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February 17, 2004 | By Kathleen Brady Shea INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For 5 1/2 years, police suspected that Andrew J. Giamboi had played a role in the disappearance and death of a 14-year-old West Whiteland girl. Investigators said yesterday that their hunch was confirmed Friday when Giamboi, 25, of Yonkers, N.Y., admitted he killed Sara Hindle, whose remains were found in a sewer near her home in the Indian King development in August 1999. Giamboi was charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault and taken to Chester County Prison. "This is a wonderful example of what can happen when you never give up," said Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll, speaking at a news conference with a dozen jubilant law-enforcement officials.
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March 23, 2004 | By Stephanie L. Arnold INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The number of methamphetamine labs uncovered by Pennsylvania State Police has nearly doubled each year for two years, and police say they are on track to find even more this year. From 2001 to 2003, state police uncovered 117 labs or meth-lab dump sites. In the first three months of this year, state police discovered 32 labs, half the number that was uncovered all of last year. "We're going to get slammed this year," said Sgt. Mike Rudda, head of the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Response Team.
NEWS
October 26, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - An expired car registration has landed a man back in prison after 25 years on the lam, police said. Alfred Libiano, 64, of Easton, who walked away from work release at the Northampton County Prison on May 9, 1986, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police during a traffic stop in Monroe County. - AP  
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December 11, 1998 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
FOR THE CAUSE: More than 30 members of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union demonstrated yesterday at noon in front of the State Office building at Broad and Spring Garden streets. Pennsylvania State Police arrested 11 demonstrators for disorderly conduct. In the photo below, union leader Cheri Honkala (right) sits in a police van with another demonstrator before they were taken to the Belmont Barracks, where they were processed and released.
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December 3, 1991 | By Cheryl Squadrito, Special to The Inquirer
Twelve men were arrested - seven for alleged sexual offenses - in a late- night, undercover police sweep of a rest area off Interstate 95 in Delaware County over the weekend, Pennsylvania State Police said yesterday. Between 10 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday, officers raided the rest stop in Lower Chichester Township, just north of the Delaware border. The area, off northbound I-95, has been described by neighbors as a nuisance because of sexual activity there. A trooper who asked not to be identified said motorists had complained to PennDot after they were approached for sex in their cars and in the restrooms.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
Pennsylvania State Police have identified the woman found dead in a state park in Delaware County on Saturday, they said. The body of Teresa Cathy Mastracola, 44, of Millbourne, was found in an area of Ridley Creek State Park where police had been searching for a week, the Associated Press reported. Mastracola, known as an avid hiker and bicyclist who frequents the park, had been missing since Dec. 2. Police said they did not suspect foul play in her death. On Sunday, they were still searching for her car, a silver 2006 Mazda 6 with a black bike rack attached to the trunk.
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December 10, 2012 | Associated Press
Pennsylvania State Police have identified the woman found dead in a state park in Delaware County Saturday, they said. Teresa Cathy Mastracola, 44, of Millbourne, was found dead in Ridley Creek State Park on Saturday. The discovery was made in an area where police had been searching for a week for Mastracola, known as an avid hiker and bicyclist who frequents the park, the Associated Press reported. She had been missing since Dec. 2 and was last seen wearing hospital scrubs from her job. Police said they did not suspect foul play in her death.
NEWS
February 23, 1999 | By Christina Asquith, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Eight Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity members and seven pledges were charged with hazing by Lincoln University officials yesterday and could face expulsion, following an initiation ritual that police said hospitalized a 21-year-old student. The charges came shortly after Alpha Phi Alpha's lawyer told university officials that his clients would not answer questions from the state police or from university officials. "Even though they're innocent, it's not good to have them talking," said Jeffrey Woodard, a Baltimore attorney and Alpha Phi Alpha alumnus who is representing fraternity members.
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January 21, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer and John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Rocco P. Urella, who as Pennsylvania State Police commissioner in 1971 became the first in the nation to hire female troopers but who was later fired after a wiretapping scandal, has died. Urella, 92, died Jan. 1 in Homosassa, Fla., according to Mary Urella, his wife of more than 60 years. Born in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, Mr. Urella identified his career path at an early age. "Being from the coal region . . . I often say to people, you either become a miner, a priest, or a policeman," he told a state police archivist in 2006.
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March 12, 2001 | By Zlati Meyer INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Philadelphia truck driver was being held in the Burlington County jail yesterday after leading police on a chase that began in Bristol Friday night, crossed a bridge to New Jersey, and ended when he allegedly struck a Pennsylvania State Police car. Nathaniel Larry Dotson, 51, is charged with eluding a police officer, resisting arrest, reckless and careless driving, failure to stop at a red light, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of...
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October 3, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Wednesday that a trooper's gun went off accidentally during a training session Tuesday and fatally wounded fellow Trooper David Kedra. Kedra, 26, a rookie officer assigned to the Troop K barracks in Skippack, died Tuesday evening after being shot in the chest at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus in Plymouth Township. The state police would not take questions concerning the incident and did not identify the other officer involved.
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August 14, 2014
DO YOU think that running 300 meters in 77 seconds, doing 13 push-ups (un-timed), performing a 14-inch vertical jump and running 1.5 miles in 17 minutes and 48 seconds is a Herculean feat and too high a standard for a Pennsylvania State Police officer? Well, apparently, the U.S. Justice Department thinks that standard is unreasonable for women, and filed a lawsuit two weeks ago against the Pennsylvania State Police, declaring that the physical-fitness test discriminates against them.
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August 1, 2014 | By Gideon Bradshaw, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - The head of the Pennsylvania State Police said Wednesday that he planned to fight a federal lawsuit seeking to dial down the agency's hiring standards. The Department of Justice contended in a complaint filed Tuesday that the state police physical-testing standards lead to a gender-based disparity in hiring. Commissioner Frank Noonan said Wednesday he planned to challenge it "all the way. "We should not be bullied into lowering our standards for any applicants," Noonan said.
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May 25, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matthew Royer, the Montgomery County 21-year-old who disappeared late last week, has been found and is safe, Pennsylvania State Police said Thursday morning. While saying Royer had been "located unharmed," police declined to say where he had been found. "The family requests that the media not contact them nor reveal his location as they wish to consider this a private and closed matter," according to a State Police statement. Trooper Morgan Crummy, spokeswoman for the Skippack barracks, said the police had closed their investigation.
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May 22, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania State Police suggested Monday that the Montgomery County 21-year-old Matthew R. Royer, who has been missing since leaving Rhode Island Thursday, might have decided on his own to detour from returning home to Skippack Township. "While it may be a voluntary move on Matthew's part, we are still expending all resources in this investigation to locate Matthew," said Trooper Morgan Crummy, a spokeswoman at the State Police's Skippack station. As that possibility took shape in what remains a murky situation, his mother made a tearful plea for her son to contact his parents.
NEWS
May 5, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A car traveling the wrong way on the Blue Route early Friday collided with a minivan, killing both drivers and closing the highway for hours, disrupting part of the morning rush hour. An Oldsmobile Royale driven by a Philadelphia man was southbound in the northbound lanes of I-476 in Marple Township, Delaware County, shortly before 4 a.m., police said, when it plowed into a Chevrolet Venture minivan driven by Paul R. Wallendorf, 62, of Delaware. Pennsylvania state police identified the driver of the Oldsmobile as Kent Michael Gans, 50, of the city's Tacony section, where he was a member of an amateur pool league.
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April 27, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Episcopal Academy teacher arrested in the sexually abuse of boys at a Massachusetts summer camp told investigators that about 35 years ago, he molested one of his Episcopal students and admitted the incident to the head of the school, according to court documents obtained by The Inquirer. The former fourth-grade teacher, Richard Perkins Smith, 65, of Media, told police that at some point after his admission, he was removed from teaching but kept on as an Episcopal fund-raiser, according to a search warrant application filed in the case.
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April 18, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County couple and their two children died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning Monday when the husband committed suicide by leaving his car running in the garage and the others were overcome by the fumes. According to Pennsylvania state police, troopers responded around 11:20 p.m. to find the four family members - identified as Gary Reitnauer, 59; his wife, Michele, 58; and daughters Kimberly, 16, and Jamie, 10 - inside a residence on Kumry Road in Milford Township. None could be revived, police said.
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