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 In exchange for the waiver the charge of reckless driving was withdrawn.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.

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