Author: Loretta Rodgers

Felony Lane Gang hits Brookhaven banks; leaves empty-handed

Known as The Felony Lane Gang because of using the farthest teller window at a drive thru bank, the group recently struck in Delaware County. During Brookhaven’s recent Council meeting, Police Chief Randy McGoldrick said the TD and Citadel banks were hit, but due to proper teller training, the potential thieves left without stealing any money. McGoldrick said people should be vigilant and not leave valuables, including wallets and pocketbooks, in cars, especially while working out at the gym. “This gang is in operation up and down the East Coast,” McGoldrick said. “Usually two of them sit outside the gym and watch men and women, but mostly women go inside. Many women do not bring pocketbooks into the gym because they fear the lockers are not secure. “ McGoldrick said the perpetrators take a center punch, open the car window and grab the purse. “They don’t go to a bank there at the scene because they run the risk of the bank teller knowing the person on the ID,” McGoldrick said. “Instead, they travel to a close, condensed area with several banks.” He said they take people’s identification and hire prostitutes to dress in wigs and sunglasses making them look like the person on the driver’s license. “They are very good at this,” he said. “The bottom line is that when you go to the gym or anywhere, do...

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Delco leaders push support for cops to carry anti-overdose drug

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan, Delaware County Council and state Rep. Joe Hackett (R-161), of Ridley, joined police officers and municipal representatives at a press conference last week at the county medical examiner’s office to urge support for state legislation that would permit police in Pennsylvania to carry and administer naloxone, commonly known as Narcan; a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose, such as heroin, and bring an unresponsive person back to life. Whelan said, “Police officers need every life-saving tool available so they can continue to protect and serve the community. Anything we can lawfully do to save someone’s life is something we need to look at doing.” Pennsylvania law currently prohibits unauthorized persons from administering prescription drugs. Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-18), of Bucks County, has proposed a bill to provide statutory authority needed for police to administer Narcan. Currently in Pennsylvania, which has the nation’s 14th highest drug overdose mortality rate, only medical personnel are permitted to administer the life-saving drug. Last week, James McCans, director of paramedics for Haverford, demonstrated how the drug is used and said, “We are behind the times. This (law) needs to occur.” Whelan offered Delaware County as a pilot site for a state Narcan program that would be funded by grants through the Delaware County Heroin Task Force, drug forfeiture assets or the county’s special project fund. The cost...

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DCIU still assessing school expansion; residents fear negative side effects

Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) Executive Director Dr. Lawrence O’Shea, during last week’s IU board meeting, said the board was continuing to assess comments and suggestions made by architects and residents about proposed expansion of the Delaware County Technical School on Crozerville Road in Aston. DCIU officials came under fire during a special meeting early last month when residents vocalized opposition to the proposed $33 million expansion that includes moving students from leased spaces at the Delaware County Academy at the Collingdale Community School and the County Alternative School in Middletown to the Aston site. The current school population would increase from 400 to 800 students and include the Head Start program, Career Technical School and Alternative School. Residents cited fears –perceived or actual – about behavioral problems related to alternative school students, outdated infrastructure, possible traffic issues, environmental concerns and a dreaded fear about decrease in property values as the primary reasons for opposing the proposed plan. Members of the Spring Valley Homeowners Association board were at last week’s IU meeting and asked if updated plans will be available prior to the April 19th Aston commissioners meeting. O’Shea said the IU will follow all procedures laid out by Aston Township, adding to date, there have been no updated plans presented. DCIU board member A. Lewis Boughner, a Penn-Delco School District board director, said, “Regardless of the outcome surrounding...

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Brookhaven leaders unaware that police academy moved next door

After operating in Brookhaven for 17 years, the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) will move to neighboring Parkside Borough at the end of the month. Parkside Council voted unanimously to approve an expenditure of $1,800 to fund the academy, which invites citizens to attend classes to learn about state and municipal policing. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Rosemary McGuire, accompanied by Parkside Police Chief John Egan, provided a presentation of the program that includes trips to the Delaware County 911 Center and local State Police barracks; hiring practices, maintenance of police vehicles, crime scene and fire investigation tactics, K-9, crisis intervention, court room testimony, fingerprinting, speakers, and more. Classes, which last approximately three hours each, will begin at 6 P.M., Monday, March 31st at the Parkside Municipal Building, 22 East Elbon Road. The classes are held on Monday evenings for 10 weeks. Interested? Call Parkside Police Chief John Egan at (610) 876-0249 to register. The class is free and open to anyone interested in learning about police operations except people under age 18 or adults with a criminal record. Retired Brookhaven Police Chief John Eller is coordinating the program and said more than 425 individuals have graduated from the CPA since its inception in 1997. In 1999, Eller invited Pennsylvania State Police to run a combined Brookhaven/State Police program. The joint program is the only one of its kind in the...

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Trainer still mourning active community members

Trainer Borough continues mourning the death of two people who contributed much to the community. Felicia Kendus, administrative assistant at the Kaniefski-Kendus – D’Anjolell Memorial Home, died early last month after a short illness, and retired Police Chief James Magaw died suddenly two weeks before Christmas. Kendus was well-known in Trainer, having been named its Person of the Year in 2011. In addition to her community service, she also was chairwoman of the Bethel Township Sewer Authority for many years. Kendus, a Republican committeewoman, served previously as vice president of the Our Lady of Fatima Sodality at St. Hedwig’s...

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