February 11, 2013
Perceived issues with the community police department drew a significant percentage of the Borough of Mercersburg's residents to a town council meeting Monday. More than 30 people packed into council chambers, while dozens more waited in the hallway and on the sidewalk outside Borough Hall. Represented were residents and business people from the one-square-mile municipality that about 1,500 people call home. Jeremy Jones, who lives and works in the borough, described what he called “willful and purposeful, aggressive policing,” which he said includes officers waiting outside establishments with liquor licenses to target their customers for potential driving under the influence arrests.
January 23, 2013
Mercersburg-area business people claim frequent truck inspections are hurting the community's commerce, but the police chief said his department simply is making the streets safer. During a Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, business leaders peppered Mercersburg Police Chief John D. Zechman and Mayor James Zeger with questions and concerns about the police department's operations. The majority of the session focused on an officer's regular inspections of commercial vehicles.