Analysis of Severity:

Although it may seem like 'the problem' has been avoided and the resulting fizzle in criminal intent may make this seem like an incident to simply file away, there is a rather more crucial dimension to realize.

If someone had left a bomb on your doorstep with sufficient damaging potential to leave you financially homeless and your home totally destroyed, what's the difference between that 'someone' and some terrorist? But suppose you had lucked out and inadvertantly disconnected the 'right' wire somehow without even realizing what was connected and before anyone had even noticed the danger, would you feel comfortable that the 'problem' had been solved if the sheriff had simply filed your report as mischief on the now fully realized intended criminal damaging incident and the prosecutor dismissed further interest in finding that criminal -- still at large, still able to plan and act freely towards their goal. Surely anyone would realize that you -- and possibly others just as surely -- had become or would become the target of that criminal who is capable and now clearly has a history of extreme damaging intent. For everyone's sake -- and especially for your family -- you would logically be expected to demand a thorough investigation. Especially if you had an intuitive but logically defensible idea of where that criminal was operating.

Yet that's not the attitude we are seeing in this criminal damaging incident. Curiously there is the possibility that the criminal is somehow an insider at the sheriff's office as well as being otherwise involved in the victim's life. How much more damaging could such a well connected criminal be?

Of course, when the recording deputy is hardly showing any signs of interest, the lack of progress looks like it's the result of an individual who would have preferred a criminal with more successes... or possibly something else. So we set out to get a look at the file.

When victim filled out the paper requirements to request to see victim's own case's file, this is what we found.

We'll defer an estimate of the deputy's competance until you've seen the part of the file we were not supposed to have access to, namely the "Investigator Notes". Specifically the records officer and the deputy both insisted that those "Notes" were not to be seen by the public and (gasp) never by the media. Maybe you think those notes were the Deputy's secret strategy to pursue the criminal. Think again. Secret for another reason, possibly. There is so little resemblance between this report and what had been told to the Deputy that one wonders just how inaccurate the rest of the Sheriff's files are if this one could be so misled.

We'll tell you later how that "Investigator Notes" page came to be in our possession.

We expressed our concern over the multiple and serious inaccuracies -- and was assured by two staff members that victim was entitled to point out the things needing changing. Victim made the appropriate adjustments in the report to make it match what victim had told the Deputy, but then their attitude changed radically and they presented a united objection with the unbelievable claim that this "alteration" was an attempt to "doctor" THEIR file, as if their incorrect recording was sacro=sanct reality and the victim should be made to accept the words and nonsense as her testimony to be left as is, in essence expecting the victim to be forced to lie to please their holy recorded nonsense.

Behold...







Mischief? Really!! We'd have supposed the Sheriff really would expect his Deputy to have learned the legal definitions in the law they claim to be citing. And if they had mis-cited one, to make the record right.

The Mischief legal definition (below, at the bottom footnote since it is a lengthy catch-all) is directed at mailbox-smashers, stink-bomb pranksters, cross-burners and computer-hackers.

Criminal Damaging -- including by flooding -- is damaging precisely directed at causing "substantial RISK of physical harm to property". Mischief, not. Judge for yourself.
Furthermore, the Deputy was NOT told that victim had no suspects. In fact he had been told that victim felt that the culprit was inside the official government and had pointed out that the incident was done in broad daylight and that strangers don't just hang around this neighborhood without likely stirring notice. Victim did not name any specific individual but the victim did not say they had no suspects as that would have been clearly lying, which victim is careful about, including precision when appropriate. Victim had only just discovered the tampering evidence at the BCRWA controls and was still evaluating its meaning.

Nor was the incident presented as 'broken pipes' but rather the damages intended would have been severe, possibly the whole house could have collapsed in the resulting flooding. Both of the deputy's ideas about copper theft and vandalism were disputed and disproven. Yet he apparently persisted in his own delusions of the incident as boring -- requiring investigation, perception and deduction -- and not his type of excitement.

The bizarre inclusion of a comment on the hospitalization which had been presented by victim as a reason for victim's delay in getting to finish work on the water controls until spring, somehow got tangled in the Deputy's head with the details presented about the November discovery of the exposed piping. Lord only knows what the pipes going through the floor meant in his twisted tale.
For your confirmation, if you choose to wade through the listed forms of mischief, this is the deputy's twisted vision and interpretation of the incident. Enjoy. Then let's explore the wall the deputy, the prosecutor and the sheriff's detective collaborated to put together as a hiding place for stonewalling.

ORC2909.07 2909.07 Criminal mischief.
(A) No person shall:
(1) Without privilege to do so, knowingly move, deface, damage, destroy, or otherwise improperly tamper with the property of another;

(2) With purpose to interfere with the use or enjoyment of property of another, employ a tear gas device, stink bomb, smoke generator, or other device releasing a substance that is harmful or offensive to persons exposed or that tends to cause public alarm; (3) Without privilege to do so, knowingly move, deface, damage, destroy, or otherwise improperly tamper with a bench mark, triangulation station, boundary marker, or other survey station, monument, or marker; (4) Without privilege to do so, knowingly move, deface, damage, destroy, or otherwise improperly tamper with any safety device, the property of another, or the property of the offender when required or placed for the safety of others, so as to destroy or diminish its effectiveness or availability for its intended purpose; (5) With purpose to interfere with the use or enjoyment of the property of another, set a fire on the land of another or place personal property that has been set on fire on the land of another, which fire or personal property is outside and apart from any building, other structure, or personal property that is on that land; (6) Without privilege to do so, and with intent to impair the functioning of any computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, or computer program, knowingly do any of the following: (a) In any manner or by any means, including, but not limited to, computer hacking, alter, damage, destroy, or modify a computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, or computer program or data contained in a computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, or computer program; (b) Introduce a computer contaminant into a computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, or computer program. (B) As used in this section, "safety device" means any fire extinguisher, fire hose, or fire axe, or any fire escape, emergency exit, or emergency escape equipment, or any life line, life-saving ring, life preserver, or life boat or raft, or any alarm, light, flare, signal, sign, or notice intended to warn of danger or emergency, or intended for other safety purposes, or any guard railing or safety barricade, or any traffic sign or signal, or any railroad grade crossing sign, signal, or gate, or any first aid or survival equipment, or any other device, apparatus, or equipment intended for protecting or preserving the safety of persons or property. (C)(1) Whoever violates this section is guilty of criminal mischief, and shall be punished as provided in division (C)(2) or (3) of this section. (2) Except as otherwise provided in this division, criminal mischief committed in violation of division (A)(1), (2), (3), (4), or (5) of this section is a misdemeanor of the third degree. Except as otherwise provided in this division, if the violation of division (A)(1), (2), (3), (4), or (5) of this section creates a risk of physical harm to any person, criminal mischief committed in violation of division (A)(1), (2), (3), (4), or (5) of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the property involved in the violation of division (A)(1), (2), (3), (4), or (5) of this section is an aircraft, an aircraft engine, propeller, appliance, spare part, fuel, lubricant, hydraulic fluid, any other equipment, implement, or material used or intended to be used in the operation of an aircraft, or any cargo carried or intended to be carried in an aircraft , criminal mischief committed in violation of division (A)(1), (2), (3), (4), or (5) of this section is one of the following: (a) If the violation creates a risk of physical harm to any person, except as otherwise provided in division (C)(2)(b) of this section, criminal mischief committed in violation of division (A)(1), (2), (3), (4), or (5) of this section is a felony of the fifth degree. (b) If the violation creates a substantial risk of physical harm to any person or if the property involved in a violation of this section is an occupied aircraft, criminal mischief committed in violation of division (A)(1), (2), (3), (4), or (5) of this section is a felony of the fourth degree. (3) Except as otherwise provided in this division, criminal mischief committed in violation of division (A)(6) of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree. Except as otherwise provided in this division, if the value of the computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, computer program, or data involved in the violation of division (A)(6) of this section or the loss to the victim resulting from the violation is one thousand dollars or more and less than ten thousand dollars, or if the computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, computer program, or data involved in the violation of division (A)(6) of this section is used or intended to be used in the operation of an aircraft and the violation creates a risk of physical harm to any person, criminal mischief committed in violation of division (A)(6) of this section is a felony of the fifth degree. If the value of the computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, computer program, or data involved in the violation of division (A)(6) of this section or the loss to the victim resulting from the violation is ten thousand dollars or more, or if the computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, computer program, or data involved in the violation of division (A)(6) of this section is used or intended to be used in the operation of an aircraft and the violation creates a substantial risk of physical harm to any person or the aircraft in question is an occupied aircraft, criminal mischief committed in violation of division (A)(6) of this section is a felony of the fourth degree. Effective Date: 07-01-1996; 09-23-2004