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Luke Berardelli prays during a protest against the Beaver school board with student counter-protesters in the background / photo by John Paul

Bolstering Berardelli

The Beaver County Republican Committee awarded Beaver resident Luke Berardelli with its Committeeman of the Year award during the party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner held at The Fez on Friday.

Republican politicos tell me Berardelli received the award by a unanimous vote of the party’s executive committee.

Young Republicans Logo

Berardelli is president of the Beaver County Young Republicans and is credited by the committee with helping to expand and re-energize the group’s membership (the group recently unveiled a redesigned logo intended to give the organization a fresh and modern image).

Berardelli made headlines last year after he organized a protest rally at the Beaver High School, making unsubstantiated allegations that the district superintendent was retaliating against the school’s principal because of his associations with a religious organization that proselytizes to youth.

Superintended Carry Rowe later came out as gay during a public meeting, alleging that she was the one who was actually being targeted because of her sexuality. Berardelli backed down from his claims of religious persecution and principal Steven Wellendorf eventually resigned his position, issuing a joint statement with the district acknowledging his suspension had nothing to do with his religious affiliations.

Berardelli is expected to run for Beaver school board this year.

Luke Berardelli with Republican Committee Chairman Jim Christiana / photo via Beaver County Young Republican’s Facebook page

See Also:
In-Depth: Beaver Area School District Facing Controversies And Protests Involving “Young Life” Group

Republican Party Joins Call For Protest Against Beaver School District – Counter-Protests Planned

WATCH: Beaver Superintendent Comes Out As Gay – Promises All Students “You Have A Safe Space Here.”

WATCH: Berardelli Backed Down – No Claims Of Religious Persecution – No Calls For Superintendent’s Ouster

Beaver High School Principal Resigns – Admits His Suspension Had Nothing To Do With Religious Affiliations


George David / photo by John Paul

The Georgie & John Joe Show

Former Beaver County Sheriff and multi-time criminal defendant George David has been circulating petitions to appear on the Democratic ballot in May’s primary election for sheriff.

BeaverCountian.com has written extensively about George David through the years and has previously published a detailed timeline of the controversies that have plagued his career:

In-Depth: A Timeline Of Sheriff George David’s Lifetime Of Alleged Abuses And Corruption

David is being assisted in his signature gathering efforts by former sheriff’s deputy John Joe Fratangelli, who has also been a repeated subject of public controversy:

“Editorial: Two Years Later, District Attorney Berosh Continues To Protect Corrupt Sheriff’s Deputy”

“Sheriff David Promotes Deputy Who Filed False Affidavit To Lieutenant”


Democratic sheriff candidate Wayne Kress / submitted photo

Them Dems & Kress Shut Out of Midland

Democratic sheriff candidate Wayne Kress was shut out of a petition signing event last week.

Democratic Committeeman Raymond Presutti refused to invite Kress to the Midland Democratic petition signing because of his personal support of George David’s candidacy.

I’m hearing that county Dems intend to forego endorsements this year in favor of an open primary, and that George David is one of the big reasons why (I’m told Republican-cum-Democrat Dennis Nichols is reason #2).

The Democratic Committee is hoping to prevent a repeat of 2015, when the party fractured over issues involving David and then sat dormant throughout the entire county election cycle.

See Also:

Elected Officials Leave Democratic Committee Behind In Protest Of George David & Dirk Goodwald


Sandie Egley’s petition signing event at the Chippewa Hotdog Shoppe / photo via Facebook

Egley’s Eighty

About 80 people showed up to Sandie Egley’s petition signing event at the Chippewa Hotdog Shoppe last week, garnering 65 new signatures on her petitions for treasurer.

Egley began scheduling her own petition drives after Republican Party officials started to rally behind Cebran Netherland’s candidacy for treasurer.

Egley has said she is going to be self-funding her own campaign. If Netherland can get some help with fundraising from party officials, this could be a primary race to watch!


Perciavalle Postings

Aliquippa Assistant Police Chief Joseph Perciavalle isn’t holding anything back. For the past couple of weeks he has been making his feelings widely known with posts to his Facebook page.

Perciavalle is currently suspended from duty with pay and is awaiting trial on charges filed against him by county detectives. He claims he is being retaliated against because of assistance he provided to the FBI and State Police as part of their investigations into alleged county corruption.

Police Chief Donald Couch is also currently on a paid administrative leave with Councilman Matt Mottes announcing publicly he had first-hand information Couch was a subject of investigation by state police.

A grand jury investigation remains ongoing with no presentments being issued to date.

From Joseph Perciavalle’s Facebook page
From Joseph Perciavalle’s Facebook page
From Joseph Perciavalle’s Facebook page

See Also:

Investigative Report: Aliquippa Officer Claims DA Lozier’s Office Retaliated After He Provided Evidence Of Corruption

Aliquippa Police Chief Placed On Administrative Leave – Target Of State Police Investigation

Aliquippa Councilman Accuses City Solicitor Of Misleading The News Media

Pennsylvania State Police Execute Search Warrant At Aliquippa City Building

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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Sandi 👍
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Sandi 👍

SANDIE EGLEY FOR TREASURE!!!
NO MORE NEPOTISM!!!

RollingOverOzzie
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RollingOverOzzie

Did you say that Cebran Netherland is running for Treasurer?

President Judge Mancini’s nephew? Who was hired into the Treasurer’s office with absolutely no experience or qualifications pertinent to the position?

His brother Caleb worked for the Sherrif’s department … with no qualifications … and was finally forced to resign when he was unable to graduate from the Deputy Sheriff Training Program? (And I believe has Felony Charges Of Trespassing Into his Ex-Girlfriend’s Home)

Their mother is Kelly Wolf, the sister-in-law of Judge Mancini and Judge Mancini’s full-time courtroom tipstaff … arrested recently for a DIU.

This is the Cebran Netherland running for the County Treasurer’s position?

Hatfield
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Hatfield

Cerebran Netherland has experience in all levels of the treasurers office, he obviously has all the qualifications for the office now! This is what Beaver county needs, smooth transition for the office!

The Courthouse Janitor
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The Courthouse Janitor

That’s so sweet of you to support your son, mom! Sandie Egley for transparent treasurers office!

Icanread
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Icanread

How many different screen names can you make in one morning?

Sandi 👍
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Sandi 👍

If qualified means who you are related to.
Personally I couldn’t vote for anyone who worked under the con.
We all know how she ran that office.
SANDIE EGLEY FOR TREASURE!!
A REAL REPUBLICAN NOT A FAKE!!

Accordingtome
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Accordingtome

The dude can’t manage to write a check that doesn’t bounce….TWICE. Ummm…Yea, he’s the most qualified.

But, hey….Thanks for finally participating, Connie.

SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

You are fucking joking, right?

Your mom
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Your mom

This is a joke right?????? Your to funny

equalizer13
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equalizer13

Lay off the crack pipe.

Sandi 👍
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Sandi 👍

Don’t be like Jim Christiana and support a fake Republican.
Switched over just to get on the ballot.
VOTE FOR SANDIE EGLEY A TRUE REPUBLICAN!!
NO MORE NEPOTISM!!!

Uncle Wah Wah
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Uncle Wah Wah

Award winning Luke Berardelli….

And people laugh at the Democrats in this county. Yeah, okay.

Icanread
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Icanread

He tried to start an uproar with false accusations against the Beaver Superintendent and is voted “BC Republican of the Year?” The Christiana party is such a joke.

Average White Guy
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Average White Guy

They passed on a guy from Ambridge who opened a soup kitchen and donated thousands of dollars to help clothe needy children and veterans-he never really identified himself to get recognition so I won’t neither(not everything is a show) and they chose ’Berardelli’—-get your shit together Repubs-With Trump it’s easy being the dumbass party, congrats you have all succeeded