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Tennessee Bounty Hunter Tells Bizarre Story Involving Facebook ‘Friend’ with New Bethlehem Connections

Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 09:02 PM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

14-493GREENBRIER, Tn. (EYT) – A former New Bethlehem man with a checkered criminal past – who was once charged with giving local police stolen gift cards for Christmas – may not be the best person to “friend” on Facebook.

(Photo from Clarion County Jail when Joe Supik was arrested in 2014 for disorderly conduct and theft by unlawful taking.)

A Tennessee woman aired her concerns about potentially dangerous online relationships during a television interview on WSMV.

Lee Ann Castleman, a part-time bounty hunter in Tennesse, became suspicious about her new Facebook “friend” Joe Supik, a 2009 graduate of Redbank Valley High School, and questioned his claims about being a federal agent.  He then began circulating wanted posters with Castelman’s picture, saying she was wanted for murder after she questioned Supik.

Castleman then contacted a Pennsylvania police officer, Erik Bergstrom, who allegedly took immediate action to help her. It was not clear what actions he took, or why he was contacted, or if charges were filed against Supik relating to the incident.

Bergstrom, previously an officer-in-charge in Saxonburg, resigned following his suspension in 2009 amid allegations of violating police policy three years prior to that, which included an unsuccessful sexual harassment lawsuit. Since then, Bergstrom has held part-time positions in Fawn and Frazier Townships. Buffalo Township also attempted to hire him on a part-time basis.

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