More random entries from my notebook for your information and enjoyment:

District Attorney Defends Overtime

Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier wrote me last week in defense of the overtime hours worked by his detectives over the past year. Lozier’s email came as a response to a payroll analysis I published on Friday ranking the top earning county employees. The note explains some of the reasons why his detectives have been racking up overtime pay (it is being published here with permission of the District Attorney):

Could it be the over 2 dozen SWAT level warrants to arrest heroin dealers and felons carrying illegal firearms? or the three swat standoffs with armed suspects? or the 9 months work behind the largest drug round up in Beaver County history? or the long hours and very late nights and lost weekends spent investigating the 7 homicides in 2016? or investigations into some of the 100 heroin overdose deaths in 2016?

As I type this from my county computer on a Friday night long after every other employee has left the court house, several of my detectives are still hard at work on a child porn case and they will be at it for several more hours. The last cars here at night are mine and my detectives.

The Beaver County Detectives did good work in 2016 protecting the people of Beaver County. A lot of that work was late at night at crime scenes and stakeouts away from their families. That’s the job and life of a detective and they do it well. I am proud of my Detectives and the work they do. I will defend their overtime pay to the hilt.

David J Lozier
Beaver County District Attorney

Dollars For DeCostro

Judicial candidate Deborah DeCostro has scheduled a fundraiser for her campaign. DeCostro is holding a reception at Shadow Lakes on March 2nd — tickets are $150 a pop.

I’m told by several politicos that veteran attorney Charles “Lucky” Bowers (considered by many to be one of the most influential members of the Beaver County Bar Association) is expressing early support for DeCostro’s run, which could go a long way to help make her an establishment favorite.

Commissioner Camp Noticed Something Missing – Beaver County Times Issues Mea Culpa

Republican County Commissioner Dan Camp called the Beaver County Times last week to complain about something missing from the print edition of their newspaper — any photograph of Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

Commissioner Camp had traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the inauguration and felt the paper’s failure to include the event was another example of a Democratic bias.

Although she didn’t name Commissioner Camp as the catalyst, Times Executive Editor Lisa Micco published a mea culpa in today’s edition of the paper, which read in part:

On Jan. 20, we were digitally all over the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, providing constant updates in Breaking News as they chronologically unfolded. There were photos, accompanying stories, social media posts and other related topics to the day’s events.

Digitally, we were on fire.

Two days later, not so much. What we forgot — where we erred — was not considering that print subscribers were expected to see some of that on Sunday. Nowhere in our Sunday edition did we have a photograph of Trump’s inauguration. Sure, we had plenty of photos from the Jan. 21 protests, but zilch about the 45th president taking office.

Love him or hate him, this wasn’t about party politics. As any journalist will tell you, this was history, and we still have a responsibility to document history. We failed our print audience, and the criticism we got from it was warranted.

Micco has vowed that readers of the paper will soon be noticing an “audience first” initiative. Catchphrases to the rescue!

Prothonotary Nancy Werme Complained About Being Misquoted By The Beaver County Times

Commissioner Camp wasn’t the only county official who called the Beaver County Times last week to lodge a complaint.

Prothonotary Nancy Werme contacted one of the paper’s managing editors alleging their courthouse reporter put words in her mouth when quoting her thoughts about the Commissioners exploring home rule.

I’m told Werme was not a happy camper and won’t likely be granting the paper another interview anytime soon.

A “False Ad” About “Fake News”?

One of my readers sent me a copy of an advertisement they received via email from the Beaver County Times, which is trying to sell $1.69 subscriptions to their paper. I’ll leave it up to you to determine whether or not this may be a false ad about fake news:

Beaver County Times advertisement

Just out of curiosity, I did a quick search and discovered that $1.69 can also buy you a piece of “realistic Fake Poop Droppings” on Ebay. Coincidences.

53 COMMENTS

  1. Its a shame Loziers detectives are all so busy with the failed “war on drugs” that none of them racked up any hours dealing with Connie and her shit show

     
    • What we need is some digital detectives and deputies that will work on the digital cheap. Maybe we can get some digital results on the digital Connie Javens investigations. Speaking of deputies, I see they are all taking their digital cars back and forth again.
      Digitally Yours, John Q.

       
  2. “Just out of curiosity, I did a quick search and discovered that $1.69 can also buy you a piece of “realistic Fake Poop Droppings” on Ebay. Coincidences.”

    HAH HAHA HA!

     

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  3. If the ad is not fake, the math on the board certainly is. However, it could be used to create some pretty neat alternate facts.” Lisa, stick to fake news, you have no business in math education.

     
  4. I’m trying to dry my eyes and stop the violins in the background as I hear Stonewall’s excuses for piss poor management, same as the Midget himself. No people and resources skill management. Did you or your detectives not read the job description before taking it? THAT”S YOU F-CKING JOB, STONEWALL! The only reason I can figure for these exorbitant salaries is time and a half or double time after the 9-5. Schedule them for the task, don’t just sit on your ass until 5 then go out and chase criminals. If you want to stop heroin, look around you at your court house buddies covering foe the big traffickers. I’d rather have the Queen’s ass in jail than wasting time on low level dealers. If you are not part of the solution Stonewall then you are a huge part of the ineptitude in this county. Cover up, hide, obfuscate, divert attention, that’s all you’re good for. Good riddance in 3 more years. Go back to chasing ambulances. Bet you came up short chasing them too!

     
  5. I completely understand the overtime of county detectives. To do their job well, they cannot work only during workday time.
    The problem I do have is with the amount of overtime for deputies. If they work within their description of duties, I can’t imagine they would chalk up so much in overtime. Has there been any explanation to justify this ??

     
    • @wind I for one DON’T understand the overtime of county detectives. There is a lack of management skills, too many hrs. result from poor scheduling.

       
  6. Look , I like the Times. The Times has news that you won’t see on here and they publish more than one story a week, like that dog story that was on here for 7 seven straight days. I also like this site. You see perspectives that weren’t out there in the Times or coverage that isn’t there at all from the tv and radio people. And people get to respond with comments more freely. I use both sources. We are lucky to have both available.

     
    • @ UncWah – What’s in it for you ? A discount on your obituary, and maybe they’ll let you family throw in your photo at no extra cost.

       
      • Well, does this site have sports, comics, public notices, national stories, store coupons, syndicated stories from around the state and nation , international news, a crossword… hahaha

        Believe it or not, there are other things going on in the world aside from the local piss fights. To be fair, you hear more inside news about the goings on in Beaver on here than you will see in the paper. Like I said, there is room for both. Because God only knows the Pittsburgh media only comes here for the “neighbor man fucks small child and her dog” stories out of Beaver County.

         
  7. Many drug related cases are sometimes part of a joint Task Force, sometimes with the PA Atty Generals BNI or with DEA. Overtime is covered by these other agencies. Mr. “DA”, if this is the case, don’t make it sound like “you” are doing all the work. There is no other way to get the job done except, after the normal 8 hour work day.and this is where the $ comes in. If you are not part of a reimbursable Task Force, you should schedule your staff accordingly.

     
    • I thought the big bust they had this year was mostly state police. Was that not right? I’ll go back and look. Guess they still have to be prosecuted- so AG’s office would help our county detectives with that? There were alot of drug dealers, and they should be in jail. If we’re paying overtime, that would be a good reason.

       
  8. The Beaver County Times is a sad publication, just so sad. The media has lost their way and put personal sentiments, feelings, dogma, and agendas ahead of unbiased reporting. It’s unfortunate, but I have not been a follower for well over a decade or so. I do not wish them any ill will, but cannot support it. Hopefully, they will come back around and become more objective in the future…if they can last that long.

     
  9. Since the DA is too busy to finish the treasurer investigation because he’s staying late to sharpen pencils and pound chalkboard erasers, may I suggest that it’s time for the FBI to be given a ringy ding by concerned taxpayers? There was a similar situation in Union City and the end result was federal charges as you can see from the attached link. I really don’t think that the DA will mind since he’s already so very busy… and even if he does I don’t believe he’s empowered to kick them to the curb the way that the PSP were.

    http://www.meadvilletribune.com/news/local_news/former-union-city-borough-manager-pleads-guilty-to-mail-fraud/article_08e887d2-e1b8-11e6-9cfb-3306cf5c0c11.html

    Oh, almost forgot…. Was Dan’s trip on his own dime or was this considered to be a “business trip?”

    DISCLAIMER – The above represents only my opinion which is protected by the first amendment of the US Constitution. No reader should ascribe any degree of certainty or representation of fact to this opinion and are encouraged to formulate their own opinion after fully analyzing any and all factual material that might be available to them.

     
  10. I want to congratulate Stonewall Lozier on his carefully crafted paragraph of interrogatives that is quite atypical for a governmental bureaucrat’s style of writing. To advance even further in his literary endeavors, I suggest studying the following paragraph, to be used as a model for summation in any criminal investigation against one his Courthouse friends:

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

     
  11. If most of the investigations are done after hours shouldn’t there be a detective on the 3-11 or midnight shift? This would be at straight time, not OT.

     
  12. BULLSHIT BULLSHIT and MORE BULLSHIT> Weak old men who have hired weak younger men no one wants. They will teach them the ways of Beaver Co. While its still here and it wont be that long. First say goodbye to the Beaver Valley Mall. Beaver Co. is sure full of life. Lotta crack through. Funny no matter how big the so called drug busts are you can get crack in BC easier than you can get reefer.

     
  13. It’s Amateur Hour once again in Beaver County. DeCostro fundraiser??!! You can hold that in a phone booth and there will still be tickets available. County Detectives and Sheriff Deputies making $100 K plus a year is a disgrace and complete mismanagement of funding. The main duty of a County Detective was to deliver subpoenas and to prepare victims and witness for trial however that has migrated to homicide and drug investigations. Leave that to real cops. Use the State Police who have unlimited resources and it wont cost the county a penny. I’d like to know the number of cases and or arrests each Detective made last year to justify that price tag….Gaul is probably spending his time writing his book on cold cases. Tony, try managing your staff. A deputy making $100 K a year takes the job of two Deputies since that is what they should be making a year.($50 K) There needs to be an audit of each office in the Court house. Nothing but Amateurs in the Court House. Drain the Swamp…

     
  14. so how do we go about getting the feds on the case?
    you know damn well lozier isnt gonna do a damn thing about a damn thing,as far as connie goes i have no doubt he has all the facts he needs to act on it ,he is most likely helping her.i think that piece of shit needs to go to jail too for aiding and abetting.and he can defend “his” detectives all day it still dont make it right not one of them should make that much money. i would be willing to bet if they were investigated properly by an agency outside of beaver county more than a few of them would be sitting in jail at the end of it all too

     
    • loozier- The good people of Beaver County must get in touch with the U.S. Attorney for the Western District in Pittsburgh and the FBI office in Pittsburgh and file a complaint. You can do it online, by phone or by regular mail. If enough people tell the tale, they will take notice and act upon it. I have already done it and I hope other victims will follow.

       
      • John Q, Do you have the contact information handy for that? Chances are much better people will actually do it if they don’t have to look up the contact information themselves.

         
      • Just a heads up- the rep from the Justice Dept said they will only act on a case referred to them by another agency, such as FBI or DOJ.

         
      • I also contacted the local FBI, and I can’t recall EVER speaking to a more incompetent, unprofessional, and rude bunch of bottom dwellers in my life. And good look complaining about them, because #1- they absolutely refuse to tell you their names, and #2- you are given phone prompts to report a “tip or complaint”, but when you choose the appropriate option, you are taken to a number with NO MENTION of “complaints or tips”. Frankly, it’s no wonder that crime and corruption are rampant here and elsewhere, because those who are tasked with fighting it act like a bunch of crackhead high school dropouts. Your taxpayer dollars hard at work!

         
      • Spoke to PA Attorney Generals office, who said I should talk to Auditor Generals office, who said they aren’t sure but think they only deal with STATE tax dollar waste and fraud and will get back to me. It seems like every agency passes the buck to another, while nothing is ultimately done. Again, it is no wonder there is crime, corruption, and evil at every turn. It’s not even the fox guarding the henhouse anymore, it’s more like the hens are all dead and their henhouse was burned to the ground.

         
  15. As of 2013, the national average earnings for homicide detectives were $60,580 or $29.13 per hour, according to the Internet salary survey website Salary Expert. The average starting salary in these cities was $47,661 or $22.91 per hour. At the 90th percentile, the average salaries were Dallas, $88,380; Fairbanks, Alaska, $67,094; Honolulu, Hawaii, $82,039; Miami, $83,387; and Walla Walla, Washington, $75,457. The average salary at the 90th percentile in these cities was $79, 271 or $38.11 per hour.

     
  16. “Let them eat cake.”
    The Queen supposed to have said this when she was told that the French populace had no bread to eat.
    Marie-Antoinette (1755-93), the Queen consort of Louis XVI.

     
  17. Lisa and her left wing staff are delusional liberals thinking they are writing for subscribers living in Seattle or San Francisco…..know your audience BCT. Or just continue with your ideology and watch your paper fold.

     
    • Know your audience???? In Beaver County that would be high school sports, obituaries, contests to get free stuff and editorials on why we need more guns. LOL

       
  18. When you schedule yourself to be present for every 2 finger bag of weed, your going to ridiculous overtime.

    When you play army training day, your going to have ridiculous overtime.

    When you have virgin district attorney your going to have overtime.

    Ahhhh cancel ESU and use CERT TEAM BY PSP. ITS………. NO COST TO COUNTY DOLLARS

    AND give me a break the biggest drug bust in county history. That was round up of low level drug dealers and users. Get the Fuck out of here with that shit.

    Why bust the person pushing kilos and bricks of heroin in Quip and Rochester, hell now when you can get 100 arrest of bundle and gram dealers.

    Hey DA, you got a detective that can take you straight to the biggest dealers in county that are also laundering money through churches and fake businesses. Instead he takes you to watch basketball with a few.

    It’s a joke

     
    • That’s what I said about the swat team. Doesn’t the state police have the ability to do that? It sounds like something they would do, not a small, rural county.

       
  19. A breakdown of the salaries would be helpful, but I recognize that was not how the data was sorted. The overtime is the issue, something that has been controversial in past investigations. Maybe some work extra hours, but there is little doubt that some serious padding is going on. $100,000.00 plus for a deputy? C’mon, man. And, that is theft, but Lozier doesn’t go there with his Stonewalled investigations.

     
  20. David Lozier, in one of his campaign speeches. It’s all bullshit, isn’t it Dave?

    “For too long the scales of justice in Beaver County have been tilted. For too long the prosecutions have been based on political friendships and family relationships. For too long the District Attorney’s Office has been ripe with conflicts of interest, nepotism, and self-dealing. For too long elected officials in Beaver County have lived lives of immunity from prosecution and a sense of entitlement. I am running for District Attorney because integrity matters. I am running for District Attorney because we need to re-balance the scales of justice. I will restore a strong code of ethics […] in the Office of District Attorney”.

     
    • There are about a dozen members of the courthouse hierarchy that have designed a scheme for friends and family to grab every dime in the place.

       
      • Yes, John Q. And even more links show up in this article for the next Raven String Pullers Award for 2017. Now that the wives are involved in coffee klatch input, things get even clearer. The Family Affair spins its web.

         
    • After watching the youtube video, I would say that Mr. Lozier not only failed at keeping his promises, but in fact has been promoting nepotism, cronyism and ignoring conflicts of interest.

       
  21. The RICO statute, or Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 1961(4), defines an enterprise as “any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity.”

    The Continuing Criminal Enterprise statute, or Title 21 of the United States Code, Section 848(c)(2), defines a criminal enterprise as any group of six or more people, where one of the six occupies a position of organizer, a supervisory position, or any other position of management with respect to the other five, and which generates substantial income or resources, and is engaged in a continuing series of violations of subchapters I and II of Chapter 13 of Title 21 of the United States Code.

    Does this statute sound familiar to readers of this site? Going to call FBI Field office for advice how to get an investigation going here in our beloved paradise, Beaver County. Court House hacks beware.

     
    • When I was in contact with them I called special attention to BeaverCountian links about Connie Javens, Vince LaValle and the Friendship Ridge ordeal, specifically the withdrawals of 6 Million without the proper signatures and failure to record and also LaValle loaning 1.8M of public money to FR a private firm.

       
  22. The corruption in county government does not get enough exposure. The Beaver County Times has, no one person that does any in-depth investigative reporting. I think the newspapers policy must be, wait until the shit hits the fan. Our elected officials, ones like DA Lozier know that he’s flying/crawling under the radar, and will do nothing to prioritize any of our concerns. As a matter of fact, I have seen first hand how smug he comes off, when asked for specifics and updates. I hope it is obvious to all, he just thumbs his nose at all who concern themselves about the counties direction. You know, He’s just of those guys, who thinks he is a whole lot smarter than you, and as long as we let him get away with it …. he is. DO NOT FORGET HIS POEM, this from Elected DA Lozier :
    No “new badges” came to my offices last week, no fed and/or state badges, none new and/or none old.
    All was quiet in Whoville to be told.
    No wires, no audits, no bugs and no news.
    I wish it were as exciting as the sources may say.
    Far too quiet last week, really, no one came out to play.

    If you are out and hear someone talking about local news be it sports, arrests.. whatever, remind them there is a news source available … the Beaver Countian. It is going to take many people to clean this County up, be one of them, get involved.

     
  23. By now any paper trail, disc, records, etc. pertaining to the Treasurer’s bank withdrawals have all been either destroyed, hidden, or burned. Makes a nice fireplace fire.

     

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