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Bar Fight Tied to FBI Investigation of City Hall Corruption in Allentown, Pa.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s getting a little steamy in Allentown, Pa., where the FBI has opened a city hall investigation.

Now the president of the Leigh Valley Building Trades Council has been charged with attacking a man he believes alerted the FBI to corruption in Allentown, the Morning Call reports. 

James Edward Reilley, 57, was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct following the alleged incident on Sept. 1.

Reilley shut down his political consulting firm on July 2, the day when FBI agents raided Allentown City Hall in search of contracts and other related documents.

The man he allegedly attacked was Brendan Hansbury, the brother-in-law of Mike Fleck, who had served as campaign manager to Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Allentown City Hall Raided by FBI After Mayor Patted Down Campaign Manager for Wire

Mayor Ed Pawlowski

Mayor Ed Pawlowski

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s search of Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania came just after an awkward moment between Mayor Ed Pawlowski and his campaign manager and best friend, Mike Fleck.

The Allentown Morning Call reports that Pawlowski patted down Fleck in an elevator, wondering whether he had been recording him. Hours later, FBI agents descended on City Hall offices as part of an investigation into the potential pay-to-pay politics.

Turns out, Fleck was had been recording the major for months for the FBI.

“Sometimes I think Ed is hurt as much by the fact that his best friend turned on him as he is that people think he’s done something illegal,” said Alan Jennings, a nonprofit director who sits on the city’s arena authority and works closely with the mayor. “He’s hurt and his faith in the system is shaken. He’s called it a living hell.”

Now a grand jury is investigating the mayor and reviewing more than 250,000 page s of city documents obtained by authorities in the past two months.

FBI Raids Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania; Many Questions Loom

Allentown, PA

Allentown, PA

A federal grand jury investigation has prompted FBI agents to raid Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania last week, The Morning Call reports. 

Agents spent hours collecting records dating from 2005 to present, said Susan Ellis Wild, Allentown’s solicitor.

“There are a number of things in the search warrant,” Wild said. “It was not terribly specific.”

What remains unclear is target of the investigation.

Some city officials have said they were interviewed by the FBI about city contracts, but they didn’t offer more details.

Ex-Amusement Park Worker Convicted of Threatening FBI Agent, Estranged Wife and Others Via Facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Anthony Delonis tested his First Amendment rights in federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania via Facebook and lost.

The Legal Intelligencer reported that a federal jury on Thursday convicted him of threatening people through Facebook postings including an FBI agent, his estranged wife, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Berks County Sheriff’s Department and a kindergarten class.

The defense claimed he was just venting after his life unraveled, the Intelligencer reported. He was not convicted of threatening his ex-employees and patrons of the amusement park where he had worked.

It all began, according to an FBI affidavit by agent Denise M. Stevens, who stated that Elonis lost his job as a supervisor in the operations department with Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pa.

He then started posting threatening notices on his Facebook page, which concerned his former boss Daniel Hall, who contacted the FBI.

On Oct. 19, 2010, according to the affidavit, he posted this: “Someone once told me that I was a firecracker. Nah. I’m a nuclear bomb and Dorney Park just fucked with the timer. If I was the General Manager, I’d be on the hone with Sandusky discussing a damage control plan, but I’m not, and y’all haven’t heard the last of Anthony Elonis.”

He continued to post more threatening notes, resulting in a visit by agent Stevens and another agent.

Last Nov. 30, agent Stevens and agent Van Durme went to visit his home. The agents waited several minutes for him to come out onto the front porch. When he did, he asked if he was free to go.  Agent Stevens, according to the affidavit, said yes and he said thank you very much and went back inside and closed the door.

Later that day, Elonis posted on his Facebook page:

“Little Agent Lady. You know your shit is ridiculous. when you have the FBI knockin’ at yo’ door. Little Agent lady stood so close, Took all the strength I had not to turn the bitch ghost, Pull my knife, flick my wrist, and slit her throat, Leave her bleedin’ from her jugular in the arms of her partner (laugher).

“So the next time you knock, you best be serving a warrant,  And bring yo’ SWAT and an explosives expert while you’re at it, Cause little did y’all know, I was strapped wit’a bomb, Why do you think it took me so long to get dressed with no shoes on? I was jus’ waitin’ for y’all to handcuff me and pat me down, Touch the detonator in my pocket and we’re all goin’ (BOOM!).”

Read FBI Affidavit

 

Pa. Father and Son Indicted for Making Harassing Calls to Sarah Palin’s Family

Sarah Palin/ official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Put Sarah Palin into the equation, and you’re bound to get plenty attention. Just ask Christy, 47, and his 22-year-old son Shawn.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the FBI from the Allentown, Pa. office on Thursday arrested the two on charges of making hundreds of harassing calls to Palin’s family and associates.

They were indicted out of Alaska and are expected to be sent there to face the charges. It was unclear if Palin herself received the calls.

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