During manhunt for alleged trespassing marijuana growers, 1 crushed, killed by bulldozer

Jim Melwert
July 11, 2018 - 6:21 pm

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BERKS COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — While Pennsylvania State Police were searching for two men accused of plotting marijuana plants on Pennsylvania State Game Lands, one of the suspects was run over by a bulldozer and died.

A Pennsylvania Game Commission worker was using a bulldozer Monday morning to widen a path in a remote area of the State Game Lands. 

He saw a car parked well off the road and called police. Not long after they arrived, two men came out of what’s described as thick underbrush. 

"One guy runs, the other guy they take into custody," said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David Boehm. There, police found 10 mature marijuana plants.

The man who ran was spotted by a helicopter. The Game Commission worker drove the bulldozer with a state trooper in tow to where the man was last seen.

"As they get into the brush they say, 'Let's stop here and look around,' " Boehm continued. "They get off the bulldozer and they notice the male was underneath the bulldozer behind it."

The dead man has been identified as 51-year-old Gregory Longenecker of Reading. 

The other man, 54 year-old David Light, has been charged with drug offenses and trespassing. He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.