My phone rings off the hook, here are some random things from my journalist’s notebook!


Former Sheriff George David Says Shut Your Mouth!

Former Beaver County Sheriff George David was interviewed by KDKA last week about the murder of Rachael Elena DelTondo, and although he hasn’t appeared in the press for a while, it feels like he never left:

“It was definitely an ambush, and like I said, there’s a lot of rumors, but it’s all going to come out,” said David during the interview. “There’s a lot of twists and turns, a lot of rumors and a lot of people that don’t know what they’re talking about. They just ought to shut their mouth and let the family deal with it, let the D.A. deal with it, and the Aliquippa Police and State Police deal with it.”

David lost his bid for reelection in 2015, but has told local politicos he intends to run for sheriff again in next year’s county elections. Retired Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Wayne Kress — who defeated David in the 2015 Democratic primary but was then himself defeated in the general election by Republican Tony Guy — also intends to run for the office again next year.

Wayne Kress hasn’t lost his outspokenness, sharing some harsh words about his former and future political opponent:

“Everything that has gone on with this whole situation is absolutely horrible, my heart aches for this family,” Kress told the Beaver Countian. “Now we have George David pimping himself in front of television cameras. I think he is one of the most corrupt people in Beaver County, this is like Groundhog Day. Beaver County is in the spotlight of the international media and we have this disaster of our community front and center. He was the one telling his own deputies not to talk to the Pennsylvania State Police when they were investigating him, and now he’s going to pretend that he’s a proponent of the organization? Beaver County would give author Stephen King a migraine headache trying to write about it. It’s crazy here.”

Just as a refresher, here’s a timeline the Beaver Countian previously published detailing some of the controversies surrounding George David’s career in law enforcement as an Aliquippa cop and Sheriff: In-Depth: A Timeline Of Sheriff George David’s Lifetime Of Allegations


Acknowledging The National Press

It would be hard for me not to acknowledge that major news organizations have descended on Beaver County. From what I’ve been told by some producers, expect many of these news outlets to be coming around for months to come.

Programs that have a long look at cases are already taking notice, including shows like 20/20, 48 Hours, and Dateline.

While I obviously have been spending a lot of time conducting my own interviews of people close to the case, I have also tried to spend time watching some of these same people give interviews to other outlets.

Comparing notes can at times be interesting.

Inside Edition interviewing Frank Catroppa and his attorney Stephen Colafella / photo by John Paul

Speaking Of Interviews

I sat as Attorney Stephen Colafella shuffled some news outlets one by one into the conference room of his office this week for on-camera interviews with his client, Frank Catroppa, who is the ex-fiancé of Rachael Deltondo.

Inside Edition, Good Morning America, WTAE, KDKA, etc…..

Colafella told the Beaver Countian that Catroppa wanted the opportunity to publicly declare his innocence of any involvement in her murder and express his own personal sorrow over her death. Colafella said Catroppa has cooperated fully with investigators and that he has provided alibi.


Rachel DelTondo

Center Township Secretary Rachel DelTondo is alive and well.

There has been some confusion among reporters mistaking Rachel DelTondo — Center Township Secretary — with Rachael DelTondo — the slain school teacher from Aliquippa.

The Beaver Countian could not reach Rachel, but Center Township Supervisor Michael “Doc” Sisk said he has known the woman for years.

“She graduated Center High School in 1980, a year after me,” said Doc. “Rachel is alive and well.”

Doc said the two women are distant cousins.

31 COMMENTS

  1. George david him and his brothers are like malignant cancer. Why don’t you go away far away haven’t you and yours done Beaver County enough harm. Hand eating idiot fool. Trying to get air time on a poor young ladies execution. What do you know about the case your a certifiable IDIOT.

     
    • Actually, if there is murder that happens to silence someone who was about to testify in front of an investigating grand jury and if (hypothetically, of course) for some strange reason it occured in Aliquippa then the sad reality is that he probably actually knows a LOT more about it than anybody else. Afterall, if you robbed a bank then you would know more about it than the folks investigating the robbery.

      But, that’s just my opinion.

       
  2. Didn’t this guy pull a gun on someone and threaten to kill them? Maybe get a search warrant for this guys phone too!

     
  3. STEP ONE : This is GEORGE DAVID’S
    OUTLET TO SAY……..
    He’s RUNNING for SHERIFF!

    ** NOT A CHANCE IN HELL!

    ✔️WAYNE KRESS IS IN THIS TIME FOR SHERIFF!!!

     
    • That’s precisely the problem; it’s exactly how politics in Beaver County work. Well, that and blowjobs.

       
      • Who in there right mind would want to suck Georgie davids dick. Oh I forgot Georgie would be the one sucking the DICKS.

         
  4. No George David it is called freedom of speech covered under the first amendment. Let’s not forget the fourth amendment and while we are at it you may want to take the fifth.

     
  5. “They just ought to shut their mouth…”

    “It was definitely an ambush…”

    So, which way is it? To shut up or to tell us exactly, in your own words, what went down? How is it that YOU know so much, when reporters, the family, and those close to it can’t get answers? You just blew your cover, and that is one of the problems with this case. Everyone on the inside, and their friends, seem to be involved, but no one knows anything.

     
  6. Don’t be surprised if Georgey runs and wins. He still has pull in the Aliquippa, Hopewell and Center area. The political cesspool of Beaver County. Kress is hanging with Spanik too much to gain respect.

     
    • Nice try, check the numbers, Kress won those areas last time and has continued to work in those and many others around the county. If Spanik is at an event and Kress is there also doesn’t mean they’re hanging out. I’ve never seen him “hanging” out with anyone other than his friends and most of those are well respected police officers. Kress speaks his mind and follows no one as this article would indicate. His interests are turning the sheriffs department around, ending corruption and getting our county back in a possible spotlight!!

       
      • I tell ya, if I ever see Kress with Spanik acting like friends.. that would make me pause. Spanik and Amadio are done in my book.

         
      • Most are glad he’s not going away tony. The public was tricked the first time, not this time!! You’ll have plenty of time next election to hang out with cuz!!

         
  7. Senile Georgie giving a lecture to anyone about shutting up, ethics, corruption, or an ambush is like Hillary Clinton giving a speech on clean government, or Obama talking about the constitution or Trump on family values. Who decided to give this idiot a platform to do anything but STFU and go die in silence? Hasn’t he done enough damager to this county already, not to mention his Boss Hogg lock on Alighetto? KDKA must have had a really slow news week. If they had done their due diligence then they’d know what a fool and senile old camel jockey he is.

     
  8. I know that we are not privy to the full scope of the investigation, but it’s disheartening to me that so much is being made about the boyfriends and so little is being said about any of the other possibilities. I hope that isn’t a true indication of what is going on behind the scenes.

     
  9. Why hasn’t any law enforcement agency searched Senile Georgie’s gun collection for stolen and illegal guns? Some may still have SOL’s serial numbers on them and I bet a lot of people could tell about him taking their firearms illegally. I heard he has a huge collection for a government employee, not a millionaire. Until this entire county is wiped clean of the corruption, cronyism, loyalty to criminal activity over the law and general stupidity the taxpayers will continue to be raped by the political hacks of Family & Friends, Inc. We all sit around and wait for justice but it isn’t coming folks. It’s time to organize and sweep this county clean of thugs and political assholes. Posse of armed civilians with an elected real sheriff. That is what the second amendment is really for. To protect the citizenry from the government. The greatest thief of the taxpayers every since about 1820.

     
    • When Cuz Cuz got arrested by the PSP, over 700 firearms were removed from his residence. 700! You can bet your sweet ass most were illegally obtained.

       
      • Beaver co. Sheriffs since Hineman have been executing so called search warrants and whatever legal or illegal firearms that were found were almost allways divided up umong the sheriffs boys. Of course a few were displayed to the public a very few.

         
  10. Did they give them back to him after trial? If not I hope they were destroyed. And why wasn’t he charged wit the illegal firearms? PS, he’s not coming back. Even Alighetto has had enough of his shit. Plus the Midget already hired all the stooges and lackeys that needed jobs.

     
    • His lawyer took responsibility for the house arrest and the guns and removed them. They were returned after the trial. The judge bought the bullshit — hook, line and sinker.

       
      • Ya gotta hand it to attorney Lee Rothman, David’s criminal defense attorney, who told the judge how and what to think, then came up with the now famous question about whether George David’s gun was loaded when he waved it around making threats. No proof, no bullets, not guilty. Otherwise, GD would likely have done some hard time.

         
  11. Search warrant for Watkins’ wife. Saw that coming. That girl telling Rachael to take a walk just doesn’t sit right.

     
      • That cop knew exactly what he was doing when he tried to contaminate the murder scene. A seasoned officer knows better.

         
      • If they did have something to do with it, I certainly hope they didn’t have the audacity to show up to her funeral. That would be so hard on the parents.

         

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