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Who are the Western Pa. residents charged in Capitol insurrection? – TribLIVE05.06.21

In some ways, the people from Western Pennsylvania who were arrested in the Capitol riot match the findings of national studies conducted by the Chicago Project on Security and Threats.

Most of them are employed, and several own their own businesses including a couple who owns a contracting company and a man who has a business as a wood worker. And most of them are older than 35.

But the studies also showed the majority of people arrested nationally came from counties Joe Biden won in the election, and from counties that had a declining white population.

For the people arrested in Pennsylvanias Western District, which includes 25 counties from Erie to West Virginia, thats not the case.

Of the 11 arrests, six come from rural areas outside of Pittsburgh, and three more have ties to Lawrence and Washington counties.

Those arrested in the Western District of Pennsylvania include:

Jorden Mink, 27, of South Fayette, is accused of using a baseball bat to break windows in the Capitol building, wielding a flagpole at police officers and spitting on them. Investigators were able to identify him because of an extensive neck tattoo and another under his left eye. He faces six counts and is being held in detention pending trial.

Russell Peterson, 34, of Rochester, Beaver County, traveled to the Capitol with his wife and mother for the Trump rally on Jan. 6. Investigators said Peterson, who had been unemployed for a year, used his Facebook account to stream live videos from inside the Capitol, including from the Crypt, an area below the rotunda, twice that afternoon. He is free on bond.

Peter Schwartz, 47, of Kentucky, was living in Uniontown, Fayette County, when he was arrested. He is accused of spraying officers with mace during the riot and faces 14 counts. Police said a YouTube video posted from the afternoon of the riot showed Schwartz, who was wearing a distinctive shirt or jacket, extending his arm and spraying an orange substance directly at officers. Later in the video, he is seen carrying a wooden baton, investigators said. From a social media post on Jan. 7, police said that Schwartz, a traveling welder, wrote, All the violence from the left was terrorism. What happened yesterday was the opening of a war. I was there and whether people will acknowledge it or not we are now at war. It would be wise to be ready! He is in detention pending trial.

Rachel Powell, 41, of Sandy Lake, Mercer County, became known as the Pink Hat Lady, after video showed her at the Capitol riot. She is accused of using a pipe like a battering ram to break a window in the Capitol and then using a bullhorn to rally the people around her. The mother of eight children, Powell dropped her kids off on Jan. 30 with her ex-husband and left, saying she needed to take care of things. He didnt hear from her again until Feb. 4, the day she turned herself in. During a search of Powells home, investigators found what they characterized as go bags, that had ammunition, rope, duct tape, lighters, throwing stars and knives. Powell, who faces eight counts, was released on house arrest. She has since gotten a job at a Franklin book store.

Kenneth Grayson, 52, of Bridgeville, livestreamed himself from inside the Capitol Rotunda and the Crypt beneath it during the riot. The FBI received tips and was then able to identify Grayson, who was wearing a QAnon sweatshirt and black Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap. He told investigators that if he could do it over again, he would. In addition, an FBI agent testified at a detention hearing that Grayson wrote about violence on Facebook and sent messages on his cellphone that he felt the need to kill people, including President Biden. He faces five counts and was released on bond pending trial.

Jennifer Heinl, 43, of Ross, is charged with illegally entering the Capitol building and can be seen in video footage from security and police body cameras inside the Rotunda with Grayson. Investigators said Heinl lied about not having been in touch with him, and said when they interviewed her about Grayson, she claimed that she did not enter the Capitol. She is charged with four counts and was released on bond pending trial.

Dale Shalvey, 36, who previously operated a woodworking business in Bentleyville, Washington County, is accused of entering the U.S. Senate floor and reading documents removed from desks there. The FBI received multiple tips about Shalveys participation, and one person said Shalvey sent two videos in which he was inside the Capitol and on the Senate floor, wearing Army-green tactical clothing and helmet. The website for Shalvey Woodworks, based in Bentleyville, said a farmer and woodworker at heart, DJ prefers to be healing land, tending to livestock, and when winter comes, creating in his studio wood shop. He is charged with five counts and was released on bond.

Debra Maimone, 27, and Philip Vogel, 33, are charged with kicking a door and stealing protective masks from a police officers bag during the riot. The couple, who operate Vera General Contracting and Cleaning Services in McKees Rocks, are engaged. Investigators said that Maimone posted a video, filmed by Vogel inside the Capitol Crypt, on the social media site Parler. As the camera arrived on Maimones face, she removed her distinctive American flag mask and stated, in sum and substance: Its amazing the FBI wrote in the criminal complaint. The unseen Vogel admonished Maimone, stating in sum and substance: Put your make on, I dont want them to see you. Maimone can be seen in the Parler video wearing a God, Guns, Trump sweatshirt with a green hat, according to the FBI. They were released on bond.

Jeremy Vorous, 43, of Meadville, Crawford County, is accused of illegally entering the Capitol and then posting several images from inside the building on Facebook. In one post with an image of a crowd pressed against a set of doors, he wrote, Bout to rush in again diff door. Vorous told FBI agents that he did not go to commit violence, but that he followed others into the building. In video footage, investigators said Vorous can be heard calling officers cowards, and that he told officers they were preventing (him) from getting into my house. In a YouTube video, Vorous yells, I will be here until we drag these (expletives) out. On Jan. 10, he called the FBIs National Threat Operations Center on Jan. 10 and reported that hed been in the Capitol Building but absolutely did not participate in rioting or take anything, the complaint said. He faces four counts and was released pending trial.

Matthew Perna, 36, of Sharon, Mercer County, was seen in a video inside the Capitol wearing a red hoodie with Make America Great Again written in white lettering. In a video posted to his Facebook page, Perna and others talk about their experience, in which Perna said, Steve and I, we walked right into the Capitol building, the complaint said. Perna told investigators that hed been at the Trump rally that day and then saw an open door in the Capitol buildings west side. He claimed he was pushed into the building by a crowd that had gathered behind him, the FBI said, and that he was only inside for five to 10 minutes. Perna, who faces four counts, was released on bond pending trial. He earns a living selling CBD products online.

Paula Reed Ward is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paula by email at pward@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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Judy Collins Recreating Historic 1964 Town Hall Concert – AARP02.17.21

But when she chose her Town Hall set list, it was the nation's traumas that preoccupied her: the Vietnam War, the killing of President John F. Kennedy, for whom she'd sung at a Dinner With the President event in January 1963, and the bloody battle for Black voting rights, which Collins supported by singing and speaking out. I definitely knew I wanted to sing The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, a great Dylan song about the murder of a Black waitress at a Baltimore hotel [by an elite racist]; The Battle of Medgar Evers [the slain civil rights leader]; and Hey, Nellie, Nellie, about Lincoln and racism over the centuries.

She sang tunes including Coal Tattoo, by the West Virginia mining-town runaway Billy Edd Wheeler; Tom Paxton's The Last Thing on My Mind, Bottle of Wine and Ramblin Boy"; and the stirring English folk ballad The Cruel Mother, about 17th-century prejudice against illegitimate children.

The recording of that show was nominated for a Grammy, and The New York Times raved, Judy Collins made her New York concert debut Saturday and established herself without delay in the front rank of American balladeers. By the evening's end she had moved her large audience to cheers, whistles and bravos all heartily deserved.

Collins says that the 1964 period of pain and rumination was not unlike the tumults of today. I was able to use the pandemic time doing a lot of thinking, writing and reflecting, she says. So it made sense to reprise her Town Hall show with a slightly different group of songs.

What viewers and listeners will enjoy Feb. 12 is a 15-song mix of the politically activist gems from 1964 accompanied by her stories about that time and some of her most beloved signature hits, including Dylan's The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll and Mr. Tambourine Man, two Paxton tunes, and Coal Tattoo.

Her songs will all be freighted with personal emotional resonance as well as historic importance. She'll sing Ian Tyson's Someday Soon, whose lilting warmth and irresistible melancholy, and its reference to her home state of Colorado, are close to her heart, and her best-known recording, her rendition of Joni Mitchell's Both Sides, Now. Collins told me that the struggle for a woman to be an artist and the pain of losing a child something she shared with Mitchell, who in youth gave her baby up for adoption is something she deeply felt animated her attachment to Both Sides, Now."

If anyone has seen life from both sides now, it's Collins. Here is a teaser snippet of her performance of it nowadays:

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Webster family working hard to preserve legacy of Lil’ Tony – Bluefield Daily Telegraph01.12.21

BLUEFIELDIn the year since the passing ofAnthony Alexander Webster III, known as Lil Tony, his family has been working hard to carry on their sons legacy.Webster was a Bluefield High School football player who died unexpectedlyon Jan. 16, 2019.

Webster, the son of area youth coach Anthony A. Webster Jr., played football for the Beavers. He was a junior in the Bluefield High School Class of 2020 and played full back on the 2017 Bluefield High School State Championship football team. He was becoming an accomplished powerlifter. Besides his activities at school, he was also an active member of the Mount Zion Baptist and the John Stewart United Methodist Church.

His loved ones foundeda scholarship fund,through the Community Foundation of the Virginias,in his name. This fund has benefited four aspiring college students in just one year.

We actually have a scholarship set up in his honor, The Lil Tony Foundation, which already has given out scholarships to athletes and individuals who meet the criteria that he set for any kid in Mercer County, Webster Sr. said. We are just trying to do everything we can to keep his legacy going because he is one that will never be forgotten. It is not just about athletics, but Tony carried a 3.5 GPA, so that is a standard. It is a really good scholarship to honor him. We started out with $500, but now we are able to give two $1,000 scholarships out to kids in Mercer County that deserve it for their college education.

We have already given out four scholarships, Webster Sr. said. It is unreal how they will call and tell me that they have gotten a donation in from someone.Hopefully, it will continue long after I am gone from here also.

Webster Sr. said thathelping others to honor his sons legacy gives him inspiration.

It is things like that that keep us going each day, Webster said. Knowing that we are doing something to help another student get their education and continue what they want to do to be constructive in society.

OnJanuary26, 2019, Gov. Jim Justice declared January 7 as Lil Tony Webster Interscholastic Memorial Day in West Virginia.

I give honor to Governor Justice for recognizing my son, Webster Sr. said. He knew my son from coaching, but he just knew that the special person, this young man, not just to Bluefield but the state of West Virginia.

There is no doubt that Lil Tony had an impact on his community. His father said that not a day goes by that someone does not call him to let him know they were thinking about him.

It makes you feel good as a parent, me and my wife and my whole family, the feel that our son of 17 years got the recognition that he really deserves, Webster Sr. said.

Lil Tony had a tattoothat read, Humbled and Blessed. His father said those are the two words that describe his late son best.

He had a tattoo that said humbled and blessed, and everyone recognizes that as Lil Tony. He got those tattoos about three or four years ago but humbled and blessed really describes what my son was, Webster Sr. said. I have the tattoo now and I have necklaces that I give out at games. Those two words describe Lil Tony, humbled, and blessed.

Contact Emily Rice at erice@bdtonline.com

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