July 15, 2016 |
THE AMERICAN Society of Civil Engineers reports that, because of the number of Pennsylvania roads in disrepair, Pennsylvania motorists spend $424 per year each in car repairs, a total of $3.7 billion. Pennsylvania rates a C-minus on the ASCE's Report Card for America's Infrastructure; that's despite a recently enacted gas tax that places Pennsylvania 11th highest in gas prices. So where is all the money going? While Pennsylvania desperately needs funding to address its ailing infrastructure, $814 million was taken this year alone from the Motor License Fund, intended to build and repair roads and bridges, to provide free state police coverage for municipalities that opt not to pay for local or regional police coverage.
April 5, 2016 |
On the night of Villanova's last NCAA basketball championship win 31 years ago, students, alumni and other devoted fans stormed the Radnor-area campus in celebration. Booze flew off the shelves of local liquor stores and roads were closed. That's how Michael McGrath, police superintendent for Lower Merion Township, a patrolman at the time, remembers it. Now, as the Wildcats take on the No. 1-seeded University of North Carolina Tarheels at 9 p.m. Monday in Houston for the national championship, McGrath has the challenge of helping coordinate a safety plan with officers from agencies throughout the region in case of a Nova victory.
March 17, 2016
Pennsylvania Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced Wednesday that he has asked for an outside investigation into the cheating scandal that led to the recent resignations of 29 cadets from the state police academy. "Although I have tremendous confidence in the ongoing Pennsylvania State Police's Internal Affairs Division investigation," said Blocker, "an outside investigation is in the best interest of both the State Police and the people of Pennsylvania. " The investigations center on evidence that some members of the cadet class scheduled to graduate this month received test questions from recent graduates in advance of an exam.
March 6, 2016
An East Falls doctor has been charged with a felony relating to the illegal issuance of prescriptions, the Pennsylvania State Police announced Friday. Edwin Rothman, 82, a doctor of osteopathic medicine with an office at 4209 Ridge Avenue, had been under investigation by the state police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation since 2013. Trooper Adam Reed said an undercover operation found that Rothman was handing out prescriptions for Percocet and other painkillers to people "without a valid reason ... in exchange for cash.
January 22, 2016 |
A Chester County man fatally stabbed his 81-year-old grandmother after trying to sexually assault her and his mother, police said Wednesday. Kevin Havelow, 23, of Irwin Road in Lower Oxford, was charged with murder and attempted rape after the attack Tuesday, the Chester County District Attorney's Office said. Havelow, who had been hospitalized last month after he allegedly expressed a desire to harm himself, had been smoking marijuana with a friend Tuesday, police said. When the pair returned to Havelow's house, Havelow's mother said the friend could not spend the night, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
December 24, 2015 |
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Tuesday that he wants the Pennsylvania State Police to take over investigations when city officers shoot people. His remarks came during a news conference at which U.S. Justice Department officials released their first progress report on their review of Philadelphia police's deadly-force policies, and said the city has made "significant progress. " But some of the changes recommended by the federal Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
September 29, 2015 |
In more than four years on the waiting list for a kidney, Deborah Husmann had eight phone calls about a possible organ match. Each time, the kidney was a better fit for someone else, until - of all the weekends - Pope Francis was in town. And Husmann was close to an hour and a half away, camping in the middle of the Jersey Pinelands. No matter. She made it by ambulance with an escort from New Jersey and Pennsylvania state police, and was in good spirits Sunday, the day after her four-hour operation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
September 2, 2015 |
Police in Pennsylvania have revived 289 people using overdose-reversal medication that they were approved to carry late last year, the Wolf administration announced Monday. "Pennsylvania has been seeing a sharp increase in drug overdoses across the state. Having naloxone kits in the hands of our first responders, who are often first on the scene, can make the difference between life and death," Gary Tennis, secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, said in a statement.
June 17, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Following months of controversy, Gov. Wolf's embattled choice to lead the Pennsylvania State Police on Monday withdrew his name from consideration. Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown's decision was announced in a statement from the governor's office. In it, Brown did not state a reason for the decision. But Wolf cited politics. "Marcus Brown is the type of leader that Pennsylvania would be lucky to have," the governor said in the statement. "Despite Marcus' vast and unquestioned qualifications, the Senate wrongfully rejected his nomination in a move that put politics above the best interests of the people of Pennsylvania, and it is now appropriate to select a new nominee to lead the Pennsylvania State Police.
March 31, 2015
LET'S CONSIDER the complex case of one Marcus Brown. It involves apparel, yard signs, social media, politics and race. It's a stunning example of narrow-minded self interest vs. sane public policy. In January, Brown was nominated by Gov. Wolf to head the Pennsylvania State Police after heading the Maryland State Police. A principal reason he was picked, according to Wolf at the time, was his "recruiting in areas with high minority populations and historically black colleges.