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I have long been concerned about whether or not our sheriff's, past and present, run a background check on the officers they hire.  In a recent meeting with Mike Frost, this topic came up.  I questioned whether it made sense to have a detective who had been arrested in the past for selling drugs out of a Benton PD squad car.  In response to my question, I was given a sermon on forgiveness. 

Likewise, the fact that another current employee, who appears  to be an administrator of Pennington's Bruce4Sheriff website, also has a "checkered" past.  I just don't understand how you can expect respect for an administration that doesn't mind that their deputies have a criminal background. 

For Henry, who does not like to read documents, I will summarize:

On July 18, 2005, Richard Scott, Saline County Deputy Sheriff, was arrested for 3rd degree domestic battery.  The investigating officer wrote in his report that Scott was drinking at a bar in Little Rock where his X-wife was a waitress.  Scott wanted her to enter a wet shirt contest and she refused.  He became angy and punched her in the left eye where she had visible injuries.  The officer states that Scott was visibly intoxicated.  He was transported to jail.

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Comment by John Publius on May 6, 2012 at 11:17pm

Casey, they should leave no stone unturned to solve this crime. It reminds me of the lead they had on the traskwood murder. There was a misspelling of the name so they gave up. Shame on them.

Comment by Casey Smith on May 6, 2012 at 11:15pm

Can someone answer a simple question on here for me. Why is it when I go to Penningtons campaign site thier is no list of items he wants to accomplish in this next term. When I go to Wards site it has a huge list of things we would all like to see get done?

Comment by Casey Smith on May 6, 2012 at 11:11pm

Thank you Mr. Publius,

This is the attitude I do not want to see in our Sheriff’s Department. Why would a department in our county tell someone to go somewhere else to get help? Is it because they are not competent enough to do the investigation themself? I want to know that if a crime happens in my county that my Sheriff will do everything to get to the bottom of it. For to many years the Sheriffs have shoved Ms. Ives to other people instead of doing what they are hired to do. I hope you get what you need with a new Sheriff Ms. Ives because no one should ever go through the games you have had to go though with our law enforcement.

Comment by John Publius on May 6, 2012 at 10:39pm

Mr. Hutto shame on you. The citizens of the County have a vested interest in solving ALL CRIME, ESPECIALLY VIOLENT CRIME, ESPECIALLY VIOLENT CRIME AGAINST CHILDREN. So you would advise Linda to go back to the FBI, to a private investigator? Did you read Linda's post why she supports Ward? What are you saying? Solve this crime yourself? I 've said it before and I say it again, you must be tired, if the department won't follow up on the leads for an unsolved murder, what will you do? I will go further, the guilt and depression of not pursuing every lead in this case should lie at the departments door, not at the Ives door. Shame on you. You should be gone for stupidity.

Comment by Chris on May 6, 2012 at 10:07pm

No, I don't carry copies of his paperwork. I suppose that wrecked vehicle is also a falsehood......... Just totally made up. Never happened. Had nothing to do with his departure...




Kinda curious.... What decisions are you referring too that he did not like?

Comment by Linda Ives on May 6, 2012 at 9:57pm

Chris -- Ward was not fired - he was a reserve deputy under Mask -- he quit because he did not like decisions being made by Bill Fields.  Do you have any proof that he was fired / copies of disciplinaries, etc.?  If so, I would like to see them.

Comment by Chris on May 6, 2012 at 9:36pm

Still curious about the views on Ward's departure as a Deputy.

Comment by Linda Ives on May 6, 2012 at 9:27pm

To Richard Scott -- I would just like to say I am not unsympathetic with your situation, and I certainly respect the fact that you have learned from your mistakes.  I believe you have shown more humanity and maturity than a number of your older counterparts -- maybe they will learn some things from you.

Comment by Bill M Hutto on May 6, 2012 at 9:17pm

Linda Ives:  NO ONE has a more vested interest in your case than you!  I cannot fathom the depression and guilt of not having this case closed. 

I feel that you really need to appeal this matter to the FBI or higher as that was the last agency that handled that case or I would invest into an Independent private Investigator to do a better job. 

Casey Smith and I do not see eye to eye on this subject BUT the 4 years Bruce has been in office has been a very productive and smooth transition to working with the QC and local agencies.  I could care less about past problems with BOTH Bruce and Ward.

As an officer Bruce has proven to me he a good leader.  Now should Ward win....Ward has to prove to be a good leader to ME and the other certified LEO.  I have nothing to prove to him as my record stands on its own.  I am a strong worker BUT word is that as soon as Ward gets in I will be gone.  Not a leader in my world.

Linda, I feel for you and your quest.  I hope that someday you will have the answers and peace in your heart.  I have no beef with you.  God Bless you.

Comment by Linda Ives on May 6, 2012 at 9:13pm

Heather -- the documents were redacted by the FBI before being released under FOI.  Believe me, I want to know the same things you want to know.  

In reference to the FBI documents, I would say that, as with any investigation, and life in general, just because somebody says it doesn't make it true.  The document that lists law enforcement officers has another page to it which lists the names of 12 witnesses who gave similar corroborating information -- and if I remember correctly, had been polygraphed. 

For anyone who is interested, and not already a member, there is a FB page entitled "Justice for Kevin Ives and Don Henry" on which I have uploaded 80 or so documents. This is not my page, -- it belongs to Meghan Tidwell who, at the time she created it, lived in TN -- she has just returned from Afghanistan.    If you wish to be a member to view the documents, just request membership and I will see that you are added to the group.  The documents are in the "pictures" section as they blew up better there making them easier to read.  I noticed they are a little hard to read on here.

Heather -- Ward has not promised me he would solve this case --that is not a promise that can be made by anyone in good faith.    If he hires officers whose conduct is the same as those they are arresting and putting in prison, or if he lies to me, or is willing to look the other way in this case,  you may be sure he will find himself in the same boat as Pennington.

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