Charges dropped against Colwyn official

DAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Rochelle Bilal had theft charges against her dropped yesterday. The public safety director was arrested Sunday for allegedly intercepting mail intended for Colwyn Borough police officers.
DAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Rochelle Bilal had theft charges against her dropped yesterday. The public safety director was arrested Sunday for allegedly intercepting mail intended for Colwyn Borough police officers.
Posted: July 26, 2013

COLWYN BOROUGH'S long-running soap opera took another dramatic turn yesterday when Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan withdrew theft charges against public safety director Rochelle Bilal.

Bilal, an ex-cop from Philly and head of the black police officers' Guardian Civic League, was arrested Sunday by Colwyn Police Officer Trevor Parham for allegedly intercepting mail intended for borough police officers.

But Whelan said yesterday that "no official approval was granted by the district attorney to proceed with the filing of these charges." Charges against Bilal's assistant, Wanda Davis, alaso were dropped.

Borough council, controlled by council president Tonette Pray, a Bilal ally, has suspended Parham, sources said.

In May, Philly police raided the borough police department as part of a separate investigation into the hiring of Bilal, 56, who may have violated city police rules by quietly working the suburban side gig while still employed as a city police officer.

Pray has refused to disclose any details related to Bilal's position. The borough is required to pay ousted Police Chief Bryan Hills following an arbitrator's ruling and two court decisions in his favor, but Pray will not reinstate him.

Hills and two other employees allege in a lawsuit against Pray that she has discriminated against white employees, quoting her saying, "If it's white, it ain't right."


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