Thursday, December 4, 2014

RIGHT-TO-KNOW REQUEST SUBMITTED FOR "COPS FOR CASH" SCANDAL

It is time to find out why Sherman Hills has not been properly inspected and why WBPD must risk their lives responding to calls there.   In my opinion, money has been traded for officer safety.  This is completely unacceptable.
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RIGHT-TO-KNOW REQUEST

I request the following proof of inspections for the apartment units at the Sherman Hills (and/or TreeTop Devt) apartment complex that have been inspected during the time Thomas Leighton has served as Mayor of Wilkes-Barre. I refer to the complex with approximately 341-344 units.

For each unit inspected, I request copies of:
1)     A paid receipt for each inspection of each individual unit.
2)    The completed inspection evaluation for each inspection of each individual unit.

I also request evidence of all monies paid to the city of Wilkes-Barre or Thomas M Leighton from the above referenced complex.


I will be sharing results with at least three newspapers as well as law enforcement.
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VICTIMS, EXPLOITATION, AND CRIME CAN TAKE MANY FORMS:


CARS FOR CASH… Money exchanged for citizen’s welfare (Cars stolen)
KIDS FOR CASH…  Money exchanged for children’s welfare (Imprisonment)
COPS FOR CASH Money exchanged for WBPD Officer’s welfare (lives at imminent risk)

In my view, W-B Mayor Thomas Leighton has willingly and willfully put the lives of the WBPD in grave danger in return for payoffs (bribes, silent ownership interest... whatever you want to call it) at Sherman Hills.

His lack of attention and his "looking the other way," in my opinion, only makes sense if he were renumerated. "Red Flags" are everywhere.



OWNERSHIP FOUL PLAY ? (Can a company sell itself to itself?)
A)  "Treetop Development" is owned Sherman Hills LLC
B)   Sherman Hills sold the complex to itself (Treetop Development)
C)   PROFIT?
-     Doubled their money in 3 years (actual 96 % gain)
-     $8 million to $15.7 million
D)  In court, this company refuses to disclose who the actual owners are (from recent wrongful death civil suit).

GLEANED FROM SOURCES:
1) City inspections due every time there is a change in tenants
2) Inspection fees are required (city has given up massive revenues).
3) Some city inspections have been made (indicating city responsibility).
4) One unit (out of approximately 344 units) was shut down for 6 months as a result of “Strike One.” (a pathetic "example" to be nade?)
5) Last year Sherman Hills received $1.7 million in rent subsidies. 

6) The city (in papers) identified the complex as a trouble spot. Its police officers responded there to assaults, robberies, shootings and other crimes such as murders. 



LINKS:    
- FEDERAL RAID ON SHERMAN HILLS    HERE.
- "COPS FOR CASH" explanation (very good)  HERE
-  One of Sherman Hills units (out of 344) shuts down due to Strike One   HERE.
-  Residents speak out as task force views Sherman Hills (and does nothing)   HERE.
-  Sham inspections in early June 2014?  HERE.

Courtesies of Times Leader, Citizens Voice, WB Independent Gazette, WB Taxpayer Association president Frank Sorick)

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DAY  7    Jason Parrish thrown under the bus