An attorney went to the Pennsylvania State Police in January, alleging the Ambridge Police Chief wanted her to alter a written complaint he asked her to make against an officer in his department. Attorney Jodi Ann Gill says Chief James Mann tried to get her to disparage a second officer who had done nothing wrong, alleges he inappropriately urged her to make parts of the statement “more sexy,” and claims Ambridge Solictor Richard Start was on the phone consulting with Chief Mann as he was pressuring her to rework what she had written.

Attorney Jodi Gill specializes in civil rights law and currently serves as an adjunct professor in Community College of Allegheny County’s Criminal Justice Department, where she teaches courses on ethics and criminal law. Gill, who also has a Phd. in education, similarly teaches a course on American government at Penn State Beaver, and for nearly the past decade has been a Civil Service Test prep course instructor for the Allegheny County Police and City of Pittsburgh Police departments. Along with her various teaching positions, Gill also volunteers with several nonprofit initiatives, including providing pro bono legal services for the FBI’s Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition.

Jodi Gill says she had no prior ties to Beaver County before moving to Ambridge in November of 2016 from her home in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Gill was caring for her elderly parents who moved in with her and wanted to be more centrally located to the various college campuses where she teaches — she also planned to open an immigration law practice.

It was not long after she moved to Ambridge when Gill said she then began hearing disturbing things about the town’s Chief, and says in August of last year she had a first-hand experience with the man which left her troubled.

Gill told the Beaver Countian her interactions with Ambridge’s Police Chief and Solicitor began after hearing Ambridge Patrolman Doug Edgell make remarks in a local restaurant which she believed were racially insensitive. Gill alleges that three Ambridge Officers were seated across from her eating breakfast on the morning of August 13th, when Edgell started reacting to news coverage of protests in Charlottesville, saying he felt the Black Lives Matter protesters were a bunch of hippies, the torch-carrying counter-protesters were patriots for defending the Confederate statues, and that those who were struck by a car got what they deserved.

Gill thought the comments were inappropriate for an officer in uniform to be making.

“I was sending text-messages to a colleague telling him what I was hearing because I couldn’t believe my ears,” said Gill. Along with her contemporaneous messages to a fellow attorney, Gill said she later told another acquaintance about what she had heard.

Officer Doug Edgell could not be reached by the Beaver Countian for comment and did not return a message left on his cellphone voicemail. Some of the remarks that Gill alleges she heard are consistent with posts Officer Edgell had made to Facebook around the same time period, in which he dubbed the Black Lives Matter protesters as “urban terrorists.” The Beaver Countian first became aware of those posts after being contacted by another resident of Ambridge last August.

Screenshot of Facebook posts made by Edgell

“I didn’t bother to report it because I really didn’t think anything would be done about it,” said Gill. But a little more than a week later, Gill said she received an unsolicited call from Ambridge Borough Solicitor Richard Start — she remains uncertain how the attorney heard about the incident or got her phone number.

“Richard Start called me and said, ‘I understand you were witness to an incident and I was wondering if you would give me a statement’,” said Gill. “I told him exactly what I had seen, and he asked me if I would also talk to Chief Mann about it. I told him I had not heard good things about Mann and I was very leery to talk with him.”

Jody Gill said Solicitor Start attempted to reassure her about the Chief, “Richard Start told me on the phone that, ‘I would trust Jimmy Mann with my life, when he retires I am hoping he will come be an investigator for me.'”

Gill said Start acknowledged that Chief Mann had a negative reputation among some in the town, “He told me how lucky Ambridge was to have him and that the reason people don’t like him is because ‘he makes the hard decisions and the hard calls.'”

The woman said she reluctantly agreed to speak with Chief Mann.

“My next phone call was as I was coming home,” said Gill. “Start, Mann, and an associate in Start’s office called me together on speaker phone and asked me again what happened. They asked me to type up a statement, which I did, and I emailed it to Chief Mann the next morning before I left for work.”

Gill said she then began receiving a series of phone calls from Mann, who wanted her to make changes to the statement.

“I was doing academic advising that day at Community College of Allegheny County and he kept trying to call me, and I’m trying to work. He keeps telling me that timing is urgent and they have to get an updated statement. I kept saying I have to work,” said Gill. “I offered to go to Richard Start’s office in Sewickley on my way home to sign a final statement, but Mann said no, I will come to your house. That seemed strange to me.”

Attorney Gill said she contacted Chief Mann after getting home and he showed up to her house within minutes.

“We went out on my back porch and I brought my laptop out because I have wireless internet,” said Gill. “Mann was on two different cellphones. He kept calling Richard Start on one cellphone. He had multiple other calls from multiple other people on the other cellphone, and he kept telling them that he was with me. That made me even more nervous.”

Gill said Mann was seated close enough to her that she could hear some of what Start was saying to him on the phone.

“Mann kept telling me there were issues with my statement and errors with my statement,” said Gill. “He kept trying to change a lot of things, and I said to him, ‘this is information that I wouldn’t know and I wouldn’t have.’ I am describing from my experience what I saw, but he kept trying to put other stuff in and take some stuff out […] This is not what I had expected or ever experienced with a witness statement. In my head I kept thinking, this is not the way it is supposed to work, this is not the way it is supposed to work.”

At one point, Gill said she drew a map for Chief Man showing where the three officers were seated in the restaurant to help clarify some of what she was saying. Gill alleges Mann repeatedly pointed on the drawing to where the town’s K-9 Officer was seated, a man she now knows to be Officer John Chickos.

“Chief Mann kept saying to me, ‘are you sure he didn’t say more, because this guy’s been a pain in my ass since day one,'” said Gill. “I said no he did not. He said, ‘are you sure, are you SURE he didn’t say more’ […] It seemed to me he was trying to take down the other officer, who didn’t do anything that day but sit there and eat his breakfast. He was not engaged in any inappropriate banter but Mann would not accept that.”

Attorney Gill said Chief Mann was on the phone with Solicitor Start during this part of the conversation and that she could hear Start’s voice, “he told Mann that he needed to get more from me about the officer.”

“I kept saying to Mann as we went through, in my original statement I gave my details as I saw them,” said Gill. “He said I’m talking to Start right now, these are the things we need. He wanted me to change a lot more, and I wouldn’t do it, I wouldn’t change the facts. He asked if the statements the officers made could become more sexy, he kept asking me to ‘make it more sexy.’ I told him no, but he kept asking me.”

Jody Gill told the Beaver Countian that Chief Mann was at her home for nearly three hours and repeatedly went off-topic from discussing her statement. She believes the Chief was being manipulative, attempting to ingratiate himself with her.

“This is nothing like anything I had ever experienced and he wouldn’t leave my house,” said Gill. “At one point he started talking politics and was showing me pictures of [President] Trump on his cellphone from when he came to Ambridge. He said he was the one who got Trump to swirl the Terrible Towel […] I am not a fan of the current administration as an immigration lawyer, and I told Mann he was not impressing me at all. He just kept going, he wouldn’t listen to anything that I was saying and kept steamrolling with his stuff.”

Republican candidate for President Donald J Trump waves a Terrible Towel to supporters at a rally at Ambridge Area Senior High School on October 10, 2016 in Ambridge / Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images / publishing rights licensed by BeaverCountian.com

Jodi Gill said Chief Mann also discussed local politics, “He kept telling me that I didn’t know the players […] He told me that I really needed to watch myself because I was new and I didn’t know how anything worked […] At that point I thought, I have got to get this guy out of my house. He was at the house so long that my dad came out a couple of times to say we were getting ready to eat dinner, thinking that was going to get him to leave, and he still didn’t go […] Finally, I just said I am very tired. I have worked all day. Are we done? He said, ‘let me call Start again and review it.’ It was around 7 p.m. when they read it again. I was very distressed, none of it made any sense to me, it was completely antithetical to my experience. Finally I printed it out and I signed it and he took it and left.”

Gill said Mann called her again about an hour after he left her house, asking she email him a digital copy of the statement.

Attorney Gill provided the Beaver Countian with copies of several emails containing drafts of her statement which she said were sent to Chief Mann and Solicitor Start at their request. While Gill said she refused making any inaccurate alterations to her original statement, in retrospect she should not have agreed to make any edits at all.

Gill said she heard nothing more from the Borough after that night, but later became aware Officer Doug Edgell had resigned his part-time position at Ambridge and gotten hired full-time with the Harmony Township Police Department, where attorney Richard Start’s firm also serves as Solicitor.

“I talked to the new Ambridge mayor in November after the election,” said Gill. “I told him what had happened with the whole situation and how I didn’t think the way the Chief behaved was appropriate in how he got a statement from me. I felt if he did this to me, and I am an educated person and it made me feel uncomfortable, I can only imagine how he made other people feel in getting things changed or redacted or maybe even completely silenced.”

It was early this year that Jody Gill decided to contact the Pennsylvania State Police about her interactions with Ambridge officials.

“The Beaver Countian did an article, and I honestly don’t remember which one it was that triggered it for me, there were a series about corruption and people in power,” said Gill. “I still wasn’t comfortable with what had occurred and I thought this might be indicative of a larger problem, so I wanted the State Police to know what happened with Chief Mann and the Solicitor.”

Jody Gill said she spoke at length about the matter with an investigator for the Pennsylvania State Police in January. The Beaver Countian first spoke with Gill in March, having learned about the statement she gave to State Police from other sources. Gill agreed to give an on-the-record interview to the Beaver Countian about her experiences after reading last week that Ambridge Police Chief James Mann was the target of an ongoing criminal investigation by State Police, and that 13 officers with the Ambridge Police Department had gone unsolicited to state authorities to give statements detailing a range of allegations of wrongdoing by their Chief.

Chief Mann was placed on administrative leave with pay by Ambridge Borough Council at their meeting last Tuesday. Despite an active ongoing criminal investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police, Council also voted to hire CSI Corporate Security and Investigations to investigate the Ambridge Police Department.

Ambridge Council is being advised in the matter by Solicitor Richard Start.

Attorney Richard Start told the Beaver Countian he has not been contacted by Pennsylvania State Police about any of the allegations made by attorney Gill, and vehemently denies any wrongdoing. The Beaver Countian read to attorney Start the remarks and actions she attributed to him — he declined to answer any questions about the alleged statements or incident, saying he would not engage in any “back-and-forth” discussion about the matter, but did offer his overall reaction to Gill’s claims.

“At no time did I pressure, or assist anyone to pressure, anyone to say anything. Let me be very clear in that,” said Start. “I spoke with Ms. Gill several times. She reached out to me and reported conduct of a former Ambridge Police officer. I took her comments at face value and I am shocked at her allegations that I have done anything improper. I can not speak for James Mann, I do not know what he has done regarding Ms. Gill, but I have in no way done anything improper.”

Ambridge Police Chief James Mann could not be reached for comment and did not return a message left by the Beaver Countian on his cellphone voicemail.

Ambridge Police Chief James “Jimmy” Mann / Beaver Countian file photo by John Paul

In the interest of full disclosure: In 2014, Chief James Mann was called as a defense witness on behalf of then-Sheriff George David during his criminal trial — the Beaver Countian’s John Paul was one of the named victims of George David in the Grand Jury’s presentment against him. Then-Sheriff David was acquitted by a jury of the criminal charges filed by Pennsylvania State Police.

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.

92 COMMENTS

  1. Edgell is a total Ass , but I don’t see the big deal about what he said. The actions of BLM protesters were those of terrorists. Smashing , looting , rioting. Everybody saw it on live TV. Can’t deny it. All of that could be viewed as terroristic. This attorney Gill is just letting her politics get in the way of someone else’s free speech rights. However, If what she said about Jimmy Mann badgering her to changing her story is true, that is some pretty serious and illegal shit for a Police Chief to pull. After all that that though, I still think Edgell is an Ass. Harmony Township should be ashamed of themselves for hiring him.

     
    • Citizens reacting to and protesting against a systematic problem that okays the deaths and exploitations of people are now terrorists? You, old blogger friend of mine, are a real buzzkill!!! I’m guessing those who marched on Selma, said “I have a dream”, and attended two million man marches were terrorists as well. Some of your post is true and correct, but you calling Edgell, Gill or Mann a name is like “the pot calling the kettle black”. You share the same good qualities and outlooks…

       
  2. One thing I don’t understand though. This attorney Start is the solicitor for both Ambridge and Harmony. How or why on Earth if he thought Edgell was a problem character would he allow Harmony to hire him as a full time officer ? Seems very strange that this would happen.

     
  3. Edgell is and always has been a racist since he worked in Aliquippa. He’s now working in Harmony who has a chief that does the same thing. It’s a surprise he’s still a cop. This is a guy who was obviously picked on as a child.

     
  4. First slander and then libel. What about illegal tracking and listening devices put in innocent decent peoples cars by the sheriffs dept and there friends. What this lady experienced in Ambridge is nothing. All these demented criminally insane bastards should be locked away somewhere so they cannot do further harm.

     
  5. Thank you, Ms. Gill. It took an outsider who sees things objectively and cannot be intimidated to expose these two.

     
    • I second that; thank you Ms. Gill. Jimmy Mann was absolutely correct when he said that you don’t understand how things work in Ambridge (and in most of Beaver County for the most part). Wheels of corruption are greased by cogs of conspiracy. But, if more people like you stood on their principles perhaps the town wouldn’t have spent decades being ruled by the annointed at the expense of the feudalistic common tax paying citizen. Just because the town works the way it does doesn’t mean that it should work that way. I’m hoping that others look to you as inspiration in the future.

      As for Mr. Start, let me help clear up a few things for you because you seem a bit confused. You probably haven’t heard from the state police because the PA disciplinary board of the supreme court will be contacting you directly about your hearing so keep an eye out for that registered letter. Further, the citizens don’t like Jimmy not because he “makes the hard decisions” but because he’s a douchebag.

      And finally, for Jimmy. Have you ever stopped to count how many people are in prison right now because of some little “tweak” you made in the criminal complaint? You may want to start tabulating….those might be your cell mates or shower buddies and it’s always good to know how many possible shanks could be coming your way….just my opinion, of course.

       
  6. I don’t know this lady but number 1 – people can directly listen to the person talking to them and interpret what they said very differently, hence the same news on different channels reports differently. The chief under the direction of the solicitor needed to investigate and clear up her statement which was obviously very scarce in details. I am not on either one of these sides as these things need investigated but should be investigated in a neutral manner.
    Number 2 – Why was she listening to the conversation of people at another table. Don’t sit around this woman if you want to have your conversation to be private.
    Number 3 – From what I’ve learned about BLM it is an organization that traces its roots back through time with anarchy. This is not a new organization but just reorganized into a new entity. There is nothing fair or non-biased with BLM. They just want anarchy. Dr Martin Luther King would be ashamed of them.

     
    • Since you like to enumerate:

      Number 1 – The chief of police doesn’t take “direction” from the town solicitor.

      Number 2 – How do you know that her statement was “very scarce in details.” Oh, nevermind; see number 6.

      Number 3- This wasn’t a homicide; it was a statement made at the request of the solicitor and it’s a take it or leave it situation. It doesn’t require the degree of Columbo “investigation” that you claim unless of course you’re trying to set up an employee for some reason.

      Number 4- If you want to make racially insensitive statements while on duty in a police uniform then nobody should hear you because you shouldn’t be making them. If one person hears you then it’s one too many so let’s not pretend that the issue is Ms. Gill being a busy body. Need I remind you that it was the solicitor who contacted her rather than her overhearing this (not by her choice I’m sure) and running off to file a complaint on the way to the office.

      Number 5 – An organization that traces it roots back through time with anarchy? Really?? Please, share with us your source on that one. How far back in time does it go…before or after the ships dropped them off involuntarily….before or after they spent over 200 years being considered 1/3 of a person as far as the constitution is concerned?

      Number 6 – You have way too much time on your hands, Jimmy. You should be taking this time to reflect on your views and seek some help for them rather than trying to defend yourself here. You’re out classed, out educated and aren’t quite the genius that you seem to think that you are.

       
  7. This all sounds rather fishy to me. Im not saying the Chief is a saint but something about this woman doesn’t sit right with me…

     
      • Well, neither one of you have any idea what you are talking about. If police sit in a restaurant and shoot their racist mouths off they’d better expect it to be overheard and reported. This isnt alabama in 1960. Or little rock. People do not have to put up with crooked racist police or officials or at the very least unprofessional police. And apparently you missed the part of the article where several police also came forward with complaints of their own. Anyone supporting or attempting to explain away a Nazi rally in charlottesville in which a counter protestor was killed has absolutely no credibility or common human decency for that matter. Anyone who defends Nazis is scum If anything seems suspicious to you, or doesnt sit right with you, go look in the mirror. You will see the problem.

         
      • But he didn’t use the “n” word or express support for nazis in the quotes from the article above. Honestly, depending on which news channel you watched, Fox or CNN, you either saw a BLM protester with a lighter and can of hairspray or the people getting hit by the car. I’m liberal, but I also support free speech. The officer should probably not express his political views while in uniform, but he should just be reminded of that and not punished or fired like the lawyer wanted. As for the other accusations about the chief, it just sounds bizarre. No opinion.

         
      • Why did she wait FIVE MONTHS to report this incident? If my credit card account was compromised & I waited FIVE MONTHS to report it… I mean, don’t you think they would say “Why did you wait so long”?

        We know why she waited. It’s called new mayor in office. This poor woman is tarnishing her reputation for small town politics.

         
    • He isn’t going anywhere. They never do. He doesn’t think a darn thing is going to happen to him. Suspended with pay. Such a joke. Only in Beaver County..

       
      • Not only in Beaver County. It’s nationwide. “Suspended with pay” and anything short of allowing the members of the communities they shit on to decide their fates enables them to keep the cycle going. Allows corruption to go on unchecked. It’s what the elected and those in power are chipping away at little by little every day… Democracy.

         
  8. You know how some of those conversations went… Hey honey, you know Jimmy Mann got the pres to twirl the towel… Cuz said he’d only twirl it for the Big Dog…. Hey honey, what else you got on Edgell? Cuz is a wreck, he’s worked at almost every police department in the county but I don’t want him working for Jimmy Mann!

     
  9. Wow! This is over the top, even for Beaver County corruption. Bad stuff, serious stuff. Only having the same historic players makes it less surprising. Caught in the act of being themselves in a public place, then having it extorted into high drama and intrigue. Beautiful! Who has the movie rights?

     
  10. Ya gotta love how Beaver County’s Gypsy Cop population of perhaps 15, or even 20 or so keeps popping up and entertaining the public. But they keep getting hired, don’t they?

     
    • BLM is NOT the issue here. The problem lies with on ON-DUTY police officer making racial remarks and the dark deeds done by the chief and this Start guy. Stick to the issue without spouting your own agenda.

       
  11. Rick Start??? My man,, you just can’t make a good decision can you? How much are you going to cost the communities you serve in litigation? And good ole Doug Edgell…. who hires a 60 yr old known racist cop,, no other than Harmony Township,,, Great call Chief Sivewright. 👍

     
  12. Stick to the point.

    Here is a woman who, in a public eating place, overheard casual conversations. Quite common. Unavoidable. NOT evesdropping. Then, later, she is imposed upon and intimidated in a prolonged attempted browbeating by a local cop to engage in disinformation to leverage another cop out. She fears that the average person — not a lawyer like her — could be, and likely is, an even more vulnerable target of police shakedowns. To further the shakedown, a lawyer stands by and monitors the play-by-play of said cop.

    This kind of goon squad attack on the public might be effective in a tyrannical police state, but at the local level it is abhorrent. This is not interrogation for information. It is the worst kind of oppressive bullying and tyranny on the public.

    The veteran Chief is no neophyte cop here. This cheap behavior is in the playbook of every dirty cop who preys on the public for a living, likely borne of years of experience. Some use words, some let their cop dog attack people. Treat it for what it is — illegal official oppression. Charge him, arrest him, and send his ass to jail.

     
    • “Official oppression” as a crime:

      A person is guilty of official oppression if, being a public servant and acting with the intention to benefit himself or another or to harm another, he knowingly commits an unauthorized act which purports to be an act of his office, or knowingly refrains from performing a duty imposed on him by law or clearly inherent in the nature of his office. [ 1975, c. 499, §1 (NEW) .]

       
      • I have a great respect for law enforcement and believe the majority of officers are good but there are a few, and a well-known few, who are liars, thieves, racists. They are allowed to hurt citizens over and over with no consequences. I hope something comes of this and that chief and that officer are thoroughly investigated and removed from the public.

         
      • Wouldn’t that include withdrawing county funds without the proper signatures, landing a contract for a family member, taking CHC by the hand to obtain a tax break and lending them public money with just a phone call?
        I don’t want to sound like a broken record but I’m just wacky that way.

         
      • yes this is a very serious thing that happened in Ambridge, Just seen so much worse happen here. That type of tactics that this lady was subjected to in Ambridge comes as easily as breathing to some law enforcement officials here in Beaver County.

         
    • It surprised me when I first started hearing bad things about Mann. “Jamie” Mann was a small, skinny, nondescript kid. He took the shop classes. Makes me wonder when, but not why, the power trip began.

       
  13. Face it, there is no “thin blue line” anymore, officers are only out to stab one another in the back. You got PSP looking to take over departments in the county when they can’t handle what they have now with 2 officers on duty. You have the locals that are just under trained and some are just plain stupid. It’s kind of hard to respect an officer when they don’t respect each other. As far as Edgel he’s always been the way he is and ain’t gonna change. And the chief he works for now is the same and has no control. Like another commenter said, you hired an old guy full time because no one else wanted him

     
    • When my husband had a car accident with injuries a couple months ago, 2 PSP officers were there in no time flat. They were great! Our local officers are great, too, but can take awhile to respond if they are in outlying areas or at Walmart for another shoplifting.

       
    • better question is, why was the full time bid that got edgell his full time job written so that the only female on the force couldn’t bid on it

       
      • A better question one should ask,,, Why as a Police department in today’s day and age would you do away with the Physical Fitness Test to hire a old man. Wouldn’t you want your officers to be in peak physical condition? My guess Edgeel has to be around 50 something??? And rumor has it he couldn’t run the required mile and do the sit-ups ,, so Harmony changes the test and hires a heart attack waiting to happen… 😂😂😂

         
  14. Apparently there is a perverted system of justice that pervades this county LEO community. Center cop steals drugs and money, Alighetto cops running completely amuck and under investigation, Ambridge chief and entire force under investigation, Perhaps we need to revamp our LEO completely. Disband all local police forces and combine them into one professional force trained by an outside entity that is not allied with the thugs we now expect to protect and serve us. it is quite obvious that the system of attorneys being solicitors in multiple jurisdictions is a recipe for corruption and conflict of interest. The officers all need to be analyzed by a professional psychologist to determine if they are mentally stable and possess the morals and character to interact with the public. When police jump all over the county in search of employment, some with very shady pasts, this is a sign of a broken system. Good old boys assisting other good old boys to squeeze out a retirement whether it adversely affects the public or not. If the Blue Wall of Silence is collapsing then they only have themselves to blame. Aiding and abetting corruption, knowingly turning a blind eye or ear to illegal activity and official oppression are criminal activities that are not tolerated under the law or morally. LEO, heal thyself!

     
  15. Disband the local Civil Service groups that hire these officers. This is consistent with the old “who you know” in the community. Most have little or no qualifications except that they know “Someone”. Hire a professional firm from out of county and let them interview and rate applicants. One of our most sacred institutions (Legal and Civil Rights) is under attack by corruption and ineptitude. Where the hell is the DA? Worried about a school shooting instead of riding herd on corruption and criminal activities.

     
  16. I have respect for the professionals who can be found in the LEO community but ever since Obama trashed them and made it OK to disrespect them, they have been under attack and maybe they are lashing back. Without the rule of law we have anarchy and chaos. It is up to the LEO’s to earn back the respect, no matter what. The vets from Vietnam are learned that the hard way. They had to prove to the public what they were really about by their actions and behavior. Unfortunately this is where we are at in todays society.

     
  17. When in doubt, pull it out! I mean the race card. it works every time. Can’t paint them all with the same brush right? That then means you are prejudging also! Get it, can’t have it both ways.

     
  18. Sounds to me like Officer Edgell was speaking the truth about BLM. This is a major problem in society today. Too many liberal, sensitive snowflakes.

     
    • Doug Edgell is a dork with a gun and badge,,,, get his kicks outta writing 50 tickets a day.. He worked in every department in Beaver County? What’s that tell you…. Should have been fired from Aliquippa, got fired in Ambridge… And now full time in Harmony,, believe me this guy fits right in with the rest of the idiots in the township.

       
    • You sound real stupid! Who has BLM murder like that group of fine people 45 talked about in Charlottesville!

       
    • In the end, this story has nothing to do with BLM. Did you even read the article? It’s about intimidating a witness. She wasn’t even going to complain about the comment. Mann and Start used it as an opportunity to try to get her to put the complaint on Chickos, who didn’t say or do anything! Maybe the Beaver Contain should come out with a ‘Weekly Reader’ version of his articles, for the slow kids.

       
  19. In the end, the responsibility backs up to the town council, manager and mayor. The cop here would not do what he does, if he thought it would be criticized or stopped by his bosses. He has implicit permission to act like a goon. Ambridge has a circus sideshow for town government, and it is little wonder that the clowns are out roaming the streets and shaking people down. Council had its hand forced by legal action. Otherwise, this would just be another day at the office.

     
    • That’s what we mean when we call it systematic. They know he’s dirty, racist, whatever, then so are they if they don’t put him out to pasture as soon as they find out. But its deeper than that. You, the public, are the same if you aren’t at your council meetings demanding they are removed and given bad references or “do not hire” remarks on their performance records.

       
  20. Don’t go down the rabbit hole…the point is that the CoP pressured a witness to an incident to change a statement about that incident. He shouldn’t even being checking for correct punctuation. The statement is the statement.

     
  21. Cuz what happened to you, did one of your boys set you up, maybe Hladio can help you. Edgell is one of the better cops around, no sugar coating with him. Maybe Larrick should go to work in Ambridge, haha, j/k someone would say boo to him and he would run and hide.

     
  22. I guess it’s safe to say that Harmony township PD has absolutely no problems with hiring a racist cop

     
  23. Wait until Harmony Township’s corruption is highlighted you guys haven’t seen nothing yet. Grab your popcorn ladies and gentlemen…..

     
    • Tampax: Some infantile, disgusting, misogynistic teenybopper comments like yours seem inevitable. But, more troubling is that you took the time to clip the photo, go to the meme generator, think up a cute slogan, then come back here and post it as relevant. It is not. Nor are you. I hope you are a sniveling high school brat with time on his hands in journalism class, because, if you are not, this is the work of a sick fucking adult mind with dysfunctional grey matter. This woman was persecuted, you asshole, and whether you believe that or not, it is the one fact that cannot be disputed.

      Sick. Unbelievably sick “commenting.”

       
      • It appears as though you are an Ambridge cop sympathizer. That’s O.K. They do have some friends. But, if as a supporter you have to resort to this kind of disgusting expression, that is even worse than the average person having a say. God help us all, if you are one of the cops, council members or town government, for this story just took on a whole new meaning. The actions would seem INTENTIONAL, and the results would seem JUSTIFIABLE. And that takes it well beyond simple ignorance, to oppression done with awareness of the consequences. We enter the realm of official tyranny.

         
      • Looks more to me like the “artwork” of none other than Jimmy himself…. He certainly has an abundance of free time these days.

        It’s astounding to me how many people try to take a page from the Trump playbook of putting forth statements that are patently false, ignorant of substance and promote theories of pure absurdity and believe that if they just keep repeating it that it will magically transform into a credible theory.

        Don’t forget, Jimmy and the Dotard are pretty tight…. afterall, Jimmy’s greatest accomplishment within the past decade was that towel twirlling thing.

         
    • Unfortunately there are too many people with a “you” problem. The majority have no sense of curiosity that would lead them to explore world facts in order to develop their own educated opinion; instead they’ll take whatever Hannity feeds them as fact. Now before you hit the thumbs down, if you don’t know the answer to the following questions you epitomize what I’ve just described.

      – Name a single modern democratic nation whose elected leader believes that they should be permitted to determine who to jail without any solution of due process
      – What will happen if China’s response to tariffs implemented on a whim is to cut off the US’s access to rare earth metals? Hint, checkmate in one move
      – What’s the difference between the USSR and Russia and why does it matter?
      – What is the actual rate of violent crime committed by illegal aliens…not the perceived rate or the potential rate but the actual rate.
      – In what job categories (if any) are there unemployed Americans who are willing to work and who can pass a drug test being turned down in favor of hiring illegal aliens?
      – What is the actual annual cost to the government to provide subsidies to insurance companies that cover affordable access credits under the Affordable Care Act? Additionally, what is the estimated cost to the government going to be to transport the president to his home in FL every week for the next three years?
      – Why has every president until recently signed an extension to keep the US Embassy in Tel Aviv rather than relocate it to Jerusalem?
      – How is Syria’s gassing of its citizens different than Hitler’s gassing of Jews? Why is it believed by some nations that denying entry to those fleeing chemical attacks by their own government is in their best security interest effectively trapping those citizens in a modern day concentration camp?

      These aren’t difficult questions; every informed American should know the answers. If you have a strong favorable opinion of Trump’s leadership and can’t answer the above please stay home on election day. Your opinion is based purely on ignorance and the stronger you voice it, the more ridiculous you come across….and yes, people are laughing at you not with you.

       
      • Yes, you are so much smarter than everyone and probably the only one in the county, no- the state, no- the country, who has thought any of this through. Therefore, your conclusions and only your conclusions are 100% correct. The rest of us yokels never even went to college or had much of any schoolin’. Blah, blah, blah.

         
  24. Harmony Twp council members Do the right thing and dismiss Rick Start of his duties as the Solicitor. We all know Glen Angus is in bed with this man, but something tells me you should get enough votes to get rid of this man, he has done nothing but cause more damage than good. Do the right thing for once in your life Angus.

     
  25. Raven, wow you really chastized poor old Tampax, just by his screen name we understand him very well. But please do not fall into the arena where words like tyranny, persecution as well as racism, sexual misconduct and all the other catchphrases are being overstated by the masses. While there is no question that this appears to be a case of “Official Oppression” and the chief is likely a bad guy and is guilty of trying to manipulate an innocent woman into becoming a factor in his quest to harm his own police force. Not every person disagreeing with BLM is a racist, not every man staring at a woman in a skirt and heels is a sexual abuser, not every parent who swats their child is a child abuser. The same for persecution. let’s not take it too far. While I am sure definitions of persecution will vary, I relate it to victimization, punishment, systematic mistreatment, suffering not merely some annoyance someone has undergone. A perfect example is Italiphobia, the Italian (legal) immigrants of 1800-1900 era were abused, suffered violent hostility, low wages, unsafe work conditions and were lynched. That appears to be a perfect example of “persecution” yes other groups have suffered also. TAMPAX is also a “DOUCHE”

     
  26. This is def super fishy…
    (1) How does a well-educated academic fall victim to rumors about Chief Mann? Does she expect him to be full of sunshine and roses? She sounds totally ignorant to what Ambridge is really like in terms of crime, drugs, and what the actual police work is there. Sorry, but Ambridge is NOT Upper Saint Clair–you would think she would be more in tune with that.
    (2) Given the fact that she already has bias against the police force, she is absolutely going to interpret what they say negatively.
    (3) Why did she wait until recently to report all of this? It said it happened in August 2017? Did she wait until Dave Drewnowski took office to report it, knowing that she would have his support? Because we all know Dave & Jimmy don’t get along. We all know Dave is pining for Jimmy’s removal.
    (4) Richard Start is literally the worst solicitor in history. He is as unethical as the day is long.
    (5) Funny how this town doesn’t care about the water lady who stole literally THOUSANDS of taxpayer dollars — and was allowed to use her TAXPAYER FUNDED pension to repay it.

    It sounds like this woman is being used, and it’s not by Jimmy Mann or Richard Start. It’s sounding like after a few months in Ambridge she’s looking to get her name out in the town.

     

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  27. Rick Start…. Haha,,,, this is what you call good old fashioned Karma…. Hopefully your self insured,,, and would love to sit in on the review committee and watch as they yank your Law License from your dirty hands.. You had it coming…… I can just picture you having your little sissy fit jumping up and down in your wrinkled suit,,, You get your kicks outta of ruining lives… Now it’s your turn Mr. Start..😂😂👍👍👍

     
  28. Wasn’t Curt Larrick on council in Harmony or is he still there, talk about corruption, Jimmy Mann would screw a snake if someone would hold its head open and still, he was diping with a lot of the female officers. If you think about it Edgell is a pretty good cop, always got someone for resisting arrest or a disorderly conduct. Who will the next chief be in Ambridge? First Hladio now Jimmy riding off into the sunset, get Amy M to film it

     
    • “Pretty good cops” don’t rack up a lot of resisting arrest and disorderly conducts charges…Loser cops do. Those charges in most cases show a cops ineptitude to resolve certain situations and are mostly used to cover their ineptitude at being a cop and also as we all know, they charge you with that when they have effed up…

       
  29. So . . is anyone going to disclose that this “attorney” is Mayor Drewnowski’s lawyer? In response to one of the few unbiased comments, the reason she waited five months for this “bombshell” is that she waited until her (probably only) client took office. Why even report to PSP? It’s not a crime. You may note that these aggrieved police officers also made dated complaints after the new Mayor took office and they formed their little coup, none of which are crimes. There are two sides to every story, the less credible of which is typically laced with bias. Drewnowski pledged for months to unseat the Chief if he was elected and he has done nothing but contaminate that department to further his personal agenda since he took office. Some leader. He has completely ruined that department and created a public sideshow at the expense of the taxpayers. Don’t rush to judgment on this one yet.

     
    • That more than likely explains her move to Ambridge as well instead of the reason she gave to be closer to her campuses.

       
  30. CharmasABitch: Very interesting, but you make some suggestive possible non sequiturs. Not that you are wrong, but I’d like to hear some proof. If instead of lawyer you had said girlfriend, it would be a little more suspicious. Obviously, you have inside information. Share it all. Obviously, there would be underlying dynamics that drive this matter.

     
  31. Pretty sure this was the same Jodi Gill working with Benyo on the campaign to elect Bill Braslawsce in the last election.
    She was the one that released the last minute smear ad against Deborah DeCostro.
    Benyo wrote it and she sent it out.

    All seems so hypocritical.

     
  32. I can’t wait for JP to investigate the corruption that is going on in Harmony TWP .Payroll Fraud, Sewage/Water bill money being stolen or not being collected, The wrongful termination of a a secretary because she reported fraud and the harassment she was in during while working there. And the police officer that was fired.
    Then you have the code enforcement officer also harassing twp residence .
    Rick Start making a lot of money on these issues . HE WILL BE NEXT
    FYI : Rick Start was the solicitor for Aliquippa which is currently under investigation.

     

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