CRRIMINAL COMPLAINT FILED BY THE GRIFFIN’S TO THE STATE’S ATTORNEY.

PARTIAL LISTING OF VIOLATIONS OF MY CIVIL RIGHTS. Specifically the right of redress of grievances, the Right of Equal Justice Under the Law and Aggravated Stalking as a Matter of Public Policy, see Fla. Statute 784.048 (1) and (3). Provided to the State’s Attorney.
The statute says the definition of Harassment is to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person which causes substantial emotional distress to that person and serves no legitimate purpose.
The statute says that a course of conduct means a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time which evidences a continuity of purpose. The term does not include constitutionally protected activity.
The statute says that a credible threat means a verbal or nonverbal threat, or combination of the two including threats delivered by electronic communications or implied by a pattern of conduct which places the person who is the target of the threat in reasonable fear for his or her safety or the safety of his or her family members or individuals closely associated with the person which is made with the apparent ability to carry out the threat to cause such harm.
Point (3) of the Aggravated stalking statute says A person who willfully, maliciously and repeatedly follows, harasses or cyberstalks another person and makes a credible threat to that person commits the offense of aggravated stalking, a felony of the third degree….
This complaint is against the members of the Town Council of the Town of White Springs, Florida, past and present, the police department of the town of White Springs, past and present, Edward “Robert A.” Miller, Helen Miller, Pam Tomlinson, Shirley Heath, Tracy Rodriguenz, current chief of police, Robert Townsend, former Town Manager, Robert Farley, former Town Manager, Walter McKenzie, long serving council member, an unidentified group of citizens called the “Camel Club” and Mike Harris citizen.
The above people have harassed me since the day I moved into town in 1999 individually and in concert. Before I had spent a night in my new house, the Police threatened to arrest me for my moving van blocking part of the street that I live on. Then the Town harassed me because of my insistence that the Town follow its Land Development Regulations. Additionally the town enacted an ordinance for vehicle parking and gave me approximately 17 tickets, my neighbors 5 tickets and failed to provide any tickets to any other person in violation of the same Municipal Ordinance. This is selective enforcement and is harassment.
Florida Statute 119 requests, 286.011 requirements, 112.313 Ethics complaints, 19 lawsuits filed Pro Se, one lawsuit filed by a third party, 100 citizen complaints and failure to abide by multiple other laws and ordinances have been handled by the Council in the Darkness out of the Sunshine. I suffered the penalty for demanding that the State statutes and Municipal ordinances be followed as written. An example of this wholesale violation of the law is that 100 plus citizen complaints have been filed and not a one, not a single one, has been investigated or found with value. Not a single one was investigated, all were just dismissed as having no value. This is harassment against a citizen petitioning his government for a redress of grievances. One would think that out of a hundred complaints one, just one, would have had some value. But no, the Town of White Springs said no value at all to all.
I have been physically struck by Mr. McKenzie and Mr. Harris separately and the Police Department wouldn’t do anything about it. I have been Baker Acted three times by the town due to my distress at the way and manner in which I was treated. Mr. Harris not only has beaten me and threatened me but has tried, on a couple of occasions, to run over my leashed dog. Again the Police Department wouldn’t do anything about it. My animals have been poisoned (a registered goat) and my house and vehicles have been “attacked” by on and off duty town employees all without us receiving police protection.
Once, owing the town money, my personal property was TAKEN and made inoperable even though a collection agency was under contract to secure the funds. But the town just barged into my house and took my personal property without the collection agency being notified or consulted. They even took my two wheel chairs which I needed. This event of not notifying the collection agency nearly cost us a refinancing on our home to a lower interest rate because the collection agency had not been notified of the settlement of the claim by the town a year after these events. Barging into my home cost the town $4500.00 in fees to the collection company.
I have been threatened with arrest if I attend any town council meeting, a right I cannot exercise without fear. I have actually been arrested five times by the believed to be corrupt Town Police Department. Once the town Manager Townsend called my employer and told my employer that I had been arrested. I was fired from my job. This termination of my employment then led to me to another company. While working for them, I got injured and spent most of a year in the hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. My life has been actually threatened by Ed (Robert A.) Miller (as in I will Kill you) and the police did nothing. I have been the brunt of five letters written by Mr. Miller and distributed by his wife, the Mayor, and him to most businesses in Town and to every customer of the Sewer and Water Service. My wife and I were told point blank that if our house started burning down or we were in need of an ambulance that we would “wait and wait and wait” for help to arrive, a threat we take seriously. One policeman actually told us once if we needed an ambulance that it would be better for us to drive to the hospital because help would not arrive. Again the police did nothing to protect us.
We believe two elections have been stolen from us by voter fraud by the town officials. FDLE, at the behest of the Florida Elections Fraud Commission, is investigating one of these. We, as a town, are a Weak Mayor form of government. Yet when my wife and I raised concerns that the Mayor was violating the town charter by assuming too much power and then her stealing town funds, the harassment only got worse. The Council became more entrenched against us and the Camel Club got more vocal and virulent in its attacks on us.
There are a multitude of other threats to my wife’s and my safety and that of our home and property. For 15 years for me and 3 plus for my wife the town has harassed us because of our constant reminders that the laws need to be enforced equally on all people. The threats really became severe when my wife and I started a Blog to bring Sunshine, illumination and transparency to the town and its multiple illegal and immoral activities. Weekly the Camel Club and its supporters, Mayor Helen Miller, Vice Mayor Walter McKenzie and Police Chief Tracy Rodriguenz, (all of whom know who the members of the Camel Club are) hold my wife and me up for harassment. The Camel Club and the Mayor’s husband have told us multiple times to move out of town, the town doesn’t want us. The town is in league with the Camel Club to criminally harass us. Who the members of the Camel Club are is yet to be determined.
We definitely have been harassed. We have definitely have endured severe emotional distress. The Town’s actions serve no legitimate purpose. It is not for the town to exact punishment for any crime we may have committed. . We definitely have received and have endured the town’s creditable assaults and threats of assaults. The Town and its “Friends” have definitely acted maliciously and repeatedly in their harassment of us. We have received aggravated harassment by the Town of White Springs and its supporters as a longstanding continuity of purpose of Municipal Policy of the Town. The aggravation is in the actions of arrest, Baker Acting, threats of arrest, lack of police and fire oversight and damage to personal property. If the Law requires it, and I or my wife complains about the law not being followed, the town will not enforce the Law by conscious and willful design. The town and its friends (the Camel Club and its supporters) have harassed us for demanding that the laws be followed. This using of a public office, public funds and public assets to affect an illegal purpose is a violation of Florida Statute 112.313. This singling me and my wife out for harassment and threats has got to stop. The behavior is a crime and a felony and has been going on for 15 years. Please stop it…

FIRE ASSESSMENT A GOOD IDEA, I BELIEVE…

One of the ideas “floating around” is the imposition of a FIRE ASSESSMENT FEE on all of the 450 parcels of land in the town. We know that the town has 230 some odd users of the water and sewer system and it is believed but can’t be proven without asking Pam, a fool’s errand, what the exact number is. Of that 230 let’s say that 10 of them are absentee owners of unimproved or unoccupied property. But to make the math easier let’s say that there are 250 properties that use the sewer system.
That leaves 200 properties that pay little or no taxes at all yet if an empty lot caught fire from vandalism, fire spill over from another property or any other reason the property would still have fire department “protection”. This is a possible use of a community asset, the fire department, without a paying for the service.
Now a tax assessment, say raising taxes on the properties 10% wouldn’t cut it. 10% of zero is still zero. But a Fire Assessment on each property in town, yours, mine, the absent land owners, etc, would be fair to help pay for the fire protection each of use might possibly use.

I suggest an assessment of $100.00 per property per year. That would raise $45,000.00 for the fire department. Couple that with the $17,000 that the town gets, and now steals, for the Fire Department from the County Commission and you have $62,000.00 for the fire department budget, independent of the town’s general fund.
With that money we could hire a professional fire chief (not that Mr. Stith is not qualified) and an assistant for $45,000 and one Helper at $12,000 or $57,000.00 per year. That would leave us $5000 to fund the volunteers for going out on fires and being first responders.
The assessment makes sense ONLY if the Money hungry tax and spend Town Council can keep its hands off of the funds.

If they can’t then I am opposed to the idea. If the assessment can be structured to benefit the Fire Department and only the Fire Department then I am for the idea. Everybody pays their “FAIR SHARE” of the costs of a professional Fire Department. The purpose of the assessment, unlike the Sewer Tax, is not to boost the general fund, which the council squanders with abandon. But to IMPROVE the fire department. Joe Griffin

WHAT DO THE FOLLOWING FIVE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?

Howard McKire, Clewiston, Florida
Alan Hoover, Plessis NY
Doris Cooper, Lake Butler, Florida
Mike Johnson, Jasper, Florida
Charles Edwards, White Springs, Florida
I’ll tell you in a minute but first some history is in order. In the July 2014 Council meeting Pam is quoted as saying that the AVERAGE Sewer and Water Bill for the Town of White Springs was $44.45. This seemed ridiculously low to me since mine is over $85.00 and we use less than 3000 gallons a month of water. So, under Florida Statute 119, I asked for five bills that were lower than Pam’s average of $44.45. After a month of her bickering that she didn’t have to turn over the requested bills and 15, count them, 15 secondary 119 requests for the information with state statute, Government in the Sunshine Manual quotes, case law quotes and downright pleading she finally DID HER JOB and turned over the requested documents.
The five people listed above used less than, a lot less than, 1000 gallons minimum. In fact two of them used no water at all. And their water bills averaged, for the five of them the minimum of $66.62. Now to be fair to Pam, we must “back out” the garbage fee, of $21.13 giving us a balance of $45.49 per person for the five people listed above.
Please note that this figure, $45.49 is ABOVE what Pam says is the AVERAGE for all users. If the lowest user is higher than the average the average must be above $44.45. It is simple math and it, the statement on the minutes given to the Council, is a BOLD FACED LIE. But what would one expect? The town as a whole wouldn’t know and most importantly wouldn’t tell the truth even if they knew it.
And it took me 15 identical requests in a month to get this information. What a crock of bull hockey. You want to know why I file so many 119 requests. This is the classic reason. Joe Griffin

Just my opinion but does the council have a screw loose in how they treat our Fire personnel.

From the August 19th Budget Meeting:

 

 

Fire Department – The largest cut was in capital outlay because the entire fire department budget operated off it for the past few years.  Now it is gone and there is no carry over like in the past.  Bill would like to see an increase in membership for the department.  Mayor Miller stated the contributions should be included in the budget as a revenue.  Andrew explained why it should not be included in the budget, but the council disagreed.

 

I guess I just do not understand a Town that thinks so poorly  of its Fire Department.  The worse thing which happened was when the Town became involved with the Fire Department in the first place and that was to take money from them because they were short in the General Fund.

Does the Town not realize the importance of a strong Fire Department?   How are we to get volunteers if the Town Council won’t do anything for its fire fighters?  We need maintenance money for our fire trucks and payments to the firefighters who help protect us.  The council and especially the Mayor has spent money recklessly for their personal prestige and personal gain.  What on earth are you thinking?  Plus the town receives $17,000 a year from Hamilton County for our fire suppression services.  What do you use that for councilpersons?

I thought it was bad when the Mayor bickered about $80 to pay our firefighter.  I couldn’t believe she was so “blonde” that she did not understand.  But I believe she understood well.  While our Fire Department did what they had to keep our rating so that all of us did not have to pay a couple of hundred bucks a month more on insurance, we have a council that has no understanding of its true importance.

  Any additional money which is made by the Fire Department should stay in a special fund for the fire department.  We would be happy to contribute in many ways to help the fire department as would others in this town.  But I’ll be damned if I would help the greedy officials of the town with any money or assistance.  We love our fire department and it saddens us that the Town officials are officially thieves.

  I have never been as angry at our stupid council members as I am today.  You have true heroes who are willing to save our lives and protect our property and you don’t allow them to keep contributions to have other volunteers by helping them with schooling and uniforms.

You, our council members, are not only dimwitted about what is necessary in our small town but are unbelievably ignorant of how a town should be run.  Yes, Mayor, spend our citizens money on FLOW so you can get your photo ops but to help build our fire department, you obviously couldn’t give a damn.  I think you are really sad and now I believe Madame Mayor, what others have told me.  Your biggest job in life was to be an Administrative Assistant, where most of us had valued jobs such as officers of companies, managers and high-end salespeople.  You need to meet the needs of the people and at that you really do not give a damned.

You, Madame Mayor and Vice-Mayor McKenzie only care about who will kiss your butt next and frankly this is getting old.   Do the town a favor and resign.  Our town would better be run by the county.   You have done nothing to help our town!

Karin

THE BUDGET – GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS.

First the good news. William Lawrence, the town manager, proposed a budget that is $250,000 less than last year’s budget. Now the bad news. What that means is that we, as a town lead by a tax and spend Council (Democrats all) wasted a quarter of a million dollars last year, money that wasn’t needed to be spent. But the “spend happy” Mayor and Vice Mayor coupled with the “go along get along” rest of the Council allowed it to happen. And this year, the Council could have left the increase in last year’s budget and LOWERED the sewer bills. But NO, the Sewer rate stays higher than the average family can afford. So much for looking out for the citizens.
And lest we forget, this is not the first time a quarter of a million dollars has been wasted by this Mayor and Vice Mayor. See the sidewalk to nowhere and the park that no one uses. AND then the amphitheater project, another quarter of a million dollar boondoggle, that didn’t do anything for the town. But the voters have allegedly spoken and this is what we get. Shame on us. Some of us have tried only to have the election stole right out from underneath the nose of the citizens. Joe Griffin….