Pelican Bay councilwoman contends arrest politically motivated

Mar 18, 2013 Full story: star-telegram.com 154

A member of the Pelican Bay City Council who is a constant critic of how the city is managed was arrested last week after attending a budget meeting where she raised questions about the city's precarious financial condition.

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redlights

Azle, TX

#21 Mar 22, 2013
ok here is what I think wrote:
I know that the reason there was no accountability is because Robin wouldn't show for meetings, and when she did it was to create a fuss, and protest. so there was often no way for council to work, she basically handed the check book over to the mayor, so for that thanks Robin.
Texan, is Robin folks.
Being a council member gives you no extra privilege, and in fact gives you less, you are the voice of the people and they drive legal so should she. let us just Pray she will be gone after the election.
Well, I agree with you except for the part where Texan is Robin. I think I know who it is, and it's not her. She posted as "trying" in her topic, and there is no comparison in writing style. She writes (and acts) like a spoiled little brat who don't know any better.

And the fact Texan posted a clever way to make sure she is defeated in the next election, by the weaker of the 2 candidates against her dropping out, would keep her from being elected again by a minority of stupid voters.

And NO, I WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR MARSHALL DANIELS or however his name is spelled. I heard he is running against her. The last thing the council needs is a smart ass teenager with anger management issues and who has been in trouble before and couldn't balance a city budget much less a check book. Does he even have a real job? I doubt it. If he can't even manage to keep a steady job, why would I want him on the council? I believe HE is the weakest link that will suck up wasted votes and that might get Robin right back in.

Maybe someone can get a list of all the candidates running for what seat and post it on here.
Crazy PB

United States

#22 Mar 22, 2013
redlights wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, I agree with you except for the part where Texan is Robin. I think I know who it is, and it's not her. She posted as "trying" in her topic, and there is no comparison in writing style. She writes (and acts) like a spoiled little brat who don't know any better.
And the fact Texan posted a clever way to make sure she is defeated in the next election, by the weaker of the 2 candidates against her dropping out, would keep her from being elected again by a minority of stupid voters.
And NO, I WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR MARSHALL DANIELS or however his name is spelled. I heard he is running against her. The last thing the council needs is a smart ass teenager with anger management issues and who has been in trouble before and couldn't balance a city budget much less a check book. Does he even have a real job? I doubt it. If he can't even manage to keep a steady job, why would I want him on the council? I believe HE is the weakest link that will suck up wasted votes and that might get Robin right back in.
Maybe someone can get a list of all the candidates running for what seat and post it on here.
Sad isn't it that we have to ask for a list of candidates and the seat as well? How about they get off their butts and make themselves know?

*Could they put an article in the newspaper?
*Set a time to be in front of city hall to talk to people and answer questions?
*Print a sheet of paper to mail or place at city hall?

There was a list in the Azle News but nothing about what they stand for, who they are, or how they will change one single thing out here. And since the city has squandered away the little money it had, their names will be forever linked to being a member of what many feel is the worst city council ever! Citizens are so tired of the whining, pouting, and pettiness. The whole council needs to grow up and stop embarrassing themselves and our city.

Do they not know they are a joke? Ever been anywhere and say the Pelican Bay? Try it and watch them laugh out lout and talk about the "leaders" of the city and the lack of doing very little for this place.

Best news I received this week was that I was pre-qualified for a mortgage and can get the he11 out of this place this summer. Can't wait to call one of the many slumlords out here and sell this place. My hope until this point was that the builders in Laguna Bay would start building, buy our places, and then bulldoze them to the ground to make roads to their homes. Guess that was just a dream...
tammy cartwright

Newark, TX

#23 Mar 22, 2013
Crazy PB wrote:
<quoted text>Sad isn't it that we have to ask for a list of candidates and the seat as well? How about they get off their butts and make themselves know?

*Could they put an article in the newspaper?
*Set a time to be in front of city hall to talk to people and answer questions?
*Print a sheet of paper to mail or place at city hall?

There was a list in the Azle News but nothing about what they stand for, who they are, or how they will change one single thing out here. And since the city has squandered away the little money it had, their names will be forever linked to being a member of what many feel is the worst city council ever! Citizens are so tired of the whining, pouting, and pettiness. The whole council needs to grow up and stop embarrassing themselves and our city.

Do they not know they are a joke? Ever been anywhere and say the Pelican Bay? Try it and watch them laugh out lout and talk about the "leaders" of the city and the lack of doing very little for this place.

Best news I received this week was that I was pre-qualified for a mortgage and can get the he11 out of this place this summer. Can't wait to call one of the many slumlords out here and sell this place. My hope until this point was that the builders in Laguna Bay would start building, buy our places, and then bulldoze them to the ground to make roads to their homes. Guess that was just a dream...
Not all of them are a joke
Texan

Falls Church, VA

#24 Mar 25, 2013
Once again I AM NOT ROBIN!
Texan

Falls Church, VA

#25 Mar 25, 2013
Would it help if I were to say just vote the b---h out.
I am not Robin, I do not know Robin, I merely know that PB has got to be one of the most screwedup places on this entire planet.
dunno

Azle, TX

#26 Apr 1, 2013
By Elizabeth Campbell and Gordon Dickson gdickson@star-telegram.com

liz@star-telegram.com

A member of the Pelican Bay City Council who is a constant critic of how the city is managed was arrested last week after attending a budget meeting where she raised questions about the city's precarious financial condition.

Robin Finstad was arrested Wednesday night on charges of driving with a suspended license and attempting to flee police. She was taken into custody, but before her transfer to the jail in Blue Mound she complained of chest pains and was taken to an Azle hospital.

She was subsequently released without bond.

Finstad contends that her arrest is politically motivated because of questions she has raised about finances in the city, which is near Eagle Mountain Lake.

At a budget meeting Wednesday, the city was told that its general fund balance, the one used to run day-to-day operations, contained less than $50,000.

"This was all a setup to have me arrested and get thrown off of the council," said Finstad, who is seeking a second term in May.

Police Chief Jim Frawley said Monday that one of his officers pulled Finstad over because she failed to use a turn signal. Also, he said, Finstad initially did not stop.

After she pulled over, Frawley said, Finstad "made two claims."

"One, she said,'You can't give me a ticket. I'm a council member.' And second, she said,'You're not a real police officer.' "

Frawley also said that it was well-known in the town of about 1,500 that Finstad had a suspended driver license, and that her husband typically drove her to council meetings.

Although police occasionally received reports from witnesses who saw Finstad driving, Frawley said his officers were told not to pull her over unless they witnessed a traffic violation firsthand.

Arrest details

Finstad was stopped by Pelican Bay police at about 9:30 p.m. after she left the budget meeting, according to police reports provided to the Star-Telegram by the councilwoman.

She was taken into custody and was going to be transferred to the Blue Mound Jail, which has a contract to hold Pelican Bay prisoners. She was treated and released from an Azle hospital, then taken to jail.

Blue Mound Mayor Alan Hooks said his city's police officers got permission from the Pelican Bay police to release Finstad.

Last year, former Pelican Bay Police Chief Gilbert Towns said he had been ordered by Mayor Clifford Tynes to arrest Finstad because she was asking too many questions about the city's finances.

Towns said the charges against Finstad were not credible.

"The complaints were laughable," he said. "I told them [city officials] that I would be committing an illegal act if I arrested Robin."

The mayor fired Towns on May 25.

Towns appealed to the State Office of Administrative Hearings, and in November, an administrative law judge ordered Pelican Bay to say that Towns was honorably discharged.

In January, Towns filed a wrongful termination suit against Pelican Bay, which his attorney says they hope to settle.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/03/18/47124...
dunno

Azle, TX

#27 Apr 1, 2013
reposted before the link to the story disappears.
REALLY

Amsterdam, Netherlands

#28 Apr 1, 2013
Are you kidding???
Is she claiming that someone, an official in pb, MADE her drive her car illegally????????
How could anyone MAKE her drive a car???
How could this be political??
What kind of DUMB IDIOT drives up to city hall without a drivers license? She did that before the meeting. Was she the one setting-up the situation since her husband USUALLY drove her???
If she is illegal, SHE IS ILLEGAL
Wow

Euless, TX

#30 Apr 2, 2013
Texan wrote:
Nobody made me drive you dumbazz! I know them dirty cops want me gone off the council. You all want to know the best part? All you losers won't do a damn thing about anything so ha! I'll still have my seat! So cry all you want bit*ches!
Thought you were not Robin???
robinpoop

Netherlands Antilles

#31 Apr 2, 2013
Wow wrote:
<quoted text>
Thought you were not Robin???
Sarcasm is my guess...
Texan

Falls Church, VA

#32 Apr 2, 2013
I'm not, this is just some dumba-- using Texan to spew his asinine bullshit, and if you really aren't smart enough to figure that out on your own: Wow you are a dumba--.
NEVERagain

Wilmington, DE

#33 Apr 2, 2013
Robin 'Freekin' Finstad talked me into voting for her. NEVERagain i even went by her house to tell her so. i think she has moved. alot of things gone in her yard. so maybe she isn't running again for council. is she running away from the police? maybe they have more on her and she knows it. well im not voting for her or her friends ever again. NEVERagain
justthefacts

Venezuela

#34 Apr 2, 2013
https://odyssey.tarrantcounty.com/default.asp...

On the drop down menu select "JP COURTS".

Then under case records select "PARTY".

Then type in "FINSTAD" ... and then watch all her hidden skeletons in Tarrant County come tumbling out of her trashy trailer closet.

ROBIN FINSTAD and hubby EVICTED 4 TIMES, just in Tarrant County alone!

JP04-F00015977 CALVIN D. DRUXMAN vs ROBIN FINSTAD 08/25/2003 Evictions-Case Finalized

JP04-F00017511 DAVID PHAM vs SCOTT FINSTAD/ROBIN FINSTAD 06/04/2004 Evictions-Case Finalized

JP04-F00018908 JOHNNY POWELL vs SCOTT FINSTAD AND ALL OTHER OCCUPANTS 02/14/2005 Evictions-Dismissed

JP04-F00019411 BARBARA JUST TENERY vs SCOTT FINSTAD 05/17/2005 Evictions-Case Finalized

JP04-SC00004221 SCOT & ROBIN FINSTAD vs BARBRA JUST TENERY 05/24/2005 Small Claims-Dismissed

JP04-F00027638 EMERALD HILLS vs ROBIN FINSTAD AND ALL OCCUPANTS 01/15/2009 Evictions-Case Finalized

Robin and crew will happily trash your rental property and squat there for free until they are forcibly thrown out by the constable. Which is probably why she was sued in small claims court by one of the property owners they squatted in. There may have been property damage or theft involved. That case was also unserved to her and was dismissed. But that don't mean it was dismissed because it wasn't a valid claim against her. The court just couldn't find them to serve them while they hid out somewhere else.

And looking at the dates on the rest of the court cases for evictions listing other FINSTAD's I didn't post on here, it also wouldn't surprise me at all if several other evictions were also relatives of hers. And where she may have also lived at some point, since some cases also list "all occupants" on the cases as well.

And keep in mind this is JUST Tarrant County eviction listings. At some point, I may search other nearby counties and court records for her and her "disabled" hubby as well.
REALLY

Calgary, Canada

#37 Apr 2, 2013
Texan wrote:
Nobody made me drive you dumbazz! I know them dirty cops want me gone off the council. You all want to know the best part? All you losers won't do a damn thing about anything so ha! I'll still have my seat! So cry all you want bit*ches!
REALLY dumbazz!!!
Then WHY did she drive? Her drivers license was SUSPENDED
REALLY

Calgary, Canada

#38 Apr 2, 2013
justthefacts wrote:
https://odyssey.tarrantcounty. com/default.aspx
On the drop down menu select "JP COURTS".
Then under case records select "PARTY".
Then type in "FINSTAD" ... and then watch all her hidden skeletons in Tarrant County come tumbling out of her trashy trailer closet.
ROBIN FINSTAD and hubby EVICTED 4 TIMES, just in Tarrant County alone!
JP04-F00015977 CALVIN D. DRUXMAN vs ROBIN FINSTAD 08/25/2003 Evictions-Case Finalized
JP04-F00017511 DAVID PHAM vs SCOTT FINSTAD/ROBIN FINSTAD 06/04/2004 Evictions-Case Finalized
JP04-F00018908 JOHNNY POWELL vs SCOTT FINSTAD AND ALL OTHER OCCUPANTS 02/14/2005 Evictions-Dismissed
JP04-F00019411 BARBARA JUST TENERY vs SCOTT FINSTAD 05/17/2005 Evictions-Case Finalized
JP04-SC00004221 SCOT & ROBIN FINSTAD vs BARBRA JUST TENERY 05/24/2005 Small Claims-Dismissed
JP04-F00027638 EMERALD HILLS vs ROBIN FINSTAD AND ALL OCCUPANTS 01/15/2009 Evictions-Case Finalized
Robin and crew will happily trash your rental property and squat there for free until they are forcibly thrown out by the constable. Which is probably why she was sued in small claims court by one of the property owners they squatted in. There may have been property damage or theft involved. That case was also unserved to her and was dismissed. But that don't mean it was dismissed because it wasn't a valid claim against her. The court just couldn't find them to serve them while they hid out somewhere else.
And looking at the dates on the rest of the court cases for evictions listing other FINSTAD's I didn't post on here, it also wouldn't surprise me at all if several other evictions were also relatives of hers. And where she may have also lived at some point, since some cases also list "all occupants" on the cases as well.
And keep in mind this is JUST Tarrant County eviction listings. At some point, I may search other nearby counties and court records for her and her "disabled" hubby as well.
PLEASE, PLEASE, keep reposting this post whenever you see BS on here.
justthefacts

Azle, TX

#39 Apr 2, 2013
I realize after posting this I made an error because I didn't interpret the case about the small claims properly. It seems they were the plaintiff for once and the previous landlord was the defendant in a case they filed after they were evicted and they failed to serve the landlord. So score up another lopsided sort of victory for the scammed landlords team after all.
joey

Grand Prairie, TX

#40 Apr 4, 2013
for your information wrote:
Robin is A DOPE DEALER trashy nasty thang, she is the weakest link on city council. I hope and pray the skank gets arrested again, and I hope he felon boyfriend goes to jail with her. they are the problems the bay has. take out the garbage and get someone willing to make some good things happen in Pelicaan Bay.
with what? The Mayor spent all the money. The council is still trying to figure out who is in charge, them or the mayor. What a funny place to live.
REALLY

Amsterdam, Netherlands

#41 Apr 5, 2013
joey wrote:
<quoted text>
with what? The Mayor spent all the money. The council is still trying to figure out who is in charge, them or the mayor. What a funny place to live.
Have you been taking a ten month nap, Joey? The mayor has been setting times and dates for meetings. There has been someone abusive controlling the meetings and council. Robin Finstad didn't show for the meetings July thru November. She hasn't shown for some of the budget meetings either. She acts like a child throwing a tantrum when she votes different than everyone else. She claims they're doing it on purpose to be against her. She gets up and walks out and the meeting then ends. Word is she has left town. Hopefully the wicked witch is d.....GONE
Texan

Falls Church, VA

#42 Apr 5, 2013
Scarey place to live actually. The way you people talk about one another why would any decent person subject themself to the headache that is Pelican Bay politics? In your town it's damned if you do, and damned if you don't: It's a lose, lose situation.
REALLY

Anonymous Proxy

#43 Apr 5, 2013
Texan wrote:
Scarey place to live actually. The way you people talk about one another why would any decent person subject themself to the headache that is Pelican Bay politics? In your town it's damned if you do, and damned if you don't: It's a lose, lose situation.
well, POLLYANNA! I don't know what town you live in but it must have gumdrops growing on trees and mailboxes full of cotton candy. You must live in your own fairy-tale. A real Utopia of a town. Some of the biggest cities in the world have people talking just like this.
When one person causes this kind of havoc they are setting themselves up. If a person, over and over, keeps saying unintelligent things, and doing idiotic things, others will be very unhappy (is that word OK with you) to see them coming. It wasn't your time and money she was wasting, so of course you can't see the real issue. But then you do have a POLLYANNA ideology.
Everyone wishes things were different. The council has greatly improved since last April, but we still have this last one causing problems towards moving forward. Most of us see a great improvement.
This forum is a place where people can say what they feel. We are not at the Church Social here. People come on talk radio and voice their opinions also, because they are anonymous. That doesn't mean that we call someone a name to their face.

I believe you are butting in on her behalf for some reason, aren't YOU? You can't make her look better to the people who know the truth. She has even caused the police department time and money!

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