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On Monday, officers of the Muncie Police Department arrested two in connection to a stolen moped. Officers were traveling in the area of 23rd Street and Madison Street around 9:15 p.m. when they observed a moped fail to signal when turning into an alley. Officers initiated a traffic stop and noticed the driver, Gregory Fields, 41, Muncie, seemed nervous. A probable cause affidavit said he "continued to rock back and forth on the moped."
John Bittrolff Jr. is charged with two counts of murder in the second degree; one count for the murder of Rita Tangredi-Beinlich, 31, and the second charge for the murder of Colleen McNamee, 20, of Holbrook.
The Suffolk County Police Department destroyed evidence in two murders because of a paperwork error, an officer testified Wednesday at the trial of the man charged in both cases. The department also destroyed evidence that might have linked one of its sergeants to the cases because it wasn’t identified as homicide evidence, said the officer, Linda Passarella, who worked for more than 13 years at the department’s Property Bureau.