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.
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.
A Hatfield man faces a court hearing in connection with allegedly leading Lansdale Borough Police on a chase that eventually ended in front of his home. The August 24th incident started just before 2:30 in the morning, when a Lansdale Borough Police officers saw two men banging on the windows of a blue truck, urging Richard Handy, to get out of the vehicle. Police say, handy took off, driving around another police car at Squirrel Avenue that tried to stop him. Handy stopped at his home on Peaceful Drive, where according to police, he resisted arrest and began yelling, release the pit bulls. Handy face a on October 10th. Police say, Handy’s breathe test showed he was twice over the legal limit. His girlfriend was in the passenger’s seat. She was not charged.