An attorney for an anonymous individual who made critical comments about Treasurer Connie Javens on the Beaver Countian website argues that his client was not wrong when he called her “crooked” and said she was “stealing tax money.”

Attorney Gerald Benyo filed a document with the court last Wednesday arguing that Treasurer Javens’ defamation lawsuit filed in May against anonymous Beaver Countian commenter John Q. Taxpayer and others has no merit, and that Javens’ attempt to force the Beaver Countian to reveal identifying information about the individual should be prevented by the court.

“Treasurer Javens is a thief as well as a crooked politician who stole public or taxpayer monies and illegally disbursed same to a private organization who was negotiating 5 and 6 figure contracts with Treasurer Javens’ family,” argued attorney Benyo as part of his brief, which has been circulating throughout the courthouse since being filed. Attorney Benyo asserts that using common everyday vernacular, his client’s comments about Javens were not inaccurate.

Although the Beaver Countian is not a named defendant in litigation filed against 6 anonymous commenters by Treasurer Connie Javens and her adult daughter Renee Zuk, attorneys for this publication have separately been fighting to protect the identities of the anonymous commenters and also filed documents with the court last week. Beaver Countian founder John Paul has vowed not to disclose any information to the two women.

The remaining 5 anonymous commenters are being represented by Pittsburgh attorney James Tallman, who filed a brief on behalf of his clients on Wednesday as well.

The Beaver Countian is publishing attorney Gerald Benyo’s brief as filed with the court in full below, which spells out in layman’s terms an argument for why John Q. Taxpayer’s comments should be considered protected free speech, and why the attempt by Treasurer Connie Javens to unmask his identity should be denied.

IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF BEAVER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
CONNIE JAVENS and RENEE JAVENS ZUK v. JOHN DOES (1)-(6)
SECOND BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO QUASH SUBPOENA

Treasurer Javens has targeted 6 commenters on the BeaverCountian magazine website as they are viewed as deadly enemies who must be stopped and destroyed as they pose a grave threat to her continued political life and those who benefit from her political position and power. Costumed as a “defamation action”, Treasurer Javens claims (after 25 years in political office during which she has developed an almost impenetrable hide), that she has been caused “mental anguish, sleepless nights and humiliation” and deserves compensation due to 5 comments posted by John Q Taxpayer. In truth, Treasurer Javens has targeted John Q Taxpayer to obtain his identity so that she can retaliate using her political power and influence and silence him from exercising his First Amendment Constitutional Right to express “core political speech”.

An informed, vocal electorate is Treasure Javens’ kryptonite and the BeaverCountian has delivered truckloads of the precious mineral to the Beaver County Courthouse by publishing multiple investigative articles concerning Treasurer Javens’ actions as an elected official. Commenters (anonymous and those who bravely identify themselves) have in turn carried the kryptonite into every crevice of the Treasurer’s Office and distributed it throughout every political ward in Beaver County.

Treasurer Javens has a desperate need to learn the identity of the anonymous commenters so as to use her influence and political power, along with the threat of financial ruin through litigation, if commenters on the BeaverCountian magazine website continue to criticize her job performance or keep questioning her involvement with illegally transferring $1.6 million from county bank accounts to a private entity -who has made 5 and 6 figure contracts with members of the Javens family. Treasurer Javens regularly refers to this private entity as “her boys from New York”.

This litigation is the latest attempt by Treasurer Javens to silence those citizens and taxpayers who question her actions as Beaver County Treasurer and publicize the benefits that accrue to those around her at the expense of the public taxer payer. This is not Treasurer Javens first attempt at using her political power and influence to silence her BeaverCountian commenter critics. Prior attempts include attempting to have criminal charges filed against commenters for harassment among other crimes (which resulted in a criminal investigation being launched by the Beaver County Detective Bureau) and demanding that the Beaver County Adult Probation Department threaten a commenter who was on probation with possible incarceration through a probation violation unless the negative comments made against Treasurer Javens were immediately removed.

TREASURER JAVENS FITS THE DEFINITION OF THIEF AND HER ACTIONS ARE ACCURATELY CHARACTERIZED AS CROOKED AND STEALING

Treasurer Javens specifically identified 5 comments by John Q. Taxpayer to articles published in the BeaverCountian magazine website which reported on her actions as Treasurer of Beaver County and the sale of Friendship Ridge – a county owned nursing and geriatric facility. The 3 separate articles are attached hereto Exhibits “A”, “B” and “C”.

1. February 22, 2016: This fucking bitch Connie Javens taking money on her own and without authorization from anyone else and no record of it. Who the fuck does she think she is? I refuse to believe that there is nothing anyone can do to remove her from office. WAKE UP PEOPLE! SHE IS STEALING TAX MONEY!

2. February 22, 2016: There’s your million dollars Mr. Sheriff. Vince LaValle gave it to Friendship Ridge. Myself and my family will die on the street before we would go to Friendship Ridge. I don’t think anyone in this country would put a loved one in that place after knowing what a bunch of conniving thieves they are on top of everything else, I’ll bet county is also paying them big time money to rent the morgue from them.

3. March 12, 2016: Confiscating documents is a crime. It’s tampering with public records or tampering with evidence. Why is this big haired bitch not being arrested and why is she still in that courthouse?

4. March 12, 2016: I just don’t get it. This fucking crooked bitch con artist Javens keeps on committing crimes and violating codes and gets away with it. We have DA that refuses to charge anyone and worse yet, he wards off the state police from doing an investigation. What the fuck is going on here???

5. March 20, 2016: The Sheriff is doing this on purpose in retaliation of his budget being cut. He is having a hissy fit like a little bitch and nobody is going to do a fucking thing about it, just like nothing is going to be done about Javens, LaValle, Rabick, etc. We have been robbed and are still getting robbed. This fucking Lozier isn’t going to do anything. He must be sitting in his office with his dress pulled up over his head. There is nobody in charge. They just want a big paycheck and any extra they can grab.

At the November 14, 2016 Hearing, the Court specifically reviewed all 5 of John Q Taxpayer’s comments and focused upon Treasurer Javens’ allegation that such comments contained defamation per se in the form of alleging she committed a “criminal offense” or presumably “business misconduct”. If Treasurer Javens as a public official can allege such defamation per se, then she contends that she does not need to prove any special harm or damage.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of “steal” is to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of “thief” is one that steals especially stealthily or secretly; also one who commits theft or larceny.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of “crooked” is not straight or dishonest < a crooked politician >.

As a layperson, John Q. Taxpayer should not be judged or held to the standards of legal definitions (such as “Theft” in Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code) when making his opinions, comments and observations known as to Treasurer Javens during his exercise of “core political speech”. As with most citizens, John Q Taxpayer speaks the vernacular of everyday life – not of a legal scholar or seasoned prosecutor. Thus, John Q Taxpayer cannot be said to have made observations and comments constituting defamation per se, but instead expressed his personal opinions bluntly, clearly and with some explicit language and hyperbole.

In the common vernacular, Treasurer Javens did take the property of taxpayers wrongfully and did it as a habitual or regular practice and thus did “steal”.

In the common vernacular, Treasurer Javens is a “thief” as she secretly and unilaterally made millions of dollars of withdrawals from county owned bank accounts that did not belong to her without authorization from anyone else in county government and did give those millions to a private entity – Comprehensive Health. Treasurer Javens did so for unexplained reasons, unilaterally and without consideration of whether such monies should have been disbursed. This has resulted in Beaver County taxpayers being forced to spend $25,000 on a forensic audit and, after the results of the audit were returned, most likely having to hire attorneys to litigate to attempt to recover at least $1.6 million illegally transferred by Treasurer Javens to Comprehensive Health.

Finally, in the common vernacular, Treasurer Javens meets the definition of “crooked” as she did not engage in “straight dealing” or honest transparency in discharging her duties as County Treasurer and by every appearance was dishonest in making multiple secret, unilateral cash withdrawals from county owned bank accounts which she used to purchase money orders she hand delivered to a private entity (Comprehensive Health) – which were awarding lucrative 5 and 6 figure contracts to her family members. The crookedness and dishonesty has been further illustrated by Treasurer Javens refusal to participate in the audit of the Friendship Ridge sale commissioned by Beaver County, her refusal to cooperate with Beaver County Commissioners and the Controller as to why she unilaterally withdrew millions from county bank accounts without authorization and finally her refusal to make herself available to the taxpaying public to answer questions concerning her conduct as an elected official and Treasurer of Beaver County.

Beyond using a common man’s words and a common man’s understanding of the definition of such words, John Q Taxpayer was legally “spot dead on” when classifying Treasurer Javens conduct as being illegal. In fact, now, there is no doubt that pursuant to the Pennsylvania County Code, Treasurer Javens acted illegally in disbursing $6 million to Comprehensive Health.

Under the Pennsylvania County Code, the County Commissioners and Treasurer are responsible to designate depositories (banks) for county monies. 16 P.S. §1762(a). For example, Citizens Bank is a designated county depository as established by Resolution 121305-62 adopted by the Board of Commissioners on December 13, 2005. The bank account was titled and held in the name of Beaver County – not Connie Javens or Comprehensive Health.

The Pennsylvania County Code provides withdrawals from a designated depository account (such as PNC Bank or Citizen’s Bank) are made by the Treasurer “upon properly authorized checks … which have been specifically approved by the Board of Commissioners”. 16 P.S. §1762(b). There is no authorization for the County Treasurer to make cash withdrawals or purchase money orders to remove monies from a county bank account as was done on multiple instances by Treasurer Javens.

The procedure set by Pennsylvania County Code has the County Controller submit to the Board of Commissioners all bills, claims and demands approved by him. Two signatures from the Board of Commissioners are then required before the check for payment of any bill, claim or demand is then sent back to the County Controller for signature and then (AND ONLY THEN) are the checks forwarded to the County Treasurer for signature. 16 P.S. §1751 specifically provides the County Treasurer SHALL NOT sign any check not already signed by two Commissioners and Controller.

Finally, the Pennsylvania County Code provides that any withdrawals by the Treasurer from a county depository (such as PNC Bank or Citizens Bank) SHALL ONLY be on a properly authorized check SPECIFICALLY APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONERS. 16 P.S. §1762(c). Again, there is no authorization for the County Treasurer to legally make cash withdrawals or to purchase money orders to disburse monies from a county owned bank account.

In addition to Exhibit A, Exhibit D, Exhibit E and Exhibit F are attached hereto. All are articles from the BeaverCountian magazine which contain copies of withdraw tickets or slips (not properly authorized checks) that were illegally used to withdraw taxpayer or public monies from designated depository accounts without the necessary signatures of two of the Board of Commissioners and the County Controller. These documents alone conclusively establish that Treasurer Javens acted illegally and unilaterally and secretly to wrongfully take the property of another (the public taxpayer) as a habitual or regular practice when Treasurer Javens (after having over 20 years as an elected Treasurer) knew such actions were not “straight” and had every indication of dishonesty.

It is a proven fact Treasurer Javens committed acts that bring into question her handling of county owned bank accounts. Deposit slips and other documents evidence that Treasurer Javens made multiple secret, unilateral cash withdrawals from county owned bank accounts which were used to purchase money orders that were illegally disbursed (and in fact hand delivered by her) to a private entity. After reviewing these facts as published in media, John Q Taxpayer publicly commented and expressed his opinion characterizing Treasurer Javens’ actions as “stealing tax money”, “committing crimes and violating codes”, “taking money on her own and without authorization from anyone else and no record of it”, “crooked” and being a “con artist” – and John Q Taxpayer was correct in his assessment.

Thus, under the Pennsylvania Code, and through use of the common laypersons vernacular, Treasurer Javens is a thief as well as a crooked politician who stole public or taxpayer monies and illegally disbursed same to a private organization who was negotiating 5 and 6 figure contracts with Treasurer Javens’ family. A fact that both the former and present Beaver County District Attorneys have investigated pending the filing of criminal charges – as reported in numerous media articles.

TREASURER JAVENS HAS NO DAMAGES BEYOND HER OWN MAKING AND CERTAINLY NOT ATTRIBUTABLE TO JOHN Q TAXPAYER

At the November 14, 2016 Hearing, the Court considered whether Treasurer Javens had to provide any evidence of damages. Undersigned Counsel also advised the Court that: (1) it would be proper to consider not only if Treasurer Javens had any provable evidence damages, but whether any damages that were even claimed were recognized as proper damages for a public figure in a defamation action; and (2) whether any direct causation for any alleged damages could be established as to the 5 comments made by John Q Taxpayer.

By definition “defamation” is a communication which tends to harm an individual’s reputation so as to lower him or her in the estimate of the community or deter third persons from associating or dealing with him or her. Stated another way, a communication is considered “defamatory” if it tends to harm the reputation of another so as to lower him or her in the estimation of the community or to deter third persons from associating or dealing with him or her, and it is not enough that the victim be embarrassed or annoyed; he or she must have suffered the kind of harm which has grievously fractured his standing in the community of respectable society.

Through her Affidavit, Treasurer Javens alleges John Q Taxpayer was “defamatory” to her as a public figure as the 5 identified comments above “caused mental anguish, sleepless nights and humiliation”. These same 5 comments by John Q. Taxpayer have caused Treasurer Javens’ “Friends and family … inquiring as to why [she] is being called names and accused of stealing money and embezzling from the County and also receiving bribes” – all of which “is a total lie”. These 5 comments by John Q Taxpayer also caused Treasure Javens to be “continually begin stopped at work, in the stores, banks, etc. and questioned about [her] conduct as Treasurer”.

Nowhere in Treasurer Javens’ Affidavit is it alleged her reputation has been harmed in the general community (it is just her “Friends and family” inquiring as to why she is being called names and accused of stealing money and embezzling from the County. Nor does she allege that her standing in the community (or her estimation as an honorable citizen in the community) has been harmed to the extent that third persons are deterred from associating or dealing with her. In fact, except for being embarrassed, humiliated and having mental anguish and sleepless nights, no other damages are claimed beyond the audacity of taxpayers and members of the public asking questions about her conduct as the elected Treasurer of Beaver County.

To prove defamation, it must be shown that the alleged defamatory statement “tends so to harm the reputation of another as to lower him in the estimation of the community or to deter third parties from associating or dealing with him. Tucker v. Philadelphia Daily News, 577 Pa. 598, 848 A.3d 113 (2004). “It is not enough that the victim of the statements be embarrassed or annoyed, he must have suffered the kind of harm which has grievously fractured his standing in the community of respectable society”. Whether the contested statements are capable of defamatory meaning is a question of law for the Court. Tucker, supra at 123. Under Tucker, Treasurer Javens’ claim of embarrassment or annoyances along with sleepless nights is not enough to sustain the proof she needs for damages to allow this litigation to continue.

In Joseph v. Scranton Times L.P., 129 A.3d 404 (2015), the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania opined:

    “The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the common law rule of presumed damages is incompatible with the First Amendment freedoms and therefore unconstitutional. … As such, it is incumbent upon [defamation] plaintiffs to establish a causal connection between the negligently published falsehood and the actual injuries which they have suffered. … (“Defamation is a legal cause of special harm to the person defamed if … it is a substantial factor in bringing about the harm …) Pa. Suggested Standard Jury Instruction (Civil) §17.190 (4th Edition 2013) (“A false and defamatory communication is a cause of injury if the harm would not have occurred absent the communication. A false and defamatory communication is not a cause of injury if it has no connection or only an insignificant connection with the injury.)

Causation of any “damages” claimed by Treasurer Javens is a significant problem for the continuation of this case. The simple fact is that John Q Taxpayer did not cause Treasurer Javens issues or “problems”. The only person that caused Treasurer Javens’ issues is, was and has been Treasurer Javens – and she did this by violating the Pennsylvania County Code by secretly making unilateral withdrawals from county depositories and having money orders issued to a private entity that was providing lucrative contracts to her children. This was reported not by John Q Taxpayer (who has at best limited following or no following in the discussion group commenters on the BeaverCountian magazine website) but by the BeaverCountian itself. Treasurer Javens has not filed any litigation against the BeaverCountian magazine website or John Paul even though it was his investigative reporting that led to the comments made by all 6 “John Does”. Treasurer Javens has not even attempted to identify any of the investigative reporting that was factually incorrect. Treasurer Javens is her own source of defamation and she has unilaterally and voluntarily caused injury to herself.

It was Treasurer Javens that failed to follow the Pennsylvania County Code in withdrawing monies from county bank accounts and secretly disbursing approximately $6 million to a private entity. This was illegal under the Pennsylvania County Code and not only did Treasurer Javens (as a 20-year veteran Treasurer) know that she was acting illegally, she did it at a time when the private entity who received the secretly illegally distributed monies was negotiating 5 and 6 figure annual contracts with Treasurer Javens family members and she was in the political battle for her political life against Thomas Leydig. Treasurer Javens is a weathered politician who knew that the appearance of impropriety alone caused by her actions, if exposed, would be extremely uncomfortable, unexplainable and massively unfavorable – and she took that chance voluntarily by acting illegally and massively overpaying Comprehensive Health in what appears to a vast majority of the public (including John Q Taxpayer) to assist her family and political allies financially.

It was Treasurer Javens who decided to refuse to answer questions posed by the current Board of Commissioners as to the withdrawal of monies from county designated bank accounts contrary to the Pennsylvania County Code.

It was Treasurer Javens who is now under criminal investigation by the Beaver County District Attorney (an investigation started by the prior Democratic District Attorney) for her unilateral actions in secretly withdrawing and disbursing over $6 million from county owned bank accounts contrary to the Pennsylvania County Code. The current Beaver County District Attorney has publicly stated that Treasurer Javens has violated the County Code and that such acts may constitute criminal acts.

It is Treasurer Javens who has refused to comment or explain why she unilaterally disbursed $6 million from county designated bank accounts when at least $1.4 million of such monies belonged to Beaver County as confirmed not only by the Beaver County Controller but also the 2016 Audit commissioned by the Board of Commissioners – which she refused to participate in despite being the elected public official in charge of the Beaver County Treasurer’s office.

It is Treasurer Javens who refused to cooperate with the Beaver County Controller to reconcile the amount of monies overpaid to Comprehensive Health or explain or justify why the Controller’s Office was not provided any information as to why secret unilateral cash withdrawals were being made by Treasurer Javens contrary to the Pennsylvania County Code and for the benefit of Comprehensive Health.

It was Treasurer Javens who refused to provide an explanation to the Beaver County Controller as to why she chose to withdraw cash and then purchase and disburse monies through money order rather than regular check issued by the Beaver County Controller’s Office in accordance with the Pennsylvania County Code.

The Beaver County Commissioners commissioned an audit concerning the monies withdrawn by Treasurer Javens – which cost the taxpayers an additional $25,000. This audit revealed at least $1.4 million was improperly disbursed by Treasurer Javens to Comprehensive Health when, in fact, such monies belonged to the taxpayers of Beaver County. Beaver County Controller Rossi, Financial Administrator Rickardo Luckow and County Solicitor Andrea Cantelmi all fully cooperated with the auditors retained by the Beaver County Commissioners. Treasurer Javens continues to refuse to cooperate with the auditors employed by the Commissioners.

In December 2015, Treasurer Javens refused to provide the Beaver County Commissioners with any explanation to justifying her unilateral withdrawal of $5,900,000 in cash from county owned bank accounts and purchasing money orders hand delivered to Comprehensive Health.

Treasurer Javens has not made any public statements or accountings justifying her actions in withdrawing cash from county bank accounts and having money orders purchased and then personally hand delivered to Comprehensive Health. In fact, Treasurer Javens has refused to speak at any public meetings concerning the 2017 County Budget and its $17 million deficit. Treasurer Javens has however three sets of attorneys who are advising her as to these legal issues – a criminal defense attorney, a civil attorney and her solicitor.

The Beaver County Controller and the Beaver County Commissioners have confirmed that Treasurer Javens’ transactions with Comprehensive Health were not authorized, were not signed off on as required by the Pennsylvania County Code and were made without either entering the transaction in any county computer system or notifying any other county elected or administrative official of the release of monies by making cash withdrawals, purchasing money orders and hand delivering same to Comprehensive Health. Treasurer Javens has not denied any of these findings.

Again, it is the above actions of Treasurer Javens that have harmed her reputation in the community and not the 5 comments cited and attributed to John Q Taxpayer. Further, even negating Treasurer Javens own self-immolation, as a matter of law the Court must take note of the thousands of comments made by private citizens and taxpayers this year (both anonymous and identified) that chastise and castigate Treasurer Javens for her conduct and thus it is impossible to separate the negativity caused by others to that which may have been caused by the 5 comments made by John Q Taxpayer in 3 separate BeaverCountian magazine articles. John Q Taxpayer was not the “straw that broke the camel’s back” as to Treasurer Javens’ reputation – he was simply one of hundreds and thousands of citizens and taxpayers who exercised the right to express disgust in layman’s terms as to the illegal and self-serving actions as they appeared in the multiple articles published by the BeaverCountian magazine.

Finally, it should also be noted that John Q Taxpayer acted as a commenter to the BeaverCountian and the justifiable harm to Treasurer Javens caused (if any) by John Q Taxpayer is nil compared to the devastating and repeated broadsides inflicted upon Treasurer Javens by the articles published by BeaverCountian itself. Treasurer Javens has no special or actual damages and no proof of any causation that any of the 5 comments made by John Q Taxpayer resulted in any damage to her whatsoever. Again, it is not damages that Treasurer Javens seeks in this litigation but the identity of her detractors and the ability to demonstrate that any taxpayer who criticizes or questions her will be subject to retaliation.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH, 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND BALANCING

In light of the above facts as reported in the BeaverCountian and other media, as a taxpayer and citizen of a cash-strapped and broke Beaver County, John Q Taxpayer has simply exercised his 1st Amendment Right to Free “core political” speech to make his personal opinion known as to a matter of extreme public importance – that opinion being that an elected public official secretly and unilaterally withdrawing millions of dollars in cash from county bank accounts and then purchasing and hand delivering money orders to an entity which had entered into at least 3 lucrative contracts with that official’s family is “stealing tax money” and “committing crimes and violating codes”.

John Q Taxpayer has every right to express his opinion publicly on issues of “core political speech” as to an elected public official. Treasurer Javens is an admitted “public figure” who voluntarily committed the actions that have led to widespread criticism and vilification. Treasurer Javens is now reaping what she has sown.

Historically, since the founding of this republic, speech has been protected because it promotes the free exchange of ideas, which is necessary to discovery the truth, self-govern, check governmental power, and protect individual autonomy and liberties. These same concerns apply to speech on the internet and can be used to justify extending First Amendment protections to anonymous online speakers. Reno v. ACLU, 521 U.S. 844 (1977).

The internet represents a new medium of communication and anonymous “bloggers” or commenters may be considered the “modern day equivalent of the revolutionary pamphleteer who passed out news bulletins on the street corner. Courts and commentators agree that anonymous online speech should be protected because the values inherent in promoting free speech continue to apply in an online context, the justification that exist for restricting anonymous speech in other contexts do not apply to online speech, and the government should protect speakers’ legitimate expectation of privacy.

The Court should recognize and consider that disclosing the identity of anonymous commenters raises concerns as if governmental actions diminish speaker’s expectations of privacy, speakers are more likely to restrain their speech, thereby resulting in a chilling effect that deprives individuals of their constitutional right to free speech and to speak anonymously. In Beaver County there is only one place that an average citizen with a smart phone or computer with internet connection can voice their opinion on Beaver County government and public officials without being censored – and that place is the BeaverCountian magazine website.

In fact, encouraging broad speech protection, specifically with anonymous speech, helps promote the truth-seeking function by allowing individuals to express themselves without fear that they may be harassed, socially ostracized or that they may lose their jobs. Further, anonymity helps ensure that the merits or vale of the speaker’s message is not discounted, stereotyped, or prejudged by others.

In fact, promoting anonymous free speech provides a check on governmental power because it allows citizens to voice their grievances or note when public officials behave in a manner that is unacceptable to their constituents. Online commenting and free speech on the internet can help connect the public and promote pluralism by allowing separate and apart individuals with divergent life experiences to share ideas and thus promote pluralism by allowing the online conversation to reach a broader audience that would otherwise be regulated to self-thought and core political discussions within a limited social circle of likeminded acquaintances. The BeaverCountian provides a megaphone to individual citizens and taxpayers to comment on the elected officials who govern them and decide through taxation what amount of property should be taken from their labors.

The civil action brought against John Q Taxpayer is an attempt by an elected public official to not only smother widespread public criticism of Treasurer Javens’ conduct as Beaver County Treasurer, it is an attempt to thwart the investigative reporting of John Paul and publication of the BeaverCountian – which at the present time has 2,996 Twitter Followers, 21,999 Facebook Fans and over 49,768 user comments. Testimony established that a circulation of between 40,000 to 60,000 unique individuals use the BeaverCountian to learn of the actions of their elected officials and other events in Beaver County.

The BeaverCountian is in the only forum in Beaver County that is easily available to the citizens, voters and taxpayers of Beaver County to inform themselves and protest and attempt to redress the constant stream of revelations of improprieties that continue to arise out of the Beaver County Courthouse and surround the elected officials of Beaver County and those privileged few with governmental positions of power and influence within the county. The BeaverCountian has brought light into areas of Beaver County Government which have been in total darkness from the public for decades. This is painful for the political corrupt and political elite. The BeaverCountian is the voice of the average “Joe” and “Jane” in Beaver County who are tired of dysfunctional local government, public employee incompetence and political self-dealing and patronage.

It is further opined by undersigned that the BeaverCountian provides a transparency in local government that did not exist 6 years ago, and the comment section of the BeaverCountian effectively polices itself and unsubstantiated claims, overly vicious statements and improper commenting is often attacked and refuted by the hundreds or thousands of other participating commenters.

It is also noted that Treasurer Javens fails to file defamation actions against any of the other commenters on the BeaverCountian that have used their own name and are easily identifiable as having made comments similar to those of John Q Taxpayer – and, in fact, some of the identifiable commenters have made comments that greatly exceed the hyperbole, opinions, observations and conclusions set forth in John Q Taxpayer’s 5 comments.

Allowing this lawsuit to continue based upon the pleadings of Treasurer Javens will only stifle free “core political” speech in Beaver County. Not only is this improper under Pennsylvania law, it would be devastating to Beaver County. Bluntly stated, Treasurer Javens’ filing of the Motion For Issuance Of A Subpoena is designed to chill core political free speech that criticizes her rather than assert any legitimate cause of action for defamation that has any possibility of success as to John Q Taxpayer.

114 COMMENTS

    • Oh I almost forgot did Deputy George no need for last name his face is that screwed up go to the same plastic surgeon as you did .

       
  1. Have friends and neighbors read this article. It is time that DA Lozier, now expedites and prosecutes this case. Beaver Countians deserve out with the bad in 2017.

     
  2. Not only have you destroyed the defamation case, but you have handed Lozier his “lesson plans” for the criminal investigation. If he still balks, is that obstruction? This is very serious, and it would almost be complicity, if he does not act. Maybe we are looking at a “Domino Theory” for the Courthouse. It’s no wonder why he is dragging his feet.

     
    • Raven, that’s what I meant the other day. All the things you brought up….Lozier and the public already know about this malfeasance and is out in the open and public view. Why isn’t he doing anything? Why wasn’t LaValle ever charged for loaning tax money? If he doesn’t charge anyone, to me, it is as good as being a participant. To me, obstruction was when he ran the state police out of town.

       
  3. Her actions and how she treats people is why she is called those names. The people called it as they see it. What goes around comes around…….and it’s coming around. You reap what you sow. People please don’t be fooled, she has been like this forever so don’t blame her age. Remember what the cashier from shop n save said about her going through the Monaca girls register’s with a fist full of expired coupons or coupons for items that she didn’t have in her cart. How about when she had one of the clerk in her office go to her house for a couple of weeks during work hours, to do work on her house. Don’t forget the other clerk that she sent to the Election office for the day to count signature’s on on election petitions..again during work hours. She gave nicknames to people, the kind that makes fun of someone’s hair or their deformed hands or the way they walked or the fact that they were Jewish. I guess that was OK since she was the one doing the name calling or taking groceries that she didn’t pay for or having our tax dollars pay people for doing personal work for her. This is a very small example of some of the ugly things she’s done. She’s been using her political “power” to abuse and harass good people for many years. So she’s getting a little taste of what she’s been giving all of these years. SO WHAT!!!! GET OVER YOURSELF!!!! GROW UP!!! Life’s to short for all this BS. I have an idea for her new years resolution she should try something new like…..BE NICE….I know that won’t be easy but give it a shot.

     
    • They put Leona Helmsley in federal prison for about 2 years for those exact things. Would be nice if you gave names, dates and times to Lozier.

       
    • @ Raven in my opinion neither do Javen’s they had Christmas everyday at the taxpayer’s expense.!!!

       
    • Posts like these on Christmas Day are turning public opinion away from JP and his followers . Read the opinion on BCT and talk to the average Joe in Beaver County. You are losers.

       
      • I wouldn’t line my bird cage with the BC times for fear my birds would learn to read and fall over dead from laughter. And believe it or not we are the average Joe and Jane right here. At least here it is uncensored and peoples honest opinions can be voiced in their entirety. Maybe our elected officials should pay a little more attention what is really being said instead of spinning their own stories with their lackies at the times.
        On the plus side I would like to thank the times for printing an opinion about the BeaverCountian. I have not read the opinion in the times but it doesn’t matter. Any publicity (Negative or Positive) is going to bring new readers and commenters to the BeaverCountian. Even if they are just curious what this “opinion” is all about.

         
      • Wrong….. the average joe doesn’t know whats going on which is why she is still the treasure. Thank you JP for doing a excellent job in keeping us informed. The BC Times never prints the truth about her. She obviously has someone there in her back pocket.

         
      • Yeah, Fwapper. Put the Steeler game on and wash your mind out with that. Just remember the credo for discussing Beaver County politics…

        __________ is a great guy/gal. They work hard and are doing a great job!

         
      • @ facts. Well this isn’t a very powerful site if she keeps getting elected in spite of all your efforts to defeat her!

         
      • There is a letter to the Editor of the BCT that the row officers should give Connie the respect she deserves for being in office for so long…..I thought respect was something that one earns, not deserves. You can respect the office, and disrespect the person in it….I did that for 8 years while W was in the White House.

         
    • It’s been a pleasure Raven, but Benyo deserves the credit. All I can say is after you read these news stories, nobody should take it sitting down.

       
      • What a shame that Benyo was not elected DA. He clearly is more than competent to have the job. A perfect match, actually. Lozier pales in comparison. But, there is always the next election in three years. And at that time, there won’t be any dirty tricks like the last time to stop him.

        Benyo for DA
        Leydig for Treasurer (perhaps sooner than later)
        Kress for Sheriff

         
    • Alex, I believe it’s 2 years the bad part Lozier took the investigation off the state police. Now, the taxpayer’s and thanks to John Paul we have a voice. He looks very bad in this situation to taxpayer’s as if he’s covering for her. Also, you can do alot in a year the head investigator Stuab is from Monaca ,which I believe that she resides. Ask yourself why would he fire the state police & county hired a outside consulting firm that found pay dirt and never did anything. The things that make you go hmmmmmmmm???????? LOZIER IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO STEP UP AND DO YOUR JOB !!!!!!

       
  4. I’ve said it dozens of times, but it bears repeating:

    VOTE GERALD BENYO FOR BEAVER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
    VOTE THOMAS LEYDIG FOR BEAVER COUNTY TREASURER
    VOTE WAYNE KRESS FOR BEAVER COUNTY SHERIFF
    and
    VOTE JOHN PAUL VRANESEVICH FOR MAN OF THE YEAR IN BEAVER COUNTY

     
  5. It is a Christmas Miracle! Thank you JP for publishing Attorney Benyo’s Brief. You saved me a trip to his office.

    Attorney Benyo: OUTSTANDING!
    You have, very elegantly, articulated exactly what I have been thinking and how I feel about this frivolous lawsuit from the very beginning. I am so glad John Q Taxpayer availed himself of your offer to represent him. Thank you for defending our freedoms here at home!

    After witnessing the hearing of November 14 and carefully reading all 3 briefs I would be amazed if Judge Bozza ruled against The Beaver Countian’s motion to quash. As a lay person I find both briefs from the defendant’s attorneys to have very compelling arguments. I further think the Plaintiff’s brief to be lacking any real substance or merit.

    Disclaimer – The thoughts expressed here are my own and not necessarily that of JP, The Beaver Countian or any of it’s commenters. The above statements are made without malice or prejudice. The sole purpose of the above statements is to exercise my 1st amendment right and engage in the 2 way free flow of information. Anyone that does not like this can go pound salt for all I care.

     
  6. This has all the makings of Beaver County’s version of Watergate, with JP and Gerald Benyo as Woodward and Berstein. If everything that Benyo says is true (and deep inside we KNOW it is), why doesn’t Lozier take action against her? Why did he call off the State Police? Why does he continue to just quietly sit there with his thumb jammed up his ass? What is HE hiding, or covering for?
    IT’S BEEN OVER A YEAR! EARN YOUR PAYCHECK LOZIER AND DO SOMETHING!

     
  7. Merry Christmas. I cannot believe the letter in today’s (Sunday) Times castigating the public for their harsh comments concerning the Treasurer. One wonders if the letter writer 1) is a relative, 2) a member of the courthouse family, 3) a resident that loves the fact her county taxes are increasing. I would surmise all three would apply.

     
      • In my opinion: This is not just a Treasurer, WiseOwl, this is a matriarch within a large Italian community and a matriarch among friends and family in the Courthouse. I think that also explains part of the hesitancy to deal with her. She has status. To a large extent, it seems a partly cultural role thing, and to understand it and deal with it effectively, one has to take that into consideration. This is my guess, and it seems to fit in with what I have read and observed. And no, I’m not trying to offend or defame anyone, just gain insight.

         
    • In my opinion, you are probably right on two but not all three. If the writer is a family member then it almost goes without saying they are also a courthouse member and Vice-Versa. However if those two are true then I highly doubt they have to pay any taxes at all. Just a quick entry in the computer and all taxes are taken care of. It would not surprise me at least.

       
    • County tax increase are not due to treasurer. Your new republican commissioners raised taxes. Funny the democrats at state level will not raise our taxes but these new republicans like to tax and spend! Tax and spend republicans at the courthouse!

       
      • And which commissioners ran the County into the ground in the first place? Living like royalty in a small hole in the wall county? Which commissioners failed to secure a good deal for the citizens with the new plant? Blame falls squarely with Tony and Spanik and the many otherunethical weasels.

         
    • What in the hell is that gaudy looking pendant the Con is wearing?!? To Mungo it looks like a platinum faux hand grenade! If that is indeed what she is wearing how on earth does it make it thru security? Even though it is obviously not a real hand grenade a very angry little person such as her could do a lot of damage swinging that big ugly atrocious thing! Imagine the gentleman who was on the receiving end of this stocky little troll like person who angrily charged him with that crazy sausage like finger pointing in his face would have thought if she were wearing this necklace/device on that fateful night? Mungo shudders to think the outcome if the ever so stalwart Commissioner Egley had not intervened in what must have seemed like a living nightmare for all the attendants that evening! Well keep up the good fight guys and gals because Mungo believes that if any judge should happen to let this debacle proceed and the Con gets cornered on any of the serious allegations made against her……..Well let him say something his ole Pappy told him while teaching him to hunt….If that ole raccoon is smart enough to get that coon hound to water and grabs hold of that dogs head….than that ole hound will lose a lot more than the chase!

       
      • Mr. Mungo, she was indeed wearing the grenade when forcing her opinion on the gentleman. The above photo is of her leaving the room that same day.

         
  8. Two words regarding your brief, Gerry: ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!

    The plaintiff’s notion that this website isn’t “media” because it’s a “blog” is ridiculous. Newsweek no longer publishes a physical magazine, their reporting is now all online similar to the Beaver Countian. The Tribune Review no longer prints a physical newspaper in Pittsburgh; rather, they provide news and information in the same type of online medium that is used for this publication. According to the plaintiffs, Newsweek and the Tribune Review are not legitimate media outlets either. Just because her fashion and hair style choices are stuck in the 1980s (in my opinion) that doesn’t mean that society or the judicial system should remain stuck there too when it comes to how we define media.

     
  9. Flapper: You make this sound like a high school newspaper popularity contest. Or, was that the inside gossip at the hairdresser’s? Grow up.

     
    • Or fix her weave in my opinion. She leaves her hair color in too long burns, and fries it. Now, it all falls out and blames others….. Wonders why she lost all her customer’s and in her 50’s mommy still paying her bills lol…..

       
    • @Raven, how sad that this site allows you to bash the posts of people who have opinions which are different from yours!!! You condone posts that compare an 80 year old woman to Ronald McDonald and the Grinch? You Raven need to GROW UP!!!

       
    • In my humble opinion, since she’s supposedly losing her hair due to all of the stress the name “flapper” is most likely the name of the “style” that she’s using when she combs over the remaining flap of hair on one side of her head that had to be grown 14 inches in order to go all the way over the scalp and cover the other side of her head.

       
  10. Someone here must be suffering from “big fish in a little pond” syndrome. Times are changing and it’s past time to resign, retire, whatever. John Q. Publics abound in Beaver County and the numbers are growing precisely because of behavior like this.

     
    • Good observation Raven. I thoroughly enjoyed the work history which gives the appearance of being a salon owner for almost 35 years. In my opinion the majority of the photos just scream “rode hard and put away wet trailer chick.” That begged the question of whether she lives in a double wide or a regular sized trailer.

       
    • Onlyinourcounty….in you best Paul Harvey voice over, and now…. the rest of the story.
      In ways that exceeded the duties of her office, Beaver County Treasurer Connie Javens apparently helped sell a county-owned senior home to a private company, Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services. Allegedly, Javens accompanied executives to the assessment office to guide them through lowering their property taxes and wrote a check of $275,000 in county money, without proper authorization, to help the facility pay off bills before CHMS took ownership. Incidentally, the company contracted Javens’ daughter, Renee Javens Zuk, as a beautician to the home’s residents — even though, when it was owned by the county, the facility fired Zuk from the same job after nine days, citing poor attendance. The news website The Beaver Countian has reported extensively on the saga. Javens and Zuk have filed a defamation lawsuit against six of the website’s anonymous commenters. The suit lists as defendants “thebigdigger,” “John Q Taxpayer,” “THE EXECUTIONER,” “Sliver,” “Courthouseconvicts,” and “ConnieintheSlammer” and includes verbatim their incensed, grammatically challenged remarks. Some samples: “Shut up Renee Javens mama is going down wait for it. Your stealing from taxpayer’s is done!!!!!” and “REALLY CONNIE HAVEN’T THEY FUCKIN FIRED YOU ALREADY.” Though not a defendant, The Beaver Countian has enlisted press and digital-freedom groups to help fight a motion to force it to help identify the commenters.

       
  11. The walls will soon come tumbling down and the dominoes will fall. Lots of names are going to be aired in public and they will have to hang their heads in shame for the fraud they’ve perpetrated on this county, its taxpayers and good citizens. Without the Beaver Countian we are sheep being lulled to sleep and lied to by the BC Times inept staff. THAT is the publication which should be deemed not a reliable news venue. Hasn’t been an investigative reporter there since JD Prose left and he was a democratic stooge, never getting over the tea party. Served him right that smug son of a bitch. Maybe it’s time for the Times to bring him out of the dog house and let him follow Stonewall Lozier, Queen Connie and Big Boy Sheriff while they go about their merry way of fleecing the taxpayers and good citizens of their hard earned cash. The time to repent and come forwar4d is now, before some real investigative reporting blows them all out of the courthouse. Be sure to get the broom and the ruby slippers from Connie. We need to give them to the good witch, Sandie!!!

     
  12. Sorry Dan, you finally got a pair so you get to be the next “Wizard of Beaver County OZ”. Keep at her heels she’s losing her grip!

     
  13. I know this is silly, but have any of you checked out the picture of Javens? It looks like she has two sets of eyebrows. So now we have proof that she is two faced AND she puts on the makeup with a trowel.

     
    • Gerald Benyo’s historic document will be referenced and quoted for a long time, no matter which way the defamation case goes. The toothpaste is out of the tube. He has a very keen understanding of the whole situation, and I feel this is just the beginning. To win the defamation case, Connie would have to prove that the allegations are not true, and disprove the basis of the comments by the 6 commenters. From where I sit, that is clearly not going to happen. Were she to win, the discovery and testimony in the case would blow the lid off the Courthouse. Her goose is cooked.

       
  14. How did a county treasurer get so close and involved with the sale of county property anyway? Maybe Lozier should be looking at her “boys in New York.

     
    • What I think is sad is that we have a defense attorney that should be DA and a DA that should need a defense attorney for obstruction of justice.
      Is there any way to motivate Lozier into doing his job? Attorney General probe maybe?

       
  15. Face it….JP just hates her. But you can’t hide behind aliases and defame people. I think Benyo’s brief is rather tragic given the fact that the audit has already proven there were no criminal actions. If your only source of information is this blog, then you likely are misinformed. And that is even more tragic….

     
    • For now, I will ignore the fact that you yourself are hiding behind an alias and attempting to defame JP by saying he is a hateful person.
      You say: ….”the audit has already proven there were no criminal actions .”
      If anyone seems to be “misinformed” it would be Quality Queen. Here are the statements from the auditors:

      Among the details in the report include a reference to payments made by Treasurer Connie Javens (not citing her by name) to Friendship Ridge — “apparently without proper authorization or authority within the County,” 
      So the auditors are saying Connie DID take money she was not suppose to. That would be theft as attorney Benyo described above.

      “Based on our investigation in this matter, it is our opinion that relative to the sale of the Friendship Ridge Nursing facility, the financial documents presented at closing were not a complete and accurate representation of all revenues and expenses of the facility,” concluded Fellin.  (The Auditor)
      In simple terms Connie was hiding financial information about the sale. No wonder she refuses to cooperate with the audit.

      “In addition, subsequent to the closing of the purchase, there were actions taken by various Beaver County and Friendship Ridge personnel which were contrary to the terms of the Agreements.” (says Fellin)
      So there was a breech of contract from officials (done in secret).

      Auditors reported they did not “uncover any direct evidence of impropriety or a specific intent of one of the parties to misappropriate assets or misrepresent or mislead the parties to the transaction,” but went on to note, “our investigation did not include a full forensic accounting investigation of all aspects of the transaction and therefore this cannot be ruled out as a possibility.”
      In other words we were not looking for criminal evidence so we can not say whether or not there is any. That is up to the DA’s investigators to determine. What they did find is that Friendship Ridge was given an additional $1,363,996  that was not theirs and a majority of it was given to them by Connie Javens without the knowledge or authorization of the commissioners or County Controller.

      Can you please explain how this PROVES there were no criminal actions? I would love to understand your logic.

       
    • “the fact that the audit has already proven there were no criminal actions”

      I went back and took another look at the audit (which still has not been officially released by the county to the public). For clarity, here is what the auditors wrote about potential improprieties:

      “We have become aware of certain allegations of improprieties perpetrated by individuals associated with the sale of Friendship Ridge. These allegations, however, were not within the scope of our investigation in this matter and we did not observe any evidence that these would impact our work to determine the amount due to or from the parties to the transaction.”

       
  16. @ who ever

    David Lozier came in a virgin clueless other than he had real income that was triple that he’s ever had.

    He had few of the right people in his ears, then got distracted by others.. Sadly not realizing it was self serving people

    JAVENS CURRENTLY SHOULD BE CITED FOR KNOWINGLY AND WILLFULLY WITH DRAWING FUNDS NOT LEGALLY ( according to county code period).

    The criminal intent due to the virgin district attorney, may have past cause he fired the state police( lol) and decided to handle it in house, tick tock tick tock , to prove illegal pro quo could be hard at this point.

    What’s not is the obvious county code violation and most recent the tampering of county documents

    David lozier is honest but naive and being used, if he doesn’t take his political hat off and be the district attorney he may be in serious problems sooner than later…

    And those who influenced him will be long gone

     
  17. Quality Queen: Enlighten me. I’m all ears. And yes, I do read elsewhere. Did you read ALL of Benyo’s document? Please tell me what is wrong about it. No criminal actions? I think the poorly informed person here is the ostrich that is sticking up for his/her friend/relative/boss. And, I am guessing that you are the same decades-old friend that wrote letters to the Times about 1 or 2 years ago. Mining/drilling runoff sound familiar? If not, how about the office staff that wrote campaign letters in support of her, anonymously? Welcome back.

     
    • @ Raven I thought there were two investigations dealing with Friendship Ridge. One, by Nottingham Group, which cost county over $25k, was done to clarify if the county owed Friendship Ridge money. The treasurer was not involved with this investigation nor the actual sale of the facility. The other investigation was done by DA Lozier and his detectives, to determine any improprieties by the treasurer or anyone else, in the authorizaion of checks released to Friendship Ridge. I hear everyone involved fully cooperated. We have yet to hear these results. I think some people are confusing the two investigations.

       
  18. The Word: I love it when people hit the Bible up for a catch phrase, out of context, to “prove” their point. Why not also quote the verse right before the Ephesians 4:29 that you rely on?

    Ephesians 4:28: “He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing good with his own hands, that he may have something to share with the one in need.”

    Stealing doesn’t seem to be “of the Lord” either, does it?

    Or, look at the qualifier in the verse: ‘Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, BUT ONLY WHAT IS HELPFUL FOR BUILDING OTHERS UP ACCORDING TO THEIR NEEDS.”

    I would say that there is a need here to help someone out and build them up.

    Well, in my view, I think that stealing from others creates some justifiable hatred and negativity also. Maybe enough to cause one to write about it in a comment section of a newspaper or online news site.

    I shall give you credit, though, for sticking up for your friend/relative/boss. Of about 3400+ Facebook friends of one person, and what must be many friends and family and former voters of the other, few, if any, have come forward to support them.

    Isn’t that strange? No one seems to be saying, “Wait, that is not the person I know. Here’s why.” Why? Because it seems to an accurate rendering of the people and a hot potato that they know can burn them too. Or, they realize that a lie cannot be proven false by another lie.

    In the end though, I see you as just a stupid son-of-a-bitch, grasping for God straws in defense of a friend who doesn’t seem to justify your sycophantish devotion.

     
    • @ Raven I bet we all who know who the “Quality Queen” is I am sure. One, that is fired after 9 days for being late at f.r. job. Also, if mommy loses her positon who will pay her bills as she sits home and comments under different aliases all day. See Raven, when it looks like shit, it smells like shit, & it usually is shit. White trash at it’s finest in my opinion of course.

       
  19. I wonder if the rumor is true ? After the finger waving incident, Connie got home, still ranting and raving.
    Someone told me Connie’s Elf on the shelf, packed his little suitcase and said, “FUCK IT!”

     
  20. When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
    And the white knight is talking backwards
    And the red queen’s off with her head
    Remember what the dormouse said
    Feed your head, feed your head

     
  21. Pity the poor employees of hers who surely must have felt the hot breath of Satan after her recent encounters. They sold their soul to a she devil and now must pay for eternity. She lacks morals, a soul or a modicum of character. Pure evil!

     
  22. equalizer13, I agree, sold their souls.
    Were other candidates interviewed for the First Deputy Treasurer position. Let’s look at this, one day you are a disc jockey ….and then you’re called upon to be “Hotel Tax Collector.” Several months go by. Outstanding job ! Let us reward you. I knight thee the First Deputy Treasurer of Beaver County. Satan’s hot breath?… not a problem. Most would probably swallow glass for that job.
    Treasurer Javens has filed paperwork to name Cebran Netherland, nephew of Common Pleas Judge Richard Mancinni, as her new First Deputy. Netherland was hired by Javens back in 2014 to fill a newly created role of “Hotel Tax Collector.”

     
    • Don’t forget. She referred to him as a “college graduate” in the last business meeting. Jeez, think of that. A college graduate in the Treasurer’s office. Up, up, and awaaaaayyy…

       
      • Raven, was this guy part of the fiasco about who and when they were collecting taxes at the meeting and blamed “Tara”? She may not want to take the rap for a judge’s nephew. Witnessing first hand the ineptitude of the row officers and their understanding of how government is supposed to work was both eye opening and frightening. Any controls on the gaming licenses from the Queens’ office? lots of room for manipulation there. Anyone who is familiar with the local gambling scene knows who controls the bulk of the machines linked to them. Isn’t that convenient? Well, well what have we here? Is it Satan the she devil?

         
      • She said it as an aside to the Commissioners when she looked at him and remarked about his competence in the job — from disc jockey to Hotel Tax Collector to First Deputy in one year with coursework at CCBC. Obviously, college gradu–ates are in big demand, few in numbers. Duh. If people can attend just one of those meetings and walk away with this many observations, just think what regular attendance would do. John Paul attends all, but he does not report on the side issues, to keep it factual. Tom Leydig is a college graduate with a degree in an economics area, and he has work experience as well. But, the Democratic straight ticket voters knew better, didn’t they?

         
  23. Ya know Raven, maybe you’re right. As we continue to play this whack-a-mole game against Javens, the “silence” from the Courthouse is deafening. We commenters are nothing but bothersome gnats to the “familia” therein.

    As Uncle Junior from the Sopranos said, “If you can’t get your friends jobs, what’s the purpose of attaining success?” Bada Bing!

     
  24. I’ve been to Italy a few times, and loved the people. If I could afford a villa on a hill outside Florence, I would move today. But in some places, the mob still rules, and even the Pope gets ticked off about it and condemns it. So, unlike in a Trump move, we can’t stop them from coming here, just because of a few bad apples. Most are truly beautiful people. And their culture is second to none.

    That doesn’t mean that a few Italian bad apples haven’t taken up residence in the Courthouse, or in the Democratic local government and some town councils. But they are amateurs, can’t stop getting caught, and think that a dinner at the Fez, St. Titus church on Sunday, or ceremonies at the K.O.C. for cops makes it all O.K. Fortunately, we don’t see many people getting whacked around here. No, this is small town dress up, parades, dinners for new pasta recipes and wine cork sniffing.

    But now, people are finding out some of their secrets, after decades of merrymaking, and some don’t like it. Some even sue people who get angry and speak out about their fun.

    That’s a bummer. But maybe there’s some hope in their youth, if they can ever get recognized as legitimate by the old geezers who are still pulling the strings and playing gangstas.

     
    • For a few thousand bucks, paid for by dog licenses, a bocce ball court would fit nicely on the Courthouse front lawn. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.

       
  25. from SEER- “Were other candidates interviewed for the First Deputy Treasurer position. Let’s look at this, one day you are a disc jockey ….and then you’re called upon to be “Hotel Tax Collector.” Several months go by. Outstanding job ! Let us reward you. I knight thee the First Deputy Treasurer of Beaver County. Satan’s hot breath?… not a problem. Most would probably swallow glass for that job.
    Treasurer Javens has filed paperwork to name Cebran Netherland, nephew of Common Pleas Judge Richard Mancinni, as her new First Deputy. Netherland was hired by Javens back in 2014 to fill a newly created role of “Hotel Tax Collector.””
    Did anyone read the recent BCTimes article on the hotel tax? JP are you following up on this? Apparently there are questions as to who is collecting the hotel tax and whether it is properly being accounted for (big surprise!).
    Javens was quoted saying “There aren’t problems collecting the tax”, Javens told Ishman and the commissioners.
    “I’m here to get along with everyone, and that’s what I planned on doing,” Javens said. “We need to get a chain of command there.”” So the county hires a DJ to be hotel tax collector, and a few years later there are questions about the hotel tax, and we are supposed to take Connie’s word that everything is OK? WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON OVER THERE?!?!?!?!?

     
  26. Right on FUBC! As more questions are asked of the Dark Queen, more ineptitude and mismanagement spills out. The Hotel Tax was just one of many once the right questions are asked of her under oath. Smoke, mirrors and pure evil.

     
  27. @Raven…..to further expound on your description of the few bad apples in the Courthouse being “amateurs” …Mungo would like to add that they aren’t very smart either. The thing that always pops into Mungo’s mind when dealing with these people at various contact points throughout the peoples Courthouse is a couple scenes from Blazing Saddles. One being Cleavon Little when he says ” Oh baby you are so talented! And they are so dumb! “. The next for obvious reasons be the fact that all the elected officials are last named Johnson! As in Howard Johnson the hotel owner etc. Mungo is not sure that anything can be done about this, but as for some of the above commenters downplaying JP’s local news site as hate and not making any difference Mungo could not disagree more! In fact many people are not giving the potential outcome of this Court case the respect it deserves!

     
  28. how is it she is still in that office!!!!! who’s running the show there in Beaver County????? there must be some way to get her out of there and get her and her family investigated!!!! can the State Police be called in???

     

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