Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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POSTED: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 5:48 PM

The endless time-suck known as Facebook provided a perfect example this weekend of why I don't miss covering Delaware County politics and why Delaware County politics is the best.

Jack Stollsteimer, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia who is now chairman of the Haverford Township Democratic Party, used Facebook on Friday to rail against "backroom maneuvers" and the township's "dysfunctional political culture that has to change."

That led to a dugout-clearing Facebook freak out among other Haverfordians and township commissioners, including Republican Commissioner Jeff Heilmann, who eventually blew his lid and fired off a response that started with the instant classic: "Screw you Jack!"

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:26 PM

Last night, on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day during National Suicide Prevention Week, a young Radnor police officer took his own life with a gun in the parking lot of the Radnor Township Police Department.

Ofc. Robert "John" Miller, a nine-year veteran of the force, was just 34 years old. In a release, police said Miller died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound around 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Iven Avenue near Creek Road.

"Please keep Officer Miller and his family in your thoughts and prayers," the release said.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 2:33 PM
Susan Martino, left, is accused of crashing her car, at right, while driving drunk through an Upper Darby Shop Rite parking lot on Saturday, according to police.

A woman who received her second driving under the influence offense this year had an unsuspecting passenger in her car when she crashed in an Upper Darby parking lot Saturday - her three-legged dog, according to police. 

Given that the crash happened around noon, it's not clear if the driver had partaken the hair of the dog routine, but police believe she had consumed at least two pints of Windsor Canadian whiskey prior to the crash, said Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Police were called to the parking lot of a Shop Rite on State Road near Township Line Road for reports of a crash and found Susan Martino, 49, of Aston - who apparently has a hollow leg - on scene holding on to the back of a pick-up truck, Chitwood said.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 5:04 PM
Gary Edwards

A man who punched a Wawa patron for allegedly looking at his daughter last weekend has been identified and arrested.

Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Gary Edwards, 45, of Cedar Avenue near 50th Street, turned himself in with his lawyer around 9 a.m. today.

Once surveillance footage of Edwards was released on Monday, Chitwood said "the phone calls just kept coming in" from the community, law enforcement and federal probation officers.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 5:13 PM
Jacquelyn Scala

A woman Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood called "Madam Heroin," has been charged with drug delivery resulting in death for allegedly injecting her boyfriend with a fatal dose of heroin in April.

Chitwood said it's the first time in his nine-year tenure with the Upper Darby police that his department has used the charge, which is a felony that falls under criminal homicide in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code.

On April 1, Jacquelyn Scala, 36, called police to the apartment she shared with Fiore Caputo, 59, on Hiawatha Lane near Dermond Road in Drexel Hill because Caputo was dead.

POSTED: Monday, July 28, 2014, 11:58 AM
(Upper Darby Police Department)

An irate father delivered a knuckle sandwich to a Wawa customer at a touch-screen kiosk on Sunday because he believed the man was ogling his daughter instead of food, police said.

Now, Upper Darby police are asking the public's help in identifying the furious father or his darling daughter.

The incident occurred around 5:20 p.m. at the Wawa on 69th Street near Patterson Avenue. The 47-year-old victim was ordering a sandwich when the diligent dad approached him, accused him of eyeing his daughter and then cold cocked the man.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 3:34 PM

Three people have been shot, including a doctor, at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital campus in Darby, according to police.

Around 2:21 p.m., a call came in for an active shooter at the hosptial's wellness center on Lansdowne Road near Golf, a police source said.

A doctor was shot in the head during the incident and a 49-year-old male suspect was taken into custody ten minutes after the initial call, the source said.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:18 PM
Samantha Starnes

The boy was small for his 11 years.

He walked into the Upper Darby Community Policing Center on Long Lane near Radbourne Road around 2:30 p.m. yesterday just steps behind an adult woman.

Nashid Ali, who runs the center, thought the two were together. They were not.

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