Mayor Dwan Walker as posted to his Twitter Feed.

A journalistic source who has been helping to expose alleged misconduct by officials in Aliquippa tells the Beaver Countian he was threatened by the city’s Mayor.

Aliquippa resident Rex Trimm alleges he received a threatening call from Mayor Dwan Walker on March 29th at 12:35am. “I’ve only talked to him on the phone maybe 3 times in the last two years, and all of those times were during normal business hours,” he said.

The Beaver Countian is now publicly publishing Trimm’s name with his permission. “I don’t care anymore, I’m not going to be threatened by my government anymore.”

The Beaver Countian was able to independently verify that Dwan Walker placed a midnight phone call to the man. This publication was informed about the call on the day it was made, but waited to report about the alleged threats until other ongoing investigations had time to progress. Along with being a source for the Beaver Countian, Trimm had previously been quoted by other publications about issues in Aliquippa, including by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

“He told me that he knew everything about me, and that I should stop talking to John Paul, you got to stop talking to John Paul” said Trimm. “He definitely wanted to discourage me from speaking to the press.”

Mayor Walker then allegedly began describing details about the man’s past including previous places he has lived, details about prior relationships, and personal financial information.

“He told me that he was going to come up with a reason to have the Aliquippa police raid my house. I told him he doesn’t have anything on me, I haven’t done anything. He didn’t care about that […] Mostly the conversation was about him sending the police up here, that’s what got my attention. He said, how would you like the police poking around up there?”

Sources close to Mayor Walker have previously told the Beaver Countian that a law firm was preparing dossiers on people who have spoken out against his administration, or who have opposed various policy initiatives.

“I am not out to get them, I just don’t like that they are out to get me over false or presumptuous situations,” said Trimm. “I am mad though, no one should call me and threaten me over asking questions or trying to figure out the truth on things.”

Rex Trimm’s allegations against Mayor Walker are similar to previous reports about the public official’s conduct.

In July of 2012 Beaver County Times reporter JD Prose said Mayor Walker confronted him while he was reporting from a crime scene in Aliquippa, ordering police to have him removed from the town. Walker was reportedly angry that the Times had failed to write a story about him throwing out the first pitch at a Pirates game. A few days later, Walker called the Beaver Countian to announce he had filed criminal charges of harassment against this reporter after a series of articles detailed misogynistic posts he had made on Twitter. That assertion proved to be a untrue as no charges were ever filed.

Mayor Walker has also allegedly been heard at a political function threatening to physically assault Beaver County Commissioner Joe Spanik.

The Beaver Countian was contacted by law enforcement sources last week who have alleged that Mayor Dwan Walker threatened Aliquippa Police Sergeant Neal Nicholson after he filed a grievance on behalf of Officer Paul Cain. Walker reportedly shredded the grievance during that encounter, although he has denied the accusation.

The Beaver Countian has reached out to Mayor Walker for a response and will publish an update if we hear back.

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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SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

And…..the plot thickens!

JoeDoe
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JoeDoe

Only in freakin’ Aliquippa!!! Keep up the good work John Paul 🙂

UpsetWithBC
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UpsetWithBC

Brace yourself. The comments from people with the last name of “Walker” are coming!

UpsetWithIgnorance
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UpsetWithIgnorance

What does the last name of Walker have to do with it.  Just because you feel such hatred toward Mayor Walker, whom you don’t even know probably, you have to lump the whole family with him?  How absolutely ignorant do you sound?  Grow up.  How would you react if it was your last name involved?

UpsetWithBC
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UpsetWithBC

Wow. Didn’t realize I would touch a nerve there, Mr. or Mrs Walker. I apologize for putting a simple statement on the internet about an article pertaining to a person named Walker. What was I thinking pointing out something!?! It won’t happen again because I don’t want to offend the internet!
In all seriousness, there wasn’t any “lumping” involved. I was just pointing out a pattern that I noticed from previous articles about Mr. Walker. In past articles about him there have been many comments from people with the last name Walker in them.  Also, I don’t have any “hatred” for this man. I think he stinks as a public figure and as such, he is subject to public opinion. Just to be clear, this entire county is going downhill, not just the epicenter known as Aliquippa. 
Oh and original screen name there, Mr. or Mrs. Walker. Making an general observation constitutes me being ignorant?

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I really feel sorry for the people of aliquippa. So scary that local government and police can hold personal vandettas on people. When we decided to move out of town It came to a point the safety of my children weighed on us heavy. I mean crime can happen anywhere but when our cars kept getting broke into I just said to myself what’s next maybe our home so we left. My husband worked nights so I would literally would stay up all night just waiting for something bad to happen. I was born and raised in aliquippa it’s so sad and scary what has become of the city I call home. I pray every night for the safety of my friends and family who still live there. It’s just sad to be a victim and make u feel that we were in the wrong when u report a crime.

Whatever
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Whatever

I have lived in Aliquippa for 61 years, and I hope never to move. I love Aliquippa and the people that live here. It is a damn shame that people like you have to say such negative things about Aliquippa. I know people who live in very rich neighborhoods that are scared about getting there homes broken into. Really you are not a true quip. You are a asshole. And as far as the mayor, I think he is doing a super job. All politicians do for there family and friends, so now it a crime for the mayor to help a family member. Whatever, were did you move the great center TWP 

Rebecca Whitaker
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Rebecca Whitaker

Mr. Paul….I sent you and open invite to join me in Aliquippa for a mission. If you are not able to do that the first Wednesday and last Wednesday of every month is the city council meeting. OR we can meet at Uncommon Grounds Café. Or would you just rather continue bad mouthing are mayor, city officials, police officers, firefighters from afar?

BCSD
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BCSD

More tin-foil please!

weredareres
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weredareres

Just one word Ms. Whitaker, “our”