Monday, June 20, 2011

06202011 - VIDEO - Facebook Video James Thomas made after having Abbi and Bailey euthanized


Video that my ex - James Thomas - and his girlfriend Pat posted on Facebook shortly after they had Abbi and Bailey euthanized  at the Hobart Indiana Humane Society in April 2011 - instead of returning my dogs to me. In this video, they are showing off Pat's four dogs. "We gotta keep the ones [dogs] we got," Pat said in the video:
















Thursday, June 16, 2011

06162011 - Mayor Velazquez and Chief Becker - - City official Carl Fisher's confrontation [06152011]

From: Renee' <sur5er1998@aol.com>
To: ovelazquez <ovelazquez@portage-in.com>; mbecker <mbecker@portage-in.com>
Subject: Fisher's confrontation
Date: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 9:50 am

Mayor Velazquez
Chief Becker
Is there a reason why Carl Fisher [Board member of the Portage Parks], came into my place of employment [Portage Marathon @ 6003 Central Avenue], last night /June 15th and very loudly and angrily confronted me? His angry comment regarding my dogs' deaths with:  “Whatever!” was extremely cruel. Fisher's loud confrontation and remark about my dogs was witnessed by another employee and several customers.

I am left to assume that this confrontation of Fisher's was due to the complaint I filed against the police department. The last time I saw Fisher in my place of employment was in November 2010...after I had filed a complaint with the corporate ReMax office, concerning Fisher's questionable sale of my home [in violation of two court orders].

After the October 7th police incident, I have no police protection from my abusive ex-husband [who has a criminal conviction for his threat to kill me / violation of a PPO]. I am dealing with my ex's recent killing of my dogs, for which my ex is not being criminally charged for. The significance of my ex's killing of my dogs and this being one of the warning signs of the danger of me possibly being killed by my ex, is lost on the Portage PD. In addition, the two recent domestic violence murders in Porter County last month, has me and every domestic violence victim in the county walking on eggshells and looking over our shoulders.

Yes, I know how much danger I am of being killed by my ex. But there is nothing I can do about it. Please do not send your city employees / officials into my place of employment to take advantage of my vulnerability and reinforcing the vulnerable situation I am in. I already know how much danger is. The problem is that you don't care.

Renee' Harrington


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Carl Fisher [Portage City Board member and one of the Remax Realtors involved in the questionable sale of my home days after the illegal entry], is the customer on the right. Mena is waiting on Carl. I am out of the shot of this camera, getting a tobacco product for the customer on the left. Carl can see me. He also knows I am at work, because of my Chevy pickup truck with Michigan plates, that is parked on the front pump= this was not an accidental meeting.





Carl Fisher [pointing towards me], begins yelling at me. I am ignorning him and waiting on a customer. NOTE THE LITTLE GIRL TO THE LEFT.





Carl Fisher [right], yelling at me.





Me [to the left], waiting on a customer and trying to ignore Carl Fisher's confrontation.





Carl Fisher becomes louder and starts with the finger pointing.





Still doing my best to bite my tongue, as Carl Fisher continues to yell at me.





Carl Fisher [right], continued to yell at me.





I've had enough. I remind Carl Fisher of Abbi's and Bailey's deaths... I ask him about his role in the illegal police entry [so he could profit from selling my home from under me, for my ex-husband].





My turn with a city official who was  possibly connected to the illegal police entry and Abbi & Bailey's deaths





My turn with a city official who was  possibly connected to the illegal police entry and Abbi & Bailey's deaths





 I've said my peace...but Carl Fisher wants to continue the confrontation.





 I've said my peace...but Carl Fisher wants to continue the confrontation.





I've said my peace...but Carl Fisher wants to continue the confrontation. Fisher has completed his transaction at Mena's register and is now waiting for me to finish the transaction with the gentleman at my register.





Carl Fisher waiting for me to finish transaction with customer, so he can continue confrontation with me.





When I ignore Carl Fisher, he storms off, yelling: "Whatever! Whatever!"




Abbi's and Bailey's mama: 10 points.
Portage City Official Carl Fisher: 0 points.



Wednesday, June 15, 2011

06152011 - Carl Fisher - Portage City Board Member/ ReMax realtor - Confrontation with me at my place of employment



Carl Fisher [Portage City Board member and one of the Remax Realtors involved in the questionable sale of my home days after the illegal entry], is the customer on the right. Mena is waiting on Carl. I am out of the shot of this camera, getting a tobacco product for the customer on the left. Carl can see me. He also knows I am at work, because of my Chevy pickup truck with Michigan plates, that is parked on the front pump= this was not an accidental meeting.





Carl Fisher [pointing towards me], begins yelling at me. I am ignorning him and waiting on a customer. NOTE THE LITTLE GIRL TO THE LEFT.





Carl Fisher [right], yelling at me.





Me [to the left], waiting on a customer and trying to ignore Carl Fisher's confrontation.





Carl Fisher becomes louder and starts with the finger pointing.





Still doing my best to bite my tongue, as Carl Fisher continues to yell at me.





Carl Fisher [right], continued to yell at me.





I've had enough. I remind Carl Fisher of Abbi's and Bailey's deaths... I ask him about his role in the illegal police entry [so he could profit from selling my home from under me, for my ex-husband].





My turn with a city official who was  possibly connected to the illegal police entry and Abbi & Bailey's deaths





My turn with a city official who was  possibly connected to the illegal police entry and Abbi & Bailey's deaths





 I've said my peace...but Carl Fisher wants to continue the confrontation.





 I've said my peace...but Carl Fisher wants to continue the confrontation.





I've said my peace...but Carl Fisher wants to continue the confrontation. Fisher has completed his transaction at Mena's register and is now waiting for me to finish the transaction with the gentleman at my register.





Carl Fisher waiting for me to finish transaction with customer, so he can continue confrontation with me.





When I ignore Carl Fisher, he storms off, yelling: "Whatever! Whatever!"




Abbi's and Bailey's mama: 10 points.
Portage City Official Carl Fisher: 0 points.


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From: Renee' <sur5er1998@aol.com>
To: ovelazquez <ovelazquez@portage-in.com>; mbecker <mbecker@portage-in.com>
Subject: Fisher's confrontation
Date: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 9:50 am

Mayor Velazquez
Chief Becker
Is there a reason why Carl Fisher [Board member of the Portage Parks], came into my place of employment [Portage Marathon @ 6003 Central Avenue], last night /June 15th and very loudly and angrily confronted me? His angry comment regarding my dogs' deaths with:  “Whatever!” was extremely cruel. Fisher's loud confrontation and remark about my dogs was witnessed by another employee and several customers.

I am left to assume that this confrontation of Fisher's was due to the complaint I filed against the police department. The last time I saw Fisher in my place of employment was in November 2010...after I had filed a complaint with the corporate ReMax office, concerning Fisher's questionable sale of my home [in violation of two court orders].

After the October 7th police incident, I have no police protection from my abusive ex-husband [who has a criminal conviction for his threat to kill me / violation of a PPO]. I am dealing with my ex's recent killing of my dogs, for which my ex is not being criminally charged for. The significance of my ex's killing of my dogs and this being one of the warning signs of the danger of me possibly being killed by my ex, is lost on the Portage PD. In addition, the two recent domestic violence murders in Porter County last month, has me and every domestic violence victim in the county walking on eggshells and looking over our shoulders.

Yes, I know how much danger I am of being killed by my ex. But there is nothing I can do about it. Please do not send your city employees / officials into my place of employment to take advantage of my vulnerability and reinforcing the vulnerable situation I am in. I already know how much danger is. The problem is that you don't care.

Renee' Harrington

06152011 - News Article - Applications being accepted for magistrate - Magistrate James Johnson judicial investigation



Applications being accepted for magistrate
NWI Times
June 15, 2011
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/duneland/applications-being-accepted-for-magistrate/article_7b50cad9-8710-5f79-b9ce-e080b9381318.html
VALPARAISO | Applications are now being accepted for the position of magistrate of Porter Superior Court 1.

The application form is available in the court administrator's office on the fourth floor of the county courthouse.

A copy of the completed application must be submitted to each of the county's six judges on or before July 8.

A replacement is being sought for Magistrate James Johnson, who has stopped hearing cases and will officially retire Aug. 1.

Johnson had made the news after amassing a large backlog of cases.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

06022011 - News Article - Cheryl Miller Obituary



Cheryl Miller Obituary
Published in Post-Tribune

June 2, 2011 

Cheryl Miller



Miller, Cheryl A. (Stevens) Cheryl A. (Stevens) Miller, 52, of Kouts, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2011. She was born October 10, 1958 in Valparaiso to Ronald N. and Margaret J. (Hineline) Stevens. She was a graduate of Valparaiso High School and had been the manager at Marti's Place at Ramsey's Landing in Hebron. Cheryl enjoyed designing and making jewelry as well as a variety of other arts and crafts, and she was an avid gardener. Survivors include her son, JJ Miller of Kouts; step daughter, Layla (Jeff) Morgan of San Diego, CA; her father, Ron Stevens of Valparaiso; one sister, Leslie (Bruce) Richart of Porter; two nieces, Rebecca (Anthony) Tharp and Annette Stevens; four nephews, Jeremiah, Joshua and Ryan Richart, and Travis Stevens. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Stevens. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM at Kosanke Funeral Home in Kouts with Pastor Jay Birky officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the "Benefit of JJ Miller" account at DeMotte State Bank.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

06012011 - News Article - E.C. pols have been frequent fliers in 'Club Fed' program - ROBERT CANTRELL



E.C. pols have been frequent fliers in 'Club Fed' program
NWI Times
June 01, 2011
nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/east-chicago/e-c-pols-have-been-frequent-fliers-in-club-fed/article_51d0a74d-3e31-5ebb-8d48-b1455be7eec0.html


EAST CHICAGO | If misery loves company, former Mayor George Pabey is feeling the love.

Pabey is set to report today to the Oxford Federal Correctional Institution in Wisconsin to begin a five-year sentence for stealing city funds. He bought a home in Gary's Miller Beach neighborhood, remodeled it with governments funds and flipped it back on the market for twice the price.

He is among scores of East Chicago pols, city employees and merchants who have been convicted of public corruptions in the past four decades. Seven of them did their time at Oxford, too.

Pabey wouldn't need reminding that 46 of this ethically challenged multitude were caught manipulating absentee-ballot voting to cheat Pabey of victory in the 2003 mayoral primary. The Indiana Supreme Court overturned that fraudulent election, and Pabey won the next round in 2004 to become mayor.

Lavones Tolbert, a former city councilman, was the highest-ranking official to pay for the vote fraud, earning 30 days on probation. The rest were city cops, firefighters, school employees, city vendors and other assorted small fry, few of whom did time in prison.

But this East Chicago heritage goes further back in time and up the ladder.

Dr. John B. Nicosia, who served as East Chicago mayor from 1963 to 1971, was convicted in 1979 of a cover-up of $1 million in kickbacks delivered in connection with a city sewer project.

Nicosia, who maintained his innocence, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but the sentence later was suspended because of his failing health. He died soon after.

Glenn Kuipers, a former executive director of East Chicago's Tri-City Mental Health Center, and Noah Atterson Spann, a former county commissioner from the city, were indicted in the late 1980s for bribery and bilking taxpayers in connection with publicly buying an East Chicago nursing home at an exorbitant price.

Kuipers and his wife entered the federal witness protection program after he pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against Spann, who went to prison in 1988. He finished his sentence 11 years later, was hired by former Mayor Robert Pastrick to run his 1999 re-election campaign and later was named director of community services.

Vincent Kirrin, a longtime East Chicago power broker who boasted of his ability to "make and break" Lake County politicians, was convicted and sentenced in 1991 to three years for mail fraud in connection with providing janitorial services at the County Government Complex.

Sidewalk scandal scored big
A quiet spell was broken by a super-outbreak of corruption during the 1999 municipal election when Pastrick and the City Council spent $24 million to pave new sidewalks, curbs, private driveways and parking lots and, in at least one case, an entire backyard, as well as trim trees for residents, in return for votes for their re-election.

The concrete-for-votes convictions between 2004 and 2005 laid low the following:

Frank Kollintzas, former city councilman, fled to exile in Greece days before he was sentenced to 11 years.

Joe De La Cruz, former city councilman, six years.

Edwardo Maldonado, former city controller, is still serving a 130-month sentence at the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth, Minn.

Adrian Santos, a former city councilman, 33 months.

Jose Valdez Jr., a former city parks superintendent, 33 months.

Pedro Porras, former city engineer, 27 months.

Joel Markovich, former county councilman and city vendor, 18 months.

Randall Artis, former city councilman, 27 months.

Terrance Artis, a brother to Randall, five months.

Four city vendors received probation in return for their cooperation against Kollintzas, De La Cruz, Maldonado, Santos, Valdez and Porras, who collectively were called the Sidewalk Six.

Pastrick never was convicted of criminal wrongdoing, but he was ordered last year by a federal judge to pay $108 million in damages after he and 15 former city officials and contractors were named in a civil racketeering suit that declared his administration to be a corrupt enterprise.

Kevin Pastrick, a son of the former mayor, and his childhood friend, Peter Manous, a former chairman of the state Democratic Party, were convicted and imprisoned about the same time for bribing a union official to buy land in the Coffee Creek development near Chesterton.

James Fife III, a former special assistant to former mayor Pastrick, was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the concrete-for-votes case, but went to prison in an unrelated tax fraud case that also dragged down former North Township Trustee G. Greg Cvitkovich between 2005 and 2006.

Edward Samuels, a former deputy city police chief, and Miguel "Mike" Arredondo, a former city building commissioner, were placed on probation for a ghost-employment scheme in which they were paid for security guard duty they didn't perform.

Robert Cantrell, a former East Chicago Republican city chairman, is still serving a 78-month fraud sentence in Ashland, Ky.

06012011 - News Article - Kouts murder-suicide leaves parents dead, son homeless


Kouts murder-suicide leaves parents dead, son homeless
Post-Tribune (IN)
June 1, 2011
www.newsbank.com

As the burnt house smoldered Tuesday, nine hours after the fire, Porter County Sheriff’s Police were still investigating the apparent firebombing death of a Kouts woman at the hands of her estranged husband.

Police responded to 1269 S. County Road 200E in Pleasant Township in rural Kouts, at approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday for a domestic disturbance that claimed the lives of Frederick Miller, 59, and his wife, Cheryl Miller, 52, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said.

Police said the husband came to the residence and threw a flammable device through a window. The man’s estranged wife and the couple’s 19-year-old son, J.J., were home at the time. The son was able to escape and called police after hearing several gunshots from near the residence, police said.

The Millers lived on a dead-end gravel road. The nearest neighbor’s house cannot be seen from their residence.

When police arrived, they saw the residence fully engulfed in flames, and found Cheryl Miller dead in the driveway. Frederick Miller was also found dead on the property from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a news release.

Family acquaintance Kris Hendrickson, who has known the family for 12 years, said her two sons were friends with J.J. Miller, and her sons were with J.J. late Monday evening. Hendrickson also knew Cheryl Miller as a customer at the post office where Hendrickson works.

“The mom always came into the post office,” Hendrickson said.

Hendrickson said she chatted at length with Cheryl Miller during the woman’s frequent post office trips.

Harris said an autopsy on both will likely take place Wednesday, but it appears both Millers died from gunshot wounds in a murder-suicide.

In April, Frederick Miller was removed from the home by police, a Porter County Sheriff’s Department release noted.

According to the Porter County Clerk’s Office, Cheryl Miller applied for a protective order from her husband. A Porter County judge granted her the order in April and declared the husband be removed from the residence. The couple filed for divorce April 13.

Cpl. Larry Laflower, public information officer for Porter County Sheriff’s Department, said protective orders are common when couples who file for divorce have a violent relationship.

Porter County Sheriff’s Department detectives are handling the investigation, along with the Porter County Coroner’s Office.

Caption: Deadly scene: Porter County Sheriff’s Police detective Bill Young (left) and Kevin Cusic work the scene of a murder-suicide Tuesday in rural Kouts. Authorites believe Cheryl Miller, 52, was shot to death by her estranged husband Frederick, 59, after he firebombed their Pleasant Township home. Miller then shot himself. The couple’s son was able to escape and call police. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media Andy Lavalley