2nd PDAC honors local officers

Her­oes in blue: Pic­tured are (from left) Po­lice Of­ficers Ken­neth Tilley and Thomas No­lan, state Rep. Mark Co­hen, com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer Di­anne Murphy, Capt. Frank Palumbo and (front) state Sen. Tina Tartagli­one.

Mem­bers of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil on Feb. 11 honored of­ficers for out­stand­ing po­lice work.

PDAC mem­bers along with Capt. Frank Palumbo, Lt. Frank Schneider and Sgt. Frank Barclay honored Thomas No­lan and Ken­neth Tilley as the Oc­to­ber 2013 of­ficers of the month, and Chris­toph­er Mc­Cue and An­thony Glavi­ano the Novem­ber 2013 of­ficers of the month.

Tilley and No­lan’s hon­ors stemmed from a fire­arms ar­rest they made in late Oc­to­ber.

No­lan and Tilley were on patrol shortly after 1 a.m. on Oct. 24 when they ar­rived on the 1600 block of Cottman Av­en­ue to back up an­oth­er of­ficer who was con­duct­ing a vehicle in­vest­ig­a­tion.

A man left the vehicle and fled on foot through the grounds of North­east High School. As Tilley and No­lan pur­sued him, ac­cord­ing to Com­munity Re­la­tions Of­ficer Di­anne Murphy, they no­ticed the man throw something on top of the school’s roof.

The two of­ficers caught the 21-year-old man on Sum­mer­dale Av­en­ue, Murphy said. With the man se­cured, she said, the of­ficers called for a lad­der, checked the roof and found a .25-caliber fire­arm with sev­en rounds. The man, iden­ti­fied as Tyresses Melvin, was sub­sequently ar­res­ted for Vi­ol­a­tions of the Uni­form Fire­arm Act.

Mc­Cue and Glavi­ano were honored for an ar­rest they made in early Novem­ber.

On Nov. 7, at about 11:30 a.m., Mc­Cue and Glavi­ano were on routine patrol when they re­spon­ded to a ra­dio call for a burg­lary in pro­gress on the 700 block of Mar­ley Road. When the of­ficers ar­rived on scene, Murphy said, they saw a Joseph Ri­os, 31, try­ing to get in the front door. When Ri­os saw the two cops, he fled on foot. The of­ficers pur­sued and soon caught Ri­os in an al­ley, Murphy said. A wit­ness was brought to the loc­a­tion and pos­it­ively iden­ti­fied the de­fend­ant, who was charged with crim­in­al mis­chief, crim­in­al tres­pass, con­spir­acy and re­lated of­fenses.

Murphy said Mc­Cue was able to give flash in­form­a­tion over po­lice ra­dio in re­gard to a second de­fend­ant, Mi­s­ouk Beth­sayso­ng, 36, who later was ap­pre­hen­ded in the 700 block of Mar­ley Road and was also pos­it­ively iden­ti­fied by the wit­ness. He faces burg­lary and oth­er charges.

Of­ficers Robert Don­nelly and Kirk Dodd were giv­en spe­cial re­cog­ni­tion on Feb. 11 for an ar­rest they made in mid-Novem­ber. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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