The charges stem from an incident in February 2019. She called state police to report that a black neighbor had pointed his own gun at her head as she parked her car, and she responded by firing at him with her own pistol. What really happened is that her neighbor was going to the store to get formula for a newborn infant, and his car's exhaust bothered her. She began pounding on her neighbor's door. The neighbor's girlfriend was so terrified she called police. Then Tricia concocted the lie about her neighbor, assuming state police would believe her because she is, after all, white.
Unfortunately for her, they didn't. In fact, one of the responding troopers was himself a minority. They looked at her weapon (a Smith and Wesson MP-9 with a 17-round magazine) and knew from the dirt and debris in the barrel that it was highly unlikely it had recently been fired. They interviewed neighbors, who heard no shots that evening. There were no 911 calls and they were unable to find any spent rounds or shells. Her weapon was seized and sent for ballistic analysis, and an expert determined it had not been fired.
In the course of interviewing her, troopers noticed she had also been drinking. Instead of seeing her neighbor charged, she was, with false reports.
Since those charges were filed, there were numerous delays brought about by Covid-19 as well as her own refusal to appear at a scheduled trial date. A bench warrant was issued, and when both I and West Easton blogger Matt Dees reported it, she responded in CAPS LOCK: "GO BURY YOUR UGLY FACES IN A BLANKET AND CRY. YOU WERE PAID BY MY FAMILY TO HIT THE ROAD AND GET A LIFE, BUT YOU HAVE NONE! EVERYWHERE YOU GO THERE YOU ARE. !! PRIVATE CRIMINALS FILED TODAY AGAINST BOTH YOU ASSHOLES!!!!! LET THE FUN BEGIN!! ... WE'LL SEE WHO WINDS UP IN JAIL, AND ITS NOT GOING TO BE ME, SO STUFF IT BITCHES!"
She ended up in jail after being picked up by the Whitehall police. She was released. after posting a nominal sum.
Although this offense is a low grade misdemeanor, the charge betrayed her own belief that police would take her lie over the word of an innocent black man. She was clearly wrong.
Amazingly, she admitted to Lehigh Valley Live that she lied about what she did to the gun after shooting it, but not about shooting the gun itself.In other words, her defense to a charge of lying is that she lied. Some defense.
It will be up to Judge Baratta to decide how she should be sanctioned. He had the opportunity to see her in court. This was impossible for myself and other spectators because of Covid restrictions. Her lies took at least five troopers off the highways. She attempted to play on implicit bias to coax law enforcement into arresting an innocent black man. She is an elected constable. She clearly has no remorse. Though she likes to plead poverty, she had the means recently to purchase both a Glock and a shotgun. All of this points to jail time. On the other hand, she is clearly mentally ill. I do not envy Judge Baratta.
Updated 10:08 am: Mezzacappa's Remorse:
Blogger's Note: The two sick and deranged nutbags to whom Mezzacappa refers are West Easton Borough Council President Matt Dees and yours truly. She indicates troopers violated violated law by handing me, a disgraced psychotic, with a "confidentail witness statement." That statement, which was from her, was part of the public record in the preliminary hearing. The state declined to take action against her nursing license, but I suspect that could change now that she's been convicted.