The Berkshire Eagle Buries Federal Steroids Probe
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#1 Mar 24, 2011
Reporting that two officers are being disciplined is the sideshow.
#2 Mar 24, 2011
Remember in the good old days when newspapers actually "broke the news"? Now The Berkshire Eagle reports what we already knew!
#3 Mar 24, 2011
Are the saying that The Berkshire Eagle is an 'oldspaper'?
#4 Mar 24, 2011
It is a LEFT WINGED PARROT that clucks out liberal hogwash
#5 Mar 24, 2011
Here's Conor Berry's pathetic letter today to (Dan) PlanetValentin followed in the next comment by my response:
As the version of events surrounding this story were told to me, NO police officers have been "arrested." Simply put, these two officers have not been charged with a crime, and there’s nothing (no evidence, apparently) to suggest they will be charged with a crime.
The person who was "caught" in connection with this investigation, the nuts and bolts of which have not been publicly revealed by any agency (local, state or federal), "dimed out Kirchner and the trooper" to perhaps get a better deal for himself, according to my source. Put another way, a guy gets busted for OUI, but tells the arresting officer that two other guys left the bar equally as drunk. The cop goes and talks to the two other “drunks,” but neither is drunk at the time, so they both go on their merry way.
A bit simplistic, perhaps, but there’s no evidence to charge the two drunks because they’re not drunk. That same principle would seem to apply in this steroid case: There’s apparently no evidence to charge the municipal cop or the trooper with crimes.
If someone, in an attempt to lessen the sting of their own pending criminal case, offers up names of other clients or customers or (fill in the operative word)… the named parties don’t necessarily wind up in trouble. Based on what I’ve learned, the officers in question have been disciplined in-house, and I detailed (as best I could based on scant information provided by law enforcement officials) the extent of that discipline: suspension and demotion for the municipal cop, and desk duty for the state cop.
Do we know when these disciplinary actions took place, or how long they lasted? No, not at this time. Will someone, at some point, be charged with a crime(s) in connection with this steroid case? Perhaps, but my sources are telling me that it won’t be one of the cops. The only thing we DO know is that each officer was disciplined by his respective parent company — the City of Pittsfield and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
You, Dan, obviously have received information that I’m not privvy to; nobody I’ve spoken with (feds, state or local authorities) have indicated any arrests in connection with this case, which they won’t comment on beyond the few details they’ve so far offered. Will more information become available? One would hope so, for sure.
A judicial source says no charges are pending locally, but perhaps cases have been transferred to other jurisdicitons to avoid possible conflicts of interest (what a refreshing concept!). That’s all I know.
Meanwhile, good luck, Dan, and I look forward to learning more about what you learn about this interesting case.
#6 Mar 24, 2011
Response to Conor Berry's Letter to Dan Valenti (above).
What a joke!
Does ace reporter Conor Berry mean to imply that with all the resources at his disposal via The Berkshire Eagle, that he could find no one in Pittsfield or in any law enforcement agency anywhere to give him background information not for attribution that he could use in a report on what went down in Pittsfield last week to precipitate those two police officers’ demotions?
With a single email one could have gotten confirmation from US Postal Inspecton Service of their investigation.
Imagine what could have been obtained if Mr. Berry expended some actual shoe leather to uncover facts.
Where are the interviews with the owners of Berkshire Nautilus and/or with residents in the surrounding neighborhood who may have witnessed events in that area?
The lack of reportage on these matters says more about the current failings of The Berkshire Eagle than lack of any stories to report on these matters.
Hey Conor, wake up, pal.
There’s a federal investigation under way in Pittsfield by at least two separate law enforcement agencies.
Where is your in depth reportage on that?
#7 Mar 24, 2011
Would you please explain to me Conor How the DA let all the rats go and dropped charges like Mark Civello (nephew of Pittsfield Detective and Bob Scales, Leon McCluskey (Also Steroid dealer), and when they ratted on everyone. They had pills gund and lots of drugs. Really love to know the answer to that?
#8 Mar 24, 2011
Why are the two cops being demoded for something for which they were never formally charged?
Use of controlled substances is either legal or it's illegal.
#10 Mar 24, 2011
appartenly we are all wrong and nothing happened!! united states post office is wrong to.... and where is kirchner hiding under one of his girls shirts that are snitches....
#11 Mar 24, 2011
Where is Ramden? I hope that was not him killed in the accident last year. I would love his input
#12 Mar 24, 2011
I read that shrinking testicles, growing extremities and ugly disorders are side effects of using steroids.
#13 Mar 24, 2011
Mr. Berry's response followed by my reply below:
March 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Mr. Heller, No matter how many times we seem to hammer home this point, we’re bound by libel laws. We don’t publish “rumors,” the very language you used in your “investigative” piece, which threw a legitimate business under the bus without bothering to interview the principals.
Yeah, I know; you called over to the gym. They told me. They also told me, in no uncertain terms, that you’re full of it. Read: No sting or bust or anything akin to a police action took place at the gym you name and, frankly, at last notice they were researching their legal options to find out why it is the blogosphere isn’t held accountable to the same rules and standards that apply to legitimate news-gathering organizations.
I’m all for “citizen journalists,” but your full-time cyber gossiper. God only knows how you pay your utility bills! Bully to you for “breaking” news. But you don’t bother to verify anything. If you’d like, I’ll cut and paste the feds’ response to me, in which they clearly indicate that you ran with information they didn’t verify on the record. There was nothing ambiguous about Ms. Lindbohm’s language, and I’ll forward her message to me to you, considering it pertains to you, Mr. Heller.
So, in fell swoop you sullied the name/rep of a local business, while connecting dots that haven’t been connected by anyone — not by the local cops, not by the DA’s office, not by the USPIS, not by the DEA, etc. In fact, the universal response from the above agencies, with the exception of the DEA (which didn’t return a phone call), was this:“We will neither confirm nor deny our involvement in an investigation.”
The USPIS confirmed the existence of an ongoing investigation, but the agency didn’t indicate if it was in Tuscaloosa, Athens or Dublin, for that matter. Yet, you’ve managed to fine tune this investigation right down to a business in Pittsfield proper, whose principals adamantly professed complete ignorance about any/all details pertaining to this case.
So, keep up the good work!
#14 Mar 24, 2011
My reply to Conor Berry:
March 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm
Excuse me, but did you bother to go down to Berkshire Nautilus to interview customers who might have seen something last week; have you gone to the neighborhood to interview residents and passersby who might have observed anything out of the ordinary?
Further, Conor, you fail so far to report on just what it was — a bust, an informant, or whatever — that resulted in those two police officers being demoded.
Mr. Berry, just how did two otherwise unblemished officers from two separatepolice jurisdictions happen to get caught up in the web of a federal investigation into anabolic steroid use?
What common thread connected them?
From whence did their names surface and just how did those names come to the attention of superiors?
For an ace reporter you sure do leave a lot of obvious questions unanswered.
So far, The Berkshire Eagle’s reportage has been dismally limited to just those two unfortunate side effects of the larger federal investigation.
It’s as though you are reporting on a couple after-effects of the tsunami in Japan without reporting that there ever was an earthquake.
When are you going to report on exactly what transpired in downtown Pittsfield last week that generated all those nasty rumors about town?
C’mon, Conor, The Eagle hasn’t expended one drop of soy ink on the investigation itself or reported just whose information led to the officers’ demotions.
Conor, why don’t you camp out in front of the officers’ houses until they agree to talk to you off the record.
If this were Boston or New York (which now appear to have less crime per capita than Pittsfield), do you think reporters for the tabloids would sit idly by and be silenced merely because the people at the top give standard denials and no comments?
Not likely, Conor.
So please stop with the lame excuses.
If this is the best news product your newspaper can put forth then it is painfully obvious that the newspaper is failing miserably to cultivate local police and civilian news sources.
Conor, one other point, everything here is searchable in Google.
At some future time when you inevitably move on, a prospective employer will no doubt appreciate how you have repeatedly flubbed reporting major local news stories.
Need you be reminded that The Eagle still has yet to report on the nature of the original criminal charges against Angelo Stracuzzi that resulted in his getting canned by Greylock Federal?
Please Conor, no more excuses, just get out ahead of stories, report the news, and this way you will avoid having Internet bloggers scoop The Eagle on matters which should have been reported days ago.
#15 Mar 24, 2011
You tell him Heller. Your a loser with no balls Conor
#16 Mar 25, 2011
It does seem that the Eagle can get facts when it wants to. But then the PPD and DAs office release facts when they wants to.
It's not exactly the government we wanted when we sent troops to fight and die for our freedom is it?
#17 Mar 25, 2011
PPD cop suspended, who's knows maybe. I wouldn't believe anything Micheal Wynn says. And city attorney Baloney Dohoney declined to provide any details about the length of the suspension or whether Kirchner was paid. Dohoney is another one that I wouldn't believe. That would include anything he says or anything he doesn't say. Why is anything a cop does illegally a personnel matter here in Pittsfield? The Eagle should run a photo of this alleged doping cop. He should be off the street and his badge and gun locked safely away until he faces his day in court. I don't trust Michael Wynn or any other Pittsfield officials on whether some doping cop is suitable for duty. I don't believe Michael Wynn is suitable for duty. APD James Miller was charged with DWI, suspended without pay and I've seen him on the news a dozen times. I know what Miller looks like, shouldn't Pittsfield's citizens know what this cop allegedly involved in illegal drugs looks like?
#19 Mar 25, 2011
Kircner and the trooperr wasn't dimed out, their involvement was revealed through recovered evidence (emails I think)
I've been told by othe law enforcement personnel kircner doesn't hold much respect among other coppers
these two cops aren't even members of nautilus. Nice job in slandering a very credible business Heller.
#20 Mar 25, 2011
USPIS confirmed an ongoing investigation.
#21 Mar 25, 2011
They bury anything that The Mayor tells them. They squashed the sheriffs (Carm M) story all of us 60 somethings hometown knew, They glossed over Angelo's maine trip, Never say a word about the public works cover-up, didn,t touch the probation depts. part in the Angelo's affair,and the bank will never tell if he walk away richer.Once this scum is gone come fall maybe JUST maybe this city will get back on track
#22 Mar 25, 2011
You ought to go to Dan 'Planet' Valenti's web site, and in the comments section question Conor Berry, who posted a bunch of excuses just yesterday about The Berkshire Eagle's lackluster overage of the Fed's Anabolic Steroids Investigation.
Ask Conor Berry about The Eagle's cover-up of the public works scandal.
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