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Friday, May 26, 2006

Sheriff Stoots Shoots Self in the Foot in Lunenburg County


A real life “Barney Fife” story in Lunenburg County

Special Election in Lunenburg County on August 8th Heats Up

In recent weeks the Iconoclast has covered the election of a local newspaper editor to the office of Mayor of Blackstone. This piece and the ensuing discussion generated a fair amount of interest in neighboring Lunenburg County. One thing leads to another and such it was with the arrival of a parcel of newspaper clippings by snail-mail earlier this week.

Indeed, these clippings revealed an interesting story, as our Lunenburg source promised; one that is still unfolding in the weeks leading up to a special election for Sheriff of Lunenburg County scheduled forAugust 8th, 2006.

In a nut shell, this story is an example of extremely poor political judgment by one recently appointed Sheriff Randall L. Stoots of Lunenburg County. This is a story about politicizing public safty and of squandering of human resources.

It seems the story started with the untimely and sudden death (by natural causes) of then Sheriff Charles Warren Stokes. In the aftermath of Sheriff Stokes’ sudden death, then Chief Deputy Randall L. Stoots, who had served directly under Sheriff Stokes, was elevated to Sheriff by appointment on May 1st, to serve until a special election could be scheduled.

So far, so good…

But then, in a master stroke of political ham-fisted poor judgment, the newly appointed Sheriff Stoots first announces his intentions to run for Sheriff in the up-coming special election, and second, summarily fires two senior members of the Lunenburg County Sheriff’s department, one Deputy Arthur Townsend (21 years with the Department) and two Deputy Jimmy Moses (25 years with the Department). Sheriff Stoots is reported to have been employed in law enforcement since 1997, or about 9 years.

As an aside note, now former Deputy Townsend was a close runner up in the special election for Sheriff of November 2004, losing with 1,253 votes to the winner’s (the recently deceased Sheriff Stokes) 1,527 votes.

In justifying the firings, Sheriff Stoots explained that he asked all deputies for their “continued support and cooperation” and the two fired deputies apparently declined to agree to the offered terms. Instead, the then deputies Townsend and Moses apparently indicated their intent to also toss their hats into the ring for the special election for Sheriff later this summer.

From the news clippings provided, there is absolutely no indication that either deputy (Townsend or Moses) refused to carry out his oath of office or to follow lawful orders from a superior officer. Their only apparent “crime” was their revelation that they also intended to run in the special election for the office of Sheriff later this summer, just like Sheriff Stoots had done earlier.

This seems like a pretty clear intent by Sheriff Stoots to sacrifice two competent and experienced deputies and the public safety in a feeble attempt to eliminate competition in the up-coming special election.

As of this date, a fourth candidate has emerged for the special election of August 8th: Lt. David R. Jackson, a Mecklenburg Correctional Center officer. So, as of now, the special election seems to be a four way race with newly appointed Sheriff Randal L Stoots, facing off against former Deputy Arthur Townsend, former Deputy Jimmy Moses, and Department of Corrections Lt. David R. Jackson.

Four way races are extremely unpredictable, especially when the total number of votes is very small. Our analysis of the 2004 election reveals that only slightly over 5,200 voters showed up to cast votes in a seven way race. The winner in that county-wide race got only 1,527 votes. So the August 8th, 2006 special election can be similarly fragmented and won by a relative hand-full of votes.

The Iconoclast has sworn no oath of personal loyalty to any of the candidates running for the office of Sheriff of Lunenburg County in the special election of August 8th, 2006. However, it is fair to say that the Iconoclast would support the election of the best qualified candidate to “protect and serve” as Sheriff of Lunenburg County.

From the information we have available, it is clear that incumbent Sheriff Randall L. Stoots (just appointed) is the Iconoclast’s choice for the “Barney Fife Self Inflicted Shot in the Foot Award.” And just to be fair, Sheriff Stoots' entire public statement explaining his actions concerning the dismissal of former deoputies Townsend and Moses is provided here.

To: Citizens of Lunenburg County

From: Randall L. Stoots, Sheriff

In 2004, the citizens of Lunenburg County elected Charles W. Stokes as the Sheriff. After careful consideration, Sheriff Stokes appointed me, Randall Stoots, as the Chief Deputy. On April 24, 2006, due to the untimely death of Sheriff Stokes, I was appointed as the Sheriff of Lunenburg County.

As the Sheriff, I asked the deputies for their continued support and cooperation. All deputies, with the exception of two, stated that I would have their support. I personally talked with both of these deputies in hopes that they would reconsider their decision not to support me. Both of these deputies told me several times that they would not support me. Several additional attempts were made to gain the support of these deputies and each time I was told that I would not have their support.

In order to be an effective leader of any organization, you must have the support and cooperation of your staff. This is especially important in law enforcement where the primary mission is the protection of the public. If these two deputies were to come to me today and ask for their job back, I would give it to them. All I would ask for in return is their support of me as the Sheriff of Lunenburg County. I have no hard feelings toward either of these individuals, all that I requested was their support and they said no.

My primary focus as the Sheriff is and will continue to be the protection of the citizens of Lunenburg County.

God Bless the Citizens of Lunenburg
Randall L. Stoots, Sheriff


Frankly, Sheriff Stoots' explanation is a poor one. If you read Sheriff Stoots' public statement he does not say that the deputies refused to honor their oaths of office nor does he say that they failed to honor direct orders. Sheriff Stoots states that "I requested their support and they said no." From the entirety of the information avaialble, it seems quite clear that the "support" Sheriff Stoots asked for is for his candidacy for Sheriff as opposed to asking the deputies to renew their oaths of office by continuing to serve the citizens of Lunenburg County.

There is a big difference between an oath of office serving the citizens and an oath of loyalty to an individual for political reasons.

No Sheriff has a right to require subordinate deputies to swear an oath of personal loyalty to himself, effectively subordinating the oath of office to protect the peace and public safety to personal political interests.

This is just wrong.


As far as endorsements are concerned, the Iconoclast would have to give equal consideration to candidates Arthur Townsend and Jimmy Moses. Each having over two decades of experience and no compelling reason to question their qualifications for office, either one of these candidates seems well qualified to serve as Sheriff of Lunenburg County.

Wonder what words of wisdom Sheriff Andy Taylor might offer on this sorry display of bad political judgment and waste of valuable law enforcement experience? I'll bet Andy would take away Sheriff Stoot's bullets.

May the best candidate win on August 8th, 2006.

41 Comments:

  • At 5/27/2006 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sounds like Sheriff Stoots just gave a way the keys to the jail.

     
  • At 5/27/2006 5:13 PM, Blogger SouthoftheJames.com said…

    I eagerly await what you find out. It's about time someone lit a fire under Lunenburg's figurative butt.

    -- Conaway

     
  • At 5/30/2006 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I live in Virginia and this is the first time I've even heard of this County. Still this is interesting all the same, is the local media in the area covering this story? Seems like total BS to me.

     
  • At 5/30/2006 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good insight and reporting!

     
  • At 5/30/2006 7:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Seems to me that the Sheriff would have been smarter to keep those two boys on the job and very busy so they wouldn't have so much time on their hands to campaign for the office of Sheriff.

     
  • At 5/31/2006 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Will,

    It is just not right to make fun of Barney like this. Barney is a good lawman and may occasionally hit a few bumps in the road. But never, and I mean never, would he do something like this. So please, in the future, do law enforcement people everywhere a big favor and do not compare Barney to Sheriff Stoots.

    Very sincerely,

    Sheriff Andy Taylor
    Mayberry, NC

    PS. Y'all come down and see us sometime.

     
  • At 6/01/2006 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I would have to agree with my friend and collegue Sheriff Taylor. I personally find nothing wrong with Sheriff Stoot's behavior. He's a good man, and only has the best interest of the Citizens in mind.

    Sincerely,

    Sheriff Boss Hogg
    Harzard County, TX

     
  • At 6/02/2006 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The blog site owner here presents himself as some sort of self-appointed country legalist with the community's best intentions in mind. He, however, is a the real Boss Hog of Brokeback Mountain. Besides, Barney Fife was a great guy. Just ask Andy Griffith.

    Check this Hogg's blog.

    He supports gay rights! Gay marriage! And who knows what other kind of perversion.

    It's not about community for him except in the sense, perhaps, of communism. We heard about the free love movement and communism in the 1960s. Now we have the gay love movement. Gay sex, the gay lifestyle, etc. are OK if you really love someone. Just be free. Just love the opposite sex.

    Guess what?

    Freedom is not the be all and end all. America was built on Christian values by Christian people. And Christianity declares homosexuality immoral. It is nothing more than disguised pedophilia. Child molesters and homosexuals want to have sex with persons outside the confines of a God ordained, anatomically and biologically destined design (even Darwin would view homosexuality as a significant aberration.)

    Human anatomy states that men were made for women, humans were made for humans, and adults made for adults, not some other combination. That's the truth. It is plainly obvious.

    Romans 1:19-20 tells us, “What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made."

    You simply cannot deny it. It is inherently obvious. You would be a liar to deny it. Even Darwin would agree that humans evolved for those purposes. The sex roles of males and females from the plant kingdom to the animal kingdom are immutable and obvious. Penises were made for vaginas. Penises were not made for other penises. Vaginas were not made for other vaginas. But homosexuals would deny the truth.

    Romans 1:25-27 tells us, "they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."

    If the propaganda were to say that we should all defy anatomy and only have one arm. How many people would be made unhappy, if they believed they had to remove their arm? Only the most disordered would actually enjoy having their arm removed. Maybe that is due penalty for your perversion. You choose homosexuality, then you cannot have children.

    Stop the gay propaganda and set people's minds free. Thought control hasn't worked in China. It won't work here.

     
  • At 6/02/2006 8:25 AM, Blogger Truth 2025 said…

    The blog site owner here presents himself as some sort of self-appointed country legalist with the community's best intentions in mind. He, however, is a the real Boss Hog of Brokeback Mountain. Besides, Barney Fife was a great guy. Just ask Andy Griffith.

    Check this Hogg's blog.

    He supports gay rights! Gay marriage! And who knows what other kind of perversion.

    It's not about community for him except in the sense, perhaps, of communism. We heard about the free love movement and communism in the 1960s. Now we have the gay love movement. Gay sex, the gay lifestyle, etc. are OK if you really love someone. Just be free. Just love the opposite sex.

    Guess what?

    Freedom is not the be all and end all. America was built on Christian values by Christian people. And Christianity declares homosexuality immoral. It is nothing more than disguised pedophilia. Child molesters and homosexuals want to have sex with persons outside the confines of a God ordained, anatomically and biologically destined design (even Darwin would view homosexuality as a significant aberration.)

    Human anatomy states that men were made for women, humans were made for humans, and adults made for adults, not some other combination. That's the truth. It is plainly obvious.

    Romans 1:19-20 tells us, “What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made."

    You simply cannot deny it. It is inherently obvious. You would be a liar to deny it. Even Darwin would agree that humans evolved for those purposes. The sex roles of males and females from the plant kingdom to the animal kingdom are immutable and obvious. Penises were made for vaginas. Penises were not made for other penises. Vaginas were not made for other vaginas. But homosexuals would deny the truth.

    Romans 1:25-27 tells us, "they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."

    If the propaganda were to say that we should all defy anatomy and only have one arm. How many people would be made unhappy, if they believed they had to remove their arm? Only the most disordered would actually enjoy having their arm removed. Maybe that is due penalty for your perversion. You choose homosexuality, then you cannot have children.

    Stop the gay propaganda and set people's minds free. Thought control hasn't worked in China. It won't work here.

     
  • At 6/02/2006 8:25 AM, Blogger Truth 2025 said…

    The blog site owner here presents himself as some sort of self-appointed country legalist with the community's best intentions in mind. He, however, is a the real Boss Hog of Brokeback Mountain. Besides, Barney Fife was a great guy. Just ask Andy Griffith.

    Check this Hogg's blog.

    He supports gay rights! Gay marriage! And who knows what other kind of perversion.

    It's not about community for him except in the sense, perhaps, of communism. We heard about the free love movement and communism in the 1960s. Now we have the gay love movement. Gay sex, the gay lifestyle, etc. are OK if you really love someone. Just be free. Just love the opposite sex.

    Guess what?

    Freedom is not the be all and end all. America was built on Christian values by Christian people. And Christianity declares homosexuality immoral. It is nothing more than disguised pedophilia. Child molesters and homosexuals want to have sex with persons outside the confines of a God ordained, anatomically and biologically destined design (even Darwin would view homosexuality as a significant aberration.)

    Human anatomy states that men were made for women, humans were made for humans, and adults made for adults, not some other combination. That's the truth. It is plainly obvious.

    Romans 1:19-20 tells us, “What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made."

    You simply cannot deny it. It is inherently obvious. You would be a liar to deny it. Even Darwin would agree that humans evolved for those purposes. The sex roles of males and females from the plant kingdom to the animal kingdom are immutable and obvious. Penises were made for vaginas. Penises were not made for other penises. Vaginas were not made for other vaginas. But homosexuals would deny the truth.

    Romans 1:25-27 tells us, "they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."

    If the propaganda were to say that we should all defy anatomy and only have one arm. How many people would be made unhappy, if they believed they had to remove their arm? Only the most disordered would actually enjoy having their arm removed. Maybe that is due penalty for your perversion. You choose homosexuality, then you cannot have children.

    Stop the gay propaganda and set people's minds free. Thought control hasn't worked in China. It won't work here.

     
  • At 6/02/2006 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What's even better is that the mayor of the town is rumored to have put him up to it. This mayor is also the undertaker, fire chief, and once a furniture store owner as well.

     
  • At 6/02/2006 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Truth 2025 seems to be upset because you took a shot at Sheriff Taylor..funny!

     
  • At 6/02/2006 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What in the hell does gay marriage have to do with Sheriff Stoots' insane decision to fire two experiened Deputies????????

     
  • At 6/02/2006 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Truth 2025 has way, way too much time on his hands worrying about gays. When an individual fixates too much on any one thing, they begin to see the object of fixation everywhere. There is help out there for people so aflicted. But first they need to acknowledge that there is a problem.

     
  • At 6/02/2006 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Truth, what the hell is yor problem?

     
  • At 6/06/2006 10:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ok. So we got some crackpots out there. Get back to the subject of Sheriff Stoots and his problem with judgment.

    I would like to hear from Sheriff Stoots. Why should we vote for him? Does he have some ideas? What are they? We got some issues in Lunenburg and I would like to hear how he is going to address them.

    So, Sheriff Stoots, what do you say?

     
  • At 6/12/2006 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We see recently that Sheriff Stoots' defenders are attempting in public letters to do damage control by justifying the dismissal of two deputies as appropriate behavior. All he is trying to do is to eliminate fair competition for the office of Sheriff. The voters see through this excuse and will send him a message on election day.

     
  • At 6/14/2006 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    well before the last election

    deruty Townsend lost his weapon,at central high school when he took off his gun belt to play basketball. To this date his gun has never been recovered. When sheriff Adams was alive he and mrs.Townsend caught deputy Townsend and the dispatcher having sex in the sheriff's office. He should have been fired then. Iannot vote for a person who cannot keep up with his own weapon.

     
  • At 6/14/2006 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is getting juicy. Now, if Sheriff Stoots can just get some good dirt on former Deputy Jimmy Moses and the other dude, he will have it made on election day. So much for taking the high road. Lets get down and play in the mud.

     
  • At 6/23/2006 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jimmy Moses is the best choice. He has a lot of experience, and is a nice man who would keep the citizens in mind. Also there have been spray-paint on some Moses and Townsend signs...what does htat say to you?

     
  • At 6/26/2006 10:53 PM, Anonymous Curtis Brooks said…

    I am a Sheriff Stoots Supporter and understand that he is probably the only man for the job that will break up the good ole boy PD's of Lunenburg County. Randall Stoots also had his personal property and signs vandalized but this was not mentioned in the paper. This county and the local newspapers are tendentious of our sheriff.
    "Arthur Townsend and Jimmy Moses... Each having over two decades of experience" does not make them automatically qualified for the job.

     
  • At 6/27/2006 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If I had to guess it sounds as if Sheriff Stoops, and his supporters are attempting to do a little "damage control" at this moment. If Sheriff Stoops is interested in breaking the "good ole boy" system, then he will have his chance to do so come this August. But what qualatative standards do you apply to someone to determine if they are "good ole boys" or not, seems to be alot of "wiggle room" in this definition.

    I don't know this to be true, but it wouldn't surprise me if Stoops (and some of his supporters) are attempting to martyr the Sheriff (by destroying his signs) in order to once again deflect attention from his silly decision.

    If Stoops is confident that he is indeed the best man for the job, the voters will elect him. Dismissing the two deputies was a poor decison, and he should have know better...it just looks bad!

     
  • At 6/28/2006 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is a shame that one small community has nothining else to do but make comments and threats to a man who is doing his job. NO ONE could ever understand the responsibility and stress that has been given to Sheriff Stoots who wants to do the job he was given with grace and honor. There have been to many years where people in authority have taken advantage of there position and gotten away with more then anyone could imagine and those individuals know who they are. I applaud the honest man and the only honest man on the ticket for Sheriff is STOOTS!!!!!!

     
  • At 6/28/2006 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think your still missing the point..i assume that stoops was appointed to the postion to "hold hte postion" until a special election could be held..correct? if this is this case, then indeed it was poor decision (some might say stupid) to fire two senior deputies. If what you claim is true, then stoops will be vindicated in august...

    still, good people can make bad decisions, and I think this is what the blog author is trying to communicate...

     
  • At 6/29/2006 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As a relative newcomer to Lunenburg, I don't know personally any of the candidates for the special election for Sheriff.

    However, if I may observe, I would suggest that this discussion is a good thing and shows that there is some interest in the community to make things better.

    Over the past three and a half years, I have listened to people grumble about the problems with our County officials here in Lunenburg. But when it comes to doing something about the problems, I see too much apathy.

    So, I am happy to see this discussion on the special election for Sheriff. It is only one office but it is important.

    And no, I am not prepared to endorse any one of the four candidates at this time. I am still listening and looking for answers.

    Thanks.

     
  • At 6/30/2006 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    All these problems the Sheriff is having is unfair. He was just doing what Barny would have done. Nip it! Nip it in the bud!

     
  • At 7/13/2006 2:31 PM, Anonymous Jeff Paul said…

    I personally know each of the three major candidates in this election. I have worked side by side with them all for several years as a law enforcement officer in Lunenburg county. I know alot that the general public doesn't know. Not from rumors or hearsay, but because I am behind the scenes with them. I know the answers to most questions you may have and will give them honestly. If I don't know the answer I will simply tell you I don't know. As far as Mr. Stoots goes, I've never really had any problems with Stoots until this whole firing of the Deputies scandal. Stoots has always seemd to be an ok, laid back, country boy kind of guy. I would never in a million years have expected him to do something like this. The two deputies that he fired were both honest, hard working deputies with lots of experience and were both an asset to our Sheriff's Office. I was extremely dissappointed with Mr. Stoot's "Insecurity" based decision. Some people say "well if Sheriff Stokes liked him enough to make him Chief Deputy, them he must be ok"...WRONG!! Sheriff Stokes told me himself that the only reason he made Stoots his chief deputy was... and I quote..."Because everybody else ran against me". Stoot's sidekick Curtis Brooks is obviously being fed information. The problem with that is that if you don't know the truth firsthand, then second hand information can get you in alot of trouble You can't always rely on what someone else tells you as being the truth. This is where the possibility of Slander Suits come into play. Mr Brooks needs to verify the information he is being fed before posting or printing it. He could be facing alot of trouble. Stoots and Brooks have both made comments that are at the least very misleading, but some are just flat out untrue. For example, Stoots having the same training as everyone else. This is a completely untrue comment that can be verified. I can personally tell you several areas of training that Townsend and Moses have had that Stoots has not. I find it interesting that Stoots thinks that the people of Lunenburg are not smart enough to realize that it is very unlikely that a person with only nine years of experience could possibly have as much continued training as someone with over twenty years experience. In closing, I would like to say that if anyone has a question that they would like answered truthfully, please let me know and I will gladly answer it for you if I know the answer. If you choose not to put them on this discussion you can e mail me personally at jpsjb@yahoo.com .

    Thank you.

     
  • At 7/14/2006 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think it is a shame that you would quote our previous Sheriff when he is not able to confirm or deny this quote. I knew Sheriff Stokes very well and have a hard time believing that this was his only reason. This only proves that you may not be a reliabe source and may be giving biased information. Are you still in law enforcement or just the lead singer of Southern Justice? Stoots is a very fair man and my support goes to him!! Go Sheriff Stoots!!

     
  • At 7/17/2006 12:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is a lot of lies and crap on this website. All I have to say is get your facts straight or shut up.

     
  • At 7/18/2006 6:39 PM, Anonymous Adam said…

    I believe that any person in any organization should strive to excel, and work towards the highest position in that organization. If a senior deputy of 20 plus years has no aspirations to be sheriff then their goals are not being set high. (After saying this I do understand that some law enforcement officers want to do just that. Enforce the law and not do so much administrative.) A person should not be punished for wanting to make the best of themselves, and fulfill their goals. Author Townsend taught me and everyone one of my peers about drug abuse when we were children. He is friends with many people in the county and is a very nice man. Jimmy Moses is also a caring man that also has many friends in the county. Firing two men wishing to excel to the best of their abilities, and that have such a strong network in such a small county is political suicide.

     
  • At 7/19/2006 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I live in Lunenburg and cannot comprehend why people would vote for a whiny Sheriff like Stoots. All he ever does, it seems, is complain, complain, complain. "My wife is being threatened. She's scared to leave the house. My kids are in jeopardy. People throw their trash in my yard." What Stoots will never say is that his wife is going door-to-door every day handing out campaign literature. She sure seems scared to me. Townsend, on the other hand, won't talk to the press. Jackson is NOT a deputy, nor has he ever been - no experience in the field. So, it seems that my vote has to go to Jimmy Moses by default. I will say this, one local paper has printed fine interviews with all of them (except Townsend) and has done other articles about the race. If you want to know about these candidates pick up a few past issues of the Southside Messenger. Other than that, I can't wait for the "Royal Rumble" tomorrow night in Victoria!

     
  • At 7/19/2006 10:07 PM, Anonymous Jeff Paul said…

    First of all, if you choose to be at all credible don't be afraid to post your name. Quit leaving comments anonymously. I quoted what Sheriff Stokes told me because it is fact. That is word for word what he told me. Also, if it was so terrible for me to quote what the late Sheriff said, then it seems like your candidate Mr. Stoots has some explaining to do as well. Have you seen the articles in this weeks local papers? They are full of things that Mr Stoots says was told to him by Sheriff Stokes. Was it alright for him to print them but not me? In final rebuttle to your comment, yes I am still proudly employed as a police officer in Lunenburg County. If you know as much as you think you do, you wouldn't have to ask that. Since my article in the paper, several law enforcement officers within the boundaries of Lunenburg County (including deputies) as well as many citizens have come to me, shook my hand, thanked me, and expressed great gratitude for printing the facts. One comment (from law enforcement) was "I'm glad somebody's telling the truth around here". It's a shame that the only people who know the truth about the lies being told are law enforcement officers who can't openly tell the public because of their position. There is great concern within the law enforcement family in Lunenburg about Mr Stoots but it is not expressed due to employment concerns. Mr Stoots' latest articles are full of misleading information and flat out lies. I have known Stoots for a long time and it is extremely hard for me to believe that he has chosen this strategy for his campaign. I once highly respected Mr Stoots but am now extremely disappointed in his actions. I hope I have answered your questions and I invite you throw more at me if you want more facts. But once again, step out of your cowardly costume...be proud of what you believe in...let everyone know who is supporting Stoots...tell us who you are...but if you don't, I really don't blame you. I would be ashamed too.

    Yours Truly,
    Jeff Paul
    Victoria PD

     
  • At 7/20/2006 3:01 PM, Blogger Tom Wise said…

    Will just posted a new piece in regard to the Sheriff's race in Lunenburg..go direclty to the home page to check it out..

    www.commonwealthiconoclast.blogspot.com

    Tom

     
  • At 7/21/2006 11:44 AM, Blogger Will Vaught said…

    Also go and vote in our new on-line poll...WV

     
  • At 7/27/2006 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I can't believe you are still "spouting" off, Jeff Paul. You little weasel. So, you couldn't make it as a Kenbridge Police Officer, so you thought that Nursing was the way to go. Was it the big salary or the pretty nurses that made you venture into that profession? Well, obviously you couldn't leave a certain pretty thing alone (the one that wrecked/ended your marriage?) so bye-bye Nursing Career. Oops, I did it again. So, the Victoria Police Department is scraping the barrel again and decided to hire you part-time. Oh boy, look out residents of Victoria (and anyone visiting). Jeff, get a full-time job and get out of the papers and off the internet. Most of us are sick of "seeing" you. Have a great day.

     
  • At 7/31/2006 9:32 AM, Anonymous R.H. said…

    I know Jeff Paul personally and this stuff about him is rediculous. If you're gonna say something about someone at least try to know a little bit about them. Jeff has never worked for Kenbridge Police and he has never quit working for Victoria Police. He worked there full time until he finished Nursing school then he went to work as a nurse full time and still works in Victoria part time. He has been working as a nurse full time since he finished school. I don't know about the marriage thing but since absolutely everything else you said is wrong I don't see how that could be correct either. It seems to me that Jeff is just trying to tell the truth when nobody else will. Get a life!!!

     
  • At 8/02/2006 3:25 PM, Blogger Tom Wise said…

    Will is working on another piece about the upcomine special election next week. It will be posted Friday morning, so do check back..TW

     
  • At 8/03/2006 4:33 PM, Anonymous Jeff Paul said…

    The message left on 7-27-06 at 1:30 should serve as a perfect example of how the Stoots campaign has been runnung throughout this whole ordeal. This person is either extremely ignorant of the facts or is just outright intentionally lying and attempting to start more false romors (like I said, a perfect example of the Stoots campaign). R H is exactly right with his statements. I have never been employed by the Kenbridge PD, I've worked as a nurse full time since finishing nursing school over two years ago, and I've been employed with Victoria PD either full time or part time since I left the Sheriffs office to attend nursing school. This person should feel completely humiliated at their ignorance. Also, everyone isn't sick of seeing me. I have had phone calls, e mails, personal visits etc... thanking me and showing support for my statements. Many were made by law enforcement...including deputies working directly under Mr. Stoots whom he claims is supporting him. I would love to see just once, the Stoots campaign state some facts instead of lies and mudslinging. I guess the truth just isn't in you. It really doesn't matter anyway. Tuesday will be here before we know it so...until then.....when you cast your ballot on Tuesday...remember to vote...ANYONE BUT STOOTS!!!

    P.S. The marriage thing is another viscious rumor as well...The weezle thing however, may be true. I'll check with my Grandmother and see if she recollects any weezles in our family tree. I'll get back to you on that.

     
  • At 8/04/2006 7:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jeff,

    How about we tell the "whole truth" about your background with Mr. Stoots. If all of the public knew about your encounter with Stoots I think they would realize why you would vote for anyone but Stoots (and why you are lying about him) Don't accuse anyone else of lying unless you are going to look in the mirror at your own agenda! Remember, when you point your finger at someone, you have 3 more fingers pointing back at you.

     
  • At 8/04/2006 8:55 AM, Blogger Will Vaught said…

    A new post is up today regarding the special electin this coming tuesday..go to the "main page" to read the story, and and always feel free to comment (in a civil manner please)

    you can go the sotry by going to the site at:

    www.commonwealthiconoclast.blogspot.com

    Thanks, WV

     
  • At 10/10/2006 2:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I certainly do miss Sherriff Wesley Adams and the honesty, integrity and professionalism he brought. Since his passing, Lunenburg County seems determined to make itself look to the world like a haven for semi-literate rednecks and in-the-closet homosexuals like...ooops! The little coward only calls himself "anonymous." Get a life, moron (but get a spelling checker, first...then worry about the life!).

     

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