Thursday, April 25, 2013
Police in Hatboro and Upper Moreland worked together to nab alleged drug dealer.
A Philadelphia man was found with 120 bags of heroin, seven bags of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana during a foiled drug exchange in Hatboro on Wednesday, the Montgomery County District Attorney said. Terrance Malik Anderson, 29, of the 2700 block of W. Master Street, Philadelphia, was charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver, possession of controlled substances and possession of marijuana. "Hatboro Police received information indicating that Anderson was engaged in the illegal distribution of narcotics in the Hatboro area," Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a statement released Thursday. Hatboro Police and Upper Moreland Police, assigned to the Montgomery County Drug Task …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Hatboro Mayor Norm Hawkes presented Hatboro Police Chief James Gardner with a plaque from the Enterprise Fire Co.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Police Chief James Gardner said Hatboro could be the first Montgomery County municipality to roll out new police radios.
While other municipalities budget their share of the $6 million cost of buying new police radios countywide, Hatboro has money in hand and is awaiting delivery of the long-awaited units. Hatboro Police Chief James Gardner said roughly $92,000 of a $125,000 grant the borough received several years ago will fund–in full–the purchase of 17 portables and seven car radios for the 14-member police department. The last time Hatboro bought radios was 1996, Gardner said. The outdated Motorola radios are no longer serviceable and are out of service, he said, adding that the department is using “loaners from the county” until the new devices arrive. The Montgomery County Commissioners, in December, approved the purchase of a $29.97 million public …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
By approving a lease agreement for an existing cell tower, the Hatboro Borough Council ensured that a merging telecommunications company would pay the town an extra $800.
In a matter of minutes, Hatboro elected officials secured $800 in additional revenue with little more than a vote, a few signatures and shipment of a FedEx package. The council voted Monday to approve a lease for an existing cell tower situated at the Hatboro Police Department, 120 E. Montgomery Ave. The last-minute consideration was not on the agenda and borough solicitor Kristin Pionzio said SBA Monarch Towers 1 LLC–which had merged with current cell tower lessee T-Mobile–had offered to pay Hatboro $800 if the council approved the lease Monday night. Pionzio said the lease is really a confirmation of terms "that are already in effect." "Everything's staying the same," Pionzio said of the lease, which will expire on July 11, 2015. As …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Hatboro Police have recovered an ATV that they believe may have been stolen.
Have you missed riding your ATV? Are you wondering what happened to it - or do you think it may have been stolen? The good news is that your lost all-terrain vehicle may have been recovered. The Hatboro Police Department recovered a quad bike on Feb. 18 at 2:27 a.m., after a caller said someone had been pushing the four-wheeled vehicle in the roadway near Norwyn and Crescent roads. According to police, the individual fled the area and abandoned the ATV in the road after a resident approached and informed him they were calling the police. The ATV is believed to have been stolen, police said, but they have not received any such recent reports. In addition, the ATV is not listed as stolen in the National Crime Information Center, police …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Hatboro hopes to sell three old police cars on Municibid.
A brand-new Ford Police Interceptor will soon join the Hatboro Police Department's fleet. With the addition of the $27,478 vehicle, the Hatboro Borough Council is looking to sell three 10-year-old police vehicles on Municibid - an online auction of government items ranging from automotive, furniture, parking meters, computers, seasonal items for snow and leaf removal and lots of miscellaneous items in between. "They rotate out the old cars," Hatboro Borough Manager Fred Zollers said of the cars, which he estimated have 120,000 miles each. The borough budgeted $33,000 for the new vehicle, he said. With the addition of lights, Zollers said the new police car would come close to the budgeted amount. In previous Munibid sales, Hatboro netted…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
With the addition of officer Ryan Allen, the Hatboro Police Department is back to a full staff of 14.
Hatboro ushered in a new police officer Monday night. Officer Ryan Allen, a 2004 Quakertown High School graduate who received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Penn State University, was sworn in during Monday night's Hatboro Borough Council meeting. In announcing Allen, Police Chief James Gardner shared that Allen graduated from the Montgomery County Police Academy and most recently served as a correctional officer at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. "He seems very qualified," Gardner told Patch. With the addition of Allen, Gardner said the police department will be back at "full strength" of 14 police officers. Allen is a replacement for officer Bob Ottey, who retired last year after 41 years of service
Monday, February 25, 2013
Architectural firm Thomas Comitta Associates Inc., as part of a facilities study, suggests that Hatboro make use of existing park space and reconfigure borough buildings.
Renovate, not replace. In a nutshell, that was the overall message that Thomas J. Comitta, president of West Chester-based town planners and landscape architect firm Thomas Comitta Associates Inc. recommended to the Hatboro Borough Council during Monday night's meeting. Comitta, who has worked in his profession for four decades and represented 115 municipalities, had been hired last year to carry out a facilities study of borough-owned buildings to determine how best to plan for the future. On Monday, he shared that $2.7 million worth of "adaptive reuse" fixes made more sense than previous plans to demolish and build anew. In all, Comitta said he looked at borough hall, the adjacent borough hall annex where Victorian Village Italian…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Hatboro Borough Council is awaiting a formal presentation from Thomas Committa Associates Inc. to outline how the borough can better address its facility needs.
Instead of building anew, an outside firm tasked with evaluating Hatboro's cramped and aging facilities is recommending that the borough "rearrange space," according to an official. Hatboro Council President John Zygmont said that architectural firm Thomas Committa Associates Inc. - or TCA - will make a formal presentation during the governing body's Feb. 25 to outline its recommendations. The council hired TCA last summer at a cost of $19,500 to conduct a study of borough-owned facilities. Along with the study, TCA was tasked with providing a written report, cost estimates, as well as design sketches. Under the previous Democrat-controlled council’s leadership, in 2011, the governing body paid the Omnia Group Inc. $8,900 to determine if …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Philadelphia man allegedly broke into a Hatboro residence Saturday morning and confronted the elderly homeowner prior to being arrested.
A 25-year-old Philadelphia man who first asked to use the telephone of an elderly Hatboro homeowner allegedly attemped to steal the victim's car, got into a physical altercation with her and took some of her personal property, according to Hatboro Police. Sean S. Tillman, 25, whose last known address is in the 1300 block of West Ruscomb Street in Philadelphia, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with burglary, robbery, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. The charges stem from an alleged break-in that morning of a North Chester Avenue home in Hatboro, authorities said. Police responded to the borough residence at 7:…