Tag: Police Chief Edward Strait
George Smith shot at his friend Roland Thompson with a .35 caliber rifle, in 1961. According to the Observer-Tribune, Smith and Thompson were driving on Fox Chase Road when the car became stuck in a snowbank near Old Chester Road. Smith threatened to kill Thompson if he failed to extricate the vehicle. Thompson knocked the weapon down as two shots “exploded from the weapon,” missing him. Smith continued shooting at Thompson as he ran toward Old Chester Road. Patrolman Everett Pierson and Chief Edward Straight arrived on the scene later to find Smith waiting on the snowbank for Thompson. It was not the first complaint against Smith. Police previously confiscated 30 rifles and shotguns from his house after he wielded a 20-gauge shotgun at his wife.
The Observer-Tribune revealed that Chester Township Police Chief Ed Strait’s chief desire was to attend the F.B.I. academy. Strait was active in the Morris County Police Chief Association, serving as its secretary in 1960.
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. Source: Observer-Tribune
In 1958, Police Chief Edward Strait’s letter to the Chester Township Committee refuting criticism by committee member Mrs. Ercel Francis was published on the cover of the August 7 issue of The Mendham-Chester Tribune. The lengthy response addressed her complaints and suggested that any issues should be made in writing to the Police Chairman rather than raised at a public meeting to discredit the department.