Attorney Myron Sainovich (center) / photo by John Paul

Aliquippa Councilman Matthew Mottes is accusing City Solicitor Myron Sainovich of misleading the news media about recent events involving the police chief.

Councilman Mottes gave an interview to the Beaver Countian last night where he talked about the ongoing criminal investigations by Pennsylvania State Police into the Aliquippa police department and its chief. Solicitor Sainovich gave an interview to KDKA today in which he says Aliquippa City Council is not aware of any illegal activities by Chief Couch.

“There are no allegations that he has done anything illegal,” Sainovich told KDKA’s Brenda Waters. “If we believed that he would have been suspended without pay.”

Sainovich’s statement to the press infuriated Councilman Mottes, who insists the only reason Chief Couch was suspended with pay is because that is what attorney Sainovich advised.

“Council members are fully aware of a criminal investigation being conducted into the City and the police department, including Police Chief Donald Couch,” Councilman Mottes told the Beaver Countian today. “Myron Sainovich is aware of ongoing criminal investigations into the Aliquippa police department including Chief Couch.”

Mottes alleges that Sainovich is intentionally misleading the news media — and in turn the public — about realities in the City of Aliquippa. Mottes said that attorney Sainovich was present when discussions were held by City officials about alleged illegal activities involving the police chief.

Attorney Myron Sainovich told the Beaver Countian it was not his intention to mislead anyone.

“There were some things that came forward from certain sources that said there were problems with the timesheets,” acknowledged Sainovich. “There were discussions about timesheets and about whether there were any discrepancies, but I don’t have anything.”

Attorney Sainovich said although he is aware of allegations of wrongdoing involving Chief Couch, no charges have been filed against him and he has no specific evidence to substantiate those claims.

“Until such time as a charge is levied, as far as I know, we are all still innocent until proven guilty,” said Sainovich. “I do not have any definitive facts that Mr. Couch had conducted himself in any criminal matter, or that anyone else in the City has conducted themselves in a criminal manner, nor do I know exactly what the target of the investigation is.”

Confidential sources for the Beaver Countian have said they were interviewed by Pennsylvania State Police about Chief Couch involving allegations other than issues with timesheets.

“I do know that Mr. Mottes has had more contact with Pennsylvania State Police than anyone else,” said Sainovich. “There could be something there that he knows that the entire body is not completely aware of yet. So I don’t want to contradict Mr. Mottes (…) As of last night, the reason for the suspension as far as the motion and the vote was he was being relieved of his duties and placed on administrative leave due to personnel matters (…) I don’t want anybody to think that there’s anybody deliberately trying to mislead someone.”

“Now he’s trying to backpedal,” responded Councilman Mottes, who told the Beaver Countian he does not intend to allow today’s events involving Solicitor Sainovich to go unanswered.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Johnny boy
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Johnny boy

Those bastards need to burn. Corruption needs to go away before the city and people can prosper. I have a feeling this shit runs deep, like very deep…

Aileen Gilbert
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Aileen Gilbert

You are correct, it runs so deep that the fear of embarrassment of families would be devastating.

BCShitHole
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BCShitHole

Guess he didn’t learn anything from Former Chief Lutton, or maybe he did, that you can get away with it for centuries and not go to jail, pay only a portion back and still keep your job and pension with another twp! Being Brighton Twp!

Nauseated🤮
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Nauseated🤮

OMG why oh why has that man crawled out of the woodwork? Could not keep my dinner down when I saw him on the news. Same faces…same bullshit coming out of their mouths. I don’t know how they live with themselves…the whole bunch of them.

arealregularguy
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arealregularguy

He’s Myron being Myron….there was a camera,,,what do you expect?

Allrightkids82
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Allrightkids82

Go get em Matt! I knew Myron was lying when I saw him on the news. No ties to the DelTondo case? I highly doubt that! If so, then why are the Aliquippa police now off the case? Answer that one, Myron.. 😏

Unbungabelievable
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Unbungabelievable

Right. Couch and Watkins – but sure that’s just the start. All guilty in the Deltondo murder and we all know which pulled the trigger and ran like the piss ant he is with some help from… (we all know who he used – how sick can a male get – not man because they have no clue what that word means) – so now, Couch, Watkins, Mann sitting around together on tax payer dollars. What kind of crap is that. Last I checked you do something wrong or even accused / you go to JAIL. AND WHY ARE ALL THE NEWS STATIONS FAILING TO REMEMBER WATKINS IS ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE?

Unbungabelievable
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Unbungabelievable

And let’s face another FACT boys and girls. It is next to impossible to file a complaint against any officer. So that being said, whatever Watkins, Couch and Mann are being set aside for must be pretty serious, so should they not be let go pending an investigation instead of pampered on paid leave? I’m sorry, but something stinks.

wind
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wind

If we “all know” who pulled the trigger and ran and “we all know” who he got help from, why hasn’t there been an arrest? Please stop that “we all know” crap because we do NOT all know. We can form our own opinions but we do not “all know”.

Unbungabelievable
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Unbungabelievable

Okie dokie – a little too defensive k

Society Is In Trouble
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Society Is In Trouble

Myron told Brenda Waters that there are no allegations Couch has done anything wrong, or something close to that ! BUULSHIT, he is aware of the allegations against Couch, and so is Dewan Walker, they were told of all of the double dipping Couch has done through the years, and they ignored it ! Yes that is true, they did not listen and ignored it.

wind
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wind

Why is he even their solicitor? Doesn’t he come with a lot of shady baggage? What’s his purpose to mislead? Not good.