Freedom of Information Request – Ames Community School District #001

07 December 2021

MEMORANDUM

From: Michael J. Merritt
PO BOX 294
Newton, IA 50208
(641)-840-9916
Active Duty Military Retired/Writer

To: Sabrina Shields-Cook, President
2005 24th St.
Ames, Iowa 50010
(515)-268-6600

Timothy C. Meals, Story County Attorney
Main Office
1315 South B Ave.
Nevada, IA 50201
(515)-382-7255

Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building
400 E 14th St
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
Hoover State Office Building
1305 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-281-5164
Fax: 515-281-4209

Geoff Huff
515 Clark Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
(515)-239-5130

Subj: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – AMES COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT #001

Ref: 1. THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, 5 U.S.C. § 552
2. Iowa Open Records Act – Iowa Code Chapter 22

Students: Date of Birth:

***** ****** Merritt ** ******* ****
******* ****** Merritt ** ******* ****

1. Requested Information

(a.) All Ames Community School District (including Ames High School) end-user electronic mail/attachments including the names ***** *******, ***** * *******, ***** *. *******, ***** ****** *******, ******* *******, ******* * *******,******* *. *******, ******* ****** *******, ******* *******, ******* * *******, ******* *. *******, ******* ******* *******, ******* *******, ******* * *******, ******* ******* *******, ***** *******, ***** * *******, ***** *. *******, ***** ***** *******, Matthew Merritt, Matthew E Merritt, Matthew E. Merritt, Matthew Edward Merritt, Matt Merritt, Matt E Merritt, Matt E. Merritt, Matt Edward Merritt, Sara Merritt, Sara N Merritt, Sara N. Merritt, or Sara Nicole Merritt from 01 JAN 2019 at 0001 Local Time through 31 December 2020 at 2359 Local Time.

(b.) Ames Community School District policy regarding required documents and procedures regarding the registration of new students.

(c.) The desired format of requested data: Portable Document Format/Thumb drive (at City of Ames published rate):

(d.) The originator of this request is not responsible for any costs generated by the production or organization of this data if the clerical, professional, clerical staff, legal fees, or any other required actions or cost exceed 10 hours or $1000 (whichever comes first) without prior coordination and approval from the originator of this request.

(e.) Distribution of Requested Data: Priority Mail sent to the originator of this request.

2. Purpose of Request

San Diego East County Court Department 5 Case: ED100465 established jurisdiction over ***** *. *******/******* *. ******* with court documents filed by ******* *. ******* (formerly known as ******* *. *******) on 04 January 2017. ******* *. ******* was established as primary caregiver pending trial and recipient of 100% child support as ordered by San Diego East County Court Department 5 on 08 APR 2019. Transfer of custody of ***** *. *******/ ******* *. ******* to Matthew E. Merritt or Sara N. Merritt of **** ******** ***, Ames, IA 50010 was never mediated or authorized by San Diego East County Court Department 5 to live in Ames, IA while attending Ames High School. Removal of ***** *. *******/ ******* *. ******* from the state of California was never mediated or authorized by San Diego East County Court Department 5 to live in Ames, IA while attending Ames High School.

Meredith Levin (The State Bar of California #226437) was appointed as Minor’s Counsel of ***** *. *******/ ******* *. ******* as ordered by San Diego East County Court Department 5 on 31 OCT 2019 while ***** *. *******/ ******* *. ******* were living in Ames, IA, and attended Ames High School. Neither Meredith Levin, ******* *. *******, or her legal counsel Maria Kraus (The State Bar of California #243115) communicated to the court that custody of ***** *. ******* / ******* *. ******* was transferred to Matthew E. Merritt or Sara N. Merritt of **** ******** ***, Ames, IA 50010. Matthew E. Merritt and Sara N. Merritt concealed they had custody of ***** *. ******* and ******* *. ******* from approximately August 2019 through February 2020 from their biological Father living in Newton, IA and San Diego East County Court.

******* *. ******* had a domestic abuse restraining order, including ******* *. ******* issued on 17 MAY 2019 that she retracted under the legal representation of Maria Kraus after providing no evidence to support her allegations or any of her claims in her domestic abuse restraining order request. Honorable Judge Martin of San Diego East County Court Department 5 issued this restraining order based on no evidence (Honorable Judge Miller articulated on court documents issued by San Diego East County Court Department 5 on 16 SEP 2021 that there was no evidence to support ******* *. *******’s allegations of sexual abuse) violating the requirements of California Family Code 6320/6320.5.

******* *. ******* was court-ordered on 05 June 2019 to provide ***** *. *******/ ******* *. ******* to FCS Child Interviews at San Diego East County Court on 21 August 2019, and 30 August 2019 to provide their testimony regarding allegations of sexual abuse ******* *. ******* reported to the court for the first time on 03 December 2018 (nearly two years into the case: ED100465) when requesting child support. ***** *. *******/******* *. ******* were concealed from their court-ordered appearances by ******* *. *******, Matthew E. Merritt, and Sara N. Merritt as they were coordinating their relocation to Ames, IA in late August and registered to attend Ames High School on 28 August 2019.

Honorable Judge Martin communicated that ***** *. *******/******* *. *******’s failure to appear significantly damaged the 31 October 2019 court date prior to appointing Minor’s Counsel Meredith Levin. Evidence supports the conclusion Minor’s Counsel Levin had no idea what state her clients were living in or who had custody of them from 31 OCT 2019 until her relief as Minor’s Counsel by Minor’s Counsel Warren on 28 FEB 2020. If this conclusion is inaccurate, then Minor’s Counsel Levin failed to report that Matthew E. Merritt and Sara N. Meritt had custody of ***** *. *******/******* *. ******* to San Diego East County Court Department 5 or any party to court case ED100465.

3. Conclusion

This situation produces many questions:

  1. Do private citizens have the right to manipulate the lives of children while concealing them from a parent and executing actions based upon their personal or political motives in opposition to court orders and evidence while damaging the lives of those children.
  2. How does a public school allow the registration of children by adults that are not on the provided birth certificates? While these same adults possess no court documents authorizing them to have custody of children nearly 2000 miles away from the court having jurisdiction over them (The Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act)?

The requested documents (if any exist) will assist the originator of this memorandum with an investigation intended to answer these and many more questions. Phoenix Harbor-Illusory Abuse is a research project documenting evidence regarding how a citizen discharged from the US Navy after twenty years of honorable service, a Top Secret Clearance, and having no criminal record lost his children because of words spoken by the malicious and actions executed by the negligent and incompetent.

Respectfully,

Michael J. Merritt
PO BOX 294
Newton, IA 50208
(641)-840-9916


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