Monday, May 29, 2006

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Are you prone to aggression and violence? Do you like to flaunt your authority? Do you commit destructive acts while under the influence of alcohol?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board just might have a job for you. Come work for us, and in no time, you could be just like this go-getter:

(Justin) Husar makes $64,000 a year as an investigator with the board's Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement, which is responsible for looking into the backgrounds of those applying for slots licenses.

Husar, who lives on Pretense Way on the South Side, faces charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, escape and public intoxication after a verbal and physical altercation with off-duty police officers working a security detail at the Town Tavern on East Carson Street around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, said Pittsburgh police Sgt. William Vollberg, who helped subdue Husar.

Town Tavern manager Aidan Kiernan said Husar flashed his gaming control badge to a bouncer, asking that he be admitted to the tavern's second-floor dance area without paying the $5 admission. The bouncer let him in but would not let Husar's friends in free. After arguing loudly, Husar was escorted outside the bar. Husar then launched into a tirade, Vollberg said.

When Husar refused to calm down, Vollberg and another off-duty officer, Kenneth Stevwing, attempted to arrest him. Husar then attempted to flee but promptly ran into two on-duty officers. It took all four officers to subdue Husar, according to a police report. Husar was then transported to the Allegheny County Jail.

And Justin is no exception, either:

Husar is the fifth Gaming Control official to get into legal trouble in the past year-and-a-half even though no slot machine parlors have opened. Kevin P. Eckenrode, a former press aide, faces homicide charges after his girlfriend fell to her death from the 23rd floor of his apartment building in February. Both had been drinking heavily.

Two control board lawyers were arrested last year after drunken brawls. A control board investigator was charged in April with making false statements on his job application to the agency.

So if you think you have what it takes to police Pennsylvania's hottest new industry, then sign up today. We'll keep a jail cell waiting for you.


7 Comments:

Blogger * J.A. Kahn said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

10:07 AM

 
Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

Don't be shy, stranger.

7:43 PM

 
Blogger "O" said...

Are you prone to aggression and violence? Do you like to flaunt your authority? Do you commit destructive acts while under the influence of alcohol?

I may be overqualified.

10:39 PM

 
Blogger Sean McDaniel said...

damn, i hate to see "post removed." come on Jonathan. don't "cope out" on us.print the guy's comment...or at least delete your reply too. i mean what's the point of having the last word if there's no context?

9:23 AM

 
Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

Sean,
"Post removed by author" means that the person who left the comment made the decision to delete it, which every poster has the option to do once they have logged into blogger.

If I had removed the post, it would have said "post removed by administrator."

That's why I left the comment I did--I wanted to know what he had to say.

9:40 AM

 
Blogger Sean McDaniel said...

okay. got you now. thanks for the information.

10:48 PM

 
Blogger Grant Stapleton said...

Of course, since we discuss abuse of authority, we MUST mention the two "off-duty" Pittsburgh police officers, who were themselves working illegally. In Pennsylvania a uniformed policeman is forbidden by law from offering his/her contracted services for security work. This illegal police protection racket has florished in Pittsburgh, where it is common for these rogue officers to pay their direct supervisors a share of the "take". The Gaming Board employee is no longer working, due to this incident, the two criminals that facilitated his arrest are counting their illegal earnings. What a travesty, I think.

6:18 PM

 

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