Inside of the Aliquippa City Building / photo by John Paul

The City of Aliquippa has named its second acting police chief in less than a week.

“Council met Friday evening at 5 p.m. with our Solicitor where we voted unanimously to have Captain Robert Sealock lead our police department,” Councilman Matthew Mottes told the Beaver Countian. “We feel comfortable with his leadership of our department moving forward.”

Councilwoman Vicki Fratangeli was absent from the emergency session.

Captain Robert Sealock’s appointment follows the arrest of Assistant Chief Joseph Perciavalle, who was in charge for less than two days before being arrested on Friday by Beaver County Detectives on charges of disseminating obscene explicit material to Aliquippa Sgt. Kenneth Watkins’ daughter.

Council has not yet made a formal decision on whether Perciavalle will be suspended with or without pay — he is currently away on a scheduled vacation.

Perciavalle had been appointed acting chief on Wednesday after City council voted unanimously to place Chief Donald Couch on administrative suspension — Councilman Mottes has said Couch is the target of an investigation into local government by Pennsylvania State Police.

Acting Chief Sealock told the Beaver Countian he hopes to bring some sense of stability to the department if at all possible.

“I just want to look out for my guys down here and for our residents and hopefully keep everybody safe and sound,” said Sealock. “I’m going to try to keep this department moving.”

The Aliquippa police department has been working jointly with Beaver County Detectives to investigate the Mother’s Day murder of school teacher Rachael DelTondo.

District Attorney David Lozier has faced intense criticism for not bringing in an outside agency to investigate the murder, due to several apparent conflicts involved in the case. Aliquippa Police had leaked sensitive law enforcement records about DelTondo to an unauthorized member of the public prior to her death; one of the last people to see the woman alive was the daughter of Aliquippa Police Sergeant Kenneth Watkins — who himself has been accused of making unauthorized entry into the DelTondo crime scene while off-duty.

Watkins is currently on a paid administrative leave from the department while the DelTondo investigation remains ongoing due to his family’s ties to the woman.

District Attorney Lozier sought to reassure the public last month about Aliquippa’s involvement in the investigation, saying, “They would not be part of this team if there were any question as to their capacity or their integrity.”

Earlier this week, then-acting Chief Perciavalle announced he would be filing a formal request with the Pennsylvania State Police asking them to take over the DelTondo homicide investigation; it is unclear how far that process progressed before his own arrest by County Detectives.

Acting Chief Sealock told the Beaver Countian he is not yet ready to speak publicly about his plans for the DelTondo investigation.

“I’ve only been on this job for less than a day,” said Sealock. “I hope to be able to answer other questions soon.”

Aliquippa Solicitor Myron Sainovich drafted a press release today about recent events, saying in part, “The City is hopeful that any issues related to the administrative leave (of Chief Donald Couch) will be resolved in the not to (sic) distant future.”

Councilman Mottes said the statement by Solicitor Sainovich was not approved by Council and that particular portion of the release does not reflect his own views.

Solicitor Sainovich’s press release concludes, “The citizens of the City and surrounding communities should be aware that there will be no interruption of police services in the City. The Mayor and Council are taking the appropriate steps to ensure that the integrity of the department and all police services remain in operation.”

See Also:

Timeline: The Murder Of Rachael DelTondo

Mother Of Rachael DelTondo Renews Calls For Outside Agency To Investigate Her Daughter’s Murder

State Police And Witnesses Contradict Statements By District Attorney About Ongoing Investigations

Acting Aliquippa Police Chief Joe Perciavalle Arrested By Beaver County Detectives

Acting Aliquippa Chief Says Txt Msg Was An Accident – Calls His Arrest By DA’s Office Retaliation

Aliquippa Councilman Accuses City Solicitor Of Misleading The News Media

Aliquippa Police Chief Placed On Administrative Leave – Target Of State Police Investigation

GRAND JURY ACTION! Subpoenas Served In County Corruption Probes – Aliquippa On The Hot Seat!

Aliquippa Police Say Deltondo Murder Crime Scene “Could Have Been Contaminated” By One Of Their Officers

Investigative Report: Sensitive Justice Network Info Leaked Out Of Aliquippa Police Department

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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Sky
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Sky

This is like a movie
The scene where you were anticipating the federal gvt coming in and solving this murder and then!!…right back in the hands of the bad guys
It’s not over yet

Unbungabelievable
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Unbungabelievable

Makes one wonder hug Sky. I have personally WENT TO the PSP and spent 2 hours with them some time ago. I can honestly say I don’t think they are any less corrupt than our local yocals. ALL of our local and governmental officials are letting us all down. Wolfe Shapiro FBI PSP, etc etc. the whole fiasco is nothing but a ruse with Matt M leading the charade – and let’s face it, if it weren’t so, he would have already met his demise in some fashion. So now there is just another AP off on vacation after he pulled his part of the hoax off. I fell for it at first, but then realized my error when yet ANOTHER CROOKED APO has taken the reigns, not too mention silence from others and then you got Sainovich and Lozier assisting in cover ups and telling blatant lies. It’s not rocket science to figure this out. The Watkins family is front and center in all of this, however, doesn’t take too much to figure they, namely crooked cop Watkins, did not orchestrate events himself, I assure you he is not bright enough to do so. It’s a much bigger tangled web. We need FBI from outside our region. The hell with the PSP because they have authority they have not used and therefore that goes to show their guilt in my book. Speaking of books, I just may write one. It will be non fiction of course. I will call… Read more »

jemma
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jemma

What makes you think that Sealock is crooked. Why are you so ready to judge. Robert Sealock was appointed to do a job and he will do it well. Matt is doing a great great job also. My responseto you is please move our of our town somewhere else. We don’t need you.

ricimer
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ricimer

VERY WELL SAID Unbungabelievable.

WTF2
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WTF2

@jemma-Because there is no such thing as a honest cop in Aliquippa. Hasn’t been for the last 60 years at the very least. With exception to James Naim. That is what got him killed. Period.

sky
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sky

i don’t think anyone’s going to killed right now to many average citizens on the look out now – not that they would offer assistance though, because anyone and everyone that talks gets murdered. and grabbing all the slot machines on day 2? that was so obvious. what does it take really to get the feds in here? its not like we can protest we all have to go to work its like were stuck with what we have and that’s it! I cant believe human life is so insignificant to our police! solving murders used to be to show themselves to be serving and protecting. now someone can show up dead on the street at 6am in the morning and they just pick him up. its really really horrible

sky
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sky

brings a whole new meaning to cop killers

FF84
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FF84

Well it would be one hell of a movie, the problem is if this keeps up with the Aliquippa Police their will be nobody to patrol and do what they do best, the hole department will be on paid leave suspension and then their will be no choice but to have the PSP patrol the streets of Aliquippa! This one in line to be chief will be OK till he talks about bring the PSP to take over the investigation, then am sure he will have a target on his back till the DA gets dirt on him! It’s a shame a woman is dead and it’s all about politics and who’s going to find out what and when! The DA and the city should hand this investigation over at the very beginning! WHAT ARE THEY HIDING OR PROTECHING?

redhair44
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redhair44

Hiding? I think they are hiding many things, But I would assume one of the MAIN things is that a cop killed another cop. NAIM

Ghetto girl
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Ghetto girl

Sainovich you’re out of touch with the city that you’re overpaid to represent! This department has been understaffed (not to mention underpaid) for years and 3 officers have just been placed on leave so how are services not going to be affected?! Pull your head out of your ass for God’s sake.
Rob, I feel for you buddy and what you have to overcome. Thank you for stepping up to this challenge and I hope you can straighten this mess up. This is such an embarrassment to the community and department but keep your head up.
Council (with the exception of Mr Mottes) and Dwan Walker (I won’t even address him as Mayor) need to be held accountable for this fiasco and resign. You have let the citizens down with your stupidity and tolerance of what this department has become.

mercbenz
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mercbenz

@GhettoGirl… Quip actually has 3 GOOD council members who have been pushing for the right things to get done. We have Mr. Matt Mottes AND Mr. Art Piroli AND Mrs. Vicki Fratangeli. Watch the video of Couch being put on suspension. These 3 people are interest in doing the right things for Quip, while old Duuuwan and his Twin Bro Cover Up Pro suck up all the credit for everything they can. Makes me sick ugh.

Jay Eric
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Jay Eric

Mottes needs to motion for a new solicitor

Woodchuck Chuck
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Woodchuck Chuck

He will….when Chuckie Betters tells his little minion bitch to do it…not before.
Matt doesn’t take a piss without Chuckie’s permission.

Lifeguard
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Lifeguard

So what’s up with Perciavalle? Is he suspended with pay also or what? Where do I apply for Aliquippa PD? I think I can come up with something stupid too that I can do that would qualify me for a few months of paid vacation as well.

“Protect and Serve” my ass…………………………………….”Scheme and Scam” is more like it..

Flo
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Flo

No doubt the “scheduled vacation” is paid. Probably one of their benefits….