Former Police Sergeant Melissa M. Ruch Sentenced For Making False Report

Melissa M. Ruch

Former West Penn Township police Sgt. Melissa M. Ruch walks through the Schuylkill County Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, before pleading guilty. (REPUBLICAN HERALD, POTTSVILLE, PA)

On September 2, 2015, West Penn, Pennsylvania Township police sergeant Melissa M. Ruch said that she was assaulted.  She gave a description of the alleged perpetrator’s vehicle, and said that she deployed her taser which made contact.  Ruch, 42-years old, was treated at the scene and then flown to a hospital.

During the minutes and hours after the alleged assault, numerous state and municipal police units from several counties, along with a state police helicopter, searched for the vehicle described by Ruch and also for the man she said assaulted her.

To commemorate Patriot Day, on Sept. 11, 2015, state Senator David Argall presented Ruch with an award for her service and bravery stemming from the September 2nd incident.

On December 23, 2015, Ruch was charged with one misdemeanor count of false alarms to agencies of public safety and three misdemeanor counts of false reports to law enforcement authorities.  Ruch denied the charges saying, “The truth will come out.”

It did.

On October 19, 2016, Ruch pleaded guilty to one count of making a false report to law enforcement.  Prosecutors withdrew a second count of false reports to law enforcement, plus charges of false alarm and furnishing authorities with false information.

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Former Suspect In The Death of Kendrick Johnson Charged With Assault

On January 13, 2013, 17-year old Kendrick Johnson’s body was discovered in a gym mat in Valdosta, GA. Local authorities and a government medical examiner determined that Johnson died of “positional asphyxia” due to an accident.  They described the accident as Kendrick placing his shoes inside the gym mat and while retrieving them, he became stuck in the mat.

In October 2013, Kendrick’s parent had an independent autopsy performed.  The cause of death was determined to be “apparent non-accidental blunt force trauma”.  CNN reported on the independent autopsy.

Thereafter, the Department of Justice opened an investigation.  In June 2016, the DOJ closed their investigation citing insufficient evidence.

During the DOJ’s investigation, two suspects were brothers Brandon and Brian Bell. Brian Bell now attends the University of Akron where he plays linebacker on the football team.


Brian Bell

On September 22, 2016, Raycom News Network reported that Brian Bell was charged with misdemeanor assault.   The charge stems from a May fight.  The victim, a 24-year old, said that he had a disagreement with one of Bell’s friends.  He alleged that Brian Bell yelled at him and sucker punched him in the face.  The victim was taken to Akron General Hospital and treated for a cut on his nose and swollen eyes.

Bell was arraigned on September 30, 2016.   Arrest Nation, which reports on the arrests of athletes, also reported the arrest.

The media then went silent.

According to court records, on October 12, 2016, Brian Bell entered a plea bargain for the lesser charge of disorderly conduct.  His sentence included payment of costs to the victim, no contact with the victim, and a $247.00 fine.

Nothing is reported as to whether Brian Bell’s arrest and conviction resulted in temporary suspension or other penalty for the football team.

Encouragement – Keep Your Head To The Sky

This might touch someone today.  Earth, Wind and Fire  – Keep Your Head To The Sky


10 things you need to know today: October 21, 2016

The Fifth Column

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1. Clinton and Trump tease one another at charity dinner
Fresh off a tense debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met againThursday night for the Al Smith charity dinner in New York, which raised $6 million for Catholic children’s charities. Trump spoke first, ribbing Clinton by saying the event was her first time speaking to corporate leaders “and not getting paid.” He later drew boos for saying Clinton was corrupt, and “pretending not to hate Catholics” at the event. Clinton stuck closer to the dinner’s traditional lightheartedness, poking fun at herself: “I took a break from my rigorous nap schedule to be here.” She later tweaked Trump for claiming the election was “rigged” and refusing to promise to accept the result, saying she was surprised he agreed for her to speak after him because she “didn’t think he’d be O.K. with a peaceful…

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Third Presidential Debate

In case you missed it, or want to see it again,(full or partial), or simply want to discuss it, the below video is the third and final presidential debate.

In my opinion, Hillary has handled Trump better in debates than any of the GOP contenders during the primary.

Donald Trump helped many decide to vote for Hillary, especially disappointed Bernie supporters.   He said that voting for Hillary is getting Obama for another 4 years.   I think many voters would be happy with that.


Can You Take A Selfie In A Polling Place?

New Hampshire’s State Motto is “Live Free or Die.”  New Hampshire’s citizens demonstrated their progressive stance in a case regarding taking selfie’s in polling places.   New Hampshire passed a law banning it, and the citizens took the case to federal court.  Attorney David Allen explains the case.


A Favorite Vote Video

the-avengers-mark-ruffalo-bruce-banner-the-incredible-hulkAt the risk of being laughed with, I will tell you — I’m an Avengers fan.  Okayokayokay, Science Fiction and Fantasy movies are among my favorite movies.  So there.

I love the actors and characters in the Avengers.  My favorite is Mark Ruffalo, who plays Dr. David Banner, aka The Hulk.  When I saw this video with many of the Avengers actors, I fell in love with it.  I hesitated sharing it because Mark was teased on the level of adult content.   But, what the heck!





Donald Trump and Sexual Assault. He Loves the Old Days.

lewdcommentsDonald Trump’s surrogates are defending him against committing sexual assault by saying it was years ago.   The below video addresses that subject.




Open Discussion – Updates and Other News

Butterflies, caterpillars, moths, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small,

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There’s a lot of news and rather than writing separate posts, here are some summaries.

Hat tip to chuquestaquenumber1 for the following;


Trenton Forster mugshot

Trenton Forster, 18-years old, has been charged with first degree murder for shooting death of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder.  Officer Snyder was 33-years old, a husband and father of a 2-year old boy.   Officer Snyder was shot at point blank range.

Forster is a high-school drop-out with a pending felony marijuana charge.  More on this at

R.I.P. Officer Snyder.  Our condolences to your family and friends.

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Independent autopsy of Keith Lamont Scott shows 3 gunshot wounds to his left upper back, left lower abdomen, and left wrist. He suffered fractures in his ribs and vertebrae. Scott was fatally shot on Sept. 20 by a Charlotte police officer.  The independent autopsy was requested by Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, on Sept. 29 and performed the next day.

Charles Monnett, one of the attorneys representing the Scott family, said the Scott family “was forced” to request the independent autopsy because the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office in Charlotte “refused to release even the most basic information.”  ABC News has more on this. Read the rest of this entry

10 things you need to know today: October 12, 2016

The Fifth Column



1. Trump slams ‘disloyal’ Republicans as party’s infighting worsens
Donald Trump on Tuesday unleashed harsh criticism against Republican leaders who have abandoned him over a 2005 video in which he made lewd comments about women. In reference to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said he would no longer actively support Trump, the GOP presidential nominee slammed congressional Republicans’ “very weak” and “ineffective” leadership. Trump also derided Sen. John McCain, saying the Arizona senator is “very foul-mouthed” but “dropped me over locker room remarks!” Trump hinted at open conflict in the GOP, saying with “disloyal” Republicans leaving him, “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”

Source: The New York Times, CNN

2. Al Gore makes first appearance campaigning with Hillary Clinton
Al Gore appeared with Hillary Clinton…

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October 12, 2016 – Wordless Wednesday




October – This Month In Black American History

By Guest Blogger Yahtzeebutterfly


October 1, 1939 – Physicist and space scientist Dr. George Caruthers in Cincinnati, Ohio. He created the far ultraviolet camera/spectrograph.

Man's First Moon-Based Space Observatory-The first observatory ever operated by man from a fixed platform outside the earth was this gold-plated ultra-violet (UV) camera/spectograph.It was placed on the moon by the Apollo 16 astronauts, after they landed there April 20,1972.

Man’s First Moon-Based Space Observatory-The first observatory ever operated by man from a fixed platform outside the earth was this gold-plated ultra-violet (UV) camera/spectograph.It was placed on the moon by the Apollo 16 astronauts, after they landed there April 20,1972.

Excerpt from an article at Edubilla.

“The Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph (UVC) was one of the experiments deployed on the lunar surface by the Apollo 16 astronauts. It consisted of a telescope and camera that obtained astronomical images and spectra in the far ultraviolet region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

“The main goals of the Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph spanned across several disciplines of astronomy. Earth studies were made by studying the Earth’s upper atmosphere’s composition and structure, the ionosphere, the geocorona, day and night airglow, and aurorae. Heliophysics studies were made by obtaining spectra and images of the solar wind, the solar bow cloud, and other gas clouds in the solar system. Astronomical studies by obtaining direct evidence of intergalactic hydrogen, and spectra of distant galaxy clusters and within the Milky Way. Lunar studies were conducted by detecting gasses in the lunar atmosphere, and searching for possible volcanic gasses. There were also considerations to evaluate the lunar surface as a site for future astronomical observatories.”


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The Second Presidential Debate

Hello friends.

I watched the debate, and it put a bad taste in my mouth.  Donald Trump has learned behavior as an abuser.  He repeats the same accusations against Hillary Clinton over, and over, and over.  He repeats his same stump speech rather than answer questions.

The act of repeating the same arguments and accusations, even when previously refuted, is a form of censorship.  It is done to silence the other person.  Who wants to get into another peeing match with a skunk?  The abuser thinks he has won when all he did was defile the atmosphere.

Here’s the debate in case you missed it.

Melania Trump is speechless because Michelle Obama never had to defend a cheating husband

To the point — makes the point.

Margaret and Helen

Margaret, Melania Trump is speechless at this point because Michelle Obama has never had to respond to an Obama infidelity. And Donald is now speechless because if Hillary is responsible for Bill’s infidelity then Melania no longer qualifies to be First Lady.

To all my Republican friends out there, please tell me which item below was the tipping point for you:

Donald Trump says that President Obama is not a citizen of the United States.

In a presidential debate, Donald Trump brags about the size of his penis.

After a presidential debate Donald Trumps suggests the moderator was on her period because she asked unfair questions.

Donald Trump makes fun of a disabled person.

Donald Trump calls 11 million immigrants rapists and murderers.

Donald Trump calls for a ban on worshippers of one of the world’s largest religions.

Donald Trump glorifies war.

Donald Trump glorifies a dictator.

Donald Trump suggests…

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Jackson Georgia Police Officer Charged With Felonies

On September 24, 2016, Jackson, Georgia police officer Sherry Hall was terminated from her job.  The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced a day earlier that Hall faced felony charges of false statements, tampering with evidence, interference with government property and a violation of oath of office.

On Monday October 3, 2016, Hall was arrested, charged with the 4 felonies above.


Sherry Hall mugshot.  Butts County Sheriff’s Office

Sherry Hall had been on her job with the Jackson police department for approximately 3 months when, on the night of September 13, 2016, she radioed in that she had been shot.  Hall described the shooter as a Black man wearing a green shirt and black jogging pants.  She said the bullet struck her vest, and she credited that with saving her life.  Hall said that the man ran.

Authorities put out the description of the shooter and started looking for him in the small, peaceful community where the shooting happened.

Only, there was no shooter at large. Hall made up the story.

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Floridians – Hurricane Matthew On Its Way. President Obama Speaks

Here is President Obama’s conference on Hurricane Matthew.  If those in its path in Florida get instructions to evacuate, please do so.  You can replace property, but not life.


Wordless Wednesday – October 5, 2016


Famous Presidential Quotes Compared To Donald Trump’s

By Guest Blogger, Racerrodig

I put together quotes from United States Presidents that I remembered and went to the trouble to look them up exactly as spoken, then added a “comparable” Trump quote. It’s fairly long and I know this would take a year to do right, but here it is………..Racerrodig’s take on the Donald’s philosophies.
“….let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – FDR

“I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.” – Woodrow Wilson

“I plan to implement stop and frisk in the black communities.” the Donald

“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited” Ronald Reagan

“When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.” – George Washington

“I know more about ISIS than the Generals….believe me.” the Donald

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” JFK

“If national pride is ever justifiable or excusable it is when it springs, not from power or riches, grandeur or glory, but from conviction of national innocence, information, and benevolence.” John Adams

The point is, you can never be too greedy.” the Donald Read the rest of this entry

Cold hearted Mike Pence refuses to pardon a man wrongly convicted and proven innocent

So Pence has no respect for the Parole Board’s decision. I wonder how he feels about Supreme Court decisions?

The Fifth Column

Mike Pence (Flickr/House GOP)

Mike Pence (Flickr/House GOP)


In a growing list of heartless Mike Pence actions, the Indiana governor has now denied a pardon for a man wrongly convicted and now proven innocent.

A BuzzFeed report, details the sad history of Keith Cooper, who served 10 years of a 40-year sentence after being misidentified. In 2008 shooting victim Michael Kershner and his mother, Nona Canell filmed statements and admitted they were wrong. This came after new DNA evidence was found and a jail informant admitted he lied. Canell asked investigators multiple times to see a lineup of potential suspects because she couldn’t be sure. An Elkhart Police detective promised her that they had “the right guy.” They didn’t.

When the new evidence came to light, a judge in the case offered Cooper a deal if he agreed to be resentenced for the crime. By accepting the deal he was…

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Sunday Song

Dear Friends,

Be encouraged. 


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