I want to thank all the voters who supported me in my run for Property Appraiser! There were only two legitimate candidates in the race for Property Appraiser, myself and Rob Tessmer Jr, I knew the only possible chance either one of us had is if I could get the courts to throw out Tim Reynard, Richard Schroeder and Cregg Dalton for violating the election laws. Although they all did I found that the court was on the same page and to continue on the state level would be futile. The irony of it all in terms of the 5th judicial circuit court which represents, 3 or 4 counties, these judges all have to go through the same electoral guidelines and laws of any other candidates for any office in the State of Florida. The one good thing that I accomplished was to have gotten rid of the maniacal reign of Leslie Cook, you can rest assured that if I hadn’t of ran, Mr. Cook would of had another term without opposition and the employees would of had to endure another 4 years of the continued pressure of the unforeseen eruptions of a madman!
Mr. Gregory said, “If I had been appraiser when Les Cook wanted to go to Tyler Technologies for the Citrus County Property Appraiser’s office online presence I would have gone online to see what kind of reputation the company had. Well, I wasn’t the Property Appraiser and he didn’t, but as one of the employees who would be working with the new system I thought it important to investigate for myself what the new system would have in store for us.” And this is what he discovered: Nassau County, New York had been using Tyler Technologies for 5 years and the Nassau County, New York had all kinds of problems with them, not the least of which, was the fact the company’s system had been taxing the buildings of county government for property taxes! Nassau County is located immediately east of New York City. The county, together with Suffolk County to its immediate east, are generally referred to as "Long Island". Two cities, three towns, 64 incorporated villages, and more than 60 unincorporated hamlets are located within the county. At the time Mr. Gregory did his investigation into Tyler Technologies, he said “this information was readily available, over the ensuing years Tyler Technologies had worked out it problems with Nassau County, New York and now has a 20 to 30 million dollar contract with the county for it’s online presence.” Mr. Gregory also stated, “it’s not the end of the story and he had given this information directly to Gerry Mulligan who doesn’t want anything to do with it, least of all to publish it in the Chronicle. After fulfilling the remainder of Geoffreys Greene’s term and winning an election with no opposition Les Cook came to the Meadowcrest office in Crystal River, calling all the staff into the conference room and told them that he no longer wanted to use the “MARS” program that had been used since the Administration of Ron Schlutz. Gregory said, “Cook told everyone in the conference room he was tired of giving Schlutz’s relatives the license fee for the program every year and that’s how the office got involved with Tyler Technologies.” Mr. Gregory went on to say the crux of the manner was the fact that the Meadowcrest Complex acquire in 2014 for 3.3 million dollars in 2019 the Property Appraiser’s Office had it valued at 2.5 million, loosing $800,00 in fair market value in the intervening years and was and is still being assessed for property taxes!” “Buildings owned by the County are not taxed by the County, any commercial businesses in the complex would pay Tangible Taxes to the County. So where is the money going starting with the $39,000.00 from the 2014 Tax Bill that the County paid to itself?Continue reading “YES VOTERS IT’S CALLED A “SLUSH FUND””
EDITOR’S NOTE: In the Democratic process there is a clear and presence danger of any elected official of government whether it be local, county, state, or federal who casually abdicates their sworn duties to the dictates of biased parties and individuals. In this setting how can any election held under these circumstances not fail to bring into doubt the credibility of that particular election outcome!
David Gregory filed a lawsuit against Susan Gill, Supervisor of Elections in Citrus County Florida for failure to uphold her oath of office. This lawsuit was filed at the Citrus County Courthouse June 3rd 2020. Click the document below to download the .pdf document. The download will open in a new window. All information presented here is public, the Court Case number is 2020CA332, which can be found at this link .
Judge Carol A. Falvey originally was assigned the case but she filed for recusal and the case went to Chief Judge Daniel B. Merritt, Jr. of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court (BE FORWARNED *NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC:* The Code of Judicial Conduct governing behavior by judges forbids the Judges of the Fifth Judicial Circuit to discuss pending cases with the public.) who is in Hernando and the clerk of courts said it is expected that the case will be given to a “Senior” Judge, meaning a retired Judge to handle or another judge in another county of the Fifth Judicial Circuit who shall hear all further matters.
A summons was issued June 4, 2020 Click the document below to download the .pdf document. The download will open in a new window. All information presented here is public, the Court Case number is 2020CA332, which can be found at this link .
The Return of Service was returned in the mail and was served to the Defendant, Susan Gill, Supervisor of Elections on June 10 2020.
UPDATED JUNE 22 2020.
Champlain Business College Burlington VT Accounting Quality Control Inspector NASA Apollo Lunar Lander Module Simmonds Precision Vergennes VT Castleton State College BA Sociology Castleton VT 1977 Substitute Teacher Citrus County CR High School, Lecanto High School & Hernando Elementary Liberty Delivery Homosassa FL 18 years Citrus County Property Appraiser Field Appraiser Retired 2017 14 years After Champlain Business College on the shores of Lake Champlain where I study bookkeeping (accounting) I went to work for a contractor (Simmonds Precision) in Vermont that was chosen by NASA to build the fuel gauges for Apollo’s Lunar Landing Module and I became a Quality Control Inspector for the assembled fuel gauges for the Lander.
There were 6 of them 3 for each propulsion unit. Redundancy was the name of that game. My Inspection stamp may be on the moon! After a government contract was cancelled I was laid off. Owning and operating The Store, in Whiting VT which was an Amoco gas station and country store and it had an apartment over the store making it a perfect fit while I attended college at Castleton State College during the day and came home and ran the The Store and gas station at night for four years while obtaining my B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Education. Taking a sabbatical after College to come to Florida, postponing my LSAT’s in preparation for law school, is where I meet my beautiful wife, Corl, who was working as a breakfast manager at Burger King and soon Vermont and the LSAT’s were forgotten. I met Bessie Reese of the Citrus County School Board and she suggested that I substitute teach while deciding where I wanted to work, which I did for a few years teaching at Crystal River High School, Lecanto High School and Hernando Elementary School. Working as a private contractor for Citrus County for 18 years, as owner-operator of Liberty Delivery with 15- 20 employees, we delivered all the county agenda’s and other documents to the various boards and offices of the county as well as other deliveries in and out of Citrus County included but not limited to, doctor offices for labs specimens, transporting medical equipment between the two hospitals in the county during their early reconstruction, Damron’s Parts (LKQ), etc. After missing 8 weeks work in 2005 because of my open heart surgery I went back to work at the Citrus County Property Appraiser’s Office and worked the next 14 years in a power chair that I plan to continue using when elected Property Appraiser. Working for 14 years in the Citrus County Property Appraisers Office, retiring as a Field Appraiser and having 32 years accumulated experience with the intricacies of Citrus County government in all areas puts me an in unparalleled position to take over the reins of property appraiser.
I believe in AMERICA, I believe in AMERICAN VALUES, and Americans are the greatest people on earth! We’ve always risen to the occasion, whether it is militarily or aid for natural disasters! Knowing right from wrong seems to be in everyone’s makeup even when the propaganda machines try to make it not so, yet there are those who choose to ignore the natural laws. Most Americans respect and love this country, would die for it and have died for it, yet there are those who only give lip service to our flag, our nation, our people, while they plot to circumvent the laws, break the laws and con the people, it is these people that put a stain on all of us, it is these people who degrade all of us while degrading our form of government and it is these people who degrade the brave men and women who have fought and died to preserve our freedoms given us through the Constitution and all the laws derived from it. We as a nation have weathered many storms, we as Citrus County Citizens have done the same, but the cream of the crop has not always risen to the top, for difficult times it has taken straightforward talk, telling it like it is, to stir those who have lost faith in the system and in themselves, to stir them to the belief that they too can have a piece of the pie, they too can participate in a fair and balanced government, that they too do not have to be the wealthiest to clean a dirty house! Divide and conquer is the underlying theme of today’s world both on the national scene and local scene, it’s all a game to many, while laughing, mocking and betraying the trust of the people who have elected them. I’ve seen it first hand and it disgusts me as I’m sure it does you! This is not what our forefathers fought for nor it is what our brave men and women who have fought countless wars for, as the Nation is torn with the proceedings in Washington, Citrus is torn with those who thumb their noses at you the voters while making a mockery of our local government and those elected who followed the laws of the land.
Make no mistake my fellow Citizens; those who violate the laws of the land will have no place in my administration!
I’m David Gregory Republican Candidate for Citrus County Property Appraiser. Man of the People for the People, a Constitutional office should have someone who follows the Constitution and Florida Statutes, you can’t pick and choose the laws you follow! I’m the man in the power chair nothings stops me don’t let anything stop you!
I retired from the Property Appraisers office in 2017 after 14 years, as a Field Appraiser, having been crossed trained in all the positions of the office, I’m am the best choice for Citrus County Property Appraiser!
The link below is to my Campaign Donation Page it will open in a new browser window, it’s safe and secure!!
Richard “Rick” Schroeder files as an NPA candidate for property appraiser in Citrus County. Questions arise as to whether he will have to resign from his position with the Citrus County Property Appraiser office as required by the Citrus County Property Appraiser’s Employee Manual? These questions wait to be answered. Although the Supervisor of Elections shows he has not filed any of the necessary documentation which is required according to State Law to accompanied this filing as displayed today Tuesday 11.5.2019 on the screen copy of the Supervisor of Elections website shown below. A link to the page of candidates is here check and see IF and WHEN the appropriate paperwork appears on the Susan Gill, Supervisor of Elections website page!
When the August 2020 Primaries roll around an interesting and mostly unknown exception might come about!
In most closed primary states it’s pretty much what the name implies. you have to be of that particular party in order to vote in that primary, Republicans vote in the Republican primary, Democrats in their primary and other affiliations in whatever particular party they may be designated.
However, in Florida there are times when all registered voters can vote in a primary election, regardless of which major or minor political party they are registered or even if they are registered without a specific party affiliation:
- If all the candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner of the primary election will not face any opposition in the general election (i.e. no write-in candidates have qualified), then all registered voters can vote for any of the candidates for that office in the primary election.
- If races for nonpartisan (i.e., free from party affiliation) judicial and school board offices, nonpartisan special districts or local referendum questions are on the primary election ballot, then all registered voters, including those without party affiliation are entitled to vote those races on the ballot.
Something’s wrong with your uncle across the street. He’s always been a strange guy, but he’s been acting more strangely than usual since he lost his job last month. He’s been drinking a lot more too. He sits around all day, drinking Genny Light, and watching TV when he’s not blasting up the backyard with his .12 gauge. He’s been banned from the local bar, which is a rare distinction to achieve. Your aunt is so afraid of him that she and her kids just moved in with you. She’s terrified he’s going to hurt himself or someone else. Thing is, so far he hasn’t done anything illegal: He hasn’t made any direct threats, or brandished his guns in public, or assaulted anyone.
If you live in a state that has red flag laws, formally known as Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) or, in some states, as Gun Violence Restraining Orders, your aunt can petition to have your uncle’s guns taken away for a period of time (for weeks, months, or up to a year, depending on the state).
The process differs from state to state, but generally the petitioner is a family member of the respondent, who has to present evidence to a judge, while the respondent has the opportunity to contest these claims. Some states allow judges to issue emergency orders without the respondent having to be present, much like a restraining order. In these cases, a judge can authorize police to immediately confiscate the firearms of the respondent, who can contest this action at a later court hearing.
Before Parkland, five states had red flag laws on the books. In the past year, nine more states passed them, and 25 states are considering them. Supporters, such as the Giffords Law Center, point to success police have had in stopping potential mass shootings using these laws, such as a case in Vermont last year, in which police confiscated the guns of an 18-year-old who kept a notebook titled “Journal of an Active Shooter.”
Furthermore, one study focusing on suicides in states with red flag laws found a demonstrable reduction in suicide rates, and a similar study that focused on Connecticut estimated that that state’s red flag law may have prevented up to 100 suicides.
As far as gun control laws go, these measures are widely popular. That even goes for Texas, where 72 percent of voters voiced support in a recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. That popularity also extends to Texas Republicans, 60 percent of whom favor these laws. So far Republican-controlled legislatures in Indiana and Florida have passed such bills, and seven Republican governors have signed red flag bills into law. Even National Review has written favorably about them. This post will continue after the break for the Citrus County incident.
Similar circumstances resulted in the death of a women in Citrus County Aug 2018
Identity released of woman fatally shot by police during drug raid
Editor’s Note: The number of occupants inside the raided home was changed from 11 to 10 to reflect information stated in reports from the State Attorney’s Office.
Authorities have released the name of the woman who police shot and killed during a Thursday morning drug raid at a Beverly Hills house.
Jessica Cribbs was fatally shot just after 6 a.m. when narcotics detectives and SWAT teams served a search warrant for a house on the 6000 block of West Rio Grande Drive in the Pine Ridge community, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) spokeswoman Lindsay Blair said Friday.
Reportedly, the 45-year-old Cribbs had pointed a firearm at deputies from Citrus and Hernando counties and was fatally shot after police were unable to get her to lower her weapon.
No police were injured, but two of the 10 people — including an infant — lawmen found inside the home suffered from minor injures and were later released from a hospital. Blair would not confirm Friday if those wounds were dealt by gunfire or shrapnel.
An ongoing and standard investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into the deputy-involved shooting is keeping officials from divulging details about the incident, Cribbs and the other unidentified occupants involved with the raid.
Blair and Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) spokesman Michael Terry said neither of their agency’s deputies are equipped with body cameras.
HCSO Deputy E.J. Varrichio, who was involved in the shooting, was placed on administrative leave with pay, according to Terry.
Terry said 32-year-old Varrichio, who has served with HCSO since June 2011, was placed on leave because he was the only Hernando County deputy who discharged his firearm.
Citing FDLE’s shooting probe, Blair would not say if more than one deputy had opened fire on Cribbs.
Prior to Thursday, the sheriff’s Tactical Impact Unit had conducted a lengthy investigation of possible drug sales at the residence, and had enough evidence to get a circuit judge to sign a search warrant, Blair said.
Planners of Thursday’s raid were aware there would be an infant and numerous people inside the home when they would conduct their search, Blair said, adding that deputies who participate in executing search warrants are trained to safely enter a home with children inside.
Blair would not comment on who inside the home narcotics investigators were targeting.
Terry said because the home was large, members of the Citrus County and Hernando County SWAT teams had to breach from separate entrances.
Deputies did arrest two men, Cody Lynn Blagburn and Cameryn David Holloway, for allegedly distributing marijuana from the home, which is listed as their address on their arrest reports.
Police found a digital scale on the floor of Blagburn’s bedroom, and 4.27 pounds of marijuana and 16-and-a-half pills of clonazepam inside his safe, according to Blagburn’s arrest report.
Blagburn, 23, was charged with possessing marijuana with intent to sell, possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Blagburn was jailed on an $8,000 bond, but at first appearance on Friday, his bond was reduced to $6,000, according to the Citrus County Detention Facility.
In Holloway’s room, deputies found a scale, marijuana, baggies and other distribution equipment. Holloway, 18, was charged with possessing marijuana with intent to sell and possessing drug paraphernalia.
According to the county jail, Holloway posted bail Friday on a $6,000 bond. READ REST OF STORY HERE CHRONICLE ONLINE
Make note that the search warrant WAS NOT for Jessica Faith Cribbs, rather for an individual who lived there and was selling marijuana.
Obituary for Jessica Faith Cribbs
Jessica Faith Cribbs, age 45, of Beverly Hills, FL passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018 at her residence. She was a graduate of Marietta High School and Full Sail University and she was retired from the U.S. ARMY where she was a Multi Media Illustrator.
To read the full obituary, please visit the memorial website for Jessica Faith Cribbs at South Canton Funeral Home.
Jessica Cribbs was recently murdered by the very people that are supposed to protect us. She always had a kind and giving heart which led to her ultimate demise. In the break of daylight on 30 September, Citrus County and Hernando County Sheriff departments raided her home on a search warrant for one of her tenants.
Jessica Cribbs was medically retired from the Army, and was bound to a wheelchair. Her disabilities never stopped her from living an abundant life full of love and faith. Married to her best friend, all who knew them would tell you they were soul mates.
Please note this information is given to raise concern regarding the Red Flag laws and the unintended but deadly consequences of what would seem as good intentions, BEWARE, according to sources law enforcement does not have to knock on the doors and announce themselves! Ultimately it would appear that it is the beginning of the Minority Report a movie that depicted a future where police arrested people before any crimes had been committed, just in case!
Continue to read the rest of the article in order to get the feel and depth of this type of legislation and the eventual consequences that will come about.
The Consequences of Disarming the Uncooperative
Yet as popular and sensible as these measures might sound, here is how the application of a red flag law — signed into law by a Republican governor — played out last year in Maryland:
On November 5, two Anne Arundel County police officers knocked on the door of Gary J. Willis at 5:17 AM. They were there to serve Willis with an ERPO and confiscate his guns. Willis, who had been asleep, answered the door with a gun in his hand.
The officers said Willis put the gun down, then “became irate” when they explained why they were there — and picked up the gun again. A struggle ensued, and one of the officers fatally shot Willis.
Police and many gun control advocates pointed to this incident as proof that Maryland’s red flag law was working. Yet one doesn’t have to Google too hard to find a sharply contrary view: On one website after another, gun rights’ advocates present this shooting as a symbol of gun control gone insane. And you don’t have to delve too deeply into the comment sections to find people basically accusing the cops of murder.
Serving Extreme Risk Protection Orders can lead to violent confrontations. Photo credit: © Tampa Bay Times/ZUMAPRESS.com
One of Willis’s relatives was “dumbfounded” by the shooting, telling the Baltimore Sun that police “didn’t need to do what they did.” Nevertheless, that’s what happened, and it happened after another family member applied for the ERPO.
Due Process and ‘The Minority Report’: Where the ACLU and Conservatives Find Common Ground
Willis is not around to ask for his version of what happened that morning. But one cannot predict how an armed person — especially one who gave relatives reason for concern — would react to being awakened at 5:17 in the morning and disarmed by police.
This is not the only kind of troubling scenario these laws might produce, and it isn’t only the bloggers of the alt-right who have concerns. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Rhode Island, for instance, has serious qualms with that state’s red flag law.
In a 14-page analysis, the organization last year took issue with “the breadth of this legislation, its impact on civil liberties, and the precedent it sets for the use of coercive measures against individuals, not because they are alleged to have committed any crime, but because somebody believes they might, someday, commit one.”
Possible violation of due process is the primary concern of this paper, which likens this law to the science fiction scenario of The Minority Report, in which precognitive police try to stop crimes before they’re committed.
The paper also argues that an ERPO “could be issued without any indication that the person poses an imminent threat to others, and without any evidence that he or she ever committed, or has even threatened to commit, an act of violence with a firearm.”
It also points out that a respondent is not automatically appointed counsel for a court hearing, and that ultimately the burden of regaining possession of confiscated guns is placed on the respondent.
The paper questions whether “overblown political rhetoric” on social media might constitute grounds for a judge to issue one of these orders. Also, it expresses concern that police might someday use this law “as a shortcut to seize lawfully owned weapons” from suspected gang members, or “as a general search warrant that could conveniently allow police to ‘stumble across’ evidence of unrelated illegal activity.”
Finally, there’s the unintentional social damage that such an order might do to a respondent, since the law could allow police “to warn potentially hundreds of people that the individual might pose a significant danger to them.”
The national ACLU has taken a more ambiguous stance on red flag laws, saying only that these laws “must at a minimum have clear, nondiscriminatory criteria for defining persons as dangerous and a fair process for those affected to object and be heard by a court,” but without going into further specifics.
Many of the concerns raised by the Rhode Island ACLU are shared by the Rutherford Institute, a legal defense nonprofit generally viewed as the ACLU’s conservative mirror-image. “The major due process concern with ERPOs is that they allow a person to be deprived of property (a gun) and liberty (their Second Amendment right) before they are granted an opportunity to be heard,” John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, told WhoWhatWhy.
Like the Rhode Island ACLU, Whitehead foresaw the potential for abuse by police “for malicious ends, such as to harass the target.” He also cited the Maryland incident as an example of the possibility that “violent confrontations” might occur “when police arrive unexpectedly to seize a person’s firearms.”
But the most chilling concern that Whitehead identified was the possible misuse of an ERPO by police “to conduct an end run around the limits of the Fourth Amendment’s ban on warrantless searches and seizures.”
Whitehead also agreed with the Rhode Island ACLU’s concerns about the law’s failure to provide for legal assistance. “The target can apply for assistance from a public defender,” he said, “but there is no guarantee that such assistance will be granted, forcing the target to either represent themselves or expend significant amounts to hire an attorney.”
Both concerns regarding legal counsel also involve scenarios in which poor respondents would face serious obstacles to defending themselves. While most red flag laws have provisions criminalizing malicious misuse of these orders, that misuse can only be challenged by a respondent who is able to attend all scheduled court hearings. Poorer respondents may have limited resources, or no transportation, or an employer who won’t grant time off for a court hearing.
So far, neither Whitehead nor the Rhode Island ACLU is aware of any court cases challenging red flag laws on constitutional grounds. However, given the problems identified by critics on both the left and right, it may be only a matter of time before that happens.
These laws do not address the fact that potentially dangerous people are able to easily get guns in the first place. US civilians own anywhere between 265 million and 393 million guns — or even as many as 600 million. The estimates vary so widely because no one really knows how many guns are out there — or who owns them. REST OF STORY HERE
David Carpenter’s A1 Locksmith does not fall into the Ugly category but certainly does into the Bad and doesn’t have real far to go to be an official Ugly Business here in Citrus County!
He started my van with the electronic key and fob and acted like the fob would be reprogram and had to leave it was raining and said the fob should be reprogramed when the rain stopped I went out and discovered the key fob was not reprogrammed and called him. He said it would cost me another $35.00 service charge to have him come back out for the key fob even though he said it was programed or I could come out to his place and he would fix it. Went out to his place and long story short everything costed $120.00 with key fob not program, glad he got the van started not happy with the cost or his attitude of being correct but could not program the fob. It was clear he did not have the means or knowledge to reprogram the key fob. The business van has no discernable markings indicating the business, it’s a big white Nissan Van.