January 21, 2014 |
CHESTER A fog of thick, black diesel smoke spewed into the neighborhood air as Horace Strand watched the endless line of trucks rumble along Thurlow Street, just before dawn on the day 23 years ago that the Westinghouse incinerator opened along the Chester riverfront. It brought him to tears. Dust and debris from the trucks headed to the incinerator and to another plant that sterilized contaminated medical waste became the bane of the neighborhood. Residents complained of respiratory problems.
June 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - On a day in which the judge lost his temper twice with Roger Clemens' lawyers, the defense turned Wednesday to the soon-to-be-ex-wife of Brian McNamee, Eileen, in the former pitcher's perjury trial. Brian McNamee testified Eileen McNamee harangued him with the words "You're going to go down! You're going to go down! You're going to go down!" - pestering him until he saved medical waste from an alleged steroids injection of Clemens so that he wouldn't be the fall guy in any sort of drugs investigation.
August 16, 2011 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - Forty-seven syringes, believed to be medical waste that was improperly disposed of, were found Monday on the beachfront between Cambridge and Dorset Avenues after an initial discovery by an early-morning jogger, according to police. The hypodermic needles were not thought to have washed in from the ocean before landing on the bulkhead and dune areas and on the Boardwalk, Ventnor Police Lt. Howard Bloom said Monday afternoon. After a search of the area by police, the Atlantic County Health Department judged the beach safe to remain open.
March 16, 2010 |
A Main Line dentist who dumped syringes and other medical waste in the waters off Avalon, closing beaches there and setting off a panic at the Jersey Shore shortly before Labor Day 2008, yesterday agreed to pay $100,000 to the resort. Thomas W. McFarland Jr., 61, of Wynnewood, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful discharge of water pollutants before Superior Court Judge Raymond A. Batten. McFarland will serve no jail time. The charge - a fourth-degree crime - was downgraded from two third-degree counts that each carried a penalty of up to five years in prison.
March 16, 2010 |
Thomas McFarland will have to pay $100,000 for having dumped needles that washed up along the beaches of Avalon, but the Montgomery County dentist won't go to jail. Yesterday, McFarland, 61, of Wynnewood, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree charge of dumping medical debris from his practice into the waters near Avalon in summer 2008. The plea deal means McFarland will serve probation and pay the borough $100,000. The night of Aug. 22, 2008, according to court documents, McFarland set off in his Boston Whaler from his waterfront home in Middle Township, near Avalon, into Townsends Inlet and dumped nearly 250 dental needles, capsules used to hold dental filling material, cotton swabs and other debris into the water.
December 4, 2009 |
A Main Line dentist will go to trial in April in state Superior Court in Cape May County on charges that he dumped hundreds of pieces of medical waste into a Jersey Shore waterway and fouled Avalon beaches in August 2008. Thomas McFarland, 60, of Wynnewood, is charged with the unlawful discharge of a pollutant and disposal of medical waste. Investigators said he dumped a bag containing 260 used syringes, 180 cotton swabs, and other items from his practice off his Boston Whaler boat into Townsends Inlet on Aug. 22, 2008.
August 1, 2009 |
The Main Line dentist accused of dumping medical waste off the Jersey Shore last summer has hired the Camden County defense attorney who recently represented former State Sen. Wayne Bryant. Thomas McFarland Jr., 60, who operated his practice from his Wynnewood home and owns a summer residence in the Avalon Manor section of Middle Township, yesterday appeared before Superior Court Judge Raymond Batten with Cherry Hill lawyer Carl Poplar. In May, McFarland was denied admission to a pre-trial intervention program that would have allowed him to avoid a trial and the possibility of jail time.
July 30, 2009 |
Suspicions of illegal dumping, and the widespread concern that follows, can really skew environmental statistics. New Jersey's 260 ocean and bay beaches were closed 208 times last summer, a 46 percent increase over the previous year. But more than half of the closures were attributed to medical waste - some of it deliberately dumped off shore, according to investigators, and discovered on Cape May County beaches. The summer of 2008 "was a fluke," said Virginia Loftin, a research scientist with the state Department of Environmental Protection.
July 16, 2009
Fumo's sentence was an insult On Saturday, you reported the release of H. Beatty Chadwick, a lawyer who spent 168 months in prison for contempt of court. He was never convicted of a crime, and, indeed, 14 years of investigation into his alleged crime (hiding money from his ex-wife) failed to find any supporting evidence, according to your story. And this Tuesday we learned that former State Sen. Vincent Fumo, another lawyer, who was convicted by a jury on 137 counts of corruption, was sentenced by federal Judge Ronald Buckwalter to a paltry 55 months in prison!
May 9, 2009 |
The Main Line dentist accused of dumping medical waste off the Jersey Shore last summer will have to stand trial. Thomas McFarland Jr., 60, who operated his practice from his Wynnewood home and owns a summer residence in the Avalon Manor section of Middle Township, yesterday was denied admission to a pre-trial intervention program. Acceptance would have allowed him to avoid court and eliminated the possibility of jail time. Eventually, his record would have been wiped clean.