Sheriff David Drops Lawsuit Against Controller Rossi

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Sheriff George David has dropped a lawsuit he filed against Controller David Rossi.

Sheriff David filed the lawsuit in January, seeking to have the county pay for legal fees being incurred as a result of a lawsuit filed against him by County Commissioners, who were attempting to stop the Sheriff from violating provisions of the Pennsylvania County Code.

Attorney John Havey had previously filed a lawsuit against County Commissioners on Sheriff David’s behalf, asking Senior Erie County Judge John Bozza to force the county to pay for his legal expenses. Judge John Bozza denied that request, and subsequently denied a motion for reconsideration filed by Havey. Sheriff David submitted an invoice for $9,945 for Havey’s fees anyway, but Controller Rossi refused to pay it, citing the judge’s ruling. That’s when David filed the lawsuit against Controller Rossi, asking a judge to order him to issue payment on Havey’s invoice.

“The controller has no legal authority to refuse to process the transmittal for payment properly executed and submitted by the Sheriff,” wrote Havey in the lawsuit. “The Controller, if he has discretion to act upon these types of requests, has abused his discretion and acted in an arbitrary, capricious and unconstitutional manner.”

Controller Rossi said at the time that Sheriff David was the one who had been acting improperly.

“The invoice submitted by the Sheriff for his attorney is incorrect on two fronts,” Controller Rossi told the Beaver Countian. “First, the Sheriff submitted the invoice to be paid from a part-time wage account. Mr. Havey is not a part-time employee of the county. Even more importantly, the invoice is for legal services on behalf of the Sheriff, and his budget for legal services was exhausted last year by payments made to his Solicitor, Myron Sainovich.”

Attorney Havey had previously approached the District Attorney’s Office suggesting criminal charges be filed against the Commissioners for refusing to pay for his fees — District Attorney Anthony Berosh deemed that request frivolous.

Havey filed a motion with the Prothonotary’s Office on Friday, dropping Sheriff David’s case against Controller Rossi. The move came just one day after a judge ruled Sheriff’s Office Solicitor Myron Sainovich must repay the county over $40,000 plus interest and fees for payments he improperly received while serving as the County Solicitor.

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.

 

25 comments

  1. someone needs to get georgie the fuck away from the taxpayers piggy banks

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  2. a real regular guy

    When is this whole George David against the world saga going to end?

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  3. Didn’t the times cover this last week?

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  4. It will end when he gets out of politics and pays his own bills like every other citizen.

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  5. Lets see if the gun permit girl trys to empty his pockets if she seeks a lawsuit agaist him or if the lawyers got balls or not if so so good luck.

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  6. Why is he not in jail or prison where.he belongs.no they will drag this case out.hoping people will forget about it.he is the worse kind of crook one who hides behind the badge of a public servant.call in the feds.he should not be walking the streets he should be behind bars.

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    • Agreed. I had commented some time ago on previous related articles that George and the whole corrupt crew would start laying lower and lower as consideration of the next election cycle came nearer. This will continue to be the case, with the sheriff. Everything started blowing up in his face so he needs to keep moving into the damage control phase and get the voter’s minds off of all the BS well before next election. He also needs to protect his political cronies who may be up for reelection before he is. Either way, it;s just a strategic game that he is playing.

      It would be really nice if J.P. were able to post on each candidate as election time comes around. Perhaps a profile piece of some sort with a little factual background and links to all of the previous stories about each candidate. Having a consolidated source to refresh the voter’s memory on all of the crap that has transpired with these criminals right at election time would probably have a remarkable effect on our county elections.

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      • I agree, whiteguy. The timing of informing the public before the next election is very important. I don’t know what the readership is here at the BC, but it might not be sufficient to inform ALL Beaver County voters about the backgrounds of the candidates. But this is a start. Also troublesome is the lack of candidates to run for election and replace the incumbents. For those following these events at the BC, I believe the problems in reelecting the Sheriff, or a crony of his, for example, are obvious. But they very well might not be to people who haven’t been following it closely. Perhaps a “Special Edition” of the Beaver Countian would be very valuable. Also consider that the voter turnout is in the hundreds for these elections, out of thousands of eligible voters. Influencing a small number of voters can have a large impact upon the outcome. It is no secret that candidates register Democrat or Democrat and Republican for the election, just to take advantage of the straight party voters, in this case the Democrats who are in the majority. That pattern has to change, and it will only change if there’s a good reason for doing so.

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      • Raven, excellent thoughts on the matter. I particularly the “special edition” idea. It could potentially double as a great marketing tool for the BC if J.P. cared to expand readership and grow this site, all while providing valuable information to the voters. Perhaps a marketing campaign based on the special edition, for example. The straight ticket vote may become less of an issue if the poor performance of candidates (from all parties) comes under broader and brighter light, particularly during the election season.

        Personally, while I am registered as a particularly party, prefer not to just vote a straight ticket based on a (D) or (R). While my votes MAY end up all of one party, it is not based solely on that affiliation. I research each candidate and and make a decision based on their positions and record. Too many people do NOT take the time to do this and blindly pull the lever based entirely on the (D) or the (R). This yields exactly the result we have here in Beaver County; A nearly entirely corrupt government at the expense of the taxpayers.

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  7. Now that a “REAL” judge is handling the problems that B.C. judges wont, shit seems to be hitting the fan and the jackoff’s are backing off. The goof ball sheriff keeps faith in these criminal attorneys and will discover that they’re all losers. And, Tony Berosh, what are you doing about Fratangeli. Its a damned shame that there’s a depuety still collecting tax payers money and neither you or the goof ball sheriff will act on it ? Hopefully the A.G.’s office is looking at you too Mr. District Attorney. “YEAH” !

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  8. tick-tock, tick-tock, tict-tock,….Georgie’s time is running out!

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    • I don’t know five-o, George was suppose to have his hearing today…and of course, it was continued!!! What will it take to get this matter with our illustrious Sheriff over and done with?? He sits in his office every day, a couple hours a day, collecting a paycheck to do absolutely nothing!!! If he gets off on all he’s been accused of, I certainly hope every voting taxpayer remembers this, because it’s been rumored he’s running again! Imagine that!!!!… :think:

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  9. TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!! AND AWAY GOES TROUBLE DOWN THE DRAIN!!!!!

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  10. I think that reason has to prevail in this next election and in the numerous court cases which are coming up. If any of the “actors” who have been subjects of these reports over the past few years make it through the election and are reappointed, and if the courts do not set matters right, I believe that a feeling of disillusionment will affect many of the people who are interested in developing a better government in this county. This investigative reporting and the many positive effects and eye-opening repercussions it has led to must result in significant observable outcomes. Otherwise, some might say that this has been merely an intellectual exercise in futility, regardless of the value of the information that has been obtained. Taking on problems which will appear in the next administrations would be even more difficult to initiate because of this inertia, as well as finding a following populace to remedy it. Clearly, a grass roots effort is needed. People stand in front of the courthouse with signs to call attention to matters needing attention. Surely this matter is worthy of the same. If not, perhaps just a knock on one’s neighbor’ s door to change one vote.

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  11. Well said Raven, well said!!! :thumbsup:

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  12. Goof ball Davids hearing was continued, W.T.F. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Rossi was right and the Sheriff knew he couldn’t win. The crooks didn’t get enough of our tax dollars….they want to pay for there legal fees out of our tax dollars too, GOOD JOB Rossi for not paying them in the first place, glad to see some one is looking out for us. Now if we could only get the rest of the money back from the Sheriff and Stealobitch, it belongs to the tax payers so pay it back and guess what? NO ONE is going to vote the Sheriff back in after what he did to the people who pay taxes, it’s not his private checking account………… :coffee: :crap: :cuffs:

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  14. If anyone questions the mindlessness of straight party voting, or for that matter voting in general, he only has to look at the election results of Beaver County for the 2011 general election. I am only posting the results for the main County officials, but further on in the list, the number of candidates registered as a Republican AND Democrat, especially magisterial positions, is astonishing. Is it any wonder why this ploy is so effective? Does anyone really think George David would have been elected if straight party voting had been more reasonable and just not a knee-jerk reaction in the voting booth? If any of these people is going to be unseated in the coming election, this kind of rubberstamping of a political party will have to stop or be significantly changed. It is stupid and irresponsible and an even childish bastardizing of the election process. I will let the readers look at the numbers and decide for themselves. In the end, many of these people are elected by the numbers and their party labels, not solely by their qualifications for the offices, and, they “play” the election game according to these numbers and labels. The worst case scenario is a candidate running unopposed. This is a serious matter. And, the VOTERS have only THEMSELVES to blame for the outcomes. So, what’s it going to be for the next election?! If you question these numbers, go to the Beaver County website and check for yourselves. In George David’s case, 2000 votes determined the outcome, and most of these votes were straight party votes. So, some real soul-searching is in order.

    SUMMARY REPORT BEAVER COUNTY, PA OFFICIAL RESULTS
    RUN DATE:11/22/11 MUNICIPAL ELECTION
    RUN TIME:01:47 PM NOVEMBER 8, 2011

    VOTES PERCENT

    PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 129). . . . . 129 100.00
    REGISTERED VOTERS – TOTAL . . . . . 112,531
    BALLOTS CAST – TOTAL. . . . . . . 34,142
    VOTER TURNOUT – TOTAL . . . . . . 30.34

    STRAIGHT PARTY
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
    REPUBLICAN (REP) . . . . . . . . 2,681 30.94
    DEMOCRATIC (DEM) . . . . . . . . 5,248 60.56
    BETTER BEAVER COUNTY (BBC). . . . . 348 4.02
    INDEPENDENT (IND). . . . . . . . 389 4.49

    JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
    VIC STABILE (REP). . . . . . . . 11,110 34.62
    DAVID N. WECHT (DEM). . . . . . . 20,927 65.22
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 52 .16

    JUDGE OF THE COMMONWEALTH COURT
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
    ANNE COVEY (REP) . . . . . . . . 14,993 47.60
    KATHRYN BOOCKVAR (DEM) . . . . . . 16,452 52.23
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 53 .17

    COUNTY COMMISSIONER
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 2
    DENNIS NICHOLS (REP). . . . . . . 11,907 18.94
    CRAIG A. CONFORTI (REP). . . . . . 9,090 14.46
    TONY AMADIO (DEM). . . . . . . . 13,838 22.01
    JOE SPANIK (DEM) . . . . . . . . 13,110 20.85
    JAY PAISLEY (BBC). . . . . . . . 5,855 9.31
    JACK MANNING (IND) . . . . . . . 8,984 14.29
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 84 .13

    COUNTY CONTROLLER
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
    MICHAEL SEE (REP) . . . . . . . 13,689 42.62
    DAVID A. ROSSI (DEM). . . . . . . 18,388 57.25
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 44 .14

    CLERK OF COURTS
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
    JUDY R. ENSLEN (DEM). . . . . . . 26,282 99.17
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 219 .83

    DISTRICT ATTORNEY
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
    ANTHONY J. BEROSH (DEM). . . . . . 25,932 99.09
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 239 .91

    PROTHONOTARY
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
    KIMBERLY PIZZELLA (REP). . . . . . 14,454 44.46
    NANCY COZZUCOLI-WERME (DEM) . . . . 18,027 55.45
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 32 .10

    RECORDER OF DEEDS
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
    JANICE JESCHKE BEALL (DEM). . . . . 26,084 99.18
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 216 .82

    REGISTER OF WILLS
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
    CAROL RUCKERT FIORUCCI (DEM) . . . . 25,829 99.30
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 182 .70

    SHERIFF
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
    SAM PICCININI (REP) . . . . . . . 14,905 45.18
    GEORGE J. DAVID (DEM) . . . . . . 17,990 54.54
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 92 .28

    COUNTY TREASURER
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
    CONNIE TUCCINARD JAVENS (REP/DEM) . . 29,707 99.39
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 181 .61

    CORONER
    VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN 1
    TERI TATALOVICH ROSSI (DEM) . . . . 27,473 99.49
    WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 140 .51

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  15. Sheriff George David will win the next election. How do I know? Because he has the “numbers”, and no one else does. He knows it, his followers know it, and the public is beginning to know it. He can count upon the “block” of Democratic straight party voters who will carry the election, as in the past. Any Republican opposition will not have the numbers. And, the same is true of many of the other elected officials that have been written about on these pages. But, the public does understand malfeasance, arrests, indictments, convictions and jail time. That is about the only hope for heading off the inevitable outcomes that we will otherwise see. Political posters and public announcements reminding voters about convictions and jail time could have a dramatic effect upon this next election. So, continuances of trials might delay the defining outcomes, but the trials are the ultimate answers. Focus on the convictions, because that is where it’s at.

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    • George David WILL WIN the next election because of just what you are saying! This in not just a local problem, but a state and national one as well. The only chance of George David not getting elected is that someone else on the Demon-crat ticket runs against him and wins the primary. The Rep-tards have no chance of winning in this county.

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    • Raven, everything you have said I agree with 110%. There is one thing that you might be able to clear up for me…
      George David had arrests and convictions from BEFORE he was a sheriff, so why was he even permitted to run as sheriff? I didn’t think that if you had a record of any type, that you would be allowed to hold a public office such as that….
      Anyways, I don’t understand it, so hopefully you can clear that up a bit…

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      • Nikki, I don’t know. I wish I did. I guess it can be researched. Perhaps the answer lies in the severity of the offenses. So, I’ll defer to someone who does know, perhaps JP if he so desires. The qualifications for becoming a sheriff or other candidte should be known, so that possible candidates for the office can step forward or be recruited, even “honest” ones from within the current ranks. I also agree with Nobama. And he/she is quite right — the problem is systemic and country-wide. For me, though, it comes down to LAZY people voting for a straight ticket, because they are too dependent and incapable to think for themselves — it’s EASY, and they can fulfill their civic duty by just pushing a button instead making an informed, well though-out choice. Also, voting for a straight ticket is a FICTION. There are no consistent Democratic or Republican values, behaviors or trends. And, individual’s just resort to personal choices after acquiring an office, regardless of affiliation, especially those who register as Democrat AND Republican.

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  16. You bring up something my Father used to tell me back in the 70′s when I was growing up. He said Pennsylvania, Beaver County and local politicians of both parties are not interested in helping out the citizens of Beaver County because of one enduring fact; They have absolutely no incentive to do so due to this simple reality; regardless of what the democrats do, good or bad, the people of Beaver County will continue to vote for them. Inversely, the Republicans have no incentive to help the people of Beaver County, because regardless what they do, good or bad, people of Beaver County will continue to NOT vote for them. So the both the Republicans and Democrats of the county and state continue to work only for their best interests where Beaver County is concerned. It is very interesting to see the development of Butler County, immediately to our Northeast, over the past generation and see their voter registration by party numbers.

    However, there is some encouraging news, that I haven’t yet seen anyone reporting on, and that is that the trend is shifting towards a more balanced county and state party registration. If you click on the link below, and click the link for “Current Voter Registration Statistics” and download the spreadsheet, you will see some very interesting things happening. Since 12/29/2008, 2,046 registered Democrats in Beaver County switched to Republican, while only 789 have switched to Democrat to Republican. The same trend is happening state wide. Statewide, 136,124 have switched D->R, while only 86,421 have switched R->D. One other thing I found of interest while looking into this, is that if you remove just two counties from the entire state, Philadelphia and Allegheny, the percentage of registered Democrat and Republican voters is almost 50/50. I’m not carrying water here for either party, but I do believe that a more balanced citizenry would provide a little more incentive for our politicians to help out the citizens of this county.

    Percent Percent
    of of
    Republican Democratic
    Voters Voters
    With Allegheny & Philadelphia Counties…: 42.53% 57.47%
    Without Allegheny & Philadelphia Counties: 49.18% 50.82%

    Source: http://www.dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/voter_registration_statistics/

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