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Friday, February 5, 2016

Car Registered To Dr. Neftali Ortiz Flees Accident Scene

Dr. Neftali Ortiz - left scene of accident 
On 2/4/2016 - Holly Madden, four months pregnant, was driving her truck when she was hit from behind.  She got out to get insurance information from the driver that hit her. He refused to talk to her. She called the police and took pictures of him, the damage to her car, and his car and license plate. He not only refused to give her any information, but according to Ms. Madden, he hit her truck again and left the scene.
She was able to find out who the plates on the car were registered to and they came back to  DR NEFTALI ORTIZ - who, according to the latest information, is a Psychiatrist who practices in Newtown at  Life Stages Counseling & Therapy: 660 Newtown Yardley Rd # 101 · (215) 860-7730
and there is also a Dr. Neftali Ortiz Dr. Neftali Ortiz,
listed at 7226 Castor Ave · (215) 742-7810
According to records, he graduated medical school from Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936.

Ms. Madden shared the information on her facebook account  hoping that Dr. Ortiz will come forward and share his insurance information. So far, almost 4,000 people have shared her pictures and her posts.

I would hope that, if indeed, Dr. Ortiz is a practicing psychiatrist, he will be investigated by the proper authorities. If he can't accept responsibility for his actions, what kind of treatment is he giving to patients?

From Holly Madden's facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hollaay4/posts/10154686795889762
Holly Madden added 2 new photos.
Yesterday at 8:31am ·
So yesterday 2/3/16 at around 3:30pm I was driving on I95 north and was exiting the Newtown exit ramp. I was stopped at the red light when I was rear ended. I got out of my truck and confront the guy by making sure he was ok. He ignored me and I proceeded to ask for insurance and license. He was rolling his eyes and ignoring me. I took photos of everything because it was clear he was not going to cooperate. I asked him if he spoke English and he said yes. So I asked do you have insurance. He responded again yes. I asked to see it. He said no. I called the police. Since it was raining I sat in my truck and spoke to the officer and he informed someone would be on their way. I asked the guy again for insurance and he just put his hand up and ignored me. The guy seemed very arrogant and just didn't want to give me the time of day. I sat in my truck and waited for the police. The guy backed up, slammed into my truck again and fled the scene. I once again called the cops and they arrived very quickly. The cop and state trooper were very helpful and nice. I am 4 months pregnant. I went to the hospital to check to see if the baby is ok. Thank God the heartbeat is still strong! I do have muscle ache in my back. Due to the pregnancy there is not much to do about that. I am writing this to make other drivers aware. This is DR NEFTALI ORTIZ who hit a 4 month pregnant woman twice with his be vehicle and fled the scene of an accident. Thanks to google it wasn't to hard to identify him! Please be aware and drive safely! FOX 29 ABC News

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Contact Numbers To Help Officer Hickey and K9 Ajax

UPDATE: 2/4/2016 - After much social media pressure, and what seems to be pressure from inside the City Council, Law Director Paul Bertram announced that Officer Hickey is allowed to buy K9 partner Ajax after all.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this a reality!












Here is the offical announcement: http://media.graytvinc.com/documents/Law+Director+Statement+-+Ajax.pdf

END OF UPDATE.

Short story about Officer Hickey and K9 Ajax below. But these are some resources to use to help show your support and to try and to prevent K9 Ajax from going to auction and keeping him where he belongs: with Officer Matt Hickey. Friends, you can still make a difference. We have 2 days until the city council meeting on Thursday night, February 11th. Here are some people to contact as well as the official Go Fund Me Page and Facebook Support Page. If you're on Twitter, we've been using the hashtags #StandWithHickey and #K9Ajax

Official Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/yumeagsk

Facebook page to support Officer Hickey and K9 Ajax https://www.facebook.com/Support-Officer-M-Hickey-and-K-9-Ajax-1543191292663868/

Email/Call (both) to make your voice heard: 

Chief of Police  Rodney Hupp, 
RodneyHupp@mariettaoh.net. 

Law Director: Paul Bertram III
 Paul G. Bertram, III 259 Butler Street Suite 200. Marietta, OH 45750 PHONE (740) 373-4171 
FAX (740) 376-2013

Mayor Joe Matthews, Mayor740-373-1387
JoeMatthews@mariettaoh.net


COUNCIL 
POSITION/NAME
E-MAIL ADDRESS
PHONE NUMBER

President of Council
Josh Schlicher   JoshSchlicher@mariettaoh.net   740-350-1337
1st Ward 
Roger Kalter     RogerKalter@mariettaoh.net      740-373-1784
2nd Ward
Mike McCauley MikeMcCauley@mariettaoh.net  740-374-5155
3rd Ward
Steve Thomas   SteveThomas@mariettaoh.net   740-516-4153
4th Ward
Tom Vukovic     TomVukovic@mariettaoh.net     740-373-2047
At Large
Cindy Oxender  CindyOxender@mariettaoh.net  740-373-7323

Kathy Downer   KathyDowner@mariettaoh.net   740-373-7422
At Large
Sarah Snow      SarahSnow@mariettaoh.net      740-373-1387

Nancy Johnson NancyJohnson@mariettaoh.net 740-374-5501



The Quick Facts:

Officer Matt Hickey was a K9 handler with Marietta Ohio police department. He retired after 30 years because of slow to heal injuries. He stopped working in the summer of 2015 and his K9 partner Ajax has not worked since then either.

Hickey retired in January of 2016 after the police chief Rodney Hupp assured Hickey he could keep K9 Ajax if he paid for him - but if he did not pay for K9 Ajax - Hupp would send another officer to confiscate the dog.

Hickey arrived with the money and Chief Hupp changed his mind and said K9 Ajax now cost more, saying it was against the law to allow Officer Hickey to keep his dog, however, the Chief told Hickey he could keep his dog if Hickey still kept working for free as a volunteer (auxiliary).

I wrote a detailed story on it here: Officer Matt Hickey Speaks Out 

Even with incredible pressure from animal lovers, police, police supporters, and good hearted people everywhere - the "leadership" of Marietta Ohio is still refusing to allow K9 Ajax to remain with Hickey and still plans on announcing the auction date for 'sealed' bids on Thursday night. The Mayor and the Chief are furious that the public is putting pressure on them - yet still refuse to do what is right and logical.

The story hit the media and there was a tremendous response but then the leadership of Marietta told the media the situation was resolved when it wasn't - so the story lost it's traction. And now on facebook the FALSE story that Officer Hickey accepted the offer to work for free is "trending" (which leads me to wonder if there is a way to pay to have stories "trend" at the top on Facebook the way you can pay Twitter to publicize a story).

Please help - you can make a difference (or at the very least say you tried!)!  


Monday, February 1, 2016

Officer Matt Hickey Speaks About K9 Ajax


UPDATE: 2/4/16: 4:15pm: UPDATE: 2/4/2016 - After much social media pressure, and what seems to be pressure from inside the City Council, Law Director Paul Bertram announced that Officer Hickey is allowed to buy K9 partner Ajax after all.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this a reality!
Here is the offical announcement: http://media.graytvinc.com/documents/Law+Director+Statement+-+Ajax.pdf


UPDATE 2/2/2016- Officer Hickey DID NOT accept the condition that he work for free in order to keep Ajax. Yet again, the horrible officials led the public to believe that the situation was resolved. 
Here is a link to the news story posted on 2/2/2016 at 6:15 PM Confirming That Hickey DID NOT ACCEPT and AJAX is STILL going to auction. 

http://www.thenewscenter.tv/content/news/Marietta-Police-k-9-to-be-auctioned-upon-handlers-retirement-367031591.html

(There are so many lessons to be learned by watching this story unfold. And one of those stories is you can not trust the media any longer. "Reporter" Dan Good from The New York Times Daily Mail was one of the first to spin this story as if Hickey had accepted the offer to "work for free" so he could keep his dog. Thus, many people not paying attention to see if it was actually verified (it wasn't) were totally unaware that Officer Hickey is still being threatened by the possiblity of having his Ajax auctioned off by the "leadership" of Marietta.)


Officer Matt Hickey spent 30 years with the Marietta Ohio police department. He was a K9 handler and when his K9 partners retired, he was allowed to keep his previous dogs.

However, due to an injury that was slow to heal, Officer Hickey decided to finally retire. His K9 partner, Ajax, however is only 6 years old. 

On January 29th, I ran across the news story that the city of Marietta had initially told Officer Hickey he could purchase Ajax for 3,500 (because he was considered equipment) (story here: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2016/01/29/marietta-ohio-retired-marietta-officers-k9-set-to-be-auctioned-despite-offering-to-pay-city.html)  

There are always 2 sides to the story. And I was curious as to the "city" side, but it seemed quite odd that the city was putting up such resistance and that the Law Director had compared Ajax to a shovel. “The dog is property of the city of Marietta,” Marietta Law Director Paul Bertram III said. “Because it is personal property, it is treated like a shovel. That's just the way it is.”

Today, I watched the livestream of the news conference held by Police Chief Rodney Hupp. 
I was flabbergasted. The police Chief pretty much accused Officer Hickey of being a liar. 
Chief Hupp even bragged about how he came up with a solution at the last minute to allow K9 Ajax to stay with Officer Hickey - by making Officer Hickey become a volunteer for the police department!

Then, after Hickey FINALLY spoke up for himself (he has remained silent since the story first came out, neither confirming nor denying the stories) he pointed out that the Chief had told Hickey he could purchase Ajax for 3,500. 
The Chief admitted to having an officer ready to take Ajax away from Hickey if he didn't pay 3,500 for Ajax (you can hear him admit this in the clip above). 
Then Hickey apologized and said "I'm sorry, but I didn't say anything bad about the city. I just said the truth."


It seemed painfully obvious to me that Hickey is being leaned on to remain silent, and that Ajax is the bargaining tool buying his silence. Chief Hupp made reference a few times to Hickey being allowed first amendment rights and "I'm not his father BUT" and then goes on to say how Hickey by BEING SILENT when media and animal lovers spoke up for Hickey and appealed to the city of Marietta to allow Hickey to keep Ajax, the Chief accused Hickey of being dishonest. 

A relative of Hickey's (in the news conference) said NO ONE contacted them after Chief Hupp came up with the idea that Hickey could have the dog as long as he became an auxiliary (volunteer) cop. 

But the Chief STARTED the press conference declaring how he is sworn to uphold the law and he follows the rules - but if then contradicts himself by

A) Telling Hickey (which the Chief admits to in the video clip, that is the Chief in the back saying "That is correct.") he could have Ajax for 3,500 but then going back on his word.
B) Then suggesting "at the last minute" of a council meeting that Hickey could have the dog AS LONG AS HE STAYS ON THE POLICE FORCE as a VOLUNTEER. 

Someone close to the Hickey family started a GoFundMe to try and raise enough money so when the dog 'went to auction' so that a police officer or k9 handler could bid on him, Hickey would hopefully have enough money so that he would WIN THE BID on his own dog. 

The law director Paul Bertram, seems only versed in reciting codes, comparing dogs to shovels (and baseball bats and bulldozers) and too "intelligent" to do the common sense thing, and that is allow the dog to remain with his partner. 

They (Hupp, the mayor, and the law director) also had negative things to say about social media interfering with their plan to auction off a dog for money and deny a 30 year officer of the force his right to keep Ajax - people on social media "Hide" behind fake names - they have nothing "better to do." 

Really, I'm not hiding behind my name: Laura Freed. 

And thank GOD for social media, because just like sunshine, it shines the spotlight on shadiness. 
I hope that not only does Officer Hickey get to keep Ajax, but that he uses the money raised by Go Fund me (link below) to move far far way from the cold-hearted city of Marietta. 

The Chief tried to use the tactics of attacking and blaming the victim . He opened the news conference by stating that the story of K9 Ajax is a "Perceived Injustice." 
They used the tactic of painting themselves as victims: The police Chief tries to reason away the reason why he (the Chief) didn't communicate to Hickey after the council meeting by using sympathy (the Chief's dog has cancer and the Chief's wife was having surgery for her sinus (does the Chief know about HIPPA ?). So, no one else could contact Officer Hickey? They were so worried about the "bad light" shining on Marietta that they couldn't reach out and assure him in writing that he would be allowed to keep Ajax?

Then the mayor finally speaks at the end, admits he drove past Hickey's house on Friday, and apologizes for not speaking to him (to get his side) because he had to hear what the law director and the council had to say (but not Hickey?). And then goes on to say he is worried about Marietta's reputation. 

Wow. 

Link to the full news conference: http://www.thenewscenter.tv/content/news/Marietta-Police-k-9-to-be-auctioned-upon-handlers-retirement-367031591.html

Offical Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/yumeagsk

Facebook page to support Officer Hickey and K9 Ajax https://www.facebook.com/Support-Officer-M-Hickey-and-K-9-Ajax-1543191292663868/

Email/Call (both) to make your voice heard: 

Chief of Police  Rodney Hupp, 
RodneyHupp@mariettaoh.net. 

Law Director: Paul Bertram III
 Paul G. Bertram, III 259 Butler Street Suite 200. Marietta, OH 45750 PHONE (740) 373-4171 
FAX (740) 376-2013

Mayor Joe Matthews, Mayor740-373-1387
JoeMatthews@mariettaoh.net


COUNCIL 
POSITION/NAME
E-MAIL ADDRESS
PHONE NUMBER

President of Council
Josh Schlicher   JoshSchlicher@mariettaoh.net   740-350-1337
1st Ward 
Roger Kalter     RogerKalter@mariettaoh.net      740-373-1784
2nd Ward
Mike McCauley MikeMcCauley@mariettaoh.net  740-374-5155
3rd Ward
Steve Thomas   SteveThomas@mariettaoh.net   740-516-4153
4th Ward
Tom Vukovic     TomVukovic@mariettaoh.net     740-373-2047
At Large
Cindy Oxender  CindyOxender@mariettaoh.net  740-373-7323

Kathy Downer   KathyDowner@mariettaoh.net   740-373-7422
At Large
Sarah Snow      SarahSnow@mariettaoh.net      740-373-1387

Nancy Johnson NancyJohnson@mariettaoh.net 740-374-5501