Aaron Reardon’s left over trash, finally exposed
John E. Pennington (left) and Christopher Schwartzen (left second), Amy Okelander ( center) and Aaron Reardon ( middle right) and John Lovick ( right)
It took us years to link together how and why the City of Duvall got involved in the largest RICO scandal in Washington State history. After spending thousands of research hours, and hundreds of working hours sifting through over 500,000 public emails, we are now confident to report ” The Stoning of Anne Laughlin” and ” Thwarting any Criminal Prosecution of John E. Pennington, a wife beater from Duvall Washington.”
My only regret is that my hard work attempting to warn the public of just how dangerous and incompetent John E. Pennington was fell on deaf ears. Keeping in mind that I handed a hell of a lot of documents over to every single major media in the Seattle area, but no one seemed interested in exposing John Pennington for the wife/child abuser he is.
Well its time, and my hope is that his victims will be able to heal the wounds of losing children, parents, sisters, fathers, husbands, and wives because Snohomish County refused to take action against a violent corrupt political bum. Why? Because he had several close political friends connected to Washington State’s Legislature, including but not limited to, Senator Steve Hobbs, John Lovick, Aaron Reardon, Senator Tracey Eide, and Senator Holmquist.
Those who assisted John E. Pennington in trying to SLAPP down my message have blood on their hands for the pain and suffering he caused so many residents in the Oso mudslide debacle, for the harm he has caused four small minor children, and for the countless women he abused. Those responsible for the harm include the Washington State Bar’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel Linda Eide, Doug Ende, and Joseph Nappi Jr, and thief and Washington State Bar Hearing Officer Lin O’Dell.
Stevens County Court in December 2014, Judge Monasmith cited O’Dell for stealing from a vulnerable adult. The Washington State Bar Office of Disciplinary counsel, specifically Laura Cantrell, gave Lin O’Dell a pass to steal by refusing to start an investigation on O’Dell.
Simply put, if you are a member of the Washington State Bar Hearing Officers panel you get a license to steal from our elderly. Sadly, our investigation confirms that five other attorneys associated with the Office are also stealing from our elderly, and in the case of Lin O’Dell she stole horses from several of her clients and transported them across state lines to her ranch in New Mexico. Complaints have been filed against O’Dell with the proper authorities.
Washington State’s Public Records Act, RCW 42.56, a very powerful tool in exposing corruption inside government
For those of you who know me well, you know that I love America more than any other place on this planet. I feel very lucky, as a female to be an American. Most important to me is the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which allowed me to write, investigate and report on corruption with little government interference.
Unfortunately reporting didn’t come without a price. I lost seven years of my life because a government officer was given unlimited power to harass me right from Snohomish County DEM office, during county time, and after I made countless police reports against his criminal conduct. Every single police report I filed remains ignored.
The county’s blatant disregard for my civil rights left me with no other alternative but to investigate and report the story myself; and I filed suit under RICO and 42 USC 1983.
I write this story after two great investigators from PSI Investigations agreed to help when no one else would. They were personally attacked on John Pennington’s Sky Valley Chronicle for assisting me in finding out who was posting threats to harm me and partner on a anonymous website. Today, because of PSI Investigations, I am confident to report that the Sky Valley Chronicle is operated by John and Crystal Pennington as well as Gold Bar’s former Mayor Joe Beavers. Three criminals who obstructed justice, covered up Pennington’s crimes as stated herein, and turned their criminal RICO activities on those who sought to expose John E. Pennington for the criminal he is.
I want to thank all supporters of Washington Coalition for Open Government, if it were not for open government, people like Pennington’s and Beavers would have stayed under the radar. Now, with Lori Batoit’s personal cell phone and private emails mandated to be searched under Washington State’s Public Records Act, perhaps John E. Pennington’s victims will see justice. Unfortunately, because the Washington State Bar’s political machine attacked my message instead of investigating John E. Pennington, 44 people are dead in Oso Washington. I rightfully blame the Washington State Bar Office of Disciplinary Counsel for spitting on my 1st Amendment rights in an effort to SLAPP down the messenger.
From public records, we have reason to believe that John E. Pennington was bribing Washington State Hearing Officer Lin O’Dell via a USPS Post Office box O’Dell’s convicted killer boyfriend Mark Plivilech set up just three blocks from the Penningtons’ home in Duvall. O’Dell and Plivilech live four hours away in Spokane, but soon after O’ Dell was assigned to investigate Pennington’s witness statement filed against Gold Bar Reporter Anne Block attempting to SLAPP down her message, O’Dell and Plivilech all of the sudden chose the little city of Duvall for their new post office box.
John E. Pennington and his couterparts, mainly connected to Executive Aaron Reardon’s gang, are the most dangerous people that I’ve ever had the displeasure of reporting about. The threats to my life, property and liberties because I simply wanted to live in a clean and open government should be in every law school ethics class in the United States. Reardon’s gangs conduct threatens our democracy, undermines voters confidence in our judicial system and brought Snohomish County government to a stand still.
After this story, I am going to take a break from investigative blogging diverting my attention toward rebuilding what Reardon’s gang stole from me over the last seven years sitting along the banks of Sebago Lake in Maine writing the final chapter in my book, “No sunshine where the cockroaches roam.” My final chapter will be titled “Reforming the Washington State Bar, taking politics out of the practice of law. ” The final chapter to be written over the next year.
What happened to me for simply requesting access to public records, a statutory right, should never happen to another journalist lawyer, and those who assisted John E. Pennington’s corrupt political attack against my bar license for simply reporting on corruption are the greatest threats to our democracy. As such, I am calling for the criminal prosecution of Washington State Bar’s lead counsel Linda Eide, Joseph Nappi Jr., and hearing officer Lin O’Dell.
JOHN PENNINGTON’S DIVORCE RECORDS FROM ANNE LAUGHLIN
When our stellar Department of Emergency Management Director (DEM) John E. Pennington beat the shit out of his ex-wife Anne Laughlin three weeks before she gave birth to her daughter, Ms. Laughlin was an elected sitting City of Duvall city council member.
Our good friends from Snohomish County’s Executive Office, also referred by us as Reardon’s gang, went after John Pennington’s ex-wife Anne Laughlin’s career in a very public way. The Seattle Times, a friend to Aaron Reardon’s executive’s Executive publicist Chris Schwarzten, was eager to assist ( see link above). Mr. Schwarzten is a former Seattle Times reporter who gave Johnny a helping hand writing and publishing the article we titled ” The Stoning of Anne Laughlin.”
But the Seattle Times wasn’t the only able bodied person to assist dear ole Johnny boy. According to John Pennington divorce files, John Pennington had a little help from Duvall’s Mayor. In Laughlin’s divorce files, emails between Duvall’s Mayor and John Pennington document collusion immediately following Anne Laughlin fleeing for her life from John Pennington’s sociopathic violent abuse. Both Pennington and Mayor Will Isholf were discussing how to oust Laughlin from the city council so they could implant one of Reardon’s gang members, Amy Ockerlander.
According to Ms. Ockerlander’s Linked In page brags that she was a member of Reardon’s gang from July 2007 to January 2011. She oversaw state and federal legislative affairs for the Executive Office and its departments, including managing state and federal contract lobbyists, working with departments and County Council to develop annual legislative agenda, monitoring priority legislation, securing committee testimony and working with state association.
There’s only one problem for Ms. Okelander’s Linked In page, using public resources for political lobbying violates Washington State’s Public Disclosure laws.
Ms. Ockerlander’s allegiance to protect Reardon’s gang members is the sole reason why John Pennington and Duvall’s Mayor handpicked Ms. Ockerlander once they managed to thwart the democratic rights of the voters. Our counsel states that this conduct is a predicate act under RICO.
Is this RICO Conduct?
We will let our readers be the judge, we are simply reporting what we are seeing inside records, which we believe does amount to criminal RICO violations.
When John Pennington beat up his pregnant wife Anne Laughlin, he was engaged in an extramarital affair with Gold Bar’s Mayor Crystal Hill. From Gold Bar’s public emails from July 2007, we know that John Pennington and Crystal Hill started their affair at a little cabin inside the Alpine Lakes District. Pennington married Anne Laughlin in September 2007.
In May 2009, then Gold Bar Mayor Crystal Hill acting as John Pennington’s legal counsel wrote, filed, and served John Pennington’s divorce pleadings on Anne Laughlin. Crystal Hill was not a lawyer, but a paralegal for the Law Firm of Mark Weiss in Seattle. A job she was fired from after Mark Weiss was contacted by another Gold Bar Reporter asking him to preserve our public records involving Hill’s unlawful practice of law pursuant to Washington State’s Public Records Act.
As a result Crystal Hill’s unlawful practice of law, Mark Weiss fired her. Unfortunately for my city, Crystal Hill disseminated her unlawful practice of law into Gold Bar and Snohomish County’s public records.
When I learned about Crystal Hill’s unlawful practice of law costing John Pennington’s ex-wives over $150,000.00, I contacted Gold Bar’s new Mayor Joe Beavers seeking access to our records. Had Mr. Beavers simply complied with the Public Records Act, the City of Gold Bar would not be facing major financial issues today. Instead Beavers stole from our city’s water and street funds to fund the cover up Hill and Pennington’s crimes, another predicate act under RICO. As of today, the cost to the City of Gold Bar has exceeded over $1,000,000.00 with no end in sight.
Complaints were filed with the Washington State Bar, specifically lead counsel Linda Eide, who refused to take any criminal action against Crystal Hill for the unlawful practice of law. Why, well that took us a few months, but we soon learned that Ms. Linda Eide is a personal friend to John E. Pennington, and a close relative to Senator Tracy Eide. Senator Eide is a personal friend to Senator Steve Hobbs and John E. Pennington. Linda Eide should have recused herself if she were an ethical honest person, but after reading Robert Grunstein’s book ” Vendetta” I believe Linda Eide should be in jail for fraud; Ms. Eide will also be subject for deep discussion in my book as this is not the first time she’s committed RICO offenses against WSBA members.
Robert Grunstein’s book Vendetta can be purchased through Amazon
Once I started requesting copies of John E. Pennington’s emails in early 2009, Pennington began a six year campaign to harass , defame, and discredit me. One former Gold Bar council member said ” the City’s strategy was to out money you, then defame and harass, and when that didn’t work they went to discredit you.” A clear RICO.
Snohomish County Superior Court’s judicial assistance to a wife/child abuser
In 2007, after constant physical and emotional abuse, John E. Pennington’s first wife, Valerie, filed for divorce from John E. Pennington.
According to our legal counsel, John Pennington’s divorce files are public records, unless you live in Snohomish County. In February 2008, then Executive Aaron Reardon’s personal friend Judge Eric Lucas sealed John Pennington’s divorce records, Case Number: 05-2-00096-0.
A couple of years ago I remember thinking ” Wow, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Lucas sealed a political friend’s divorce records? Is that even legal? What ever is behind the curtain it must be good!
Since I am no open government expert, I called my then legal counsel seeking an opinion on whether or not Judge Lucas can lawfully seal court records.
My counsel said ” no” there’s actually a court case on point as it relates to sealing court files. My counsel even suggested that I write to Judge Lucas asking him to voluntarily unseal Pennington’s divorce files citing a new case from Our Court. So I did, and the response I got back was less than responsive, and by memory it went something like this, Ms. Block you know the law, bring the proper motion. I remember thinking WOW! I quote a new law to a Superior Court Judge who is sworn in to uphold the law and he tells me to file a motion to unseal public records. What the hell is going on inside Snohomish County Superior Court?
From our sources, we understand that its John E. Pennington’s mental health issues. Normally, we could care less about a person’s mental health history, but after Mr. Pennington failed to mitigate a single death in the Oso mudslide debacle resulting in the deaths of 44 people, I believe it’s time to start that process. I cant stop seeing the images of a small infant being pulled from the mud, dead, lifeless, not breathing, suffocating in mud, and because a uneducated wife/child abuser criminally harassed me instead of mitigating.
Thus I will be bringing a motion to unseal John Pennington’s divorce records, records that Judge Eric Lucas should be unsealing to comply with our Court’s rulings, just as Judge Wynne did. And for those of you who know me personally, I think Judge Wynne is part of the problem up here in Snohomish County, but I do commend him for complying with our court’s holding.
Judge Eric Lucas needs some sunlight.
I’d like my readers to know that it took me a long time to put this story together because Snohomish County DEM tampered with so many of our public records that my counsel and I believe its a felony. This resulted in a lawsuit seeking access to our records filed in Skagit County Court.
Former DEM public records officer Diana Rose admitted under oath that she removed public records from the County and brought them to the City of Gold Bar, specifcally into the hands of Gold Bar’s then Mayor Joe Beavers. In our opinion both are guilty of felonies.
And then comes Judge Richard Okrent, a political bum for Executive Aaron Reardon. Okrent was subject of a past article after I learned what his function is ” To make criminals out of non-criminals, just like the Nazis did to the Jews”
Judge Richard Okrent
I must admit it took me some time to figure out why another blogger and I are so closely connected, not just in spirit but also in experiences. Well it’s because of one corrupt Snohomish County Judge named Richard Okrent.
In 2009, Gold Bar’s appointed Mayor Joe Beavers called unopposed city council member Chuck Lie asking for a one on one meeting. Both met at the Dutch Cup, a little grease pit owned by Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick. At this meeting, Joe Beavers Mayor Joe Beavers was bragging about how he had Snohomish County Judges in his pocket, implying that the fix was already in. Years later we soon learned that Judge Richard Okrent was not a random preassignment, he was intentionally placed on Block v. Gold Bar, just as he was on City of Everett v. Tammu.
In Block’s case it was because several Snohomish County employees disseminated Gold Bar Reporter’s Bar application file ( amounting to theft) and John Pennington ran illegal background checks on Block and her family members. In Tammu, Okrent was brought in to SLAPP down a fantastic reporter because City of Everett attorney Michael Fisher didn’t like her anti-corruption message. Today, Ms. Tammu operates http://www.snocoreporter.com and receives thousands of clicks a day. A job well done Mr. Fisher.
John E. Pennington’s domestic spying games has proven costly to both the City of Gold Bar and Snohomish County; and I am now focusing in on the City of Duvall, specifically one corrupt police officer named Lori Batoit.
Late yesterday, we did learn that Lori Batoit is a personal friend of John and Crystal Pennington, and very close friend to a former fire chief convicted of pedophilia in Brier. The former Brier employee was convicted for pedophilia, and with no surprise he also a dear friend to John E. Pennington.
For this reason, we intend to shine a hell of a lot of sunlight on Duvall Officer Lori Batoit. Ms. Batoit left an extortionist voice message last week, threatened to criminally prosecute our investigators for investigating her involvement with John E. Pennington, and we intend to expose her involvement in obstructing the many criminal complaints filed against John E. Pennington. We smell a dirty cop. More on Lori Batoit’s involvement in all of this soon.
Some readers asked me if it was fair to blame John Lovick, we answer that question. John Lovick was the Snohomish County Sheriff who refused to investigate my criminal complaints, and refused to run a criminal background check on on John E. Pennington. John Lovick, just as Aaron Reardon’s career is over thanks to his refusal to listen to his constituents.
A source inside Snohomish County called me to let me know that John Lovick terminated John E. Pennington yesterday. As of today, the County has refused to make an official statement. We sure hope that the mounds of evidence we collected and turned over to his victims had some part in exposing John E. Pennington as the wife/child abuser he is.
I make no distinction between my daughter and my neighbors child. We must do everything in our power to expose abusive people like John E. Pennington. I agree with Hillary Clinton on this issue ” it takes a village to raise children.”
The price I paid for exposing a child abuser hiding in our government offices is well worth it so long as I save one child from being abused.
“The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others.”
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.