While Callahan denies "any involvement" from him or his office, Solicitor Jack Spirk is telling the very same Lynn Olanoff that he instructed another City Solicitor to make sure copies of the police report were made available to the press on the day of the accident. That sure sounds like involvement to me.
What is impossible to believe is that both daily newspapers would miss an account of a crash involving the Mayor's brother-in-law, driving the wrong way on a one-way street, injuries to a Bethlehem police officer and alcohol use.
Incredibly, Express Times Assistant Managing Editor and BloggerTony Rhodin tries to downplay the whole thing. "[H]aving done this for more than 30 years, sometimes reporters miss stuff." True, Tony, true. But two reporters? Two different dailies? On what would be a dynamite story? Tony does acknowledge that "sometimes reports are available for 15 minutes, never to be seen again."
Tony goes on to guess that what's really involved here is a "smear." "If there were really something dirty here, someone would have pulled aside a reporter from one of the two papers and spilled."
There really is something dirty here. I was pulled aside well over a year ago and told about this accident. I was unaware of the exact date and some people were worried about little things like job security. It is only recently that I was able to get my hands on the actual incident report.
Reporter Olanoff did finally talk, last week, to one of the police officers who has been willing to discuss this case . She started her conversation by saying, "We don't really feel this is a story."
Now I'm no professional, Tony, but that does not sound like the way you start a conversation if you actually want to learn something. That sounds like the way you start a conversation when you've already made up your mind.
Here are links to my previous stories:
The Callahan Cover-up
Right-to-Know Request Filed Over Callahan Cover Up...
Callahan a Friend of Officer Investigating Cantelm...
ET: BPD Vehicle Involved in Crash
Callahan Cover Up: Cantelmi Incident Report (Redac...
Updated 11:53 AM to clarify Tony Rhodin's exact title at The Express Times which, as he points out, costs only 50 cents.
Updated again at 12:29 PM. Express Times sources report that Lynn Olanoff denies ever having told a police officer that "we don't really feel this is a story." They also note that editors, and not reporters, make those calls.