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Friday, February 5, 2016

***************************BREAKING NEWS********************* 
Case Dismissed !!!


  The BatBlog is happy to report that the lady whose story about her arrest in the Jan. 30 edition of the BatBlog  CLICK HERE  has received notice from the Clark Co. prosecutor's office that her case has been dismissed without prejudice by the State of Indiana. The charges of possession of a controlled substance (2) counts that was dismissed,  were prescription medications which several had fallen into her purse and  were not in their original bottles.

While this middle aged lady MAYBE was technically in the wrong, she tried to explain her situation to the officers who still arrested her and took her to the Clark Co. jail. Her automobile was impounded and she spent 5 hours in the C.C. jail.


   As reported earlier by the BatBlog after going to court Judge Weber appeared to originally lean towards dismissing the case as the defendant told him she had documentation from her doctors of the prescriptions, but the prosecutor objected and asked for the case to be continued (later this month) in order for the arresting officers to appear. The continuance and charges were dismissed in the letter she received today from the C.C. prosecutor's office.

 While the outcome was a relief  to the woman charged and ultimately the right thing was done in this case , it still raises several disturbing concerns to the BatBlog. First it's total BS that this woman was arrested at all, she was  up front and honest, explained the situation but was ultimately traumatized. Having never been to jail or had so much as a parking ticket, the embarrassment and the trauma of being jailed plus the added financial burden of recovering her impounded car is not how honest citizens should be treated.

It appears to the BatBlog this was a case of over zealous possibly poorly trained county officers and a court and prosecutor that at least in this case was severely inept. An absolute funny thing about this whole thing is that neither the prosecutor or the judge even bothered to look at the documentation the lady went to the trouble to gather, to verify her prescriptions. She told them she had it (which she did) but they never even looked at the evidence to prove innocence or guilt.

Hopefully this is just an isolated case, because if our whole law enforcement and judicial system is run like this every day it is truly a comedy of errors. As we said before there are enough real bad guys out there....let's harass them ...not the hard working taxpayers....

Remain Vigilant my Friends











Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Right Thing to Do - Jeffersonville City Council

  The BatBlog has been highly critical of the Jeffersonville City council in the past , and rightfully so. Things may be changing though, and congratulations are in order to this council particularly Dustin White who championed the new ordinance that separates the council as the City's  Park's authority...  For the N/T story CLICK HERE

This was the right thing to do. Our country was set up and thrives on checks and balances in government. As it was before this ordinance, the council was acting with both executive and legislative powers, with no separation  that is essential to democratic government.

I might take my ball and go home !!!
 Of course the dissenters (the vote was 5-4) led by Ed "Moe" Zastawny didn't want to give up their exclusive , dictatorial powers over the parks department.  Moe said giving the people majority power over the Park's was "a step backward"...Gee Moe, maybe you should move to Moscow and be a city councilmen over there. Moe must have forgotten the first three words of our Constitution "We the People." Power to the people is the foundation to which the entire Constitution depends.

  The new Park's authority will be made up of 5 appointees from the mayor's office and 4 from the City council. Hopefully the new authority will reverse the trend on foolish, unwanted, spending like the obscene amount directed toward a soccer field...

 The amazing thing about the vote is that four councilpersons (Moe, Gill, Samuels, and Hawkins who voted against) didn't see the conflict of interests and bad government the former Authority created. Makes you wonder about their political agenda and beliefs.

 Once again congratulations and thanks to the members(Owen, Jahn, White, Maples,Webb) led by  Mr. White who voted this in and returned this power to the people of Jeffersonville...

Saturday, January 30, 2016

To Protect and Serve or Harass ???... A True Story

 

This is a true story it was related to the BatBlog by a third party and investigated and confirmed by the BatBlog to be true and the victim  credible. No names will be used other than the judge involved...the victim wishes to remain anonymous.

 Approximately 3 weeks ago the lady involved was headed home, she lives in an outer area of Clark Co.  She is middle aged around 53-59, it was in the evening approximately 9-9:30 pm. Out of the blue she was pulled over by 2 Clark Co. sheriff's deputies, one pulling in front of her the other pulled along side. The officers got out and the lady asked what was wrong ??? The one officer said her car wove toward the center line of the road she was travelling. The officers asked if he could search her car and she consented...the officers proceeded to search her vehicle... finding nothing. They then asked permission to search her purse and again she consented.

 The woman has several chronic medical issues for which she receives prescription medications. The officers found 2 prescription bottles of medication both with the prescribed medicines in them. They also found at the bottom of her purse several (3 or 4) loose pills which were the same as in the prescribed bottles. The pills (her medication) were both a narcotic (controlled substance.) The officers proceeded to handcuff the lady and arrest her for 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance for the loose medication. She was taken to the Clark Co. jail and was there for about 5 hours until a family member posted her bail.

 Technically I suppose the  arresting officers were legal with their actions. As the BatBlog understands Indiana law a controlled substance has to be in the original bottle with the prescription , hopefully some of our legal readers can weigh in on this if I'm incorrect... But Come On !!! 3 loose pills !!! This lady is very mild mannered and naive...she was terrified, she had never been arrested and never had so much as a parking ticket let alone be in jail...

Now it gets even better...she is given a court date, presuming she did nothing wrong she goes to her doctors who verify the prescription medications with documentation for the court. She doesn't hire an attorney because 1.) she can't afford one 2.) She feels she has done nothing wrong...

She went to court this past week in front of judge Joe Weber, after explaining the situation to judge Weber. Weber says there appears to be no probable cause and is leaning to dismiss the case...BUT wait a minute the prosecutor objects he says the arresting officers (who are not present) should be here to explain IF there was probable cause... Judge Weber now changes his mind and issues another court date (a month later) for the arresting officers to attend....

This case just blows the BatBlog's mind for  several reasons...First while technically unknowingly this lady I assume broke the law. But come on she was scared, cooperated completely and it seems here a citation was more proper IF that was an option ( maybe some legal mind can clear that up)...Second while peace officers have a tough job surely they could tell this wasn't a bad guy come on a little old lady really...

Finally all we hear about is how  the Clark Co. courts are jammed full overloaded with cases...No wonder if this is a normal circumstance...Why couldn't the prosecutor just allow this case to be dismissed ?? There are enough bad guys out there to hassle....let's leave honest citizens alone...

 Ignorance of the law is no excuse but this lady is out of her medication (held by the court) until the case is settled, out $200.00 for impounding fees for her automobile. A lesson learned I guess one could assume, but if this was truly the only option these officers had then the law needs to be changed. A citation would be more appropriate and with the proper documentation this case should have been dismissed...Yes the system let a good, honest citizen down and failed to "Protect and Serve" only harassed...


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Moratorium....A Slippery Slope

A proposed 6 month moratorium on  automobile related businesses being allowed to open in Jeffersonville's 10th St. corridor was brought to the Jeffersonville City council last night. The "moratorium" ( supported by Mayor Mike Moore) in the BatBlog's opinion creates a slippery slope that we don't believe the city should be going down.

   While the revitalization of 10th St. is an important project that needs to be well planned, the BatBlog has a problem with government overextending it's power and control over private business. While the proposal is intended to last only 6 months it still sends out mixed messages to businesses and developers wishing to locate in Jeffersonville.  A free open market is important to investors, there are already enough government regulations, taxes etc. concerning business operations, more intrusion  and city leaders deciding  where and what kind of business is allowed, is not acceptable... and will ultimately scare potential businesses away.

  The City has had this restoration of 10th St. in planning for several years now and should have already  had any zoning restrictions, amendments settled beforehand.  This last minute moratorium isn't a good idea and congratulations to Callie Jahn (R) and Nathan Samuel (D) for realizing this and voting NO on the 1st reading. The vote was 6-2  in favor with Moe Zastawny absent...

 You have to wonder where the true Republicans were on this vote ( isn't the GOP for LESS government) ...Gill , LapDog , Maples, and Webb voted YES....


Monday, January 25, 2016

Dirty Politics ... a Q or G

   Looks like another case of dirty politics has risen it's ugly head here in Jeffersonville/Clark Co. According to a News/Tribune article  CLICK HERE, that in a court proceeding Josh Rodriquez is wondering why, how and which records his opponent Steve Webb obtained while filing a complaint that Mr. Rodriquez intentionally used his wrong name when filing for the Jeff City council at large bid.

 The BatBlog is interested too, especially who in the GOP initiated the investigation and how the records were obtained of Mr. Rodriquez's record. It may seem a minor matter ...really a Q or a G how trivial ...What is concerning is the effort Mr. Webb and his GOP  cohorts apparently went to make this appear that Mr. Rodriquez was attempting to hide something from his past or his identity...

 We call dirty politics and are disappointed that Mr. Webb (who the BatBlog endorsed) would stoop to this level. Mr. Rodriquez has been open and honest with his explanation of the Q or G and even brought out a minor discretion (DWI amended to PI) in his youth.

 The council seat at large seat appears to still  be in question after the recount and probably will be decided in court. The BatBlog hopes the court decision turns the race around and awards it to Mr. Rodriquez just on the principal of the apparent dirty tricks employed by the GOP and used by Mr. Webb...


Friday, January 22, 2016

A BatBlog Exclusive ....A Democratic Coup ???


We too old JP ???  No TG I'm not but you are...
It has been exclusively leaked to the BatBlog that a potential coup is being formulated to unseat current Dem. party chairman Tom Galligan from his seat. Led by a prominent young Dem. and two grizzled former Galligan supporters the BatBlog has learned that secret meetings have been held and telephone calls and emails exchanged in the effort. Galligan in their opinion and shared by many rank and file voters is too old, controversial and doesn't have the personality to reach young party members and recruit attractive new candidates...

 Recently GOP beatdowns of the Dem. party have become a regular part of the  election cycle here locally. Led by GOP party chair Jamey Noel, Rep.s have brought many young, new  faces and candidates forward and they have been very successful at the polls.Meanwhile Democrat's have remained stagnant and tired old mules (Gallgan, Perkins etc,) remain the face of the party trying desperately to remain relevant from their limited success 2 decades ago.

While the BatBlog applauds the effort of the coup one must be warned. The huge egos of the old mules while misplaced won't allow them to step down on their own graciously.  Much like Noel Republicans the Democratic party caucus made up of precinct chairmen/ women is stacked with many old friend, relatives, coworkers etc. It will be a daunting task to unseat him unless in the best interests of local Democrats TG graciously steps aside. Unfortunately the BatBlog doesn't see that happening anytime soon...


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The City Council's Final Answer...Cease and Ignore

   So much for transparency in local government. Apparently the Jeffersonville City council doesn't have the backbone to answer the tough questions. Much like Dustin White's order to Cease and Desist the whole council has pretty much ignored and been dismissive to a local voter's and the BatBlog's question about the council's healthcare insurance coverage by the City of Jeffersonville.

  It seems to the BatBlog that this council elected to hopefully be prudent guardians of of our hard earned tax dollars is more concerned with the self serving perks and benefits that they can take from our  good citizens of Jeffersonville than protecting and and intelligently spending our money....

  It is one thing to disagree with voter's concerns but to ignore and in several instances rudely dismiss a politely worded question shows the mentality and overall trend of taking care of oneself opposed to being a true servant of the public.

 Like a turtle retreating to his shell, this council after just recently shamelessly pandering for votes, has gone into lockdown and refusal to answer a fair question. Why do you accept tax paid insurance ???  When employer paid insurance is available to most if not all of you...

 The BatBlog knows a lot of the City council reads the Jeffersonville - Clark Co. Blog and extends an open invitation to publicly answer  the above question...
Any takers ???

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