Seems that Police Chief Wes Snyder’s idea of romance is sucking back a bottle of brandy and then banging his girlfriend on the floor of a storage shed. And they say the sensitive types are going out of style. (An Aside: You remember what the man said, Wes? “One day a strong wind will blow […]
In October, we reported that Sheriff Jim Ruth and Chief Deputy Wayne Bird had called a secret campaign meeting at the BCSO garage. Jim Ruth is running for re-election and the meeting was about maximizing taxpayer-funded BCSO resources to support his re-election campaign. Wayne Bird laid out the plan: BCSO commanders would attend all community […]
Looks like Sheriff Jim Ruth and Chief Deputy Wayne Bird are prepared to do anything to win re-election in the upcoming Sheriff’s race, including appropriating tax money and taxpayer-funded resources to support Jim Ruth’s campaign. HTC has learned Ruth and Bird called a secret campaign meeting on Monday (Oct. 14) with their majors and captains […]
A few months ago former Bradley County Sheriff’s Captain Jimmy Woody was caught with his pants down, using his position as head of the BCSO’s Criminal Investigation Division to hide evidence in exchange for sexual favors from a well-known, 20-year-old cop groupie. Of course, our sources tell us this isn’t the first time Jimmy “the […]
Folks, this news is so breaking, you’ll think it’s a Waffle House egg … Sheriff Jim Ruth and Co-Sheriff Wayne Bird are shaking it up over at the BCSO. Nobody, and we mean nobody, knows about this stuff (hats off to the boys at the Garage, we owe you drinks). Captain Brian Quinn of Patrol […]
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Posted on 06 December 2013
Following is the sequence of events surrounding the breaking story of the fall of Police Chief Wes Snyder as it appeared on our FaceBook page. As usual, we were first with the story. And, also as usual, our detractors called us liars and said we were wrong about the chief. For the record then, here is how the Snyder story first broke …
On Dec. 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm, HTC FB broke the Snyder story thusly:
CHIEF OF POLICE WES SNYDER IS OUT!
CPD Chief Wes Snyder was called into City Manager Janice Casteel’s office this morning before lunch and given the option to resign or be fired. After giving it some thought, Snyder chose to resign.
Sources tell us Snyder was caught on video drinking and driving after partying with a woman he is said to have been carrying on a long-term sexual relationship (we choose not to identify her at this time).
Snyder’s tenure as police chief has been marked by drug use, lawlessness and sexual misconduct throughout the department, including officers having sex with minor girls as young as 13.
No word yet on who Snyder’s replacement will be.
Although that account was a bit lurid (the HTC FB crew are a tad more dramatic than we are here at the HTC website), it was spot-on accurate. The following day, after giving it further consideration, HTC FB decided to reveal the name of the woman.
On Dec. 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm, in response to a reader’s comment saying we should reveal who the woman is, HTC FB wrote:
… Mainstreet Cleveland is a non-profit organization funded by “both the private and public sector.” Snyder’s girlfriend, Sharon Marr, is the director of Mainstreet Cleveland.
And we posted this link to Mainstreet Cleveland: http://www.saghost.com/mainstreet2/story.html
About 30 minutes later (give or take), HTC FB posted an update on the story written by Judy Walton of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, revealing Marr’s name and giving more details:
CLEVELAND CHIEF CAUGHT IN LOVE NEST
by Judy Walton
Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder’s sudden retirement may be linked to the discovery of a love nest in a warehouse unit rented to MainStreet Cleveland.
The Cleveland Police Department this afternoon released an incident report dated Dec. 4 in which officers recovered a video showing MainStreet Cleveland Executive Director Sharon Marr entering and spending about 90 minutes in a rental unit with a “white man in a brown suit” who arrived with her in her car.
Cleveland police spokeswoman Evie West this afternoon confirmed the man was identified as Snyder.
Marr could not be reached for comment this afternoon.
Officers admitted to the unit by the warehouse owner found a rug, blankets and pillows and a bottle of brandy, according to the police report.
Snyder submitted his retirement letter Friday.
This may seem like a lot of rigmarole just to reiterate a story that we’ve already told on FaceBook, but we do so for two reasons:
1. Every time we break a story about the unbelievably skanky and/or criminal behavior of public officials in Cleveland/Bradley, we get attacked and labeled as mean-spirited liars who don’t know what we’re talking about. And in every instance we are vindicated when the affiliate news stations finally pick the stories up (The Cleveland Daily Banner always being last to get on-board, or not at all). And, frankly, we’re tired of being called mean-spirited liars by people who actually are mean-spirited liars.
2. Google won’t pick our stories up from FaceBook, so we wanted to roll it over to the website where Google will pick it up. A little self-indulgent self-promotion on our part, but when people Google “Wes Snyder” or related topics, we want HometownCleveland.com to appear in the feed.
Posted on 03 August 2013
According to NeighborhoodScout.com, a website that keeps up with such info, out of 100 of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. with populations of 25,000 or more, Cleveland ranks 70th.
We will repeat that: Wes Snyder’s Cleveland is the 70th most dangerous city of its size in the country. Dum da dum dum.
According to the website, your chances of becoming a victim of violent crime in the entire state of Tennessee is one in 164. In Cleveland it’s one in 95. Your chances of becoming a victim of property crime in Tennessee is one in 28. In Cleveland it’s one in 18.
Now we’ll say right off the bat, Snyder could probably reduce both violent crimes and property crimes by simply dealing with the gang problem that he says doesn’t exist. All you have to do is count the tags (gang signs) around town and add up the bangers in lock-up to know it definitely does exist. But hey ~ that’s just us.
One thing we noticed, the website gave the population of Cleveland as 41,723; whereas the official Cleveland website, Clevelandtn.gov, puts that number at 41,285. That’s a difference of 438 people, but it’s possible those 438 people moved to the county for some reason or other, or left the area altogether, we don’t know. But NeighborhoodScout.com claims their figures are based on FBI stats. Maybe they know something we don’t.
So ends another episode of Cleveland: Danger City, USA.
Dum da dum dum.
Posted on 30 July 2013
(Following is a reprint of the original Westwood Baptist sex cops story written by investigative reporter J. Michael Leonard for the now defunct Bradley News Weekly and published on September 3, 2003. Lee Reese was the chief of police at that time and this story proved to be the spark that ignited “Reesegate” and led to Reese being fired and replaced by Wes Snyder.)
NEW DETAILS RELEASED ON CPD SEX COP
Practically everyone knows by now the story of the two Cleveland police officers who were allegedly caught having sex in the back of an SUV in the Westwood Baptist Church’s parking lot during the morning of March 15.
In fact, it was the incident at Westwood that proved to be the catalyst in the current controversy and scrutiny surrounding Cleveland Chief of Police Lee Reese. Many questions have been raised regarding the early morning March 15 incident at Westwood, as well as a subsequent incident two months later.
Cleveland City Councilman Tim Gobble was trying to get some answers regarding the two incidents when Reese, according to a statement released to the news media on Aug. 24, turned for help to his friend Jackie Moore, the chief of police in Franklin, Tennessee. Moore told Cleveland Daily Banner editor Larry Bowers on Aug. 22 that he is a “special friend” of Gobble’s female supervisor at the Secret Service, Sara Beth Pulliam.
Moore appealed to Pulliam to intercede on Reese’s behalf and she was reportedly only too happy to help. She summoned Gobble to her office in Nashville on or around Aug. 13 and reportedly gave him the option of quitting the City Council or losing his job with the Secret Service. Gobble chose to leave the Council.
Since that time, the Bradley News Weekly has been working with several sources within the Cleveland Police Department who say they feel the public and the city council is being misled about the seriousness of the problems with Reese’s administration.
“The reason I’m talking to you,” one source told us, “is because the CPD has such a bad track record on domestics. I’m putting my job and family on the line to speak out.”
Here is what the Weekly has learned of the two incidents that Gobble was so concerned about in the weeks prior to his resignation.
THE FIRST INCIDENT: EARLY A.M., MARCH 15, 2003
According to sources within the Cleveland Police Department, on March 15, 2003, two CPD police officers (one on-duty married male; one off-duty single female) pulled into the parking lot of the Westwood Baptist Church around 4:00 in the morning. The female was driving an SUV; the male officer was in a CPD patrol car.
The male officer got out of his vehicle and joined the female officer in the back of the SUV.
A female marathon runner who lives nearby happened to be on Westwood’s jogging/walking track at the time. She saw the officers when they arrived, approximately 150 yards away. She saw them get out of their vehicles and climb into the back of the SUV. On her next lap around the track, the witness noticed the SUV rocking.
She stopped and peered through the SUV’s window and saw the two officers, in shadow, in a compromising position. She then interrupted and admonished them. As she continued her run, she saw the two officers get out of the back of the SUV, return to their respective vehicles and leave.
The witness allegedly reported the incident to Lee Reese.
When the male officer’s supervisor heard of the incident and the witness’ report, he recommended the on-duty male officer involved be charged with leaving his sector and “conduct unbecoming an officer.”
Reese told council members there was no evidence the two officers were doing anything but “having coffee.” Therefore, the charge of conduct unbecoming an officer would have seemed unwarranted and was dropped.
The male officer was charged with leaving his zone and suspended for two days. He used two days leave time to cover the suspension.
THE SECOND INCIDENT: MAY 23, 2003
According to sources within the CPD, on May 23, 2003, the male officer involved in the Westwood incident, after an evening of drinking, decided to confess his infidelity to his wife.
The wife did not receive the confession very well and the two got into a heated argument. The wife eventually called the female officer who had also been involved in the Westwood incident and there was an intense argument between the two women over the telephone.
The female officer professed to be in love with the male officer and as the two women argued over the phone, the male officer, who was quite intoxicated by that time, became more and more agitated. He yelled at his wife to get off the phone and, in a state of frustration and rage, allegedly punched holes in the walls of their home and destroyed a dresser. By this time, the couple was in a full-blown domestic situation.
At some point, the officer left the home, on foot, wearing little more than a pair of jogging shorts. After a time, the wife became concerned and contacted a CPD officer who, along with another person from the 911 Call Center, went out to look for him.
The heavily intoxicated officer was located at the Waterville Grocery.
In addition to the responding officer, the officer’s wife and girlfriend also came upon the scene. The responding officer contacted his supervisor, who was working security elsewhere. The supervisor advised the responding officer to defuse the situation by sending everyone home, which he did.
On June 9, a memo was sent through the CPD chain of command, reporting the incident and recommending it be investigated by the Internal Affairs Division (IAD). The memo was reviewed by Reese and Captain Tommy McLain, among others.
On June 10, Reese began the process of sending the investigation through IAD. Shortly after, on that same date, Reese stopped the IAD investigation and the officer was sent for a psyche evaluation instead.
There are many ways the second incident violated the CPD’s own domestic policy 500.44 (which was revised on February 15 of 2003). The fact that no Offense Report went on the record and no supervisor was called to the scene are just two.
When asked about it by Councilman Tim Gobble at the July 28 Cleveland City Council meeting, Reese denied any knowledge of a second incident.
As of press time, the Weekly has learned that the CPD administration has either rewritten Policy 500.44, or is in the process of rewriting Policy 500.44, in an apparent attempt cover for mistakes made during the second incident.
Posted on 28 July 2013
Officer Jennifer McGuire evidently went ballistic on Michigan Avenue last Friday night (July 26), and threatened to commit murder and suicide. During a domestic melt-down, McGuire faced down ten police cars threatening to kill herself and various others until she was subdued and carried away for a “mental evaluation.”
Right now details are sketchy, but be patient ~ eventually the Times Free Press will “break” the story. Yes, as a matter of fact, we are being sarcastic.
The whole cheesy episode sounds like a limp-wristed replay of DTF Bobby Queen’s domestic melt-down back in 2008 (Click). And just like Queen, no charges have been filed against McGuire. If he holds true to form, District Attorney Steve Bebb will fix it so she doesn’t have to face any legal consequences.
If Jennifer McGuire’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she’s the one who was caught “cavorting” with CPD sex cop Bill Hidgon over at First Baptist after she got her car stuck in the mud. Man, talk about flash-backs … anybody remember the CPD sex-cops caught cavorting at Westwood Baptist in 2003? (Click Here) What is it about Baptist church parking lots that attracts CPD perverts? Don’t they realize these are houses of worship?
Meanwhile, what of Cleveland’s crime rate? Is anyone at the CPD at all concerned about that? According to NeighborhoodScout.com, out of 100 of the most dangerous cities in the U.S., Cleveland ranks 70th (Click For Source). Oh, Wes Snyder, that’s quite a legacy you’re leaving for yourself. Guess it’s a family tradition.
Posted on 24 July 2013
Police Chief Wes Snyder and his frat boy cops should have their own reality show. Or maybe we should say, Police Chief Wes Snyder and his frat boy cops are their own reality show.
First, a very abbreviated recap: In 2006, two female prisoners came forward to accuse Cleveland police officer Ross Allen Wooten of having sex with them in November of 2005. After a TBI investigation, Wooten was charged with two counts of official misconduct. In 2007, he was found not guilty in a court of law of at least one of the charges. It was a case of he-said-she-said, and prisoners, female or otherwise, are not the most credible witnesses.
End of story.
Oops. Not quite.
HTC has learned that Wooten once again has the TBI sniffing around him, and the story is a familiar one. According to a source close to the case, Wooten has been suspended from the CPD pending further investigation. He has been accused of “returning to a crime scene and forcing himself” on a female there. The good news is, the female is said to be “of age.” Looks like Snyder still doesn’t have his guys under control, but at least they’re hitting on grown-ups.
Posted on 22 July 2013
In 2003, long-simmering discontent, favoritism and misbehavior within the Cleveland Police Department came to a head. Lee Reese, who was chief of police at that time, found himself on the losing end of a “petition of no confidence,” signed and/or supported by 74 rank-and-file CPD officers.
Long story short, when the smoke cleared, Reese was out and up-and-comer Wes Snyder was in.
Thus began the reign of Chief Wes Snyder, and right away discontent, favoritism and misbehavior became the order of business. To quote the Who: “Meet the new boss / Same as the old boss.”
Early on during his administration, a number of CPD officers were being openly accused of illegal activities while on duty, including rampant drug use and having sex with minors. Snyder chose to ignore the situation.
Eventually, in 2009, the scandal broke and Snyder swore up and down that he had no knowledge of the accusations against his officers. In fact, he said the charge that he knew about the cops’ illegal activity beforehand was “completely false.”
Therefore, it must have been embarrassing for him when an internal memo came to light detailing a meeting between several of the accused CPD officers and CPD brass regarding the allegations. The memo had been written by Asst. Chief Gary Hicks on official CPD stationary and was dated May 29, 2008. According to Hicks, the meeting had been called at the behest of Snyder himself, although Snyder chose not to attend.
Hicks’ memo stated, in part, “No accusations were made; however, the officers were warned about unbecoming and unacceptable behavior, including, but not limited to, dating minors, porn on City-owned phones, consumption of alcoholic beverages while off-duty, snorting crushed pills, oral sex in public, and running from other law enforcement agencies.”
Incredibly, Snyder still took no action against the renegade police officers and, as stated in the memo, no accusations were even made against them. The cops’ bad behavior continued.
Again, long story short, the whole sorry mess was eventually exposed and went public, there was a big stink, officers were fired, some did time, butts were covered, politicians preened and blustered, yadda yadda yadda, and the media moved on to other things. Wes Snyder dodged the bullet on that one.
End of story?
Well, not quite. One might ask, what became of the teenage girls Snyder’s cops were screwing on the taxpayers’ dime? Did they grow up to live happy, productive, well-adjusted lives … or did Snyder just write them off as collateral damage?
Well, at least one of those girls has popped back up again.
Last month it was revealed that Capt. Jimmy Don Woody of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office was in trouble after having been “solicited by a female acquaintance.” That’s spin-speak. In plain language, Woody just couldn’t keep it in his pants, and agreed to hide evidence against a “female acquaintance” in exchange for the occasional session of hunka-chunka.
And who is this “female acquaintance”? Folks, meet Brenna Avery Wilson, who was 15 years old when Chief Snyder’s cops were sexing her with casual abandon. She’s twenty now with a small child and evidently still enticing cops with her provocative feminine wiles, including weak-willed and susceptible Jimmy Don Woody. And, as they say, another one bites the dust (with more to follow?). How many notches on Brenna’s pistol does that make? Not even 21 and the girl’s a regular cop killer.
But don’t worry about Woody. Our illustrious district attorney, Stephen Bebb, swooped in to save the day ~ sort of a good news, bad news kind of thing. The bad news is, Woody lost his cushy taxpayer-funded job at the Sheriff’s Office, pled guilty to “one count” of tampering with evidence and was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections. The good news is, DA Bebb pressed the sentencing court to suspend Woody’s sentence and have him placed on “Judicial Diversion”; that is, if Woody keeps his “nose” clean, in a couple of years it will be as though nothing ever happened.
And the girl? Brenna? Who cares … she’s just another cop groupie. Wes Snyder’s collateral damage. She’s still out there sashaying around, getting older but still able to snag her some cops who are willing to compromise their careers, families and reputations for a shot at her. Don’t worry about her. She and the other sexually-abused children were fledgling bad girls when Snyder swept them under the rug in 2008, and they’re still bad girls now, not worth your concern.
And Woody? The man was in charge of the BCSO’s Criminal Investigation Division, one of the most powerful and important departments in the County. Now he’s selling cars over at Don Ledford. Okay, so maybe it’s a step down, but not as far down as a jail cell. So go on over to Ledford’s and ask for Woody, maybe he’ll give you a deal on a new car. If you’re a cute teenage girl and know how to use your tongue, you can probably get a free test drive.
Posted on 22 July 2013
The white population is the majority, coming in at 35,537, and followed by blacks at 3,529. But there are also 461 American Indians, 747 Asians, 62 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, 2,011 people of “some other race” …
Okay, but breaking it down further, the demographic divides into ethnic sub-categories … you break down “Asian” into Chinese (91), Filipino (42), Japanese (16), and so on. With that in mind, when you break down the ethnic group “Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders” into sub-categories, one of those sub-categories is “Samoan.” According to the city’s official website, Cleveland has exactly one Samoan.
In all the 41,285 people in Cleveland, all the different demographics and sub-categories, there are always other people of the same sub-category. For every ethnic person in the city of Cleveland there is someone else here of that ethnicity. Except for this one guy, this solitary Samoan walking around town somewhere. That’s got to be one isolated Samoan.
That’s why we decided that we wanted to find out who that guy is, and we want you to help us. We want to find that guy and meet him. So we ask if anybody knows the whereabouts or identity of Cleveland’s one single, solitary Samoan resident, please let us know. We want to buy that guy a steak. Or whatever he would like to eat. We want to take his picture, get to know him, if we have any money left, maybe give him a gift card.
E-mail us here at HomeTownCleveland.com and help us locate the Samoan.
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Posted on 01 July 2013
District Attorney Steve Bebb ~ possibly the most corrupt DA the 10th Judicial District as ever seen ~ has struck again. Those who have followed Bebb’s career, know he has consistently used his position and office to help lawbreakers avoid answering for their crimes (including drug dealer and Valentine’s Day triple-murderer Michael Younger).
Time and again, Bebb has stepped up to the plate to thwart justice and give some bad guy a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free pass. His latest perversion of the judicial system was on behalf of Bradley County Sheriff’s Capt. Jimmy Don Woody.
Last week, HTC reported that Woody was the subject of a TBI investigation for “official misconduct and tampering with evidence.” According to the TBI, while serving as head of the BCSO’s Criminal Investigation Division, Woody hid or destroyed evidence against select females charged with crimes in exchange for “sexual favors.”
This morning (7-1-13), a scant 10 days after the TBI began their investigation, Woody’s case has been adjudicated, pled out and laid to rest. End of story.
(We heard someone say, “Ten days! That’s got to be a record.” One would think, but it’s not. The record for Bebb exonerating a cop for breaking the law goes to DTF agent Bobby Queen, who took his wife hostage, shot up his neighborhood with automatic weapons, threatened a “blood bath” if anyone came near him, and held off three different SWAT teams throughout the night until he finally gave up. Not only did Queen never spend a night in jail, Bebb refused to even charge him. In fact, Bebb called Queen a hero and hired him to work law enforcement in Monroe County because he had lost his job over the stand-off. So the 10 days it took to exonerate Woody was not a record … Queen still holds that title.)
But back to the Woody case, early this morning, before business hours, Woody showed up at the BCSO and, in a closed-door meeting (Wayne Bird loves him some closed-door meetings) “tendered his resignation.” Whether it was forced or voluntary, we don’t know, but it stinks of a deal. Because after that, “someone from the DA’s office” (ADA Stephen Hatchett? Bebb himself?) pulled Woody aside and walked him over to the judge’s chambers for another closed-door meeting. We understand that in that closed-door meeting, the district attorney pled Woody out on unspecified charges. He was given a “judicial diversion” of three years. If he stays out of trouble, it will be as if the whole thing never happened, could probably even get his P.O.S.T. certification back and be a cop again. (Wonder who got custody of Woody’s little black book containing the names and phone numbers of all the female miscreants who will do anything to stay out of jail?)
But that’s just how Steven Bebb spells justice.
Chalk up another scandal for the Jim Ruth-Wayne Bird administration, aided and abetted by District Attorney Steve Bebb. And, as a sort of post script to this story, maybe someone can tell us why Deputy Heath Arthur wasn’t similarly fired over the $1,500 in cash evidence that went missing. Some say he took it; we don’t know and don’t really care ~ we’d be happy if Jim Ruth or Wayne Bird or whoever’s running that monkey farm over there would just acknowledge that it happened.
Posted on 26 June 2013
TBI spokesperson, Agent Kristin Helm, confirmed that Woody had come under scrutiny for “official misconduct and tampering with evidence.” She described the investigation as “open and ongoing.” Sources close to the case tell us the charges against Woody allege he hid evidence in exchange for sexual favors.
In 2010, Sheriff Jim Ruth promoted Woody to the rank of Captain and placed him in charge of the BCSO Criminal Investigations Division (CID).
More on this story as it develops
Posted on 26 June 2013
The spin coming from the BCSO has Sheriff Jim Ruth bouncing back from a “brain stem stroke,” finishing his physical therapy, being discharged from Life Care and chomping at the bit to get back out on the mean streets and kick some bad boy butt.
The reality is, the sheriff is moving slowly along on a cane and making short excursions into the office so people will think he’s much better than he is, when he really should be at home resting and recuperating.
We feel like it’s our fault the sheriff’s handlers are pushing him so hard to get back out in front of the public. We’ve hit Jim Ruth and Chief Deputy Wayne Bird pretty hard for heading up an administration that has been, in the eyes of many Bradley Countians, a major failure, where politics outweighs police work. But politics is a rough sport and if you want to play, you have to wear your big-boy pants. HTC has gotten so deep into their heads (exposing intrigues and “black boxes” and such) that they’re not thinking clearly. They’re overcompensating. But they shouldn’t. They should just let the sheriff rest. Sooner or later, we all pass our prime. Jim Ruth should be out on the lake fishing for catfish or bluegill instead of carrying the Birds’ water.
We’re quite honestly concerned about the sheriff’s health and don’t want him on our conscience should it fail. But if he or the Birds or his own family don’t care enough to force the issue, we doubt they’ll listen to us. So, just until Ruth gets his sea legs under him, we’re going to cut the man a break. Unless it’s something major or newsworthy (or political), we’re going to stop the editorializing. Life is precious and much taken for granted and people should count each new day a blessing. So c’est la vie.
But sheriff … please don’t even think about running for another term. Deal?
Posted on 14 June 2013
With the BCSO refusing to come clean about Sheriff Jim Ruth’s medical condition, the Peace Officers Standards & Training Commission was on the verge of decommissioning Ruth and stripping him of his badge.
By law, if the sheriff is incommunicado for 15 days or longer, he can be stripped of his POST certification and removed from office. If that happened ~ and it was slated to happen at midnight tonight ~ not only would Ruth no longer be sheriff, he would no longer even be a police officer.
Early this morning, while still denying that the sheriff is incapacitated, Chief Deputy Wayne Bird requested the POST Commission change Ruth’s status from “active” to “extended medical leave.” That saved Ruth’s POST certification and left the door open for Wayne Bird to step into the position of top law dog in the County. And since the gutless wonders on the Bradley County Commission (led by the inaction of Chairman Louie Alford and Law Enforcement Committee Chairman Brian Smith) refuse to get involved (“On the advice of the county attorney …”), as of midnight tonight, Wayne Bird will become your new sheriff.
And what was Wayne Bird’s first order of business when he realized that the prize he had so long coveted had been dropped right in his lap? He called an emergency command staff meeting today and complained about BCSO “inside” information being leaked to HometownCleveland.com. In a rage, he told them, and we quote, “Dammit! This shit’s gonna stop!”
He was especially vexed that HTC reported on his meeting with Chip Bryant which was a secret, after-hours, closed-door meeting, and warned his staff that, come hell or high water, he was going to find out who the leaker is. After ranting for a while longer and threatening retribution for any staff member caught communicating with HTC, Wayne yelled, “Now get out of here!” Then he threw them out of his office.
And that, dear reader, is the leadership style of your new, unelected, self-appointed “sheriff.”
That type of language and behavior is not surprising coming from a man who was investigated by the governor of Florida for rampant corruption; a man that fled here to lovely little Bradley County to escape his sordid past.
But Wayne Bird didn’t run far enough. His past is now his present, and he and his brothers, Doug and Don, own the epic fail that they hung around Jim Ruth’s neck. We can’t help but wonder if Ruth regrets ever hooking up with the Bird boys.
The lesson? You give the devil a ride, he’s going to end up driving.
Posted on 14 June 2013
Folks, don’t look for Sheriff Jim Ruth to return to work anytime soon. In fact, don’t look for him to return at all. In spite of the misinformation put out by the BCSO spin machine, Jim Ruth is a very sick man. It is not an exaggeration to say he is alive today only by the grace of God.
Chief Deputy Wayne Bird and his media guy, Public Information Officer Bob Gault, are telling anyone who will listen that Ruth is doing fine and “a full recovery is expected.” As of this writing, Wayne Bird is still telling deputies during roll call that the sheriff is “at home, resting.” Not only is that not true, it’s an intentional, calculated lie. In fact, the sheriff is in room 107 at the Life Care Center’s full-care nursing facility in Collegedale, where he has been since June 6th when he was transported from the Summit Medical Center in Nashville after spending seven days there in the Intensive Care Unit. He cannot walk without assistance, cannot speak clearly and can barely feed himself.
Wayne Bird and Ruth’s family have been disseminating false information to the public since Ruth suffered a major heart attack or stroke on May 30th (we still don’t know which it was). They first reported he suffered a mild drop in blood pressure, and then later amended that to include an incident of atrial fibrillation (neither of which requires a week’s stay in ICU). Just this morning, Wayne Bird reported Ruth to be resting comfortably at home. Enough with the BS, it’s time to come clean about the sheriff’s condition.
The truth is, Wayne Bird has already met with several candidates to discuss replacing Ruth because he knows Ruth is finished as Bradley County sheriff. Bird has interviewed former BCSO partisans Chip Bryant and Barry Tharp on the matter, and we understand Major Jon Collins is also in consideration.
We suspect Wayne Bird and his brothers Doug and Don are either looking for a suitable candidate to serve out Ruth’s term and run in the next election, or for people who will support Wayne in his own bid for sheriff. As anyone who has been following this story knows, Wayne Bird has run for sheriff on three separate occasions in Florida (and lost each time), and brother Don Bird has been an unsuccessful candidate for sheriff here in Bradley County at least once. These guys are not giving up. They used Jim Ruth as their puppet when he was long past his prime and should have been enjoying his grandkids and retirement; and now that Ruth’s out of commission, they’re shopping around for a replacement puppet.
What is it about the BCSO that attracts such skulduggery to the office? Power? Money? Prestige? All the above? We’ve seen it time and again. Enough is enough. There is no shame in a public official suffering a debilitating illness (God bless Jim Ruth), but there is great shame in studied deception. We call on Mayor Gary Davis and the Bradley County Commission to address this situation immediately.
HTC’s First Coverage of this issue: Click Here
Posted on 13 June 2013
After a two-week investigation by internal-affairs, we can confirm from our sources within the BCSO command staff that Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Wasson has been demoted from the position of Captain in charge of training to that of Lieutenant. This action comes as a result of sexual harassment of a female office clerk.
Bradley County and the sheriff’s office have strict zero-tolerance policies for sexual harassment (Bradley County Handbook Section 703). Inside sources tell us the reason Wasson was not terminated is because he is a campaign supporter of Jim Ruth and “a member in good standing” of the sheriff’s inner circle.
Wasson is in Jim (Major Hawg) Hodgson’s Administrative Bureau and reports directly to him.
Lt. Wasson’s career in law enforcement started 23 years ago as a reserve officer for the Cleveland Police Department. Wasson has been at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office for the past 18 years where his most recent appointment was as a Captain in the Training and Support Services Division.
Posted on 07 June 2013
I have been trying to think of a way to write a letter about something that we have noticed about a deputy.
Everytime we go out to eat we see J.D. Woody and a bunch of guys drinking. Once it was at Outback and there were women in the group and they all left and the guys moved into the bar and continuted to drink. They weren’t ‘sipping’ either. They were DRINKING!
Once at Logan’s another crowd of men were drinking there, as far as I know, at least an hour, then they all left together. It is a strict BCSO policy that you cannot do that. I am related to a deputy that the sheriff harassed, and he NEVER sat at a bar in any restrant for fear of being told on. Even in Chattanooga. Much less drink.
I saw Woody take a teenage boys drivers license away from him because he said ‘you don’t know how to drive and you don’t deserve these. . .and drove off. The boy was pumping gas. He also cussed at him. He never said a word back to him. He just finished getting gas and left.
Thank you,Please don’t print my name.
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Posted on 03 June 2013
We have confirmed that Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Summit Medical Center in Nashville after being admitted last Thursday (May 30) with what appears to have been a massive stroke.
Ruth was in Nashville attending the Sheriffs Association quarterly training session. After the sessions had ended , he was rushed to the hospital Thursday evening with intense chest pains. Latest reports say the sheriff is suffering paralysis on one side of his body, and he is experiencing slurred speech and dimmed eyesight.
At first, the family gave conflicting reports as to his condition, saying that he had a minor drop in blood pressure, his condition was fine, and then later reporting that he had gone into atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and was admitted for observation. But neither of those conditions require admission to ICU, certainly not for a four-day (and counting) stay.
Due to the sensitive nature of the situation and in deference to the family, we delayed going public. However, since the sheriff’s condition is much worse than originally reported, and since his health is of concern to Bradley County, we can no longer sit on the story. Should anything prevent Ruth from fulfilling his duties as sheriff, the chief deputy ~ in this case, Wayne Bird ~ would step in to fill the position until the County Commission can appoint an interim sheriff.
We will give updates as we receive them. Meanwhile, we wish a speedy and full recovery to the sheriff and our prayers are with him and his family.
UPDATE June 3, 2013, 7:45 p.m.:
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported today that Sheriff Jim Ruth was “currently receiving treatment in a Nashville hospital after suffering an episode of atrial fibrillation.”
Of course, the Times Free Press said they got their information from the BCSO website, which is written either by public information officer Bob Gault or chief deputy Wayne Bird, so it’s hardly definitive.
Ruth does have a history of atrial fibrillation, and in the past has undergone cardioversion procedures; that is, electric shock to jolt the heart back into normal rhythm. Although a-fib is serious, it is the most common type of arrhythmia and not normally life threatening unless left untreated for an extended period of time. The main danger arises from blood pooling in the upper chambers of the heart and forming blood clots.
The problem with the a-fib story is, we have never heard of anyone being kept in Intensive Care for four days for an irregular heartbeat. But we’re not doctors, so we’re hardly dogmatic in our diagnosis.
That said, we do have good news. According to our sources, Ruth’s condition is improving and, hopefully, he will be moved from ICU tomorrow.
UPDATE June 4, 2013, 7:35 p.m.: Sheriff Jim Ruth remains in Intensive Care (day 5).
UPDATE June 6, 2013 10:24 p.m.: Sheriff Ruth left ICU early this morning after a full week in intensive care. He needs a walker to get around and is working with a speech therapist on a daily basis to regain his speech. He has to eat in an upright position to avoid aspiration/asphyxiation. Within the next few days, give or take, he will be moved to the nursing home environment of Life Care in Collegedale where he will receive 24-hour care in order to continue his rehabilitation and recovery.
UPDATE June 12, 2013, 4:53 p.m.: Sheriff Jim Ruth is still under 24-hour care at the Life Care Nursing Facility in Collegedale. (Day 13). The BCSO has still failed to acknowledge the extent of his incapacity and is issuing inaccurate reports.
Posted on 24 May 2013
All Henry B. wanted to do was park to go into the courthouse to visit the Veteran’s Affairs Office. That may sound simple, but not for the Iraq War vet, whose time in the Army left him with a disability. Henry relies on handicapped parking spaces to do even the simplest things, that have now become difficult. He said he felt slapped in the face, to find the reserved handicapped spot taken up by a Bradley County Sheriff’s Department patrol car.
“Shame on you, shame on you, Sheriff Jim Ruth,” was his response.
“It is just disrespect,” Henry said, adding, “Having to have a (handicapped parking) placard is not a choice. I didn’t choose to be wounded, in service to my country I need it.”
Posted on 22 April 2013
Previously on Travels With TV Timmy: Facing an open rebellion because of his political antics while serving as city manager of East Ridge, TV Timmy and his young Jedi Knight protégé, ditched the Millennium Passat and, utilizing arcane Jedi mind tricks to fool a mob of angry villagers, slipped out a back door and high-tailed it off the planet.
Well, not off the planet, but at least to the county line. And another one bites the dust. Another career, that is. That made six juicy government jobs Gobble has lost in less than 10 years. Enter Hamilton Co. sheriff, Jim Hammond. Again.
You see, once upon a time, Tim Gobble was sheriff of Bradley County. About half way through his first term ~ a term which was fraught with controversy ~ he decided to run for the U.S. Congress. He started out strong, but ran such a disastrous campaign he ended up losing the election, coming in a distant third (10 percentage points behind his old nemesis Robin Smith). And just like that, another juicy government job was down the toilet.
That’s when his buddy, Hamilton Co. sheriff, Jim Hammond, offered him a pity position as the Hamilton County jailer. That’s how Gobble ended up working as Sheriff Hammond’s turnkey. (By the way, considering the job Gobble did running his own jail, we never understood the attraction.) But it wasn’t long until he quit and moved on to East Ridge where he … well, we refer you back to our first paragraph.
So anyway, now that TV Timmy is back on the dole, Jim’s pity position is back on the table. So, yeah, Sheriff Hammond, snap that big fish up again. But be warned, sir ~ we expect it won’t be too long before your trophy jailer will once again tire of running your jail. Sooner or later he’ll start acting out and end up back on the news and in the paper for all the wrong reasons, and then he’ll get his butt fired again and then … Then he’ll twirl his cloak and hit everyone with some Jedi magic and end up right back in some other juicy government job he’ll later screw up.
That concludes another rollicking episode of My Travels With TV Timmy. Tune in again next week when Slappy the one-eyed Wookie will say, “Hey, I have an idea … Let’s put on a show!”