Sunday, August 27, 2006

1303 New Orleans continued

At this time there are only 5 people listed on FDLE website as living at 1303 E. New Orleans Ave


Willhite, Clifford View Flyer
Supervision

Arey, April D.View Flyer
Supervision
(She was just arrested for failure to register and is in jail.)

Savage, Harry V.(Predator) View Flyer
Supervision

Morgan, Mark G.View Flyer
Supervision

RAMOS, EULIGIOView Flyer
Supervision

GARCIA, JUAN L.View Flyer
Supervision
(He was just arrested at the Brandon Mall for VOP. He was taken to Hills Cty jail and sent to Orange County Jail.)

Also living in the home but not a sex offender is John Collier. That makes 4 unrelated people living there.

Where did all of the others go?

To: 2746 N Florida Ave. This is the location of the Solid Rock Church of Jesus. Many of the people who are part of the corporation that runs the illegal boarding home (Clifford Hill Community Outreach Center) at 1303 New Orleans also are on the Solid Rock Church of Jesus.

Board Members:

Clifford Hill
Ovedia Davis, Jason Wilburn, Helen Pridgen

Solid Rock
Ovedia Davis, J.L. Wilburn, Helen Pridgen, Arleen Clarke-Wilson, and Charles Johnson.

This is a church. Is it licensed as a residential facilty ie boarding house? I think not. So here is some more illegal activity by the Clifford Hill group. Therefore all 5 people on the board of the church are also complicit with illegal activity.

At the Solid Rock Church location per FDLE:

MEANS, LEE R.View Flyer
Supervision

Cox, WoodrowView Flyer
Released

ANDERSON, RODNEY R.View Flyer
Released

ELLIS, THEODORE F.View Flyer
Released

HATHEWAY, MICHAEL G.View Flyer
Federal Supervision

HAYS, CHRISTOPHER T.View Flyer
Released

Cook, Ernest D.View Flyer
Released

Hope, Walter E.(Predator) View Flyer
Supervision

Cacanindin, Richardo E.View Flyer
Supervision

Baker, CliffordView Flyer
Supervision

Morceau, Raymond B.View Flyer
Released

As many of these offenders are on supervision by Florida Department of Corrections, FDOC is also therefore complicit in illegal activity.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jesus sees you!

Anonymous said...

This is really good stuff David. As a parent, I appreciate your research.


I would highly recommend sending this stuff to a media outlet.

Anonymous said...

What is the "VOP" charge that Juan was arrested for?

Ndahood said...

GOOD LORD!!

Thanks Mr D.!!!

please send this to channel 13 fox???

AngelSil said...

Those meddling bloggers!

(good work)

Anonymous said...

Why will Miss Iorio not stand up and help get this situation closed. From what I have seen, it is our own neighbors that have pursued this and gotten it to this point. How can she continue to tolerate the shoddy work that her code boys do. It is like code in Mayberry. All I can say is it looks bad on her and we MUST remember this come election time. She has got to be replaced with a leader that cares for the entire city, not just downtown. If you ever catch her Mayors Hour, her entire focus for the past few months is downtown an the building of condos downtown. Hello Iorio... we are in the city too!

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to file a class action lawsuit against these people and also the city of Tampa Code Enforcement department? Not necessarily for monetary reward, but to get them to wake up and fix this problem. Some one should be held liable. I feel for the poor person at Brandon Town Center. From his arrest record, it looks like he may have offended/attacked against an elderly person, disabled and in a wheelchair. That is the most disgusting and sad thing I have heard. Will the city now stand up and take responsibility for this? Has this neighborhood not been warning them that an incident like this could happen over the past days, weeks, months or years. These "ex-offenders" have lived in conditions that were not even minimum standards as defined by the code deparment, yet the code department did nothing to prevent or correct the problem. Lets see how long it takes to get the Solid Rock Church of Jesus corrected. How much money does miss Pridgen make off the people to fight so long and hard to keep them?

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhh, this makes me so angry. This is sick that an elderly person had to suffer because these men were allowed to live in an environment that did not have proper supervision to detect problems as they surfanced.

I say we give the Mayor a deadline. If it is not announced by Friday that the code leaders are being replaced, we form a town hall picket, we picket her tour as she goes out to tout her "renewed commitment" to neighborhoods speech. Several Stops are planned in the coming weeks. She has got to be a leader, stand up, fix this problem and replace the people who created the environment for such a problem to continue to exists.

jaded1 said...

On Friday when I went to the FDLE website, they had 17 offenders listed for that address. Are they that far behind in keeping this site updated, or did they all just move?

CouldBeSherry said...

Lots of comments here about what we can do. I want to point out that some people, your blog host included, have been working on this particular issue for a very long time. You have some really dedicated people in your neighborhood, who have done a ton or research, made dozens of phone calls, sent hundreds of emails and gone to court more than once. It is wonderful that this blog takes the opportunity to share with you some of the information that is discovered by this group. We are very fortunate to have Scott's blog and its huge devoted readers! Because of this I encourage all of you who find out anything, see anything or hear of anything related to the addresses or individuals above to write this blog!
You can even be anonymous!

We can use your help!

Also, if we ever need to go to court again, I think Scott should blog it and give more of you a chance to go to court and be heard!

Anonymous said...

Sherry and Scott for Mayor! Oust Iorio is the new slogan for 2007. Let's get some Seminole Heights representin'

All jokes aside, thanks for the great jobs guys. After following this story, I have never been so angry. I would love to see how long the city and code department had been warned about this place. It is unfortunate that they did not listen and an elderly person had to suffer. This entire ordeal has made it where I could never support a so called city leader who does not have the courage or strength to realize there are deficiencies within her organization and make corrections. In a society that is too law suit and investigation happy, I do think this is one time that in internal investigation is due. How could the code office put our families and children in harms way like this. I pray for the family of the elderly victim and hope that they will be ok.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. I don't like sex offenders either. But, what is the solution? Would you people prefer to execute them all (very civilized), to give them all life in prison (with our tax dollar), or to make a law requiring that they must live on the streets (now that's a solution to keep our kids safe)?

You're going to oust the Mayor becuase there are sex offenders living in your neighborhood?? Get real . . . they are living in every neighborhood. And it's not like they can get the good jobs that will allow them to live in a non-rooming-house.

I'm just waiting for you all to march through the street at night with your torches and set these rooming houses on fire. You could be in a movie . . . "Tampa Burning."

No, I don't like sex offenders. But people need to put their heads together and come up with something better than fire everyone. I don't purport to have the solution, either . . . but I don't think the three most-likely alternatives for you people listed in my first paragraph are the answer.

Think and be rational!

Anonymous said...

First you must ask these simple questions:

1) Was the city (Mayor, Code Department Leaders, etc) aware of the situation?

2) If so, was ample time allowed to correct the situation?

3) Was anything done, being done, etc to correct the situation?

4) If something was being done, did the city work to keep residents of the neighborhood safe?

5) Did the city uphold all of the code statutes so that the house was brought into compliance?

If you honestly can answer these questions, I think you will be able to determine where fault should or should not be placed.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the neighborhood is trying to make these guys homeless. They are trying to make it were there is not 16 living in one house. That is a timebomb waiting to explode. The city DID know about every violation that the home owner had and continued to allow them to operate. According to Channel 26, 600 calls to TPD were placed regarding this home. Yet nothing was done. According to Harold Scott on the news, there were only 2 people living in the home, yet when the news interviewed FDLE the same night, they confirmed 13. Why did Mr Scott not think to contact FDLE. (Or was the reporter just smarter?) The fact that the two departments did not function as a team or communicate, blows my mind. They should have never allowed 16 offenders in one house, supervised by another offender. They had the anonymous neighbor on th news which made a great point. The conditions created in that house was dangerous as no one had training to know signs to watch for. Yet, the city still did nothing. Now, I read on here that they have all moved to another location. Do you think Mr Scott knows that? Hell no, he is too busy doing what he always does, NOTHING! How is it that our own neighbors are smarter than the people getting paid to do it. Bottom line is Scott does care about the safety of our neighborhood or he would not have taken the time or energy to do all of this research. Do you have any idea how many hours this must take. How many times do we see code on the news, in the paper, etc for all of the "mistakes" they have made. More than any other department. How long would we have our jobs if our service level was on such a low par as theirs. How safe would our city be if TPD operated at this level? When the mayor took office, she discussed her commitment to neighborhoods. What do we have to show for it? Pot holes everyhwhere, a fence around an empty park, etc. She has been a great disappointment. It will abe interesting to see how she will handle spinning this. This could make or break her re-election chances if not handled correctly.

Anonymous said...

First you must ask these simple questions:

1) Was the city (Mayor, Code Department Leaders, etc) aware of the situation? (YES, ACCORDING TO CHANNEL 28 NEWS, THEY WERE NOTIFIED YEARS AGO AND FOR SOME REASON, CONTINUED TO CLOSE THE CASE)

2) If so, was ample time allowed to correct the situation? (YES, THE HOME HAD BEEN OUT OF CODE FOR AT LEAST 4 YEARS)

3) Was anything done, being done, etc to correct the situation? (YES, BUT ONLY AS A RESULT OF CONCERNED NEIGHBORS. IT WAS THE NEIGHBORS THAT HAD TO OPEN THE COMPLAINT WITH THE CODE OFFICE)

4) If something was being done, did the city work to keep residents of the neighborhood safe? (NO, ACCORDING TO THE NEWS REPORT, IT WAS MR. SCOTT THAT SAID THERE WERE TWO OFFENDERS IN THE HOUSE, IT WAS THE CODE LEADERS THAT CONTINUED TO CLOSE THE CASE WITH NO REASON. FOR OVER 4 YEARS, THE CODE OFFICE HAS ALLOWED THIS TO CONTINUE. FOR MOST OF THIS TIME THERE WERE OVER 20 OFFENDERS LIVING ON THAT CORNER WITH NO FORMALLY TRAINED SUPERVISOR LIVING THERE. FDLE STATED THAT THEY THOUGHT MANY MORE THAN THE CONFIRMED 13 LIVED THERE)

5) Did the city uphold all of the code statutes so that the house was brought into compliance? (NO, THERE ARE SEVERAL CITIATIONS ON THIS PROPERTY. ACCORDING TO THE VIDEO SHOWN ON CHANNEL 28, THERE ARE SEVERAL MORE CITATIONS TAHT COULD BE ISSUED. THE HOME HAS NO RENTAL CERTIFICATE, BUSINESS LICENSE AND HAS MANY HAZARDS IN THE HOME. WAS OCCUPIED AT UNSAFE LEVELS AND AT WORSE WAS A PUBLIC NUSIANCE.)

How can you look at this and say the city did their part and should not be disiplined or held accounable?

Anonymous said...

I don't feel anyone here is being irrational. We have lived here for 6 years and for most of that time, we've been aware of the boarding houses and the issues. Diligent research was done on the properties and people talked to local authorities about what could be done. We weee passed from one city government agency to another. Code enforcement has been handed documentation on the problems at this house, as well as the licensing and permitting officials, law enforcement, city council members, etc. Over the years we have been contacted by unsuspecting home buyers, who settled into homes near the boarding houses. Two of these were families with young children. They called us in a panic, wanting to know what they could do. There are single women that live near the houses. They suffer through leers and taunts from the men as they walk their dogs. Several months ago, my neighbors were threateneed and their dogs were assaulted by a mentally disturbed person from the boarding house. The manager frequently takes in people with alcohol and drug issues, as well as those with mental health problems. Many of her tenants come straight from jail. She paid us a visit when she learned of our efforts to close her boarding house down. My husband listened to her and told her his concerns. She made a veiled threat about one of her boarders who was mentally ill and not violent as long as she made sure he took his medication. No, I don't believe we are being irrational. There are several other sex offenders living in our neighborhood. As anon 9:23 said, sex offenders are in every neighbohood. That I know of, noone has bothered them or tried to oust them from their homes. The boarding houses are dangerous because they are illegally housing large numbers of people with mental health, criminal, and addiction issues, unsupervised and unregulated. Unfortunately, there are no programs to send this population to. Halfway houses have been closed down, the mentally ill must fend for themselves and sexual offenders are cast out of jail with no further treatment. Longterm, that's where our efforts should be targeted, at a government that sees no need for these programs. We live in a city that turns it's back on this population. And it has been turning it's back on the cries of this neighborhood for many years now, when we voiced our concerns about the boarding houses.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:49
I appreciate your even tempered attitude. I find myself far less reasonable as I answer you.

1. Have no idea if the Mayor knew anything about this. Code most certainly did. If you read this blog you would have noticed in our host's very detailed postings, that the current case is not the only one. This property has been brought to the attention of Code for several years. And I know several people told code details about the ALF license (or lack of it) the improper zoning and the situation at the house.

2.Think since 2002 is enough time!

3. What was done is that the case was closed previously, and this new one was on it's way to being closed. Minor issues like overgrowth and defunct cars were complied but the over riding issue of completely illegal use of the property continued.

4.Code, which in this case is the city, did nothing to keep the neighbors safe, or the incapacitated residents of the home either, for that matter.

5.Are you kidding with this question? A resounding NO, NO, NO, they did not!

I think the neighbors near this house have every reason to be upset and to feel the city does not care. It makes no sense to have so many sex offender/predators at one house in a neighborhood with children. This is not a fight to make them homeless, this is a fight to have the slimy property owner meet the same regulations the rest of us must. It is a single family dwelling that is listed in official data bases all over the place as a half way house in which to place people being let out of prison on supervision. It needs to be stopped and if it means code needs to work WITH zoning, and TPD and DOC to have it corrected then it would be nice if someone there was smart enough to figure this out and make it happen!

"NOT MY JOB" makes me sick!!
Seems like if the neighbors can find out some of this stuff, other city agencies should be able to also and do something about situations like this. There is absolutely no excuse when information is being spoon fed to them by neighbors!

Anonymous said...

As a parent, I am sickened by the lack of leadership our city leaders have shown. I remember reading emails and letters at least a year ago. There was a lady that used to protest on Nebraska Ave several years back. Our city leaders chose to put their head in the sand and not address it. Now, they have the blood on their hands. I think all should write letters to everyone, the mayor, city council, county, state leaders--whoever will listen. This entire incident could have been avoided. In addition, I think the homeowner should be charged as she lied to the code board. I am writing my letters to the editors. With enough publicity, maybe someone will realize that our current administration is weak and can be beaten in next years election. As long as she continues her current lack of leadership style, I will never vote for her again-- Where is Bob Buckhorn?

Anonymous said...

Bob is worse than those who are currently serving.
He was Sandy Freedmans right hand man when they took away the take home police cars and morale was rock bottom.
Do you want pissed off cops all the time?

Anonymous said...

I think that if one will step forward many more will. Anybody has to be better than Pam and her Parks! Other than building parks, what has she done? She has shown she can not lead her own employees!

Anonymous said...

Curtis Lane and Harold Scott for Mayor!

Isn't that scary.

Anonymous said...

I'm anonymous 8/27/2006 9:23 PM. I have nothing against your moderator . . . in fact, I respect him deeply and I appreciate the work he does on this Blog, despite the fact that I have never met him. This blog is great!

The churches are the only entities willing to accept these sex offenders, and they do so en masse because of the rarity of finding a location that meets the legal criteria (i.e., 1000 ft. of this and that). Think about it . . . would you rent to a sex offender??? I wouldn't.

For all those who want to oust the mayor, what is your suggestion for what do do with the sex offenders? Death, life, the streets, or what??? If you want to oust our leaders for their inability to deal with this very complex and difficult question, then please bring forth your solution to the problem. I'm sure the mayor is aware of and reads (or has a staffer read) this blog. Why not give her (and the DOC, and the FDLE, and the police, and the social work agencies in our community) some guidance so they can help satisfy everyone's concerns.

Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone has a problem with sex offenders living in our neighborhood. There are plenty more in our n'hood (there are 42 within a 1 mile radius) The problem becomes having 16 in ONE house, with a sexual offender as the "house manager". How can you have a convicted offender "supervise" 16 other offenders and at one time 9 more across the street. Now you are talking 25 offenders with an offender to make sure they are behaving. A second grader could tell you that won't work. Our neighborhood leaders and residents warned the city of the legal issues with this home, TPD, according to the TV report, had over 600 calls of service to this address. Tell me what is wrong with this. Code Enforcement did nothing to shut this case down. If it were not for a few of the neighbors watching this closely, no telling what would have happened. The city was not aware that the home did not have a valid license, it was a neighbor that had to inform them...on more than one occasion. How can you possibly lead a department when you haven't a clue what you are doing. The main thing is there should never be more than 2 or 3 offenders living in one house without train professionals that are educated in the ability to detect warning signs for future problems. For the home owner to be caught up in the system for at least 4 years in inexcusable. It is one thing to have a case lost in the system. It is another when the consequences could put someone's life in jeopardy.

Resident Blogger said...

Bring forth a solution? Guidance? Are you kidding? Just doing their job, opening their eyes, giving a darn, that is all we ask. Of course there are not easy solutions. And the guidelines are fuzzy in some areas. But if you just sleep walk through your job,looking neither to the left or to the right, or up or down, you will not see anything. For the moment, forget the fact that this is about sexual offender/predators and go on the fact that it is simply about13 to 20 unrelated people living in an illegal boarding house. And that the fact of this was visible, known to many and told to code. FOR FOUR YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!

Now understand that this is simply one situation of many all over the city. And then please tell me why we should not hold the management of this town responsible?

The basic lack of intellegence, together with a boatload of useless rethoric, and a who gives a damn attitute is the reason time marches on and nothing changes.....tic tic tic...

jaded1 said...

Anon 8;25. just a question. What do you think Mark Lunsford would say if you asked him if he had any problems with sex offenders living in his neighborhood? Although I know there's not a damn thing any of us can do about it, as a parent, I DO have a problem with them living here.Especially so many of them living under the same roof. It's like continuing ed to them.

ShreksWife said...

Anon 7:45

first of all, since when does it become OUR job to give the mayor suggestions on how to DO HER JOB? I've been doing my job for over 20 years and i do it very well. And guess what? NEVER does anyone have to give me suggestions on how to do my job. I get paid to know how to "think outside the box" in regard to my job. Last i checked, the mayor gets paid a salary (and a pretty decent one at that) to do HER job. As a neighborhood, wouldn't you agree that we've done more than our fair share to put all the facts on the table for these clowns? Geez, blogmaster Scott himself has compiled more accurate facts and information to fill a 4-drawer code enforcement filing cabinet than anyone in the city could ever do.

with regard to sex offenders/predators and their living situations, I'm a realist ... of course they have to live somewhere. But think of it in terms of home day care centers ... follow me on this one .... Anyone can take care of children in their home. There is a limit, though to how many you can have before HRS must inspect and certify. Scott probably knows more about this that i do, but I think the limit is 2. Once you go over that number, you must apply with HRS to be inspected and be certified. You must take a course in First Aid/CPR and I'm sure childcare. Your property must meet stringent guidelines for safety and cleanliness. And HRS decides (i think) given the number of certified supervisors and space in the home, how many that particular home can take care of. All of which begs the question ... why can't the same protocol and guidelines be used for "halfway houses" which take in these individuals?

Years ago, some tenants in a house near me were operating an unlicensed day care out of the home, owned by Austin Industries. Many times I watched the children they "supervised" playing in the street, and almost being struck by cars. After a couple "close calls" I had had enough and called Austin Industries. Of course, nothing was done about it. I waited a couple weeks, and when it became apparent that Austin was not about to take up the cause, I called DCFS. let me tell you ... that place was SHUT DOWN faster than a baby can crap his diaper! The tenants moved out shortly thereafter, and probably started all over again somewhere else. but at least DCFS took ACTION! They didn't wait for Harold Scott or Bill Doherty or Mayor Greco to get involved.

so there ... how's that for a suggestion?????

Anonymous said...

Here is my suggestion to the Mayor:


First, She must contact the legal department to see about filing criminal charges against the homeowner, Ms. Pridgen for lying through her attorney to the code board. I am not sure if you can commit perjury to the code board, but I am assuming it is treated the same as a criminal court.

Second, She needs to meet with Curtis Lane, Harold Scott and Bill Dortey to find out how this case could slip through the cracks for so many years.

Third, She needs to inquire as to why the Code officials went to the code board so ill prepared. According to news reports, this case was almost closed had it not been for some vocal neighbors.

Fourth, she should look at their cycle of lack-luster job performance and either re-assign them out of the code department or terminate their employment. If this was the first issue it would be understandable to reprimand them. However, they have a pattern of almost 4 years of incompetence under this mayors regime. Enough is enough.

As the media spotlight continues to shine on this case, it will be interesting to see how the mayor will deal with this issue. She will either have to step up and solve the problem, or continue trudging along with status quo. With next year being an election year, I would bet we are about to see some changes.

Anonymous said...

Don't even say we have to wait a year to get this fixed. With offenders ,they put the entire neighborhood at risk.

ShreksWife said...

not only wait another year, but what are the chances that someone will step up to the plate and run against Iorio. While I am pleased about some things she's accomplished, for the most part, recent events have really discouraged me. I would hate to see her run unopposed in the next mayoral elections. Even if her opponent was a one-eyed, comatose, 95-year-old tibetian monk, we could at least be able to say, "look, (mayor) until you make some MAJOR changes to code, and DISASSOCIATE yourself from these code lackeys, we cannot and will not support you in your campaign. end of statement. Basically, we need to become like the "red-dog democrats".

I'd love to see some of the past candidates resurface. I really liked Frank Sanchez. anyone have his phone number?

FEDUPINTAMPA said...

hmm

Alot of reading here.

I do not have any relavance to this area other than being a renter here and I RESENT the sexoffenders living this close to me and my friends and the idea that
so many live in one home

Wthell is that ?

I am also a consummer with DEPRESSION I take medication for my depression which is cat.as a mental illness
I DO NOT LIKE the comments about the illness either

NOT ALL MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE ARE
violent even off meds

I am on ONE for depression and I ADVOCAT FOR N.A.M.I
since most of you here have internet acess do some home work and ck up on N.A.M.I .org

People with sex offensive behaviors are rarely treatable
while most mental illnesses are
managable

For those who feel this is unfair to those who molest children
Kiss my butt ......I was molested by an offender as child I DONT
WISH TO SEE ANY OF THESE PEOPLE
OUT IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
if they commit crimes of this nature THEY DONT BELONG IN A NEIGHBORHOOD LIKE THIS ONE.



THEY ALL NEED TO BE HAULED OFF TO SOME VERY REMOTE PLACE AND OFFEND
EACH OTHER
NO I DONT HAVE ANY PITY FOR A PERSON WHO COMMITS CRIMES OF THIS NATURE ON CHILDREN OR OLD PEOPLE





THIS AREA IS NOT A PLACE FOR SEX OFFENDERS!!!