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Why Can't the Petkovs Stay Out of the News?

The name Petkov is becoming synonymous with bad news in Trenton.

The Petkovs are on the news again. This time, it's the husband. Between the two of them, Scott and Jennifer, the harassment of the neighbors does not seem to be ending any time soon. With Jennifer court-ordered out of the neighborhood, Scott is left on his own in a home that has been the target of a large amount of media attention. 

While you cannot give Scott Petkov a gold star for creativity, he has allegedly been mocking yet another neighbor on Facebook again. This time, his posts were directed to a 16-year-old girl. In the regarding the report, he called her fat on a Facebook page he created. I'm curious what business a grown man has in creating a Facebook page around a 16-year-old not only to insult her, but updating it more than once. 

I find it more disturbing that there were multiple posts mentioned regarding the social network harassment, let alone the page existing. 

After following the Kathleen Edwards story as it unfolded last year, it was hard for me to believe that two grown adults with children of their own could take out their frustrations on a sick child. When Hans Masing of Tree Town Toys originally pleaded to the Reddit community from the heart about giving Kathleen an amazing day, I wanted to help out.

Considering I work nearby to the toy store and live in Trenton, I offered to be a courier for possible donations. Due to the overwhelming support, she was able to travel to Ann Arbor for one fantastic day. While I gladly donated to the cause, the response from the Petkov's was quite unsettling. 

Even after her big day, the Petkov's seemed unrelenting in what they've done in interviews. The media attention that followed painted a picture of people who aren't the neighbors we  hope to have in our community. Between Jennifer being accused of assault and battery, losing custody of her two children, as well as being prohibited by a judge from entering a five block radius from her home.

Haven't they learned anything? 

Beth Verduce April 28, 2011 at 08:05 PM
I'm disgusted that these 2 'people'...I use the term loosely...LIVE in Trenton. They have given our city a bad name. You often hear about 'evil' people...but you never think that they are going to actually live in your own backyard. Their horrendous behavior should be a wake up call to everyone. I can only imagine the shame Scott and Jennifer's parents must feel regarding their children's behavior.
Tanya Hellard-Cruz June 20, 2011 at 05:24 PM
You're right Beth. This is disgusting. I hope her children did not learn anything from their parents behavior. Hopefully, they found it as disgusting as the rest of the world and will not turn out like them. I don't know how much you have been following this but you should see the number of fake pages Jennifer and Scott have created to keep their stupidity going.
ild June 20, 2011 at 06:54 PM
My suggestion to the grandmother . . . hire an attorney and sue this couple for the intentional infliction of emotional distress! Maybe that is the wakeup call they need!!
Irene June 20, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Kathleen's grandmother and dad should definitely file a civil lawsuit against them for the infliction of the emotional distress which they are all suffering. Sometimes when all else fails, I have learned through my years working in litigation, that this usually helps when you hit them in the wallet. I hope that this family will finally get some peace in their lives and be able to enjoy what time they have left together! My prayers are with them and may God look over them and protect them.
Karen June 20, 2011 at 09:18 PM
I no longer live in New Jersey but read of this heinous and damaging attack out here in Texas! As a professional nurse I see no mention made by any authorities as to the serious and adverse effects this has on the emotional and physical issues this child faces with her terminal illness. Regardless of these sick individuals living in a community that allows it there is clearly some mental disorder going on bordering on sociopathetic; for example the woman taunting the child and her deceased mother could be bipolar without medications. Again to what price is this allowed to continue? It is not "he said she said" this little girl is suffering and lost her mother. She cannot possibly have even grieved this loss yet, and her grandmother is just attempting to survive God bless them both. If there are more charges evident I'd suggest the community made the LE officials aware of them. For example if there is an order of protection and ya'll see those people within that designated area call the authorities and let arrests be made. If further abuse goes on and it sounds as if they are the type who would "disturb the peace" do something. Clearly Jersey does not operate on repeat offenses but in some states such as Texas if you steal your neighbors paper off the lawn two times you are a repeat and become a felon. No thanks we do not want them down here!! GOD bless all the Jersey people who are acting on this!!
Karen June 20, 2011 at 10:06 PM
Apologies to all first I attempted to post in paragraphs so my comment was rather disjointed BUT thought this was happening in Trenton, NJ, and clearly it would not matter whether in Jersey, Michigan, or here in Texas it is not acceptable--it is criminal in nature, and why would any female who has lost custody of her children clearly due to abuse or worse have a right to abuse a dying child, her now deceased Mom, and her dear grandmother. She needs to get a spot behind a cell because she has earned her place there, and this husband who now is abusively commenting on another minor child's weight who is he? I can only imagine what they look like. Apologies to Michigan; it all reads the same this is criminal action and needs to be pursued to the full extent of the law and yes litigation!!
kathleen June 20, 2011 at 11:18 PM
can you imagine saying something about a childs weight that shows the IQ that this couple combined have reproduced ... They must have met in a mental institution and married...And they are so into the facebook fighting i am sure they are tanked up behind the keyboard and go at it... people would talk about karma and i was always well i dont know but now that i am a little older and wiser i know it to be very true...they seem to love the spotlight or their faces on television who knows but very deep rooted issues that probably go way back to when they were children i dont know just unbelievable..
Tanya Hellard-Cruz June 20, 2011 at 11:23 PM
It is stated that Scott Petkov works for the public school district in maintenance. These are the kind of people who should not EVER be allowed to be near children. I have written to the superintendant and hopefully made him aware of this guy. I don't know what good it will do but these people are sick.
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey June 21, 2011 at 01:10 AM
Hi readers — we know people are fired up about this story, but we have to take down comments that violate our Terms of Use, clearly stated here: http://trenton.patch.com/terms Please keep it clean and civil. If you want to leave any words of support for the family, do so here: http://trenton.patch.com/articles/readers-share-wishes-prayers-for-grandmother-dying-girl-from-trenton
s. jones June 21, 2011 at 02:13 AM
I have a feeling that these people.. ( The Petkovs) Simply do NOT want to stay O U T, of nthe News, OR out of trouble. I Suggest That they have their computers confiscated and NOT be allowed USE of any computer OR the Internet for as Few Years.. Maybe THIS will Mellow them out a bit!!! They certainly need some sort of ATTITUDE Adjustment!!!!
s. jones June 21, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Well, Just POST, the Petkovs, addresses and cell phone numbers, emails and any web pages and We will all address Our comments to THEM DIRECTLY!!!!!
Annie Ominous June 21, 2011 at 02:36 AM
They (Petkovs) cannot learn because simple animals have very simple nervous systems with little or no long term memory, and limited short term memory. They seem to be capable of only numerous grunts, gestures, reproduction and flinging poo not unlike primates at the zoo. They are like Doree in Finding Nemo, but with a bad, abusive habit they keep repeating over and over (just keep flinging, just keep flinging, just keep flinging) . If only they spoke whale and not English....at least that way the insults and taunts would be unintelligible and thus unable to hurt (unless there are whales nearby) .
Karen June 21, 2011 at 03:08 AM
(1) Hi everyone well I know if you seek them on facebook it is likely that name would be simple to find on a search. That does not mean they would ALLOW anyone to post anything close to honest on their "wall" I still feel strongly there is some seriously mental deficiency and diagnosis that is unmedicated going on with a woman who would in HATE cause irreversible harm to a family with two dying or teminal family members. I have not been aware of this but did read it on AOL today so likely you will have others around the nation outraged as well, and perhaps even advocates coming forth to assist and aid this grandmother and child. It breaks my heart for the love of God how could you hurt a dying child?
Karen June 21, 2011 at 03:08 AM
(2) Take a few seconds close your eyes and imagine being terminally ill I am a professional nurse but I also have serious health issues-just the thought of this little girl losing her Mom; someone I am sure she loved with all of her heart and also dealing daily with horrible physical symptoms is too much for any of us with a heart to bear. Now think of this lunatic duo who has chosen to proclaim their hate to another human being. It brings even the strongest of us to tears. Is there a support group, a church someone who is gathering around the family to give shelter from this evil? One does not have to wait for LE to do some half butted charges gather those in the community; you could even have a rally for this family in support of and also talk to local shops and places to aid with meals, bringing visits and worship to the home, make it so strong so much love in that home that no one but God would ever enter again. I am sorry being so far away but those are the steps we must take as living in the image of a God who loves us all who creates us all; He does not give us the right to hurt, harm, or kill another. Well as a professional nurse this is damage to this baby girl and her grandmother who has just lost her own daughter and the mother of her grand girl. I continue to pray that interventions from YOU the people of Trenton and perhaps even nationwide in support will come in this home and right this sin this wrong doing... Peace and love to all here..
Karen June 21, 2011 at 10:17 AM
I searched on fb since I am a big Mafia War player and the only Jennifer I see listed is in Riverside, California and if anyone searched could probably say whether this is her, and the only Scott appears to be a young student at the University of London. If they have been publicized and had criminal activity due to their stuff on fb they may be banned or deleted. That does not mean that other social venues like twitter, myspace and so forth are not being used. It would seem common sense as someone put it that they be legally banned from the net and or their hard drives confiscated especially if the LE have taken such pages as proof of their criminal activity. One can have terminal illness and have stress cause them to die sooner. I am amazed that LE is not taking a more active lead in this. An order of protection is only as good as those enforcing it. Meaning anyone living in that direct neighborhood knowing what is going on can if they identify her in the area call it in and have an arrest made...
DAJ June 21, 2011 at 05:44 PM
I was born and raised in Trenton, left in 1974 to go to MSU. Been loiving in California for 20 years and now Colorado for 2. This story is getting national attention now, which is how I heard about it. These people are sociopaths ( I was trained as a therapist, so I have some experience with this). Do any other old-timers remember the Reinhart (spelling?) family back in the 60s? They lived a block away from me on Middlefield and were the terrors of the whole town. 5-6 boys and 1 girl. I believe all of the boys ended up in prison and the police were frequently coming to the house for various reasons, including the father beating up the mother. Anyone know Jennifer Petkov's maiden name? maybe it's Reinhart.
Karen June 21, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Hi all and DAJ yes just as I heard it "national" attention. I am a professional nurse and have psychiatric research published and noted indeed sociopathic not to mention perhaps undiagnosed or noncompliant treatment for bipolar disorder. However, it would not matter unless LE acts on current legal and criminal actions of these people. I am quite sure the physician(s) involved are documenting the damage done to this family whether the grandmother who has lost her daughter and now her grand child is suffering the same disorder, or the child which is what is horrific to observe that these people are walking, talking, and not in prison. I have in my heart and mind only a picture of their local community surrounding them with love literally and that is the true force that our Creator puts in place right now. What can be done to show comfort, kindness, and presence right there by those in the neighborhood who care and are disgusted to put it mildly with this aberrant much less "murderous" behavior. Further if the female does not have custody of her own minor children then she has some history with CPS serious enough to show she is not fit and further is a threat to minor children of normal health if that makes sense to all here. Please people in Trenton surround this family with love. That is what will heal and those who are criminal will be reigned in by justice. Peace.
Robin Marks June 22, 2011 at 03:42 AM
Jennifer Petkovs maiden name was Burnette.... All we as a family want is for this to stop and for us to be able to live out the rest of Kathleens life in peace. Sincerely, Robin Kathleens Great Aunt & Becky Rose's sister
DAJ June 22, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Thanks Robin--I was mostly joking about Jennifer Petkov's maiden name, but this is a terrible situation for your family to be in. Hopefully, things have reached a critical mass of intensity such that the authorities will get the Petkovs out of your life for good. Best to you and Kathleen.
Kathy Banwell June 22, 2011 at 08:28 PM
jennifer has violated the conditions of her probation since day one.......a tarp has been placed from back door of residence to the car so that she can come and go unseen !!......i wish the authorities would take a stronger approach to the problem !!! it needs to end....the community is soooo outraged that i am afraid for both sides !!!!!
Karen June 22, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Hi everyone. I think it is so important that anyone who sees this woman breaking the order of protection call the police and give them the information-her name, whereabouts, date and time of entry. Tell the LE that you are doing so to protect yourself and others in the neighborhood. Remember she tried to run someone down with a MV and that is clear insanity. There are charges. Custody of her children. Do not back down when the one gift you can give this family is safety and peace. The more calls the police receive on this the more they will be forced into doing what they are paid to do protect you. Remember also that fb is pretty stringent about removing accounts of those who do wrong--they are almost at fault with their conservatism. If there is true fear of her actions against more then this family do what you can to protect, and it seems the community is trying to give this young lady some good time before she passes--let us think about the grandmother and aunt ahove who remain ok? Peace to all..
Karen June 22, 2011 at 10:53 PM
I read another article where neighbors took a video and were to bring it to the police of this woman violating her protective order; the Judge states she never saw a video and "do not know where she is living" (in Texas she would have to report an address to the court especially if on probation for a felony offense), and ultimately people realize this quote from the other article "any violation in the judge’s order would result in Petkov serving 93 days in the Wayne County Jail, according to Maria Miller of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office." That is all it takes people and do you think if she spent some time in a cell ultimately over 3 months her life might not change? Do it and do not let this continue. Peace.
Deanna Jones June 25, 2011 at 02:08 AM
Without a doubt, these two people are sociopaths.
Lisa Plasky June 25, 2011 at 06:10 AM
Kathleen (2 comments above), I just want to say, "DITTO!" I couldn't have said it better. Especially this comment you made: "And they are so into the facebook fighting i am sure they are tanked up behind the keyboard and go at it"... Some people might not believe how many people do that very thing.
Karen June 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM
Good morning everyone~I am wondering for those who are not named or who are using another name are you fearful of telling police she is breaking the order of protection? I would call it in at various times of the day and different schedules. BUT call it in she will go to jail for three months. Jail is not a place for someone who is found out to be doing harm to a deceased mother and a terminal child. I can imagine she threatens her husband on a daily basis! I can imagine he is not her first husband; if so where are the KIDS? I know the community is making wonderful support for the child but the greatest support you can do in her Mom's memory and for each one of you who lives out there is "call it in and let the law and the Judge who made the decree aware of it." Fear is not of God and this woman has it--she clearly has less than one brain cell functional to do what she has done and her husband may have a lot of air where grey matter should be to abuse a sixteen year old for her weight issue first of all take a look at both of them--they are surely ingesting fat on a regular basis. Peace to all..

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