Police: Suspect Tossed Molotov Cocktail at Delco Sheriffs Sergeant

Photo courtesy of the Delaware County Sheriffs Department.

A 39-year-old Collingdale man was arraigned today on a slew of charges after authorities say he threw a Molotov cocktail at a Delaware County Sheriffs Sergeant, severely burning the man, during an hour-long standoff with police at his home on Wednesday.

Jeromy Jones was charged with several counts each of attempted murder, assault on an officer, arson and reckless endangerment along with other related offenses on Thursday. He was ordered held at George W. Hill Correctional Facility after failing to post $1 million bail. Read more »

Delco Wendy’s Was Charging Customers Philly Soda Tax

I’ve been waiting for this to happen… A business located outside of Philadelphia limits was recently caught adding the city’s controversial tax on sugary beverages to customers’ bills, multiple local outlets have reported.

Representatives from the Ridley Park Wendy’s say a software glitch caused cash registers to add the $0.45 surcharge meant for taxing beverages within Philadelphia to orders taken by the Delaware County franchise on Monday. The programming error lasted for several hours but has since been corrected. Read more »

Hockey Dad Calls Late-Game Fight “Assault”

Last week, Central Bucks West and Ridley met in a Flyers Cup semifinal. C.B. West dominated the game, leading 7-1 in the third period. That’s when things got actually ugly.

As shown in videos posted to social media, a fight broke out with about seven minutes left in the game. People in the crowd were shouting “Fuck him up!” The brawl continued for a while, with one Ridley player even coming from off the ice to join.

The game was called at that point, and C.B. West was given the 7-1 win. A parent wrote on Facebook decrying the Ridley team: “Since he couldn’t win the game, he tried to sabotage our season!”

Now another parent of a C.B. West teen who was injured during the fight is calling it an assault. Read more »

Soon, You’ll Be Able to Live at the Granite Run Mall

Kids don’t hang out at the mall anymore. Neither do adults. The rise of online shopping and other non-mall retail has driven many malls to close. One of those was Media’s Granite Run Mall, which ceased operations in 2015 after 39 years.

But as the Inquirer detailed yesterday, the mall is moving forward with its transformation. As shopping malls fall out of favor, city-like downtown retail destinations are in. And the owners of the former Granite Run Mall have now revealed renderings for the site that include a movie theater, restaurant, bowling alley and — yes — 400 apartments. People don’t hang out at the mall anymore, but they might soon live at it. Read more »

Robert De Niro to Appear at State Store in Delco Friday

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Robert De Niro is returning to Delco tomorrow. And you have a chance to meet him — and buy his brand of vodka.

De Niro — who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Patrizio “Pat” Solitano, Sr. in the Delaware County-shot Silver Linings Playbook — will appear tomorrow at the opening of a new state-run liquor store about 30 miles from Philly.

The new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store is at the Brandywine Mills shopping center at U.S. 202 and Applied Card Way in Glen Mills. Read more »

Body Found at Ridley Creek State Park in Media

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Photo of Ridley Creek State Park by Smallbones. Licensed under CC0 via Commons.

Just 15 minutes from Philadelphia, Delco’s woodsy and pastoral Ridley Creek State Park draws hundreds of hikers, anglers, horseback riders, picknickers, hunters, sledders and cross-country skiers to its 2,600 acres each year. It’s a beautiful spot, but one that seemed less than idyllic on New Year’s Day, when a hiker who was walking off-trail discovered a dead body. According to police, the “skeletonized” condition of the body suggests the white female was dead for several months before she was found. Investigators note that the dead woman was tall and thin, and was probably in her late teens or early 20s.

Such a discovery naturally sets off alarm bells for families of missing persons. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood initially told the Delco Daily Times that he believed the remains might be those of Amanda De Guio, a 24-year-old mother of two who went missing from her mother’s Drexel Hill home in June of 2014. Amanda’s mother, Joanne De Guio, told the Times that the family got a call from State Police on Friday. “We just gave a description but haven’t heard anything. We’re all very distraught. Right now it’s hard. We don’t know what to do. Until we hear a name, it’s very nerve-wracking.”

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Report: Abington Police, Delco DA Handed Out Dangerous Spyware

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Back in 2011, Action News ran a story about ComputerCop, which was described as “a new Internet monitoring software designed to protect young people from online predators.” Police departments and other authorities around the country were distributing ComputerCop to freaked out To Catch a Predator-bingeing parents, including, according to a new report, in Abington Township and Delaware County. But now we’re learning that ComputerCop may have done far more harm than good. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Delco Residents Protest Strip Mall Proposal

 

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With clumps of vacant commercial properties already taking up room in parts of Brookhaven, it’s no wonder the borough’s council members are keeping mum on a proposal the Inquirer’s Laura McCrystal calls “one of the borough’s only large parcels of open space.” Currently, the space is a baseball field and wooded lot.

The plan involves developing 26 acres of the 56-acre lot on the corner of Edgmont Avenue and Coeburn Boulevard, which the Chester Water Authority owns. Developers interested in the space plan to build a Giant Supermarket (the Giant currently across from the space would relocate to the new development), LA Fitness, restaurant, and retail space. Preliminary plans from developer Robert Hill included 770 parking spaces.

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