Schemery Zicolello

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The Untold Story

While the Lycoming County District Attorney has decided to pursue criminal charges against City of Williamsport Police Officer Jonathan Deprenda of Homicide by Vehicle and Manslaughter, the criminal case may never answer the root question of how a tragic confluence of events caused the death of James Robinson. The criminal case will likely center upon Officer Deprenda's operation of his vehicle at an incredible rate of 88 mph on East Third Street while attempting to overtake vehicles in his path. However, questions related to adequacy of officer training and internal Police Department policies will not likely be part of any prosecution. The central questions to those who want to prevent incidents like this from occurring in the future are: 1) What did Officer Deprenda learn in his training that led him to conlcude that his actions were not incredibly reckless? and 2) If the Police Department had been aware of any previous similar conduct by Officer Deprenda? Remember, that while

Letter in response to Mayor Campana's comments on the verdict against Raymond Kontz

This blog is Mike Zicolello's complete letter to the editor of the Sun Gazette in reaction to Mayor Campana's comments after a jury awarded our client more than $50,000 in damages.  http://wnep.com/2013/05/31/detective-found-liable-in-civil-case/

Commonwealth v. Candice Steinbacher – Motion for Judgement Acquittal Granted

Motion for Judgment of Acquittal for a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) prosecution was granted by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, after Attorney Kyle Rude argues that the Commonwealth could not prove Ms. Steinbacher was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. Ms. Steinbacher was arrested after Williamsport City Police believed she switched seats with her boyfriend in order to avoid an arrest for DUI.

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