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    "Quote Of The Day" on PR spin to make commissioners appear more financially savvy than they are
    "I listened to Vicites on the radio yesterday. I listened to Zimmerlink last week. Lohr stopped the distributions because he said figures were wrong.
    They paid the firm a lot to audit 2017. The firm last week said their audit of 2017 will be completed in July... but Vicites said the tax sales for 2017 and
    2018 are squared away. Who are they kidding? They might have enough money to pay everything off only because the county's solution is to deduct
    an extra 5 percent for county expenses. That's five percent less that creditors and school districts get. Why? To make the commissioners appear more
    financially savvy than they are and get them out of a tax increase jam. "
    Dave, rambling this morning at the diner


    Dippy eggs, bacon up
    RAVES to having no distractions, no phones ringing off the hook this morning, to thoroughly enjoy today's breakfast of twice annually allowed dippy
    eggs and bacon. So what if it were still the same whole grain toast that usually tastes like cardboard!

    It was still the long-anticipated, twice annually observed Dippy Eggs and Bacon Day here, before tomorrow's return of the cup of veggies in an egg
    white or Egg Beaters fat-free cheese omelet.

    RAVES to sometimes savoring the grease... every drop of it. (15 Jun 19)

    DoubleV: tax sale tab might be "far less" than $1.7 million
    Fayette Commissioner Vince Vicites told am talk radio today that the county's property tax sale account may actually be owed "far less" than the
    previously mentioned $1.7 million dollars from the county's general fund. That's good news.

    But, RANTS, because we still did not get assurance that 100% of the money for all the years that needs to be distributed to creditors, school districts
    and municipalities sits in county accounts ready to be transferred to tax claims for the distribution. (14 Jun 19)


    Proposed legislation ticks Fay administrators off
    RAVES to Senator Pat Stefano for pushing again to humanize people, by reintroducing legislation to decrease travel time standard from 60 minutes to
    30 minutes, for out-patient methadone treatment for both urban and rural areas. Read More.

    "Quote Of The Day" on an alleged political rival from a different race
    "Commissioner Vicities' personal hatred of me for refusing to 'help him out' regarding his wife's prior court ordered costs and fines, which I have no
    authority to do, spilled out in "payback" as lies regarding my work ethic..."
    Janice Snyder, Fayette County Clerk of Courts, ranting on social media today, about Vicites and the fact that the daughter of Tim Dye, the
    democratic candidate for clerk of courts, is "recommended for a top non-union, higher salaried position," as Budget and Purchasing Manager;
    Snyder, pointing out that, "coincidentally" the position was vacated over six weeks ago, but no interviews or recommendations were made until
    after the primary election;
    Snyder, not commenting why she hasn't commented sooner about her claim that Vicites asked for inappropriate manipulation of his wife's court
    ordered costs or fines, as we assume this might have happened long ago... but, nonetheless, we still believe Snyder


    Growing stink in the air?
    Hot Topic: Fay 's Property Tax Sale revenue
    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note of serious caution that there seems to be a growing stink in the air in Fay that a quick breeze from the north
    might not clear out any time soon. Read More.


    Fay's babies 3xs more likely born addicted
    RANTS, that what started out as good news, too quickly turned heartbreakingly sad for Fayette County.

    In "Report: Fewer opioid babies," in today's Tribune Review, we learned that, state-wide, fewer babies are being born addicted to drugs (14.4 per
    1,000 births).


    However, a few paragraphs into the story, RANTS for the crushing news that Fayette County alone has as many babies born addicted to drugs (49.7
    per 1,000 births) requiring ongoing hospitalization as the three nearby counties of Allegheny (16 per 1,000), Westmoreland (17.3 per 1,000) and
    Washington (16.1 per 1,000) combined.

    RANTS that babies born to Fay parents are nearly three times more likely born addicted to drugs than babies born to parents from anywhere else in
    the state. How pathetically tragic and sad is that consequence of, or direct result of, political corruption? (4 Jun 19)


    Posse needs another week to find $3 million?
    DoubleV, Lohr delay county meeting one week
    RANTS that the county agenda meeting, originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, will be delayed for one week and held on June 18, at the
    commissioners tiny meeting room in the courthouse.

    RAVES of hope that in the meantime, the well-paid county contracted fiscal gurus can figure out what's really up with county finances, and if it's time
    to bite the bullet and announce tax increases.

    We can dream, no? (4 Jun 19)  


    "Quote Of The Day" on Zimmerlink's letter to the editor
    "Their claims of fiscal responsibility, efficiency, running county government like a business are just words. Taking vendor campaign contributions and
    getting re-elected are their concerns."
    Fayette County Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink, on social media introducing her published letter to the editor, addressing fellow Commissioners
    Vince Vicites and Dave Lohr, still not telling us more about the "outside assistance" that she in a two-week old statement said she sought, to help her
    get the $5 million from county property tax sales all into the right account, ready for distribution to school districts and municipalities;

    Zimmerlink, introducing her letter to the editor, who said that "an internal audit done by the Controllers Office reported that the $3 million dollar balance
    was used for General Fund tax sale purposes," but still not telling us more about what those pricey expenses were;

    Zimmerlink, possibly, keeping those details close because she must, or perhaps because she does not know specifics about expenses and only that $3
    million hasn't been deposited into its special account by law... but, in the meantime, not putting minds to rest, since:

    the controller said in April there was $1,620,873.93 in the county general fund, down from $7,719,785.37 in January of this year, compared to
    $1,402,680.50 in March, and $3,020,875.30, in February


    Inmate tablets passed out at county jail
    RAVES that some of the tablets at the county jail have been passed out to inmates and detainees this past week. While none can access local
    newspapers or local media, they can call their families and see everyone in the room for 15 minutes, at a cost of about $3.50.

    RANTS that after one day, music was limited to listening with ear phones, so sharing music with others who cannot afford the cost came to a stop. (1
    Jun 19)


    "Quotes Of The Day" as DoubleV's on long holiday
    "So has that Million Dollar Accountant come across the $3 million dollars not deposited into the county tax sale account for the $5 million in payments
    long overdue to school districts and municipalities?"
    The gist of the emails in this blog's mailbag since Fayette County Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink started blogging about her efforts over a few
    years to get the county-issued checks mailed out, from proceeds of property tax sales tax sales mailed;
    the gist of recent emails in R&R mailbag, referring, of course, to the  nearly $1 million paid by Fayette County commissioners to the fiscal gurus at
    Susquehanna Accountants since 2016  

    "They're good accountants but they're not magicians who can pull $3 million dollars from thin air and magically appear."
                        More of the mailbag gist

    "DoubleV should ask each of those 7,556 who voted for him to donate $397.03 to the county's property tax sale fund to make up for the $3 million he
    and his second vote probably misspent because of their poor budgeting and leadership skills."
                        The mailbag gist of possibly the only viable solution, since the psychic says the $3 million is gone



    How much will Fay's bill be?
    Bucks County hit to pay $68M jail court verdict
    RAVES of sincere hope that the high courts this week were on crack or something, when Bucks County got slapped in damages with a $68 Million
    dollar verdict over allowing public access to online inmate information.

    In a class action suit over Bucks' online prison inmate locater service, allowing public access to browse mug shots, names, dates of birth, charges,
    incarceration dates, etc., the high court ruled that the county violated privacy of 67,000 charged and housed at the county jail from 1938 to 2013.  


    While we break out in happy dance to learn that one particular man, whose 1998 charges later were withdrawn and expunged, received justice this
    week because he, a few years after his incarceration,  was informed that his mug shot and information about the criminal charges were never
    removed from the county jail's online inmate locater tool when his case was expunged.

    We, too, would break out in happy dance, also, for the possible few more, who later found themselves in that man's shoes, outed when applying for
    jobs or credit.


    But how can we not think that the higher court is on crack when it ordered $1,000 to be paid to each of the 67,000 persons incarcerated in Bucks
    County from 1938 to 2013?


    Sure, we in Fay, on the other hand, can sit a bit prettier if slapped with such a class action suit, only because there's no way county staff here ever
    worked quickly enough to duplicate prison records online back to a way back year of 1938, as Bucks' efficients did.



    And, we in Fay, can also breathe a little easier that our online county prison inmate locater tool often did not work. The county could easily track
    public comments on social media of how often people complained that they could not access the inmate locater tool.

    The county, additionally, could have some documentation to fair better than Bucks did in a verdict against it, since even places such as Rants&Raves,
    at one time, had a reader contest to guess how many days or months it would take for Fay to correct mug shots to match the right inmate locater file.


    Fay's inmate locater tool often did not work. That's the good news.  (29 May 19)

    References:
    http://www.chrialitigation.com/
    https://www.philly.com/news/bucks-county-violated-criminal-records-information-act-federal-jury-class-action-lawsuit-taha-20190529.html
    https://www.phillyvoice.com/bucks-county-inmates-jail-violating-criminal-records-act/




    "Quote Of The Day"
    "So without getting the ability to bill county Medicaid, this newer clinic would have to have a rush of upwardly bound, professionals or high earning
    laborers, who can afford to pay cash for their therapy sessions and Methadone or Suboxone treatment medication review appointments and want to
    work toward being completely drug free without relapse?"
    Dave's mom, asking at the diner and then gasping when she watched the video linked below

    "Yes, Rants&Raves asked Vicites on May 19 to provide the documentation he has that (Stephen) Shaner no longer owns and/or no longer is affiliated
    with Polaris Renewal. He's a Perryopolis clinic owner under federal indictment and arrest for business out of county... And, no, Vicites has not
    provided that documentation."
    Moi, replying to Dave's mom's next question
     


    Or delay to try even harder to influence an election?
    HSBS 13-day delay in this digital age
    RANTS that heraldstandard.com just today published 13-day-old quotes and story about New Season*, a Uniontown methadone clinic that Fayette
    County Commissioners Vince Vicites and Dave Lohr block from obtaining a county behavioral health Medicaid provider number necessary to provide
    therapy and medications to treat opioid addiction.

    These digital days, there's no good reason to delay publication of such a key issue. RANTS most of all, however, that even 13 days delayed, the story
    offers no documentation which county officials claim justifies blocking New Season, in an issue which may have swayed votes if published even, say,
    six days ago. Read More.



    Posse search for missing $3 million tax sale money?
    DoubleV, Lohr et al cancel prison board meeting
    RANTS that two county commissioners, ignoring last week's flack about $3 million not deposited into the county property tax sale account, are part of
    the vast majority of county prison board members unavailable to meet Wednesday.

    Neither County Commissioners Vince Vicites nor Dave Lohr, and neither the county sheriff nor the district attorney, are available for the monthly
    prison board meeting. As a result, the monthly prison board meeting is cancelled.

    RAVES of hope that the four gentlemen seeking re-election and cancelling the prison board meeting, use the time to retrieve roadside political signs
    or locate a good psychic to help Vicites and Lohr figure out what happened to the $3 million not deposited into the county property tax sale account.

    Over $5 million taken in during property sales was to be dispersed to school districts and municipalities, from 2010 through 2017. Only $2.5 million of
    it is accounted for in a property tax claim department account. Speaking of which...

    Zimmerlink adds more on the MIA $3 million
    RANTS that two years have passed since Vicites and Lohr stopped the dispersal of funds collected during property tax sales, after the first audit
    indicated correct amounts were to be dispersed to school districts and municipalities.

    "It was then in Nov 2017 that commissioners Vicites and Lohr pulled the distribution, saying they believed there were miscalculations done by the
    county solicitor and tax claim office," said Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink this week.

    "An internal audit for years 2010-2011 was requested and completed (in) June of  2018," she said, adding for clarification that "a prior audit was done
    for years 2006-2009 in March of 2011. "

    Again, then, in June of 2018, Zimmerlink said she " broached the subject for distributions of 2011-2017."




    "In Sept of 2018,  the other  2 commissioners voted to have  Zelenkofse & Axelrod do an audit for year 2017," although Zimmerlink added that the
    duo's agreement "is actually dated Aug 24, 2018."

    The cost for the Zelenkofske Axelrod audit for one year, as per the agreement, was $13,000-$17,000, she said. Although nine months have passed,
    and the bill, undoubtedly, was presented long ago, the audit has still not been provided -- at least, not to Zimmerlink.



    RAVES of hope that Vicites and Lohr soon come clean to the public about why the $3 million was not deposited into a special account for dispersal to
    school districts and municipalities, and why none of the $5 million total collected was ever dispersed. Turn-around time usually is about 18 months
    from the time of a property tax sale until dispersal.

    Given that the county still must purchase pricey voting machines soon, that the jail project cries waiting, that newly named chiefs of staff need
    needless jobs created under their titles... and that the $5 million in property tax sale money is certainly nothing new to them, Lohr and Vicites need to
    explain to citizens how they plan on juggling it all.

     
    RAVES of hope that  the public turns up to ask about the $5 million or calls the commissioners unwilling to talk about it. God knows that, to date, the
    media certainly hasn't formed a rush line to inquire about this matter. (26 May 19)




    Early Election morning "Quotes Of The Day"
    "In some uncontested races where I don't respect the name on the ballot, I will write in names to amuse myself and those at the election bureau who
    tabulate votes."
    Pete's grandmother, possibly the oldest voting Fay resident around, naming her picks

    "Jake Ely for county commissioner. He seems capable of doing the job and unlikely to tolerate shenanigans like this (expletives galore) $3 million
    dollars in payments the county held onto and absorbed into its general fund instead of paying schools and small, struggling boroughs their share of
    the $5 million total they're long overdue."
    Grandma, on a roll, stopping to ask whether anything panned out on the claim late last week that someone on today's ballot for a county office was
    pulled over for DUI and quietly let go... not believing it appears to be a vicious rumor, incidentally... then returning to her election picks

    "Jake doesn't seem that he would tolerate a female commissioner being excluded from a county agreement like the one that Vicites and Lohr drew up
    last week for the loan for Mt. Macrina. Out of all of them, Jake and Ms. Glad seem that they could work well together to make Fayette an honest and
    better county. I hope neither of them gets corrupt if they win."
    Grandma, returning to her election picks, but refusing to discuss those comical names she'll write in in uncontested races where she wishes she had a
    choice...  confirming, when asked, that she is not Jake or Elise Glad's grandma, and turning her attention to a Dave Lohr supporter to ask if he realizes
    how funny it is that Lohr's dream for Fay relies so much on expansion of the local airport

    School districts, municipalities left waiting
    Commish: Fay keeps property sale funds, misuses $3 Million of it
    RANTS, as a county commissioner states that the county misspent $3 Million dollars, targeted from the sale of property at tax claim sales to be
    distributed to school districts and municipalities, instead, by funnelling the money into the county's general fund.

    "A county should not sell properties and retain the proceeds from the sales," Fayette County Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink said on her blog, "$5
    million tax sale fund needs distributed but where’s $3 million of it?"

    She said that an internal audit done by the Controllers Office reported that the $3 million dollar balance was used for General Fund tax sale purposes.


    "It was not supposed to be used in that manner.  Why was it used in that manner?  The county offices followed the procedure outlined by the paid
    financial consultant who has been the paid financial consultant for years," Zimmerlink said.

    Despite repeated meetings and emails, distributions of the property sale funds are not timely made.

    "I have the documentation. I have also sought outside assistance to help me," she said of the stalled dispersal of funds that she wants dispersed.  

    "No wonder the two commissioners (Vince) Vicites and (Dave) Lohr report to the voters, the taxpayers, that they have 'balanced the budget' and work
    'diligently daily on the budget' and 'review line item by line item'... They use and still use monies from the sales fund for other sales fund expenses
    which is not permitted, as per the commissioner.

    Zimmerlink was asked for more details, including any documentation that she said she has asking for the property tax sale funds to be dispersed to
    the school districts. More to come. (20 May 19)  

    DA political sign on the bypass?
    RAVES that all other candidates with signs did not join Fayette County District Attorney Rich Bower in parking one next to his in the grass  along the
    four-lane Rt. 119 bypass, right behind PennDOT, on public owned property.

    RAVES that only he and another incumbent, with signs in the middle of highway divider islands, fail to understand the basic rules. (21 May 19)


    While mountain EMS station closed
    Pennies short: $1 M county tax dollars paid to financial consultant
    RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANTS!

    Since the voting public was well aware that two county commissioners filed bankruptcies one or more times in their personal businesses or personal
    lives, it was a given that the financially challenged duo should trust finance planning and budgeting to more fiscally sound minds.  

    However, given that the bankrupt commissioners have in a little over three years -- i.e., the duo of Commissioner Vince Vicites and Dave Lohr,
    through March of 2019 -- paid their consultant nearly $1 million dollars for budget preparation, as per Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink in her blog
    piece, "Nearly $1 million of county tax dollars paid to the financial consultant," the public now realizes the duo's need for help was sadly
    underestimated.


    RANTS that so much county money is wasted when Fay cannot provide a mountain based emergency medical service station, requiring mountain
    residents, mountain tourism businesses and tourists to have delays in receiving ambulances and emergency medical help in a crisis.

    We knew Vicites and Lohr needed close financial guidance, but the outrageous tab paid to the financial guru is unreal and, unfortunately, probably
    nowhere near the max it will grow to, through the end of 2019. (19 May 19)


    "Quote Of The Day"from a former Catholic school student who doesn't want the nuns one day to
    be taken to the cleaners by possible county development
    "I hope the Sisters have a good planner working for their best interests. I understand this loan they want with tax exemption is to refinance their
    nursing home mortgage, possibly save a good bit on monthly payments, possibly use some for upgrades, etc...but I wonder if they in the future would
    be wiser to lease part of their land instead of sell a section. I would hate to see the nuns get snookered."
    Pete, earlier at the diner, reacting to the request from the Mt. Macrina nuns to seek a $10 million dollar refinance loan, using financing lingo such as
    "balloon" to explain that all large mortgages like that require refinancing every couple years;
    Pete, long story short, hoping that the Sisters get their refinance and later realize they are sitting pretty, essentially in control of controlling a landlock, if
    and when they ever decide to sell or lease any part of their highly desired land for possible industrial park expansions


    Or just doing her job?
    Zimmerlink acting more like a candidate?
    RAVES to Fayette County Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink for acting more like a candidate herself fighting corruption than an official in office her last
    year not seeking re-election.

    Please check out "Pay to Play – campaign contributions,"  and "How Vicites & Lohr spend your tax $$$," informing us that a fellow
    commish bills Fay for postage for his Christmas holiday cards and wanted reimbursed for the cost of candy he tossed to kids from parade cars. No
    kidding!


    RAVES to Zimmerlink for not spending her last year in office missing in action, as an entitled period of personal time off, as did others before her who
    did not seek re-election or lost re-election and mysteriously disappeared from the daily workforce downtown.  

    RANTS that candidates trying to oust the incumbents, on the other hand, so far seem too content with status quo or just too timid to confront it. (15
    May 19)   


    As New Season controversy continues
    DoubleV&Lohr campaigns get boost from Greene methadone clinic chiefs
    RANTS that incumbent Fayette County Commissioners Vince Vicites and Dave Lohr, in just the last election campaign expense and donation
    reporting period, raked in some $5,000 in campaign contributions from businessmen operating a Greene County methadone clinic with a county
    business contract.

    These campaign donations include those from its medical director, who previously faced disciplinary action in four states.

    RANTS, that it's even worse that the duo seems to be wasting at least $50-75,000 needlessly transporting some county residents for their daily
    methadone. It is unknown whether citizens utilizing FACT bus transportation to the Greene County clinic are concerned about the added time spent
    riding out of county. With an extended major highway expansion project being planned for Route 21, however, it's time to realize residents eventually
    will start to be impacted more and frustrated.

    Either way, RANTS that persons with addictions going to Greene County now for treatment have no choice.

    They say in this video that their behavioral health staff and county insurance piece, Value Behavioral Health, do not wish to provide a new
    Uniontown clinic, New Season, a county Medicaid billing provider number to become eligible to receive payment when treating Fay residents with
    Medicaid for addiction services.


    Campaign Donations should be returned
    Whether New Season really is as bad a place as Vicites and Lohr say it is or not, their political campaign donations should be returned to the
    Highmark PAC and to the Greene County contracted Methadone business owner and employees.   

    Same with the donations from their contracted county business guru, Sam Lynch, paid some $112,000 in the first three months of 2019 for guru
    budget planning services that they say that they, nor county fiscal staff, are skilled enough to prepare.   

    Please see the announcement on the right for a forum about New Season to be held today. Please click to
    review the Greene County clinic's last inspection report. (15 May 19)


    Todays agenda: hold hearing, consider $10M tax-free Mount Macrina note
    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note that the county will hold a hearing in 48 hours to hear public input on a proposed $10 million dollar, tax-free
    loan to Mount Saint Macrina, to pay off a current mortgage on its nursing home.

    RANTS that the matter to date has not been known publicly.

    Please click on the above blue link to read the legal notice that just didn't originate from thin air for Thursday's hearing and the county commissioners
    meeting agenda for today's monthly planning meeting.

    RANTS that Fay is even more so secretly involved in back door meetings with this current board of commissioners in 2019 than it was in the horrible
    past, when two commissioners accused one another of bid rigging in a failed prison construction deal.  (14 May 19)


    "Quote Of The Day" on DoubleV&Dave's dark transparency
    "I finally got to watch video from that candidate forum at Penn State from last month. I got a kick out of (Commissioner Vince) Vicites and
    (Commissioner Dave) Lohr so proud that they brought supposed order and professionalism to county meetings and business... Nah, they got darn
    lucky that Mrs. Mazza's health failed and that other watch dogs stopped going to the meetings out of disgust for their sexist male leaders."
    Pete's wife, yesterday evening at the diner, reading up on the proposed hearing in 48 hours to discuss issuing a $10 million dollar tax-exempt loan
    to Mt. Macrina, adding that she'll be back later to gripe about the criminal background of a methadone clinic doctor currently serving Fay residents
    in Greene since the county refuses to allow a new Fay provider to have Fay insurance Medicaid billing provider status



    Lohr replacement sign even closer to traffic
    RANTS that a replacement political sign for an incumbent county commissioner is even closer to traffic, at the busy intersection of Routes 119 and
    982, in Bullskin Township, than was the politician's earlier placed sign, taken away by wind. Read More.

    Will CRA take back phantom restaurant land?
    RANTS that a restaurant that was supposed to be built and operating in the next few months in Connellsville has not been built and that the proposed
    owners, instead, chose to open a restaurant soon in Morgantown.

    The riverfront property sold, from the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, for $15K in 2017,  without a bidding process, for a fraction of its
    supposed value of $200K or more.

    At the time, the CRA claimed it struck up a deal with Marilyn Cellurale to buy the land and build a restaurant because she wanted to create jobs and
    business here in Connellsville.

    Nonetheless, with the clock ticking and the land untouched with no construction, it's time that the CRA officially reclaims ownership of the land and
    puts it out there for others for possible development. The CRA should also hold on to the $15K purchase funds, in forfeit, as allowed in the signed
    land agreement.  

    RANTS that the area's just too much a financial risk for even local natives to invest in these days. A restaurant next door might have helped boost
    business at the bankrupt hotel next door.

    RANTS that the area might not be able to support a hotel without tourism, but, surely, Connellsville and Fay locals could support another restaurant
    rather nicely, year-round. God knows we could have used all those promised jobs. (11 May 19)

    GOP Challenger: not running with Lohr
    Neither a RANT nor a RAVE, but a note of a chuckle over reading that a candidate in the upcoming primary election took out an ad to say he is NOT
    running for election with an incumbent commissioner as his running mate.

    On his social media page, a challenger, after receiving the endorsement of one of local GOP sub-groups which put out a flyer with the bios and
    photos of its endorsed two men, wasted no time distancing himself from the incumbent Dave Lohr in his own ad declaring he has no running mate.  


    DA wasted three years, county funds, court's time, our patience
    RANTS that the county district attorney foolishly wasted three years and court costs, including services of a death penalty mitigation specialist, hell-
    bent on his focus to seek the death penalty against Uniontown parents, in the 2016 death of their daughter, when there was no legal basis to have
    sought the death penalty.

    Why was the death penalty pursuit suddenly dropped last month without explanation? We here at Rants&Raves clearly still doubt that the poor lost
    child weighed only 10 pounds when she died. Clearly, the district attorney was right to pursue the death penalty if the child had been starved down,
    intentionally, from normal weight range down to 10 pounds.

    A photo of a 22-month-old child weighing 10 pounds, brought to the hospital wearing a size 5 diaper for cruising toddlers, would have guaranteed a
    death penalty verdict in a New York minute in Fay. Some on the jury, as well as some of the rest of us, might have even volunteered to administer
    lethal injections to anyone who intentionally withheld food and starved a child to death.



    RANTS that after all of the drama, a third-degree homicide verdict was returned, after the judge instructed the jury that the third-degree homicide
    conviction is justified when there's extreme indifference to the value of human life, without an intent to kill.

    Too bad the district attorney wasted three years fixated on seeking the death penalty. Something happened here, readers, that the death penalty was
    dropped last month, quietly, without comment, and that the county prosecutors at trial not once mentioned malice and criminal intent to the jury.

    As was the case with another homicide in a filthy, dirty home that was dropped, the county prosecutors got a third-degree murder conviction in a case
    that probably will come back under appeal. At best, prosecutors after four years presented enough to have received a justified involuntary homicide
    conviction.

    RANTS that it may take higher courts to clean up the mess. (10 May 19)


    Editor's Note: The reporter from the Herald Standard responded to Rants&Raves' question, that she read in an autopsy report the weight at the time of the
    child's death to be 10 pounds. She stands behind her news report. Advocates for Michael Wright, meanwhile, state that the child weighed 10 kilograms,
    or about 22 pounds, and wore a size 5 baby diaper. They claim that the word 'pounds' was wrongly inserted, instead of 'kilograms,' in what advocates say
    was a known clerical error, into the child's autopsy or formal forensic file.    


    Herald Standard's way wrong?
    RANTS that a reporter continues to write incorrect statements as fact in print media accounts in the current homicide trial of Michael Wright.

    RANTS that the weight of Lydia Wright, the 22-month-old who died weighing 10 Kilograms or 22 pounds, is published wrongly in the media as 10
    pounds, or about half the normal body weight.

    Until last month, Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower intended to seek the death penalty in the case. He in early March also banned
    relatives who were not testifying from attending a pre-trial status conference.

    No reason was given for the sudden decision last month not to seek the death penalty.

    Email was sent to the Herald Standard reporter, who a few years ago became the first news site to state the incorrect body weight, asking if she
    actually saw the death certificate and noted the weight was listed in kilograms, not pounds or ounces. The news report also said the child died from
    starvation.

    During an interim period when another reporter from that paper covered Wright's case, cause of death was malnutrition and dehydration and no
    weight was given.  Those are the correct diagnoses on the child's autopsy report.


    RANTS that television media picks up local stories, and, in turn, continues to spread the incorrect facts. Nobody here advocates for the criminal case
    to be dismissed against Wright or Andrea Dusha, but just for his case to be presented factually in reporting. (7 May 19)


    DoubleV subject of mud slinging robocalls?
    RANTS that someone, supposedly, paid for robocalls to be made to spread "lies" about Fayette County Commissioner Vince Vicites.

    "In this mean-spirited negative campaign technique, the person called is “pushed” to adapting a negative attitude by telling lies about me. They tend
    to be short and disguise themselves as legitimate polling. It’s a shame how low people will go to smear an opponent to try to win an election,"
    Vicites commented on his social media page.

    RANTS, if Vicites is truthful about the robocalls, that lies may have been told to try to smear his character.

    Why someone would need to invent lies in DoubleV's case is beyond us here.

    There are, after all, so many truthful, bonafide facts on record that someone could have taken issue with, to show his truthful incompetence. To name
    a few, there are the non-budgeted raises given, his ignorance of $150M of federal revitalization funds sitting, his taste for private meetings and sexism
    that kept the meetings secret from a female commissioner elected just like him by the people. (8 May 19)

    Jones: Law Day reflection on free speech, protest of Fay DA
    RAVES to Fay resident Kathryn Jones for celebrating Law Day in peaceful protest of the county district attorney outside the Fayette
    County Courthouse today.. Read More.


    To Rants&Raves, March-April, 2019
    To Rants&Raves, January-February, 2019





    Suit mix up at the dry cleaners?