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DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« on: September 23, 2014, 22:05 »
DA lost track of Kerns case -McAlester News Capital
By Parker Perry and Glenn Puit
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District 18 District Attorney Farley Ward said Monday his office lost track of a felony criminal case involving the son of Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns.

Braden Kerns, 23, of McAlester, is the son of Sheriff Kerns — the top law enforcement officer in Pittsburg County. Braden Kerns was arrested Sunday night by McAlester police on felony drug, burglary and possession of stolen property charges.

A News-Capital investigation shows it is the second time in a little more than a year that Braden Kerns faced felony charges, but he was not fully prosecuted on the first case. Ward acknowledged during an interview Monday that his office lost track of Braden Kerns’ earlier criminal case after a prosecutor handling the matter left Ward’s office.

more at http://www.mcalesternews.com/news/article_7e510f74-432e-11e4-9541-331f85b1f7c3.html

Sheriff's son arrested on weapons, drug complaint - McAlester News Capital
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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2014, 23:22 »
In this age of computerized tracking, that's as believable as the lamest "dog ate my homework" excuse.  Now, the DA's office might not have to clients to bill, but they still have many other reasons to track progress, status, hours and other resources of all their cases.

Smack Farley Ward's knuckles for lying, and give him a month's detention.

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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2014, 17:21 »
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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2014, 21:02 »
This is alarming!! When is Kerns Sr going to be investigated????

I posted a link to this thread over on Facebook. Thanks for getting this out there to be read.  \--O--/
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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2014, 17:42 »
Sheriff's son arrested again - Mcalester News
Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 3:45 pm
By JAMES BEATY and PARKER PERRY | STAFF WRITERS

Braden Kerns, 23, has been arrested again —this time on another second-degree burglary charge.

Kerns, who is the son of Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns, was arrested by Krebs police officer Jack Suter on Tuesday night at a residence on Big Hill Circle, identified as belonging to Stephen LeFlore, police said.

Braden Kerns was out of jail on bond on three other felony cases at the time, according to court records.

more at http://www.mcalesternews.com/news/sheriff-s-son-arrested-again/article_5e73b8b8-9136-11e4-9b12-9f5ecce2a6eb.html
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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2014, 21:52 »
Looks like he broke into Jeanne LeFlore's home!! Stephen is her husband!!!
https://www.facebook.com/jeanne.leflore

(Confirmed that she and Stephen have a house on that street )

This would account for why she didn't write the article!

Oh yeah... lets see what happens now.

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Braden Kerns is due back in court on Jan. 27 on previous charges.

He had been charged on Sept. 21, 2014, with second-degree burglary of the residence of his grandfather. A $5,000 bond was set in that case.

Braden Kerns had also been charged Sept. 21 with knowingly concealing stolen property, bringing contraband into a penal facility (the jail) and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. A $5,000 bond was also set in that case, according to the Pittsburg County Court Clerk’s office.

Braden Kerns is also charged in another case with burglarizing the home of his parents in 2013. He had a $2,000 bond set in that case, court records state.

In September, 2014, the News-Capital reported that Ward’s office failed, for over a year, to fully prosecute the first felony charge involving the alleged burglary of Braden Kerns’ parents’ home.

Ward acknowledged at the time his office lost track of the case.

“I don’t know if forgotten is the right word, but it wasn’t acted upon,” Ward said in September when asked about the matter.

He said Braden Kerns had “absolutely not” received special treatment.

Following the September arrest, Ward said he reinitiated prosecution of the 2013 case.
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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2015, 08:50 »
The Kerns and LeFlore families are apparently friends. This young man obviously has a problem. I hope he gets some real help.
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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2015, 18:22 »
Editorial: District Attorney needs to do more - McAlester News Capital
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The son of Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns has faced multiple arrests for burglary and drug offenses over the last year and a-half. Following a September arrest it was learned that a 2013 prosecution against the younger Kerns was delayed for nearly a year. When we asked why, Ward said his office misplaced the case file after another prosecutor stepped down.

http://www.mcalesternews.com/opinion/editorial-district-attorney-needs-to-do-more/article_fa585354-9a61-11e4-b29b-7fd9801028cf.html
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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2015, 20:04 »
Editorial: District Attorney needs to do more - McAlester News Capital
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The son of Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns has faced multiple arrests for burglary and drug offenses over the last year and a-half. Following a September arrest it was learned that a 2013 prosecution against the younger Kerns was delayed for nearly a year. When we asked why, Ward said his office misplaced the case file after another prosecutor stepped down.

http://www.mcalesternews.com/opinion/editorial-district-attorney-needs-to-do-more/article_fa585354-9a61-11e4-b29b-7fd9801028cf.html

Good article. The McAlester-Capital News is approaching this correctly... putting pressure on the DA's office while approaching them in a non-confrontational and diplomatic manner at the start. The promise of being relentless on this matter is a good one. I'm looking forward to upcoming articles on this matter.
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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2015, 09:35 »
Just a bit of a timeline for readers who aren't familiar with the importance of what's being discussed here:

July 19, 2012: Narconon Oklahoma Multiple Deaths

July 25, 2012: Sheriff investigating after Okla. drug rehab death

May 24, 2013: A Sheriff’s Kind Words About Scientology’s Drug Rehab Has Victims’ Attorney Riled


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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2015, 18:55 »
Just a bit of a timeline for readers who aren't familiar with the importance of what's being discussed here:

July 19, 2012: Narconon Oklahoma Multiple Deaths

July 25, 2012: Sheriff investigating after Okla. drug rehab death

May 24, 2013: A Sheriff’s Kind Words About Scientology’s Drug Rehab Has Victims’ Attorney Riled

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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2015, 07:43 »
Thanks, mefree.  Never really been gone, just quiet.  And busy.   >:D
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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2015, 23:03 »
Oklahoma sheriff assists police in son’s arrest - KFOR (News Channel 4)
Posted 2:01 pm, July 22, 2015, by Dallas Franklin & KFOR-TV, Updated at 02:22pm, July 22, 2015   

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MCALESTER, Okla. – A police report shows that an Oklahoma sheriff assisted in his son’s arrest.

After learning his son was a suspect in a home burglary, Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns conducted his own investigation that led to the arrest of his son, 23-year-old Braden Kerns.

“The position I am in, I have to uphold the law,” Sheriff Kerns told the McAlester News-Capital Tuesday. “If it’s my son or whoever’s son.”

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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2015, 23:51 »
This report from McAlester News provides a clearer time sequence. As well there is a photo of Braden included. The kid looks 10 years older than his 23 years..

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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 8:00 am

Sheriff assists police in son's arrest
By PARKER PERRY | STAFF WRITER

Recently released police reports indicate Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns was extremely cooperative with McAlester law enforcement — even proactive in assisting the investigation — after learning his son was a suspect in a burglary just a couple of days after the younger Kerns pleaded guilty to three other break-ins. [..]

[..] Shortly after those pleas were entered, McAlester police officer Mike Crandall wrote in an affidavit Braden Kerns’ name was mentioned in the investigation of a burglary on South 14th Street in McAlester. A reporting person said a television and a set of golf clubs were taken from the home.

Crandall made clear in his report that Sheriff Kerns took immediate action when the McAlester officer called the county’s top law enforcement official. [..]
http://www.mcalesternews.com/news/sheriff-assists-police-in-son-s-arrest/article_2e0390e8-3070-11e5-9f5b-33c60161d3f8.html

It should be noted that the first home he stole from. the earlier crimes for which he was sentenced, belonged to the husband of Jeanne LeFlore, former journalist of the McAlester News. Apparently close friends of the Kerns family at the time. 

Glad to see Kerns doing what he feels is right and just. Now if he would extend it to being honest about that Narconon investigation which appears he helped derail.
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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2015, 00:53 »
It should be noted that the first home he stole from. the earlier crimes for which he was sentenced, belonged to the husband of Jeanne LeFlore, former journalist of the McAlester News. Apparently close friends of the Kerns family at the time.
Former? That's a shame; she's done a lot of good reporting on Narconon. Hopefully she has another position that will let her continue.

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Re: DA lost track of Kerns case - McAlester News Capital
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2015, 18:31 »
This report from McAlester News provides a clearer time sequence. As well there is a photo of Braden included. The kid looks 10 years older than his 23 years..


Yes. Also, linked in my previous post.

I feel for Sheriff Kerns. It's not easy to have your kid locked up. For what it's worth, I think he did the right thing.
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