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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

[PA] Court on hold as Pennsylvania Trooper tries to shake the root cause problem again

Murrysville District Judge Charles Conway approved a continuance for the domestic assault, harassment, and resisting arrest charges against Pennsylvania State Trooper George Walters. "Good luck," Conway told Walters. "Taking it one day at a time is all you can do"...

... His wife called   emergency management to report that her husband was intoxicated... that her husband had just kicked her in the leg, and was "out of control and yelling and screaming"... Police reportedly had been summoned to the home about five hours earlier... Police reported that Walters refused to comply with police commands... "He's attempted rehab several times in the past... Each time, he does progress. We're hoping this time will really assist him with his problem"... His hearing is scheduled for March 20... Walters is awaiting trial in Common Pleas Court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol...


Some of the questions I asked while reading: How long has this been going on? How has he been monitored? What warranted the past rehabs? Were any of the rehabs proactive rather than reactive to an incident? What is the support system for the families of Pennsylvania law enforcement families? When is it no longer the right job for someone?

STATE TROOPER JAILED FOR ALLEGED ASSAULT OF WIFE IN DELMONT
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
By Paul Peirce
Saturday, December 24, 2011
[Excerpts] A state trooper was jailed on Friday in Westmoreland County because he allegedly assaulted his wife in their home in Delmont and then resisted arrest. Delmont police used a Taser to apprehend George J. Walters, 49, inside his home... Walters was being held in the county jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond after his arraignment on charges of simple assault, harassment and resisting arrest... his wife called county emergency management to report that her husband was intoxicated and had kicked her in the leg. Police reportedly had been summoned to the home about five hours earlier... Walters' wife told them that her husband had just kicked her in the leg, and was "out of control and yelling and screaming"... Police reported that Walters refused to comply with police commands, and [Borough Patrolman Charles] Madden used the stun gun to take him into custody. Murrysville police were called as backup to assist... [State police spokesman, Sgt. Anthony Manetta in Harrisburg, confirmed that Walters remains "actively employed" as a trooper at Troop A at Greensburg. However, he said the agency's internal affairs department is reviewing yesterday's arrest "and our internal personnel policies regarding these type of matters will be followed."... [Full article here]

DELMONT STATE TROOPER ACCUSED OF ASSAULT TO ENTER ALCOHOL REHAB PROGRAM
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
By Jennifer Reeger
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Last updated: 4:20 pm
[Excerpts] A state trooper, jailed last week for allegedly assaulting his wife and resisting arrest, will enter an alcohol rehabilitation program, his attorney said today... Walters works out of state police Troop A in Greensburg. He was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing this morning before Murrysville District Judge Charles Conway. However, Walters' attorney, Fran Murrman, asked for a continuance so that Walters could enter a rehabilitation facility for alcohol addiction. Walters is awaiting trial in Common Pleas Court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol that was filed by Murrysville police after a traffic stop on Sept. 28, according to court records. Last month, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Conway on that charge. Conway agreed to the continuance and ordered that Walters be released from the Westmoreland County Prison as soon as Murrman could secure a bed for Walters at a rehab facility... [Full article here]

STATE TROOPER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING WIFE ENTERS REHAB PROGRAM
pittsburghlive.com
By Jennifer Reeger
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
[Excerpts] A state trooper jailed last week for allegedly assaulting his wife and resisting arrest will enter an alcohol rehabilitation program while his court case is temporarily put on hold... In granting the continuance yesterday, Conway said he would authorize Walters' release from the Westmoreland County Prison as soon as Murrman could confirm he had a spot in a rehabilitation facility. His hearing is scheduled for March 20. "Good luck," Conway told Walters. "Taking it one day at a time is all you can do." While Walters awaited paperwork to sign, he told Murrman, a friend for more than 30 years, that he would work out some way to pay him for his assistance. Murrman said he just wants to see him get better and return to being the man he knew in high school. The friends attended Hempfield Area High School. "I know you can do it, George," Murrman told Walters. After Walters headed back to jail, Murrman said his longtime friend has struggled with alcoholism in recent years. "He's attempted rehab several times in the past," Murrman said. "Each time, he does progress. We're hoping this time will really assist him with his problem." As far as his status with the state police, Murrman said Walters had been discussing a retirement agreement with his employer for "quite some time." He has been a trooper for about 24 years, Murrman said. "He was a stellar trooper," Murrman said... [Full article here]
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