Vulgar, threatening emails came from SLO County Supervisor Adam Hill’s home

February 2, 2020

Supervisor Adam Hill

By CCT STAFF

The emails to popular local radio talk show host Dave Congalton were taunting and sexually perverse. And, after a lengthy criminal investigation, the district attorney’s office determined that the emails came from the home of San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill.

The emails began in July 2016 and used the name “Sal Krill.” Among the half-dozen messages to Congalton, a KVEC radio icon who has been critical of Hill, were mocking attacks about the suicide of one of Congalton’s friends and his divorce.

“I wanted to know who would be that despicable to make light of a suicide?” Congalton said on his show Wednesday. “Who was the person who was taunting me about my divorce and the suicide of a close personal friend?

Hill has used a false identification before. In 2012, he pretended to be Ed Waage, his opponent in the District 3 supervisor race. He left a voicemail for a woman who had written a letter to the editor. The message mocked the woman for her letter.

Because the emails to Congalton are unsuitable for children and disturbing to some adults, they have been redacted with uncensored copies available through provided links.

In a July 20, 2016 email, salkrill12@gmail.com wrote to Congalton making vulgar comments about reporters from CalCoastNews and cruel remarks about Congalton’s former wife Charlotte, and ending with a threat.

“You still f****** dogs like velie or 4-legged kinds? we pray for Charlotte’s soul in this time of transition. may she survive the horror that is you, that has always been you and that came out for real when you began f******* karen velie and giving b****** to dan blackburn. you have only begun to pay, congalton.” Link to full email.

A day later, salkrill12@gmail.com sent another email making more vulgar attacks.

“Congalton Show(s) his bare ass! Don’t worry, Dave! Even a D-list local celebrity with three chins can get laid by a vulnerable person who wants to pretend you are important! And when Velie doesn’t want you to pluck her mustache and Blackburn doesn’t need your finger up his ***, you can pleasure **** **** who is known to enjoy killing puppies after sex! Dave? F*** you!” Link to full email.

Congalton then took his computer to the district attorney’s office, which opened a criminal investigation into the threatening and harassing emails. After a judge signed off on a request for a search warrant to Gmail, district attorney investigators learned the emails came from Hill’s home.

Investigators questioned both Hill and his wife at the time, Dee Torres-Hill; both denied they sent the emails. Attorney Don Ernst, representing the Hills, told prosecutors that if the district attorney filed charges, he would argue his clients’ IP address had been hacked.

Although criminal charges have not been filed, the district attorney’s office recently released records of the investigation to Congalton showing the emails came from Hill’s home.

Congalton told his radio audience, ”Those of you who are liberal, you go after Trump supporters and their blind allegiance to Donald Trump. Conservatives feel the same way about you and your blind allegiance to Adam Hill. Hill is a bully. He goes after people. You cross him, he destroys you.”

In the 2012 voicemail, Hill left the following message on Pismo Beach resident Shelia Blake’s answering machine, calling her names and claiming to be Waage.

“Hi Mrs. Blake, I read your letter in the Tribune, are you a communist, or a socialist, or both or maybe a Marxist, this is Ed Waage. Just wanted to let you know what I thought,” the message says.

Hill denied leaving the voicemail, but after CalCoastNews posted audio of the voicemail, that clearly sounded like Hill, he admitted he made the call. He said he was only “joking.”


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5cityLife

Says you. I’ve yet to see proof.


KAG2020

I bet you anything the Tribune will come out with an article accusing Dow of releasing this information for political purposes. It is their M.O. He released the report to the victim as required to do by law(and referenced in this article by CCN), not the general public and media.


obispan

Need to blow up the email links. This will never be reported by The Tribune, they need to downsize again, maybe make Adam Hill or Heidi Harmon the editor and cut out the middleman. Plus Hill and Harmon could claim they received income from other than the government or developer and marijuana payoffs.


Paso_citizen

So this is the guy that District 3 is so proud of? What in God’s name does he hold over the voters in this district? I would comment further, but his words and actions speak louder than any that I may offer.


Niles Q

My God, he has to be drunk when he does stuff like this. The only worse thing would have been to trace it back to his County office, maybe then something could be done about his behavior.

What do you do with a foul mouthed, cretin like this? Elect him to Congress! That’s where boors like Adam Hill ultimately end up, isn’t it?

I find it hard to believe that he could be so deeply entrenched in Dist. 3 that literally no one can beat him. There has to be one Democrat in that area who could unseat him. Why do they not challenge him?

Guys like this, bullies, don’t have real power. They rule by fear and intimidation, which is not true power.


south

Adam is at his worst when he is drinking and drugging. He also has a bad habit of getting on a computer when he is stoned. That being said, all inhibitions are taken away and his true nature is there for all the world to see. In Vino Veritas.


oldtimer

I don’t agree with Adam or his abuse, but I see Keith Gurnee “TKG” here name calling people including local politicians. 2 rights don’t make a wrong. At least one power can hold all accountable. How is discouraging bad behavior and yet participating in name calling behind backs going to move us foward. Like Atascaderos super “interesting” Al Fonzi, the king of the double standard. The man preaches small government yet uses government to hinder capitolism for noise complaints, missed that article CCN and the Brown act in atascadero, huh? Worth posting fyi. Keith Gurnee Says Name Calling Is bad, yet is Guilty of name calling and verbal abuse. Will the moderator ignore and not post this again and ignore journalistic integrity, well see!


Jorge Estrada

I would have to ask this question: Can Adam Hill be eligible for the privileged to carry a concealed weapon or even purchase a pistol? If the answer were no, then should be allowed to be a candidate for the County Board of Supervisor Member, a police officer, work for the Post Office? Just have to ask a rational question because this may be a full disclosure requirement.


Jarvis

Adam Hill is SLO’s Harvey Weinstein. They look and act like twin brothers.