How open government supporters from Gold Bar Washington used the public records act to uncover largest corruption scandal in Washington State’s history, Part I

 

 If someone had said to me six years ago that I would be resigning from the Washington State Bar citing massive racketeering and help start the Reformed Washington State Bar, I probably would have laughed. However, after a six year investigation using Washington State’s Public Records Act,  us open government supporters are not laughing. As we uncover layer after layer of the rotten onion, we find Washington State Bar Office of Disciplinary Council members.

HISTORY

In July 2008, Gold Bar’s water boy, Karl Marjerle, sabotaged the City of Gold Bar’s water well # 4. Instead of reporting the employee’s crimes as an act of domestic terrorism upon the small community of Gold Bar, the City’s then Mayor, Crystal Hill, decided the best way to handle Marjerle’s acts of terrorism  was to pay the employee $10,000 of Gold Bar taxpayer monies, not report his crimes, used Bellevue’s Mayor Derringer ( a friend to Executive Aaron Reardon) landing him a much higher paying job, and use Snohomish County Prosecutors Office to quash the criminal charges. At the time of Marjerle’s crimes, Seth Fine and Sean Reay were in charge of the criminal division inside Snohomish County Prosecutors Office. Seth Fine is also a member of the WA State Bar  Office of Disciplinary Council operating it right from Snohomosh County offices ( an issue we will come back to in Part II).  Thinking it was odd that a sitting Mayor would make an unlawful agreement  ( which we believed amounted to extortion and bribery), I requested ” all records relating to Karl Marjele” and when Crystal Hill decided to ignore my legitimate public records request for access to our records under RCW 42.56, I hired Washington Coalition for Open Government attorney to file suit to force disclosure of our records. And had the City of Gold Bar simply answered my request above, I would not have stumbled upon the largest racketeering scandal in Washington State’s history.

FACTS

In July 2008, Karl Majerle sabotages Gold Bar’s well # 4. In late October 2008, Gold Bar’s governing body, Dorothy Croshaw, Lonn Turner, Joe Beavers, Richard Norris, and Crystal Hill violate Washington State’s Open Meetings Act and held a meeting outside of the public, in a secretive place, and make an agreement, which we believe amounted to bribery and extortion, and agree to divert Gold Bar taxpayers monies. As result, I requested access to our records pursuant to RCW 42.56. Instead of complying with the Public Records Act, Crystal Hill was feathering her nest in the bed of a married man inside Snohomish County, a political bum appointed by executive Aaron Reardon, John E. Pennington.  Mr. Pennington was a former FEMA Region X Director who forced to resign after he and Tamara Doherty were caught misusing FEMA monies, As a result, John Pennington and Tamara Doherty were forced to resign from FEMA in 2005. Unfortunately for Snohomish County taxpayers, John Pennington met Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon while in the legislature.  After Pennington was forced out of FEMA, he found himself unemployed much of 2005, so he turned to Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon for a political appointment to Department of Emergency for Snohomish County. John Pennington had met Aaron Reardon and John Lovick after carpet bagging in an uncontested race in Cowlitz County Washington. Remember Cowlitz County because we’re going to revisit a 1992 rape of a 5 year old child from Cowlitz County soon. 

In 2005, Seattle Times reporter Mike Carter did a story on Aaron Reardon’s political appointee. See http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/local-fema-chief-had-little-disaster-experience/ Mike Carter’s article made an ass out of both Aaron Reardon and John Pennington. Aaron Reardon for appointing a man who had no experience in emergency management, and John Pennington for trying to pass off his fraudulent diploma from California Coastal. A online school that the Government Accountability Office said “ sold diplomas at a flat rate.”

At the time that Marjerle sabotaged Gold Bar’s water system, I had never met John Pennington. However, Once I requested access to “ all records relating to Karl Marjerle” from the City of Gold Bar, and after I called then governor Gregoire filing a complaint about Gold Bar’s Mayor Crystal Hill neglecting the City’s streets during the largest snow storm in the last ten years, John Pennington wrote me an unsolicited email letter ( December 2008) stating, incorrectly,  that there was nothing he could do in emergency conditions. 

I remember thinking really? The emergency management director can’t do a dam thing in an emergency situation then what the fuck are we taxpayers paying him for? It was though he had no idea what his function was as emergency management director.  As a result, I went over his head to complain about a public official writing a citizen without a legal basis to. After all, I never called Mr. Pennington, I called the Governor. A day later I wrote a complaint letter to Pennington’s boss, Executive Aaron Reardon. 

Within two days of my letter, Aaron Reardon plowed 28 inches from Gold Bar’s streets, and the issue was resolved. Although I never thought much of Reardon, this was the one time that he actually performed with professioanlism. But from Pennington’s lack of understanding about emergency management, I began to think why the hell would a county employee write me a unsolicited letter, violate my civil rights and why the fuck are we paying this dumb ass a single cent?  Mr. Pennington unprofessional email lead me to start investigating his past 30 years on this planet, spanning from Tennessee, California, Oregon, and Washington State.

 I spent six years, thousands of dollars, researching, talking to sources, etc. However, my investigation took a turn when I hired PSI Investigations to help uncover Mr. Pennington’s past.

 

Mr. Pennington was born and raised in Tennessee by two parents who had little in common other than fighting and cheating on one another. Pennington’s father was a police officer who had a violent temper and abused his wife on a daily basis. John Pennington is a product of his pitiful and violent upbringing and was greatly traumatized by his dysfunctional home life.

One source close to Pennington said ” John was engaged in an extramarital affair with a woman 20 years his senior while in high school as a way to escape his violent home life. As with any child raised around violence, Pennington turned to drugs and alcohol by the age of 16. “

By the age of eighteen, Pennington entered Vanderbilt College in Tennessee, but within one year was kicked out for failing to maintain academic stability. One source who knew Pennington while in Vanderbilt told the Gold Bar Reporters “John stayed out late, snorted so much cocaine, drank like a fish, that he often mistook the bathtub as his bed.”

After being forced out of Vanderbilt, Pennington left Tennessee for San Diego California never shedding his violent upbringing. in California,  he meets a woman named Carla and they move in together. We did make contact with Carla who works as a real estate agent, but she said “ John is a sociopath who abused me non-stop; I still suffer PTSD from his abuse.” 

Two sources told the Gold Bar Reporters that while in San Diego, Pennington was kicked out a church for molesting two boys during a church camping trip around 1989.

after two boys made sexual abuse allegations against Pennington, he fled the state of California. While in Tennessee, Pennington jumped into a hotly contested State Representative race, losing miserably. Failing in Tennessee, he drove to Oregon meeting his next victim. in the early 1990s, after hospitalizing her, he fled Oregon for Vancouver where he met his victim, they soon married.

Pennington’s violent upbringing carries over into his marriage. Pennington’s first wife (who we have reason to believe is really wife # 2) is a petite female with a positive demeanor of remarkable character , while Pennington is over sized obese male towering over 6 ‘ tall. According to one source, Pennington’s mother said ” John was always a good liar” as any abnormal mother would say about their dysfunctional child. Our readers should know that we are not without sympathy for children who are abused, but we believe that once you’re an adult, you have only yourself to blame for your adult life. Pennington’s candid ability to blame others for his drug addiction and violent history of abusing women and children is an attribute of a sociopath.

While living in the Longview area, Pennington works for a coffee company where he manages to steal coffee grinding equipment which He later uses to jump start his own coffee shop. Then in 1992, a five year child is abducted, raped and tossed over embankment on the same coffee route that John Pennington drove everyday. The child was tossed out of the car like a bag of trash, as a passer by witnessed the man that matches John E. Pennington almost to a tee.  

The witness sketch can be viewed below. See https://animallawnewsandabuse.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/john-e-pennington-criminal-recordmisuse-of-time-snohomish-county-d-e-m/ https://snohomishcountycorruption.wordpress.com/tag/pennington-domestic-violence/

Because the evidence is overwhelming that the child molester is John Pennington ( pictures, time, coffee route, car), and the fact that the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office stated ” Pennington is one of only two prime suspects. Ed Orcut is the other prime suspect.”This came right from Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. According to two sources, the only purpose of the coffee shop was to kick start his run for an uncontested Washington State Representative seat in Cowlitz County. In a nutshell,  ” John wanted to make himself look like a business owner.  Once the election was over, he closed the coffee business for good. “

Shortly after John Pennington manages to win an uncontested Washington Representative seat, attorney Michael Kenyon becomes Kelso’s new city attorney. Remember the name Michael Kenyon because in Part II were going to discuss Kenyon at length, uncovering layer after layer of the  rotten onion involving his firm, Kenyon Disend. While in the legislature, Pennington meets Senator Jennifer Dunn. Two sources said that ” John and Dunn were engaged in an extramarital affair for years.”   As a result, Senator Dunn calls in a political favor to the then President George Bush Jr. who appoints John Pennington as FEMA Region X Director. As Seattle Times reporter Mike Carter Correctly pointed out, at the time of John Pennington’s appointment he had no experience in emergency management and no college degree. One legislative source said ” John used his sexual relationships as many women do to get ahead.”  Since Pennington had no college degree nor any experience, we have no reason to doubt that this is not true.
An open government attorney and former Washington Attorney General said ” John Pennington was a piece of shit in the legislature and he is a bigger piece of shit up there in Snohomish County!”  

We agree with the former Washington State Attorney General.    

 

Next week we will post Part II. 

 

 

For parents who would like to make sure your daughters don’t become a victim to a sociopath See http://www.wikihow.com/Spot-a-Sociopath            

Comments

  1. Snohomish County Corrections State & Fed $’s -Not saying why or what I was told…. Just saying- Snohomish County Corrections State & Fed $’s

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  2. This begs the question… where are our “law” enforcement folks? Where are our “legislators”? Where is the Governor? …. when corruption is this entrenched and involves high-ranking officials to whom do we go to?

    This is why “the people” must regain their power over government. In my effort to this end, I’ve filed a “criminal complaint” against David Ponzoha, a judicial clerk, under the Rules of Courts of Limited Jurisdiction [CrRLJ 2.1(c) … and the judge dismissed it. I then filed a recall petition against the Judge, Stephen Holman, as our constitution provides [Art 1. Sec 33]. And a judge dismissed it. I then filed an appeal as the law provides [RCW 29A.56.140]. The Supreme Court won’t accept it per their “Court Rules.” Here is the problem… every agency, including the courts, create ‘administrative rules’ and use these ‘administrative rules’ to deny ‘statutory and constitutional rights.

    Said another way, public servants have given themselves the power to deny us our rights. They will NOT relinquish such power because denying our rights “violates the law”. The only way these criminals can escape accountability for what they do is to insure their grip upon their power is never taken away.

    We, the people, only have us, the people, to turn to. The “people” must speak out and condemn a ‘system’ that perpetuates corruption. http://www.corruptwa.com

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    • You are so right Bill! I started working on Reformed Washington State Bar (hoping to have the website up and running by April 15- RWSBA.org). Its our civic duty to hold corrupt government officers accountable to “we the people.”

      The WSBA ODC members Joseph Nappi Jr., Lin O’Dell, James Spurgetis, etc have been stealing from our elderly adults for too fucking long, and it’s time that everyone start filing lawsuits against the scums that are spitting on the constitutional rights of the citizens.

      It’s my hope that every citizen who has had their civil rights violated by these criminals file a civil rights suit. Perhaps all of us should start posting copies of ours. Public records are powerful tool to sun light on the cockroaches that are hiding behind our government walls.

      In reality, the document I cherish is the US Constitution and RCW 42.56 ( public records ). Those are my bibles. Just think what would happen to every agency in Washington if 10,000 people wrote records requests to an agency seeking all records between the agency and the WSBA.

      What we discovered is that the WSBA ODC is funneling taxpayer monies for its so called private organization. It’s using our prosecutor during county hours, thus taxpayer money, in Corrupt Snohomish County. It’s illegal.

      The Reformed Washington State Bar is just about ready to kick off. We have our email list ready for 33,000 members of the WSBA and soon we’re going to start disseminating a hell of documents showing the WSBA members that the ODC is stealing from the most vulnerable adults in our society.

      I know you be joining us as we start the process of holding that the WSBA is unconstitutional. Steve Eugster just started the process by filing suit and I may intervene.

      keep up the great work out there in corrupt Kitsap County!

      Anne

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