A Carjacking occurred In Holly Hill Fl by convicted felon Randolph Harris, who had recently served 2 years for carjacking, and has a long criminal history. This is not an uncommon profile of who is mandated to Daytona Narcotics Anonymous and Daytona Alcoholics Anonymous. Continue reading
PHOTO- Daytona Beach Narcotics Anonymous / Alcoholics Anonymous Member, Sunrise Park Holly Hill Florida
The day was November 21st 2010 in Volusia County, Sunrise Park in Holly Hill Florida. The local community had rented the pavilion for a Thanksgiving celebration cookout. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, and there were ribbons around the pavilion to notify others it had been reserved. Law abiding, local business owners and well respected long time residents were preparing to cook a turkey. Steve who had recently run for the position of Mayor of Holly Hill and had been a long time Boy Scout Master was there to cook the turkey.
At around 11:00 a.m., when The Daytona Beach Area Narcotics Anonymous members were starting to arrive for their Sunday meeting, many NA members were quite upset that the citizens of Holly Hill had actually rented the pavilion. Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous continually refuse to pay rent to secure the pavilion for their scheduled meetings. It was available to rent for those that chose to pay the City of Holly Hill the required fees to reserve it for November 21st 2010.
We were unprepared and shocked for what happened next. A tall biker guy named Terrence, actually walked into the center of the pavilion and started to flex his muscles as if he were Hulk Hogan. He said the words from a beatles song that went, ” Bang, Bang Maxwell silver hammer came down upon her head, Bang bang Maxwell silver hammer made sure she was dead ” while he continued to flex his muscles. Terrence then did a bow to those of us in the pavilion and said, ” I am feeling generous today and will allow you to live another day!”. Needless to say all of us were pretty shocked.
Pictures were taken of this man as he was leaving. He turned and flipped us the bird in a very menacing manner. He then went to his motorcycle and came BACK into the pavilion a 2nd time and told a local Holly Hill citizen, who was a court employee, that he could squash him like a bug. He took out his cell phone, got in our faces and started to take pictures of us. Then he walked over to the NA meeting that was taking place in another part of the park. The Holly Hill Police were called and 3 officers responded to the call. What a relief (we thought).
Little did we know that we would be revictimized again by the very police officers that were called to protect us. They started questioning us in a very hostile tone. Officer Thornton kept demanding to know why we were there. Puzzled by their hostile and odd behavior we kept explaining to her that we had rented the pavilion for a Thanksgiving cookout. We showed them the big Turkey that we were cooking as well. The police were asked by one of the victim’s “is there a problem with the citizens renting out the pavilion? ” Officer Thornton answered quickly, that she thought it was ” MALICIOUS” to rent the pavilion! This was one of many inappropriate and shocking comments coming from Officer Thornton and the other policeman. ( Formal complaints have been filed against Officer Thornton and The Holly Hill Police Department). Officer Angelo Alexogiannis stated that he used to work at The Stewart Marchman Rehab Center and sympathized with the NA members. They showed no concern or interest whatsoever for our safety, or in what had just happened. They exhibited a strong bias in favor of the NA group. They seemed to be joined at the hip. Later it started to make more sense as we learned of Officer Thornton’s own colorful background.
When we had identified the man who had harassed and threatened us, the police said that they knew who he was. They then went over to the large NA meeting taking place and talked and laughed with them a bit, including the member that threatened and harassed us. The officers came back and said to stay away from one another, and allowed this man to remain at the park! He was not arrested or trespassed from the park. One officer asked if their was anything else he could do. We asked if charges could be pressed for threatening us. They said no, there was nothing we could do. Could we fill out a report? No-we could not fill out a report.Then Officer Angelo Alexogiannis was asked if he would at least fill out a report stating what had happened. He promised he would indeed do that.
Well this initially put a damper on the festivities, we made the best out of it and enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. It was enjoyed by many from the local community.
The following week the police report was requested from the Holly Hill PD. There was a report # given and the incident call, but no actual report. We were later told by staff that the officer decided not to do a report after all! This was knowing that a report was requested and it had been promised. This appears to be an attempt to cover up the incident to protect the image of Daytona Narcotics Anonymous and the identity of Terrence, the long time NA member that harassed us.
To our complete surprise there were 2 incidents that day at the park. One had a report and the other did not. Both of them shocked us. Where local citizens were threatened there was no report, only a short statement in the incident log stating that the incident was caused by the victim who was threatened and called the police! Also, even though the police stated they knew who the perpetrator was and spoke to him, they did not put his name in the incident log. It’s a good thing citizens were wise enough to get the licence plate of the man,and were able to identify him, Terrence T. This was another rude awaking as to how the police were protecting the NA members, and what a cozy relationship they had with them. We knew then, that the Holly Hill PD and Chief Mark Barker were not going to protect the citizens and local business owners from the harassment and threats by NA members.
Then there was the 2nd report. A woman named Danielle went to the police station later in the afternoon on the day of the incident and filed a report stating that a woman was following her 8 year old daughter around the park with a video camera! At the time it was was not known, but it became clear in the following months that Danielle was the treasurer for the entire Daytona Area Narcotics Anonymous. No where in the report did she state any connection to the earlier incident or that she was affiliated with NA.This was a false report filed by Danielle. This is a crime. She said in her report that the person who she accused of filming her daughter was the lady who owned the store across the street. The owner of the store across the street just happened to be the same person that called the police on Terrence the NA member, and was part of the Thanksgiving party at the pavilion. The owner of the store did not own a video camera. No pictures were taken of her daughter, and certainly the owner was not following a child around taking pictures! This was an obvious attempt by Danielle to start her initial process of setting up the convenience store owner for retaliation. Diabolical indeed! Mark Barker went along with it hook line and sinker. This was the beginning of Danielle making multiple false accusations when calling police against the owner, along with lying to the the commissioners at a City Hall meeting, stating we were dumping cigarette butts on the ground, and blaming it on NA members was just one of the outlandish claims.
Citizens asked to fill out a report that November 21st day, we were denied this right. Yet Danielle was able to waltz into the police department later and file a false police report, which was very oddly written. Neither the police or Danielle were too worried about it, as no one ever came to talk to the owner of the store who was accused of following a child in the park and videotaping her. You would think that a concerned mother would ask the person themselves why they were taking pictures of their daughter, if it actually happened. Of course that was another lie. Danielle is not the mother of the child she was referring to to but her Aunt. She is the daughter of her brother who has a lengthy criminal background.
We soon realized the depth that Holly Hill PD would go to protect NA / AA members. NA members were fabricating stories and lying about the events of that day. Then Narcotics Anonymous World Services in California said that their policy was to do nothing about criminal matters by their own members. We then knew the extent of what we were up against. NAWS advice was to just call the police and that this was a police matter and has nothing to do with them. Well that was, and still is a joke as time would continue to demonstrate the bias of the Holly Hill PD. We knew then that a grass roots effort had to be initiated to expose this fiasco.
Photo of Daytona NA Member Terrence coming back into the pavilion a second time and threatening to squash a citizen like a bug.
Here we have a man James E.Walker, convicted sexual offender raped a minor again in Centennial Park back in 2007. James Walker is now a convicted sex predator after the rape of this boy. Holly Hill allows sexual offenders in their parks. Mark Barker of the Police Department stating that sex crimes in Holly Hill Parks are common. They had made 9 arrests already that year. Fast forward November 2011 and Holly Hill is having a sex crime sting in Ross Point. Four years later and the City of Holly Hill has not stopped allowing sexual offenders in our parks?
What is wrong with this picture? Daytona Beach has strict sexual offender/predator laws and do not allow drug rehab businesses like AA to set up shop in their parks.Why is the City of Holly Hill so laid back about protecting the citizens and allowing pedophiles and sex predators in our parks?
Sentinel Staff Writer
November 10, 2007
A registered sex offender is back in jail after Holly Hill police charged him with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in a park restroom Friday.
Police said the boy missed the bus and was walking to Mainland High School in nearby Daytona Beach when he stopped at Centennial Park about 8 a.m. to use the bathroom.
The boy had just sat down in a stall when police said James E. Walker, 38, of Holly Hill, slid underneath.
Walker pinned the youth to the wall, performed a sex act on him and then fled, said Cmdr. Mark Barker of the Holly Hill Police Department.
The boy, who was otherwise uninjured, alerted a groundskeeper at the lakefront park on 10th Street. Authorities said a police officer found Walker in the parking lot of his apartment complex about a half-mile away.
Parks in Holly Hill are not off-limits to sex offenders, only sexual predators, who have committed more violent crimes and can’t live near parks.
Walker got out of prison in April after serving less than half of a 15-year sentence for lewd and lascivious assault on a child under age 16, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
In 1996, he was among the Volusia County men who were the focus of a six-month Orlando Sentinel investigation of pedophiles in the Daytona area.
Walker was able to leave prison early in part because the laws in effect at the time of his offense allowed him to earn considerably more time off his sentence for good behavior, said Jo Ellyn Rackleff, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections.
Today, prisoners cannot work off more than 15 percent of their jail time, she said.
Walker also has been arrested on drug charges in Bay County, in Florida’s Panhandle.
Barker said sex crimes in parks aren’t unusual. Police made nine arrests this year.
Walker is being held without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under 16, exposure of sexual organs, false imprisonment, simple battery and resisting arrest with violence.
Another article about it-
Sex Offender Accused Of Assaulting Boy In Bathroom
HOLLY HILL, Fla. — November 10th 2007
“Mr. Walker represents truly the worst of the worst,” said Mark Barker, Holly Hill Police Department.
Police collected evidence from the scene Friday where they say the registered sex offender attacked a 15-year-old boy. The teen was on his way to school, stopped to use the bathroom and investigators said Walker climbed up underneath the door of the stall. Once in the stall, police said, Walker struggled with the boy and held him against the wall while he touched himself.
After the attack, the boy found a park employee who called police.
“I can’t begin to tell you the level of frustration that I and my officers feel on the heels of this incident,” Barker said.
Police immediately spread out to look for the suspect and a sergeant noticed Walker at a nearby intersection. As soon as he stopped to try to talk to Walker, he ran. The officer tried to stop him with a taser, but missed the shot. He ended up catching Walker in the back parking lot of the apartment building where Walker lived.
Only out of prison for seven months, Walker faces five charges now that could put him back behind bars.
“I was never in no bathroom,” Walker insisted.
The news is already spurring calls for a change in Holly Hill. The mayor told Eyewitness News he will suggest changing all public bathrooms to single rooms with locking doors to prevent similar incidents.
POLICE CITE MEN IN HOLLY HILL BATHROOM SEX STING
This has been going on in Holly Hill Parks for years,including Sunrise Park that is still listed online as a place for men to hook-up.
They even mention the bathrooms at Sunrise Park.Holly Hill PD need to do more to stop this.
Judge Joseph Will was not impressed with the way the Holly Hill Police Department handled the arrest of former Daytona Beach Officer Janet Hawkins. You be the judge!
Judge refused to drop charge even though information about arresting officer had been withheld
BY JAMES HARPER
Judge Joseph Will says he was shocked by the behavior of the Holly Hill Police Department in the handling of the arrest of a former Daytona Beach police officer. However, he refused to dismiss charges against Janet Hawkins, sentencing her to 12 months’ probation for resisting arrest without violence. The sentence was for an encounter Hawkins had with two officers of the Holly Hill police force two years ago.
Will acknowledged that the Holly Hill Police Department did not turn information over to the State Attorney’s office that might have resulted in a different verdict from the jury that found Hawkins guilty.
Hawkins’ attorney Gayle Graziano, a former Volusia County circuit judge, filed a motion on Aug. 19 prior to sentencing for dismissal of the verdict, citing a Brady violation.
Hawkins, 47, of Ormond Beach was arrested by the two Holly Hill officers on Sept. 23, 2009, after she was accused of running a stop sign at high speed. She also is accused of fighting with and injuring the officers.
A Brady motion is a defendant’s request for evidence concerning a material witness, which is favorable to the defense and to which the defense may be entitled. Favorable evidence includes not only evidence that tends to exculpate the accused, but also evidence that may impeach the credibility of a government witness.
A Brady violation occurs where the failure to disclose evidence to the defense deprives the defendant of a fair trial.
Will agreed that Graziano was able to prove that evidence was withheld from the State Attorney’s office about arresting officer Romel Scalf.
Arresting officer fired
Graziano found the information on her own about Scalf’s illegal use of a Taser and other information about him while he was a police officer with Holly Hill.
“What we have is Romel Scalf. Look at his history. Thought he was God. When he approaches you, you better follow his order. … You better do what he says or else. Who does he target? They are Black people. He doesn’t do this with White people,” said Graziano about the officer who was fired by the Holly Hill Police Department (HHPD) soon after the arrest of Hawkins because of his actions while with the force.
Graziano told the judge that the “the prosecutor had the obligation to seek justice,’’ stating that the information should have been presented to the defense. “Government held back. Government did not provide us with all information.’’
The judge said the HHPD not providing the information “has nothing to do with the State Attorney’s office. The State Attorney did nothing wrong; the City of Holly Hill did.”
Matter of race?
Graziano later exclusively told the Times that she considered race a factor.
“You know how racist this community is. If she had been a White male, no charges would have been filed.”
However, the judge said during the sentencing: “I think the jury was fairly forgiving. If there is a racial overtone, I didn’t know anything about it,’’ adding that the jury is not asked to consider racial overtones.
“Two persons (who) did not mesh well ran into each other. I think attitudes led to the problem. We have a she-bear and a bully,” elaborated Will, referring to Hawkins and Scalf.
Hawkins said she never resisted arrest.
She was later fired for violating Daytona Beach police policies. Hawkins had been responding to a call from her son, Brandall Hawkins, who had been arrested on a charge of trespassing at an apartment complex. He later was found not guilty by a jury.
Went looking for son
Hawkins, a 15-year veteran of the Daytona Beach police, was off duty while on the way to the Holly Point Apartments parking lot on 15th Street, looking for her 25-year-old son.
“As a mother, I had a right to go to the police station. I didn’t understand. When this is over, I have to look at my son and say there is justice. I was victimized by him (Scalf). I can’t be bitter. My family has suffered enough. How did I get to where I was to where I am? I still believe there is justice.”
Scalf’s side of the story
Scalf, in his arrest report, described how he thought Hawkins was a danger behind the wheel. When she jumped back in her sport utility vehicle after being stopped, Scalf said he tried to place Hawkins under arrest but she resisted.
He and another officer, Walter Melton, used Tasers on Hawkins during her arrest.
Last April, an all-White jury found Hawkins guilty of resisting arrest without violence. Her sentencing was delayed until last week because of a death in Graziano’s family.
“This woman (Hawkins) has been punished enough. She was fired. She was terminated. Why wasn’t she suspended? She has fought racism and sexism. She has been punished more than anybody else. If you’re female, you have to be devastated,” said Graziano.
Attorney: Client probably overreacted
Graziano said she did not understand how the jury could find Hawkins guilty of resisting arrest without violence.
“The officer asked her to remove her vehicle. She was not obstructing traffic; the police officers’ vehicles were obstructing traffic. She parked in a place that was unobstructed. Jury misapplied the law if they thought she did,” said Graziano, who filed an appeal to overturn the verdict.
While doing so, Graziano also withdrew as Hawkins’ attorney because of what she said was an understanding with the former office when she took on the case.
Graziano admitted Hawkins could have probably behaved differently when she was stopped by the police.
“She is like a lot of mothers. She overreacted. When her son is in danger, she goes with vengeance. She was trying to get to the police station. She was familiar with how law enforcement treats young Black men,” added Graziano.
Richmond is taking a second look at allowing city employees to clam up to police after staffers refused to divulge details this week about a bloody brawl in their City Hall offices.
“Whenever you have your policies tested, that’s a time to evaluate them and see if they’re working,” said City Manager Bill Lindsay.
The issue arose Oct. 14 when paid participants in the city’s anti-violence program, the Office of Neighborhood Safety, fought at the department’s city office.
City policy allows that department’s employees to decline to speak with police in order to maintain the trust of the gang members they work with.
Police called to the fight found enough blood to indicate a felony-level assault might have occurred, but the apparent victim had left.
In the week since, Office of Neighborhood Safety employees have refused to divulge the names of all those present during the fight, police say.
The policy worked out between the office and the Police Department during the program’s formation in 2007 dictates that staff communicate with office Director DeVone Boggan, not police, in order to ensure confidentiality.
Boggan, the liaison between the office and police, has declined to speak with this newspaper for the past week.
Lindsay endorsed the existing policy this week in a letter to the City Council.
“We are not the police,” said peacekeeper Kevin Williams. “We have to use the same rules as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. If you give up the list of the people we’re trying to serve, then you erode the trust.”
*Here are government employees and the volunteers working for them keeping felony crimes under wraps to protect the criminals! This might explain why the Holly Hill PD protect the NA/AA members identity. Because they work with these people as well to obtain information. Even if citizens are threatened they protect criminals that attend AA/NA. This article shows to what extent Holly Hill City Hall and police will protect criminals. When will the City of Holly Hill put the local citizens and children first?
Many of the same players that wont protect the public from threats of violence from Daytona NA and AA Members. They want to force 4 more years in office!
Holly Hill official, top cops Shinnamon and Barker at odds By LYDA LONGA Staff Writer Daytona Beach News-Journal April 2008
HOLLY HILL — Fearing for their jobs in what they call a city commissioner’s vendetta to discredit them through accusations of criminal actions and unethical sexual conduct, the police chief and his commander are asking the city to pay for a private attorney so they can defend themselves.
The level of Commissioner Liz Towsley’s scrutiny of Chief Don Shinnamon and Cmdr. Mark Barker for the past several months has reached such a fervent pitch — according to city memos and letters — that Towsley even followed Shinnamon to Jacksonville in early 2007 and snapped a photograph of his city car parked outside a hotel.
The man, identified by authorities as Michael Joseph Forsythe, walked into TD Bank, 1852 Ridgewood Ave., armed with a revolver and demanded cash before fleeing the bank and driving west on Calle Grande Avenue, Holly Hill Police Chief Mark Barker said.
Forsythe’s getaway vehicle — a 2010 Acura MDX — was spotted minutes later in Ormond Beach, Barker said. A short chase ensued and law enforcement officials were able to surround Forsythe in the parking lot of the Nova Road Recreation Center.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident. Barker said the money and firearm were recovered and no one was injured during the robbery.
After authorities apprehended Forsythe, they learned he has a lengthy criminal past.
The suspect previously served a 15-year prison sentence in Virginia on auto theft convictions, Barker said.
After he was released, police believe Forsythe stole the Acura in Vero Beach, drove to North Carolina to steal a license tag and drove back down to Florida, Barker said.
“Obviously, he’s a dangerous, habitual felony offender and career criminal,” Barker said. “And we’re glad to have him off the street.”
Investigators from the FBI are interviewing Forsythe to determine if he is connected to other bank robberies in Central Florida and elsewhere, Barker said.
Forsythe will be charged with armed robbery and grand theft and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, Barker said.