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!BULLETIN! PEDA BOARD SELECTS CORY THURSTON AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AFTER NATIONWIDE SEARCH, PLUS, THE LATEST BREAKING DEVELOPMENTS ON “STEROIDsGATE”

BY DAN VALENTI

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, April 1, 2011) — The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority has named Corydon “Cory” Thurston as its new executive director. Thurston succeeds William Hines, whose interim term expires this month.

In making the announcement, the PEDA board go no information, either written or verbal in the open meeting, as to Thurston’s qualification. He is believed related to former North Adams radio executive Don Thurston.

Gary Grunin of the PEDA board made the announcement. Thurston is president of an outfit called North Adams Tower Co. Inc., 61 Main St., Room 204, in North Adams. His email address is natower@verizon.net. His phone number is 413-663-5045.

In making the announcement, Grunin said there were 13 applicants for the job. The board narrowed that down to six, then three, then two, before selecting Thurston. More on this later.

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Police Union Head Responds to SteroidsGate

The Planet is pleased to report receiving a missive from Marc Maddalena, an officer within the Pittsfield Police Department and president of Local 447 of the IPBO, the international police union. The letter, as you may have guessed, is in response to SteroidsGate and subsequent revelations. His comments help move the story forward, and we thank him for the time and care directed to the issue. The Planet’s only interest is to present the story as clearly and truthfully as possible, naturally, difficult when everything is kept so hush-hush.

In his letter, President Maddalena makes the following points (we shall share his actual words in a moment):

  • The union supports the two officers who have made headlines lately (David Kirchner in the steroids probe and Mike McHugh in the Mohawk Street stabbing incident)
  • Both are good cops
  • Both have provided the city years of “great service.”
  • This service “has gone unnoticed.”
  • The Boring Broadsheet does a lousy job covering the police department.
  • The union supports the leadership of Chief Mike Wynn
  • The department is loaded with “incredible” cops.

The Many Points of Agreement and Others

The Planet agrees with the president. We commend the union for supporting its two members. That’s why they pay their dues. We agree both have performed years of unnoticed service. The Planet, though, isn’t commenting on history but on current events in these particular cases. We agree the BB ignores lots of hot stories. We expect the union to publicly support the chief. What other choice does it have? We agree that the department is loaded with lots of good men and women.

The Planet has just reported and commented on such facts as we are able to extract. Officers Kirchner and McHugh made news. That news would have been covered up if the BB had been left on its own to uncover this information for the good citizens of Pittsfield and Berkshire County — the very thing for which president Maddalena criticizes the paper!

The Planet feels the citizens of Pittsfield and Berkshire County deserve better than the Boring Broadsheet. When situations arise involving public servants, paid by taxpayers, our philosophy is that the taxpayers have a right to now.

We balance this with the rights of the accused, and in these two cases, have reported only on the facts as we have obtained them. It would be much easier and much more accurate in terms of the full picture if the poice would cooperate with journalists such as The Planet. We tried to get the Chief’s comments and cooperation, but he ignored our call.

It’s Not About “Good Cops or “Bad.” It’s About the Facts of What ta Heck is Going on

We have made the point repeatedly and we will not make it again after this: Yes, the majority are good cops. Granted. Given. Agreed. However, everyone knows not all of them are. Like in every organization, there are the bad seeds.

Public servants have a higher standard than those in the Dreaded Private Sector. They take oaths. Wearing a badge means people can assume that the wearers are examples of great character and moral courage, officers like Frank Serpico, for example. The Planet could insert the names of any number of Pittsfield Police Officers here but we won’t. There’s heat on in the department to find the people who are talking to us.

We also have every reasonable cause to believe that illegal steroids use is not confined to one officer out the entire department. This is a huge problem with young athletes, police, body builders, and anyone else who feels peer pressure to destroy their bodies this way. The Planet hopes to do a report trying to gauge the scope of the problem locally and also on the medical and emotional costs of this anything-but-benign drug.

The PPD’s Own Probe Has Determined Kirchner Acted ‘Criminally’

The police department’s own probe — not The Planet’s, not the US Postal Investigators, and not the US Drug Enforcement Administration — made the finding that Kirchner engaged in both criminal activity and conduct unbecoming an officer.

That report was issued on March 10 and signed by Capt. David Granger. It was hidden until city attorney responded to media requests to see what it said. City attorney Rich Donhoney made it available, and The Planet lauds this man for his integrity and courage.

Granger’s report says that prior to Granger’s interrogation of Kirchner, the police union and lawyer “reached an agreement with the city.” Under this agreement, Kirchner “accepted responsibility in this matter” and submitted “to a sustained finding on two violations of the [department’s] rules and regulations.”

Again, we remind readers that this is Capt. Granger’s reporting, not The Planet’s. We asked a couple of lawyers what “submitting to a sustained finding” means. Basically, they said, he’s admitting guilt. The Planet points out that while Capt. Granger found evidence of criminal behavior on the part of Kirchner, no criminal charges have been filed. The federal investigation is pending. We find it interesting that president Maddalena makes no reference to Granger’s investigation, his findings, or the fact that Kirchner admitted to the two charges of “criminal conduct” and “conduct unbecoming an officer.”

The Text of President Maddalena’s Letter

The Planet now presents president Maddalena’s response to our coverage:

Mr. Valenti,

I am an officer with the PD and the union president. You know who I am because I have stopped you for a motor vehicle infraction before on North St. I would like you and everyone to know that we support both officers Mchugh and Ofc Kirchner fully. Both are highly respected officers within the department as a result of their work ethic and commitment to their fellow officers and their community. Despite what many, including you, may think these officers have provided a great service to this city over the years that has gone unnoticed as it does for all our officers except amongst each other. If only this city had an idea of what really takes place out there. The only source of information, the Eagle, barely scratches the surface of the incidents this department responds to. Over 40,000 calls for service a year and over 1400 arrests.

In regards to our Chief Michael Wynn, this union is also in full support of him and his ability to run this department. We have complete confidence in our chief and his ability to CONTINUE to take our department in a positive direction as he has done since taking over. Again, all going unnoticed since it does not sell papers or is not “Sexy” enough for your blog.

This department is made up of many incredible men and women who start their work days by putting on a bullet proof vest and no matter what you or anyone else says or may think of any of us, if you ever have to dial those three numbers…..We will always be there and it will go unnoticed.

Respectfully,


Ofc Marc Maddalena
, President, IBPO 447
Pittsfield Police Patrolman’s Union

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Again, we thank president Maddalena for his letter.

Why Was The Planet Stopped Six Years Ago? A Lesson in Ancient History and Other Irrelevancies

As to the matter of “You know who I am because I have stopped you for a motor vehicle infraction before on North St.”, officer Maddalena has the advantage. The Planet doesn’t know who he is because of this. We couldn’t pick him out of police lineup. Here are the facts, which we have no problem sharing.

The Planet was stopped (guessing six years ago) by a patrolman in a squad car as we traveled east on Linden Street taking a left to go north on North Street. We assume that is officer Maddalena’s eference, since we have never been stopped downtown otherwise. The Planet is one of the world’s safest drivers, you see. Ask Mr.s Planet.

The patrolman stopped us and said we went through a red light. We didn’t. The light was green, turned yellow in the middle of our turn, and red by the time we got safely onto North Street. After we discussed his version versus mine, a most professional and cordial conversation, he decided not to issue a ticket. In other words, he agreed we were right — no violation. Glad to clarify. We remember the officer for his professionalism and politeness.

A Second Letter to The Planet

Later on The Planet, president Maddalena sent a response to “Scott,” who questioned why the police union doesn’t have drug testing in its contract. The union president writes:

Sir,

The Pittsfield Police Union, since I have been at the head, is not against drug testing by any means. As firefighter Bartini stated [Tim Bartini, president of the fire fighter’s union, in a Planet response in support of officers Kirchner and McHugh], it has to be negotiated into the contract and has been on the table each time the last three one-year contracts that I have been apart of. However, due to the economics of the city, the negotiations have been a quick 1%, one- year deal with the hopes of expanded negotiations and a longer-term deal that very well could include a form of random drug testing. I speak for all of my officers when I tell you that we are not against random drug testing.

In regards to my email to my fellow officers and civilian staff. I did ask them to stop talking to people like Mr. Valenti not because there is a cover up going on, but simply because whoever is providing this information is not someone partaking in the investigation and thus is spewing information without all of the facts causing more harm than good and distrust within the community [sic] needlessly. When the investigation is complete the facts will be brought forward and people can develop their opinions then. I am disappointed in the person providing incomplete information as I believe anyone would be. That is all.

And thank you to all who do support your civil servants of this community. I cannot express how much we all appreciate it.

Ofc Marc Maddalena

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— First, The Planet is heartened to hear of the police union’s support of drug testing.

— Second, it’s interesting that the president mentions the internal e-mail he sent to the members of the union. The Planet knows all about that. The union president sent an e-mail to all the members, quoting The Planet’s coverage extensively, and basically warning them not to talk to us. The police, according to sources, are turning the joint upside down trying to find out the identities of the informants.

Plural, Not Singular

Second, President Maddalena refers to “the person” who is the source. The Planet can only say that is premature, and, without revealing much, add that there are many officers, those good cops men and women, who were upset at receiving the e-mail from their union boss and who are upset at what they claim is widespread use of steroids. In short, we have multiple sources.

This is handy, since it allows in some cases, not all, a triangulation of information as we put our best efforts in reporting what we believe is factual information. Commentary is another matter, but on matter of facts, The Planet has a good batting average in SteroidsGate. We are doing our best.

Third, president Maddalena assumes that our informants were or are not part of the two internal probes involving officers Kirchner and McHugh. That, too, is a rosy and premature assumption.

That is all we can say. We have been told by unnamed sources that the department is trying to find out who’s talking and these sources have expressed fear of reprisal if they are found. It doesn’t sound like paradise. It sounds like a department with a an unnecessarily civil war on its hands. The Planet only wants to be a peacemaker, and if we can help in any way we will.

Guys, We’re Fighting the Same Fight

Fourth, we say as well that we are on the same page with President Maddalena, Capt. Granger, Chief Wynn, and anyone else who wants the best police for the city of Pittsfield. Fellows, we’re on the same side here! We are against the bad guys. We are for the good guys. If this is cops and robbers, we are cops. All good people who know The Planet, and who know what we stand for, know we are being genuine and sincere.

There is no one who exceeds us in admiration of good, honest, hard working public servants. Likewise, few exceed our disdain for the few rotten apples. In the private sector, we don’t care. Greed and that kind of stuff is good, but when it comes on the taxpayer’s dime, we have a right to demand only the best.

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President Bartini Weighs in from Fire Side

In case you missed it, and to keep our readers as informed as possible, the president of the Pittsfield Fire Fighters Union sent this:

Dan, As president of Pittsfield Firefighter local 2647, I also support Ofc McHugh and Ofc Kirchner. I myself have been on a number of calls with these officers and they are well respected within our Dept. They work well with our members and always have shown a great commitment to the community and to their job. Tim Bartini

We thank Tim Bartini. The Planet has enjoyed our many conversations, on air and off, over the years.

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ON AND ON IT GOES, AND WHERE IT STOPS, NOT EVEN THE PLANET KNOWS. LOVE TO ALL.

50 Responses to “!BULLETIN! PEDA BOARD SELECTS CORY THURSTON AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AFTER NATIONWIDE SEARCH, PLUS, THE LATEST BREAKING DEVELOPMENTS ON “STEROIDsGATE””

  1. Still wondering
    April 1, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Take it from me Dan. PEDA got a good solid leader in Cory. I’ve known Cory for 40 years. Don Thurstom was his dad. I didn’t know he had applied for this job nor why he would even want the job but he is a good businessman and will give it his best effort.

    • danvalenti
      April 1, 2011 at 8:34 am #

      Glad to hear that report.

  2. J Engwer
    April 1, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Interesting choice, but is it based on connnections or bacground in marketing and site development. Hopefully Mr Thurston can improve the perception of lack of leadership and
    lack of accountablity that has been missing at PEDA.

    • Ed
      April 1, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      Congradulations to Mr. Thurston.
      Can a member of the PEDA board offer any additional insight into his job history and qualifications ? Why the covertness ?
      Also with thirteen applicants for this position, can anyone with esoteric knowledge of the selection process advise what criteria was used to eliminate the other candidates ?
      How many finalists were actually given an opportunity to convey their achievements and qualifications in a real personal interview before the board ?
      Were any of the finalists from Pittsfield ?

  3. GMHeller
    April 1, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Mr. Valenti,
    Is the executive director position at Pittsfield Economic Development Authority a paid position, and if so, what is the compensation?
    Also, are any perquisites included with the position, and if so, what?

    • jamescrackcorn
      April 1, 2011 at 10:23 am #

      The PEDA job pays about 90,000 a year.

      • GMHeller
        April 1, 2011 at 11:50 am #

        And where does PEDA’s money come from, especially if there are no tenants on the site?

        • danvalenti
          April 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

          PEDA’s money comes from the consent agreement, that is, from General Electric.

          • GMHeller
            April 2, 2011 at 11:54 am #

            So at $90,000 per year, have any of these PEDA patronage appointees generated a single dime in revenue from PEDA or Stanley Business Park to pay back the GE fund for the salary and expenses these characters cost the fund?
            If GE were paying a guy $90K annually (plus employment taxes), you better believe that the company would expect that person to generate five to twenty times that amount in profit for the company.
            Why bother paying any of these patonage hacks if they just decorate the place?

          • danvalenti
            April 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

            Ourgoing PEDS chief Bill Hines says Thurston will be paid $65,000 a year and no benefits.

  4. GMHeller
    April 1, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Mr. Valenti,
    I just now posted the following questions to Officer Marc Maddalena in the comments section of yesterday’s thread, but since they are apropos today’s article, am also posting same on today’s thread:

    Officer Marc Maddalena,

    Are you willing to provide to the Mayor’s office or to the acting chief of the Pittsfield Police Department a full and complete list of all union members who you or the other officials in the Pittsfield Police Patrolman’s Union know to be using anabolic steroids?
    Also, are you willing to provide to the Mayor’s office or to the acting chief of PPD the number of PPPU members who you or the other officials in PPPU know to be present or former members or clientele of Berkshire Nautilus on Summer Street?

  5. toto
    April 1, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Where is half a story Berry?

  6. PCP
    April 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Funny, “Big Wind from North (Barrett)” comes here from North Adams and like the magic pot hole machine, others seem to migrate, except it’s not geese from the South, but Barrettville people from the North.

  7. danvalenti
    April 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    It’s the North Adams migration. Mayor Barrett. The guy from Allied Waste up for Commissioner of Public Services, now Thurston. Magic Pothole Machine come from land heap far away. Many moons to pass before it will work Big Medicine in Pittsfield to make-um all trouble go away.

  8. pjmh
    April 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    DV writes “Public servants have a higher standard than those in the Dreaded Private Sector. They take oaths. Wearing a badge means people can assume that the wearers are examples of great character and moral courage..”

    Exactly. Double standards shall not apply. If this was two regular guys (read: not police) in the gym that got popped, the tone from a respected officer would be different.

    Great GMH, do you doubt me?

  9. toto
    April 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Big test for North Winder will be if Magic Pothole Machine can sustain Surgeon size potholes and weather frost heaves. Is Big Wind still Festering, or returned to Native Land? Maybe him need two more weeks, and maybe bonus wampum for vacation and relaxation. See that Little Big Hornblast getting award from North Wind College, MCLA. Quid Pro Quo… North Wind done well.

  10. toto
    April 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Word from street North Wind NCAA bracket blew up faster than pothole on Elm Street.

  11. Jeff Ferrin
    April 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    Dan

    I was present at the meeting @ Peda today when the announcment was made and Corey was introduced. I can not explain any more than anyone else why so much secracy in the hiring process at Peda any more than I can explain why after requesting the resume’s of the finalist of the 12 applicants for the Director of Public Services position in which Mr. Flynn is an appointee nor why the same refusal came from the corner office after Melissa Mazzeo and I were told by The acting personnel Manager(Non existing job) when she was told by Fred Duprey the city’s labor lawyer to turn over all those resume’s as well as those finalist for the Director of maintnence job to which there were 24 applicants.. I will say that on those two jobs that after we were informed that I was right about them being public records and told to show up the following Monday to pick them up I was told upon arrival that the mayor had told Mr. Duprey that he was wrong and that we were not to get a copy of anything.. I challenge that and the mayor and say look at West Stockbridge for an example of open government in the hiring process..

    We the citizens of this city have the right to an open process when paying these very high salaries to unqualified people. Is that not what gets us and has gotten us into trouble to begin with? I have a copy of the two resume’s for the two positions and will admit I know nothing about Mr. Thurston.

    Therefore can not comment on his qualifications.

    I do not believe that We should be hiring Mr. Flynn or Mr. Yon since neither men are remotley qualify for the positions. The idea that we including the council (except maybe a select few) have zero access in which to compare qualifications nor any idea of how many were actually interviewed nor by whom. My understanding the mayor soleley interviewed and then was informed that Mr. Collingwood was the one who did the interviews and tried to sell to the councilors how great these candidates are..

    I say look at the job descriptions and then look at the resume’s if my facts are questioned.

    Not to mention the conflicts of interest and patronage.

    We need qualified people who will do the jobs and will not start at a step 6 pay grade which for Mr. Flynn would be about $12,000 above the starting pay.
    Not bad for someone who has absolutley no experience in the field of highway nor water, or city budgets or contratcs for a municaipality in contruction based work.

    Mr. Yon has no licenses nor experience as required for school buildings as well as the trades.

    If these two are not qualified in any way and they were the chosen out of a total of 36 combined applicants then we need to start at square one and do it all over again with a hiring comity made up of people not connected with tha mayor who know the jobs as well as including the public in an open process. which is the way it should be..

    This is a little off topic from the above articles and I appologize to everyone for that. They do however have the same undertone to them..

    LACK OF OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY

    Let me interview the candidates and I assure you the outcome would be different. Even if the new mayor chose to hire new people to rplace these unqualified ones the damage is done because the salaries would still have to be budgeted for a full year… I am not aware of half year salaries being budgeted just incase. So the tax payers will be hurt by this.

    Then to hear John Barrett the III make a statement on the radio when two residence called up concerned about the appointees for these jobs since they were his recommendations, he stated ” You people in Pittsfield worry to much about salaries and jobs when there are more important things going on in the world” This clown will be leaving after sucking our unimportant money from us. Why should he care?

    Just my opinion.

    I would love to hear what others think.

    • Dusty
      April 3, 2011 at 5:04 am #

      Regarding Barretts comments….

      So even though the people of Pittsfield are paying these salaries and their taxes are going through the roof they should not be concerned???? What an absolutely asinine comment.

      (though not atypical)

  12. PITTSFIELD BELIEVER
    April 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Ask Dan Valenti where he ate lunch today.
    Blantyre.
    Ask him what the bill came to.
    Nothing.
    Il Duce Valenti: Champion of the Big Guys.
    All Hale Il Duce.
    Little man my a**

    • Joetaxpayer
      April 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

      Why do you care what or where Dan eat,sounds kinda wierd.

  13. Stone Hingee
    April 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    @ps ….geez what is your obsession with where Dan Valenti eats? is that all you got? u sound like one of the GOBoys who realizes his time is soon gone be up goodbye

  14. PCP
    April 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    @PB: I know you convinced people that Mr. Marchetti is part of the problem, but not part of the solution. HOWEVER, if you’re following Dan’s entrails that closely, THEN you should be able to tell us
    who Mayor Ruberto was with today at lunch and why?

  15. Fan Dan Go
    April 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    well valentis work on this deserves a pewlitzer prize if he doesn’t pick up on it and work his sources we don’t find out about juicing in the ppd they would have hid this totally amazing how this oneguy singlehandly beats the pants off the bb everyday

  16. Fan Dan Go
    April 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    pulitzer

  17. Joetaxpayer
    April 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    Maybe the Pittsfield PD is against the drug testing.not because of steriods but maybe amphetamines how else can somone work 80 hours a week.Major league ball players used them regularly back in the day to get through the long season.Of course they have drug testing now and it is a thing of the past.

  18. Joetaxpayer
    April 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Almost forgot to thank Mr. Hines for his service to PEDA.I think he has not brought one building to the park.Oh well its only money.Lets not forget the solar panels that should give him a little street crude.Funny thing is when they gave Mr. Hickey the boot because of his lack of expertise in the recruiting of industry, they actually thought Hines would do a better job I guess the jokes on them.

    • Ed
      April 2, 2011 at 4:48 am #

      Joe; Are you willing to bet that as far as PEDA is concerned; Here we go again.
      No legitimate questions will be answered and the blue curtin of secrecy will be extended to Woodlawn Ave. I personally am appalled by the self serving j-offs that have reduced this once proud city to rubble like that which remains at Wm Stanley. As far as I’m concerned these losers who think they know what they’re doing can continue their self indulged Crisco party, but not on my dime nor money appropriated for quasi public purpose, Taxes are outragous for benefit received. I’m getting mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. I am retired and I vote and can organize others.
      Incidentally, Good luck to Corey Thurston, my family spent a combined 57 years inking out a living where now polititians tred, at least make it more eye appealing.

  19. just saying
    April 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    Where has C. Berry gone off to? Have his handlers at the BB restricted his speech in this forum?

    If that is the case, it simply proves what all have been saying. The BB does bury stories and play politics with their reporting.

    @PB

    I normally don’t believe in feeding trolls, this time I will make an exception.
    In regard to your above post about where DV takes his meals, you are one creepy SOB.

    • danvalenti
      April 2, 2011 at 11:50 am #

      @JS
      Appreciate it, my good friend.

      • just saying
        April 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

        Any time sir, you offer a great service with your web site.

        @ Frank M.

        Yes, topix did get a bit crazy.But free speech is like that. Let’s embrace it, not be scared of it. You have to ignore the BS and question all of the content. There is a lot of truth to be found in the readers postings.

  20. ambrose bearse
    April 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    the Planet and the BB employ the same proof reader.

  21. GMHeller
    April 2, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Police Union Prez’ Emailed ‘Threat’ May Violate Fed Laws –
    Allege: Pittsfield Police Conduct Records Search on Journalist Without ‘Probable Cause’

    SEE:
    http://berkshireeagle.blogspot.com/2011/04/emailed-threat-by-police-union-prez-may.html

  22. toto
    April 2, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    How do we know your Heller?

  23. Scott
    April 2, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Glen, I was wondering if it was actually illegal to do what this cop did and I am pretty sure it is but I could not find anything to back this up which is why I asked the officer but did not get any response. I guess Mr. Valenti should be prepared to get stopped if he’s ever in Pittsfield again.

    • GMHeller
      April 2, 2011 at 9:24 am #

      Scott, you have been right on the money with your comments and your pointed questions to Officer Maddalena.
      I suspect Maddalena didn’t respond to your questions because he knows damn well he broke a bunch of federal laws.
      The problem here is that these people, the chief, the union president, the Mayor, and of course The Berkshire Eagle are all plainly trying to manage control of a multi-headed hydra of a story that is beyond any of their abilities to control.
      Thank you, Internet!

      • Dusty
        April 2, 2011 at 10:34 am #

        Yah steroids….not that big a deal to get so upset about. So why are they?

    • GMHeller
      April 2, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      @Scott,
      Dan Valenti already has a powerful legal claim against Pittsfield Police Department and the City of Pittsfield for violating his 4th Amendment rights; I would hope he gets a written apology from the Mayor himself as well as from the Acting Police Chief as well as from the City Council.
      Do you expect that to happen in Palookaville?

  24. GMHeller
    April 2, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Hey all, check out this comment on Topix by a poster calling him/herself ‘Kris Knutson’ (ISP Burlington, VT) in response to a comment by ‘Theuglysister’

    Theuglysister wrote:
    ” Well Glenn …. That story is much bigger than we know. Rumor has it that the number if officials involved could be close to 100 between PPD, BCHC, State Police of MA and last but not leastBerkshire County Court Officials so that would be why like in Angelo’s case everything is being hush hush. That is how Berkshire County Works but I can tell you this The good people of Pittsfield are not going to take it anymore. Election Time will bring many changes in all of those offices.”

    ‘Kris Knutson’ wrote:
    True, true. When I worked for B.C.H.C, I did steroids myself. There were approximately a dozen other officers doing the same thing. The source of the steroids was a member of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force. When that source got found out due to circumstances out of contol, that source was allowed to resign from the police department and he is apparently still dealing to his old buddies in the law enforcement circle. I worked with this source at the jail until he moved on to work for the Pittsfield Police. Yes, this individual was dealing while he worked at the jail and then as a police officer and he was even given a job at the Pittsfield Fire Department after his felonious activities were found out. I tried to tell Sheriff Tom Bowler about all this but don’t you know, they are friends. They worked closely together at the police department when Tom was still a detective. The sources name was and is Dave Sinopoli. And how about Roberto Mazzeo as his little lieutenent. I suspect there is a pedophile ring and it is protected by certain thug types in law enforcement. That’s why they get away with dealing drugs. They are protected by powerful people. And since the drug dealers are protected, you can be sure that they are willing to return the favor, even if that favor be illegal or immoral. So they all work together. If the feds are involved, they probably don’t know what to do due to the enormity and complexity of the situation. Collectively they have all gone past the point of no return and will not let go of the stranglehold they have on Berkshire County, no matter what! They are who they are and they feel entitled to be in “power”. And absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

    • Scott
      April 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

      I think David Sinopoli is a dangerous edgy intimidating guy. He does have some serious size but it could be from discipline and rigorous training. The problem with this former CO is he was fired right? So he comes off a little spiteful.

  25. danbeaut
    April 2, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    WOW!

  26. rick
    April 2, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    holy cow!!!!! that a big story waiting to be printed……

  27. Frank Moskowitz
    April 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Mr Valenti you have let your blog has now become the new topix. You must be very proud!

  28. Scott
    April 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Yeah except for most people here are using their real names and they’re not hurling untrue incendiary insults just asking tough questions. Have you been over to “disgust” lately???

  29. Frank Moskowitz
    April 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Mr. Valenti Please don’t let the Planet be over taken by Heller and his qwacks. PLEASE don’t become the next version of TOPIX.. This used to be a blog where you could get information not rumors! Please return it to its former useful blog!

    • danvalenti
      April 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

      FRANK
      I appreciate your POV and agree. What we’re all learning is that the Internet is a different medium than anything that has come before it. The Planet believes in free speech, extended to the outer edges. We encourage civil discourse. When it goes farther than that, we try to reel it in. We have done some of that, but we still believe we can keep a light hand on this, let people express their viewpoints, and let the “truth” win out. These are argumentative issues. All such issues have at their core a basis of fact. The Planet tries as much as possible to let fact be the foundation of our comments and opinion.

    • GMHeller
      April 2, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

      @Frank Moskowitz,
      What that has been written by me that has not borne out as being factually accurate?
      You think that The Berkshire Eagle is doing a good job reporting local news?
      You really think the existence of the federal steroids probe would EVER have been published in The Berkshire Eagle?
      You think The Eagle would EVER have published an article exposing the president of the police union local as having violated federal law by using fear and intimidation on members to try to stop them from talking to guys like Dan Valenti about problems in the department?

      I posted the comment from Topix by ‘Kris Knutson’ because there are claims made by Mr. Knutson that appear to dovetail with other information that I have been receiving over the transom and for which I am still attempting to receive confirmation.

      Sp please be specific, Mr. Moskowitz, just what is it about that which I write which has got you all balled up?

  30. danbeaut
    April 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Scott is right, even the pseudo names aren’t really making up accusations. The Planet is on fire, and is pretty much on the ball. Lets see where this story rolls.

  31. rick
    April 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    most of the so called “rumors” have almost been spot on fact, i dont see any problem with this site being anything but informative. most stories start out questionable untill all the facts come out,i agree with dan lets see where this goes. when people name names there has to be something there.