Wednesday, May 15, 2013
President Barack Obama shared the story of fallen Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox during a National Peace Officers Memorial Day service.
Fallen Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox was singled out by President Barack Obama during his speech at the National Peace Officers Memorial Day services at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Obama explained Fox's life, and how he lives on in the Fox famiy. "After serving two tours in Iraq as a Marine, Bradley Michael Fox retired with honor and followed his dream to becoming a police officer," Obama said. "He'd been with the Plymouth Township Police Department in Pennsylvania for five years before he was shot and killed pursuing a suspect last September. It was the day before his 35th birthday and six months before the birth of his son." "Nothing will replace the enthusiasm he brought to his job or the tremendous pride he had in his…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The man didn't want his father's car to be towed, police said.
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Tuesday, May 14
Abington police arrested a Willow Grove man after he attempted to pick up his father’s car. Antonio Orlina, 24, of Decatur Avenue, was arrested after he went to retrieve his father’s car after his father was arrested during a traffic stop for having an outstanding warrant, police said. According to police, the stop happened in early March near the corner of Welsh Road and Coolidge Avenue. Police said Orlina didn’t want his father’s vehicle to be towed. Police, knowing that Orlina also had an outstanding warrant, waited by the vehicle and attempted to arrest him. According to police, Orlina immediately turned away from police, became belligerent and resisted arrest. Orlina also attempted to grab a police officer and tried to pull him …
Monday, May 13, 2013
A drug ring that included Montgomery County has recently been on trial in a major wire-tapping case.
He took the stand as a witness for the prosecution, but it was the defense that really got him to talk. An unnamed ringleader of a major drug ring that reached parts of Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Philadelphia counties was the topic of discussion in Judge Gary S. Silow’s courtroom Friday, as more than 24 men and women face charges in the ring, which was caught via wire-tapping by local authorities, reports the Times Herald. The witness admitted on the stand, when questioned by the defense, that he did not know at least one of the men named as part of a drug trafficking organization. He told the defense attorney "No, I don’t know him at all," when the man was brought before him. Other testimony provided information overheard on wire-tap…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
This week's stories include a woman who allegedly listed various drugs on her grocery list, a 'sexting' teacher pleads guilty and accused cemetery thieves strike in Montgomery County.
Potato Salad, Cocaine and Pepsi on Woman's Shopping List: According to a report in the Perkiomen Valley Patch, police discovered a strange grocery list in the vehicle of a 21-year-old woman who had just rear-ended another vehicle. The grocery list included items such as cocaine, potato salad, chicken breast and pepsi, along with a reminder to get high. Read the full story here. Trio of Thieves Strike Montco Cemeteries: According to a report in the Lower Moreland Patch, three people have been arrested in connection with a string of robberies that occurred at local cemeteries. The report states that the robbers preyed on the grieving, stealing purses and personal items from vehicles as visitors mourned their loss. Read the full story here. "…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Abington Deputy Police Chief John Livingood thanked the Upper Dublin Police Department for its role in a taskforce, which helped nab an alleged burglar.
The Abington Board of Commissioners on Thursday night honored Detective Sgt. Steve Fink and Deputy Chief John Livingood with Class III Commendations for their respective roles in arresting a northeast Philadelphia man allegedly involved in 30 burglaries. Abington was part of a multi-agency taskforce that helped arrest Derrick Carter, of the 4600 block of Sheffield Avenue. Livingood thanked the Upper Dublin Police Department as well as the Pennsylvania State Police. See the initial story from November here. According to Livingood, Carter burglarized residential properties in the daytime, prying in the front or rear door usually. He took jewelry and electronics, including TVs and likely acted with at least one accomplice.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Hatboro resident Cheryl Bremble, a former Upper Dublin High School teacher, has admitted to having inappropriate contact with a female student.
A former Upper Dublin High School teacher accused of "sexting" a female student has pleaded guilty to a felony charge stemming from improper contact, including giving a minor child a sex device on school property, according to The Times Herald. Cheryl Bremble, 42, of the 200 block of West Moreland Avenue in Hatboro, on Wednesday pleaded guilty in Montgomery County court to a felony charge of disseminating obscene and other sexual materials to a minor and a corruption of a minor charge in connection with incidents that occurred between October 2010 and May 2011. Bremble, who has been free on $25,000 bail since her June 2011 arrest, is awaiting sentencing and faces a possible maximum sentence of six to 12 years in prison, according to The …
The man was also charged with reckless driving.
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Wednesday, May 8
Upper Dublin Police arrested a Philadelphia man Sunday night following a traffic stop in the 200 block of Commerce Drive. Norton L. Marques, 56, of Ambassador Street, was arrested Sunday shortly after 4:30 a.m. after he made a turn from Susquehanna Road onto southbound Pinetown Road, cut the corner, entered the wrong lane and drove off at a high rate of speed in a black 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck, police said. According to police, Marques was unsteady on his feet and his moves were lethargic. He also smelled strongly of alcohol, had red and glassy eyes and was slurring his speech, police said. Marques had his blood drawn at the hospital, and charges are pending the lab results; he was released to a friend.
Andre Dula pleaded guilty to third-degree murder following the July 2012 shooting death of a 27-year-old man near the North Hills train station.
Andre “Dre” Dula, 23, of the unit block of North Hills Avenue, pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder stemming from the shooting death of William Butler near the North Hills train station, according to a Phillyburbs.com story. Dula, who was originally charged with first-degree murder, took a limited plea agreement, and will likely be sentenced to 6-and-a-half to 9 years in prison, the story continued. The shooting happened July 17 of last year shortly after 9:30 p.m. According to officials, Dula shot Butler during a confrontation; Butler died at about 90 minutes later at Abington Memorial Hospital. At Dula’s preliminary hearing, the victim’s brother, Kevin Butler, testified that he was a backseat passenger in a vehicle that was …
Monday, May 6, 2013
A grant will help replace the fire company’s aging gear.
Fort Washington Fire Co. firefighters will get some updated gear, thanks to a recent grant. The fire company was awarded a $67,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security late last month for the purchase of new personal protection equipment. See which other fire companies across the nation received money through the grant. The money will be used to purchase 27 sets of structural firefighting turnout gear, which includes pants and coats that allow firefighters to enter burning structures where temperatures can exceed 1,000 degrees. The turnout gear provides a heat and moisture barrier to protect the firefighter from fire and steam. The fire company currently…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
This week's stories include a man who was robbed of his guns at gunpoint, a pair of fossils that were stolen from an exhibit, and a late night police chase with no headlights.
Robbers Steal Guns at Gunpoint: According to a report in the Perkioman Valley Patch, an Upper Hanover man was robbed of his guns at gunpoint at his home on Wednesday morning. The report states the two armed men stole a total of ten guns, including two pistols and eight long-guns. The men also reportedly stole his truck. Read the full story here. Fossil Theft Reported in Whitemarsh: According to a report in the Plymouth-Whitemarsh Patch, two fossils were stolen from a display table at the Philadelphia Mineral Treasures and Fossil Fair. The stolen fossils were identified as ammonite and alaundrusen alum geode. Read the full story here. Man Leads Police on Chase After Crashing Into Bridge: According to a report in the Ambler Patch, a 46-year-…