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A Beaver County Sheriff’s Deputy may soon be facing criminal charges, as County Detectives have intensified their investigation into an Affidavit of Probable Cause filed after an alleged incident at Friendship Ridge earlier this year.

Multiple independent sources within the Sheriff’s Office confirm to the Beaver Countian that County Detectives have been conducting interviews as part of a criminal investigation into Corporal John Joe Fratangeli. The investigation centers around an Affidavit of Probable Cause he filed on January 17th to substantiate charges against Larry Hicks, a man Fratangeli and Sheriff George David had accused of preparing to commit mass murder at Friendship Ridge, the county run nursing home.

While all of the major media outlets in the region began reporting about a foiled murder plot at the time, touting Sheriff David and his Deputies as heroes, the Beaver Countian started receiving secured communications from confidential sources close to David and Fratangeli, warning that the arrest “wasn’t right.” A subsequent investigation into the incident by the Beaver Countian revealed apparent inconsistencies between the charging affidavit filed by Fratangeli, Sheriff David’s on-camera comments to the press, and what witnesses to the situation were recounting.

Sources say County Detectives are investigating whether Fratengeli may have knowingly made false sworn statements in the case.

The media frenzy came just one day after Sheriff David pleaded his Fifth Amendment Rights against self-incrimination during a hearing for a lawsuit filed against him by County Commissioners.

Sources within the Sheriff’s Office say Fratangeli has repeatedly acknowledged he will soon be “jammed up” by the “rat squad,” but has vowed to remain “a company man.” Those sources also say Corporal Fratangeli is bragging that Sheriff David promised him paid administrative leave if and when he is criminally charged.

The Beaver Countian has independently confirmed that a criminal defense attorney hired by Fratangeli has been contacted by County Detectives about the investigation.

Corporal Fratangeli has previously commented about his arrest of Larry Hicks at Friendship Ridge, writing “I DID MY JOB! those who know me, know im no rookie at this. I worked for aliquippa for 11 years,” and “I was brought to be loyal to all brothers. I wont stoop to the lower level that most are now a days. I believe in brother hood And i will not change.”

Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh has repeatedly declined comment.

Our Previous Coverage Of The Alleged Incident:

County Officials Investigating Sheriff’s Handling Of Friendship Ridge Incident
Serious Questions About Sheriff David’s Account Of Events At Friendship Ridge
Woman At Friendship Ridge Claims Deputies Never Even Interviewed Her
District Attorney Drops Charges After Investigation Into Friendship Ridge Incident
District Attorney: This Case Has Almost Reached Mythical Proportions

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Note: In the interest of full disclosure, this reporter is a named victim in criminal charges filed against Sheriff George David by the 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.

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Nikki Parsons
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Nikki Parsons

Something in the air anywhere the sheriff and his merry band of men are never smells quite right….
Perhaps this particular incident was the beginning of the end for the corrupt deputies that blindly follow sheriff David…the first domino, if you will, that you knock over, and it brings the rest of the dominos down….

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house keeping

AMEN brother

JENNY
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JENNY

John Joe is an idiot he needs to go. His cousin works for the controller office. She just got a 15,000 dollar raise for doing nothing. How could they give her a raise and lay off people a couple of months later. And what a nice raise. She needs to go. His sister works in the treasurers office, she’s taken care of. Oh, I almost forgot John Joe ‘s other sister is married to commissioner Tony amadio son.

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SpeakTheTruthToo

Holy Crap! Beaver County is like Medieval England…..betrothing your daughters to the devil for political gain in your own family. Unfreakingreal!

OhBrother
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OhBrother

Looks like J.J. will be back in an Alighetto uniform again soon if he loses his Sheriff’s job. His mommy will be elected to council in November and she will get her little Johnny back on the job in the ghetto again.

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Double J knows his little ass getting charged and its driving him nuts his Butch ass will start crying on shoulders to make everyone feel bad just like he does everytime his midget ass gets in trouble

But this time I don’t think it will work cry me a river munchkin your antics and abuse of powerjust done tic tic ran out, have fun thinking and waiting it out even more now, fyi easy solid foods helps prevent diarrhea when stomach is out of wack… Then again that might be to far gone try ensure for the nutrients

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trueamerican

This deputy is corrupt..he thinks that his police brotherhood is all that matters..maybe if you want someone to lie for ya..and to brag about policing aliqqippa for 11 years, that says it all…he’ corrupt plan and simple…he knew when he wrote the charges he was lying…he should be charged and prosecuted he’s an officer of the law and should be fired and put in jail..he thinks he’s above the law like some police officers..

trueamerican
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trueamerican

Also he should not be alowed to wear another police uniform…I hope he gets what’s coming to him also…David time is coming also…I know he’s corrupt..