Nearly a week after I broke the news (in typically brilliant fashion) on this blog—"Was 'Peanut' Buttered?"— that the Feds were seeking a restraining order to prevent Steven Ingersoll from
OK, I get that the "Bay City Times" is not human, and therefore has no ass.
The only news today's Times story broke was the wee, wee morsel that five of Ingersoll's properties may be sold at auction by Bay County in either August or September.
Wow! "Pulitzer Prize Board calling, Line 2."
Here's the thing: if you'd only read the Times' story, you wouldn't know that the Feds had filed that motion for a restraining order on March 31—hell, that rag hasn't even revealed that Ingersoll's criminal defense attorney, Martin E. Crandall, filed a motion on March 24 seeking an order for judgment of acquittal, or an order for a new trial!
And just why is that important, Miss Fortune?
|Chez Peanut; photo by Miss Fortune|
Sure, the Times does reveal that information in its story...sort of.
"The Monroe Street address was sold to Kyle Andrezjewski for $1 while all three Jefferson Street properties were purchased by Chuck Militello for $100 apiece, Raynak said."
If you just read this brutally simple statement, you'd never know that Andrezjewski was a former employee of Roy Bradley's Bay City Academy construction crew. Known by the other workers as "Peanut", Andrezjewski and Steven Ingersoll's brother, Gayle, went into the Bay County Treasurer’s office on March 26 (the same day the sale was registered) to request a "hardship exemption" from the $10,247.44 owed in back property taxes on 111 N. Monroe.
And you'd never know that on the hardship exemption paperwork Andrezjewski listed Roy Bradley's Thunder Builders as his former employer. He listed his estimated household income for this year as approximately $8,416.39.
And you'd never know that Andrezjewski had "inexplicably agreed to pay the county $500 per month for the back taxes owed on 111 N. Monroe", leaving him less than $2,500 to live on for the year...unless Andrezjewski had income that he did not disclose?
On March 31, three more quit claim deeds were filed with the Bay County Register of Deeds to transfer properties located at 101, 105, and 107 North Jefferson in Bay City from the Jefferson Block LLC to Charles and Mary Lee Militello. Militello owns "Chuckie's" restaurant, located in Bay City's Columbus Avenue market...right across the street from Roy Bradley's "Thunder Cycle" custom shop.
Gee, what a coinkydink!
But here's why it's so important: the government's seeking restraining Ingersoll's assets in this case may encompasses "individuals and entities besides Steven Ingersoll", restraining third parties from taking title to assets from him if the third parties are given notice of the court’s eventual restraining order.
By reducing the story to just a few lines about a property sale, the Times is shirking its responsibility to inform the larger community.
But those in the know always have your girl Miss Fortune!
(Besides, you don't really know what's inside a "Peanut" until its shell is cracked open.)