Thursday, July 25, 2013

The "To serve and deflect" companion reader

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM

The Indy's reporting on the allegations of misconduct by law enforcement officers in Lake County—and retaliation against the investigators who brought complaints against them—was informed by hundreds of documents.

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Many were made available by a Montana District Court judge ruling in our favor in a lawsuit that resulted from open records requests we filed more than a year ago. Other documents were subpoenaed as part of a pending federal lawsuit filed against four officers in the Lake County Sheriff's Office. And some we obtained directly from state agencies or other sources.

In any case, in the spirit of transparency and accessibility, below you'll find several of the more important and revealing documents we obtained, some of which had not been made public until now.

Warden Captain Jeff Darrah's "Personnel Investigation of Warden Frank Bowen."



The "Final Pre-Hearing Order" in the grievance Warden Frank Bowen filed against Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.



The agreement that settles the grievance Frank Bowen filed against Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.



A portion of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Frank Bowen's deposition given as part of a federal court case that accuses four members of the Lake County Sheriff's Office of organized crime.



The deposition given by Warden Captain Lee Anderson as part of Frank Bowen's grievance with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks before the Board of Personnel Appeals.



The POST Council Workplace Fact-Finding Report on then-Director Wayne Ternes.



The final findings and recommendations that came out of POST's investigation of Lake County Sgt. Dan Duryee, whose badge was revoked.



Supplement FWP case report on Polson Police Chief Wade Nash and Officer Cory Anderson



The deposition of Polson Police Chief Wade Nash, accused of witness tampering and intimidation, but allowed to keep his badge.



The deposition of Polson Police Officer Cory Anderson, accused of witness tampering and intimidation and "the use of alcoholic beverages in a manner which tends to discredit the profession," but allowed to keep his badge.



FWP case report on Lake County Lt. Mike Sargeant. POST's case against Sargeant was dismissed.



FWP case report on CSKT Tribal Officer Jason Nash. POST's case against Nash was dismissed.



The final findings and recommendations that came out of POST's investigation of Ronan Police Chief Dan Wadsworth, whose badge was suspended for 15 years.



Disputed facts filed by plaintiffs Terry Leonard, Mike Gehl, Steve Kendley, Ben Woods and Levi Read in their federal case alleging organized crime in the Lake County Sheriff's Office.



U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch recommends dismissal of the case alleging organized crime within the Lake County Sheriff's Office.


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