Law enforcement officials in Lansdale are taking a bite out of crime. Police Chief Bob McDyre Wednesday night told borough council there was a 30% drop in Part One crime last year. Those are serious offenses like murder, rape, assault, robbery, auto theft and burglary. Chief McDyre says the police are getting the upper hand because of proactive measures like directive patrols. That's assigning manpower in the most troublesome areas at the right time based on statistics. The police are also keeping the heat up on drug dealers and making the owners of bars and taverns responsible for the impact they have on the community. Chief McDyre credits borough council for providing the police department with the funding it needs to put enough officers out on the street.
An Upper Dublin High School teacher is charged with improper contact with a student. Investigators say 40-year-old Cheryl Bremble of West Moreland Avenue in Hatboro sent a teenage girl sexually explicit text messages. They also say she gave the underage girl a sex device on school property. Bremble was arraigned Friday on charges that include endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of a minor and criminal use of a communication device. She is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.