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Chambersburg Police to move substation to former record store

June 17, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- The only records available at the former Record City will be the criminal kind when the Chambersburg Police Department opens up a substation at the vacant Southgate Mall storefront in a few weeks.

The Borough Council on Monday approved a four-year lease on the retail space with Paran Management, the Ohio-based company that owns the mall. The borough has actually maintained a substation in another part of the mall since 1997, Borough Secretary Tanya Mickey said.

Borough Manager Eric Oyer said the move was necessary because the current substation is next door to the Chambersburg Beauty School, which is planning to expand.

Prior to 1997, the Third Ward substation was at the intersection of South Main and Catherine streets, Mickey said.

The department's Crime Impact Team will work out of the substation, Mickey said.

The $125-a-month lease begins July 1 and the borough has agreed to make up to $6,000 in interior improvements, according to the lease agreement. In return, Paran will give the borough credit on the monthly rent for an amount up to $6,000, which would cover the four years.

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The borough also will pay utilities in the new substation site.

Cpl. Matthew Cody, an 18-year veteran of the police force, was promoted to sergeant Monday. Cody fills the fourth sergeant position on the force, which became vacant earlier this year when Sgt. John Phillippy was hired as police chief of Greencastle, Pa.

Cody, who spent five years with the department's Detective Division, has served with the department's Special Emergency Team, D.A.R.E. program and as a field training officer, Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso said.

The council also approved the appointment of Matthew Lynch as a probationary police officer. Lynch has a degree in criminal justice from Shippensburg University and is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Kelso said.

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