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POSTED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 11:14 AM

Pour yourself a glass of Duff Beer, Springfield, you've been voted fourth most like the Simpsons' hometown.

Real estate blog Estately, which is not run by Cookie Kwan, used 11 factors in determining which Springfield was most like the Simpsons' Springfield, including donut shops per capita, clowns and comic book stores per capita and bars per capita.

However, where Delco's Springfield really outshined the competition was in the category of residents per capita named Simpson and proximity to a nuclear power plant, 35 miles away in Limerick. 

POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 11:00 AM

A man took his own life and came very close to taking his wife's life early this morning in Glenolden, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

The couple have been identified by authorities as Richard and Carol Ann Piroli, both of whom are 66. They were discovered by relatives who went to check on them at their home on Ashland Avenue near Andrews around 7:30 a.m.

District attorney spokeswoman Emily Harris said Richard Piroli is believed to have shot his wife twice in the head before shooting himself once in the chest early this morning in the bedroom of the home they shared. 

POSTED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 2:37 PM

Three former Boeing workers who claimed their black colleague tricked them into dressing as members of the Ku Klux Klan while they were on the job cannot sue their former employer for racism, a federal court judge ruled.

In May 2012, two white Boeing workers, Francis Boyd Jr. and David Smith, and a Native-American employee, Zachary Barker, were fired from their jobs at the Boeing plant in Ridley Park after a black colleague, Kenta Smith, showed his supervisor a cell phone picture of the three men dressed as KKK members, court documents said. 

In the photo, the three Boeing painters were seen "standing in a row and facing the camera, wearing loose, white, robe-like suits and pointed white hoods. The hoods cover their faces except for a horizontal oval that exposes their eyes. Two of the men are holding makeshift wooden crosses approximately a foot high. The men to the center and right are leaning together so that their hoods nearly touch, a cross extended before them. The picture is very clearly an image of three Klansmen," federal Judge L. Felipe Restrepo wrote in his memorandum.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 5:39 PM
Peter Mantey

A man who was arrested for his fourth driving under the influence offense in Upper Darby last night had open bottles of Jagermeister and Yuengling on his passenger's seat, police said.

Around 6:30 p.m. at Lansdowne Avenue and Garrett Road, Peter Mantey rammed his pickup truck into a car driven by a 25-year-old man with three young children in his vehicle, police said. 

Mantey got out of his vehicle after the crash and told the driver to follow him to a less congested area so they could exchange contact information, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Chitwood.

POSTED: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 5:43 PM
Marren Mantee

A woman who left her 5-month-old son and 7-year-old daughter in an unlocked car late last night to go shopping at an Upper Darby supermarket is anything but a supermom, according to police.

Around 11 p.m., a person walking in the parking lot of the Acme grocery store at Lansdowne and Cedar avenues in Upper Darby heard a young child crying "hysterically" in a Lexus station wagon and called police, said Upper Darby Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Upon arrival, officers opened the unlocked car and found a 5-month-old boy crying and a 7-year-old girl sleeping in the back seat, Chitwood said.

POSTED: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 10:52 AM

Chester Mayor John Linder's wife was carjacked at gunpoint last night, exactly one week after officials - including Mayor Linder - announced a plan to flood Chester's streets with additional police power in the wake of growing violence.

Deana Linder, 67, had just parked her gold Ford Taurus in front of her home on Reaney Street near 4th at around 10 p.m. when three men, one of whom pointed a handgun at her head, demanded she get out of the car, said Summer Freeman, city spokeswoman. 

As the men got into her car, Deana Linder ran and banged on her front door. Her husband answered as the men were speeding away, Freeman said.

POSTED: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 3:38 PM

Radnor residents who saw a man walking down the street swinging two machetes today were not tripping, but the man who was carrying them was, according to police.

Around 11:40 a.m., cops responded to reports of a man in a black shirt and gray pants walking down Donna Lane near Devon Avenue "swinging two machetes," a news release said.

Witnesses were able to point police to a residence on Donna Lane that the subject had entered. The door was open and inside cops said they saw the suspect kneeling on the floor with the weapons in front of him.

POSTED: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 1:24 PM

Two drunk Delaware County residents had to be rescued by boat last night and early this morning after they tried to drive through the same flooded intersection about an hour apart, according to state police.

Cops say Wendy Reich, 40, of Chadds Ford, drove into the water at Route 1 and Route 100 around 11:45 p.m. last night. The fire department used a boat to rescue her. Reich was subsequently arrested for allegedly being under influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance.

Around 1:00 a.m., David Duszak, 40, also of Chadds Ford, approached the same intersection. Apparently unaware that his vehicle doesn't float, Duszak drove past the roadblock and straight into the water, police said. He, too, had to be rescued by boat and was charged with DUI "once on dry land," according to a police statement.

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In The Daily Delco blog, Daily News reporters William Bender and Stephanie Farr dig up all the dirt - from crazy crimes to political malfeasance and everything in between - in Delaware County.

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