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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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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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 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.
NEWS
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)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Central Pennsylvania prosecutors are investigating a handwritten, anonymous letter with racially offensive language delivered to the home of Gov. Wolf's embattled choice to lead the Pennsylvania State Police. The letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Inquirer, was placed Monday evening in the mailbox of acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown, the State Police confirmed. "No n- lover will wear my uniform," the letter said. Brown's nomination has been opposed by former troopers and their allies, in part because he has chosen to wear their uniform despite not graduating from the state police academy or climbing the ranks in Pennsylvania.
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March 21, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's nominee to head the Pennsylvania State Police has stepped into yet another controversy. Acting State Police Chief Marcus Brown was captured on video removing signs that criticized him from the side of a public roadway. Brown has faced scrutiny in recent weeks for choosing to wear the Pennsylvania State Police uniform despite not having attended the state's Police Academy. The two signs were critical of that decision, reading, "Marcus Brown didn't earn it!"
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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