Oh alas could it be true? Our knights in shining armor await…our heroes! The Federal government by way of FBI has cracked down on a small tight knit county in Pennsylvania no bigger than Oconto WI, Shawnee KS and blather of others.
It really is not too hard to put a case together when you have such collusion, corruption and cronyism in a tight knit community.
The FBI wants to hear from anyone who may have information regarding alleged civil rights violations or public corruption in Schuylkill County, Pa. If you feel you have been victimized or have any additional information, please call FBI Special Agents Alan Jones or Anthony Cavallo at the Allentown, Pa., Resident Agency of the FBI at (610) 433-6488.
My heart swells with anticipation as the end may be near for all those counties who run them like the old old west. Where citizens are denied basic rights and live in fear of what THE POWERS THAT BE will do to us next. Thank you Federal Bureau of Investigations…thank you from the bottom of my heart…..DREAMS DO COME TRUE!
Hmm..Oconto County Jail will have to make room for the REAL criminals! For your reading pleasure all corrupt counties…especially Oconto/Marinette….sorry Good Ol Boys….looks like you are infallible!
WILKES-BARRE – A day after being arrested for the alleged cover-up of a racially motivated fatal beating and other corruption, Shenandoah police Chief Matthew Nestor was ordered jailed by a federal judge, while three officers were released on home confinement.
U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion on Wednesday presided over detention hearings for Nestor, Capt. Jamie Gennarini, Lt. William Moyer and Officer Jason Hayes.
Nestor, Moyer and Hayes face a federal indictment for impeding the investigation into a group of teenagers who participated in the beating death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico. In a separate indictment, Nestor and Gennarini are accused of extorting illegal gambling cash.
Eric L. Gibson, an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, argued for the incarceration of each of the police officers, saying “past history is the best indication of future behavior.”
“They were willing to violate the law and their duty on behalf of others,” Gibson said.
Now that they face charges themselves, “the risk is going up exceedingly,” Gibson said.
“There is a track record of serious obstructive behavior – in a killing. Now that they have been charged, they are running out of alternatives,” he said.
To bolster his case, Gibson revealed new allegations about each officer, which included:
– Nestor “coordinated, led and permitted” the cover-up of the homicide investigation despite knowing he was already being probed by the FBI for the extortion case. In the extortion case, he allegedly took a witness in the woods, made him strip naked and threatened him. Nestor’s dialogue was recorded on an FBI wiretap.
– Moyer was the first officer who arrived at the homicide scene and met with the 911 caller. Rather than chase the suspects, he let them go and threatened the witness by pointing his electronic stun gun at the person’s head.
– Hayes, boyfriend of the mother of one of the teen suspects, targeted relatives of witnesses of the beating. He arrested a witness for loitering and prowling at nighttime while the witness was legally entering an acquaintance’s home. Hayes then took the person to a police department in another town to be charged on Hayes’ allegedly bogus claims.
– Gennarini told federal officials he has not used drugs in 18 years, but federal officials have learned he recently had a 20-year-old girlfriend for six months whom he supplied with alcohol, marijuana and cocaine and that he was a regular marijuana user.
During his presentation, Gibson also identified Hayes’ girlfriend, Tammy Piekarsky, as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case. She is the mother of Brandon J. Piekarsky.
Piekarsky, 18, and Derrick M. Donchak, 19, two former Shenandoah Valley High School students, were acquitted in Schuylkill County Court on the most serious charges, including criminal homicide, in the death of Luis Eduardo Ramirez Zavala. They were federally charged Tuesday with hate crimes in the case. They remain jailed in Schuylkill County for convictions on simple assault charges in Ramirez’s death.
Prosecutors said the homicide trial was stymied by the three officers charged in the cover-up.
On Wednesday, the four officers, wearing orange prison jumpsuits, were led into the courtroom about 2:15 p.m. by federal agents for detention hearings.
Prior to the hearing, federal probations officials provided Mannion with detention recommendations. Probation officials recommended Nestor be jailed to await trial, while the others be released with conditions.
Mannion said the allegations depict a “vile set of activities,” with Nestor’s alleged crimes particularly “heinous.” He said all the officers have ever known are local courts, but warned they now face justice in the federal system.
“You have now made it to the major leagues in the only place someone doesn’t want to make it to the major leagues,” Mannion said.
In speaking to Moyer, Hayes and Gennarini, Mannion called the charges “most serious” and noted the evidence is “strong.” They face decades in prison. However, he said he believes they could be prevented from hampering the case by setting stringent rules, which included home confinement with electronic monitoring. Mannion ordered they can only leave their homes to seek employment, for religious services, medical appointments, and meeting with lawyers. He also set various other conditions, such as prohibiting contact with those involved in the case.
Mannion warned them that if they violate any of his rules, “you will go directly to jail and sit there until your case is done.”
“You may be surprised how good the federal court is in making sure people don’t violate conditions,” Mannion said.
Since Nestor was named in two indictments, his case was conducted last.
Gibson told the judge that Nestor has an “utter, brazen disregard” for the law and “represents a threat to the community, witnesses and the integrity of the law enforcement system.” He said Nestor was a flight risk, considering his penchant for international travel, with recent trips to Canada, Mexico and Morocco.
“This individual cannot remain on the streets,” Gibson said.
Nestor’s attorney, Patrick Rogan, argued that Nestor returned from each of the trips, despite knowing he was under investigation.
“I called the government a few months ago. We knew what was going on. My client didn’t run,” Rogan said.
Rogan said Nestor, 33, has deep roots in the Shenandoah area. He has no prior criminal record, he is a homeowner and has custody of an 11-year-old son. Rogan made it a point to note the child’s mother’s last name is Ramirez.
In addition to the cover-up charges, Nestor is also accused of conspiring to collect cash payouts from illegal gambling operations in the Shenandoah area for years. Nestor and Gennarini allegedly tried to extort $2,000 from a local businessman and his family in exchange for releasing the man from custody.
Mannion peppered Nestor with criticism, saying the allegations against him were the worst.
“Although they are all heinous, yours go further,” he said.
“If the allegations are true, you have been a danger to the community for a long period of time,” Mannion said.
Mannion ordered Nestor jailed until his trial, although his attorney has vowed to appeal. He was lodged Wednesday night in the Lackawanna County Prison.