A Hamilton, New Jersey man is behind bars in connection with allegedly using a note that threatened he had a gun in order to rob the Citizens Bank branch on Knapp road in Montgomery Township, just after 3pm on May 23rd. Montgomery Township Police say, the bank branch is located in the Montgomeryville Giant Supermarket. Police say 38-year-old Freddie Feliciano fled the scene with 12-hundred dollars. Feliciano’s escape was short lived, when he drove through Towamencin Township and was stopped by officers on Sumneytown Pike, near Bustard Road. Feliciano faces a host of charges and is being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility after failing to post 100,000 bail.
In an effort to enhance the safety of police officers in the North Penn valley, two hospitals have donated bullet proof vests to the North Penn Tactical Team, which consists of officers from various local police departments.
Gary Candia is the C.E.O of Abington Health Lansdale Hospital.
“We decided to provide the tactical team with two vests, one from Abington Health Lansdale and one from Abington Memorial Hospital. We purchased the vests at a cost of two-thousand dollars each.”
Candia adds, the tactical team made a presentation to the hospital’s business council about its procedures, which led both hospitals to act to assist the tactical team with the bullet proof vests.
North Wales is looking to hire a new Chief of Police. Officials expect to receive nearly one-hundred applications for the chief’s position. The Chief’s responsibilities, unlike other departments, will include a regular patrol shift, due to the small size of the department. Terry Hammerstone has served as the chief on an interim basis since January after the resignation of Chief Harry Hackert in February over an assault incident in the Poconos. June 21st is the deadline to apply for the position.
The Lower Gwynedd Township Police Department has a new to cop. He’s also a familiar face to residents and staff. Paul Kenny was sworn-in as the new Police Chief of Lower Gwynedd Township. Kenny started with the department as a patrolman in 1985. Kenny takes over for Chief John Scholly, who recently retired after holding the position for the last ten years.