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Bradley VanHoose vs Village of Caseyville, Illinois

This information was provided to me by a source who will remain nameless. This involves a Bradley VanHoose’s pursuit of information through Freedom of Information Act requests relating to the City of Caseyville, Illinois. Mr. VanHoose.

Apparently, Mr. Van Hoose is having issues with the City of Caseyville, Illinois over a Freedom of Information Act request. I understand that since that time, the City Attorney, Mr. Duane C. Clarke and others in the Caseyville Police Department have taken steps to intimidate or harass Mr. VanHoose. Mr. VanHoose has stood his ground and filed a number of complaints with various agencies, including the Illinois Registry and Disciplinary Commission. I am posting the following information so others may possibly choose to inquire with the City of Caseyville about its practices and put them on notice that individuals will not be intimidates by such municipal thuggery.

Item 1.

1 March 2012

To: Illinois Attorney Registry and Disciplinary Commission

From: Bradley W. VanHoose

Subject: Duane C. Clarke, Village Attorney, Caseyville, Illinois

To Whom This Shall Concern:

I wish to lodge the following conduct complaint against Duane C. Clarke. Making False statements in a public meeting.

  1. On January 11, 2012 Caseyville, Illinois Municipal Attorney Duane C. Clarke made false statements to the Village Board of Trustees and other citizens present, concerning my legitimate request for public documents. In the enclosed recorded meeting, Mr. Clarke told the Village Board that I was a recurrent requester because I had made 21 requests for public documents in a 21 day period. This statement is false.
  2. In the same public meeting Mr. Clarke also publicly accused me of harassing him on Facebook. This statement is false.
  3. When I addressed the Caseyville Village Board on January 18, Mr. Clarke was hostile and out control. Displaying unprofessional conduct. At one point in the meeting, Mr. Clarke picked up his name plate and dropped it abruptly from the distance of approximately 18 inches making a very loud noise.

I am submitting audio cd’s from both meetings for your agency to review. Mr. Clarke continues to be hostile in an apparent attempt to stop me from seeking financial disclosure information from the Village of Caseyville, where he is currently failing to comply with a directive from the Illinois Attorney General by refusing to turn over a number of checks from the Village Hotel/ Motel tax fund.

I request you review these documents and audio files and take the appropriate action. Mr. Clarke’s conduct is unbecoming someone in the legal profession.

Sincerely,

Bradley VanHoose

xxxxxx

Belleville, Illinois 62221

[email protected]

xxxxxx

Item 2.

17 Oct. 2011 5:26 AM

To: Caseyville Police Chief Roth

From: Bradley VanHoose

Subject: Police Report #4591, Officer Chris Singleton

Chief Roth-

In reading report #4591, I can’t say I am surprised by the false statements made by the accused and his immediate family members. I accept these fallacies as a conceivable part of any discourse between two parties. The “ad-hominem argument form enlisted here is not only entry level, but obvious. The larger concern for myself is the plethora of inaccuracies conveyed by a member of law enforcement. Specifically, Officer Chris Singleton. In several instances, I strongly dispute the statements he presents as fact. For example, I never stated, “Kerry Davis is mad at me, does not like me, or that he tries to intimidate me all the time. Those comments are not only inaccurate, but sound almost “child-like. Having never spoken to Mr. Davis, how could I say such a thing? Moreover, if I had said those things I would have given specific examples to backup my statements. I will say, however, the redness of his face when he saw me the morning of 9/27 did seem to indicate his being upset.

When I came to the Caseyville Police Department on the morning of 9/27, I only asked to make an incident report in order to document what had just occurred. In the voluntary written section of this report, Officer Singleton fails to mention that in addition to filing a conduct complaint against Keri Lin Cary, I also clearly stated I had filed a document request for a number of public records. Further, I see no notes indicating that on September 27, I also made a request to obtain the video surveillance footage from Village Hall between for between 10am and 11 am. I see nothing documented in Officer Singleton’s report indicating I specifically requested that the Caseyville Police obtain video footage from FCB Bank at the corresponding time. While Trustee Davis admits he was photographing me, I felt it should have at least been noted that I made a request. I never made a demand stating, “I wanted something done about Kerry Davis continually harassing me. That statement is completely inaccurate. The only time Trustee Davis ever harassed me was on 9/27, immediately following my second request for documents in as many days. Officer Singleton never notes that I asked it be put into the report that I felt this was an attempt on Trustee Davis’s part to harass and intimidate me. I am bewildered why Officer Singleton would omit these requests and so blatantly misrepresent my statements in his report?

I had never had as much as a conversation with Mr. Davis prior to this incident. As I stated previously, initially I had only asked to file an incident report, but after giving it some thought, when I returned to retrieve a copy of the police report, I officially requested that the case be forwarded to the St. Clair County States Attorney for consideration of charges. (I ask you to review all phone messages I left for Officer Singleton) I followed this up with an email to you.

It remains my contention that Trustee Davis took the actions he did in an attempt too harass and intimidate me. The attempt took place immediately after I had filed a Freedom of Information Request with the Village. There is no doubt that this incident was an obvious effort to prevent me from seeking public documents. The documents I’m currently requesting do involve a fishing dock and its expenses, (as well as possible open bid violations), my requests also include Caseyville’s hotel/motel tax fund and committee. This committee lists Trustee Davis and Carrol Davis as members. Carrol Davis being listed as committee secretary. (See Freedom of Information tab, page 5, of Official Village of Caseyville website).

Currently, I am being illegally denied access to those documents through the Village’s intentional misuse of a state statute. Attached please find the memo I submitted to The Village Board of Trustees, Mayor, and Village Clerk on 12 October 2011. In addition, I have a complaint on file with The Illinois Attorney General to have these public documents released, along with a few other related issues, including but not limited to, harassment of a private citizen(me) by a public official(Trustee Kerry Davis), while seeking public documents.

I am hesitant to even acknowledge the baseless, non-relevant statements made by the wife and daughter of the accused, however I do categorically deny any wrongdoing whatsoever and emphatically maintain that I have never remotely threatened his wife or daughter. For one, that kind of behavior would be inconsistent with the kind of person I am, and second how could I possibly gain anything, including public support in doing so? There has been public discourse over public policy in a very public news forum, to that I agree. But I have never come close to violating any civil or criminal law in my very public dissent over this or any other matter. The appropriate legal actions I take here should clearly indicate that I’m proceeding according to the law. I find the convenient timing of these baseless allegations to be biased, unfounded and very consistent with those who stand accused of wrongdoing. I request the statements of Carrol Davis and Keri Lin Cary be stricken from this record permanently as they are without cause or merit and completely unrelated to the issue at hand.

These facts remain. Kerry Davis admits he stopped behind my vehicle and began photographing me immediately following my request for public documents. The documents in question were directly related to things within his pervue as a public official. Other than my request for documents, Trustee Davis was completely unprovoked and had no justifiable reason whatsoever to take this course of action. While after the fact, his wife and daughter came up to make unsolicited statements to supposedly justify his actions, not one of their baseless allegations was presented prior to this incident nor do I feel any of their statements relevant in this case.

The argument Davis makes that he was attempting to get a picture of my vehicle so his wife and daughter could more easily identify me is clearly nonsense and illogical. I find it nothing more than a feeble attempt to somehow justify his illegal and unethical actions.

By her own account, Mrs. Davis alleges, that she witnessed me glaring at her on the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. Of course I did no such thing, but in making this statement Mrs. Davis indicates she has knowledge of what my vehicle looks like and clearly contradicts herself by maintaining she needs her husband to photograph myself and my vehicle. In addition, I have cut the grass next to Village Hall at St. Stephens Church for over five years. (without incident I might add) I park my vehicle in the same place, in plain sight every time I am there. I have little doubt Keri Cary has not seen me and my vehicle at the church countless times. On occasion I have even come into Village Hall and used the public restroom. In doing so, I have walked past Ms. Cary a number of times as her office is the first one you pass when you enter the building. I sat right next to her at Long Street Bar and Restaurant for an hour on election night just last April. Neither Carrol Davis nor Keri Lin Davis Cary were present during, or witness to what occurred on 9/27/2011.

To pose a question: With the political influence the Davis family obviously wields in Caseyville, would it not be safe to say that if my conduct were half as bad as they allege, wouldn’t it have been much easier for one or all of them to simply come to the Village Police Dept. and file a complaint? They did not. Instead, as Trustee Davis admits in his own statement, he was trying to hunt me down and take pictures of my vehicle. Trustee Davis even say he recognized me while at Village Hall. Why secretly photograph me from afar? Why did Trustee Davis wait until I left to take my picture when he could have easily walked outside and photographed my vehicle without incident or my knowing? Instead Trustee Davis carefully timed his departure to coincide with mine. He wanted to be sure I saw him photographing me as to purposely try to intimidate me. His actions would probably not been so disturbing or meaningful, except for the fact that I had just requested some public documents that may conceivably be directly contrary to his interests. I didn’t think Mr. Davis would be happy I made requests for these documents, but I never expected him to harass me right there on the parking lot of Village Hall as I was leaving.

The reason this public discourse continues to be the same as it began, a lack of public disclosure and transparency in public spending. The details continue to remain murky around the contracting procedures and the actual costs to residents to build this fishing dock. Mr. Davis has, on several occasions provided what I believe to be false and incomplete information which is the primary reason I seek these public documents. Which in turn, leads us to the only real source of conflict between myself and Trustee Davis. In contrast, when I requested similar information from the St. Clair County Park Grants Dept., my request was satisfied in three days. My request from Caseyville remains unfilled now for three weeks. That Caseyville is fighting this information request, only lends itself to the notion that they have something to hide.

If the Davis family wishes to make pointless distractions out of any and everything, I can’t stop them. But I intend to see it through to obtaining documents to which I have a legal right under the law. I am also puzzled why Leonard or Dale Black were even mentioned this matter? Neither was present during this incident or involved in any way.

Pursuant to our conversation today, I wish to rescind my request for a meeting with Officer Singleton and yourself. I have no reason to believe much will be accomplished by having a “He said, “He said dispute. While citing absolutely no wrongdoing on your part Chief Roth, it’s my genuine feeling that outside influences are possibly at work here and see no reason to waste my time or yours.

The primary objective for me is public interest and public disclosure. I request this letter to be submitted along with these attachments to the St. Clair County Prosecutor for consideration of charges, I make no other demands. While I feel this case has merit, I will stand by the decision they render as to whether they prosecute or do not prosecute in this cause.

In the meantime, I will not be deterred or distracted from my intended objective of obtaining public documents to hopefully achieve some public disclosure.

This report, presented by Officer Chris Singleton, is full of omissions, inaccuracies, and errors. It is my contention that it will not give The St. Clair County States Attorney a clear, unbiased accounting of what REALLY occurred at Caseyville Village Hall on Sept. 27, 2011.

At the moment, I must admit, I find myself profoundly disappointed in someone I previously viewed as a very capable, credible young police officer. Perhaps time will prove me wrong? I genuinely hope, in the end, that be the case.

In a free country, no citizen should be afraid to walk into any public building and request a public document. Therein lies the main reason I wish to seek criminal charges against Caseyville Village Trustee Kerry G. Davis. Regardless of what Mr. Kelly decides, it is my sincerest hope that my actions here will make this public official think twice before ever again harassing a private citizen who is merely exercising his or her rights, with due diligence and passion, within the boundaries of the law.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brad VanHoose

Item 3.

6 March 2012

To: Mark Green , Public Safety, Southwestern Illinois College

From: Bradley W. VanHoose

Subject: Grievance; Pursuant to Unauthorized Release of Personal Information

Dear Mr. Green:

On October 6, 2011, at 8:32 am , my class schedule and student identification number were released to Caseyville, Illinois Police. This was done without cause and without my knowledge or consent. Caseyville Police have never questioned me nor shown cause to indicate I was ever involved in any criminal activity. I feel my safety and the safety of my home were put into jeopardy as a result of this matter. I submit this grievance in order to lodge formal complaint against Southwestern Illinois College and Public Safety Officer, Christie Stennett.

Regards,

Bradley VanHoose

Cc: H.O. Brownback, Mike Fleming

Item 4.

Determination by the Attorney General demanding the City of Caseyville to release the requested documents to Mr. VanHoose under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, and to refrain from treating Mr. VanHoose as a “recurrent requester”.

Attorney General Determination 3 February 2012 Matthew Rogina

Item 5.

Report from the Caseyville Police Department Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #139 citing essentially a vote of no-confidence in Chief Roth of the Caseyville Police Department, and citing therein a number of acts of abuse and malfeasance by the Chief. I’m sure that any of the information alleged by the Fraternal Order of Police can be obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Caseyville Police Report Union

Item 6.

Copy of letter from the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission acknowledging its receipt of Mr. VanHoose’s request for an investigation into Caseyville Village Attorney, Duane C. Clark.

Related stories in local news:

http://www.bnd.com/2012/03/28/2118943/caseyville-village-hall-closes.html

http://www.bnd.com/2012/04/07/2131937/caseyville-chief-is-under-fire.html

 

Contact information for the officials involved: (All addresses/phone numbers may not be current)

Caseyville Village Attorney
Duane C. Clarke
Age 41
3523 PIERLAND DR
HIGHLAND, IL 62249
(618) 654-3735

10 TIMBERVIEW CT
HIGHLAND, IL 62249
(618) 654-3735
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=10+Timberview+Court,+Highland,+IL&ie=UTF-8&ei=Pk2yT5ONMNPfggeJ9ZGhCQ&oi=mode_link&cd=3&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAg

1260 MERCANTILE DR
HIGHLAND, IL 62249
(618) 651-3434
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=1260+Mercantile+Drive,+Highland,+IL&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x8875ddc48c1bf7c9:0x62dd267dbbde7245,1260+Mercantile+Dr,+Highland,+IL+62249&gl=us&ei=dk2yT462CYifgwffk-nvAw&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CBwQ8gEwAA

2121 SAINT RAPHAEL CT
HIGHLAND, IL 62249
(618) 654-3735
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=2121+Saint+Raphael+Court,+Highland,+IL&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x8875de7f907e8719:0xcf70a6360b18078c,2121+St+Raphael+Ct,+Highland,+IL+62249&gl=us&ei=l02yT-nzD8baggfu-_CcCQ&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CBwQ8gEwAA

312 WARRENSBURG DR
BELLEVILLE, IL 62223
(618) 654-3735
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=312+Warrensburg+Drive,+Belleville,+IL&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x87d8a9048a1514d1:0x641c976839266fca,312+Warrensburg+Dr,+Belleville,+IL+62223&gl=us&ei=sk2yT6ilB4O0gwfY-7WiCQ&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CB8Q8gEwAA

 

Caseyville Trustee
KERRY GENE DAVIS
Age 59
26 WEINEL CT
CASEYVILLE, IL 62232
(618) 344-2009
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=26+Weinel+Court,+Caseyville,+IL&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x87d8aadea0bea9cf:0x91b07a8a0a8d2cc3,26+Weinel+Ct,+Caseyville,+IL+62232&gl=us&ei=x02yT6DfKM70ggfQ17XICQ&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CBwQ8gEwAA

305 W WASHINGTON ST
CASEYVILLE, IL 62232
(618) 344-8788
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=305+W+WASHINGTON+ST+caseyville+il+62232&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x87d8aadc28ca7e6f:0x8cc47cc9b5ad6f3c,305+W+Washington+St,+Caseyville,+IL+62232&gl=us&ei=602yT8-FIcz2gAeprd3MBw&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CBwQ8gEwAA

 

South­west­ern Illi­nois Col­lege Public Safety Officer
CHRISTIE M STENNETT
Age 36
103 ELLIOT ST #1
COLLINSVILLE, IL 62234
(618) 346-8496
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=103+ELLIOTT+ST+%231+collinsville+il+62234&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x8875ff8ceb5e071f:0x51c49b317915a893,103+Elliot+St,+Collinsville,+IL+62234&gl=us&ei=FU6yT6fzCMX9ggeKsqi2CQ&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CB8Q8gEwAA

1101 QUATTO HL
COLLINSVILLE, IL 62234
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=1101+QUATTO+HL+collinsville+il+62234&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x8875ffb46057d9f3:0x485d7804eb193368,1101+Quatto+Hill+Dr,+Collinsville,+IL+62234&gl=us&ei=Mk6yT-H4As2RgQfm5cDNCQ&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CBwQ8gEwAA

406 RIGGIN RD
TROY, IL 62294
(618) 346-8496
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=406+Riggin+Road,+Troy,+IL&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x8875fc788f1a3711:0xf0a061e6b80b8b82,406+Riggin+Rd,+Troy,+IL+62294&gl=us&ei=Tk6yT9eABsWggwfYkf2nCQ&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CBwQ8gEwAA

723 VANDALIA ST #16
COLLINSVILLE, IL 62234
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=723+VANDALIA+ST+%2316+collinsville+il+62234&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x8875ff95feb4c17b:0xcb73e3a37f22b95d,723+Vandalia+St,+Collinsville,+IL+62234&gl=us&ei=cU6yT5OwB474ggeLkeW0CQ&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CEoQ8gEwAA

2500 CARLYLE AVENUE (This is SWIC College where Stennett works)
BELLEVILLE, IL 62221
(618) 235-2700

612 N COMBS AVE
COLLINSVILLE, IL 62234
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=612+n+combs+ave+collinsville+il&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x8875ff8cafbea69f:0x2b38717a3275df12,612+N+Combs+Ave,+Collinsville,+IL+62234&gl=us&ei=lU6yT8CUFs7ggge-xtW_Cw&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CB8Q8gEwAA

 

Caseyville Police Chief
JERRY D ROTH
Age 55
9704 AVALON DR
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL 62208
618) 397-0000
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=9704+Avalon+Drive,+Fairview+Heights,+IL&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x87d8aa5efd5ce055:0x2b6ea145aceca968,9704+Avalon+Dr,+Fairview+Heights,+IL+62208&gl=us&ei=rk6yT-_4J4mBgwe6n_SuCQ&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CB8Q8gEwAA

503 PLEASANT RIDGE RD
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL 62208
(618) 398-2888
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=503+Pleasant+Ridge+Road,+Fairview+Heights,+IL&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x87d8aa7d82069337:0x965d5a23556ed791,503+Pleasant+Ridge+Rd,+Fairview+Heights,+IL+62208&gl=us&ei=xE6yT-T0F4XTgQf58djBCQ&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CB8Q8gEwAA

531 NORTHWESTERN AVE
SOUTH BELOIT, IL 61080
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=531+Northwestern+Avenue,+beliot+il+61080&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x8808a1157e4880cb:0xf5c319bd24d1abb7,531+Northwestern+Ave,+South+Beloit,+IL+61080&gl=us&ei=706yT6f6JsjTgQeE49G-CQ&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CDAQ8gEwAA

101 E OFALLON DR
CASEYVILLE, IL 62232
(618) 398-2888
https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=101+E+OFALLON+DR+caseyville+il+62232&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x87d8aac69343e549:0xc0764a886c771dde,101+E+Ofallon+Dr,+Caseyville,+IL+62232&gl=us&ei=D0-yT5DaFMGagwe6uLyyCQ&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CBwQ8gEwAA

 

UPDATE 7/27/12

Congratulations to Bradley VanHoose on having his disorderly conduct charges dropped by Brendan Kelly, State’s Attorney. I’m sure it is not that kelly found no probable cause to prosecute since disorderly conduct is an ambiguous offense that is often abused by police as a retaliatory option. The accusations by Chief Rogh as to twhat constituted the offense, as VanHoose upsetting him, are ridiculous. Regardless, Brad is not being charged, and that is a good thing. I hope he maintains his pursuit of corruption in Caseyville and beyond.

From the story:

http://www.bnd.com/2012/07/26/2259394/disorderly-conduct-charges-dropped.html#storylink=omni_popular#wgt=pop

VanHoose was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct. Those charges were dismissed by St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly, who told a reporter the charges were dismissed for legal reasons and “for circumstances related to other ongoing investigations.

“SWIC officers arrested VanHoose as he sat in the college’s library studying for a test on April 10 after he passed a printed copy of a news story relating to Caseyville Police Chief J.D. Roth through the security window. That, according to the charge, was conduct “to cause alarm to” a SWIC police dispatcher.