The Maker

Waverly, OH

#22 Mar 5, 2012
There was a situation a few years ago involving three young men. They broke into a business in Waverly. There were eye witnesses, got the tag number of the car, when they were caught the Waverly police (investigator)let the driver go and charged the other two. I can prove what I have said. If anyone wants the case number I will be glad to give it to you and you can go to common pleas court and check it out they will be more than happy to pull the file for you. There are more but this is one that really pissed me off.

Since: Jun 10

Waverly, OH

#23 Mar 5, 2012
Not all officials are crooked or corrupt. But, here is proof that a few of them are. This has been going on for a long time and I think its great that someone finally had enough fire in them to try to put a stop to it. It happened about twelve years ago also to another officer. Once they want rid of you, no matter the reasons, mysterious complaints will be filed against you and so on. They will stop at nothing to get rid of you. Also, they do not take kindly to homosexual officers. I also witnessed that first hand. It is time that the truth be told so all the suspicions that people have had all these years can be proven for once. And to anyone who is supporting Mr. Mowery publicly, watch out. You will probably be the victim of some out of the way treatment by the WPD, like I was twelve years ago. But, I still stood by my friend and never turned my back on him. Good Luck.

Since: Jun 10

Waverly, OH

#24 Mar 5, 2012
Let me also add, at the time of the incident I am recollecting, Chief Corwin was leaving office and Larry was appointed Chief. This happened during the time of my friends dismissal.
So True

Waverly, OH

#25 Mar 5, 2012
south74 wrote:
Let me also add, at the time of the incident I am recollecting, Chief Corwin was leaving office and Larry was appointed Chief. This happened during the time of my friends dismissal.
They both are arrogant, liars. I think one mirrors the other.
The Maker

Waverly, OH

#26 Mar 5, 2012
Yes you are right if you cross them they will come after you. A remark was made in the courtroom "I will get you one way or the other" and he did get that person with lies hiding evidence you name it it was done. Some day it will come out.
Its about time

Ashland, KY

#27 Mar 5, 2012
Aaron,
No matter the "repercussions" that have been threatened against you, please remember that you are strong for doing what is right! Waverly was lucky to have you, and now...they are just up a crap creek without a paddle! Politics ruins people and it has obviously taken over that pitiful place! Keep your head up! Super proud of you!
What ___

Waverly, OH

#28 Mar 5, 2012
LOL LOL a article compliments of aaron mowery and friends.
noname

Columbus, OH

#29 Mar 5, 2012
that is very impressive officer, yes i will still call you officer because you deserve that respect, you are not the only person to receive retaliation from the waverly police dept. Private citizens have also been retaliated against, not because of any of this with you. I would like you to see this further and a full investigation done, by outside the county, but i realize that may not be possible for you. I did not know which side of this story to believe but now i see that it is yours. the situations that you stated are very common in waverly.
concerned

Marion, OH

#30 Mar 5, 2012
I applaud Aaron Mowery for what he tried to do! This town is all about who you know and politics; it's not about the people. What is happening to Mowery is happening because he STOOD UP for what was right. How sad is it that own police chief doesn't have the balls to back his officers and stand up for truth and honesty!
Does everyone remember Newman and Corwin? People KNEW who they were, they saw them on a daily basis! You never see Roe except for maybe getting out of a cruiser to go in his house! Then he has to come back outside because he always leaves his cruiser lights on! Other than that, do we really know who he is? He's already shown us what he's about...cowaring in the corner, crooked side of the law, lying and dishonesty! This P.D. needs new leadership! Roe and South are a joke! Someone needs to appoint Dennis Crabtree as chief and reinstate Mowery.
This is the wrong side of the law and I, for one, will not support it!
Goodluck Aaron Mowery!
Good for you

Waverly, OH

#31 Mar 5, 2012
Two words... TRUCK DRIVER... I figured you would like that, Aaron.
Not the case

Waverly, OH

#32 Mar 5, 2012
concerned wrote:
I applaud Aaron Mowery for what he tried to do! This town is all about who you know and politics; it's not about the people. What is happening to Mowery is happening because he STOOD UP for what was right. How sad is it that own police chief doesn't have the balls to back his officers and stand up for truth and honesty!
Does everyone remember Newman and Corwin? People KNEW who they were, they saw them on a daily basis! You never see Roe except for maybe getting out of a cruiser to go in his house! Then he has to come back outside because he always leaves his cruiser lights on! Other than that, do we really know who he is? He's already shown us what he's about...cowaring in the corner, crooked side of the law, lying and dishonesty! This P.D. needs new leadership! Roe and South are a joke! Someone needs to appoint Dennis Crabtree as chief and reinstate Mowery.
This is the wrong side of the law and I, for one, will not support it!
Goodluck Aaron Mowery!
I have no problem with what you are saying, EXCEPT the part about South. That guy is as straight forward as you can be. He is just overshadowed by others.
concerned

Marion, OH

#33 Mar 5, 2012
Not the case wrote:
<quoted text>
I have no problem with what you are saying, EXCEPT the part about South. That guy is as straight forward as you can be. He is just overshadowed by others.
and that's why he was one of them wanting to sweep this under the rug? because he is sooo straight forward? please!
Not the case

Waverly, OH

#34 Mar 5, 2012
Concerned, I am NOT engaging in any type of argument or dispute with you, but I am saying that when you have such an overbearing person in a building with a much quieter, down to earth, level headed person, the second is usually drown out. No, I do not believe that South would EVER ‘sweep’ anything ‘under the rug’. Do I believe that he wishes the whole thing never happened? Sure. Who of us, if in his position wouldn’t wish for that? I am just saying that Mr. South is not the typical ‘back scratcher’ that he is being accused of. I really think that if circumstances were different, and he had more say so, this would have NEVER happened. Unfortunately for him, he is being grouped in with others that make things like this an all too common occurrence. I do want to mention, I am very proud of Mowery for standing up for what he thinks is right. No matter the outcome, he stood his ground. It takes a lot for anyone to stand up to their employer the way he has, not to mention the entire City or Village.
Supporter

Whiting, IN

#35 Mar 5, 2012
Aaron M wrote:
First, let me say that my leaving the Waverly Police Department was a very difficult decision that did not come easy. Now, after many months of weighing the issues that have been going on, along with the retaliation that has been directed towards me and Ptl. Goodwin, I made the decision to resign, but to continue the fight to prove what is right.
Next, I want to deeply thank all of the many supporters that have supported me in the past, and continue to stand by me for doing what is right. This only continues to solidify my thoughts and actions regarding this incident.
Also, I want to say that I do not like situations like this, confrontations or the fact that I have to be the one that causes problems for others, unless I know what I am doing is right and what they are doing is wrong.
At this time, I want to use the quote that former Mayor Reed used in the News Watchmen:“I may not always be right, but I am honest.” Let it be known that the only difference between his quote and mine is that I can prove that I’m being honest, and on the other hand prove that he is not.
What I mean by this statement is, former Mayor Reed stated and “adamantly denied” in the first story printed in the News Watchman that “He didn’t influence anybody, didn’t talk to anybody and didn’t influence anybody’s opinion.” If former Mayor Reed says that he never contacted anyone or attempted to influence anyone, why can I prove that I was contacted early the next day after the crash by him, and ordered to not issue a citation to his son’s girlfriend until he spoke with Larry (The Chief of Police)? Former Mayor Reed also made the statement in the News Watchman that he “Originally supported me until he spoke with Chief Larry Roe.”
Please allow me to explain. He could not have supported me originally. This crash took place on Sunday, October 9, 2011, which was a holiday weekend. Chief Larry Roe did not come back to work until Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Chief Roe did not even know anything about this crash or the witness statement that I did not use until he returned to work. Former Mayor Reed contacted me an entire day before he spoke with Chief Roe and “ordered me not to issue this citation.”
Now, let me speak about the witness statement. At no time did myself, or Ptl. Goodwin ever refuse to take statements from anyone at the crash scene. Statements were given out at the scene throughout the entire process. Once the injured were attended to, the photographs and measurements were taken, and traffic was flowing again I began to look at the statements. All the statements that were obtained at the scene made sense, except for one. After reading this statement and interviewing her against her statement, I determined that there were too many inconsistencies and nothing positive. This witness answered questions with answers such as “I think, wouldn’t you think and it must have been” along with changing things verbally that she had previously written.
At this time, I had 4 statements other than this one. One statement from Ms. Richter, one from Ms. Howard and two from independent witnesses that were from South Point, Ohio. Note that the people that wrote these statements were “positive” of what they had witnessed and that what was written in these statements all pointed to this crash being Ms. Richter’s fault. These statements also supported the physical evidence that myself and Ptl. Goodwin had observed and collected at the scene. I also want to point out that I, still at this time, did not issue a citation, nor did I determine fault. I kept this case under investigation allowing time to sort through and possibly locate other evidence to support my decision.
Let me point out that to my understanding and training, we, as police officers are called to an incident to “investigate” and to gather “factual data” or “evidence.”
I have to admit that this is the first time I have read such a well-written post on any Topix site.
Supporter

Whiting, IN

#36 Mar 5, 2012
Aaron M wrote:
On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at the Waverly Police Department, I attempted to speak with Chief Larry Roe and Captain South about this incident. As soon as I mentioned this incident to Chief Roe, he replied to me with an aggravated tone of voice saying “Yeah, he just called me,” meaning the Mayor.(Again remember that the Mayor stated he never talked to or attempted to influence any decisions) Chief Roe continued with his aggravated tone of voice saying “You can’t start an f**king day off around here without something.” He then began to make statement towards me, which to me implied he was taking the Reed’s side and that I did not investigate this crash correctly. I continue to stand by the way myself and Ptl. Goodwin handled this investigation.
I left the Waverly Police Department after speaking with Chief Roe about this incident and went to Super Quik North to find out if there was a video camera showing the intersection and the crash. I obtained this video and returned to the Waverly Police Station. Myself, Ptl. Fyffe and Captain South then viewed this video several times coming to the “positive” conclusion that Ms. Richter was at fault. Just by chance Ms. Richter arrived at the Waverly Police Department and was requesting Ms. Howard’s insurance information. Ptl. Fyffe at this time tells me “Hey, issue her citation while she is here.” Captain South at this time makes the statement,“No, not right now. I’m going to show him the video and let him decide,” meaning the Mayor. Ptl. Fyffe then makes the comment to Captain South “You know there is going to be a day when right is right and wrong is wrong and this is wrong.” Please note that at this time I was again held off from issuing the citation to Ms. Richter.
Later this same day at the Waverly Police Department, Mayor Reed, his son, Matt, and Ms. Richter arrived, at which time they were allowed to view the video of the crash. Let me point out that this video was “evidence of an ongoing investigation.” Also note that I was told to advise Ms. Howard’s attorney that if they wanted copies of the crash report, incident report, photographs or anything pertaining to the case, that they needed to file for a “Motion of Discovery” through the court to obtain these items. But the incident report will clearly indicate that Mayor Reed was not only supplied with these items, he was also supplied with the 911 caller’s personal phone number. The Chillicothe Gazette printed that the 911 caller’s information is public record. To see for your self that it is not, go to http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4931.49 and read the Privacy Laws regarding the 911 System.
I then spoke with Captain South approximately two days after the Reeds and Ms. Richter was allowed to view the video evidence. Captain South advised that we were going to now issue the citation to Ms. Richter. During this time, I also spoke with Captain South about putting it in my report that Mayor Reed had contacted me on Monday, October 10, 2011 and had ordered me not to issue this citation. I voiced my concern about this issue because I knew that the way things were being handled that I would more than likely be involved in a Civil Case and I did not want it to look like I was attempting to keep something out of the report. Captain South at this time stated “No, you don’t need to put that in your report.”
A short time later, Chief Larry Roe walked up to me and apologized for the way he acted towards me on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 when I was attempting to speak with him about this incident. At this time, Chief Roe and I walked back into the classroom and spoke about this incident. I, again like I did with Captain South, voiced my concern about not putting in my report that Mayor Reed had contacted me and ordered me not to issue the citation.
1st paragraph of original post deleted because of 'character count' requirement by Topix.
Supporter

Whiting, IN

#37 Mar 5, 2012
Aaron M wrote:
Chief Roe also advised me “that I did not need to put in my report that Mayor Reed contacted me and ordered me not to issue the citation.”
With this being said, remember that Chief Larry Roe stated in this last article printed in the Waverly News Watchman “You don’t throw written statements away under any circumstances. You do not throw notes, statements or anything like that away.” But yet, I was asked to keep information out of this report.
Even though I was told not to, I went to my report and put this information in because it did happen and should have been in the report.
After the initial citation was issued, things around the Waverly Police Department were quite quiet. The Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Mayor’s Court Date arrived at which time this citation was transferred to Pike County Court. After being transferred to Pike County Court, I or Ptl. Goodwin never received notice of any proceedings with this case. Ptl. Goodwin at this time was using the Pike County Court’s website to keep up with future court dates for this case. Ptl. Goodwin then advised me that according to the Pike County Court website, the pre-trial for this case was set for November 23, 2011. Ptl. Goodwin later advised me that he had spoke with Maria Hoover and confirmed the November 23, 2011 pre-trial with her while in Waverly Mayor’s Court on November 8, 2011. I only then found out later from Ms. Howard’s attorney’s that the case had been dismissed on November 9, 2011, the very next morning after Ptl. Goodwin confirmed the November 23, 2011 pre-trial with Maria Hoover. I advised Ms. Howard’s attorney that it could not have been dismissed because the pre-trial had not been held yet. I then advised them that I would find out what the mix up was and get back to them.
I then went to Pike County Court and spoke with several court officials there that advised me that the case had been dismissed due to “the officers not appearing.” These same court officials also told me that Mayor Dale Reed and Chief Larry Roe were both present in Pike County Court when the citation was dismissed.
Now, this is when I would like to revert back to the latest story printed in the Pike County News Watchman where Chief Larry Roe disagreed by saying,“It is normal for a case to be dismissed when the investigating officer is not present.” I would have to disagree about this quote by Chief Larry Roe. First of all, if a pre-trial is not a “Mandatory Appearance” for the investigating officer, then it should not be a reason to dismiss the case. To my knowledge, it is not common practice to do so. Second, other officers can testify on behalf of the investigation officer if he is not present on a case, so if the Chief of Police was present in County Court then why did he not testify on my behalf or just have the pre-trial re-set for a future date.
Note, at this point, it has been approximately 40 days since the accident and nothing has been mentioned to me about being disciplined over not using the one statement.
Now, after finding out that the citation had been dismissed due to “Officers not appearing,” I did what I would have done with any other case I handle. I prepared to re-issue the citation. Before the citation was re-issued, Ptl. Goodwin spoke with Maria Hoover about this and advised her that I was going to re-issue the citation. Ptl. Goodwin advised that Mrs. Hoover said “she did not think that the Chief wanted it re-filed” and “cautioned him about me re-filing the citation stating that this was very political.”
I then re-issued the citation in the same manner that I would in any other case. I filled the citation out, placed the court copy in the County Court Basket located in the dispatch office of the Waverly Police Department and mailed Ms. Richter her copy on November 25, 2011.
I have no dog in this fight. The corruption in our local law enforcement, elected officials, and judicial system must be stopped.
Supporter

Whiting, IN

#38 Mar 5, 2012
Aaron M wrote:
Then, according to witnesses, on Monday, November 28, 2011 former Mayor Reed stormed into the Waverly Police Department with the re-issued copy of the citation that was mailed to Ms. Richter and he appeared very furious. To my understanding, a Waverly Police Officer was then sent to Pike County Court to either obtain copies of or the original re-issued citation. It was also said that the atmosphere around the department this day was not good and comments were made such as,“how the f**k could this have gotten past us.”
On approximately Monday, December 5, 2011, I was taken into Captain South’s office along with Chief Roe behind closed doors, at which time I was questioned as to why I re-issued this citation and no one knew about it. I answered Chief Roe’s question with a question by stating “Have we had to ask you or the Captain if we can re-issue a citation in the past?” Chief Roe’s answer to that was “You will from now on.” This “closed door meeting” went on for some time at which time I was asked “Can you tell me why Ptl. Goodwin is talking about this case to Maria?” I advised him that to my knowledge he was confirming the pre-trial dates for this case and also asked him if there was a reason he shouldn’t be talking to Maria about this particular case. During this meeting it was mentioned that “The way to keep Ptl. Goodwin from talking to anyone about the case was to just not schedule him.”
On December 6, 2011, I was again called into the Captain’s office and given a written notice of Chief Larry Roe’s intention to suspend me from work for three days without pay. This write up stated that I had cast an unfavorable light on the Village and that I had broken some “Work Rule or Policy.” Do I need mention now that this has only happened since the second citation was filed and it had been approximately 60 days since the crash happened with no talk of me being disciplined for not using the one statement?
Also, note that in this last story printed in the Waverly News Watchman Chief Larry Roe “danced around” the question regarding Policy or Procedure Books. Chief Larry Roe stated “That new policy and procedure manuals are in the process of being made, until that time old ones are being used.”
What I am trying to point out is that I have not, nor has anyone else seen a policy and procedure book or a work rule book at the Waverly Police Department, NEW or OLD. We DO NOT have either available to us nor have we seen one.
I advised Captain South that I wanted a hearing held on this matter. The Pre-Disciplinary Hearing was held on December 13, 2011 at the Waverly Police Department. Present during this hearing was myself, Captain South, Chief Roe, Bob Cross, Mayor Reed and Sheriff Henderson. At the start of this hearing, Mr. Cross asked if I understood the violation against me, at which time I asked him if he could read it to me. Mr. Cross began to read the write up to me and stopped, looked at Chief Roe and stated “This isn’t right,” meaning the section number and other parts were wrong on the write up. I questioned them about this and Mr. Cross stated “No, it’s not right, it would probably work but what we really intend to write you up for is” and stated another section number from the elusive “Work Rule Book.” The hearing continued until its conclusion at which time Mr. Cross advised Sheriff Henderson that,“He had 5 days from the date of this hearing to provide me and Mayor Reed with a copy of his findings, but since Mayor Reed had a conflict of interest in this matter that his copy would be given to the Chief.”
Nine days passed at which time I had not received my copy of the findings. I contacted Sheriff Henderson and he stated that he had given his copy to Chief Roe on Friday, December 16, 2011 and that I should ask him about it.
Time continued to pass until Wednesday, January 11, 2012 upon my arrival to work I found a copy of the findings hanging in my cabinet door.
Reposting
Supporter

Whiting, IN

#39 Mar 5, 2012
Aaron M wrote:
Note this was 29 days after the Pre-Disciplinary Hearing, not 5.
On Sunday, January 15, 2012 upon my arrival to work, I was handed an envelope by Sgt. Crabtree and advised that I needed to sign one copy and put it in Chief Roe’s mailbox. This letter stated that I would now serve my three-day suspension on dates January 18, 19, and 20 and that if I had any further questions to contact Sgt. Crabtree.
On January 25, 2012 I went to the Waverly Police Department to give Chief Larry Roe a letter stating my intentions of appealing the three-day suspension. As soon as I told Chief Roe that the letter was to appeal my suspension, he stated with his normal aggressive manner “and you can expect more write ups to come soon, after this mess you have caused.” Note this was no surprise that he would threaten more retaliation against me.
It was no surprise to me that even though there are actual “Guidelines for Conducting Employee Hearing through the Civil Service Commissions,” that Chief Roe would make his own rules up as he went along. You can find the Civil Service Commissions: Guidelines for Conducting Employee Hearings at, http://pbr.ohio.gov/pdf/emphearings.pdf and reference Page 5 Section 5 “Burden of Proof.” Keep in mind, no one has been shown or has seen a Policy and Procedure Manual or a Work Rule Book while you are reading this.
I also want to point out that another employee was told that he was to “record any conversation that he had with me” because I had been proven to be a liar and untrustworthy.” I do want to add that I was singled out and that he was not asked to or told to record conversations with any other employee.
To end this, I just want to point out that because of the continuing retaliation and the comments that have been made towards me to myself and other people regarding them finding a way to get rid of me, I felt that it was best to leave my employment there. My thoughts have been if they have gone this far for a minor misdemeanor citation, how far would they go?
I also want to point out that Ptl. Goodwin has not been scheduled to work since October 9, 2011 the date of the crash investigation, even though Chief Roe continues to pay overtime during a “Budget Crisis” rather than work Ptl. Goodwin.
Also let me add, if you are going to hide behind your computer and run your mouth and not be man or woman enough to post your picture and real name (Like I have) your comments will be ignored and deemed insignificant.
My final say is that everything that I have mentioned above, I can back up and prove 110%.
Thank you for your time. Aaron Mowery
Thank you, Aaron Mowery. I'm sure that this entire post will be scrubbed in short order, but my posts here were an attempt to keep your truth visible.
So True

Waverly, OH

#40 Mar 5, 2012
The waverly police dept needs to be under investigation by the state or feds.
from waverly

Bourneville, OH

#41 Mar 5, 2012
I would hope that most Waverly residents would applaud you for your courage to stand up and do the right thing, TELL THE TRUTH!!!!

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