(09/18/2001)
Calhoun's detachment commander Sgt. John Bonazzo, was transferred last week back to Braxton County, where he maintains a residence. Sgt. Travis Corbitt has been temporarily assigned to the Grantsville post, reportedly for sixty days.

Bonazzo spent a little over a year at Grantsville, after being promoted to Sergeant. Bonazzo climbed the ranks quickly after being on the the force about six or seven years.

Bonazzo sent a memo to Calhoun Control-911 that said State Police would no longer take after hours calls. He then became angry when The Hur Herald published the cutback, stating the memo was a confidential inter-departmental memo.

Sheriff Allen Parsons learned about the policy change from Calhoun Control-911, stating "We're stretched covering the county now. I'll do my job regardless of what the State Police do."

The Herald maintained police coverage should be public information and filed a Freedom of Information request. Concerns still remain regarding the level of coverage provided by the State Police.

Sgt. Bonazzo's misrepresented the coverage issue, stating the local police provided inadequate after hours service. A memo from Bonazzo's supervisor Sgt. David Garrett, obtained by the Freedom of Information Act said, "Sgt. Bonazzo advised me that the Calhoun Sheriff's Department and the Grantsville City Police were no longer taking calls after hours."

Local police were surprised to learn they did not provide after hours coverage. Parsons and his deputies are known to be in constant motion. He said "I have never refused a call, as far as I can remember."

Sgt. Garrett instructed Bonazzo to rescind his earlier memo denying State Police coverage. Sgt. Garrett told Sgt. Bonazzo, the department would respond to "any and all calls from any source," according to the FOIA reply.

Another memo was sent to local emergency officials from State Police Superintendent Col. Howard Hill. It asked for a new bridge of cooperation between his agency and local services, stating a supervisor would come to discuss the issue. The memo was ignored.

Numerous other problems have surfaced regarding State Police misconduct in Calhoun County, with charges and lawsuits pending.

Trooper Doug Starcher has threatened to arrest Bob Weaver, Editor of The Hur Herald on more than one occasion, which may be related to The Herald's reporting on State Police problems.

Trooper Starcher threatened to arrest Weaver for "obstruction" (officer or justice), after he took photos of a car wreck on U. S. 33, alluding to criminal behavior. Arnoldsburg Fire Chief Bill Jones said "I nor my firemen saw any wrongdoing by Mr. Weaver at the scene. He has always been professional. We made him a member of our fire department."


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