Billions of dollars of unpaid restitution were recorded in a new Pa. state report – some of it from car accidents and drunken driving incidents.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, February 21
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — Christine Horner remembers — 5:23 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2006. She was driving on a main road in Chester County, in a brand-new SUV she bought a few months before. Another car was coming off a side road. The driver later claimed he didn’t see her. Horner’s car smashed into a tree, the front crushed. She was trapped, unable to move. The other driver, a repeat criminal offender, was drunk. Horner spent 15 days in the hospital, though it would be nine months before she would work again. The bones in her right ankle were practically “obliterated,” repaired through several skin-stretching and bone-to-bone fusion surgeries. Her pelvis and clavicle were fractured. Doctors said it would take …
Law enforcement in Pennsylvania can legally impersonate someone while communicating via phone with a suspect, according to a December 2012 Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — Police officers in Pennsylvania can legally text message a suspect while pretending to be their accomplice, according to a state Supreme Court decision handed down Monday. At issue was whether such a tactic violated the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act (also known as the Wiretap Act). But pending updates to this law will further change how law enforcement can use technology in their investigations. The court ruled that police impersonation via phone does not violate the Wiretap Act since no eavesdropping, listening in, or interception takes place. “An officer is deemed the ‘intended recipient’ of a phone communication in which the officer is directly involved, even …