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Students arrested for having knives, police say

| Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, 12:02 a.m.

Two Greater Latrobe High School students were arrested last month for allegedly bringing knives onto school property in two incidents in December and January, state police at Greensburg said.

Tyler S. Eberhardt, 18, of 275 American Legion Road, Latrobe, and Kyle D. Quicquaro, 18, of 212 Lakeside Way, Unity, were charged by state police with possessing a weapon on school property. Quicquaro was charged with possession or transportation of alcohol.

Quicquaro is accused of having a double-bladed black Fury knife in his car, which was parked at the high school.

The knife is designed to be held in the palm of the hand, with a blade pointing out from each side of the hand with a closed fist, Trooper Joshua Johnson stated in the affidavit filed against Quicquaro on Jan. 22. The knife's blades have serrated edges to aid in their effectiveness, police said.

School officials searched the 2003 BMW that Quicquaro drove to school because he allegedly had an odor of marijuana, Johnson said. He is accused of having a 12-ounce Extra Gold lager beer in the vehicle.

Eberhardt is accused of bringing a Black Gerber knife and a Spyderco knife, both of which have 3-inch blades, into school on Jan. 16, according to the affidavit Johnson filed on Monday. Police said school officials saw Eberhardt with a knife at about 2 p.m. and that he gave the weapon to them without incident. A search of his backpack revealed another knife, police stated.

They were charged before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady and are scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 13. Preliminary hearings are set for March 4.

Greater Latrobe Superintendent Judith Swigart said on Friday she could not comment on either incident or on any disciplinary action taken.

School district policy prohibits the possession of a wide range of weapons on school property, Swigart said. School officials take into consideration the circumstances of whether a weapon was brought into school inadvertently or if there was an intent to cause bodily harm, she added.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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