County Will Seek To Subpoena Sheriff David & CJ Betters Following Response By Deputies

Sheriff George David // Beaver Countian File Photo

Sheriff George David / photo by John Paul

The Beaver County Deputy Sheriff’s Association has filed a response to a petition for contempt by County Commissioners, telling a judge they have not been patrolling Aliquippa or corporate properties owned by local real estate tycoon CJ Betters, and have not violated an injunction filed against them by the court. But several Deputies within the Sheriff’s Office tell the Beaver Countian their own Association’s response is materially false, and County officials are agreeing with them.

Judge Bozza issued a preliminary injunction against Sheriff David and his Deputies in February of 2013, directing them to cease and desist from performing private security services for outside organizations. The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld that preliminary injunction earlier this week following an appeal filed by David and the Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

Several Deputies approached the Beaver Countian last October expressing concerns about directives still being handed down by Sheriff David. The County’s Law Department conducted an investigation of their own following that report. As a result, County Commissioners filed a petition in December of last year asking Judge Bozza to find David and his Deputies in contempt of court. Among the County’s allegations are that Deputies have been providing private security for properties owned by CJ Betters, and were continuing to patrol the streets of Aliquippa at night.

A copy of a weekend night schedule for the Sheriff’s Department obtained by the Beaver Countian showed Deputies being ordered to “Continue patrol of [...] the Betters Property.”

In their response filed with the court late yesterday, the Beaver County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association denied they have been doing those patrols.

“The deputies do not patrol Betters Property, despite the language on the schedule,” read the Affidavit signed by Association President Deputy David Mangerie. “Beaver County Deputies travel to the County Jail on a daily basis and to the Aliquippa gun range where they practice and qualify with their weapons per state law. The Jail is completely surrounded by Betters Property and the Aliquippa gun range is on Betters property. Thus, the deputies travel on and through Betters Property in the course of performing their regular County Duties.”

The Affidavit went on to deny that Deputies were conducting patrols in Aliquippa.

“It is admitted that the Log references Aliquippa. It is denied that [Deputy] Costanza violated the Court’s order. He traveled through Aliquippa when performing regular checks of the MDJ and Adult Probation Offices, both of which are County properties located in Aliquippa. Aliquippa is simply a point of reference for Costanza to account for his location during the shift. Furthermore, the City of Aliquippa has its own full-time police department that patrols its streets.”

Deputy Ronald Costanza wrecked a new patrol vehicle in Aliquippa back in November, but the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association denies he was violating Judge Bozza’s order at the time. “It is admitted that Deputy Costanza had a vehicle accident in Aliquippa on November 26, 2013. It is specifically denied that he was patrolling the City of Aliquippa. The City has its own full time police department that patrols its streets.”

According to a report filed by Aliquippa Police, that accident took place sometime around 4:30 in the morning.

The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association also denied that security patrols were taking place in other municipalities, including Beaver Falls and Ambridge.

Several Sheriff’s Deputies, who spoke to the Beaver Countian on condition they not be identified by name, allege their Association’s assertions that security patrols were not taking place are simply false. “I would tell you someone’s going to get in trouble for lying, but I guess we all know that won’t happen,” said one Deputy. “I don’t know how they can say Deputies haven’t been cruising Aliquippa at night, everyone knows we’re there.”

Beaver County Commissioner Joe Spanik said the County has evidence which backs up claims made by those Deputies.

“Sure we originally thought the Sheriff was just having his Deputies patrol the jail,” Commissioner Joe Spanik told the Beaver Countian. “Then we found out otherwise a few months ago [...] They’ve been doing all sorts of things I don’t think they should be doing. Bernie Rabik has all the specifics on that.”

Assistant Beaver County Solicitor Bernie Rabik was blunt in his reaction to the filing by the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.

“The Sheriff’s problems are quickly mounting,” Rabik told the Beaver Countian. “Succinctly put, that document is a creative manipulation of reality [...] The County intends to file a motion with the court seeking permission to subpoena for sworn deposition both Sheriff George David and his Deputies [...] I also intend to subpoena CJ Betters and anyone else we need to as well. Let’s finally get the truth out to the public because this document is not the truth.”

Sheriff George David pleaded his Fifth Amendment Right against self incrimination and refused to answer any questions at a hearing held last January about private security services being performed by his office.

Although the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association had denied violating Judge Bozza’s injunction, their response also noted that their membership is subject to Sheriff George David’s directives. “Beaver County deputies serve under the exclusive control and direction of Beaver County Sheriff (including his management team) [...] The Deputies are required to follow the orders of the Sheriff and failure to do so may result in their discipline, up to and including discharge, with no right of appeal.”

Sheriff George David is individually named as a defendant in the case, but has not yet filed a response to the contempt petition with the court. Attorney John Havey, who had been representing David in the matter, resigned from the case last month. Court records show no other attorney has entered their appearance on David’s behalf.

A hearing on the County’s petition for contempt is scheduled for Monday.

Note: In the interest of full disclosure, this reporter is a named victim in criminal charges filed against Sheriff George David by the Pennsylvania State Police.

 

16 comments

  1. They can subpoena whoever they wish, but one of two things will happenThey’re going to plead the fifth, or they will lie their asses off in court.Can’t wait to see how this plays out….

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  2. SpeakTheTruthToo

    And…..until some action is taken by the courts, all of this means nothing!

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  3. No doubt about that, Nikki P. And the diversions and stalling tactics now are as telling as the facts themselves. I agree, SpeakTheTruthToo, but this whole “thing” seems to be gaining momentum. I’ll be very interested in the specific testimony, lack of it and/or pleas. This Deputy response is an absolutely stupid, foolish move. Someone is getting desperate. The only name missing here is Myron Sainovich, the Guilt Clincher.

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  4. Why in the world is this clown still the sheriff ? And CJ Betters ? Gee wonder how much he has “donated” to the sheriff too?

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  5. This should have happened years ago! For whatever reason he thinks he’s above the law & can do what he wants. It’s about time he pays for having an attitude like that!

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  6. How much more taxpayer time and taxpayer money do we need to waste on this bullshit!…Can someone please start impeachment proceedings against this man. example: previous lawsuit, decision rendered, he appeals decision, higher court rules against,,,,he still keeps fighting, doing what he wants,,,,etc…its nauseating.

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  7. WOULD SOME ONE PLEASE PUT THIS FUCKING TRAITOR IN JAIL?!?!?!  HOW MANY LAWS DOES HE HAVE TO BREAK?!?!?!?!  HOW MANY PEOPLES RIGHTS DOES HE HAVE TO VIOLATE?!?!?!?!  THIS MAN IS A TRAITOR HE HAS TAKEN OVER GOVERNMENT AND DOING WHAT THE FUCK HE WANTS AND HE CANT BE STOPPED?!?!?!?!  WHY DOESN’T SOMEBODY STOP HIM?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! THROW THIS THUG IN JAIL NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • At first glance, Patriot Act, the word “traitor” is not usually used here. It should be. It has validity. For example, consider the publicly displayed military connections and backing some of these people flaunt, like George David or GI Joe in Ohioville, yet they behave the complete opposite of an honored military guardian of the public. And one doesn’t have to be in the military to betray the laws of the land and be called a traitor for patriotic reasons. 

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  8. Don’t let any of these idiots in that courthouse fool anyone here.They are all in this together, no matter what Rabik says.\ I’m sure you’ve all heard the term….”money talks, and bullshit walks”. That’s exactly what’s going on here folks, none of these people have the county’s best interests at heart, this is nothing but a charade to make you feel good about “voting” in the future. I, for one, am not buying any of it. That court house is the most corrupt organization in this entire county, and everyone knows it. Don’t be fooled people.Get them all out of there, and it is time to start over a new. We’ve got to start somewhere, and the local level is just the beginning.

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  9. You’d better cheese it, Chucky. Hanging with the wrong crowd could cut into profits. Is it really worth it?

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  10. tick-tock-tick-tock……..BOOM! Second volley-DIRECT HIT!

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  11. Can you say scumbag ball licker sucking up to scum.it goes way be on the cort house .all the way to the white house.i cant imagine how much ball licking it takes to get to the top of the citys Pittsburgh Cleveland and the Senate after you lick so many balls you become a fat pig.i hope this offend you Charlie fat cat. You suck and your p ons to.

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  12. I may have missed this somewhere else, but does anyone know why Atty Havey resigned from being his lawyer? Was it because the county refused to pay his salary, or was it maybe because this would be just one more stall tactic, cooked up by David and his butt buddy Lyin’ Myron?Either way, he now has no attorney, which means he’s going to possible file for an extention, which means that this will drag on longer through the courts….

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  13. We can only hope Judge Bozza has had enough of George Davids “BS” and finds him in contempt!!! Don’t let us down, Judge! 

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  14. So what is Deputy Mangerie saying? That the Deputies regularly disobey the orders handed down by the Sheriff? Orders clearly outlined on the daily duty sheet. Oh it is on the sheet but we do not listen to that.  MANGERIE. If he meant to patrol the range he would have said patrol the range.When is the last time a deputy sheriff answered an alarm call and a District magistrate’s Office? The local police answer those alarm calls.  Look at the logs again. Generally in the law enforcement community if you get out of your vehicle and do a physical security check of a building, you are going to note that check. Example: I checked MDJ office 36-02-02 at 0400Hrs on January 12. Who in their right mind is going to just note “Aliquippa”Sounds like a scam to me.It is the same as patrolling Big Beaver Municipal Park because Big Beaver Borough disband their police department. Why should I as a county tax payer pay for patrols in Big Beaver Park. I do not get extra patrols in my park. It is called political payback. (Beaver County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association denied they have been doing those patrols. )

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  15. It’s happening everywhere and every municipality. Did you see the news where all the drugs confiscated had been replaced with over the counter drugs over a long period ? I think they should have one in charge and an honest citizen watch over, just like the lottery.

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