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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Era Reporter Details Arraignment In Bradford Homicide

Former Bradford restaurant owner killed, father-in-law charged

By RUTH BOGDAN Era Reporter
 r.bogdan@bradfordera.com
Bradford Era

Melvin Bizzarro died Friday morning after being shot in the chest in the rear parking lot of the restaurant he used to own. The suspect? His father-in-law.

Stephen Stidd — owner of Togi’s Sub Station and Bizzarro’s father-in-law — was arrested.

Police found in Stidd’s gun one live round that literally had the victim’s name on it. Meanwhile, Stidd’s attorney said Bizzarro was trespassing at the time he died.

Stidd, 62, of 725 E. Main St., was arraigned on one homicide charge Friday afternoon before District Judge Dominic Cercone.

Several family members attended the hearing.  Read more...

20 comments :

Anonymous said...

Woooooow free on bail after murder!!!??? Judge and everyone in that neck of the woods are just as looney and tooney as the suspect!!

Anonymous said...

Your a total idiot

Anonymous said...

Judge quoted saying he knows the perp and he isn't a risk. Can you say CONLICT OF INTEREST...

Anonymous said...

Not everyone thank you is "looney and tooney" whatever that may be.....why would you judge so quickly something you obviously don't have enough information on right now, none of us do.....I agree someone that killed another should not be out on bail....but harsh words about a community that is in shock over all of this AND is trying to keep the focus where it belongs....ON THE CHILDREN INVOLVED....should not be judged so abruptly or harshly. think of this families kids before you post such crap.

Anonymous said...

Don't care who he the shooter is or who he's related to. Or even that the Judge don't think He's a flight risk. Bail for a Murder in not even an Option !!!!

Anonymous said...

@7:11 And you sir lick windows.

Anonymous said...

I Agree, court here is a joke. They rape you for child support and lock you up if you don't pay. But if you have money. Kill someone and we will let you out on bail where Canada is only a few hours away. Real geniuses here. (O' yeah we didn't give you an ankle bracelet either so no one knows where you are)

Anonymous said...

Ok. Reading that article sort of changes the way I think about thise case. He beat him up a while ago, put him in the hospital. He probably did feel threatened if he came at him. Seems to me he may have had every right to protect himself.

Anonymous said...

Its sad that judge doesn't know the law as well as the commenters here, who are obviously scholars with several law degrees. He'd better start studying some comments on the internet if he wants to continue being a judge.

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight your saying its ok to carry a loaded gun with your enemys name on it an use it when see fit last i checked there will all ways be a bigger ahole that can beat u up rather its at school work a bar ect just what kinda example are you trying to set its ok to shot the bully becouse he is stronger than you i guess that would be a great way to rid the world of alot of aholes but it still dont make it right a man has lost his life a father is gone but not to worry this man will get a very light punishment wow i can just see some young adult or teen thinking its ok to shot there enemies becouse there bigger or what ever

Anonymous said...

Murder suspect freed on bail, twice (Baltimore Police Department )
December 15, 2011|By Justin Fenton
An 18-year-old Baltimore man has been twice arrested in the past week in a first-degree murder case but released from jail after having bails set by District Court judges, a rare occurrence.

Brandon Mitchell, of the 2300 block of Herkimer St., was taken into custody on Dec. 6 and charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Omar Johnson on June 29 in Southwest Baltimore

Anonymous said...

So see here we are again ........I crime may or may not have been committed ....that's for the jury to decide ....but here comes all the backwoods lawyers that no allll the laws.......murder usually doesn't set all bail but in some case it does....as far as conflict of interest in this case ......everyone slamming Bradford for all its problems....look at your own cities ....I can recall some smart people I while back that had a guy call the cops and report ...I shot him cause he was stealing my weed............every town in this area has its problems which stems from the poverty levels that these cities let go on.....and I know dealers from Jamestown smethport portville warren Kane the list goes on.......so no town has the right to run there mouth about anything

Anonymous said...

These comments on here and Facebook just bewilder me. Non one knows what they would do till the situation presented itself. People are to quick to comment and judge without knowing everything involved. You pick the bits and pieces with your narrow minds and run with it. If a atragic situation for the families involved....have some respect.

Anonymous said...

Never the less a person had to die! I think he should have called the police and aloud them to handle the matter instead of him handling it himself.. As for the bullet with his name on it he was waiting for the right moment to use it on him and he did and killed him! I know they have had their differences through the years and I knew how the young mans attitude was towards the father in law and the father in law had finally had enough.. The Stidd family as you know are well known family here with their business from the resturant and I have never known any of them but good people and it is terrible that it had to happen this way! God Bless them all

Anonymous said...

11:33, your obviously a scholar, With the comments of all the drug dealers you know, I am quite sure the drug task force will be in contact with you.

Anonymous said...

Since the judge knew the accused, why didn't he defer the case to another district magistrate like the city police turning the case over to the state police???

Anonymous said...

11:33 If you know all these dealers from all over the area. Then maybe you should be an informant and help clean up the area. If not maybe you shouldn't spout off about this kind of stuff.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, and from what I have read in the article, and heard about Mr. Bizzaro. I think its ridiculous that charges were even filed against Mr. Stidd. Every person has a right to defend themselves, and their property. The fact that Mr. Stidd wrote "mel" on the bullets is inconsequential. After having been beaten so bad to require hospitalization. And having had multiple verbal altercations. Plus with the history of Mr. Bizzaro and his alleged drug/alcohol abuse requiring rehad etc. Mr. Stidd had every right to be fearful. If he said to himself if this S.O.B. comes at me again I'm going to be prepared. And I am going to have a bullet with his name on it. I think he had significant justification. The fact that Mr. Stidd is a upstanding member of the community. Has a relative in the police department doesn't matter as the case was turned over to the state police. The fact that the Judge knows Mr. Stidd is nothing to get upset over. As most small town residents know the business owners with whom they do business. I am sure Mr Stidd has met and knows multiple figures in the community. And the community knows him and his son in law. And they all know what the right thing is here.

Anonymous said...

People, check your grammar before posting your comments. You look very uneducated, which makes your opinion sound like nonsense.

Anonymous said...

After reading the paper about this case, I see that Mr. Stidd was probably afraid of his "X" son-in-law, & with good reason, however he still took a life & should be in jail until the trial! Just because you own a restaurant, & are known in the community, does not excuse you from jail! Ridiculous! AND the bullet with the name on it is NOT good! Pre-meditated for certain!!!! Should have shot him in the leg & ran for help, at least! Cannot wait to see this verdict!! (P.S. Togie's is a fab eatery!! Hope it stays open.)