Comments for: Washington County sheriff quits association in wake of comments about Carlson investigation

Posted Jan. 25, 2012, at 9:13 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 25, 2012, at 9:43 p.m.

MACHIAS | Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith has opted to part ways with the the Maine Sheriffs’ Association shortly after his public criticism of Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross over the handling of the investigation of the Rev. Robert Carlson. Smith said Tuesday he’s baffled by the fallout created …

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  • Guest

    I like constitutional Sheriffs

  • Anonymous

    They’re ALL a bunch of crooks.

  • Anonymous

    These sheriff’s, past and present, all have one thing in common… they cannot keep their mouths shut.

  • Anonymous

    The more I think about it the more I think Canada has it right. One police force that could eliminate all these pi–ing contests between law enforcement agencies.

    As for Sheriffs depts. I believe that they are charged with maintaining a jail and serving warrants by Maine law.

    • Guest

      I can always tell which weekends the State Police are on duty instead of the County Sheriff around our area, there are actually cars being pulled over for speeding.

      Just look what Connecticut has done Resident State Police Program, I think it’s time for Maine to follow http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairfield_County_Sheriff%27s_Department_%28Connecticut%29

    • Anonymous

      The RCMP is a national Police force…. Ontario Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador also have a provincial (State) police force, and many Cities and Town throughout Canada have a local police Dept. as well.  Also in Canada Military Police have the same powers as local Police in enforcing Federal Laws.  New Brunswick , Nova Scotia, and others have  a Sheriff Service as well.

      • Anonymous

        New Brunswick for the most part is covered by the RCMP with the exception of Saint John, and maybe Fredricton and Moncton. Very little fighting among departments. A lot less duplication of services.

  • Anonymous

    This is from the Maine constitution. Maybe Sheriff Smith should make a complaint to the Governor.

    Section 10.  Tenure of sheriffs.  Sheriffs shall be elected by
    the people of their  respective counties, by a plurality of the
    votes given in on the Tuesday following the first  Monday of
    November, and shall hold their offices for 4 years from the first
    day of  January next after their election, unless sooner removed
    as hereinafter provided.

    Removal of sheriffs from office and replacement.  Whenever the
    Governor upon  complaint, due notice and hearing shall find that
    a sheriff is not faithfully or efficiently  performing any duty
    imposed upon the sheriff by law, the Governor may remove such
    sheriff from office and appoint another sheriff to serve for the
    remainder of the term for  which such removed sheriff was
    elected.  All vacancies in the office of sheriff, other than
    those caused by removal in the manner aforesaid shall be filled
    in the same manner as  is provided in the case of judges and
    registers of probate.

    • Anonymous

      Something makes me think Gov LePage would tell the idiot to go pound sand that the State Police is handling the investigation and he needs to get his nose out of it.

  • Anonymous

    Smith quit- ok who cares?  Ross’ explanation is questionable at best – no big ridiculous epiphany there….Ross covered for his pedophile friend…Ross had 2 separate phone calls to Carlson…what one phone call saying ‘your under investigation for molesting children …and….er….I’m concerned about you coming to the jail’ wasn’t enough??  It took two separate phones calls for Ross to explain to Carlson about not coming to the jail?? I think not…

  • Lets see what the investigation turns up……MSA  is a great org and should not be a place to play games…..I dont think any Sheriff has to be a member if he dosent want to, to bad if not thou as lose a ton of good info…..

  • Anonymous

    Donnie, I know you are concerned. and I understand that. But shouldn’t you allow us folks over in Penobscot County to wash our own dirty laundry, then, depending on the results of the State Police investigation and whatever we do ourselves in Penobscot Cty, then you can howl if necessary? I think the good folks of Penobscot want this situation dealt with swiftly and firmly.

    • Anonymous

      That would be fine except for one thing… Ross is the president of the Maine State Sheriffs Association.  Sheriff Smith, as a member, took exception to what Ross (was reported in the paper several times) did, and as a member stated his concern.  This is NOT a Pebonscot issue, it’s a State of Maine issue.  It’s not the investigation of Carlton that is the point, it’s the point that Ross may have crossed the line, and Smith simply stated that if he stays as president, I have to go.  At least Smith lived up to his words…

      • Anonymous

        Well said!

      • Anonymous

        correct!

  • Guest

    What is Smith being investigated for? Speaking his mind? 

    • Anonymous

      That’s my question. Something stinks. Sounds like its some kind of payback. I don’t think he was out of line calling for an investigation of Ross, he should have just toned down his threats of quitting the association. A simple “I would like a full investigation of the Ross’s actions as their is an obvious perception that he hindered an investigation” would have sufficed. On the other hand, had he not injected the added drama, his suggestion may have never gone anywhere

    • Anonymous

      That’s what I was wondering about….is Sheriff Smith being investigated because he spoke up…..we need more accountability in all aspects of government….Mr. Smith is RIGHT! Period!

      • Anonymous

        omg, u people are so easily played… he just says he was investigated, u believe him, he is a total drama queen and a media hound… anything or attention… check out his record… so re resigns from the org because he says “someone asked questions about him?”   check out his record for pete’s sake… that is what he always does when he doesn’t get his way…. I am gonn wait and see…  but by all means… I am sure none of u have ever crossed a line at all.. so go hang a decent man “sheriff Ross” and support a wind bag…. 

        • Anonymous

          When you do what’s right, the media always wants to ‘take you down’. Ross is not a man of character if he let Carlson in on the investigation.  Fortunately, Carlson has checked out and moved into the hotel California, saving us taxpayers a lot of money.  Smith has got some guts; just what we need these days, someone who does not go along with the status quo.

        • Guest

          the media makes Smith a drama queen, media hound. He is honest and dares to speak the truth. You on the other hand…………

    • Anonymous

      Donnie is the one who said he is being investigated.  Nobody else said they were investigating him. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Smith or Ross are truthfully stand up guys! We all knew that already didn’t we? What Glen Ross did is wrong, unethical,and possibly illegal. He gave details to Reverend Carlson that lead to his imminent suicide. Now if you or I did that we would be in jail for obstruction of justice, harboring an investigation, etc. So why are the rules different for Sheriffs at the top of the department, or any other law enforcement figure?

    • Anonymous

      Because they are an elected official, if it were that easy to get an elected official out of office it would be done more.

  • I’m with Sheriff Smith.  Trashing him demonstrates another low level of ethics.  If I or someone other than Ross told someone under investigation they were under investigation, there would be hell to pay and you know it.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, if Ross wanted to keep the Rev. Carlson’s out of his jail all Ross had to do is say at this time we can not have you in the jail. Case closed or have an officer in the room.  he did not have to tell him he was being investigated.  Ross said he was a personal friend of Carlson’s, maybe Ross is the one who should have not know Carlson was being investigated?  I agree with Smith……now he is being investigated?  something stinks!

    • How about a year in Jail for tampering with an investigation? That what I was told . I ran my mouth about a drug dealer and they wanted to know what I knew. LOL I did not even not they were under investigation at the time till the police told me .

    • I reiterate:

      WHOA. Wait a minute.

      ” Smith said Tuesday he’s walking away from the group after being told that he, as well as Ross, is being investigated ”

      Isn’t that what Glenn Ross is in trouble for? Who told Smith he was under investigation??

      • Guest

        the sheriff’s Association. The MSP were the ones that should hav informed Carlson NOT a friend!! That’s like telling the drug dealer in town that he is being investigated…………then the activity stops. Hmmm Ross needs to do time for this “friendly behavior”

      • Anonymous

        Smith  claims he is also under investigation.  Has the Sheriff Association or the Investigator corroborated this claim or could Smith just be making it up to get his mug in the news a little more!

    • Old Bear

      Its called the good old boy’s club. There are wearing  alot of depends so no more leaks out.

    • Cee Blue

      –‘low level of ethics’ — What are the qualifications to be a sheriff/deputy S. ? An ego the size of one’s waistline ? Pathetic shameful behavior – .

  • Anonymous

    I would so much prefer to see Donnie Smith in the news than to ever have to see The ” Rev.” Bob’s face again.

    • Anonymous

      I perfer to see neither of them..this is not his county..he should mind his own business and take care of Washington county . There sure is enough going on there to keep him busy…

      • Guest

        this is his professional organization doing wrong. to have someone with the same title as you being corupt……………..one must protect their profession. Smith doesn’t want to be put in the same kettle as a corupt sheriff. I understand his defending the title sheriff.

        • Anonymous

          Who is he to decide that?   Let the higher ups do their job and come to a conclusion…he is just looking for attention…

          • Anonymous

            The “higher ups” have a tendancy of covering things up and Donnie knows this. He is not looking for attention. If you knew him, you wouldn’t get that impression at all. Just because he’s in the news alot doesn’t mean he’s looking for attention. He’s bringing attention to things that are usually kept under wraps, corruption and cover-ups, because nobody else has the courage to do so!

  • Anonymous

    Why is it that some  Sheriffs prefer to see themselves as political pundits?  The notion of  being pulled over by opinionated politicians should not give anyone comfort.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that there needs to be some sort of investigation into Glenn Ross, no doubt , but this makes me wonder what Donnie Smith has REALLY done to require and investigation!  I can’t believe they would investigate Smith for just making comments on a statement another Sheriff made.

    It has seemed for a while that he has tried to cast shadows on other departments in order to keep his operations from being the focus.  He has been slamming MDEA, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Dept, Pleasant Point…now he is slinging mud at the Sheriff’s Association and Sheriff Bill Clark. 

    • Anonymous

      Maybe cuz there is corruption, he knows it and, hopefully, it will all be exposed! He has brought alot to the attention of Maine. If he were hiding something, he wouldn’t be making all this noise…..cuz in this day and age, people assume it’s just to advert attention……when in reality, it doesn’t.

  • Anonymous

    Really?  It seems to me like Smithe is being bullied.  It is pretty clear that Ross crossed the line, ethically, morally, and legally.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe what Smith is being investigated for is totally unrelated to the Carlson matter!  We only have Smith claiming that he is being investigated, no one else is substantiating the investigation or a reason for one.

    • Anonymous

      bullied? haha… he is the bully!!!  does it all the time

      • Guest

        he tells the truth and you don’t seem to like it.

        • Anonymous

          If you believe everything Donnie Smith has to say then I bet he probably has some Ocean Front Property in Kansas or Arizona he will sell you dirt cheap!

  • Guest

    Anything to get into the paper! 

  • Anonymous

    Sheriff Smith is taking the proper steps in the service of truth and justice.  The response from MSA is typical of an unaccountable organization responding to a legitimate whistleblower who is both knowledgeable and ethical.  Standards should be applied to public officials in the same way that laws are enforced by a regulated community.  How else does a whistleblower gain protection other than publicly revealing misdeeds?  What would have happened if Sheriff Smith had not taken the initiative to ensure accountability.

  • Anonymous

    The FBI needs to step in at this point.

    • Anonymous

      Why?  this is a State matter not a Federal one?

  • Anonymous

    Smith is taking the high road here, too bad the Sheriffs Assoc. is handling it like a political vendetta to show its “power”. Guess Clark has a thin skin and trying to intimidate Smith.  Perhaps the staties ought to pay attention here.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe someone will investigate the investigators? 

      • Anonymous

        Maybe someone should monitor the monitors…? LOL “Enemy of the State” 

        • Anonymous

          LOL  What do you want to bet they would like to, and maybe they do.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe he knows more then is being said,  sometimes when people talk it is because it has foundation.  Investigate them all, they shouldn’t be above the law.  We have seen how Sheriff Clark takes care of his officers. 2 days off for OUI.  Investigate the investigators also.  If this is intimidation for telling it like it is how just is that?     Just because Sheriff Smith complained he is  now being investigated sounds likes someone doesn’t like the public hearing information. 

    • Anonymous

      yes the Sheriff Smith is running scared and it backfired on him. Now he doesn’t want people digging in his backyard

      • Jon

        Exactly! If Smith did not have anything
        to hide he would welcome any investigation. If you have a clean
        department you and your department would benefit from an independent
        look.

        • Jon

          But if you are hiding misconduct you
          would run. One Sheriff is accepting the investigation and one is
          running ,,,,hmmmm?????         

  • Anonymous

    Exactly what does it mean when someone quits the Maine Sheriff’s Association?  Is this like a closed shop labor union where one has to be a member of the association to be sheriff? 

    If not, his “quitting” is more ceremonial than anything else and doesn’t really amount to a hill of beans.  If that’s the case he’s still sheriff, still performing his duties, and still getting paid.  The only difference is that he doesn’t have to pay dues to the association.

    • Anonymous

      It is just a group and that is it. Big woopie that he is no longer there. Him quiting as Sheriff would have been better

  • Guest

    Billy Clark investigating shady dealing by two other sheriffs?  

    That’s like getting Heidi Fleiss to wage war against prostitution.

  • Anonymous

    In all truth. None of this should have appeared in the public newspaper beginning with the notification of Mr. Carlson by Sheriff Ross.  That one act has led to a complete and utter confusion of all involved with unsubstantiated accusations and rebuttals having filled the newspaper with fodder for malicious gossip.  The evidence is the postings on this website.  Had the investigation of Mr. Carlson been kept quiet and confidential as should have been perhaps no deaths would have occurred and justice would have been served.  The trial and conviction of the late Mr. Carlson is abhorrent regardless of anything else.  iIf the Sheriff of Washington County desires to end his participation in the Maine Sheriffs Association for any reason that is his right.  If he wishes to make that resignation public for whatever reason that is also his right.
    There is the appearance of a Good Ole Boys club and perhaps a little publicity on that is a good thing.

  • Anonymous

    It’s called ethics and scruples, and I congratulate Mr. Smith.

    It is RARE for a person to put their money where their mouth is.

    Standing ovation from me.

    • Anonymous

      He quit because he was being invesstigated. NOT because MSA would not look into the matter. That is what he said

  • Anonymous

    Bill Clark is the head of this board of inquiry.

    A Hancock County Sheriffs Deputy was driving his car in a non-emergency or response situation and crashed it. The cruiser, valued at 25000 dollars was completely destroyed. The deputy admitted that he had been traveling at roughly 91 miles and hour when he crashed the car. Review of his dashboard recorder showed that he had reached speeds as high as 105 miles per hour before the crash. Sheriff Clark believed that a penalty of 1 day suspension and no new car for this deputy was severe enough.

    Maybe I will be suprised by the outcome of this board of inquiry. However with Clark as the leader of this inquiry I doubt I will be.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget the state trooper who just pleaded guilty to oui and gets to keep his job.  Know all troopers know they won’t be fired if caught oui which means more drunks on the road.

      • Anonymous

        I have a different opinion on that issue. The trooper was detained, arrested and booked by troopers. The trooper that was drunk admitted it and said he had done wrong and would accept whatever came to him. He went from being a Sergeant to a Trooper which significantly reduced his pay and pension. He went from being the MSP representative at the Police Academy to a desk officer. In my opinion you do have to temper justice with mercy and realize that people make very bad mistakes and yet they can be given a chance at redemption.
        If Sherriff Clark has given the deputy two weeks off, taken him off patrol and made him work in the jail and put him at the bottom of the promotion list then I would have supported him in that. One day without pay and no new car is a joke as a punishment.

  • Anonymous

    It just goes to show how corrupt our law enforcement is on so many different levels! And these are the people that we are supposed to trust with protecting and keeping us all safe from all sorts of things? Maine’s biggest issues are with people of power such as this! This person didn’t just give someone a heads up about a minor violation! Think of what that priest did to that poor child and how that child and their families have to deal with the rest of their lives and never have the chance to suffer in prison and have to face a lifelong hell like this child and family will have to. Its not fair for them at all. Hope this sheriff guy is proud of himself.

  • Anonymous

    Hats off to Sheriff Smith, at least one of the 16 Sheriff’s
    has some integrity. Do you really believe that Sheriff Clark, who has his own
    sizeable skeletons, is going to do anything to discredit Sheriff Ross? It is an
    embarrassment to thinking Maine Citizens for the Sheriff’s Association to
    perpetuate a scam like this. Think about it; a complaint of misconduct is made
    against Sheriff Ross and by the way, the Sheriff’s Association of which he is
    the current president are going to investigate it LOL There isn’t a blessed
    soul that believes a fellow Sheriff is going to come up with a conclusion that
    publically admonishes another Sheriff.  Sheriff
    Smith didn’t “swallow” the cool aid, I hope the rest of thinking
    Maine Citizens don’t either.  This would
    be the equivalent of a complaint being lodged against the Governor and having
    the Governor of NH investigate it!!! LOL

    • Anonymous

      You are correct.  That good old boy’s club is not going to give up one of it’s own.  I know from personal experience of having a ‘good old boy’ in the family.

    • Guest

      look at all the other professionals that investigate themselves…….it’s a joke. Doctors, nurses and dentist…………..

  • mrspeel2

    Anyone with half a modicum of common sense knows what Sherrif Ross did was a serious breach of ethics so I find it ridiculous that there has to be a “committee” appointed to see what is as plain as the noses on their faces. The fact that Sherrif Smith felt he needed to (or was forced to) resign because he spoke the truth, is even more ludicrous!

    • Anonymous

      no one forced him, he chose to leave the group. he just doesn’t want them digging too deep in his backyard

      • Anonymous

        If they’re going to dig, they will. Doesn’t matter if he’s part of the group or not. Sheriff Smith is a peoples sheriff and he is accountable to the people. He has brought alot of things to light that other peole would rather sweep under the rug. And if he has to use the media to do it, so be it.

      • Anonymous

        you must be from Machias . . .

    • Anonymous

      You hit the nail on the head mrspeel2.  The problem today is that agencies won’t hold people accountable for their actions.  It all results in over dramatization of something that should be straightforward.

  • Anonymous

    Amazed and saddened by the anger at Sheriff Ross. :(  What ever happened to not guilty until tried????? And understanding and compassion? I guess not. Is this what our country has come to? God help us all.

  • Anonymous

    Sheriffs are political animals.

  • Anonymous

    To have known about these alligations years ago. Someone should of looked into Carlson , checked his sources, like he is any other normal citizen, we wouldn’t be having this discussion today.  It’s really sad that people are qutting jobs,  under fire, because of a Bob Carlson, who turned out to be a lier.

  • Anonymous

    This is turning into quite a show..

  • Anonymous

    Smith’s a bone head and truth be know most of the other sheriffs don’t really care if he’s a member or not. 

  • Tom

    One cop tries to draw back the Blue Curtain of Secrecy, and he gets the “treatment”. Shocker.

  • Anonymous

    Smith and Richardson are both media hounds,and the BDN, after calling Richardson, is being used by both ,Richardson is taking credit  for having brought Carlson into the jail minstry in one interview and” he did some wonderful things” then in another interveiew ,he  says” he told him to move on” ,when the facts state (public info)that Carlson was there before Richardson was ever hired as” deputy in his early twenties” ,when Richardson was installed as sheriff,because of Otis Labree’s recommendation, he twice promoted Carlson, he is as responsible as Carlson for this taint on the county.Richardson has a history of vendetta seeking ,see the State MLRB decision aginst him vs Ross,this continues to this day.

  • Anonymous

    I think Smith’s heart is in the right place, but, his choice of public words may have been a bit much.  If anything, Maine has learned a lesson from this.  If you see something or hear something amiss, speak out, investigate, take photos, photocopy, something, anything to protect the children around us.   Don’t wait 20/30 years to take action, it’s too late.   Just my two cents. 

  • Anonymous

    Reading all of this makes me hope than none of you ever serve on a jury where I have been accused of anything. Donnie is a media hound who seems to not care if its for positive or negative reasons as long as he gets his face time on the news and in the papers. I am sure the investigation will show that poor judgement was used, but as far as breaking the law, I don’t think anyone here has the expertise to come to that conclusion until the investigation is done. This happened in Penobscot and Waldo counties, and Donnie should concentrate more on what goes on in his own county and let the powers that be do their job.

    • Anonymous

      I’m sure Sheriff Smith has the ability to read and comprehend Maine State Statutes regarding hindering apprehension and prosectution. Not quite sure I can say the same for Deputy  AG Stokes.

      Maybe the members of the MSA should all read it an refresh their memories.

      http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/17-A/title17-Ach31sec0.html

      • Anonymous

        I have read it many times and am aware of how it is written. Unless you have a recording of the conversation between the two then you cannot reach the conclusion you seem hell-bent on. The calls could have been to try to talk him into turning himself in. Innocent until proven guilty works for both sides here.

        • Anonymous

          In this particular case you don’t need a recording of a telephone call when you already have the statements of Sheriff Ross. Based on those alone he has clearly violated the statutes.

      • Anonymous

        Apparently you’re not able to comprehend the statute, because none of the conditions applied in the Carlson case.

        • Anonymous

          Unfortunately, actually they do!!!!

          • Anonymous

            And the applicable conditions would be…

  • Anonymous

    ” Asked if his inquiry included an investigation of Smith, Clark said this
    Wednesday morning: “That’s something I can’t deny or confirm at this
    point”

    —How about the FBI investigate the Sheriff’s offices in Maine.

    • Anonymous

      An outside Agency that has no stake in whatever the results of the investigation. sounds like a good idea to me.

      • Anonymous

         From the angle i look at this whole thing, they have a stake in the investigation. Read the mission of the FBI

    • Anonymous

      say what?

      see link for full story
      http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/dc/exoneration-of-convicted-man-in-1981-dc-murder-brings-questions-to-other-cases-012512

      Exoneration of Convicted Man in 1981 DC Murder Brings Questions To Other Cases
      Published : Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012

      WASHINGTON – Two years after DNA exonerated a District man for a 1981 murder, a federal task force has answered a haunting question. Were others sent to prison under similar circumstances? The U.S. Attorney’s Office says no.

      Donald Gates was sent to prison after an FBI agent testified his pubic hair was found on the woman he was accused of killing. It was a claim under oath that was later found to be wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Oh ! Oh! 
    see folks, if we had a volunteer civilian review board like other states now have
    the Police Review Board we would have subpoena power to investigate, prosecute and fire those guilty of misconduct  unless you happen to believe a law enforcement agency should also be a social service agency rehabilitating law enforcement officers who become criminals while on duty,
    The Civilian Police Board( which we don’t have) would have been on top of this from the beginning .
    I want to thank Donnie Smith for doing the right thing.
    This story reminds me of the time we brought Fred Whitehurst PhD ,JD to speak at Harvard Law School and Bates College. Fred the Fed , as he liked to be called worked at the FBI Lab for over 15 years where he was the resident explosives residue expert.
    He told the audience how his FBI  Supervisors tried to get him to lie about his analysis of the 1993 1st World Trade Center bombing
    He was also the lead chemist who analyzed Timothy McVeigh’s clothes for traces of ammonium nitrate
    after Tim was arrested. When Fred did not find any ammonium nitrate another FBI chemist was assigned to replace Whitehurst and went on to find traces of ammonium nitrate.(we now know the Oklahoma City bombing was a FBI Op)
    Dr Whitehurst decided to go public with his knowledge about how bad the FBI  Lab was run.
    His FBI  supervisors tried to have him committed to a psychiatric hospital!
    The rest is history as they say, eh?
    Whitehurst testified before Congress about the FBI  Lab; a Inspector General’s Investigation was conducted; Whitehurst became a client of the National Whistleblowers Center
    where Fred won a million dollar plus lawsuit against the FBI. see
    http://www.whistleblowers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=65&Itemid=77
    A book was written about Whitehurst and the FBI  called TAINTING EVIDENCE by John Kelly
    which catalogs the forensic science screwups at the FBI  Lab

    The new documentary released last month called  A NOBLE LIE
    will scare the bejezzus out of you as it shows you how FBI  agents created the Oklahoma City bombing.
    You do know what to do?

  • Anonymous

    So he quits when he is subject to an investigation. LOL that is funny

    • Anonymous

      What has Donnie done to you? You or a family member get arrested by him when he was a deputy? I think everyone knows how much you don’t like Donnie. It’s like turning on the TV, seeing a show you haven’t seen in awhile and finding out you’ve seen this same episode….over and over and over again!

      • Jon

        olderandmellow ….. take your head out of the sand. Donnie is hiding is wrong doing by pointing at others. This time he made too much out of something he was not part of.   

  • Old Bear

    Carlson is child molester and Ross breaking the news to Carlson and Donnie just telling the truth. This is just a mess so what happens from here. Ross should resign and Carlson is dead and Donnie should take Lepage’s job. Donnie watch it someone will try to dig some crap up on you. It would be hard not much going on in Washington County.

    • Anonymous

      really..not much going on. Trust me…it would not be hard

      • Anonymous

        Of course he will hide behind an attorney from bangor now

      • Old Bear

        lol, I kind of wonder if  the Hermon boy is happy at whats gone on. The pillow of the community. He’s done nothing wrong beside comfort alot people in Hermon over the yrs. Community pillow checker.

  • Anonymous

    Way to go everyone loves a quitter, years ago when I first started doing iron work an old guy said to me before we went up in the lift “you coming or not, god hates a coward ya know”. I have never forgot it.   

  • Anonymous

    I wish BDN would put a dislike button on these comments……..just saying !!!!!

    • Guest

      You can always take the time to reply and actually type “dislike”

    • Anonymous

      I can see the taxpayer funded workfare program called the Maine FBI  Fusion Center manufacturing consent by multiple clicking on the dislike button dealing with posts around law enforcement criticism

  • Anonymous

    One doesn’t just take the whole ham and throw it out if people are hungry.

  • WHOA. Wait a minute.

    ” Smith said Tuesday he’s walking away from the group after being told that he, as well as Ross, is being investigated ”

    Isn’t that what Glenn Ross is in trouble for? Who told Smith he was under investigation??

    • Anonymous

      Very good point…very good. maybe the person who told Smith also should be investigated. well done

  • Mr. Smith when are you going to get it the police department has no place for integrity. Its government and politics . We respect what your trying to do , but you can not win here. You will be railroaded for trying to do what you KNOW is the right thing. 

  • I am with Sheriff Smith too. Have been since i first started following this story that more and more looks like wide spread corruption. Contrasted to what looked like an isolated incident at first.

  • Anonymous

    Ross is just using the excuse of protecting prisoners from a child molester to let his life-long friend know the jig was up.  Did Ross know about the years of Carlson’s actions and help to cover it up?  Gotta wonder. Now Smith, no stranger to speaking out of school, as it were, is being investigated?  For what?  Exposing the truth about the Sheriff’s Association covering for one of it “good” members?  You gotta love Donnie’s “toss the skunk in the middle of the room to see who smells bad the first” approach!  You’ll get my vote again.

  • Asked if his inquiry included an investigation of Smith, Clark said this
    Wednesday morning: “That’s something I can’t deny or confirm at this
    point.”
    NOW they shut their mouths……… but in Carlson’s case hey Bob you’re under investigation for alleged child abuse…….. What is it with this good ol’ boys club are they all like Carlson, with something to hide???????

  • Anonymous

    At least we can save the gas money it takes to get him to these taxpayer useless meetings.

  • Smith abides by the LAW and critizes a felow sherrif who did not but catches flack for it! Donnie we the peopel of Washington county support you. Most of us will vote for you again. Keep up the great work.

    • Anonymous

      Ross didn’t break the law.

  • Anonymous

    I support Donnie 100%. Somehow I doubt this association has ever done anything good for Maine anyways.

  • Does he always walk around with his thumb hooked in his belt? Strange. Posing like this for the camera would lead one to believe that Smith might be trying to overcome his vertical challenges….

  • Anonymous

    I see alot wrong here all around. I think it berst that questions get asked, and answered when it comes to law enforcement being transparent, because it should be. When a Sheriff gives the heads up to a friend about an investigation, questions should be asked why that was done. When another Sheriff asks some of those questions, and supposedly is told he is being investigated as well, questions should be asked why on that too. The main reason people distrust law enforcement is the suspsion that they are not acting in the manner their oath obligates them to. 

  • Anonymous

    and the guilty shall run from there wrong doings time for donnie to stand up and take it like a man

  • Anonymous

    Good interview on the Pulse this morning with former Sheriff Tim Richardson.

    • Anonymous

      except no one listens to those idiots

      • Anonymous

        We ones listened at my house and there was some new information given.

        • Anonymous

          New info or more likely more lies hehas ahabit of embellished words he didn’t hire bob but he did promote him twice and admitted he did some wonder ful things in his words he is an attention freak unfortunately everyone is dead that he speaks of eventually his lies will catch up with him
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  • Smith and Ross need to meet in town at noon and have a show down…Like they used to do in the good old days..But I doubt if any Sheriff could get his gun out these days….Go for it boys!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think Donnie Smith is dead on.

  • Anonymous

    Sheriff Smith is being investigated for what?  STATING THE TRUTH!!!  Way to take the spot light off Ross!!  Shame on the Maine Sheriff’s Association if they condone this behavior!!!

  • Anonymous

    Okay, seriously people, we get it, what Ross did was not wrong, and Donnie Smith expressed that, and the organization agreed enough to open an investigation, but Donnie Smith needs to stop with the threats and publicity, he could have done this in a more private manner and let the investigation speak for itself, so yes, he should be investigated, not because he made the issue public, but because he is slandering Ross, it is not his decision, the investigation decides it.

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    THINK TWICE ABOUT GOING TO THE  POLICE IN THIS STATE!

    went to the police about punks&open drug dealin/open drug use/parties other crimes
    spoke to a high rankin cop
    nothin was done except the punks SOMEHOW found out i talked to the cops
    i hav been harassed every since and who knows what awaits me someday when
    i go out the door one of these days
    the cop i talked ended up being a relative of one punks

    this is the CRAP i bet donnie smith has been dealin with

  • Anonymous

    I have know Donny for a very long time.  I would expect no less from him.  He is a man of integrity.  As it turned out good riddance to Carlson.  However, Ross could have tipped off a low life sexual predator who could have used this insider information to avoid or lessen his prosecution by hiding evidence.  Ross was in a position to know this very well but yet he tipped off Carlson.  Why?????

  • Anonymous

    I think smith should just keep his nose out of things that where he dosent belong he has way too many issues here in washington county to deal with he is just jelous that he didnt break the news did everyone forget that he was going to find all the stolen guns from the evidence locker what happened to that lets just sweep everything under the rug thats what he likes

  • Anonymous

    He tried to find out about the guns, but that investigation was taken away from him…..then never brought up again. He TRIED to get answers, but someone stopped him……and that is a cover-up, not by Donnie, but by whoever took over!

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