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Good for the family

January 4, 2014

This is in response to the withdrawn appeal of Raymond O. Kontz III. I say good for the family whose home was raided by this megalomaniac because he wanted their pins....

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Jan-05-14 8:05 PM

I don't know what we're talking about here, Kontz stealing pins or the landlord ordinance? So, let me just express my frustration by first stating that I am of the opinion that the city is terribly corrupt as is the mentality of those in charge. We can complain all we want but unless we express these rationally to listening ears (whoever they may be?) nothing will change. I, myself, plan on writing a letter to the Attorney General to request a formal investigation regarding above. There is no way the city's insurance (taxpayers dollars) should pay for any of this unethical, outrageous unprofessionalism that is covertly hidden from the public. We have a mayor who has no idea how to deal with the mess he's made, a police chief who defends him, and a police department with no idea what to do next, where or even how to do it.

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Jan-04-14 5:22 PM

If it is true that the location of the pins is not known, then Kontz should be charged with a crime.

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Jan-04-14 12:17 PM

aboyer97, Kontz is the only person who knows what happened to the pins and he's not talking. All we do know is that he stole them. He admits to taking them and they never ended up in the evidence room, therefore, he stole them. He either stole them from the family, or if as he says, he confiscated them legally, then he stole them from the city. Either way he stole them and we don't know what he did with them. Had any of us done that, we'd be in prison.

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Jan-04-14 12:11 PM

localguy, Kontz should be fired just for failing to log the evidence. I was in law enforcement and this is not the kind of thing you forget. LL said they made no complaint and there was not record of a complaint. These calls are logged, and recorded, so there is no chance that it could be 'forgotten'. The pins did not turn into $60K, most of that was punitive damages. A series of crimes was committed by Kontz and not only has he not been charged, he is still on the police force. Sounds like it's time for a new DA and police chief.

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Jan-04-14 10:25 AM

whar ever happened to the collection that waws taken from the family

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Jan-04-14 9:43 AM

I would not read too much into this other than the police screwed up big time.

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Jan-04-14 8:46 AM

Just go back and read the excerpts from the court proceedings. The family who claims their pins were stolen couldn't remember how many they actually had or how many they actually turned over. Plus they relinquished pins on their own accord later. A call came in from LL and was taken by a WBP secretary but she can't recall that either. Sure Knotz failed to log the pins, it could be an oversight at best. Has anyone been a Police Officer or an Investigator and taken part in an investigation or done the paperwork involved? How does a few hundred pins turn into $60k? Return their pins and pay their legal fees. There is something in the woodpile and it sure isn't wood!

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Jan-04-14 8:05 AM

Carl, like Spike stated, I don't think we have all the facts. If a residence has delinquent codes violations that the landlord is aware of, who is responsible for notifying the tenant that the building is soon to be condemned? Since the city doesn't have a tenant registration and not aware who resides in these residences, they have only the landlord to work with. I don't know if this applies in this circumstance, but is it the fault of the city when a building gets condemned with no notice to the tenants, or is it the fault of the landlord, who were well aware of the infractions and what needed to be done to correct them?

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Jan-04-14 7:32 AM

spike2 - I agree with your posting. But I would also add that I have concern for the tenants as to what do they do now for a home? Sometimes a bit of commonsense in a situation can go a long way towards helping someone involved in a situation that was not caused by them. Did codes really need to evict them? No. If they did nothing wrong at least give them a timespan to move. Following the letter of the law is not always the lawful or right way. A law simply cannot cover every situation. Mechanical jurisprudence of simply following the letter of the law without discretion simply causes collateral damage to innocents.

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Jan-04-14 7:14 AM

hopeforthefuture --- hopelessly stuck in the past!

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Jan-04-14 6:43 AM

We all think Kontz should have paid a higher price, conversely, the house was not raided. Re: rental units. Take a ride past these properties. They scream uninhabitable. Everyone's anger should also be directed towards the landlord who failed to ever have the inspections. My concern for tenants is unsafe electrical work and faulty heating units. I guess we don't have all the info. If the landlord obtains a permit to do work correcting violations, can the tenants return? What is his liability for paying for shelter for these folks? I guess it would be helpful to see what the violations were. Hope- this has absolutely nothing to do with someone who was mayor two decades ago.

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Jan-04-14 6:25 AM

Hope, still placing blame on Bloom who was mayor decades ago just doesn't hold water. Also, to lash out at the Codes department is baseless. Joe Girardi is simply following orders from his superiors. I have been against this ordinance from the beginning but the elected officials who this city put in office are the ones that passed it. The way to get rid of it is to elect someone that will repeal it.

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Jan-04-14 5:21 AM

fromtheport-- Better yet they should run for Federal government offices that way no one would notice what they are doing.

I do not own a rental property in Billtown but I am so angry about what is going on with the codes and their 'super committee'. Policing the drug activity should be the job of the police, not some over zealous 'holier than thou' codes dept. This city is heading toward law suites.

Having the mayor come to your house and give eviction notices with only hours to 'get out' just reeks of unethical behavior. They may have covered their butts with an ordnance but still wrong wrong wrong.

Once again I say 'thank you Mayor Bloom' just see what happened to our town.

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Jan-04-14 3:20 AM

This city is so corrupt, police thinking their codes officers, codes officers thinking their police, a mayor who thinks he is a private detective. Official walking in on construction sites without permission or warrants, police officers stealing during civil actions, acholic city council members. Good letter these people need to be exposed for oversteping their bounds and not completeing their basic job duties

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