Rodeman sues Oak Creek in relation to tasing

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Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman

— Former Oak Creek mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman filed a civil suit Friday against the Town Board and its former police officials in response to a July 2008 incident in which she was stunned with a Taser and arrested on suspicion of five misdemeanor charges. All charges against her were eventually dropped, and the two police officials later resigned.

In the suit filed in Routt County District Court by her attorney Kris Hammond, Rodeman accuses former Oak Creek Police Sgt. Erik Foster of assault, battery, trespassing, false imprisonment and false arrest, violation of civil rights, and extreme and outrageous conduct.

The lawsuit states that on July 19, 2008, Foster forced his way into Rodeman's house and shocked her with a Taser twice as she "cowered on the floor of her bedroom begging not to be tased."

Foster has said he arrested Rodeman because she failed to use her turn signal and then fled from police. Foster has said he pursued Rodeman into her home and then used a Taser to subdue her because she wasn't cooperating, and he feared she would injure him.

Rodeman was cited on misdemeanor charges of eluding police, obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence per se, as well as a traffic infraction of failure to signal. The charges were dropped Oct. 1, 2008.

Rodeman also accuses former Oak Creek Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio of extreme and outrageous conduct, improper training and supervision, and violation of civil rights.

Foster and Caterinicchio resigned from the Oak Creek Police Department on Sept. 11, 2008.

The suit also names the Town of Oak Creek and Town Board members - including Mayor J. Eliot, Town Trustee and Police Commissioner Chuck Wisecup, Dave Fisher, Josh Voorhis, Wendy Gustafson, Gerry Greenwood and Dave Ege - as defendants and accuses them of improper training, supervision and retention, violation of civil rights and liability for the alleged misconduct of Foster and Caterinicchio.

"As a direct result of the conduct of Defendants as above alleged," the lawsuit states, "Plaintiff endured electrical shock, pain, suffering, humiliation, illegal forced entry into her home, trespass, loss of privacy in her own home, illegal unconstitutional searches of her home and car, illegal arrest, loss of liberty, scarring, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life."

"It's shameful what happened, and I think Cargo wants to make sure it doesn't ever happen again," Hammond said Sunday. "We take good police work for granted in our country, and that's a credit to the officers. When the people who are supposed to be protecting you start hurting you, it's a serious situation that has to be dealt with."

Wisecup said he had not yet seen the lawsuit, but he wasn't surprised because Rodeman filed her notice of intent to sue in January.

The notice of intent simply preserved Rodeman's right to sue at a later date. By law, she had 180 days after her arrest to notify the town of the intent, which she initially did the day the charges against her were dropped.

Asked whether the Town Board supports the actions of Foster and Caterinicchio, Wisecup said, "I guess that will all come out during whatever court action takes place."

Eliot declined to comment because he too had not yet seen the lawsuit.

Eliot said after he discusses the lawsuit with Town Attorney Bob Weiss, "I'm sure we'll have something to say at that point."

Weiss, who also had not seen the lawsuit, said it would be referred to Oak Creek's insurance carrier, which has council or will provide council to represent the town.

Hammond said the next steps included waiting for a response to the lawsuit from Oak Creek. He said the court then would schedule a trial date.

The lawsuit requests compensator damages, interest, costs, attorney fees and "any other relief this court deems appropriate."

Hammond said he and Rodeman haven't discussed a dollar amount she'd like to receive from the town.

But, "the more zeroes the better," he said.

- To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@steamboatpilot.com

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jturbo 4 years, 9 months ago

If Cargo had stopped when the officer tried to pull her over this would not have happened. Cargo has other criminal convictions I am sure she was running to try and avoid more on her rap sheet. Unfortunatly with the courts system and it being less expensive for the Town of Oak Creek to settle , Cargo will get some money and not go to trial. One can only hope that Cargo gets some (very little money) and moves far far away since she seems to have numerous issues with Oak Creek and Routt County - may be she will be happier elsewhere - Perhaps Florence CO.

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oldskoolstmbt 4 years, 9 months ago

jturbo~ well said.....remember too, her bumper sticker, "well behaved women rarely make history"

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seeuski 4 years, 9 months ago

She wants your money people of Oak Creek. Must be for pain and suffering but I have a feeling she was feeling no pain that evening. Don't think she was drinkin milk at the Bar.

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 9 months ago

The DMV hearing officer found that the BAC test was not admissible because it was the result of an illegal search and seizure.

Officer Foster violated two Supreme decisions in entering her house and how he entered. First, to enter her house without a warrant violated Welsh v Wisconsin. Second, by not knocking and announcing police, he violated Wilson v Arkansas. He also violated the Town's approved policy on using a Taser.

Chief Russ showed his incompetence by immediately issuing a report saying officer Foster did nothing wrong.

Town Board failed to point out that Chief Russ's report used as it's standard a proposed new Taser policy that had never been publicly discussed and not the current Taser policy. And since they made no other investigations, the rushed and deeply flawed report be Chief Russ remains as the Town's official report of the incident.

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jturbo 4 years, 9 months ago

Scott - when an officer is in "Hot pursuit" of a criminal and when the suspect enters their house the officer can pusue the suspect w/o having to wait for a search warrant or knock and notice thus preventing the destruction of evidence such as weapons or drugs. Cargos fleeing from officer elicited the "Hot Pursuit" and thus he was within his rights. Once again had she been a law abiding citizen as MOST people are there would have not been a pursuit or the subsequent "Taser" of Cargo. A feeling Felon from a traffic stop I would have pursued her as most law enforcement would also.

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Duke_bets 4 years, 9 months ago

Personal opinions of Kathy Rodeman really don't matter in this case. It seems that the Town of Oak Creek hired 2 very inexperienced officers. Foster botched the arrest on every aspect. He not only tasered a person twice for no particular reason, but he also put his own life in danger by forcefully entering a residence with no back-up.

The town will need to decide on a settlement to avoid more litigation and put this thing to rest.

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seeuski 4 years, 9 months ago

Pay her nothing. She already got off for what every one of us would get busted for. She should feel lucky. Lets all speed home, run in the house and lock the door when we are driving home from a bar and the red and blue lights are spinnin in the rearview. What then? Don't tase me bro?

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Duke_bets 4 years, 9 months ago

jturbo - You evidently have no clue about the facts in this case that came out a year ago. The 'Hot Pursuit' argument didn't hold water and all charges were dropped in a criminal court. Foster claimed a turn signal violation. That supposedly took place 2.5 blocks from Rodeman's residence. I also believe reading that Foster didn't hit his lights until Cargo had exited her car in her own driveway. He then forcefully entered the home with no back-up.

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flotilla 4 years, 9 months ago

I think the OC "cops" did a terrible job. However, if these are Cargo's true colors I am embarrassed for her. Breaking the bank of a town you "love"? How dare you Cargo?

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Fred Duckels 4 years, 9 months ago

In a case like this the ambulence chasers will be beating her door down to take this job on a percentage.

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JusWondering 4 years, 9 months ago

So I was Just Wondering.... what do you think an insurance claim with "the more zeros the better" will do to the ditch's ability to afford a professional and sustainable law enforcement solution?

What carrier is going to cover that risk given the propensity of incompetence? Perhaps that is the end goal.

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jturbo 4 years, 9 months ago

Duke_bets: Feel free to run from the police when you are stopped next time and see what happens. If you have nothing to hide why run? Cargo has a history of breaking the law and she was lucky to get these charges dismissed - what will you say when she hurts someone or something more serious. As to the not having back up when he entered the house - that can sometimes take up to 30 minutes - plenty of time for her to flush, stash or do what ever with her illegal substances (her history).

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cargo 4 years, 9 months ago

Didn't run. Didn't fail to signal. You were not there. Most of you do not even have the balls to use your own name. Kudos to Scott & Fred! Not moving EVER! Lived here 37 years....sorry to disappoint you. How about you who have no name? How long have you called the Valley home? You must get up in the morning and think...brush teeth....get on the computer...belittle someone that you have no facts about. What a wonderful morning you must have had when you saw my name in the paper.

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upstream 4 years, 9 months ago

Cargo- were you drunk? were you driving? if you genuinely want to assure "this never happens again", perhaps you could promise us you will stop driving your car to the bar. instead Kris Hammond is looking to get you a payout with "the more zeroes the better". i'm sure we are all sorry you were traumatized that night- are you sorry for being a repeat drunk driver in our community? disgusting and self-serving are the best descriptions i can think of for your actions- and for those of the people who agreed to fund your DUI defense in return for payback once you get your settlement. gross.

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cargo 4 years, 9 months ago

Hi upstream. What is your real name? If you want honesty, you should provide honesty.

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cargo 4 years, 9 months ago

LTFO...what is your real name? Do you want any facts?

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jimbo 4 years, 9 months ago

cargo...do not respond here...could hurt yourself and case no matter how infuriating...

Cargo is and should be protected by the law... her rights were violated period... regardless of her past history or any others personal feelings.

my feelings are she was really wronged by police action but we need to let the courts decide...

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cargo 4 years, 9 months ago

"jimbo"...thank you. I am not infuriated or anything close. I like to protect people (Friends, strangers and me) from unnecessary and unwarranted bad things (people)and I thought if even one of these "unknowns" felt strongly enough about their "knowledge" of me and/or this case to reveal their true identity, all of the people they have belittled in the past, under an alias, could face their accuser. Naive & idealistic, but worth a try. So far, no takers. Thanks again for the open mind.

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 9 months ago

I am reminded of the story of a frog and scorpion. The scorpion wants to cross a creek and asks the frog for a ride. The frog is worried that the scorpion will kill him. The scorpion says I won't kill you because then I'd drown. So the frog agrees, is stung mid stream, dooming both of them. When asked why, the scorpion explains, "I'm a scorpion; it's my nature."

Maybe it is in Cargo's nature to occasionally make bad decisions.

But Officer Foster whom several women had felt he had treated them poorly, had the opportunity to show he was a good officer and instead showed he had massive issues arresting women.

Chief Russ had the opportunity to show that he could competently perform an investigation and instead almost immediately issued a report saying officer Foster acted properly.

The Town Board had the opportunity to show they were competently managing the police dept and instead accepted the report from Chief Russ and never did fire or reprimand the police officers.

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oldskoolstmbt 4 years, 9 months ago

cargo~ were you, or were you not drinking at the bar and then attempted to drive home?...

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 9 months ago

One of the great oddities in this case was that they had called 911 asking for the Sheriff's dept to protect them from an OCPD officer and that was before Foster tasered Cargo. I think most officers in that situation would realize that if the people in the house are that desperate to have other officers arrest them then wait for those officers to arrive.

As for "hot pursuit", read Welsh v Wisconsin. Hot pursuit is not an absolute exception to the need to get a search warrant to enter someone's home. The Supreme Court said that the police need probable cause of a serious crime to pursue into a house without a search warrant. A roadside sobriety (Terry Stop) only needs reasonable suspicion. So a missed turn signal would count as reasonable suspicion to perform a roadside sobriety check, but not to pursue a suspect into her house.

If you or I drive home to escape a roadside sobriety check then a competent police officer would knock on the door. If there was no answer then the officer could say that I was needed for a sobriety test and if I refused to come out to take it then it would be noted that I had refused to take the test which results in an automatic driver's license suspension.

In Wilson v Arkansas, the Supreme Court ruled that police must "knock and announce" prior to entering a house except under exceptional circumstances when knocking and announcing is clearly counter productive such as executing a search warrant on drug dealers whom would destroy evidence before answering the door or a hostage rescue. They specifically did not allow speculative reasons on why it might be better to enter without knocking and announcing.

Cargo's lawsuit does not threaten the citizens or taxpayers of Oak Creek or than possibly than some Town Board members. The Town's insurance company covers the Town and will pay any damages. If it were found that Town Board members had acted illegally in suppressing citizen complaints or such then those members of the Town Board could be held personally liable, but that is typically extremely hard to prove.

But that is why lawsuits like this name everyone possible as defendants so that the Town's insurance company cannot escape their liability by arguing that the Town Board members were individually liable. If the lawsuit just named the Town then Cargo's lawyer would also have to argue that the Town was liable, not anyone else. By naming everyone, Cargo's lawyer can say you all figure out whom is liable for what. And as the case proceeds then people are dropped from the case when there is no evidence that they were liable.

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JusWondering 4 years, 9 months ago

Great analogy Scott... Problem is this scorpion apparently is not content to just sting once. Unfortunately this sting could very well kill the town.

The town will be hard pressed to get a liability policy for its board members going forward (much less the police force it hasn't hired and can't afford).... and if they could at what cost?

If the board's breach of fiduciary duty is responsible as is claimed then it will certainly cost the town more in the future... more that it already can't afford. If the board's lack of oversight is in the least bit responsible then I would say it is time to elect someone other than the current cadre of sitting members.

This person espouses their love and care about the community through words while actions speak of pure selfishness... they consistently have in the 35 years that I have known them. Why does it seem that behind every "selfless" deed that gets press there is a selfish motivation?

Cargo has lived here for 37 years and has the reputation to prove it. There has always been a loophole for Cargo. Whether it be the inept behavior of a small town cop, a misquote, an improper following of procedure, etc.

Just ask the two generations of high school kids what they know of Cargo... not the public comments, but the comments they make when they are amongst their friends.

Some of us, quite frankly, are just disgusted and tired of the town looking like (and I will quote Calvin Morrow several years ago) "the scum bucket of the county". There are some great people that live in the town, too bad it is overshadowed by apparent inexcusable behavior. People who get up every day, work hard, raise their kids and live a quiet peaceful life get lost in the shadows of the sensationalism displayed by a few.

On the other hand there are others that seem content to drag the town through the mud over and over again. People like this need Oak Creek far more than Oak Creek has EVER needed them.

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oldskoolstmbt 4 years, 9 months ago

right on tilla!!!....excellent post as well, juswondering!!

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 9 months ago

If you want to know what is wrong with Oak Creek then look at the trashing of the bathrooms of Decker Park and the article on Cowboy Bob's death. No one can bring themselves to admit he was a chronic alcoholic?

I catch kids on video stealing. The police take the case. One of the kid's parents deny their kid did anything. A couple of weeks later with my 7 year old daughter in the vicinity, that kid tries staring me down while flipping me off. I am told that taking further action such as filing a restraining order is just going to make the family angry and cause me more problems.

A tenant with kids leaves a house with dog, cat and hamster feces throughout the house that took months to accumulate. Chief Russ won't even take a report. I call Human Services and they are horrified and take dozens of pictures. I then get a Town Board member complaining about the condition of the house, but he has nothing to say about the people living there with young kids.

And you think the problem with Oak Creek is Cargo???

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flotilla 4 years, 9 months ago

The thing I don't understand Scott, is that the problem with Oak Creek is that outsiders refuse to admit that all towns have problems. So what if Cowboy Bob was a chronic alcoholic, he never did any harm, bothered anyone, and was polite. I think it is nice that the Pilot recognized a man that didn't have it easy in his passing. Where is the compassion?

Maybe you ought to chose your renters more wisely? Your post points out that Chief Russ had no idea what he was doing, nothing new, and that our town is run by a bunch of amateurs doing the best they know how to do. It is unfortunate that people stare you down, you have a tough job, providing low-income housing. It is a choice you make. Police can't teach children how to grow up to be decent adult, parents should. Be the bigger man and ignore the kid. Hopefully one day positive influence will win those kids over. who knows. In response to your decker park... remember the rental in steamboat that got trashed and was all over the news?Those were "college" kids. It happens. Has it happened lately? Respect has to be taught. It isn't the Police or the Town Board's responsibility to do so. I walk by your rental property by the BMT and it certainly isn't a hub for respectful behavior. I don't judge you for the tenants in there. I happen to think Oak Creek is a wonderful town full of wonderful people. Sure there are idiosyncrasies, bad apples, etc. but it is all about what you chose to dwell on. I see lots of hard-working, respectful, intelligent awesome people on a daily basis, living a peaceful, meaningful life. Then I read the @#$% on the Pilot and sigh. You don't have to agree with me.
I guess Cargo, in light of your post, then why go for so many "zeros" - maybe you are planning on giving it to charity. I don't know. I just don't really get it. The cops are gone, our insurance rates will climb, I just don't see where the deserved zeros are. Sure, be made whole by your hospital bills, time off work, etc. I apologize if my last post was too harsh but I just don't see the good in you getting a bunch of money for this.

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JusWondering 4 years, 9 months ago

P.S. Scott, if you really had any care of real estate values of your properties in Oak Creek you would cease posting comments tearing down the very town you own property in. You only help to solidify outsiders' view and thus the desirability of purchasing real estate in the town and overall values of property. If I read your comments as an outsider it does not paint a very nice picture of a mostly, except for the few reprobates that every town has, quiet commuter town.

Let's see, if you posted your rentals or laundromat for sale I would have to think very hard before looking at them as an investment. You have sub-human tenants and a bunch of thieves that no one will do anything about. Oh, and by the way, the park is a ghetto that no one cares about. I'm sorry, but you paint a picture of something that far exceeds the reality of any delapitated portion of any major city.

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JusWondering 4 years, 9 months ago

Cargo... you ask about balls to speak one's mind outside the veil of anonymity?

"A couple of weeks later with my 7 year old daughter in the vicinity, that kid tries staring me down while flipping me off. I am told that taking further action such as filing a restraining order is just going to make the family angry and cause me more problems."

Exactly why people post anonymously. 'nuff said!

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greenwash 4 years, 9 months ago

Awesome Tacos at the Cantina Stand on south end of Main Street.Definately worth the stop.Doesnt look like a slum to me.

OAK CREEK - the boulevard of broken dreams.

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TWill 4 years, 9 months ago

Jus- your attack on Scott is another reason why people post anonymously. You're just as bad as the kid staring him down and flipping him off. No need to drag him through the mud, personally, in this forum.

And Cargo, if having "balls" means conducting and presenting one's self life like you do, then you're right- I don't have any!

Your years of highly publicized antics have only managed to personify the reputation and stereotype of Oak Creek. The town needs to rid itself of people just like you if it wants to improve like its been trying to for so long.

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JusWondering 4 years, 9 months ago

Before ANYONE comments I did not intend to infer that anyone that gets attention in Oak Creek is a drunk or reprobate.

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max huppert 4 years, 9 months ago

i have lived in Oak Creek for 1 year now and love it here.. you can do what u want and nobody complains like in SB. I think the park is kept looking good. We dont have any problem on our street and it even has Cargo on it. All the kids that go by our house seem nice and well mannered. I dont need any police in this town,, just handle your problems OC style Scott.

Max for Mayor of OC

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oldskoolstmbt 4 years, 9 months ago

green- nice! twill- it's about time there are some attacks on scott, he has had more than his share on these forums...and his post was RIDICULOUS!!! blame, blame, blame....

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 9 months ago

My comment about Bob was poorly stated. I had two disputes and I tried to express it in two words. First, I do not dispute the overall nature of the obituary, but the obituary left open the thought that he was homeless as a matter of choice of some noble eccentricity. To ignore his alcoholism is to ignore a big part of his recent life. That disease made him homeless. The rest of the obituary is fine.

The reason why the obit shows what is wrong with OC is that many in the Town wanted him gone. Chief Russ constantly harassed him and tried to run Bob out of town. The same people that hate Cargo also hated Cowboy Bob. But now that he has died, Bob is now remembered as everyone's best friend and shows how the Town took care of a homeless person. It wasn't the Town that took care of Bob, the people that took care of Bob was a relatively small group that are the same people that Chief Russ tried to drive out and others still think need to be driven out of OC.

And the comment about subhuman tenants is another perfect example of what is wrong with OC. No one else is offended by that comment? Isn't it offensive that any human is considered to be subhuman by others? And you consider people you know to living at the Curry to be "subhuman'?

What is wrong with OC is that the Town is deeply divided and it is accepted to hate those that you disagree with.

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JusWondering 4 years, 9 months ago

Scott... brother, I have no hate of you. I have no personal malice toward you and it really was not meant to be a personal attack; I do hope you can see that. I would have been happy to share the same comments with you over a burger and sweet potato fries at The Oak (which is good food by the way). I wish nothing but the greatest success for your financial endeavors in OC. My points obviously were taken to a degree not expected.

I guess I see living in feces as subhuman conditions. Admitedly perhaps my comment was poorly worded. Perhaps I would have been better to state "individuals content to live in subhuman conditions" but I can see how that could be misinterpreted as well, I guess my panache for prose may not always be the best. It was a response to your commentary about a single tenant. I was not trying to state that you poorly manage your rental property nor that I think that anyone living there is subhuman. Maybe others aren't offended because they read it in the manner in which it was intended to be read.

My point simply is this; and I am sorry that it got lost in appearance of hate and malice. The more you talk about how poor the conditions are/were in the town the more you solidify the negative stereotypes. So when a news story of any individual's behavior catches the attention of the Pilot then the immediate knee jerk response is "that figures... it is Oak Creek after all".

And your personal vendetta against Russ... get over it. He is gone. Seeking to further defame him can have no positive result.

The town is full of some very good people that quietly go about their business, help their neighbors and serve their community in many capacities... the kind of people that would see a stranger stuck in the ditch on a cold winter's morning and stop even know they know it would mean they will be late to work. The kind of people that work on the weekends in their yards, on their roofs or on their house trying to make it a better place to live.

It is just too bad that it is the drunks, reprobates and minority that get the attention.

It is time for the silent majority to take back their town.

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 9 months ago

Oak Creek is not going to solve it's problems by pretending they don't exist.

I agree it is time for the silent majority to take back their town. And that silent majority is not a group that wants to run people out of town, but wants to responsibility and fairly solve issues.

Dave Fisher said in municipal court that there is a war between the town and me that will continue despite the town losing that battle that day.

In a court case I lost, the Town acknowledged that the car wash when operating uses less water than the average business, but that they have the legal basis to charge it 2.5 times as much as other businesses. Silly me thought that "equitable" would not have allowed that. I've been trying to find someone willing to operate it, but at the insane water and sewer rates, it just isn't economical and if they are going to reinstate the high rates now that they repealed the ordinance that said a business that uses minimal water is to be charged residential rates, they are going to force me to knock it down and make it into a vacant lot.

Dave Fisher and the Town Board can have their war and the loser is going to be the people of Oak Creek because if the car wash is gone then it never going to be economical to rebuild it.

So yes, silent majority it is time to take back your town.

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max huppert 4 years, 9 months ago

dont need a car wash since you can use as much water as you want at the same price,, I think it would look better if you knock it down scott,, maybe put some trailers there for more rent money. i'll stop by the curry and give you some good ideas. why are u always singling out Dave Fisher, and Russ.

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rrogers82 4 years, 9 months ago

Scott, the statement that you made earlier has pretty much haunted me all day.

"and the article on Cowboy Bob's death. No one can bring themselves to admit he was a chronic alcoholic?".

Shame on you. Everyone has issues, some more than others. If you had personal issues with Bob, you should have kept that to yourself and not aired it in your comments that had nothing to do with Bob. The article was about Cargo and Oak Creek, not Bob. Maybe you should set up a website all about Oak Creek and it's dirty laundry if you have nothing better to do.

Again, shame on you for that "poorly stated comment". God bless him and his family.

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rrogers82 4 years, 9 months ago

One more thing Scott, do you know his background? Do you know where he came from, what he did in life, anything about his family, why he was homeless, or anything about Bob for that matter. I think that you made assumptions and we all know what assumptions make of us right? Did he try to take a nap or sleep in the laundry mat and that upset you? I apologize, but you seem to be in the clouds as far as being knowledgable about Bob. Your right to your opinion of course, but how rude to insult him after his passing and posting it!

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mjsinger 4 years, 9 months ago

Just a reminder to all of you that the charges against Cargo have been dropped. This is not a matter of what she did wrong (perhaps a good time to look in the mirror and honestly admit to yourself that you too have made mistakes) but this is a matter of what the Town of Oak creek's elected officials neglegted to do, which is to take seriously the numerous ( I HAVE read them, you may too under the CORA) complaints that occured prior to the incident involving cargo. The town failed to take action to prevent aggressive behavior of a police officer that over-stepped his boundaries and put MANY citizens of a small down in grave danger. If it had not been Cargo, it could have been someone else and he could have done even more damage than what occured. What would you be saying now if his overzelous aggressiveness resulted in someone's unwarrented death?

Another point to mention is that Cargo actively supports Oak Creek's local business's and I'd be willing to be that after she pays the debts that she has obtained from this incident The money that she is awarded will be dished back out into the bussiness that support the Town that she so dearly loves.

Thank you Cargo. Not only for being someone that ANYONE can rely on in a tough perdicament, but also for having the courage to put yourself in the way of foolish comments like those above to promote the common good of many. Oak Creek is WAY better off now that those corrupt officials are gone, and if I'm not mistaken this is the second time you have fought the tough fight to help Oak Creek maintain the small town characteristics that we all love. I do wish you didn't have to endure the brunt of brutal, ignorant words. But you are not alone. There are many of us who recognize and appreciate what you have done, not only for all the citizens in this town that you call friends or for the business's, but also what you have done for those who would call you their enemy. Little do they know how much your sacrifices and love of humanity has made this world a better place. Not many people can withstand what you have and still have such a compassionate and empathetic view toward their friends and their foes.

Perhaps one day one of the self-righteous folks who claim to know so many truths that have commented up above will be in need of a friend...If history can show us anything it's that when someone is in need, Cargo is a friend Indeed.

Stay Strong....

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oldskoolstmbt 4 years, 9 months ago

scott~ thanks, you gave me a stomach ache....funny, chief russ didn't try to drive me out and i have known bob for13 yrs....but, hey...i'm glad the 'rest of the obit' was fine for you..what an embarrassment you are...rrogers said it best...how can you take an article about a drunk driver, who ran into her home and got 'lit up' and turn it into an all-knowing, mightier than thou judgement on a dead homeless person, who, by the way..i would rather meet on the street than someone like you (at least what i read from your post's)....breathe scott...bob will never 'bother' you again...

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kathy foos 4 years, 9 months ago

cargo is suing the police dept. in oak creek and the town board, does that meanthat if she looses the case to jury trial,she must repay alllegal expenses to the other partys since they are a legal entity of the government?

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Duke_bets 4 years, 9 months ago

sun - Your point is mute. She won't lose. She has already won. This will come down to an agreed settlement between the Town and Cargo.

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arshouse 4 years, 9 months ago

i think that it is classic that two advertisements have been posted at the bottom of this page the two times i have checked the postings: one against drunk driving and another about becoming a police officer! is this just a crazy coincidence?

anyways, the only thing that i wish to comment on is the fact that cargo is not only suing the town, but also the individuals on the board of trustees. these folks donate a lot of time and effort in an attempt to better our town, and do not deserve any of this. if it is not too late, please do the right thing and take their names off of the lawsuit. any money taken from these people and given to cargo would be the biggest crime by far in this whole situation. shame on you cargo and kris hammond! your quote about the more zeroes the better is simply disgusting.

adam reichley

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flower 4 years, 9 months ago

Something is wrong..Cargo is not Gary Wall or Black so how did she get off? Prez Obama should be notified.

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freerider 4 years, 8 months ago

hey Cargo I don't blame you a bit for sueing...the police are arrogant and power happy morons with guns and tasers...anybody would be pissed off being tasered in there own home...I've lived here for almost 40 years and my experience with the legal system in Routt county is that the police are professional liars....they will say anything to win a case and they think they are above the law...the DA's office is pathetic and they go to court over anything..like the sweet pea thing...I hope you win this and send a message to the police dept. that they are not above the law

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eastboy 4 years, 8 months ago

Cargo' is not a perfect person. Scott is not a perfect person. The two cops were obviously far lesser than perfect. and the trustees should have known better. If/when I move to Oak Creek I'm sure I won't be perfect either but you can bet your -ss I'll try to make my vote count at election times which I think has been lacking in times past. So O K if a few of you know who I am now, I just can't stand most of this site, it's not very productive!

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