Radio News for April 21st, 2017

Shapiro Orders Arrest of Constable

George Bottomley Junior is first Constable arrested in 10 years

Harrisburg, PA –

On Wednesday the Attorney General of Pennsylvania Josh Shapiro announced the arrest of a State Constable for abusing his power. George Bottomley Junior of Carbon County is the first constable to be criminally charged in a decade and is accused of taking care of fines and penalties for at least seven women in return for conjugal favors as well as accepting bribes and other corrupt behavior. His official charges are for promoting prostitution, bribery in official and political matters, obstructing administration of law or other government function, and involuntary servitude.

One of Bottomley’s alleged victims told investigators from the AG’s office that she had sex with Bottomley because she was afraid of him. She testified that he had told her there was a pending warrant for her arrest but it was still ;in the system’ and that he could make it go away. She admitted she was afraid that he would use his authority to have her separated from her child. Five other women have similar stories and another woman claims he solicited her with an offer to help pay off fines and fees owed by her boyfriend in the district he served.

Bottomley was arraigned with $20,000 bail which he secured and has a preliminary hearing on April 26th.

 

Troopers Looking for Evidence in Threat Case

Suspect left state after making murder threats

Corry, PA –

Shane Martin of Cranberry is wanted by Pennsylvania state police for terroristic threats after threatening to murder the boyfriend of a Titusville woman through text message and then driving past her home. After making the threats Martin is said to have left the state of Pennsylvania for a while. Anyone who may have information that could assist in the investigation should call the corry State Police barracks at (814)663-2043.

 

Two Woman Injured in Accident Involving Van and Semi

The Van was overloaded and could not stop in time

Rouseville, PA –

Two people suffered injuries of unknown severity after a collision with a tractor trailer in Rouseville on Tuesday. Joan Blitz of Titusville was driving west on Cherry Run Road was unable to stop at a red light in time and became stuck beneath a semi truck, her and a passenger Ashley Colfish were both injured.

 

Death Penalty for Eric Frein?

Frein guilty of murdering State Police Trooper

Milford, PA –

Eric Frein was convicted Wednesday for the September 2014 shooting at a police barracks that injured one Pennsylvania state trooper and killed another and now the jury must decide his fate. A new hearing began yesterday about whether or not Frien should serve life in prison or be given the death penalty. On the 12th of September 2014 Frien lay in wait in the forest outside of the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks and ambushed Corporal Byron Dickson and Trooper Alex Douglass as they were preparing to enter the building. Dickson was killed in the attack and Douglass was shot through the hips, leaving him with permanent disability and health problems.

A weeks long manhunt was launched to find Frein who hid out in the woods and placed booby traps intended for the people hunting for him but none of them were successful and were disarmed. Over the course of the next few days Frein’s family members will be testifying to prevent the state from taking his life for the crimes he committed by appealing to the jury and trying to explain the circumstances of his life that lead him down the wrong path. Meanwhile the friends and family of Corporal Dickson will impress upon the jury how the loss of the man they loved destroyed their world and has caused more damage than just the death of one man.

 

Hail to the (Police) Chief

Meadville’s New Police Chief sworn in

Meadville, PA –

Incoming Meadville Police Chief Mike Tautin and his assistant chief Mike Stefanucci were sworn in yesterday by Mayor LeRoy Stearns. The day was a double celebration for Tautin who’s daughter was also turning 11 years old last night and at the behest of the new Assistant Chief an impromptu rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ was performed for her by members of the City Council and Police Department who were in attendance during the swearing in ceremony. Chief Eric young’s official last day as Meadville’s top cop is today.