Local High School Student Represents Students for Life of America at White House; Takes Part in Discussions

 

Calvin Held close up with Pences
Calvin is the smiling young man behind Mrs. Pence

Central Catholic High School Senior Calvin Held received the opportunity of a life time this week.  He was chosen by Vice President Mike Pence last week to attend a roundtable discussion at the White House in conjunction with the March for Life Rally that was scheduled for today.

 

Held was one of twelve students selected from around the country to represent Students for Life of America.  Calvin was also present for the historic address given by President Donald Trump to the pro-life rally from the White House Rose Garden.

Calvin’s parents, Jon and Kim Held, are looking forward to hearing about their son’s trip when he returns home.  His parents remarked that Calvin wore his GranStudent for Life Roundtable Pencedpa Held’s American tie, which was clearly visible on video footage.

“We are so proud of Calvin,” commented Jon.  Their daughter, Anna Allgaier, is also in Washington, D.C. representing Students for Life of America in a leadership role.

 

Local Woman Says Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington Is Ignoring Child Rape Allegations While Victims Live in Fear for their Lives

 

Michael Cope
Michael Cope II was sentenced to prison for possessing a handgun while being a serious violent felon

Michael Cope II is currently serving prison time at the Westville Correctional Facility with an estimated release date of May, 2020.   The Journal and Courier had previously reported that Michael Cope “drove from Rensselaer to Lafayette, allegedly intending to abduct a 15-year-old girl from her mother’s home on Elk Street according to a probable cause affidavit.”

 

Last May Cope was charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent offender, two counts of carrying a handgun without a license and one count of theft.  Cope is scheduled to be released in May of 2020, a frightening scenario for some his alleged victims, which include several children and their mother who are in fear for their lives if that should happen.

The children, ranging in ages from four to fifteen, allege that Cope committed an array of sexual offenses against them over a period of several years.  They were allegedly threatened with death if they told anyone and only felt safe to speak up after Michael Cope was locked up.

The mother of the children says that Cope has yet to be charged with alleged crimes of rape, sodomy, and molestation of several of her children, including the 15-year-old girl that he was allegedly intending to abduct prior to his arrest.

“I have left several messages with Echo Harrington, [a victim advocate at the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s office], in the past several months, and have been meet with extreme rudeness,” stated the victim and mother of the alleged sex victims.  “If he [Cope] gets out he’s going to kill us,” stated the mom.  “I don’t think anyone understands that reality.”

The victim claims that Echo Harrington has told her repeatedly that she will pass messages on to the prosecutor; however, she has yet to hear back from anyone.  “She was incredibly rude and acted like I was an annoyance to her the last time I called to inquire about the case,” commented the mother of the children.  “Those messages aren’t going to save me and my children,” she sobbed.

“Echo told me that they have five years to file charges, but he is scheduled to be released from prison long before that, so that doesn’t do me or my children any good.”  Cope also has an appeal pending, and if successful he could be released prior to the anticipated prison date.

According to mom no one has spoken to her children beyond the Heartford House interview that occurred in July of 2017.  “Shouldn’t they be getting witness statements while it’s still fresh in our minds?” she asked.  “It’s been over six months and we have heard nothing.  That’s not acceptable.”

The mother stated that after Cope was in prison her fifteen-year-old daughter shared that he had been molesting her since she was seven years old.  The mother reported the allegations to the police and her daughter was interviewed by staff at the Heartford House with law enforcement present.  Several other siblings have since shared allegations of being raped, sodomized, and molested by Cope.

The victims continue to live in fear from the ordeal and hold a firm belief that Cope will make good on alleged threats to kill them.

WLFI Reporter Kayla Sullivan Called Out by Tippecanoe County Sherriff’s Department For Reporting Fake News

Kayla SullivanWLFI-TV 18 reporter Kayla Sullivan has been called out by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department for spreading fake news.  Sullivan, a TV-18 reporter who has a history of publishing negative stories about Tippecanoe County Sheriff Barry Richard, aired a news segment this week about officers being exposed to drugs within the jail.

Sullivan approached Fanesta Williams as she was walking along the street.  During the interview, Sullivan referred to Fanesta as a “DCS employee,” a claim that Angie Guimond, DCS Supervisor, later refuted.

During  her TV 18 interview, Fanesta stated, “I’ve had to take children on visits with their parents and I’ve seen inmates slipped all kinds of drugs during visits.  I’ve seen people walking around high off substances.”

Sullivan left viewers with the impression that Williams was referring to the Tippecanoe County Jail.  It turns out it wasn’t true at all, and Williams doesn’t even work for the Department of Child Services.

Chief Deputy Steve Hartman stated, “This morning, Sheriff Richard received an email from Angela Guimond, who is the Local Office Director for DCS.  Angela told us that Fanesta is not an employee of DCS and Fanesta’s ‘statements do not reflect the organization at all.'”

Hartman went on to report that Fanesta Williams’ comments were of great concern so they reached out to her for specific information about “inmates being slipped all kinds of drugs and inmates being high.”

Williams was interviewed by department officials and stated that her comments were related to “personal knowledge of an Illinois jail twenty years ago.”  She also stated that she informed  Sullivan during the interview that she was referring to Illinois, and not the Tippecanoe County jail.  [Go to the LCJ Facebook Page to watch the interview.]

“I think my words were taken out of context,” commented Williams during her interview with the deputy.  “And I have never been to any prison or jail in Indiana.”  Williams went on to say that she made it clear to Kayla Sullivan that she was referring to a jail in Illinois during the interview.

“Either Kayla didn’t do her due diligence, or she knowingly put out a fake news story intended to discredit the sheriff,” commented a concerned citizen who read the TCSD Press Release.

“It has become obvious to fair-minded people that Kayla has put Barry under a faulty microscope,” the citizen continued.  “It’s blatantly obvious that she’s out to get him on behalf of her political friends.  Barry Richard is wildly popular in this community, so her frustrations have likely caused her to become more dishonest and careless in her attempt to smear the sheriff.”

Barry RichardRecently Sullivan attempted to blame Sheriff Richard for an inmate escaping from a hospital after a judge ordered him released from the jail on his own recognizance.  Sheriff Richard had no control over the matter.  All sheriffs, past and present, have been faced with the same issue of hospitalized inmates failing to return to the jail upon release from institutions.

This week deputies were hospitalized after coming into contact with unknown substances at the Tippecanoe County Jail.  Sullivan was obviously attempting to lay the blame for drugs being smuggled into the jail on the sheriff; however, a former Tippecanoe County Sheriff recently stated that it happens in every jail, including the Tippecanoe County Jail, no matter how hard one tries to prevent it.

“It  happens all the time,” commented the former sheriff.  “They get real creative hiding drugs in various body cavities.”

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Kayla Sullivan Fake News

 

 

 

 

The Right, The Left and the Politics of Projection

By Pat Henry

There is a lot of false information and lack of understanding today regarding the various forms of government and political ideologies of the left and right. This is fostered by the mainstream media and the Left, politicians and seemingly accepted as fact by most people but that doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny or examination of the facts.

Socialism, Fascism, Nazis, and Communism are all forms of socialism and are on the left side of the political and economic spectrum. There is National Socialism (Nazi: literally, National Socialists, officially The German Socialist Worker’s Party) and international socialism (most forms of Communism) such as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR.

Socialism in all its various forms is both an economic and political system. It’s all about centralized control in the hands of government (the state). All of the various forms of socialism are degrees of government control from partial to total. And whether the control of government and the means of production is totally centralized as in communism where the government owns and controls everything, or partial, like when a central government does not own the means of production directly, but controls it via collusion with business, like in Fascism, also called crony-capitalism or through excessive rules, regulations and interference is only a matter of degree.  

The political and economic Right\conservatives on the other hand are defined by limited government, free markets, individual freedom, liberty, and equality. This could be nationalist in form, or internationalist/globalist. Economically, this is sometimes called “Capitalism” but this is false, misleading and a misunderstanding of the various forms of “Capitalism”. Capital is people in their productive capacity and the tools, machines and the means of economic production. As such “capital” and capitalism exists everywhere and in all economic and political systems. The identifier and distinction that should be understood is the ownership of that capital and the means of production. In Socialism in all of its forms and the left wing of the political and economic spectrum, we might call this “Monopoly Capitalism” or state owned or state controlled capitalism, while on the Right we could call it ”Individual or Free-Market Capitalism”. This is an important distinction because it reflects who or what entity owns and/or controls the capital that exists in all societies: the state or the people, operating as a central government or as individuals or groups of individuals.

The so called “alt-Right”, Nazis, Neo or not, Antifa/Black Lives Matter, the KKK and other White Supremacist groups all represent Socialism and the political Left Wing as does the current Democrat Party. If the Democrats were honest, they would call themselves the Socialist Party, as is done in other countries. These various groups use socialist means to achieve their socialist ends.

Leftists like to misrepresent the Alt-Right, Neo Nazis, the KKK and White Supremacists as “Right Wing”, and the Extreme Right but these groups and their beliefs are not from the Right at all and do not represent anything the Right and conservatives believe and that form the basis of their views on the foundation of civil government and its role in society.  As a matter of fact, the views of these groups are the exact opposite of those on the Right, where there is often also a Christian or other spiritual and moral component. To the Progressive Socialist Left, government is their god.

Democrats created and supported the Ku Klux Klan and its white supremacy views throughout its history and currently support and helped create Antifa/Black Lives Matter, a violent terrorist Black Supremacy group. The Democrat Party has been the party of racism for many decades, whether it is supporting slavery, founding and supporting the KKK, Jim Crow, or fighting every civil rights advancement and laws for the last 150 years, yet they always play the race card against Republicans/the Right/conservatives; call it projection.

Socialism in all its forms always fails and is enormously destructive economically (look at Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea and others to see this in action today), and politically, as socialist governments in their various forms have killed over one hundred million people in the 20th century alone.  They always fail due to greed, corruption and violence/genocide) it doesn’t work as a political system or an economic system.

George Washington once said “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence,- it is force; Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. ”

Benito Mussolini said “ This system (Fascism) politicizes everything spiritual and human: Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state”

Let us heed Washington’s warning about the dangers of an all-powerful government and socialism, and fear Mussolini’s description of what socialism really is. It is not Bernie Sander’s smiley faced depiction of it.

Let’s not let the progressive Left get away with wrongly defining what is Left and Right and escape responsibility and blame for the colossal failures and human misery that their socialist policies have caused around the world. Speak up and correct them whenever you see this happening.

Taxpayers Stuck with Huge Bills After Being Denied Access to Courthouse & Commissioner Loss in Appeals Court

 

Commissioners
Tracy Brown is the only friend of freedom loving citizens serving as a Tippecanoe  County Commissioner; l to r:  David Byers, Tracy Brown, Tom Murtaugh

After a month of waiting for the Tippecanoe County attorney to review the multiple invoices he submitted to taxpayers associated with Higher Society vs Tippecanoe County Commissioners, they were finally turned over to the private citizen who had requested them via the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Taxpayers will be none too pleased to know that they paid over $45,000 to defend wayward commissioners against a lawsuit that should have never been filed in the first place.  To be fair, Commissioner Tracy Brown was not part of the original debacle that set the wheels of justice in motion.  In fact, sources tell us that he supports open forums and free speech as protected by the U.S. Constitution, so none of the criticism applies to him.

Commissioners David Byers and Tom Murtaugh took the unconstitutional position of deciding which speech would get special treatment and which speech would be denied when they turned the Higher Society away from the courthouse steps.  Lawyers for the Society argued that the forum was open only to commissioner-approved groups. A lower court and the appeals court agreed it was blatant discrimination.  The Supreme Court has long held that if a government opens up a forum to one group it must open it to all.

One didn’t need a law degree to figure out the commissioners would lose this battle.  Unfortunately, taxpayers are left with a hefty bill.

“I doubt they would have taken this course of action if they had to use their own personal finances,” commented one taxpayer.  “I think they should reimburse taxpayers for faulty judgment.”

The errant commissioners suffered a not-so-surprising loss when the Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against them.  What was surprising, however,  was the flippant attitude expressed by Commissioners Byers and Murtaugh afterwards.  They admitted the illegal policy was meant to shut out groups they didn’t like.  Murtaugh practically bragged that it was good while it lasted and counted it as a victory that they got by with it as long as they did.

Citizens aren’t laughing, Mr. Murtaugh.  Many of us think it was abhorrent that the illegal policy was first drafted to keep Christ off the courthouse square.   Voters might be able to find a silver lining, though.  Maybe it will be worth the $40,000 to highlight the fact that we need two new commissioners at election time.  We’re looking for candidates now.

In the meantime, taxpayers can scrutinize the itemized bills and decide for themselves whether or not it was worth it.

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Local Attorney Questioned by Police Officers After Making Public Records Requests About Phantom Courtroom; Now Pursuing Legal Action for Possible Civil Rights Violations

UPDATED:  Local attorney Kirk Freeman made stunning allegations recently on his “Kirk Freeman Law” Facebook pageFreeman.   The original post, dated June 12, 2017, provided an intriguing status about a public records request that he submitted to county officials concerning the existence of a courtroom that he had heard about.  It was allegedly located in the basement at 111 North 4th Street, across from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse.

In a blog posted dated June 12, he wrote:

“Won first skirmish.  Received answer to my APRA/FOIA inquiry into the ‘courtroom’ at 111 North 4th Street in Lafayette.  As I suspected, courtroom was a nullity.

Included as well was County’s decision to enforce ‘security’ at 111 North 4th Street pursuant to 35-47-11.1.4(13).  Thus, if you have a license to carry a handgun regardless of the kabuki dance up front, you can carry at 111 North 4th Street, Lafayette, Ind.

June 26th my request to take depositions is set for hearing.  Need to find out who made the false allegations to attempt to get me to drop my APRA/FOIA requests.  It’s nice to start off with a minor win, but ending this interference with my civil rights and my First Amendment rights is the real battle.”

According to Freeman, on May 2, 2017, he was  given a tour of the new facility by one of the public defenders who told him about a new courtroom located in the basement of the building.  At this point he was merely curious about the existence of such a courtroom so began asking questions about who created it, and what its purpose was.  He also asked to see it; however, it was locked.

Ironically, Freeman had just returned from an NRA meeting in Atlanta when he first toured the annex.   Indiana Law (35-47-11-1-4(13) allows citizens with gun permits to carry in public buildings as long as there are no court rooms, so the questions about the courtroom were logical ones for law-abiding citizens who exercise their right to carry a gun as permitted by law.

“It was intellectual curiosity at that point,” said Freeman.  “I asked questions about who created the court.”  Freeman said that after looking through a locked door it became obvious that there wasn’t a courtroom set up.  “There were boxes and furniture in the room,” he said. At this point, he became more curious and submitted a request for public information about the courtroom on or about May 15, 2017.  That’s when the trouble began.

On or about May 17, 2017, Freeman was pulled into a restroom and questioned by courthouse deputies.  Someone had accused him of carrying a gun in the courthouse and ranting about it on Facebook.  Freeman knew that was nonsense, so asked the officers who made those allegations and who ordered them to question him.  They reportedly told him they could not tell him.  Freeman believes someone may have intended to intimidate him for raising questions and asking for public information.

The timing seems suspicious to Freeman.  He said he doesn’t blame the deputies.

“They were just doing their job,” he said.  Freeman wants to know who ordered them to question him and who made the false allegations against him.

“Was it a concerted effort to obstruct my freedom of information request,” he asked.

Freeman received a letter from county officials last week, which confirmed his suspicions.  A courtroom was not operating in the building, which would affect a person’s gun-carrying status.

Freeman answered several inquiries from citizens on his Facebook page.  He explained the situation further with this answer:

“Think of a courtroom as a “poison pill” which radiates a gun ban.

The courtroom that the county attempted to foist on us is dark and unused. I filed a APRA/FOIA request for more info on the “courtroom”.

Someone got wind of this request and moved to stop me by making false allegations against me to put me in fear. Problem is that I don’t scare and I fight. Whoever did this will not get anyone with this.

Remember, if they attack you, make certain you mark them in way that when they look in the mirror and see your mark, they always remember you.”

Freeman wants answers, so he filed a motion to compel the officers to submit to a deposition in accordance with Trial Rule 27, which allows petitioners to take depositions for discovery purposes prior to filing a potential lawsuit.  A hearing on his motion is set for June 26, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. in the Tippecanoe County Circuit Court.

“I am a little stunned why they would do this to me,” he questioned.  As a Nobel Peace Prize winner once said, “If they punch me, I will punch back twice as hard.”

City of West Lafayette Receives Repeated Warnings by State Board of Accounts for Concerning Practices

Imagine being able to read your own water meter and computing your own water bill.  Does that sound far-fetched?

According to the Indiana State Board of Accounts that’s exactly the type of practice that auditors have been warning the City of West Lafayette against for at least the last two audit reporting periods.  According to audit reports, Purdue University, the largest consumer of water in the city,  has been reading their own meters and calculating their own bills for the 358 water meters at the university.   State auditors have warned city officials about the risks of engaging in this type of unusual practice, and cites it as “a deficiency in the internal control system.”

The 2013 audit report filed on November 26, 2014 noted the following:

 “a deficiency in the internal control system concerning the billing procedures for the Wastewater Utility’s major customer that we believe constitutes a material weakness…This major customer [Purdue University], which provided approximately 39 percent of the Wastewater’s revenue for 2013, reads their own water meters and calculates their own wastewater bill (based on water consumption) for each of their 358 water meters.  They calculate and present their total wastewater bill, along with their payment, to the Utility each month.  The Utility has not implemented any internal control procedures to verify that accurate meter readings are used to calculate the customer’s wastewater bill…Controls over the receipting, disbursing, recording, and accounting for the financial activities are necessary to avoid substantial risk of invalid transactions, inaccurate records and financial statements and incorrect decision making.”

A follow-up letter was submitted by the City of West Lafayette stating they would fix the problem.  Apparently, the problem was not fixed, because the City of West Lafayette continued to be cited by the SBOA for the same problem.  Another letter was issued by the City of West Lafayette on October 20, 2016 with a plan of how they will address the problem going forward.

State Board of Accounts auditors have stated in the past that they are merely a reporting agency, and that they have no enforcement powers.  The frustrations for auditors and taxpayers are that most audit reports get filed away and are rarely scrutinized by the general public.  There seems to be an accountability factor missing.

Previous audit reports were not readily available online, so who knows how long this practice has been going on.

Read excerpts from the aforementioned audit reports below.  Click on to enlarge.

West Lafayette Audit Findings 2013

West Lafayette Audit Findings 2015West Lafayette Audit Findings 2013