Deputies raid for al­leged child-support scofflaws

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

NOR­RIS­TOWN >> Six peo­ple were star­tled awake by a knock at their doors early Wed­nes­day from Mont­gomery County sher­iff’s deputies con­duct­ing raids look­ing for those who al­legedly owed back child support.

A team of deputies took five men and one woman into cus­tody dur­ing an overnight sweep of par­ents who al­legedly failed to pay child support or did not show up for do­mes­tic re­la­tions hear­ings and who col­lec­tively owed $35,678 in child support ar­rear­ages for 13 chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to county Sher­iff Sean P. Kilkenny.

The raids were con­ducted in Lans­dale, Nor­ris­town, Blue Bell and North Wales.

Each of the al­leged of­fend­ers was to be taken be­fore a county judge for a hear­ing to an­swer to the al­le­ga­tions or to make pay­ment ar­range­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice, the fol­low­ing peo­ple were taken into cus­tody to await hear­ings:

• Daniel Briggs, of the 2100 block of Ch­est­nut Av­enue, Nor­ris­town, who al­legedly owed $10,632 for one child.

• Zachary Bright, of the 100 block of Wayne Av­enue, Nor­ris­town, who al­legedly owed $4,325.60 for three chil­dren.

• Theresa Hall, of the 2500 block of Skip­pack Pike, Lans­dale, who al­legedly owed $4,979.64 for two chil­dren.

• Gre­gory Ken­cik, of the 1400 block of Skip­pack Pike, Blue Bell, who al­legedly owed $8,745.82 for three chil­dren.

• Brian Malave, of the 200 block of Ar­bor Court, North Wales, who al­legedly owed $2,877.85 for two chil­dren.

• Mark Rose, of the 100 block of West Freed­ley Street, Nor­ris­town, who al­legedly owed $4,116.63 for two chil­dren.

The sher­iff’s depart­ment en­cour­ages those par­ents who have missed a court date to turn them­selves in rather than hav­ing deputies drag them out of bed early in the morn­ing.

Those who do not turn

them­selves in are placed on the depart­ment’s “Do­mes­tic Re­la­tions Most Wanted for Child Support” list and have their photos and last known ad­dresses placed on the sher­iff’s web­site and on Twit­ter and Face­book ac­counts. Of­fi­cials pre­vi­ously said the of­fice re­ceives sev­eral tips from peo­ple through so­cial me­dia.

Any­one who knows the where­abouts of some­one

wanted on a bench war­rant for fail­ing to pay child support is en­cour­aged to call the of­fice’s tip line at 610278-3340 or tip­sters can anony­mously send a tip to the of­fice through the Mont­gomery County Sher­iff’s Of­fice web site at www.mont­copa.org/sher­iff

Tips can also be sub­mit­ted by post­ing a mes­sage on the depart­ment’s Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts.

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