The Grassroots Report - Phony security co. trolling Fayette County
Received: Oct 13 11:16PM -0700
Formal formal hearing on this case will be held on November 2nd. at 1:30 PM Courtroom #3 at the Washington County Courthouse.
Here's the story:
A security firm named Templar Protection, LLC has been doing security/patrol work for the gas industry in Fayette County on gas well & compressor sites for approximately 1 1/2 years without a license do to so according to the Petition for Private Detective License for Templar Protection, LLC, Answer to Rule to Show Cause in Washington County, PA. In order for an individual or company to do security/patrol work in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a Private Detective License is required (Pennsylvania Statutes Title 22. Detectives Private Detective Act of 1953).
The Headley family has had these unlicensed security personnel on their property 24/7 for several months, making their life a living hell. The Headley's have gas wells and a pipeline being constructed on their property. David Headley's wife Linda said they followed her to the mail box and stalked her children while at play. Phyllis Carr & family of Hope Hollow Road, Fayette County claims that an unmarked car would patrol their rural country road night after night till daylight and would pull in their driveway on several occasions. Her family became so frightened one evening that they called the PA State Police to report the vehicle's suspicious activity. Several days latter, a security guard stopped the Carr's family vehicle to let them know it was her security company patrolling the road. Now the strange thing is there is nothing to guard in front of the Carr's home or their driveway, except a sewer pipe which Phyllis Carr claims is not ready to blow yet and poses no danger of leaking gas unlike Williams Pipeline.
On July 25th, representatives from major universities, Phyllis Carr, her family, myself and others were stopped on Hope Hollow Road by a Templar Protection Security guard. He was in a Duke of Hazard's look-a-like white police cruiser with a Louisiana plate. He pulled his cruiser sideways like Roscoe P. Coaltrain and blocked the narrow road so that no other vehicle could pass. He got out of his police car and began writing down our plate numbers. This Templar Protection security guard refused to give his name. I contacted the state police to file a complaint. I thought perhaps the State Trooper could help. No luck, the trooper told me that this individual did not have to give me his name and that he was just probably following his marching orders presumably from Williams.
I contacted the ACLU for assistance and left a message. A representative called me back and told me that the ACLU has had several complaints against this company. I found out that Templar Protection, LLC applied for their Private Detective License in Washington County after they had been doing business without a license for over a year. Also, according to documents filed in Washington County, their Deputy Sheriff, Tony Interval was originally listed as one of the partners on the application. This company registered with the State of Louisiana on December 16, 2010 and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in December of 2011. Detective J. Michael Aaron of Washington County released his report on June 18, 2012 and asked the court to deny Templar Protection, LLC its Pennsylvania Private Detective License and a court order to force Templar Protection to cease business. (source: Washington County Detectives Office of the District Attorney Background Investigation) Also in Detective Aaron's report he states that he received three statements from individuals who either worked for or applied for work with Templar Protection, LLC. They reported that the company required their employees to carry firearms in their employment and advised them that they did not need their PA Act 235 certification, only a concealed carry permit. Statements were also made that Templar workers were displaying their Louisiana Sheriff's Badges.
A hearing was set on August 24. Several people including the Headleys, Phyllis Carr and myself wrote letters to the Honorable John F. DiSalle, Washington County Courthouse, 1 South Main Street, Suite 2003, Washington PA 15301 with a copy sent to Detective J. Michael Aaron, and Ms. Barbara Gibbs, Clerk of Courts asking the court to deny their license. One of David Headley's neighbors claims a Templar Security guard was watching his children with binoculars.
In spite of Detective Michael Aaron's recommendation to deny Templar Protection's License, on August 24, Judge John F. DiSalle issued a temporary order allowing them to continue to operate until a formal hearing is held on November 2nd. at 1:30 PM Courtroom #3 at the Washington County Courthouse.
We need your help and support at this hearing. We do not want the court to grant this company their license. Performing security/patrol work in PA without a license carries a 3rd degree misdemeanor according to the Private Detective Act of 1953. David Headley said they are just hired mercenaries and should not be exempt from the law just because they work for the gas industry. Enough is Enough!! Phyllis Carr states that we all have to live by the laws of the land, so should Templar Protection, LLC. We have several reputable security firms here in Southwestern PA who would not harass our citizens. If anyone has been harassed by this company or has concerns, please contact Washington County Detective Michael Aaron at 724-228-6935. A letter can be sent to Judge John F. DiSalle, Detective Michael Aaron and Barbara Gibbs, Clerk of Courts at the address listed above.