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THREAT ASSESSMENT

1/23/2020, 4:55 PM

THREAT ASSESSMENT

“YOU JUST KEEP IT UP, AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT

HAPPENS”

(CRR/BOD VP, Bill Burt-Pictured Below)

See ATTACHED LETTER, submitted to Jefferson County Sheriff, Jim Adkins and Jefferson County District Attorney, Steven Leriche

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RANCH MATTERS STAFF

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Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins. HAND DELIVERED: 1/23/20

RE: THREAT

Dear Sheriff Adkins:

After Ranch VP, Bill Burt finished reading his public proclamation at last Monday night’s Ranch Board of Directors Meeting, accusing Ranch Matters, Dave Stangland and John Stevens of “HATE SPEECH,” he approached me and stated, “YOU JUST KEEP IT UP, AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.”

Burt’s follow-up threat, in my opinion was intended to intimidate-cause fear in me and at the same time utilizing the Sheriff’s Office along with the legal assistance of Jefferson County Counsel, Alexa Gassner (According to Burt), wife of Madras attorney, Timothy Gassner, who has been the subject of recent news stories.

“HATE SPEECH” really?

According to Burt they want to make Stangland and Stevens accountable for hate speech associated with their news reports and or comments.

PATTERN?

Another false police report?

There is a documented history of Ranch Manager, Judy Lapora filing reports, with your Office, regarding Stangland that were not only inaccurate, misleading, but suggested he was dangerous with the implication of a weapon involved-

NOT TRUE.

Lapora’s reports to your Office created a “WEAPONS FREE ZONE” in the Juniper Room and Administration Building.

At the time, you took it serious, but later stated, “I believed her (Lapora) at the time.”

Another example, involving Ranch Manager, Lapora, dealt with the theft of our political signs-NO ON 2 during the August 2016 Annual Election on the Ranch.

It was considered a theft crime until it was discovered that Lapora was behind the removal/theft.

 

As a gentle reminder, you placed one of your Sheriff’s Levy Signs in the same area of our property about a year ago.

Another instance, again involving Lapora, that dates back several years and has continued to this date, were comments made by Lapora to various Ranch Directors, media sources and others that Stangland and Stevens, are “TROUBLEMAKERS, DANGEROUS & CRAZY.”

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One Ranch Director reported that they felt it necessary to “carry a concealed weapon” for protection.

Continuing, “ARE YOU THE ONE SCARING THE GIRLS AT NIGHT” about the female Ranch Admin employees that were being escorted to their cars at night. Again, directed towards Stangland and Stevens by Lapora.

FAST FORWARD TO PRESENT

And now we have “HATE SPEECH” accusations, made by Ranch Directors, that according to Burt, includes your Office and County Counsel.

There’s a perception based some of the above, that your deputies are attending Ranch Board Meetings, supporting the Ranch Officials damming Agenda.

As Burt stated to me, “YOU JUST KEEP IT UP, AND YOU Will SEE WHAT HAPPENS.”

A THREAT!

Thank you.

Brenda Stevens

CRR Member & Ranch Matters Staff

cc: Jefferson County DA, Steven Leriche

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