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Services Held For State Police Officer


Police have ruled out foul play in the death of Pennsylvania State Trooper Craig Venesky of Clarks Summit. The official release from Tunkhannock State Police Barracks indicates that Venesky, 42, died of “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound” at about 2:45 a.m. in the barracks parking lot on Route 6. An autopsy conducted at Moses Taylor Hospital later that day did not yield any information to contradict the earlier report.

Venesky was raised and educated in the Scranton area. Prior to enlisting with the state police in 2000, Venesky served in the Army and garnered numerous awards for marksmanship. He was noted as well for his skills as a carpenter. In addition to his wife, Julie Jones Venesky, the trooper left behind a son and a daughter living at home.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday morning at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton, with Pennsylvania State Police chaplain, the Rev. Thomas Muldowney, officiating. Military honors followed at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

 Pennsylvania State Trooper Craig Venesky Pennsylvania State Trooper Craig Venesky

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