Friday, September 29, 2006

Really?


The Democrats on the CCC cannot be serious. They cannot be backing a person that has been accused of pushing a police officer. They cannot be taking the side of someone that pushed a woman.

Yet.

They are. So, from this little press conference they held yesterday, we must assume that they are against police officers in general. The Democrats on the CCC think it is ok to push a police officer. They think it is ok to abuse their positions on the CCC and demand compliance from city employees.

Ridiculous.

Sure, he is innocent until proven guilty in the courtroom. Sure, there is a possibility that a jury might find him not guilty. However, a Democratic attorney from Bloomington thought there was enough evidence to charge. A Democratic Judge thought there was enough evidence to sign the probable cause.

Wake up and look at the example you are setting for the City.

I want to know what the Mayor thinks about all of this. I want to know if the Mayor sides with a drunk CCC or a Police Officer.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Make Believe


Now Kennedy is depicting that she has actually done stuff in court. Kennedy, the oft mistaken Democratic candidate for Marion County Prosecutor, is pretending to be a trial attorney in her latest commercial. In the ad, Kennedy is seen asking questions of a witness in a courtroom with the word experienced.

The Marion County Republican Party issued a request for the ad to be pulled from the air due to it misleading viewers.

Looks like it is just one more ridiculous event in the worst run campaign ever!

UPDATE: Tully has some interesting insight into the event:

Kennedy on the air
Posted by Matt Tully

Republicans are a little shook up over Melina Kennedy's latest campaign commercial. The Democratic candidate for prosecutor's new ad centers on this theme: "Experienced. Tested. Tough."
As you may recall, that is the exact tagline Republican incumbent Carl Brizzi has used in his campaign commercials. The Brizzi team says Kennedy has "hijacked" its theme.
Is it clever or a cheap shot? You decide.
One interesting scene in the new ad puts Kennedy in a courtroom, where she is questioning an actor/witness. Kennedy, who has faced criticism from the GOP about her lack of courtroom experience, visited The Star today. She was asked whether she has ever questioned a witness in court, as she is seen doing in the commercial.
She said she had, "in a small claims case ... in the early 90s."

Kennedy didn't become a lawyer until 1997, so whatever she did, she would not have been an attorney.

Play Nice


It appears that Ron Gibson is facing criminal charges for his drunken fiasco a few months ago. I will update more when I find the exact charges.

UPDATE: The Indianapolis Star is now reporting that Ron Gibson will face 3 charges from the incident on July 16, 2006. City Councilor Ron Gibson (D) will face one charge each of Battery, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Intoxication. Gibson could serve a sentence of up to one (1) year.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Coroner's Corner

Finally, someone is looking into the worst run office in the County. In the Indy Star:

Prosecutors search coroner's offices

Investigators with the Marion County prosecutor's office served a search warrant at the office of the county coroner this morning.

About a half-dozen men and women, including Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, went into the office.
Brizzi said they were reviewing seven death investigations by the Marion County coroner.

Grand jury investigators served the search warrants because “there have been some questions about the integrity of record-keeping in the office.”

He did not elaborate.Coroner Kenneth Ackles was not at the morgue, 521 W. McCarty Street, during the sweep.The prosecutor's office has had an ongoing investigation into the coroner's office over allegations of mismanagement.

In a report written in February, a police detective said he found a lack of computer security that allowed nearly three-dozen employees to alter property receipts without detection. That lapse has raised concerns that evidence could be corrupted.

The memo, dated Feb. 9, also reported that several thousand dollars worth of county equipment was missing and concluded that the coroner's office, "at least on the administrative level, is incompetent and careless."

The Count Keeps Growing

It is starting to get a little redundant, but Indy had another murder last night. We are up to 116.

Why has the Mayor been quiet on the issue since he blue panel?????

A 45-year-old father of five children was shot and killed Monday in the front yard of his Near-Eastside home, apparently after a brief argument with a neighbor who had been a friend.

Allen Eugene Humphrey's death brings the Marion County homicide count to 116 this year.
By late Monday, Indianapolis police had arrested Kevin Moncrief, 53, on preliminary charges of murder in Humphrey's shooting. Moncrief turned himself in about four hours after the shooting, which occurred about 6 p.m. in the 1800 block of Brookside Avenue.


Friends said violent death has visited Humphrey's family at least twice before -- his two older brothers were killed in separate incidents nearly three decades ago.

Friends and family members who arrived at the scene as word of Humphrey's slaying spread said the death adds to the growing frustration with the rise of violence.

"This has got to stop. This is stupid!" said Sharon Ward, 49, whose family is close to Humphrey's family. She and her brother, David Walker, 46, and other siblings grew up with the victim and his siblings.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Great Ad

I finally was able to see the ad put out by the Marion County Republicans. Pretty good stuff. I checked out their numbers on the FBI website and they are accuarate, which is very scary!

Take a look for yourself. There are two sites running it.

TV Ad

or

TV Ad

Why isn't anyone else blaming the Mayor????

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Check It Out


Check out Indy Undercover's newest post. It says it all.

More Coroner Fun


Looks like the Marion County Coroner might need to start looking for a new gig.

The Indy Star reports:

A legislative committee has approved a proposal that would mandate more training for coroners and set standards to avoid errors like the one that switched the identities of two college students -- one dead and one alive.

The proposal would require that coroners identify the dead by one of four methods: fingerprints, DNA, dental records or visual identification by a family member.

The possible changes in state law were motivated in part by a Grant County coroner's error that switched the identities of two Taylor University students -- one dead and one alive.

In the April 26 fatal crash in Grant County that killed five people, one of the deceased victims, Laura VanRyn, 22, was mistakenly identified as 18-year-old Whitney Cerak.

VanRyn's parents kept vigil at Cerak's beside in the hospital for five weeks, only realizing that she was not their daughter when Cerak began to emerge from her coma.

Indiana's 92 county coroners are elected, and only half are certified as legal death investigators by the state. Unlike their deputy coroners, who must be certified and undergo continuing education, elected coroners are not required to be certified.

At Wednesday's hearing at the Statehouse, the Interim Study Committee on Criminal Justice Matters unanimously approved the proposed bill, which Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, will introduce during the 2007 legislative session.

She and others on the committee said the bill is "a work in progress" and likely will change during the process.

The proposal would require elected coroners and deputy coroners to pass a 40-hour training course within six months of taking office or being hired, and then complete another eight hours of training each year.

Training would be developed by a pathologist and taught by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. If a coroner or deputy coroner didn't complete the training, the proposal states that the county government could withhold their salary until they do.

Dick Alfeld, Allen County's chief deputy coroner and a board member for the Indiana State Coroners Association, said that while the identification rules leave little leeway for coroners the association accepts the proposed change.

He said he does not think it is legal to withhold the coroner's pay because the position is a constitutionally elected office, but he said the association will not oppose the modification.
However, Alfred said the association is fighting the proposed bill's provision to move the training from the Coroners Training Board -- which receives money from death certificate fees -- to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

"As the coroners association we are interested in improving the system," Alfeld said. "But why are we reinventing the wheel? We have a training board that already does this. The problems arise from people who haven't taken the training, not those who have."

The only requirement for the elected office under the constitution is that a coroner be at least 18 and a resident for one year in the county in which the candidate is seeking the job.

A member of the Legislative Services Agency told the committee in August that under a long-standing court ruling interpreting the constitution, new qualifications to be elected coroner could not be added without changing the document.

Changing it requires an amendment passing two consecutively elected Legislatures and approval in a statewide vote, a process that can take up to four years.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Some More Fun

Looks like Brizzi is highlighting the importance of experience in a new way.

At experiencedprosecutor.com there is an updated web commercial.

Funny again. Not as funny as his new commercial airing on any television at any time, but the point is made.

Haven't seen anything new from Kennedy. She is probably hibernating while Julia Carson makes false accusations and fabricates police reports.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Results Matter?

Just got a release from the Marion County Republican Party. Looks like someone has been trying to hide a bad job performance. The release is below:



Results Matter?
Melina Kennedy’s Role in Economic Development Results in Negative Job Growth for Indianapolis Residents

Indianapolis – Last week, Democrat candidate for Marion County Prosecutor Melina Kennedy said “Just like in any business, government is the same. You have got to have performance be part of what we look at.”[1] A review of Kennedy’s performance as Director of Economic Development for the City of Indianapolis from June 2001-September 2004 and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development from September 2004-September 2005 reveals significantly poor results.

According to data released by CNN[2], when Melina Kennedy was in charge of economic development for the city, Indianapolis suffered from -1.37% job growth from 2000-2005.

“Kennedy continues to say that “results matter” but she was unable to produce positive results in her last job. When Kennedy was responsible for economic development, cities neighboring Indianapolis prospered while Indianapolis failed to produce positive job results,” said Marion County Republican Party, Executive Director Mike Biberstine. “Her sole responsibility was to provide a positive economic climate so that Marion County residents could earn a decent living to provide for their families, but Kennedy failed to produce results.”

Two cities surrounding Indianapolis saw job growth top 30% from 2000-2005. Fishers was ranked 15th in the nation in fastest job growth while Carmel was ranked 24th in the nation.

“We’re seeing phenomenal job growth in cities just one county north of Indianapolis, yet when Melina Kennedy was responsible, Marion County experienced less job growth than our neighbors and less growth than Gary, Indiana” said Biberstine.

“The economy is a major factor in crime rates. We should not reward Melina Kennedy for results like this. We cannot afford to elect a Prosecutor who has zero experience prosecuting criminals and has negative results in her last job,” said Biberstine.

Melina Kennedy has never filed a charge, never tried a case, and never put a criminal behind bars.

-30-

Sunday, September 17, 2006

In Case You Missed It

In case you have not had a chance to see one of the funniest commericals out this year, check Brizzi's newest ad out.

http://indianaonmessage.com/mcp_brizzi_lifeguard.shtml

What do you think?

Friday, September 15, 2006

Updates on a Friday Afternoon


Just a couple of things before you start your weekend.

The coroner has not messed anything up as of yet today. I will keep you updated as I hear things. The rumor was that he took today off to spend a long weekend watching CSI and Quincy M.D.


Also, a little fun for everyone. Kennedy, the attorney who has never tried a case running for Prosecutor has a fun picture on her website that I really never noticed until this morning.

The main picture at the top of the website has a bunch of paid actors pretending to enjoy the rally. One of those people is the famous, or infamous Monroe Gray. Nice to know that Kennedy is so close to the lowly Gray.

If you remember, Gray refused to hear a proposal about increasing the number of jail beds to stem the rise in crime. Gray also is smack in the middle of the Julia Carson bar fiasco. He told local reporter Matt Tully that he didn't know anything about the bar or what was going on with it. Turns out he is a big fat liar. Gray's wife is an investor in the bar which is being placed in a government building.

Good to know who Kennedy's friends are. People that believe they are above the law, and don't need to follow the same steps as the rest of the city.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Exhibit B

I would offer into evidence, exhibit B.

From Jack Rinehart at Channel 6:

Relatives of a man they reported missing in June learned this week that not only was he dead, his remains were cremated -- and that the Marion County coroner's office identified the body months ago but failed to tell them or police -- 6News' Jack Rinehart reported.

Carl Southern's relatives said they learned Tuesday in a letter from the Social Security Administration that the 51-year-old Indianapolis man -- who they reported missing on June 20 -- had died.

Through subsequent discussions with Indianapolis police and the coroner's office, they learned that police found a body June 15 and that the coroner's office identified it as Southern on the same day, but neither police nor his relatives were told about the identification.

The coroner's office said it tried unsuccessfully to contact Southern's family, even using newspaper advertisements in an attempt to reach them. But after a few weeks, the office sent the body to a funeral home, which cremated it, Rinehart reported.

"It was just devastating," Southern's sister, Loretta Williams, said. "I couldn’t believe it. I was like, 'What is this?' "

The funeral home told the federal government of Southern's death, so the Social Security Administration sent his family a letter saying it was terminating his benefits. When the letter arrived Tuesday, the SSA succeeded in doing something the coroner's office said it couldn't -- locate Southern's family.

Police Stunned By Revelation

Information on the cause of Southern's death wasn't available, but the coroner's office said it determined that he had cocaine in his system and had suffered a subdural hemorrhage, or bleeding on the brain.

Police investigators -- who said they learned of Southern's death only after his family told them about the Social Security letter -- said information about the body's condition leads them to suspect foul play in the death. But with cremation having taken place, they must investigate without the body.

Authorities said they spent a lot of time looking for Southern since he was reported missing June 20. In late July, they asked the news media to publicize his disappearance, not knowing that the coroner's office had identified his body more than a month beforehand.

"We are flabbergasted about this whole chain of events," said Capt. David Allender, head of the Indianapolis Police Department's missing-persons branch.

Coroner's Office Says It Tried To Reach Family

Police said they now know that they found Southern's body on June 15 in an alley in the 1300 block of Cruft Street. The body was given to the coroner's office as an unidentified man.
With the help of fingerprints and pieces of identification on the body, the coroner's office determined that day that the body was that of Southern, Rinehart reported.

The coroner's office held the body for nearly six weeks. From July 22 to July 24, it ran advertisements in The Indianapolis Star's public notices page, trying to find members of Southern's family, Rinehart reported.

Eventually, the office determined that its efforts to find relatives were unsuccessful, and it gave the body to a funeral home for cremation.

The funeral home is searching for Southern's ashes. Williams, Southern's sister, indicated her trust had been exhausted.

"Even if they came and brought me something, I don’t know if that's my brother or not. I wouldn't believe that it is if they did bring me some ashes or whatever," Williams said.

News of Southern's fate came as the coroner's office was being investigated over allegations that more than $3,000 in cash and property belonging to a deceased man was stolen.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Consequences of Inexperience


I would like to offer into evidence, Exhibit A. This is an article showing the direct effect of someone inexperience and unqualified taking a job.

The Marion County Coroner apparently thinks it is OK to take money from dead people and then allow your staff to cover it up.

From the Indy Star:

The Marion County coroner's office is being investigated by the prosecutor's office after more than $3,000 was stolen from a body, revealing lapses in computer and storage security.

A police detective's investigation found a lack of computer security that allowed nearly three-dozen employees to alter property receipts without detection, according to a confidential police memo obtained by The Indianapolis Star. That lapse has raised concerns that evidence could be corrupted.

The memo, dated Feb. 9, also reported that several thousand dollars worth of county equipment was missing and concluded that the coroner's office, "at least on the administrative level, is incompetent and careless."

Last week, Coroner Kenneth Ackles said the theft of cash from a dead man was an isolated incident. He acknowledged the theft had to have been committed internally by someone with access to a shared evidence locker and the computer system.

"It was an unfortunate thing, but that's the only thing," Ackles said. "If you look at the amount of money and property that goes through the office, and there's only one incident, I think that's a pretty good record."

So, one person stealing in the office is OK??? Did Ackles ever do anything???

Another crazy item from this story is that there are 20 Deputy Coroners. Do we need 20? Are any of them capable of doing an autopsy?

What's Next

It appears that Kennedy, the Democratic candidate for Prosecutor is going to roll calls in Marion County and talking to officers. The problem is, the officers are being forced to sit and listen to her and are not allowed to ask any questions.

The story was brought up by Indy Undercover. Here is their story.

So, the city is willing to force police officers to sit and listen to an inexperienced attorney talk about crime. No wonder the Mayor had to increase patrols. He is making half of them listen to his propaganda instead of working.

Shame on all of them!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Remember 9-11

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Crime Prevention Task Force?

40 Members
105 Murders
Thousands of Early releases

How long do we have to wait for the Mayor to do something substantial to help curb violence. He has given us a lot of lip service, but no real action.

In the Star editorial today (linked above) it reads in part:

As Peterson acknowledged in a meeting with The Star's Editorial Board on Wednesday, the city's crime problems festered for years in part because he and other leaders tolerated early releases from the jail. In time, a sense of lawlessness took hold on the city's streets.

The Crime panel is a joke. How are 40 people, many who have no crime prevention background, ever going to decrease crime? All of the individuals are smart professionals who are great in their fields. This is a different story. They are not even supposed to come out with recommendations until December. What good is a piece of paper going to do us 3 months from today. People are being killed at a crazy rate and we are supposed to wait 3 months for an opinion from 40 people.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

On the Air


Brizzi's campaign commercials started this morning. Really sharp ad in my opinion. It actually shows his name in the ad. Pretty smart if you ask me.

In contrast, Kennedy, does not put her name in her ad once, and it looks like a old home slide show presentation. Who made those, and what the heck were they thinking?

What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Dude, Where's My Mayor?


I think it is official, we have no Mayor. Today, Bart announced that he would spend $10.5 million to cover stepped-up police patrols, more jail beds and night court through 2007. However, Bart being Bart has no idea how we will make it past then.

Instead of coming up with a plan, or letting the public know taxes are going up, Bart simply passed the buck one more time. I am starting to think that Bart was the type in grade school who refused to be a captain and pick a team.

Bart has no guts, no ability to make a tough decision to better our city. He constantly has to blame someone else for the problem. Indyworks doesn't get passed and it is the fault of the State House. Crime goes up and it is the fault of chance. The jail becomes overcrowded, we file too many charges.

The only problem that I see while Bart has been in charge, is simply that, Bart was in charge. He has no idea how to run a city. Things were so well oiled when he took over that they are only now starting to fall apart.

It is just a matter of time before the wheels fall off.

The Century Club


We hit 100 homicides and it is only September 5th! Just 9 murders away from last years mark and 59 murders away from the record. What a great place it is to live here. Thanks Bart, for making our city a giant game of Russian roulette.

In lighter news, there will not be anyone available to do the autopsies on all the dead bodies. In what must be a determined path for Democrats, the County coroner has decided to fire all of the pathologists in the County who perform autopsies to bog down the criminal justice system even more. Of course the coroner, himself, is not able to do autopsies because he is just a Chiropractor, not a real doctor.

They cease to amaze me with their ridiculous, and irresponsible decisions. What is the current solutions to not having anyone available to conduct an autopsy. People died over the weekend. Murders happened over the weekend. Are their bodies just sitting around because the Chiroprator/Coroner does not like the contract that, he himself, worked out?