One of Sheriff David's supporters following the public meeting.
One of Sheriff David’s supporters following the public meeting.

Several dozen bikers attended a public meeting of the Commissioners at the courthouse today, where they expressed their support for Sheriff David and his practice of providing security services for private entities.

The county’s law department recently issued a letter to Sheriff David stating the practice was in violation of state law, demanding he cease. When David subsequently went on Channel 11 News to say he would continue to defy the Commissioners, they filed a lawsuit against him seeking an injunction.

Hookstown resident John Wakeley introduced the various biker groups being represented in the crowd prior to addressing the Commissioners directly.

“There are several things going on in the community that bother us” began Wakeley. “The special services that the Sheriff’s Department provides, number one being out in the public is a great public relations tool to use for support for law enforcement within Beaver County. One reason why that is so important is with the downsizing of local police departments, and or the disbanding of local police departments, it’s important to have some type of law enforcement out there to help make the community safe for our children and citizens.”

Sheriff’s Solicitor Myron Sainovich coaching biker John Wakeley before the meeting.

Sheriff’s Solicitor Myron Sainovich had been heard before the meeting coaching Wakeley and several others in attendance on what to say to the Commissioners. Many of those who spoke at the meeting said they had been asked to attend by Sheriff David directly, including former Sheriff Frank Policaro.

“I’m here because George David asked me to come down, and I thought being Sheriff for 21 years I’ve got to lend a little bit of support for him” said Policaro, who later misled the crowd about the training Sheriff’s Deputies receive. “As far as the training of the Deputy Sheriffs, they’re all under Act 120, they’re all well trained. They are better trained, believe it or not, and I am not downgrading any police officer […] Really the Deputy Sheriffs are more trained than the police officers, a lot of police officers in Beaver County anyhow.”

“So please I’d like for you to just rethink what you want to do […] If you want to make six people happy over this deal fine that’s your choice but if you want to piss off about 190,000 people, do it any way you want to do it” concluded Policaro to thunderous applause from those in attendance.

Deputy Ronald Costanza, who attended the meeting in full uniform, spoke out publicly against the Commissioners’ actions and in support of Sheriff David. “First of all I want to thank all of the organizations that came here to support my Sheriff and my Department” he said. “I also want to say I’m happy to work for Sheriff David […] I’m making sure that the public is safe, and I just want you to know that’s what my Sheriff wants to do, he wants to make sure that the public is safe. It’s all about the safety of the public. Come on, we got to think of the public, and we want their safety first. That’s all that I have to say.”

Others who spoke in favor of the Sheriff’s practices included John Dudo who organizes an annual sportsmen’s bash, former Aliquippa Code Enforcement Officer Bobbie Williams, and the manager of Cinemark in Center Township.

Several of those in attendance encouraged the Commissioners to ignore state law. “We are sworn to uphold the law, as is the Sheriff’s Department” said Commissioner Dennis Nichols. “To say that if the Sheriff can’t do this nobody else can provide security is not really appropriate.”

The meeting progressed in an orderly fashion with citizens voicing their opinions to elected officials about law and policy. “It’s a testament to Beaver County how we can have a meeting like this and keep it under control, and I thank you for that” said Commissioner Tony Amadio, wrapping up the public meeting. But before it could be adjourned, Commissioner Joe Spanik interjected.

“I think they need an answer as to why we’re in this position” he said. After a short discussion the tone in the meeting room degraded, with this reporter being mentioned by some in the crowd.

Following the public meeting, this reporter was lambasted by several in the crowd who swore, threatened, pushed, and knocked a smartphone being used to record the event to the ground. At least two of those individuals had spoken about the need for public safety and security just moments before.

“Four eyes, four eyes. Ya fuck that phone, ya. Asshole” said one man, showing his middle finger before being escorted from the room by another biker. A woman then came up from behind this reporter, knocking the phone to the ground. A courthouse source tells the Beaver Countian that woman is a part-time jail guard for the county.

“Ask a deputy for help” laughed another person in the crowd, as further harassment was taking place from other individuals.

Citizens Concerned About Public Safety – Video 1

Citizens Concerned About Public Safety – Video 2

Note: In the interest of full disclosure, the Beaver Countian has released a statement regarding an incident involving Sheriff George David and this reporter.

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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lol
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lol

THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT OUR LOON SHERIFF ARE OTHER LOONS DUH!!!!

fed up
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fed up

The dirt bag that is flipping the bird is one of the county’s Dept of public works employee. What a waste of our tax dollars.

jmac
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jmac

what a bunch of low life, scum sucking, inbred, uneducated motherf&^%$#@!!! John Paul, keep up the good work!!! Finally, somebody who is willing to expose the corruption in this county

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen

Just some facts for you, the low life, inbreds you are refering to have raised several tens of thousands of dollars to donate to needy families. Families who have children with terminal illnesses, lost family members or other accidents that have left those families financially broke. Maybe you should learn about these groups before you form an opinion. There is always 2 sides to every story.

MIKEY
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MIKEY

I CAN NOT BELIEVE WHAT I JUST READ AND SAW, absolutely horrible where did these loons come from? They all belong in jail cell, this is our law force? I am actually ASHAMED OF THEM…. JOHN PAUL YOU DON’ DESERVE THIS … This is a hate CRIME YOU JOE SPANIK WILL NEVER GET MY VOTE AGAIN…. All of you are and look absolutely discusting. COMMISSIONERS YOU ARE THE TWO MOST SPINELESS MEN I HAVE EVER SEEN……… I AM JUST TOTALLY APPAULED.

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oracle

John Paul:

I have been following your online paper for some time now. I liked that you brought a new persective on reporting in Beaver County. Your reporting was unbiased and accurate and I recommended the BC to alot of people. I do not doubt that you are a good man–a seeker of truth, and the reporting on the sheriff has been factual as far as I can discern. But if you wish to aspire to be a better journalist, then I humbly ask that you try to create a forum that distinguishes between unbiased reporting of events and editorial opinion. Its not that you arent reporting in a cutting edge and refreshing manner–its that you are mixing those two distinc styles of journalism. I don’t care if you post this–I was hoping that you read this though becuase I too abhor injustice and the abuse of power–even if to the abuser its in what he feels is the “best interest” of the community. I also worry about your safety. Obviously I have no knowledge of threats against you–but this article has raised the hairs on the back of my neck. So, in the spirit of love and humility, I make the following recommendations to improve your fledgling paper. 1. Hire some more “e-porters”–bring different voices and viewpoints to your paper. you can still edit and maintain that control–but it will broaden the appeal–and provide you some much needed cover. 2. You are obvioulsy intelligent and gifted—pen a clear editorial—explaint that your only agenda is seeking the truth—find some quote form early journalists–etc–about how the press protects society from the unchecked power of the government—your know the “fourth branch of government” argument. Then–without giving up–tone down the rhtoric—you’ve already succeeeded in putting the public spotlight of Sherrif David. Let Askar and the comissioners do their jobs–and stop being the martyr. Its no longer necessay and it does (I’m sorry) appear that your personally involved now–so you need to think if your integrity is being compromiseed by the need to “win” as opposed to being a truth teller. I hope this reaches you!!! Good luck!

scary
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scary

John Paul is in a tough spot i dont always agree with how he does things but i’m happy i’m not the one has to make tough calls he does. I also think he’s in danger too.

Scott Kuhn
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Scott Kuhn

The Beavercountian.com ‘s Intergrity is just fine. Sheriff David needs to worry about his Integrity (if he has any left).BC shouldn’t have to hire more reporters if the BC thinks it is being threatened. Especially if it is being threatened by SHERIFF DAVID and SHERIFF DAVID’s cronies. This is a bad situation for BEAVER COUNTY. NOT the beavercountian.com . Sheriff David needs to be charged. Harassment, Disorderly Conduct, Theft, Insubordiantion, Bullying, Law breaking. Sheriff David is stealing tax money to pay his friends overtime to sit at a movie theater and chaperon 16 year olds. Which would be fine, if the commisioners ok ed it. So more cops taking money from our wallets. I wish my friends made up my work schedule.
No wonder America is in debt.

karma3
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karma3

You know what. I’m sick and tired of hearing how a man that’s trying to protect the safety of his people gets scrutinized. So when a fight or god forbid a shooting happens at a highschool football game after you assholes want no security there then you get on these dumbass blogs and say where were the police or sheriffs at. You people make me sick. There are too many young kids dying over sensless bullshit and the more security the better. When your child get hurt or killed remember your bullshit you wrote. Well georgie let me say thank you and I support you 100 times over and don’t back down. People in today’s day in age need the worse to happen before we beef up security and your preventing it. Thank you. And the jail guard in the article just wants attention. You won’t get white shirt sooner like that bone head.