Friday, April 19, 2013
Man accused of bringing 'You're being robbed sign' into Easton banks.
The case against Dave Gorczynski, accused last year of bringing a sign reading "You're being robbed" into an Easton bank, is headed to county court. Gorczynski, known to friends as "Nature Dave," waived a preliminary hearing Friday afternoon before Senior District Judge Elizabeth Romig-Gainer in downtown Easton. Defense attorney Phil Lauer said Friday he's hoping to find a "reasonable resolution" to the case. Asked whether that meant a plea bargain or pushing to have the case dismissed, he said the answer would likely lie "somewhere in between." Gorczynski, 22, of Easton was arrested last August while protesting both inside and outside the Wells Fargo and Bank of America branches in downtown Easton. According to police, he wore a bandanna—…
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Crime, Hurricane Sandy and the presidential election were among our most popular stories of the year.
Coverage of crime, Hurricane Sandy and the presidential election were among the most popular stories of the year. And that was the case here in Easton, where our readers were drawn to stories about local homicides and other crime, the hurricane's effect on the city, and the Obama/Romney race. Easton saw five homicides in 2012: The most high profile crime story of the year actually took place outside of the city limits, in Williams Township. That's where Mark Werkheiser, a 38-year-old father of four, was shot and killed in his home March 15. Elizabeth Collazo, the mother of Werkheiser's children, is scheduled to plead guilty to his murder Monday morning. Williams Township was also the home of another suspicious death. Michael Muretta, 47…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Man accused of bringing 'You're being robbed' signs into banks featured in Rolling Stone's 'threat assessment.'
- Tom Coombe
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The story of Nature Dave has caught the attention of Rolling Stone. On Aug. 6, Easton resident and Occupy Easton member Dave Gorczynski was arrested after he allegedly brought two signs -- one of which bore the slogan "You're being robbed" -- into two city banks. Attempted robbery charges against him were dropped, but he still faces criminal mischief and terroristic threat charges. Gorczynski and his attorney argue that the signs were a form of protest. The intended message isn't "I'm robbing this bank," but "this bank is robbing you." District Attorney John Morganelli has said bank workers and customers had no way of knowing that, and had every reason to be afraid. The arrest became national news and found its way into the Aug. 30 edition…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Change.org petition asks prosecutors to drop all charges against "Nature Dave" Gorczynski.
A little over a week ago, Easton police arrested 22-year-old Occupy Easton member Dave Gorczynski after he allegedly brought two signs -- one of which said "You're Being Robbed" -- into two city banks. Gorczynski -- also known as "Nature Dave" -- his supporters and his attorneys all say the signs were meant as a form of protest, the message being "You're being robbed by this bank," rather than "I'm here to rob this bank." Eventually, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli decided Gorczynski wasn't at either bank to rob it, and dropped the attempted robbery charges against him. He said that the other charges -- two counts each of terroristic threats and disorderly conduct -- would still stand, saying that whatever his …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
District Attorney withdraws attempted robbery charges against man accused of bringing "You're being robbed" signs into banks. Other charges still stand.
Northampton County's chief proseuctor has withdrawn robbery charges against a man accused of bringing a "You're being robbed" sign into two Easton banks earlier this week. But John Morganelli said Wednesday another set of charges -- terroristic threats and disorderly conduct -- still stand against David Gorczynski, otherwise known as "Nature Dave." And although Gorczynski, his attorney and his supporters have called his signs a form of political protest, Morganelli said a sign in a bank reading "You're being robbed" is the equivalent of yelling "fire" in a crowded theater. While his message might have been "This bank is robbing you, the customer," no one in the bank -- where workers and customers face the threat of actual robberies -- …