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Monday, August 21, 2017

ABC ENFORCEMENT AGENT BREAKING RULES ADVERSELY IMPACTS APPLICATIONS OF TWO SEARCY RESTAURANTS PRIVATE CLUB PERMITS

AGENT SHELBY CLARK - HIS BAD ADVICE PREVENTED PERMITS
 


When ABC Enforcement Agent Shelby Clark told two Searcy permit applicants to place a notice away from the entrance to their restaurants, little did the two applicants realize that would be held against them and cause their applications to be denied. 

The ABC Administrative Director denied a private club permits to El Almacen Mexican Restaurant and  The Rock House in Searcy, based on questionable objections by city officials.

Both appealed the Director's decisions to the ABC Board.

Last week the ABC Board upheld the Director's decision to deny a permit for El Almacen, but The Rock House was able to get the ABC Board to override the Director's decision and grant a private club permit.

A factor that was overlooked in the El Almacen appeal, but not in the case of  The Rock House was the actions of Agent Clark.

Agent Clark advised both applicants to place the required notice away from the front entrance.  Advice that violates agency policy and Arkansas law. Advise that had an adverse impact on two business establishments.


El Almacen's appeal was heard first and at the conclusion of presentations by the applicant, and those in opposition, ABC Board Chairman Daniel Greenberg made a motion to deny El Almacen a permit based on the technical failure to post the notice in compliance with state law and ABC procedural regulations. 

DANIEL GREENBERG - ABC BOARD CHAIRMAN


The El Almacen hearing lasted about a little over 5 hours. Then it was The Rock House's turn.

Growing weary of their appointed duties, the ABC Board decided to enter the majority of the testimony from the El Almacen hearing into the record for the appeal of the Director's decision to deny The Rock House a permit as a lot of the testimony of the opposition would be the same.

In the hearing for The Rock House, it was revealed that Agent Clark had instructed Amanda Elston, the applicant for the Rock House permit, to move the required notice from the front door to a side window because the tape was not sticking to the surface of the door. In fact, Agent Clark is the one that attempted to tape the notice to the door and when it wouldn't stay on it, he had Elston put it on a window on the side of the building.


AGENT CLARK'S REFLECTION CAN BE SEEN IN THE PHOTO HE TOOK OF ELSTON AND HER NOTICE

AGENT CLARK'S HAND AND PHONE ARE SEEN REFLECTED IN THE WINDOW



Greenberg stated "it's one thing if you [Elston] picked it...it's another thing if the agent picked it."

At the end of the two hour hearing for The Rock House,  ABC Board member Mickey Powell made a motion to approve the permit for The Rock House.

MICKEY POWELL - ABC BOARD MEMBER


All board members voted to approve the issuance of the permit.

The same attorney represent both El Almacen and The Rock House, Harry Truman Moore.


HARRY TRUMAN MOORE - ATTORNEY FOR EL ALMACEN & THE ROCK HOUSE

Moore requested that the ABC Board reconsider the denial of the permit for El Almacen as the applicant for that permit, Alisha Jones, had also stated that she had been instructed to place the notice away from the front entrance by Agent Clark.

Chairman Greenberg stated that he would consider revisiting the decision about Jones application at the next board meeting in September, if the recording of the hearing confirmed that Jones had made such a statement.

JONES AND HER NOTICE AT EL ALMACEN - PHOTO TAKEN BY AGENT CLARK




Even if Agent Clark had not instructed Jones and Elston to place the notices on the windows, he was obligated to tell them where to correctly place them.

Tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet is responsible for the actions of his agents and should hold Agent Clark accountable for his infractions.

The ABC Board needs to do the right thing and grant El Almacen its private club permit and caution Agent Clark to not break the rules and law.

The arguments for and against each permit were exactly the same.  We know because we have reviewed the complete files for each application.


The objections by public officials for these two establishments will be the focus our our next post. 



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Our previous post about El Almacen:

Our Previous posts about Agent Clark:





Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

LEGISLATIVE PANEL TARGETS INEPT ABC ENFORCMENT DIRECTOR - PROBLEMS OF STATE AND CITY DEALINGS WITH POWER LOUNGE BROUGHT CONCERNS TO FOREFRONT

 
SEN. WILLIAMS QUESTIONS TAINTED ABC ENFORCEMENT DIRECTOR HAMLET'S EFFECTIVNESS


State Senator Eddie Joe Williams, R-Cabot, said there's a lack of communication between police and the Alcoholic Beverage Control agency. He said he's seeking a mandatory notification to replace the current method that allows officers to voluntarily forward reports concerning businesses with liquor licenses.

A legislative panel will review whether Arkansas police departments should be required to report most of their encounters at restaurants, bars and nightclubs to state alcohol regulators.
 
The decision comes after a shooting at Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock that injured 28 people last month.

Williams said that every time police are called to a private club, their departments should report the incident, within a reasonable amount of time, to Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner said he will wait for specifics of the review before commenting on any new policy.

LRPD CHIEF BUCKNER DOES NOT LIKE OTHERS GIVING SUGGESTIONS ABOUT HOW HIS DEPARTMENT FAILS TO DEAL WITH CRIME RELATED PROBLEMS

"I would need to see exactly what's being asked of us, and what the intent and purpose was, before I respond to it," Buckner said.

Like Hamlet, Buckner balks when his leadership is questioned. 

Buckner was offended when the Little Rock Board of Director's recently recommended that he seek assistance from other state and federal agencies to deal with crime and violence in the capital city. And when the Governor subsequently formed a Task Force to deal with crime and violence in Little Rock, Buckner was so infuriated that he skipped the press conference and sent an underling to smile for the cameras. He claimed he was too busy preparing for one of his community meetings.

Boyce Hamlet, tainted Director of ABC Enforcement, said he doesn't see a communication gap between the agency and the Arkansas police departments. But he said changes "might plug some holes."

Hamlet tried to spin the  legislative inquiry into his mismanagement of ABC Enforcement.

"We appreciate any help we can get from the state House or state Senate," Hamlet said.

Readers will recall that Hamlet also tried to spin the Arkansas Ethics Commission's investigation into his violation of Arkansas laws which required him to file disclosure forms within a certain period after being hired and each year.

What Hamlet is trying to cover up is the fact that Arkansas police departments have little or no confidence in him due to his lack of credibility and the Arkansas State Police openly laugh at him due to his being fried from their agency for cheating on an exam and lying multiple times to investigators.

It is a well known fact that the LRPD Vice Squad hates Hamlet and refuse to provide the ABC with reports about alcohol violation issues. And while some of their bad feelings about the ABC might be as a result of their dealings with the ABC Board over violations, they have little use for Hamlet playing at being a law enforcement officer and are concerned about his presence at the ABC with all his baggage.

The legislative panel to review the process was approved last week. The panel will determine whether a change would require a new law or if it could be done through a rule-making process.

Williams said the panel will submit a proposal to a Senate committee. The Legislature's next regular session is expected to be in early 2019.

We hope that this panel takes a look at the ABC's file on the Power Lounge.

What they will find will shock them.

Information in the file reveals that the establishment has been a problem for years, even when it operated as a restaurant. 

The principal owner/manager at that time was John Mathis Lile III, who was later sentenced to prison for embezzlement.  

 










THE RESTAURANT OPERATED AS A CLUB AT NIGHT, WITHOUT NOTIFYING THE CITY AS FAR BACK AS 2014
 






When Lile was convicted of a felony, he became ineligible to hold a permit to sell alcoholic beverages in in his restaurant or to be involved in its operation. Lile turned over the restaurant to Herman Lewis, but Lewis never gave the ABC notice that Lile was no longer with the restaurant and he did not file the required change in manager to get a new permit. Lewis did not tell the ABC about Lile not being involved in the business until Lile had been in prison for a year.

The Little Rock Mayor and other officials did not object to changes or re-issuance of permits even though the establishment owed taxes to the city, county and state and the police were responding to dozens of calls.

ABC Enforcement agents tried to get that dive shut down for several years and tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet did nothing to support the findings of his agents.

Hamlet forced Agent Chandler to resign or be fired, as he did several other agents that were more qualified to be director that he was.

No doubt Hamlet, being the inexperienced and ignorant fool he is simply had no idea what to do with the information Agent Farmer reported.


 
Hamlet and a couple of his supervising agents emailed each other saving things about agents that led us to post about Hamlet creating a hostile work environment.  That coupled with his getting rid of several experienced and well-liked agents and promoting a couple of agents to supervisory positions that were just a objectionable as he was after he was appointed rubbed law enforcement agencies all over the state the wrong way.

All our posts about Hamlet's lying and covering up his hiring and firing by the ASP to get jobs in law enforcement he would not have been able to obtain if he told the truth did not help either.
It took the mass shooting of 28 individuals to get the ABC to finally take action and shut down the sketchy bar.

It was very telling that Hamlet was not asked to be part of Governor Hutchinson's Task Force.

All the agency heads that were asked to be on it have no use for Hamlet and his lack of credibility and honesty.

How much longer will it take the Governor to realize that as well.  Hamlet's father-in-law is not around to make campaign contributions so it may not be much longer. 

 


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

UNQUALIFIED ABC ENFORCEMENT DIRECTOR IS RAKING IN THE DOUGH

We have previously posted about tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet getting a huge $8k bump in salary after a few months on the job and after he made several agents supervisors, thus delegating many responsibilities that he had to these supervisors.

We have discovered that he has gone from making around $74,000 a year to almost $97,000 a year.






Not bad for an individual that had no qualifications for the position, including being a certified law enforcement officer, and was fired by the Arkansas State Police for cheating on an exam and then lied multiple times to investigators.

If that was not bad enough, Hamlet then lied on job applications to hide the fact that he was hired and fired by the ASP to get jobs in law enforcement he would not have been able to had he told the truth.

Hamlet has a self-proclaimed mental disability that caused UAPB to waive basic course requirements in order for him to graduate and receive a degree. 

Hamlet is a pathological liar and has no place heading ABC Enforcement.

 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

HUMP DAY HUMOR

Even back in elementary school, Boyce was an integral part of the team.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

LRPD SNUBS ABC ENFORCEMENT IN CASE INVOLVING BOOTLEGGER

 
LRPD CHIEF KENTON BUCKNER AND HIS FOOL, BOYCE HAMLET


Due in part to the Little Rock Police Departments disdain for tainted ABC Enforcement Director and pretend law enforcement officer Boyce Hamlet, they did not bring the ABC in on a case involving a successful bootlegger.


  

 Little Rock Police said a man's son robbed and nearly killed him this month over $80,000 in "bootlegging" money the father had stashed in their house, according to court filings released Thursday.

Johnny Scott Jr., 39, is accused of attacking his 68-year-old father, Johnny Scott Sr., in an armed robbery July 9 in which the elder Scott was stabbed at least 11 times.


LRPD said the attack left the elder Scott in a coma for several days with life-threatening injuries. He was still hospitalized July 19 when he spoke to investigators and identified his son as one of two men involved in the robbery, according to court affidavits.

Little Rock police detective Chris Johnson wrote in an affidavit that Scott Sr. was "sure of who did this because they did not wear masks."

The younger Scott faces charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated robbery, theft of property and first-degree domestic battery.

He pleaded innocent to the charges last week in Little Rock District Court.

The younger Scott lived with his parents at their home at 32 Melinda Drive.

Scott Sr. told police that he was in bed with his wife, Izetta Scott, the morning of July 9 when his son and one of his son's friends entered the room, according to the affidavits. The intruders had a knife and a pistol, according to reports. They forced Izetta Scott to leave the room and demanded Scott Sr.'s money, which he'd acquired from illegally selling alcohol, police said.



"Someone would call on Sunday and I guess he'd drive around and deliver it," police spokesman Steve Moore said.



One of the robbers repeatedly stabbed Scott Sr. until Scott Sr. told them the money from his "side business" was hidden in a closet, according to the affidavits.

Police were called to the Scott residence shortly before 3:30 a.m. July 9.

According to reports, Izetta Scott, 67, told police that she called 911 after the robbers had fled and she realized her husband had been stabbed.

But according to her husband's account, she waited two or three hours to call for help, reports show.

Izetta Scott was arrested after other discrepancies were detected in her account of the events, according to police.



She told police that there were three robbers who wore bandannas over their faces and that her son was not home when the robbery occurred, according to reports. But her husband told investigators "there were only two suspects, one of which is Johnny Scott Jr. and they were not wearing masks," police reported.

Scott Sr. told police that he didn't think his wife was involved in the robbery but that she "would do anything to protect Johnny Jr.," the affidavits state.

Izetta Scott was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated robbery, theft of property and first-degree domestic battery.

Court records show that she appeared Monday in Little Rock District Court but did not enter a plea in the case.

Johnny Scott, Jr. was being held at the jail with bail set at $500,000.

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This is not the first time a law enforcement agency has not involved ABC Enforcement in busting up a bootleggers operation. 



As long as Governor Hutchinson keeps tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet in that position, it will certainly not be the last.

These agencies do not want the stink of a corrupt, untrustworthy individual like Hamlet connected to any case they seek to prosecute.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

ABC PERMITTED EDWARD WRIGHT TO FLAUNT RULES DUE TO HIS TIES TO GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON AND TAINTED ABC ENFORCEMENT DIRECTOR BOYCE HAMLET

 
LISA & EDWARD WRIGHT, KRISTEN & CARLTON SAFFA

We have previously posted about the shenanigans and violations of laws by Edward and Lisa Wright and their daughter Kristen Saffa in connection with liquor stores in Arkadelphia and Bryant.



Kristen is the wife of Carlton Saffa, a man of extremely questionable individual that is an assistant to Governor Asa Hutchinson and a buddy of tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet.

Both Hamlet and Saffa worked on Hutchinson's campaign and received appointments as a reward, even though both had questionable character and lacked qualifications.



Well last week Edward took control over a business that he falsely claimed he had sold to his daughter Kristen back in 2015.  Crush Wine & Spirits.



 

The alleged transfer of stock was a shame transaction (and possible forged document) and Kristen never registered as the sole owner of Crush Wine & Spirits with the Arkansas Secretary of State; Edward Wright has always been listed as the sole owner.




If you are connected to the Good Ole Boy System, you can flaunt and break the rules and not worry about the consequences.  

 

Liars, law breakers and scum. They flock together like roaches in a dank cellar. 








Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

MORE SHENANIGANS WITH LACK OF LAW ENFORCEMENT CREDENTIALS AT ABC ENFORCEMENT

BOYCE HAMLET WOULD MAKE AN EXCELLENT SOUTH PARK CHARACTER

We have previously posted about tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet not possessing the required law enforcement credentials for his position. That coupled with his lack of credibility and honesty poses serious problems for the ABC and its enforcement efforts.
 
Arkansas Code Annotated § 12-9-106(e)  and the Arkansas Commission of Law Enforcement Standards ("CLEST") and Training both make it clear about having the necessary certification.




A recent hire also lacks the required credentials like his tainted boss as well.

Kenneth A. Peatoss was hired as an ABC Enforcement Agent on May 17, 2017 with an annual salary of  $40,000.




This was a drastic drop in income from his previous position with Walmart where he was making $92,000.00 a year.


Before Peatross worked for Walmart, he was a Special Agent with the FBI making $137,000 a year.



Ok, so now you are probably saying that he was trained by the FBI. Yes he was.  But that training is vastly different than the training for a police officer in Arkansas.  And his FBI training does automatically qualify him to obtain certification in Arkansas.  In fact CLEST has not recognized it nor do they shown him having any type of certification.



Sharp readers will notice that CLEST has Peatross as working for Tobacco Control as we did.



But the fact remains that he, like Hamlet, is not a certified law enforcement officer in the State of Arkansas.

We sent a FOI request to CLEST on June 4th for a copy of their file on Peatross and the required F1 form.  CLEST had no file on Peatross (no file equals no certification in Arkansas) or and F1 form.  All they had was his enrollment for a refresher course.




Peatross is signed up for a refresher course, but without having the initial required certification, that course is useless - it won't make him certified.

After we received the email from CLEST we sent a FOI request to the DFA/ABC.

Then on June 7th, DFA mouthpiece Jake Bleed sent us this email.



He claimed that no F1 form for Peatross existed. Imagine that.  CLEST sent us the one they had received from the ABC on June 5th (which they also sent to us) yet Bleed stated no such form exists.

We sent Bleed this email:


We never received a response from Bleed about his snafu.

Hamlet was reluctant to send the legally required form to CLEST upon Peatross' hire (as he was in his own instance due to no certifiaction) and he did not send it until we requested a copy and reminded him about his legal obligation to send the required form.




Hamlet did not submit the F1 form to CLEST for Peatross until June 5, 2017, twenty days after he was hired.

This does not surprise us as Hamlet is an admitted law breaker and genuine dumb ass.



 



If an individual fails to meet the required certification's, they cannot carry a weapon or perform many of the duties of an ABC Enforcement Agent. When we met Peatross at an ABC Board meeting shortly after he was hired, he appeared to be wearing a weapon and ABC badge on his belt.




Peatross can obtain the necessary certification by attending training at ALETA - Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy or try and get a waiver from CLEST.

Perhaps the Governor plans to replace Hamlet with Peatross as he actually has the experience and training (less the Arkansas certification) to be Enforcement Director especially with the ABC being involved in the Medical Marijuana process.  Hamlet is a ticking bomb due to his past and our exposure of him is not something that can be swept under the carpet and forgotten about.