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POSTED: Thursday, November 11, 2010, 12:37 PM

A teenage janitor at a Delaware County charter school has been charged with punching an 8-year-old student in the mouth.

The incident, which occurred Monday at Chester Community Charter school in Chester Township, was caught on video surveillance, according to school officials.

It wasn't immediately clear what prompted Jorge Alvarado-Barbosa, 18, to hit the third grader. Police have charged Alvarado-Barbosa with aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 11:40 AM
Vera Carroll

State prosecutors filed charges today against a secretary in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, accusing her of leaking confidential information – including a potential witness list – to obstruct a robbery investigation involving her grandson.

Vera Carroll, 59, Chester, also has been charged with lying to a grand jury.

“Using a public position to shield family members from criminal prosecution and then making false statements to investigators about those acts is an inexcusable breach of the public trust,” state Attorney General Tom Corbett said. “These actions not only jeopardized police investigations but also put the safety of victims, witnesses and members of the general public at risk.”

POSTED: Monday, November 8, 2010, 3:55 PM

An ex-cop and a man who shot a cop were both sentenced in separate incidents in Delaware County Court today.

Former Ridley Township cop Brian Decker, 34, was ordered to serve six months probation and undergo anger management classes  for assaulting a Wawa clerk in December 2009 after he became irate when she asked for his identification to purchase chewing tobacco.
 
Decker was  found guilty of simple assault and harassment by a Delaware County judge following a nonjury trial in September. The Wawa worker, 43-year-old Monique Bronson, said Decker punched her in the face during the incident and that she’d had trouble with him before on several occasions when she asked him for i.d. Bronson filed a civil suit in the case earlier this month.
 
In the other case, a man who shot an Upper Darby police officer earlier this year was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in state prison.
 
Marvin Marmolejos, 27,  pleaded guilty to shooting Ofc. Raymond Blohm four times after Blohm caught him smoking weed and drinking openly on the streets of Upper Darby in May while he was on probation. 
 
Blohm, a 31-year-old father of two, survived the incident and managed to return fire and shoot Marmolejos four times Blohm has not yet returned to work and Marmolejos still has a bullet in his back as a result of the shootout.
 
POSTED: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 1:47 PM

A Grays Ferry auto shop owner and an insurance adjuster were among 13 people arrested today as part of an insurance-fraud scheme state police called "Operation: Little Body Shop of Horrors."

Phillip Sessa, 41, of Ventnor, N.J., owner of Philly Collision on Wharton Street near 25th, allegedly conspired with Andrew Yates, a 74-year-old private insurance adjuster, and 11 others to defraud insurance companies of more than $300,000, state police said.

The schemes involved purposefully inflicting damage to cars, aggravating already existing damage, staging crashes and reporting vehicles as lost or stolen when they were not, police said. The schemes ran from 2008 to 2009 and included at least 10 cars, most of which were high-end vehicles like Mercedes Benzes or or Land Rovers according to prosecutors.

POSTED: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 12:20 PM

Margaret Lazor, the 86-year-old Wilmington woman who caused several crashes last week by driving the wrong way on I-95 (in the passing lane no less!), will face only minor traffic violations, state police announced today.

In her wood-paneled Buick Century station wagon, Lazor drove east on Rt. 322 West, then north on I-95 South in Delaware County, waving off a driver who was trying to get her attention. At least four vehicles crashed as they swerved out of her way to avoid a head-on.

Pennsylvania State Police, who say they don't believe Lazor was drunk, said in a release today that they have requested that Delaware authorities "ensure Lazor is retested regarding her ability to properly operate a motor vehicle and retain her driver’s license."


POSTED: Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 6:26 PM

Republicans in the Delaware County-based 7th Congressional District are somewhat surprised by the high Democratic turnout in the burbs, including in several bellwhether precincts in Delco. Could be a late night in the contest between Democrat Bryan Lentz and Republican Pat Meehan.

The difference might be decided by the portions of the district in Chester and Montgomery counties. Or will right-wing independent Jim Schneller, whom Lentz supporters helped place on the ballot, be the deciding factor?

Brace yourselves.


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