Po­lice check cell­phones, video in ex-teacher’s shoot­ing

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - NEWS -

ALIQUIPPA, PA. » A Penn­syl­va­nia pros­e­cu­tor says in­ves­ti­ga­tors are search­ing sur­veil­lance video and cell­phones for clues in the shoot­ing death of a for­mer school­teacher in her mother’s drive­way.

Au­thor­i­ties say 33-yearold Rachael DelTondo was shot mul­ti­ple times Sun­day in Aliquippa (al-uhKWIH’-puh), in sub­ur­ban Pitts­burgh.

Tele­vi­sion sta­tion KDKA quoted uniden­ti­fied in­ves­ti­ga­tors as say­ing they be­lieved the woman knew her at­tacker and that the killing was likely a “crime of pas­sion.”

Beaver County Dis­trict At­tor­ney David Lozier is de­clin­ing to com­ment on a pos­si­ble mo­tive or whether she may have known the gun­man.

DelTondo was sus­pended in Novem­ber from a cy­ber school. Of­fi­cials there had re­ceived an anony­mous email con­tain­ing a po­lice re­port say­ing DelTondo had been found in a parked car with a 17-year-old for­mer stu­dent. No charges were filed, and Lozier called the re­port’s cir­cu­la­tion “a per­sonal ven­detta” against DelTondo.

Swarth­more dean re­signs; was fo­cus of stu­dent protests

SWARTH­MORE, PA. » The dean of stu­dents at Swarth­more College has re­signed, weeks af­ter stu­dents protested the school’s han­dling of sex­ual as­sault claims.

The Philadel­phia In­quirer re­ports H. Elizabeth Braun an­nounced her res­ig­na­tion Wed­nes­day in a cam­pus-wide email, say­ing she plans to launch her own higher ed­u­ca­tion con­sult­ing firm.

The email made no men­tion of re­cent protests by Or­ga­niz­ing For Sur­vivors, a cam­pus­based group that ad­vo­cates for the vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault.

Stu­dents from the group staged a sit-in in Braun’s of­fice ear­lier this month over what they called the mis­han­dling of sex­ual-as­sault in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The group called for Braun to re­sign and for a re­view of the college’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­ce­dures. They also say on-cam­pus fra­ter­nity houses should be banned.

Their nine-day protest ended af­ter the group had a for­mal meet­ing with Swarth­more’s pres­i­dent, Va­lerie Smith.

Board­ing home res­i­dent shot when he comes upon armed rob­ber

PHILADEL­PHIA » Au­thor­i­ties say an armed man robbed two res­i­dents in­side a Philadel­phia board­ing home and then shot and crit­i­cally in­jured an­other res­i­dent who came upon the sec­ond rob­bery.

The gun­man en­tered the home late Tues­day through an open front door and went to the sec­ond floor, where he robbed a man at gun­point. He then went to an­other room where he robbed and pis­tol­whipped an­other res­i­dent.

A 29-year-old man who lives in the home ar­rived there around that time. He saw the rob­bery in progress and tried to flee, but au­thor­i­ties say the gun­man shot him once in the back.

The gun­man fled the home on foot fol­low­ing the shoot­ing and re­mained at large Wed­nes­day.

The shoot­ing vic­tim is hos­pi­tal­ized in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. His name has not been re­leased.

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