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#370 Aug 15, 2013
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By installing Fletcher as grand jury foreperson, Thornsbury was able to secretly co-opt the grand jury’s authority and use it to victimize R.W. In January 2009, Thornsbury created a set of purported grand jury subpoenas that ordered various local companies, including R.W.’s employer, to surrender private documents concerning R.W. He had Fletcher sign these purported subpoenas and send them out in the name of the grand jury. Thornsbury planned to ultimately use the grand jury to charge R.W. criminally.
In March 2009, one of the recipients of Thornsbury’s so-called subpoenas, identified in the indictment as “DBC Inc.,” asked for more time to respond. Thornsbury entered a court order denying that request, without disclosing that he himself had ghostwritten the subpoena or that he was disqualified from any participation in the criminal case against R.W.
Most of the companies targeted by Thornsbury’s subpoenas handed over the documents demanded, believing that the subpoenas were legitimate. DBC Inc., however, waged a legal battle against the subpoena it received and eventually discovered the deep business ties between Thornsbury and Fletcher. When DBC Inc. publicly revealed those ties in a court filing, Thornsbury was forced to abandon his plan to use the grand jury against R.W.
Several years later, in 2012, R.W. was involved in an argument outside a convenience store with two other men. One of the men took a swing at R.W., and the other one drew a gun. The police were called, and the two other men were charged with assault.
Nearly a month after the altercation, however, the charges against the two other men were dismissed, and R.W. was charged with assault and battery. Thornsbury, through a messenger, told the county prosecutor to ensure that R.W. received a sentence of six months’ confinement, an extraordinarily harsh punishment even if R.W. had been guilty. Prosecutors in turn offered R.W. a plea agreement that would have confined him for six months. R.W. refused it, and on the eve of trial, the prosecutor dismissed the case, stating that after reviewing the evidence against R.W., he believed the prosecution was not in the interest of justice.
The indictment charges Thornsbury with conspiring to violate R.W.’s right against unreasonable arrest, guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and his right not to be deprived of his liberty without due process of law, guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. The indictment also charges that Thornsbury conspired against the companies targeted by the purported grand jury subpoena, specifically, against their Fourteenth Amendment right not to be deprived of their property without due process of law.
Thornsbury, 57, has served as Mingo County’s sole circuit judge since 1997.
#371 Aug 17, 2013
August 16, 2013
State worker charged with theft
(Harrisburg) Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced today the filing of theft charges against a state worker. Investigators say Marylinda Freyermuth stole more than $15,000 in state money, and spent it on herself and her family. She has been suspended from her job.8-16-13 Freyermuth
Freyermuth is a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources employee working at the Bald Eagle State Forest office located in Laurelton, Union County. In that capacity, she collected money from people for wood and stone permits.
She was supposed to turn the funds over to the state, but investigators say instead she pocketed the money. In this way, investigators say, she stole more than $12,000 in cash that she had collected for the permits.
In addition, Freyermuth used a state credit card to make $2,614.24 in purchases for herself and her family, according to investigators.
Freyermuth faces these charges:
One count of Theft By Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds Received
One count of Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition
One count Access Device Fraud and
One count of Conflict of Interest.
Freyermuth was preliminarily arraigned before District Justice Mensch in Union County and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
The case will be prosecuted in Union County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Forray of the Attorney General's Criminal Prosecutions Section.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
#373 Sep 3, 2013
Alleged Pot Grower Killed By Own Booby Trap: Cops
By David Lohr Posted: 09/03/2013 9:54 am EDT | Updated: 09/03/2013 10:01 am EDT
A rural New York man was killed Saturday after being nearly decapitated by a booby trap he set up to protect the marijuana plants he was illegally growing, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said.
The accident, which claimed the life of 50-year-old Daniel Ricketts, occurred in Berne, a small town located about 120 miles southeast of Syracuse.
According to Apple, Ricketts was riding his 1998 Honda Foreman ATV in the backyard of his Saw Mill Road property at about 2:30 p.m., when he drove the vehicle under a thin wire, similar to the type used in pianos. The nearly invisible wire caught Ricketts by the throat and yanked him off the vehicle.
Ricketts was almost decapitated by the accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Albany County Coroner Paul Marra.
Apple said investigators believe Ricketts had rigged the wire up to protect four large marijuana plants that were found nearby.
Investigators also found barbed wire strung up near the plants and a leg-hold trap, similar to those used by coyote trappers, police said.
Apple said alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the accident. The investigation is ongoing.
#374 Sep 4, 2013
Will Thursday September 5, 2013 be a career changer for some or many of the well known and protected from the Port?
#375 Sep 4, 2013
nah! they are untouchable
#376 Sep 4, 2013
You never know.
New mob bio traces probe of Pa. gaming industry
By MICHAEL RUBINKAM
EASTON, Pa.(AP)- A new book says Pennsylvania state police ran a top-secret investigation into whether then-Gov. Ed Rendell and his administration rigged the outcome of the casino licensing process to benefit favored applicants, including a politically connected businessman suspected of having mob ties.
But the probe failed to lead to criminal charges against anyone in the administration or on the state gambling board. Author Matt Birkbeck says prosecutors blamed the state Supreme Court for thwarting the investigation.
Birkbeck's book is called "The Quiet Don." It's the first biography of Russell Bufalino, the reclusive Pennsylvania mob boss suspected of ordering a hit on former Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa.
The book connects Bufalino to Louis DeNaples. He got a casino license despite concerns about his suitability. DeNaples has long denied having any mob ties.
#378 Sep 4, 2013
Was your statement a prediction or an omen or good old fashion inside information?
Over ten Magistrate 05-2-08 filings on 9/4/2013 seemed to change the retirement direction of three of MPD's finest and the political ambitions of one seated councilman who is the Chair of the International Village and the Palisades.
Will many more indictments follow? I predict YES! Mayor Mike will not have a good day as this unfolds and the news media gather for the picking and pecking.
Will the Viking King be forced to resign from council? How long will it take the MDC to throw the beloved and unstoppable councilman under the bus to project an image of distance and innocence?
Who are the next esteemed individuals scheduled to received earned indictments? I predict more will follow and some could be shockers.
#379 Sep 4, 2013
Residents complain of nepotism
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By Mary Niederberger / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Despite accusations of nepotism, the McKeesport Area school board on Wednesday hired the son of board member Mark Holtzman as head principal at the high school with an annual salary of $80,000.
The board member's son, also named Mark, starts his new job immediately. He previously served as dean of students at West Mifflin Area High School.
Mr. Holtzman, 31, has no experience as a teacher or principal, although he recently received his state certification to be a principal. He was hired for a position that became open after the board, also on Wednesday, approved an administrative realignment that moved high school principal Karen Chapman to the district's seventh- and eighth-grade building, called Founder's Hall.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/nei...
#380 Sep 4, 2013
didnt the son use to be at mckeesport when the late dr risha was there? then risha moves to west mifflin, as did holtzman then risha retired while superintendent in west mifflin after losing his votes on the board once risha leaves west mifflin then holtzman leaves west mifflin to get hired in mck again?
the all of a sudden he gets his teachers and principal papers over nite? must have been an on line corresponding course for teachers and prinipals???
#381 Sep 4, 2013
By Patrick Cloonan
Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2011,
A polite candidates forum at Auberle turned into a verbal free-for-all when an ex-McKeesport Area school board candidate questioned current hopefuls.
After an hour of questions submitted by Auberle students Monday, the floor was opened to adults and 2009 hopeful Keith Murphy took a shot at two hirings.
He criticized the hiring of Mark P. Holtzman Jr., son of a current MASD school director, as high school principal, and former MASD school director Gerald Tedesco's firm as construction manager for three projects.
Current board candidate Scott Smith's bid was rejected in favor of Tedesco's Pennsylvania Project Management, but he said his candidacy for the board had nothing to do with that decision.
Smith expressed concern about the rising cost of the projects. That prompted incumbent Mark P. Holtzman Sr. to rise from the audience and suggest that contractors could keep costs down by reducing profit margins.
Incumbent Joseph Chiaverini Sr. said he asked for Smith's response to the district's request for proposals, but still was the sixth vote for Tedesco because "I wanted to show as much of a united front as possible
Then there was Holtzman, who was dean of discipline at McKeesport Area High School's vocational department for two years, then took a similar role at West Mifflin Area High for three years.
"He was hired without one day of experience as a high school principal," Murphy said. "Holtzman went to West Mifflin, to (the late superintendent Patrick A.) Risha, so that Risha could take care of him."
"I thought he was doing a fantastic job in that high school," Lopretto said. "Did I throw a vote his way because his dad is on the school board• No way."
"We go on the recommendations of the administration who has interviewed candidates," Chiaverini said.
"They felt he was the strongest candidate
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#382 Sep 5, 2013
click on link.,,,,,,,,,do you know someone in the line up.....LMAO!
#383 Sep 5, 2013
Mug shots !!!!!!!!! Aint they purdy !
#384 Sep 5, 2013
Councilman Segina one of the few City corruption fighters and should be appointed to the disgraced Councilman Dan Carr's position.
Mayor Cherepko's hand picked Czar of the Palisades, Marina, and International Village should resign immediately. He is an embarrassment to the City, Mayor, Lions Club, Council, and the MDC.
Mayor Mike stop the negatively bleeding to the news media and convince Mr. Carr to focus only on revitalizing his Viking Tavern business.
Mayor Mike, you know that more indictments are in the pipeline. How did the damage control meeting at City Hall with the esteemed state elected official go?
#386 Sep 5, 2013
Will Carr be told to step down like the former Mayor suggested of Sluggo?
#387 Sep 5, 2013
Let's replace corruption with corruption. Good idea
#388 Sep 5, 2013
Councilman Sluggo was encouraged to step down by JB because he did nothing wrong and the frame up failed.
When you are indicted you are not requested by Mayor and MDC to step down because you are immune from their law.
#389 Sep 5, 2013
Besides not paying back taxes - I believe a person convicted of certain crimes are not allowed to own a liquor license or be involved in a business that dispenses alcohol . And why should the upstanding, real taxpaying citizens of this fine Boro want criminals serving on Council & more-so the Skool Bored ?? C'mon peeper boi , how much more of a disgrace can your MDC make this ex-city ?? It's the laughing stock ghetto joke of western Pa. now ?
#390 Sep 5, 2013
dont forget about the gun permit *snicker*
#391 Sep 5, 2013
Good point . But don't expect their 'crooked brethren' in Pissburg to follow the rules against them . The State or the Feds will have to intervene on the rule of law .
#392 Sep 5, 2013
Why is no one talking about the questions the Feds are asking about the Controller's land purchases he made using "inside information"! Wait till that shit hits the papers!
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