I Love That Area

Mckeesport, PA

#208 Jun 17, 2013
Cox Ucker wrote:
the mayor of intercourse ,Pa was caught masturbating in the ladies lounge last year, he wore a wig and pantyhose,now he's in deep sh!t.
How could a high official be caught and nailed to the cross on a minor infraction?
It's silly!
I think the ladies' lounge is located in Blue Ball, PA.
On the Move

Mckeesport, PA

#209 Jun 18, 2013
Cox Ucker wrote:
the mayor of intercourse ,Pa was caught masturbating in the ladies lounge last year, he wore a wig and pantyhose,now he's in deep sh!t.
How could a high official be caught and nailed to the cross on a minor infraction?
It's silly!
He moved to Looneyville, Texas after considering Deadhorse, Alaska.
Bully Trouble with Judge

Mckeesport, PA

#210 Jun 19, 2013
June 19, 2013

Sheriff George David formally arraigned

(Harrisburg, PA) Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced today the formal arraignment of Beaver County Sheriff George David on charges of intimidation and simple assault. In addition, prosecutors today asked the judge to modify and/or clarify the conditions of bail.

When he was originally charged, Sheriff David was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims and eyewitnesses in his case, and to sharply curtail his time at the courthouse. State prosecutors say that the Sheriff was not fully in compliance with those terms. They say he held unofficial press conferences in his office, appeared in casual dress at the courthouse at non-official functions, ostracized the two cooperating deputies, and referenced one of the alleged victims in a public meeting.

At today's hearing, the judge kept all the original conditions of bail in place. In addition, he ordered that Sheriff David not hold any more press conferences on county property.

Prosecutors note that, since the state filed its motion to modify and/or revoke bail on May 20, 2013, the Sheriff has voluntarily limited his time at the courthouse, and has sent a representative to official functions rather than attending them in person.

The case is being prosecuted in Beaver County by Deputy Attorney General Laurel Brandstetter.

A person accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty.
Patty P

West Mifflin, PA

#211 Jun 20, 2013
the sheriff still maintains his job,no harm no foul..

just a slap on the wrist for an elected official,

this is the norm in politics.

nothing will change

lets move on already
Misinformed

Mckeesport, PA

#212 Jun 20, 2013
Patty P wrote:
the sheriff still maintains his job,no harm no foul..
just a slap on the wrist for an elected official,
this is the norm in politics.
nothing will change
lets move on already
You mean like the slap of forced resignation for an Allegheny County Sheriff several years ago?
Misinformed

Mckeesport, PA

#213 Jun 22, 2013
Patty P wrote:
the sheriff still maintains his job,no harm no foul..
just a slap on the wrist for an elected official,
this is the norm in politics.
nothing will change
lets move on already
Do you mean like the two judges from Luzerne County who got over 20 years in the cage. And rumor has it that the feds have leased an apartment there to continue their probe of corrupt elected officials. So far about 20 officials have been convicted or pleaded guilty. And, it may not be over.
Some Slap on Wrist

Mckeesport, PA

#214 Jun 22, 2013
Luzerne County Corruption

Last Modified: February 15. 2013 5:22PM





By Terrie Morgan-Besecker tmorgan@timesleader.comLaw & Order Reporter
WILKES-BARRE

Luzerne County was just 26 days into 2009 when then-U.S. Attorney Martin Carlson stood before a room full of reporters in federal court in and dropped a bombshell.

Two county judges had betrayed the public trust by accepting millions of dollars in exchange for rulings that benefited juvenile detention centers owned by their one-time friend, Carlson announced.
It was shocking news that would only grow more shocking as the year progressed.

Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella were the first to be arrested on corruption charges. But it soon became clear: They would not be the last.

Eleven months and 23 people later, the corruption probe that brought down the former jurists is still in high gear.

Over the course of the year the U.S. Attorney Office, now headed by Dennis Pfannenschmidt, filed charges against a third county judge, seven school officials, five officials from Luzerne County or county-related offices, three area businessmen, two court employees, an attorney and a municipal employee.

Prosecutors added another high profile name to the list on Dec. 18 with the arrest of now-former Luzerne County commissioner Greg Skrepenak.

The real story in Luzerne County is about a system of justice that has been totally corrupted, said Frederick Martens, who formerly headed the defunct Pennsylvania Crime Commission, which investigated organized crime.

The list of charges filed against the defendants in the various cases reads like a legal textbook: corrupt receipt of a reward for official action; extortion; embezzlement of public funds; destruction of evidence, intimidation of a witness, money laundering and racketeering are among the offenses alleged.

The impact of the arrests has reached far beyond those charged and the entities for which they worked.
Patty

West Mifflin, PA

#215 Jun 22, 2013
Some Slap on Wrist wrote:
Luzerne County Corruption
Last Modified: February 15. 2013 5:22PM
By Terrie Morgan-Besecker tmorgan@timesleader.comLaw & Order Reporter
WILKES-BARRE
Luzerne County was just 26 days into 2009 when then-U.S. Attorney Martin Carlson stood before a room full of reporters in federal court in and dropped a bombshell.
Two county judges had betrayed the public trust by accepting millions of dollars in exchange for rulings that benefited juvenile detention centers owned by their one-time friend, Carlson announced.
It was shocking news that would only grow more shocking as the year progressed.
Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella were the first to be arrested on corruption charges. But it soon became clear: They would not be the last.
Eleven months and 23 people later, the corruption probe that brought down the former jurists is still in high gear.
Over the course of the year the U.S. Attorney Office, now headed by Dennis Pfannenschmidt, filed charges against a third county judge, seven school officials, five officials from Luzerne County or county-related offices, three area businessmen, two court employees, an attorney and a municipal employee.
Prosecutors added another high profile name to the list on Dec. 18 with the arrest of now-former Luzerne County commissioner Greg Skrepenak.
The real story in Luzerne County is about a system of justice that has been totally corrupted, said Frederick Martens, who formerly headed the defunct Pennsylvania Crime Commission, which investigated organized crime.
The list of charges filed against the defendants in the various cases reads like a legal textbook: corrupt receipt of a reward for official action; extortion; embezzlement of public funds; destruction of evidence, intimidation of a witness, money laundering and racketeering are among the offenses alleged.
The impact of the arrests has reached far beyond those charged and the entities for which they worked.
So who got jail time in the people listed above?

i used to give out handjobs in that county before moving here. i milked all the guys there to death.
yeah baby!
Some Slap on Wrist

Mckeesport, PA

#216 Jun 22, 2013
Patty wrote:
<quoted text>So who got jail time in the people listed above?
Ciavarella one of 33 caught up in federal corruption probe in Luzerne County

Last Modified: February 19. 2013 3:43AM

Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan were the first of 33 individuals charged in the federal corruption probe in Luzerne County. Ciavarella and Conahan were charged in January 2009 with accepting $2.6 million from private individuals in exchange for rulings that incarcerated youths in two juvenile detention centers. Both withdrew guilty pleas and new indictments were filed in September 2009.
Conahan pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy in July 2010 and is awaiting sentencing. Ciavarella in February was found guilty of accepting kickbacks and tax evasion and acquitted of charges related to incarcerating juveniles for profit. On Thursday, he was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison.

Here an update on the others charged in the federal corruption probe.

William Sharkey
Former county court administrator
Charged Feb. 3, 2009, with stealing illegal gambling funds seized by police
Pleaded guilty, serving a 10-months federal prison sentence.

Sandra Brulo
Former county probation deputy director of forensic programs
Charged Dec. 20, 2009, with altering an official record
Pleaded guilty, sentenced to two years probation and a $3,000 fine.

Ross Scarantino
Former Pittston Area School District Superintendent
Charged April 16, 2009, with accepting bribes
Released Oct. 18, 2010, after serving just over 11 months of a 13-month prison sentence.

Brian Dunn
Former Wilkes-Barre Area School Board member
Charged April 21, 2009, with taking kickbacks
Pleaded guilty to one charge, serving 18-month prison sentence.

Jim Height
Former Wilkes-Barre Area School Board president
Charged May 18, 2009, with accepting bribe from a contractor
Released Oct. 4, 2010, after serving all of a six-month prison term.

Robert Powell
Suspended attorney, former co-owner of juvenile detention centers
Charged in June 9, 2009, with failing to report illegal activity of two former judges
Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.

Karen Holly
Former Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority clerk
Charged Aug. 5, 2009, with stealing more than $5,000 from the authority
Pleaded guilty, served 30 days in a half-way house, finishing two years probation.

Joseph Oliveri
Former Pittston Area School Board member and county deputy sheriff
Charged Aug. 11, 2009, with accepting a bribe
Released Jan. 13 after serving, at most, 11 months of a 12-month prison sentence.

Robert Mericle
Major local developer
Charged Aug. 13, 2009, with failing to disclose his knowledge of a crime
Pleaded guilty Sept. 2, 2009, still awaiting sentencing.

Gerald Bonner
Former county housing authority member and jury commissioner
Indicted Sept. 1, 2009, on charges he helped a fellow board member obtain a bribe
Pleaded guilty, served three months house arrest, on two years probation.

William Maguire
Former county housing authority member
Charged Sept. 11, 2009, with accepting money from a contractor as a reward for support
Pleaded guilty, serving two-month prison sentence followed by two years probation.

Frank Pizzella Jr.
Former Wilkes-Barre Area School Board president
Indicted Sept. 15, 2009, on charges he passed on a bribe to help someone get a teaching job
Sentenced to five months home confinement, two years probation, 75 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine.
Some Slap on Wrist

Mckeesport, PA

#217 Jun 22, 2013
Continued from Post 216

Barton Weidlich
Pittston businessman
Charged Oct. 1, 2009, with attempted obstruction of justice
Pleaded guilty, sentenced to six months home confinement, two years probation.

Howard Allen Bellas
Former director of the county redevelopment authority and Wyoming Valley West School Board member
Charged Oct. 15, 2009, with corrupt receipt of a reward
Pleaded guilty, sentenced to six months home confinement,$10,000 fine, two years probation.

Richard Emanski
Swoyersville businessman
Charged Oct. 15, 2009, with corrupt payment of a reward for official action
Pleaded guilty, released Feb. 4 after serving a five-month sentence, given a $10,000 fine and two years probation.

Anthony Spinozza
Former Hanover Area School Board member
Charged Oct. 21, 2009, with accepting a reward in exchange for influencing a contract
Pleaded guilty, serving eight months home confinement, two years probation.

Bill Brace
Former county deputy chief clerk
Charged Novb. 12, 2009, with corrupt receipt of a reward
Pleaded guilty, released Aug. 16, 2010, after serving a three-month prison sentence, had to pay a $10,000 fine.

Michael Toole
Former county Court of Common Pleas judge
Charged Dec. 2, 2009, with honest services fraud, filing a false tax return
Pleaded guilty, serving 30-month prison sentence, given $5,000 fine.

Jeffrey Piazza
Former attendance coordinator for Wilkes-Barre Area Career &amp; Technical Center
Charged Dec. 4, 2009, with accepting kickbacks from a contractor
Pleaded guilty, released Oct. 27, 2010, after serving a six-month prison term.

Doug Richards
Former county human resources director
Charged Dec. 10, 2009, with accepting a bribe from a contractor
Pleaded guilty and is appealing his 15-month prison sentence.

Greg Skrepenak
Former county commissioner and NFL lineman
Charged Dec.18, 2009, with accepting a kickback from a local real estate developer
Serving a 24-month sentence in a West Virginia federal penitentiary, ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Patrick Patte
the owner of Patte&rsquo;s Sports Bar and Restaurant
Charged Feb. 12, 2010, with illegal gambling activities
Pleaded guilty, served six months home confinement, given a $21,000 fine, serving three years probation.

Mark G. Fino
Manager of Patte&rsquo;s Sports Bar and Restaurant
Charged Feb. 12, 2010, with illegal gambling activities
Pleaded guilty, served four months home confinement, given a $1,000 fine, serving two years probation.

Christopher Marion
Associate of sports bar/restaurant owner Patrick Patte
Charged Feb. 12, 2010, with illegal gambling activities
Pleaded guilty, served four months home confinement, given a $2,000 fine, serving two years probation.

Craig Stirling
Former official with Valley Forge Christian College
Charged March 29, 2010 with mail fraud related to accepting kickbacks on school equipment
Pleaded guilty, served six months home confinement, ordered to pay $27,202 in restitution, serving two years probation.

Thomas P. Gaughan
An Ashley insurance executive
Charged April 15, 2010, with withholding information of a crime related to payments to a public official in return for a county probation job
Serving 18 months probation.

Robert Reilly
Former county clerk of courts
Charged April 16, 2010, with bribery
Pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents regarding payments he received from Barton Weidlich, sentenced to two years probation, a $1,000 fine and 50 hours of community service.

Russ Arnone
Former Jenkins Township Supervisor Russ Arnone
Charged May 13, 2010, with failing to disclose information of a crime
Pleaded guilty, served two months home confinement, given a $250 fine and 50 hours of community service, serving two years probation.
Some Slap on Wrist

Mckeesport, PA

#218 Jun 22, 2013
Continued from post 216.

WOW EVEN A FORMER STATE SENATOR!

Thom Greco
Local businessman
Charged in May 27, 2010, with failing to report a crime committed by a public official
Sentenced to two years probation, a $10,000 fine and 50 hours of community service.

Ray Musto
Former state senator
Indicted in Nov. 23, 2010, pleaded not guilty to accepting kickbacks in exchange for using his influence as a senator, also accused of lying to federal agents
Jury selection for trial set for Nov. 1.

Michael Pasonick
Local engineer
Charged May 4, 2011, with bribing a school board member
Signed a plea agreement, awaiting sentencing.
33 Severe Slaps on Wrist

Mckeesport, PA

#219 Jun 23, 2013
Patty P wrote:
the sheriff still maintains his job,no harm no foul..
just a slap on the wrist for an elected official,
this is the norm in politics.
nothing will change
lets move on already
I think that post 216, etc. propelled some 33 eggs on your disillusioned pout.
Rough Times

Mckeesport, PA

#220 Sep 8, 2013
Unfortunately, Mayor Cherepko has had some trying events and incidents in the past several weeks.

The Appeals Court victory by Ms. D. could be troubling depending how the MASD SB processes her windfall that could be substantial. Will they reopen the Cornell School sex scandal investigation?

The indictment of his puppet, friend, and confident Councilman Dan Carr is an embarrassment.

The hilarious sting on his City Administrator's brother who is now an elusive State Representative is a negative incident.

The indictment of Councilman Carr who the mayor's hand picked to manage and operate the Palisades is a negative and embarrassment.

The indictment of Councilman Care who the mayor's hand picked to manage and operate the International Village illustrates poor judgment of character.

The indictments of three former city police officers require damage control.

And, there are more indictments looming.

No wonder there was secret meetings in the Senator's penthouse to discuss a crisis management plan.

Like Mayor Brewster falsely called for Councilman Shelly to step down, Mayor Cherepko should immediately remove Mr. Carr from all appointed positions, bar his ice cream and rib concessions from City property, and urge him to resign from Council. Mr. Shelly was not indicted!

I think the mayor realizes that Mr. Carr violated the Mayor's Code of No Negativity and imposed serious negativity on our beloved City. He should resign from Council and all appointments immediately.

Mr. Soles is the most qualified councilperson to take the lead on cleansing the besmirched reputation of Council, Palisades, International Village, and the City.

Show some leadership Keith and do it. Keith, show some courage and leadership and call for a special Council meeting immediately.

Finally, Mr. Carr should apologize publically to those he unjustly fired or had a hand in firing at the International Village and Palisades. Especially to two who contributed significantly to our city, e.g., Ms. Dorothy Kuharski and Mr. Michael Joyce. They were outstanding citizens who careers where destroyed by a indicted councilperson.

RESPECT

Mckeesport, PA

#221 Sep 8, 2013
On your way out Mr Carr please unplug your icecream truck from the pole in Renzie we taxpayers are tired of paying for your electric every summer to run your personal business
Pay Up Carr

Mckeesport, PA

#222 Sep 8, 2013
RESPECT wrote:
On your way out Mr Carr please unplug your icecream truck from the pole in Renzie we taxpayers are tired of paying for your electric every summer to run your personal business
Will City Administrator Gergely invoice the disgraced councilman, chair of IV and Palisades, and Lions Club president an invoice?

Mike should order Gergely to invoice Carr for the use of City paid electrical power.

The City Administrator should also check on his business privilege taxes status. He should not be exempt from these taxes because he is the mayor's friend and a council puppet.
Negativity Fighter

Mckeesport, PA

#224 Sep 8, 2013
The continuance of indicted Councilman Carr to be involved with the functions of our beloved City and associated entities is one of the largest negative embarrassments in the history of our City.

The chief negativity fighter, AKA Mayor Cherepko, should neutralize this astonishing negativity embarrassment immediately by any legal means necessary.
Commercials

Rochester, PA

#225 Sep 9, 2013
Mikey looks like the Kenny Ross wedding attendee. He looks most like the guy with his eyes bulging out in the Blush commercial.
Mayor Return Contribution

Mckeesport, PA

#226 Sep 10, 2013
Negativity Fighter wrote:
The continuance of indicted Councilman Carr to be involved with the functions of our beloved City and associated entities is one of the largest negative embarrassments in the history of our City.
The chief negativity fighter, AKA Mayor Cherepko, should neutralize this astonishing negativity embarrassment immediately by any legal means necessary.
Mayor Cherepko please do not continue to perpetuate that dreaded negativity for our beloved City. Man up and return these contributions.

Follow the lead of your mentor the senator. Return the five contributions of over $4000 from the Mr. and Mrs. Pork Chop.

Also, return the $500 contribution on 5/2/13 from Mr. James Cerqua who was one of the 16 indicted that including your disgraced Councilperson Carr.
Old Blue Eyes

Mckeesport, PA

#227 Sep 10, 2013
Mayor Return Contribution wrote:
<quoted text>
Mayor Cherepko please do not continue to perpetuate that dreaded negativity for our beloved City. Man up and return these contributions.
Follow the lead of your mentor the senator. Return the five contributions of over $4000 from the Mr. and Mrs. Pork Chop.
Also, return the $500 contribution on 5/2/13 from Mr. James Cerqua who was one of the 16 indicted that including your disgraced Councilperson Carr.
Why isn't the media reporting on this? That's more than Brewster and Gergely reported!!!
Censorship Galore

Mckeesport, PA

#228 Sep 10, 2013
Old Blue Eyes wrote:
<quoted text> Why isn't the media reporting on this? That's more than Brewster and Gergely reported!!!
The local media has been ordered not to report this just like his involvement in the Cornell School sex scandal.

The editor in chief JB censored this topic to protect Mikey.

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