A Lone Jack policeman makes a federal case against his boss.

Whistle Blowers Lawsuit 

A Lone Jack policeman makes a federal case against his boss.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in May, former Lone Jack internal-affairs investigator Thomas Goodner accuses the town's 33-year-old police chief of botching a murder investigation, creating phony documents, locking juveniles up in adult jail cells and allowing officers to sexually harass female city employees.

Goodner, who was fired by Chief Jeffery Jewell after reporting falsification of police documents to the mayor in 2000, heaps accusations upon Jewell and the city of Lone Jack, alleging that:

· Jewell sullied the crime scene when Lone Jack police investigated the mysterious shooting death of city councilman Wallis Canaday in 1999. The suit charges that "Jewell mishandled the scene and thereby made discovery of the truth very difficult." The case was never solved.

· Jewell intentionally hindered a father's attempts to find answers in the death of his son, creating fake documents and altering real records to prevent the father from discovering the truth. (See main story.)

· Jewell interfered with Goodner's internal-affairs investigation of officer James Nauser's alleged purchase of stolen property for the city of Lone Jack. Jewell visited Nauser at home while the suspect officer was on suspension, possibly advising Nauser to back out of a scheduled lie-detector test, Goodner alleges. That interference hampered a felony investigation into whether Nauser was involved in a burglary ring with Donnie Callaway of Lone Jack, who confessed to stealing more than $20,000 worth of lumber and machinery around eastern Jackson County. Callaway is serving fourteen years in prison.

According to a Missouri Highway Patrol report, several witnesses said Nauser knowingly bought a stolen electrical generator from Callaway for $400. Jewell himself turned over a stolen chainsaw to investigators when he began to "suspect" that it was stolen, the report says. The report says Nauser warned Callaway when the Lone Jack police were "about to come down on" him. Nauser was not charged and has not returned phone calls from the Pitch.

· Jewell violated state law and the rights of juveniles by representing himself as a juvenile judge, sentencing juveniles who had committed minor infractions to provide free labor to a private business owned by Donnie Callaway's mother as "community service" and holding minors in adult cells in the city jail. (Similar misdemeanor charges filed against Jewell last summer were dropped after the chief promised to reform his juvenile-arrest procedures.)

· Jewell failed to maintain high standards of "morality and integrity" within the police department. Under his leadership, officers openly sexually harassed female employees and "used" pornography seized by police. One officer had sex with a nineteen-year-old woman in police headquarters and was not fired.

· Jewell failed to provide proper field training for new officers and refused to pay officers for the time they spent at the Western Missouri Regional Police Academy.

Some behavior attributed to Jewell is simply bizarre. The lawsuit describes an incident in which Jewell attempted to have then-mayor John Nipper fired by creating a false report that Nipper had carried a concealed weapon into City Hall. Jewell then allegedly changed the locks on City Hall and refused to give Nipper a key until he was berated by the city attorney.

Jewell has not responded to phone calls from the Pitch.

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