CollectionsCapitol Police
IN THE NEWS

Capitol Police

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
October 17, 1989 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
NEWS
September 25, 2003 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
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.
NEWS
October 28, 1999 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
NEWS
May 11, 1987 | By JOHN M. BAER, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 8, 1990 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
NEWS
September 16, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 10, 2012 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - Oliver and Melissa Schmittenberg were standing with their children Monday afternoon outside the Capitol, snapping the classic photo of the iconic dome, when police began running at them, guns drawn, pointing and barking an order: Run! "That's all they said," Oliver Schmittenberg said. Suddenly, a leisurely spring-break afternoon for the Perrysburg, Ohio, family turned into a sprint across the Capitol grounds. "When there's men with machine guns, you can't run fast enough," Schmittenberg said hours later.
NEWS
January 16, 2016
FLORIDA Helmet leak disrupts astronauts' walk Two astronauts aborted their spacewalk Friday and hurried back into the International Space Station after water leaked into one of the men's helmets in a scary repeat of a near-drowning 21/2 years ago. The trouble cropped up after the astronauts - including Britain's first spacewalker - successfully restored full power to the space station. NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra took everyone by surprise when he reported a small water bubble and then a film of water inside his helmet.
NEWS
September 16, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Jeremy Roebuck, and Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - A congressman's statement that agents had "disrupted" a potential threat against Pope Francis during his U.S. visit had Philadelphia officials scrambling for information Monday - and questioning the warning itself. The city's top police official and a key member of its House delegation said they had been reassured that the comments Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, made Sunday to ABC News were not about Philadelphia. "If there was a threat, I would have been made aware," said Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who said he had been briefed Friday by two top Secret Service officials.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
I AM the mother of a handicapped adult child, and Gov. Corbett is the only person in political office who has ever helped me. I had multiple issues concerning my daughter's benefits and contacted all of my local Democratic representatives. Not one of them ever helped me. Finally, I figured, let me take a shot and contact Gov. Corbett. Within 24 hours, all my issues were addressed and fixed. So, John Baer, leave my guv alone! You and this paper are nothing but prejudiced toward Republicans.
NEWS
July 14, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A PASTOR from Montgomery County found himself in handcuffs in Harrisburg yesterday morning after officials say he refused to leave a state office building, saying that he was there to pray for Attorney General Kathleen Kane to change her position on refusing to defend the state's ban on gay marriage. Pastor Bill Devlin skirted Capitol Police at the Strawberry Square building where Kane's office is located, according to Holly Lubart, spokeswoman for the state Department of General Services, which oversees the police force there.
NEWS
February 16, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge is to decide Friday whether international kidnapper David Matusiewicz should be sent back to prison - but she could make that decision without even mentioning the shootout that left his ex-wife, her friend, and his father dead. Thomas Matusiewicz opened fire Monday in the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington, killing Christine Belford and her friend Laura Mulford and injuring two Capitol Police officers before taking his own life, according to Delaware State Police.
NEWS
February 16, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The family of the man who opened fire in a crowded Wilmington courthouse Monday killing two women and wounding two Capitol police officers says it "apologizes to the people of Delaware. " Members of the Matusiewicz family released a statement this morning, saying they too were "stunned" at the events. Thomas Matusiewicz, 68, took his own life after he shot his ex-daughter-in-law Christine Belford and her friend Laura "Beth" Mulford. Belford was in court for a child-support hearing.
NEWS
February 15, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal judge is to decide Friday whether international kidnapper David Matusiewicz should be sent back to prison - but she could make that decision without even mentioning the shootout that left his ex-wife, her friend, and his father dead. Thomas Matusiewicz opened fire Monday in the New Castle County Courthouse, killing Christine Belford and her friend Laura Mulford and injuring two Capitol Police officers before taking his own life, according to Delaware State Police. State police have not filed charges, but in a search warrant served Tuesday , investigators listed David Matusiewicz and his mother, Lenore, as willing accomplices in the slayings.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|