Tag: Chester Township Police


This Week in Chester History…

In 1962, the Observer-Tribune reported that Chester Township and Borough Police Chiefs Edward Strait and and Joseph Feltmann, respectively, teamed to arrest six vandals who caused $3000 worth of damage in the area. The vandals smashed four outdoor telephone booths, two cars’ windows, a solar installation on a utility pole, and a plate glass window in a warehouse. Four 15-year-old boys from Chester, 18-year-old Gary J. McGuire (also of Chester), and 21-year-old Lewis E. Ader of Long Valley were apprehended and arrested on charges of malicious mischief.


This Week in Chester History…

Chester Township Police Chief Edward Strait was back in the news with a summary of the vandalism caused during the previous weeks (the second half of October). He said that during the 15 days preceding and including Halloween 1960, vandalism damage to the community totaled $2,537. Damage to signage was $1,500, and damage to fences, bridges, and trees was $1,037. Further, the vandals cost taxpayers an additional $549.10 in extra police patrol time, and mileage and fuel for patrol vehicles.  Source: Observer-Tribune


This Week in Local History…

In 1961, Chester Township Police Chief Edward Strait warned local parents that all children connected to Halloween pranks resulting in property damage would be prosecuted, regardless of the cost of the damage. Source: Observer-Tribune.


This Week in Chester History…

Chester Township Council named Special Police Officer Harold Dilley as a part-time regular patrolman on a permanent basis, said the Observer-Tribune in 1961. Dilley would then be able to participate in the state’s retirement program. Previously, there were only four special officers.


This Week in Chester History…

In 1960, a high-speed crash killed 21-year-old Eamon Fay of Kearny on the Dover-Chester Road. Fay and Michael J. Briscoe (also of Kearny) were driving at approximately 70 mph when the car skidded off the road, then returned to the road and veered 250 ft before hitting and knocking over a utility pole. The car did not stop there, but skidded an additional 20 feet before landing upright against a tree, said Chester Township Police Chief Edward Strait. Source: Observer-Tribune