OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART IV

The following is an opinion editorial authored by Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport, todd@foxsportswilliamsport.com.

Given the responsibility as an elected official why do you remain silent, after failing to respond to constituents after calling them all systemically racist?

In front of me at a WASD school board meeting, you, Jennifer Lake turned a blind eye and deaf ear to a motion for a second to investigate what Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner subsequently characterized as “criminal sexual misconduct”.

The predictable response of elite, woke, white woman Jennifer Lake to this series of opinion editorials mirrors that of the school district she leads as a board member.

Maybe she hates the fact her entire narrative of being an elite, woke, white woman “hear me roar” has been leveled; by her own words.

Instead of defending her allegations, she allowed her social media acolyte trolls to emerge from under the bridge and from their mother’s basements to speak for her as she sits silent, again.

She pivoted to being a victim when she called multiple attorneys in town attempting to pursue a defamation claim against me; including her call to attorney Allen Page III from the firm McNerney, Page, Vanderlin and Hall.

Glad you are paying attention in class Jennifer, that firm is representing former WAHS Baseball Coach Ryan Miller in a defamation claim over the FSW series “A Baseball Story in the birthplace of Little League Baseball” against me and other defendants.

Again, glad your paying attention.

Why are you still silent?

Because you have to stick to your weak woke; like mindlessly voting yes to whatever the WASD administration and employees tell you.

 

Jennifer Lake and her followers have referred to these stories as “hate”.

Is the woke act a smoke screen to the fact you failed to identify what Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner characterized as “criminal sexual misconduct?”

You and your fellow Marxists were asked 20 questions in January about your response to the Myrtle Beach incident which took you and your fellow WASD board members 22 months to acknowledge in a statement.

In February of this year, the entire WASD school board and most of the administration was asked to resign by Carlos Saldivia because you and your fellow board members failed to answer any of the 20 questions.

Silence is your operational status quo to divest yourselves from any accountability.

 

Jennifer Lake is now speaking to constituents because she is offended by symbols supportive of police.

Police, those who protect and serve.

Police, those who when they leave their family to go to work may not come home because they choose to selflessly protect and serve.

Police, those who are there to have bricks, bottles, rocks and any number of projectiles hurled at them and insults just because they wear the uniform to protect you while you protest.

Police, those that protect elected leaders President (Secret Service), Governor (State Police) and so on for any number of elected officials.

Police, who as recently as this past Saturday stood between a group of BLM antagonists looking for a confrontation with the National Socialist Movement (NSM) demonstrators at Brandon Park as they prepared to leave having concluded a peaceful march and protest.

As profane and racially charged as the NSM demonstration was; they were exercising the same First Amendment rights and privileges granted to you and your fellow Marxists BLM and other protest groups.

So when you and your fellow woke, elite take out your BLM card and play it on the wife of a local police officer, it is despicable!

You and the Marxists BLM folks could not allow Amy Bolt to keep a small blue flag representing Blue Lives Matter up and got her to apologize for even daring to fly it in the first place.

Shame on you!

Update: The flag is coming down.

It’s so important that we’re willing to discuss and learn from each other! What that flag means to me communicates something hurtful to others and that, I cannot stand for. DON’T WORRY! I’ve got big ideas for something better to go in it’s place!! Stay tuned!

In the ultimate ironic twist in this story, when Jennifer and her social media acolytes (Victor Lang, Dexter Fowler, Mandy Williams – all fake profiles) saw a political Facebook post, instead of reaching out to the author, they called…wait for it.

The Police!

The very same Police department where Agent Bolt works.

You and your woke, elite army had an officer pay a home visit to Carlos Saldivia who asked for the entire WASD School Board and Administration to resign as previously noted.

Saldivia, was born in Venezuela and is of Latino decent.

Jennifer, so for you – Black Lives Matter, but do Latino lives matter?

Jennifer, so we all understand you clearly, is that the same Williamsport Bureau of Police you and your Marxists Black Lives Matter colleagues want to defund?

Right?

Amy Bolt, July 1

💜Show Jennifer Lake some love! She just put in an order for 210 more (Racism Has No Home Here) signs! We’re gonna show everyone who lives in or visits Williamsport that we are united in our hatred of racism! P.S. please don’t ask her for a sign if you haven’t already ordered through her. She deserves a break! Great job, Jenn!💜

 

Dwell Orphan Care information including the need for the organization to file an IRS form 990 has been obtained by FSW from the Guidestar and Bridge databases publicly available online.

Jennifer as a registered Democrat is quite clever; she uses her registered Republican husband as her shield in the fight against racism.

Remember, by definition Republicans are racists, ask the Democrats they tell them every chance they get.

So Matt Lake interviewed Mayor Derek Slaughter on June 15, 2020 on the topic of racism; neither wore a mask.

For context, Mayor Slaughter refused a debate invitation as candidate Slaughter last October from this author, after giving his word three times he would participate.

Rhetorically speaking, if you are a WASD high school teacher and students in your classes that were in Myrtle Beach on the baseball team trip talk about what happened or discuss a video; do you have an obligation as a mandated reporter?

Another elite woke white woman Beth Fausnaught Sweeting the wife of former WASD school board member Spencer Sweeting has chimed in on social media during this series.

“These are by far the worst articles I have ever read!! The lake family has done nothing but live their lives to better our community – not from behind a desk – but in the community being the hands and feet of Christ.”

This post was screen saved and has been deleted by its author.

Similarly to the post encouraging anyone who read it to boycott these websites and to call any sponsors listed on the page including UPMC.

Spencer Sweeting resigned from the WASD school board in August 2018, right around the time of publication of Millionaire Baseball Mayhem in Myrtle Beach.

From their new church home in Colorado Springs, Colorado the Sweeting family continues to comment on the disaster they left as if they had no knowledge either.

Spencer Sweeting with all of his innate knowledge; before moving to Colorado is the same person who shared with a source in regard to the Myrtle Beach case, “there is no there, there!”

Maybe the fact “there is no there, there” is why the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is investigating the matter.

Sweeting and his innate knowledge was so immense in depth and breadth, it took an elite woke white woman named Jennifer Lake to identify systemic racism in the WASD, two years after Spencer Sweeting resigned his WASD school board member seat.

Could it be argued, Sweeting so deeply believed in the Black Lives Matter movement while serving as a WASD school board member he was blinded, then failed to codify and recognize what Jennifer Lake memorialized has been going on for years?

Spencer, it might be a good idea to reach out to the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro to share with his team what you claim you have no knowledge about before they have to take the jet to the Rocky mountains to ask you in person.

 

The demonstrated and subscribed to mindset in the WASD, is all about enabling those people leadership believe can bring any value to the student experience, no matter the cost.

Jennifer Lake enables just like school board president Lori Bair people like Darrick Dixon to be around students even though he is a convicted felon.

Dixon was convicted and served time for a crime of a sexual nature against a 14-year old female who was a basketball player for him as outlined in PART III of “A Baseball Story in the birthplace of Little League Baseball.”

In the years leading up to the crimes Dixon served time for, he appeared on the Jenny Jones Show as a rapper with his fellow artist Gigi.

The performance was so bad, fellow performers seated on the stage covered their ears and the audience booed both of them off the stage.

If that is what success looks like in the WASD, count me out.

Dixon is the same person who reached out to the FAMILY OF JOHN DOE #1 the same day Millionaire Baseball Mayhem in Myrtle Beach was published in August 2018, offering assistance.

Other facts related to that call are now being investigated by the office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

Have you ever asked yourself how Dixon knew who the victim was and how to contact them?

 

Another Dixon, Bair and Lake defender as well as FSW critic WASD employee Matthew Radspinner had his own recent crisis with a trip cancelled due to the cornavirus pandemic.

From a May 6, 2020 Facebook post on the WAHS Music Department page: “Frozen on Broadway refunds for students and parents to use for the refund process.”

The link sends users to the following page and online form:

WAHS Music Department Broadway Trip Refund Request form

Please complete this form to request a refund for the WAHS Broadway trip that was to occur on April 15.  All refunds will be issued as a check and mailed to the parent/guardian.  

Fundraising money has no cash value and will be returned to the student account for future opportunities.  If you have any questions please contact Mr. Matthew Radspinner at mradspin@wasd.org.  

All refunds will be processed by June 15.

A concerned parent gave Radspinner a 48-hour window to provide the refund or this parent was going to the Magistrate Judge.

There was an e-mail exchange blaming volunteer parents for the mix-up.

The parent received a refund check on July 13, 2020 drawn on the WAHS Orchestra Association account at Woodlands Bank. It was dropped off in the parents home mailbox.

The copy of the check has been obtained by FSW and is being withheld from this story.

Matthew Radspinner and his wife also signed Jennifer Lake petitions during the last election cycle.

Last Tuesday, on the News Talk WMPT Facebook page Radspinner responded:

Matthew A. Radspinner

Hello Todd,

It was not a personal check, it was issued from an Orchestra account.

Thanks for your concern.

Matthew Radspinner

WAHS Orchestra Director”

Is a list of students going on the trip too tough of a concept for the WASD?

Is there “a there, there” with this trip too?

Or is the lack of a list standard practice in the WASD when taking students out of state on trips?

Still waiting on former WAHS baseball coach Ryan Miller to provide a hotel room assignment list from the 2018 Myrtle Beach trip.

 

The family of George Floyd filed a civil action in Minnesota last week seeking damages.

So if the family of George Floyd can file a case against the Minneapolis Police Department which Black Lives Matter and the Minneapolis City Council have been called upon to be defunded; does this mean the FAMILY OF JOHN DOE #1 can pursue civil litigation against the WASD?

Just like in the George Floyd case, the “criminal sexual misconduct” against JOHN DOE #1 was captured on video.

Jennifer, what it must be like for you on a daily basis having to live with the reality that you now have the knee not only in the neck of local law enforcement with your support of the Black Lives Matter movement; but still on the neck of JOHN DOE #1 nearly two years later with your inaction on his behalf.

The real problem is the mindset of people on the WASD school board and people like Jennifer Lake.

The byproduct of that mindset is the Myrtle Beach incidents, accusations of systemic racism and poisonous injustices of people in their charge.

Jennifer Lake and the WASD school board are the personification of the mindset of corrupt bureaucratic atmosphere of silence, intimidation and coercion.

 

The next virtual meeting of the Williamsport Area School Board is slated for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6 p.m. preceded by an executive session at 5 p.m. to discuss legal matters.

 

Previous installments of this series:

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OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART III

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART II

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone

Laura Harper Selected as Coppin State Women’s Basketball Head Coach

BALTIMORE – Former WNBA player, Laura Harper, has been named as the new Coppin State University women’s basketball head coach, it was announced by Director of Athletics Derek Carter on Monday morning.

“It is a dream come true to be named the new head women’s basketball coach at Coppin State University,” said Harper. “I am very thankful for the special opportunity that President Jenkins, Mr. Carter, Mrs. Person and Mrs. Carrington-Johnson have granted me. Having a platform as a woman of color, while coaching at an HBCU during this racially sensitive time in our country, inspires me, and I am beyond ready to help lead this group of committed, young women into a new era of Eagles basketball.”

Since the conclusion of her playing career, Harper worked as an assistant coach at four NCAA Division I institutions as well as a season as head coach at a top collegiate preparatory school.

“We are excited for Laura Harper to be joining the Coppin State family and look forward to her leadership during the next exciting phase of Eagles women’s basketball,” said Carter.  “Laura will bring incredible passion, energy, and a championship mentality to our team.  Throughout her career, she has worked hard to establish herself as a winner in all phases of basketball. I feel that she will provide a valuable influence in the lives of the young women in our program.”

Harper most recently served as the head coach at Montverde Academy, one of the premier high school programs in the State of Florida.  Harper guided the Eagles to an 18-6 mark this past season and helped all five of her seniors earn NCAA Division I scholarships.

Prior to her time at Montverde, Harper assisted the women’s basketball team at the University of Florida for two seasons.  Under Harpers’ tutelage, Paulina Hersler, who is now playing professionally in Sweden, and 1,200-point scorer Haley Lorenzen, had career years as seniors.

Before moving to the Sunshine State, Harper spent the 2016-17 season at George Washington University under Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Jennifer Rizzotti. That season, the Colonials won an Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship and advanced to the WNIT, while Harper helped post players Lexi Martins and Caira Washington receive All-Conference honors.

For two years, Harper also worked as an assistant coach at High Point University. In her first season, senior Stacia Robertson was named the Big South Player of the Year and an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American before going on to play overseas.  The Panthers won 20 games during the 2014-15 season and advanced to the Conference Championship Game.

Harper got her start in coaching as an assistant at Loyola University Maryland during the 2013-14 campaign where she was responsible for post player development, scouting, and served as an academic liaison for the Greyhounds.

A four-year standout at the University of Maryland, Harper was named the 2006 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player after leading the Terrapins to a National Championship.  Harper was also part of two Maryland teams that advanced to the Elite Eight, a 2007 Naismith Award Finalist and a two-time Naismith Award Preseason Candidate.  As a senior, Harper was a Third Team All-ACC honoree and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American. Harper still owns the Maryland record with 198 blocked shots while scoring 1,407 points and ranked seventh in rebounds upon graduation before being named to the 2014 ACC Legends Class.

On February 5, 2009, Harper’s No. 15 jersey was raised to the rafters at the Xfinity Center following a game against North Carolina State.

Also, a presence on the international scene, Harper was a starter for the 2004 USA Women’s U18 team which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship.  Harper also played for the 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship Team and was a teammate of Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi and other Olympians at the 2008 Good Luck Beijing Tournament.

Following her collegiate career, Harper was the 10th overall selection of the Sacramento Monarchs in the 2008 WNBA Draft.  As a rookie, Harper played in 34 games while making one start and put up 5.5 points and 4.0 rebounds before starting in 11 games the following season.  Harper also played professionally overseas in Turkey, Italy and Russia.

What They Are Saying About Laura Harper

 

Cam Newbauer – University of Florida Women’s Basketball Head Coach

“We are so proud and excited for Laura as she is a rising star in women’s college basketball. Her energy and passion for teaching young women the game of basketball is infectious. After such an accomplished career as a player, she has really demonstrated a great ability to connect and relate with young ladies. We are looking forward to watching Coach Harper lead a successful program in Baltimore.”

 

Jennifer Rizzotti – George Washington University Women’s Basketball Head Coach

“I’m happy for Laura and her opportunity to lead the women’s basketball team at Coppin State. She has been part of successful programs in her career and has played at the highest level. Her players will benefit from having a role model that is hardworking and driven. We wish her the very best as her neighbor in the DMV.”  

 

Brenda Frese – University of Maryland Women’s Basketball Head Coach

“Coppin State is getting one of the most passionate people we’ve ever had in our program. I am thrilled for her and for our local community. She will be great for the players at Coppin, because she fully understands what it takes to be successful. Laura is a fun person who makes friends easily. We had a great player-coach relationship at Maryland and I think she will model that. She’s also well connected in both our area and Philadelphia, which should serve her well in building the program. A lot of people will want to help her be successful. I’m excited to see them play and see her take this next step.”

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The following was published this evening on TheOriginalMovie Facebook page and authored by Carlos Salidivia.

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65 Years Later, Carl E. Stotz’s Worst Fears Are Finally Realized.

Excerpt from a Williamsport Sun-Gazette Editorial on June 5, 1992 (the day after Carl passed):

“We have always known Carl Stotz was not immortal, nor infallible. But he was one of the last great folk heroes of our time, a wonderfully golden presence that defined the goodness of the human spirit. His legacy will be that he cared, that a guy from down the street who is committed to a worthwhile goal can start a neighborhood campaign that eventually makes a difference in an uncaring world. And we thank him for the millions of children who have benefited physically and spiritually from this vision.

I’m one of those regular guys from down the street interested in making a difference in an uncaring world, except I know that the entire world is not uncaring, so this is for you.

My name is Carlos Saldivia and I’m the Executive Producer of the film project “The Original,” the story of Carl E. Stotz and the founding of Little League.

When I was a 10 yr old boy in the late 1960s, I grew up in a small middle-class community that was white, conservative, and sometimes very unforgiving towards me after I had emigrated from Venezuela.

There were two kinds of people there:
People that grimaced when they heard my name and looked at me suspiciously,

And the people that never flinched and treated me like any other kid.

THAT’S where I learned how to adapt to my surroundings and understand there were two kinds of people and to avoid certain ones..That was an easy adaptation.

But, it did not stop them from picking fights with me..They taunted me, harassed me, spat at me, set my books on fire, called me “Chiquita Banana,” “Coffee Bean,” and “Sugar Baron” ( I much preferred the latter because it made me sound like an aristocrat).

My Uncle, who had raised me with my Venezuelan Aunt, was a white man of German descent..He would walk into my bedroom and see my Aunt attending to my wounds and ask, “any broken bones?”

My aunt would nod no, and he would say, “patch him up and send him to school tomorrow”.

Then he would look me in the eye with the love for a son that up until the time I came into his life he did not have, and say -“tomorrow you will grow stronger”.

I understood.

It was a mile walk to school..It was only uphill on the way back..But those 5 words drove a fury in me that taught me how to stand up for myself, ON MY OWN TWO FEET, without someone coming to save me.

Racism wasn’t wasted on me.

It made me stronger, faster, better, wiser, more agile, more intelligent, more versatile, more clear thinking, more focused and yes, a more vicious adversary.

But the greatest gift racism gave me was a stratospheric sense of self-esteem..You will never tell me who I am.

It was then when I first came to Williamsport for Little League World Series Camp.

People that I’d never met, to a man, did not call me any of those names.

You know what they called me?

BALLPLAYER.

You know why?

Because teaching kids baseball is pure..And thats because baseball is pure.

Williamsport was THE place I finally found where I could come as a kid, to safely, be a kid..It was the last safeguard where a kid could go to be safe, innocent and pure.

Williamsport was the place where the rules were defined & equally applied.
Where there was freedom to achieve and fail.
Where there was victory and defeat that mirrored life.
Where there was the accomplishment of team and individual.

Most importantly, it was a place where baseball was played.

And baseball is UNFETTERED COMPETITION and the chance to try again tomorrow..

These are literally Carl’s own words!.

Baseball’s purity is the definition of America.

This is the baseball and this is the America that Carl bequeathed to his nephews and the rest of the world.

From Here.

From Williamsport, PA.

Now you understand why this film, regardless of the work that comes after, will be the greatest thing I ever do, and why I did it.

I owe those men here in Williamsport my life, and will never be able to adequately express my debt to them in 10 lifetimes.

Yesterday, Little League International (LLI) gave their full-throated support to a Marxist political organization that operates thru intimidation, threats, and violence to further their agenda in an effort to eliminate our way of life.

Our way of life in Williamsport, PA.

Our way of life in America.

A movement which seeks to persuade others with a pithy title and a guilt-ridden agenda.

Does anyone else see the tragic irony?..The institution that until yesterday embraced the purity of free-market competition has rejected capitalism for the equal distribution of socialism..Freedom has yielded the playing field to totalitarianism.

Has anyone at Little League International seen what has happened to my birth country?

This Marxist organization, now with LLI’s endorsement, wants our America to look like Venezuela.

Little League International and their Board, (which includes President & CEO Stephen Keener – a local Loyalsock product), chooses to have us believe that this organization they endorse is NOT what their detractors say it is, or who we know they are, but what Keener and Little League International say they are.

THIS IS EXACTLY, why Carl Stotz fought with the corporate entity led by Peter J. McGovern back in 1955..It was exactly his greatest fear now realized, that corporate precedence was more important than the worthwhile goal of teaching kids the purity of baseball, and the idea that today you can be a little bit better than yesterday as a ballplayer.

Instead they wish to replace that beautiful sentiment with the poisonous whispering in the ear of kids, “your father’s a racist,” first.

After all the sacrifices people in this city and around the world have made to have their kids get an opportunity to play baseball, what’s next?

10 year old’s kneeling & repudiating the flag & our anthem because they feel oppressed, or rather because they have been indoctrinated to feel so.

All this because LLI and Keener lack the courage to stand up and push back against a couple of people and other elites who are not interested in dialogue, but demand only compliance.

Carl Stotz was the better man for recognizing this contagion and reputiating it….He refused to stand with corporate elitists that thought the people that loved the purity of baseball in a kid’s childhood, had no value.

In my role as Executive Producer of this film, and as a home owning resident of Williamsport, I strongly denounce these actions by Little League International, Stephen Keener, and the rest of their Executive Board.

After 65 years, you have managed to realize Carl’s worst fears..
You have managed to tarnish his “golden presence” with a base alloy of political correctness.

You have replaced baseball with politics.

What sentence could be more damning than that?

You deserve only mockery and scorn, BUT THANK YOU, for letting us know exactly who you are, without us paying a horrible price.

Carlos Saldivia

#LittleLeague
#Baseball

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART III

The following is an opinion editorial authored by Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport, todd@foxsportswilliamsport.com.

In the immediate aftermath of the publication of OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART I and OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART II Fox Sports Williamsport continued an even deeper look into Jennifer Lake and her ascent to Williamsport Area School Board member.

A mountain of documents and background materials have been obtained, including Lake in her own words.

What has been discovered is quite remarkable and miraculous for someone who claims to advocate for children on a daily basis.

So why did Jennifer Lake sit silent at the WASD school board meeting on that fateful February 2020 evening?

Was it just another baseball courtesy?

Was it a quid pro quo for those who signed her election petitions?

Was it a quid pro quo for those who attend her church?

Was it a quid pro quo for those who donate to her non-profit the Secretary of State has no record of?

Do her election petitions and affidavits give us any clues or possible answers?

Has Jennifer Lake sat silent on issues of race because she is just too tired?

Jennifer Lake was contacted for this story on several occasions; to date she has not responded.

 

In the past week Pennlive confirmed the previously reported by FSW news of Attorney General John Shapiro accepting the “criminal sexual misconduct” case referral from Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner.

The case stems from a 2018 incident occurring on the WAHS baseball team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART I, the first statement I made was, “My argument is, Jennifer Lake you missed your moment!”

In fact Jennifer we are approaching the four year anniversary of an article you posted on your own website titled “I’M A WHITE WOMAN RAISING A BLACK SON. HERE’S MY PERSPECTIVE ON BLACK LIVES MATTER.” published on July 14, 2016.

Allow me to make a prediction, that post and entire website will soon be coming down and the argument will be to “protect her children and her privacy.”

Sorry Jennifer, too late again, you missed another moment.

Back to the Lake article from nearly four years ago and almost a year into her first term on WASD school board; you know the systemically racist WASD, that Jennifer Lake led the charge to memorialize and codify just a few weeks ago.

The article opens, “I have been fairly quiet about recent events in our country because honestly, I just feel so tired.”

Her next line eerily foreshadows what happened to George Floyd, “I feel as if I am emotionally suffocating at times.”

She is so “tired and emotionally suffocating” she waited four years to identify what she claims is systemic racism in the WASD.

It will get progressively worse from here.

Now she lends her perspective which she believes gives her not only instant credibility but moral authority on this issue.

Lake: “I am a white mother raising a black son alongside raising a white son.  This doesn’t mean that I’ll ever be able to understand what it must feel like to be a black citizen in this country these days.  But it does mean that I have a perspective that few have.”

Nearly one month after the Lake article, the New York Times, published on August 16, 2016 a story related to social media discussions on crimes of racial injustice; “on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Dylann S. Roof, a white man, walked into a black church in Charleston, S.C., joined those there in prayer and then opened fire. He killed nine people that night.

Twitter erupted again the day after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who sustained a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody last April.

The funeral was held on Monday, April 27, 2015, a day that ended with the Maryland governor activating the National Guard in response to riots in Baltimore. The following day, Tuesday, April 28, users posted 3.4 million race-related tweets, contributing to the second-largest single-day conversation on the subject over the period studied.

The third-, fourth- and fifth-largest discussions of race on Twitter all occurred as the nation reacted to the death of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old black woman who was found dead, hanging in her Texas jail cell, three days after being arrested last summer.

On July 22, 2015, one day after the authorities released dashboard camera footage of Ms. Bland’s arrest, users posted 3.3 million tweets discussing race. The next day, they posted three million more. A week later, on July 29, the conversation was just as loud, with Pew attributing the three-million-tweet-strong discussion that day to protests held in response to Ms. Bland’s death.”

Lake: “I know that I’m not alone in feeling the weight and sadness of the events happening in our country.  I made the decision to be fairly quiet on social media for a while because I just needed a break from it all.  I have been watching, reading, observing but not commenting much.”

So Jennifer Lake, from day one as a WASD School Board Member, you sat idly by and never addressed the systemic racism in the very same district your children attend school in?

How you could allow this to happen?

Lake: “I have observed friends of mine dismiss “Black Lives Matter” because they want to spread the message that All Lives Matter.  Please hear me when I say that I agree…ALL lives DO matter.  But that’s an entirely different issue.  When I say Black Lives Matter, my point of reference is the unfair and often times rude treatment that I have seen my son be subject to.  He is only 12 and we have a lifetime of experiences like this coming for us.”

So, in your world ALL lives do not matter?

How exactly do you explain that to your biological children?

All lives matter, means all lives matter, correct?

That is what the Bible says that you previously used to hide behind in a social media post.

What ever happened to Genesis 1:27, NIV, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

Does that verse makes any mention of race?

She concludes the article, “So when you hear Black Lives Matter, I would simply ask you to respond with, Yes!, They absolutely do.”

So Jennifer, with the article you authored outlining how white people and their inherent “privilege”; how is the systemic divide ever going to change if you keep perpetuating it with this narrative?

Do you also subscribe to the stated Black Lives Matter position on the nuclear family or did you just like how the headline sounded?

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

By the way, why did it take you nearly five years to bring this up to the WASD school board?

Were you just too tired and staying off social media?

Was it all the social status climbing that was more important?

 

Jennifer, will the students in the WASD be safer as you continue to jam down the BLM platform position of “Defund the Police”?

Does this mean no more School Resource Officers in the WASD?

As FSW has already reported when fights break out SRO Miller stands down units responding when concerned parents call 911, so will it really be a big change from the status quo?

 

On a personal note, in the aftermath of the Freddie Gray riots I was led to a place called Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

It just so happened Chestnut Hill College was playing a basketball game there and I needed to cover for one of our broadcasters.

That January we began a broadcast relationship with Coppin State that still stands today.

In fact, Jennifer, for that relationship I was actually called out on social media for “abandoning the athletes of Lycoming County”, I believe Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the FAMILY of JOHN DOE #1 would beg to differ.

Coppin State University is a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and as their play-by-play broadcaster it is humbling to be able to say COPPIN PROUD.

Remember the Freddie Gray riots, the “peaceful protests” started across the street from campus at Mondawmin Mall and proceeded to the blocks near campus; and we all saw what played out on national television.

Chaos reigned and Baltimore burned!

I have driven and will continue to drive into those same neighborhoods to do games at Coppin State University.

Lifelong friendships have been forged at Coppin and I would not trade them for anything.

You see Jennifer, in my experience at Coppin and in the MEAC for that matter, it is all about family.

The conversations never begin with Hey Todd, you’re wearing your white privilege today, right?

The conversations begin with,

“I’m so happy to see you!”

“Hey Mr. Gary, how are you doing today?”

Most of the time, they are accompanied with smiles, hugs and laughter.

As the games progress, the ongoing conversations and jokes at the press table with everyone from everywhere in the world is about each other and our shared experience in the moment.

We have followed each other on social media and share stories often. This is the same experience from my time in eastern North Carolina with folks that lost everything in hurricanes in recent years.

Skin color does not matter to me, they are family to me because we share something greater – faith in each other!

Faith that we can put the color of skin away and just enjoy each other for who we are to each other.

Person-to-person, experience by experience, relationships are forged.

Jennifer, I share this with you because as happy as those times have been, there have been tragic times as well.

Coppin State Head Baseball Coach Sherman Reed had to bury his son who was a victim of random gun violence.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Reed was found fatally shot late Thursday in the 3800 block of W. Patapsco Ave. in the Violetville neighborhood, according to Baltimore Police. He was one of seven people shot in the city that night. Police have not announced any arrests in the case and had no updates Sunday.

Last August, I drove to a funeral home in Baltimore to see my friend Coach Reed to give him a hug and tell him I was sorry for his loss.

You see Jennifer, Coach Reed had taken me in like his own family when I began doing his teams baseball games. We traveled all the way to Daytona Beach, Florida to the MEAC tournament in 2019 and were set for another great run this year until the coronavirus changed everything.

To date, no suspect has been identified in the murder of Coach Reed’s son and the case remains unsolved.

The same day Reed died, Dorothy Reed said, his son’s camp had the kids write a letter to their parents. Reed’s son wrote that Reed was the best father and he was excited to go the Ravens game with him that Thursday.

Sherman Reed Jr. left behind an 8 year old son at the time of his tragic passing.

 

IRREGULARITIES

Lori Baer, WASD school board president signed two different Republican petitions for Jennifer Lake on February 19, 2019 the same day as a school board meeting, as follows:

#3 Lori A. Baer, right below WAHS Athletic Director #1 Sean McCann and Stevens Elementary School Principal, #2 Kirk Felix.

Her signature appears four spots above fellow WASD board member #7 Patrick Dixon’s signature. He is also the signatory on the back of the page noting his role as “Circulator”, notarized and submitted to the Lycoming County Board of Elections on March 5, 2019.

On the back of this same Petition are the signatures of now former WASD administrator #20 Randy Zangara, his wife #21 Tina Zangara and WASD board member #22 Adam Welteroth; all of whom signed on February 24, 2019.

Another petition reflects, #1 Lori A. Baer, right below that is WAHS Head Principal #2 Brandon Pardoe; both of whom signed on February 19, 2019.

On the Democratic petitions, #1 Richard Poole Director of Student Services, right below is the signature of WASD board member #2 Nancy Story Somers followed by #3 WASD Solicitor Fred Holland all signed on February 19, 2019.

Former WASD Education Foundation Executive Director Greg Hayes trying to do his best Lori A. Baer impersonation signed a pair of Jennifer Lake petitions as well on February 19, 2019.

#5 Greg Hayes, right below #4 WAMS Principal Justin Ross, Somers circulated the Petition for Lake and garnered 29 signatures.

#1 Greg Hayes, right below, #2 Barbara Reeves both signed on February 19, 2019, Reeves circulated the Petition for Lake garnered 30 signatures. It was notarized and submitted to the Lycoming County Board of Elections on March 6, 2019.

#8 Jennifer Lake, signed her own petition which had 8 only total signatures on March 5, 2019. The same day it was notarized and submitted to the Lycoming County Board of Elections on March 5, 2019.

Lake garnered 61 signatures including herself, while Somers collected 29 signatures for Lake and Reeves collected 31 including herself and her husband.

Patrick Dixon garnered 118 Republican signatures for Lake.

 

JENNIFER LAKE EMPLOYMENT WITH BETHANY CHRISTIAN SERVICES

Why has Jennifer Lake recently become so quiet publicly and on social media while her husband takes up for her from his bully pulpit?

Is it because the further into Dwell Orphan Care one digs; the more unanswered questions one finds?

Jennifer Lake worked for an organization called Bethany Christian Services based in Michigan.

For years Bethany specialized in international and domestic adoption as well as post adoption care of client children and adoptive parents.

Let me make the clear distinction now, Lake worked for and did not volunteer for Bethany Christian Services.

How is this is verified?

Multiple ways, Lake disclosed this fact on her election Statement of Financial Interests form from March 10, 2019 for the year 2018.

On the same form she claims income from First United Methodist Church of Williamsport where her husband is the lead pastor. The address for the church provided by Lake, according to the Lycoming County Tax Office does not exist on a map.

Fox Sports Williamsport further verified her employment history with the human resources director of Bethany Christian Services who stated, “Jennifer Lake was employed from November 3, 2016 until May 3, 2019.”

Lake began with Bethany Christian Services as a Resource Family Development Specialist and prior to quitting she was a Post Permanency Case Worker.

According to the human resources director of Bethany Christian Services; the reason for separation: “voluntarily left for a job change.”

When asked about any complaints lodged against Lake, “you need a release from Jennifer Lake for that information.”

So Jennifer, how about that release in the spirit of transparency as a publicly elected official?

You forgot to mark another box on your Statement of Financial Interests form last year C Public Official (current) – it was blank.

So glad to know you remembered the fact you held Public Office at the time, you must have been too tired.

On line 13 Office, Directorship, or Employment In Any Business you listed Dwell Orphan Care with an address of 1157 Market Street, Williamsport and the box asking for Position Held (i.e. officer, director, employee, etc.) – it was blank too.

Your bio page says you are the Founder and Executive Director of Dwell Orphan Care, why not list that?

You must have been too tired to remember that fact too.

My guess is you will look at the floor again while deciding not to agree and claim you are again the victim of a public forum attack of your credibility.

You know like JOHN DOE #1 in the Myrtle Beach case you still refuse call a victim.

Another irregularity in the Statement of Financial Interests affidavit filed by Jennifer Lake shows and address for Bethany Christian Services in Lancaster, Pennsylvania which is interesting since the information developed by FSW for this story clearly states she was working out of the State College office.

Just some of that proof, is her attendance as an exhibitor at the PASAP-PAMLE 2019 Conference held from February 24 – 26, 2019 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.

In the list of exhibitors it clearly states:

Bethany Christian Services 2147 East College Avenue. Suite A State College, PA 16801

Telephone: 814-867-2848  (portions redacted)

Booth Representatives: Jennifer Lake and Rebecca Baughman – Booth #8

Bethany is a not-for profit adoption and family services agency with more than 65 years of delivery compassionate, professional services to a hurting world. Our worldwide team of more than 1,100 experienced staff ministers to children and families in more than 80 locations across the US and on five continents.

Our Central PA location, with office in Lancaster, Reading, Harrisburg, State College and Martinsburg, WV offers Foster Care and Foster Care to Adopt, Domestic and International Adoption, Post Permanency Services, Safe Families and Save Families PLUS for Children, Counseling, ADOPTS and equine therapy, Refugee Services, and Pregnancy Counseling and Parent Training Services.

Bethany Christian Services manifests the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families through quality of services.

 

Bethany Christian Services has been challenged in court all over the country for a miriad of issues related to their claim of “manifests the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families through quality of services.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer has been following the Bethany Case “The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Philadelphia dispute over same-sex foster parents.”

From the article, “The path to the Supreme Court started in March 2018, when a same-sex couple interested in becoming foster parents said they were turned down by Bethany Christian Services because they were lesbian. An Inquirer story about the incident found that CSS had a similar policy of not working with LGBTQ people. Bethany agreed to change its policy to align with the city’s anti-discrimination rules. CSS did not, and the city ended its foster-care contract.”

BCS subsequently amended their policy on same-sex couples becoming foster parents and regained a contract with the City of Philadelphia.

So does Bethany Christian Services, the firm that employed Jennifer Lake have the best interest of the child in mind at all times or is something else at play?

An article titled “Shotgun Adoption” was published by thenation.com chronicling ironically enough a story involving a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina case.

“Such enthusiasm for Christians to adopt en masse begins to seem like a demand in need of greater supply, and this is how critics of current practices describe it: as an industry that coercively separates willing biological parents from their offspring, artificially producing “orphans” for Christian parents to adopt, rather than helping birth parents care for wanted children.”

This same scenario played itself out in when a biological father in State College sued Bethany Christian Services claiming his rights as a father had been violated and the Superior Court of Pennsylvania agreed.

According to a Centre Daily Times article from August 7, 2017, “State College adoption agency sued for more than $1 million.”

From the story, “The suit alleges that “Bethany knowingly, voluntarily and tortiously interfered” with the man’s parental rights by refusing his requests for custody of the child and to visit the child on all but one occasion. The suit also claimed that Bethany Christian Services provided the man with false information about the pre-adoptive parents, would not provide information about the child’s whereabouts and refused to facilitate a paternity test.

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled in August 2016 that “the father has been deprived of (the) child without any evidence in the record that he is an unfit parent, and without the benefit of due process protections.”

The court also opined that the adoption agency’s actions were “troubling.”

In the court’s conclusion, it expressed sympathy to the pre-adoptive parents’ efforts to raise the child, but that “our sympathies must give way to (the) father’s fundamental constitutional rights” and that he is presumed to be a fit parent.

The case was transferred to York County, where Judge Todd R. Platts ordered in June (2017) that the child’s biological parents share custody on a week-on, week-off basis.

The lawsuit alleged that Bethany Christian Services’ motive was to protect business profit, which caused economic damages and emotional pain to the father in his quest for custody and also harmed his relationship with the child. The suit has requested more than $1 million in punitive damages, more than $50,000 in compensatory damages and more than $20,000 in legal fees.

Jennifer Lake began her employment with Bethany Christian Services on November 3, 2016.

FSW, has also confirmed multiple civil court cases against Bethany Christian Services in the Philadelphia region.

Jennifer Lake, you remember the one who was “too tired” for nearly 8 years to address systemic racism and nearly 5 years as a member of the WASD school board sat down for an interview with macaronikid.com on February 26, 2018 for an article titledSome common misconceptions about adopting from foster care include:

1. “It’s too expensive.” The reality is that the costs are very minimal. Adopting a child from foster care is often funded by the state, and in many cases, there are little to no fees (varies by state). Medical assistance and financial subsidies are often available as well.

2. “They need unconditional love. They need consistency. They need someone to show up for them. They need a family.”

Lake unequivocally states, “They need unconditional love. They need consistency. They need someone to show up for them. They need a family.”

So in the case of JOHN DOE #1 in the Myrtle Beach case when you were asked for to second a motion for an independent investigation; you showed no love, no consistency, and never showed up, instead history shows you sat silently while looking at the floor.

In other words, you failed JOHN DOE #1 and his family.

 

Jennifer Lake your website is quite amazing, in your biographical information it states; “She is the Founder and Executive Director of dwell Orphan Care; a non-profit seeking to support foster and adoptive families so that children have a safe, loving, forever home in which to dwell. She has been alongside her husband in ministry for over 20 years and understands the unique challenges that come along with being “The Pastors Wife”!”

It goes onto ask:

ARE YOU CALLED TO LEADERSHIP?  THE ANSWER IS A RESOUNDING “YES”.
IT ISN’T A QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE A LEADER BUT INSTEAD,
“HOW WILL YOU LEAD?”

  • Maybe you have a ton of responsibility and no support system to push you towards excellence.

This entire community is still waiting for you to practice what you are handsomely rewarded to show up and preach as your side hustle.

“If you resonate with this quote from Howard Thurman, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” then working with me is going to change your life for the better. You need clarity. You need direction.  You need a Coach.”

Really?

JOHN DOE #1 was looking for a coach in Myrtle Beach, however after Ryan Miller picked up two prior convictions for DUI you approved him to be an assistant baseball coach before allowing him to become the head baseball coach.

Jennifer, you and your fellow WASD board members allowed Miller to take nearly 40 student athletes multiple states away with no hotel room assignment list with only paid and volunteer coaches as “chaperones”.

Of course, Miller let you and the WASD off the hook from firing him by resigning in disgrace after showing up to a game drunk; when he was suppose to be coaching.

Some would call his and your actions endangering the welfare of children and when you found out what happened on that trip; your response could be called depraved indifference.

I have a snapshot of Jennifer Lake after she just read this part; she again is looking at the floor, just so tired of facts getting in the way of the truth she has tried to spin of all these years.

 

KIND WORDS GET REWARDED

In the interesting world of Jennifer Lake, if you say nice things about her and for her, you get rewarded.

According to her own coaching website John Machak, President of The Wealth Factory offered the following after working with Jennifer Lake:

“I would highly recommend working with Jennifer Lake as a mentor and personal coach. She has been a tremendous help to my business and personal life. She listens and pays attention to you as an individual and caters her coaching to fit your specific needs. Her personalized Yoda-like coaching skills were invaluable to my success and I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone trying to improve personally or professionally.”

John Machak is currently a Dwell Orphan Care board member.

FSW, confirmed Dwell Orphan Care received $3,590.66 on March 20, 2020 as part of the Raise the Region campaign from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.

FSW also inquired about the formation documentation and IRS Form 990 for Dwell being provided to the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, FCFP declined comment on those matters citing existing policies and protocols.

Jennifer, in the spirit of transparency how about providing the IRS Form 990’s for Dwell since its inception?

Why not?

 

As a footnote, your inability to stand up for a defenseless child and offer a second to a motion may have also cost your husband his ministry too; since you are using the church and your home which the church owns as offices for your non-profit.

Hope it was worth it to stay in the cool kids club.

No worries, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and his team will do a real thorough job of investigating who knew what when and who did favors for who and in the end; history will show exactly how wrong you were to sit quietly as the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child victim came and went.

Your response wasn’t even a whisper, it was depraved indifferent silence.

Maybe the cause was the The Dragon of Self-Doubt you spoke of in your blog on April 7, 2015.

You are unfit to serve as a WASD school board member.

As you relinquish your seat on the WASD school board, take the rest of those that also sat silent with you that evening including; Lori A. Baer, President, Dr. Jane Penman, Vice President, Patrick Dixon, Star Poole, Barbara Reeves, Marc Schefsky and Nancy Story Somers.

On your way out, ask WASD Solicitor Fred Holland to join you since he apparently has no understanding of the difference between “indecent and inappropriate behavior” and “criminal sexual misconduct.”

Can everyone also thank you for the “Racism Has No Home Here” signs in there yards when all the different protesting factions show up in a few weeks looking to destroy property?

Just to be clear, there was never going to be a Jennifer Lake statue erected for a future generation of protesters to tear down or have removed someday.

There may have been if you would have stood up for JOHN DOE #1 instead of sitting silently in your seat staring at the floor.

As I previously stated Jennifer, you effectively resigned from the WASD school board on February 4, 2020 just like you quit Bethany Christian Services on May 3, 2019.

Jennifer, will all do respect with these types of facts in the record you have a blind spot for that elephant in the room in regard to the Myrtle Beach case.

COVID-19 Claims 2020 Cutters Season

Major League Baseball™ (MLB™) has informed Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) that it will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams, including the Williamsport Crosscutters, with players for the 2020 season. As a result, there will not be a Minor League Baseball season in 2020.

“These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that we’ve had a summer without Minor League Baseball played,” said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner. “While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting 2021 season of affordable family entertainment.”

Crosscutters Principal Owner Peter Freund stated, “While this difficult decision was not ours to make, we feel it was the right one, for players, coaches, front office staff, stadium workers and most importantly Minor League fans across the country.”

In the coming days Cutters staff will be reaching out to our 2020 season tickets holders, sponsorship partners and those who had already planned group outings at the ballpark, to answer your questions and provide options moving forward. Now, more than ever, we ask for the continued support of our fans, business partners and the greater Williamsport community.

In addressing concerns regarding the 2021 season, the Crosscutters expect to again field a team under Major League Baseball’s umbrella. In addition, the team looks forward to co-hosting another MLB Little League Classic while also playing an important role in the future growth and reach of MLB.

While the Crosscutters offices at BB&T Ballpark remain closed to the general public, fans with questions can reach the front office by calling (570) 326-3389 or via email at mail@crosscutters.com.

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone – PART II

The following is an opinion editorial authored by Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport, todd@foxsportswilliamsport.com.

Jennifer Lake took the better part of Friday to formulate a response to the OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone. 

As predicted, she is now the victim.

She is correct, in one facet of her response, “…that I am resigning from the WASD School Board. This is fake news. 100% made up. A lie. I am proud to serve my community and the children in this volunteer position. I have no intentions of resigning.”

Let me be the first to echo her statement Jennifer Lake is not “resigning from the WASD School Board.”

 

In fact Jennifer, history tells us you already did.

When do you ask?

When you failed to look at anyone other than Dr. Bigger and mostly you looked at the floor on February 4, 2020.

How do I know?

That evening, I left my keyboard behind to bring my notebook to the WASD school board meeting.

That evening, you had a chance to actually make history and set the record straight forever by providing a second to a motion noted in Part IX of the FSW multi-part series titled, “A Baseball Story” related to the Myrtle Beach incident, WASD Board Member Adam Cole Welteroth offered public comment during the February 4, 2020 WASD School Board meeting where he again raised concerns.

For almost two years, the district has remained silent on this matter while being subjected to RTK requests, expanded accusations of wrong done, and a multi part news series on the accounts and handling of the Myrtle Beach incident.

It is time, we as a board take steps to put this matter to rest.

With this motion, I would invite a second by my fellow board members to allow discussion as to why we should not commission a third party investigation and review at this time.

The motion made by Welteroth was met with 10 seconds of stunned silence from the other 8 members of the WASD School Board including President Lori Baer, Vice President Dr. Jane Penman, Patrick Dixon, Barbara Reeves, Marc Schefsky, Star Poole, Dr. Nancy Story Somers and Jennifer Lake as well as WASD Solicitor Fred Holland, multiple WASD administrators and did not receive a second.

Lori Baer, President of the WASD School Board after the 10 seconds of stunned silence, said, “I don’t hear a second, Adam at this point in time. I think this is pry (sic) something that pry (sic) we need to talk about in executive session with legal advisement may not be quite appropriate to do it right now, so…but unless somebody would like to offer a second.”

Welteroth responds, “the second motion is to talk about this it’s not saying (inaudible).”

Baer concludes, “I’m not seeing anybody (inaudible).”

 

Instead as I mentioned above, you sat silent and refused to make eye contact with me by mostly looking at the floor.

I was the guy in the front row waiting for you and your colleagues to second that motion.

Instead, I heard the silence noted above.

 

In your public comments today, you make mention of being called a “racist” in a public forum and you refuse to engage in that dialogue.

That is an interesting position to take, since the anti-racist/racism Resolution unanimously approved by the WASD in fact calls the entire community racist by your codified definition.

When the conversation begins with “you are a racist, and I’m done talking about it,” how are we as a society suppose to work toward unity?

Or is it the world according to Jennifer Lake and her life’s work?

If you want to have the real conversation about race relations, let’s have it.

Wait I forgot, it won’t be as a member of the WASD School Board, you already resigned with your inaction on February 4, 2020.

As a footnote, the Myrtle Beach Police Department is still waiting on your call.

By you changing your Facebook page settings and blocking people; that is behavior from someone who is unfit for the moment they claim to be in charge of.

All of the love you keep receiving online is more than JOHN DOE #1 and JOHN DOE #2 have ever felt from you or the WASD.

You remember, the victims you still fail to recognize that suffered as you were informed on June 5, 2018 by WASD solicitor Fred Holland “indecent and inappropriate behavior by a WAHS baseball player.”

Earlier this year, the same incident Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner described as “criminal sexual misconduct”, prior to referring the matter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

 

Let us agree, history will be our judge.

History will show which side of this argument you have been on since the beginning.

No amount of Facebook likes or comments will make you feel better after that type of indifferent systemic failure is exposed in criminal and civil cases involving the WASD.

Volunteer position or not, you serve on a school board that turned a blind eye and deaf ear to the Myrtle Beach incident and fail to recommend firings for those employees who took an active part in covering it up.

This is not hate.

These are indisputable facts.

OP-ED: Jennifer Lake Wokebegone

The following is an opinion editorial authored by Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport, todd@foxsportswilliamsport.com.

So how does a highly trained and qualified mandated reporter fail to call the Myrtle Beach Police Department or even raise concerns for more than two years lead the anti-racism movement in the WASD?

My argument is, Jennifer Lake you missed your moment!

WASD school board member Jennifer Lake who has served in her position for many years is now the loudest voice for change as it relates to systemic racism in the district.

For those that may not know who Lake is, her bio page states: “Jenn has been personally and/or professionally involved in the world of adoption for over 16 years.  In 2016, Jenn began her professional career in Family Advocacy where she has recruited, trained and supported foster and adoptive families on their journey to permanency and beyond. In 2019, Jenn earned the title of TBRI Practitioner through the Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development out of Texas Christian University.

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children. TBRI has been applied in orphanages, courts, residential treatment facilities, group homes, foster and adoptive homes, churches, and schools.

Jenn and her husband, Matt, are passionate champions of caring for orphans and vulnerable children.”

With her biographical information as the backdrop and specifically the references to “provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children” and “passionate champions of caring for orphans and vulnerable children.”

Champions do not allow team trips out of state with no hotel room list or adult chaperones beyond the coaching staff.

Champions call the Myrtle Beach Police Department when they are informed on June 5, 2018 by WASD solicitor Fred Holland of “indecent and inappropriate behavior by a WAHS baseball player.”

The same incident Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner described as “criminal sexual misconduct”, prior to referring the matter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Shapiro has confirmed to FSW receipt of the case referral.

Champions at a minimum pose questions to district administrators when the story does not add up.

Champions ask for a final report of investigations that are conducted by people who are subordinate to you.

Champions do not sit silent when a fellow WASD board member asks for a second as it relates to opening a third party independent investigation into the “criminal sexual misconduct” incident on the 2018 WAHS baseball team trip to Myrtle Beach during the February 4, 2020 meeting.

After audio surfaces of the WAHS principal misleading the MBPD in regard to the incident; Champions advocate for the firing of that WASD employee and anyone else involved in the cover-up.

For a board member having served multiple terms to omit the word “victim” when referring to a vulnerable child in the WASD “Official Statement” relating to the “criminal sexual misconduct” incident, has failed to be a Champion.

We will revisit the “victim” issue in due course.

Now, this self proclaimed “Champion” wants this community to listen to her when it comes to curing systemic racism within society and specifically in the school district she oversees.

The plan moving forward, follow a piece of paper with a list of grievances.

WASD School Board Adopts Anti-Racist Resolution

On June 23, 2020, in light of recent national events, the Williamsport Area School Board adopted the following anti-racist resolution: 

WHEREAS, we are deeply saddened and outraged by the recent killing of George Floyd and violence against black men and women. The subsequent protests have shined a spotlight on the harmful effects of racism and inequality. Furthermore, the public response has highlighted the racial trauma that our black students, families, staff, and communities have not only endured for centuries but continue to face today.
WHEREAS, we must recognize that racism and hate have no place in our schools and society. However, we must understand that racism is systemic, and it is unconsciously and consciously rooted into our institutions, policies, and practices. Consequently, we acknowledge that we must look at our own school policies and practices through an anti-racist and equity lens to address traces of racism and inequity that still exist within our own school community.
WHEREAS, we must center the voices of staff, students, families, and communities who have historically endured discrimination and marginalization. Their lived experiences and stories require attention, require respect, require empathy, and most importantly require action. Therefore, it is essential that we establish an expectation that a diversity of students, families, and community members, specifically those that have been ignored, discriminated against, and marginalized, are heard and included on substantive school and district issues.
WHEREAS, we must better educate ourselves and seek to educate the community on the historical and current impact of racism and discrimination on our students, families, and communities, as well as understand our role in perpetuating such inequity. Through continuous professional development and opportunities for honest dialogue and listening sessions, we hope to build partnerships in the community focused on overcoming racism and other barriers. By doing so, we can create opportunities to ensure that each child has the tools and supports needed to thrive.
WHEREAS, we must advocate to advance civil rights and cultivate an anti-racist school climate necessary to meet the needs of ALL students in our care. Our students, no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language ability, disability, and other identities, deserve to feel safe, to feel seen, and to feel affirmed.NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Williamsport Area School Board, unequivocally stand firm in our collective responsibility to foster an equitable and inclusive environment for every student, staff member, parent, and community member. We commit to use our role as school board directors to recognize, respond, and speak out against injustice and racial inequity in our school community.

The Resolution is signed by WASD school board president Lori Baer and board Secretary Wanda Erb.

 

FULL STOP.

If a board member is not serving in their first term; could an argument be made that anyone in a second, third or longer term is actually contributing to the underlying issues noted in the Resolution?

Is it fair to say, after 400 years of history on this topic to rely upon, the recent epiphany is a little late?

Is it fair to say, it seems opportunistic?

 

During the Williamsport Area School District board meeting on Tuesday evening, board member Jennifer Lake played a leading role reading an anti-racism resolution into the record prior to its unanimous approval.

So how in good conscience can Jennifer Lake bring forward a resolution addressing a situation that occurred in Minneapolis while failing to address a tragic situation in her own backyard?

The indisputable timeline of insanity regarding the Myrtle Beach incident compared to the anti-racism Resolution unanimously approved last night defies logic.

  • WASD concludes investigation of Myrtle Beach incident June 5, 2018.
  • 19 months later – WASD issues Statement on handling of Myrtle Beach incident January 9, 2020.
  • George Floyd who has never been a student in the WASD is killed in Minnesota on May 25, 2020.
  • Less than 30 days later – WASD school board approves Anti-racism Resolution June 23, 2020
  • The anti-racism Resolution is based on national events including the death of George Floyd.

So Jennifer Lake and her fellow WASD board members had a faster public response to the death of George Floyd than a “criminal sexual misconduct” incident involving students in the district.

How could I forget, child privacy laws prevented the WASD from making a statement – for 19 months!

Jennifer Lake and her fellow WASD board members have been given an opportunity to do the right thing for the better part of the past two years and have yet to act.

Fox Sports Williamsport has published a multi-part series titled, “A Baseball Story” related to the Myrtle Beach incident.

In Part IX of the series, WASD Board Member Adam Cole Welteroth offered a public comment after the February 4, 2020 WASD School Board meeting where he again raised concerns.

For almost two years, the district has remained silent on this matter while being subjected to RTK requests, expanded accusations of wrong done, and a multi part news series on the accounts and handling of the Myrtle Beach incident.

It is time, we as a board take steps to put this matter to rest.

We cannot let students and employees of the district to be smeared in public if they have done nothing wrong.

On the same hand, we cannot let this incident go if any of these allegations and accusations are true.

Either way, we must seek an independent investigation and review of this incident by the district to put this matter to rest.

I have called for it in the past and the public has called for it as well. I make a motion to commission a third party investigation and review of this incident.

It should be contracted to a law firm who does not have a vested interest with the district professionally and/or privately.

The scope of this investigation shall attempt to answer: What happened in Myrtle Beach?

A timeline detailing what the district did in response to the incident.

A review of the districts investigation.

With this motion, I would invite a second by my fellow board members to allow discussion as to why we should not commission a third party investigation and review at this time.

The motion made by Welteroth was met with 10 seconds of stunned silence from the other 8 members of the WASD School Board including President Lori Baer, Vice President Dr. Jane Penman, Patrick Dixon, Barbara Reeves, Marc Schefsky, Star Poole, Dr. Nancy Story Somers and Jennifer Lake as well as WASD Solicitor Fred Holland, multiple WASD administrators and did not receive a second.

Lori Baer, President of the WASD School Board after the 10 seconds of stunned silence, said, “I don’t hear a second, Adam at this point in time. I think this is pry (sic) something that pry (sic) we need to talk about in executive session with legal advisement may not be quite appropriate to do it right now, so…but unless somebody would like to offer a second.”

Welteroth responds, “the second motion is to talk about this it’s not saying (inaudible).”

Baer concludes, “I’m not seeing anybody (inaudible).”

 

So the primordial question is, Jennifer Lake, if you are so concerned with “vulnerable children”, what is the harm in voicing a second?

I’m sure the Floyd family would approve of your efforts, not to mention the family of JOHN DOE #1 and JOHN DOE #2.

Or for you, is it a case of do as I tell you to, but not as I do?

Did you mean to say on your personal Jennifer Lake Facebook page on June 1 at 12:14 PM

Behavior Matching is one of the five Engagement Strategies of Trust Based Relational Intervention. It silences the amygdala (which detects threats) and creates felt-safety. When we mirror someone’s behavior, posture, thoughts, feelings, and interests, we create togetherness. We create connection.

Behavior matching is a bridge between you and me that says, “I see you. I hear you. You matter.”

Do victims of “criminal sexual misconduct” matter to you?

For more than two years you and your fellow board members have failed to “behavior match” reality on this issue which has led to community mistrust.

Instead, here is what JOHN DOE #1 and JOHN DOE #2 hear from you and the rest of the WASD loud and clear.

We don’t see you.

We don’t hear you.

And you sure as hell don’t matter.

 

Jennifer, by your actions and willful disregard for the victims of criminal sexual misconduct makes it well past time for you to immediately step down as a member of the WASD school board.

Your continued participation is only contributing to the systemic problems you so eloquently outlined in the anti-racism Resolution you read into the record last night.

Or will you wait for the State Board of Education to remove you or will you resign in disgrace when the fallout from the Myrtle Beach incident is underway?

This community will not tolerate 4 minutes let alone 400 years of the type of legacy of oversight you are leaving.

 

How Tyra Crews had a prepared statement ready to recommend a paid WASD position in the aftermath of the Resolution approval is under investigation in a Right to Know Request.

As you said on June 14 at 9:28 PMwith Matthew Lake and 2 others

We pray, we gather, we lament and we repent.”

 

With your resignation, the knee will finally come off our collective necks and as you said on June 5 at 1:53 PM

“Williamsport always be a city where all can breathe.”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVIII

Attorney General Josh Shapiro (top), Roger Freed WAHS 9th grade principal (bottom left)
Dr. Susan L. Bigger, WASD Assistant Superintendent and Brandon Pardoe WAHS head principal (bottom right)

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation
by Fox Sports Williamsport
into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip
to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART XVIII

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

 

LITTLE LEAUGUE COMPLEX HOSTED 2018 MILLIONAIRES BASEBALL BANQUET

Fox Sports Williamsport has obtained photographic evidence the cafeteria area located in the Little League headquarters building was used as the venue to celebrate the 2018 Williamsport Millionaires baseball team.

Individuals appearing in multiple photos are Nick Caringi, former Williamsport assistant baseball coach and Little League employee as well as current head coach Kyle Schneider, assistant baseball coach Joel Worthington, athletic director Sean McCann, Jamie Joy, Little League employee seated at the same table with his father-in-law criminal defense attorney George Lepley.

The obtained photos were compared to those from previous Little League luncheons.

Easily identifiable in the photos is “champions” on the wall and a multitude of Little League Word Series team photos with many different color uniforms identifying the region of the world they hail from.

Based on the time stamps of the photos, the banquet occurred on June 15, 2018.

Based upon the exclusive reporting of FSW in this series; that puts it just 10 days after the June 5, 2018 conclusion of the investigations run by WAHS principal Brandon Pardoe and former Lycoming County chief detective Willie Weber.

FSW reached out to Little League with the following questions recently.

Was the Little League complex or facility in South Williamsport used by the Williamsport High School Baseball team in 2018 for an awards banquet?

If so, was it rented?

Is the facility available for rentals to any team, group or organization?

On Monday morning, Kevin Fountain, Director of Media Relations for Little League International provided the following:

“Thanks for reaching out. As we have shared with your previous requests on this matter, it would be inappropriate for us to comment. Have a nice week.”

When did it become “inappropriate for us to comment” when asking about the use of a Little League International facility?

JOHN DOE #1, who was the victim of “criminal sexual misconduct” does not appear in any of the awards banquet photos since he had previously been kicked off the team.

Instead the people that conspired to keep the story quiet were hosted by Little League and its employees.

Was the same rigorous vetting process employed by Little League International to allow people on the complex for the Little League World Series prior to hosting this event or was it yet another baseball courtesy?

To be fair, was Little League International informed by any of its employees who were on the Myrtle Beach trip that “criminal sexual misconduct” occurred?

Did former Lycoming County chief detective Willie Weber and Little League World Series team host (uncle) inform Little League International he was part of the investigation in this matter?

Or did Weber tell Little League International it was just a “prank”?

Or was it just “boys being boys”?

Does that make the Little League International response even more perplexing with their stated narrative in regard to protecting children?

 

FREED JOINED WASD INVESTIGATION IN 2018

FSW has confirmed, Roger Freed, WAHS 9th Grade Principal was the previously unidentified administrator that participated in the investigations conducted by the WASD.

His identity was not provided in the Right to Know answers provided to FSW by the WASD.

Freed is a direct report to WAHS head principal Brandon Pardoe.

According to an article published by the Sun-Gazette on January 15, 2018, Roger Freed was appointed 9th Grade Principal at Williamsport Area High School.

FSW continues to develop information relating to the role Freed played in this case.

 

BIGGER TITLE IX TROUBLE?

Dr. Susan Bigger, WAHS Assistant  Superintendent at the time of the incident in Myrtle Beach in 2018 and subsequent investigations served in a capacity to address Title IX issues related to students.

The WASD provided at the bottom of page 1, its “Nondiscrimination Policy” contained in the Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook 2017-2018; which addressed issues related to the Title IX Education Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990.

The Williamsport Area School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and handicap in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. 

For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by handicapped individuals, contact:  Mrs. Anne Logue, Director of Human Resources, for issues related to staff, and Dr. Susan Bigger, Assistant  Superintendent, for student related issues. 

Both are located at the Williamsport Area School District, 2780 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA  17701. Telephone number 570-327-5500, ext. 40210 for Mrs. Logue and ext. 40511 for Dr. Bigger

A video depicts what Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner described as “criminal sexual misconduct” and WASD Solicitor Fred Holland characterized as “indecent and inappropriate conduct” and has subsequently been referred to PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro for review.

Do the acts depicted on video amount to a Title IX violation?

Do the acts depicted on video amount to a deprivation of a student’s civil rights?

What if any of the victims noted in this series had conditions that qualify under the Americans with Disability Act of 1990?

In PART VIII Suzanne Estrella, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), Legal Director offered the following on the Title IX issues brought up in “A Baseball Story” series of stories.

Title IX is a civil rights law that provides for equal education opportunity.  It prohibits schools that receive federal funding from discriminating on the basis of sex.

Title IX mandates that schools have a prompt and effective response to sexual assault that occurs in context of the education program or activity – this would include a sexual assault on a field trip.

Title IX also requires schools to provide some type of prevention training.

She also weighed in on the crimes alleged to have occurred, in Pennsylvania, “the crimes described in the FSW series of stories include sexual assault, battery, possibly sextortion, and the unlawful dissemination of an intimate image.”

To date, no criminal charges have been filed in South Carolina or Pennsylvania in this case.

 

Additionally from From PART VIII  of this series:

MILLER LAWSUIT AND ASSERTIONS ON THE RECORD

Miller in his lawsuit claims to be harmed by a published MBPD Police Report previously reported as listing him as the perpetrator instead of a witness to a simple assault case.

In fact, his lawyer contacted FSW on New Year’s Eve 2019 via e-mail proclaiming Miller to be the “hero and not the villain.”

He cites in #24 of his subsequently filed complaint, “While on break from coaching duties during the baseball tournament, Mr. Miller and Coaches Kyle Schneider and Joel Worthington were on the balcony of a hotel room overlooking a nearby beach when they witnessed an unknown man and woman arguing on the beachfront.”

Is it plausible this room would be part of a room list documenting where everyone on the trip was staying?

FSW already published a corrective statement that Miller was not arrested as a result of this incident.

The MBPD publicly searchable database provides names of parties involved in incidents.

#24 of the Miller complaint points out some significant deficiencies however.

Why can’t Miller tell us what hotel or room number that balcony view was from?

When Miller says, “While on break from coaching duties during the baseball tournament”, does that mean his responsibilities only applied when he was on the field “coaching” and not at the hotel or anywhere else in Myrtle Beach?

Is it the same mindset now since Miller resigned and his fellow witness and current WAHS head coach Kyle Schneider subscribes too?

Miller also claims in his complaint he has no knowledge of any of the “indecent or inappropriate behavior of a baseball player in Myrtle Beach” and only learned of it through rumors in the summer of 2018.

What’s worse, not having any knowledge of the whereabouts of the student athletes a coach is responsible for while in Myrtle Beach or potentially playing an active role in a cover-up of what obviously took place?

The WASD has already said in the RTKL responses under the penalty of perjury that there was no hotel room assignment list and when they asked Miller for one he could not provide one.

There were no adult chaperones on the trip other than the coaching staff which according to the Miller complaint he and a pair of coaches were on an unknown hotel balcony in Myrtle Beach.

 

MILLER ATTORNEYS CONFIRM CARNEVALE IN MYRTLE BEACH

Attorneys for Ryan Miller e-mailed FSW on January 9, 2020 expressing their client’s issues with “A Baseball Story” series. Ironically, the mailed versions of that same letter showed up to the offices of Colonial Radio Group of Williamsport at the end of this past week coinciding with the filing of the aforementioned lawsuit.

Miller conveniently omitted the “romantic getaway” issue from his lawsuit.

Fox Sports Williamsport is still waiting for a response from the attorneys for Miller on identifying not only the hotel name but the room number as well.

Miller also conveniently omitted from the complaint him showing up to a game at Bowman Field drunk.

Is that because he is unable to disprove this fact?

Why did WASD hire a former assistant baseball coach with two prior DUI’s as a head coach?

Was that the decision of the WAHS Athletic Director or WAHS Principal Brandon Pardoe?

 

FAIR WARNING GIVEN TO MILLER AND LAWFIRM REPRESENTING HIM BY FSW

Upon receiving the letter from the Miller attorneys; FSW gave notice to Marshall and Page IV that their client was facing a civil lawsuit from JOHN DOE #1 and that sources confirmed the criminal case had been reopened. The reopening brought up possible criminal liability for the head coach and others on the trip.

With these facts in hand, McNerney, Page, Vanderlin & Hall filed the lawsuit against FSW and others, anyway.

 

WASD SCHOOL CONDUCT MANUAL COMPLETELY IGNORED

FSW obtained a copy of the WAHS School Conduct Guidelines, in Appendix II, under Categories – IV it states:

Acts which result in violence to another person or property or which pose a direct threat to the safety of others in the school. These acts are clearly criminal and are so serious that they always require administrative actions which result in the immediate removal of the student from the school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities and  actions by the board of school directors.

Examples

  • Unmodified conduct
  • Assault/battery
  • Extortion
  • Bomb threat
  • Possession/use/transfer/of dangerous weapons
  • Vandalism
  • Possession/sale of stolen property
  • Arson
  • Furnishing/selling/Possession of unauthorized substances

Procedures

a. The administration verifies the offense, confers with the staff involved and meets with the student.

b. The student is immediately removed from the school environment.

c. Law enforcement officials are contacted.

d. A complete and accurate report is submitted to the superintendent for board action.

e. The student is given a full due process hearing before the board.

Disciplinary Option & Responses

  • Expulsion
  • Alternative schools
  • Police intervention

As noted in this series, WASD administrators continue to assert law enforcement made them aware of the alleged incident. Even if that is true, the subsequent procedures were not followed.

The evidence to that effect is found in PART VII.

After issuing its first statement in the matter in nearly 2 years the WASD also offered the following, “The Williamsport Area School District does not condone inappropriate and indecent behavior.”

Fox Sports Williamsport has obtained a photo of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 in uniform after the 2018 District II Class 6A Baseball Championship game with his parents on each side and wearing a District II Championship medal.

Why was ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 in uniform after the 2018 District II Class 6A Baseball Championship game with his parents on each side and wearing a District II Championship medal and not suspended for the rest of the season?

Was it yet another baseball courtesy?

 

BASED ON ACT 140 PENSIONS ARE AT RISK IN THIS CASE

FSW researched state pension forfeiture statues and found the Pension Forfeiture Overview.

The right of a person to receive any retirement benefit from PSERS is subject to forfeiture as provided by the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act (“Forfeiture Act”) or ACT 140.

The law mandates that all service and benefits payable to a PSERS member be forfeited if the member is found guilty of, or enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, any crime identified in the Forfeiture Act, when the crime is committed through the member’s position as a public employee or official or when the member’s public employment places the member in a position to commit the crime(s).

All Pennsylvania criminal offenses that are classified as felonies or punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding five years are forfeitable offenses.   Several misdemeanor crimes also are forfeitable offenses.

By way of example, the list of forfeitable Pennsylvania crimes includes, but is not limited to: theft by unlawful taking or disposition; theft by deception; theft of services; theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received; forgery; tampering with records; bribery; perjury; misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions; tampering with public records or information; criminal attempt, solicitation and conspiracy; murder; voluntary manslaughter; involuntary manslaughter; aggravated assault; retail theft; identity theft; corruption of minors; unlawful contact with minor; distribution of computer virus; bomb threats; and the sexual offenses listed in Chapter 31, Subchapter B of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.

In addition, any crime set forth in Federal law or the laws of any other state is a forfeitable offense, if the crime is substantially the same as any forfeitable Pennsylvania crime.

The Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act 1978-140 (Act 140) applies to all SERS members who commit certain crimes in relation to their employment. Enforcement of Act 140 is mandatory. Pennsylvania courts have held that SERS has no discretion in its application. It does not matter if the crime is relatively minor compared to the value of pension benefits; if Act 140 is triggered, it must be applied.

The Pennsylvania Constitution and Judicial Code also contain forfeiture provisions that apply to members of the judiciary, for whom forfeiture can occur even if no crime has been committed.

Act 140 requires forfeiture of all pension and retirement benefits by any SERS member who commits certain crimes.

Also forfeited are any benefits for the member’s beneficiaries and survivor annuitants. The only benefits Act 140 allows a SERS member to receive are his or her contributions paid into the pension fund, without interest. Even these may be lost, however, because they can be used to pay fines and restitution associated with the criminal conviction.

Act 140 is triggered if a SERS member is convicted of, pleads guilty, or has no defense to any listed crime committed through the member’s public office or position or when public employment puts the member in a position to commit the crime.

Pennsylvania crimes covered by Act 140 are found in 43 P.S. Section 1312. Federal crimes that are substantially the same as the Pennsylvania crimes are also covered by Act 140.

To paraphrase, they are:

  • Any of the criminal offenses set forth in Subchapter B of Chapter 31 (relating to definition of offenses) when the criminal offense is committed by a school employee as defined in 24 Pa. C.S. Section 8102 (relating to definitions) against a student
  • Section 3922 (relating to theft by deception) when the criminal culpability reaches the level of a misdemeanor of the first degree or higher
  • Section 3923 (relating to theft by extortion) when the criminal culpability reaches the level of a misdemeanor of the first degree or higher
  • Section 3926 (relating to theft of services) when the criminal culpability reaches the level of a misdemeanor of the first degree or higher
  • Section 3927 (relating to theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received), when the criminal culpability reaches the level of a misdemeanor of the first degree or higher
  • Section 4101 (relating to forgery)
  • Section 4104 (relating to tampering with records or identification)
  • Section 4702 (relating to threats and other improper influence in official and political matters)
  • Section 4902 (relating to perjury)
  • Section 4903(a) (relating to false swearing)
  • Section 4904 (relating to unsworn falsification to authorities)
  • Section 4906 (relating to false reports to law enforcement authorities)
  • Section 4909 (relating to witness or informant taking bribe)
  • Section 4910 (relating to tampering with or fabricating physical evidence)
  • Section 4911 (relating to tampering with public records or information)
  • Section 4952 (relating to intimidation of witnesses or victims)
  • Section 4953 (relating to retaliation against witness, victim or party)
  • Section 5101 (relating to obstructing administration of law or other governmental function)
  • Section 5301 (relating to official oppression)
  • Section 5302 (relating to speculating or wagering on official action or information)

Pension Forfeiture (DC Plan)

The right of a person to receive any retirement benefit from PSERS is subject to forfeiture as provided by the Forfeiture Act (refer to Pension Forfeiture Overview section).  A member forfeits all accumulated employer contributions and investment earnings, if any, on those contributions in the member’s DC account.  A member’s contributions to the DC Plan, including all mandatory employee, voluntary contributions, and all amounts rolled-over into the DC plan with all investment earnings, if any, on all such contributions, shall be available for restitution.

If you need additional information about the Pension Forfeiture Act and how it relates to PSERS retirement benefits, or need to report a potential pension forfeiture matter to PSERS, please contact your PSERS’ Employer Service Center representative.

Putting aside for a moment that WAHS Head Principal Brandon Pardoe never reached out to the MBPD as a mandated reporter to inform them he had been informed by law enforcement of the incident.

When Pardoe received a call from MBPD Detective Aiesi in Septmeber 2018, was he obligated under ACT 140 to disclose the fact he ran an investigation into the events of the Myrtle Beach trip?

When he received a second call the same day from another MBPD Detective, was the fact he ran an investigation into the events of the Myrtle Beach trip disclosed then?

Since the recorded phone conversation makes no mention of it, did Pardoe commit any number of these offenses;

  • Section 4902 (relating to perjury)
  • Section 4903(a) (relating to false swearing)
  • Section 4904 (relating to unsworn falsification to authorities)
  • Section 4906 (relating to false reports to law enforcement authorities)

thus, putting his pension in jeopardy?

 

According to the RADIO SHOW CALLER CLAIMS in PART XVI:

“EVERYONE INVOLVED KNEW INSTANTANEOUSLY AFTER IT HAPPENED”

 

FSW has the following question for the current and former WASD School Board members, administration, teachers, staff, coaches and parents; was it all worth it?

PART XIX is forthcoming.

 

LINKS TO 18-PART SERIES PUBLISHED BY FOX SPORTS WILLIAMSPORT

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVIII

BREAKING NEWS: PA AG Press Office confirms receipt of Criminal Sexual Misconduct referral from DA Gardner

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVI

EXCLUSIVE: AG Shapiro press office on referral: “If and when we receive it, it will be promptly reviewed”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVII

BREAKING NEWS: PA AG Press Office confirms receipt of Criminal Sexual Misconduct referral from DA Gardner

UPDATE: Charges filed in Greater Latrobe Junior High hazing case cited in “A Baseball Story”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVI

EXCLUSIVE: AG Shapiro press office on referral: “If and when we receive it, it will be promptly reviewed”

BREAKING NEWS: District Attorney Gardner refers Myrtle Beach case to PA Attorney General – PART XV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XIV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XIII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XI

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART X

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IX

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VIII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VI

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART V

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART III

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART II

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART I

Fans often ask me, what if?

Millionaire Baseball Mayhem in Myrtle Beach

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVII

Attorney General Josh Shapiro (top), Dr. Timothy Bowers, WASD Superintendent (bottom left)
Wanda Erb, WASD RTK Officer (bottom middle) and WAHS Head Baseball Coach Kyle Schneider (bottom right)

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation
by Fox Sports Williamsport
into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip
to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART XVII

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

 

IS HAZING THE NORM IN THE WASD?

This topic was covered in PART VIII of this series. The similarities in the alleged behaviors engaged in by the fraternity brothers in the aftermath of the unfortunate incidents that unfortunately claimed the life of Timothy Piazza have a striking resemblance to this case.

Piazza was a fraternity pledge at Penn State and those involved in the hazing case were criminally charged, subsequently sentenced and have also been sued in federal court.

Penn State was also named as a defendant in civil litigation and swiftly reached an out of court settlement with the Piazza family as Pulitzer Prize winning author and current CNN correspondent Sara Ganim filed in this report on February 2, 2019.

Tom Kline, founding partner of Kline & Specter represents the Piazza family and obtained the undisclosed monetary settlement with Penn State.

From the Ganim report on CNN, “The university also pledged $2 million and help raising money to help it become a national Greek life research center, according to a university statement.”

Attorney David Inscho of the firm Kline & Specter represents JOHN DOE #1 and his family in the case chronicled in this series.

Inscho was reached for this story and offered the following, “We understand the criminal investigation into the assault against our client has been referred to the state attorney general’s office.  We hope that this will result in the full and complete investigation warranted by the assault. We have been willing to and will continue to assist in any investigation that seeks to uncover the facts and hold the perpetrators responsible.”

Since the e-mail disclosure by WASD Solicitor Fred Holland of “indecent and inappropriate behavior” in response to a question posed by FSW in 2018, none of the facts in this case elicited from this report has changed.

What continues to change on a nearly daily basis is the response from the WASD.

So the fundamental question remains posed in the series A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball; if nothing happened in Myrtle Beach, why won’t the WASD tell us the story?

 

PLAUSIBLE ANSWERS

If the WASD tells us what happened in Myrtle Beach, a number of people will face real world consequences.

Everyone involved would face potential criminal liability.

Based upon state laws passed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case; it could cost everyone involved their pensions.

With the existing anti-hazing laws already on the books in 2018 then bolstered by the death of Timothy Piazza make the possibility of more severe punishments for those involved more likely.

A civil lawsuit being filed against the WASD and all parties involved by JOHN DOE#1 who is being represented by Kline & Specter is a near certainty.

The videos of the alleged incidents in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina which were shared across multiple social media platforms – do not lie.

The cell phone records of everyone on the trip and those communicating with those on the trip also do not lie.

These are all plausible answers to why the WASD never wanted this incident to see the light of day.

 

LACK OF PROBITY

The credibility of the radio show caller referenced in PART XVI reaffirmed the assertions in this series that nearly everyone on the trip in Myrtle Beach knew what happened to JOHN DOE #1 in the immediate moments, hours and days remaining on the trip.

To believe otherwise as the WASD has tried to make the public do, reason and disbelief must be suspended.

The lack of transparency and forthrightness in the WASD RTK responses is devastating to our community in how the public trust was violated.

Dr. Timothy Bowers, WASD Superintendent (bottom left), as the FSW story began to develop in 2018 silenced Fred Holland, as noted in PART III.

No citation of federal laws, no student privacy concerns were ever cited as Holland was muted.

Just stop talking to FSW was the edict from Dr. Bowers.

This in and of itself is grounds for Dr. Bowers to be removed from his position as Superintendent.

To date, the WASD School Board has failed to take any action in this matter beyond burying its collective head in the sand, hoping this too will just go away.

Remember, the WASD wants the general public to believe former Lycoming County Chief Detective Willie Weber brought this case to their attention after a Child Line call was placed on May 18, 2018.

Then Weber waited five months to file an actual report; at the request of the Myrtle Beach Police Department whom he and Brandon Pardoe never called.

The same Myrtle Beach Police Department that holds jurisdiction of the assault case in question.

Wanda Erb, WASD Right to Know Officer (bottom middle), provided the written responses to FSW on behalf of the district.

The story she attempted to piece together was so woefully incompetent, she placed former WASD administrator Randy Zangara in Myrtle Beach at the time of the trip, in writing.

Does that amount to perjury?

Zangara was so willing to clear his name of any wrong doing he refused comment for previous installments of this series.

As this series has also outlined, he was present at a WAHS game at Bowman Field that he and Miller showed up to intoxicated.

With Erb placing him physically in Myrtle Beach, it appears he was talking to those on the trip regularly from Williamsport based on records obtained by FSW through the RTK Law requests.

Were those conversations about baseball or something else?

In the aftermath of WAHS Baseball Coach Ryan Miller stepping down for family reasons, then WAHS Baseball Assistant Coach Kyle Schneider (bottom right) was named as the interim coach.

Schneider was later promoted to WAHS Head Baseball Coach; a position he holds today even though the 2020 season was not played due to coronavirus concerns.

Was Schneider promoted in order to keep the WAHS baseball team secret intact?

Former head coach Ryan Miller and Schneider as previously noted were roommates in Myrtle Beach.

Was Schneider comfortable with no room list?

Was Schneider comfortable with no adult chaperones?

Where did he go as Miller and Worthington went to the aide of the unknown female on the beach?

So many unanswered questions.

Rhetorically speaking, what is more contagious in the WAHS Baseball program, spreading of a false narrative to protect a brand or coronavirus?

DOES ERB EVEN CARE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH?
According to the WASD Wanda Erb Affidavit 10-8-19 obtained by FSW in response to RTK mediation efforts on October 8, 2019, Erb offered the following within response #8,:

“As for Ryan Miller, Alicia Carnevale, David Heller, Kyle Schneider and Nick Caringi, I reviewed the text messages then existing on their phones, with their assistance. The only message responsive to the request was found on Mr. Heller’s phone and was disclosed in the Agency’s repsonse.

Tariq Moore did not respond to efforts to contact him until after the Agency sent its response. His phone is neither owned nor paid for by the district and was not reviewed. Joel Worthington never responded to my efforts to contact him. His phone is neither owned nor paid for by the district and was not reviewed.

FSW is curious to this particular phraseology, “then existing on their phones, with their assistance”, so Erb did not ask Verizon to produce the unedited or deleted messages, just the parties involved while they watched.

Would those phones, texts and photos be of any interest to Attorney General Josh Shapiro who may now be investigating this matter as his office investigated the Piazza matter?

It will be fascinating if he finds any messages or information beyond the one and only text Erb noted as: “responsive to the request”.

Apparently, no one communicated what bar or restaurant they would be eating at in Myrtle Beach the entirety of the trip.

Just that one text between two assistant coaches in mid-June 2018.

This community may never know since Wanda Erb did not really seem to care if any answers were provided, other than, well at least I tried.

This is they same type of nonsense the WASD wants the general public to believe in how it ran an investigation on itself.

In cases like this, the investigators who work for Attorney General Josh Shapiro live for ineptitude of this magnitude.

 

RYAN MILLER WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WAHS BASEBALL TEAM IN MYRTLE BEACH

In the WAHS responses to the RTKL requests from FSW, the narrative has been quite clear; throw Miller and McCann to the wolves to protect Brandon Pardoe and George Lepley.

Lepley is the attorney of record for ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1.

Ryan Miller is listed as Head Coach on the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic Tournament WAHS MB Tournament Agreement 2018, it is co-signed by WAHS Principal Brandon Pardoe and WAHS Athletic Director Sean McCann on June 14, 2017.

The name Ryan Miller appears on the Atlantica Resort Atlantica Resort Receipts 3-14-18 for the rooms the players and staff stayed in.

Ryan Miller paid for those rooms with a credit card as previously reported in this series.

The planning for the trip lasted more than a year and to date, a room list has yet to be produced.

To further illustrate the disconnect Miller has with the fact that “criminal sexual misconduct” occurred; Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner referred this matter to PA Attorney General Shapiro for consideration.

Ryan Miller will never escape the fact he was the head coach of a baseball team that he was responsible for when the assault of one of his players occurred.

To add insult to injury, he is unable to even tell us what room he, his girlfriend, assistant coaches or any of his players including the victim, stayed in.

 

BACK TO ERB AND HER LACK OF PROBITY

Did Miller and Carnevale share with Wanda Erb as they reviewed their phones with her; they were in the same suite as Schneider and Worthington?

This fact is admitted to by Miller in his lawsuit against FSW and other defendants.

Would that fact alone lead Erb to call Verizon for all of the messages on both phones?

What was being in the same suite with Coach Miller and Alicia Carnevale even like for Schneider and Worthington?

Keeping in mind, it has been admitted to by Miller and Carnevale they were in a consenting sexual relationship that resulted in a child and the subsequent resignation by Miller as head coach for “family reasons.”

Or could Schneider and Worthington or Miller and Alicia Carnevale shed light on the possibility they changed rooms and hotels all together?

Would any text messages exist speak to long nights at local bars in Myrtle Beach?

Did Carnevale bother to volunteer to Erb or anyone else Schneider was her cousin?

As all this is going on, does anyone know where the players are or what rooms they are in?

 

TIME ON THE SIDE OF JOHN DOE#1 AS A SEX CRIME VICTIM IN CRIMINAL & CIVIL FILINGS

According to the criminal victim advocate web site; “Sexual violence.” Rape, indecent contact as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. §3101 (relating to definitions), incest or using, causing, permitting, persuading or coercing the child to engage in a prohibited sexual act as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. §6312(a) (relating to sexual abuse of children) or a simulation of a prohibited sexual act for the purpose of photographing, videotaping, depicting on computer or filming involving the child.

According to an online search of the Pennsylvania Statutes of Limitations in both Criminal cases and Civil Lawsuits for Sexual Abuse; in regard to filing in either instance time is on the side of the victim.

A civil lawsuit may be filed against the abuser or an organization (such as a church, school, or workplace) that allowed the abuse to occur. A victim of sexual abuse can demand compensation for his or her economic and non-economic damages, including pain and suffering.

In Pennsylvania, the filing of a civil claim dealing with sexual abuse must be commenced at any time within:

  • Two years of the abuse, if the victim is an adult, or
  • 12 years from the victim’s 18th birthday (if the victim was a minor at the time of the sexual abuse).

Again, proposed legislation would dramatically change these statutes of limitations and could even re-open time-barred child abuse claims.

Criminal Cases for Sexual Abuse

In order to prosecute a sexual abuser, you must file a report with law enforcement. Criminal sexual abuse cases are filed by the State of Pennsylvania on behalf of a victim. A suspect may face jail time, sex offender registration, and other penalties, if guilty. 

In Pennsylvania criminal cases, a prosecutor may file charges of child sexual abuse anytime before the victim’s 50th birthday. All other sexual assault and abuse charges involve a 12-year statute of limitations.

Additionally, there is a DNA evidence exception to the SOL. If a perpetrator is identified by DNA evidence after the statute of limitations has expired, a prosecutor may still file criminal charges within a year of a suspect’s identification.

Is this why Detective Weber waited five months to file a formal report once the MBPD asked for one?

Is this why Detective Weber characterized the incident as a “prank”.

 

FSW REPORTING HAS BEEN PROVEN CORRECT TIME & TIME AGAIN

FSW was the first to report the family of JOHN DOE#1 was seeking legal counsel.

Kline and Specter now represent JOHN DOE#1 and have sent letters to parties involved including the WASD in a potential civil case.

As first reported by FSW, a criminal act occurred in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

How did FSW know?

WASD Solicitor Fred Holland said so when he called it “indecent and inappropriate behavior.”

As the bombshell report in PART XV of this series outlined, Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner referred the case to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for consideration.

Prior to receiving the referral FSW contacted the press office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for comment on the referral and received the following response.

“We have not yet received a referral. If and when we receive it, it will be promptly reviewed.”

Shapiro subsequently confirmed receipt of the referral and declined further comment.

 

PART XVIII is forthcoming.

 

LINKS TO 17-PART SERIES PUBLISHED BY FOX SPORTS WILLIAMSPORT

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVII

BREAKING NEWS: PA AG Press Office confirms receipt of Criminal Sexual Misconduct referral from DA Gardner

UPDATE: Charges filed in Greater Latrobe Junior High hazing case cited in “A Baseball Story”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVI

EXCLUSIVE: AG Shapiro press office on referral: “If and when we receive it, it will be promptly reviewed”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XVI

EXCLUSIVE: AG Shapiro press office on referral: “If and when we receive it, it will be promptly reviewed”

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XIV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XIII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART XI

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART X

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IX

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VIII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VI

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART V

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART III

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART II

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART I

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Millionaire Baseball Mayhem in Myrtle Beach

The NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE issued the following statement today

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the start of the 2020 New York-Penn League™ season is being delayed indefinitely. The League and its clubs will continue to monitor the situation and work with our Major League Baseball™ affiliates, while following the recommendations of public health officials and adhering to local reopening guidelines.  As always, the health and safety of the New York-Penn League™ fans, players and staff members are our top priorities. Additionally, the New York-Penn League™ All-Star Game has been canceled.”