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October 13, 1991 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, Special to The Inquirer
A proposal to build 58 homes on a parcel of land along Burton Avenue was turned down Wednesday by the Darby Township commissioners. The proposal, by developer Charles Rappa, was rejected because it was incomplete, said Township Solicitor Michael Pearce. Rappa "has not provided us with answers to a significant number of questions" raised by the township and county Planning Commissions, Pearce said. He said Rappa had not addressed such matters as storm-water management, a sewer system, road widening and engineering problems.
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January 1, 1989 | By Terence Samuel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The way some Darby Township residents see it, the Bonsall tract would be an ideal site for modern, middle-income housing. But if the Delaware County Redevelopment Authority has its way, the 36-acre tract in the township's southern end would become a light-industrial complex. Authority officials say that an industrial park would create jobs, generate tax revenues and generally provide a shot in the arm for the area. Residents, however, say homes are a higher priority for an area for which the people feel a strong attachment.
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November 22, 2010 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
IN SEPTEMBER 2005, Darby Township Solicitor Michael Pierce presented a proposed tax-collection contract to the township manager for the manager's "review and approval. " The township's three Republican commissioners voted unanimously the following month to approve that deal, under which a small company, EM Services Inc., would be paid a commission to collect current and delinquent taxes and fees from residents and businesses. It's a convenient arrangement for Pierce, the president-elect of the Delaware County Bar Association who is considering running for district judge in Aston Township.
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January 13, 2011 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
When Tiffany Ellison spends hours shoveling out a parking spot in front of her Darby Township house, she wants to be able to save it, not only because of the sweat she put in, but also because she's afraid of having to walk by drug dealers and users if she's forced to park far away. "I barely feel safe from my front door to my car right up front," she said. But after a unanimous vote last night, Ellison and other Darby Township residents face a $300 to $1,000 fine for what has become a tradition in the Philadelphia region - saving shoveled-out parking spaces with items that have about as much sentimental value as a cold.
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November 9, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County volunteer fire company has been suspended after the township had concerns about how it was administered and whether it had sufficient funds to continue. Fire Company No. 4 in Darby Township, at Hook and Green Hill Roads, was shuttered Sunday. Fire services will be covered by other volunteer companies in the area, township officials said. The township has three fire companies, including No. 4. "We are trying to work with them," Township Solicitor Michael Pierce said.
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November 10, 1997 | by Mister Mann Frisby, Daily News Staff Writer
Miguel Osborne is greeted by what he calls the "three words" each time he comes home from a hard day's work. Since February, the spray-painted slur has marked his Darby Township garage and screen door, along with an anti-Christ symbol and the letters, "KKK. " Last week, somebody added a new insult. Osborne, 29, a professional actor and dancer who is black, shares a home on Tremont Drive with his elderly aunt, who owns the house, and his cousin, Dr. Arthur Williams. The neighborhood is mostly white.
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July 3, 1997 | By Melissa Milewski, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 22-year-old township man was arrested early yesterday on charges of possessing 70 bags of crack cocaine, including 11 found in his mouth, police said. George Earland of the 1000 block of Burnside Road is charged with possession with intent to deliver and is being held in Delaware County Prison with bail set at $50,000, police said. His preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Glenolden District Court before District Justice Peter P. Tozer. Darby Township police said they received a call about 12:10 a.m. yesterday that a man was carrying a gun outside the Sharon Bar in the 800 block of Sharon Avenue.
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July 30, 1990 | By Terence Samuel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The southern half of Darby Township is 98 percent black and 98 percent Democratic. The northern half is 98 percent white and equally Republican. The township's odd geography accentuates those divisions. The two sections are separated by four other Delaware County boroughs - a physical division that is the result of nearly 200 years of slicing new boroughs and townships out of colonial Darby Township. They are also separated by a sense of alienation, distrust and hostility that is a constant, thumping pulse beneath life in Darby Township.
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November 20, 1996 | By Mara Stanley, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Board of Commissioners approved a $1.5 million bond issue Monday night to finance construction of a new municipal building in the first block of Bartram Avenue. The complex, which will include a new district court, will replace the municipal building at 1063 Cedarwood Rd. No construction timetable has been set. In addition to the new building, the bond proceeds will also be used to retire existing debt of $324,000 and for capital improvements such as buying new police and fire vehicles, said Township Manager John B. Ryan Jr. The vote was 3-2. Commissioners Lawrence F. Patterson, James J. Sandone and John F. Hennesy voted to approve the bond issue.
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June 3, 1993 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Delaware County law enforcement officers and local police made an early morning sweep through Darby Township yesterday, arresting 16 suspected drug dealers. About 40 officers - most of them dressed in the black tactical gear worn by SWAT teams - burst into 10 homes between 6 and 6:30 a.m. No drugs were found in the homes, said Chief Robert Thompson of Darby Township, but some suspects were found to be carrying small amounts of drugs. The sweep ended a six-month investigation by Darby Township police, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office and the county Criminal Investigation Division.
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August 7, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
YOU'RE PROBABLY sick and tired of feeling like you're missing out on something fun, stuck at your stinking job all summer while your friends post beach photos on Facebook all the livelong day. Well, we have good news for nonvacationing voters who live in Northeast Philly, Southwest Philly and Darby Township: You get to participate in a special election on Tuesday! Wait, come back . . . Two state House seats are up for grabs because the pols who recently held them resigned under wildly different circumstances.
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April 30, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Delaware County police officer convicted of falsely imprisoning two women - allegedly making a suggestive comment to one - during routine stops was sentenced Tuesday to six years' probation. County Court Judge Mary Alice Brennan also fined Christopher Scott, 36, of Berwyn, Chester County, a part-time officer in Darby Township at the time of the incidents, $2,000, and ordered him to undergo psychological evaluation. In January, Scott was convicted of two misdemeanor charges, false imprisonment and abuse of power, and acquitted of more serious charges of stalking and kidnapping the women.
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March 31, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities on Sunday confirmed the identity of the Darby Borough police officer who was shot to death in his home. Chief Michael DiLenno of the Yeadon Fire Company confirmed in an interview with NBC10 the slain officer was Mark Allen Hudson, 26, a part-time police officer who also volunteered with Yeadon Fire Company No. 1. "It was kind of an around-the-clock thing for him," DiLenno said. "He would come up in the middle of the night, after he would get off day work being in a police car all day, for a fire call.
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March 31, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
EVERYONE HAS that friend or co-worker, the eternally grateful person who's just happy to be alive - and can make you feel the same way by their sheer proximity. For first responders in eastern Delaware County, that guy was 26-year-old Mark Hudson, a part-time police officer in Darby Borough for the past four years and a volunteer firefighter in Yeadon since he was a teenager. In fact, Hudson said as much on his Facebook page just two months ago. "Everyday above ground is a great day," Hudson wrote in a January status update that made its way around the Internet again yesterday.
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March 30, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
An off-duty Darby Borough police officer died Saturday night after being shot in his home in Darby Township, officials said. The officer was shot around 4:30 p.m., said Darby Borough Police Chief Robert Smythe. Richard Womack, Darby Township police commissioner, said the officer was shot once in the chest. Further details about the shooting were not immediately clear. Around 10:30 p.m., Womack said detectives were still investigating the scene, on the 600 block of Magnolia Avenue.
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January 11, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 18, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 14, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 3, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 1, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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