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Ex-fashion model Rebecca Landrith found dead near PA highway

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Ex-fashion model Rebecca Landrith found dead near PA highway

A former fashion model was found shot dead along Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania over the weekend, and a man has been arrested in her murder, authorities said.

The body of 47-year-old Rebecca Landrith — of Alexandria, Virginia — was found by a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation employee on the side of a ramp of the I-80 early Sunday, The Philly Voice reported.

The coroner reported Landrith had multiple gunshot wounds to the head, neck and throat, and 18 bullets were removed from her body.

An iStudio page for Landrith says she previously worked as a model in New York City and was a finalist for the “Miss Manhattan” contest in 2014, as well as the “America’s It Girl Miss Lady Liberty” pageant.

“Ms. Landrith has appeared in numerous product advertisements, video commercials, magazines, acted as a spokesmodel in videos for businesses and their websites, and multiple haute-couture Runway shows including Fashion Week,” her biography states.

Police found a note in Landrith’s pocket that led to the arrest of 28-year-old Tracy Rollins on Wednesday.

Rollins, a truck driver from Dallas, was taken into custody in Milldale, Connecticut, on homicide and abuse of corpse charges, PennLive reported.

The note had Rollins’ name, a phone number and an email address, investigators said. Authorities also said Landrith recently traveled through Indiana and Wisconsin.

Rollins told investigators he didn’t know Landrith, and that he had been traveling with a woman named “Leslie” he met at a truck stop in Connecticut, according to an affidavit obtained by PennLive.

He said he and Leslie traveled to Maine; Brooklyn, New York; Connecticut; and Wisconsin, the affidavit states.

Police learned the model made hotel reservations in December under the name Leslie Myers, the outlet reported.

Landrith’s family was mourning her death, but was glad an arrest was finally made.

“We’re relieved,” brother George Landrith told PennLive. “It doesn’t ease the sense of loss.”

“Her family loved her dearly,” he added. “None of this brings her back. It is important she receives justice.”

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US Park Police names Pamela Smith as first black female chief

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US Park Police names Pamela Smith as first black female chief

The US Park Police on Thursday named Pamela Smith as its new chief — the first black woman to lead the 230-year-old agency.

Smith, a 23-year veteran of the force, will begin her new role on Sunday.

She announced in a statement that one of her first priorities will be to establish body-worn cameras for the entire Park Police force.

“Body-worn cameras are good for the public and good for our officers, which is why I am prioritizing implementing a body-worn camera program within my first 90 days,” said Smith.

The program will kick off in San Francisco before spreading across the country by the end of the year.

“This is one of the many steps we must take to continue to build trust and credibility with the public we have been entrusted to serve,” said Smith.

The US Park Police oversees national parks and federal property including the National Mall.

With Post wires

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Queen Elizabeth urged her fellow Brits to get the COVID-19 vaccine, saying her experience was smooth and that the shot “didn’t hurt at all.”

The 94-year-old Queen was on a video call with health leaders on Tuesday to discuss the distribution of the vaccine across the UK, and she also stressed the importance of getting the jab, according to the BBC.

“Well, once you’ve had the vaccine you have a feeling of you know, you’re protected, which is I think very important, and as far as I can make out it was quite harmless,” she told the panel.

“It was very quick, and I’ve had lots of letters from people who’ve been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine,” the Queen added. “And the jab, It didn’t hurt at all.”

The monarch said she understood some people might find it “difficult” to get vaccinated but urged the public to “think about other people rather than themselves”.

The Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, received their first doses of the vaccine in January.

Prince Phillip was admitted to London’s King Edward VII’s Hospital last Tuesday where he’s being treated for an infection.

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Peter Gotti, former Gambino crime boss, dead at 81

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Peter Gotti, former Gambino crime boss, dead at 81

Mobster Peter Gotti, the one-time Gambino crime boss and successor to brother John “Dapper Don” Gotti, died in North Carolina where he was serving time in federal prison. He was 81.

Gotti, who had been sentenced to 25 years in jail after being convicted in 2003 on racketeering and other charges, died of natural causes at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, the Associated Press reported.

The Bronx native served more than 17 years behind bars and had been recently seeking an early release because of his poor health.

Gotti had been suffering from thyroid problems, and was blind in one eye, Lewis Kasman, a former mobster and John Gotti confidant, told the AP.

Peter Gotti, a former sanitation worker turned mobster, took over the Gambino crime family after his younger brother John was sent to prison for murder and racketeering.

John Gotti died of cancer in 2002.

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