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
blah

United States

#21 Mar 29, 2007
all you all do is complain wyo tech is a college along with colleges you have the negatives and the positives but of course all everyone heres about is the bad well let me state something myself i am a college student jsut like high school the so called bad kids do something and everyone gets blamed well wyo tech is a college jsut like pennstate jsut like iup and ohio state but yes it is a tech school what do you have at every college anymore drugs alcohol and racing at least to some people to the other people its about working hard to achieve something the people every one forget about yes i hear you about the police and the problems and i agree but dont blame wyo tech cause its in ever college your not the only area to complain about your home college and you dont have it that bad jsut picture living around iup do what it tkaes to clean up streets i understand but remeber everyone doesnt par take in this
Chinenjim

Latrobe, PA

#22 Apr 5, 2007
I can't even believe Blairsville is being discussed here. It's a hick town, just like my town, New Alexandria. I can't wait to move outta here.
anoyed techer

Mentcle, PA

#23 Apr 12, 2007
i see it from both sides. yes many of the techers are very immature but for most it is their first time away from home. instead of cracking down on them, show them what to do. i can attest to their agony in blairsville, and the law is way over bearing. the thing you have to account for is we are KIDS!!!!!!! that and the whole animosity thing towards us, grow up. so what if the school didnt ask permission, it is not our fault. people need to learn to take the good with the bad. with out wyotech blairsville would be a sleepy little town made up of nothing and with out blairsville, i would not have any where to further my education. yes as a techer i am a pain in the ass but the people in this town have alot of growing up to do, and as for the cops, you need to find something better to do with your time, note that this is anot a big city, this town is hardly big enough to earn the right to be on the map. stop harassing the locals and the techers, try going after something worth per sewing, like a real job, the kids that are picked on in high school grow up to be cops, remember you did not like being picked on so stop picking on us!!!!!!!!!
BILL FROM BURRELL TWP

Kittanning, PA

#24 May 1, 2007
TELL BLAIRSVILLE TO KEEP THEIR COPS IN BLAIRSVILLE BOROUGH, KEEP OUT OF BURRELL TWP WE DO NOT WANT YOU. I TRAVEL TO INDIANA TO SHOP TO AVOID THE COPS AND I AM A SENIOR CITIZEN. WHAT A SHAME THE DIRECTION YOUR GOING.
Susan

AOL

#25 May 15, 2007


Is anything going to be said about the 2 Blairsville car racers who were racing their cars then when they came up on another car and that car brake checked the Blairsville racers caused the WyoTech student who was in the car that brake checked to flip over 4 times. Then instead of helping the Techee the 2 Blairsville racers beat the crap out of the Techee and tried to throw him off a bridge. Blairsville was nothing before WyoTech came in, all it was was the halfway point between Altoona and Pittsburgh. Why don't you people realize that there is money to be made by all residents of Blairsville. Quit whining and look at the opportunity in front of you!
Susan

AOL

#26 May 15, 2007
I can't believe that you are saying most of these kids are criminals. My husband is a thirty four year old WyoTech student who is not a criminal and never was. He only wants to learn what he can from WyoTech and then get out, find a decent job in a field he loves. It sounds to me like the Blairsville kids are the criminals. They caused a car to flip over because the Blairsville kids were racing and came up on a slower moving car and after the car flipped over 4 times the Blairsville racers beat up the kid from WyoTech. You adults in Blairsville are filling your own kids with predjudice but that's a hick town for you. Why WyoTech ever chose Blairsville to have a school in I'll never understand. And yes the rent these students are paying is ridiculous but at least there are a few Blairsville residents who are smart enough to take advantage of the opportunity laid at their feet. The rest of you hicks need to stop whining and take advantage of the possibilities being given to you. You also need to learn some manners and teach them to your children who you are allowing to become criminals. Your kids are out racing too and when they lose they're mean!!!
Rusty Johnson

Lexington, KY

#27 Jun 27, 2007
Hell Ill give my full name to this, I am a student there right now taking collision and refinishing and I was just down the road when the whole incident between the racers and "victim" got into it. Those three had some stuff going on before that happened from what I heard anyways. There are some dumb kids out there just out of mom and dads shadow and dont know what to do with it. The cops are being a little too bias when it comes to the students but the students are atleast 50%+ of the road violations out that way. Some of the students have parents who just bought them any car they wanted, these kids know what type of car to get when their parents dont know anything about these cars and they buy it for them. I believe if one of us students gets any road citation then they should have their parking pass taken away for one week, then a month and so on with each citation they recieve. They will learn real quick what needs to happen on the road and what needs to happen on the track. I believe most of this is the schools fault itself for not enforcing their rules enough. I am a student there like I said but I seem to have no problem controlling myself on the road.
Resident

Columbus, OH

#28 Jul 2, 2007
I am a resident just outside of downtown Blairsville. My son has plans to attend Wyotech and I encourage him to do so since it is one of the best (if not the best) automotive schools in the country, right in "our own back yard". And as for the cost of the school, someone needs to take a real look at what they are getting.(because we have recently compared due to my sons interests)$25-30,000 is a lot of money! So here are some facts: You can go to another school for the same exact training but will need to attend for up to 2 years. That's 2 yrs of tuition, clothing/uniforms, housing, meals and commutes which ultimately ends up being the same $25-30,000. You will get the same (or better) experience with Wyotech's base program which is 6 very intensive months with specialties added on in 3 month increments. That gives you the opportunity to get started on your career at least a year earlier. No, I am not a salesperson for Wyotech nor am I brainwashed by them. I am an independent business women who has checked things out and got the facts straight! Then the residents that complain that all of our town's problems are due to the students, are sadly mistaken. Knowing many of the local teenagers and their habits should be enough to know that they contribute to the "hoopla" more than any others. The only reason some think that it is all Wyotech is because when something goes wrong the media makes sure that everyone knows it was a Wyotech student (and yes, the local cops have a lot to do with that). The residents need to stop bitching long enough to realize that the number of students coming through that campus each term is incredible and only a handful of them ever get their name in the paper. Yes Blairsville has issues, but they are their own, long before Wyotech came to town. Before Wyo, we had Vale Tech and they got the same rap (just on a smaller scale)--just an easy scapegoat for those that are too pompous to find out what their own kids are doing each night.
Townie

Blairsville, PA

#29 Jul 3, 2007
People in Blairsville complain about all of our towns problems on a regular basis but yet they don't always get their so called facts straight. Yes some of those who attend Whyotech speed down streets in residential neighborhoods sometimes,party,vandalism,etc. I mean seriously they are not the soul contributors to the problems of Blairsville. What about those certain groups of teens in this town as well as some people in the 19-25 age range who do not attend Wyotech...they contribute to some of Blairsville's problems. As for the cops in this town...they are a joke and thats the truth. They do sit outside of local bars and wait for people to come out so they can follow them...I watched them do it. I'm all for getting drunk drivers off the roads but there is a point where they are pratically stalking people. Blairsville does have more businesses now as a result of Wyotech but its up to the rest of the town to bring more businesses in and keep them here... a very hard task. Last but not least in my rant: recreation. We are pretty much the only town without a community swimming pool but hey we have dump instead(site of the old pool). Finally it took until the end of last month for the tennis nets to be put up...as if we have anything else besides the community center. Okay I'm done...
confused chica

Clairton, PA

#30 Jul 11, 2007
HEY FOLKS!!!!!
what I find amusing is the fact that this forum was started as a way of talking about the joke of a police force we have.(Which by the way, they're hypocrites. They never let pedestrians cross the road, and when asked about it they pretend they never saw the pedestrian. Then proceed to yell at jay-walking pedestrians.) But it's ending up as a debate about WyoTech.

yeah, some techers are real jerks. I should know, I'm a sixteen year old girl who still feels unsafe walking the streets even while it's light out yet alone dark, for fear that one of the corrupted ones will get ideas because of the ridiculous behavior of those girls from my school that we refer to as "techer twots". But I've also been hit on by them since I was 12, which by the way is when they moved here .. not when I was 13. Get your math straight Jackal.

Secondly, I see what "Former Techer" is saying, there are some nice young adults that attend the school, and not all the professors were jerks either. One of the former students worked at the local pizza parlor (fox's) and attended my church, and he was one of the sweetest men I will ever meet. ALSO, be articulate. stop using profanity every 7 seconds ... I'm a teenager and we're rumored to be "dirty-mouthed partiers who start all the trouble" yet I haven't used profanity once in this message.

So please, stop with the lack of vocabulary skills and with the judgemental views.

By the way, if you want a discussion about WyoTech, label it that. not police.
trixiet

Stamford, CT

#31 Jul 27, 2007
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
Hey Donnie G. When were you in Laramie? i have a few of the management folks where I work and they are all donkey butts. Maybe you have some info on them.
WyoTech Student

Indiana, PA

#33 Oct 29, 2007
1st of all,Let's not take into consideration all the freakin revenue that wyotech is providing your sorry little town, 2nd of all why dont all you locals be a little nicer to us "techers" ... do u really think were here just to piss you people off and make trouble...get a real reason to complain about your scumhole town
Mike

Apollo, PA

#34 Oct 29, 2007
But borough Solicitor Matt Kovacik noted the county district attorney's office reviewed the incident and determined that "the procedures that took place were appropriate."
Here is where the problem lies. You have a law enforcement community that is so wrapped up in itself and more concerned about covering each others' butts, no one currently in a position to correct the problem will. Just look at how the DA's office DIDN'T handle the murder of Dr. John Yelenic. And face it, a solicitor's primary role is to protect the borough council, not the citizens. Maybe you should all review this forum - http://www.topix.com/forum/city/clarksburg-pa...
Maude

El Segundo, CA

#35 Oct 30, 2007
Mike,

You are right on the money about the Dr. Yelenic Murder and how it wasn't handled properly. You may also find it interesting that at one point, Mr. Kovacik was Dr. Yelenic's divorce attorney and basically did absolutely NOTHING to stop his ex wife and all her trumped up charges. It wasn't until Dr. Yelenic hired a proactive attorney in Ms. Alexander, that things started to turn around. As far as I am concerned, they are all corrupt and useless in Blairsville municiple government!
Mike

Apollo, PA

#36 Oct 30, 2007
Maude wrote:
Mike,
You are right on the money about the Dr. Yelenic Murder and how it wasn't handled properly. You may also find it interesting that at one point, Mr. Kovacik was Dr. Yelenic's divorce attorney and basically did absolutely NOTHING to stop his ex wife and all her trumped up charges. It wasn't until Dr. Yelenic hired a proactive attorney in Ms. Alexander, that things started to turn around. As far as I am concerned, they are all corrupt and useless in Blairsville municiple government!
Any DA that allows open adulterous affairs involving members of his staff, should be questioned not only on his ethics, but morals as well. Why do you think Bell gave $2,500 to Saltsburg boro for their police dept - because his chief detective was hired to "supervise and administer" the new one-man dept at $500 a month. It helps that the chief detective and council president are "friends". You can draw your own conclusions.
Sheila

Nanty Glo, PA

#37 Dec 9, 2007
jeff jones wrote:
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.
Wyo-tech has done nothing to destroy Blairsville, my parents have lived in Blairsville all there lives and they have nothing but good things to say about Wyo-Tech it's a big improvement from the days of Vale-Tech that used to be in blairsville. If it wasn't for the Wyo-tech students renting apartments in the blairsville area many of them would be empty.
Star

Latrobe, PA

#39 Dec 10, 2007
Sheila wrote:
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Wyo-tech has done nothing to destroy Blairsville, my parents have lived in Blairsville all there lives and they have nothing but good things to say about Wyo-Tech it's a big improvement from the days of Vale-Tech that used to be in blairsville. If it wasn't for the Wyo-tech students renting apartments in the blairsville area many of them would be empty.
I have to agree with you Sheila, Wyo-Tech has brought nothing but good things to Blairsville. This town would be a ghost town had wyo-tech not come into town, they even had a lot to do with Walmart descission to come here. I for one am glad they came.
Steve McCloud

United States

#40 Dec 18, 2007
My butthole hurts.
Black Widow Spider

El Segundo, CA

#41 Dec 19, 2007
Steve McCloud wrote:
My butthole hurts.
I hope that is what former officer Kevin Foley is saying in jail!
Fat Albert

United States

#42 Dec 20, 2007
Black Widow Spider wrote:
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I hope that is what former officer Kevin Foley is saying in jail!
Wow, aren't you classy????

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