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Fuel City Cafe 247 East Lincoln Highway Coatesville, PA 19320"It's called Community Policing, something that, incredibly, our State Legislator Harry Lewis does not approve of:
Coatesville residents are tired of the girl gang shouting matches between Coatesville City Council members and Coatesville City Manager Michael Trio led by Linda Lavender Norris.
Linda Lavender Norris continues to argue with Coatesville City Manager Michael Trio and demand that Mr. Trio fire Chief Laufer. That’s in regular city council public meetings with Chief Laufer sitting at the table.
Mr. Trio replies that wouldn’t be good for the city.
Linda Lavender Norris swallowed the story that Coatesville Police planted weapons on and near Andre Emmet “Needles” Fiorentino. Ms. Norris believes that Andre Fiorentino was unarmed when two Coatesville, Pennsylvania, police officers opened fire on him.
For Linda Lavender Norris to fire Detective Thompson, Chief Laufer needs to go first. Chief Laufer will not fire Detective Thompson.
But before that could happen a majority of Coatesville City Council needs to agree to fire Chief Laufer. That can't happen unless Ingrid Jones is tossed off of Coatesville City Council and two of Linda Lavender Norris’ cronies win.
I'm supporting Ingrid Jones, Delores Ann Williams and Fran Scamuffa in this election.
I'm not supporting Deborah Bookman or Marie Lawson.
Ms. Arvilla Hunt and Ed Simpson will not fire Chief laufer. Coatesville City Manager Michael Trio refuses to fire Chief Laufer.
Keep in mind that the City of Coatesville has already canned or forced out City Manager Kerby Hudson, Public Works Director Don Wilkinson and Codes Officer Damalier Molina. All three had major shouting match disagreements with then City Council President Linda Lavender Norris.
Judge Patrick Carmody does not agree with Linda Lavender Norris that Andre Emmet “Needles” Fiorentino was unarmed, and the guns planted on him:
"WEST CHESTER >> Before sentencing the man convicted of firing gunshots at two Coatesville police officers to a prison term that could keep him behind bars well into his old age, a Common Pleas Court judge on Thursday bemoaned how the defendant had smeared the city as well as threatened the lives of the officers.
'You have repeatedly let down the community,' Judge Patrick Carmody told Andre Emmet “Needles” Fiorentino as a standing-room courtroom filled with city police officers and members of the Chester County District Attorney’s Office sat and listened. “You have been in and out of jail like it’s a revolving door.”
'I have a great respect for the citizens of Coatesville,' Carmody said in his 15-minute long lecture to Fiorentino. “I think it gets a bad rap … because of the actions of a few.” He said that evidence showed Fiorentino chose to leave his home and his family the night of the shooting and “put the people who live and work in that city in danger.”
Reciting Fiorentino’s criminal history dating back to his teenage years, Carmody said the defendant was someone who could not control his impulse to commit violent crimes, mainly armed robbery. “You have had a number of chances and you’ve tossed them aside to go out and terrorize the community. We can’t tolerate people shooting at police.”
Calling Coatesville police the “soldiers on the home front” who protect the community, Carmody said that Fiorentino had by firing at them during a street stop in November 2013, “made the community a dangerous place. That is a crying shame.”
Carmody sentenced Fiorentino, 34, of Coatesville to 25 to 50 years in state prison, on the charges of felony aggravated assault on police officers and three weapons charges. He said he had tailored the sentence so that Fiorentino would “no longer be a threat to society” when he is freed.
Both of the officers that Fiorentino was found guilty of firing the revolver was illegally carrying spoke at the hour-long sentencing hearing in the county Justice Center. Detective Joseph Thompson and Officer Ryan Corcoran asked Carmody to sentence Fiorentino to the maximum term allowable, which was 35 to 70 years. They said the events of the night they were attacked had had a long lasting impact on their lives and careers.
'I will relive that night for all the time I work in Coatesville,' said Thompson, who said that as a longtime officer he had been in life-or-death situations previously but none that compared to Fiorentino’s attack. He said he felt Fiorentino had tried to make him the villain in the case rather than the victim, and had “played the system” to get a monetary reward.
'I want the defendant, and any other criminal to think twice before they attempt to shoot another officer,' Thompson told Carmody.
Corcoran, who had only served a few weeks as an officer in Coatesville when the shooting occurred, told the judge he had never dreamed he would be involved in an attack such as Fiorentino’s. “I had hoped that I would never have to use my weapon,” said the military veteran of wars in the Middle East. “But I felt like I was in a fight for my life.”
He urged Carmody to sentence Fiorentino to a lengthy sentence 'to let other officers know that the judicial process will always be there for them.'
The case pitted the prosecution’s contention that Fiorentino had fired multiple shots at the two officers after they attempted to stop and question him as he walked along a street in the city’s East End, with the defense’s claim that the officers had overreacted and fired at Fiorentino without justification, mistaking a cell phone he had pulled from a pocket for a weapon.
The jury that heard the case during a week-long trial in June rejected the defense suggestion and found Fiorentino guilty on various counts of aggravated assault and weapons offenses. Carmody, in his comment before imposing the prison term on Fiorentino, said he considered the evidence against Fiorentino — including taped telephone conversations from Chester County Prison in which he implicated himself in the crime — overwhelming.
Man gets 25-50 years for shooting at Coatesville policemen
Daily Local News
"BART TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — In an empty pasture off of White Oak Road there are five trees, each 10 is years old.“They planted those trees kind-of along the property line of where the school yard would have been,” said former Pennsylvania State Police Captain Jack W. Laufer.On October 2nd, 2006 a young Amish school teacher had a grave decision to make. She could either stay and try and protect the children in her classroom from a gunman who had just entered, or run to get help.Emma Mae Zook decided to run. In doing so she reached a nearby barn that was equipped with an outdoor phone and the owner helped her call 9-1-1.Captain Laufer was at home when he received word."