Sunday, January 23, 2011
At around 3 a.m. this morning, Jan. 23, a fatal vehicle hit-and-run takes the life of a male victim.
UPDATE: According to a Hatboro Police Department release, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman and Hatboro Chief of Police James Gardner, confirmed that the fatal hit and run occured at 2:35 a.m. on the 500 block of S. Warminster Road in Hatboro. Rolando Dominguez-Villada, 25, of Horsham, was killed after being struck and dragged along South Warminster Road between Mill Road and Surrey Lane, according to a press release issued by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. The Hatboro release reports that the victim, who was in possession of a black backpack and MP3 player. Police are attempting to locate any potential witnesses, and are looking for a vehicle that may have a damaged driver side mirror. Anyone with …
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Upper Moreland Police Chief Nestel and a police sergeant in question set the record straight on a Patch-user's accusatory comments.
Less than an hour before the start of the New Year, and a Patch user made the following comment: "All the Upper Moreland Police have to do is wait in front of bars, such as Big Heads ... and get DUIs, that's their claim to fame," a user named "diane Marshall" wrote. "They often lie on their reports to get these people. I have heard they ignore the rights of the arrested person asking for a Lawyer." The user made the comment after a seemingly unrelated police blotter post, which appeared that same night. Five hours and 41-minutes after midnight, diane Marshall created another comment, this time accusing two Upper Moreland officers in 2008 of bearing false witness to her driving under the influence. She accused these officers by name. The…
Friday, December 31, 2010
Upper Moreland Police Chief Thomas Nestel wants you to have a safe, happy and jail-free New Year!
In the midst of the New Year's revelry, it may be a little too easy to overlook a few simple steps that should be taken in order to ensure a truly happy new year. Upper Moreland Police Chief Thomas Nestel offers his advice on how to safely celebrate 2011: I hope that everyone has a fantastic New Year's Eve. The Upper Moreland P.D. has additional personnel [including the chief] working on New Year's Eve solely because of the unfortunate reality of drunk driving on that night. There will be no breaks. There will be no second chances. There will be prosecution, public embarrassment and personal shame for those that are arrested for drunk driving. Understand that for many people, 2-3 drinks will put them over the legal limit for driving. I …
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Greetings from Upper Moreland - Willow Grove Patch's local editor Gerry Dungan.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Hi, my name is Gerry Dungan. I attended Penn State University and graduated in 2006 with a degree in Communications and a focus in Journalism. Afterwards, I freelanced for the Philadelphia Tribune before accepting an editor position with the My Community Trend newspaper. Now, I'm the editor for the Upper Moreland - Willow Grove Patch, and am excited to continue this adventure in journalism with this community. The Upper Moreland - Willow Grove Patch will dedicate articles, photos and videos to the people, places and events of Upper Moreland Township. The township has several sites of historical significance. Infact, the Upper Moreland Historical Commission recently inducted five such sites in its Historic Resource Inventory. Some sites …
Upper Moreland Police Chief Thomas Nestel learned his family values from his family of cops. One of the highest values he says his department offers the Upper Moreland community? Service.
Families often pass down time-honored traditions to their children. For Upper Moreland Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel, becoming a police officer was the family tradition. A fourth-generation police officer whose cousins and uncles were also involved with policing, Nestel said that, growing up, he couldn't remember a time when he didn't want to become a police officer. "It's the family business," he said. Nestel spent 22 years as a Philadelphia police officer before becoming Upper Moreland's chief of police. Initially, Nestel applied for the job on a whim after surfing the Internet and seeing the opening online. "I had never considered leaving Philadelphia, but I thought I'd try [for the position]," said Nestel. Following a nine-month …