Pennsylvania State Police http://wesa.fm en New Bill Allows Isolated Schools to Partner with Nearby Police In Cases of Emergency http://wesa.fm/post/new-bill-allows-isolated-schools-partner-nearby-police-cases-emergency <p><em style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; font-style: italic; "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bot Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:44:28 +0000 Kaye Burnet 32178 at http://wesa.fm Sell But Don't Buy Fireworks in PA http://wesa.fm/post/sell-dont-buy-fireworks-pa <p>With the Fourth of July this Friday, you might be seeing firework tents scattered throughout the state -- however, much of what is for sale in those large tents cannot be purchased by most Pennsylvania residents.</p><p>Pennsylvania state law allows residents to buy and use items defined as “ground and hand-held sparkling devices,” “novelties” and “toy caps” by the American Pyrotechnics Association.</p><p>However, according to Adam Reed, Pennsylvania State Police Public Information Officer, the law is strict when it comes to more-explosive items.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 31965 at http://wesa.fm PA State Police Seeking Donated Horses for Mounted Patrol http://wesa.fm/post/pa-state-police-seeking-donated-horses-mounted-patrol <p>Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a donation of a different sort this summer — one that gallops and neighs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State police spokesman Adam Reed said the mounted patrol receives its horses differently than how the K-9 unit obtains its dogs.</span></p><p>“Whenever we have a new dog, we receive them out of training," he said, "but with horses, we rely on donations just as a cost effective means."</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:27:29 +0000 Jessica Nath 14779 at http://wesa.fm Police Pursuits on the Rise in Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/police-pursuits-rise-pennsylvania <p>The number of police pursuits in Pennsylvania has increased once again, according to state police.</p><p>Law enforcement agencies across the commonwealth reported 1,522 vehicle pursuits in 2012, up 69 from the previous year.</p><p>Eight hundreds pursuits began as simple traffic violations, registration plate violations or inspection violations, and 214 chases were initiated because of suspected DUI. Felony criminal offenses accounted for 228 pursuits, and 131 were due to a stolen or suspected stolen vehicle.</p> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 13412 at http://wesa.fm State, Local Police Partnering to Crack Down on Aggressive Driving along Route 30 http://wesa.fm/post/state-local-police-partnering-crack-down-aggressive-driving-along-route-30 <p>Since 2008, there have been nearly 10,000 automobile crashes with 96 fatalities statewide along Route 30.</p><p>The Pennsylvania State Police are partnering with municipal police departments to initiate a crackdown on aggressive driving along Route 30.</p><p>State police spokesman Adam Reed, said the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic initiative, or “HEAT on 30,” will span Pennsylvania’s Route 30.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:31:09 +0000 Michael Lynch 13153 at http://wesa.fm New Budget Helps PA State Police to Increase Numbers http://wesa.fm/post/new-budget-helps-pa-state-police-increase-numbers <p>Currently, the Pennsylvania State Police is 12 percent below full complement, but the increased funds from the new budget might close that gap.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2013-14 budget includes an additional $15 million for state police - bringing the department’s total budget to $210 million.</span></p><p>Public Information Officer Adam Reed said this money will help the department fill some vacancies.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 12953 at http://wesa.fm Keeping a Step Ahead of Synthesized Drugs http://wesa.fm/post/keeping-step-ahead-synthesized-drugs <p>A Pennsylvania legislator hopes he has found the solution to a cat and mouse game in which the makers of synthesized drugs, including bath salts, would change the composition of the drugs to keep them legal. &nbsp;State Representative Jerry Stern (R-Blair County)&nbsp;is adding his own changes-- to the law.</p><p>After hallucinogenic chemicals known as bath salts became popular with drug users, Pennsylvania lawmakers in 2010 added them to the list of prohibited substances in the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act of 1972.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:39:30 +0000 Jessica Nath 12732 at http://wesa.fm Supreme Court Ruling May Shift How DUI Arrests Are Handled in PA http://wesa.fm/post/supreme-court-ruling-may-shift-how-dui-arrests-are-handled-pa <p>A recent Supreme Court decision stated that a search warrant must be obtained before officials draw blood from people suspected of driving under the influence.</p><p>Typically, when an officer pulls over a motorist and has probable cause for arrest, the officer takes the motorist directly to hospital for a blood draw. Now, police have to get a search warrant first. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:36:11 +0000 Deanna Garcia 8329 at http://wesa.fm State Lawmaker Wants Municipalities to Pay Up for PA Police http://wesa.fm/post/state-lawmaker-wants-municipalities-pay-pa-police <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of municipalities in the commonwealth that do not have their own police departments can request state police coverage, and get it for free.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Sen. Judy </span>Schwank<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span>D-Berks<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) wants to charge for it. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:38:06 +0000 Emily Farah 7853 at http://wesa.fm