The Pa. Dept. of Transportation, and State Police will be out in force this weekend with an initiative to prevent crashes due drink drivers or motorists who use drugs and become impaired behind the wheel. PennDot’s Brad Rudolf says, the campaign, which started in mid-august is called
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”
“And it’s going to run through Monday Sept. 2nd through the Labor Holiday. PennDot distributes money to various municipalities and the State Police to keep the roads safe and bring more awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, whether it be alcohol or drug use behind the wheel.”
Rudolf adds, Police will also be looking for drivers who use drugs and drive. Last year in Pa., there were over 33-hundred drug related crashes. Rudolf was a guest on the AM-Edition with Darryl Berger
Ken Nolan, former treasurer of the Upper Gwynedd Fire company, will remain free on 100,000 dollars bail after waiving his court hearing Tuesday. Nolan now faces a formal arraignment on October 23rd to face charges, accusing him of stealing nearly 250-thousand dollars from the Upper Gwynedd Fire Company from 2006 to 2012, when he was ousted from the treasurer’s position. Officials with the Upper Gwynedd Fire Company conducted an audit of expenditures and found that Nolan misappropriated fire company money. Fire company officials then turned the information over to Montgomery County D-A Risa Ferman, who charged Nolan with numerous offenses, including theft and receiving stolen property. Investigators discovered that Nolan, among other purchases, flew to Las Vegas 15 times.
Department veteran, William Tierney, will take over as chief on Monday. The Board of Commissioners made the appointment official Wednesday night. Tierney has been with the Hatfield Township Police Department since 1985. Tierney started as a patrolman, then moved up to Sergeant in 1998 and Lt. in 2007. Tierney takes over for retiring Chief Mark Toomey who was appointed Chief in 2003. Toomey joined the department in 1977.
September 13th will signal a sad day for a family and a local police department. The date will mark one year since Plymouth Township Police Officer, Bradley Fox, was killed in the line of duty at the hands of convicted felon, Andrew Thomas, who purchased a gun and used it to kill Officer Fox. Thomas killed himself after taking Fox’s life. The man who sold the gun to Thomas, Michael Henry, was sentenced to 20 to 66 years in prison. The Philadelphia man now wants a reduced sentenced, saying through his lawyer, the sentence handed down was too harsh and that the courtroom mood was circus-like. Henry’s lawyer has filed papers in Montgomery County Court asking for a reduced sentence for Henry.