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.
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 16, 2012 |
An Upper Darby man shot himself in the head at a Delaware County shooting range on Valentine's Day, authorities said, the second suicide there in six months. According to the Delaware County Office of the Medical Examiner, Isaiah James Jones, 25, shot himself in the bathroom of the Targetmaster Indoor Gun Range in Chadds Ford around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Pennsylvania State Police had not released any information on the incident as of last night. On Aug. 22, police said, a 22-year-old West Chester man killed himself at the gun range.
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.
July 7, 2011 |
Pennsylvania State Police say they are ramping up efforts to recruit more black and Hispanic troopers, an attempt to get back to the fully integrated force that existed a decade ago - when a federal court was watching. In 1999, the racial makeup of the state police nearly mirrored Pennsylvania's - about 12 percent nonwhite. But as of May, the number of black state troopers had fallen to 158 on a force of 4,100, or about 3.8 percent. Why? Nonwhite troopers were never hired in significant numbers until a 1973 lawsuit produced a consent decree to add hundreds of black troopers.
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.