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May 10, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware County police have searched the two homes and work truck of the estranged husband of a Collingdale woman who has been missing for almost three weeks. Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez, 30, had planned a weekend visit with friends in Newark, N.J., on April 19 but failed to show up. Her estranged husband, Jose Luis Rodriguez, reported her missing four days later after she did not show up for a new job and failed to pick up their two daughters, ages 7 and 11, from school. Rodriguez told investigators that she usually took public transportation when visiting friends.
NEWS
September 7, 2012
A part-time Delaware County police officer has been charged with driving under the influence and related offenses after a car crash, according to court documents. Meghan Kelly Hurrelbrinck, 30, of Ridley Township, has been suspended from her job in Collingdale, according to officials. On Monday, Hurrelbrinck allegedly drove over a curb onto a residential lawn in the 400 block of West South Avenue in Glenolden and struck a tree before leaving the scene. She was stopped a short while later by a Glenolden officer who witnessed the incident.
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 8, 2012
A 19-year-old Chester man was arraigned Friday on charges that he injured a Sharon Hill man in a hit-and-run accident in Collingdale. Bruce Snowden was charged with striking 33-year-old Nasir Bailey at MacDade Boulevard and Chester Pike about 4 p.m. Thursday. A witness to the accident followed Snowden's vehicle, took down the license-plate number, and reported it, police said. Snowden is being held at Delaware County Prison in lieu of 10 percent of $100,000 bail. Police said Bailey was in stable condition at a local hospital.
NEWS
December 7, 1993 | By Bill Price, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Margaret M. Doyle Huddy, 96, of Collingdale, a homemaker, died Friday at Fair Acres in Lima. A resident of Collingdale for more than six decades, Mrs. Huddy was active in St. Joseph's Church in Collingdale. For many years, she helped clean the church and also served on its card party committee. Mrs. Huddy was born and raised in Philadelphia and moved to Collingdale in 1924. Her husband of 32 years, James J. Huddy, died in 1951. She is survived by two sons, Joseph and John; a daughter, Margaret Spayd; eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
NEWS
June 13, 1991 | Special to The Inquirer / DAN OLESKI
STANDING NEAR the new stone marking her great-great grandfather William H. Ridley's grave is Noelle Lemon, 4. She was at a Collingdale ceremony Saturday honoring Ridley, the county's first black lawyer, who died in 1945.
NEWS
March 2, 1989 | By Chuck McDevitt, Special to The Inquirer
Collingdale officials have decided against filing a formal complaint against District Justice Thomas Lacey alleging that he has indiscriminantly thrown out Collingdale court cases. During a committee meeting of the Borough Council on Monday, Mayor Frank Kelly said the borough would not file a complaint against Lacey because "we don't feel we would get anywhere with it. " "We're just not going to pursue it," Kelly said. Lacey said Tuesday that he wasn't surprised by the council's decision.
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REAL_ESTATE
June 12, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. When you step off SEPTA's Route 102 trolley at Andrews and Woodlawn Avenues in Collingdale, a couple thoughts immediately cross your mind. The first, of course, is that you should have gotten off at MacDade Boulevard, because it's hot and you're hungry and someone told you there's a great pizza place nearby that you should try. The second, a real estate-related thought, is that Collingdale might be one of those places with prices that accommodate first-time buyers.
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
I SHOULD STOP being surprised where this job takes me. But I still can't believe it took me to a skinny little cemetery tucked behind an Aldi market where, shovel in hand, I was determined to bring some dignity to the grave of Susan Hyatt. Mrs. Hyatt was 86 when she died on April 1. She was laid to rest on April 3 at Har Zion Cemetery on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale. Mrs. Hyatt's parents are buried at Har Zion, a Jewish burial ground in a part of Delaware County so crammed with cemeteries, more people reside under the ground than above it. Mrs. Hyatt's husband's remains are also at Har Zion, as are those of his parents and sister.
NEWS
September 5, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former bookkeeper at a Delaware County welding company has been charged with stealing almost $700,000 from his employer over 13 years, the District Attorney's office said Thursday. Jeffrey McElwee, 53, of Essington, was arrested last week and charged with theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, and related crimes. He was remanded to the Delaware County jail after failing to post bail. According to court records, the owner and accountant of Power Source Welding, in Collingdale, contacted police when they discovered McElwee, an employee since 2002, had been stealing funds using the owner's line of credit.
NEWS
September 4, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
A DELAWARE COUNTY bookkeeper got so comfortable stealing from his employer that he made 257 unauthorized ATM withdrawals totaling $122,184 from May 2011 to this January - and that wasn't even half of what he allegedly stole. In all, Jeffrey McElwee, 53, of Essington, stole $696,631.69 from Power Source Repair in Collingdale dating back to when he was hired in 2002, said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. McElwee was arrested Aug. 27 and remained in Delaware County Prison yesterday having failed to post $10,000 bail.
NEWS
February 18, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a 1989 interview, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison lamented the lack of markers or signs that attested to the lives of slaves in America. She envisioned benches near spots where enslaved and freed Africans made their mark on history. More than two decades later, a literary society dedicated to her work has taken on the task of placing benches and informational plaques at sites where history was made. The effort is the brainchild of the Toni Morrison Society, a group of scholars who in 2006 launched a project to see her wish fulfilled.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles Wilbert Hilliard McCabe, 72, of Yeadon, a longtime music scholar and teacher in the Philadelphia public schools, died Thursday, Nov. 13, of cardiac amyloidosis at his home. A child prodigy reared in South and then West Philadelphia, Dr. McCabe had memorized the city's major streets by age 6, began to study piano at age 3, and at 6 appeared in a musical program with the singer and actor Paul Robeson, his family said. His uncle Charles A. McCabe, a violinist and trailblazer for musicians of color, was the young Dr. McCabe's role model.
NEWS
August 27, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
LULA MAE FLOWERS might have stood just 5 feet tall, but you didn't want to get her riled up. One way to really bring out Lula Mae's combative nature was to do or say anything against her family. "We must be very clear that if you tried to harm her family - especially her boys - this 5-foot lady would single-handedly make you regret that decision," her family said in a tribute. Other than that, Lula Mae was a loving and nurturing woman, a cook whose pigs feet and barbecue ribs were family legends, and a shopper whose devotion to finding a bargain kept storekeepers on their toes all over the city.
NEWS
April 22, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
POLICE IN Collingdale, Delaware County have identified a person of interest in what they believe was an intentional hit-and-run that left a borough man seriously injured. Investigators want to talk to Conroy Williams, the owner of a black Range Rover that allegedly mowed down Joel Witherspoon, 36, early Saturday morning outside his home on Bedford Avenue. "It would behoove him to come and talk to us," Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said of Williams, of Philadelphia. Adams said a detective interviewed Witherspoon yesterday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Witherspoon provided Williams' name.
NEWS
April 19, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLLINGDALE Every day, Olga Ortiz prays at the tiny shrine she erected a year ago in her Newark, N.J., apartment, right after her daughter, Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez, went missing. "She just disappeared," Ortiz said this week, likening the last year to a long and very bad dream. "To this day I just don't know where my daughter is. " On April 19, 2013, Ortiz-Rodriguez walked out of her Collingdale home to catch a train to visit her friend Evie Ramos in Newark. She never arrived.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL fled her Collingdale house with her 3-year-old sister yesterday morning, right before Delaware County Children and Youth Services workers were slated to take the siblings from their mother's home, police said. A 15-year-old cousin later joined the two, and police were still searching for all three and asking for the public's help in finding the girls, said Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams. Adams said police had been in contact with the girls via cellphone, but the girls refused to provide their location.
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