Some feedback received by
"The Police Chief obviously has made this a
personal vendetta, and is acting as if he
can make and create his own laws. He
obviously feels he is above the law, and
can do as he pleases. It is a blatant abuse
of authority/position. He should be removed
from his position, and Mr. Ballon should
sue for damages resulting from the Police
Chief's harassment. This is absolutely
ridiculous, and is one of the reasons why
the general public holds law enforcement
in such a disdainful light."
"This is harassment, plain and simple. The
Chief of Police is acting as if he can make
and create his own laws. He feels he is
above the law, and does not have to read
the law or refer to council. He is
blatantly abusing his authority. He
should be removed from his position and the
city should do so before Mr. Ballon sues
for damages resulting from the Police
chief's harassment. The financial exposure
that the Chief is causing the City is not
warranted. He should be immediately
directed to cease this practice or be
replaced. No present elected officials will
be retained if the city loses a large law
suit. The officials should check their own
liability policy to assure that they will
not be sued for malpractice if they do not
"Hello.. What an outrage that is..I
have lived in West View my life and i know
what jerks all the officials are here..Its
who you know or what ever and if you tick
them off once they seem to make your life
miserable..What a shame..I do intent to
send this to all my friends and my
relitives that still reside here in the
good ol'bourgh of West View..I think they
will be not very suprised at what your
going threw..Very nice web page you have..
I bet it took a long time to do..Anything
i can think of to assist you i will email
you..all i can say is what a shame.."
"Went to your website, and I have to say
you are getting screwed! Good luck
on your quest for your rights."
"....think of all the silly stories the
local news covers. "so & so found a
flock of turkeys on their front porch
this morning" "these two guys got into
a minor fendor-bendor in their parking
lot on their way home tuesday. there
was only minor damage and nobody was
hurt." this is actually something that
one of the investigative reporters
would do. you've gone through all the
conventional routes, they were (obviously)
ignored. you've set up a web site
(which i've had my family look at,
because it's a riot!), now, if this
crap continues, i honestly think you
should inform the media. if having a
judge tell the cheif he's being an ass
didn't embarrass him, maybe a camera
in his face, with a paul martino attached
to it will. can't hurt to try!
luck to you, pal! give 'em hell!"
As a former Pittsburgher who still has
pride in the city and the Steelers,
this injustice makes me happy that
Westview is not part of Pittsburgh.
How can we let this little out of the
way Boro give Pittsburgh a bad name.
All of you who live in Westview should
be protesting to the Mayor and council
for letting "little Hitler" push
around a poor citizen. Could of of us be
next? Send your support to Mr. Ballon
and keep Pittsburgh's name clean.
"On my way home from work tonight i payed more
attention to how the cars in West View seem
to park (especially by McDonald's)..
They all park on the so to say sidewalk..
How can that be???..Or is it because you get
hasseled because your so close to the fire
station??..Mabey..But that should not make a
differance..Anyways...Great page you have..
I will be sure to pass it on to all my
"Just love our men in blue."
"I love your site. Im a cop and think your site
is great!! Keep it up... If what you say is
true I can't believe they waste the time and
effort they do to harass you. Good luck..."
"just checked out the website!!
pure beauty. loved it.
keep fighting the good fight, brother,
and maybe you should simply contact
the tv stations, while you're at it.
hell, he wants to explain to all of
pittsburgh how a cop knows more than
a judge, let him. luck to you."
get a life sir
".....i grew up on Chalfonte Avenue..
You know right behind ya.. I often stop
up at my mom's house and i saw your
BRIGHT NEON sign you have in the
window..I have saw it for awhile and
today i decided to check it out...
My brother also has a computer and I
told him to check it out..He did and
he was apauled at what was happening
to you here.."
Why don't you sue the borough and the chief
for harassment? This is now clearly a
civil matter that can be resolved easily.
Once the boro loses the suit you will never
hear from the chief again.
Why don't you file a lawsuit?
While your site was very entertaining,
I have to say it was not at all
surprising this is happening in
West View. Ridiculous? Yes.
West View? Definitely. Will be
passing your site along to others.
-Carolyn July 4,
....now if you could only get some
residents of Westview to go to a
council meeting and scream...
Get the lawsuit going!
-Chuck July 5,
sounds like he needs to treat the
others as he does you or vise versa.
otherwise he is being partial.
he shouldn't go against the judge.
to disagree is something. we all
have opinions, but the law inforces
should obey the law too. this could
be harrassment. if you own the property
you should be able to park there.
good luck on doing good.
forgiveness brings releif.
justice is nice, as long as its
tempered by mercy.
-yoseph June 30,
....if they want rights to westview.com --
I'd make them pay out the ### for them. :-)
Tell them it's theirs for a public apology
and a written agreement that the area where
you park is (not) the sidewalk.
-Cindy July 5,
Pure and simple harrasment on the part of
Westview Police. You have definate grounds
for a lawsuit here. I have never in my
life witnessed such absolute waste of time
and effort in the way the Chief of Police is
coming after you for NO VIOLATION. To
totally disreguard a judge's ruling on your
particular case involving the parking
situation is OUTRAGEOUS....do the police
in Westview not have anything better to do
than ticket law-abiding citizens? I can see
why you have brought this whole thing to the
internet to publicize your particular fight,
sir. Your case was thrown out , dismissed,
and that was the end of the story. In
Charles Holtzgraver's mind his ego is more
important than proper proceedure. Keep up
your fight, and it is great to see folks
like you who just won't lay down and die
when their rights have been violated, and
fight back.....give 'em hell!
-Lynne Riedell July 5, 1998-
you are most definately getting screwed...
you have all the proof on your page...
good luck against chief LoSeR
-Relayer July 5,
I just got done reading that crap in
the tribune...Seems to me you do have
the rights to this web page..
Like Dah chief Holtgraver..Does he not
know you bought the rights to that page..
hahaha..He better check his stuff out
before he shoots his mouth off..hahaha..
It is very clear to me and the rest of
my family that the police force definatly
has it out for you for some reason..
Is there not CRIME out the in West View ??
They have to pick on a long time resident??
..I live on Center Avenue
(Acrossed from Uncle Toad's )..What a
place that is....Drunks coming out all the
time making tons of noise..When i call the
police to complain ..They tell me..They
will send someone there..Which they never
do..I have 2 small kids that have to
listen to foul talk all hours of the nite..
Then there is a pizza shop that entertanes
young teenagers all the time too...Seems
to me some people in this stinking bourgh
pays people OFF!!!..All i can say my
friend is that..it is definatly who the
hell you know here..What a shame ..
I will pass y\this off to my brother
and father to have them look at this new
-Barb July 6,
Im so sorry to hear about the trouble buddy.
I walk by 479 Perry Hwy. all the time and
your car has never obstructed my passing.
I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed your
webpage, I laughed all the way through it.
It sure did hit the mark. Maybe when the
cops are done harassing you they can find
their way over to Chalfonte and Wentworth
Avenues. On any given Sunday morning they
could fill their coffers with parking ticket
fines from those who park on the yellow lines
and stop traffic from turning down the side
alley by the church. With services in, and
the streets full of parked cars, I cant turn
down the alley to reach my back alley
(Enon Alley) to get to my garage. I think
there is more "who you know" going on in
West View than there is in Washington D.C.
With all the documentation you have, seems
to me you have a good legal case against
the borough. I'd take it as far as I could
go. Good Luck.
-ITS July 5,
This is in response to the article in the
July 5th Tribune-Review written by Julie
Hannon.In the newspaper article Chief
HOLTGRAVER is quoted as saying "I've been
here 27 years, and it's never been a
parking space..." I have known Mr. Ballon
since 1979 and frequently visited him at
479 Perry Hwy. I occasionally assisted at
Angel Studio and clearly remember giving
customers directions to park in front of
the building. The very spot where I often
parked,for the entire day and NEVER
received a ticket or a warning or any type
of comment on my choice of parking spaces.
Either Chief HOLTGRAVER'S memory is faulty
or he was very unobservant or prior to 6
months ago he had no reason to even notice
Mr. Ballon's car in front of his building.
Chief HOLTGRAVER is further quoted in the
article as saying, "we had a complaint
from someone who was having a hard time
seeing past his car as they pulled from
the municipal lot"...my question is
WHAT WERE THEY HAVING A HARD TIME SEEING?
Certainly not highway traffic. If that is
the case then they were NOT pulled up to
the street but were back from the road
where they would have a hard time seeing
any traffic with or without a car parked
in front of the building. Perhaps this
persons driving ability should be
investigated instead of Mr. Ballon
receiving a ticket. The firemen's view
is blocked...they're view of WHAT???
the pavement UNDER Mr. Ballon's car?
Certainly not of the highway-the seat
of the fire truck sits much higher than
Mr. Ballon's car. As a matter of fact
I have had a difficulty seeing traffic
coming north on the highway when pulling
out of the driveway beside the firehouse
because the fire trucks were pulled out
as shown on a picture on the web site.
I also have encountered difficulty
leaving Mr. Ballon's because I was
blocked in by a fireman's vehicle while
he attend a meeting in the firehouse
-a meeting-not a fire. "You are
blocking the sidewalk"...apparently
the Chief never attempted to walk along
the sidewalk running the length of the
Betsy Ann shop--I have and have been
forced to leave the sidewalk, step OVER
the concrete barriar that separates the
sidewalk from the street and walk in
the street because a truck was parked
on the sidewalk(not just stopped for
delivery but parked for an entire
week-end-THAT'S what I call sidewalk
blocking and believe me I definately
was "in jeopardy of being hit" when I
was forced out onto busy Perry Hwy.
Chief HOLTGRAVER states ..."he just
doesn't want to listen to reason...
" Oh, really? every time a ticket was
issued and a protest was made YOU
changed the reason for the ticket
being issued. This DOES sound as if
you did "go up there and pick on him".
This DOES sound like harassment. This
is quite reminiscent of the mess
Millvale got into years ago when the
police decided that they could do
whatever they cared to do to the
citizens of that community and where
are the police who were involved in
that situation??? Perhaps that is
where Chief HOLTGRAVER should be.
Or perhaps he could audition for the
role of Barney Fief on Mayberry. I'm
sure Andy Griffin could use him as a
deputy. I'm asking Mr. Ballon not to
use my name as I am from the area and
truly fear retaliation from the police
for speaking my mind. Keep up the
-EB 7- 5-