Police Get Into Scuffle With Man Holding Daughter

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A father in the Philadelphia area was “busted” by police after he reportedly didn’t pay a subway fare for his young daughter, according to Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Police.

The altercation between him and police is under scrutiny, writes NBC Philadelphia.

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said Ellis Smith didn’t pay the $2.25 payment while entering the westbound tracks of SEPTA’s Market-Frankford El at the Margaret-Orthodox station Thursday afternoon. A cashier notified police which dispatched an officer to investigate.



Ever Heard Of Anything So Grotesque? Murder-Suicide By Chainsaw In Pennsylvania

A coroner has ruled the deaths of a Pennsylvania couple found dead in their home with chainsaw lacerations a murder-suicide, reports CBS Philly.

The station identifies the couple as 48-year-old Christopher Peppelman and 43-year-old Nicole Peppelman.  Fox 4 News of Kansas City states Nicole Peppelman was 41.  The man reportedly killed his wife by chainsaw, and then turned the chainsaw on himself.

Authorities say the Philadelphia-area husband and wife bled to death, according to ABC News.

They were found dead around 1 p.m. Tuesday by their 14-year-old son in their Lower Moreland Township home, reports the station.

Lower Moreland Township is about 16 miles northeast of Philadelphia, according to cbsnews.com.

Nicole Peppelman’s death was ruled a homicide. She reportedly died of an injury to her abdomen caused by a chainsaw. She was also stabbed and choked, according to the station.

Christopher Peppelman died of an injury to his abdomen and thigh caused by a chainsaw, reportedly a suicide.

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(Updated article: age discrepancy on wife)

Man Shot And Killed After Trying To Run Down Police


A man who had posted an online video threatening to kill police and FBI agents supposedly tried to use his car to run down officers seeking to arrest him on Tuesday and, fearing for their lives, they shot and killed him, authorities said.

The man was killed in Upper Darby, suburban Philadelphia, as officers ordered him out of the car and he appeared ready to accelerate at them as they manned a blockade.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said officers feared 52-year-old Joseph Pacini would kill them Tuesday and that they “did what they had to do.” Together, five officers fired about 20 shots, he said. No officers were injured.

The man’s death comes a little more than a week after a man who made similar threats shot two New York Police Department officers dead in their patrol car and then killed himself in a subway station.

Pacini posted three online videos with rambling messages and threats after a detective left a message for him regarding an altercation Monday at a fitness club, Chitwood said.

Pacini described the videos as a response to the message, saying in one that police had destroyed and tortured him and demanding the detective “back off.”

If police tried arresting him, Pacini said, there would be “serious and irreversible catastrophic consequences,” including the deaths of law enforcement officers.

Police secured an arrest warrant Tuesday.

Pacini’s record included a 2005 arrest for locking his Philadelphia landlord in an office while facing eviction and demanding $1,500 at knifepoint to leave, Chitwood said. The charges were later withdrawn, according to court records.

Pacini was living with his mother when she had him involuntarily committed, Chitwood said. The date of the commitment was not immediately available. They were still living together in a Clifton Heights apartment at the time of his death.

“Certainly in his rant on the Dec. 29 YouTube where he threatened to kill any police, FBI or CIA that came after him, or their families, it was clear that those mental health issues were still affecting his life,” Chitwood said.

He Hasn’t Taken Your Guns Yet: Ammo Catching Up With Demand, Firearms Dealers Say

According to the AP, a year after a national shortage of firearms ammunition was being felt at sporting-goods stores, Pennsylvania firearms dealers say supply is catching up with demand.

Pennsylvania newspapers report that retailers have most of the popular deer calibers in stock, and the availability of handgun ammunition is improving.

There are a couple of exceptions.

Dealers say the .243 family of rifle cartridges and the .35 Remington are in short supply as hunters load up.

George Evanisko of Doogie’s Gun Shop in Johnstown, PA says manufacturers have produced a lot of ammunition the past two years.

Last year, western Pennsylvania firearms dealers were hit by ammunition shortages for smaller .22-caliber, 9 mm and .380-caliber firearms.

Lone Gunman Cop-Killer In Pennsylvania


Why watch Hollywood movies about this type of thing when you can just read the news?

State police provided new details Friday, two weeks after someone opened fire at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and injuring Alex Douglass, a trooper who remains hospitalized.

A man named Eric Frein is suspected of the shooting.

State police Lt. Col. George Bivens, speaking at a news conference at the Blooming Grove Township Building in Pike County, said evidence found suggests the 31-year-old Frein is still in the area being searched.

That evidence includes soiled diapers – snipers have been known to use diapers to stay in position for long periods of time – and a distinctive brand of Serbian cigarettes, Bivens said.

Authorities believe they have Frein contained within a 5-square-mile perimeter around his parents’ home in Canadensis.

Sightings have been made by law enforcement officers, Bivens said, but not at distances that would allow the use of deadly force authorized in the ongoing search, Bivens said.

Frein has been seen wearing black, and his movements suggest “some of this is a game to him” — staying far enough to avoid pursuit but venturing to probe the perimeter established by police, Bivens said.

A police dog picked up Frein’s scent several days ago and flushed him from his hiding place. But the distance was too great, and Frein was able to get away, the dense canopy providing cover from a police helicopter overhead, Bivens said Friday.

“I expect that he’ll be hiding and try to take a shot from some distance from a place of concealment, as he has done in the past,”  said Bivens.

Police say the hard drive of a computer used by the suspect in the deadly ambush of Pennsylvania state police troopers provides evidence he has been planning an attack for a long time and preparing to avoid arrest, as well as shows Eric Frein did Internet research on how to avoid police manhunts and on law enforcement technology and survival skills.

Underscoring the danger they face as they pursue him, Bivens said Frein has experimented with explosives, citing materials that police found and interviews with people who knew him.

Apparently, Frein knew of one of the state troopers who was shot in a shift-change ambush — and he may have believed the trooper was having an affair with his own sister-in-law, Mail Online reported recently. However, there is little evidence that this was the case.

Alex Douglass, who was critically injured after being hit in the pelvis, lives less than half a mile from the family of Frein’s brother and was friends with the fugitive’s sister-in-law Melissa.

Douglass is still recovering in hospital, 13 days after he was shot at the state police barracks at Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania as he turned up for work. Another trooper, father-of-two Bryon Dickson was killed.


State Troopers Shot In PA, 1 Dead

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. – Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities were questioning a person of interest, state police said Saturday.

One trooper was leaving the barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County, and another was arriving when shots were fired at 10:50 p.m. Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.

A person of interest is being questioned by police, Trooper Connie Devens said. “No one is in custody or under arrest,” she said.

Noonan confirmed that one trooper was killed and the other was injured and taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Scranton, where he was in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

He provided few details on the shooting but said the attack seemed to be directed at state police.

“This has been an emotional night for all of us,” Noonan told reporters.

911 call audio above.