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Update: Edgar County Civil Suit

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On April 20, 2012


Emergency Protective Order / Preliminary Injunction Filed

Back on March 22, we posted an article about a civil law suit filed against several Edgar County law enforcement officers and one other member of the sheriff’s staff resulting from an August 20, 2008 incident.  The defendant, Angelina Cianfaglione, states that Officers Terry Rogers and Dee Burgin affected an illegal stop of her, with her minor son in the car, “without a warrant and without probable cause to believe the Plaintiff had committed a crime.”

The Documents

Now, on April 7, an Order of Protection has been filed against Dee Burgin by Angelina Cianfaglione and her lawyer, Judith Redwood, Redwood Law Offices.  The Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction states that Cianfaglione filed affidavits of three witnesses, Kevin and Cindy Farris of Vermilion, and Tracy George Hall of Paris.

According to the document, on March 31, 2012, Kevin Farris was contacted by two individuals, Tracy Shanks of Vermilion and Chad Jewel of Paris.  Each of these men advised Mr. Farris that they had been approached by Dee Burgin and asked to plant illegal drugs in Mr. Farris’ store for a payment of $1,000 cash.  Both of these men refused Burgin’s request and they both are afraid for their life and safety, especially because they came forward with affidavits prepared by Cianfaglione’s lawyer after giving statements to her.  Mr. Shanks’ adult son, Michael Shanks, witnessed some of the conversation that Dee Burgin had with Tracy Shanks.  Chad Jewell testified that Dee Burgin stated that he wanted to put Kevin Farris in prison for 10-15 years by having Mr. Jewell plant 10,000 pills in the Farris’ store, which Dee Burgin promised to supply.

Circling the property

Kevin Farris and his family have seen Defendant Dee Burgin repeatedly circling their premises in his marked Edgar County SUV and have seen Dee Burgin parked near their premises for hours, in his marked Edgar County SUV. Since he refused to illegally plant drugs in Mr. Farris’ store, Tracy Shanks has seen Dee Burgin cruising slowly past his house, as many as three times a night, in the marked Edgar County SUV.

Cindy Farris has been receiving text messages from a woman who refuses to come forward out of fear of retaliation. This woman said she was approached by Dee Burgin’s girlfriend who offered money to plant illegal drugs in the Farris’ store in Vermilion.

Life and Safety Issue

Kevin and Cindy Farris are afraid for their lives and for their family’s safety, due to their knowledge in the community of how bad things seem to happen to people who cross Dee Burgin and Terry Rogers. The Plaintiff moved out of Edgar County after filing suit. Chad Jewell, Tracy Shanks and Michael Shanks are afraid for their lives and safety and are afraid that they may be set up with illegal drugs because they refused to cooperate with Dee Burgin and because they spoke with Redwood Law Office and they do not trust that they will be protected byEdgar County law enforcement.

We also posted articles on January 31, 2011 and February 11, 2011, regarding alleged harassment/intimidation of Kevin Farris at his home and place of business.

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  • sepierce
    Posted at 17:49h, 20 April Reply

    Update: Edgar County Civil Suit:

  • DotHeltsley
    Posted at 08:06h, 21 April Reply

    Update: Edgar County Civil Suit:

  • LowerTtrash
    Posted at 10:31h, 23 April Reply

    Wow. One would be hard-pressed to even make up weird stuff like this. Burgin is off the rails and I don’t think that even Motley has control of him. Can you say “nutjob”?

  • citizen
    Posted at 15:31h, 30 April Reply

    Why is this lawsuit just now gettin filed when the incident happened in 2008. Must be another person trying to get money!

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 17:05h, 30 April Reply

      The suit was filed in August of 2010

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