Lake Area Elite Form PAC From False Accusation

Last week, in an editorial penned by Kim Krostue of the Camden County Republican Club, an accusation of impropriety and unethical behavior was leveled against Second District Commissioner Cliff Luber. This allegation, based on the fact that both Luber and Lake area developer Gary Prewitt used the same public relations firm, is contradicted by fact and blatantly ignores a potential conflict of interest regarding the current Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken. Krostue seeks to create a ‘conspiracy’ that simply does not exist.

Franken took campaign contributions from Mr. Prewitt and his business. Mr. Luber did not, recognizing the potential for conflict of interest should he take a contribution. While Franken has stated through local media that he offered to recuse himself as a result, his history with regards to being honest and operating ethically and according to state statutes immediately calls into question any such claim. It seeks to create a ‘conspiracy’ that simply does not exist.

Prewitt’s ongoing battles with Camden County Planning and Zoning and residents on Horseshoe Bend have been well documented.

Krostue used his ‘Wal-Mart’ logic to attempt to tie Prewitt to Luber. This ‘Great Value’ argument asks the reader to believe that because both Luber and Prewitt ‘shopped’ at the same PR firm, a conflict of interest exists. Krostue referenced, in his false presentation of events, a conversation between the president of the PR firm and Luber. At this meeting, it was indicated that Prewitt wanted to settle his legal proceedings against the county. Instead of working under cover of darkness, Luber stated that he would take the possibility of a settlement to the Camden County Commission. He followed through on that promise, taking the possibility for settling to both Franken and ‘The Invisible Woman’, Bev Thomas.

It is through this conversation with Luber and the Commission, that Krostue learned of the potential for a settlement. This transparency and refusal to cut deals under the table represents the kind of integrity that Krostue would to see eliminated from county government.

Krostrue’s invention and false presentation has served as a launching point for the Lake Area Elite’s new PAC (Political Action Committee), Citizens for Better Government. This groundless, selective finger-pointing falls in line with the PAC’s recent history.

Krostue and his Komrades stood in support of recently suspended P&Z administrator, Don Hathaway. Hathaway, whose time as P&Z administrator has been pocked by scandals, is currently at the heart of a review of Camden County Planning and Zoning by Missouri State Attorney General, Chris Koster.

While reasons for the suspension are unclear, it is a matter of fact Hathaway’s ignorance of the ULC has cost the taxpayers of Camden County tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees and improper use of this department. It is also a matter of fact that, during Hathaway’s tenure, a hostile work environment has been fostered within the courthouse. His screaming at and berating county employees has been documented by multiple former employees. The behavior displayed in both the Sugarloaf Winery and Gidgets and Gadgets cases shows that this brutish behavior has bled into our community. Because of these and other actions taken during his time as administrator, Hathaway should be terminated. This view however, is not shared by interests represented by Krostue and his PAC.

This letter, authored by Krostue, is full of 'baseless claims'.

This letter, authored by Krostue, is full of ‘baseless claims’.

By their own admission and through their ‘rally’ to support Hathaway’s reinstatement after suspension, Krostue and his Komrades have shown they do not only support this course for Camden County P&Z, they champion it. The bullish behavior displayed by Hathaway has been mirrored by Krostue’s PAC. This group of usual suspects has followed Commissioner Luber around the county in order to disrupt and impugne him during a series of town hall meetings with the residents of the Second District of Camden County. They have been cheerleaders, shaking their pom-poms in favor of continuing the illegal behavior of planning and zoning.

The Lake Area Elite would prefer to maintain the selective enforcement of planning and zoning. They applaud conducting business in the shadows and would seek to discredit anyone who would bring transparency and accountability in our courthouse.

It is no surprise they stand in support of Hathaway and Franken.

Hartzler? Hardly!: Letter to the Editor

From Duane Wells:

Had to laugh at the stupidity of Vicky Hartzler after hearing her on KRMS today. Her comment concerning the announcement of the cuts in Defense, truly show she and other GOP members are so phony. For her and others to say the President would rather give out more food stamps than to protect us is, wow, unbelievable.

They forget that when Darth Vader (Richard The DICK Cheney) cut the Defense of our country by 25% including dumping 500,000 of our troops, that was just fine and the
right thing to do. As for the food-stamps comment, she and the other idiots in the party forget how many of our so called hero’s (military) are on food-stamps!
Why those scumbags should be ashamed of themselves for taking food-stamps.

It’s called insanity and the sheep just keep eating it up. We deserve to fall with so-called leadership like that! Hartzler is an embarrassment as a Rep. for Mo.

P&Z Problems, Questions of Legality, Reach MO State Atty General

To Whom it May Concern:

My name is Theresa Townsend. I have owned a business in Camden County for twelve years. I recently had reason to inter-act with Camden County

Planning and Zoning in order to obtain a building permit for a storage shed to be attached to my existing building. In the course of these dealings, I was threatened, harassed, sworn at, had ULC code made up and/or improperly applied to my business. Even though I finally (after FOUR months and several thousand dollars!) obtained the permit to build an attached storage shed, I was alarmed at the blatant discrimination and misapplication of the ULC, the abuse of office and the disrespect for a law abiding taxpayer.

I took my concerns to the Camden County Commissioners on October 24, 2013. Commissioner Luber recorded that meeting, at my request, even though Commissioner Franken stated that could not be done for “technical reasons”. The bullet point speech I delivered on that date, as well as copies of all letters and responses are in a folder on skydrive which you have been sent an e-mail for( https://onedrive.live.com/#cid=7EA37534E17E7E7C&id=7EA37534E17E7E7C!8581).

On October 25, 2013 Planning & Zoning Administrator Don Hathaway was placed on a two week, unpaid leave for unspecified reasons.

On the date of his return, November 15, 2013 several citizens staged the first protest ever at the Camden County Courthouse. We were protesting the lack of oversight by the Camden County Commissioners and the abuse of office by Planning & Zoning Administrator Don Hathaway and Planning & Zoning Inspector Dann Haworth.

On November 21, 2013 I again attempted to address the Camden County Commissioners. Last time I was NOT put on the agenda, as requested and this time I was on the agenda under Public Comment and for the first time ever, the Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken invoked a Three Minute Limitation. Mr. Franken AGAIN did not answer my questions and advised me to put them in writing and he would provide a courteous response.

On December 3, 2013 I sent a 17 page letter to all three County Commissioners as directed by Mr. Franken. On December 5, 2013 I received a “response” from Mr. Franken that answered NONE of my questions. I have since sent e-mails on 12-5, 12-12, 12-16, 12-23 and 12-30 requesting answers to the questions I have asked TWICE in person and SIX times in e-mails. I am STILL waiting for answers.

On 2-02-13 I became aware of a hearing scheduled for 2-19-14 on proposed changes to our ULC through an “article” in the Lake Sun Leader, (Though Franken says he has been personally working on the proposed amendments for several months, it only came before the other county commissioners last week. They subsequently scheduled a work session for Monday (2-10-14) to review the suggested modifications before Franken presents them to the planning commission Feb. 19) which surprised me as this never appeared on the County Commissioners agenda, nor did they have discussion or vote on this.

I did a line by line comparison of the proposed changes and found several violations of RSmo. I sent a letter with these detailed concerns to my county commissioners on 2-19-14. In the course of studying the state statutes as they applied to Planning and Zoning, I became aware that the board of adjustment and the planning and zoning commission were NOT seated according to law. This was pointed out to my county commissioners in the letter of 2-19-14. I attended the “hearing” of the planning and zoning commissioners on 2-19-13. The proposed changes were on the agenda, yet, when I asked to speak to the commission on this item, I was denied my right to do so.

Since I have been threatened, harassed. verbally abused and discriminated against by the Planning & Zoning Administrator and Inspector, I repeatedly took my concerns to my County Commissioners. The response has been to ignore me, to make official minutes that are in direct conflict with the truth, to deny me my right to speak and the doubling of my permit fees. There has been no desire to look into compliance with state stautes or to even discuss it.

This led to me sending letters to the ACLU and to my State Representatives on several occasions. This has now lead to my State Representative Rocky Miller referring this to the State Attorney General for further review. To that end, I am attaching all pertinent information or sending in another file as there is sooooo much information to PROVE that what I’ve said has occurred indeed has.

On 2-26-14, Commissioner Luber appeared on a local radio show
( http://www.blogtalkradio.com/americanspring1/2014/02/26/guerrilla-radio-with-american-spring-1 ) and admitted I was correct about these violations. He is the ONLY elected official who has been trying to help me and resolve these issues, but, he is shackled by two commissioners who wish I would just go away and who have actively worked to silence me. He has also been hampered in his efforts to correct this situation by Commissioner Franken who has blatantly disregarded procedure, the ULC and the state law in these matters and by Rowland Todd, the County Clerk who consistently provides false accounting in the form of official minutes.

I look forward to hearing what your office is going to do to help correct these gross abuses and illegalities. Thanking you for your consideration and
courtesy, I am,

Theresa L. Townsend

UPDATE: Child Trafficking and Missouri Schools: The Weakest Link

In an earlier update to the ongoing investigation ‘Child Trafficking and Missouri Schools’, we looked at contradicting statements and bizzare emails sent to American Spring by Shawn Patrick Colgan.

Colgan is the live-in boyfriend of Amanda Rollins, mother of Kyle and Nicole Lagares, and joins her at the center of this series of investigative reports and as a Defendant in a lawsuit filed in federal court.

The correspondence received by American Spring was reprinted, in total.

As reported in Part One: Suffer The Children, Kyle has suffered mysterious injuries while in the care of Rollins and Colgan.

On August 27th, 2012, Colgan displayed another in a series of irrational acts. He charged the Lagares’ with a baseball bat during a custody exchange and proceeded to give chase. Colgan, upon realizing he is being videoed, discards the bat as he comes around the corner.

This incident took place after a phone call to the Department of Family Services threatened Colgan and Rollins’ well-laid plans.

Earlier that same day, Dr. Campbell, one of many physicians that Rollins and Colgan had taken Nicole to see while having sole custody of the girl, had made a report to the DFS hotline.

Dr. Campbell cited medical neglect against Rollins and Colgan, for not following doctor’s orders regarding Nicole’s persistent issues. This call was placed to Laclede County DFS the same day Colgan decided to pick up a baseball bat.

This established pattern of behavior from Colgan was one of the reasons for this Order of Protection that was issued on behalf of Nicole and Kyle. In this original Order of Protection, Judge Winfrey determined that it was not in the children’s best interest to have interactions with Colgan. This original Order can be found below.

Original OP-Child Patrick

This order was curiously amended later by Judge Aaron Koeppen. He overruled Winfrey’s decision and determined that Colgan’s only restriction be that he be ‘supervised’ by Rollins. That amended Order is below.

pat-amend-op

Rollins, in the wake of Dr. Campbell’s call, detailed a carefully constructed plan to rob Denny of his parental rights. In a fit of frustration at having that plan threatened by Dr. Campbell’s intervention, Rollins erupted, sending a spew of messages to Denny.

The behavior displayed by Colgan in the video above, along with Rollins’ fear at being undone by Dr. Campbell’s report, creates a stench of suspicion around this case. It is also, unfortunately for the Lagares family, the tip of the iceberg.

Even under the amended order, Colgan is prohibited from, at any time, issuing threats against the children. This video, taken days ago in the Lebanon Wal-Mart parking lot, appears to show Colgan in violation of this condition. The audio is not clear throughout. Below this video, you will find a transcript provided by the Lagares’.

Colgan: Are you too busy, Dad of the Year? Are you too busy to see your kids? As long as you can sleep at night…I’ll let Kyle know I saw you at Wal-Mart.

Denny: That’s good. Thank you for harassing me yet again.

Colgan: What’s that?

Denny: Thank you for harassing me yet again, buddy.

Colgan: I just want to make sure your kids know where you were when you were supposed to spend time with them.

Kaden: I put my cup in where?

Ginger: The cup holder.

This exchange occurred after a visit had been cancelled by the DFS. This was a fact known to Colgan, yet he instead chose to use this opportunity to both taunt Dennis and lie to Kyle and Nicole. By its definition, this would appear to violate even Koeppen’s amended Order of Protection.

It has come to our attention that Colgan is forcing the Lagares children to listen to Guerrilla Radio in order to make them believe that their parents and grandparents are lying to hurt them. This despicable behavior is consistent with the pattern he has displayed throughout this case.

Tonight, on Guerrilla Radio with American Spring, we will be discussing this update. Call in and join the conversation. 718-664-6859

Join us tomorrow evening on St Louis Missouri Grassroots Radio, as we discuss this case with Lisa Payne-Naeger on her show, Culture Vigilante.

Look for Part Three of this investigation, ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’, this week from American Spring.

Camden County Republican Club Seeks to Silence Local Media

Recent misrepresentations by the Lake Sun regarding Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken and his end-around attempts to rewrite Article 800 called into question the role of local print media in local politics. The most recent article, a slanted presentation of events authored by Lake News reporter and Westside Star editor Amy Wilson, read like a press release from Lord Franken’s desk. In this blatant piece of public relations propaganda, Wilson misstated several facts and created a false narrative that focused on a political group’s attendance and involvement in Planning and Zoning board meetings instead of reporting facts.

For those who actually attended the meeting, it begs the question: Who is REALLY calling the shots at the Lake Sun, for them to willingly print such a lazy, sloppy, obvious white-wash? Who would have them sell their credibility for pennies on the dollar? That answer, it would appear, can be found by looking to another local source of media, radio station KRMS.

The letter below was sent to 97.5 KRMS before Manny Haley was terminated. The author of the letter was Kim Krostue. In this letter, Krostue purports to represent a group called the ‘Coalition for Better Government’. Krostue is better known in his position with the Camden County Republican Club. On that group’s facebook page, he is listed as Vice President, while cohort Suzie Johnson is listed as President.

This letter, authored by Krostue, is full of 'baseless claims'.

This letter, authored by Krostue, is full of ‘baseless claims’.

Krostue and his coalition of comrades, Joe Roeger, Suzie Johnson and her husband, have made a habit of trying to silence Second District Commissioner Cliff Luber. They have followed him around to town hall meetings, in order to attempt to disrupt and intimidate. They have repeatedly supported the punitive and selective application of planning and zoning, even going so far as to rally in support of Don Hathaway after his recent suspension. They have consistently united in opposition to government transparency, as the letter above clearly demonstrates.

Krostue, crying foul at what he considers are Luber’s unfounded claims, has no problem issuing his own. The assertions in his letter are completely unproven. As was pointed out recently in the editorial pages of the Lake Sun, Krostue has no problem manipulating information in order to mislead the public.

Shame on him, his coalition and the Camden County Republican Club for asking our local media to share his pathological ways.

Camden County P&Z Problems/Legal Questions Reach State Reps

Monday afternoon, local business owner Theresa Townsend was contacted by Rep. Diane Franklin’s office regarding questions about violations and abuses of Camden County Planning and Zoning.

Ms. Townsend, owner of Gidgets and Gadgets novelty store in Sunrise Beach, has been vocal in her criticisms of how planning and zoning is being administered in Camden County. Her concerns range from the punitive and selective enforcement of planning and zoning, the invention of violations by planning and zoning, a lack of oversight by the Camden County Commission and an ignorance of the ULC in practical application. During her research into Missouri state statutes regarding planning and zoning, she found continued violations, up to and including Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken’s end-around attempt to unilaterally rewrite Article 800 of the ULC.

This rewrite, authored by Franken, contains multiple violations of state statutes.

It would appear that violating state statutes is the norm in Camden County planning and zoning. As a first class county, planning and zoning in Camden County is supposed to have seated on it’s P and Z board one member of the Camden County Commission. Also, the Board of Adjustment for planning and zoning for a first class county is not to be made up of political appointees. Instead, this board is to be made up of the three members of the county commission.

Repeatedly, Theresa Townsend has addressed, emailed and attempted to be put on the agenda of the P&Z board. Her inquiries, concerns and questions have been met with predictable silence from the Camden County Courthouse.

Because of this lack of leadership, Theresa took her concerns to the Lake’s local state representatives.

She was contacted by Mr. Bryant with Diane Franklin’s office yesterday, who assured her that her concerns were hand delivered to Rocky Miller, Theresa’s state representative. She was given additional assurances that this matter would receive immediate attention from Jefferson City.

Taxpayers of Camden County, who are liable for any and all mistakes made in the administration of planning and zoning, hope to see the rule of law restored to Camden County P&Z.