A package spotted near commuter rail lines in Lansdale puts a halt to train service. Lansdale police were called to the Pennbrook station shortly before six Thursday evening when a conductor saw a package near the tracks. All outbound and in-bound service was immediately brought to a standstill until police could arrive. Lansdale and septa police, along with the Montgomery county bomb squad responded the Pennbrook station. The package was destroyed by the bomb squad just before 8pm. Upon further examination, it was determined that the package did not contain explosive materials. The package was wedged against the outside of a rail.
A Lansdale man, on the lamb from Florida authorities, won’t be making it to pawn stars anytime soon. He was arrested just after three Monday morning in Lansdale borough’s Stoney Creek Park. The park is closed during the overnight hours. Police say, one of the two people inside a car was identified as 28-year old Charles Farnsworth, who is wanted by Sarasota police for allegedly dealing in stolen property and false ownership of pawn items. Farnsworth is being held on 150,000 cash bail in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, pending extradition to Florida.
An elderly woman in Hilltown Township is scammed out of nearly 37-hundred dollars. Hilltown Township Police Chief,Christopher Engelhart says, the crime happened Monday evening. Engelhart says, a man called identifying himself as the woman’s grandson, asking for 1,845 because he was in an accident. The woman complied and wired the money, but the man called again and the woman sent an identical amount.
“Hopefully we get the message out there they always have to verify this information. Get return phone numbers, call other family members. Try to contact the person from your own contact information that requesting the money so you can again verify the story.”
Engelhart says, the man who identified himself as the woman’s grandson said he was calling from Spain. The elderly woman wired the money to the scam artist from two different Giant supermarket locations.
A one-time North Wales resident will avoid jail time in connection with the theft of copper wiring, but he faces five years of court supervision. Authorities say Robert Diffenderfer conspired with two other men to steal copper wiring from utility poles in Pottstown and upper Providence. Pole say, Diffenderfer and his two accomplices committed the crimes in March and May of 2010. Verizon customers complained about service, which clued the company in on the source of the problem. Judge Thomas Branca has ordered Diffenderfer and the two other men to pay for the cost of the stolen copper, estimated at 8,974.