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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA
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.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
"You know, we’re at the RDA and we’re looking at deals that are millions of dollars for the city. And nobody comes..City Council is arguing over a basketball ring somewhere and the room is full. You know it’s just, it’s sad that’s what it is"
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
David thought it’s probably for a couple of bucks.
It came up $3.5 million.
The man said, “I live in a bad neighborhood, would you put this in you safe until Monday when I can go cash it in?”
That is the kind of man that David Pilotti was, his trustworthiness and loyalty were unassailable.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
“I think whoever released it (to the Daily local News) did it under-handedly,' Johnson said. “I think it’s sad.”
silly4143 wrote on May 25, 2011 7:42 AM:
Please elaborate on Mr. Lentz's and Mr. Patton's not "squeeky" clean record. If you are going to explain why the volunteers don't show up, please don't blame the career firefighters. Please at least admit to the real reason: they don't show up to training, because, as Paulukinas put it, they don't feel that they should have to. How somebody expects to do a good job (in any industry) without training is beyond me. And Paulukinas claims that his experience fighting fires is training enough-- well that was clearly demonstrated at Millview, wasn't it??
You say, "I can guarantee Lentz will run into the same problem kevin had because Everyone wants to play chief and nobody wants to play Indian." Well, that is exactly the issue. The volunteers don't want to listen to authority.
As for Patton and Lentz not listening to officers... As soon as Lentz arrived onscene at Millview, he stated that a defensive approach should be taken. The officers ignored his suggestion and the rest is history. 7 firefighters were injured and luckily none killed, because the volunteer officers had too much pride to listen to Mr. Lentz (who obviously knew what he was talking about).
Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011And, as I have said before, how can the West End Fire Company run an "Old Coatesville WHITES ONLY" bar and continue to receive Federal funds? The West End Fire Company has the appearance of a social drinking club masquerading as a fire station. The West End Company has a reputation as "Old Coatesville". Blacks are allegedly not even wanted at fund raisers for the West End company.
Friday, May 20, 2011
"First day to circulate and file nomination petitions February 15"
"Last day to circulate and file nomination petitions March 8"
"First day to circulate and file nomination papers March 9"
"Last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed nomination petitions March 23"That last date March 23, 2011 was not just the last date for the withdraw of a candidate it's also the last day to have someone not appear on a ballot because he or she is not qualified in some manner to hold office.
But there is usually an air of secrecy about running for office. So, it will probably be a few days after March 9, 2011 or so when the petitions are officially in before you know who actually is running.
If by some chance no one invests into checking for a criminal record and March 24, 2011 comes around and the process of making up the ballots begins; felony conviction or not that person will be on the ballot.
If by some chance a person with a felony conviction wins an election and takes office it might take months of legal work to have them removed.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
FIREFIGHTER BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS.... A "warning flag" From Coatesville, PA for ALL FD's
"Saturday, March 28, 2009 On Jan. 17, 2001, police responded to a domestic dispute involving a man in camouflage gear waving a semiautomatic pistol. As two officers approached the Caln Township residence, a shot was fired "in such a manner as to place individuals in danger," court records said.
Less than four years later, the person who shot the gun, Kevin Johnson, was hired as an assistant fire chief in Coatesville.
His hiring is an example of Coatesville's weakness in screening firefighting personnel, said Richard G. Poulson, the attorney for the city's 13 paid part-time firefighters and four full-time firefighters."
Chester County Court of Common Pleas
Nolle Prossed means,"please do not prosecute" or "to be unwilling to pursue".
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Democrat Walter Benn is running against Republican incumbent Ed Simpson in Coatesville's 1st Ward.Walter BennACTIVE-DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely - 2nd OffDUI: Highest Rate of Alcohol (BAC .16+) 1st OffDriving Unregistered VehicleOperating a vehicle without a valid inspectionhttp://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MDJReport.aspx?district=MDJ-15-1-05&docketNumber=MJ-15105-TR-0002233-2009Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Officer
Carrie Arvilla Hunt
Driving unregistered vehicle
Driving without license
Driving unregistered vehicle
Harassment-Physically Strike Kick Etc
http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MDJReport.aspx?district=MDJ-15-1-01&docketNumber=MJ-15101-NT-0000450-1997Democrat Carrie Arvilla "Villa" Hunt is running against Democratic incumbent Karen Jorgenson in Coatesville’s 3rd Ward.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Parking tickets and code violations are already ignored by a few connected people, but they mostly are paid. Coatesville Police can’t handle extra duty serving warrants. There are outstanding warrants in Coatesville for more serious crimes. So are we stuck with unenforceable laws until we have a mechanism for municipalities to use State Constables? Does anybody know how to do it?
I believe Judge MacElree, consulting with no one, made a thoughtless decision that if not quickly rescinded could have disastrous consequences for the entire County. I wonder how the Republican Party will spin this one.
POSTED BY JIM PITCHERELLA AT 3:27 PM
“In a one-page order dated Feb. 9, Chester County Court of Common Pleas President Judge James P. MacElree II said that beginning immediately; all such warrants would be issued by magisterial district judges only to the municipal police department from which the original violation allegedly occurred. Previously, those warrants were assigned to state constables for collection. The courts would also be restricted from posting the warrant on the county's Web Enforcement Bureau database.‘The order came as a surprise to most of us,’ said Downingtown Police ChiefJames McGowan. "Most of the chiefs are greatly concerned and have a lot of reservations."See:Warrant changes raise new questions
Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
"NEWLIN -- Common Pleas Judge James P. MacElree II shot and killed a neighbor’s pet dog while it was on his land, apparently trying to keep the dog from attacking a goose which lives on the judge’s property.
Thursday, February 1, 2001
By Michael P. Rellahan"
Thursday, May 5, 2011
“All comprehensive plans are subject to the following four common criteria: 1) contain basic plan elements set forth in Section 301(a); 2) contain a plan for the reliable supply of water, considering current and future water resources availability; 3) be reviewed every 10 years, and 4) “…identify those areas where growth and development will occur so that a full range of public infrastructure, including sewer, water, highways, police and fire protection, public schools, parks open space and other services can be adequately planned and provided as needed to accommodate growth.”
The Comprehensive Plan in Pennsylvania-Planning Series #3, pages 2 to 3:
The Comprehensive Plan is important because many of the ordinances enacted by the Coatesville City Council have their “teeth” in the Comprehensive Plan.
In Pennsylvania all land use with the exceptions of Federal and Commonwealth owned land is controlled at the local government level. All municipalities in Pennsylvania have to provide a space for every possible land use in that municipality. A Multimunicipal Comprehensive Plan allows for every possible land use in that Multimunicipal Comprehensive Planning Area. But if Coatesville were to enter a Multimunicipal Comprehensive Planning Area it must first have a Comprehensive Plan in effect.
St. Thomas, PA had no comprehensive plan. And a company wanted to build a quarry next to their public school.
NOW with David Brancaccio, Feb 18, 2005
“When residents of St. Thomas Township, Pennsylvania opposed a company’s plans to build a quarry in their small town, they did a uniquely American thing: they elected a town supervisor who shared their view. The ensuing battle, like many around the nation that are pitting communities against corporations, raises a question at the heart of American democracy: can corporate rights trump the will of the people? NOW goes inside the controversy in St. Thomas Township by looking at how Frank Stearn, the newly elected official, steered clear of issues relating to the quarry and examines the legal status claimed by the corporation that stopped him in his tracks. “I mean, clearly, it does not speak well to most people's understanding of how democracy works,” says Stearn.'
'BRANCACCIO: And here's where a quarry story becomes a story about democracy both in this township and across the nation.
With no zoning ordinance on the books to restrict a quarry, township supervisors told the members of FROST, they couldn't stop the project.
FRAN CALVERASE: They should've been looking at that as a quality of life issue for our people. And they wouldn't do it.
BRANCACCIO: Fran Calverase is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who now serves as FROST's president.
FRAN CALVERASE: Essentially their response was: 'Well there's really nothing that we can do."
With concern to land use it's very important for the City of Coatesville to have all of its legal ducks in a row.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
"Miller-McCuneApril 27, 2011
Fighting Drug War Creates Drug War
When the United States starts talking about illicit drugs, why does the word “war” always make its way into the conversation?
By Michael Scott Moore"
Wealthy criminals and the corrupt public officials that make organized crime possible would not disappear if we did legalize all drugs but legalization of drugs would bankrupt nearly all of them. International organized crime began here; we should end it. Violence and illegal drug profits driven by drug use in the USA are destroying Mexico and we're next. It's time to try something different and that time is now.
“Drug legalization is a solution to our drug and violence problem. It’s not a solution to our drug problem. Once we legalize drugs we need to buckle down on our drug problem.”
“Two people permanently changed his steadfast belief in fighting the drug war: the Mayor of Baltimore, and Ed Toatley, one of the best undercover agents the State of Maryland had ever seen. Sometime in the mid nineties, Kurt Schmoke, the sitting mayor of Baltimore, declared on television that the drug war was not working. ‘We need to have a discussion about where we go from here,’ Neill recalls him saying, “because the drug war is not working.” Schmoke put forth the reasoning that fighting a war on drugs was not only violent, but also counterproductive to fighting the high rates of AIDS and Hepatitis C in the city.
I knew instantly, ‘ Neill says, ‘that he had said something profound, and that this deserved some looking into.’ This was the beginning of Neill’s new direction, and it started with researching and evaluating his own experiences in law enforcement. He compared the areas in his jurisdiction with the people and cases that came across his desk. ‘We worked in predominantly white areas, but most of our cases and lock ups were minorities. There were only a couple of cases in the outlying areas that involved whites.
Former New Jersey State Police Undercover Officer
"This is Not a War on Drugs - it's a War on People."
"Prohibition - not drugs - is at the hub of most U.S. crises worth talking about"
“As an attorney representing a ‘zero-tolerance’ municipality, Jim once dutifully advised an applicant for street-sweeper that because he failed his drug test for marijuana he was ineligible for the job. However, Jim noted, the test results would not disqualify the applicant from running for President of the United States.”