordings of the interview.
In portions of the interview included in the 15-page motion, McQueen and Sharp allege that Jennifer Smith repeatedly stopped the tape recording of a November interview about the case, referred to Sharp as “a defense attorney for cops” who was “just trying to cover the cops’ ass and not yours” and advised McQueen not to talk to Sharp.
Sharp, a Louisville attorney, is referred to on her firm’s Web site as having a law practice “dedicated exclusively to representing law enforcement officers in any legal issue they may encounter during their employment.”
Jennifer Smith also is quoted by McQueen in the interview as saying,“April, don’t you think it’s better if you’re honest instead of trying to cover for these cops?”
Smith issued a brief statement to the Register on Thursday denying the allegations.
#232 Feb 26, 2010
“We do not intimidate witnesses and we deny the allegations set forth in their pleading,” Smith said. She declined further comment, citing legal limitations on her ability to comment on the case, but said a written response to the motion likely would be filed.
The motion also accuses O’Donnell and his officers of misconduct in the case. A footnote on Page 2 of the motion refers specifically to statements attributed to O’Donnell about McQueen’s alleged sexual preferences in Register articles, and quotes McQueen’s interview with Kentucky State Police.
“You know, I like cops in general, and this is what I’ve done for years,” the footnote quotes McQueen.“You know, I mean, nobody wants to sit there and tell their own mom that. That’s humiliating. And then he also put in the paper that I like to be dominated during sexual intercourse. That is private. I mean, you know, that is my personal business. I just — the whole thing is humiliating to me.”
After the initial story about the incident appeared in the Oct. 30, 2009, edition of the Richmond Register, McQueen contacted multiple reporters at the Register and asked to be interviewed about the incident.
#233 Feb 26, 2010
McQueen canceled two scheduled interviews with Register reporters in early November and later said her attorney would be releasing a statement on her behalf. No statement has been issued to the Register.
When reached by phone Thursday, McQueen said she was willing to comment on the case and scheduled an interview for a later date.
O’Donnell also is accused in the motion of asking McQueen for a copy of a lawsuit Sharp was preparing to file against the Madison County Sheriff’s Office alleging civil rights violations.
In the state police interview, McQueen quotes O’Donnell as asking for a copy of the suit and saying,“... that would really help me out because this could cause me a lot of trouble.”
No such lawsuit has been filed in Madison Circuit Court as of Thursday afternoon.
The motion also accuses O’Donnell of contacting McQueen’s mother and “insinuating that the three defendants were going to file a lawsuit against the alleged victim (McQueen) if she did not testify against them.”
A footnote on Page 7 quotes McQueen as saying that her mother had attempted to influence her testimony.
A second footnote on that page also quotes a lengthy passage from McQueen in which she alleges that O’Donnell said that McQueen’s cooperation in the case was necessary to “get rid of some bad apples on the Richmond Police Department” and identifies Chief Larry Brock and officer Kelly Rouse by name.
“He’s like, we need to get rid of Kelly Rouse and to get rid of Chief Brock,” McQueen quotes O’Donnell as saying.
Brock nor Rouse have been accused of any wrongdoing in the case. Rouse, however, testified before the grand jury in the case against the three officers.
The motion explicitly accuses both O’Donnell and the commonwealth’s attorney’s office of being guilty of witness intimidation.
“It is perhaps unprecedented to have the ‘alleged victim’ of allegations of tampering and intimidation come forward to the Kentucky State Police to expose so plainly the wrongdoing of those who hold the public trust to prevent such actions by others, and make unequivocal statements that they would lead to the conclusion that those persons of the public trust are in fact guilty of the crimes they allege,” the motion states.
The motion then quotes several letters exchanged between Sharp, O’Donnell and Jennifer Smith in which Sharp alleges that a sheriff’s deputy “made an inappropriate proposition of my client while in his custody and control,” accuses O’Donnell of contacting McQueen “with thinly veiled threats” and calling Sharp a “scumbag lawyer.”
When contacted for comment Thursday, O’Donnell said he was limited in what he could say about the case.
“Due to pending litigation in circuit court in this criminal case, I’m not going to say anything that could jeopardize the outcome of the case,” O’Donnell said.
The motion concludes by asking Madison Circuit Judge William G. Clouse to hold an evidentiary hearing on the accusations alleged in the state police interview and to expand the no contact order between the defendants and McQueen to include O’Donnell, his officers and the commonwealth’s attorney’s office.
A reference also is made in the motion to a special prosecutor being appointed “to properly oversee this matter on behalf of the Commonwealth.”
The motion will be considered at a pretrial conference scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
#234 Feb 26, 2010
It seems Nelson thinks he is above the law, TIME TO GO!!!
#235 Feb 26, 2010
#238 Feb 26, 2010
Vote for the rights of crime victims. Vote for Truth and Honesty. Help end the misuse and abuse of authority and public trust. VOTE JERRY COMBS SHERIFF.
#239 Feb 26, 2010
shadow, I've listened to your side and agree somewhat with what you've stated... However, in this particulAr case, the Sheriff and the Commonwealth are on the RIGHT side of the law. The truth will come out.... Someday, hopefully soon.
#240 Feb 27, 2010
I've been trying to figure out if the report in the paper is correct, How could Nelson be in the right? Are you trying to say the story is not correct? Is another version forth coming?
#241 Feb 27, 2010
Woman makes contact again in RPD witness case
Register News Writer
A filing dated Wednesday indicates that the woman at the center of a witness tampering case against three Richmond police officers made another attempt to contact one of the men.
The “notice of filing” was filed Wednesday afternoon with the Madison Circuit Clerk’s office indicating that Richmond Police Department patrolman Brian Hensley received a message and a “friend request” on the social networking site Facebook from April McQueen, the alleged victim in the case.
Hensley and patrolman Garry Murphy are charged with complicity to witness tampering or intimidating a participant in a legal process for allegedly assisting Sgt. James Rogers in making threats toward McQueen in connection with allegations she made to Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigators before recanting.
Madison Circuit Judge William G. Clouse enforced a no contact order between the officers and McQueen at arraignment hearings earlier this month.
The text of the message is included in a copy of an e-mail Hensley received and forwarded to attorney Scott Crosbie, one of the two lawyers representing the officers.
The message reads as follows:“Hey please don’t hate me.....U probably do but I am so sorry for what it is worth about this thing....I promise I did not start this stuff!!!! Mary is trying to help me figure it all out. I wish u the best in life.”
Court documents included in the case file for the officers indicate McQueen has retained Louisville attorney Mary Sharp to represent her.
The “friend request” message appears to be an automatically generated form message from the site, according to a copy of the message filed with the court.
Chief Larry Brock said Friday that the Richmond Police Department does not yet have a policy regarding the use of social networking sites like Facebook by sworn officers, but that a model policy being developed by the Kentucky League of Cities may be implemented “in some form” in the future.
A previous filing in the case documented text messages McQueen had sent to Rogers following his appearance in Madison Circuit Court on Feb. 11.
Crosbie and attorney Jim Deckard filed a notice Feb. 18 detailing the messages, which included a redacted portion as well as the message “U looked so good thurs” to Rogers.
A supplemental filing dated Feb. 19 indicates that because of problems in compiling the messages into one continuous message for court records, the message “hap val day” was not included in the filing. All of the messages were sent on Feb. 14.
McQueen admitted sending the text messages to Rogers during a brief telephone conversation with the Register on Thursday.
Wednesday’s notice follows a 15-page motion filed Monday by Deckard and Crosbie that seeks to expand the no contact order in the case to cover Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith’s office as well as Madison County Sheriff Nelson O’Donnell and his department.
The motion alleges that Smith, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith, O’Donnell and several sheriff’s deputies attempted to intimidate McQueen during the grand jury investigation that resulted in the indictments against Rogers, Murphy and Hensley.
Jennifer Smith issued a statement Thursday denying all the allegations, saying,“we do not intimidate witnesses.”
O’Donnell declined to comment Thursday about the allegations, citing the ongoing nature of the case.“I’m not going to say anything that would jeopardize the outcome of the case,” O’Donnell said.
A pretrial conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Madison Circuit Court, where Clouse is expected to hear the no contact motion. The commonwealth’s attorney’s office is expected to file a written response to the motion in advance of the hearing, Jennifer Smith said Thursday.
#242 Mar 1, 2010
Nelson beat Dude in the last election by 79 votes. If this poll is only 50% correct that puts Jerry ahead by close to 200 votes.
#243 Mar 1, 2010
I may not travel in a very big circle, but everyone I talk to , says they will vote for Jerry, as well as my self, alot of people has a lot of negative comments abot Nelson, GO JERRY!!!
#244 Mar 1, 2010
I saw bob McMahan today about noon time driving that truck that has re-elect odonnell on it, I wonder if he is working while he is campaining for nelson, I dont think he can legally do that.
#245 Mar 1, 2010
He loses Nelson more votes than he will get for him. Bob doesn't have the personality that goes very well on the campaign trail.
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