By Leigh Anne Hubbs
Gloucester City News
The Board of Commissioners presented Mount Ephraim Police Officer Danielle Perna with a Merit Award during the recent August meeting for locating and then arresting the suspect in the July 2 Wells Fargo Bank robbery.
Once Officer Perna had searched the area and spotted a person who matched the description traveling north on the Black Horse Pike, she stopped his vehicle.
The stolen money was found in his possession. Christopher Edwards of Lindenwold was arrested and turned over to the Brooklawn Police Department.
Mt. Ephraim Commissioner Bruce Greenwald, Public Works Safety Director Christopher Fitzgerald, Commissioner Andrew Gilmore , Mayor Joseph Wolk and Chief Edward Dobleman
Public Works Safety Director Christopher Fitzgerald was also presented with a Merit Award for chasing away two men who blocked a woman’s car with their own on Linden Avenue on July 25 in attempt to rob her.
Mr. Fitzgerald ran from the Public Works building towards the men after hearing the victim blow her horn, and was nearly run over as he attempted to obtain their license plate number.
The men were later arrested for this and other offenses. No one was injured.
Officer Kevin Sullivan has been named a “Top Gun” for his work during the 2010 DWI Crackdown. He made 15 arrests and was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the borough.
Family members proudly watched as newly appointed Class II Special Officer Kevin Corcoran was sworn in by Commissioner Andrew Gilmore.
In other news, Commissioner Bruce Greenwald said the Borough recycled 76,000 pounds and processed 176 tons of trash, which is 57 tons less than last year.
Mount Ephraim has received a grant for mulch and supplies for the parks and playgrounds throughout the town.
The Fire Department received 39 calls in July and YTD has responded to 265 fires. Commissioner Gilmore commended the firefighters for saving a Hill Street house from total consumption after the attached garage caught fire.
Last month the Police Department received 445 calls and issued 285 motor vehicle summons, 77 of which were for moving violations.
There were 19 adult arrests for crimes ranging from armed robbery to DWI and four juvenile arrests: one for armed robbery, one for possession of CDS, and two for possession of paraphernalia.
Mayor Joseph Wolk said the tax bills have been sent out and thanked the office staff for the terrific job that they have been doing.
The next Commissioners’ meeting will be September 1 at 8 p.m. in Borough Hall.
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