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ALIQUIPPA (KDKA) — An informed source tells KDKA that Aliquippa Police Chief Don Couch has been placed on paid administrative leave until further notice.
Aliquippa Council placed Couch on paid leave during Wednesday night’s meeting.
Sources say Couch was escorted out of Council Chambers. The source also confirms that his gun, badge and patrol car were taken away.
This is reportedly related to the long-term, ongoing investigation into the Aliquippa Police Department by the State Attorney General’s office, State Police, and federal authorities.
The most recent component of that case is the investigation into the death of former teacher Rachael DelTondo, who was gunned down on Mother’s Day weekend in her family’s driveway.
Brenda Waters’ Report:
The probe into the Aliquippa Police Department began last November after a police report was improperly leaked to the media. Those documents pertained to officers finding DelTondo and an underage male in a parked car together.
Key players in the case have all acknowledged there are a lot of moving parts to this case, and now the chief placed on leave.
This latest development is being characterized as a personnel matter. No officials were commenting publicly.
Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.