Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Do They Care?


I wonder if the Mayor and Sheriff even care that a man released early from jail killed a man? I wonder if they care that the jail has zero deterrent effect on criminals in Marion County? I wonder if they even know that people are being released early? AND I wonder if they let the jail overcrowding get so bad in a political attempt to make the Prosecutor look bad?

Prosecutor's reached an agreement today on a sentence of 45 years on a Murder charge on Lamar Blount.

Lamar S. Blount and another man were charged in the shooting death of John Williams and the wounding of Williams' brother, Lawrence Williams. Police said the shooting happened Nov. 10 in John Williams' home in the 6100 block of Commodore Drive.

More than a month before the attack, Blount was in the Marion County Jail on an accusation that he failed to appear for a probation violation hearing. He was released on Oct. 6, 2004, on his own recognizance because of jail overcrowding, the county prosecutor's office said.
Blount was on probation after pleading guilty to cocaine possession in 2003.

Yet Again


In what can only be described as normal, another misguided Democratic soul was punished for ridiculous behavior.

The Wisconsin State Republican Party had rented more than 100 vehicles to give rides to voters and poll monitors on November 2, 2004. The cars were parked outside a GOP campaign office when the tires were punctured. The vandalism left the drivers scrambling for new vehicles.

Among those sentenced Wednesday were Sowande A. Omokunde, the son of Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin, and Michael Pratt, the son of former acting Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt.

"This case had to be a public example of what can happen when you interfere with voters' rights," said Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Michael Brennan, who rejected prosecutors' recommendation of probation for the four men.

Omokunde was sentenced to four months in jail; Pratt and Lewis Caldwell of Milwaukee were sentenced to six months; and Lavelle Mohammad of Milwaukee was sentenced to five months. All were granted work-release privileges.

Here's To You

Tully takes on City-County Council President Monroe Gray today. Gray makes a number of claims of all the great things he has done as the Council President.

Tully, in his usual fashion, holds Grays feet to the fire and points out that Gray has done nothing while in his current position.

“I had to call City-County Council President Monroe Gray the other day.”

“How could I not, after reading his laughably insincere defense/hype of his first four months as president?”

“The defense/hype ran on The Star's editorial page Monday. On the calendar, Monday was April 24. The piece would have made more sense if it had run 23 days earlier -- April Fools' Day.”

“Because this was a joke.”

“For example, in his second paragraph, Gray wrote that he took over as president in January "with the understanding that we have started to erase the stagnation and failure to act that has plagued the city for the 32 years before Democrats assumed the majority" in 2004.”

“Oh, yes, this city has been so plagued by stagnation since 1972. Yes, the '80s and '90s were cruel to Indianapolis. I think about that every time I walk Downtown and see our NBA arena, our NFL stadium, our Convention Center, our Downtown mall, our hotels and restaurants.”

Monday, April 24, 2006

Juvenile Detention Cleaned Up

WIBC reports Marion County prosecutor Carl Brizzi has filed charges against several former employees at the county's juvenile detention center, alleging that employees molested six girls held at the center.

Brizzi says that five of the six victims had consensual sex with the defendants and a sixth had been raped. The girls were ages 13 to 15 at the time. The legal age of consent in Indiana is 16. Brizzi says the former employees groomed the victims, sending them love letters and even a teddy bear with the words ``I love you'' on it. He says many of the youth services mangers pursued the girls for sex after they were released.

Friday, April 21, 2006

What Matters?


What results matter? Does anyone in town even know what this sign is suppose to stand for? Do results matter when it comes to sex, as the sign next to this talks about? Does anyone actually think this was money well spent? Name ID?

This is what the sign should read. This is what is important. The fact that Kennedy wasn't the first, second or third choice for Democrats to run for prosecutor is important. The fact that Kennedy has never tried a case is important. Kennedy has no results to ever talk about. Justice matters, and all the time that Kennedy sits in the office over on East Washington waiting for media to show up, Brizzi is busy getting results.

Merger Update

WISH TV talks about the decisions that are being made concerning the police merger. Uniform color and training are part of the decisions made last night. This panel recommends what they want done, and then it is up to the Mayor and Sheriff. They have the final say. Let's hope they make a good decision for once and listen to the recommendation. It will save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"The city's police consolidation plan took some big steps forward Thursday night. The big question was black or blue? That's just one of four major issues a committee hammered out Thursday night.
More of the Circle City's police are poised to become men and women in blue. This after the Police Consolidation Advisory Committee approved a plan to outfit 520 Marion County Sheriff's deputies in blue uniforms like IPD, a move that will cost the city $800,000. "

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Perry Township Trustee's Race


Interesting article today about Perry Township. Coons, is challenging current Trustee Jack Sandlin.

Candidates Gary Coons and Jack E. Sandlin disagree over how ambulance service, water rescue and hazardous materials cleanup should be provided in Perry Township.
Coons, 34, said that’s in large part why he’s challenging Sandlin, 55, in the May 2 Republican primary for Perry Township trustee.
Sandlin, seeking a third four-year term as trustee, breezed through his two previous primary campaigns without opposition. Perry, Coons said, has the only township fire department in Marion County that doesn’t provide its own ambulance service or hazardous materials and water rescue units.Sandlin said a qualified company provides the ambulance service and the rare need for a water rescue or a hazardous materials cleanup are coordinated through agreements with other units of government, such as Decatur Township for rescues on the White River.“It’s a waste of resources for everybody to have everything,” said Sandlin, a retired Indianapolis Police Department officer.


Coons is an interesting Republican Candidate because he is getting a lot of his money from Democrats.

Democrats must believe their Democrat candidate has no shot in the fall.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Pay Your Taxes, Or Else!

Brizzi filed charges today on 7 people for failing to pay taxes. Brizzi and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office are persuing the cases because taxes are to be paid to the State Government here in Indianapolis.

“These individuals have had numerous attempts made to try and collect this money,” said Brizzi.

The maximum prison time for the worst case defendant is 18 years.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Some People Work for a Living

In a number of recent posts I have been criticized for not posting more. I assume all of these posts are from the same person sitting around reading the internet like it is their job. My apologies to those out there looking for some more from the FIN, but my real job requires some attention at times. Not to mention that some of the office holders in Marion County rarely do anything worthy of being in the news. I.E. Our Buddy Bart and Frank the Tank.

The most interesting thing I found in the paper this evening was that the public election tests went well.

"Testing has started today at county election boards across the state including Marion County to determine if voting equipment works."

"Marion County Clerk Doris Anne Sadler said her staff started testing around 10 a.m., checking 65 different ballot variations to make sure the ballots are accurate and the electronic voting machines work."

"State, federal and local races are on the ballot this year. Ballots can vary depending upon congressional, state legislative and school board districts."

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Do As I Say, Not As I Do!


Amazingly, the Democrat Majority led City-County Council decided not to raise our taxes again. This would have been about the 12th or 13th tax increase from this council. At the head of the decision not to make any increase to income tax for the county was Councilor Jackie Nytes.

Tully's Blog commented on this as well yesterday.

It is just amazing to me that Jackie Nytes is even allowed to make a determination on taxing anyone. I am hearing that her husband's business received a considerable tax abatement here in Marion County. (I will let you know more as the info comes in)

She should abstain from voting on any tax issues until her family business starts paying our local goverment the money it is due.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Would Someone Let Him Know


I ran into a friend yesterday and he told me that he attended a Melina Kennedy fundraiser last week where Frank Anderson made an appearance. Would someone get on the phone and let that guy know that he can't campaign for himself or anyone else in his uniform. That means not going to political events in uniform, not going to political events in uniform, and most importantly, not going to political events in uniform.

Every time he does show up to one of Kennedy's events in uniform, he is committing a misdemeanor.

Not good to have a candidate for prosecutor harboring a criminal Sheriff.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Invitation


Recently, I was invited to appear on "Abdul in the Morning" for an upcoming show on local Blogs. Flattered, I turned down the invitation and thanked Abdul for asking.

I have nothing against Abdul, his show, or what he covers. I think it is great that he reached out and is interested in how technology is an essential part of politics. I enjoy listening to his show daily. He is a needed voice in the Indianapolis area.

I just felt, as I expressed to Abdul, that I would rather have the Blog be the face of me, Brody, instead of my mug. It is easier to express what is really wrong with the city through the face of the FIN, then mine.

So, thanks, but no thanks. I look forward to the show, as I expect the face of TDW, Jennifer Wagner, to rant in an uncouth manner just as she does in her Blog.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Hello, Is Anyone There?


On WTHR, Channel 13 last night and via their website today, there appears to be a huge problem with the emergency radio system.

The radio system was out of service during the terrible weather on Sunday. Apparently this was not the first time it went down at a time of high need. However, the fix for this problem to a new system will take about 18 months to be put into place.

So, every time we have bad weather, or other disaster situation, should we expect the emergency radio system to shut down? This is a huge public safety issue that does not seem to be getting the needed attention.

Consolidation Concerns

In today's Indianapolis Star, attorney and Radio Show Host, Greg Garrison makes his argument on why consolidation is a bad idea. He writes:

"The debate has worn on for the better part of two years now, and Mayor Bart Peterson's effort to accomplish what he calls a "consolidation" of township offices into the city's bureaucracy is a dead duck -- again. Interesting that it is so with better than 60 local business executives, the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce and a host of politically and economically powerful forces on its side."

"The Star's John Ketzenberger declares it's partisanship that has so far left the mayor's attempted major move in the dust; he claims, with the hearty approval of some really big dogs in the local business community, that "this has become incredibly partisan," quoting Mark Miles of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership."
"Nice try, boys but no cigar."

"The mayor's a good man, but his planning is unworkable. But here the best and brightest continue to look right past the scholarship, the accounting, the history, the common sense and the long-term political realities of such bad ideas and see utopia."

Monday, April 03, 2006

Nasty Weather, Traffic, and Voter Registration


It took a little longer to get to work today because half of the roads downtown are blocked off. Looks like the Regions Building had a little too much fun last night.

I just wanted to take a moment to remind all that you need to be registered by today if you are going to vote in the May 2nd Primary Election. You can register down at the City-County Building, or if you would rather not step foot in that building, you can fill out he registration and mail it in. It needs to be postmarked today.