United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania
MEMORANDUM & ORDER
William I. Arbuckle U.S. Magistrate Judge.
September 5, 2019, Pamela Bond (“Plaintiff”)
initiated this action by lodging a Complaint in this Court.
In her Complaint, Plaintiff alleges three
“cases.” The events underlying each
“case” occurred in McKean County, located in the
Western District of Pennsylvania. See 28 U.S.C.
§ 118(c). The only Defendant named in this case is
McKean County. Plaintiff's only apparent connection to
the Middle District of Pennsylvania appears in the
“background” section of her Complaint, where she
reports that she was, at one time hired by the Lebanon School
District and the Harrisburg/Hershey Area School District as a
substitute teacher, was provided shelter at the Harrisburg
YWCA and at a Bradford County shelter. However, none of
Plaintiff's activities in the Middle District of
Pennsylvania are related to the three “cases”
asserted against McKean County.
it is ORDERED that this case be transferred to the United
States District Court for the Western District of
BACKGROUND & PROCEDURAL HISTORY
some period before February 2016, Plaintiff worked as a
substitute in the Lebanon School District. Plaintiff was on
the district's “substitute teacher calling
system.” (Doc. 1, p. 2). In February 2016, Plaintiff
was removed from that calling system. Plaintiff alleges that
due to her removal from the calling system she was
effectively fired and was without financial means.
Id. Following the termination of her relationship
with the Lebanon School District, Plaintiff was provided
shelter at the Harrisburg YWCA. Id. Plaintiff then
found employment with an agency that provided substitute
teachers to the Harrisburg/Hershey area. Id. Her
employment with that agency, however, was short lived.
Plaintiff was taken off the roster after only two weeks
because the agency believed Plaintiff lied about her
bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins. Id.
Plaintiff maintains that she has a valid degree from Johns
April 2016, Plaintiff was hired by a school in Dubois,
Pennsylvania, and completed the teaching year there.
Id. Then, Plaintiff took a summer job as a
“camp nurse, ” but was let go after a few days.
Id. Once again, left without shelter, Plaintiff
sought and received aid from a shelter in Bradford,
Pennsylvania. Id. Plaintiff stayed at that shelter
for approximately one month.
“background, ” while informative, is not relevant
to the actual claims alleged by Plaintiff in her Complaint.
the heading “Case I, ” Plaintiff alleges that she
applied for public housing in McKean County, Pennsylvania in
August of 2017. (Doc. 1, p. 3). Plaintiff's application
was approved, and she leased an apartment. Id. At
some point thereafter, the McKean County Housing Authority
voided Plaintiff's lease and attempted to double her
rent. Id. Plaintiff was eventually locked out of her
apartment. As relief under “Case I, ” Plaintiff
requests: “an actualization of her rental history so
that she may expect a good reference for future rental
situations and/or applying for an FHA loan. Motel bills
resulting from the suddenness of the situations should be
compensated for by the McKean Housing Authority.”
the heading “Case II, ” Plaintiff alleges that
she was pulled over and ticketed for an expired inspection
sticker. (Doc. 1, p. 4). The state court docket shows that
Plaintiff was charged with operating a vehicle without a
valid inspection on October 30, 2018, April 1, 2019, and
April 17, 2019. See Commonwealth v. Bond,
No. MJ-48303-TR-0001214-2018 (Magis. Ct. McKean Cty.)
(hereinafter “Bond I”); Commonwealth
v. Bond, No. MJ-48304-TR-0000305-2019 (Magis Ct. McKean
Cty.) (hereinafter “Bond II”);
Commonwealth v. Bond, No. MJ-48304-TR-0000378-2019
(Magis. Ct. McKean Cty.) (hereinafter “Bond
III”). Plaintiff pleaded guilty to the October
2018 charge. Bond I, MJ-48303-TR-0001214-2018.
Plaintiff was found guilty of the April 1, 2019 charge.
Bond II, MJ-48304-TR-0000305-2019. Plaintiff was
found not guilty on the April 17, 2019 charge. Bond
III, MJ-48304-TR-0000378-2019. She contends that in one
or more of these instances, a vandal “scraped off and
put an expired sticker on the car.” (Doc. 1, p. 4).
Plaintiff appears to make multiple alternative allegations as
to the culprit and their motivation. She alleges that
“[s]omeone does not want [her] to be able to travel to
work and support herself, ” she also suggests that the
arresting officer used to reside at her current address and
“has some relationship to other neighborhood
also makes reference to a “large fine, ” and that
a warrant was put out for her arrest. Id. In
connection with this allegation she references “exhibit
B.” Although Plaintiff's exhibits are not labeled,
she appears to be referring to a June 20, 2019 letter from
the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation notifying her
that her Driver's License had been suspended for three
months as a result of a June 12, 2019 conviction on the
charge of driving a vehicle with a suspended registration in
violation of 75 Pa. Stat. and Cons. Stat. Ann. § 1371.
(Doc. 1-3, pp. 4-5). Plaintiff also attached the payment plan
for the October 2018 charge showing that she was fined a
total of $212.75 for that offense. (Doc. 1-3, p. 6).
relief under “Case II” Plaintiff requests that
her driving record “be cleared for wrongful acts, the
fine should be dropped, and the Plaintiff's Drivers
License should not be revoked in September which according to
the Transportation Office hass [sic] already been
scheduled.” (Doc. 1, p. 5).
the heading “Case III, ” Plaintiff alleges that
her home is being sold for back taxes, even though she has
only lived there for two years. Plaintiff argues that the
“late fees are huge.” As relief Plaintiff
requests that a public accounting of the bill in court is
necessary. (Doc. 5, p. 8). II. ANALYSIS It is not clear from
the face of Plaintiff's Complaint or her civil cover
sheet what claims she is attempting to assert against McKean
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