Fired for Child Molesting Cover-up Former Penn State Pres has New TSA Job.
Washington Post-Jul 26, 2012

Graham Spanier may have been ousted from his post as Penn State president over the sex-abuse scandal that engulfed the university, but it seems he’s found a backup employer: the American taxpayer.

Spanier was faulted in an internal Penn State report after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child molestation. The report said that Spanier, head coach Joe Paterno and others helped cover up Sandusky’s abuse.

His attorney confirms to the Loop that Spanier is working as a part-time consultant for a “top-secret” agency on national security issues. But the gig is so hush-hush, he couldn’t even tell his attorneys the name of the agency.

Sarah Fox Case: DNA Linked To Lab Worker, Not Occupy Wall Street Protester, Says Official by COLLEEN LONG 07/11/12 08:43 PM ET

“The last day has been very disturbing,” Dobbs said. “Let’s hope the investigation into Sarah Fox’s death proceeds with more care than the DNA testing and that Occupy Wall Street can get back to fighting for economic justice and against Wall Street greed,” he said.

The connection to the chain and the Fox case seemed curious. Law enforcement DNA databases have numerous samples collected from various pieces of evidence but never identified with a particular suspect. Matches periodically pop up as new samples are entered, and the process begins of excluding anyone who could have handled the evidence in the course of the investigation.

Aside from crime lab and evidence collection unit workers, the medical examiner’s office processes DNA for police. Spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said Wednesday all medical examiner personnel had been ruled out as a match, and the sample was still being investigated.

UPMC’s silence upsets family of therapist slain at Western Psych
By Luis Fabregas, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, March 16, 2012

“UPMC never contacted us,” Mary Schaab said. “It makes you feel very angry. You have this sense of worry, then a sense of relief because you hear all the families are notified, then this sense of devastation.”

The couple showed off dozens of pictures of their son, described as smart, happy and actively involved in the planning of his wedding to Megan. “We lost a son, but Megan lost her future,” Harry Schaab said, choking on tears. He and his wife lost their only other child, Nancy, two years ago. “I’m never going to have grandkids now,” he said. “I’m going to live the rest of my life without my two children. It’s never going to be the same.”

Mom Asks For Help On Unsolved Murder Victim’s 18th Birthday
UPDATED: 6:05 pm EDT September 19, 2011

Coleman — who would have turned 18 on Monday — was shot in the head on a foot path in a wooded area behind Memory Lane in the Hill District. The Hill District borders Downtown to the east and stretches along Centre, Forbes and Fifth Avenues to the edge of Oakland. Police said the body was found at about 7:20 p.m. on April 23. No witnesses have come forward with information about the shooting. Anyone who has a tip is asked to call the city’s homicide squad at 412-323-7161. Anonymous calls will be accepted.

John Shick moved to the Oakland Shadyside area of Pittsburgh in August of 2011 from Portland Oregon, where he had lived since 2008. Online records show the Lone Gunman, John Shick maintained a Northfield, Minn., address near the Carleton College campus from September 1999 to June 2004. That college’s website shows a John Shick who majored in chemistry graduated in 2004, The Associated Press reported. From June 2004 through 2008, online records show Shick appeared to live in New York, where he attended Columbia University.

At California’s Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Shick was accepted into the rigorous PACE honors program, reserved for the very best students, school spokesman Chris Eftychiou said on Tuesday. Shick served as the school chapter vice president for the California Scholarship Federation and National Honor Society. Long Beach Poly is nationally known for both its academics and its athletics, with a long list of famous alumni such as actor Cameron Diaz, tennis player Billie Jean King and baseball players Tony Gwynn and Chase Utley. “The PACE program is one of the flagship honors programs in our district,” Eftychiou said.

With the help of a relative, Mr. Shick had a job as a research assistant in a laboratory of Dr. Stone at the University of Southern California, working on a project that explored how estrogen replacement therapy interacted with Alzheimer’s disease in 1998. His work was significant enough that he earned a spot as a co-author with on a paper published in the research journal Experimental Neurology, a rare feat.

In 2000, Mr. Shick contacted Dr. Stone, the researcher he’d worked with in California, who was at a lab at McLean Hospital: Harvard Medical School’s psychiatric hospital in Belmont, Mass. Recalling his strong work ethic as a teenager, Mr. Stone rehired him for a research project that examined the genetics of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mr. Shick was listed as a co-author of a paper that appeared in the Archives of General Psychiatry in June 2002.


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About McLean Hospital: A Harvard Medical School Affiliate

U.S. News & World Report ranked McLean Hospital first among all freestanding psychiatric hospitals. McLean Hospital is the largest psychiatric facility of Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of the Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare. McLean Hospital is located at 115 Mill Street in Belmont, Massachusetts, west of Boston. McLean is accessible by the Massachusetts Turnpike, Route 128/95 or Route 2.

McLean Hospital | Grand Rounds : Grand Rounds 2007 Lecture Series
The Stanton Lecture Serial Sexual Homicide: Personality Factors and Motivating Forces Michael H. Stone, M.D. Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Attending Psychiatrist, Mid Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Hospital …

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Body in Inwood Hill Park May Be Missing Juilliard Student
By THOMAS J. LUECK Published: May 26, 2004

A naked body believed to be that of a missing 21-year-old drama student at the Juilliard School was found yesterday by a volunteer search party near a jogging path near Columbia University, and police officials said it appeared likely that the young woman was murdered. By late yesterday, the police said they had not yet been able to positively identify the body as that of Ms. Fox because it was badly decomposed. Investigators, however, believe that the body is that of the drama student. They said that it matched the size of Ms. Fox’s 5-foot-2 frame, and that it had the same strawberry blond hair as Ms. Fox. Perhaps most telling, the police said the body bore a tribal band tattoo on the lower back (resembling a butterfly) like the one Ms. Fox had inscribed.

Sarah Fox’s body was found 1.4 miles from the laboratory of Dr. Stone and was in an area frequented by his protege John Shick.

Police Still Search for Missing Mother October 5, 2011

Jamie Nichole Peterson, 30, of Ross outside of Pittsburgh was discovered missing Monday, Sept. 26 after her two children returned home from school. Ms. Jamie Peterson is blonde. Jamie has the following tattoos: Back of Neck: Large butterfly. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Ross Township Police Department at 412-931-9070.

Five miles from the apartment of John Shick.

Vanished: Melissa Marie Atchley | from Portland, Oregon | Facebook

Missing Oregon Mother of Two. Melissa Marie Atchley. Missing: April 18, 2011. Age Now: 30 yrs old. Sex: Female. Height: 5’1. Weight: 105 lbs. Race: Caucasian. Hair Blonde. TATTOOS: Butterfly on right shoulder and multi-colored stars in middle of upper back.

Three miles from the apartment of John Shick.

Missing person case has local police perplexed
Submitted by Northfield News on Wed, 10/15/2003

Police investigators are baffled with a case involving a missing Northfield, Minn. woman. Lynda Rowell, 38, whose missing person posters can still be found throughout Faribault, has been missing since Sept. 24 when she left work in Northfield Minn. around 7 p.m., according to police. Rowell, who is married and has two children, worked as an office administrator at Edina Reality in Northfield. And now as the investigation closes in on its third week, many leads in the case have been exhausted. Sren Erickson can be reached at 645-1114 or serickson@northfieldnews.com

Two miles from the house of John Shick.


Michael H. Stone, MD (New York, NY) is professor of clinical psychiatry at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is the author of ten books, most recently Personality Disorders: Treatable and Untreatable, and over two hundred professional articles and book chapters. He is also the host of Discovery Channel’s former series Most Evil and has been featured in the New York Times, Psychology Today, the Christian Science Monitor, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, the New York Post, the London Times, the BBAC, and Newsday, among many other media outlets.


Susan and Larry Shick say they’re cooperating with authorities
By Margaret Harding, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, March 17, 2012

Dustin D’Alessandro said his family’s funeral home in Blawnox, the Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory, will handle the body. He said he is unsure whether Shick’s parents will come to town.

“When I first got the call, she was very somber,” said John Bauer, director of the Elmer L. Herman Funeral Home in Hazelwood, who spoke to Susan Shick. “She was doing something you don’t want to have to do for your own child. She’s pretty shook up.”
Susan and Larry Shick chose D’Alessandro Funeral Home to handle arrangements for John F. Shick, 30, of Oakland, who carried two semi-automatic pistols into Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic on March 8 and opened fire.

Special Report: Western Psych shootings followed volatile years for John Shick March 18, 2012 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John F. Shick grew up in California, the only child of Susan Fowler Shick, a redevelopment attorney, and Larry Shick, who worked for IBM. Born April 22, 1981, he spent much of his childhood in the neatly appointed Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. The Shicks lived in a brick two-bedroom with pool and guest house at 3939 Pine Ave.

On March 7, the day before the shootings, Mr. Shick was taken to UPMC Presbyterian after calling 911. Records show that he called shortly after 5 p.m. and reported that he was sick. He told a call taker that he was throwing up blood and had worms in his stool. He told them he had a parasitic and subcutaneous infection. He vomited in the lobby, neighbors said, and paramedics took him to UPMC Presbyterian as an E0, the highest priority that can be assigned to a medical transport. On March 8, he was out of the hospital and on the streets.

Covering a table in the mostly orderly apartment were at least 43 prescription medications to fight ailments such as depression, anxiety, migraines, seizures, chronic kidney disease, impotence, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, intestinal worms, gastric reflux, ulcers, gallbladder trouble, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic pancreatitis. There were caffeine pills, sedatives, hypothyroid drugs, narcotic painkillers and drugs to treat Hodgkin’s disease. Sources said many of the pills were self-prescribed from online pharmacies overseas. Lillian Thomas: lthomas@post-gazette.com, 412-263-3566.

No autopsy?

An autopsy—also known as a post-mortem examination, necropsy (particularly as to non-human bodies), autopsia cadaverum, or obduction—is a highly specialized surgical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse to determine the cause and manner of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present. It is usually performed by a specialized medical doctor called a pathologist.

Autopsies are performed for either legal or medical purposes. For example, a forensic autopsy is carried out when the cause of death may be a criminal matter, while a clinical or academic autopsy is performed to find the medical cause of death and is used in cases of unknown or uncertain death, or for research purposes.

Western Psych shooter’s flat full of rants, medications
March 14, 2012 4:22 pm By Michael A. Fuoco / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mr. Shick ranted in his writings about the evils of “corporate America,” sources said, and had a gas mask and a bio-hazard suit in the apartment. Rambling messages were written on the walls themselves and in notebooks scattered throughout the apartment. In writings found in Portland, Oregon Slick expressed eugenist racist beliefs. Slick knew how to make explosives, poisons, gases and crude bio-weapons.

The notations included complaints about various doctors and what Mr. Shick characterized as their misdiagnoses of his ailments. But Mr. Shick’s ire was particularly centered on a UPMC internal medicine physician who appeared to have treated Mr. Shick, sources said. Mr. Shick and his Doctor/Handler lived in the same apartment building, the sources said, and they had argued. The doctor could not be reached for comment, so the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is not identifying him.


Bio-Attacks and Extremists Backgrounder



Report Details Pittsburgh Cop-Killer’s Extremism
by Bill Morlin on June 30, 2011

The Pennsylvania jury that recommended the death penalty for cop-killer Richard Poplawski earlier this week was kept from hearing about his racist, anti-government beliefs as detailed in an expert’s report. Poplawski, 24, was convicted of three counts of murder in Pittsburgh on Saturday. In a hearing on Tuesday, the same jury unanimously recommended that he receive a lethal injection. The judge will formally sentence Poplawski in September.

Details emerge on shooting at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Police look for evidence at gunman’s apartment
Saturday, March 10, 2012 By Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Police were still investigating whether Shick was a former patient and whether his violence was random. A UPMC spokeswoman said she couldn’t comment on his history, citing privacy rules.

Officers, trying to trace his steps, believe that Mr. Shick most likely walked to Western Pysch before the shooting. The hospital is within walking distance from his apartment in North Oakland. Detectives searched Shick’s apartment building at 3955 Bigelow Blvd. Friday night and found a number of doctor’s notes suggesting he was in ailing health. They also found hand-written notes and a 30-pound bag of medication, though it was not immediately clear what kinds.

They studied the contexts of several brown paper bags and containers as well as other evidence, including text messages, into the night. Sadie Gurman: sgurman@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878.




Western Psych mobile unit sent to apartment at mother’s request
By Margaret Harding and Luis Fabregas, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Shick refused treatment in January from a Western Psych mobile unit sent to his apartment when his mother expressed worry about him. In February, he threatened people with a baseball bat at a UPMC facility in Shadyside, investigators said.

UPMC officials would not say whether Shick sought treatment, citing federal privacy laws. Spokesman Paul Wood acknowledged the hospital on Tuesday gave Allegheny County Medical Examiner Dr. Karl Williams medical records that he had requested in a subpoena and court order. “Very little about this case is normal, and I don’t want there to be any questions later about how it was handled.”

Pitt clinic gunman’s body unclaimed

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The body of a gunman slain by University of Pittsburgh campus police after he shot and killed one person and wounded six others at a psychiatric hospital last week still hasn’t been claimed by his parents, who’ve been notified of his death but apparently remained on a sailing trip Wednesday.

It’s unclear who that might be, although a law enforcement official told the AP on Wednesday that investigators have determined that Shick’s parents were estranged from him and may have “disowned” him. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because officials weren’t authorized to release information after media leaks about what investigators found in Shick’s apartment.




WPIC gunman’s health records described as ‘substantial’
March 15, 2012 3:08 am By Jonathan D. Silver / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“It’s substantial,” Anthony Bofo, the office’s forensic supervisor, said Wednesday of the medical material. “There was a lot there.” The records are from both UPMC Presbyterian and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

The fact that records were received from both facilities would seem to indicate that Mr. Shick, who killed one person and wounded five others last Thursday in the lobby of the city’s main mental hospital, was being treated under the auspices of Western Psych. But it was impossible to know for certain. Medical Examiner Karl E. Williams said he had not yet reviewed the records and could not verify whether Mr. Shick, 30, was a patient at the mental hospital.

Allegheny County Orphans’ Court Judge Lester G. Nauhaus on Tuesday signed an order for UPMC to comply with a subpoena from the medical examiner’s office. He added a handwritten notation: “The content of the records [sic] are not to be shared with any person or entity without further order of court.”

Even after seeing the records, Dr. Williams might be barred without a judge’s permission from discussing any information about Mr. Shick’s mental health or any contacts he might have had with Western Psych thanks to a court order signed Tuesday.

Authorities have refused to release tapes of 911 calls or transcripts from the shooting, surveillance video and a complete list of items confiscated from Mr. Shick’s apartment. Neither police nor Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s office would answer questions about interactions between authorities and Mr. Shick’s parents who, as of Wednesday, had still not made arrangements for their son’s remains.

They also would not discuss Mr. Shick’s suspected movements in the minutes and hours leading up to the shooting, what contact police agencies might have had with him prior to the rampage, whether he had made threats against UPMC in the past or was targeting a specific doctor.

Records show Shick lived a life of contrasts. Online records show he may have maintained a Northfield, Minn., address near the Carleton College campus from September 1999 to June 2004. That college’s website shows a John Shick who majored in chemistry graduated in 2004, The Associated Press reported. From June 2004 through 2008, online records show Shick appeared to live in New York, where he attended Columbia University.



Special Report: Western Psych shootings followed volatile years for John Shick March 18, 2012 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After he earned his degree, Mr. Shick held a variety of jobs. A resume — only parts of which could be verified — indicated that he helped teach science to children, worked as a barista at a Starbucks, managed client accounts for a company, helped in a brain imaging lab and wrote articles for a monthly corporate research newsletter.

“There’s smart and there’s very smart. I think he was very smart,” said Joel Houston, proprietor of South-Carolina CAHA Research, who hired Mr. Shick to work for him in Brewster, about an hour north of Manhattan. “He behaved himself. He came to work. He did the work. What can I say?”

Some of that seemed to leak into Mr. Shick’s resume, where he listed himself as a “research assistant” at a lab: “Gathered data from PET and MRI scans of hippocampus. Supervisors Mark and Anissa (corrupted Arabic) were later retasked and currently suffer speech pathologies, insisting I was a data analyst, not a research assistant.”

With the help of a relative, Mr. Shick landed a job as a research assistant in a laboratory at the University of Southern California, working on a project that explored how estrogen replacement therapy interacted with Alzheimer’s disease in 1998. His work was significant enough that he earned a spot as a co-author on a paper published in the research journal Experimental Neurology, a rare feat.

In 2000, Mr. Shick contacted Mr. Stone, the researcher he’d worked with in California, who was at a lab at Harvard Medical School’s psychiatric hospital in Belmont, Mass. Recalling his strong work ethic as a teenager, Mr. Stone rehired him for a research project that examined the genetics of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mr. Shick was listed as a co-author of a paper that appeared in the Archives of General Psychiatry in June 2002.

In the mid-2000s, Mr. Shick worked briefly for Promenet Inc., an IT company, as a sales account executive. A manager there, who did not want her name in print, said that while he was professional and a “typical sales rep,” he was intensely personal and odd. She called him “the weirdest of the bunch.”

David Alberg, a professor of chemistry at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., said Shick was a “good, hardworking student” who got degrees from that school and Columbia University in New York. Carleton spokesman Eric Sieger said Shick graduated in 2004 as part of a prestigious and demanding five-year collaborative program with Columbia. Shick spent his first three years at Carleton and then two at Columbia, and ended up with two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Carleton and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Columbia. “Typically, those are the very top students, who are very motivated,” Sieger said of the participants in the program.

Stephen A. Edwards, associate professor of computer science at Columbia University, recalled working with Shick on a project. Shick asked for high-level access to computers, and Edwards had to intervene when some other students did not want to give it. Shick, he said, was more annoying than the average student — but not dramatically so. “He tried to be an enthusiastic, capable student, but seemed to have some trouble,” Edwards said. “He also seemed much more tightly wound than many other students.”

At California’s Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Shick was accepted into the rigorous PACE honors program, reserved for the very best students, school spokesman Chris Eftychiou said on Tuesday. Shick served as the school chapter vice president for the California Scholarship Federation and National Honor Society. Long Beach Poly is nationally known for both its academics and its athletics, with a long list of famous alumni such as actor Cameron Diaz, tennis player Billie Jean King and baseball players Tony Gwynn and Chase Utley. “The PACE program is one of the flagship honors programs in our district,” Eftychiou said.

Larry Barton, a professor of risk management at The American College in Bryn Mawr, said it would be highly unusual for Shick’s attack to have been truly random. Barton, who also is an instructor in Threat Management for the FBI, said more than 97 percent of people who commit workplace killings have some connection to the place of the shooting. And while federal law does technically grant control over a deceased person’s health information to their heirs, Barton said this is a special case.

“Courts have ruled they have an obligation to share that information,” Barton said. “They’re not violating his privacy by doing so. The public has a right to know, was he a patient?”


Surveillance footage from Western Psych showed Mr. Shick walking in the door about 1:42 p.m. and Mr. Schaab entering shortly after holding a McDonald’s bag with his lunch. A minute after Mr. Shick arrived, calls began streaming into 911. Within several minutes, at least six University of Pittsburgh police officers entered as gunfire came through the hospital’s front doors.

Police said three officers began exchanging gunfire with Mr. Shick, backing him into the lobby and down a hallway, where witnesses told police he ducked behind a wall and reloaded at least one of his two 9 mm handguns.

The second group of officers turned the opposite direction and came around the gunman from behind. They were unaware exactly where he was, relying on gunshots and screams to confirm his location, police said. Mr. Shick’s focus was directed on the officers who were firing in front of him. The officers who fired from behind ended the attack.

John Fredrick Shick, whose name his neighbor, Mr. Kunst, did not know until Friday, stared at fellow residents while riding the elevator, often with glassy eyes, and would not respond to questions. “As soon as I heard someone shot people in Western Psych and I saw all the media and cops outside of our apartment building, I told my fiancee it had to be him who did it,” Mr.Kunst said as police searched the Shick’s apartment.

Police hadn’t disclosed if Shick had a history of criminal or mental health problems, but an online database of state criminal court records revealed no arrests or convictions in Pennsylvania, but Shick apparently had a history of legally changing his name.

Shick lived in the trendy Southwest section Portland, Oregon from about September 2008 until August 2011, near Jeld-Wen Field and eventually in Old Town -Skid Row. His apartment building on S.W. St. Clair Avenue is a block or so from the City of Portland Reservoir Number 3. Heather St. Clair was the assistant manager of the building. She didn’t know him, but thought his parents helped pay the rent.


Portland E. coli found in Reservoir Number 3 By Susan Goldsmith, The Oregonian Published: Saturday, November 28, 2009, 9:31 PM

For the first time in the city’s history, the Portland Water Bureau issued an emergency boil-water alert late Saturday afternoon to more than 50,000 customers west of the Willamette River because of an E. coli contamination.

The emergency notification came after routine water sampling, conducted several times a day at the city’s reservoirs, found the bacteria Wednesday in samples from Reservoir 3 in Washington Park in Southwest Portland. A confirmation sample taken Friday also tested positive, so the Water Bureau took the reservoir out of service Saturday morning. The bureau is draining 10 million gallons of water, which will take four days.

At times, Shick confronted fellow tenants in the elevator, asked odd questions, and had unprovoked anger outbursts. For stretches he wasn’t visible at all, said Ms. St. Clair, keeping to himself and not socializing. She never knew him to be violent, she said.

“I do know that his behavior was erratic and unacceptable so we did call his mother and tell her that, so she moved him to another apartment,” she said. “When he moved out, there were a lot of things written on his wall,” she said.

It is speculated that Shick may have been manufacturing Methamphetamines, LSD, PCP and/or other narcotics, or he may have been involved with some sort of cult, conspiracy or medical testing.

Western Psych shooter’s flat full of rants, medications
March 14, 2012 4:22 pm By Michael A. Fuoco / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mr. Shick ranted in his writings about the evils of “corporate America,” sources said, and had a gas mask and a biohazard suit in the apartment. Rambling messages were written on the walls themselves and in notebooks scattered throughout the apartment. Shick had two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Carleton and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Columbia and was working towards a degree in Bio-chemistry while in Portland and Pittsburgh.

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Police: Drug ring moved 2 lbs. of heroin per week
March 13, 2012, 2:23 p.m. PDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A nine-month investigation by state and local authorities in the mid-Willamette Valley yielded significant quantities of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine and led to the arrests of 15 people.

The arrests on Tuesday in Linn, Benton and Marion counties also included several charges of racketeering. Police seized nearly 4 pounds of methamphetamine, 7 pounds of heroin, more than 2 pounds of cocaine, firearms and about $95,000 in cash




The dumping ground – Old Town
Published: Monday, January 07, 2008, 3:41 PM Updated: Thursday, March 05, 2009, 12:37 PM

It is where the state and county put their trash. The city looks the other way. PDC assures that the dumping continues. The neighborhood associations and committees, with an exception, never objects. Two of the major properties where sexual predators are housed: the Medford Hotel (506 NW 5th Avenue) and the Shoreline (123 W Burnside).

The other major housing for sexual predators/offenders are Transition Projects, Inc (TPI) at 475 NW Glisan, West Hotel at 127 NW 6th, Rescue Mission at 111 Burnside, and West Wind Hotel at 333 NW 6th .
Now, for the most part, this is about sexual predators [see an automatic downloaded County Brochure] – the worse category re registered sexual offenders. “Predator” tells it all. The State maintains a registered sex offender list which can be obtained in writing by zip code. One can call too – 1.503.378.3725 X 44429 [see County website for more info].

The most interesting aspect is the inconsistencies. Between the three sources – there were 53 different names; Portlandmaps 12, County – 33, & State 40. Already – there is a problem. Considering the addresses alone, there were at least 5 that were either an invalid address, e.g., a parking lot, or an indefinite address, e.g., under the Steele Bridge in the Willamette River.

Mr. Shick applied to and was accepted to Portland State University’s doctoral program in chemistry for fall 2009, receiving full tuition and a stipend that came with oversight of a laboratory. Mr. Shick arrived at PSU in the summer, wearing a wool hat and sunglasses, which he seldom, if ever, removed. Students and faculty reported odd exchanges, including unusual remarks and occasional outbursts.

“He was a bit uncomfortable around other students. Students were uncomfortable around him. Staff were uncomfortable around him,” said PSU spokesman Scott Gallagher. “He started harassing one particular student a bit much.” Mr. Shick repeatedly called that student, who eventually told officials he feared for his safety, Mr. Gallagher said.

Over the next several weeks, campus security and student services — which could have provided counseling and support for Mr. Shick’s apparent mental health issues — were notified of his behaviors. Mr. Shick refused to cooperate with either, however. Barring his willingness to talk to counselors and security officers, PSU rescinded its offer, Mr. Gallagher said.

“After that nobody knew what he did or where he went, but over a period of time afterwards he did send some odd emails and letters to the chair of the department. The way that was described to me was ‘weird gobbledygook.’”

Records in Oregon, show Shick changed his name to William Huhnpere Scholskan in 2009. In early 2010, a person with that name and the same address as Shick was charged with assaulting a public safety officer. Then, in May 2010, Scholskan petitioned to change his name back to John Frederick Shick.

On Dec. 28, 2009, authorities arrested a William M. Scolskan on charges of assaulting a Port of Portland Police officer. Court records show dismissal of assault charges on Jan. 26, 2010, because the department never filed the complaint. Shick was however excluded from the airport for 90 days. It is speculated that Shick may have been severely, beaten during his arrest, before being subdued.

According to the police report provided by the Port of Portland, officers were called to Commercial Roadway at the Portland International Airport on a complaint of a “male exhibiting strange behavior.” and harassing people at the Budget Car rental counter at the Portland International Airport. Shick ignored the orders of the first three officers who arrived to show his hands.

When approached Shick produced reinforced 13-inch flashlight and attempted to bludgeon Officer Jacob Cassity about the head and neck. Shick was stunned four times with a Taser, struck four times with a baton, punched in the face, midsection and finally five times in the groin before he could be subdued.

After 3 more cops arrived, Shick who continued to struggle, despite a Taser blast “which had no effect.” was taken into custody on accusations of second-degree attempted assault, fourth-degree assault, assault on a peace officer, disorderly conduct and two counts of resisting arrest.

During the struggle, he said that he was an Ivy League graduate and that the officers would be “prosecuted by the Hague for war crimes.” He called them “slaves to Obama and the corporate government of this country.”

Even as paramedics loaded him into an ambulance to take him for a mental evaluation, he squirmed and attempted to bite them. At Providence Hospital, it took six security officers to restrain him to a bed. He had to be sedated.

Officers found he was wearing two backpacks and had another bag underneath his vest. Inside, they found two Chinese to English dictionaries and writing in notebooks described by Officer Cassity as “mostly incoherent.” Using a racial epithet, he wrote: “This country will never get a confession out of me. No matter how many [expletives] drag me to Washington.”

Other entries, Officer Cassity wrote, threatened President Barack Obama, prompting him to forward his report to the U.S. Secret Service. An agent in the Portland office reviewed the report, but “it was not deemed threatening at the time so there was no action taken by us,” said Max Milien, spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service.

A judge ordered Shick, at the time living under a different name, to undergo up to 180 days of mental health treatment, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Robert Leineweber told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It is not immediately clear if and how long he was actually in treatment. John Hoover, deputy district attorney at Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, said the office didn’t press charges because officials believed the situation was being taken care of by doctors.

Pittsburgh Police said they were examining items they found in Shick’s clean apartment, including pieces of paper taped to walls with the names of people who angered him. When he went to Western Psych, Shick wore two watches on his wrists, two fanny packs with unidentified pills and carried two pistols.

The pistols came from Texas and were not stolen as police previously reported, said Steve Bartholomew, special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives. It is speculated that pistols were obtained through individuals associated with the US Justice Department’s botched “Fast and Furious” gun dealing sting.

It is estimated that US agents accidentally gave up to 10,000 guns to the Texican Mafia. BATF front-line agent, John Dodson, 39, said that these guns “are going to be turning up in crimes on both sides of the border for decades.” and “with the number of guns we let walk, we’ll never know how many people were killed, raped, robbed … there is nothing we can do to round up those guns. They are gone.”

John Fredrick Shick was clearly a disturbed individual. Dissociative identity disorder (DID, also known as multiple personality disorder in the ICD-10 is a psychiatric diagnosis whose essential feature, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), “...is the presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states…that recurrently take control of behavior.”

The diagnosis requires that at least two personalities routinely take control of the individual’s behavior with an associated memory loss that goes beyond normal forgetfulness; in addition, symptoms cannot be the temporary effects of drug use or a general medical condition. Memory loss will occur in those with DID when an alternate part of the personality becomes dominant”

Mind control technologies can be broadly divided into two subsets: trauma-based or electronic-based. The first phase of mind control development grew out of the old occult techniques which required the victim to be exposed to massive psychological and physical trauma, like being repeatedly sodomized by a football coach in a gym shower at the age of eight for example, but ideally according to Soviet and western research the abuse begins in infancy and is repeated at the age of eight, in order to cause the psyche to shatter into a thousand alter personalities which can then be separately programmed to perform any function (or job) that the programmer wishes to”install”.

The second phase of mind control development was refined at an underground base below Fort Hero on Montauk , Long Island (New York) and is referred to as the Montauk Project. The earliest adolescent victims of Montauk style programming, so called Montauk Boys, were programmed using trauma-based techniques, but that method was eventually abandoned in favor of an all-electronic induction process which could be “installed” in a matter of days (or even hours) instead of the many years that it took to complete trauma-based methods.



Case Study: Sirhan Sirhan.

A file (alter) is created through trauma, repetition and reinforcement. In order to activate (trigger) the file, a specific access code or password (cue or command) is required. The victim/survivor is called a “slave” by the programmer/handler, who in turn is perceived as “master” or “god.”

During military training, the older (aged 7 to 10) year old child will also be taught to use a gun, accurately. They learn to clean the weapon, to load it, unload it, and to fire at targets. They are heavily rewarded for accuracy, and berated and punished for mistakes. By age 12, most children are very accurate with a small pistol or rifle.

They are then taken to an enclosure, and taught to practice shooting animals that have been medicated to slow them down slightly. The chiem
ld learns to aim for the head or heart. Targets are turned into realistic photo mockups of humans in target practice.

And during this time, the continued torture and abuse occurring, increasing anger levels. The child is told to “use their anger” to help them with their performance.



Case Study: The Manson Girls

About 75% are female, since they possess a higher tolerance for pain and tend to dissociate easier than males. Subjects are used mainly for cover operations, prostitution and pornography; involvement in the entertainment industry is notable.

A former military officer connected to the DIA, told this writer, “In the ‘big picture’ these people [MONARCH victims] are in all walks of life, from the bum on the street to the white-collar guy”. In corroboration, a retired CIA agent vaguely discussed the use of such personnel to be used as “plants” or “chameleons” for the purpose of assassination, infiltrating a designated group, gathering information and/or injecting an ulterior agenda.

The Second Mile is a nonprofit organization for underprivileged youth, providing help for at-risk children and support for their parents in Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1977 by Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant college football coach. The charity said its youth programs serve as many as 100,000 children annually.

Gov. Corbett approved $3 million grant to Second Mile
Posted by John Taylor on November 16, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT
Reuters

So, the plot thickens. And, at least as far as the sniff test goes, gets significantly worse. After taking office in January of this year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett approved a $3 million grant for The Second Mile, a children’s charity founded by Jerry Sandusky in 1977 and was, based on the grand jury’s presentment, utilized by Sandusky as a recruiting tool for multiple victims.



Santorum: ‘Angel’ award for Penn State’s Sandusky
Posted by Joel Connelly on November 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Ex-Sen. Rick Santorum, running for the Republican presidential nomination, in 2002 nominated former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky for a “Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.” The nomination by Santorum was made in the same year that a Penn State graduate assistant spotted Sandusky allegedly performing a sex act with a young boy in a shower at the university’s athletic complex. He reported the incident a day later to head football coach Joe Paterno.

When Sandusky announced his retirement in 1999, saying he wanted to spend more time with The Second Mile, The Second Mile had an annual budget of $894,000 and just over $1 million in the bank. It now has an annual budget of $2.4 million and almost $9 million in the bank.

The Second Mile raised approximately $17 million between 2002 and late 2008, when new charges surfaced and Sandusky quietly stepped away from the charity’s programs. Jerry Sandusky’s charity had partnered to develop a $125 million housing project, when initial accusations of Sandusky’s child molestation emerged in 2002 and four investors, including Second Mile chairman Robert Poole, had received $56 million in bonds for construction of a luxury retirement complex. The group, Pinnacle Development, also planned a nearby golf resort, restaurant and hotel.

Pinnacle Development was overseen by a nonprofit, led by former Second Mile board member Peter Weiler and former Penn State official Gary Schultz, because the project was to be built on Penn State-owned land. Poole also runs Poole Anderson Construction, a general contractor also employed by Penn State, which stood to make $3 million from the second phase of the project.

If successful, each of the four partners was set to make an estimated $590,000 in fees and an additional 15 percent interest on $125,000 investments. But with entrance fees of around $500,000 for residents, the project failed to rent enough apartments to pay back bondholders and owed $18.8 million to residents who demanded refunds. The nonprofit parent company filed for bankruptcy.

Paterno Passes on Home to His Wife for $1
By MARK VIERA and PETE THAMEL
Published: November 15, 2011

Documents filed in Centre County, Pa., show that on July 21 the Paternos’ house near campus was turned over to “Suzanne P. Paterno, trustee” for a dollar plus “love and affection.” The couple had previously held joint ownership of the house, which they bought in 1969 for $58,000.

“Coach Paterno wants to tell his side of the story and answer questions, and I am hopeful he will be able to do so down the road,” said Sollers, Paterno’s lawyer. The lawyer whose name is attached to the latest matter involving the couple’s house is David C. Pohland of Cassidy, Kotjarapoglus & Pohland of Greensburg, Pa. Pohland did not return a telephone message on Tuesday. The maiden name of Sue Paterno, who is 13 years younger than her husband, is Pohland. It was uncertain if there was any relation between her and the lawyer.

Paterno testified before the grand jury investigating Sandusky that he had relayed to his bosses an accusation that came from graduate assistant Mike McQueary, who said he saw Sandusky abusing a boy in the showers of the Penn State football building. Paterno told the Post that he didn’t know how to handle the charge, but a day after McQueary visited him, Paterno spoke to the athletic director and the administrator with oversight over the campus police.

Penn State’s Joe Paterno Dead of Fast Acting Cancer.
By Tim Molloy at TheWrap
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:46am EST

Paterno’s son Scott said on Nov. 18 that his father was being treated for lung cancer. The cancer was diagnosed during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness. Paterno had been in the hospital since Jan. 13 for observation for complications from his cancer treatments.

“Joe Paterno’s lung cancer was a type of lung cancer called small cell lung cancer. There are two types. Non-small cell and small cell,” Dr. Mott said. “Not only did he have small cell which is a very aggressive form of cancer, he also had metastatic small cell lung cancer.”

Cancer the secret weapon?
The Gaurdian The heart of the matter
Published: Monday, February 27, 2012
Charles Kong Soo

It was a case destined for the X-Files and conspiracy theorists alike, when Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez speculated that the US might have developed a way to weaponise cancer. Chavez said he received warning from Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro, who has survived hundreds of unsuccessful assassination attempts. “Fidel always told me, ‘Chavez take care. These people have developed technology. You are very careless. Take care what you eat, what they give you to eat … a little needle and they inject you with I don’t know what’,” he said.

Sounds far-fetched? During the United States Senate Select Committee’s investigation into CIA’s assassination plots on foreign leaders in 1975 it was revealed that the agency had developed a poison dart gun that caused heart attacks and cancer. The gun fired a frozen liquid poison-tipped dart, the width of a human hair and a quarter of an inch long, that could penetrate clothing, was almost undetectable and left no trace in a victim’s body.


Former FBI director focuses Penn State probe on athletic department, employees say Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 12:00 AM

Paterno’s lawyers are furious. They say it’s evidence that the university is looking to pin blame for any mishandling of the Sandusky scandal on someone who can no longer defend himself. Paterno died on Jan. 22 of complications from lung cancer. “We are concerned about a pattern of attacks on Joe Paterno. We think the focus should be more on seeking the truth, and less on trying to blame the coach for the misdeeds of others,” family attorney Wick Sollers said.

Jerry Sandusky’s attorney seeking records and evaluations of accusers
By Jeremy Roebuck / The Philadelphia Inquirer
Saturday, March 17, 2012

Jerry Sandusky’s attorney on Friday pleaded once again for juvenile arrest records, phone numbers and psychiatric evaluations of his client’s eight accusers, including a report from one doctor who purportedly concluded that one alleged victim was never sexually abused.

The documents, Sandusky’s attorney Joseph Amendola said, could help show that the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach was set up by his alleged victims, many of whom knew one another before testifying before a state grand jury.

Prosecutors have acknowledged that some of Sandusky’s accusers have run into problems with the law but maintained that their records should be shielded by privacy laws. According to the grand jury presentment, Victim 6 was the boy at the center of a 1998 investigation undertaken by Penn State police, after his mother accused the former coach of inappropriately touching her 12-year-old son in a locker-room shower.

Though officers filed a long report of their findings at the time, the case was never prosecuted. Amendola has previously requested any documents from the office of former Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar that might explain his decision not to press charges in the case.

In his motion Friday, Amendola did not elaborate on how he became aware of the psychologist’s evaluation of the boy and did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Sandusky was initially charged Nov. 5 with 40 counts of child sexual abuse. Prosecutors added 12 charges in early December and asked a judge to confine Sandusky to his home until trial. The charges touched off a scandal that rocked Penn State, prompting the board of trustees to fire legendary football coach Joe Paterno and forcing President Graham Spanier’s resignation.

Two other Penn State officials, athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz, face charges they failed to report child abuse and lied to a grand jury about what then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary told them about an alleged assault in a football team shower.

Sandusky has said he is innocent of all charges and has pleaded not guilty. Earlier this month, a “bill of particulars” filed by prosecutors disclosed that eight of the 10 alleged victims had been molested on Penn State property, and that victims were aged between 8 and 17. At a hearing Monday before Centre County Court Judge John Cleland, defense attorney Joe Amendola requested more precise details about when and where, and in the presence of whom, the alleged crimes occurred in order to develop a defense.

Judge John Cleland rejected attorney Joe Amendola’s request for more information such as exact dates of the purported molestations, details that Amendola said were crucial to building a defense against 52 counts of sexual abuse.

Instead the judge in Pennsylvania’s Centre County Court sided with prosecutors, who said they had already extracted as much information as possible from the accusers, described by prosecutor Joe McGettigan as “very troubled children” who were now adults.

Mr. Amendola has said his Sandusky won’t receive a fair trial, scheduled to begin May 14, because of a lack of clarity surrounding many of the allegations, and he said Monday that he would seek dismissal of all charges because of the lack of details.

Penn State offers counseling to Sandusky victims By Susan Snyder

Penn State has contracted with a Texas-based abuse risk management company to arrange for counseling for the alleged victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the university announced Wednesday.
Since the child sex abuse scandal broke in November, university officials have pledged to help the victims who have said that Sandusky sexually abused them as children. The university has hired Praesidium Inc., which specializes in helping large entities prevent abuse from occurring within their organizations, according to the company’s website.

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Penn State Scandal Draws Attention to Child Sexual Abuse
by Aaron Levin

In a televised phone interview shortly after the grand jury’s findings were made public by Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly, Sandusky said he was “just horsing around.”

“I’ve heard that before,” said Judith Cohen, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Temple University and medical director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. “When I heard the term ‘horsing around,’ I knew exactly what was going on,” said Cohen, an expert on child sexual abuse.

Since 1983 Dr. Cohen has been funded by more than a dozen federally-supported grants to conduct research related to the assessment and treatment of traumatized children. With her colleagues, Anthony Mannarino, PhD and Esther Deblinger, PhD, she has developed and tested Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment for sexually abused and multiply traumatized children and their non-offending parents.

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ALTHAUS ALTHAUS v. COHEN
Argued Sept. 3, 1997. — April 13, 1998
Nicole L. ALTHAUS, a minor by Richard T. ALTHAUS and Cheryl Renee Althaus, her parents and natural guardians, and Richard T. Althaus and Cheryl Renee Althaus, Appellees, v. Judith A. COHEN, M.D. and University of Pittsburgh Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Appellants.

Following a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in August, a Pittsburgh child psychiatrist will not be faced with paying major financial damages to the parents of a child she was treating for the consequences of alleged sexual abuse.

That court overturned a lower court verdict in which psychiatrist Judith Cohen, M.D., and the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic were ordered to pay $272,232 in damages to the parents and child for breaching their duty to the parents and delivering negligent care. The couple and their daughter, a minor when the suit was filed, charged that the psychiatrist and the hospital that employs her were responsible for the harm they suffered as a consequence of claims their daughter made during therapy that they sexually abused her. They also argued that the psychiatrist failed to carry out the duty she owed them since their daughter was a minor during her psychiatric treatment.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed an Allegheny County civil court ruling—later upheld by a state appeals court—that said a psychiatrist owed a duty to a minor patient’s parents that extended beyond the confidential confines of the psychiatrist-patient relationship.

The original ruling came in 1994, three years after Nicole Althaus confided to a therapist for a cancer support group that she had been the victim of sexual abuse by her father. (Nicole’s mother was being treated for skin and breast cancer, and a teacher recommended the support group to Nicole.) That counselor reported the allegations to the county’s youth services division, which resulted in the arrest of Althaus’s father, Richard, and Nicole’s removal to a foster home. She was 15 years olPitt clinic gunman’s body unclaimedd at the time. On the recommendation of a psychologist, Nicole was referred to Cohen at the Child and Adolescent Sex Abuse Clinic at Western Psychiatric.

As time went on, Nicole embellished and added other people to the sexual-assault scenario, including family, neighbors, and strangers. She eventually claimed that babies to which she gave birth were killed during satanic rituals. One of the couples Althaus included in her story ended up in jail because of her rape accusations.

Because of these charges, her father was arrested three times and her mother twice. Before criminal rape charges could be prepared and processed as a prelude to again arresting her parents, Althaus recanted her story, and all charges against them were dismissed.

After the charges against the Althauses were dismissed, Nicole and her parents sued Cohen and Western Psychiatric, charging the psychiatrist with planting false memories in their daughter and failing to comply with the “duty of care” that the psychiatrist owed them as the young patient’s parents. They also sued the hospital because it employed Cohen. They argued, according to the appeals court’s description of the case, that “Dr. Cohen owed them a duty of care because of her awareness that many of Nicole’s allegations could not be true and because of her knowledge that these allegations were the basis of the criminal proceedings against them.”

They contended that although Cohen did not dispute the fact that she believed many of Nicole’s accounts were fabricated, she “made no independent investigation” of these reports, suggesting that Cohen owed them a duty to reveal her skepticism. Doing so, they said, would have prevented their arrest and public humiliation, which occurred during the time Cohen was treating their daughter.

Cohen insisted that her role was purely therapeutic and did not obligate her to get involved in the forensic consequences of Nicole’s false sexual-abuse memories. Her treatment of Nicole, the appeals court noted, focused on her determination that the girl suffered from “a posttraumatic stress disorder and depression secondary to sexual abuse.” She chose not to confront Nicole with her suspicions about the veracity of the abuse accounts for fear it would damage the relationship of trust she had built with her young patient. She also backed Nicole’s foster-home placement despite her doubts about the girl’s reports.

The trial and appeals courts agreed with the parents that Cohen failed to comply with the duty of care she owed them. The appeals court stated that “despite the absence of a psychiatrist-patient relationship between the psychiatrist and parents in this case, the psychiatrist owed them a duty of care because the psychiatrist’s actions extended well beyond the psychiatric treatment of the child.”

The appeals court indicated that it attached considerable weight to Cohen’s willingness to participate in the early phases of the criminal proceedings against the Althauses, accompanied by her withholding from the court her belief that Nicole’s testimony about the parental abuse was false.

The state supreme court reversed the trial and appeals courts, however, agreeing with Cohen and Western Psychiatric that in fact there is no law that imposes on a psychiatrist treating a youngster for sexual abuse a duty of care to the child’s parents. The justices found no grounds for the negligence charges the parents filed against Cohen and the hospital.

Justice Ronald Castille, writing for the majority, noted, “The therapeutic relationship between Dr. Cohen and Nicole created professional obligations and legal duties that related exclusively to her patient, Nicole.” He noted the “special nature of a relationship between a therapist and a child patient,” particularly in cases where treatment demeals with sexual abuse allegations. “To hold otherwise would create an unworkable conflict of interest for the treating therapist, . . .which would necessarily hinder effective treatment of the child.”

While it negated the compensatory damage award to Richard and Cheryl Althaus, it allowed to stand the $58,000 award to Nicole. Following the state supreme court’s reversal, Cohen’s attorney, Jeffrey Wiley, hailed the verdict as critical to the success of psychiatric treatment of children.

“Child psychiatrists know that they can focus solely on treating the child without having to worry about some duty to the alleged abuser,” he said.

[Althaus v. Judith Cohen, M.D., and University of Pittsburgh Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Nos. 70 &71 W.D. Appeal Docket 1998, J-32-1999]

Attorney says sex assault at Western Psych ‘did not happen’
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
By Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

An attorney for UPMC’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic said in court Tuesday that the sexual assault of a 12-year-old patient there in March 2008 “did not happen.” According to the complaint filed in the case, officials at Western Psych characterized bite marks found on the girl’s breasts and neck as “aggressive masturbation.”

Pitt ties to The Second Mile end
By: The Pitt News Staff
Posted on 17. Nov, 2011

Pitt’s indirect connection to Jerry Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile, is severed now that former Pitt football coach Johnny Majors has ended his annual collaboration with the charity. Pitt was listed as a recipient of grants and other assistance on The Second Mile’s tax forms because of the school’s association with Majors, who worked with The Second Mile on a joint charity venture. The ann

ual Second Mile Pitt vs. PSU Golf Challenge benefited both The Second Mile and Charities of John Majors. Majors donated portions of the benefits to Pitt, thereby establishing an indirect connection between the University and The Second Mile.

“John Majors has said he will no longer be involved with the golf outing event; that ends Pitt’s involvement as well,” Pitt spokesman Robert Hill said. Majors did not give a reason for severing his ties with the organization and was not immediately available for comment.

The University of Pittsburgh under the auspices of its Community Leisure-Learn Program administers a National Youth Sports Program (NYSP). The program is supported in part by a grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). This unique partnership is designed to expand structural sports opportunities for young people from low-income families between the ages of 10 to 16.

The state Attorney General`s office has charged former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky, founder of The Second Mile, with molesting eight boys. According to the grand jury report, Sandusky met them through The Second Mile program over 15 years.

Pitt spokesman Robert Hill said today The Second Mile gave Pitt $15,000 in fiscal 2010 at Majors` direction as part of the annual Second Mile Pitt vs. PSU Golf Challenge. Majors` share went to the Pitt Leisure-Learn Program that helps nearly 500 underserved children and about 350 adults get access to university athletic facilities.

Dr. Karl Williams, Allegheny County’s medical examiner, said John Shick’s parents were notified by the U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday morning that he had been killed. The Associated Press has not been able to reach Laurence and Susan Shick, who were reportedly sailing near the Bahamas when the shooting spree occurred, which is why Pittsburgh-area authorities enlisted the Coast Guard in finding them.

The Shicks have not answered their phones, including a cell listed at their address in Green Cove Springs, Fla., where they were notified. That cellphone and another have area codes from the San Jose, Calif., area, where the couple also list two addresses. Nor has Laurence Shick responded to emails sent to an address listed on the couple’s sailing blog, which details their voyages aboard Moira, a 42-foot sailing yacht.

Williams said his office was able to contact the Shicks “by following the links on the blog this couple had, and was able to get the Coast Guard to get a message to them.”

Shick frequently walked alone along Centre Avenue, people in the neighborhood said. Sometimes he would wander into D&L Convenience, but he rarely bought anything, said employee Lisa Williams, 26. He talked to himself but not to her, she said.

To others, like Issam Talbi, 32, he “seemed like he was drunk or on medication…He walked like a zombie,” said Talbi, an employee at the Subway store on Centre Avenue, just a few blocks from his apartment, where Shick ordered spicy Italian sandwiches.

Students and medical residents populate the building. Neighbors said Shick kept to himself; they didn’t see visitors and he did not appear to leave regularly for a job. He frequently taped notes to his front door that read: “Now Cleaning Up Vomit of Pancreatitis. Please Do Not Disturb.” Neighbors heard screams at night and said a chemical odor often emanated from his apartment.

Shick met Vickie Erickson in an elevator of their apartment building. Erickson, 59, has lived there for six years. The two struck up a conversation as the elevator rose. He said he was new to the area and asked Erickson what she did for a living. She told him that she works as a researcher in the University of Pittsburgh’s department of urology. Shick said he might have a problem and asked her if she knew any urologists. He seemed to have trouble forming sentences, and it took a long time for him to respond, making the conversation awkward, she said.

“His behavior was strange. He didn’t really make eye contact, and he seemed a little nervous,” Erickson said. Shick told Erickson that he was a biology tutor at Duquesne, more than a month after Fare said the school had removed him from that position. Erickson recalled that she told him that she didn’t have a pen and paper to write down his contact information, but agreed to look up his email address on Duquesne’s website directory later and send him a message recommending a few urologists.

His reply to her email on Dec. 11 disturbed her. “In the e-mail he responded and said he wanted to offer me symphony tickets, but to get them I would have to go with him,” she said. “I was put off by it.” She did not reply to the offer. When the two would pass in the hallway or elevator, he gave her angry looks, she said. He made her nervous.

“When they said the shooter lived in the building, I knew it had to be him,” Erickson said.

On Wednesday, Shick asked apartment managers to call 911 for him and vomited in the lobby before an ambulance took him away, Kunst said. Hilton said she saw Shick in the building about an hour later. “That’s really the last time I saw him,” she said. “This is all very disturbing.”

Shick signed a lease in July at Royal York Apartments on Bigelow Boulevard, said David McSorley, president of Sterling Land Co., which manages the building, which is within walking distance of Western Psych. Shick began taking graduate classes and supervising two freshman labs a week in Duquesne’s biology department in late August.

Problems soon surfaced. Shick had trouble with social interactions, said Ranajit Das, 29, a biology graduate student at Duquesne living in Oakland. “We would talk very casually,” Das said. “But he was not normal. When I spoke to him, it didn’t seem normal. It seemed like he wanted to express /strongmore, but he couldn’t communicate properly.” Shick’s interactions with business owners, employees and neighbors in his North Oakland neighborhood showed similar awkwardness.

He would ask employees at the Food for Thought Deli on North Craig Street the prices of items on the menu, even though the menu was written in black marker on a white dry erase board next to the counter, deli owner Bob Wasserman said. “His eyes, like a lot of people have been saying, were really bloodshot and glassy,” Wasserman said. “When he would come in, we kind of knew to just let him do his own thing.”

David Seybert, dean of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, filed a complaint with the Office of Student Conduct. The school removed Shick from his position as a teacher’s assistant on Oct. 21.

Women in Duquesne’s department of biological sciences graduate program complained to administrators in October about Shick’s persistent efforts to form relationships with them. He would send text and email messages asking them on dates or to study with him even after they had told him no.

“There was never any indication or threat of bodily harm or anything threatening in nature,” Duquesne spokeswoman Bridget Fare said on Saturday. He would tell the women that he was new to Pittsburgh and he wanted to get to know them better.

At a student conduct hearing on Nov. 3, Shick acknowledged the messages. The school banned him from Duquesne property and forbade him from contacting female graduate students in the biological sciences program for four years, Fare said.

Tal Malkin, an associate professor of computer science at New York’s Columbia University, said Shick contacted her in November asking for a letter of recommendation for a graduate school application. “I did not remember him, but it turns out we briefly interacted in 2003,” Malkin wrote in an email. “We exchanged a couple of emails in November and that’s that.”



Victim Michael Schaab




Shooter John Shick (doppelgangers?)

Schaab, of suburban Edgewood, had worked at the clinic since graduating from Pitt with a psychology degree and was going back to school to get his master’s degree in occupational therapy. He had one sibling, a 26-year-old sister, who was fatally shot during a domestic dispute in October 2010; her live-in boyfriend is in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

Last Friday, the day after their son was killed, Mr and Mrs Schaab, drove to Western Psych with an advocate from the Center for Victims of Violent Crimes, still having heard nothing from the hospital. “We wanted to go down to them and let them know that he has people that are waiting for answers,” Mrs. Schaab said, “why it took so long for us to be notified.”

Mrs. Schaab said she wants to know what happened that allowed Mr. Shick to slide into such a destructive state of mind and what broke down to allow such an egregious breach of security. “I’m worried it’ll be pushed under the rug,” she said. She wants answers, she said, “for my peace of mind and to know where to go from here to help people feel secure.”

UPMC officials declined to say whether Shick sought treatment at any of the health system’s hospitals, citing privacy laws. They warned employees who deal with mental health patients not to discuss the shooting or to conduct unauthorized UPMC-owned computer record searches for names of the shooter or victims.