Woman Allegedly Gave False ID At Car Stop

By Pattie Price

Mary Touch, 28, of Pennsauken, NJ, waived a hearing Thursday before Magisterial District Justice Dave Lang on the charges of unsworn falsifications, false identification to law enforcement authorities, and registration and certificate of title required. In exchange for the waiver the charge of forgery was withdrawn. The charges stem from an incident 8:40 a.m., Oct. 26, on South Sproul Road, Marple, Pa.
According to the affidavit, Marple Sgt. Mike Johnson stopped Ms. Touch when he saw her operating a Dodge Stratus with an expired registration sticker. She gave Johnson a false name, date of birth and address. He issued a citation in the name Ms. Touch provided.
On Dec. 2, Johnson met with Ms. Touch’s friend (the name she initially gave him) and was informed by the friend that Ms. Touch used her name to stay out of trouble.
Ms. Touch is scheduled for a March 15 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Josephine Guernsey, 58, of Collingdale waived a hearing on the charges of retail theft and receiving stolen property following an incident 7:56p.m., Dec. 21, at Walmart, 400 S. State Road, Marple.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Andrew Ronsvalle said a Walmart security agent had Ms. Guernsey in custody when he arrived. The agent had seen Ms. Guernsey conceal DVD’s valued at $282.60 an attempt to leave the store.
A computer check revealed Ms. Guernsey has two prior retail theft arrests.
Ms. Guernsey is scheduled for a March 15 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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David Alston, 38, of Chester was held for a March 15 Common Pleas Court arraignment on the charges of possession of a small amount or marijuana and criminal conspiracy. The charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was withdrawn. The charges stem from an incident 1:40p.m., Oct. 24, at the Old Navy store in Marple Crossroad Shopping Center.
According to the affidavit Marple Detective Barry Williams was called to assist patrol officers who stopped a car that was wanted by authorities in connection to a Chester felony case. Alston was in handcuffs and his co-defendant was holding two small children. A diaper bag, containing suspected marijuana, was confiscated from the car.
Alston said he wanted to take the blame for the marijuana.
Alston is scheduled for a March 15 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Dnasia Anderson, 20, of Chester, waived a hearing on the charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition stemming from an incident 1:44p.m., Dec. 14, at the Walmart in Marple.
According to the affidavit, Marple Detective Larry Gerrity said Walmart employee Ms. Anderson admitted to stealing $9,600 from the cash registers and fraudently loaded gift cards valued at $1,600.
Ms. Anderson is scheduled for a March 15 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Michael McMenamin, 45, of Springfield plead guilty to the summary charges of retail theft and harassment for an incident 4:28p.m., Jan. 26, at Marshall’s, 400 S. State Road, Marple. In exchange for the guilty plea the charge of a misdemeanor retail theft was reduced to a summary offence and the charge of receiving stolen property was withdrawn.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Chris Barmes responded to a 911 call from Walmart. McMenamin was in custody in the security office. A security agent saw McMenamin conceal a Penn State shirt, valued at $12.99 and a pair of socks valued at $7.99.
McMenamin was confronted as he left the store and pushed the agent and knocked the sliding door off track during his struggle to get away. McMenamin was stopped and the merchandise was recovered.
A criminal background revealed McMenamin has a retail theft arrest in 2008.
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Baindu Rogers, 28, of Darby, plead guilty to disorderly conduct for an incident 7:40a.m., July 2, at Divine Providence Village, 686 Old Marple Road, Marple. In exchange for the guilty plea the charges of harassment and criminal conspiracy were withdrawn.
According to the affidavit Marple Detective Mike Sharkey said the victim, an employee of Divine Providence, received a call  on her work cell phone. The caller said he was hired by one of her subordinates to hurt her and to slash her tires. The caller said that because he didn’t know her, he wouldn’t hurt her or slash her tires but he was warning her that she was not well liked.
Ms. Rodgers confessed to police that she gave the victim’s cell phone number to a friend who harassed the victim.

Marple Man Accused Of Having Stolen Property

By Pattie Price

Michael Aquilino, 30, of Marple, was held in abstentia Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Lee Hunter, for a March 8 arraignment in Common Pleas Court on the charges of receiving stolen property, public drunkenness, and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from an incident 10p.m., Dec. 11, at 100 Media Line Road, Newtown, Delaware County, Pa.
According to the affidavit, Newtown Officer Dan Dougherty investigated a report of an intoxicated man staggering in traffic and causing a hazard. He located Aquilino on the steps of the Messiah Lutheran Church. When police approached Aquilino he gave them the middle finger and mumbled. Aquilino had a strong odor of alcohol and was unable to stand without assistance.
Police confiscated five 1999 American Eagle silver dollars, eight gold earrings, a silver ring, a red pouch with the name “Frank” containing rosary beads, and three men’s shirts on hangers.
A portable breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of .197 percent.
The following day, police were able to determine that the items were reported stolen from a home in Marple. The homeowner confirmed Aquilino was at his residence.
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A warrant was issued for Dana Morgan, 24, of Darby when she failed to appear for her hearing on the charges of retail theft, receiving stolen property, and theft by unlawful taking or disposition. The charges stem from an incident 12:16a.m., July 12, at the Acme, 3590 West Chester Pike, Newtown.

Jeff Zaslow R.I.P.

Jeff Zaslow, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a best selling author, died yesterday, Feb. 10, when his car crashed on an icy  road in Petosky, Mich, where he had been for a book signing.

He was 53. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sherry Margolis, a Detroit a TV news anchor with WJBK television in Detroit, and  daughters Alex, Eden and Jordan.

Mr. Zaslow was a graduate of Marple Newtown High School. His mother, Naomi,was for many year’s the school district’s director of information, and a good friend.

Jeff Zaslow R.I.P.

 

DUI, Theft Cases Upheld In Marple

By Pattie Price

Jamie Kelly, 20, of Thornton, Pa., waived a hearing Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Dave Lang on the charges of DUI and careless driving following an accident 1:01a.m., Dec. 28, on 4th Avenue. In exchange for the waiver the charges of underage drinking and a license violation were withdrawn.
According to the affidavit, Marple (Pa) Officer John Murrin investigated a report from a 4th Avenue resident who said someone was banging on his door. Murrin located Ms. Kelly standing next to her red Saturn that was stuck on landscaping ties in the front yard of a residence. 
Ms. Kelly was unsteady on her feet, had bloodshot eyes, a strong odor of alcohol and was covered in vomit. She told police that she got drunk at Barnaby’s where she said she used fake identification to get served.
The fake identification and a six-pack of beer were confiscated from her purse.
Ms. Kelly refused a blood test. Refusing a breath or a blood test means an automatic 12-month suspension of her driver’s license.
Ms. Kelly was released and is scheduled for a March 1 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Glen Rudolph, 55, of Marple, waived a hearing on the charge of retail theft for an incident 6:53p.m., Oct. 18, at the Giant, 2910 Springfield Road.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Jeff Haughey stopped Rudolph as he was walking up the ramp towards Springfield Road after a report from an employee who said Rudolph left the store with several bags of merchandise that he stole. The merchandise was valued at $91.55.
Rudolph’s criminal history revealed he has one prior retail theft conviction.
Rudolph was released and is scheduled for a March 1 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Natasha Davila, 41, of Philadelphia waived a hearing on the charges of four counts of forgery, four counts of bad checks, five counts of receiving stolen property and four counts of criminal conspiracy to commit identity theft. In exchange for the waiver four counts of identity theft were withdrawn. The charges stem from an incident 2:22p.m., Jan. 13 at Walmart, 400 S. State Road.
According to the affidavit, Marple Detective Larry Gerrity said Ms. Davila who was dressed in Muslim clothing with only her eyes exposed when she paid for merchandise valued at $220.40 with a bad check on Jan. 11. Ms. Davila showed a driver’s license, that police said was useless because her face was covered.
Ms. Davila left the store and returned to make a second purchase for $232.36 and then a third purchase of $307.23. All three purchases were made using fraudulent checks.
When Ms. Davila returned to the store on Jan. 13 she was apprehended when she attempted to make a purchase of $323.22 using the same fraudulent checks.
A criminal history revealed Ms. Davila had a lengthy criminal background including many retail thefts and forgery charges.
Ms Davila is scheduled for a March 1 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Patrice Moore, 23, of Chester, waived a hearing on the charges of receiving stolen property. In exchange for the waiver the charges of theft by unlawful taking, possession of a controlled substance, and criminal conspiracy were withdrawn. The charges stem from an incident 3:34p.m., Jan. 27, at Walmart, 400 S. State Road.
According to the affidavit, Marple Detective Larry Gerrity said Walmart’s Loss Prevention Officer was alerted to a shortage of $1,500 from a cash register.
Ms. Moore was interviewed and admitted taking the money and also said there were two additional employees involved. She said she only received $240 from the money.
Two suspected Xanex pills were confiscated from Ms. Moor’s purse.
Ms. Moore is scheduled for a March 1 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Stephen Marinari, 29, of Ridley Park, waived a hearing on the charges of criminal conspiracy and retail theft. In exchange for the waiver the charge of receiving stolen property was withdrawn. The charges stem from an incident 11:57a.m., Sept. 2, at Rite Aid, 2901 Springfield Road.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Greg Desimone said Marinari returned Mucinex cold medication without a receipt. Ten additional boxes of Mucinex were located in the car and 18 packs in the trunk of the car. Police discovered the stash in the trunk was stolen from a CVS in Upper Darby earlier that day. The value of the stolen merchandise was $613.
Marinari is scheduled for a March 1 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Carmine Ettorre, 28, of Marple, plead guilty to disorderly conduct for an incident 11:40a.m., March 23, at Wachovia Bank, 2701 West Chester Pike. In exchange for the guilty plea, the charges of forgery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property were withdrawn.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Greg Desimone said Ettorre attempted to cash two fraudulent checks for $265.
Police discovered the checks were stolen from a woman’s car.
Ettorre was fined and ordered to pay court costs.
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Dennis Wigington, 21, of Chester, was held in abstentia for a March 1 arraignment in Common Pleas Court when he failed to appear for a hearing on the charges of retail theft for an incident 7:17p.m., Dec. 24, at Walmart, 400 S. State Road.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Ray Stiles said Wigington concealed a blue tooth head set valued at $52.96 in his jacket and left the store. He was apprehended by Walmart’s Loss Prevention Officers.

Man Allegedly Taunted Police Dog

By Pattie Price


James Fullington, 48, of Newtown waived a hearing Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Lee Hunter on the charge he illegally taunted a police dog. In exchange for the waiver the charges of simple assault and harassment were withdrawn. The charges stem from an incident 8:30p.m., Dec. 26, at his home in the 100 block of Ridgewood Road.

According to the affidavit, Newtown Sgt. Gary Sebra responded to Fullington’s residence for a report of a domestic disturbance. He was met by the mother of his child who was intoxicated, crying and distraught. She said Fullington attacked her and attempted to strangle her.

At that point, Fullington exited the home and was yelling at his girlfriend. Police said Fullington was also intoxicated. They said both persons exhibited bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol.

Fullington was aggressive towards police and was warned that if his aggressive behavior continued, he would be Tased. Police had Fullington sit down for their protection and he ripped off his jacket, thrashed his arms aggressively, and clinched his fists at police.
Marple Officer Chris Barksdale, who responded as backup, told Officer Jeff Johnson that his Taser was malfunctioning. Johnson retrieved his K-9 partner Falco from his car and stood by while Fullington was thrashing with clenched fists yelling that his girlfriend’s drinking pissed him off.

Fullington aggressively approached Falco and was tormenting, teasing and taunting him screaming, “Let him bit me, I am not afraid of him.”

Barksdale and Sebra took Fullington to the ground and handcuffed him.

Fullington was remanded to the George W. Hill Prison when he was unable to post $50,000 bail. He is scheduled for a Feb. – arraignment in Common Pleas Court.

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Sandra Palladino, 55, of Marple, waived a hearing on the charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition. In exchange for the waiver, the charge of receiving stolen property was withdrawn. The charges stem from an incident Sept. 13, at Onde Salon, 224. S. Newtown Street Road.

According to the affidavit, Newtown Detective John Newell said the store owner reported that while she was on vacation Aug. 19, one of her employees stole $640.

Police installed a camera in the office and when $380 was discovered missing from the owner’s purse, police caught Ms. Palladino on camera stuffing the money into her shirt.
Ms. Palladino initially denied stealing any money but when she was told that she was caught on tape she admitted stealing $380 but not the $640.

Ms. Palladino is scheduled for a Feb. – arraignment in Common Pleas Court.

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Damian Ricketts, 27, of Orange, NJ, was held for a Feb. – arraignment in Common Pleas Court on the charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. The charges stem from an incident Nov. 5, at 23 Main Street, Newtown.

According to the affidavit, Newtown Detective John Newell said the resident reported that he had a guest, later identified as Ricketts who was a transvestite. The resident said Ricketts left his house around 12:30a.m. and the resident went to bed at 3 a,m.

When the resident awakened in the morning he discovered someone entered his residence and stole$200, his credit cards, a 19 inch television, and his cell phone. He also reported his pick up truck was missing.

The victim received a call from an unknown woman who asked him if he wanted to buy his truck back for $500 but in the meantime the victim received a call from Port Authority Officer Vega inquiring who was driving his vehicle, she said she had the truck stopped at the Lincoln Tunnel and discovered it was reported stolen.

Ricketts was the driver and taken into custody and transported to Port Authority Headquarters, He said he is a transgester prostitute and was hired by the victim through Craig’s List. He said he and an aquaintenance stole the victim’s keys and later returned to the victim’s residence and stole other merchandise.

Ricketts is scheduled for a Feb. – arraignment in Common Pleas Court.

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Robert Yackel, 46, of Phoenixville waived a hearing on the charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. In exchange for the waiver, the charge of criminal conspiracy was withdrawn. The charges stem from an incident 4:44p.m., Nov. 2, at Mackey’s Pharmacy, 3537 West Chester Pike.

According to the affidavit, Newtown Officer Dean Hodges responded to a report of a man attempting to fill a fraudulent prescription for 90 Oxycontin pills. The prescribing doctor was contacted who said the prescription was fraudulent and told the pharmacist to contact police.
Yackel said he was a patient of the doctor and that his prescription was valid. The doctor said she last saw Yackel on Oct. 13,  when she wrote him a prescription for 90 Oxycontin pills.
Yackel admitted he made copies of the prescription and attempted to fill them.

Yackel is scheduled for a Feb. – arraignment in Common Pleas Court.

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Louis Cocco, 21, of Newtown, plead guilty to disorderly conduct for an incident 5:48p.m., Aug. 22, at his residence, 10 Laurel Lane. In exchange for the guilty plea, the charges of simple assault and harassment were withdrawn.

According to the affidavit, Newtown Sgt. Gary Sebra said he responded to a report of a medical emergency when Nicholas Cocco, Louis’ brother, said his brother demanded the name of one of his friends, When Nicholas didn’t respond, he said Louis slapped him in the head, punched him, threw him into a bookcase and threw him to the floor. Nicholas stuffed paper towels down his throat. Nicholas’ mother called 911.

Police discovered the bookcase in disarray and remnants of paper towels on the floor,
Nicholas was transported to Bryn Mawr Hospital for a knee injury.

Louis was located sitting in his underwear, on the kitchen floor, texting.

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Charges of simple assault and accidents involving damage to unattended vehicles were withdrawn against Christina Cavone, 21, of Marple. The charges stem from an accident 11:10p.m., Oct. 24, at 3715 West Chester Pike.

Woman Faces Charges After Being Hit By Car

By Pattie Price


A 30-year-old Newtown, Pa. woman was stuck by a car just before 9 p.m., Friday night on West Chester Pike in front of Dunwoody Village.

Newtown Officer Joe Vandergrift said Ann Muller who lived at the HollyBrook condos was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, public drunkenness and pedestrians crossing at other than sidewalks.

Officers arrived on the scene and administered first aid to Ms. Mullen who was then transported by ambulance to a nearby landing zone where she was flown to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Vandegrift said the operator of the striking vehicle said Ms. Mullen crossed in front of her when she stepped down from the center divide. The driver said she had no time to apply her brakes so she took evasive action but unfortunately struck Ms. Mullen.

A Riddle Hospital Paramedic told police he found a vial filled with numerous different pills. The pills will be tested at Lima Regional Testing Facility.

A male aquaintenance of Ms. Mullen who ran across the pike moments before she was struck was also interviewed and was determined to be under the influence of a narcotic.

Neighbor Dispute Leads To Criminal Charges

By Pattie Price

Joseph Parnes, 41, of Marple, Pa. was held for a Feb. 16 arraignment in Common Pleas Court on two criminal complaints in Magisterial District Judge Dave Lang’s Court, Thursday, Jan. 19.
On the first affidavit, Parnes is charged with terroristic threats, criminal mischief and harassment for an incident 9:35p.m., Dec. 2, at his home in the unit block of Davis Avenue.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Dan Lazzari responded to Parnes residence to investigate a report of criminal mischief. Parnes’ neighbor reported that he saw Parnes slash the tire on his 1990 Cadillac. Marple Officer Ed Rosen confiscated a small knife from Parnes who admitted he slashed the tire because of an ongoing neighbor dispute.
Police also seized a loaded .44 caliber revolver and a loaded12 gauge shotgun from Parnes’ apartment.
A witness reported Parnes threatened to stab his neighbor, throw him down the stairs, and beat him to within an inch of his life.
On the second affidavit, Parnes is charged with criminal mischief for an incident 8:40 p.m., Nov. 27, again at his residence.
According to the affidavit, Marple Sgt. Eric Naegele said Parnes’ landlord called police when he discovered Parnes damaged the steel security door leading to the laundry room with a sledge hammer.
On a third criminal complaint, the charge of intimidation of a witness or victim was dismissed. That charge stemmed from an incident 1:29p.m., Dec. 11, at Parnes’ residence.
Parnes also plead guilty to a citation.
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H. Robert MacLaughlin, 79, of Marple, waived a hearing on the charge of DUI for an incident 8:57p.m., Sept. 24, at Springfield Road and West Chester Pike. In exchange for the waiver the charge of reckless driving was withdrawn.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Pete Baylor was dispatched to a two-car accident. Witnesses reported MacLaughlin and the driver of an SUV were speeding on Springfield Road continuously passing and cutting each other off. At Latches Lane MacLaughlin cut in front of the SUV, struck the curb and struck the SUV which was sitting at a red light.
The driver and passenger of the SUV were transported by Marple Ambulance to Bryn Mawr Hospital.
MacLaughlin, who was not injured, had an odor of alcohol, bloodshot glassy eyes and was unsteady on his feet. MacLaughlin admitted he consumed several drinks throughout the day. He was transported to Springfield Hospital for a blood test.
MacLaughlin is scheduled for a Feb. 16 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Turquoise Stokes, 24, of Elkins Pake, plead guilty to retail theft for an incident 7:48p.m., Nov. 17, at Walmart, 400 S. State Road.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Pete Baylor responded to the store for a report of a shoplifter in custody.
Walmart’s Loss Prevention Officer reported concealed a scarf, a blue tooth headset, an I-phone case and an I-pad screen protector in her purse. The merchandise valued at $160 was recovered.
Ms. Stokes was fined and ordered to pay court costs.
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The charges of DUI were withdrawn against Adrian Vitek, 30, of Media. The charges stem from an accident 7 p.m., Oct. 29 at S. State Road and I-476.
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A warrant was issued for Kourtney Demas, 27, of Prospect Park when she failed to appear for a hearing on the charges of criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property, and retail theft. The charges stem from an incident 11:57a.m., Sept. 2 at Rite Aid, 2901 Springfield Road.

Anderson To Stay As Newtown Police Chief

By Pattie Price


Despite the rumors that are circulating throughout Newtown (Delaware County, Pa) Dennis Anderson will remain chief of police. A motion to re-appoint him for another year was pulled from the official agenda just prior to the meeting.
According to Solicitor Rich Sokorai, there is no verbiage in the Second Class Township regulations that requires the Supervisors to appoint a police chief every year. However, the Supervisors have made that appointment every year.
Prior to re-organization John Nawn and Ed Partridge were sworn in by Magisterial District Judge Lee Hunter. Partridge’s wife Mary Therese held the Bible for him as did Nawn’s wife, Barbara.
Following the swearing in, Newtown Republican Chairman Mike Gillin invited residents to witness Hunter’s swearing in ceremony Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Media.
Reorganization was no surprise when Joseph Catania, Esq. was re-elected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors and Dr. Ross Lambert Vice Chairman. Every vote last night was unanimous.
Mike Trio was appointed Township Manager at a salary of $100,000 a year.
All the appointments were obviously decided prior to the meeting as they were read from a script.
Other appointments include:
Chief Administrative Officer of the Pension Funds: Trio
Township Solicitor: Richard Sokorai of High Swartz
Acting Township Engineer: David Pennoni of Pennoni Associates, Inc. This is a temporary appointment as the Supervisors are awaiting other bids.
Vacancy Board Chairman: John McDevitt
Building Inspector: Building Underwriters, Inc.
Electrical Inspector: Building Underwriters, Inc.
Acting Sewage Enforcement Officer: Building Underwriters, Inc.  Plumbing Inspector: Building Underwriters, Inc.
Landscape Inspector/Arborist: Paul Coy
Health Officer: Joe Romano (Marple Township’s Health Officer).
Fire Marshall: Karl Keehn
Assistant Fire Marshall: Lambert
Emergency Management Coordinator: Lambert
Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator: Karl Keehn
Appointed Auditors: Rainer and Co.

BOARDS and COMMISSIONS

Planning Commission
    4 year term: Gene Capaldi
    4 year term: Curt Silva
    3 year term: Nicholas Stephanou
    3 year term: Tina Roberts-Lightcap

Zoning Board
    5 year term: Thomas Barnes
    Alternate: Angelo Mancini

Municipal Authority
    5 year term: Joseph Sweeney
    Alternate: Angelo Mancini

Leisure Service
    3 year term: Marty Milligan
    3 year term: Dave Dunn
    1 year term (Supervisor): Supervisor Joseph Catania

Library Board
    3 year term: John Battista
    3 year term: Sonja Haas
    3 year term: Gilda Schwalb

Environmental Advisory Council
    3 year term: Michael McGraw
    3 year term: Ellen Goss
    2 year term: Judy Carr
    2 year term: Jane Rowan

Parks & Recreation Board
    5 year term: Chris Anderson
    3 year term: Bob Blaisee
    3 year term: Bill Ebbecke
    3 year term: Paul Seligson
    2 year term: Nick Cocco

BOARD LIASONS

Police Department: Joseph Catania
Non-uniformed Personnel: Ed Partridge
Police Pension Board: George Wood
Non-Uniformed Pension Board: George Wood
Planning Commission: John Nawn
Municipal Authority: John Nawn
Leisure Services: Joseph Catania
Library: George Wood
Environmental Advisory Council: Dr. H Ross Lambert
Parks & Recreation Board: Ed Partridge
Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service: Dr. H. Ross Lambert

Supervisors Meeting Schedule for 2012
January 23
February 13
February 27
March 12
March 26
April 9
April 20 (road inspection)
April 23
May 14
May 29
June 11
June 25
July 9
August 13
September 10
September 24
October 9
October 12 (road inspection)
October 22
November 13
November 26
December 10.

Holiday Schedule for 2012

Jan. 2 – New Years’ Eve
Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King
Feb. 20 – President’s Day
April 6 – Good Friday
May 28 – Memorial Day
July 4 – Independence Day
Sept. 3 – Labor Day
Sept. 25 Yom Kippur
Oct. 8 – Columbus Day
Nov. 12 – Veterans’ Day
Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
Dec. 25 – Christmas Day

District Court Deals With Marple Pa. Drug Matters

By Pattie Price

Shane Costello, 27, of Newtown, waived a hearing, Dec. 22,  before Magisterial District Judge Dave Lang on the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident 11:46p.m., May 31, in the 22000 block of West Chester Pike.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Greg Desimone  investigated a report of a man in a red pick up truck with the drivers door open. He said Costello appeared to be sleeping and he had to shake him to wake him up.
Costello said he was tired and pulled over to sleep for a little while. He appeared to be confused.
Police located two empty heroin packets on the ground next to the truck. A metal spoon, a hypodermic needle, and a prescription bottle of Suboxone (not in Costello’s name) were confiscated from the truck.
Costello was released to his father. He is scheduled for a Jan. 26 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.
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Bryan Cordy, 29, of Woodlyn, waived a hearing on the charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, driving on roadways laned for traffic, careless driving, and accidents involving damage to unattended property. The charges stem from an accident 12:28a.m., April 23, in the 2800 block of Pennview Avenue.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Mike Rush responded to a report of a car into a tree on the front lawn of 2888 Pennview Avenue. The caller said Cordy was walking towards Lovell Avenue.
Cordy was located by Sgt. Eric Naegele in the 200 block of Parkview Road. He had a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet and failed field sobriety tests.
Cordy admitted he consumed three beers around 8p.m.
Cordy was transported to Springfield Hospital for a blood test.
Cordy was released to his roommate and is scheduled for a Jan. 26  arraignment in Common Pleas Court.

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Samantha Barba, 23, of Drexel Hill, waived a hearing on the charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, false identification to law enforcement authorities, and reckless driving. The charges stem from an accident 2:33p.m., July 11, at Sproul and Springfield roads.
According to the affidavit, Marple Officer Andrew Ronsvalle investigated the accident. Ms. Barba initially gave police her sister’s name and Social Security number because she was wanted on a Philadelphia warrant.
Ms. Barba told police that the accident was her fault because she was wearing slippers. She added that her foot slipped on the gas pedal and she hit the car in front of hers.
Ms. Barba was transported to Springfield Hospital for a blood test where she signed her sister’s name to the paperwork.
When Detective Mike Sharkey fingerprinted and processed Ms. Barba, he discovered her real identity.
Ms. Barba was released and is scheduled for a Jan. 26 arraignment in Common Pleas Court.

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Evan Williams, 18, of Marple, plead guilty to disorderly conduct for an incident 5:10p.m., Aug. 24, at Springfield Road and Davis Avenue. In exchange for the plea, the charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and speeding were withdrawn. The charges stem from an incident 5:10p.m., Aug. 24, at Springfield Road and Davis Avenue.
According to the affidavit, Marple Sgt. Tony Colgan was conducting a traffic detail when he clocked Williams at 58.8 mph in a posted 40 mph zone. He stopped Williams, who was operating a silver Honda, and detected an odor of marijuana in his vehicle.
Williams admitted he had marijuana and a smoking pipe in his car.

How Low Can You Go? Thefts At A Craft Show!

A long-time participant at the just-ended craft show to benefit the band at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Marple Township Pa. told me that for the first time there were thefts at the event.

Now, what was stolen was not money or jewelry but hand-made crafts of the type  people buy for unique Christmas gifts and home touches. It looks like an inside job since the thefts happened overnight.

Probably not much comfort to the hard-working victims but they must be pretty good crafters.