Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 9, 2012

Fugitive taunts police with online videos

— CNHI News Service

SHAMOKIN, Pa. — A fugitive wanted for a parole violation is taunting those trying to catch him by posting online videos insulting U.S. Marshals and city police.

Scott Binsack, 42, of Shamokin, began a YouTube video series called “Something’s Smokin’ in Shamokin,” which aired two hour-long videos in October. The latest, viewed Thursday, shows Binsack in a room and saying he can be found in “Narnia” -- a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals.

Early in October, Binsack and a friend began the series that shows them walking the streets of Shamokin and complaining about asbestos in Dumpsters and buildings being torn down at expensive prices.

Binsack had been arrested on bad check charges. He served time in prison and was granted parole in April 2011.

In the summer of 2012, Binsack addressed Shamokin City Council about his plans to revitalize the municipality with $13.4 million of public stock. State and federal officials became aware of the plan and began investigating him.

Binsack claims in his videos he is being set up by authorities because he is identifying “corruption” in the city.

Binsack posted a YouTube video Oct. 28 telling people he is in hiding and no one will find him.

Shamokin Police Chief Edward Griffiths said Binsack is a “scam” artist. “He posts stuff about me on Facebook that is just not true and I contacted Facebook and they said it’s freedom of speech.”

Griffiths said Binsack is being sought for a probation violation. “He didn’t show up when he was suppose to,” he said.

The first two installments of “Something’s Smokin in Shamokin,” had more than 70,000 views.

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Details for this story were provided by The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa.

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