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April 1, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - First came the video of an upstate Republican legislator, taped before she entered politics. Dance music played as she sat at a table with a bong and what looked a lot like pot. She appeared ready to kiss a girl. Someone e-mailed the video to State Rep. Tarah Toohil's colleagues last fall when they were in session. A Democrat recalled hearing "strange, distinctive music" on the House floor. Then, just before Election Day, another anonymous video surfaced, urging Toohil to switch her stance on marijuana laws - lest the senders expose her "secrets.
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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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February 16, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com215-854-5916
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.
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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.
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August 9, 2016
Police recovered a body from the Schuylkill River Sunday, authorities said. The male's body was recovered between 4 and 5 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police said. Police said the man may be connected to a vehicle found abandoned on the Girard Bridge Saturday about 8:45 a.m. Details on the cause and manner of death have not been released. - Jason Laughlin
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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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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.
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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.
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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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August 9, 2016
Police recovered a body from the Schuylkill River Sunday, authorities said. The male's body was recovered between 4 and 5 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police said. Police said the man may be connected to a vehicle found abandoned on the Girard Bridge Saturday about 8:45 a.m. Details on the cause and manner of death have not been released. - Jason Laughlin
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August 8, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A 33-year-old man was taken to a hospital after becoming unresponsive in a struggle when state troopers caught him after a foot chase near City Avenue in Montgomery County on Friday night, the Pennsylvania State Police said. State troopers had initiated a traffic stop of a rental vehicle about 11:30 p.m. at 555 City Ave., in Bala Cynwyd. The location is that of a Joe's Crab Shack. In a news release issued Saturday, state police did not say why the vehicle was stopped. The statement said that after being stopped, the driver fled on foot and was then chased on foot by troopers who caught up with him near City Avenue.
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July 15, 2016 | By Mike Sturla
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.
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April 5, 2016 | By Jill Castellano, Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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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.
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January 22, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
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.
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December 24, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
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)
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September 29, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 2, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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