October 3, 2014 |
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.
January 21, 2011 |
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.
February 17, 2004 |
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.
March 23, 2004 |
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.
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
December 11, 1998 |
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.
December 7, 2011 |
The Montgomery County coroner Wednesday morning identified the 47-year-old former Collegeville man who held police at bay Tuesday before fatally shooting himself as Joseph Luton. Coroner Walter I. Hofman said Luton had a long medical history of mental-health problems. He died by suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Hofman said. At 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, Pennsylvania State Police arrived at Luton's home in the 300 block of Gravel Pike in Schwenksville, Perkiomen Township.
December 3, 1991 |
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.
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.
December 10, 2012 |
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.