Wednesday, January 4, 2012
D.J. Ravadge and Henry Marchesani, both with the Bel Air Police Department, were promoted Tuesday.
Two members of the Bel Air Police Department were promoted Tuesday with Henry Marchesani receiving a promotion to sargeant and D.J. Ravadge recieving a promotion to corporal. Bel Air Town Hall was filled with Bel Air officers and their families during Tuesday night's town meeting as Ravadge's wife Jennifer did the honor of pinning his corporal pin to his uniform and Marchesani's wife Janice pinned the sergeant pin to her husband's uniform. A reception was held following the meeting. Marchesani has been a sworn officer for more than 11 years, according to Bel Air Police Chief Leo Matrangola. Marchesani previously was an officer with the Port Deposit Police Department and has served in U.S. Naval Reserves. Between 2001 and 2011, Marchesani …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Two officers in the town's police department were promoted Monday.
The Bel Air Police Department promoted two officers after recently elevating Richard Peschek to deputy chief. Robert Pfarr was promoted from corporal to sergeant and David Madden from officer first class to corporal, both effective Aug. 15. Pfarr began working for the town police in July 1998 as a first cadet, when he was 18. He became an officer Aug. 10, 2000, was promoted to officer first class Feb. 4, 2002 and to corporal April 3, 2006. He has made 451 drunk driving arrests in Bel Air, according to a release from Chief Leo Matrangola. Madden has worked for the department since July 21, 2003, serving as a detective and patrol officer. He has made nearly 200 arrests, including 40 for drunk driving, in his career. Peschek previously …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The late Armand Dupre previously held the position.
Bel Air Police Department Chief Leo Matrangola announced that Richard Peschek has been promoted to deputy chief. Peschek, who previously served as a sergeant, takes over a position last held by the late Armand Dupre. Dupre, who was 54, retired July 7 and died July 26 after a year-long battle with cancer. Peschek is a 31-year veteran of the department and also worked as a patrol officer, traffic supervisor, patrol corporal, patrol sergeant and sergeant of administration. He will now have direct command of the patrol division, community policing unit and criminal investigation division. The promotion was effective July 27. Matrangola said the town is in the hiring process for another officer.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Armand Dupre was remembered Monday after a 33-year career with the town police department.
Armand Dupre lived his life at the Bel Air Police Department. It’s where he spent 12-hour workdays, once brought a deer back to the parking lot after a morning hunt and, most importantly, met his wife. During his more than three decades in the department, Dupre worked his way up from being an auxiliary officer to the department’s second in command. Deputy Chief Dupre retired July 7 at age 54. Less than three weeks later, on July 26, his year-long battle with cancer came to an end when he died at his White Hall home. Chief of Police Leo Matrangola said Dupre provided a necessary contrast to his personality. “If officers or citizens came in here and talked to him, he would sit down for lengthy discussions with them and by the time they …
Friday, July 29, 2011
Services will be held Saturday through Monday.
Former Bel Air Police Department Deputy Chief Armand Dupre died Tuesday after a year-long battle with cancer. The town officer retired July 7 after 33 years of service. Dupre began as a volunteer auxiliary officer Sept. 27, 1978, before working his way through the department. He served as a patrol officer, firearms instructor, patrol corporal, patrol sergeant and administrative sergeant before his promotion to deputy chief on Jan. 17, 2006. "Armand was a cop’s cop," Chief of Police Leo Matrangola said. "He started learning the profession from the bottom up." Matrangola has served as chief and worked with Dupre for more than 20 years. Viewings are set to be held at Schimunek Funeral Home in Bel Air from 7–9 p.m. Saturday and from 3–5 p.m. …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Bel Air police Chief Leo Matrangola said the man is still recovering.
The man shot Saturday night while working during the armed robbery at the Bel Air Exxon has not been released from Maryland Shock Truama, Bel Air Chief of Police Leo Matrangola said Monday. This is a correction of an earlier Patch article. Patch incorrectly reported Sunday that the unidentified man had been released from Shock Trauma less than 24 hours after he was shot. Patch regrets the error. The information was based on an interview with the owner of the Exxon store, who visited the victim Sunday. The owner has asked not to be identified for fear of retribution. “He’s OK," the owner had told Patch. "He’s out of Shock Trauma.” Matrangola said he learned that was not true after a Bel Air police officer checked on the victim Monday …
Sunday, July 17, 2011
The suspect in the Bel Air Exxon shooting is still at large.
The man shot Saturday night at the Bel Air Exxon was an employee of the business, a coworker said Sunday afternoon. The employee, who declined to be identified, said the victim was still in Maryland Shock Trauma. The worker did not know whether any cash or goods were stolen from the West MacPhail Road convenience store and gas station during the incident. The 24-hour business was closed at about 11:15 p.m. when the shooting occurred. It reopened at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, the employee said. Police are still looking for the suspect, who was described as wearing all-black clothing and carrying a handgun. Bel Air Chief of Police Leo Matrangola said he is unsure of the race of the suspect. A spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office …
Saturday, July 16, 2011
The victim lost consciousness en route to Maryland Shock Trauma, according to police.
UPDATE (Sunday 10:45 a.m.)—Bel Air Chief of Police Leo Matrangola said there are "no updates" to the condition of the shooting victim, or to the search for the suspect, as of 10:39 a.m. --- (Sunday, 1:48 a.m.)—An unidentified male was shot in the chest at the Bel Air Exxon at the intersection of West MacPhail Road and Maryland Route 24 Saturday night. For instant updates follow Bel Air Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Police converged on the gas station adjacent to the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for a reported shooting at about 11:15 p.m. They had been investigating an attempted armed robbery at the High's on Bel Air South Parkway across from the Festival shopping center just before 11 p.m. The High's is within the sheriff's office's …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Twenty-eight campers graduated from the Bel Air Police Youth Camp on July 1.
Harford County's youth recently learned what it takes to be a police officer. During a ceremony July 1 at the Bel Air Armory, 28 students graduated from the Bel Air Youth Police Camp. Chief of Police Leo Matrangola said during the graduation ceremony that the goal of the camp was to "simulate what happens at a police academy." For one week, 10- to 14-year-old students learned everything from handcuffing and self-defense to working with police equipment, investigating a crime scene and riding Segways. Wearing red, orange, yellow and blue team shirts, the students marched into the Armory for their graduation ceremony, to an audience of about 30 parents, family members and other police officers. After shaking hands with the officers, each…