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PostSubject: 2004 Investigation into the 1997 Directed Report   Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:48 am


Summary of Questions Presented

This investigation focuses upon four questions associated with the 1997 directed report:

1. Prior to the Columbine shootings, what is the history of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department contacts related to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold?

2. How and why was the 1997 directed report created, and how did it come to be located in the notebook found in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in 2003?

3. Who is the “concerned citizen” who made the contact that led to creation of the 1997 directed report?

4. What is known about the 1998 file concerning Eric Harris that was compiled by Investigator Guerra of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department?
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PostSubject: Re: 2004 Investigation into the 1997 Directed Report   Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:48 am


Summary of Conclusions

The Contacts:

The investigation revealed a total of 15 Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office contacts related to Harris and/or Klebold prior to the Columbine shootings. Of those, one also related to both Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. Thirteen of these contacts are supported by Sheriff’s Department information. Two are supported by notations in Wayne Harris’ journal. The January 1998 van break-in, and the stop light ticket were the only direct contacts between the Sheriff’s department, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold prior to the Columbine shootings. The other 13 were contacts initiated by third parties.

These contacts initially revolved around incidents such as snowball throwing and a phone prank call, but progressed to threats via computer WebPages and a van break-in.

The 1997 Directed Report

The history of the 1997 directed report reveals that the Sheriff’s Office promptly responded to the complaint, dispatching an officer to the Brown residence within hours after the contact at the Plaza. The report appears to have taken a normal course and ultimately was directed to Investigator John Hicks, who filed it in an Intel binder.

This binder was one of a number of files that John Healy received when he took over Hicks’ position. Upon cleaning out his files, Healy found the directed report and delivered it to the Sheriff, then to the Attorney General and then to the public. The investigation concludes that the directed report was not mingled with 1998 WebPages information.

The “concerned citizen”

The conclusion of the investigation is that Aaron Brown was the “concerned citizen” that made the report. This is supported by the handwriting exemplars, the immediate dispatch to the Brown residence as well as the number of Brown contacts regarding Harris around this time frame. The anonymous nature of the complaint (“concerned citizen”,) and the apparent desire to remain anonymous is also consistent with the Brown’s concerns about Eric Harris.

Additional matter

We continue to investigate two sets of records as a part of this investigation: a file compiled by Investigator Mike Guerra and a set of Daily Activity Field Reports (”DAFRs”). We have a few investigative steps to complete with regard to these records. We will issue a brief supplemental report when these steps are completed. The Guerra-Harris file was assembled by Investigator Guerra to hold materials related to the draft search warrant affidavit he created for the Harris residence.

Officers such as Investigator Guerra collect information related to an ongoing investigation and usually place that information in a file prepared for that investigation. According to Mike Guerra, John Hicks and Glen Grove, Investigator Guerra prepared such a file after meeting with Randy and Judy Brown on March 31, 1998. According to Mike Guerra, this file would contain:

1) Guerra’s notes taken from the March 31, 1998 meeting with the Browns;

2) Any follow-up done to create the search warrant affidavit for the Harris residence;

3) Reports and information from JCSO Case [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], the pipe bomb found near the bike path on February 15, 1998, as well as Case # 5504, the Browns’ complaint regarding website threats;

4) A map that would demonstrate the location of the bomb in relation to the Harris residence.

This file would also contain information regarding the draft affidavit for a search warrant for the Harris residence. The draft affidavit has been released to the general public.

DAFRs are daily logs of activities that investigators engaged in. Investigator Guerra’s DAFRs from mid-March, 1998 through mid-April, 1998 have been located, the remainder for 1998 have not.
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PostSubject: Re: 2004 Investigation into the 1997 Directed Report   Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:49 am


Summary of Findings

Question No. 1

Prior to the Columbine murders, what is the history of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office contacts related to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold?

Answer No. 1

This investigation found a total of 15 contacts related to Eric Harris that occurred between the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and others prior to the Columbine shootings. This investigation found two such contacts concerning Dylan Klebold, and one of those contacts occurred in connection with one of the 15 contacts concerning Eric Harris.

Thirteen contacts are found in dispatch records and investigative reports located at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. Two contacts are supported by notations in a journal kept by Wayne Harris, the father of Eric Harris.

The contacts concerning a January 1998 van break-in by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and a Klebold traffic ticket are the only direct contacts between the Sheriff’s department, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold prior to the Columbine High School shootings. The other thirteen contacts are contacts by third parties who complained primarily about Eric Harris.

The 15 contacts revolve around six separate incidents.

1) Snowball incident – February 1997 – Eric Harris allegedly hits Brooks Brown’s car with a snowball causing damage to the windshield.

2) Prank Phone call incident –April 1997 – Aaron and Randy Brown report a person named “Jim” posing as a telemarketer and asking inappropriate questions. This is not tied to Eric Harris, although his website lists the Brown phone number and discusses “pranking.”

3) 1997 directed report incident – August 1997 – A “concerned citizen” reveals the Eric Harris web site to Deputy Mike Burgess, who refers the report (the directed report) to Investigator John Hicks.

4) Van break-in incident – January 1998 – Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold are caught breaking into a van. They are placed in the Jefferson County juvenile diversion program following this incident.

5) Computer threats incident – March 1998 – Randy Brown reports threats to Deputy Mark Miller made on the Harris website. Deputy Mark Miller is dispatched to the Brown residence. Brown gives the deputy copies of pages printed from the Harris website.

6) Paintball Incident -- July 1998 -- Randy Brown reports damage to his garage window caused by a paintball. Deputy Carol LaBounty responds to the Brown residence. Brown names Eric Harris as a suspect.

These six incidents are memorialized in the following events and reports in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Four Sheriff’s office “events” were located. An “event” is a law enforcement term used by the Sheriff’s Office to describe a contact or an action that is reflected in a dispatch entry.

a) March 2, 1997 – Damage to Property – Randy Brown – Event # 97-30582 – phone call made by Randy Brown.

b) April 17, 1997 – Ongoing juvenile problem with neighborhood kid – Randy Brown – Event # 97-54938 – Deputy Tim Walsh is dispatched to Brown residence.

c) April 30, 1997 – Three follow up calls are made to the Brown residence by Sheriff’s Department – Event # 97-61097.

d) May 2, 1997 – One follow up phone call is made to the Brown residence regarding harassment report – Event # 97-62509.

Six Sheriff’s office case report numbers were located. A “case report number” is created in the Sheriff’s Office when a Deputy requests one from a dispatcher when the Deputy determines some type of official action or report should be taken.

a) April 19, 1997 – Phone harassment complaint – Randy and Aaron Brown – Case # 97-6652 – Deputy Mike Burgess dispatched to Brown residence, Eric Harris is not named in report as suspect.

b) January 30, 1998 – Van Break-in – Case # 98-2218 – Deputy Tim Walsh contacts both Harris and Klebold; they admit theft, van break-in and mischief.

c) February 15, 1998 – Pipe bomb located near bike path – Case # 98-3365 – Deputy Baughman responds to the scene, Glenn Grove renders the device safe. (This pipe bomb has never officially been linked to Eric Harris).

d) March 14, 1998- Stop light violation-Dylan Klebold- Case # 98-5210 (Attitude marked “good”).

e) March 18, 1998 – Death threats on Harris website toward Brooks Brown, Pipe Bombs mentioned in web page– Case # 98-5504 – Deputy Mark Miller is dispatched to Brown residence.

f) July 19, 1998- Paintball incident-Case # 98-14325- Deputy Carole LaBounty is dispatched to the Brown residence. Harris is named as a suspect by Randy Brown.

One directed report has been located in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. A “directed report” is an internal memorandum or intelligence report directed specifically from one person to another. A directed report is used to pass information, an opinion, or a theory from a patrol officer to an investigator.

a) August 7, 1997 – A “concerned citizen” contacts Deputy Mike Burgess – A directed report is sent by Deputy Burgess to Investigator John Hicks – Deputy Huner contacts the Browns at their residence.

Two phone calls from the Sheriff’s Office to the Harris residence and one phone call from Judy Brown to the Sheriff’s Office.

a) April 19, 1997 – Harris Journal entry – Deputy Tim Walsh calls the Harris residence regarding damage to a tree – Wayne Harris notes that he returns the call.

b) April 24, 1997– Harris Journal entry – Deputy Tim Walsh returns Wayne Harris’ phone call regarding damage to a tree (believed to be the Baumgart egg and toilet paper “raid”
described on the website as having occurred on February 7, 1997). Baumgarts do not report this to the police.

c) April 11, 1998 – Judy Brown calls the Sheriff’s Department to follow up on the March 18, 1998 (case report [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]) complaint dealing with computer threats.

One meeting at the Sheriff’s office.

a) March 31, 1998 – Randy and Judy Brown meet with Investigators Mike Guerra, Glen Grove, and John Hicks at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office regarding computer threats.

Until the Columbine High School shootings on April 20, 1999 there were no Sheriff’s Office contacts found relating to Eric Harris or Dylan Klebold in 1999.
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PostSubject: Re: 2004 Investigation into the 1997 Directed Report   Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:49 am


Question No. 2

How and why was the 1997 directed report created, and how did it come to be located in the notebook found in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in 2003?

Answer No. 2

On August 7, 1997, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Burgess was on duty at the substation located at the Southwest Plaza Mall. He was contacted by a person he later identified as a “concerned citizen.” This person reported a web site to Deputy Burgess that contained information that may relate to criminal activity. The web site address was listed as [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

According to dispatch records, within 45 minutes of receiving this information Deputy Burgess asked dispatch to send a car to South Vance Street. This is the address of Randy and Judy Brown. Deputy Dennis Huner responded to dispatch request and arrived at the Brown residence within an hour.

Deputy Huner met with one or both parents and was given seven pages of computer printouts from the website. Deputy Huner wrote the words “Nick Baumgart’s House” on page six of the printouts next to a paragraph describing the February 7, 1997 egg and toilet paper “raid” on Baumgart’s residence. Handwriting analysis and Huner’s interview support this conclusion.

Huner then left the Brown residence and traveled directly to the Southwest Plaza Mall to deliver the documents to Deputy Burgess. Upon receiving them, Deputy Burgess prepared the August 7, 1997 directed report.

Burgess addressed the directed report to Investigator John Hicks, because at the time Hicks was the primary investigator for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reviewing computer crimes. Burgess is unsure how he forwarded the report, but it is the common practice to place the directed report in the basket for patrol deputy reports at the Sheriff’s Office. From there, the directed report was forwarded to Investigator John Hicks.

In his interview, Investigator Hicks had no independent recollection of receiving the subject report. Hicks believed that he would have placed the report into a binder notebook dedicated to computer intelligence information because of the nature of the information the directed report contained. Investigator Hicks said that he never again retrieved this directed report. He did not mentally link this report, the attached Web Pages and the scrap with the web address with Eric Harris at any point until seeing the report at the interview conducted for this investigation.

Investigator Hicks left the employment of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on June 28, 2000. When he left he gave away his books. He gave the Intel files in his workspace to his replacement, John Healey.

John Healey said that he was cleaning files and information out in his home office and discovered the report in the intelligence file on October 23, 2003. He hand delivered the report to Sheriff Ted Mink, who held the report in his custody. On October 27, 2003 the Sheriff advised the Attorney General’s Office and the District Attorney for the First Judicial District of the existence of the report. On October 29, 2003, the Sheriff made the report available to the public and press and requested that the Attorney General investigate this matter.
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PostSubject: Re: 2004 Investigation into the 1997 Directed Report   Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:49 am


Question No. 3

Who is the “concerned citizen” who made the contact that led to creation of the 1997 directed report?

Answer No. 3

Evidence collected supports the conclusion that the identity of the “concerned citizen” is likely Aaron Brown, the son of Randy and Judy Brown. Most significantly, dispatch records reveal that on August 7, 1997 shortly after noon, Deputy Huner is dispatched directly to the Brown residence. Handwriting exemplars reviewed by an expert conclude that Aaron Brown is the author of a part of the Harris website address on the scrap of paper found with the directed report. Aaron Brown recognized this as his handwriting. While a portion of the scrap also is confirmed as handwriting from Brooks Brown, Brooks indicated that he frequently visited the mall to skate but that it was unlikely that he would have initiated a contact with law enforcement.

Neither Brooks nor Aaron Brown specifically recall contacting Deputy Burgess at the mall.
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PostSubject: Re: 2004 Investigation into the 1997 Directed Report   Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:49 am


Question No. 4

What is known about the file concerning Eric Harris that was compiled by Investigator Guerra of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office?

Answer No. 4

We continue to investigate two sets of records as a part of this investigation: a file compiled by Investigator Mike Guerra and a set of Daily Activity Field Reports (”DAFRs”). We have a few investigative steps to complete with regard to these records. We will issue a brief supplemental report when these steps are completed.

The Guerra-Harris file was assembled by Investigator Guerra to hold materials related to the draft search warrant affidavit he created for the Harris residence. Officers such as Investigator Guerra collect information related to an ongoing investigation and usually place that information in a file prepared for that investigation. According to Mike Guerra, John Hicks and Glen Grove, Investigator Guerra prepared such a file after meeting with Randy and Judy Brown on March 31, 1998. According to Mike Guerra, this file would contain:

1) Guerra’s notes taken from the March 31, 1998 meeting with the Browns;

2) Any follow-up done to create the search warrant affidavit for the Harris residence;

3) Reports and information from JCSO Case [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], the pipe bomb found near the bike path on February 15, 1998, as well as Case # 5504, the Browns’ complaint regarding website threats;

4) A map that would demonstrate the location of the bomb in relation to the Harris residence.

This file would also contain information regarding the draft affidavit for a search warrant for the Harris residence. The draft affidavit has been released to the general public.

DAFRs are daily logs of activities that investigators engaged in. Investigator Guerra’s DAFRs from mid-March, 1998 through mid-April, 1998 have been located, the remainder for 1998 have not.
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PostSubject: Re: 2004 Investigation into the 1997 Directed Report   Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:50 am


Chronology of Significant Events

The following is a chronology of dates and events in this investigation. Sources are noted in parentheses.

1) February 7, 1997 – Friday – Eric Harris documents a “raid” on the residence of a student acquaintance, Nick Baumgart. Dylan Klebold appears to participate. Eggs are thrown at the residence, toilet paper is hung from trees, etc. Baumgarts do not report this to the police. (Source – Harris Website.)

2) February 28, 1997 – Friday – Wayne Harris has a telephone conversation with Randy Brown regarding a cracked windshield to her son’s car, allegedly caused by a snowball thrown by Eric Harris. (Source – Harris journal.)

Note – Weather data collected on February 28, 1997, indicate that 1.4 inches of snow fell on that day in Denver.

3) March 2, 1997 – Sunday 7:58 p.m. – JCSO event # 97-30582. Randy Brown calls to report “damage to property.” Deputy Dean Davis returns the call at 8:17 p.m. (Source – JCSO Dispatch records.)

Note – Davis has no memory of this call, and no formal report is taken.

4) March 3, 1997 – Monday – Columbine High School Dean, Mr. Place, contacts Wayne Harris regarding a conflict between Brooks Brown and Eric Harris. Wayne Harris notes that he will speak to Eric regarding same. (Source – Harris journal.)

5) March 3, 1997 – Monday – Wayne Harris claims to speak with Eric Harris. (Source – The Harris journal.)

6) April 17, 1997 – Thursday – JCSO Event # 97-54938. Deputy Tim Walsh is dispatched to the Browns home. Randy Brown is the reporting party. Nature of the call is an “ongoing juv(enile) problem with neighbor kid.” Deputy Walsh arrived at 5:59 p.m. and leaves at 6:31 p.m. No formal report is taken. (Source – JCSO Dispatch records.)

7) April 18, 1997 – Friday – Wayne Harris speaks with Bonnie Baumgart, Nick Baumgart’s mother, regarding damage to her house. This appears related to the February 7 egg and toilet paper “raid” noted on Eric Harris’ web pages. (Source – The Harris journal.)

8] April 19, 1997 – Saturday – Deputy Walsh leaves a message at the Harris residence to call him back at the south substation regarding tree damage. (Source – The Harris journal.)
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9) April 19, 1997 – Saturday – JCSO Event # 97-6652. Deputy Mike Burgess responds to the Brown residence regarding a complaint of a harassing phone call. Reporting parties are Randy and Aaron Brown.

There is no direct indication that this is related to Eric Harris, but Eric Harris’ web site does disclose the Browns phone number and says “If any of you feel like pranking him.” The exact date of this entry is unknown. (Source – JCSO reports and the Harris web pages.)

10) April 24, 1997 – Thursday – Deputy follows up by returning Wayne Harris’ phone call. (Source – The Harris journal.)

11) April 27, 1997 – Sunday – Wayne Harris calls Judy Brown. (Source – The Harris journal.)

12) April 30, 1997 – Wednesday – JCSO Event # 97-61097. Deputy Art Peterson makes a dispatch entry that on the previous day he made three phone calls to the Brown residence at 8:01 p.m., 9:19 p.m. and 9:32 p.m. but failed to reach anyone. Purpose behind the calls noted as harassment. (Source – JCSO dispatch records.)

13) May 2, 1997 – Friday – JCSO Event # 97-62509. Unknown JCSO deputy leaves a follow-up call at 2:05 p.m. to the Brown residence (Judy Brown) on the phone harassment complaint taken by Deputy Mike Burgess on April 19, 1997. (Source – JCSO dispatch records.)

14) August 7, 1997 – Thursday – 12:00 Noon-Deputy Mike Burgess is working the substation in the Southwest Plaza Mall. A “concerned citizen” reports the Harris website. Note that this is given event # 97-116716. (Source – the 1997 directed report.)

12:42 p.m. – Deputy Burgess asks that a car be sent to South Vance (the Brown residence) to pick up information. (Source – JCSO dispatch records.)

12:49 p.m. – Deputy Dennis Huner is dispatched to the Brown residence. (Source – JCSO Dispatch records – Huner Interview.)

12:54 p.m. – Deputy Huner arrives at the Brown residence. He meets with one or both of the Brown parents. They review seven pages of computer printouts. He writes “Nick Baumgart’s House” on page six of the computer printouts. (Source – Deputy Huner and handwriting analysis.)

2:09 p.m. – Deputy Huner leaves the Brown residence. He delivers the computer printouts to Dep. Burgess at Southwest Plaza. (Source – JCSO dispatch records.)

At the end of his shift, Deputy Burgess submits the 1997 directed report, which goes to Investigator John Hicks.

15) January 30, 1998 – Friday – JCSO Case # 98-2218 – Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold are by arrested Deputy Tim Walsh for breaking into a van. On March 25, 1998, they formally enter into a juvenile diversion contract with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office. On February 3, 1999, they successfully terminate early. (Source- JCSO reports, Jefferson County DA Juvenile diversion records.)

16) February 15, 1998 – Sunday – JCSO Deputy Richard Baughman responds to a report of an unexploded plastic pipe bomb found beside a bike path about two miles from the neighborhood where Harrises live.

Investigator Glen Grove responds and renders the device safe. This incident is not at this time linked to Eric Harris or the information on Eric Harris’ web site. (Source – Case Report [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].)

17) March 14, 1998 – Stop light violation, Dylan Klebold Case # 98-5210. (Attitude marked “Good”.)

18) March 18, 1998 – Wednesday, 5:20 p.m. – JCSO Case # 98-5504. Deputy Mark Miller is dispatched to the Brown residence after a call concerning threats being made via computer. Miller meets with Randy Brown and secures ten pages of printouts from the Browns computer.

He also secures a handwritten page from Randy Brown that includes a web site address written by Brooks Brown. He classifies the report as a suspicious incident and refers it to JCSO investigations. Klebold is listed as acquaintance with knowledge of bomb making activities. (Source – JCSO reports and interview with Miller and the Browns.)
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19) March 26, 1998 – Thursday – JCSO Records clerk Karen Felt closes out Case # 98-5504 without it being assigned to an investigator. Per interviews with Pritchett and Tim Walsh, the report process was as follows: a copy of the report is reviewed by the Investigator Sergeant to determine if it is assigned to a specific investigator. If assigned it is entered into the computer as assigned. If it is not assigned to investigators, then records clerk closes the case out. (Source – JCSO Reports.)

20) March 27, 1998 – Friday – The Browns replace the windshields on their 1985 and 1990 Mercedes Benz automobiles. (Source – Brown interview and a canceled check as a receipt.)

21) March 31, 1998 – Tuesday – 9:00 a.m. – Randy and Judy Brown meet with Investigator John Hicks at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

They bring 12 pages of printouts. Hicks asks Investigators Glen Grove and possibly Mike Guerra attend the meeting in an attempt to link the Harris web pages to the pipe bombs found recently.

According to Hicks’ daily log, he leaves the office because of illness at 10:00 a.m. Groves continues meeting with the Browns. He references JCSO case # 98-3365 – the February 15, 1998 pipe bomb report. The pipe bomb described on the Harris web site appears to be similar to the one found by the bike path. Investigator Guerra takes the lead on the follow up, as he is the primary bomb investigator.

Investigator Guerra continues the investigation under case # 98-3365.

He prepares an affidavit for a search warrant for the Harris home. It appears to have been discussed briefly by Lt. John Keickbusch, Sgt. Prichett, and Glenn Grove during a several minute conversation outside of Lt. Keikbusch’s office. According to Grove, Keikbusch does not approve the affidavit because there is no eyewitness to Eric Harris’ possession of a pipe bomb.

Investigator Guerra is unable to develop further evidence, and the investigation does not go further. Guerra denies being instructed to terminate the investigation. (Sources – Interviews with Guerra, Grove, Hicks)

22) April 11, 1998 – Saturday – 10:00 p.m., Saturday – Judy Brown calls the JCSO. She speaks with Deputy Tanya Williams. Brown reports that her son received an email threat and believes that it is from Eric Harris. The email was accidentally deleted by her son. The Browns request increased patrols. The report is a supplemental to the previous Brown computer threat case (No. 98-5504) and Williams delivers it to Investigator Hicks, who in turn gave copies to Guerra. (JCSO reports and interview with Hicks and Guerra)

23) July 19, 1998 –Case Report 98-14325-Deputy Carol LaBounty is dispatched to the Brown residence on a report of criminal mischief. A paintball broke a garage window. Eric Harris is named as a suspect.

24) April 20, 1999 – Tuesday – The Columbine High School killings and other shootings are committed by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

25) April 22 or 23, 1999 – According to John Hicks, Investigator Mike Guerra tells him that someone removed Guerra’s investigative file concerning Eric Harris from his desk, and that it was just returned.

Guerra does not recall this incident.

During his interview for this investigation, Hicks says that he was concerned about inaccurate public statements related to contacts with the Browns that were made in the weeks after the shootings by Sheriff Stone, Undersheriff John Dunaway, and Division Commander John Kiekbusch. Hicks meets with Sgt. Randy West regarding these concerns. The meeting is interrupted by an internal affairs investigator on an unrelated matter. The meeting is not rescheduled or completed.
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PostSubject: Re: 2004 Investigation into the 1997 Directed Report   Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:52 am


Chronology of the August 7, 1997 Directed Report

August 7, 1997 – Thursday @ 12:00 Noon-Deputy Mike Burgess is working the substation at Southwest Plaza. A “concerned citizen” reports the Harris website. (Source- Deputy Burgess and the 1997 directed report.)

12:42 p.m. – Deputy Burgess asks that a car be sent to XXXX (intentionally not disclosed) South Vance -the Brown Residence to pick up information. (Source – JCSO dispatch records.)

12:49 p.m. – Deputy Dennis Huner is dispatched to the Brown residence. (Source – JCSO Dispatch records.)

12:54 p.m. – Dep. Huner arrives at the Brown residence. He meets with one or both Brown parents. They review seven pages of computer printouts. He writes “Nick Baumgart’s House” on page six. (Source – Dep. Huner and Expert review of handwriting.)

1:40 p.m. – Dep. Bruner leaves the Brown residence, he delivers the documents to Dep. Burgess at Southwest Plaza. (Source – JCSO dispatch records.)

At the end of his shift – Burgess submits a directed report to patrol for submission to Investigator John Hicks.

The directed report is received by Investigator John Hicks who files it in intelligence file binder related to computers. He does not see it or think of it again.

June 28, 2000 – Hicks leaves the employment of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. He gives his computer intelligence file binder to Healy.

October 23, 2003 – John Healey finds the directed report in the Intel file. He advises Sheriff Mink the next day.

October 27, 2003 – Sheriff Mink advises Deputy Attorney General Michael Goodbee and District Attorney Dave Thomas of the discovery of the directed report.

October 29, 2003 - Sheriff Mink announces the discovery of the report to the public and requests Attorney General Ken Salazar to determine the circumstances surrounding the report.

Chronology of Brown Family Contacts with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Others

The record of the Brown family’s contacts with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and others, as determined by this investigation, includes the following:

February 28, 1997 – Judy Brown calls Wayne Harris to address her concerns about windshield damage she believes is done by Eric Harris (Harris Journal);

March 3, 1997 – Randy Brown reports the damage to property to Deputy Dean Davis (JCSO Records);

April 17, 1997 – Randy Brown reports an “ongoing juvenile problem with a neighborhood kid” to Deputy Tim Walsh (JCSO Records);

April 19, 1997 – Judy and Aaron Brown report a harassing phone call to Deputy Mike Burgess; Caller is unknown though Harris website has information regarding Brown phone # and “pranking” (JCSO Records);

April 30, 1997 – Deputy Art Peterson makes three follow-up phone calls to the Brown residence, but fails to reach anyone. Purpose is believed to be tied to the phone harassment complaint (JCSO Records);

May 2, 1997 – Records indicate an additional follow-up call is made by an unknown deputy to the Brown residence regarding the phone harassment complaint (JCSO Records);

August 7, 1997 – The “Directed Report” is created based upon the complaints made by Brooks and Aaron Brown (as detailed above);

March 18, 1998 – Randy Brown is the complaining party regarding an Internet threat complaint. Deputy Mark Miller responds to the Brown residence and secures paperwork (JCSO Records);

March 31, 1998 – Randy and Judy Brown meet with Investigator John Hicks, Mike Guerra and Glen Groves at the Sheriff’s office regarding the Harris web pages (JCSO Records);

April 11, 1998 – Judy Brown contacts the Sheriff’s office and speaks with Deputy Tanya Williams regarding an e-mail threat sent to her son. She believes that Eric Harris sent the threat. Williams prepares report and forwards to Hicks, Guerra (JCSO Records); and

July 19, 1998 – Case Report 98-14325-Deputy Carol LaBounty is dispatched to the Brown residence on a report of criminal mischief. A paintball broke a garage window. Eric Harris is named as a suspect.
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