Fully Armed Police Visit Wrong Home Five Times Searching For Felon, Refuse To Correct Address (InformationLiberation)
Wednesday August 15th, 2012
"Fully armed" Utah police have now "visited" a man's home wrongly five times, the home used to house a felon, but hasn't in four and a half years. Despite the felon no longer living there, the police continue to repeatedly wrongly visit the new owner's home time and time again, and they even refuse to update and correct their records saying "they can't delete an address because it's on record, but they are looking into whether they can add a clarification note." [Emphasis added]
MARRIOTT-SLATERVILLE, Weber County — When Jim Skaggs moved into his Marriott-Slaterville home 4 1/2 years ago, he expected welcoming neighbors. But another kind of visitor rang his doorbell.How fast do you think these records would be fixed if it was a police officer who owned this home? The police don't even want to add a note "clarifying" the man is innocent. That's government "services" for you!
"Shortly after we move in we had our first visit" from the police, Skaggs said. The officers were armed with guns and looking for an ex-convict.
"We said we just bought the house and we didn't know who he was, and he wasn't here," Skaggs recalled.
A few months later, police officer showed up once again looking for the same man. Again, they were fully armed with semi-automatic rifles.
"I saw eight police officers and knew they were looking for this guy," Skaggs said.
So far, Skaggs has received five such visits. In each case, the guy officers were looking for is 32-year-old Weston Oram.
Oram was released from the Utah State Prison on parole several years ago, and his last address is listed as Skaggs' home. He was arrested in the basement long before Jim Skaggs ever moved in.
Skaggs says law enforcement authorities have told him there's nothing he can do. KSL News tried to help by speaking with the Adult Probation and Parole Office Monday, and they told us to contact police.
Police said they can't delete an address because it's on record, but they are looking into whether they can add a clarification note.
[Correction: The original headline stated the police "raided" said man's home, they did not raid the home, they knocked on his door. The headline and the first line was corrected to reflect the inaccuracy. Thanks to a reader for bringing it to my attention.]
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