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I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I had a question about Michael Whitlow
Comment; “I was just told Whitlow passed away; is this true?”
December 10, 2009 3:14 PM Jim Pitcherella said...
Attorney Michael Whitlow of Downingtown passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007.
The “Bloc of Four” took office in January of 2006.
Well before he passed away, Patsy Ray, Linda Lavender, Lisa Johnson, Kareem Johnson and several other people connected to the Coatesville City Council and Walker Administration were allegedly “regulars” at Whitlow’s office.
I had wondered (in print) why Linda Lavender and Whitlow were moving what looked like cases of files (they were the type of cardboard boxes used for files) from Representative Tim Hennessey’s office into a car out front of Hennessey’s office. I still don’t know what was in the boxes. I witnessed if myself. Because of the response from Lisa Johnson and Linda Lavender about Whitlow, Lavender and Hennessey’s office; I think I hit a sore spot. I was a little bit concerned about my safety when the two of them followed me (yelling at me) out of the Coatesville City Hall meeting room to take a phone call.
Whitlow’s office was almost a branch of the Coatesville City Hall. The connection with Mosaic Partners is that Whitlow was a partner of Leslie Smallwood in the case that led to her disbarment in 2002.
The fact that he passed away has no bearing on an alleged connection between Smallwood, Whitlow and the City of Coatesville government. The only thing that matters is they knew each other very well. I am not saying that it happened this way but there would have been plenty of time to hatch a plan to develop the flats in Whitlow’s office and like I said some of Coatesville public officials were seen going in and out of Whitlow’s office many times over. Michael Whitlow may have had nothing to do with Mosaic’s plans for the flats; but he could have introduced Leslie Smallwood to the Coatesville Administration and Coatesville public officials.
I discovered that the power plant, the one that we almost had instead of Smallwood’s development, was allegedly discussed and roughly planned by Walker, Lehr and other Coatesville area residents even before the “Bloc of Four” took office. The real money in the power plant comes through the “Coatesville Power Authority” that would need to be formed to sell electricity on Exelon’s lines. The "Coatesville Power Authority" would have local people and power plant people running it. I’m just guessing but maybe Smallwood’s plan was plan B in case the power plant did not work.
Lehr and Walker seemed to deny knowing each other when Harry Walker started as Coatesville City Manager; but they allegedly were partners along with Ed Scrivens, Pat Sellers and Ernie Campos in a plan to renovate Scott Middle School into a trade school in the late 1990’s. The plans collapsed when in April of 2000 the Coatesville Area School District decided not to sell the property.
None of this would be directly used as evidence by a Federal Prosecutor in a RICO case. But it is what investigators call “good to know” information. Maybe good enough for further investigation.
December 10, 2009 5:31 PM