Monday, August 3, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:57 PM
Joanne Deguio holds up a picture of her missing daughter, Amanda, as Amanda's sister, Nicole, looks on at left. Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood is pictured at right.

Joanne and Nicole DeGuio have scoured Needle Park in Kensington. They've knocked on pimps doors and they've handed out condoms to prostitutes, all in the hopes of finding whatever information they can about their missing loved one, Amanda.

Amanda, 25, is Joanne's daughter and Nicole's little sister. She was last seen at the family's Drexel Hill home in June.

Amanda's addiction to drugs had kept her away from home before, but she'd always call and check in on her mother, her sister and her two young daughters, Sophia and Ava.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 3:16 PM

For the third time in as many months, an Upper Darby cop has saved the life of a man who overdosed on heroin.

In November, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office outfitted all county police departments with doses of the anti-opiate drug, naloxone, which is also known as Narcan. The drug, a nasal spray, is administered through the nose to those in the depths of an opiate overdose.

Upper Darby police took their commitment to carrying the drug one step further by placing it in a plastic container to keep it at the required temperature and by attaching the Narcan kits to the keys of every patrol car so officers will always have it with them, said Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

POSTED: Friday, February 27, 2015, 4:51 PM
Kyle Arnold, 42, has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property in relation to the March 31st incident.

A Philadelphia man who was at the Delaware County Courthouse to face charges of aggravated assault last year conned another defendant's girlfriend into believing he was an attorney and ran off with $1,300 of her money, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

Kyle Arnold, 42, has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property in relation to the March 31st incident.

According to prosecutors, the female victim was at the courthouse for her boyfriend's case and while there met Arnold, who told her he was a lawyer and that he'd represent her beau.

POSTED: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 1:43 PM
Jason Morgan, a Cardinal O'Hara grad, is the new face of Giorgio Armani.

This is Jason Morgan. He was in my grade at Cardinal O'Hara High School and the goalie of our hockey team.

Now he's the face of Giorgio Armani. Whatever.

At least they went with a Delco guy. That's how I see it. I got a lot going on right now, ya know? So I just wouldn't have the time to be doing all this anyway. It's a real commitment.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:20 PM

An Upper Darby police officer is under investigation for allegedly stealing items from the department's evidence room, a spokeswoman for the Delaware County District Attorney's Office confirmed.

The District Attorney's Special Investigation Unit is conducting the independent investigation of the officer at the request of the police department, said Emily Harris, D.A. spokeswoman, but she declined to detail what items are believed to have been stolen. Upper Darby police asked the District Attorney's Office to conduct their own investigation on Friday.

A report on 6ABC's website said the 15-year veteran cop is believed to have to stolen cash and drugs from the evidence room and that he checked himself into rehab once he learned of the investigation into his alleged actions.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 6:18 PM

A would-be robber carrying a replica gun was shot and killed by the man he tried to rob in Cobbs Creek Park on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said the 67-year-old victim was walking in the park when he heard someone behind him and turned around to find a masked man pointing what he believed was a gun in his face.

The victim grabbed the robber’s gun and the two struggled, police said. As the victim felt himself falling back, he pulled out his legally-owned weapon, for which he has a concealed carry permit, and shot the robber one time, Chitwood said.

POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2015, 12:12 PM
Margaret McGowan, left, and Steven Friedman.

An elderly Havertown doctor and his secretary handed out oxycodone prescriptions like candy and even taped the prescriptions to the office door when the business was closed, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

Steven Friedman, 74, of Newtown Square, and Margaret McGowan, 78, of Broomall, face numerous charges of illegal administration and distribution of drugs under the Controlled Substances Act for handing out prescriptions of oxycodone out of their office on West Chester Pike near Country Club Lane in Havertown without conducting physical exams, authorities said.

Police began an undercover investigation into the office in June. When an undercover officer approached the secretary's desk for the first time, McGowan asked his name and asked if she'd ever written him a prescription before, according to the affidavit. The undercover provided a false name and told McGowan she'd previously written him a prescription for oxycodone.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 2:28 PM
Kenneth and Alicia Jeffcoat

A failed robbery attempt on an Upper Darby man led police to the victim's apartment, where they found him in possession of three pounds of marijuana, packaging material and $1,200, police said.

Last night around 8:20 p.m., Kenneth Jeffcoat, 35, was driven to Delaware County Memorial Hospital by his wife, Alicia, because he had a gunshot wound to his left leg, said Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Hospital staff called Upper Darby detectives, who interviewed the couple, Chitwood said. The pair gave conflicting statements about what occurred and then stopped cooperating, according to police. Kenneth Jeffcoat allegedly told officers he was approached by two men who mumbled something he was not able to hear and then they shot him in the leg.

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