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Colebrookdale police chief, detective and officer in hot water

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COLEBROOKDALE TWP., Pa. - A quiet, five-minute public meeting in Colebrookdale Township made, potentially, some major noise that could resonate through the area.

The township's board of commissioners voted Tuesday night to fire the police chief and suspend a detective and a patrolman. The reason, however, is still a mystery.

After a lengthy private executive session, the commissioners held a special public session concerning what they call issues related to their police personnel.

The board unanimously voted to immediately suspend Chief David Viola without pay and with the intention to terminate. Viola has been on the force since June 2000, rising through the ranks from officer to chief.

The board also voted unanimously to suspend Detective David Guida for 40 hours without pay and Officer Timothy Harootunian for 24 hours without pay.

​According to the Colebrookdale District Police Department's website, the department has nine full-time officers. Three of them being in hot water makes for one third of the entire department.

Due to it being a personnel matter, the solicitor and commissioners said they can't provide any further comment.


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