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Teen killed, 3 others wounded in Chester gunfire

Teen killed, 3 others wounded in Chester gunfire | Delco Crime | Scoop.it

CHESTER, Pa. - April 28, 2013 (WPVI) -- An outburst of gunfire in a Chester neighborhood has left a teenage boy dead and three other people wounded.

It happened around 5:30 Saturday afternoon on the 1100 block of Upland Street.

Police say a house was riddled by gunfire and numerous shell casing covered the street within a two block area.

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Police: Apartment tenant assaults man over parking in Upper Darby

UPPER DARBY — A man who temporarily blocked an apartment driveway with his car to pick up his wife at a neighborhood bar was almost beaten to death by a tenant, police said.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Christopher F. Pyfer, 38, of the 300 block of Burmont Road, Drexel Hill, on aggravated assault charges.

“This animal came out of his apartment screaming at the complainant because of where the car was parked,” police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “He punched the woman first and when the victim asked him why he did that Pyfer sucker punched him and knocked him down. When the victim fell down, Pyfer picked up a cement block and smashed the victim in the side of the head, knocking him unconscious. He kept on beating him and then took off. He almost beat him to death.”

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Arson fires shut down Penn Wood High

Arson fires shut down Penn Wood High | Delco Crime | Scoop.it
LANSDOWNE — A three-alarm arson fire at Penn Wood High School — Green Avenue Campus early Thursday has forced the school district to close the building for the remainder of the school year.

District officials are working on a modified schedule for the high school students and staff to allow them to finish the school year, while investigators look for the arsonist.
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Police: Ridley Township woman filed bogus insurance claim

Police: Ridley Township woman filed bogus insurance claim | Delco Crime | Scoop.it
Imagine having a Louis Vuitton purse filled with more than $116,000 in diamond jewelry, an iPad and pricey sunglasses. Now, imagine leaving that purse in the rear of daddy’s Lexus — parked in high-crime Chester.

As if the initial scenario wasn’t red-flag enough, authorities investigating the insurance claim filed after the vehicle was reported stolen found that receipts provided by a Ridley Township woman for some of her missing bling were from a store that had yet to even exist, according to criminal charges filed Wednesday.
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Upper Darby mom told girl to pepper spray workers, police say

Upper Darby mom told girl to pepper spray workers, police say | Delco Crime | Scoop.it

UPPER DARBY, Pa. - March 21, 2013 (WPVI) -- Police say an Upper Darby woman returned to a dollar store where she'd been banned and pepper-sprayed employees who tried to escort her out before giving the can to her 7-year-old daughter and asking her to continue the fight.

Upper Darby police say 27-year-old Delaina Garling went to the Family Dollar Store on Monday, a place she'd been banned from for alleged theft.

When employees tried to escort her out, police say she doused them with pepper spray.

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Clifton Heights mom incited daughter to fight, police say

Clifton Heights mom incited daughter to fight, police say | Delco Crime | Scoop.it

CLIFTON HEIGHTS, Pa. - March 13, 2013 (WPVI) -- A mom from Clifton Heights, Delaware County is under arrest after she allegedly incited her 12-year-old daughter to fight another girl.

Police say the Sunday afternoon incident was captured on video, which was released by police on Wednesday.

The incident happened outside Primos Elementary School. Davenport was allegedly upset because her daughter was being bullied by the other girl.

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Upper Darby man faces assault rap after altercation at youth wrestling tourney

Upper Darby man faces assault rap after altercation at youth wrestling tourney | Delco Crime | Scoop.it

UPPER DARBY — A successful wrestling tournament that drew hundreds of children from nine states was marred by an alleged attack by one of the parents against another parent.

George Cronin, 44, of the 1000 block of Lindale Avenue, Drexel Hill, is facing assault charges for allegedly sucker punching a man in the head from behind and knocking him to the floor of the gymnasium.

The alleged assault occurred 5:41 p.m. on Sunday minutes before the close of the daylong 26th annual Drexel Hill Raiders Winter Class Wrestling Tournament at Upper Darby High School, Lansdowne Avenue.

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East Lansdowne man pleads guilty in Storage Depot thefts

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — An East Lansdowne man, arrested in November for stealing from storage units at a Storage Depot in Primos, entered open guilty pleas Monday to charges of burglary and conspiracy to burglary.

Police say Dallas Jackson, 45, of the 100 block of Beverly Avenue, and his roommate, Michael Cripps, rented lockers at the storage facility, giving them access codes to enter the property. Once on-site, Jackson and Cripps allegedly broke locks on storage units, removed the contents and replaced the locks with similar models.

Police received a tip from one such victim in October 2012, who discovered about $20,000 worth of collectibles and furnishings had been taken from two of his lockers.
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Investigators Question Bullying Role in Boy's Death

Investigators Question Bullying Role in Boy's Death | Delco Crime | Scoop.it

Investigators are trying to determine if a 12-year-old boy who died on Sunday had been bullied at his school or if  the punches he took in the schoolyard were an isolated incident.

"I don't think the other little boys meant to kill him," Bailey O'Neill's step-grandfather said today.

O’Neill died after his family took him off of life support. The sixth grader from Darby Township School had been in a medically-induced coma due to seizures. His family has said their son was bullied and that the seizures were provoked by injuries O'Neill suffered when he was beat up at school.

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Some sort of crime had to occured regardless if the boy died. Very sad to see this though

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Delco police arrest 18 in Collingdale sweep

Delaware County law enforcement officials made 18 arrests in an early morning sweep Wednesday in and around Collingdale, seizing handguns, cocaine, and pills, and even a car that had been stolen months earlier.

The sting was the second phase of an operation, nicknamed "Operation Bulldog," designed to combat drug trafficking, said District Attorney Jack Whelan. The first phase, in September, netted about 30 arrests.

Law enforcement personnel began the operation about 6 a.m., serving search warrants on suspected drug charges as well as outstanding warrants on other offenses, including theft and failure to appear in court.

Police seized 279 bags of cocaine from a house on the 700 block of Pine Street in Darby Borough. Police found the occupant, Leroy Calbert, in bed. Inside the bedroom, police found more than 200 pills, hundreds of dollars in cash, and a 9mm semiautomatic handgun underneath Calbert's pillow, according to court documents. Police also discovered a .357 Magnum revolver and several bags of marijuana, court documents said.

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Glad they got the guns off the street but there's no way to completely eradicate Collingdale, or any other place, of drugs.

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Broken headlight leads to Upper Darby man's arrest in fatal July crash

Broken headlight leads to Upper Darby man's arrest in fatal July crash | Delco Crime | Scoop.it

SPRINGFIELD- A broken headlight led to the arrest of an Upper Darby man in a Fourth of July hit-and-run accident that left a Boothwyn man dead, authorities said.

Pacurie Huynh, 29, was arrested Monday and charged with causing an accident that involved death and failing to give information, according to the criminal complaint.

The victim, Thomas Quercetti, 28, was walking home from a friend's house about 1:30 a.m. on the shoulder of the 100 block of North State Road in Springfield Township, Delaware County, when he was stuck by a vehicle. Police said there was no indication that the vehicle tried to stop.

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When they're not out busting kids for drinking Nattie in the woods, Springfield Police can actually be quite productive.

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Police: Serial bank robber strikes again at Upper Darby branch

Police: Serial bank robber strikes again at Upper Darby branch | Delco Crime | Scoop.it

UPPER DARBY — A serial bank robber believed responsible for a string of as many as nine heists across the area may have struck again Thursday afternoon, this time in Upper Darby.

“It’s just a matter of time ... his luck is ending,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.

His prediction came after a hit at a branch of TD Bank on Garrett Road and Lansdowne Avenue that mirrored the method of operation in other robberies and attempted robberies in Delaware, Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, as well as the state of Delaware.

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5 Delco men face charges in fatal shooting of West Chester man

WEST CHESTER — Five Delaware County men now face charges in connection with the shooting death last month of a 24-year-old West Chester police say was targeted for a robbery.

According to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Jamal Scott, of the 500 block of Barnard Street, was fatally wounded around 10:55 p.m. on Jan. 25 when he was shot once in the chest while sitting in a vehicle near Matlack and Union streets.

Calvin Thompson, 21, Nafis Janey, 20, and Tyrone Palmer, 20, were charged in connection to Scott’s death. Sergio Droz, 20, and Anthony Brightwell, 24, were previously arrested. All are charged with homicide, robbery, conspiracy, and related charges. Droz, Brightwell, Thompson and Palmer are all residents of Chester, while Janey resides in nearby Brookhaven, police said.

Officials say the group traveled to West Chester with the sole intention of robbing a drug dealer. The group set up a transaction with the victim, officials said, and then in the middle of the deal opened fire and stole a backpack filled with marijuana.

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Do drugs lead to crime, or does drug prohibition lead to crime?

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Parkside woman shoots, kills husband during gun lesson

Parkside woman shoots, kills husband during gun lesson | Delco Crime | Scoop.it
Police say a Delaware County woman fatally shot her husband by accident while he was giving her a gun lesson after they had been drinking.
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Chester man arrested after shooting dog, owner with same bullet

CHESTER — A 64-year-old man who was licensed to legally carry a gun was arrested for aggravated assault on Parkway Avenue Saturday evening after he shot a dog, subsequently striking the dog’s owner in the hand with the same bullet, said Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail Jr.

Charles Holland, who was reportedly walking in Chester Park with his wife, was arrested at about 7:30 p.m. after the bullet he discharged allegedly went through the dog’s neck and struck the woman who owns the dog in the left hand. Bail said the woman did not sustain life-threatening injuries. The dog reportedly survived.

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Prison guard charged with stealing from inmate in Delaware County

Prison guard charged with stealing from inmate in Delaware County | Delco Crime | Scoop.it

MEDIA, Pa. - April 2, 2013 (WPVI) -- A Delaware County prison guard has been charged with stealing money from an inmate.

Michael Siler, 45, of Long Lane in Upper Darby, is charged with theft and related offenses.

Prosecutors say Siler, a corrections officer at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornton, Pa., confiscated $72 in cash from a prisoner when the prisoner was being admitted to the facility in October 2012.

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Attempted burglary at home of Delaware County deputy sheriff

Attempted burglary at home of Delaware County deputy sheriff | Delco Crime | Scoop.it
An intruder broke into the home of a deputy sheriff in Darby Township, Delaware County and the victim spoke only to Action News.
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Charges filed against Marcus Hook Mayor James Schiliro in gun incident

Charges filed against Marcus Hook Mayor James Schiliro in gun incident | Delco Crime | Scoop.it

LOWER CHICHESTER – Marcus Hook Mayor James “Jay” Schiliro surrendered this morning on multiple criminal charges filed in a drunken gun-firing incident at his borough home with a 20-year-old Trainer man last month.

Schiliro arrived with attorney Michael Malloy at Magisterial District Judge David Griffin's court in Linwood. They were joined by Deputy District Attorney Mike Galantino, and Joseph O'Berg and Roberty Lythgoe from the county's Criminal Investigation Division.

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Cops on the hunt for gunman who robbed 2 Upper Darby banks in 2 days

Cops on the hunt for gunman who robbed 2 Upper Darby banks in 2 days | Delco Crime | Scoop.it

UPPER DARBY — A clean-cut bank robber with a penchant for Alliance Bank targeted two just a days apart in neighboring towns.

The lone gunman, who implied having a weapon, entered Alliance Bank at 8 E. Baltimore Ave. in Lansdowne shortly before 5 p.m. March 7 and handed the teller a threatening note demanding money.

After being handed an undetermined amount of cash he fled on foot, running towards North Lansdowne Avenue.

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Haverford man, 71, faces 225 counts of child porn

Haverford man, 71, faces 225 counts of child porn | Delco Crime | Scoop.it
HAVERFORD — A 71-year-old township man was arrested after he allegedly took a computer hard-drive loaded with child pornography to a local repair shop to be fixed.

Edward Jacobs, of the 1400 block of Steel Road, surrendered to authorities on Wednesday. Police say computer forensics experts found 225 images of child pornography on a computer hard-drive owned by Jacobs.

On Jan. 28, technicians from a local computer repair business contacted police to report they had discovered what they believed to be images of children engaged in sexual acts on a computer hard-drive.  A search warrant was obtained for the hard-drive and it was seized as evidence.
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Cops: Upper Darby man facing charges after lewd acts

Cops: Upper Darby man facing charges after lewd acts | Delco Crime | Scoop.it
UPPER DARBY — A man suspected of committing lewd acts that alarmed Drexel Hill residents over the past three years resurfaced this weekend and was captured, police said.

The alleged indecent exposure incidents and lewd acts were reported primarily by school girls and women in the Drexel Park neighborhood in late summer 2011 and again in February and March of 2012.
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UPDATE: Ex-Bethel, Aston cop turns self in; charged with stealing $12G from Upper Chichester Baseball League

UPDATE: Ex-Bethel, Aston cop turns self in; charged with stealing $12G from Upper Chichester Baseball League | Delco Crime | Scoop.it

The former treasurer of the Upper Chichester Baseball League - who is also a former police officer -  is charged with stealing more than $12,000 from the league coffers from 2009 to 2011.

An investigation into financial accounts involving the Chichester Baseball League has resulted in charges against former treasurer John Rapp, who is also a former police officer in Bethel and Aston townships.

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Parkside man gets jail time on child-porn raps

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A 49-year-old Parkside man who pleaded guilty in November 2012 to two counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography was sentenced Friday to three to six years in a state correctional facility.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Galantino told Judge Gregory Mallon that the recommended sentence was relatively harsh because of the amount and nature of the pornography seized from the East Chelton Road home of Allen L. Berstler.
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Nether Providence man admits using 80-year-old's ATM card to steal $70,000

Nether Providence man admits using 80-year-old's ATM card to steal $70,000 | Delco Crime | Scoop.it

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A Nether Providence man charged with stealing more than $70,000 from an 80-year-old man using a stolen ATM card pleaded guilty before Judge Kevin Kelly on Thursday to theft charges in two separate cases.

Antonio Puzzangara, 23, of Media Parkway in Wallingford, pleaded to felony charges of identity theft and theft by deception, as well as a misdemeanor charge of retail theft.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Puzzangara was hired as a handyman for the victim in May and had access to his house. At some point, he stole an ATM card for the victim’s Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union account out of the mail and activated it at an ATM.

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Didn't know people had that much money in Delco..

 

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Upper Darby teacher attacked with hammer

Upper Darby teacher attacked with hammer | Delco Crime | Scoop.it
Upper Darby Police are investigating several incidents that have rattled the school community, including a brutal attack on a teacher Tuesday afternoon.
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19 and still in high school.

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