Isn’t it amazing how much you can get away with when daddy’s a county board member?
FRANKLIN CO.—Is anyone else as disturbed about this as I am?
Deputy Steve Overturf, 32, of Benton, was busted OVER A YEAR AGO (June 17, 2011) while out at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, by conservation officer John Williamson. The charge was DUI.
Overturf was taken in and posted bond. It was several days (June 30) before the prosecutor even saw fit to file a charge. And this was largely because the local prosecutor had to bow out “on a conflict”…because not only is Overturf a deputy, but his daddy’s on the county board as well.
As a result of the “conflict,” good old David “Rollover” Rands of the appellate prosecutor’s office was appointed….and so began the slow, inexorable drag through the Franklin County court system. Often going MONTHS at a time without a hearing, there were a few pretrial conferences…then all of a sudden on July 18, at a scheduled PTC…it just ended. Poof. Dismissed on state’s motion. Which is what Rollover Rands does. That’s why we call him Rollover.
The moral of the story is this: If you’re connected in Franklin County, you’ll get off, every time. There are wholesale murderers and child molesters running around Franklin, free as a bird. The corruption there is endemic. And as long as the county is allowed to throw an election like they did in the Primary early this year and bring on Eric Dirnbeck as a judge, or put someone like Tom Dinn in as associate judge, the citizens of Franklin are screwed. There’s a reason why we don’t cover much news in Franklin. There isn’t a whole lot that can be done about such corruption. The voting populace is fluoridated or otherwise influenced. There is no hope. The only thing that can be done with a place as corrupt as Franklin, without boots on the ground to address the wrongs like we have up in equally-corrupt Edgar County in the form of John Kraft and Kirk Allen, is to let it implode. Which it is going to, guaranteed.
So watch out for Steve there. He knows he can get away with it now….and he will continue to do so.
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