Mayor worries about crime

Shawn Hardy

Mayor Ben Thomas is worried about recent serious crimes and the places in Greencastle where they have occurred.

At the next public safety committee meeting, he wants to "begin a a conversation regarding such dwellings in our community that maintain these nuisances and safety threats to our citizens," according to his report at Monday's borough council meeting. The next public safety meeting has not yet been scheduled.

Thomas began his report by acknowledging April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and talking about the death of 3-year-old Logan Starliper, who was found the night of Jan. 6 at 43 W. Baltimore St. Two people, including her mother, face murder, drug and child endangerment charges in her death, while a third is charged with drug delivery resulting in death.

He quoted Franklin County District Attorney Matthew Fogal, who said, "The death of this sweet, innocent little girl is the most heartbreaking example of the danger the overdose epidemic has brought to our community and region. We will avenge her and will not rest or tire in working to prevent this from happening to others."

The home were Logan died is on the same property where a meth lab was discovered last year, Thomas pointed out.

In addition, two people were arrested at a home on South Allison Street in early December 2017 and charged with a homicide in the Fayetteville area.

Thomas also presented the March police report and said that the investigation into a drug death over the last weekend in the borough has been turned over to Pennsylvania State Police.

The police report indicated 222 calls during the month of March, with seven assists for other agencies, both in and out of the borough. The assists included Pennsylvania State Police for a trooper involved in a fight and a burglary in progress. Police assisted EMS 25 times and the fire department once.

Police also were called to nine accidents and three domestic disputes, and there were 25 foot patrols, 22 traffic stops, 11 area checks and eight welfare checks.