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Complaint Filed with the South Carolina Ethics Commission Against the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office

When John Keen called the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, to back him up while he threw me out of Thousand Trails, Carolina Landing, in Fair Play, South Carolina, that one act started an entire chain of events whose outcome is still to be determined.

What you are about to read below is a copy of the complaint I was forced to file with SLED’s State Ethics Commission,, after I attempted to gain the police report and 911 recordings of the events that transpired on October, 15, 2017. All Exhibits can be viewed by Clicking Here.  All recorded Exhibits starting with a “D”, will be linked from there.

Click on the video to the right to see a special message left for Leslie Blackwell, which could also go to John Keen and Sheriff’s deputies, John Crum and Calley Moore, plus a whole host of others to be named later.

 


On Sunday, October 15, 2017, while resting in my motor home at the Carolina Landing RV Resort, located at 120 Carolina Landing, Fair Play, South Carolina, I was met by Oconee County sheriff’s deputies who were summoned there by the campground property manager. The property manager gave false information to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office in order to receive a pair of deputies for the sole intention of intimidating me into leaving.  After threat of arrest if I did not leave, I agreed to leave without incident.  Before deputies left the scene, Deputy Calley Moore issued me a trespass warning (see Exhibit A).  I am an out of state resident.  My copy of this warning is the original and not a copy. I do not believe that this was a lawful order.

On Monday October 16, 2017, at 3:08 PM, I called the non-emergency phone number of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department, to inquire how to go about obtaining a police report since I know different counties, in different states, have different procedures.  I was transferred to the records department. The woman on the phone from records instructed me on how to obtain the police report and that it will be provided to me some time after completing filing the F.O.I.A. request.

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, on or about 3:45 PM, I was at the Oconee Sheriff’s Office to pick up a copy of the police report and to request the 911 call from Sunday. After requesting the police report and the civilian woman behind the Desk Sergeant’s desk coming back after a couple of minutes, I was told there was no police report ever made and that the call did not come over the 911 system.  The woman at the desk told me they sometimes do not make reports and informed me that I could speak with the deputies’ Sergeant, tomorrow, if I wanted. Complainant found that hard to believe since there was a trespass warning issued by Deputy Moore.  I was told to fill out a F.O.I.A. request form for the other items (a CAD Call, Incident Report and 911 call) requested.  I was given the form and proceeded to fill it out. When the form was turned in, I was told to add in the Additional Incident Information area, the reason why I was making this request, which I did in blue ink. I handed the form back and was told that someone would call me within the next 10 business days when the items were ready for pick-up.

The next morning, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 6:45 AM, I called the dispatch number and requested that the supervisor for deputies Moore and Crum call me to discuss getting a police report. (That call was supplied to me in another FOIA request made on November 27, 2017, which I picked up on November 29, and is included herein Exhibit D3 and D4) At 7:29 AM I received a phone call from the deputies’ supervisor, Phillip Bryant.  When I asked him if he were their Lieutenant, he told me he was their Sergeant.  He then asked what he could help me with, as if he had no idea why he was calling me. I explained it to him.  That conversation is part of the same recording mentioned above in Exhibit D4.

Sergeant Bryant explained to me that they do not always make police reports; same as the woman I first asked on Tuesday.  I explained to him that the officers knew I was going to sue the person who called this in, his deputies issued me a trespass warning and should have known I was going to ask for a report. He told me how campgrounds came under a different category.  I did not mention to him, however, that I was a member there and not some overnighter looking for a place to sleep for the evening.  Sergeant Bryant tried to tell me that I was removed for my own safety and not for something I may had done.  Finally, after four minutes of back and fourth and after I mentioned the deputy issued me a trespass warning, I was told he (Sergeant Bryant) knew of the incident and he spoke with one deputy and ordered the deputy (John Crum) to write a report. He said that he would have him write up a police report to document what was said and the attitudes on both sides. That part was missing from the “report”.  I asked if any deputies were wearing body cameras and told “no”. He ended by telling me that no one requested that a police report be made. I had no idea police business was handled that way, especially after a trespass warning is issued.  I also asked him if the other things I requested in the F.O.I.A. request I filled out the day before would be able for pick up at the same time and told that was up to the person that handles those matters. He also told me that a police report is only “hearsay”.

The next afternoon, Thursday the 19th, I picked up the report, only it was not an official police report (see Exhibit B), but a two-paragraph narrative listed as “INFO-INFORMATION ONLY”.  It was not written by the deputy who issued me the trespass warning, but by the other one, John Crum, and it was never signed by anyone, anywhere. It wouldn’t have even been available at 10 AM as I was told and was printed at noon that day.  When I picked it up, I asked the deputy at that window if the other things I had requested on Tuesday, the 17th, was there for pick up as well.  He said I had to fill out a freedom of information act request, to which I told him I had already done on Tuesday.  The deputy informed me that if had had already filled one out I would be receiving a call within 10 business days as soon as it is ready from the person doing that.  I left, knowing that I would be delayed and could not return to Florida.

Upon review of the “Information Only” paperwork, a.k.a. the “police report”, I found it incomplete.   The first paragraph is semi-correct, yet not the full truth.  The second paragraph left out the main reason why I wanted this report filled out.  It was never signed by anyone.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, was to be the tenth business day since filling out the F.O.I.A.  I had to leave that day, so I called the Sheriff’s Department to find out why I still haven’t herd from the person in charge of getting me, the complainant, the items requested.

At 9:13 AM, I called the 4111 number and asked for records.  When I told the woman who answered I was waiting to hear from someone about a F.O.I.A. requested, I was told I would have to talk to dispatch and was transferred to them.  The person who answered told me that they had 14 business days to prepare any reports ordered and the chief dispatcher was not in the office on that day.  I was also told the person who handles the F.O.I.A. was named Jimmy Watt.  I was then transferred to his office. Jimmy told me he never got the request because “I had gone to the sheriff’s office to fill out the request”. I guess you could do it by e or snail mail as well, in which case it he would get it.  I was told I would have to contact either Desk Sergeant John Vickory (638-4447) or Senior Dispatcher Lisa Willis.  At 9:20 AM, I called Mr. Vickory, but there was no answer, so I left a message. At 9:21 I called the 638-4111 number and asked for Lisa Willis and was told she was not in.  I decided to stay in town to wait to here from her.

At 10:00 AM, I called back John Vickory after he had called me and left a message.  John told me that I had to come to in to fill out a F.O.I.A. I told him I filed one on Tuesday the 17th.  He told me he was talking to the three girls from records and they told him they never took a request from me.  I knew that to be a lie.  After I told him that it would be on camera, me filling out the F.O.I.A. request, he told me that the person I had to speak with Lisa Willis.  Having finally found out where the buck stopped, I informed Mr. Vickory that she was not in and I would just have to wait until tomorrow to here from her. All recordings between myself and the Oconee Sheriff’s Department were not only recorded by them, but by me as well.

The following day, Wednesday, November 1, 2017, having not heard from Lisa Willis in over 24 hours, I called back the Oconee Sheriff’s Department at 2:16 PM and asked for Lisa Willis.  The man who answered the phone gathered my information and put me on hold.  After 19 seconds on hold, the phone rang and I was connected to the desk of Lisa Willis.  I left a message and asked her to call me back.

Another 24 hours went by without a call from Senior Dispatcher Lisa Willis.  I figured I was going to have to petition the court for a Writ of Mandamus to force Miss Willis to do her job.  I traveled to the Oconee County Courthouse to see if they had any forms there, or if I had to write it out myself.  The clerk behind the window had no idea of what a Writ of Mandamus was.  I figured I would have to write it up myself.  I also inquired as to getting forms to file 2 civil lawsuits so that I could sue two corporations involved in this incident.  Again, they didn’t have any and I was given a website where I could download the forms (not easy for a poor person to do).  When I left the courthouse, I picked up my messages before heading to the sheriff’s office to confront Miss Willis.

I had one message and that was from Lisa Willis (864-718-1074).  Further investigation of this phone number brought me to this article here: http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/28674223/solicitor-deputies-at-standstill-in-hipps-investigation.  She thought I had skipped town and left me the following message:

    Lou, this is Lisa Willis with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. I’m calling about the message you left me.  I’m showing that you picked up a copy of the incident report on the 19th and I don’t have anything else that you were requesting.  So if you need something else other than that incident report that you’ve already got, you’ll just have to come out and fill the freedom of information report out and be specific what else you’re needing.  If you have anymore questions feel free to call back. Thank you. Bye-bye.

I drove the two blocks to the Sheriff’s Office and once inside asked the Desk Sergeant to speak with Lisa Willis.  He called to her, via phone, and told me to have a seat. After about 5 minutes I was summoned back to the window where Lisa Willis met me from behind the glass.

I believe she began by saying that I had already picked up the police report and she had nothing else.  I told her there was no police report ever made and what I had gotten was a story marked as “information”.  She then told me that she never got a F.O.I.A. request and that I had to fill one out to get the items requested.  I told her that I filled one out on the 17th.  Again, she said she never saw a F,O.I.A. request.  I responded by telling her she could check out the videotape of me in the building on that day filling one out.  Immediately, she said she would go get it for me. Just like that.  She left and I had a seat to wait.

About five to ten minutes later she met me in the lobby.  She handed me a sheet of paper (see Exhibit C) and told me that was what I ordered.  I asked her where the recordings were.  She asked if I wanted to the 911 recording to which I answered yes.  She told me to wait there, then disappeared for another five or so minutes.  When she came back out to give me the CD (Exhibit D1), her hands were shaking.  She asked me to sign a piece of paper, which I did (see Exhibit E). She also wrote at the bottom of the page.  But before leaving I asked for a copy of what I just signed.  We handed the paperwork through the window and Lisa Willis disappeared back into the building.

After the copy was given to me, I asked the deputy and Miss Willis, who was by now together with the deputy behind the glass, for a copy of the F.O.I.A. request I had filed over two weeks previous.  Miss Willis told me I was just given the copy (Exhibit E) - that it was what I had just signed.  I looked it over, confused that I didn’t see what I had written on it describing what I wanted and why I needed it.  Seconds later I noticed my signature next to an October date.  I told her that I get it now and thanked her.  She told me it was no problem, or something similar to that and to give her a call if I needed anything else.  I thanked her and left the building.

When I got home I began to go over what I had gathered that afternoon.  First I listened to the recording.  Then I read Exhibit C; the two didn’t jibe.    First off, in the recorded call from Thousand Trails property manager John Keen, he says that I did not live there.  But I am a member of Thousand Trails, I did live there. I had lived there since September 8th and even received my mail there both before and after October 15th. He also said that I was “cursing at little kids,” yet on Exhibit C, there is no mention of that fact of the alleged disturbance. Then there are the properties of the police call (Exhibit F). In that, it states that the recording of the call was made that very day at 11:50 AM.  This information makes it quite obvious that she not only had the FOIA request before the call, but she knew it was requested and had it when I arrived, yet lied to me about it being ready at the time by trying to send me home.  No wonder her hands were shaking when she handed it to me and at the signing of the F.O.I.A. request. 

Going over the copy of the F.O.I.A. request (Exhibit E), I noticed things that show a willful act to defraud.  Fist, the date was definitely altered.  It was written at time of handing it in, 10-17-17, only the 10 looks like little altered and the first 17, the day, was definitely changed to a 19, by adding to the 7, therefore violating state statue, section 16-13-10. Forgery. This was done by violating state statue, section 16-7-170, Entering public building for purpose of destroying records or other property.  That destruction of the original document all calumniating to a violation of state statue section 16-5-10, Conspiracy against civil rights.  I’m sure there are others you can think of as well.  Second, the information I wrote down in the “Additional Incident Information:” section was missing. In place was written “copy of report + 17- 4361”, which I am quite sure was either written by the woman who helped me fill it out, or was just added.  I believe it may have been written at the time I submitted it. However, what I wrote underneath that on the subsequent lines was missing, as if someone photo-shopped it. I am quite sure it was all filled out in blue ink. When I wrote and asked for a color copy many times, those requests fell on deaf ears.  Under the “document requested” section, all were checked, but the Incident Report was never given to me upon pick-up on November 2. The reason Miss Willis insisted was because that was picked-up on October 19.  But again, I was never given an incident report, only Exhibit B.  Not only that, but the signature and initials by the documents requested, all seem to begin with a “J”, not a “L”.  I believe this to be the writing of Jimmy Watt and not Lisa Willis, concluding that Jimmy Watt lied to me when he told me he didn’t handle those requests. 

On Sunday, November, 5th, I sent Lisa Willis a letter (see Exhibit G) asking her some questions in response of what I had picked-up on the 2nd so it would be there for her fist thing Monday morning.  She didn’t responded.  On Tuesday, November 7th, I received an email from Miss Wilis stating the following

    Mr. Levite,

    If you have any further needs for release of information you will need to come to the Sheriffs Office and speak to the front desk officer to fill out a FOIA request.  Your previous FOIA's have been fulfilled and the information you requested on those forms has already been turned over to you as of 11/2/2017.

    Regards,

    *Lisa*

I found out who Lisa Willis’ supervisor was. Information Officer Jimmy Watt told me  in an email, (see Exhibit L) that it is Captain Travis Tilson.   After a couple of weeks of dealing with the sheriff’s office, I finally sent a new F.O.I.A. request to Miss Willis (see Exhibit H). I also sent a cc to her supervisor.  Since Miss Willis had told me on many occasions that she never received my first FOIA request, I ended the letter with:

    Please respond to this e-mail stating that you received it so we are both on the same page this time.  Thank you.

After waiting over three hours for her to respond that she had received the request, I wrote Sheriff Crenshaw and others that I had been dealing with over this matter (see Exhibit I).At 1:14 PM, I received an email (see Exhibit J) from Lisa Willis’ supervisor, Captain Travis Tilson, stating that my second FOIA request had been completed and was ready for pick-up.  We had an email tete-a-tete (see Exhibit K) up and until I asked him my last question:

Why is Jimmy Watt refusing to send me the answers to the few questions from the email I sent him on November 19th? (see Exhibit L) You were included in the cc.  Did you forget about that?

No further communications were ever sent from Captain Tilson.

Trying to follow the chain of command, I sent two letters to find out whom, if anyone at the sheriff’s department, was the Internal Affairs person.  My first letter was sent to Information Officer Jimmy Watt (see Exhibit M). I contacted Lt. Hunter (see Exhibit N), but never heard back from him.  If you notice in Exhibit N, Captain Tilson states to me that he would be the person to contact to file a compliant against Lisa Willis. Figuring that trying to deal with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department would just get this story buried, I opted to just file a complaint with your department, the South Carolina State Ethics Commission. I hope you can see your way through this complaint.

On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, I showed up at the Oconee Sheriff’s Department to pick up the second FOIA request. Right there, taped to the window, was a piece of paper stating that the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department could not serve an out of county resident with a trespass warning and instructions on how to fill one out and the charge for doing such.  I approach and told John Vickory that I was there to pick up the things requested on a Freedom of Information Act request. He handed me an envelope, then asked me to hold on for a receipt.  He disappeared for a couple of minutes then returned with a receipt (see Exhibit O). This time, Lisa Willis did not come to me with the FOIA form to fill out the bottom.  All I got was a receipt, signed by Jimmy Watt.

When I got home I opened the envelope. The paper contents were sort of the same, but different.  Include was their “copy” of the trespass warning (see Exhibit P). Compare that to Exhibit A.  There was also a new narrative (see Exhibit Q) by Deputy John Crum (still not signed by him) that they again tried to pass off as a police report. That was printed that day only with different information (before the narrative) on it as can be told by comparing Exhibit Q to Exhibit B. Also included was a CID log from October 15th (see Exhibit R), which responded already had in Exhibit C.  Finally, there was a copy of the CFS Unit Response Times (see Exhibit S), for the call I had made on October 18th.   There was on CFS Unit Response Times given to me for October 15th, and that was passed off as just a CID log (see Exhibit R). 

Other than the few pages of paperwork that was included on what I picked-up on November 29th, was a CD (see Exhibit D1 – D4 [marked in its own file]).  In order to get this complaint out today will just include a copy of the properties of the 4 recordings and allow you to figure it out (see Exhibit T).  You can compare that with what I wrote to Captain Tilson on November 30, 2017 (see Exhibit U).

I have both CDs given to me.  I would like to point out that neither CD has any writing on them, much like others that I have gained over the past 2 decades (see Exhibit V included as a “for example”). And those recordings always came with a copy.  I will be holding on to those CDs to be able to prove that they were never signed and that their fingerprints are on them.



Jimmy Bagnall is the investigator I spoke with, at South Carolina’s State’s Ethics Commission.  This guy is a real joke.  He told me he was the “chief” inspector with the commission and was totally incorruptible. Sure he is.  Every man has his price and I will bet you that this Jimmy Bagnall’s has a price we will never know or understand.  My guess is, he never went to college, so he’s stupid in reality. He pretended like he just saw a video of one of my respondent’s (John Crum) actions from a previous department he worked for.  Liar. I’ll bet he was in it up to his head and investigated him in the past.

Master Detective McSomething.

 

Next are some of the letters written to and received from the Oconee Sheriff’s Department. The first one I will show you is one I wrote to the Dispatch Supervisor, Lisa Willis. It was written on November 5th, 2017:

    Good Day Miss Willis,

    You told me if I had any questions to give you a call. I would call you on the number you left your message from, however, it is the number for the criminal investigations department.  So I ask, am I under some sort of criminal investigation, or is there another reason why you called from there and what is it?

    Also, I need the dispatch recordings between Kellie Sluder, Diana Burkett and the A8 and B8 deputies.  There was never any site given by the person reporting this incident, yet there is no mention of his arrival on scene when he met with that person.  So, how would I go about getting those transcripts between those dispatchers and the deputies?

    I also need you to provide me with the original F.O.I.A. request that I filled out, in blue ink and on 10/17/17. After I have inspected it, you may make a copy to give to me.

    Thank you very much,
    Yours in lawful conduct,
    Lou Levite.

The next day she sent me this:

    Mr. Levite,
     
    If you have any further needs for release of information you will need to come to the Sheriffs Office and speak to the front desk officer to fill out a FOIA request.  Your previous FOIA's have been fulfilled and the information you requested on those forms has already been turned over to you as of 11/2/2017.
     
    Regards,
    *Lisa*
     

She lied to me when I showed up on November 2, by telling me she never received any Freedom Of Information Act request, until I told her to go check the video tape of me standing there on October 17th.  Then it was, “I’ll go get it.” Such a liar. The following day, November 7th, and after receiving an automated e-mail from Jimmy Watt, on November 6th, I sent her my reply:

    Miss Willis,

    I don't see how that is going to do me any good when according to Jimmy Watt, you are the person in charge of getting me the information I requested.  Plus I know you changed the date from a 7 to a 9.  You're the one who signed the paper, right? You're the one whose prints are on the CD, right?  My request is the same: "You told me if I had any questions to give you a call. I would call you on the number you left your message from, however, it is the number for the criminal investigations department.  So I ask, am I under some sort of criminal investigation, or is there another reason why you called from there and what is it?"  Please stop trying to obstruct me.

    I have another questions now as well.  I notice that Mr. Watt is out of the office "until further notice."  As you might guess, as of now, I do not trust your Sheriff, especially after the obstruction I got from your agency.  The buck stops with him, the crap flows down hill and people sell their souls and do what they are told because they don't want to loose their jobs.  That is why I don't mind dealing with you; you're not a cop trying to save his reputation, freedom and pension.  Since you are still there, and Jimmy is not, I feel you may be a Christian after all.  I saw the way your hands were shaking when you handed me the CD.  I think you gave the text I sent you to someone who suspended him and is now doing an investigation on just what is going on and that sounds logical to me.  It put my complaints to SLED on hold for now.  So, what I want to know is why is your agency obstructing me from getting what is by right, mine?  Is it because you guys are protecting a foolish response to a call made by someone who was never at the alleged disturbance and calling you from his home in Anderson county?  (Is it because you never arrested him for making a false police report and pulling two LEOs off the streets for 56 minutes? Does it really take 34 minutes for your officers to respond to a call? Are you glad I didn't make them wait two more hours to see me off?)  That is why he didn't have information asked to him by your 911 operator, because he wasn't at the campground.  He was on vacation and tells me he was called up to come in.  But the only reason he called you was because of my bad review, asking him to call me, which I had sent him just eight minutes before he called for your help.  So your guys show up and serve me a trespass warning so this guy could kick out a member of Thousand Trails, for no other reason then it was his right to do so when he was just butt hurt?  ELS, the owners of TT has wanted me out for years because I can stay there, 365 days a year for roughly fifty bucks a month.  I broke no laws and I was creating no disturbances.  I don't buy it.  I think Mr. Keen is a friend of your agency and maybe this obstruction is to protect him and his billionaire boss.  I know your agency cannot serve a trespass warning on out of county residents.  This was handled very badly.  Please have the person who is investigating this to contact me so I may talk to them and tell them what really happened.  You say I picked up the police report on the "19th", but I was told by Sergeant Bryane that there was no police report made and I never picked one up.  And the "call for service" CD was not a true recording.  Who told you to give me that? Jimmy Watt?  Did he do it for a buddy who lied to your 911 taker?  I'm sorry, but ignorance of the law is no excuse.  John Keen lied.  Your deputies should have known that when they arrived and talk with him and should have never showed up at my RV and threaten to arrest me if I didn't leave.  What? They never called in an "on scene" when they got to the campground and met with John or the assistant manager while they waited for Mr. Keen to show up? That is where they were sent.  Someone had to meat them to tell them the story of what was going on and where to find my campsite.  Why was there no mention of the assistant manager who was the only one on office duty that day?

    I would rather your agency do this investigation and make the arrests rather than have to turn it over to SLED to do.  You guys do that and I will be happy.  Since I now have some trust in you and saw the way your hands were shaking, I feel I can trust you to have that detective get in touch with me.  If you trust them, I will trust them.  Please do what Jesus would do and help me.  Or I will mail the complaints.  I am almost finished writing to SLED's State Ethics Commission and can easily get them notarized and dropped in the mail. And I'm sure that is not what you all want and I don't want it either, I just want justice.  Now go do the right thing and get me that justice. Thank you very much, 

    Yours in lawful conduct,
    Lou Levite

On November 6, 2017, I wrote to the Information Officer, Jimmy Watt.  In it, I asked the question about the sheriff’s department being able to serve a trespass warning to an out of county resident because on October 16, 2017, I am quite sure I read that they could not do that on either the sheriff’s site, or the county clerk’s site. However, I have not been able to find that information since I started asking for a police report.

    Good Day Mr. Watt,

    My name is Lou Levite. We met, via telephone, on October 31, 2017, sometime around 9:15 AM.  You seemed like a very nice man.  I have some questions and since you are the information officer, I am sure you can provide them for me without my having to fill out a F.O.I.A. request or having to petition the court for a Writ of Mandamus.  Before you answer any of the questions ask yourself, "how would Jesus answer these"?  Then answer as Jesus would...with honesty.  So with that having been said, I'd like to begin.

    1)  What is the hire date of Deputy Calley Moore?

    2)  What is the hire date of Deputy John Crum?

    3)  What is the relationship between Deputy John Crum and Detective John Crum, of the Seneca police department, or are they one and the same?

    4)  Can the Oconee Sheriff's Department serve a trespass notice on an out of county resident and if not what is the procedure to have that person served?

    5)  Is there anyone employed by the Oconee Sheriff's Department with the last name Keen, and if so, how many and what departments do they work for?

    6)  Who is Lisa Willis' supervisor?

    7)  How much time is given to anyone to respond to a F.O.I.A. request?

    8)  What is John Vickory's job title and who is his supervisor?

    9)  Why did the dispatch officer (believed to be John Vickory I was being transferred to) tell meĀ on October 31st, before transferring me to you, that you were the man in charge of handing the F.O.I.A. requests and your Department had 14 business days to respond to them?

    10)  Was Lisa Willis at work on October 31, 2017 and November 1, 2017, and if not was she taking a personal, vacation or sick day off?

    11)  Does the Sheriff's department have a copy of the trespass notice served on me on October 15, 2017, by Calley Moore, and if so what did they do with it; if not, is it a lawful order?

    12)  Identify the people in the following photo:  https://wsnwradio.com/oc-e-911-center-and-captain-recognized-with-awards/  from left to right, then front and center.

    13)  What is the state statue which prevents one from having a camera pointed at others from one's own property?

    14)  What is the state statue preventing one from cursing at children?

    15)  What is the difference between two officers being listed as A8 (Primary) and just B8?

    16)  Who is your supervisor?

    17)  Who is Sergeant Phillip Bryane's Lieutenant?

    18)  Is it standard practice, or procedure, for Oconee County to give unmarked CD's to the people requesting them, or is your procedure like all other police call CD's I have ever requested in the past, to provide in writing the CFS#, date, time, who the operators were, names of the responding officers and who made the copy, being written on it?

    19)  Is it standard practice or procedure for Oconee County not to include radio transmissions, with time stamps made by the CAD system, between dispatch and the responding deputies, when supplying the Call For Service information?

    20)  Do you swear or attest that the answers provided herein are the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God; if no, why not?

    These seem like easy enough questions about public employees and procedure.  I expect the answers within a few hours.  However, if you must, at the end of the day send me an email telling me how long it will take for you to get back to me and why the hold up?  Thank you for your time.

    Yours in lawful conduct,

Lou Levite


After I sent that, I received an automatic letter telling me he would be out of the office, “indefinitely”. That made me go, “hmm”. I began to get frustrated as I felt they were trying to avoid me. The next day I sent the same e-mail to Chief Dispatcher Lisa Willis. I got no reply. On November 10, 2017, I again tried to contact Mr. Watt and received the same auto response I got on the sixth. I waited a few more days, then on November 14, wrote the following to Sheriff Crenshaw:


Good Day Mr. Crenshaw,

I know you know who I am. I am sorry if I have created some scuttlebutt within your organization, but that is the game Mr. John Keen told me he wanted to play; your two deputies witnessed that. Sir, I am still here. I never left. I have been waiting for the CID report since I filled out the Freedom of Information Act form, on October 17, 2017. I refuse to leave the area until I have that in hand because suing Thousand Trails is foremost on my to do list. I will let you handle the corrupt officers in your department. I need to move on, but I will not leave without that which I requested. I could have been out of here on October 19, after picking up some kind of story written by Deputy Crum and if the FOIA request had been ready then. Your people are holding me up.

I want to let you know that I havenā€™t sent in any complaints to SLED’s State Ethics Commission, yet. In fact, I’m not even finished writing them, as I am trying to concentrate on Equity Lifestyle Properties, the parent company of Thousand Trails. Please tell me what I have to do to either get the 20 questions I sent to James Watt answered and to get the full CID report I asked for. I write you because I received the following from Mr. Watt:

    "I will be out of the office until further notice. Please send all requests for warrants and case reports to Sherry Price in Criminal Investigations at  sprice@oconeelaw.com. For futher media inquiries, please e-mail Sheriff Mike Crenshaw at  mcrenshaw@oconeelaw.com or Chief Deputy Kevin Davis at  kdavis@oconeelaw.com. Thank you!'

I know you can have them prepared in a few minutes. Please do it and tell me what I need to do to get it. Thank you,

Yours in lawful conduct,
Lou Levite


Sheriff Chrenshw’s response was to have Captain Greg Reed send me the flowing email:

Mr. Levite

I have looked over all the emails that you have sent.  Myself and Capt. Underwood will be happy to meet with you and try to bring this situation to an end.  I believe that there has been a misunderstanding about a few things after reading your emails.  If you would provide me with several different times over the next few days that would be convenient with you to come to the office and set down with us would be most helpful.  The only day that I see right now that there would be a defiant conflict, would be this Thursday.  Tomorrow or Friday would be great and morning times are usually better for us as we tend to get much busier as the day goes on.  Thanks and I look forward to getting this straightened out for you.


That didn’t hold too well with me. That was not at all what I had asked for.  It was time to stop playing nice and read the sheriff the riot act.  The next morning I sent him the following e-mail:

    Good Morning Sheriff Crenshaw,

    I want to thank you for having one of your deputies get in touch with me, however, I will no longer entertain anyone under you now pretending to want to help me.  That is why I went to you.  I never asked you to have one of your underlings contact me.  In fact, I believe the email I sent you was this:

      Good Day Mr. Crenshaw,

      I know you know who I am. I am sorry if I have created some scuttlebutt within your organization, but that is the game Mr. John Keen told me he wanted to play; your two deputies witnessed that. Sir, I am still here. I never left. I have been waiting for the CID report since I filled out the Freedom of Information Act form, on October 17, 2017. I refuse to leave the area until I have that in hand because suing Thousand Trails is foremost on my to do list. I will let you handle the corrupt officers in your department. I need to move on, but I will not leave without that which I requested. I could have been out of here on October 19, after picking up some kind of story written by Deputy Crum and if the FOIA request had been ready then. Your people are holding me up.

      I want to let you know that I haven’t sent in any complaints to SLED’s State Ethics Commission, yet. In fact, I’m not even finished writing them, as I am trying to concentrate on Equity Lifestyle Properties, the parent company of Thousand Trails. Please tell me what I have to do to either get the 20 questions I sent to James Watt answered and to get the full CID report I asked for. I write you because I received the following from Mr. Watt:

        "I will be out of the office until further notice. Please send all requests for warrants and case reports to Sherry Price in Criminal Investigations at sprice@oconeelaw.com. For futher media inquiries, please e-mail Sheriff Mike Crenshaw at mcrenshaw@oconeelaw.com or Chief Deputy Kevin Davis at  kdavis@oconeelaw.com. Thank you!'

      I know you can have them prepared in a few minutes. Please do it and tell me what I need to do to get it. Thank you,

    Your personnel have been obstructing me since I filed the FOIA request. It is intuitively obvious that they are trying to protect someone.  At first it was Lisa and Jimmy trying to protect either John Keen, the deputies that showed up at my door (basically at gunpoint to tell me I was evicted and if I didn't leave they would arrest me), or both.  And what would have happened if I had refused to leave or be arrested? I thought as much. There was never any disturbance and I never broke any campground rules or state laws. And I never recorded anyone. Now, they are trying to protect Lisa and Jimmy. The only reason why Mr. Reed contacted me was because you told him to.  The reason I played dumb about what I was requesting, was to see how you treat the weakest in society.  You didn't pass. Did you write this,

      I have looked over all the emails that you have sent.  Myself and Capt. Underwood will be happy to meet with you and try to bring this situation to an end.  I believe that there has been a misunderstanding about a few things after reading your emails.  If you would provide me with several different times over the next few days that would be convenient with you to come to the office and set down with us would be most helpful.  The only day that I see right now that there would be a defiant conflict, would be this Thursday.  Tomorrow or Friday would be great and morning times are usually better for us as we tend to get much busier as the day goes on.  Thanks and I look forward to getting this straightened out for you.

    because, that is what Mr. Reed sent me?  I must say, patronizing; no mention of his position or those involved.

    I am no one to be trifled with. I am college educated. I come from a wealthy family. I know the constitution, the law, and I know you guys work for me, not the other way around.  Your department's personnel have never showed me any respect.  I gave Mr. Tilson, Mr. Underwood and Ken Davis, along with those under them, all the opportunity to do the right thing.  They chose to blow me off, probably laughing the entire time. Now, Mr. Reed says, "I believe that there has been a misunderstanding about a few things after reading your emails".  What is that supposed mean?  He could have written me that at any time before having to be told by you to do so. No sir, I do not trust them. And I do not trust a pairing up to corner me into believing they have my best interest at heart, when they are just trying to save the asses of all their friends. If they really want to meet with me, we could do it at the State Ethics Commission in Columbia. All I asked of you was to have my 20 questions answered, prepare the FOIA request I made on October 17th, and tell me what I needed to get it.  I never asked for a sit down with anyone under you. And I never trust a wolf to guard a hen-house, especially after the hen-house obstructed me for a month. Now please, do as I asked in yesterday's letter, and also get Capt. Underwood, to make Deputy Moore write a real police report and mention my demeanor, John Keen's demeanor, how I made my plea, and why I didn't feel safe. That is my entire case against Thousand Trails and their new parent company (I have been a member of TT longer then ESL has own it), Equity Lifestyle Properties.


    Yours in lawful conduct,
    Lou Levite


That lit a fire under Crenshaw’s ass.  He immediately had Jimmy Watt answer the letter sent to him on November 6th. On the same afternoon of the 15th, I received the following e-mail from Watt, whom, incidentally, was back at work and posting stories the day before on November 14th, and could have answered my letter then, rather than the sheriff passing off my request to his captain:

    Good afternoon Mr. Levite,
     
         The reason I did not respond is due to the fact that my father died on November 2nd due to a long illness and I was out with his funeral and business I had to attend to in regards to that and I have just returned to the office.  In regards to your questions, here are the answers I was able to get for you in the order of the questions you are asked:

      1)      September 11th, 2017
      2)      March 27th, 2017
      3)      Deputy Crum worked for the Seneca Police Department before he came to work for the Sheriff’s Office
      4)      Yes
      5)      No
      6)      Captain Travis Tilson
      7)      In regards to FOIA requests for information that is 2 years old or less, the agency to whom the request is made has 10 days (not counting Saturday, Sunday and legal public holidays) to respond to the person making the request that the agency to whom the request is made has the material that is being requested upon written request and the receipt of that request.  This is a determination of the public availability of the requested public record, however, the determination is not required to include a final decision or express an opinion as to whether specific portions of the documents or information may be subject to redaction under certain exemptions or other state or federal laws.  Once the request is approved, the agency has 30 calendar days from the date of approval to make the records available.  The person making the request has to right to inspect or copy or receive an electronic transmission of any public record of a public body with the exceptions provided by Section 30-4-40 or other state or federal laws, in accordance with reasonable rules concerning time and place of access.  For records that are more than two years old, the agency has 20 days (not counting Saturday, Sunday or legal public holidays) to respond as to the availability of the materials requested and once approved, the agency has 35 calendar to respond to the request following along the same guidelines as mentioned previously.
      8)      John Vickery is the Desk Sergeant and Captain Jeff Underwood is his supervisor.
      9)      In my role as Public Information Officer, I handle more in depth FOIA requests.  If someone has a request they bring in to the Desk Sergeant’s location for a basic incident report or basic 911 transcript or some type of audio from dispatch, those are handled downstairs through the Desk Sergeant, dispatch and/or records.
      10)   Lisa was off on both October 31st and November 1st.  However, even if the request was made under FOIA, I would deny it under Section 30-4-30(3)C of the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.  According to Section 30-4-50(A)(1), what is considered to be public record is the names, sex, race, title and dates of employment of all employees and officers of public bodies.
      11)   The Sheriff’s Office does have a copy of the trespass notice and it was turned into the Sheriff’s Office to be entered into our system.  And yes, it is an lawful order.
      12)   In order from Left to Right: William Tatum, Ashley Galloway, Sonja Royal, Lisa Willis, Tim Floyd, Tammy Starnes and Captain Travis Tilson.  The person holding the award in front is Terri Blackwell.
      13)   In regards to questions 13, Section 16-17-470, which covers eavesdropping, peeping and voyeurism may apply in certain cases if proven.
      14)   In regards to question 14, Breach of Peace – Common Law, Public Disorderly Conduct (Section 16-17-0530) and Assault and Battery – 3rd Degree under certain circumstances (Section 16-3-0600) may apply in certain cases if proven.
      15)   Those numbers listed in this question are radio call numbers assigned to each officer
      16)   Chief Deputy Kevin Davis and Sheriff Mike Crenshaw
      17)   Lt. Chuck Hunter
      18)   As far as I know under FOIA, we are not required to provide this information on a CD unless we are requested to by the individual making the FOIA request.  All we are required to do is to make the information requested for copying or for the person making the request under FOIA to receive an electronic transmission of any public record of a public body, noting exceptions under Section 30-4-40, or other state or federal laws in accordance to time or place of access.
      19)   In order to receive the actual radio transmissions, one would have to request that specifically under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.  As I mentioned in response to your previous question, all we are required to do is to make the information requested for copying or for the person making the request under FOIA to receive an electronic transmission of any public record of a public body, noting exceptions under Section 30-4-40, or other state or federal laws in accordance to time or place of access.  All we are required to do is to produce what we have and what is specifically requested and we do not have to provide it in a format that is requested of our agency unless it is convenient for our agency to do so (Section 30-4-30(B).   
      20)   In response to this question, it is not applicable under a Freedom of Information Act request or nor is it considered public record for me to swear or attest to you concerning the truthfulness of the answers I have provided nor do I have to

    .
          In closing, if you would like to request any further information, you can do so via a Freedom of Information Act request made to this agency.  Please bear in mind that according to Section 30-4-30(B) that this public body can establish and collect reasonable fees for the search, retrieval and redaction of public records.  This agency can also charge for paper copies of documents requested that are not transmitted in an electronic format.  However, the FOIA law does allow us to charge for the transfer of documents to an electronic format.  Further information can be obtained regarding this at the following link: http://www.oconeelaw.com/FOIA.pdf.
     
         Also, any further questions pertaining to my job or my responsibilities can be address directly to either Sheriff Crenshaw at mcrenshaw@oconeelaw.com or Chief Deputy Davis at kdavis@oconeelaw.com.
     
    Sincerely,
    Jimmy Watt
    Public Information Officer
    Oconee County Sheriff’s Office
    415 S. Pine Street
    Walhalla, SC 29691
    (O) 864-638-4199
    Cell: 864-888-7578
    jwatt@oconeelaw.com


    When I worked for Donald Trump in the 80’s (and wrote this book: www.withoutagun.net), we had saying at our casino, the Trump Plaza, that went, “the squeaky wheel gets the oil.” Even though my bitching got the sheriff to have Jimmy Watt answer the questions, those answers were not to my liking.  Actually, I had follow-ups that I had been waiting to ask from the day I sent the original questions and for which some of his answers forced me to ask.  Again, I believe that I had read the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department was not able to serve a trespass warning on out of county residents. That question was addressed in the last paragraph of my follow-ups below. Another follow-up I couldn’t wait to ask, well, more like a demand, is in number 11, “Please attach the copy of  the trespass warning you say you have to this email.”  If they don’t have that, then I was correct about number 4 being a unlawful order.  That was why I saved number 4, “Under what circumstances can a trespass warning be issued to an out of county resident,” for the follow-up to the original question. While these Bozos were playing checkers with me, I was playing three dimensional chess with them.  “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”  That weekend I was a little busy, but on Monday, November 20, I sent the ensuing follow-up questions to Jimmy Watt.

    Good Morning Mr. Watt,

    You know I didn't believe you about your father's death, so I looked it up and found you to be telling the truth.  That still doesn't mean I trust you or anyone at the sheriff's department; they could have contacted me much earlier. I have some followup questions to the answers provided. I will place the number of the question and answer on the left with the follow ups to the right of each one. With that in mind, let me begin.

    3) When and why did John Crum's employment end at the Seneca Police Department?

    4) Under what circumstances can a trespass warning be issued to an out of county resident?

    7) All I wanted to hear was "10 days" and would like to ask you now why it took Lisa Willis 12 business days for me to get my request?

    9) Why did John Vicory tell me that Lisa Willis had 14 busniness days to provide me with the FOIA requested items?

    10) You're going to have to answer this question again and also the part where I ask if it was a personal, vacation or sick day off.

    11) Please attach the copy of  the trespass warning you say you have to this email.

    13) So no arrest means there was no way the officers could prove that such a crime was being committed?

    14) Same as question 13.

    15) Why was "primary" only written down for deputy Moore and not deputy Crum?

    18) As far as you know? Didn't they give you the correct training, or was that one of those "I don't recall" answers that the guilty say? Please answer the question again.
     
    19) What subsection under Section 30-4-40 are you referring to and is it your contention that Section 30-4-30(B) was followed? In other words, is it also your claim that the, " Records must be provided in a form that is both convenient and practical for use by the person requesting copies of the records concerned.."?  Where they?

    It is a fact that I was not breaking any laws, or membership rules, nor was John Keen present that day or ever ask me to leave the premises before having your deputies there to witness it.   I ask that if any resident of Anderson county had a business in Oconee county, can they call to meet your agency at the business to issue a trespass warning, under threat of arrest, when the person they want trespassed had not violated any laws or rules of their business and just wanted someone gone, or do they have to follow another recourse?

    Thank you for your time and cooperation. I hope to hear from you very soon.  I really want to go south for the winter.
    Lou Levite

Today, as I write and publish, it is Thanksgiving, yet Jimmy Watt was at work posting new articles for the sheriff’s department. Even so, I had to write the sheriff on Wednesday to ask what gives with Jimmy’s silence and also Lt. Hunter, whom Jimmy told me was the man I go to for an Internal Affairs complaint. Sure. I wanted to start out with Lisa Willis and asked Lt. Hunter if he would be the guy to handle that, or if I would have to go to South Carolina’s State Ethics Commission, since she is not a cop that I know of.

These folks (complainant John Keen as well) are all guilty of the following crimes, yet not limited to just them.  They are:

  • SECTION 16-5-10. Conspiracy against civil rights
  • SECTION 16-7-170. Entering public building for purpose of destroying records or other property
  • SECTION 16-13-10. Forgery
  • SECTION 16-17-722. Filing of false police reports; knowledge; offense; penalties
  • SECTION 16-9-10. Perjury and subornation of perjury

There is a good title 42, 1983 civil lawsuit here.  I only scratch the surface of this conspiracy and know a lot more than I have written down. Hopefully a great lawyer, with no fear of this county’s sheriff’s department, will take this and run with it.  I still have to write the story of what Thousand Trails, a subsidiary of Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS), which is a subsidiary of MHC Camping, did and is still doing to see that my membership is taken away and why, and my rig is never fixed for what their property did to it. Their is involvement of another local corporation, hired to fix it that is in on all this as well. And ELS, is owned by the billionaire Sam Zell.  So click here to see what I will be asking for from him. The story as to why I will be asking for so much should be published by Monday, November 27, 2017. Also on November 27th, I will be sending this Freedom of Information Act request to Lisa Willis, since it she that handles these requests. I can’t wait to see how she responds.

    Hi Lisa,

    I am sending you this new request for a Freedom of Information Act, since it is you that handled the last one and as far as I know, as everyone has told me, you are the one in charge of gathering and responding to these requests; even though the signature on the last one looks more like it started with a "J" and not a "L". There should be no problem with you handling this request, considering the last one was basically filled out and turned over to a random employee behind the desk.  Please try to complete this one in 10 days this time. I will expect the information requested no later than December 11, 2017, although I am sure you can have it ready in just a few hours.  Call me when it's ready for pick-up. Please respond to this e-mail stating that you received it so we are both on the same page this time.  Thank you.

    Yours in lawful conduct,
    Lou Levite

It should be very interesting to see how she will respond to this letter. Check back tomorrow to see what happened.