Dumbass Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Police Officer Ticketed Fire Trucks Parked Outside City Hall

October 29, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – There’s fallout following a KDKA Investigation.

The mayor of Pittsburgh is outraged by the ticketing of fire trucks.

The trucks were tagged outside City Hall while firefighters were inside getting flu shots.

“We certainly have a lot more important things to worry about than a fire truck that’s parked for five minutes on a city street,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, D-Pittsburgh, said.

The fire trucks were parked in spaces reserved for councilmembers.

Firefighters tell KDKA’s Marty Griffin that City Council President Darlene Harris asked one truck to move and the police officer followed with her ticket book. The council president says she had nothing to do with it.

“It’s really silly,” Ravenstahl said. “And when I was first briefed on it, I didn’t believe that it happened. I couldn’t believe that somebody would actually ticket a fire truck especially when we’re encouraging them to get a flu shot and stay healthy.”

The matter will end up in court with Fire Chief Darryl Jones testifying on behalf of his men.

“This one is on me,” Jones said. “I did send the ticket in for a court hearing date and I will ask the judge for some leniency on this.”

It’s not a criminal matter. It’s a parking ticket. The possible fine is under $100, but there will be a hearing and there will be possible testimony and if the judge rules in favor of the city against the city, someone will have to pay the fine.

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Seattle Washington Firefighter Mark Jones Awarded $13 Million Despite Video Of Him Chopping Wood, Playing Horseshoes, And Dancing – City Lawyers Took Too Long To Investigate Mans Injury Claims

October 19, 2010

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – A King County Superior Court judge refused Monday to vacate a nearly $13 million award to a Seattle firefighter who was injured at a fire station in 2003.

The city of Seattle appealed the award after an investigator it hired captured Mark Jones on surveillance video dancing, chopping wood, playing horseshoes and bocce ball this past spring.

But in Monday’s ruling, Judge Susan Craighead said the city had ample time and means to have pursued evidence of Jones’ condition since the case was brought forward in 2006, but failed to do so.

“The city devoted little effort to investigating this case until its third set of lawyers was retained in early 2009,” Craighead wrote in her ruling. She wrote that the city never asked to have Jones examined independently by any medical doctors to verify any of his physical complaints, instead relying only on evaluations from Labor and Industries physicians.

“The city cannot now take a second bite of the apple because it failed to make the most of the first,” Craighead said.

The city had also claimed the video proved Jones was fraudulently portraying the effects of his injuries to the jury, but Craighead said proving fraud requires a very high level of proof, and the video could not conclusively prove Jones was not suffering from mental effects that were a large part of the documented injuries relevant to his claim.

In 2009, a jury agreed Jones was permanently disabled at a fire station when he fell 15 feet through an opening near the fire pole in the middle of the night. He was awarded nearly $12.8 million, which included almost $2.5 million for lifetime medical care and assistance. Jones claimed he was permanently disabled and in constant pain.

“That’s what my day consists of. It’s just such a struggle from the point when I get up, I’m trying to get going through it,” Jones said during testimony.

But Jones’ attorney, Dick Kilpatrick, claims it has always been accepted that his client could perform daily tasks; it was his brain injury that called for such a large award, he said.

“We never claimed at trial, like the defense is trying to show, that he somehow is unable to do most things of daily life. The jury was told he was able to do most things of daily life,” Kilpatrick said after the city’s appeal was filed. “There was bleeding in two parts of his brain that were documented at Harborview (Medical Center). So that’s what the case was primarily about. It wasn’t about a person who’s practically an invalid, or whatever.”

The attorneys representing the city said Monday they had no comment on the substance of the court’s decision.

“We stand by the materials we filed on behalf of the City in superior court. We expect this ruling will become part of the City’s appeal from the judgment, which is already pending in the court of appeals.”

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Cincinnati Ohio Firefighter Eric Bacon Arrested, Charged After Department Equipment Disappears And Ends Up For Sale On eBay

February 19, 2009

CINCINNATI, OHIO – A Cincinnati firefighter is facing criminal charges for allegedly arranging to sell city-owned fire equipment on eBay.

It’s a story 9News broke.

Police arrested 34-year-old Eric Bacon of Mt. Washington early Wednesday morning after serving a search warrant on his home.

Bacon works at station number 12 on Spring Grove Avenue in Camp Washington. He is accused of stealing the equipment and giving it to his girlfriend to sell on the popular online auction site.

According to police, the stolen items include a hose nozzle and a vindicator ball.

Bacon’s girlfriend, 27-year-old Angela Smith, was also arrested. Police say she sold the items on eBay from the home they share together.

Bacon is facing a felony theft charge, Smith is facing two counts of receiving stolen property.

Both were arraigned Wednesday morning.

Bacon is the second Cincinnati firefighter this year to face criminal charges. Last month, Thomas Mason was arrested on theft charges.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says, on January 19, Deron Morris stole a bag of drill bits from the Home Depot in Western Hills and gave them to Mason, who returned them.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene, stopped the two men, who let the deputies search their car. Inside, deputies say they found a spoon and a syringe, both with drug residue.

Mason is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

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Cincinnati Ohio Firefighter Eric Bacon Arrested, Charged After Department Equipment Disappears And Ends Up For Sale On eBay

February 19, 2009

CINCINNATI, OHIO – A Cincinnati firefighter is facing criminal charges for allegedly arranging to sell city-owned fire equipment on eBay.

It’s a story 9News broke.

Police arrested 34-year-old Eric Bacon of Mt. Washington early Wednesday morning after serving a search warrant on his home.

Bacon works at station number 12 on Spring Grove Avenue in Camp Washington. He is accused of stealing the equipment and giving it to his girlfriend to sell on the popular online auction site.

According to police, the stolen items include a hose nozzle and a vindicator ball.

Bacon’s girlfriend, 27-year-old Angela Smith, was also arrested. Police say she sold the items on eBay from the home they share together.

Bacon is facing a felony theft charge, Smith is facing two counts of receiving stolen property.

Both were arraigned Wednesday morning.

Bacon is the second Cincinnati firefighter this year to face criminal charges. Last month, Thomas Mason was arrested on theft charges.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says, on January 19, Deron Morris stole a bag of drill bits from the Home Depot in Western Hills and gave them to Mason, who returned them.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene, stopped the two men, who let the deputies search their car. Inside, deputies say they found a spoon and a syringe, both with drug residue.

Mason is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

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