January 11, 2015 |
A Darby Township police officer was acquitted Friday of charges that he stalked and kidnapped two women he had stopped in separate incidents. But the Delaware County Court jury, which deliberated about three hours, found him guilty of three lesser charges, including abuse of power. Judge Mary Alice Brennan placed Christopher Scott, 36, of Wallingford, accused of soliticting sex from the 23-year-old women, on electronic home monitoring until sentencing in April. Scott cried as the verdicts were read.
November 18, 2014 |
When Police Officer Gene Mackey heard the radio call about a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he had no way of knowing that the victim was a child. As it turned out, Mackey, an officer in Folcroft, and Sharon Hill Patrolman Stephen Mummo may have saved the 10-year-old's life after they rushed to the shooting scene at a Darby Township auto-body shop. In interviews Monday, they described the drama Saturday night after the boy accidentally shot himself with his father's .357 Magnum.
August 14, 2014 |
A 19-year-old Delaware County volunteer firefighter allegedly enlisted a juvenile in setting fire to three vacant homes - then responded with his fire company to put out two of them - police said. John P. Corcoran IV, 19, of Glenolden, is charged with arson, reckless burning or exploding, criminal mischief, corruption of minors, reckless endangering another person, and related crimes, according to court records. Corcoran, who volunteers for Goodwill Fire Company 77 in Darby Township, was remanded to the county jail after failing to post $250,000 bail.
July 3, 2014 |
When people think about helping the hungry at holiday time, they're picturing Thanksgiving or Christmas - not the Fourth of July. Few do-gooders donate turkeys in 90-degree weather. But, experts say, this is the hungriest time of the year for low-income families whose children are out of school and often are not eating breakfast or lunch. That's why Vanessa Poe has been feeding kids this summer at the Lee Taliaferro Library in Darby Township. "Without these meals, I really don't know what they'd be eating," said Poe, 59, a local caterer and trained social worker who volunteers both as director of the library and head of a community feeding program for children.
August 1, 2013 |
A Darby Township police officer has been charged with stalking and kidnapping after allegedly detaining two women he stopped in separate incidents, taking them to a park, and repeatedly asking one "what she could do" to avoid an arrest. Christopher H. Scott, 34, of Berwyn, also was charged with assault, harassment, unlawful restraint, and related crimes, and was being held at the Delaware County jail on $50,000 bail, the District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. The affidavit of probable cause gives the following account: On Saturday, a 23-year-old Upper Darby woman was driving from R.P. McMurphy's Tavern on MacDade Boulevard in Ridley Township shortly after 1:30 a.m. when she was pulled over by Scott for failing to stop and having an expired registration.
April 3, 2013 |
A Delaware County man has filed a civil lawsuit against two Darby Township police officers, one of whom allegedly beat him, causing head injuries that required a 10-day hospital stay. "This is an egregious assault and battery," said Joseph Oxman, lawyer for Samuel Mirra of Nicole Lane in Darby Township. The officers, Daniel Fynes and Detective John Lundell, could not be reached for comment. Township Solicitor Michael Pierce had no comment. The township is also named in the suit.
March 3, 2013 |
Samuel C. Alexander, 91, of Darby Township, a retired building inspector and ship's carpenter who was active in his community and church, died Sunday, Feb. 24, at an assisted living facility in Southfield, Mich. He had been in Michigan since 2011 to be close to a daughter and a son who live there. Mr. Alexander was a building inspector for 27 years in Darby Township. He inspected residential and commercial buildings, churches, and other structures, retiring in 1992. For part of that time, Mr. Alexander, a Navy veteran, also worked as a shipwright (ship's carpenter)
February 10, 2013 |
ASIXTH-GRADER at a Darby Township school has been in a medically induced coma for more than two weeks after another student allegedly thumped him. Family members of Bailey O'Neill, 11, said two students were bullying the boy when one of them punched Bailey in the face, breaking his nose. Bailey was checked out by doctors at DuPont Hospital in Delaware and released, but a few days later, he started having violent seizures. "The doctors say it is a result of a blow to the head," the boy's grandmother, Joy Fecanin, told the Delaware County Times . The superintendent of the Southeast Delco School District said the district was cooperating with Darby Township police, who are investigating.
November 29, 2012 |
JOSEPH R. Santoliquito liked nothing better than to don his Eagles sweatshirt, grab a beer and chill out watching a game. Joe deserved some downtime after he retired. Raising three children after his wife died in 1977, he worked three jobs to keep the family going, walking to each one from his home in Darby Township, and was lucky if he got four hours' sleep. Did he lament his plight? Hardly. That wasn't Joe Santoliquito's style. He did what he had to do and accepted his situation like the man he was. Joseph Santoliquito, a 20-year employee of the old Jerrold Electronics Co. and former office administrator for Darby Township, an Army veteran and a quiet man who took a little prodding to become the life of the party, died Sunday.