Kidder Township officers were praised for their excellent police work after a recent double murder in the township and the subsequent apprehension of the suspect 60 miles away, which ended with the suspect taking his own life.
At Thursday's meeting of the township supervisors, Police Chief Matthew R. Kuzma noted the cooperation between township police, the emergency medical technicians from Lake Harmony EMT and the fire department.
In addition to the chief's acknowledgement of the local crews who assisted, he read a letter from District Attorney Gary Dobias to the supervisors, applauding "the success and outcome of the investigation and the cooperation of the surrounding departments. They did an excellent job."
It was also noted that township residents have a new way to keep informed of emergencies and other news. Kuzma announced a new communication service to the community through a service called Nixle.
Officers in the department will publish notices or announcements such as pending road closures or places to avoid through the Nixle Community Information Service and residents can choose whether to receive those messages via text, email or over the web. He told the supervisors that residents can simply text 888777 through their cell phones and immediately receives notices of useful content.
Resident Mary Conrad of Golden Oaks Village inquired about White Haven Ambulance Association's recent shut down due to alleged financial improprieties by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Conrad explained that Golden Oaks Village residents have depended upon that service and almost daily an ambulance is seen within the community, which is home to mainly residents age 55 and older.
She was concerned about the response time from Lake Harmony Rescue Squad, to whom she says she also pays a membership fee,
"But they are farther away and I'm concerned about how they can get to our community in a timely emergency," Conrad told the board.
Additionally, she said that her private home security company would alert White Haven Ambulance in an emergency.
"Now that must be changed," she added.
Several residents of Golden Oaks Village also attended the meeting. Conrad said she tried unsuccessfully to get answers from her homeowners association, to whom she also pays fees.
After the meeting township manager John Finnerty talked with those residents and documented their concerns.
"We have no problems at all with the police," Conrad added. "Not at all. They are always responsive to us."