Covid19 spreading in the Montgomery County Jail

On June 10, at 8:06 AM this site broke the news that Covid-19 had hit the Montgomery County Jail.

Other news agencies picked up the story later in the day, without crediting this site.

The Sheriff and his head jailer, Major Jeremy Roy, are a lot like Donald Trump- they refuse to listen to science. Instead of stopping all inmate movement in the jail and basically locking the place down- they continued as if somehow this wouldn’t spread.

Now somewhere between 13 to 17 cells are quarantined. Estimates are that as many as half the inmates have been exposed and may test positive, however, the command staff refuses to test everyone.

To remind folks of what I wrote:

“Lookout folks, the local house of mismanagement and torture, the Montgomery County Jail, under the “leadership” of Sheriff Rob Streck, is about to see a string of lawsuits the size of which we’ve never seen before.”

Still waiting for that adult leadership to step in and take charge. Being in jail for petty theft should never amount to a death sentence.

Centerville citizens starting an insurrection

(Full disclosure- as I’ve been following this story for weeks, and wanting to write about it, I’ve not had the time it deserves. I’ve not been able to do my own public records requests and have had to trust many others who’ve been doing the digging. It’s not to my normal level of investigation. I’ve also helped the group by printing yard signs for them, saving them money from the last printer they worked with. I donated some time to redesigning them.)

The first thing to go in the lockdown is access to public records requests and public meetings rules. Requests put in pre-coronavirus are just being filled. Public meetings aren’t all that public- at least when it comes to citizens asking questions. And, in Facebook land, a group has started called “Support Sgt. James Myers” but, in reality, it’s become much more than the firing of one officer, it’s turned into a case study of why professional journalism is so critical to a functioning democracy.

The group now has 810 members, including former council members, employees, and even a few citizen activists. Originally, the issue was about a 5-day suspension and then the forced retirement of Sgt. Myers, a long time, decorated member of the Centerville Police Department who was dismissed March 16, 2020 under the direction of the relatively new City Manager, Wayne Davis.

Davis was hired in July of 2017 to replace long time Manager Greg Horn who had been with the city for 25 years. Davis started at $169,000 a year, but was given an 8.5% pay bump in Oct of 2019 to $183,414. Horn worked 25 years for the city, and never made that much. Usually, a big raise is a sign of competence and confidence in leadership with tangible achievements in a short period of time. However, it seems, that Mr. Davis’s strong suit is alienating long term employees and having them leave after signing “resignation agreements” with a non-disclosure clause. I’ve seen several of these, and would wonder why this has become standard operating procedure under Davis. For comparison, the city bestowed a measly 2.5% raise to the rank and file.

Davis, came to Centerville after a stint working his way up in the city of Montgomery, where he started in 2000 as finance director, moving up to assistant city manager in 2006 to acting city manager in 2011 and city manager in 2012. Montgomery is a sleepy bedroom community of 11,000 north of Cincinnati. He left his job here in Public Health as a budget analyst, which he’d held for 7 years. Somewhere in that time, he married Judge Mary Kate Huffman, the sister of the newly discovered racist Senator Steve Huffman (“Could it just be that African Americans or the colored population do not wash their hands as well as other groups? Or wear a mask? Or do not socially distance themselves? Could that be the explanation for why the higher incidence?”).

Does anyone wonder how all these people get their jobs? Their brother Sam Huffman is also a judge (Miami County Municipal Court). It’s as if we lived in a monarchy, but, of course, that isn’t even remotely possible….. lol.

The City of Centerville has taken a position of stonewalling the citizens who’ve questioned why Sgt. James Myers is no longer a Centerville cop. From using the excuse of Covid-19 to moving meetings at the last minute, to not taking questions from citizens to cutting them off rudely. Mayor Brooks Compton has circled the wagons around Davis claiming that some kind of serious housecleaning was needed and even suggesting that all 17 of the senior staff that’s abandoned the ship left for better jobs.

Of course, that’s why “non-disclosure clauses” are a critical part of Davis’s standard operating procedure.

Much of the Myers case comes from how Davis “disciplined” and “terminated” an employee who was supposedly racist and had done some inappropriate touching. Davis and the city paid him $68K to go away. Oddly, the “touching” was between two adult men who routinely screwing around at work. 27 years of work at the city- and sent packing thanks to a complaint by a 19 year old seasonal employee- who reported it at the end of his summer gig in the exit Interview.

Yet, Davis had another employee, who was also in trouble for racist remarks a few months later, with 29.5 years in. Here, Davis let the guy cash in his last six months to retirement. He signed a resignation agreement with a non-disclosure clause. This didn’t sit well with Myers who thought it was a waste of tax payers money. He had suggested counseling, retraining, etc as more viable options. He’d also written a personal letter of support for the first guy. This is the root of what started the city’s dismissal of Myers, who had enough time to retire anyway.

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The email and attachments that Davis sent to Huber Heights city manager Schommer. Click on image to read PDF

The group has discovered the power of the Public Records Request. This is where things get really embarrassing for Davis who sent an email over to the other crooked suburb’s city manager asking him to put the screws to a Centerville resident who works for Huber Heights. Guess what Mr. Davis, you really can’t do that.  Another citizen turned up a no-bid contract issued to the Greentree Group AKA Back to Business IT, for IT support. No one seems to care anymore about no-bid contracts to political supporters, but in case you didn’t know who the Greentree Group is- they were one of Congressman Mike Turner’s biggest supporters (I made a video of myself panhandling outside their offices in one of my runs for Congress) up until 2012, when you could see their donations. Now, they may be spending money through other channels so it’s not so obvious (Ohio makes it nearly impossible to track campaign finance reports without a good tip of where to look).

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Click image to view PDF of Kate Bostdorff’s email and the article she supplied Wayne Baker

But the best piece of citizen journalism was finding an email from the Centerville PR person Kate Bostdorff (formerly Kate Bartlett of WHIO TV) to Wayne Baker who is formerly an employee of the Dayton Daily News, which he did a copy and paste job as “journalism” in the paper in his second story about the Myers dismissal. Dayton Daily News editor Jim Bebbington won’t discuss Baker’s employment status, claiming it’s a personnel issue. Baker started at the paper in July 2015 according to his Linkedin. Baker won’t talk either.

Dayton Daily News corrections about story about termination of Sgt. James Myers

Only the Dayton Daily News can get away with such slop.

The next article out of the paper, by Nick Blizzard was just as much of a hot mess. The article about the appeals board decision on Myers, somehow gets sidetracked to talk about another employee who was terminated for bigotry and inappropriate touching so that  the casual reader could misinterpret it to be about Myers. The paper ran a clarification the next day on page 2, without apologizing to Myers or even admitting that they’d never talked to him about any of this.

One of the members of the Facebook group is a former council member. Back in his day, he remembers that the kind of shit Wayne Davis and this commission is getting away with would never have happened. He said that there was always a reporter from the Dayton Daily News and the local Centerville paper too (sorry- I can’t remember the correct name.) at the meetings to keep an eye on things. This is one of the reasons that moving to unigov would help make local government more transparent and accountable. With less politicians, less jurisdictions, less elections and less meetings, the limited number of reporters now available could actually cover these stories properly.

It’s almost funny these days, one of the companies who helped destroy local news-Google is now buying very expensive full page ads saying “Support Local News” in the Dayton Daily News each Sunday. They want you to subscribe to a paper that can’t fact check or give credit to other local journalists if their lives depended on it. Dayton Daily news Editor Jim Bebbington was nice enough to talk to me as I prepped this story- but, still refuses to allow his reporters to credit stories I break in his publication.

I’ve wanted to write this story for weeks, but, because of impact of covid-19 on my business, I’ve had little extra time to work on my non-paying side-gig- this blog.

Wile everyone thinks the culture of corruption is just limited to downtown, it’s not. It’s pervasive in this community, linked together by alliances and patronage positions run by the two parties in their back room deals. It’s why judges don’t face opposition, why no one challenges the prosecutor or the sheriff, and that people who don’t even live in the district get away with holding elected positions that require it.

That’s why you read esrati.com and I thank you.

 

 

 

 

Wright State President waves white flag

In a campus wide email, newly minted “biologist masquerading as a university president” (her words in a campus wide call a few weeks ago) Dr. Sue Edwards throws the campus into despair with an email announcing coming staff cuts.

“Dear Campus Community,

As you are aware the current COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated Wright State University’s underlying financial condition. We know that tuition and state support, our largest revenue source, will be significantly reduced this coming year. I have been sharing with you in my twice weekly WebEx calls that the pandemic has accelerated the timeframe around which we must resize the university so we can operate within the revenue generated by an enrollment of 10,000 students and ultimately ensure that we continue to serve the needs of our region.

Reorganizational efforts are underway, and all departments, colleges, and units are impacted. A total of 35 faculty elected to participate in the Faculty Retirement Incentive Program and will separate from Wright State University over the next couple of months. We have over 430 employees voluntarily reducing their appointments and participating in the Shared Work Ohio program to further support our financial situation. As we look forward, we must now turn to the some of the most difficult decisions.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce, beginning today, we will commence notification of involuntary position eliminations. This will impact approximately 50 occupied positions on our campuses. Some will not have contracts renewed, some are retiring, while others will be provided notice and/or other applicable options. Human Resources has prepared separation materials and will accompany university supervisors while they hold notification meetings with impacted employees. Regrettably, due to the current limitations of COVIC-19 safety precautions, these meetings will be held via WebEx. However, employees will be provided materials in both an electronic format as well as mailed paper copies of the materials to their homes.

We are committed to concluding meetings no later tan Thursday, June 18. As a reminder, the employees holding these positions remain part of the Raider and Laker Families through their notice period (between four to 24 weeks). Take your lead from them, but please show your support during this difficult time.

The university will provide outplacement support for these employees through LHH. Services will include career coaching, resume writing assistace, interview preparation, and career learning courses. Further, we will continue to provide access to our tuition remission benefits for two years post-employment for both employees and their dependents.

Our impacted employees, as well as all employees of the university, will continue to have access to our Employee Assistance Prgram provider, Impact Solutions, as a resource, and support is available 247

I recognize these are difficult and uncertain times for all of the Wright State Family. We will continue to make every effort to move through these processes as diligently and compassionately as possible, ensuring that focus remains on the respectful treatment of our employees.

Best wishes,

Sue.”

If you contrast her sky is falling leadership with that of Clark State’s capable president, Jo Alice Blondin you start to wonder how Edwards still has a job.

From a DBJ article on Clark State:

What sorts of adaptations are administrators/leadership at Clark State brainstorming right now?

We have a four-part approach to our response to this pandemic. Response is No. 1. No. 2 is recovery, No. 3 is positioning and No. 4 is transformation. We have a virtual committee that we formed called “Transform Clark State” so that we don’t lose any of the opportunities and silver linings that have happened as a result of this pandemic — because there are many, believe it or not. Transform Clark State is working on developing those stages and recommendations….

The biggest change that students will see in the fall is many different options for the term. We’re offering four-week, six-week, eight-week, 10-week, 12-week and 16-week classes, plus online. We do still have physically distanced, face-to-face opportunities for students to come to campus in the fall, because so much of the instruction we do is hands-on. However, we’re also supplementing those courses with as much online learning as possible, but collapsing the term so that they can get their work done very quickly.

Some courses will start Aug. 24, which is our first day of classes. Some will start two weeks after that, and (so on). We have a staggered start; staggered terms, and that should be very helpful and flexible for our students — particularly the population of students who are both working and caring for children.

What are you projecting in terms of enrollment?

We are projecting a slight uptick for fall.

Our enrollment management strategy has always been focused on our affordability, our flexibility and the services that we provide students — and I think that message is resonating right now during these extremely uncertain times…..

We’ll be in recovery for a while, but we’re also moving into the positioning part. We are very attractive to high school students who have recently graduated and may have considered going to a four-year residential university, and are now saying, “I’m going to stay close to home. I’m going to save money for a year and go to Clark State. Everything transfers, it has a good reputation, and it’s a high-quality institution. Next year, I’ll consider the residential experience.” Because the residential experience is extremely uncertain right now.

Are you employing any financial adjustments to offset anticipated revenue shortfalls?

In early May, the governor announced budget cuts for fiscal year 2020. Our share was approximately $600,000, and we absorbed that. We have a very strong financial picture, and our concern was not for fiscal year 2020 — our concern is for fiscal year 2021. We’re awaiting the specific guidance on cuts for fiscal year 2021 from the state. However, Clark State is planning on a 20% budget cut in our State Share of Instruction (SSI).

We have suspended travel. We have relooked at every capital and equipment expenditure and held those for the foreseeable future, unless they directly impact technology necessary for students to complete programs.

We have not implemented a hiring freeze, and we have not furloughed employees to date, nor have we cut salaries to date. One of my principles of leadership is to ensure we have the right people to move our institution forward. I want to make sure we’re planning for the future and positioning ourselves well, (even as) we react and respond to the current environment. That’s a delicate balance for leaders, and I understand why some are making those cuts. But at this time, we’re hiring for faculty positions in medical laboratory technology and diagnostic medical sonography. In some of our general education areas, we have hired a number of faculty in the past several months, because those are positions that drive our institution.

Might we expect to see any changes in the realm of collaboration at Clark State?

A definite silver lining has been the collaboration we’ve had internally. We always have prided ourselves on being a great team, but I think that that has been tested, and we have gotten an A+ in terms of internal collaboration among our faculty, staff, students, board of trustees and our workforce partners.

We have seen more creativity in collaboration with our workforce partners in manufacturing and agriculture, as well as with our four-year university partners. We work closely with Wittenberg University, and we are great partners with Franklin University. With Urbana University having closed, Clark State has worked with Franklin on ensuring that all those students have opportunities in our region.

So, there are many opportunities around partnership. The biggest, though, is among our health units, our emergency management agencies and our healthcare facilities, such as Mercy Health in Springfield. They have been such a great partner for us.

What factors will guide how Clark State focuses its resources moving forward?

We have a strategic plan, and the pandemic hasn’t changed that.

Source: https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2020/06/12/president-blondin-clark-state-adapted-to-pandemic.html Jun 12, 2020, 2:22pm EDT

This reporters attempts to meet with Edwards to discuss strategic repositioning of Wright State were met with absolute stonewalling and attitude from Edwards. When Dr. Dan Curran reached out to her, she also chose to insert her own uninformed position on my insights and abilities to help her. Edwards clearly doesn’t value the products of her institution (I’m a grad) and she may as well just throw in the towel.

If Governor Mike DeWine could stop putting political appointees on the WSU Board of Trustees and actually install a board of competent folks, maybe it would never have gotten to this point. If nothing else, he might want to ask Blondin to step in and try to assist the rookie president who is doing more damage than good every day she continues to listen to the same folks who put Wright State in the tenuous position that brought Edwards to the University in the first place.

 

Covid-19 hits the Montgomery County Jail

Lookout folks, the local house of mismanagement and torture, the Montgomery County Jail, under the “leadership” of Sheriff Rob Streck, is about to see a string of lawsuits the size of which we’ve never seen before.

A few inmates are now testing positive as is one corrections officer. They are trying to quarantine cells, but so far, are failing. The jail is on “Code Red” status. They are hoping this doesn’t reach the press- oh, snap.

Please, let adult leadership manage this crisis, before it becomes a major crime scene.

Jennifer Selhorst, AKA: Jennifer Woodward AKA: Jennifer Schaeff steals from disabled veterans

When I was young and innocent, the evilest person in the universe was “The Grinch who Stole Christmas.” Who would do such a thing? If you’ve forgotten the lyrics, here’s the beginning of the theme song to Jennifer Woodward AKA Jennifer Selhorst, AKA Jennifer Schaeff’s life:

Jennifer Selhorst, Jennifer Woodward, Jennifer Scaeff Mugshot Jennifer Woodward, AKA Jennifer Selhorst, Mugshot from her Cocaine arrest 1-28-2017

You’re a mean one
You really are a heel
You’re as cuddly as a cactus
You’re as charming as an eel
Mr. Grinch, you’re a bad banana
(Mr. Grinch), with the greasy black peel
You’re a vile one
You got termites in your smile
You have all the tender sweetness
Of a seasick crocodile (Mr. Grinch)
You’re a foul one
Friends, you don’t have none
I wouldn’t touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!
You’re a monster
Your heart’s an empty hole
You’re a goner
You got garlic in your soul

If you are considering hiring her, for any reason, know this: she is a thief, a liar, and a very evil person. How evil? Let me recount the ways as I tell you a story of someone who knows no limits to the depth of her depravity, no consciousness for the human condition and who will lie, cheat, steal and stab you in the back, all while pretending to be your closest friend and ally. (And, no, I’m not the only one who will attest to this- many of her x-friends have been keeping me apprised of her latest whereabouts). The judge just ordered that for the next five years Ms. Jen the thief:

“not work in any capacity where she conducts financial transactions, handles cash, has access to employer/customer cash, checks, or credit information, or manages employer/customer finances;”

thumbnail of Jennifer Selhorst Resume Lies. A resume of lies. Jennifer Lynn Woodward is a liar.

When she came to apply to work for me as a part-time office manager at the end of 2015, she lied about having a college degree from the University of Cincinnati, had worked in property management and in bars and knew a bunch of people I knew who I considered to be good folks, including members of the Gem City Roller Girls. Let this be a warning to any prospective employer- assuming that if enough people are facebook friends to an applicant that you know – is not enough of a reference. My initial reaction to her green and purple hair, copious tattoos and tendency to be louder than most was that this was someone who may have untapped potential that her own personal style may be creating barriers. I’ve taken a chance on more than a few people, including a former crack addict felon who’s email was “Profexcon”- standing for “Professional Ex-Convict” who worked out just fine for about a year and a half before his addiction returned (Richard, you still owe me about $330+ 13 years interest).

Our books were a bit of a mess, thanks to another sad social experiment gone awry, and she sat down to get everything organized. It later took the amazing Kim McCarthy over 5 months of forensic accounting to put things back together after Jennifer was done doing her dastardly deeds, which is the real story.

Alex, Jennifer Selhorst AKA Jennifer Woodward, David Alex, Jennifer Selhorst AKA Jennifer Woodward, David Esrati (author of this post) at The Next Wave Feb 2016

Jen the thief,  was to work 20 hours a week. She’d come in, sit at the desk and look very busy. People generally liked her bar maid worker personality. We gave her space and time to do her thing. The books had been screwy for a while, it would take a while to fix them. We encouraged for her to learn about advertising, and she read our company bible, “Hey Whipple, Squeeze This” by my friend Luke Sullivan. We took her to the AAF Dayton Hermes awards where the best work in Dayton by our competition is on display. We introduced her to some of our clients to give her some other opportunities to do part-time bookkeeping on the side.

Four months in, she made her first small mischievous moves, paying off her Rent-a-Center bills with some of my money. This was in February of 2016, about the same time that my good friend and client, Bill Daniels of Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory asked me to help a mutual friend and acquaintance, John Sullivan, also known as Sully, but not to be confused with the Dayton Cop of the same name (and similar physical disposition). John had worked at the factory as a driver and prep guy, and had played on my Huff-N-Puff hockey team where he was my go to guy if I wanted an assist. He skated with grace and had uncanny hands which would put the puck in the place of his choosing with ease- mostly in the back of the net. He’d been living 5 houses down from me in a rental on the corner, but when Bill called, it was because we’d lost him- no one knew where he was.

John had attended the US Air Force Academy as a young hockey stud coming out of Culver Military Academy. He’d grown up in Centerville, playing High School football with Kirk Herbstreit. It was the beginning of his Senior year at the Academy, when John had his first onset of his mental illness. His dreams of becoming an Air Force officer were dashed and he was shipped home to WPAFB for treatment before his discharge. From 1995 all the way until 2018, John was the problem our country didn’t want, sent out on his own, to deal with his demons. He lost his wife, access to his son, lost jobs, lost money, lost hope. He went from ER to ER, to long stays at institutions, to jail, from one living situation after another that ended badly.

Turns out when Bill called, Sully had been manic, and picked up in Warren County on the side of I-75 where he was apparently hitting golf balls. The cop used the made-up charge of “indecent exposure” to get him into jail, because his ass crack showed when he went to look for his registration in his trashed car. The cop was doing John a favor, because he knew that John needed help. Before we found out where he was, he’d already been transferred to Summit, one of the State of Ohio’s few remaining forensic mental hospitals. Bill had asked me, as a Service Disabled Veteran, to help Sully get VA benefits and stop this crazy carousel from spinning around John. We’d gone down to Summit together to visit John- and when John asked for my help, it was the first step to becoming his Power of Attorney to help manage his life for him. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.

It was months before John was released the end of May 2016, and the first thing I had to do was find housing for a guy that was now, broke, homeless (another former POA and I had cleared out his old rental- which was a total disaster) Car-less (we’d turned back in the really nice Honda Civic he’d bought on an impulse at a ridiculous cost and interest rate) and phone-less (John’s hard on phones when he’s sick). Jennifer knew about a program called SSVF, or “Supportive Services for Veteran’s and Families” through the VA that was there to help vets secure housing. I had known nothing about the program, but actually knew the local director of it because of my involvement in VOB 108 (a veterans business owners group I’d helped found with 2 other paratroopers- Ranger Bob and Ranger Bill).

The SSVF programs initial reaction was he wasn’t eligible. They tried to claim that as an academy student, he wasn’t ever off “training status” for the required amount of service time to qualify as a veteran. I knew State Rep Jim Butler had gone to the Naval Academy, graduated, was learning to fly fighters when he first found out he was diabetic and was tossed from the military, but had full medical care and benefits- so I reached out to him. Jim is also a lawyer, and he quickly found the legal definition of veteran for me to present to the SSVF program to get John into it- but, by that time, I’d had him sleeping on my couch- and I had to personally sign for the place that Jennifer had found on Wayne Avenue for him to rent for $450 a month.

John didn’t love the place, but, we worked at putting him back on his feet. The list of people who helped was long, but I can’t say enough about the efforts of the Dayton chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America. (full disclosure, my firm built and hosts their website) For those that don’t know what a blue star mother is- it’s the mother of an active duty service member. This is the one time you don’t want the gold star- which is what your blue one becomes when your child dies in service to his country. They came through with the deposit on the place, and I paid the first months rent and co-signed on the place. The BSM women also supplied him with every kitchen thing he’d need. Others pitched in, Scott Sliver an old friend, who is a pastor and runs a food bank, brought him a starter package to fill his fridge. SSVF finally kicked in and got him a new mattress to replace the one he’d been sleeping on- which had belonged to his dad and was at least 20 years old.

Jennifer and I worked hard to find him services, including from the Montgomery County Veterans Service Office- a taxpayer funded resource for vets in need. It was so much work just to fill out their initial paperwork, that Jen and I later went back to them to explain that their processes were a barrier to actually delivering their much needed services. I filmed it and posted it – here it is starting with Jen’s part.

It was after her performance in front of the MCVSC, that I’d gained an ally, a fellow warrior against the system. It was her plea on John’s behalf that made me trust her with everything. It was also about the same time my father went into the VA for his last three months of his life.

During that time, I had to run my business, take care of my mother who’s dementia was getting worse, and beginning on working on trying to land the Dayton Public Schools marketing contract with the new Superintendent Rhonda Corr. Jen stepped up. When I went to Israel in July for a cousin’s wedding (my first trip- and made possible by a generous offer of a family buddy pass by the new C.O. of VOB 108- Mike Nichols who was a Delta 777 pilot) Jen had POA over my mom- and made sure she took her meds and took her out to see my dad every day I was gone.

There should have been some warning signs of what was about to happen. One of my clients who was always a bit overly dramatic and all over the map told me that Jen had asked her for a job and bad mouthed me. Also, my previous charity case in life, Eric, who I’d been an unofficial “big brother” to for 28 years since he was 10, had clashed at every instance with Jen. He’d asked me to bail out his storage locker with his painting equipment- my condition for the loan was to come in and paint my two bathrooms in the office – without drama or interruption in the next week. Instead, he and Jen had a huge fight when he came in- while I wasn’t there, and the painting didn’t get done. Lesson to the wise – when two sociopaths try to enter the same space, their bad karma collides with a nuclear like force. I’d basically given up on Eric, who had his own mental health demons- and was tired of him blaming me for his woes which led him to do things like cook meth in the rental he was living in behind my office. I’d said that if I’m the cause of your troubles- I’ll just exit your life and they should get better (nothing changed- he’s still struggling).

Dad died at 8:10 am Wednesday Aug 18. The bid for DPS was due on Friday Aug 20. Besides sleeping at the VA Hospice Tuesday night, I spent time at the office on Wednesday working on the bid. I also had my X-girlfriend show up with drunk that day with her own troubles. The bid went in Friday and despite being cheaper by a third and bringing in world class talent to do the turnaround, we lost the bid.

I’d hired a full-time videographer to get ready for the work, and had a small inheritance from my father to use. We bought some equipment, paid down debt, and were working hard at growing. I even sent her to Minneapolis to the National Veterans Small business engagement to try to network and get us work- investing about $3K in the ticket, the airfare, hotel, misc. costs plus collateral material to help us get government contracts. She instead took $500 out of an ATM- and probably bought drugs along with her trip to the Mall of America where she bought some other mementos like a hoodie from some punk rock donut shop.

Screen shot of text conversation starting the discovery The initial text conversation start with Jen on Feb 18, 2016

Jen, had started stealing almost immediately after Dad’s check came in. In the end she stole $35K from me between September 2016 and Saturday Feb 18, 2017 when I came in to the office, opened a statement from a CC that I thought was closed and found she’d charged over $4K in one month (on a card with a $1000 limit) to buy tattoos, gas, car repairs, food, and her new Coach Handbag that she said her “boyfriend” bought her. Turns out her “boyfriend” was me- only I was the only one getting screwed in the relationship. She’d just attached my mothers debit card to her Apple Pay and ordered Chinese an hour before. She cooperated at first and gave me passwords to accounts that I didn’t even know the passwords to, I also found she stole money from John- who had recently gotten some back pay from Social Security. She said it was just a couple of hundred and she’d pay him back. Turns out it was $3K and she would do everything possible to avoid prosecution for the next 3 years.

It took me 2 weeks of 18 hour days to change every password, get statements, close accounts and report the theft. I slept very little.

thumbnail of Jen and David loan for rent I’d just loaned her money, willingly, to help her.

The Dayton PD took my report that Sunday. They didn’t help me get back company property like a laptop, a iPhone 7, books, that she had taken home (a block away- where I’d helped her with a loan for the first months rent and deposit- so she could be near to help with Mom if something stopped me from being near). When the prosecutors took her to the Grand Jury- where the saying is- you can indict a ham sandwich, the grand jury somehow came back with “no true bill” – which amazed me, because as I left the jury room- one woman called out to me to assure me “everyone isn’t like her.”

Either Country Prosecutor Mat Heck and his cronies lied about the vote, or they swayed the jury into believing that somehow this was some kind of broken relationship. I was devastated. I believe it was a political F-U by Heck, the party boss. Even after my business insurance picked up some of it, I still have payments on $8,500 that weren’t covered because of the way she stole it. Getting John’s report in was harder, because he kept going in and out of the hospital. Even as POA- I couldn’t make the complaint.

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In 2019, we finally got the complaint in and got a better prosecutor. Anthony “Tony” Schoen got the case and saw it through. When it came time to go to the grand jury- where they were going to let the defendant also speak (a rare privilege) I made sure that it wasn’t just me who explained what happened, Alex, who works for me, went in and put all doubts to rest that somehow Jen and I were anything other than boss-employer and friends. They indicted her. Schoen pressed charges, 4 felonies and 1 misdemeanor. Somehow, she still didn’t pull the higher felony charge for defrauding a known disabled person. She hired a lawyer (even with outstanding civil judgements) and delayed for as long as possible. She tried to have the evidence of her texts with me thrown out since she said she wasn’t read her Miranda rights (she hadn’t been arrested- just questioned) she asked for ILC (treatment In Lieu of Conviction) but was denied. She had gotten ILC for a drug charge where I had bailed her out in Jan of 2017, for having cocaine. Judge Richard Skelton failed me again. Judge Dennis Adkins, who founded the Montgomery County Veterans Court, was on this case and he showed her no mercy- when she finally made a plea of no contest on Wed May 27th. to the 4 felonies for stealing from Sully. She claimed remorse. She tried to shed tears on the stand. She did she does best- she lied again, even telling the judge she had a college degree.

Not long after that, her boyfriend at the time, a guy named Steve dumped her. She’d bought LP records for him on Ebay with Sully’s money- they were delivered to the office. I still have them, in the boxes. She found a stupid skinny desperate punk tattoo artist named Scott Woodward and moved in with him, in the back of his daddies West Carrollton house on Los Arrow Drive He works at Black Cloud Tattoo on North Dixie- where she sometimes worked. He knew all about her transgressions but married her anyway. I’d think twice about supporting him.

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He sentenced her to the maximum of 5 years probation. She can’t contact me or Sully or be within 1000 feet of us. She’s to pay him $3K in restitution within the first year (she said she’d pay $300 a month), she can’t handle money, she has to complete drug and alcohol treatment, she has to be supervised on probation, she has to have a job, she can’t piss dirty or get drunk. If she fails, 4 one year prison terms- consecutively. John wants her to fail, I want it after she pays him back the $3k.

I told the judge it doesn’t really matter what she stole from me at this point. He acknowledged the fact that I’m also a Service Disabled Veteran, but, to me- it was an expensive lesson in trust and judgement. It’s also the reason I’ll go after Mat Heck at every chance I get. He’s an evil man, only outdone by Ms. Selhorst. I’ve got a civil judgement against her for $70K which has cost me $3K to get. Supposedly, two garnishments of $50 were taken- but never made it to me. My lawyer may as well keep it all, since he charges more than she pays. Sully has a judgement for $3k in civil court- which we can drop once she pays what she’s ordered to in criminal court.

Sully, got his 70% VA disability at the end of 2018, and it was increased to 100% a year later. He now owns his own house, a car, has a phone, and has total wrap around health care for life. Since August of last year, in a last ditch effort to keep him out of being institutionalized, I took over giving him his meds everyday. At 10 am and 10 pm – we see each other. I also help with his grocery shopping, and try to make sure he’s eating some real meals a few times a week (he’s not capable of cooking much more than Chef Boyardee) and he’s been my quarantine buddy. After clearing his credit report, his credit score is equal to mine (only as of this week- Jen lost me 200 points by almost bankrupting me- it took 3 years to climb back out), he has money in the bank, he’s seeing his kid again, he’s only been hospitalized once since August of 2019 compared to 8 times in the previous 2 years.

There have been times when I was scared shit-less of John. Just before he trashed the house I co-signed on, he threatened me physically- and the 10 cops who were there- wouldn’t do anything. People told me to just forget about him. Alex, my trusty employee, reminded me, you knew he was sick when you signed up for this, has helped keep me focused.

But, that’s not the reason for this post. It’s to make sure that if a woman named Jennifer Lynn Selhorst, or Jennifer Lynn Woodward with a bunch of tattoos comes in to apply for a job, you know that she’s never to be trusted. Sorry to share this post that WYSO featured her in recently about getting a job. If you have a job making big rocks into little rocks, or being a trash collector- maybe you can hire her. But, never, ever, trust her.

If you think she may be using a different name, please contact me. I know her DOB, her SS#, her sons name, and can help you identify her by the visible tattoos (although I bought some I never saw) although since her new sucker husband is a tattooist, I doubt she’ll alter all of that bad crap on her- including her little name badge in her cleavage- which she said she could just write something in with a sharpie at will…. it should say “I steal from disabled veterans- kick me.”

BTW: The list of folks who’ve helped along the way on helping Sully is too long to list and I’ll probably leave a few out:  Cody Smith who went through all the receipts- and spent a ton of time organizing her mess. Kim McCarthy who spent half a year reconstructing our books and getting us back together. Bill Daniels of Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory- who brought me and Sully together- and who helped me when my bank account was negative- and my world was collapsing. Alex Snell who helped testify in the 2nd Grand Jury- who told them there was no way to mistake this as some kind of busted dating thing. Terry Posey Jr.who took the civil case for Sully pro-bono and got us a civil judgement. Jim Butler who helped me get his veteran status verified with the VA. Enrique Rivera- who defended him on the bogus criminal charge that got him locked up first. The Blue Star Mothers- who showed up with a complete kitchen for his first apartment. Scott Sliver who brought him food. Hilary Johnson and Greg who stored his stuff and moved it. Scotty Steffes who helped with the car and the initial apartment cleanout- it wasn’t his first rodeo with John. Phyllis Tonne who let him rent her home- even after destroying the last one- and then selling it to him at a fair price. The docs and nurses at the VA and the staff of 7 South. Tony Schoen and Judge Adkins who did the right thing. Kim Francois, who is a gold star mother and helps keep John’s house clean. Matt Miller at Carl’s Body Shop who helped fix and store one of John’s cars while he was at Summit. Rob Scott, who helped him finance his truck, when he was broke. There are lots of people who stepped up, but only one who stole.

If you are doing a background check, or need to identify her, here’s a photo gallery of the grinch who stole from two service disabled veterans. She has multiple names, Jennifer Lynn Selhorst, Jennifer Lynn Scaeff, Jennifer Lynn Woodward. As she changes her looks, please snap photos and send them my way so I can update this gallery. Her most prized tattoo is Carrie Fisher’s signature on her right shoulder. She’s a huge Star Wars geek.

 

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