Yesterday, I hand-delivered this formal request under Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law, addressed to the City's lawyers:
Pursuant to Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law, I am requesting the following:
1) Police blotter for 2/4/07.
2) Bethlehem Incident Report 07006707, including copies of any and all pictures;
3) Cell Phone records of Mayor John Callahan on 2/4/07.
4) Cell Phone records of the Police Commissioner on 2/4/07.
5) All damage reports for the police cruiser involved in an accident with Dino Cantelmi on 2/4/07.
6) All claims made for damages by the City as a result of the Cantelmi accident on 2/4/07, including damages for injuries suffered by Police Officer Craig Kennedy.
If you are unable to comply with this request without redacting information like social security numbers or home addresses, feel free to do so. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Mayor Callahan has until next Wednesday to answer this request. If he refuses, my request is deemed denied. I can appeal that to the state's Office of Open Records (OOR), which then has thirty days to make a final determination.
In previous determinations, the OOR has ordered the production of Jim Thorpe police reports, redacted state police incident reports, as well as itemized cell phone records.
I expect Callahan to comply, but if he refuses, I'll simply go to the next level, where nobody is on Bethlehem's payroll.