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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

[PA] Judge acts toward the safety of Officer Fiore's wife

COP TO BE TRIED ON CHARGES OF THREATENING HIS WIFE
Friday, November 16, 2007
By BEVIN MILAVSKY
The Express-Times
A police officer charged with threatening his wife has given up his right to a preliminary hearing and faces trial in Northampton County Court... John Fiore, 44, was scheduled for a Nov. 27 hearing, but Wednesday he stopped into District Judge James Stocklas' office to waive the hearing on charges of terroristic threats and harassment. He remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail. Fiore, who worked as an armed police officer in Moore Township and at Lehigh Valley International Airport, was arrested Sept. 20 after his wife reported he had been acting "erratic and explosive," according to court documents. [M.F.], who had wanted a divorce for months, allegedly told authorities her husband was acting like "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." John Fiore's arrest came two days after another local law enforcement officer, Derrek Duh of Bethlehem Township, killed his wife, Amy, and himself. John Fiore allegedly talked about that murder-suicide with his wife's mother, Lydia Lopez... [M.F.] sought a protection-from-abuse order against her husband one day after his arrest, telling Northampton County Judge Paula Roscioli she was afraid he would kill her or commit suicide. The order, which required Fiore to refrain from contacting his family and turn over all weapons, means he is not permitted to work his two jobs... (Full article here)

POLICE OFFICER WAIVES PRELIMINARY HEARING ON TERRORISTIC THREAT, HARASSMENT CHARGES
COURT PAPERS SAY HE HAD MADE A REFERENCE TO A MURDER-SUICIDE.
The Morning Call
By Pamela Lehman
November 17, 2007
...It's not clear if Fiore is still working part time as a Moore Township officer. Police Chief Gary West did not return calls requesting comment... (Full article here)

EARLIER THIS MONTH:

PROTECTION ORDER PUTS OFFICER'S JOBS ON HOLD
Thursday, November 08, 2007
By RUSS FLANAGAN
The Express-Times
John Fiore's career in law enforcement will remain in limbo until he can sort out a protection-from-abuse order with his wife, his employers said Wednesday. Northampton County President Judge Robert A. Freedberg signed an order Wednesday extending the temporary PFA against Fiore until Nov. 7, 2010... The order will effectively put Fiore's days as a part-time police officer in Moore Township on indefinite hold, police Chief Gary West said... West said Fiore won't be fired or suspended; he just won't be placed on the schedule until the PFA is resolved... Fiore's full-time job as an armed officer at Lehigh Valley International Airport also is in limbo. George Doughty, executive director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, said Fiore will remain on leave indefinitely until there is resolution with the PFA. In the meantime, he is not suspended or fired but remains on leave -- at least until his vacation and sick time run out. "He is an employee on leave"... (Full article here)
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