Orem files civil complaint over SSB, Inc.

  1. Orem files civil complaint over SSB, Inc.

 In a strange twist in the question of “moral character” 23rd Judicial Circuit Court Judge Laura Faircloth once again denied a petition to renew Special Services Bureau, Inc.’s authority be to engage in a bail bonding business in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

In a previous hearing, she stated “I cannot find — and the way that the statute reads is or who is not known to be a person of good moral character and I don’t think I can make that finding. So I’m denying the petition for renewal.”

Her decision was made in part based on the testimony of court official Kim Clark. Clark testified that she was unaware that John Orem was at the secure door before she opened the door remotely to allow his wife Sher Orem in.

Attorneys for SSB, Inc. provided the court with a copy of surveillance video footage that clearly contradicts the testimony of Clark, who Faircloth ordered to the stand during the review hearing of the petition. The surveillance footage showed John Orem in plain sight at the courthouse interior office before being allowed in by Clark.

After review, Faircloth stated she was not going to consider all of the assistant’s testimony and that part of the testimony was stricken from the Dec. 4 order denying the petition. The court also found that Sher Orem is financially responsible and has a clean criminal history. However, she still denied the renewal of the license based in part of a fear that Sher Orem was not removed enough from her husband to run SSB, Inc.

The Orem’s are surprised that they are licensed in so many other locations but are having problems in the Eastern Panhandle. “I’m a bondsman in Virginia, Maryland and every other county we want to be in West Virginia. It’s just Berkeley County. And we just got approved in Monongalia County,” John Orem said.

Orem has stated in the past that he has spent over $100,000 in legal fees and would continue to fight to clear his name. “We already began a Supreme Court appeal. We filed a civil complaint against Kim Clark and Berkeley County,” Orem said.

Staff reporter Jeff McCoy can be reached at mccoy@themissionstribune.com

Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said JudgeFaircloth was not going to consider the assistant’s testimony and the testimony was stricken from the record. Faircloth only stuck part of the testimony. The Missions Tribune apologizes and regrets the error”

Orphan population continues to grow in Africa

Bishop Kasango reached out to those in need

By Jeff McCoy

Protestant Bishop Samuel Kasango has witnessed hardship and war, felt hunger and knows the pain of losing family members and loved ones. He grew up without a father and watched his mother struggle to keep him and his siblings safe and fed. It was a world of hopelessness and despair.

“It goes back to my mother, to see how she struggled to care for me and so that brought me to know that there are people who really cry for care. They cry for help. The war, and then we had that HIV, AIDS that struck every family. I lost five of my siblings, three sisters, and two brothers, and this left us with children to care for,” Bishop Kasango said.

He was determined to find a different way of life. “I became a Christian in 1986. I remember very well the day,” Bishop Kasango said. As he walked into the streets in Uganda with his new found faith he was overwhelmed with how much need there was.

“The country right now is in a very great need. We are an extended family in Africa, it’s about the community,” Bishop Kasango said. He had a two-room house and decided he would give what little he had to God.

“That’s when I began to preach the Gospel,” Bishop Kasango said. Homeless people, starving children, and those fleeing war and starvation began coming to hear his message of hope and salvation.

“So I ended up with seven people but then at the time of eating there would be like 60 because many would come in for meals and then go. We were mostly eating one kind of food and that was mostly corn, flour from corn. That was the cheapest to have around. We were living by miracles. We were able to survive,” Bishop Kasango said.

He started a church in an unfinished building. “We have buildings there helping single mothers to acquire (a trade)” Bishop Kasango said. The young women learned tailor work so they could find a job to get out of poverty. “We realized people want to have families but poverty is a problem.” His mission would continue to grow.

“Last year God touched me to become a father to the children that had been thrown away. So I said ‘okay, I’ll do that Lord’. I cried because I didn’t know how this could (work),” Bishop Kasango said. The mayor of the town asked if the bishop could help with the orphans that were coming into the town and searching for food at the trash dump. He did more than just have a meal and then send them back out into a very dangerous world.

“I want to be a father to them. I want them to have a father figure because I know how it was to struggle when you don’t have any father in your life because I lived through that process and I understood it,” Bishop Kasango said.

His father died when he was a young child.  “I can’t remember (when),” Bishop Kasango said. That loss would weigh heavy on him for his entire life.

“I had no relationship with a father. I began to pray that God would become my father and teach me to be a father. So when I say I want to be a father to these people that was God giving back and then today many people call me father, papa, papa,” Bishop Kasango said.

So he began bringing children in. “There are 20 children there,” Bishop Kasango said. Then more would come. One day, while he and the children were in church, the orphanage was robbed. They took everything including the mattresses that the children slept on.