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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 18, 2012 at 11:12pm

kudos mr cooper. they attack ward about the fireing range? ward was in the army! probably spent more time on the range than bruce spent sober!

Comment by John M Cooper on May 18, 2012 at 11:04pm

Mr. Hutto, I have to say that pre-employment screening is not taking place as in the case with Mr. Scott (Charges were filed & witnesses present at the bar)...(problems continued in England), the latest deputy fired for falling asleep while taking a "phone report" had a previous history and was terminated by Sheriff Mask (drug problem) yet re-hired by Sheriff Pennington.  It seems that once something occurs the "brotherhood" is just relieved but law enforement certificates not pulled so they can move to other departments.  As for the FOP endorsement...brotherhood helping a candidate that is desperate and down in the numbers.  The FOP said of the law officers that Mr. Ward has arround him are not fit for law enforcement...really??  I have met Mr. Ward and his friends 1) Tony Coffman (spelling) was the previous Police Chief of Bryant that was very well liked and respected in the community. 2) EJ Harris was a federal us marshall (retired) and I don't know anything bad about him but I do know another Marshall that had no bad words to say about him.  What makes them unfit for law enforcement?  No other officers were around him so am I missing someone?  The FOP offered up aligations of Mr. Ward making threats... what were they and where is the proof?  I see him pushing off attacks and threats constantly by you, your friends and the Penningtons family on facebook and in person. My wife and I were at the Bryant voting location today to vote and was talking to Mr. Ward when a white SUV came by with a Pennington magnet and a passenger in the back yelled "A$%hole" out the window.  I asked him who that was and he said it was the Sheriffs personal SUV but not sure who the younger guy in the back was.  My wife was shocked but not me as I have been reading the facebook posts from you guys.  I never see a bad word he has said as of yet.  I for one could care less what a few 3 or 4 board members (brotherhood friends) on an FOP (whatever that is) board that chose to attack Mr. Ward like the rest of you and try to revive a do nothing Sheriff because you can't stand the fact that change is coming on Tuesday.  The FOP is only towing the line for Chief Kirk Lane (the boss man) who can't stand that Mrs. Ives is supporting Ward (wonder why).  As for (2) Republicans running... I don't think so.  Mr. Ward is the only Republican with enough balls to fight the establishment (stood up to the fairplex tax, Milligan, Meyer among other things and people) and run for the office of Sheriff to continue fighting for the people.  Don't forget that your Sheriff switched party (turncoat) just 6 months ago and thinks he can hoodwink the Republicans like he did the Democrats but we all know the majority will support the party loyal Ward who has been faithful for a while and proved himself time and again.  I asked Mr. Ward about LRPD statement you made and he told me that Officer Russell of Benton PD made that aligation (brotherhood FOP guy yet again...towing the line for Chief (boss) Lane.  The FOP made a statement that they could only work with the current Sheriff...what a crazy statement as they will work with whomever the people put in office like it or not (he is coming).  Unions typically don't back Republicans anyway...especially one that is a Tea Party favorite and establishment fighting machine like Mr. Ward. 

You stated that people can not "TRUST" Mr. Ward.  Customers from one end of the state to the other in more than 60 cities "TRUST" him  People that he has helped from the kindness of his heart by being a community minded person giving of his time and resources "TRUST" him .  His wife and family "TRUST" him and they seem very willing to help him.  His friends "TRUST" him . The Army "TRUSTED" him.  I "TRUST" him.  The good ole boy brotherhood F.O.P. (Friends of Pennington) that do not "TRUST" him concerns me "NOT".  I am a citizen who needed my Sheriff when my valuables were taken from me and my family.  I asked for my Sheriff to investigate the crime but only got a phone report.  I did not require my Sheriff to solve the case but I did require him to try.  I am a voter and I have picked a new Sheriff that I can "TRUST" to protect me.  


Now let's take a look at your candidate and his sidekick (summarize if you will):

Pennington; Talk about unstable...Terminated from State Police for driving while drunk, stole money from people that worked under him, hanging out with known gang bangers wanted for questioning in a double homicide, stalking his wife, demoted before being terminated.  He was later allowed to retire only upon filing a lawsuit by saying his meds were to blame but they took 33% of his retirement away and sent him on his way.  Now he has been Sheriff and his job performance is lacking by big numbers.  But not to worry because the FOP (Friends of Pennington) came to his rescue by saying that his drug arrest rate is down by 68% becasue he works with several agencies and doesn't always get the credit he deserves.  So you mean that the other agencies were so greedy that they gave him no credit at all?  At 68% I am certain that is not true aside the fact that Mr. Pennington has said numerous times in public that the reason was because he has put them "ALL" in prison.  Someone is confused but I am not. 

Chief Deputy Bill Fields; Filed business and personal bankruptcy two years ago and had no law enforcement experience when he was hired for this job 11 years ago...not one ounce but yall didn't cry foul then. Why is he the "Chief Deputy" when he can't manage a budget nor did he have previous experience before his appointment by Mr. Mask?  Maybe he did a good job and he now has experience.  Was it because yall gave him a chance to hold the title without blasting him every chance you get?

Comment by Heather Brown on May 18, 2012 at 11:02pm
Casey is it your quest in life to stalk me. Everything you say is directed to me. as if I am the only person posting or making a statement. LEAVE ME ALONE STOP STALKING ME ON HERE!!!!
Comment by Casey Smith on May 18, 2012 at 10:47pm


Ms. Ives is on here telling everyone to thier face that Pennington lied. I know hes heard about it and still has not come here to discuss it. She is the legacy of what Saline County Corruption has done, and if she takes a stand against someone in this county, then I would take notice. Shes been lied to by more law enforcment people than anyone else in this county, I would say that pretty much makes her a expert by now. And for you to question someone when you have no clue what they have been though is crazy .... I have no words for how this mother may feel, but shes made it clear to me that SCSO are ignoring her. Even on here they try to "pass the buck" by saying she should go to the FBI with it. I cant believe the SCSO would say such a thing, they should be the ones working with the FBI, not telling citizens to go do their work. YOu want to talk about disgusting............

Comment by DAP on May 18, 2012 at 10:17pm

Heather, I've had the same thoughts.  You only have to read a few excerpts from the files to get the idea that this is a deep rooted cover up.  I'm not speaking for Mrs. Ives; she doesn't even know me, but I would be willing to say that she wouldn't be near as passionate in her campaign against Pennington had he not lied to her. 

Comment by Heather Brown on May 18, 2012 at 10:02pm
John. STOP categorizing every law official as a bad person. That sickens me.
Comment by Heather Brown on May 18, 2012 at 10:00pm
How does anyone know first hand what is or isn't being done. This case went well above city and county law enforcement and if memory serves me correct Mr. Pennington was no around when it happened. I am deeply saddened for Ms.Ives and I do pray for her peace but this case has left many people deceased so why would you make any of your efforts to slice this case a big public story? Answers have to come from the top Governors, senators, FBI and so forth that left this case go cold. the hard truth in the matter is that so many lost their lives due to a corrupt system steming from much more than you local sheriffs department. May God give everyone involved in this tragedy peace.
Comment by John Publius on May 18, 2012 at 9:55pm

the fop are bought and paid for with jobs at sheriffs dept. lose youir job at benton, (lantz smith) get one at sheriffs dept. no wonder they back bruce, employer of last resort, eh bill?

Comment by DAP on May 18, 2012 at 9:53pm

Dramatic quest for attention?  Katee, this lady's son was murdered and the county officials whose salaries SHE is paying for through paid taxes are lying to her face about working this case.  As a tax paying citizen, she has a right to campaign against Pennington.  Mrs. Ives is questioning Pennington's decision making, no more, no less.  What mature opinion would you give for Pennington telling her he was working it when in fact, he was not?  Seriously...I'd really like a mature opinion.

Comment by Heather Brown on May 18, 2012 at 9:42pm
I posted this on another blog. You all keep refering to the sheriff officeand deputies as a whole. You have been putting them down as a whole and trying to make all of them seem like bad people as a whole especially if they work for or under Pennington. I can assure you this is not the case at all. My husband has missed Christmas's, birthdays and other major events in our lives because he was spending his day taking care of inmates. Numerous nights he has left our home to check on an inmate with health issues. He spends his nights on an ambulance helping to save the lives of the very people who ate locked up. My husband is a good man who loves God and his family. Who risks his life everyday in the country jail and on an ambulance and he respects sheriff Pennington and so do I. If a man makes sure his staff has new uniforms and protective vest so they can go home safe to their family at night than I can respect him. If he can be out in the county risking his life on traffic stops I can respect him If the FOP. backs him then I can respect him but when the man I love choses to back sheriff Pennington than I put my respect and vote for him because my husband is a man of integrity and if he respects and believes he is the best candidate then so do I.

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