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March 2015 Archives

Heroin Delivery Charges Against Pennsylvania Teacher

Heroin delivery charges have been filed against a western Pennsylvania teacher, accused of selling 45 bags of the opiate to a confidential informant. Lisa Rodnicki, age 37, had been a health and phys ed teacher at Norwin High School in Westmoreland County since 2007. Ironically, her curriculum as a health teacher included drug abuse education. Another strange twist to this case is that Ms. Rodnicki is the daughter of the school district's superintendent. LisaRodnicki-jpg.jpg

Pennsylvania Probation Department Monitors Facebook Activity


The Clinton County Department of Probation and Parole in Central Pennsylvania has implemented a standard probation condition requiring all defendants under supervision to "friend" the department's Facebook page and allow full access to all the defendant's content. Police, probation officers and parole agents have been using social media to detect evidence of crime and technical violations of probation and parole since the technology first emerged. What is unique about the Clinton County approach is that it is open and honest. Law enforcement normally checks the social media content of suspects, defendants and probationers secretly, but Clinton County Probation is basically saying, "we are going to be watching you, so don't post anything incriminating" drunk.frat.boys.jpg