June 5, 1988 |
After only five months on the job, Montgomery County District Attorney Michael D. Marino has advanced a radical proposal that he says may amount to political suicide. "If I had any brains at all, I wouldn't even propose this," he said. His idea? A countywide police force. Marino's plan calls for absorbing current municipal police officers into the countywide force and making municipal police chiefs into regional directors, to be overseen by a county police commissioner.
March 3, 1991 |
After years of delays, Operation Fast Track is off and running. Fast Track, a county-run, drunken-driving processing center, was scheduled to open Friday night in Abington Township. Its debut marks the end of a four- year search for a location in the eastern end of Montgomery County. The county sheriff's office operates the center, which is designed to speed the processing of suspected drunken drivers arrested by municipal police. Area police departments from Cheltenham to Lower Moreland can use the facility, which will be staffed by three county deputies Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, according to Chief Deputy John T. Hennessey of the sheriff's office.
December 17, 1992 |
As a result of W. Russell G. Byers's Dec. 4 column, "Time to end the law- enforcement turf-wars," some rectification is needed. Mr. Byers has cited much incorrect information that is defamatory to the SEPTA Police Department and irresponsible to the public. The SEPTA Police Department is not a "security force. " It employs 230 police officers, not 328, does not employ anyone fired from the Philadelphia Police Department and provides far more than a "semblance of protection. " SEPTA police officers are cops in the full sense of that term.
December 17, 1988 |
There are no accidents on his record. No moving violations. His hair is white. And his address: 18 Reindeer Lane, North Alaska. Yes, Santa Claus has a valid driver's license. The data kept on St. Nick by the National Crime Information Center is sketchy, but it does clear up a few mysteries. According to the computer report, for instance, Santa Claus will be celebrating his 89th birthday this Christmas. Here is the no-nonsense profile of Santa contained in the center's official files: Date of Birth: Dec. 25, 1899 Address: 18 Reindeer Lane, North Alaska Weight: 250 pounds Hair: White Eyes: Blue Status of License: Clear Expiration date: None The startling discovery that even Santa Claus has a paper trail was made recently by some municipal police officers in South Jersey.
July 21, 2012 |
Listen up, aggressive drivers in Pennsylvania. Between now and Aug. 16, police will be targeting - and ticketing - you. Don't even think about running red lights, speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, or failing to yield the right of way. Police statewide are mounting a campaign to reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths caused by aggressive driving, officials said Thursday at a news briefing in East Norriton Township....
July 30, 2009 |
Montgomery County authorities found what they called a bicycle chop shop at the home of a teenager whom they charged with assault after a confrontation on the Schuylkill River Trail last week ended in gunfire. The boy, a 17-year-old from Norristown who was not identified, was charged yesterday in juvenile court with simple assault and was held pending a disposition hearing. A week earlier, police said, Joseph James DePaul Jr., 27, of Norristown, reported firing six shots from a semiautomatic pistol at two teenagers who he said had harassed and assaulted him on the trail in Plymouth Township.
January 20, 1991 |
After almost four years of delays, Operation Fast Track, a drunken-driving processing center, is scheduled to open in Abington next month. Fast Track, a Montgomery County program aimed at speeding up processing of suspected drunken drivers, is expected to open its center on Fitzwatertown Road in the Ardsley section of the township, according to Louis Clewell, Abington Police special projects officer. The proposed site is owned by Abington Township and would be located in a vacant house at the entrance of its municipal sewage plant.
May 9, 1990 |
Why are judges addressed as "honorable"? Does the TV show L.A. Law really show what it's like to be a prosecutor? How can a public defender represent someone he knows is guilty? A panel of judges, lawyers and police chiefs was asked those questions during a Law Day seminar at Gateway Regional High School. The practice of calling judges "honorable" was a custom in English courts, from which the American legal system is descended, said Gloucester County Superior Court Judge John S. Holston Jr. Other English traditions still exist, such as the judge's wearing of black robes, he said.
April 6, 1989 |
An arsenal of legal cases, actuarial figures and gruesome accident photos was unleashed upon Montgomery County police chiefs last Thursday to drive home a single point: While the state's two-year-old seat-belt law saves lives, police will be more inclined to enforce it when they themselves are forced to wear seat belts while on duty. "Law enforcement officers are not going to enforce safety-belt laws until they start wearing them themselves," JoAnn O'Hara, a highway traffic specialist with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told the group of about 50 chiefs.