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Man fleeing police found dead under bulldozer, authorities say (VIDEO)
The bulldozer was in the area to clear brush and was then used to search for the suspect, state police say.

WRITTEN BY DAVID MEKEEL AND KAREN SHUEY

A man fleeing police Monday in Penn Township was found dead underneath a bulldozer being operated by a Pennsylvania Game Commission worker and carrying a state trooper, authorities said.

The man, whose name was withheld, was pronounced dead on state game lands near Snyder School Road and South Garfield Road by the Berks County coroner's office.

State police have termed the death accidental, but the coroner's office has not ruled on the cause or manner of the man's death.

An autopsy is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today in Reading Hospital.

Trooper David C. Beohm, information officer for Reading-based Troop L, said that it was unclear if the man died as a result of being run over by the bulldozer.

“We're awaiting the results of the autopsy, which will determine the cause of death,” Beohm said.

A second man faces charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, trespassing and conspiracy.

He was awaiting arraignment late Monday. His name was also withheld.


Beohm said that the charges were based on 10 marijuana plants found growing in the area where the incident occurred.

State police have not released the name of the bulldozer operator or the trooper.

Beohm said that the incident is being treated similarly to when a trooper is involved in a shooting death.

He did not know if the trooper who was on the bulldozer had been placed on administrative leave, but said state police internal affairs investigators were at the scene.

According to troopers:

The saga began about 10:30 a.m. when a Game Commission employee was working on state game lands, using a bulldozer to clear dense brush.

The worker spotted a car parked along Snyder School Road and called Bernville police.

Bernville officers, including the chief, responded and found two men walking in the wooded area. One of the men surrendered. The other ran.


State troopers and vice unit members were called to assist in a search about 11 a.m. A state police aviation patrol used a helicopter in the search.

Troopers called to the man over the helicopter's loudspeaker, but he did not respond. When they lost sight of him in the brush, troopers in the helicopter relayed his last known location.

A trooper and the Game Commission worker used the bulldozer to search in the brush, which was too thick to walk through.

Between 1:30 and 2 p.m., the search was suspended.

As the trooper and driver got off the bulldozer, they spotted a man's body beneath the rear of the machine between its tracks.

Beohm said that the reason it's unclear if the man was struck and killed by the bulldozer is that the man, because of his age, could have had a heart attack while fleeing through the dense thicket.

A medical helicopter had been called to remove the body, but it was brought out of the woods by an ATV.

(Reporter Ron Devlin contributed to this story.)
 

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Talk about whizzing away taxpayer resources. A full scale 2 hour manhunt for some losers growing hippie cabbage? What about all the plants they won't find? A helicopter? For real? Was this in the Onion?
 

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Unlike those multiple other states where ganja is now legal, PA has not yet descended into the Socialist Paradise category and those trying to grow it illegally on SGLs or SFs, will still be pursued and prosecuted.
 

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No loss! Just another dead drug pusher, to bad his partner didn’t meet the same fate. Great job by the PSP and PGC for taking out these criminals. So much for the claims of some, that pot is harmless.

Good luck, Tony
 

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1stlight, I say good riddance. Those idiots set booby traps on Gamelands near their dope gardens. How would you like to be walking through the woods and get a face full of fish hooks? In Lebanon county dope growers booby trapped one of the game lands 145 gates with a bomb, had to get the explosive experts from Indiantown gap to come out and dismantle it. The officer was darn lucky he saw a wire in the lock box before he stuck his key in there to unlock the gate. The puke had his chance to surrender, now he is flat. He is now a conservationist, they won't need as deep a hole to bury him.
 

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The LEO's did their job but with the legalization sweeping the country this amount of MJ wasn't a major drug operation. And you're right about the criminals booby trapping their plots.
 

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Not sure why the PGC worker called the police because of a car parked over there..... unless they knew there was a grow. Being so close to Reading there are people over there all the time. 90% of them are doing nothing illegal(although if you are hunting people might walk, jog, Mt. bike or ride a horse by). That said I've seen "signs" those 10% did far worse than grow 10 plants
 

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He called the police because he found a patch of MJ, exactly what he should have done. He was a food and cover employee, not an officer. Why would you even question why he called the state police? From the article--(Beohm said that the charges were based on 10 marijuana plants found growing in the area where the incident occurred.) Those clowns were tending their plants and got caught, well one of them did. Many times where there is one grove there are more in the area. The dopers don't like to put too many in one spot in case they are found, more patches is insurance.
 
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I cannot see why so many think its ok to participate in a ILLEGAL activity no matter how minor or major the crime is..........:surprise2:
Not condoning an illegal activity, just questioning the prudence of conducting an expensive manhunt in relation to the seriousness of said activity. Big difference.
 

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Cause of Death

If the cause of death is deemed to be trauma from the bulldozer, I'd bet a civil lawsuit will be in the wind. The ambulance chasers will love this case.


"Beohm said that the incident is being treated similarly to when a trooper is involved in a shooting death."
 

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Not condoning an illegal activity, just questioning the prudence of conducting an expensive manhunt in relation to the seriousness of said activity. Big difference.

so using your theory during traffic enforcement only stop speeders that go over the speed limit 5 mph,10 mph , 20 mph or what?
 

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the guy got killed by a bulldozer?? how fast was that dozer going ? What ? he didnt hear it coming. I think he may have died from a heart attack and then got ran over.


or, what if the guy got away and the body they ran over was a hiker who stumbled upon the grow operation and was killed by the pot farmers, and hid in the bushes.
 

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Not condoning an illegal activity, just questioning the prudence of conducting an expensive manhunt in relation to the seriousness of said activity. Big difference.

may have only been 10 plants in that spot but you can bet they are growing more elsewhere. illegal is still illegal. they could also be dealing in other drugs too.


NO LOSS.
 

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10 cloned plants 5 or 6 feet or more high will bring in a lot of money when harvested.
 

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Police identify man found dead underneath bulldozer (VIDEO)


A 51-year-old Reading man fleeing police Monday in Penn Township was found dead underneath a bulldozer being operated by a Pennsylvania Game Commission worker and carrying a state trooper, authorities said.
Gregory A. Longenecker was pronounced dead on state game lands near Snyder School Road and South Garfield Road by the Berks County coroner's office. Police identified him today.


State police have termed the death accidental, but the coroner's office has not ruled on the cause or manner of Longenecker's death.
An autopsy is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today in Reading Hospital.
Trooper David C. Beohm, information officer for Reading-based Troop L, said that it was unclear if Longenecker died as a result of being run over by the bulldozer.
“We're awaiting the results of the autopsy, which will determine the cause of death,” Beohm said.
A second man faces charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, trespassing and conspiracy.
David B. Light, 54, of Sinking Spring was arraigned Monday night in Reading Central Court before District Judge Kim R. Bagenstose. He is free on $25,000 bail.
Beohm said that the charges were based on 10 marijuana plants found growing in the area where the incident occurred.
State police have not released the name of the bulldozer operator or the trooper.
Beohm said that the incident is being treated similarly to when a trooper is involved in a shooting death.
He did not know if the trooper who was on the bulldozer had been placed on administrative leave, but said state police internal affairs investigators were at the scene.
According to troopers:
The saga began about 10:30 a.m. when a Game Commission employee was working on state game lands, using a bulldozer to clear dense brush.
The worker spotted a car parked along Snyder School Road and called Bernville police.
Bernville officers, including the chief, responded and found two men walking in the wooded area. Light surrendered and Longenecker ran.
State troopers and vice unit members were called to assist in a search about 11 a.m. A state police aviation patrol used a helicopter in the search.
Troopers called to the man over the helicopter's loudspeaker, but he did not respond. When they lost sight of him in the brush, troopers in the helicopter relayed his last known location.
A trooper and the Game Commission worker used the bulldozer to search in the brush, which was too thick to walk through.
Between 1:30 and 2 p.m., the search was suspended.
As the trooper and driver got off the bulldozer, they spotted Longenecker's body beneath the rear of the machine between its tracks.
Beohm said that the reason it's unclear if Longenecker was struck and killed by the bulldozer is that Longenecker, because of his age, could have had a heart attack while fleeing through the dense thicket.
A medical helicopter had been called to remove Longenecker's body, but it was brought out of the woods by an ATV.
 

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the larger problem , not just here but elsewhere
is the laws set up the conditions for abuse of GL and forests.

they grow it on state property because the property can't be seized
if it were legalized ,there would be no reason to do so
 

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Pls Explain

the larger problem , not just here but elsewhere
is the laws set up the conditions for abuse of GL and forests.

they grow it on state property because the property can't be seized
if it were legalized ,there would be no reason to do so

If MJ was legal in PA it could be grown on the GL and the authorities could not touch it???
Doesn't sound right, anyone care to reply on this one??
 
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