Blairsville citizens air complaints about cops

After a brief, orderly rally outside the building, an overflow crowd packed into borough council chambers and the adjacent hallway Tuesday to voice complaints about the borough police force. Full Story
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jeff jones

Siler City, NC

#1 May 25, 2006
I guess blairsville has become a big city now. Hess uses the excuse that the only people complaining were one that were in front of a judge. Maybe if he would be around blairsville a little more he would see how wyo-tech has destroyed that little town. Hess you need to look in the mirror and figure out a real answer to these complains and not use a cover up answer. Beside the district attorney office isn't that bright when it comes to human rights. The only thing you have to do it get a attorney from any other county and he or she will destroy any indiana county attorney. Just ask bobby bell about stynes attorne. So do not sit there and say the district attorney looked in ms adkins situation and said everything is okay.
Alyonda

Harrison City, PA

#2 May 26, 2006
I'm torn betweent the two sides in this debate... First of all, Wyotech students are ruining an otherwise sleepy little town. Everyone expected some sort of big windfall from the expansion of the school but so far all it has done is cost us more and more money as a municipality in trying to chase the speeding culprits down... However, I dont think we can blame the police for this. The police are merely an afterthought and they are doing their jobs as best they can under difficult circumstances... The town council and Burrell Township officials are the real culprits for not negotiating "housing" terms for school expansion before the expansion began... As a community, we have been trying to play catch-up ever since and we are losing the battle.. What kind of institution would recruit thousands of kids the the area to attend school and then not provide ONE DAMN PLACE for them to stay? Very loudly and clearly, WyoTech spoke volumes about what they think of our area when, in silence, they unleashed hundreds and now thousands of kids to live in firetraps and shacks all over lower Indiana County...
Blake

Mercer, PA

#3 May 26, 2006
Good point Alyonda. I was born and raised in Blairsville though I now live in Monroeville. It is difficult for me to go home and visit family. When in Blairsville, one can't help but notice that once prosperous neighborhoods are now in disrepair and in fact, falling down. Speeding and racing by WyoTechers is ubiquitous (though the police seem to go out of their way to blame in on the local teens...pure political). Maple Avenue looks and drives like it has been hit by a SCUD missle. In fact, Blairsville looks like a bigger version of Black Lick. WyoTech has done nothing to help matters there, and the slum lords who rent to them should be ashamed of themselves.
Donnie G

Hobart, Australia

#4 May 26, 2006
Hey guys, I used to live in Laramie Wyoming. Wyotech was there and it was the same thing.... race cars, crime, drunkedness, and drugs
hah

Greensburg, PA

#5 Aug 11, 2006
Maybe if you people actually seen how the cops in Blairsville were towards us Wyotech students it would be a different story. Sure theres the ones that do speed and what not and deserve to get pulled over but theres also a good portion of us that are nearly constantly harassed for vairous things and it would be nice if these cops did act somewhat professional. The part that is very irritating to the people that are more so harassed is that they will get pulled over somtimes days in a row, by the same cop, for vairous bs things that the cop could have given them a ticket for all at once rather than having to give a ticket on 3 different occasions (hmm quota possibly?). Rough example. A guy gets pulled over for not having inspection + a brake light out. The cop pulls him over and gives a ticket for inspection (when he could have obviously seen the brake light was out). The next day the cop pulls over the guy again giving him a ticket for the brake light and once again complaining about inspection.
Loretta

Mexico

#6 Aug 12, 2006
I have occasion to travel to Blairsville on business from time to time and quite frankly, I find the police to be very involved and quite willing to patrol and properly police the town. The primary trouble is not Blairsville's per se, but rather, the way that Pennsylvania is configured. In most states, the County Sheriff has real police powers and the entire county is well policed... Now, on top of this, the towns also have a police force. When someone breaks a law within the town and leave the town borders while fleeing, the town cops are able to pursue and once outside the town borders, they are in essence Sheriff deputies and are joined by other deputies in pursuit of the culprit... In Pennsylvania, once a criminal flees Blairsville lets say, then there is no one out in the Burrell Township to pursue the culprit unless there just happens to be a state cop in the area which is highly unlikely... Keep up the good work Blairsville Police and oh, by the way, WyoTech is the WORST thing that has ever happened to your small town
FACE IT

United States

#7 Aug 16, 2006
Both Blairsville and Derry police departments are full of Barney Fifes.

They're pussies who are afraid to go after the REAL problem in both towns - which is drug dealing and drug using - HEROIN. As a result, burglaries, vandalism, and theft are rampant.

Instead, they sit outside the clubs and bars waiting to nail someone on a bullshit DUI rap (easy money).

THESE COPS ARE WORTHLESS WHEN IT COMES TO REAL CRIME.

Wake the hell up people.
FACE IT

United States

#8 Aug 16, 2006
I'm from Blairsville - not San Jose. What the hell's wrong with this forum?
WyoTech Mom

Fairport, NY

#9 Aug 17, 2006
My son attends WyoTech, and I can attest to the high
rents which are way out of line. I also can see how
run down the town actually is. If the people in
Blairsville did not have WyoTech to give the
community $$ and jobs, what do you think Blairsville
would look like? The kids are judged too harshly,
and the police have it in for them. Why not support
these students, who in turn, will support the town.
sick of wyotech

United States

#10 Aug 27, 2006
Mommy,
Blairsville residents have put money into cleaning up the town. Making improvement to the buildings. But mommy when some of these asses come to town and they ended up destroying what the citizens fix up. The street my mother lives on has alot of childreen on it. But these asses keep on using the street as a drag strip. By the ways how did your son get into wyotech. What laws did he break? Most of these kids are crimmials when they get here. They take advantage of the piss poor police work in blairsville. I agree with the person that said they run from the real problems in blairsville. As far as jobs wyotech created. Very few of them are local people getting the job. The construction job to build was given to a out of town company. As far as the rent. Blairsville has learned what these asses can do to a apartment. Landlord have had to put a great deal of money into these place after these asses have left the apartments. As far as the cops harrassing these asses. Get your car inspected. Then the taillight would of been fixed. Obey the laws of Pa just like the rest have to. Maybe you asses should realize the worthless police gave him a break. A chance to fix the inspection and the taillight. Did my mother get a chance to fix her car when wyotech student screw with it. Did they miss a day of work because their inspection stick. No these asses got away with it. They were suppose to pay for this but they were transfer out of blairsville before they paid. So mommy the next time you holiness come to blairsville look at what people have to put up with before your holiness judges a town. If you still think it a run down town. Stay out we don't want you or you crimmial of a son here.

wyotech mom

United States

#11 Aug 27, 2006
WyoTech Mom wrote:
My son attends WyoTech, and I can attest to the high
rents which are way out of line. I also can see how
run down the town actually is. If the people in
Blairsville did not have WyoTech to give the
community $$ and jobs, what do you think Blairsville
would look like? The kids are judged too harshly,
and the police have it in for them. Why not support
these students, who in turn, will support the town.
mommy did you ever think maybe blairsville people are tired of fixing what the so call holy children do when your holiness isn't around. As far a the job. Most of these job are given to outsiders. All the construction job were given to company outside of indiana county. As far as the rent These landlords have had to pay out alot of money to fix what these holy children have destroyed. The worthless police don't harrass these kids. Inspection boy was given a chance to fix his car. The laws states they could have made him park the car right there. Which in turn means the town would of towed it to a inpound yard. Which means alot more money. If inspection boy would of just went and got it inspected maybe the worthless police wouldn't of pulled him over. Next time obey the law. 25 dollars is all it cost to get it inspected. Unless you are running a car the is full of faults that won't past inspection. Not all of these holy children are crimmials but the damage the holy crimmials do make up the the really holy one staying out of trouble. As far as blairsville be run down mommy. Baltimore sure is sweet. How many run down area does baltimore have? And were not talking about their loser football team either. Are their no crime in baltimore. I guess not. Since this town is so run down why did your son come to wyotech. What crimes have he commited to get sent to this school.
Marsha

Ellwood City, PA

#12 Aug 28, 2006
WyoTech Mom wrote:
My son attends WyoTech, and I can attest to the high
rents which are way out of line. I also can see how
run down the town actually is. If the people in
Blairsville did not have WyoTech to give the
community $$ and jobs, what do you think Blairsville
would look like? The kids are judged too harshly,
and the police have it in for them. Why not support
these students, who in turn, will support the town.
I commend your son for wanting to further his education and prepare for his future. Several years ago WyoTech unleashed, upon the streets of our fair town, a thousand or more kids, without ever considering proper housing arrangements. "We are not in the housing business" they were quoted as saying. Instead, they invited a thousand kids to the community without weighing the logistics of such move. Overnight the town was flooded with young kids and fast cars and the townsfolk were overwhelmed. Yes Blairsville is a rundown community and WyoTech delibertly decided to take advantage of that fact. They reasoned that we were such a desperate bunch that we would welcome any old crumb that was dropped at our feet. That was how WyoTech said "hello", that is how WyoTech introduced itself to Blairsville. The old proverb says... "one does not get a second chance to make a first impression". WyoTech blew it in the realm of public opinion and now, unfortunately, the townspeople are taking it out on the kids... Maybe the new student housing out in burrell township will help heal the wounds... But alas, I contend it was not the arrogance of Blairsville that started this war, but rather, the arrogance of WyoTech
Marianne

Ellwood City, PA

#13 Aug 28, 2006
Hi Marsha. You make a wonderful point. When I was preparing to go off to college ages ago, my parents accompanied me as I visited schools and compared ammenities. The very first questions my dad would ask, after looking over the academic standing of the school, was... "Where is my daughter going to be living?" "What are the arrangements for her housing and security?" The choice of schools ultimately rested on the answer to that question. If one were to be a mouse in the room while a WyoTech interview is ongoing, the following is what one is apt to hear... "We don't have a f**king thing for your kid. He's on his own. We dont give a sh*t if he lives under a bridge, we're not in the housing business." For me, that is simply unacceptable... If my child were to show an interest in such a school, I would forbid him to attend on MY dime.
Former Techer

Mesa, AZ

#14 Sep 14, 2006
Interesting,
As a former Wyoming Technical Institute student (Diesel Technology with Applied Service Managment), I take a dual-view of the situation discussed. Let me explain...
First of all, I resent the lump assumption by Donnie G that all WyoTech students are into "race cars, crime, drunkedness, and drugs". Of course, I won't be presumptious, perhaps the Laramie, Wyoming campus is different. Also, I dislike Sick Of Wyotech's comments, "By the ways how did your son get into wyotech. What laws did he break? Most of these kids are crimmials when they get here." Also, it seems that this poster is very interested in the word "asses". Sorry, Sick Of, this is the wrong forum for anal-fetishes. Only adults who can articulate themselves like grown-ups need to comment, please. All others will be kindly ignored.
To rebuff such claims, I present my own case. I graduated from high school and went to work for a GM dealership for a year as a lube technician (the guy who changes your oil). Although I found I loved the automotive industry--especially the maintenance and repair fields--I quickly realized that I did not have the knowledge and practical experience to fulfill my ambitions.
So, I enrolled into WyoTech, where I was given a quality, hands-on education with up-to-date technology and intensive training. I walked away, after graduation, with a real Associate's Degree, proud of what I had accomplished.
Since that time, I have successfully moved up from a line technician, to a Service Advisor (sometimes called a Service Writer), and am now managing a full-scale aftermarket parts department. I am proud to call myself a Wyo "Techer", and--when asked--will proudly tell everyone that I attended Wyoming Technical Institute in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.
However, I understand Blairsville citizen's frustration over the situation. I agree with Marianne when she said regarding the lack of on-campus student housing, "For me, that is simply unacceptable..."; hindisight being 20/20, I would have strongly re-considered my application if my recruiter had been more honest with me about housing availabilies in the region.
In conclusion, I sympathize with the frustration and anger many of you have concerning the "bad apples" that, by nature of the programs the school offers, are attracted to WyoTech. But I ask you to remember that--like me--not all of us "are crimmials when they get here." Some of us, though few, are decent men and women that followed the rules, put extra time and effort into our studies (hence, why I was NEVER--not *once*--pulled over by the police), and are proud of the lives and careers that we've built through the education provided to us by Wyoming Techinical Institue.
Jackal

Newport News, VA

#15 Sep 29, 2006
Donnie G wrote:
Hey guys, I used to live in Laramie Wyoming. Wyotech was there and it was the same thing.... race cars, crime, drunkedness, and drugs
Obviously you were never from Laramie but only stayed there. If you witnessed nothing other than drunkeness, drugs, and crime then you were hanging out with the wrong crowd. It's like working in a pizza place and then moving to a hot dog joint and saying "all they have at the pizza place is pizza." but they actually serve chicken wings too, you just didn't take the time to notice. As for Blairsville, this place was a craphole long before WyoTech was on the scene. It's only been here 3 yrs and by the looks of the deteriorating conditions of the homes it's obivious it started longer than 3 years ago. Before WyoTech the nearset Wal-mart was in Indiania. Before WyoTech the citizen's of Blairsville probably had other things to bitch about. Instead of complaining all the time accept WyoTech as part of the community, because it'll be in Blairsville a lot longer than the 300 40-80 year olds who live there will be. Peace.
Jackal

Newport News, VA

#16 Sep 29, 2006
RE:Donnie G
Obviously you weren't from Laramie. If all you witnessed during your time there was drunkenness, drugs, and crime then you were hanging out with the wrong people. It's like working at a pizza place for 5 years then moving to a hot dog joint and saying ”all they had at the pizza place was pizza" when in reality they had chicken wings too. As for Blairsville, it was a craphole long before WyoTech came along. With the condition of the homes the way they are it's obvious somebody wasn't taking care of them 7-10 years and with WyoTech -Blairsville only now pushing the 5 year mark, Blairsville has been shotty for along time. Think about how long Blairsville has been around, the home I live in was built in 1890 luckily the couple I bought it from, cared about their house and updated the damn thing. Before WyoTech was in Blairsville the citizens of this back woods town probably had plenty of other things to bitch about, and if WyoTech were to ever leave, I'm sure they'd bitch about that. WyoTech isn't going anywhere, so get used to it. Peace
Laramieguy

Casper, WY

#17 Dec 31, 2006
You guys think that only those towns have problems with techers? here in Laramie is where we have had Wyo Tech the longest, because this is where it started. Techers (as they are called here) are not only known for being drunks, disturbing the peace, vandalising, etc... They are also known to knock up junior high girls, start fights, and be, to say it lightly, total and compete jerks,so who do you think has it worse?
Laramieguy

Casper, WY

#18 Dec 31, 2006
howcome it says Alcova?
F Wyotech

Oroville, CA

#19 Jan 16, 2007
I went to the Laramie campus.

Wyotech is a joke. Instead of going there, got to your local community college for 1/10 the cost, and light the rest of your 25K on fire. You will still be better off.
disgusted resident

Kittanning, PA

#20 Mar 15, 2007
I was born and raised in Blairsville. I have to agree that the town looks terrible and extremely depressed. Wyotech students are not to fault for that. In fact, they are the reason that Wal-Mart and the other businesses were built here. That was a HUGE step & improvement for Blairsville! As for the Blairsville Police, they are complete jokes. They are so busy harassing innocent people and chasing people out of this town. They are too scared to be "real" Police and find "real" criminals. Speak up folks! Too many people are afraid to say anything against them in fear of being harassed. Let your District Attorney know about it! Has anyone ever sent an e-mail to Pittsburgh's Channel 4-Call for Action or KDKA Investigators? I did! The more complaints they receive, the more likely they are to come here and see what the hell the Blairsville Police are doing and not doing here. Place your complaints to somebody, anybody but for God's sake, speak up or we'll never get this joke of a "Police Crew" off our backs!

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