Sep
29

Manor Adding Police Hours, Potentially Officers for 2017

During Manor Township's budget workshop last night, police officials - including Police Sergeant Terry Bish (in green) detailed plans to increase the number of officers and amount of time patrolling the municipality.

During Manor Township’s budget workshop last night, police officials – including Police Sergeant Terry Bish (in green) detailed plans to increase the number of officers and amount of time patrolling the municipality.

by Jonathan Weaver

Local residents will see a lot more Manor Township police patrols next year if finances remain steady.

During last night’s budget workshop, officials budgeted police to patrol the municipality up to 500 hours per month – up from the approximately 400 the past few months.

It was all part of the plan, Police Sergeant Terry Bish said.

“Public safety – the township needs to be patrolled more,” Sergeant Bish said. “We need to be out there more. Like we’ve said in the past, (the township) is growing.”

With those extra hours in the department’s six-figure annual budget, Sergeant Bish and Police Corporal Eric Petrosky will also apply for a federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant through the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to the grant parameters, funding would be provided for most of a full time officer’s salary during the course of three years. Township supervisors did not decide yesterday to hire any new officers, but are taking resumes after Corporal Petrosky and Supervisor Don Palmer motioned to add up to four new officers – including the township’s first female.

“We didn’t set a number for how many we’re going to hire. We might hire none, we might hire one, we might hire five, but we’re going to add more and those extra hours are going to be for the patrol,” Sergeant Bish said. “We want to put the (officers) on the street.

“Our schedule next year with that extra 100 hours will completely change. The (officers) will be out nights more, weekends more – it’s going to vary.”

Sergeant Bish said the department has not applied for the grant before.

Supervisors praised police officials for their efforts and willingness to interact with the community.

Police officers have already received a $500 community donation.

Sep
29

The DeLuca Dome: Armstrong Will Look to Bounce Back Friday Against Plum

#33 Zane Dudek and the Armstrong River Hawks (4-1) will look to rebound from their 24-20 loss against Franklin Regional as they travel to Plum to take on the 0-4 Mustangs.

#33 Zane Dudek and the Armstrong River Hawks (4-1) will look to rebound from their 24-20 loss against Franklin Regional as they travel to Plum to take on the 0-4 Mustangs.

by Jake DeLuca

After starting the season off 3-0 the River Hawks suffered their first loss of the season against Franklin Regional at home by a final score of 24-20.

Plum comes into this game searching for their first win of the season as they sit at 0-4 on the season and in last weeks match-up against McKeesport the Mustangs had their best offensive showing and their worst defensive game at the same time. The Mustangs were able to score 24 points, but McKeesport scored 52 to drop Plum to 0-4.

The Mustangs have already matched their loss total from last year when they finished with an above .500 record with 6-4, but this year has been more of astruggle and the River Hawks should be able to take advantage of the struggling Musangs.

Plum currently has two quarterbacks with the same amount of attempts. A wise man once said if you have two quarterbacks you don’t have one and that may be why Plum has been struggling. Corey Thomas for the Mustangs has taken snaps at quarterback and running back and has the most total yards for Plum, making him arguably the biggest threat to the River Hawks.

Plum has allowed nearly 49 points per game and will provide Armstrong with a good chance to bounce back from their loss last week against Franklin Regional.