October 17, 1989 |
The head of the 120-officer Capitol Police has resigned after an investigation of his activities, according to sources involved in the case. Leonard J. LeMelle Jr., 41, reached at his home yesterday, confirmed that he had turned in his resignation on Friday but he refused to say why, noting that he was retaining a lawyer over the matter. "I'm not at liberty to say right now," said LeMelle, who earned about $43,000 a year as director of the Bureau of Police and Safety in the Department of General Services.
September 25, 2003 |
Just as Gov. Rendell is taking steps to deal with rampant misconduct in the state police ranks, another law enforcement agency under his control also finds itself coping with transgressions. When Sgt. Mark Hauck of the Capitol Police popped World's Wildest Street Fights, Volume One into the DVD on Labor Day, he thought it would be a good training tool for 30 officers - proof positive of how fights can get out of hand, officials said. Instead, the DVD - which depicts blood-soaked fight scenes interspersed with images of nude women in suggestive poses - offended several officers, whose complaints touched off an internal investigation.
October 28, 1999 |
It's CROWS II! Just when you thought it safe to return to your Capitol, your Capitol Police are once again blasting "scare shells" and "whistlers" into the trees on the Capitol grounds in another round of the battle of the birds. Starting this evening, and continuing three weeks and then "as needed," the state's official de-roosting season is in full swing. That means shotguns loaded with what the state Department of General Services terms "exploding devices," and starter pistols loaded with blank-like whistling cartridges fire off starting at 4:30 p.m., just in time to keep commuters moving along.
June 15, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Disabled activists, many in wheelchairs, were cited for camping outside the Capitol and threatened with arrest before cooler heads prevailed. The drama began around 9 p.m. Monday when Capitol Police ordered members of American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today to disperse from their perch near a fountain. They told police they planned a three-day vigil to protest proposed cuts in Gov. Corbett's budget for home-care services to the disabled - and that they weren't leaving.
May 11, 1987 |
Several hundred people were evacuated from the State Capitol for almost two hours this morning after authorities learned of what one state official described as a "serious" bomb threat. Capitol police ordered the building evacuated shortly before 10 a.m. after the FBI office in Philadelphia informed Harrisburg officials of the threat, which had been telephoned to a Philadelphia area private firm over the weekend and taped on a recording device. The company, not identified by the FBI, this morning informed the bureau of the threat, which said there were three bombs in the Capitol.
May 8, 1990 |
The state yesterday hired a veteran Philadelphia police officer and the sister of State Police Commissioner Ronald M. Sharpe to head the 117-member Capitol Police force. Dorothy Thomas, 46, will be the first woman named on a permanent basis to head the Capitol Police force, which was established in 1895, 10 years before the State Police, and provides security for state facilities in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton. She was one of seven Philadelphia police officers involved in a class- action suit against the city in 1974 that resulted in women officers' being permitted to serve duty somewhere other than in the department's Juvenile Aid Division.
September 16, 1988 |
Edward Curtin says he's tight with his money and his lottery winnings won't change his ways. Curtin was one of seven state Capitol police officers to share an $8.5 million Wild Card Lotto jackpot from the Sept. 2 drawing. At a check-presentation ceremony yesterday, he said he planned to buy a house - with a concrete lawn. "I owned a house once, but I didn't like cutting the grass," said Curtin, 52, of Lebanon. When asked about hiring someone to do the mowing for him, he shot back, "I'm also cheap.
March 1, 2014 |
A Philadelphia Parking Authority employee was arrested by police at the state Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday as he allegedly tried to enter the building with illegal drugs. Edward Barr, 28, of Philadelphia, will be charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and disorderly conduct, said Troy Thompson, a spokesman for the Capitol police. A vial and a bag of "rocklike objects" were found in Barr's possession during a routine screening at the Capitol entrance, Thompson said.
September 10, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Not so long ago, in the name of security, top state House leaders championed the need to give the chamber's guards the power to carry guns. Not anymore. House officials have quietly decided to strip the roughly 16 uniformed guards, who also act as the chamber's sergeants-at-arms, of their firearms. They did so after discovering that one had been carrying a gun for years despite a criminal history. That security officer was fired in early May, and three who supervised him resigned shortly afterward, according to House records and interviews.