Archive for April, 2013
By Eric Minor
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio —
Steubenville City Manager Cathy Davison said Wednesday that calling for assistance from the National Guard is “absolutely an option” when dealing with out-of-town criminals who have infiltrated the city.
In a 30-minute interview, scheduled to air at 5:30 on NEWS9, Eric Minor asked Davison about the level of help the city has requested from Ohio Gov.
“Is the National Guard an option?” Minor asked.
“Oh, absolutely. It is an option and that’s part of the conversation we’re having with city council and the governor,” answered Davison. “If that’s what step we need to take to get people out of our city, can we utilize it?”
Attention on violent crime was raised this week after the Fraternal Order of Police Steubenville Lodge President Jim Marquis called a news conference at which he listed more than 40 “weapons calls” handled by the city police department since January.
Marquis suggested the rise in weapons crime was linked to the decrease in the number of officers employed by the Steubenville Police Department.
Steubenville City Council did not address Marquis’ criticism during Tuesday night’s meeting, citing ongoing negotiations with the FOP.
A Chicago man was killed and another Chicago man was hurt in Steubenville Friday in a squabble police believe to be linked to drugs. Three Chicago men were arrested in West Virginia and charged in the attack.
Steubenville police were involved in a shootout on Saturday with a suspect in a robbery. There were no injuries and the suspect was arrested.
Residents of Steubenville’s hilltop neighborhoods have suggested that out-of-town criminals are becoming more bold and do not fear arrest or prosecution.
“We have an influx of people almost every week that no one knows who they are. They’re from out of town,” said a hilltop resident who asked not to be identified out of concern for the safety of his family. “They’re very flagrant about it. They do not care. I’m afraid if this escalates this summer, someone innocent is really going to get hurt.”
Despite lingering questions about his involvement in a rape case involving two Steubenville High School football players that roiled the small Ohio town, the head coach of Steubenville’s football team this week received a contract extension from the school for his administrative work.
The local school board quietly granted the coach, Reno Saccoccia, a two-year extensionMonday to his administrative contract. That contract is separate from Saccoccia’s coaching deal — school superintendent Michael McVey told the Atlantic Wire that the contract was considered “supplemental” to his coaching contract, which has a few years left on it. But it’s sparking plenty of blowback because some believe Saccoccia tried to thwart the headline-grabbing rape case.
It “absolutely defies belief” that Saccoccia landed a contract extension, says Yahoo Sports’Cameron Smith. ”To say that the Steubenville school board’s decision is profoundly tone deaf is a remarkable understatement.”
The creep credited with putting up a Web site that poked fun at 9/11 is laughing in the face of death threats – and accusing anyone who feels offended of “posturing themselves into martyrdom.”
“I’m not afraid to come to New York at all,” said Adam Rahuba, 25, of Pittsburgh, proudly adding that his was the lame brain behind 911wasfunny.com.
The site – which he suddenly took down yesterday – featured tasteless jokes and images, including a Valentine’s Day drawing of the Twin Towers in front a heart bearing the words “I’m Falling For You.”
A disclaimer on the site read: “September 11th was funny. If this offends you, you need to lighten up. Those people deserved what they got, mostly because people from NY are pompous jerks.”
But yesterday the site was replaced by a five-paragraph apology and a vow to donate its $2,000 in ad revenue to a group called 9-11Search and Rescue Dog Medical Surveillance.
Longtime Steubenville football coach Reno Saccoccia, who saw two of his players convicted of delinquency for rape in March and remains a subject of controversy, received a two-year contract extension as director of administrative services from the Board of Education.
WTOV Channel 9 in Steubenville reports the extension is not related to Saccoccia’s football contract, which is a separate supplemental deal. Saccoccia currently is in year three of that five-year contract.
Still, the contract extension has sparked outrage. Saccoccia already had been targeted by an online petition calling for his firing because of his role during the investigation and rape trial of Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16. Mays and Richmond were convicted and sentenced in March for the sexual assault in August of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl after a night of parties.
During the four-day trial, Saccoccia’s name was mentioned in texts sent by Mays just days after the incident. “I got Reno. He took care of it and sh– ain’t gonna happen, even if they did take it to court,” one text reads. Another text indicated that Reno had joked about the incident with Mays.
The petition calling for the coach’s firing currently has more than 134,000 signatures. A petition in support of Saccoccia has 720 signatures.
Steubenville High School football coach Reno Saccoccia, under fire for his role in the possible cover-up of a rape last summer by two of his star players, prefers not to comment.
“If I haven’t said anything since August, why would I talk now?” he asks.
The issue up for discussion is the appropriateness of the two-year extension the Steubenville school board approved Friday for Saccoccia’s administrative services. (He is in the third year of a separate five-year coaching contract.)
“I wonder what message it sends to sexual assault survivors in that school community?” Katie Hanna, executive director of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, asks rhetorically.
It sure bolsters the perception that at least some of the good citizens of Steubenville do not take sexual violence seriously.
Saccoccia’s name surfaced in the trial last month that sent 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma’lik Richmond to a juvenile correctional facility for the sexual assault of an intoxicated teenage girl. Mays also was found guilty of taking and texting nude photos of the 16-year-old survivor, who was raped while apparently passed out at a party.
Mays had a text message on his cellphone that read: “I got Reno. He took care of it and sh– ain’t gonna happen, even if they did take it to court.” A second text suggested Saccoccia had joked about the assault with Mays.
“Do you think I knew about it,?” Saccoccia asks me.
“Evidence suggests you did,” I tell him.
“I have no comment,” Saccoccia says.
The macho small town culture that rewards a popular football coach who refuses to address serious allegations about what he knew and when he knew it does not play well in the public arena.
To show a modicum of respect for the survivor and all survivors of sexual assault. the school board at the very least should have waited for the Jefferson County grand jury — convened at the request of Attorney General Mike DeWine – to complete its investigation.
And to clear Saccoccia.
On Tuesday, April 30th, the nine-member panel — presided over by retired Summit County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Cosgrove – will begin to call witnesses and review evidence. Their charge: to determine if other teenagers, party-goers, school administrators or parents were complicit in the brutal assault.
State law makes it crime not to report felonies such as rape.
Stuebenville School Superintendent Mike McVey did not return a call for comment.
A Message to the Steubenville School Board
To the attention of:
Michael McVey – Superintendent
Barry Gullen – Assistant Superintendant
Melinda Young – Director of Programs
Ruth Anne Bruzzese – Board Member
Edward Littlejohn- Board Member
William Hendricks- Board Member
Greg Agresta- Board Member
Michael Giannamore- Board Member
Shawn Crosier – Principal- Steubenville High School
Ted Gorman – Assistant Principal – Steubenville High School
In light of the recently concluded rape case, which led to the convictions of former Big Red football players and convicted rapists Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, citizens of Steubenville, Ohio, America, and Earth DEMAND that the contracts of Reno Saccoccia be immediately terminated. This includes both his coaching contract as well as his administrative contract. The findings of the grand jury assembled by Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine are irrelevant.
Furthermore, we DEMAND that Reno Saccoccia be stripped of any and all pensions that he may be due upon his retirement.
We DEMAND a response via press conference, citing our demands, with a satisfactory outcome no later than 6:00pm, EST on April 24th, 2013.
She popped on the other day and tweeted a few… to another loon!
Nikki I hope all that bed rest, good drugs, mostly mind altering stuff like pain pills and muscle relaxers I assume, and husband’s cooking, plus all the KFC, Burger King, Wendy’s, Arby’s and McDonald’s he can carry home does the trick and you are back blogging soon.
You and all of your bullshit are missed!
Murt wails and moans that he gets posted on here… LMAO!!
He has been told many many times he is nothing but comedy gold for this blog. Somehow he dismisses that and believes somehow that I “care” about what he posts on his blog.
I do care from time to time Murt, because like I’ve always said you are a loon and comedy gold for this blog. So, blog on buster, blog on! Your credibility on anything and I mean anything is lower than pig shit, but funny as hell.
The Steubenville School board seems to have shocked even the most hardened media!
The Herald Star basically called a coward.
The opinion around the blogoshere is that Reno is a bully and at the level even a town of 18,000 can’t muster the steel to go against him. No doubt this man holds tremendous knowledge about the inner workings of Steubenville.
Reno Saccoccia is respected in Steubenville and has done many wonderful things over the years, but one catastrophe such as his behavior in the rape case has ruined his reputation as far as the nation goes.
He looks like a bully, has acted like a bully and the national media has not been kind to that image. They are appalled.
New York Times article
It’s sad to see a good man go down, but it happened to Joe Paterno and it has happened to Reno Saccoccia.
If Reno Saccoccia retains his coaching position – I pity the kids of Steubenville on away games. The name Reno Saccoccia beloved in Steubenville feels very dirty nationally. No doubt all of the Big Red kids play their hearts out, but Big Red has been damaged.
He may be untouchable in Steubenville, but the harsh light of the national media has focused on him in a most unflattering way and the Steubenville School Board right with him.
Given the controversy surrounding Steubenville (Ohio) High School football coach Reno Saccoccia regarding his treatment of players involved in aparticularly high-profile, infamous rape case, it’s stunning that the local paper, the Herald Star, made so little noise over the school board’s decision to re-sign him to a two-year adminstrative services contract. The paper merely including that as a line in a list buried under an April 20 story headlined “Wells principal will retire.”
The Atlantic Wire, seeing that item, called the school April 22 to ask, is what is happening what we think is happening? Is Saccoccia — whom the players believed would keep them out of trouble, who dragged his feet on suspending them from football, and who threatened a nosy New York Times reporter, “You’re going to get yours” — really getting a new deal from Steubenville? The answer from the school was, yes, but…
In a phone interview with the Wire, Steubenville schools superintendent Mike McVey described the administrative services position as a “board approved two-year-administrative contract in his current position” that was up for renewal. “Coaching contracts are different from teaching and administrative contracts,” McVey said, stressing that the teaching title was “supplemental” to Saccoccia’s coaching contract.
The Atlantic Wire wrote that the contract “signals a vote of confidence in perhaps the most influential man in the fading steel town that was consumed by the social media response to a case in which two of Saccoccia’s players were convicted in juvenile court [in March] of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl at after parties for [an August 2012] pre-season game by the powerhouse Big Red football team.”
On the surface, that Steubenville would keep Saccoccia seems to boggle the mind, given what came out during the trial of Ma’Lik Richmond and Trent Mays. (Mays was sentenced to at least two years in a juvenile facility, and Richmond at least one). The trial revealed a local culture in which a town and school pledged its undying fealty to a football coach whose program was the one shining beacon of success in an otherwise decaying city. It doesn’t matter whether Saccoccia, who didn’t testify in the trial and has generally not commented on it, indeed wielded unchecked power; plenty of people, including his players, believed he did.
So why re-sign him, if not as an atta-boy for another job well done?
On April 30, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is scheduled to begin 10 days of grand jury proceedings to determine whether any other laws were violated surrounding the rape case. For example: could football coaches be held complicit for failing to report a crime?
So my theory is this. (It has to be my theory because the school is certainly not divulging anything along these lines.) By signing Saccoccia to a new deal instead of shuffling him off, the school district is basically allowing the legal process to play out before taking any punitive action.
If the grand jury testimony finds Saccoccia to have done no wrong, legally or otherwise, then the school has covered its own legal behind by already re-signing him. While being a coach does not carry tenure, like being a teacher, surely the Steubenville schools are thinking they would open themselves up to a lawsuit by firing a coach who has amassed a 311-59 record over 30 years (the winningest active high school football coach in the state of Ohio) with no known, previous blemishes on his reputation.
However, if Saccoccia is indicted, or if something untoward comes out, the school has the legal cover to let him go as a coach, what with the administrative contract being at-will. And, perhaps more importantly, it has something concrete it can point to in explaining to angry Steubenville fans why they cashiered a local boy who stayed home and did very, very good.
Admittedly, this is not the most principaled stand the Steubenville schools could make at this time. But forcing out a long-time, beloved coach is never an easy process, and schools often don’t have the stomach to do it until circumstances force it.
I found this comment sent to me rather interesting. The reason is that there is a woman in Ohio going on and on about people she claims called her employer “to get her fired.” The Ohio women has even threatened to sue the caller(s) over the matter. A lawsuit that has yet to materialize.
Now here is Michelle Lynn McKee of Gig Harbor Washington doing the exact same thing. Since Michelle Lynn McKee has made this direct threat on an open Twitter account, perhaps the person to whom the threat is made may want to consider the same type of lawsuit that the Ohio woman claims to be undertaking.
TARPON SPRINGS — He read the tweets, the derogatory statements about his daughter. And after the fury passed, he crafted a response.
The father of the Tarpon Springs High School teen who has accused a male schoolmate of rape said Tuesday that he wrote a nine-paragraph statement to defend her.
“Trust me, I wanted to say so much more,” he said. “And I will after the state is done handling the case.”
The Tampa Bay Times is withholding his name to protect the identity of his daughter.
The accused, 17-year-old Jared Alissandratos, was charged last week with sexually battering an intoxicated 15-year-old girl during a house party.
Alissandratos, a winner of the 2012 cross dive during the city’s Greek Orthodox Epiphany celebration, faces a charge of sexual battery of the physically incapacitated girl, a first-degree felony that carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
He admitted having sex with his accuser, according to a police report, though it is unclear whether he believed it was consensual at the time.
After Alissandratos’ arrest, some Tarpon High students took to Twitter, using the hashtag #FreeJared and calling the young victim, among an array of insulting terms, “a liar.” Others lashed back, defending her.
The social media melee attracted the loosely organized “hacktivist” group Anonymous, notorious for targeting the FBI, credit card companies and, more recently, apparent rapists. When two football players in Steubenville, Ohio, were accused of rape last year, Anonymous hacked the football team’s website, threatening to disclose students’ addresses and Social Security numbers.
The Tarpon Springs girl’s father, who lives on a quiet residential street, said he wanted to clear his daughter’s name without revealing it. This week, he contacted Twitter user “Priest,” who self-identifies as an Anonymous member, to post and publicize the message.
“She is not having ‘next day’ regrets,” he wrote in the statement. “It wasn’t until the accused admitted to her what happened, that she fully realized the horrific reality of what happened that night. And now, since it has been brought to the light, it is in the state’s hands.”
The father also described disappointment in his daughter’s decisions that night, which, according to police, included underage drinking.
“Her lapse in judgment, however, does not condone the actions of the accused,” he wrote.
Eventually, he said Tuesday, the 15-year-old girl will resume her studies at Tarpon High. Once the case is over, he believes, the bullying will stop.
Danielle Paquette can be reached at email@example.com or (727) 445-4224.
The disturbing case that embroiled the Steubenville football program captivated the nation’s attention at multiple points in recent months, never more prevalently than on March 17, whenteenagers Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were convicted of raping an intoxicated 16-year-old classmate.
Saccoccia was not implicated in the case and it remains unclear if he’ll be mentioned by an upcoming grand jury that is investigating the possibility of wrongdoing by others in the town.
But many have blamed Saccoccia for ruling over a football-mad culture that held its players to a different standard. Consider this text from Mays when asked about his coach’s reaction to the rape charges.
“[Saccocia did] Nothing really. Going to stay in for awhile. LOL. And next time (someone is) into something, suspended for three games.
“But I feel he took care of it for us. Like, he was joking about it, so I’m not worried.”
And yet another text bombshell from Mays: “I got Reno. He took care of it and (expletive) ain’t going to happen, even if they did take it to court.”
To say that the Steubenville school board’s decision is profoundly tone deaf is a remarkable understatement. More than 134,000 activists from across the nation and world have signed an online petition at change.org calling for Saccoccia to be fired. Considering the fact that the entire population of Steubenville is just more than 18,000, that’s a startling amount of public outrage aimed at a public employee from a small town.
For his part, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sounds absolutely committed to bringing closure and justice to the Steubenville community at all costs. If Saccocia happens to be collateral damage for that crusade, so be it, even if that directly undercuts the assessment made by the Steubenville School Board.
“We want to bring finality so the community feels that justice has been done — that nothing has been swept under the rug and everyone has their day in court,” DeWine told the press shortly after the verdict against Mays and Richmond was handed down.
It’s been said that winning can help mask even the lurid transgressions. Ask Tiger Woods and Rick Pitino what recent success has done for their respective reputations in the wake of embarrassing personal scandals.
And it appears the magical healing power of victory also lends itself to the competitive world of big-time, small-town, Friday Night Lights-style high school football, where there’s no off-the-field indiscretion that can’t be overlooked when you’ve got championship pedigree on your side.
Steubenville rape case forces us to look at how our own behavior has contributed to this situation. Full story …
On Friday, the school board in the city of Steubenville, Ohio, approved a two-year contract extension for Steubenville High School football coach Reno Saccoccia, a development first brought to light by the Herald Star, which reported on the minutes of a 25-minute school board meeting; there was no pomp or circumstance. It was later confirmed by the Atlantic Wire. And on the surface, the move seems logical, if not obvious, given Saccoccia’s on-field resume in his three decades at the 700-student public school, located along the Ohio River, about 40 miles from Pittsburgh.
The 63-year-old has been the head coach of the team since 1983, and in that time, his teams have won more than 300 games and three state championships while churning out some of Ohio’s top prep talent. He’s a local legend with deep ties to the industrial, Ohio Valley town of 19,000, where the football field is named in his honor and his football prowess seemingly puts him above the law.
Unfortunately, Saccoccia reportedly abused that status — and perhaps even broke the law himself — in the aftermath of an August 2012 rape involving two of his players. And for that reason alone, one can’t help but wonder why he’s not only being tolerated on the Big Red sideline, but also being rewarded for it and asked to stay a while longer.
The story starts Aug. 11, at an end-of-summer party, where two Steubenville players sexually assaulted a drunk and incapacitated 16-year-old girl from West Virginia with several other Steubenville students in attendance.
The story starts Aug. 11, at an end-of-summer party, where two Steubenville players sexually assaulted a drunk and incapacitated 16-year-old girl from West Virginia with several other Steubenville students in attendance.
Eleven days later, after rumors started circulating and photos and video from the night started making the rounds, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were arrested on rape charges. On March 17 of this year, Mays, 17, and Richmond, 16, were found guilty of the rape, a crime that could keep the pair locked up in a juvenile detention facility until they’re 21.
What happened in between is damning for Saccoccia to say the least, and one would like to imagine that it should have been hard for the school board to overlook.
First, Saccoccia didn’t suspend the players for their alleged actions until eight games into the season, more than two months after the charges were filed. And Saccoccia claimed that he hadn’t seen the videos, photos and comments from the night posted online, telling one reporter that he didn’t “do the internet,” before making a veiled threat at the reporter in question.
However, text messages published during the March trial told a different story.
“I got Reno,” one text from Mays read. “He took care of it and s–t ain’t gonna happen, even if they did take it to court. Like he was joking about it so I’m not worried.”
Another indicated that Saccoccia was familiar with the video, which included — among other questionable comments — an off-camera voice directly implicating Mays and Richmond. “Delete that off You-tube,” the text read. “Coach Sac knows about it. Seriously delete it.”
Another player, Anthony Craig, had a nude photo of the victim from the night of the assault on his phone, but showed little concern that he could be in trouble, texting a friend, “I got Reno. Nothing’s gonna happen if it goes to court.” The trial also revealed that Mays sent a text message to the victim, which read, “Reno just called my house and said I raped you.”
It’s still not clear, of course, what Saccoccia knew or didn’t know — and we may never know for sure what role he played in the cover-up at all, though Ohio state Attorney General Mike DeWine is currently investigating parents, coaches and school officials who may have attempted to hide the rape. But, nevertheless, it’s hard to believe that common sense didn’t prevail in the handling of Saccoccia’s case.
After the rape trial had ended, Steubenville City Schools released a statement that read, in part, “To the best of our knowledge, everyone associated with Steubenville City Schools — students and employees — have cooperated, as we have encouraged them to do.” The statement also added that, “it was impossible not to ask what we might have done differently to prevent this horrible event from occurring.”
But words mean little in the wake of something like this. It’s too late to wonder what might have kept this instance from happening in the first place. But unfortunately, the Steubenville board doesn’t seem interested in taking steps to restore the balance of power in its town and at its schools and assure that such a situation doesn’t arise again.
We know all too well we have been let down by local officials, elected? appointed, or thrust upon on us. We’ve not all been apathetic, We’ve called city hall begged for real leadership (all we reach is a receptionist who takes messages) contacted councilmen, mayors office, law director, police dept., sheriff, ALL OF THE ABOVE. When able we’ve attended city hall mtgs, though public speaking not our strong suit. We would like to be able to vote out these people who have let the town crumble around us. Anyone who saw the last ballot, Nov 2012, realizes the problem we have now, A DICTORSHIP, it appears. Looks like local Dem. Party (not that of our parents, oh no)has successfully taken over the valley, because we didn’t even have a choice between 2 losers. Nope, all DEMS. NOW RUNNING UNOPPOSED. How did we get to this pt. Is it really apathy, or a loss at what we average people here are to do? We are not exactly political eagles, we counted on city leaders to put their best out there for us to elect between. WE ARE NOW SCREWED HERE. Do the city leaders really enjoy living in this mess of a town they’ve left us? It’s dangerous for them too, or did they just figure that out. Anyone of us could be killed in a drive-by shooting. As far as the joke about attracting businesses here, who in their right mind wants to move a real business to this ever expanding Ghetto.
Please do not blame all of the voters here for the mess we now have. As stated, we have been trying but our city/cnty leaders or their receptionists just give lip service.
Today, HS headlines say CRIMEWAVE. Like everyone here has not noticed the violent drug related crimes and the gangsters habitat, ever-encroaching into once nice neighborhoods.
ARE THE HERALD STAR, THE CITY LEADERS DEAF DUMB AND BLIND??????
We have been screaming from the rooftops for years, and they now, after how many dead bodies, nightly shootings, robberies everywhere everyday just take notice. We are so f…ing doomed here it, literally and figuratively.y
Once upon a time, a decade and a half ago (1990-2000) drug dealing, Chicago/Detroit street gangs, daily gunfire, murders and mayhem was not out of control in Steubenville and Jefferson County. Back then, those criminal elements were being vigorously attacked by the “full time prosecutor” and an aggresive and professionally managed drug interdiction drug task force.
But politics, special interests and public apathy ruled the day and the people have gotton what they asked for. They chose and have received a “change of direction.” Now, 14 years later, as the FOP has outlined, the people are reaping the benefits of their “change of direction.” Just read the FOPs accounts of daily shootings, drug dealings, murders and street crimes.
And who do the people now have to look toward for some type of remedy? A part time prosecutor and her staff of law partners who are only interested in political, legal and financial dominance of the area.
But, enough said. Those crime fighters of yesteryear have moved away and on to places and areas where their skills are appreciated.
For an idea of what there was, pull-up on the internet the following news articles:
* Terrorism, Money and Drugs–by Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter Judith Miller. Located in the January 2011 issue of Newsmax Magazine
* Myers Fighting Drugs in Iraq–Steubenville Herald Star Newspaper, March 6, 2011.
You now have what you voted for and all the problems that your apathy has brought about.
So there be no mistake, I am not the former prosecutor or John Myers. I was a member of the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration assigned to work with and assist in the drug interdiction program. I know first hand how effective that program was. After the then prosecutor and Myers left office, we have never been asked to become involved in any sustained program by any prosecutorial or police authority. I am now retired but work under contract for the State Department in various locals around the world. Unfortuately, for security reasons, I can not reveal my identity.
Just thought the people should know that they once had a good thing.
Florida law firm to pursue website
by Timothy Charles Holmseth
|The owner, administrator, and contributing associates of the anonymously operated cyber-stalker website www.radionewz.net may soon be identified.Edward Boyle, a South Florida biofuels engineer, is a witness to several pending legal issues involving his sister and brother-in-law, John and Maria Burgun.
According to Boyle, the Fort Lauderdale based law office of Tripp-Scott is set to contact the Site’s owner and acquire his/her insurance information – the first legal step required.
The legal action was sparked by an online attack against an entire family, and extended family, followed up by a telephone message, which Boyle received on his answering machine. “Doug Reynolds is very interested in that message,” Boyle said.
The recent online attack occurred amongst a cluster of legal activity involving Burgun and Boyle.
Boyle said the caller on the answering machine is known to Attorney Reynolds, and that Reynolds pondered if the caller owned www.radionewz.net.
Maria Burgun has been criminally targeted many times. She met with the FBI in South Florida in 2012 after receiving a death threat over the telephone. She subsequently provided the FBI information regarding the disappearance of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings.
Boyle said he recently spoke with William Staubs, a South Florida bail bondsman, best known for his ill-fated involvement in the HaLeigh Cummings missing child case. Boyle said he learned Attorney Doug Roberts, another Fort Lauderdale attorney, is also assessing the website for a subpoena in a pending lawsuit filed by Staubs against another Party associated to the missing child case.
The website’s legal issues appear to include on-line visits from the FBI and DHS. The publisher(s) appear fascinated with topics involving missing children and rape. Publishers on the Site reportedly cyber-stalked and brutally harassed a minor child from Steubenville, Ohio. The stalkers accused the minor of being a rapist.
The mindset and mental health of the website’s authors concern many, as it purports to be a staunch advocate for rape victims; a sentiment many find disingenuous; and possibly a dark fantasy.
On one occasion the Site published a video that showcased a monkey raping a smaller animal – and then attributed names of real people to the animals.
Statement from Jane Doe’s father: Tarpon Springs, FL
I would like to thank the Tarpon Springs Police Department and all involved in helping us make the correct decisions going forward.
This has been a very difficult time for us but we are a strong family unit and we will recover and move on from this in time.
I would like to be clear with the public and with all the accusers that have been wrongly calling my daughter out of her name; She is not having “next day” regrets. It wasn’t until the accused admitted to her what happened, that she fully realized the horrific reality of what happened that night. And now, since it has been brought to the light, it is in the state’s hands.
Contrary to “High School rumors and gossip”, my daughter was a virgin before this incident. THIS will be her memory for her 1st time! Unfortunately, this “rape culture” has become common place in the teen & young adult community of the US. This scene plays it’s self out over and over again across this country with varying conclusions. Sometimes it never sees the light of day, sometimes it haunts the girl for the rest of her life, but sometimes, like THIS time, the girl figures it out and finds the courage to talk to someone.
We should NOT ostracize these girls because it could stop someone else from coming forward with their story for fear of being ridiculed. With stories out of Ohio, California & Nova Scotia that are eerily similar, the latter resulting in suicide, we as a society have to be more vigilant and recognize situations like this and also teach our children how to react. Our SONS to be more respectful to women, Our DAUGHTERS to have more respect of themselves. But most of all, we need to teach them BOTH to not be BYSTANDERS to it all! Don’t be afraid to SPEAK UP, even if it’s a stranger!
My initial reaction was anger at my daughter for her deception. She has been raised to know better than to put herself in that position and I am very disappointed in her for the decisions she made leading up to her being violated. As parents, we try our best to give our children the best guidance possible, but ultimately it’s up to them to follow thru on it. Her lapse in judgement, however, does not condone the actions of the accused.
I would also like to thank the online community known as Anonymous for coming to the defense of my daughter. When the barrage of messages came flooding in, Anonymous, in it’s MANY forms, came to her defense and even created a campaign called #OpStopShaming to stop the harassment of victims in situations like this. I applaud their efforts in bringing attention to this subject and hope to see it aid any future victims.
Lastly I’d like to say “Shame on you” to all the media outlets,major & minor, for publicizing the names of the accused and victim. ALL involved are minors and you have no right to publish ANYONE’S names! Where is your professionalism? What if it was YOUR child? The truth will come to light and I believe justice will be served. That’s what all of this is ultimately about.
I ask that everyone please respect our family’s privacy and the privacy of all the families involved. We ALL don’t want this to haunt our childrens’ FUTURES!
STEUBENVILLE – The new president of the Hilltop Community Development Corp. is urging residents across the city to join LaBelle and Pleasant Heights residents in order to bring peace to the hilltop neighborhoods.
The first step will come tonight when LaBelle neighborhood residents will meet privately to discuss what their hilltop area has to offer in light of recent shootings.
According to Laura Sirilla, president of the Hilltop Community Development Corp. and a Belleview Boulevard homeowner, “There are positive things we can do to make our neighborhood better.
“We need to make sure everyone knows the laws, and we need to talk about how we can better work together. This will be the first of several conversations we will be having in the next couple of weeks. We want to try and help city officials and the police department, and we want to make sure the laws and city regulations are enforced,” Sirilla said Monday afternoon.
This tragedy must have occurred during efforts to pass around more little “stories”! LMAO!! Too funny!! #Overload
The news is buried in a local newspaper’s story about a 25-minute long school board meeting in Steubenville, Ohio, that addressed a number of personnel matters. Among them was a two-year “administrative contract” for Reno Saccoccia, identified as director of administrative services.
Steubenville High School football players Trent Mays, 17, left, and 16-year-old Ma’Lik Richmond, were found guilty in juvenile court.(Keith Srakocic/Pool/Associated Press.)
Saccoccia is better known as Steubenville’s winning high school football coach. Some have alleged that he may have tried to cover up the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl by two star football players on his team; at the least, he may have failed to report a case of sexual abuse asrequired by Ohio law of teachers and coaches.
“I got Reno. He took care of it and sh– ain’t gonna happen, even if they did take it to court,” said a text from one of the defendants submitted as evidence in the rape trial last month, according to testimony from Joann Gibbs, an agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Saccoccia’s role may be investigated during an East Ohio grand jury set to convene April 30. Ohio’s attorney general called for the grand jury to delve into whether additional charges should be filed in the high-profile rape case, in which the 16-year-old West Virginia girl was assaulted during a during a series ofdrunken parties Aug. 11 and 12 that were captured on cellphone photos and video and discussed in texts and tweets. High school football players Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, were found “delinquent,” the equivalent of a guilty verdict in juvenile court, on rape charges on March 17 after a four-day trial.
Meanwhile, news about Saccoccia’s contract extension has met with outrage across social media — although Steubenville School Superintendent Mike McVey told WTOV that it had nothing to do with Saccoccia’s coaching contract, in which he’s in year three of five. Still, anonline petition calling for Saccoccia’s ouster had accumulated more than 134,000 signatures by Tuesday morning.
The town’s obsession with football has been blamed for fostering a “rape culture” in which athletes could do no wrong. The victim’s mother told the New York Times that she believed the football players had received “preferential treatment.”
What did Saccoccia know — and when? Was he more interested in winning football games than with the rape of a teenage girl? I hope the grand jury can come up with satisfactory answers. Meanwhile, Saccoccia is innocent until proven guilty.
But remember: Winning football coaches don’t deserve a free pass to ignore what happens off the field. Think of Penn State’s Joe Paterno. Think of Notre Dame and Lizzy Seeberg.
Just after Steubenville Police had an encounter with a robbery suspect shooting at them over the weekend, they called a press conference to address the rising crime numbers.
On Monday afternoon, the FOP Lodge 1 held a press conference at the Steubenville Hampton Inn to address their growing concern over the crimes. President of the FOP, Jim Marquis, provided a list of all the criminal activity since the start of 2013.
It includes eight people who were shot, three people who were killed, 55 burglaries and 61 assault reports.
Marquis said in the press conference that this year law enforcement from Jefferson and surrounding counties have linked five drug overdose investigations to heroin purchases made in Steubenville.
Marquis said that the way to combat to growing crime is to increase their presence by having more officers.
He said in the past years the Steubenville Police Department has staffed with 50 officers and four dispatchers. Right now they are operating with 38 officers and three dispatchers, which is a 30 percent decrease.
“We are at bare bones now. I am afraid an officer is going to get inured or lose their life,” said Marquis.
The FOP expects city council to address their requests to add to their force at a normally scheduled Tuesday meeting.
Greetings citizens of the world and of Tarpon Springs, Florida. We are Anonymous.
Recently a young man in the Tarpon Springs community was charged with and arrested for the alleged rape of a young woman at a party. According to reports this girl was intoxicated and lacked the awareness to give consent.
After coming forward with her report, this young lady has been the victim of online bullying and shaming from classmates and others. This is unacceptable. In just the past several weeks we have seen this behavior lead to the suicide of the alleged victim of the crime. This will not happen again.
We have engaged #OpStopShaming.
While law enforcement continues its investigation we will be monitoring social media and other communication for attacks on this young woman. Attacks against her will be met with swift action.
We ask that the community and students allow the investigation to continue unimpeded and that those involved be treated fairly and with respect. If you refuse this request, then you can expect us.
Incidence of bullying and shaming can be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org or to @th3pr1est on Twitter.
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We are watching.
#opReno stage two. The times of Change.org petitions have long passed.
Good morning Steubenville School District, we are Anonymous. I’m sure you haven’t forgotten us.
It has been brought to our attention that sometime in course of the last two days, you have brazenly and defiantly given Steubenville High School football coach Reno Saccoccia a two-year contract extension. This comes in the light of a grand jury investigation which could see him punished for covering up a rape and destroying evidence. This also comes after Saccoccia used vulgar language with children and making light of the rape of Jane Doe, admitting to such on ABC’s 20/20.
- Reno Saccoccia will be removed from the coaching staff of the Big Red football team immediately.
- Reno Saccoccia will be removed from his position with the Steubenville Schools administration.
- The Steubenville School District will apologize for it’s brazen defiance of the wishes of the majority of citizens in Steubenville.
Until these demands are met, you can expect the following:
- We will begin to call not only the school district, but each individual school in the Steubenville district, demanding for Saccoccia’s removal. This could cause phone lines to become very busy, and cause an inconvenience for both the schools, the district, and potentially parents of students.
- We will weaponize media once again. They will descend upon your town, and any “return to normalcy” that you expected will be laughable.
- We will begin contacting each school that Big Red is scheduled to play in the fall football season. We will begin to demand that they withdraw from any games opposing the Big Red team.
Rape apology and potential cover-ups can not stand.
Football is not important. Humanity is.
Humanity will stand. Harding Stadium has stood for years as a Colosseum, distracting the citizens of Steubenville from widespread corruption, poverty, and depression. It shall fall.
Steubenville will rise from the ashes of the flames that have engulfed it, ignited by corruption, greed, and hero worship. Together we will help it to rebuild.
We Are Anonymous.
We Are Legion.
WE DO NOT FORGIVE.
We do not forget.
1. Go to WordPress.com and create a new blog. Use a names in the vein of “renosupportedrape” or “renotookcareofit.” In that blog, write a short paragraph on why you feel that Saccoccia should be fired. Nothing huge is necessary, maybe 200 words. Tweet the link to your blog out, using #opReno2. Link to any blogs that are created. This will create a “Google Bomb” of sorts that will forever tie the name Reno Saccoccia to rape.
2. Begin calling Steubenville Schools. Tell them that you demand that Reno Saccoccia is fired immediately, without pension, from any position of leadership in the Steubenville School district. This includes coaching the football team. Contact EACH school, and do so often. Encourage your friends to do the same. We do not want to potentially inconvenience parents in this way, but sustained pressure is extremely important, and the calls will cease when the demands above are met.
Steubenville High School
East Garfield Elementary
Pugliese Elementary School
3. Contact each of the schools below. Tell them that you are disgusted by Big Red and the Steubenville Schools decision to offer Reno Saccoccia a contract extension. Demand that they refuse to play against Big Red until Saccoccia has been permanently removed.
University City (Philadelphia) – (215) 387-5100
Woodrow Wilson HS (Beckley) – (304) 256-4646
Benedictine HS (Cleveland) – (216) 421-2080
Bishop Timon/St. Jude (Buffalo) – (716) 826-3610
Brooke HS (Follansbee) – (304) 527-1410
Washington HS (Massillon) – (330) 830-3901
Westinghouse HS (Pittsburgh) – (412) 665-3940
Ursuline HS (Youngstown) – (330) 744-4563
Morgantown HS (Morgantown) – (304) 291-9260
Buchtel High School (Akron) – (330) 761-7945
(CNN) – The longtime head football coach of Steubenville High School landed a contract extension this week, despite the rape controversy that gripped the small Ohio town and the nation.
Reno Saccoccia was granted a two-year extension by the local school board, Steubenville Superintendent Michael McVey said Monday.
The decision comes about a month after two star Steubenville High School football players were convicted for sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl.
The trial highlighted shocking examples of teenage alcohol use and crude text messaging. There were also whispers of the possibility of the assault being covered up by some in the football-crazed Rust Belt town
There is currently an online petition by those who feel the coach did not do enough to bring accused football players to justice. The petition, which calls for Saccoccia’s ouster, has more than 130,000 signatures.
Saccoccia’s contract extension is for his administrative duties and does not pertain to his coaching activities, McVey told CNN affiliate WTOV.
Saccoccia is in year three of his five-year coaching contract, the affiliate reported.
During the trial a text message was read that indicated that Saccoccia knew about the incident and his football players believed the coach would “take care of it,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper reported.
The coach told the newspaper that he had not known about the rape and had not discussed it with his players.
Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in a juvenile correctional facility. Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year, but like Mays, he could be in detention until he is 21.
But despite the verdict, the case is continuing.
Perhaps the most disturbing feature of the Steubenville High School rape trial involving several members of the school’s storied football team wasn’t the crime itself as much as everything that surrounded it. It was the 50 people who stood around and did nothing while an unconsious young woman was being carried around like a slab of beef. It was the adults in authority who seemed all too eager to push this under the rug until photos were displayed for the world to see and the justice system was shamed to act. It was those who threatened the life of the young woman for daring to press charges, requiring armed guards outside her family’s home.
Symbolic of this unholy marriage of jock culture and rape culture was the revered Big Red football coach Reno Saccoccia who didn’t seem to give a damn that his players could have treated a woman this way. Given Coach Saccoccia’s controversial behavior before and during the trial, which drew national scrutiny, many of us thought he at the very least would be shown the door after three decades of service. We all thought wrong. Today we learned that “Coach Sac”, as he is known, has been granted a two-year contract extension by the Steubenville school board. They made this decision despite the fact that a grand jury is meeting next week to assess whether he and others obstructed justice in the case. Saccoccia was legally required to report the sexual assault as soon as he was aware it took place. The grand jury will determine whether or not he in fact knew and tried to sweep it under the turf.
Whatever the conclusions of the grand jury, the question of whether Saccoccia should remain in a position to mold the minds of young men should not have been difficult to answer. Not when there are text message sent by now convicted team quarterback Trent Mays that read, “I got Reno. He took care of it and shit ain’t gonna happen, even if they did take it to court. Like he was joking about it so I’m not worried.” Not when, after the boys were arrested and charged, Saccocia kept them on the team for eight more games in their 10 game season. Not when Saccoccia went nose-to-nose with a woman reporter looking into the rape case andsaid, ”You’re gonna get yours. And if you don’t get yours, somebody close to you will”. Not when Coach Sac oversaw a locker room where the jock culture become inextricably connected to a rape culture.
When Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were convicted as juveniles of rape, I was glad because the message that would have been sent by their acquittal – being passed out equals consent – would have been deeply harmful. The message to extend Coach Sac‘s employment with grand jury deliberations hanging over his head is perhaps equally harmful. I spoke to a friend who is a rape counselor in DC and asked her what she thought of the decision First she erupted with a, “What the hell!” Then after a deep breath she said, “The school board chose to send a message. That message was that the health and continuity of the football team is more important than the health and safety of young women in that community. It’s a regrettable message and I truly hope they come to their senses. We’re all watching.”
One can almost pity the Steubenville school board because they still don’t get it. The demand for accountability and justice in Steubenville will not begin and end inside their school district. This is now a high school in the national spotlight because it’s become symbol of too many communities broken by the act of sexual violence and the bystanders who have looked the other way. Over 134,000 people have signed a petition at change.org, demanding that Saccocia be fired. Until Coach Sac is sacked, the spotlight will only get hotter.
As I was filing my research and documents away regarding Steubenville/Jefferson County its politics and history of corruption, your posts came online regarding much of the same information I had uncovered or alreay had in my files. So, rather than let the research and documentation go to waste, I have decided to set forth information which seems to coincide and affirm much of what you have posted. I will start with Steubenville/Jefferson County right after the second world war (1946) and provide you with some interesting documentation. Since some items are no longer availalabe to the general public, please note that what I say, therefore, must be considered a work of fiction. The views and expressions set forth below are purley those of the author. Any resemblence to any person alive or dead are purely coincidental. The expressions set forth are only opinion as protected by the 1st Amendment Right of Free Speech. Oppossing views are encouraged and welcomed. Any such opposing views and opinions should take precedence over my views and opinions, and such would constitute a retraction of my views and opinons.
THE TREE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE APPLES
(A working title)
In order to better understand the history of organized crime and corruption in Steubenville/Jefferson County, one should attempt to read a bood entitled TWELVE AGAINST THE UNDERWORLD by Norman E. Nygarrd published in 1947.
That book is available on reserve at the Steubenville Public Library and cannot be removed from the premises. It can, however, be photocopied at the libarary. It may also be available on microfilm.
The book entails and documents the struggle and attempts of 12 ministers to “clean up” the organized crime elements in Steubenville/Jefferson County. Author Nygaard was born in 1897 and died in 1971. Obviously, he had a great deal of knowledge about Steubenville.
Unfortuanately, the organized crime and corruption never ended in Steubenville/Jeffeson County although the names and faces of those involved changed. Usually, however, the same “families” through the generations continued in the traditions left by their fathers.
With this setting in mind, on February 12, 1932 a man named Hugo Alexander, a graduate of Ohio State University Law School was admitted as a lawyer to the Ohio State Bar. He set up his practice in Steubenville, Ohio. His offices were run out of Steubenville’s City Annex Bldg, now since destroyed.
Attorney Alexander became a powerful legal and political force in the City of Steubenville. He had his hands in and on everything. He was known throught Ohio and the United States as a great lawyer, strategist and ran an organization feared by all. In all the time he was involved in various ventures and legal matters in Steubenville and Jefferson County, he was always able to avoid any sanctions or repercussions from his peers in the organized Ohio Bar. Only one time were they forced to show any concern over him and that was on October 15, 1975 when he received a “public reprimand” from the Ohio Supreme Court.
Attorney Alexander was once the powerful chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic party. He was also once the elected Jefferson County Proscuting Attorney, a part-time position, which permitted him to maintain his law practice and other ventures. Attorney Alexander was the delegate to the 1956 Democratic National Convention from the then 18th Congressional District. Wayne L. Hayes was the long time congressman from that district which included Jefferon County. (The history of Wayne L. Hayes is readily available on the internet. That history is merely one more chapter of the envinroment in existence then (and now) in this section of Eastern Ohio.
Attorney Alexander amassed a fortune during his tenure as the Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairman and his time as a lawyer. Some of his holdings include incorporations of the following business ventures: The Home Coal Co., incorporated January 31, 1946; The Coffee Club, incorporated June 5, 1953; Wisna Industries, Inc., incorporated February 6, 1978;Oho Valley Coal Co., incorporated April 3, 1981; Ohio Valley Land Develpment,Inc. incorporated April 28, 1980; Plaza of Ohio, Inc. incorporaed February 9, 1978; The Catholic Central Boosters Association of Steubenville, Inc., incorporatged on March 31, 1947; Peak and Co., incorporated on February 6 , 1978; Demestic Petroleum Corp., incorporated November 19, 1973; Ft. Steuben Associates, incorporated October 15, 1975; Four State Mining and Fuel Co., incorporated July 29, 1977; Alexander Development Co., Inc. Incorporated August 8, 1957; Anko Co., incorporated July 27, 1949; Better Brands Bee Distributers, Inc. incorporated June 20, 1957.
Attorney Alexander purchased an old and abonded race track and its land in Steubenville Ohio commonly known at the time as Buddies Field. He developed that area into an upscale residential neighborhood known as Alexander Manner.
If, in the “organized activity” field, Mr. Alexander was the Captain, he always surrounded himself with willing Lts. anxious to do his bidding and get in on the action. Anyone that wanted a job with the Democratic controlled county needed to get his approval.
In 1947, Joseph J. Bruzzese, Sr. graduated Ohio Northern Law School and was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio. He came to Steubenville and set up a private practice of law. He became associated with Attorney Alexander and attempted to follow in his footsteps. He ingraned himself in the Democratic Party machine and was rewarded for his loyalty. He never, however, rose above a loyal Lt. in the organization. He was always a wanna-be.
Attorney Bruzzese Sr. purchased a home on Fourth Street in Steubenville, Ohio across from the Carnegie (now Steubenville) Public Libarary where he raised his family, including two sons, Frank and Joseph, Jr. He became very active in local politics but never seemed to reach the pinacles of elected office. In 1980, his younger son, Joseph Jr. was elected a part-time county court judge.
Attorney Bruzzese Sr. attempted political office himself in approximately 1984 when he ran for Jefferson County Probate/Juvenile Judge upon the retirement of long serving Judge John R. Spon.
The plan, at the time, was for Attorney Bruzzese, Sr. to be elected to that six year position, serve one term, increase his public employees retirement benefits with a large judicial salary and then help orchestrate the election of county court Judge Samuel Kerr to that position.
Joseph J. Bruzzese, Sr., however lost the democratic primary, which included a large field, to an attorney named Gary Hallock. Hallock became a marked man and in the next election six years later, the “organization” was able to defeat Hallock and have Samuel Kerr elected.
Bruzzese, Sr., however, did not want for extra income through his connections with the democratic party. He was appointed to a well paying taxpayer supported environmental agency run by democratic political cronnies. He was placed on the payroll as their attorney, a position which required no work but good pay. That agency called The North Ohio Valley Air Authority went up in smoke and dismanded after it was discovered by federal authorities that it was shrouded in corruption and kick- backs.
The director of that agency, Richard Canestrao, the former Jefferson County Auditor and a former Jefferson County Democratic Chairman was convicted of federal crimes along with various other individuals, one of whom was the democratic nominee for Jefferson County Commmissioner in the past 2012 general election. The Canestraro case can be found in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. RICHARD W. CANESTRARO, 282 F. 3d 427.
Keeping in mind that THE TREE (PATRIARCH) DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE APPLES (SONS) a few incidents involving Bruzzese Jr. are worth mentioning.
When Bruzzese, Jr. joined his father’s law firm, that firm, and in particular, Jr took on a client named Joseph Scugozo who sought to open a landfill in Jefferson County, Ohio known as CrossRidge Landfill. Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. was relentless in his representation of Mr. Scugozo. To this day, Mr. Scugozo and CrossRidge Landfill are in court proceedings brought by the Ohio Attorney General and others for violation of Ohio’s Evironmental Laws. A check of the recent Jefferson County Ohio Court docket will reveal the pending actions and decisions on those matters.
Interesting to note, one Common Pleas Judge that is hearing the attorney general’s compliants and lawsuits against Scugozo and CrossRidge is Common Pleas Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. There has been no stepping aside by him based upon prior representation or conflicts. As a matter-of-fact, during one recent hearing Mr. Scugozo appeared on a contempt matter without an attorney. The Judge, his former attorney, took him and the representative from th A.G.’s office into his chambers and worked out a deal.
The relationship of Scugozo, landfills, organized crime and attorneys who have helped them is set forth in a book called SPACE, TIME AND ORGANIZED CRIME, Second Addition by Alan R. Block, copyright 1994. On page 237 of the book, the following is written:
“OHIO PROVIDES A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF ORGANIZED CRIMINALS MOVING WEST FROM NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH NEW DUMPING SITES. IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN 1988, OHIO’S ATTORNEY GENERAL ANTHONY J. CELEBREZZE, JR. EXPOSED MOTHODS EMPLOYED BY A MAJOR NEW JERSEY RACKETEER TO OBTAIN A LANDFILL SITE IN HIS STATE. THROUGH THE USE OF A “FRONT MAN” AND LOCAL OHIO ATTORNEYS, RACKETEER JOSPH SCUGOZO BOUGHT THE CROSSRIDGE LANDFILL IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, OHIO.”
In 1981, Joseph, Jr. became a county court judge. In 1986, an attorney from Dillonvale, Ohio named Larry Booth challenged him in the general election. Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. won the election. Attorney Larry Booth has paid the price of such arrogance in challenging the “machine” and barely survives to this day on his private law practice.
When Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. decided to run for election in 1996 for the seat being vacated by retired Common Pleas Judge Domichk E. Olivito, he found no opposition except for a well respected attorney named Casimire Adulewicz. Adulewicz, the more experience attorney and a long time former assistant prosecuting attorney, was a court magistrate for Common Pleas Judge John J. Mascio, Sr. and also a court magistrate for Juvenile Judge Samuel Kerr.
Upon learning that Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. was facing opposition, Common Pleas Judge John J. Mascio, Sr. gave Attorney Adulewicz an ultimatum. Don’t run against Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. for common pleas court or lose your job as a magistrate. Attorney Adulewicz ran for the office and was immediately dischargeD as the magistrate of Judge Mascio.
Judge Mascio is another story in itself. He was the former law director for the City of Steubenville until he was elected Common Pleas Judge in 1984. In the election just prior for Common Pleas Judge, Mascio was challenged for law director by an attorney named Anthony DiCarlintonio. Mascio, the long term law director was almost beat by newcomer DiCarlintonio.
DiCarlintonio became law director after Mascio took the bench. DiCarlinto was later convicted in Federal Court along with the Steubenville Fire Chief for taking kick-backs. He was disbarred.
Mascio has been publicly reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court for his conduct while serving as a Common Pleas Court Judge.
One other revealing matter as to the Tree Not Falling Far From the Apples can be found in the cse of DREAMA DUNN v. JUDGE JOSEPH J. BRUZZESE, JR. found in 172 Ohio App. 3d 320 decided in 2007.
The Facts of the case set forth in the Appellate Court Opinion state in part: “In 1983, Dunn began working as a legal secretary in Judge Bruzzese’s law firm. During this time, she was assigned as the legal secretary to four of the firm’s six attorneys, including Judge Bruzzese. Prior to Dunne’s employment at the firm, Judge Bruzzese was elected to a part-time judicial position on the Jeffeson County Court.” When Dunn expressed a desire for better benefits, in 1991, Judge Bruzzese made her a part-time employee of the county court system as his secretary, in part to prevent her from finding another job. Over the course of her employment with the law firm, Judge Bruzzese complimented her work and told her he always wanted her to be his secretary.”
IN OTHER WORDS, AS REVEALED IN OFFICIAL COURT DOCUMENTS, JUDGE BRUZZESE USED THE POWER AND INFLUENCE OF HIS JUDICIAL OFFICE TO USE TAXPAYER MONEY TO KEEP HIS PRIVATE PRACTICE LEGAL SECRETARY.
IT SAYS IT IN BLACK AND WHITE. Why not criminal charges for unlwaful interest in a public contract against Bruzzese? Why no disciplinary investigation? Why no reporting by the county auditor of improper payments. Dunn was a part-time secretary in name only in the county court only to receive extra salary and benefits (hospitalization, retirement, etc.)for staying with Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. and his law frim. The whole law firm is guilty of theft of public money.
The case goes on to explain the relationship between Dunn and Bruzzese. “IN NOVEMBER 1996, Judge Bruzzese ws elected to the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas, and Dunn became his judicial secretary. * * * During Dunn’s employment at the courthouse, Judge Bruzzese complimented her abilities and told her he always wanted her to be his secretary.”
The case goes on to report the alleged dysfunctional relationship that developed between Dunn and Bruzzese and delves into whether or not her eventaul firing by Bruzzese was justified Can you guess on whose side Judge Bruzzese’s brethren judges took?
Despite what is written or said in the court opinion, in reality (of course only opinion) everone knew that the two had a relationship that was more than secretary and employer. Have you ever seen the movie Fatal Attraction with Glen Close? The two had constant “hissy” fits. When it came time to pull the plug (on the job, not in their bathtub) it was not hard to find “witnesses” to testify against Drema Dunn and in favor of Judge Bruzzese. I wonder if any of those witnesses would have been former law partners of the Judge.
And so, the above would simply be the forward to the Book–THE TREE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE APPLES. After the dedication pages and disclaimers, the book would then go into more chapters about Steubenville/Jefferson County and its history of corruption, conflicts and cohorts.
But alas, that book won’t be written, because, it would entail thousands of pages and hundreds of chapters. Also, in reality, in Steubenville and Jefferson County, who cares. The bar association and public officials would surround the wagons and have public gatherings, protests and picknicks proclaiming SAVE OUR LAWYERS. Perhaps, even the Steubenville High School marching band could be there to play ROLL RED ROLL music.
Maybe centuries from now Charleton Heston and a crew from his space ship will crash land in what was once Steubenville and discover documents relative to the area. Unfortunately, unlike to movies, he will not find any evidence of intelligence.
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BETHEL PARK, Pa. – A 70-year-old man has been jailed on charges he made a bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of a Pittsburgh-area mall, but claims it was a joking remark that’s been blown out of proportion.
Frank Zahler, of Castle Shannon, blames his arrest on “hoity, toity kids” to whom he made the remarks in a Barnes & Noble bookstore at the South Hills Village Mall in Bethel Park after 6 p.m. Sunday.
That’s where police say Zahler asked some other customers to watch his briefcase, then joked it contained some explosives relating to the Boston Marathon. The customers alerted the store’s manager, who called police who, in turn, alerted a bomb squad and evacuated the mall.
Zahler tells reporters, “In my day, we would have laughed it off, you know? There’s no hope.”
By Macy McMaster – email
A man has been arrested on charges of robbery and attempted murder Saturday evening in Steubenville.
Devon Jones-Hill, 18, of Steubenville was arrested after a robbery at the 1500 Block of Maryland Street.
According to Chief Bill McCafferty, police arrived on scene at about 5:25 p.m. Saturday.
The suspect then pulled out a gun and began firing at officers.
Steubenville police then fired back at the man, before he ran off on foot.
As a result, police arrested Jones-Hill on one count of robbery and two counts of attempted murder.
Jones-Hill is lodged at the Steubenville Justice Center.
The shooting will be investigated by the Ohio BCI and the Robbery will be investigated by the Steubenville police department.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio —
The Fraternal Order of Police is calling for a press conference to address concerns over the growing violence in Steubenville, following a shootout involving police Saturday.
The FOP will hold the meeting Monday at 2 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in Steubenville.
The press conference is closed to the public, but NEWS9 cameras will be there.
Members said they also plan to discuss personnel concerns.
Stick with NEWS9 and WTOV9.com for the very latest on this story.
**An FOP “press conference” closed to the public?
Recently, in the comment section of this blog, WTOV9 and the Herald Star have been accused of doing softball interviews with Jane Hanlin and other prominent people who hold leadership positions in the community.
Well, actually Eric Minor of WTOV9 and Mark Law of the Herald Star have been accused of possessing less than aggressive journalistic talent when it comes to certain people.
If what we’re reading in comments is true – then softball interview is a glamorous term for cotton ball interview.
Have each of these 2 fellows actually been called the cotton ball man or worse?
You nailed it Mrs. Lulla and you should be congratulated! High 5′s and all for you!
Your key words here are “Did ur parents teach u better?” and I know this is straight from your heart! I know you of all people tolerate no lies and have been the first to teach ur kids better. If only other parents, in your community, had taught their kids better… well, you know… the social media thing.
I believe that is a message you could share in your community. Maybe even become a public speaker and hold seminars at high schools, churches, beer joints, etc.! Especially high schools. Since their parent’s didn’t teach them better – I believe you are the woman for the job!
Hollywood, FL – A local man, Eddie Shitstain Boyle has announced he will bring down websites RadioNewz and Jib Jab.
Mr. Boyle accidentally found himself in a conflict with RadioNewz and then jumped to the conclusion he could worm information out of Jib Jab about that site. Since Jib Jab won’t have a clue as to who made the video he is offended over – he will then have to bring down Jib Jab!
This news service spoke to Jib Jab about the video in question. We were informed they did look into the matter and found out who ever made that video had rolled their IP so many times all it said was “I’m a tootsie roll” and “kiss my ass”!
Here is the video at the center of this controversy!
Facebook “Rape Crew” Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/351731611559409/
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REAL ANONYMOUS from across the pond can not speak for themselves – ask a luzer like Murt to do it for them. LMAO!! Sure!!
Well this was highly amusing to wake up to. Even Carol thinks Holly is a joke and a half and told me Holly is trying to contact her. Next time you might want to make sure I don’t share a mutual friend with her before you go dragging someone who is fairly high profile into your drama. I’m done here! (And FYI: that’s NOT my number, I’m with Bell’s wireless phone service now, but good try.)
Steubenville, Ohio is located in
Stepford Jefferson County. There seem to be some issues there concerning the school board. At least with some.
I’ve decided to let them have their say on the front of the blog.
So, here we go…
Ohio Ethics Commission
Reported Friday, April 12, 2013 on WBNS TV , Columbus, Ohio
OHIO ETHICS COMMISISON INVESTIGATES COLUMBUS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
“Documents show that ethics investigators are looking into a series of contracts…“
How are Steubenville School Board Members immune from investigation into illegal contracts when Columbus School Board Members are not.
Shouldn`t Attorney General Mike DeBruzzese look into this.
Radio–I don`t know how to do it, but the 10TV.com story may be an intereting post here for comparison purposes.
Eric Minor (WTOV) and Mark Law (Herald Star Newspaper)–maybe this is a real story for you. Check with the Ohio Ethics Commission, find out the law, learn of the violations and then conduct softball interviews with school board members Bruzzesse and Agresta and former member Hanlin. I can`t spoon feed you any better. Maybe when you then spoon feed the Steubenville School Board members on this issue, you won`t use their silver spoon.
For Eric Minor (WTOV) and Mark Law (Herald Star Newspaper).
Open your mouths and I will spoon feed you your starting point for the story above. Go to google. Type in Ohio Ethics Commission. Browse down until you find the following:
Restrictions on Nepotism or Hiring Family Members-Ethics Commission Information Sheet #1 (Revised March 2006)
There, now your story is half done. What’s that? You have more important news to report? Oh! The Women’s Club is having a Spring Style Show? The daffodiles are beginning to bloom? The annual Herald Star Spelling Bee is coming? Rotary is having a guest speaker at the YWCA to talk about penguins in the Artic? Sorry to trouble you!
In that case, then one more potential crime the Attorney General or a “special prosecutor” should look into.
Family Members: Joseph J. Bruzzese, Judge, Lisa Bruzzese, Wife, Ruth Ann Bruzzese, sister-in-law,
Business associates: Frank Bruzzese, Jane Hanlin, Emanuela Agresta (brother-in-law on school board)
Section 2921.42 OHIO REVISED CODE
HAVING AN UNLAWFUL INTEREST IN A PUBLIC CONTRACT
`No public official (school board members are public officials) shall knowingly do any of the following: (1) Authorize, or employ the authority or influence of the public official`s office to secure authorization of any public contract in which the public official, a member of the public official`s family, or any of the public officials business associates has an interest.`
Whoever violates this section is guilty of a felony of the fourth degree.
It looks like Jane Hanlin now has to go to a common pleas judge, presumably Judge Bruzzese who she went to in the rape case, and ask for the attorney general`s office be appointed to investigate her, her family and her business associates. She knows the procedure now.
If she does this within the next ten days, the Attorney General could bring this matter to the rest of the Steubenville Grand Jury corruption issues set for April 30, 2013.
I won`t hold my breath though. I`ll wait to see and hear Jane Hanlin`s spin through Eric Minor of WTOV or Mark Law of the Herald Star.
Why hasn`t anyone else ever brought this relationship to light.
What else is out there. Is there a Bruzzese that has been hired to change the score board at Harding Stadium during the Roll-Red-Roll games. Is there a hidden Bruzzese custodian at the High School cleaning the locker rooms after wrestling practice. He may not be smelling the dirty towels, but something about about all these dirty relationships stinks.
Lisa Bruzzese is associated with Steubenville City School District and holds several roles such as Purchasing Director and Finance. Lisa Bruzzese has 26 known relationships including Jayme Powming, Mike Bowman and Richard R. Anallo and is located in Steubenville, OH.
|Source:||Dun & Bradstreet last refreshed 3/1/2013|
Ruth Anne Bruzzese is associated with Steubenville City School District with the role of School Board President. Ruth Anne Bruzzese has 26 known relationships including Jayme Powming, Mike Bowman and Richard R. Anallo and is located in Steubenville, OH.
|Source:||Dun & Bradstreet last refreshed 3/1/2013|
- Two-year administrative contracts for Charles Kokiko, administrator; Bryan Mills, assistant middle school principal; Reno Saccoccia, director of administrative services; Joseph Yanok, middle school principal; Melinda Young, director of programs; and Sara Elliot, school psychologist.