Brookville Police Busy With School Threats, Coyotes

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – When Brookville Police Chief Vince Markle took over running the department a little more than a month ago, he probably didn’t envision just how busy he and his officers would be.

But, in that month, his department has investigated 10 threats by students in the Brookville Area School District, as well as a coyote attack on a nurse at WRC Senior Service’s Laurelbrooke Landing.

“It’s been a busy week-and-a-half,” Chief Markle said. “We’ve had 10 school threats and made six arrests. Two of the older students were sent to juvenile facilities. We even had a kindergarten student threaten to kill a police officer.”

And, that didn’t include the coyote attack that occurred Saturday night at Laurelbrooke Landing.

Markle explained that his officers went door to door in the area to notify residents of what had happened and to be alert for the coyote, which some suspect is rabid.

Police also used social media and informed media outlets of the attack.

“The Pa. Game Commission has set traps, and we had an officer stationed there tonight (Tuesday night) to see if it would come in,” Markle said. “The department did get a report that a coyote was seen early Tuesday morning in the parking lot near the pond at the facility.”

“We are hopeful we can get it before anything else happens, but people are alert for it, and that’s important,” Markle said.

Markle also spoke about the victim of the attack at Tuesday night’s Brookville Borough Council meeting.

“She really got ripped up. When they took her to the hospital, she received two pints of blood and needed 18 stitches,” Chief Markle said. “She has had the rabies shots, which can be pretty painful, and she will need plastic surgery for some of the scars, but I heard she was back to work today, so we were all very happy to hear that.”

Council Vice President Bill Kutz said he had spoken to the victim’s mother, and they were both very pleased with the police department’s response to the attack.

In other police business, council came up with enough money to approve buying a new police vehicle.

The borough received more than $10,000.00 in donations from the Eagles Club and from a fundraiser that Tammy and Abby Miller held recently to support both the police and fire departments.

The borough’s expenditure will be slightly more than $49,000.00 for the new Police Interceptor SUV.

Chief Markle said he believed the new vehicle would be delivered in about a month.

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