LETTER TO THE EDITOR: TIMELINE & ANALYSIS OF THE JACK SCHRIBER SCANDAL

first_imgTIMELINE & ANALYSIS OF THE JACK SCHRIBER SCANDAL By Laura BlackburnI am offering a review of information as we have learned it over the past few days, in order to aid the public in evaluating the material on this matter and forming individual opinions about the affair.The “background information” is foggy at best.  What we do know that Jack Schriber had built an illustrious career with EVSC from 1970 for over 30 years, as a teacher and supervisor.  Even after retirement, he and his wife Sue continued to work on the EVSC summer musicals.  The Schribers have been the recipients of numerous awards from local civic groups and were very popular with the public in general. We know that Schriber claims to have had a sexual relationship with a student for about two years, and the student was somewhere between 15 and 18 years old, and that it was not consensual according to the victim.The following is a timeline of the incidents exposed in a news release made by the Evansville Courier just before noon on October 20, 2015, which revealed that Schriber had admitted to having a sexual relationship with a male student in the early 1970’s.  Schriber’s comments, police reports, the Mayor’s and others’ statements are reported in the hopes of clarifying what took place in the very sad incident.December 8, 2014 – Schriber announced his candidacy for City Council-At-Large on the Republican ticket.  He was recruited by his longtime friend and former student, Mayor Winnecke, along with other prominent Republicans.  It was anticipated that he would lead the ticket because of the respect he commanded in the community, and he was considered a big asset to the GOP ticket.  In his statement to the Courier shortly after the story broke on October 20, Schriber said that “rumblings” began about the incident very soon after he announced his candidacy.July 15, 2015 – This date was the last day that it was possible for a candidate to withdraw his name from the ballot for the November City Election.July 20, 2015 – The investigation of the complaint against Schriber began, according to EPD Sex Crimes Unit Detective Brian Turpin.  The Mayor was informed about the investigation of Schriber by EPD Chief of Police, Billy Bolin shortly after the inception of the investigation. No statement has been forthcoming from Chief Bolin as to the details of his communications with Mayor Winnecke in the matter.August 8, 2015 – A confession had been obtained from Schriber and he had signed a letter of apology to his victim and turned it over to Det. Turpin.  That is the approximate time when it was announced that Jack Schriber has suffered a heart attack in Orlando, FL, and it was unknown whether he would be able to continue his candidacy for City Council. A few weeks later it was announced that Schriber had recovered and returned to his campaign.  I am unable to furnish exact dates, as I have not been able to access the Courier’s archives in the matter.  We do wonder if the time that Schriber was “out of action’” may have also been used to consider options and the decision to move forward was made.October 20, 2015 – The Courier website featured breaking news that Schriber had confessed to being a sexual predator, but would not be prosecuted because the Statute of Limitations was expired on his offense.  The breaking news came shortly before noon, and by 2 pm, the Mayor had issued a statement asking Schriber to suspend his campaign and saying that he had been informed of the investigation shortly after it was initiated, but that he had remained silent in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.  Shortly after the Mayor’s statement, GOP County Chairman Wayne Parke also weighed in, echoing Winnecke’s plea for Schriber to step aside.October 21, 2015 – Schriber released a statement suspending his campaign, reproaching Det. Turpin for not destroying the letter to his victim, and apologizing to his own family and supporters for the anguish he had caused them.  No apology was extended to the victim and his friends and family.Probably more importantly, Mayor Winnecke’s statement evolved to include his contention that he did not know of Schriber’s confession until the news broke.  He stated that he had been told of the confession by a “non-police source” and had only acted to preserve the integrity of the investigation.  He has never clarified the source of his information about the confession.October 22, 2015 – Demo County Chair Rob Faulkner released a statement criticizing Winnecke and Parke for failing to make clear to the voters that a “straight” Republican vote will register a vote for Schriber, and in the event that he is one of the top three vote getters, the GOP will caucus to choose a replacement.  He went on to say that he believed Schriber’s campaign funds should be donated to Holly’s House.  Republicans have tried to vilify Faulkner for this statement, saying that he is guilty of “politicizing” the scandal.October 24, 2015 –  Rep. Riecken made her statement concerning the handling of the incident, in which she pointed out that the Mayor’s credibility is again in question due to  his handling of the scandal.  It is to her credit that she had not spoken out on the issue until she had time to weigh the actions of Mr. Winnecke.   She observed that the “evolution” of his explanation for keeping Schriber in the race for as long as he was is suspect, to say the least.October 25, 2015 – The Courier quoted Lloyd Winnecke’s reply to Mrs. Riecken’s statement, in which he said called her campaign “desperate” and accused her of “cynically” using the incident to further her own campaign, while holding to his statement about guarding the integrity of the investigation.No one really wants to delve deeper into the details of Jack Schriber’s behavior toward his victim.  I certainly hope that the victim and his family can move on and that Sue Schriber and her family recover from this pain and embarrassment as soon as possible.  We do, however, need to know the details of who knew what and when they knew it, so far as the investigation goes.  This is a matter of the public trust and the character of those who wish to lead the City for the next four years. I believe we are owed answers that we do not have.  The “defending the integrity of the investigation” defense does not hold up against the information that we have been given.  At this point, we have more questions than answers due at least in part to the repeated “canned” explanation that the Mayor has continued to try to feed us.Finally, Winnecke and his party need to be more transparent about their plans for the possible replacement for Schriber on the City Council.  The rumors that Wayne Parke will be the replacement if one is needed are disturbing, and I would challenge the GOP leaders to announce who they would encourage their caucus to choose in Schriber’s place in case he wins a seat.FOOTNOTE: this article was posted without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Lady Trojans Winners Over Lady Knights

first_imgEC traveled to SD last night and won in straight sets at both the JV and Varsity levels.EC vs SD 9-6-18‘It wasn’t the best we’ve ever played, but we did a lot of stuff really well. We moved the ball offensively to get more people involved and worked on running a quicker offense. Overall, we played well as a team.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.Varsity is now 15-1 on the season and 8-0 in the EIAC.Next up: all three teams at Batesville on Monday at 5.last_img

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Woman, 20, Gang Raped to Death in Bong

first_imgReports filtering in from Gbalatuah, (formerly Tolbert Farm) in the Zota District, Bong County, say that a 20-old woman, identified as Hanna Flomo, was recently gang-raped to death by a number of unknown individuals.According to one of the members of the independent coroner’s jury constituted by the leadership of the town to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of Ms. Flomo, established that the deceased suffered from multiple rape.One of the jurors—who begged for anonymity— explained that three used condoms were inserted in the deceased with each filled with sperm, presumed introduced by the alleged rapists.He told this paper that his committee agreed that the deceased’s breasts were cut, while there were scars under her armpits.“The committee found evidence to establish foul-play in connection with what is obviously a homicide. We compiled a comprehensive report, my brother, but that report mysteriously disappeared and has never been found.”The committee is accusing the town leadership of being in possession of the document, while on the other hand, the town leadership is pointing fingers at the committee for taking away the report,” he declared, shaking his head in disappointment.Explaining further, this committee member intoned that on January 1, 2014, which was New Year’s Day, the deceased was seen with three unfamiliar young gentlemen drinking mixed liquor ranging from beer, stout, 8 PM, and the local palm wine.When they realized that they had over-dosed her with the liquor, the three said that they were taking the deceased to her house to sleep, the juror member disclosed.“This looks like an organized crime because the manner in which things were handled—from the town administration level to the security—is quite unsatisfactory. Moreover, the woman was buried on January 3, at 3 a.m., something very unusual” the coroner’s jury-member revealed.  He could not say whether an arrest had been made, but confirmed that the perpetrators were on the run.According to information Hanna Flomo graduated from the St Peter’s Episcopal High School in Gbarnga during 2012/2013 school year; she had gone to Gbalatuah to spend the holidays with maternal family.Speaking to this paper through an interpreter, the aunt of the deceased, Kebbeh Flomo said that late in the evening, on New Year’s Day, three gentlemen escorted their victim to the house on their shoulders, explaining that she had been over-come with liquor—and that she needed rest.“They took her into her room and we did not check on her until the next day—by which time, the men had left. We thought she was suffering from the dizziness,” Ma Kebbeh Flomo explained with tears streaming down her cheeks.Kebbeh Flomo informed this paper that officers, who appeared on the crime scene to conduct a preliminary investigation, requested that she paid L$3,000 to get the investigation underway.Meanwhile, police in Gbarnga say the Liberia National Police, along with the United Nations Police, (UNPOL) have launched a vigorous security search for the alleged rapists. They assured the citizens that the security apparatus would do everything to bring the perpetrators to justice.A senior police officer, who preferred not to be named, confided to this paper that the police was questioning a man identified as Boimah Jah, who is suspected of being an accomplice of the others, who are still on the run.“As soon as we conclude the investigation, the press will be duly informed. I think we are heading somewhere positive,” the police officer said.At the same time, family members of the late Hanna Flomo are calling on the Liberian Government and the Liberia National Police to send what they termed neutral security to conduct a transparent investigation into the brutal murder of Hanna Flomo.A teacher of the William R. Tolbert High School in Gbalatuah, Jackson Mulbah, said the latest incident might discourage parents who want to send their children to the recently-renovated school’s dormitory.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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PHOTOS: Dr. Clarke at JSCA Breakfast Forum

first_imgFinance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (left), emphasises a point while addressing the Jamaica Securities Dealers Association (JSDA) annual breakfast forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on February 13. Dr. Clarke addressed issues regarding the Government’s policy thrust on enhancing Jamaica’s foreign exchange regime and overall financial market. Listening (from second left) are JSDA Treasurer and Sagicor Investments Limited’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kevin Donaldson; Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of the West Indies, Dr. Jan Keil; Assistant Vice President, Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited, Omar Brown; Managing Director, Technological Solutions Limited; and Managing Director and CEO, Trade Winds Citrus Limited, Peter McConnell.last_img read more

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