May 30, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

SPRINGFIELD, [MA]--Akwon Salaam, reputed gang member and professed sovereign citizen, is being held on $5,000 bail after being ruled competent to stand trial in a motor vehicle theft case. Salaam, 31, of Springfield, proclaimed his freedom from the nation's laws during his arraignment last week on five charges, including receiving a stolen motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failing to stop for police. Speaking from the defendant's dock, Salaam identified himself as a member of the sovereign citizens' movement, which considers the nation's government to be illegitimate and refuses to be bound by its laws. Salaam failed to mention his alleged membership in secon  

May 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

JACKSON, [TN]--Authorities in Tennessee say a 15-year-old boy who was missing for a week has been found and his father has been arrested. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 15-year-old Aden Hammond of Jackson was located and his father, Brian Hammond, was arrested in Henderson County, Tennessee. Details about the arrest weren't immediately released. Hammond was charged with custodial interference. He was being held Sunday on $75,000 bond at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex. Aden Hammond had been missing since May 20. TBI says Brian Hammond has a protective order against him. He claimed he's a sovereign citizen and doesn't believe the custody order was valid. Sovereign cit  

May 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

KANSAS CITY, [MO]--Tamika Pledger killed 16-year-old Tierra Smith on Jan. 30, 2015, when her Mercedes-Benz crested a steep hill at a minimum of 55 mph and drove into a crowd of young people at 13th Street and Troup Avenue in Kansas City, Kan. The speed limit there is 20 mph. Mark Britt, Brandy Glover and Essense Robinson all suffered broken bones. Both of Britt’s legs were broken, and he had to learn to walk again. A bone in Glover’s wrist protruded through the skin. Robinson cannot dance anymore. All three still feel pain from their injuries. Pledger was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of aggravated battery. She could get a maximum of 68 months, or 5 1/2 years,  

May 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

BOCA RATON, [FL]--According to the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office (PBSO), Daniel Lee was speeding at 112 mph Monday night on Palmetto Park Road just west of 441. He was allegedly engaged in a drag race. When PBSO finally stopped Lee, well, just read this from the police report: “I identified the driver as Daniel Lee by his Florida driver’s license and informed him on the reason for the stop. Daniel stated he was not ‘driving’ but was ‘traveling.” Daniel identities himself to me as a sovereign citizen stating that I could not use his license, registration or insurance for any legal purpose and that I would have to sign a contract with him in order for him to provide it. Based on the   

May 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

HILLSBORO, [OR]--Deputies took a driver into custody Wednesday after stopping their pickup on Highway 26, noting that the truck had a “PRIVATE” plate. The driver was non-compliant with deputies during the traffic stop near 185th Avenue, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. The pickup truck had a plate on the back that said “PRIVATE, no driver license or insurance required, not for commerce use – private mode of travel.” There are several posts and articles that use excerpts from Supreme Court cases to claim that drivers do not need insurance or state-issued licenses (or permits) to drive on public roads -- requirements to operate vehicles in Oregon and Washington. The c  

May 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

CHICAGO, [IL]--A man previously described as the ring leader of a criminal enterprise that illegally took possession of several homes in the Chicago area has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office. David Farr was sentenced Monday by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Alfredo Maldonado. He had been convicted last Sept. 30 of felonies, including theft of over $1 million and financial institution fraud. Felonies against Farr and three other men had been announced by authorities almost two years ago, who said they illegally took possession of 14 vacant homes around the city and lived in them or rented them out to others. Eight of the homes were  

May 23, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

GREENACRES, [FL]--The parents of five malnourished children found living inside a car outside the Walmart in Greenacres have been sentenced to two years of probation, according to court documents. Donell Barron and Rikki Hart, both 34, were ordered on April 28 by Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer not to have any contact with the children. The probation period runs through April 27, 2019, but Barron and Hart can get the sentence reduced to 18 months if they don’t violate the terms. Barron and Hart were charged with five counts of child neglect after a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy found the couple and their five children — ages 14, 8, 6, 5 and 4 — living inside a Toyota in December  

May 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

ORLANDO, [FL]--Haughton Hackett, a self-proclaimed sovereign citizen, rambled on in court Thursday morning. He went on and on about his beliefs and why the law should not apply to him as he made his first appearance on kidnapping and grand theft motor vehicle charges. He even questioned why he was there. "Everything is in the stocks, Lord made day and night and let us create," said the 37--year-old Hackett. "I have come here I have defied myself. Why can't I sit on the thrown as a lawgiver?" The judge made it clear, he had read Hackett's charges. Orlando Police said Hackett drove with a friend to a store on Orange Blossom Trail. Then investigators say Hackett suddenly drove off in that frie  

May 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

HAMILTON, [TX]--Randall Townsend, 48, of Hamilton, whom authorities describe as a self-proclaimed “sovereign citizen” was arrested Friday on retaliation charges stemming from attempts to file liens on the homes of two law enforcement officers. Townsend was jailed in Burnet County charged with two counts of obstruction and retaliation. His bonds total $30,000. Townsend is named in two felony indictments handed up Wednesday by the Hamilton County Grand Jury. Members of the “sovereign citizen movement,” which watchdog groups say is growing, believe that they may decide for themselves which laws to obey and which to ignore and that they don’t have to pay taxes. His issues with area law  

May 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

JERSEY CITY, [NJ]--The rants of a self-proclaimed "sovereign citizen" from Jersey City got him thrown out of two Hudson County courtrooms yesterday and he was then ordered detained pending trial on PCP charges. Gregory Hickman, 39, of Palisade Avenue, appeared in Criminal Justice Reform Court yesterday after having refused to cooperate since his arrest Sunday. After stepping a few feet into court surrounded by sheriff's officers Hickman began yelling slogans and Hudson County Superior Court Judge Sheila Venable had him removed after he repeatedly shouted "I reject." The state had asked for Hickman to be detained, so his next stop was a detention hearing. When he did not show up, a sheriff's