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Time for change

Belle Vernon, PA

#1 Aug 26, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007

By Karen Kane, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Butler County rape victim who was jailed by police because they didn't believe her has reached an out-of-court settlement of her federal lawsuit with Butler County.

Sara Reedy, 21, of Cranberry, will receive $45,000 from Gemini Insurance Co., Butler County's law enforcement insurance carrier. The county will pay a $25,000 deductible. Butler County commissioners signed off on the settlement Monday.

Meanwhile, Ms. Reedy's attorneys are preparing to go to trial against another government entity, Cranberry, which employs the officers who had arrested her.

Ms. Reedy was working as a clerk at the Exxon service station along Route 19 in Cranberry on July 14, 2004, when an assailant entered the store, sexually assaulted her at gunpoint, then stole $606.73 from the station.

She called police for help but Detective Frank Evanson and Officer Kevin Meyer didn't believe her account of what had happened. They thought she had made up the story to cover a theft of the service station's money.

In January 2005, she was charged by the officers with making false statements, theft and receiving stolen property. She lost her job and spent five days in jail while she was pregnant.

On Aug. 22, 2005, a month before Ms. Reedy was to stand trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court, Wilber Cyrus Brown, 44, of Dauphin County, was caught by police in the act of raping a woman at a convenience store in Brookville, Jefferson County.

During a state police interrogation, he admitted to a series of sexual assaults, including the assault on Ms. Reedy.

Butler County District Attorney Tim McCune, now a Common Pleas judge in Butler County, immediately withdrew the charges against Ms. Reedy.

Ms. Reedy filed suit in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh in August 2006, asserting a range of constitutional violations, including false imprisonment, retaliation, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Named as defendants were Butler County, Assistant District Attorney William T. Fullerton, Judge McCune, Cranberry, Officers Evanson and Meyer, and Public Safety Director Steve Mannell.

The settlement reached with Butler County on Monday acknowledges no wrongdoing on the county's part or its employees. Judge McCune had no comment on the settlement except to say "the decision was up to the insurance company."

Ms. Reedy has another lawsuit pending against UPMC, filed in Allegheny County. The suit is based on records that were disclosed by the hospital to police following Ms. Reedy's rape, said one of her attorneys, John Foster of Pittsburgh

Her federal case was handled by Pittsburgh attorney Andy Blattenberger and Dave Weicht.

"The police focused on her as a perpetrator and not the victim of a heinous crime. It was a truly tragic set of events, and she continues to try to cope with them as best she can,'' said Mr. Blattenberger.

Mr. Weicht said there are no ongoing negotiations with Cranberry and he is preparing to go to trial. Depositions will be obtained soon, he said.

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Time for change

Belle Vernon, PA

#2 Aug 26, 2007
Well what do you know. Judge Shaffer is involvede in this one too.. What a thug...
justin castilyn

Butler, PA

#3 Sep 9, 2007
She deserves a lot more in my opinion. Shaffer is a azzhole!!!!
Time for change

Belle Vernon, PA

#4 Sep 9, 2007
This is kinda interesting. Look at her proc Status:...
What was the Penalty??????

http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/PublicReporting/...
wake up Cranberry

Cranberry Twp, PA

#5 Dec 19, 2007
chalk up another one for evanson! This isnt the first major skrew up for him and his dept. and I know right now that there is another case to be filed against him and Butler Co in the next few months, How much more embarassment is Cranberry going to experience at the hands of Frank and his "woman"? Butler county isnt much better. Reedy deserves alot more for having her life ruined by these assholes and so does the other families that he violates with his (evanson) abuse of power
Time for Change

Indiana, PA

#6 Dec 19, 2007
Butler County will face heavy litigation in the coming months and into the next few years. Even though Goldinger obtained the DA spot, all of the garbage from Clark and her staff of cronies will be felt for the next few years. They have been told about this for sometime but they just denied it. I guess if you deny it, it never happened.

What a shame you will have to ruin the county to begin to even fix what is wrong. Damn!
Anon

Butler, PA

#7 Jun 7, 2008
Once again the Cranberry Police Dept. get it wrong, they are in it for the money just like everyone else out there. Det. Evanson is no better than McCune, his head is bigger than anything else and just wants to get in the spotlight and make that "big" arrest no matter how they obtain it. Wake Up Cranberry and Butler County. There are better things to be worrying about

Since: Mar 08

Pittsburgh, PA

#8 Jun 7, 2008
Anon wrote:
Once again the Cranberry Police Dept. get it wrong, they are in it for the money just like everyone else out there. Det. Evanson is no better than McCune, his head is bigger than anything else and just wants to get in the spotlight and make that "big" arrest no matter how they obtain it. Wake Up Cranberry and Butler County. There are better things to be worrying about
Anon,
Just be glad PD Kevin Flaherty Didn't get the District Judge post down there. Cranberry would dwarf the city of Butler's problems.

I am not sure what your situation is but Butler county is a good ole' boys club. They have their own version of the justice system, as you probably know.

As for McCune, Randa Clark was a product of his administration. Enough said.

Since: Mar 08

Pittsburgh, PA

#9 Jun 7, 2008
Anon,
One more thing. Check out this site. I think you may find it useful. You can find the Cranberry department and add your favorite officers rating.

www.ratemycop.com .

If your friend Evanson wants to be in the spotlight, help em out.
Rick Winkle

Cincinnati, OH

#10 Aug 7, 2008
What I would like to know is with city of hamilton utillity's so high why are the city vehicycles mainly utillity trucks allowed to eat breakfast on the payroll nobody else gets payed to eat breakfast. If you go to macdonalds on Erie you'll see the city trucks comming in there at 07:30 in the mornning. They go to work & clock in then go to breakfast.
Whitney

Kennesaw, GA

#11 Feb 21, 2010
Frank Evanson is a crooked Police Officer. He should be fired and have to spend time in jail. If he doesn't like you he will do anything to put you behind bars.
in shock

Conneaut Lake, PA

#12 May 17, 2010
I so agree with the crooked cop theory above, this man needs physch eval due to the stress of loosing his wife and raising 3 kids and being a cop especially if you are a crooked cop to begin with...with severe paranoia issues..if you are unfortunate enough to call and get this officer and ask for help...you are in trouble...he will scream and stammer and make threats hiding behind his authority all the while if you try to talk back or ask to speak to his supervisor, he will threaten to come and arrest you...this man has gotten away with repeatedly abusing his position and trust put in him by his community...anyone that can help remove this man from being a police officer should do their part., he is worse than the criminals that are on the street...cranberry and anyone that has to come into contact with this man should be very afraid as he is literally armed and dangerous".

Since: May 10

Cranberry Twp, PA

#13 May 19, 2010
I've had dealings with Judge S also.
What a jerk. He is not human.

Since: May 10

Cranberry Twp, PA

#14 May 19, 2010
I am also a rape survivor who has had the bad luck of having Detective? Evanson on my case. The rape was bad, but it was done by a bad person. The way Evanson has treated me, immediately following my rape and again this year has hurt me and humiliated me more than the rapist did. The rapist did not know me. Evanson is a policeman and his job is to protect me. I for one am not done with Evanson or the Superintendent he reports to. I am looking for an attorney to talk with. Does anyone have any suggestions.
SpeaksTheTruth

Slippery Rock, PA

#15 Jul 4, 2010
Not surprising. I know of a few girls that where raped and nobody cares to do anything about it. When they report it the police never believe them. That in turn causes girls to not bother filing reports anymore.

The police would rather go after drug offenders than murders and rapist.
firsthandview

Cardington, OH

#16 Jul 9, 2010
read about the commonwealth vs Samuel Brown case from years ago on the ujs website that alone, showing how McCune handled that case as a da that should explain his prior training for making the wrong decesions as a judge, his performance in that case says it all, and no doubt just a sample of the injustices in this town. He really needs to prioritize the criminal behaviors in this town, and start putting the right people in jail.
yesum

Mansfield, OH

#17 Jul 19, 2010
With the three charges the max sentence would came out to about 7 years of jail time. The A.D.A's plea deal was 10 years of probation with the paying of fines and restitution.
seeker

Jacobs Creek, PA

#18 Aug 5, 2010
why don't you people mind your own business and look for ways to fix the system. All I see is people complaining about cops that put their lives on the line for you. If you had a family member die in the line of duty you would understand. Frank is a great cop!!!!!!!!!!
yesum

Johnstown, OH

#19 Aug 5, 2010
seeker wrote:
why don't you people mind your own business and look for ways to fix the system. All I see is people complaining about cops that put their lives on the line for you. If you had a family member die in the line of duty you would understand. Frank is a great cop!!!!!!!!!!
Ummm.... Yeah he seems like a great cop!! Its unfortunate that there isn't more like him out there!! I guess after all those years on the force he got passed up on a promotion is because hes great at his job!! Lets not forget the guy that got the promotion is much younger and managed to shoot himself in the leg with his own gun!! And as far as putting his life on the line, as far as i read he never even bothered to look for the rapist... I mean come on, its more so hes a scared to put his life on the line!! Maybe if he did his job the lady and her daughter may not have been attacked!!! Maybe if he wasnt busy victimizing victims then the people would have been warned of the fact that there was a rapist in the area!! Yeah sounds like a GREAT COP!!!
Time for Change

Monaca, PA

#20 Aug 6, 2010
Frank is about to head back to court.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10216/1077386-...

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