Friday, August 28, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 12:00 PM
Craig Monroe

Upper Darby cops are looking for a man who allegedly shot another man over a game of pool and then climbed out of his totaled car window after he crashed his vehicle while trying to get away from the scene.

Around 2 a.m. Saturday, Craig Monroe, 30, was playing pool at Dan's Corner Tavern on Baltimore Avenue near 4th Street in Upper Darby when he and the victim got in an altercation, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

"What happened was the victim was being a jerk off, excuse my expression, and he sits on the pool table while the shooter [Monroe] and his friends were playing pool," Chitwood said. "The victim won't let them play pool, next thing there's an argument and then they go outside to fight."

POSTED: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 12:17 PM
Upper Darby police allege Mary Dalton, 32, night manager of a combined Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell faked a robbery of the establishment.

A fried Kentacobell manager who thought she'd ride the gravy train to easy cash by setting up a robbery at her store last week has ended up spilling the beans and admitting she was behind the whole enchilada, according to police.

Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Mary Dalton, 32, of Darby, the night manager at the combined Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell (also known as a Kentacobell) on Baltimore Pike near Delmar Road, reported to police that her store was robbed at gunpoint at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday while she and an 18-year-old male employee were inside. Dalton allegedly told police the robber got away with $2,800 in cash.

As it so happened, the surveillance video in the store was malfunctioning that night and Dalton could not tell police how the robber entered the fast food restaurant.

POSTED: Thursday, July 30, 2015, 12:29 PM

I have been told by many a native that the unofficial drink of Delco is Genny Cream Ale. Why? Because Delco.

But Delco, that wild and wonderful blue-collar Philly suburb that, according to Urban Dictionary, has "a 42:1 ratio when it comes to Bars to Library's," (and yes, libraries is misspelled in the entry), will soon have its own, official drink.

2SP Brewing Company in Aston is set to release its six core beers within the next few weeks and among them is Delco Lager: "The All-Weather Beer."

POSTED: Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 12:07 PM

A man who was being pursued by police in Chester this morning drove into the prison gates at the State Correctional Institute at Chester and was shot by police, according to a spokeswoman for the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

The pursuit eventually ended with the suspect's apprehension outside of the Boeing plant in Ridley Park.

Emily Harris, D.A. spokeswoman, said the pursuit started at 12th Street near Melrose Avenue in Chester when police tried to stop a man who was believed to have been involved in drug activity. The man fled police and then - for inexplicable reasons - drove into the prison gate.

POSTED: Sunday, July 12, 2015, 4:27 PM
The cast of "Delco Proper" – a new web series on (Comedy Central)

I guess it was only a matter of time before Comedy Central discovered Delaware County. Now, it has happened.

An apparently Delco-centric show is set to debut Monday on

POSTED: Thursday, July 9, 2015, 12:48 PM
(Upper Darby Police Department)

The other shoe has dropped on the investigation into the fire at an Upper Darby Payless on Monday and investigators say a sole person is responsible for the blaze.

That individual is a homeless man who was squatting on the abandoned second floor of the shoe store on 69th Street near Ludlow. Cops say he is responsible for Monday's blaze that totaled the store and severely damaged many others along the popular shopping corridor.

At a news conference this morning in front of the burned-out Payless, Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood announced the arrest of James Morris, 54, who is believed to have accidentally started the blaze. Morris is charged with trespassing, for squatting in the building, and with theft because he was scrapping metal from store, police said.

POSTED: Thursday, July 2, 2015, 5:27 PM
Upper Darby Police Department

The forecast for this story is cloud-y with a chance of meatheads.

Two thieves who stole a delivery driver's car, cash and cellphone in Upper Darby on Monday must have thought they were pretty smart when they turned off the GPS tracking on the victim's phone.

But when the suspects started using the phone to take photos of each other holding a shotgun, those photos were automatically uploaded to the victim's digital cloud and began showing up on the victim's other electronic devices, according to police. 

POSTED: Monday, June 8, 2015, 2:37 PM

Janai Bell's son, Clarence "CJ" Dorsey, was born with Down syndrome and has been "counted out since birth," his mother said.

"When he was born they told me he wouldn't walk, he wouldn't talk, he wouldn't do anything," Bell said. "They said he'd be a 'house pet,' that's what the doctor actually said to me."

But 19 years later, CJ is far from a homebody. He has a job at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, he has his advanced yellow belt in karate and after this weekend, he also has an amazing story to tell about his senior prom.

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