Ohio... Judge Tells Ashtabula County Residents to 'Arm Yourselves'!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sat, 04/10/2010 - 1:59pm.

In the ongoing financial crisis in Ashtabula County, the Sheriff's Department has been cut from 112 to 49 deputies. With deputies assigned to transport prisoners, serve warrants and other duties, only one patrol car is assigned to patrrol the entire county of 720 square miles. (America... this advise may be a WAKE UP CALL for everyone!... Keep watching... ~ S.I.A.) - Video

Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court Judge Alfred Mackey is literally sticking to his guns regarding a comment he made to a Cleveland TV reporter earlier this week.

In an interview for a WKYC-Channel 3 story pertaining to layoffs in the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department, Mackey suggested that township residents "arm themselves" as a way to ensure personal safety.

Only one road patrol, responsible for the entire county, is assigned to each shift. Further, the department does not have the staffing to perform investigations. The situation prompted Mackey to toss out his suggestion to the reporter.

"I said maybe law-abiding citizens need to consider getting a firearm because it's going to be dangerous out there, and that's what concerns me," Mackey told the Star Beacon.

Commissioners Board President Joseph Moroski said Friday he had not seen or heard about the TV news report.

"That's an interesting perspective. I didn't see the performance," Moroski quipped.

"I don't have a comment," said Commissioner Daniel Claypool, who did hear about the story. "We're doing everything we can, with all the money that's available to do the best we can. That's all we can do."

Sheriff William Johnson said earlier this week that there are at least 700 persons waiting to serve their sentences in the Ashtabula County Jail, as a result of funding cutbacks to his department. Johnson has only enough staff to keep the jail census at 30. As a result, only violent felons are being incarcerated, and there are 700 folks who should be serving sentences but aren't. Johnson said their crimes include driving under the influence, petty and grand theft, domestic violence, probation violations, contempt of court and nonsupport. Sentences run from three days to a year.

That situation, combined with the potential for long response times for people who live in remote areas, has Mackey worried.

"I'm really concerned with the summer coming, what's going to take place," Mackey said. "DUIs, domestic violence. They are all out there."

He said the first line of defense should always be to call the sheriff's department and request assistance. The next step should be to call upon neighbors.

"They should form a neighborhood watch group," Mackey said. "If they are in a rural area, they need to take the necessary precautions because it may be awhile before they are going to get help from law enforcement."

It appears as if Mackey is preaching to the choir, because area gun dealers report a significant rise in handgun sales since the county's budget crisis hit the sheriff's staffing levels.

"Oh, yes, absolutely, a lot of handguns," said Jim Retallick, owner of Sports Junction in Geneva. "It seems like an increase (especially) in sales to ladies."

Retallick says his handgun sales are up by 50 percent compared to last year. Although he has not tracked the location of buyers, from his recollection, he said many of them were from the county's more-remote areas.

Not all of the increase can be attributed to local conditions, however. Retallick said Americans in general seem to be in a panic and there is nationwide shortage of ammunition. Some people who don't even own a gun are stockpiling ammo as an investment.

Johnson said he doesn't have a problem with citizens exercising their constitutional right to purchase a firearm, but he does not want them to be misled about the responsibility that comes with that.

"If people think they are going to protect themselves (from litigation or charges) solely on the argument of not being able to get police to the scene, and someone gets hurt as a result of their actions, people need to realize they can face severe civil, if not criminal, litigation," Johnson said.

He also said people who are thinking about buying a handgun need to take the appropriate training. Gun owners should not consider their weapon as a substitute for calling 9-1-1 first. Even with just one patrol car on the road, emergency calls are given top priority.

The Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners has placed a 0.5-percent sales tax increase on the ballot in an attempt to boost county revenue for the sheriff, courts and other essential services. Johnson says any comments he makes about the dire state of law enforcement in the county should be taken as fact, not idle threats to sway voters. He warns that the jail situation has the potential of bankrupting the county because it will take so long to clear the waiting list.

The sheriff confirmed earlier this week that he plans to file litigation against the board of commissioners in an attempt to restore his funding and force the court to rule on whether commissioners are legally bound to fund his statutory duties. He plans to wait until after the primary election before filing the complaint, however.

Meanwhile, Mackey, who lives in Saybrook Township, said he took his own advice years ago and bought a gun.

"I've had threats made," he said.

While the judge encourages citizens to consider the handgun option, he said it was not his intention to become an advocate for it.

"I'm not going to be the poster child on this kind of an issue," he said.

April 10, 2010 - source StarBeacon


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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sat, 04/10/2010 - 1:59pm.


Truth Seeker (not verified) | Sun, 04/11/2010 - 1:07am

First, something I am not seeing out there that I think needs to be said and said LOUDLY. Words.
War on Terror…. there is no such thing.
You can fight a person, state, country, or any other ‘collective’ and someone will win, and someone will lose.

BUT, how can you have a war on “terror”? Who is ‘terror’?
How can you defeat “them”? Who will win this war?
Who will lose?

Terror is no one.
Terror is ANYONE who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Terror is EVERYONE.

The few elite who planned the war will win.
They have engineered the war so that we will kill each other.
They have separated us in MANY ways so we will not come together and unite, to stand against them.
They sleep at night with no problem.
Their hands are clean. Their perfect plan for take over.

There are no winners, Not for the people on this planet.

This country is in deep trouble and I want this message to reach as many people as possible. Maybe using different words will help more to realize this is the Matrix, and its time to take one of those pills, which one is up to each of us.

Unfortunately Neo is not coming to rescue us, we have to do it ourselves.

All ideas are welcome.

Second, This article was posted at KnowtheLies.com and,
I think, Should be spread around again…and again….

How Ironic that its the SHERIFF's Dept. being cut so severly.

Thank you SadInAmerica.

Sheriff Mack to Meet With Pennsylvania Officers of the Law
Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 10/20/2009 - 10:48pm.

Sheriff Mack will be expounding on the Constitutional role of the Sheriff along with discussions on States rights and individual liberty... Sheriff Mack will be visiting western Pennsylvania October 31, 2009!

Also, Lt Commander David Gillie, Navy will be representing Oath-keepers and speaking about the importance of the Oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.

Time: October 31, 2009 from 2pm to 4pm
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Street: 126 Seneca School Rd.
City/Town: Harmony, Pa. 16037
Website or Map: http://maps.google.com/maps...
Phone: Email: smackpa@hotmail.com
Event Type: law-officer, training
Organized By: Donna Fike
Latest Activity: Oct 14

Please Visit: IAM-CR Network

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Jody Fike - October 14, 2009 - source RestoreTheConstitution

Comment from Jody Fike

I have been questioned as to why this Sheriff Mack Event is so important….. I thought that perhaps others have had similar thoughts. My experience has been that not many are aware of what a sheriff is supposed to do….. Let me explain.

A sheriff is elected by the people, he works for the people. He is the ONLY elected Law officer of the county, as such he is the Supreme Law officer of the county and he works for and is accountable to “We the People”. He should not take orders from any one - except “the People” to whom he is accountable. Within the boundary of his county the sheriff has more power than the President of the United States.

The following example illustrates the point of how much power a sheriff really possesses.

The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Toilet Takers (AT&TT) come to your county and declare it is now illegal to own a toilet. “They” will be removing all toilets from the county this week!

The people say; “We don’t want you to take our toilets, we like our toilets.”
The AT&TT say; “Too bad we are here to take them!”

After some debate about the fact that the Constitution does not prohibit the owning and use of toilets, but instead protects the private ownership of property; thus we are free to have them; the sheriff is called. The people explain to the sheriff the situation and remind him that it is not against the Constitution to own a toilet, and he needs to step in and make “them” go away.

It is the responsibility of the Sheriff to protect the people. He works for the people! He, as the Sheriff, has the power and authority given to him by “The People”, to tell the ‘Toilet Takers’ that ”The People have spoken, they will be keeping their toilets! Now they, the AT&TT, have a choice. They can peacefully leave the county without any toilets or they may sit in the county jail. It is their choice.

“We the people” need to keep in mind that we have a duty to support the Sheriff in the execution of his duty. We need to ‘have his back’. He needs to know that he does not stand alone; that we are standing with him to protect our God given rights as outlined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
It does not matter what entity comes to violate the rights of the people of the county; whether they be private individuals committing the crime or representatives of some Federal, State, International, or Local government agency.

A crime is a crime regardless of what form or color of law the perpetrator may bear. It remains the Sheriff’s duty to work for the people! To “Protect and defend” the Constitution. They swear an Oath to do just that! We need sheriffs in every county that understand their duty and have the intestinal fortitude to follow thru and uphold their Oath to the Constitution as they fulfill their duties as Sheriff.

Jody Fike

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 10/20/2009 - 10:48pm.