Rodriguez Wins Race For West Reading Mayor

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A hotly contested mayor’s race came to an end Tuesday night in West Reading, with independent Valentin Rodriguez Jr. trumping two opponents to earn the seat with 290 votes.

Democrat Peter B. Gustis and Republican Kathleen Frymoyer trailed, with 151 and 150 votes, respectively.

Results were complete but unofficial Tuesday night.

Rodriguez will replace Shane J. Keller, who opted not to seek re-election.

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West Reading Police Chief Post Remains Unfilled

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The president of West Reading Borough Council said Wednesday that council hopes to decide soon on who will lead the police force.

The statement from Kevin M. Conrad put the kibosh on rumors that council had hired a new chief Tuesday night.

“It’s been long, and I know people are getting very antsy about it, and I fully understand that,”  Conrad said by phone. “It’s an important position for the borough.  We’re not going to take chances on just hiring the first person.  We’re looking for someone that is going to have a future in the borough.”

The West Reading Recreation Commission met at borough hall Tuesday night.  By Wednesday morning, rumblings among residents were that council had hired a chief during a secret meeting.

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Fired West Reading Officer Cleared Of Harassment

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Former West Reading Police Officer Ronald E. Ladd has been cleared of a harassment charge stemming from the altercation last August that resulted in his firing.

The ruling, issued Friday by Berks County Judge Timothy J. Rowley, overturned Ladd’s November conviction, which carried a $300 fine and courts costs.

“I’m thankful,” Ladd said Monday of his successful appeal. “Very thankful for the judge to be able to look at this unbiased, and deep in my heart I knew that eventually justice would be served.  And I’m just very thankful.”

Despite the good news in court, Ladd remains without a job a week after West Reading’s Civil Service Commission upheld his November firing from the borough force.

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Sources: West Reading Nears Police Chief Hire

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The West Reading Police Department could hire a new police chief as early as next week.

Interviews were conducted Tuesday with three final candidates, according to multiple borough officials and department sources.

The finalists were identified by sources as Reading Police Department Capt. Steven Powell, who heads the city’s patrol division; former long-time Wyomissing detective Dan Billings, now director of security at St. Joseph Medical Center; and an unnamed officer from the Philadelphia area.

Reached Wednesday, Powell and Billings confirmed that they had interviewed for the chief’s spot, but declined to comment further.

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Search For New West Reading Police Chief Continues

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The search for a new West Reading police chief continues, with borough officials confirming Tuesday that they’re reviewing applicants to fill the position left open by former Chief Edward C. Fabriziani’s move back to patrolman.

“We’re moving forward,” Council President Kevin M. Conrad said of the hiring process, which he refused to put a timeline on.

Borough Manager Richard J. Sichler declined to say how many resumes had been received.

However, when reached after the meeting, Sgt. Keith Phillips, acting police chief, said that he had interviewed for the chief’s position.

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All West Reading Police Officers Back On Streets

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The West Reading Police Department is back to full force following a firearms certification mix-up that temporarily took six officers off the streets.

Sgt. Keith Phillips, acting officer in charge, confirmed that all of the officers, including himself, had been recertified and returned to regular duty by Friday afternoon.

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Firearms Certification Lapse Puts 6 West Reading Cops On Leave

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Editor’s note:  They sure are having one problem after another in the department!

Half of the West Reading Police Department, including the acting officer in charge, was placed on temporary administrative leave Thursday after it was discovered that the firearms certification for a department range instructor had lapsed.

Borough sources confirmed that six officers – five full-time and one part-time – were taken off the streets for the day as department officials worked to resolve the issue.

“Yes, I have officers who I have instructed the officer in charge that I do not want working until their firearms certifications have been updated,” West Reading Mayor Shane J. Keller said. “We have them scheduled (to be recertified) at 8 a.m. (today), so this will be taken care of relatively quickly.”

Keller declined to discuss who was at fault for the error.

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Fired West Reading Chief Coming Back As Patrolman, Sources Say

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Editor’s note:  We think this is a bad idea…just sayin’.

West Reading’s fired Police Chief Edward C. Fabriziani will return to the force as a patrolman in a deal being ironed out by borough officials, borough sources said.

Fabriziani, who was fired in November, is listed on the patrol schedule starting in April to cover other officers’ vacations, according to borough sources.

Borough council is expected to vote on the matter either at its regular March meeting or at a special meeting.

Fabriziani could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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West Reading Fires Police Chief, 2 Others

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Editor’s note:  At least there are places in the universe where poor performance and bad behavior aren’t rewarded or tolerated!

After months of turmoil in its troubled police department, West Reading Borough Council voted Wednesday night to fire Police Chief Edward C. Fabriziani, Sgt. Richard Vetter and Officer Ronald E. Ladd.

“We had a rough night, as you can imagine,” Councilman James J. Gallen Jr. said after the vote, which was preceded by a 2½-hour executive session that left some council members teary-eyed.

Fabriziani and Council President Kevin M. Conrad declined to comment on the action, and Ladd and Vetter were not present.

Reached at home following the meeting, Ladd’s wife said that the couple needed a couple of days to deal with things before they would comment.

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