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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.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Lucy and Ethel on the "I Love Lucy Show" were always getting into trouble with some scheme they cooked up. 

Coatesville City Council President Linda Lavender Norris and her friends are much like “Lucy”. Except that there is no “RICKY!” to call when something goes terribly wrong.

But Lucy and Ricky didn’t live in a town that had murders. 
The “I Love Lucy” show was real good comedy.
The “I Love Linda” show is a real life horror show.
Come on over to the “I Love Linda Show” to see Linda and her zany friends live on stage in their hilarious scheme to remove Ed Simpson from the Coatesville City Council. Once Ed is gone the audience will double up in laughter when they try to fire Chief Laufer and Detective Thompson. It’s a laugh a minute.  

Does Coatesville City Council President Linda Lavender Norris want Coatesville PD Chief Laufer fired?
Is the undercurrent pushing the people running as write in candidates for Coatesville City Council part of an effort to fire Coatesville PD Chief Laufer and Detective Thompson?

It's Deja Vu All Over Again!

Back in 2005 after the persons who were to become the "Bloc of Four" Coatesville City Council candidates won in the Primary Elections in 2005, I began warning that if they won in the General Elections of 2005 Richard Legree would try to control the Coatesville PD.

Now it's "BACK TO THE FUTURE" time as Linda and her zany friends try to take control of the Coatesville PD!

This story is no longer online. The Chester County Reporter is no longer online.

Chester County Reporter 
Story filed 10 January 06  
Coatesville residents turnout to support Krack, Bellizzie  
By Allen Davis  
Staff Writer 
9 a.m., 10 Jan 06 
Coatesville residents crowded into City Hall last night wanting to know if there was truth to reports that City Manager Jean Krack and Police Chief Dominic Bellizzie are to be replaced in the near future.  
"I don't respond to rumors," council President Kareem Johnson said. Johnson would comment only that last night was the first time he had heard council was considering creating a new superintendent of safety position that would oversee the police.  
Lt. Matt Gordon specifically asked whether rumors were true that Richard Legree, a constable and former Valley police officer, was to be named superintendent of safety.  
"This is the first time I heard that," Johnson responded. 
Council members Marty Eggleston and Ed Simpson both said last night they had no problem showing public support for both Krack and Bellizzie.  
Fifteen off-duty police officers, all in uniform, turned out last night to show their support for Bellizzie whom has been credited with ridding the streets of open-air drug markets and professionalizing the 32-man department.  
Bellizzie was also supported by the Coatesville NAACP. "Chief Bellizzie is my buddy. I don't want anybody messing with him," said Louise Hopkins, president of the Coatesville NAACP. Bellizzie, who is white, is the first city police chief to meet regularly with the NAACP over such issues as profiling. 
"Without Jean Krack and his people (staff), you're going to set the city back five years," said Elwood Dixon, a Caln resident but who owns property in Coatesville.  
Ricky Saha urged the new council members to work with Krack and his staff. "I called Krack and said I was going to do anything I could to keep him and others on," said Saha. ] 
Ricky Saha is the son of Dick Saha who waged a six-year legal and political battle to force the city to halt the city from using its eminent domain powers to take his Valley Township farm for a golf course.  
Johnson said all new council members are 100 percent for the city's revitalization and he looked forward to working with the three council members remaining from last year's council. ". . . but we're going to move forward," he said.  
Added council Vice President Robin Scott: "There is going to be change . . . and some people are scared of change."  
Johnson, Scott, Patsy Ray and Kurt Schenk were all elected in November. The four defeated incumbents David Griffith, Bill Chertok, Carmen Green and David DeSimone.  
Last night Schenk implored residents to give the new council members a chance.  
"Before you listen to rumors, give us a call . . . Please give us a chance," he said.________________________________________You can write to Allen Davis at allen@chestercountyreporter.com

We gave Schenk a chance:

Several people from Coatesville, including me, went to Senator Casey's office in Philadelphia to implore him to come to Coatesville and see the devastation from the fires in person. He came.

String Of Fires Has Pennsylvania Town On Edge

by Joel Rose


District Attorney Joe Carroll said that Lt. Matt Gordon is one of the most knowledgeable investigators of drug trafficking and the individuals involved in Chester County. I believe that when Walker and Matthews took him out of operation it was a cause for celebration among Chester County drug traffickers. 

At the about same time Matthews proposed laying off at least 6 officers, eliminating the Detective Division and Narcotics Division. After the police began leaving the Coatesville PD there was an almost immediate reaction by the local drug traffickers; gunshots were heard here almost every day. I received word that drug dealers from Philly moved into Coatesville. The word was “business is good again in C’ville”. 

I believe that plans to eliminate Lieutenant Gordon were in operation well before Matthews started in Coatesville. I think that Richard Legree planned to step into the Coatesville PD as a Lieutenant and considering Gordon's importance in the prosecution of drug trafficking I think it was killing two birds with one stone. I think the plan was; after Legree was a police Lieutenant for some time Matthews would retire and Legree would be Chief of the Coatesville PD. I believe that a plan B was for Legree to run for Coatesville District Court.

This is part of one of the news records concerning the hiring of Matthews:

From the Daily Local News Friday, October 3, 2008:


POSTED: 10/03/08, 12:01 AM EDT |

“The motivation behind Matthews' decision to place Gordon on inactive duty becomes murkier when applying information from a Philadelphia police officer who competed with Matthews for the Coatesville chief position.

Following the appointment of Matthews, Philadelphia Lt. Joel Fitzgerald said the city offered him the chief position and the city drafted a contract.

During the interview process, Fitzgerald said City Manager Harry Walker and prominent resident Richard Legree informed him that, as chief, he would need to fire one of the city's two lieutenants. Fitzgerald never identified the lieutenant.

Fitzgerald said that when he made clear he wanted complete control over department staffing, the city passed on Fitzgerald and instead hired Matthews.

The city has denied any wrongdoing.”


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