August 26, 2015 |
The fire station that sits along Spruce Street in tiny Colwyn Borough isn't much. A handful of bunk beds, a small hall, and two fire trucks rest within the concrete walls that have yellowed over decades. At the entrance, for months, many of the red letters spelling the name of the company - Colwyn Boro Fire Co. Station 92 - were missing, leaving a jumbled scramble of letters and words. Only recently were they replaced. To onlookers, the unassuming fire company, created more than a century ago in the Delaware County borough of 2,500, idles in a state of disarray.
July 28, 2015 |
Mary Ann Mellon Melchiorre, 79, of Ardmore, a mother, lawyer, and brokerage firm officer, died Thursday, July 16, of complications from dementia at Saunders House in Wynnewood. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Lawrence J. and Kathryn Pizzagno Mellon. Ms. Melchiorre grew up in Colwyn and graduated from West Catholic High School. She went to work for the former Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania, where she met Joseph Melchiorre. The two married and moved to Ardmore to raise a family.
May 26, 2015 |
After years of financial disarray, government infighting, and lawsuits, Delaware County's tiny Colwyn Borough has been thrown a life preserver. Earlier this month, it entered the state's Act 47 program, a near last-resort option for towns declared "financially distressed," and after nearly three weeks Colwyn officials say they are making progress in their efforts to save the troubled 0.3-square-mile borough. Colwyn leaders next month will begin meeting with a state-appointed coordinator, who will work with borough officials to develop a comprehensive recovery plan.
April 17, 2015 |
Stephen Rozniakowski was so enraged when he found out that his former girlfriend, Valerie Morrow, had bought a new car with her husband that on Dec. 12, 2014, he phoned her 60 times and sent her 20 e-mails while she was at work. The harassment continued for two more days, as the former Colwyn Borough police officer threatened to release personal information and photos, and "embarrass her at work" if she didn't respond. Even as Morrow applied for a protection-from-abuse order on Dec. 15, he continued to call.
February 24, 2015 |
The council members sat quietly and cast their votes, unanimously agreeing to seek state assistance to manage Colwyn Borough's finances. Moments later, they started screaming. Again. They shouted, pointed fingers, and paced the room. The council president - who had forgotten his gavel - banged an eyeglass case on the table in a futile effort to quiet the group. It was a typical Thursday evening at Colwyn Borough Hall. The Delaware County borough government is fraught with infighting, lawsuits, allegations of wrongdoing, and an investigation by county detectives into potential financial mismanagement.
February 6, 2015 |
A former Colwyn Borough police officer who was entangled in scandal when he Tasered a teenager in 2012 has been charged with falsely claiming he is still a Colwyn officer. Trevor Parham, 42, of Yeadon, was arraigned this week on charges of impersonating a public official. He was stopped for speeding in Lower Merion in October, according to a police affidavit, and told the officer he was a Colwyn officer. Parham was acquitted of criminal charges in 2012 for Tasering a 16-year-old boy shackled to a bench in a holding cell, in a case that drew attention to the small Delaware County borough's police department.
December 18, 2014 |
Hours after resigning from the Colwyn police force, a man fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and wounded her 15-year-old daughter at their home in Glenolden on Monday night, officials said. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said his office could seek the death penalty against Stephen Rozniakowski. The 9 p.m. shooting occurred just hours after Rozniakowski was served with a protection-from-abuse order for Valerie Morrow. Whelan said Rozniakowski had been "obsessively" stalking Morrow since she ended a relationship with him and returned to her husband in the summer.
May 9, 2014 |
COLWYN At the least, Paula M. Brown says, the records that she has uncovered since taking over as manager of Colwyn Borough are unsettling. They may even be criminal. One councilwoman in the tiny Delaware County borough signed checks from the borough coffers to her husband. Another was paid after resigning from the council. A third says she lent the borough $15,000 out of her own pocket to cover its payroll, and is now seeking repayment. And a onetime ranking police officer took home nearly $100,000 in pay in a single year - for what was supposed to be a part-time job. Brown said she has turned those records and others over to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, which has acknowledged it is investigating possible financial mismanagement by borough officials.
April 29, 2014 |
SOMETIMES Catherine Stumm would break off a phone call and say, "I've got to drive the old ladies. " Never mind that the "old ladies" at the Southwest Philadelphia Senior Center were probably 10 to 20 years younger than she was. To Catherine, chronological age meant nothing. It was how you felt, and Catherine was vigorous, fun and rarin' to go well into her 80s. Catherine M. Stumm, who worked part time at the old G.C. Murphy Co. five-and-dime while raising six children then went to work in the payroll department of the former Quartermaster Depot, a loving family matriarch and devoted churchgoer, died Friday.
March 5, 2014 |
Its rowhouses and twins are tucked neatly into less than a third of a square mile in easternmost Delaware County, Philadelphia a splash away across Cobbs Creek. Colwyn, founded in the 17th century, was once a sleepy bedroom community. Now it's a hotbed of discord, with a fractious government, a police department emerging from chaos, and, most recently, allegations of fiscal malfeasance. "It's just a mess," said a borough councilman, Frederick Lesher. That's hard to dispute.