Daily Archives: 1, March 19, 2008

Feds say no more 10 codes. 10-4?

Just straight talk from state troopers

03/19/2008

The code language Pennsylvania State Police had used to communicate with each other is “10-7,” or out of service.

More precisely, it has been eliminated. State troopers have abandoned the 10-codes, following a nationwide trend among emergency workers to use plain language. Continue reading

PA State Police (Troop L, Reading) Reward To 40K

Redner murder [in Berks County] reward increases to 40K

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 | 3:45 PM

LOWER HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. – March 19, 2008 — The reward has doubled in the murder of a prominent Berks County supermarket exec.

Pennsylvania State Police announced Wednesday that the reward for information that leads to the arrest of Gary W. Redner’s killer has jumped from $20-thousand to $40-thousand. Continue reading

“We have two state agencies saying two diametrically opposed things,” said Rep. Curt Schroder

Special investigation urged over Poconos casino license

Wed, Mar. 19, 2008

By Mario F. Cattabiani

Inquirer Staff Writer

HARRISBURG – A group of Republican House members hope to form a special committee with the power to subpoena documents and witnesses to determine how a Scranton businessman won a slots license despite being under a criminal investigation.

The Republican members are taking the move after being frustrated by conflicting testimony about Louis DeNaples from members of the state Gaming Control Board and the head of the state police.

“We have two state agencies saying two diametrically opposed things,” said Rep. Curt Schroder (R., Chester), who is drafting the resolution. “We just feel we need to get to the bottom of it and find out really what happened.” Continue reading

“We want the truth.” Rep. Vereb.

GOP wants to know if board knew slots applicant was being probed

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG — Some Republican legislators want to create a special bipartisan committee to find out “what did the state Gaming Control Board know and when did it know it?”

Specifically, state Reps. Curt Schoder of Chester, Doug Reichley of Lehigh, Mike Vereb of Montgomery and others asked yesterday, did the gaming board know about a state police perjury investigation of slots applicant Louis DeNaples before it awarded him a slots license on Dec. 20, 2006? Continue reading

Troopers lawsuit dismissed

Troopers lawsuit dismissed

By Jennifer Harr, Herald-Standard

03/19/2008

A federal judge has granted a motion for summary judgment against a former state police sergeant who retired and claimed that his former employers targeted him after he raised concerns about a 2002 shooting investigation.

That means that the civil case brought by James Baranowski against Lt. Charles L. Depp and Capt. Roger N. Waters has been dismissed under the order entered Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

The judge found that the case should be dismissed for two reasons: it was filed beyond the two-year statute of limitations and Baranowski’s concerns were part of his job duties, and not protected speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Baranowski was on duty Dec. 24, 2002, when Michael Ellerbe, 12, was shot in Uniontown’s East End neighborhood. As the ranking officer at the barracks, he became the incident commander until a member of the crime unit arrived to take over the investigation. Continue reading