Newtown Officials Mum About Police Chief

Dennis Anderson is still the police chief of Newtown Township but rumors continue to swirl he has been suspended without pay. Patch investigates.

NEWTOWN SQUARE– Newtown Township about the status of Dennis Anderson, particularly the question of, 'Where is he?'

For the past couple of months, Anderson has not been present at the regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meetings in which he is normally seen. Instead, in his place, Lt. Chris Lunn and Lt. Mike Savitski have been the representatives of the police department at the supervisors meetings.

Some of the rumors circulating around town of the police chief include that he was suspended, suspended without pay, or on administrative leave. So, which is it?

Marple Newtown Patch spoke with supervisors Chairman Joe Catania, who couldn't release too much information as the issue is under personnel matters.

But this much is true: Anderson is still employed as the Newtown Township police chief and he is still getting paid.

Though he couldn't say if Anderson was in fact suspended or on administrative leave, Catania stated the supervisors received a recommendation in May in which Anderson has requested a hearing to appeal.

"He has requested the hearing to be public. It's his right to appeal," said Catania.

According to Catania, since police chiefs are not under the Police Bargaining Act, the proceedings for Anderson's hearing will fall under the Police Tenure Act.

The hearing has been tentatively scheduled for July 17.

M&L July 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM
19073 you are the pathetic one! You do not have your facts straight, and you obviously do not know Dr. Hykel-Malone. Her charges were expunged. How dare you slander her professional reputation. I have been her patient for over ten years. Dr. Hykel-Malone is one of the most brilliant doctors I know and she goes above and beyond to care for her patients. If you google her name, you will hear others testify to the extrodinary level of care she gives to all her patients. What if it was your loved one who was having a medical emergency and requesting her care? How did she know whether or not this was an off-duty police officer or two crazy guys? Would you pull over if you were being followed by a pick up truck. I am outraged by your slanderous comments to discredit a physician who provides phenomenal care! I can not stand by and not reply to your post.
Local Resident July 30, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Dr. Malone, sorry, you will never know who is slandering Nancy's name but I can guarantee it is one of our Township's finest and she is not the first name to be slandered publicly. Is this the group that so desperately wants Chief Anderson out? I think so. It is not the first time private info has become public. Who is going to put an end to this ?? Step up citizens, this is illegal! Where is our township supervisor who promised "transparency"?
Local Resident July 30, 2012 at 03:31 AM
And the sorriest part of this story is that this is the group who's "morale" is so down that they will do whatever is necessary to eliminate their Chief Anderson because he would not tolerate this kind of police work within our township. Wake up Newtown, if we don't stand up now, this will continue!!!
JPatterson July 30, 2012 at 03:04 PM
19073 Resident. You should only speak about someone when you can speak the truth. I have had the privilege of having Nancy Hykel-Malone, M.D. as my doctor for the past ten years. I have also have had the honor of working alongside of her for the past two years as her assistant. I have witnessed the medical expertise, kindness, compassion and fight for the right care that she gives to each of her patients daily. How dare you speak about her in such a slanderous way. You don't even call yourself by your real name! Why is that? I have watched Dr. Hykel-Malone save numerous lives. I also watched her patients cry when told of the news she may be retiring. Take a look at her website and read the testimonials from real patients who actually know her. When was the last time you had a doctor spend a hour or more with you if you needed it? When was the last time your doctor called you back the same day you called with a question or concern about your health? These scenarios took place daily in her office. I am not at all surprised that Dr. Hykel-Malone would rush to get to a patient in need. She saves lives. What do you do?
InTheKnowInNewtown July 30, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Do you have some inside knowledge on the Aimee Willard murder? If so, I'm sure the State Police would like to hear from you. Get your facts straight before your start typing here. Having no personal experience with your wife's medical care, I will not pass judgement on her medical skills. I would seriously question her judgement though, for driving like a maniac for all those miles to get to a patient who supposedly needed urgent care. Wouldn't it have been smarter to direct that person to call 9-1-1 and get help rather than endanger everyone else on the highway by driving like a maniac? Your wife did not plead to lesser charges, nor did she beat the charges. She took a first time offenders diversionary program (ARD). That same program is offered to first time Drunk Drivers. At the end of the program you can have your record expunged. Doesn't mean you didn't do it, just means you get another chance. The person who displayed bad judgement that day was your wife, not the police. The reacted to an unsafe driver and took appropriate action. 11 years of medical education obviously didn't teach her common sense.
no more pain July 30, 2012 at 06:23 PM
InTheKnowin Newtown I stand corrected about Aimee Willard but there are others who fell victim to the fake badge routine Just HOW DO YOU KNOW so much?? Identify yourself or are you a just a coward hiding behind an aka. How can you state catagorically that she was driving like a maniac. Define that please. Were you there? How does a terrified person trying to put distance between themselves and a dangerous criminal drive? Quickly I quess. Its time to get this all out in the open. We have some very fine officers in this township but we also have several bigoted skinheads with caffiene and testosterone hyperdrives. Its time for all the residents who have been abused to stand up and tell it like it is. If Chief Anderson disciplined them, good. They need remedial training in how to tell the good guys from the bad.
no more pain July 30, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Dear Dr Berg, Thank you so much for your support. It is gratifying to know that the other people who have been victimized by these same officers are coming forward and telling their side of the story. The fact that these replies from "resident 19073" and "in TheKnowinNewtown" are so obviously from the Newtown Police makes their behavior even more incriminating. Nancy Hykel-Malone,MD
Dr.Nancy Hykel-Malone July 30, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Well, this is interesting. I have been a physician for nearly 30 years. I have responded to hundreds, perhaps thousands of medical emergencies. Yet you "in the know" suggest that on one emergency I became a "maniac". During all of the other medical emergencies I have never had a speeding ticket or a motor vehicle accident either before this incident or in the 7 years since. Yet you propose I developed a temporary state of mania one day during one patient emergency. As Dr.Berg stated these same police officers have displayed this terroristic behavior repeatedly.One does not need even 1 year of training to find the truth here. I was accosted and terrorized by an off duty cop in a PICKUP TRUCK for 7 miles. You corrected my husband on the nature of Aimee Willard's death. Are you actually suggesting to women that they stop when an angry man in a pickup truck waves a badge at them in a deserted area? I advise my women patients to NEVER stop for anyone under those circumstances. I tell them to drive to a populated area. First I was accussed of pleading to lesser charges.Your recent suggestion that I was treated in the same manner as a person under the influence of alcohol is just another example of your slandering my professional reputation. I am guessing that you were one of the Newtown cops who was suspended without pay for your behavior towards me and other innocent citizens. They too are now becoming vocal about this pervasive police misconduct. Dr.Hykel-Malone
Joan July 31, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I thought I was reading a high school newspaper with some of these posts! Everyone here is saying they are speaking of facts and experiences but I only see a few. Well I think we can all say that most townships have their cobwebs; but to drop names in poor taste on a way we personally perceive an incident is clearly immature and poorly managed! I have needed the Newtown Police on a few occasions: Medical Emergencies, Motor Vehicle Accident, Information regaurding an incident I witnessed, traffic stop, and helping a friend. Some of the times I will never forget were with the following officers. Officer Dougherty was extremely respectful, professional, and even made me laugh to fight back my tears! Officer Alonso was on duty and walking into Wawa and saw me walking out of wawa with my hands full he proceeded to help me to my car and saved me from getting coffee all over myself. At this time a man with missing teeth, long hair, and a lack of shower came up to Officer Alonso and shook his hand. I asked "how do you know him?" Officer Alonso responded "someone who got into trouble in the past!" Officer Alonso showed this man(past criminal) respect and taught me not to treat people poorly because of the appearance or past. On another several occasions Officer Alonso has helped me in my medical emergencies and literally saved my life and I could never thank him enough. CONTINUED!!!!
Joan July 31, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Lieutenant Savitski helped me during the emergencies and after the emergencies. I was so nervous going into his office to give him my report of what I witnessed but he calmed me down and made me feel comfortable. Another time with LT Savitski was helping my friend who was sexually assaulted and I could not have asked for a better officer and someone who has been a victim of a sexual assault, I wish I had Lt Savitski on my case! I googled Lt Savitski and found all sorts of cases solved by him and other achievements, I googled Drs Malone and found nothing of the high accommodations as Lt Savitski! CONTINUED!
Joan July 31, 2012 at 12:09 AM
As for Dr Nancy Malone driving reckless there is NO EXCUSE! Just because you are a Doctor it does not entitled you to put other lives in danger. Did you miss the first day of class in medical school when they teach you "not to do harm on others?" Not even the President, Pope, or Queen has the entitlement to drive at a high rate of speed. 911 is for emergencies and doctors to meet at the hospital. As for being scare and reference Amiee Willard, we all learned to call 911 if in doubt of being pulled over!!!! The only relationships that are for us to judge is out own but a bit of advice Dr Malone worry about your own husband's inappropriate relationships before you start pointing fingers. I will say a prayer for the Malone family as they are so bitter about something that happened a long time ago that did not give them entitlement and brought them to such a low level to put down who people who put their lives on the line everyday! Another FYI Drs Malone after you chose to drive recklessly these officers where in the right and did not get "suspended w/o pay!" You need to get your facts straight instead of being LIARS and COMPLAINERS! In closing lets just be more proactive in the Township and know that the police are there to help us and we need to respect them!!!
BSDETECTOR July 31, 2012 at 02:38 AM
DARBY BOROUGH AND PAULA BROWN -- STEP ASIDE!!! NEWTOWN WON'T BE BEAT BY DARBY AND PAULA.!!!! did you take your 19073 resident hat off and come out of the closet as joan? Respect is a two way street! Respect is earned!
another woman physician July 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Joan Who? You cannot call 911 from #926 without cell service. Even if you cannot get through the process of a websearch there are plenty of statements about this on this blog. The statements by joan sure look like resudent 19073. Were you suspended without pay also for your abusive actions?
Walt August 02, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I agree. If my physician chose to blog on Patch with such inflammatory remarks, I'd drop him / her in an instant. Totally unprofessional to the medical community irregardless of the merits. Lacking the sophistication to know not to do this is someone I don't want making sophisticated judgements about my health.
Casual observer August 03, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Joan Are you f........ Kidding ? You actually expect someone to believe those stories? Alonso taught you to how not to treat peoPle poorly? I'm assuming you had no parents. How old are you ? Let me get this straight ? 1- you were sexually assaulted ( and wished savitski to be on your case ) 2- your friend was sexually assaulted. WTF. It sounds like a movie on LMN here's casual observers take on this : keep Joan away from the keyboard. IQ: 0
Local Resident August 06, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Casual Observer, thanks for the laugh:>).
Facts from Media August 07, 2012 at 09:15 PM
matt cat. what is Dr. Berg out of touch with? AT 12:05AM ON thursday? The question is Mr. Mathew Catania, Esq. WHO IS SELF-MEDICATING, AT 12:05AM? you or your one of your brothers? From Suzanne: This whole fiasco is a mess! There is ONE CONSTANT brewing all this trouble. Michael Gillin(GOP committeleader, represents my area!!, Joe Catania(The rumor mill is he just received a COUNTY PAID POSITION) and Andy Reilly(GOP boss of Delaware County & attorney for BPG Development). they all equal======BPG DEVELOPMENT AND THE TOWN CENTER DEVELOPMENT on the Ellis Preserve. It's so obvious Matt Catt(Mathew Catania) Is it true that your father received a County paid job after he voted for that Town Center development on the Ellis Preserve School for girls?
B. Sullivan August 08, 2012 at 02:58 PM
InTheKnowInNewtown, are you already here with a new ID? Just wondering. I have several problems with your comments. First, the doctor did not start the events of that day; the cops did. Are you perhaps one of those cops, who is "in the know"? Second, if I were in that situation, I would have done exactly the same thing, including driving "like a maniac." You can't tell people how they SHOULD have reacted in a dangerous situation! The fight-or-flight response is hard wired and automatic, and it puts one into survival mode. You might want to read up on it. Third, you suggest that the patient "supposedly needed urgent care." Why don't you just go ahead and accuse her of lying? That would surely add to your credibility. What will your next post be ... suggesting that she was a drunk driver?
B. Sullivan August 08, 2012 at 02:58 PM
InTheKnowInNewtown, are you already here with a new ID? Just wondering. I have several problems with your comments. First, the doctor did not start the events of that day; the cops did. Are you perhaps one of those cops, who is "in the know"? Second, if I were in that situation, I would have done exactly the same thing, including driving "like a maniac." You can't tell people how they SHOULD have reacted in a dangerous situation! The fight-or-flight response is hard wired and automatic, and it puts one into survival mode. You might want to read up on it. Third, you suggest that the patient "supposedly needed urgent care." Why don't you just go ahead and accuse her of lying? That would surely add to your credibility. What will your next post be ... suggesting that she was a drunk driver?
B. Sullivan August 08, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Joan, read my post below about the fight-or-flight response. That is how the situation evolved. When you are in survival mode, regardless of who you are, you do not choose your actions. They are automatic.
B. Sullivan August 08, 2012 at 03:11 PM
JPatterson, you speak the truth, unlike others here.
Local Resident August 09, 2012 at 01:02 AM
So Matthew, the $25,000 per year in our tax dollars "Joe" takes for health insurance gives him no motivation to care for our town??? Or possibly the give and take he gets from going along with Mr. Gillin? Get real!
Local Resident August 10, 2012 at 02:06 AM
So Matt, Joe doesn't take the township insurance???. . .does the last 91/2 years count? Add it up. A FAMILY plan for almost 10 years WAS taken. That's lots and lots of our tax dollars. Yeah, that gets you caring about your township, almost as deeply as it affects our taxes. Oh and by the way, a political job with the county is also paid by our tax dollars. Salary and insurance. You are welcome Mr. Catania. Matt, get your facts straight!
Facts from Media August 10, 2012 at 08:34 AM
Matt Catt you call them wild accusations. We only stick to the facts ! We will give you the facts on record! As far as this forum, sticking to the article, you are correct!!!! Your father joe Catania intermingled and winded everything together! We will unwind it ! Fact by fact. Facts: 1- your father represents How many Newtown police officers through his legal practice . 2- 3- 4- 5- 6- 7- 8- 9- 10 Matt- Your correct, do you think I'm stupid to use THIS forum to expose the facts? NOBODY READS THIS ! It's 4:30 am. I'm not productive at this time. I'm on shift work, so call me, MAYBE!
Local Resident August 23, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I'm waiting.....................................wow, it's taking that long????? I always thought that if you did something very, very wrong, it should be out in the open on the spot. Not happening. Take you time, it's costing us tax payers $$$$$$$
Local Resident August 23, 2012 at 01:49 AM
How nice of Mr. Catania to refuse the Township Medical insurance after almost 10 years, how generous. Oh that's right, our County tax dollars are paying his insurance now, thanks to his buddy, Mike Gillen. So how convenient to pass that expense on to the oh so unemployed Mr. Nawn. (another Mike Gillen dirty work man). Wake up Ed Partridge. You were supposed to put a stop to all this??? Matt, you seem so quiet?????
Newtown Square 5512 September 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Newtown Square 5512 12:29 pm on Sunday, August 12, 2012 It's about time! He would always say he was not in the office when he was, Well, I guess he is really is not now. When I refused to show him a tape I had About one of the officers in case I needed it. He said, ok, we can go after you. Sounded like a threat to me and on tape right in township building . He let an assault go uninvestigateted properly because it suited him and. NEWTOWN square better.
Newtown19073 October 05, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Any news about the missing chief?
Anne Smith November 28, 2012 at 01:39 PM
How long ago did he leave HAVERFORD TWP. POLICE? And why?
Laurie January 04, 2013 at 01:40 PM


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