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POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:50 PM

A jogger in Radnor yesterday afternoon gave a whole new meaning to the phrase naked ambition.

Around 4:15 p.m., Radnor police started receiving 911 calls about a man who was running stark naked along Church Road, said Lt. Andy Block.

When police responded they found the 30-something man completely nude and running down the road without shoes on, said Block.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 12:05 PM
Brayden Chandler, 3, was diagnosed with a kidney tumor last January and this month, his parents were told that doctors could do no more for the boy. Instead of treatment, they told the Chandlers to enjoy their last bit of time with their son. (Brayden's Buddies / Facebook)

"He's only 3."

Those words, spoken by 3-year-old Brayden Chandler's grandmother, Dolly, keep going through my head this morning. Word came in late last night that little Brayden, who received a massive multi-agency police escort from the airport to his home in Springfield last month, died yesterday following his battle with cancer.

It doesn't make sense.

POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 4:40 PM
Don't inject this

Delaware County's Heroin Task Force is urging people to avoid the drug stamped "Black Dahlia," which is sold in a small blue packet like heroin, but is actually pure Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

A tad too much and you might as well call your own hearse before you nod off for good.

Dr. Fredric Hellman, the county's medical examiner, said toxicology results returned yesterday indicate that the recent death of a 30-year-old Marcus Hook woman was cause by injecting Black Dahlia.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 12:29 PM
Brayden Chandler

Yesterday, I lamented that Delaware County was the only Philly suburb not mentioned in this story on where the wealthiest of the region live.

Delco often gets painted as the blue-collar suburb but what it lacks in wealth it makes up for in heart. Remember this story about how Delco cops led a massive police escort for Brayden Chandler, a 3-year-old Springfield boy who is battling terminal kidney tumors?

That showed Delco has a wealth of people who give a damn, and that's more important than any dollar figure.

POSTED: Monday, March 17, 2014, 12:56 PM
Christina Staley

Upper Darby residents who found a 2-year-old girl running naked down their street yesterday called police, who discovered that the girl and her three brothers - ages 3,6 and 8 - had been left home alone, said police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

When police arrived on scene at Clover Lane near Church, neighbors pointed officers to a house the little girl had run into, Chitwood said. A 6-year-old boy answered the door and cops found the 2- and-3-year-old children inside. The 8-year-old boy arrived home a short time later, police said.

Police called the children's mother, Christina Staley, on her cell phone. Staley, 32, claimed to have been out shopping for food and medicine but when she returned she had neither in her possession, Chitwood said.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 2:45 PM

Delaware County council is planning tomorrow to announce a grant program called Operation PAT (Pothole Assistance for Taxpayers) that will help municipalities fix snow-ravaged roads by diverting cash from the Liquid Fuels Funds.

Sounds like a good idea. But the announcement itself could be legendary.

County officials plan to gather around a "pizza-sized pothole" in Ridley Park tomorrow afternoon for the press conference at Thayer and Barker streets. Reporters are being told to "go left onto Thayer and park at the pothole."

POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 3:59 PM
Composite image from surveillance photos of the alleged assailants.

A 12-year-old boy was jumped, assaulted and robbed by four teens who stole his sandwich and French fries in Upper Darby on Friday, according to police. 

Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said the 12-year-old victim, who is a "real nice neighborhood kid," was coming out of a convenience store on Long Lane near Clinton Road around 5 p.m. when four "morons" hit him, knocked him to the ground and "thumped" him. They stole from the boy the only possessions he had - his sandwich and fries, Chitwood said.

The teens - two 13-year-old boys and two 15-year-old boys - then ran away from the scene but their images were captured by several surveillance cameras at the store and in the area, police said.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 2:54 PM

Police responded to a homicide scene in Upper Darby today where the victim appears to have been stabbed to death with a pair of scissors, said Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

This afternoon a homeless man went up to a parking lot attendant who was in his shack across the street from the Upper Darby township building on Garrett Road near Chestnut Street, and told the worker that there was a man dead in apartment 144 at the Richfield Garden Apartments on Richfield Road near Chestnut Street, Chitwood said. 

The worker called police and authorities discovered the dead body of 60-year-old Robert Diclemente in the apartment with scissors sticking out of his chest, according to police.

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