Tag: Edward M. Strait
Four major car accidents occurred in the Chester Township area in 1961. In the first, five people were hurt when two cars collided on Ralston Road. Blowing snow blocked the vision of one driver who was then unable to see the oncoming car. Another car hit a telephone pole on Rt. 24, and a third driver lost control on North Road and was struck by a second car. The fourth accident occurred when a car struck a snow plow. Source: Observer-Tribune
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.
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
In 1960, Ronald Orr, the next door neighbor of Police Chief Edward Strait, stepped on a copperhead snake who struck at his trouser leg. He summoned Strait, who identified and shot the snake. Orr was unharmed. Strait said two copperheads had been killed in 1959 in the same location — the rocky territory between Golf Course Hill and Ironia. Source: Observer-Tribune
Police Chief Edward M. Strait announced that this week in 1960 would be known as Burglary Prevention Week in Chester Township, as proclaimed by Mayor William Conover. Chester joined a statewide effort by Gov. Robert B. Meyner to educate citizens on how they could help reduce burglary losses. According to the Observer-Tribune, the value of stolen property in 1959 was approximately $68 million. An extensive list of crime-prevention tips was provided in the article.