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POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:10 PM
Sponge Bob Chitwood Pants with Bywood Elementary students, who are doing their best Halloween faces.

Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood isn't known for being soft, but today he was quite squishy as he donned a Sponge Bob Square Pants costume to bring Halloween treats to elementary students in the township.

Chitwood has never been shy of taking one for the team. In 2008, when the department rolled out Taser guns, he held a press conference where he had his officers demonstrate the effects of the Taser - on himself.

This morning's outing involved less cursing, but Chitwood was still filled with electricity as he brought candy, coloring books on bullying and junior police officer badges to students at Bywood Elementary School and St. Bernadette of Lourdes School. 

POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 1:35 PM
Sisters Trania Stroud (left), Tacara Kellam (center) and Tiara Kellam (right) have opened an Upper Darby salon with a unique concept. Pictured at far right is their shop, Emerge Salon and Boutique.

Three enterprising sisters who opened a beauty salon with a unique concept in Upper Darby earlier this month will host a breast cancer awareness event tomorrow that will feature half-a-dozen Eagles players as well as breast cancer survivors and their caretakers.

The sisters had an in to secure the Eagles players: One of them dates LeSean McCoy and another is his personal assistant, according to Trania Stroud, the eldest of the sisters, who said she is McCoy's assistant.

Trania, 35, and her sisters Tacara Kellam, 30 and Tiara Kellam, 26, opened Emerge Salon and Boutique just three weeks ago on Terminal Square near West Chester Pike. The shop is a hair salon, a clothing boutique and a space for women's forums - a business concept which cultivates the talents of all three women.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 5:26 PM
Jack Parker

A former Delaware County police officer who lost his job as a cop and as a bus driver when he held two women hostage at gunpoint in a high school office in 1996, was found guilty in Delaware County court today of stalking his wife, prosecutors said.

Jack Parker, 69, of Tinicum Township, faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced.

According to police, after being warned not to show up at his wife's place of employment, the Delaware County Emergency Services Department in Lima, Parker did just that shortly before midnight on Nov. 12, 2011.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 2:25 PM

This is what folks in politics might call an “October surprise.”

John Kane, business manager of Plumbers Local 690 and Democratic candidate in Delaware County’s 26th state Senate District race, has portrayed himself in a TV ad as a blue-collar family guy and father of four.

Except he’s really a father of five.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:59 PM

A police officer shot one of two suspects involved in the armed robbery of a Clifton Heights pharmacy last night and as cops continued their search for the man's partner today, officers discovered the duo had four guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a dozen wrist zip ties and a bulletproof vest between them, police said.

"These guys were ready for war," said Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Around 7:45 p.m., two armed men held up the Westbrook Pharmacy on Baltimore Avenue near Church Street and got away with about $30, police said. Witnesses were able to take down the license-plate number of the men's getaway vehicle, a dark-colored Nissan, Chitwood said.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:06 PM
Anthony Wollor

This really stinks.

A man who threw trash at a 6-month-old baby on the Market-Frankford El last night stabbed the child's father in the back when the concerned dad confronted him about the incident at the 69th Street terminal in Upper Darby, police said.

The 23-year-old father from Philadelphia was riding the El with his 6-month-old son in a stroller around 6:30 p.m. when Anthony Wollor, 25, of Lansdowne, threw a bag of trash at the baby and then ran into another car, said Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:56 PM
Arthur Allen Jones, left, and Nicole Holton, right, are charged in two separate fights in Upper Darby last week. Jones allegedly slashed a romantic rival and Holton allegedly egged her daughter to fight another girl.

Upper Darby cops have been fighting the good fight over the last few days as some of their residents have battled each other in some pretty nasty fights, including a teen brawl that was instigated by an angry mother, a knife fight that moved from a McDonald's parking lot to a hospital emergency room and a fight between two Sikhs that led to "a good portion" of one of the men's beards being torn off, police said.

On Thursday, Arthur Allen Jones, 17, a student at Upper Darby High, confronted a 16-year-old male student in the parking lot of the McDonald's on Lansdowne Avenue near State Road about the boy's relationship with his ex-girlfriend, said Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Jones pulled a knife out of his car and tried to stab the boy, but the 16-year-old grabbed the knife from Jones, police said. Jones was able to wrestle it back and gave the boy a 6-inch gash on his face but not before he cut two of his own fingers to the bone while trying to get the blade under control, Chitwood said.

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!"

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