Fingerprints are a vital part of solving crimes and keeping track of inmates after the leave the prison system, but a State Rep. from Montgomery County is concerned about how the process is being handled by local police jurisdictions across the state after recent information from the F.B.I
“Unfortunately two percent or four to five hundred per month are rejected by the Feds and sent back to the State Police, who then send them back to local police departments.”
State Rep. Todd Stephens is investigating how fingerprinting can be carried out accurately first time someone is fingerprinted. Stephens says more accountability is needed, including how jurisdictions track people who need to be fingerprinted over again. Stephens adds, some of the mistakes include smudges and repeated digits.
Upper Gwynedd Township Police say an 87-year-old man who was hit by a car on the 100 block of Hancock Road just before 10pm Wednesday, has died of his injuries. Police say, the man’s identity was discovered through a witness who knew the man who was struck by the car, as Al Shinskie. Police say, a 70-year-old man, driving eastbound on Hancock road hit Shinskie. Shinskie apparently was at the Nor-Gwyn Packers baseball game, a team that plays in the Perkiomen Valley Twilight League. According to the manager of the team, Shinskie often attended games. A moment of silence was held for Shinskie before last Thursday night's game. Witnesses say the driver may have been driving too fast. No charges have been filed. The case is being investigated by Upper Gwynedd Township Police and Montgomery County Detectives.
The Seward brothers, Chadd and Mark, who had been missing since last weekend, have been found and are now back at their Hatfield Township home. The parents of the teens reported their sons missing after 14-year-old Chadd Seward left home last Friday evening at 6. Mark, 15-years-old, was last seen just after 10pm Sunday. A person familiar with the story called police after recognizing the brothers walking on Line Lexington Road in Hatfield Township. The teens are safe. Hatfield Township Police released a statement thanking the public.
A 46-year-old book keeper faces a court date after police accuse her of stealing from personal and business accounts. Hilltown Township Police say, Lisa Rascher diverted cash to from the victim’s personal and business accounts to herself. The total take, according to police, more than 900-thousand dollars. Police say, Rascher carried out the plot over a four year period, beginning in December in 2007 until May of 2011. Hilltown Township Police started an investigation last august after the victim discovered that money a large amount of money was missing. Rascher is charge with forgery, identity theft, access device fraud and related offenses. she was released on 100,000 bail