Today, former Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement for the US Department of Education Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt will testify against Governor Janet Mills’ nomination of Michael Sauschuck for the position of Maine State Public Safety Commissioner.
Iserbyt’s prepared testimony, which can be read here, documents that, between 2007 and 2017, former Portland Police Chief Sauschuck solved only 57% of Portland’s homicide cases—which is 30% below the statewide average and 43% below the city of Bangor, Maine, where 100% of all murder cases have been solved during the decade of 2007-2017. Iserbyt’s testimony also alleges that former Chief Sauschuck attempted to assassinate her son, Sam Iserbyt, who is a US Marine Veteran of Gulf War I.
In the month of October 2015, the Maine USA home of Sam Iserbyt was visited by several armed Portland Police Department officers who arrested him on misdemeanor charges of harassing Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck’s wife, Mary Sauschuck. The Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office later threw out these charges in response to Sam’s pro se motion court filings. As a result of his pro se discovery process during court proceedings, Iserbyt obtained an audio recording of his confrontation with law enforcement at his home.
The audio file (which can be listened to here) records one of the officers clearly saying, “I figured . . . if he moved, I could just pop him right in the head right there.”
Laughter is then heard from other officers in the background.
The first officer then affirms his intentions to pop Iserbyt in the head, “That was my plan.”
Then, an inaudible response from another officer is recorded.
“You did it yourself,” replies the first officer. “I was all ready to go.”
Another officer is faintly recorded as saying “it’s not federal now.”
About seven months later on May 30, Memorial Day 2016, Iserbyt was shot in his femoral artery while sitting on his porch, ultimately suffering hypovolemic shock which almost took his life (a photograph of Iserbyt’s blood-soaked jeans can be seen here on the website of his mother, Charlotte Iserbyt).
On May 31, 2016, the Portland Press Herald reported on the shooting. Interestingly, this news story includes the following response from the Portland PD: “Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch declined to discuss the harassment case [from October 2015] because there was no conviction, but said Mary Sauschuck has no involvement in the current shooting case [from May 2016].” From Assistant Chief Malloch’s reply, it can be inferred that there was an inquiry as to whether Mary Sauschuck was in some way responsible for the shooting of Sam Iserbyt.
Who shot Iserbyt?
According to another Portland Press Herald article published on June 10, 2016, Iserbyt accidentally shot himself in the leg during a scuffle with a man who was quarreling with Sam over a woman. A similar report of the shooting was posted online by Portland’s West End Neighborhood Association, which is the local governing body of the municipality where he was shot. However, Iserbyt has maintained that he was shot by Fred O. Dodge.
According to Sam’s mother, Charlotte Iserbyt, who is the acclaimed author of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, the original case filing in Cumberland County contained an initial Portland Police Department report in which a “Suspect Description Report” from Lt. Det. Rick Beaumont named “Frederick Otis Dodge” as a “suspect of elevated aggravated assault” against Sam Iserbyt, who was named as the “victim.” Charlotte claims that Beaumont’s “Suspect Description Report” was put together with reports from the Crime Scene Supervisor, Sgt. Detective Dean Goodale, who recorded “signed eye witness reports from at least five persons, including that of Sam’s neighbor who had a bird’s eye view of the entire incident.”
Nonetheless, the Beaumont-Goodale report “was trashed,” says Charlotte, who alleges that this report has been impounded and sealed from admission to the case of Sam’s shooting. As a result, the Cumberland County DA’s Office charged both Sam Iserbyt and Fred Dodge with the same felony crimes: “criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon” and “reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.”
After both Dodge and Iserbyt asserted that they would exercise their Fifth Amendment rights if called to testify, the Cumberland Country District Attorney’s Office dropped the charges against both men, according to a May 17, 2017, Portland Press Herald article. This news story reports that “[b]oth men were armed when Dodge walked to Iserbyt’s home, where Iserbyt was waiting for him on the front porch. Iserbyt was shot when he and Dodge struggled over Iserbyt’s handgun.”
This account of the incident seems to corroborate the account allegedly provided in the Beaumont-Goodale police report. Which begs the question: if Dodge approached the home of Iserbyt, who by all accounts was apparently defending himself at his own home, then why was Iserbyt charged with “criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon”? Why wasn’t Iserbyt, a Marine combat veteran, legally protected in exercising his Second Amendment rights with a lawfully registered firearm on the premises of his own home?
Moreover, consider that Charlotte Iserbyt’s version of the shooting is consistent with both the alleged Beaumont-Goodale report as well as the May 17, 2017, edition of the Portland Press Herald. Cross-referencing the parallels across these three accounts, it is reasonable to ask another question: who supposedly gave the orders to impound the police report allegedly submitted by Lt. Det. Rick Beaumont and Sgt. Detective Dean Goodale?
Sam and Charlotte Iserbyt allege that the obfuscation of Goodale’s police report was orchestrated by Cumberland County DA Stephanie Anderson and her Assistant DA Johnathan Sahrbeck in collusion with AG Janet Mills and her assistant, AG Lisa Marchese. In addition, Charlotte has accused Sahrbeck of tampering with photographic evidence in his role as the prosecutor during Sam’s grand jury hearing. Charlotte says she is willing to take a lie-detector test to prove her allegations.
It should be noted that, according to the Portland Press Herald article printed on May 17, 2017, “[i]n court filings, Iserbyt alleged that police only charged him because he had begun the process to bring a civil lawsuit against the District Attorney’s Office and police for their handling of the case.”
District Attorney Anderson has since retired, and Sahrbeck has replaced her. Janet Mills has since become the governor of Maine, and in her new role as governor, the former AG has nominated Portland Police Chief Sauschuck for the position of State Public Safety Commissioner, which “oversee[s] the Capitol Police, consolidated emergency communications, the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Emergency Medical Services, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Gambling Control, Highway Safety, and the Maine State Police,” according to the Portland Press Herald.
Before Mills tapped Sauschuck for his promotion from Portland PD Chief to Maine Public Safety Commissioner, he was publicly accused of sending Fred Dodge as a hitman to murder Sam Iserbyt. On June 30, 2017, Iserbyt attended a Maine Heritage Luncheon where he publicly accused Sauschuck of orchestrating the alleged hit. Accompanied by Stephen Schran, Iserbyt made these accusations in front of the Heritage crowd during a confrontation with the mayor of Portland, Ethan Strimling. As the luncheon attendees listened, Iserbyt and Schran publicly stated that Sam had provided Strimling with the discovery audio recording of a Portland PD officer stating that he was planning to “pop [Sam] in the head” in the month of October 2015. Iserbyt and Schran then asked Strimling why he, as mayor of Portland, did not respond by launching a special investigation into this discovery audio. When the Portland mayor denied being able to “recall” anything about the audio file, Iserbyt and Schran offered to play the audio for the crowd. However, the director of Heritage Maine, Matt Gagnon, interjected, “I don’t think right now is the time for this. Have a private conversation afterwards.” Then, the crowd summarily told Sam to “sit down.” (You can listen to the audio of the encounter here).
Sam and Charlotte Iserbyt have leveled serious accusations against former Police Chief Sauschuck, District Attorney Sahrbeck, and Governor Mills. Based solely on the publicly available reports, neither this journalist, nor the reader, has a complete picture of the events surrounding the shooting of Sam Iserbyt. In the United States of America, according to constitutional rule of law, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. But no one can be proven either guilty or innocent unless there is full public disclosure concerning the facts of the matter. In the matter of Sam’s shooting, the complete factual picture of the case cannot be proven until all court filings regarding the incident are made available in the public record for review by the taxpaying citizenry of Portland, Maine.
Full Disclosure: Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt is my friend and principle research associate who helped me write School World Order: The Technocratic Corporatization of Education. She also wrote the foreword for my book.
John Klyczek has an MA in English and has taught college rhetoric and research argumentation for over seven years. His literary scholarship concentrates on the history of global eugenics and Aldous Huxley’s dystopic novel, Brave New World. He is the author of School World Order: The Technocratic Corporatization of Education; and he is a contributor to the Intrepid Report,Centre for Research on Globalization, OpEdNews, the Dissident Voice, Blacklisted News, The Saker, News With Views, Natural News, and the Activist Post.