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Former Hagerstown Hockey Player Killed In Waynesboro Crash: PA State Police Former Hagerstown Hockey Player Killed In Waynesboro Crash: PA State Police
Former Hagerstown Hockey Player Killed In Waynesboro Crash: PA State Police A 21-year-old man who was a former popular Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association player died in a car crash in Waynesboro on Sunday, officials announced on June 24.  Benjamin "Ben" Browall of Waynesboro, PA previously of Hagerstown, MD, was the passenger in a 2002 Subaru sedan driven by Kirkland M. Knepper, 23 also of Waynesboro when a wild crash happened just before 8 p.m. on June 23, according to a release by the Pennsylvania State Police.  While in the 5000 block of Old Forge Road, Quincy Township heading south, Knepper left the roadway for an unknown reason — striking a tree, ro…
Maryland Mom Who Beat Cancer Killed in Pennsylvania Crash, Family Says Maryland Mom Who Beat Cancer Killed in Pennsylvania Crash, Family Says
Maryland Mom Who Beat Cancer Killed in Pennsylvania Crash, Family Says A 56-year-old cancer survivor tragically died in a car crash, her family announced on Sunday, June 23.  Kimberly "Kim" Shock Fowler of the 1000 block of Ridge Road in Whiteford, Maryland was found dead at the scene of a crash in the 20000 block of Barrens Road South, Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania on Friday, according to a release by the York County Coroner's Office.  Kim was not wearing her seatbelt when her vehicle went "running off the road into a wooded area and striking multiple trees," as stated in the coroner's release.  Neighbors spotted the vehicle in som…
Infant Among 4 Amish Injured In Horse-Buggy Crash: PA State Police Infant Among 4 Amish Injured In Horse-Buggy Crash: PA State Police
Infant Among 4 Amish Injured In Horse-Buggy Crash: PA State Police A 1-year-old girl is in the hospital – along with another Amish child and two adults – following a horse-and-buggy crash, Pennsylvania State Police announced on Sunday, June 23.  The crash began when 83-year-old Charles R. Shannon attempted to drive his 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe around the horse-and-buggy driven by 73-year-old George D. Zimmerman, and then he rear-ended the buggy around 11:50 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, PSP Carlisle Trooper Conner Jones wrote in the release.  This happened in the 400 block of Greenspring Road/PA 641 near the intersection with Stamy Road in Ne…
COLD CASE: Philly Woman Found Strangled Off I-81 In Schuylkill County COLD CASE: Philly Woman Found Strangled Off I-81 In Schuylkill County
Cold CASE: Philly Woman Found Strangled Off I-81 In Schuylkill County Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate the murder of Caryn Fortino.  Fortino, 38, was found dead in a wooded area off of Interstate 81 in Delano Township on May 23, 2003. She had been strangled, according to troopers.  Authorities said Fortino was from the Philadelphia area and was last in contact with loved ones that February. A 2003 report from the Allentown Morning Call said her last known address was in Egg Harbor, New Jersey, but that she had moved back to Philly before her death.  She was not reported missing, changed addresses often, and was thought to be w…
Maryland Man Arrested For Killing Dog In Pennsylvania: State Police Maryland Man Arrested For Killing Dog In Pennsylvania: State Police
Maryland Man Arrested For Killing Dog In Pennsylvania: State Police A 21-year-old from Maryland is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, Pennsylvania State Police say.  Troopers said Damien Thiel of Westminster fatally assaulted a family dog in West Nottingham Township on Saturday, June 8. It happened on the 100 block of Pleasant Drive, according to investigators.  He posted 10 percent of his $15,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing set for June 18, court records show. 
MISSING ENDANGERED ALERT: PA State Police Searching For 90-Year-Old Man MISSING ENDANGERED ALERT: PA State Police Searching For 90-Year-Old Man
Mepa: Robert Oliver, 90 Of Franklin Township Sought By PSP A 90-year-old man has been missing since Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police announced in an updated release of Wednesday, June 12. Robert Oliver was last seen in the area of Bobby Lane and Spruce Creek Road in Franklin Township, Huntingdon County at 4:05 p.m. on June 8, according PSP. Oliver is believed to be at a special risk of harm, danger, injury, or/and could be confused. He is described as being 5’9″ tall, and 140 lbs, and was last seen wearing a red and blue plaid shirt, blue jeans, and a blue hat. He is possibly driving the vehicle pictured above, a 2005 tan with dark t…
9-Year-Old Found Strangled In PA Church, Police Seek Tips 62 Years Later 9-Year-Old Found Strangled In PA Church, Police Seek Tips 62 Years Later
9-Year-Old Found Strangled In PA Church, Police Seek Tips 62 Years Later Pennsylvania State Police investigators are seeking tips in a 9-year-old girl's cold case murder.  Carol Ann Dougherty was found dead inside St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church in Bristol Borough on Oct. 22, 1962. She was strangled and had been sexually assaulted, according to troopers.  Police said Dougherty had stopped at the church while riding her bike to the library. She had stopped there to say a prayer, according to a report in the Bristol Courier-Times the day after her murder.  Then-Bristol Police Chief Vincent Faragalli called her killing "one of the most br…
Name Released Of 29-Year-Old Man Killed By Police In Central PA Name Released Of 29-Year-Old Man Killed By Police In Central PA
Name Released Of 29-Year-Old Man Killed By Police In Central PA A convicted felon has died following an officer-involved shooting in Lewistown, Pennsylvania State Police announced on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.  Ridge Ryen Rhodes, 29 of Lewistown, is accused of firing "several shots" when local police responded to the area of the 100 block of West Fourth Street and fired back around 8:30 p.m. on Monday, according to the PSP Troop G release.  Rhodes "succumbed to injuries" after being shot by police. The Mifflin County Coroner's Office later confirmed his identity. The Troop G Major Case Team is assisting with the investigation, along with P…
PA Man Accused Of Raping Foster Children Could Have More Victims: State Police PA Man Accused Of Raping Foster Children Could Have More Victims: State Police
PA Man Accused Of Raping Foster Children Could Have More Victims: State Police The Pennsylvania State Police are concerned an accused child rapist may have more victims.  Frank Breneman, 71 of Lititz, is accused of raping and sexually assaulting two children for 12 years beginning when they were 4 and 11 years old, PSP Troop J announced on Thursday, June 6. He was arrested by the PSP Criminal Investigation Unit on charges of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, and indecent assault of a child on Wednesday, June 5, according to the release.  His two preliminary arraignment…
High School Student Killed In ATV Crash, Pennsylvania State Police Say High School Student Killed In ATV Crash, Pennsylvania State Police Say
High School Student Killed In ATV Crash, Pennsylvania State Police Say An all-terrain vehicle rollover crash has led to the death of a Pequea Valley High School student.  Tyler Yoder, 18 of Narvon previously of Rohrerstown and Lancaster, passed away following the ATV crash in the 5800 block of Northeimer Road in Salisbury Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police. That crash happened around 8:41 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, PSP explained in a release. State police continue to investigate this deadly crash but they have explained that "The victim was operating an all-terrain vehicle in a field when the vehicle flipped. The victim was partially ej…
Security Guard Impersonates Police, Pennsylvania State Troopers Say Security Guard Impersonates Police, Pennsylvania State Troopers Say
Security Guard Jason La Barre Impersonates Police: PSP Says A 53-year-old Gettysburg man has been charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer in New Freedom Township, Pennsylvania State Police announced on Monday, June 3.  Jason La Barre had a law enforcement badge on his waistband when he confronted 12, 13, and 15-year-old boys at the Sachs Bridge on May 25, as detailed in the PSP release.  When troopers responded at 11:31 a.m. the boys told them he asked if they caught any fish, said something about them being a disturbance, and threatened to detain them, as explained in the release. Barre also asked the kids for their fish…
Daughter Rescues Adoptive Sister Bicycle Chained To Bed By Mom In PA: Affidavit Daughter Rescues Adoptive Sister Bicycle Chained To Bed By Mom In PA: Affidavit
Daughter Rescues Adoptive Sister Bicycle Chained To Bed By Mom In PA: Affidavit A Western Pennsylvania mom was caught by her biological daughter having chained her adoptive daughter to a bed with bicycle chains for approximately five days, according to court documents obtained by Daily Voice.  Marylou Dewitt, 53 of Scottdale, was arrested following a police pursuit near Pittsburgh ending near the Fort Pitt Bridge, according to a release by the Pennsylvania State Police.  Dewitt's adult biological daughter contacted the police after she went to Sheetz for midnight snacks and returned home to hear screaming from an upstairs bedroom — where she found her care-de…
Pennsylvania Man With Violent Record Sentenced For Meth Trafficking: DA Pennsylvania Man With Violent Record Sentenced For Meth Trafficking: DA
Pennsylvania Man With Violent Record Sentenced For Meth Trafficking: DA A convicted felon will spend decades in a Pennsylvania prison for trafficking methamphetamine into Chester County, the District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.  Samuel Carr of Quarryville was sentenced to 34.5 to 69 years, prosecutors said in a release.  Carr, who has previous convictions for robbery and assault, was an active member of a drug trafficking organization (DTO) led by Richard Maitre, authorities said.  The investigation into the Maitre DTO began in 2016 when Chester County detectives and state police "noted an influx of methamphetamine" into the area,…
PA Mom Killed In Crash, Infant Daughter Hospitalized, State Police Say PA Mom Killed In Crash, Infant Daughter Hospitalized, State Police Say
Mom, Brianna "Brie" Michelle Lucas, 25, Killed In Crash: PSP A 25-year-old Biglerville mom was killed and her infant daughter was medevaced following a two-vehicle crash on Memorial Day, Pennsylvania State Police in Adams County announced on Thursday, May 30. Brianna "Brie" Michelle Lucas was found dead in her 2005 Chevrolet Impala at the scene of the crash, PSP explained. The crash happened at the intersection of Stone Jug and Old Harrisburg roads in Straban Township at 6:59 p.m. on Monday, May 27, as Investigating Trooper Christopher Cannino detailed in the PSP release.  Her 2-year-old daughter was conscious and evaluated by EMS at the sc…
Manhunt Ends With Arrest Of PFA Violator With Guns, PA State Police Say Manhunt Ends With Arrest Of PFA Violator With Guns, PA State Police Say
Manhunt Ends With Arrest Of PFA Violator With Guns, PA State Police Say A man is in custody and roads have reopened following a police incident turned into a search in Dauphin County on Thursday, May 30.  Shawn Vann, 52 of Halifax Township, violated a Protection From Abuse order and attempted to see his ex-girlfriend around 10 a.m. on Thursday.  Initially, police shuttered Elmer Avenue in Halifax Township, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Megan Frazer announced shortly before 1 p.m.  "All citizens should avoid the area," she originally urged. That warning ended just before 8 p.m. when Trooper Frazer announced that the suspect was in custod…
Convicted Rapist Gives Fake Camp Hill Address To Comply With Meghan's Law, Police Say Convicted Rapist Gives Fake Camp Hill Address To Comply With Meghan's Law, Police Say
Convicted Rapist Gives Fake Camp Hill Address To Comply With Meghan's Law, Police Say A 56-year-old convicted rapist from Pennsylvania is facing charges for reporting a fake address in order to comply with Meghan's Law, authorities said. David Pressler, a lifetime offender who was convicted of rape in May 1996, failed to provide a valid address to Pennsylvania State Police's Megan's Law Section, Camp Hill police said. Police were called to investigate the change of address on the 1800 block of Market Street on May 13, according to police. Pressler was subsequently charged with failure to provide accurate registration information.
COLD CASE: Police Investigate Bucks County 4-Year-Old's Death COLD CASE: Police Investigate Bucks County 4-Year-Old's Death
Cold CASE: Police Investigate Bucks County 4-Year-Old's Death Authorities are looking for answers in the Buckingham Township death of Michael Allen Daum.  Daum, 4, was found dead on the front lawn of a neighbor's Route 413 home on June 26, 1972.  Pennsylvania State Police say he had facial injuries when discovered. His official cause of death was ruled "asphyxiation associated with aspirated vomitus." Anyone with information is asked to call PSP's Troop M at 610-861-2026. 
COLD CASE: Man Shot Dead While Checking Flat Tire On Delaware Expressway COLD CASE: Man Shot Dead While Checking Flat Tire On Delaware Expressway
Cold CASE: Man Shot Dead While Checking Flat Tire On Delaware Expressway Pennsylvania State Police are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can help them solve Naython Brown's murder.  Brown, a 33-year-old Philadelphia resident, was shot once in the head near Exit 4 on Interstate 95 on Oct. 18, 2019.  Troopers said he was traveling from Philadelphia to Chester when a rear tire on his Chevrolet Monte Carlo became deflated. Brown pulled over and was waiting for roadside assistance when he was shot dead, according to PSP.  The killer has yet to be identified.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 1-800-472-8477…
PA Realtor Who Killed Her Father, His Girlfriend In Jersey Shore Home Sentenced: Prosecutors PA Realtor Who Killed Her Father, His Girlfriend In Jersey Shore Home Sentenced: Prosecutors
PA Realtor Who Killed Her Father, His Girlfriend In Jersey Shore Home Sentenced: Prosecutors A Pennsylvania realtor convicted of killing her father and his girlfriend on the Jersey Shore will spend the rest of her life in state prison, authorities said. Sherry Lee Heffernan, 57, of Landenberg, PA, received two life sentences on Friday, May 10, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced in a news release. After a four-week trial, a jury found her guilty of two murder charges on Friday, Mar. 1. Prosecutors said Heffernan killed 87-year-old John Enders of Surf City and 75-year-old Francoise Pitoy of Manchester back in September 2021. "This defendant will …
Asphalt Trucker Killed In Fiery Lititz Crash: State Police Asphalt Trucker Killed In Fiery Lititz Crash: State Police
Asphalt Trucker Killed In Fiery Lititz Crash: State Police A 31-year-old asphalt tank truck driver died in a fiery crash into multiple objects along the side of the road on Sunday morning, the Pennsylvania State Police explained.  Josue Vasquez of Marietta was heading north in the 1900 block of Furnace Hills Pike in Elizabeth Township, Lititz when he swerved and left the roadway for an unknown reason, Trooper James Grothey with PSP Troop J explained in the release.  PSP troopers were called to the crash at 6:37 a.m. on May 5.  Their investigation determined that Josue "collided with a utility pole, a fence, an embankment, and a…
COLD CASE: State Police Seek Tips In Media Girl's 1975 Disappearance COLD CASE: State Police Seek Tips In Media Girl's 1975 Disappearance
Cold CASE: State Police Seek Tips In Media Girl's 1975 Disappearance Authorities continue to investigate the 1975 disappearance of Wendy Eaton.  Eaton was last seen on May 17 of that year near the intersection of Indian Lane and Media Station Road in Media, according to state police.  According to a 2021 report by NBC Philadelphia, she was headed into town to buy a gift for her brother when she vanished.  In 2021, PSP reportedly told NBC they believed the case was still solvable and that they now considered it a homicide. Investigators at the time said they received new leads and searched a wooded area near where Eaton was last seen.  N…
14-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder Of 12-Year-Old Girl: PA State Police 14-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder Of 12-Year-Old Girl: PA State Police
14-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder Of 12-Year-Old Girl: PA State Police A 14-year-old boy has been charged as an adult with murder after a 12-year-old girl died on Wednesday, according to a release by the Pennsylvania State Police the following day. Aaron John Klingensmith was arrested on May 2 in connection with the death of a girl he is accused of shooting in the head, Pennsylvania State Police explained and court records showed. The unidentified girl was shot inside a home on Bearfield Road, Brady Township, in the Luthersburg/DuBois area of Clearfield County just before 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, PSP Trooper Vaughan Norbert detailed in the release. …
Bandana Left At Gas Station 14+ Years Ago Leads To Arrest: PA State Police Bandana Left At Gas Station 14+ Years Ago Leads To Arrest: PA State Police
Bandana Left At Gas Station 14+ Years Ago Leads To Arrest: PA State Police A 32-year-old man was charged and arrested with a robbery he allegedly committed in 2010 – all because of a bandana, Pennsylvania State Police announced on Wednesday, May 2, 2024.  Alexander Theodule Pelletier, of Williamsport, Lycoming County was arrested on April 30 in connection with a robbery at Shelocta BP convenience store along PA Route 422 in Armstrong Township, Indiana County, troopers explained in the release.  PSP Troop A patrol members and criminal investigators were called to the gas station at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2010, as detailed in the release.  …
Dog Bite Is Demise For Sex Offender On The Run From Police In Abbotstown, Cops Say Dog Bite Is Demise For Sex Offender On The Run From Police In Abbotstown, Cops Say
Dog Bite Is Demise For Sex Offender On The Run From Police In Abbotstown, Cops Say A Maryland man wanted for sex crimes was arrested in Pennsylvania, all because of his dog, police said. Pennsylvania State Police troopers responded to a call of a "dog bite victim" on Tuesday, April 30 along a stretch of East King Street in Abbotstown, they said in a release. There, they found Jeffrey Garcia, 31, of Rockville, MD, the dog's owner, police said. It wouldn't take long for troopers to discover that Garcia was wanted on two warrants for sex assault out of Maryland, PSP said. Garcia was arrested without incident and taken to the Adams County Prison for his arraignment. Th…
Bull Attack Kills Farmer, US Army Veteran: Officials Bull Attack Kills Farmer, US Army Veteran: Officials
Bull Attack Kills Farmer, US Army Veteran: Officials A 52-year-old Pennsylvania man has been killed in a bull attack on his farm, authorities said on April 30. Richard “Rick” David Joy of Scrubgrass Road, Jackson Center died from his injuries from the bull attack on April 23, according to the Mercer County Coroner's office. Rick was doing routine work in his pasture when his bull became aggressive and attacked him around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, as explained by the Pennsylvania State Police. Rick was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Ohio, according to his obituary. "He graduated from David Anderson High School in Columbiana, Ohio, and joine…
Motorcyclist Fatally Flies Off Bike On Kirkwood Pike: PA State State Motorcyclist Fatally Flies Off Bike On Kirkwood Pike: PA State State
Motorcyclist Fatally Flies Off Bike On Kirkwood Pike: PA State State A two-vehicle fatal crash sent a motorcyclist into the air on Monday, Pennsylvania State Police in Lancaster announced on April 30.  The call to the two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle at the intersection of Noble Road and Kirkwood Pike/SR 472, Colerain Township, Kirkwood came into PSP Troop J Lancaster Station at 4:09 p.m. on April 29, 2024, Trooper James Grothey detailed in the release.  The troopers' preliminary investigation determined that a Ford Edge driven by 79-year-old Gerald Fite of Peach Bottom "was stopped at a posted stop sign o…
Car Struck By Bullet On I-83, PA State Police Say Car Struck By Bullet On I-83, PA State Police Say
Car Struck By Bullet On I-83, PA State Police Say A bullet shot through a vehicle travelling on Interstate 83 on Sunday afternoon, the Pennsylvania State Police in York County announced on Monday morning. The bullet entered the rear windshield and struck the rear view mirror before becoming lodged in the front window, Trooper James Grothey explained in the release. PSP received a report "a vehicle being damaged while traveling on Interstate 83" at 4:39 p.m. on April 28, as stated in the release. The vehicle had been traveling on I-83 south near mile marker 18.8, Springettsbury Township, when it was shot, troopers determined. "No occupant…
Remains ID'd As 24-Year-Old Woman Missing From PA Home Over 18 Months Remains ID'd As 24-Year-Old Woman Missing From PA Home Over 18 Months
Remains ID'd As 24-Year-Old Woman Missing From PA Home Over 18 Months Remains found in an abandoned home have been identified as a missing 24-year-old woman, authorities told Daily Voice on Friday, April 26.  The remains found in an abandoned building in the 100 block of Fifith Avenue in Aliquippa on April 18 have been identified Rikiah Mahrquis Griffie, officials confirmed to Daily Voice. Ronda Duke dropped her sister Rikiah off at her boyfriend's house on Oct. 7, 2022, she was last heard from Oct. 11, and was officially reported missing on Oct. 21, according to numerous missing persons reports.  An anonymous tip led the Pennsylvania State Po…
PA Dad Shoots Wife, Daughter Dead: Affidavit PA Dad Shoots Wife, Daughter Dead: Affidavit
PA Dad Shoots Wife, Daughter Dead: Affidavit A 76-year-old man has been arrested for killing his wife and daughter, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police Avondale announced on Friday afternoon.  Roger Lee Hanks originally of Virginia most recently of Kennett Square is accused of shooting his wife and adult daughter during a dispute "in the early evening hours of April 25," as stated in the release. Hanks called someone he knew saying he "went crazy" and  shot his wife Judith and daughter Emily, according to the affidavit of probable cause. That person called 911. Troopers were s…
COLD CASE: Redner's Executive Found Beaten To Death In Berks County COLD CASE: Redner's Executive Found Beaten To Death In Berks County
Cold CASE: Redner's Executive Found Beaten To Death In Berks County Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the cold case murder of a grocery store executive in Berks County.  Gary Redner, executive vice president of Redner's Warehouse Market, was found beaten to death on a neighbor's property on March 9, 2008, according to PSP.  Redner, 55, was last seen leaving Ganley's Pub at 500 Brownsville Road in Sinking Spring around 7 p.m. the night before, troopers say. The bar was only a quarter mile west of his home on the 400 block of Reber’s Bridge Road in Lower Heidelberg.  His car was found parked in his driveway, authorities said.&nb…
Murder-Suicide In Shippensburg, PA State Police Chambersburg Says Murder-Suicide In Shippensburg, PA State Police Chambersburg Says
Murder-Suicide In Shippensburg, PA State Police Chambersburg Says A report of "shots fired" in a mobile home park led troopers to the scene of an apparent murder-suicide, the Pennsylvania State Police announced in a release on Thursday, April 25, 2024. The "domestic altercation where shots were fired" happened in Lenwood Park, Southampton Township, Shippensburg, around 7:25 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, Trooper Megan Frazer detailed in the release. PSP Chambersburg Troopers formed a perimeter around the home but they failed to make contact with the people inside, so the Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) was called to the scen…