Investigative Reporter Anne Block, GoldBarReporter.com, has filed a Claim for Damages against the city of Duvall in the amount of $1M dollars for threats made by Duvall employee and police officer Lori Batoit to Block’s investigators and for violations of Block’s civil rights.
Anne Block has been investigating Snohomish County Director of Emergency Management, John Pennington, and his role in the Oso mudslide that killed 44 people. That investigation, by Block, turned up disturbing information about Pennington’s past and his qualifications for the job most responsible for the Oso tragedy.
Block summarizes her investigation of Pennington and Lori Batoit in an article recently published in the GoldBarReporter.org
Block claims that her investigation of Pennington uncovers
“the largest corruption scandal in Washington State’s history” and uncovered “John Pennington’s criminal conduct, specially his crimes against women and children.”
“Over the last six years, John Pennington has been illegally using Snohomish County resources and time to run his private FEMA EMI contracts company, JOHN E. PENNINGTON, teaching classes for FEMA EMI. A company he has evaded paying a single cent of Washington State business tax on,” says Block.
When Block learned that Pennington had an acting role in a Duvall community theater play, Block questioned Duvall’s leadership in having Pennington participate in the event due to his ‘criminal background’ and the proximity to children. From that point, Block says,
Duvall police officer “Lori Batoit recently committed RICO violations against Gold Bar Reporter activist Anne Block…. Lori Batoit and John E. Pennington are directly connected through FEMA EMI. Further police records document that when John Pennington’s ex-wife filed a criminal complaint Lori Batoit ran interference in the criminal prosecution of John Pennington. Strangely Lori Batoit was charged with DUI and those charges existed for 5 years while she was an officer.”
Block has filed a RICO Statement (1)against Snohomish County and its officers and plans to add Lori Batoit for her role in the racketeering enterprise.