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County Detectives Seek Unpublished Reporting By BeaverCountian.com

BeaverCountian.com on Friday refused a request by Beaver County detectives to turn over unpublished information obtained as part of its ongoing news-gathering efforts.

While it is my hope this definitive response ends inquiries by the District Attorney’s Office into our reporting, I am nonetheless preparing for a possibility of additional action being taken by David Lozier’s detectives.

As the only news outlet actively investigating allegations of organized crime and institutionalized corruption in local and county government, the Beaver Countian will deploy every technical and legal resource at its disposal to continue these efforts unimpeded.

As always, BeaverCountian.com appreciates the continued support of the public on whose behalf we work.


District Attorney David Lozier To Take The Stand?

It looks like a July 9 hearing on whether a judge will issue sanctions against District Attorney David Lozier for his raid on an inmate’s jail cell is getting even more interesting.

Defense attorney Gerald Benyo Jr. is seeking sanctions against Lozier after county detectives seized defense materials related to the upcoming trial of Wayne Cordes. A warrant signed by a judge had authorized detectives only to seize personal correspondence from an unnamed individual, believed to be connected with the purported “DelTondo murder letter.”

On Friday, Defense attorney Gerald Benyo Jr. subpoenaed Lozier to appear at the sanctions hearing, which means we might be seeing the elected District Attorney testifying under oath about his office’s actions.

See Also:

Judge Unseals Some “DelTondo Murder Letter” Court Records – District Attorney Made False Statements To Reporters

Defense Attorney Seeks Sanctions Against District Attorney Lozier Over DelTondo Murder Letter Raid

EXCLUSIVE: Mysterious DelTondo Murder Letter Leads To Raid Of Attorney’s Office – Court Gags Defense Lawyer


David Lozier To Take The Stand Again?

The July sanctions hearing may not be the only time District Attorney Lozier will face questioning this summer.

I’m told the Aliquippa Police Department will be calling Lozier as a witness on its behalf during an August arbitration hearing for former officer Anthony Quinn, who is challenging his termination by the department in 2017.

Quinn alleges he was fired after city officials learned of narcotics investigations he was conducting (that allegedly involved city officials). The department insists it terminated Quinn for various policy violations.

District Attorney Lozier has already spoken out against Quinn and in favor of Chief Donald Couch (who remains on an administrative suspension), but there’s no word yet on what he may testify to at the hearing.

District Attorney David Lozier / submitted photo

County Detectives Racking Up The OT

Beaver County Detectives have been racking up some serious overtime over the past couple of months.

District Attorney David Lozier told county commissioners during their public work session last Wednesday that his detectives already have over 400 hours in overtime investigating the May 13 murder of Rachael DelTondo.

No arrest has been made in the case.

In many other counties in Pennsylvania major investigations are handled by the Pennsylvania State Police, reducing the impact on county budgets. Lozier has scoffed at such proposals for Beaver County since taking office in 2016.

An analysis of public employee pay for fiscal year 2016 previously published by the Beaver Countian showed that county detectives were among the top earners. County Detective Robert Chamberlain was the county’s second highest earner at $127,479 including overtime, behind only District Attorney David Lozier who made $177,110 (the district attorney’s salary is mandated by state law based on salaries of Common Pleas Judges, who are employees of the state). Other top earning County Detectives in 2016 were Robert Heberle at $101,309, Timmie Patrick at $100,316, Andrew Gall at $97,449, and Timothy Staub at $92,950.

BeaverCountian.com will be published its analysis of public employee pay for fiscal year 2017 in the coming weeks.

See Also:

PA State Police Say District Attorney Lozier Making “False” Claims – Say They Can Ease Burden On County Taxpayers

District Attorney Lozier Makes A Case For A Budget Increase – Egley Suggests State Police Could Reduce His Expenses

Sheriff’s Deputies And Detectives Who Made Over $100,000+ Among Top Earners In Beaver County Gov Last Year

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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John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

With all the fucked up corruption and crime in this county that a DA should be tending to, it is absolutely horrifying that he has the time to put targets on Mr. Benyo and The BeaverCountian instead of doing his job.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

Resign Lozier and give us our money back!

JOHN DOE
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JOHN DOE

LISA GET MARTY

wind
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wind

Just leave these people alone. Nothing you can say or do can hurt them more than the pain they are suffering. It doesn’t matter what you think of them, you’re just being cruel now, unnecessarily cruel.

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@wind.. You know what’s Cruel .. old ladies that volunteer at a Catholic Church for all the funerals and fish fries from morning to night and Lisa calls them every dirty name in the book for no reason !! Lisa worked there at the time till she called the Church a HELL HOLE and got Fired !!

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Karma is watching you behind your anonymous name. We are tired of seeing your cruelty. I hope it catches up soon.

mercbenz
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mercbenz

JohnDoe…Or rather it should be John Dick because you sir are a Dick! Only one person comes to mind who would be so cold hearted to these people. So you must be Frankie! Now Stfu already

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mercbenz

Add Volunteer to that Dick List.

Joshua Kessler
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Joshua Kessler

You don’t give up, do you? Should you be looked at as a suspect in the murder case?

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Stellie

I am truly amazed that they haven’t requested (issued sealed warrants to conduct a raid) for this information already. Goes to show THEIR desperation.

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wind

I’m amazed that this investigation has turned into such a nothing burger once oh high and mighty Lozier got rid of the PSP. Not. What a mess he’s created and so unnecessary. If he’d only let the guys wearing big boy pants do their job.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

This is definitely a personal vendetta that he is using the power of his office to carry out. The county detectives are playing it out right along side him. They should all be locked up. I have to wonder if there is ONE taxpayer in this county that wants him to remain serving as DA.

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Mungo Jerry

It certainly does seem indicative by loseziers actions that JP’s articles and by extension the comments are recieving more than just a mere glancing by the Courthouse trolls, or “family Inc” if you will. Well heres a suggestion;…..Go talk to Connie the Con and ask her if JP is one to just give in these kind of asinine requests. And a hint loser, if it is requiring 400 hours of investigation then maybe….just maybe you acted terribly irresponsible by dismissing the PSP help in solving this crime?!? Of course Mungo is simply stating an opinion but…….some things just seem so obvious ..i.e If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, well then……