15th PDAC honors officers for May, June


Mem­bers of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil have honored the of­ficer cred­ited with ar­rest­ing a Frank­ford wo­man sus­pec­ted of start­ing sev­er­al neigh­bor­hood fires.

Dur­ing the PDAC’s June 25 meet­ing at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, Sgt. Marc Met­el­lus was tapped as the dis­trict’s May Of­ficer of the Month.

Shar­on Krause, the dis­trict’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer, said Met­el­lus got a ra­dio call about a wo­man at­tempt­ing to set a fire on May 22 and stopped Noelle Bil­brough, 35, of the 1600 block of Pratt St., on Or­tho­dox Street. Met­el­lus found she was wanted for a num­ber of ar­sons that had been com­mit­ted in Frank­ford since mid-April.

Bil­brough was taken to North­east De­tect­ives, where, after giv­ing a state­ment, she was ar­res­ted. She was charged with set­ting 10 fires in her neigh­bor­hood, two of which dis­placed sev­er­al fam­il­ies.  No one was in­jured in those fires. She was charged with ar­son, caus­ing a cata­strophe, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and re­lated of­fenses.

Bil­brough has a crim­in­al re­cord in Phil­adelphia that goes back to 2006. She had been found guilty of pro­mot­ing pros­ti­tu­tion in 2006, ’07 and ’08. She also al­legedly vi­ol­ated her pro­ba­tion. A Ju­ly 19 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing is sched­uled for Bil­brough, who re­mains in cus­tody in the River­side Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity on State Road.

Dur­ing their May ses­sion at St. Joachim’s R.C. Church in Frank­ford, PDAC mem­bers honored Steven Han­cock and Brendan Dor­is as April’s Of­ficers of the Month for ap­pre­hend­ing a sus­pect who pulled a knife on a city work­er.

The of­ficers had answered a ra­dio call about a per­son with a weapon at 6:45 p.m. on April 26. The city work­er had com­plained that a wo­man had lunged at her with a knife.

The of­ficers fol­lowed their sus­pect, Sandra Yorgey, in­to a store on the 6200 block of Bustleton Ave., where the wo­man al­legedly punched Han­cock in the face. The of­ficers wrestled the wo­man to the ground and  took a knife from her, po­lice said.

Yorgey’s pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing is sched­uled for Ju­ly 27. She faces ag­grav­ated as­sault, res­ist­ing ar­rest and re­lated charges.••


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