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POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 2:13 PM

A middle-school boy was arrested for bringing a gun and bullets to his charter school in Chester Township yesterday, according to a statement from the school.

One of the student's classmates at Chester Community Charter School told teachers that he had seen the boy showing off a bullet at the school yesterday. Upon questioning, the boy told school officials that he also had a gun in his backpack, said David Clark, chief executive officer for the school.

The firearm was taken from the student, his parents were contacted and he was placed under arrest, according to the statement from Clark.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 5:13 PM

A drug dealer with a permit to carry shot and killed a man who tried to rob him in Upper Darby last night, according to police.

The 24-year-old dealer was getting out of his car on Millbank Road near Midway Avenue around 11:30 p.m. when Devaughn Tucker-Knight, 21, allegedly came up behind him, pulled a gun and demanded everything the man had, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Unfortunately for Tucker-Knight, the dealer had been reaching into his car to grab his handgun out when he approached him, Chitwood said. The two engaged in a gun battle and a total of nine shots were fired between them, police said.

POSTED: Friday, March 16, 2012, 1:02 PM

Kelly's Kandy in Collingdale. Sure, they have chocolate covered fruit trays. But if health food ain't your thing ...

Get some
POSTED: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 4:03 PM

Now this is really cutting corners, or clipping them, to be more exact.

According to state police, around 6:35 p.m. Sunday, Amanda Panek, 27, of Lakewood, Ohio, went to the Walgreens on West Chester Pike in Chadds Ford and tried to use $10 worth of fake coupons to buy baby formula.

Police said the coupons were fraudulently reproduced. While they didn't say how Panek allegedly counterfeited the clippings, police did say she has also used the fake coupons in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 5:50 PM

If you're running from police, the last place you probably want to hide out is in an occupied school, but that's just what some copper thieves who were chased out of a house in Chester by police did today.

The men were captured after a brief struggle and never had any contact with students, police said.

Around 11:35 a.m., cops were called to 17th Street for a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers arrested one man at the scene who was serving as a lookout. While being taken in to custody, that man whistled to his accomplices, who then jumped out of a second-story window, according to police.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 2:28 PM

In a classic case of burying the lede, Swarthmore cops just sent me an e-mail about a routine theft – car unlocked, credit cards stolen, $20 in quarters, blah, blah, blah – only to be followed by a second item that begins with, "Apparently there is a new fashion trend ... "

My finger hovered over the "delete" button long enough to read that, according to cops in this leafy nook of Delaware County, kids these days like to wear clothes where the edges appear to be "burned or charred."

"We had a recent incident involving a juvenile attempting to do this to her clothing," the release continues. "The item caught fire and resulted in injury to the person. Everyone should be aware, especially parents, that clothing can be flammable and this is an extremely dangerous procedure. In addition to the personal injury this could easily result in an out of control situation and structure fire. Hopefully awareness of this incident will prevent future injury or damage."

POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 12:29 PM
This is not the site of the alleged crime, but it is a representative facsimile.

Welcome to the enchanted land of Delaware County, where even Robin Hood tales go awry.

When cops caught up with 61-year-old Abbie Merritt this weekend, a woman they claim has stolen from an Upper Chichester Goodwill donation drop box at least six times since January, she told them that she gave away the items she stole to those in need, according to police.

If she was telling the truth, then Merritt was actually stealing from the poor to give to the poor, since the clothing and items donated to Goodwill are not only sold to help support job training for people with disabilities but they are often purchased by people on fixed or low incomes.  

POSTED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 7:19 PM
Ofc. Johnathan Fiscaro

A Darby Township police officer was arrested today for allegedly stealing and selling two guns from the department where he worked.

Ofc. Johnathan Fiscaro, 23, of Folcroft, was charged with theft and related offenses and is being held in the Delaware County Prison on $100,000 bail tonight.

According to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, on March 3 a Darby Township officer noticed that his DPMS model A-15 rifle was missing from his storage locker at the barracks. Shortly thereafter, it was discovered another police gun, a Bushmaster rifle model XM-15-EZS, was also missing.

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