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Delco Man Stole $350k Skin Grafts; Archdiocese to Tell Parishes' Fate; DE Teen Shot Grandfather
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 05/31/14 3:44 am | updated: 05/31/14 3:44 am
 
A Delaware County man has been charged with stealing $357,000 worth of human skin grafts from a Philadelphia hospital. 54-year-old Gary Dudek of Wallingford worked as a sales representative for a Massachusetts-based regenerative medicine firm. He was in charge of placing orders for Mercy Hospital in West Philadelphia. From November 2011 - July 2013, Dudek would over-order skin grafts for the hospital and skim the extra off the top for himself. Individual grafts are worth $1,700. An internal audit revealed that over 200 unauthorized grafts were ordered but never received by the hospital. Authorities do not know what happened to those extra skin grafts. Dudek was arrested Monday and released Tuesday after posting 10 percent of $10,000 bail.

Parishioners at 46 parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will find out the fate of the Parish Area Pastoral Planning Commission's latests reviews this weekend. This round of evaluations started back in September and every aspect of parish life was looked at, “From sacramental activity, number of baptisms in a parish, number of funerals, number of marriages, looking at the number of registered parishoners, registered households. Looking at financial condition of parishes.” Options could be a merger with a neighboring parish, no change at all, or further study. The Archdiocese serves some 1.5 million Catholics in the area. Changing demographics and population shifts have affected small neighborhood and traditionally ethnic parishes and attendance is down all around. Most church members will find out at their Saturday evening mass with official word on Sunday. Pastors were notified on Friday. 31 parishes have been closed since 2012, leaving 235 remaining.

SEE Archdiocese of Philadelphia Press Release and Official List of Closures/Measures

Here is a full list of the parishes being review:

Delaware County (13):
Holy Spirit, Sharon Hill
Sacred Heart, Clifton Heights
Saint Eugene, Collingdale
Saint Joseph, Collingdale
Our Lady of Fatima, Secane
Our Lady of Peace, Milmont Park
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton
Saint Gabriel, Norwood
Saint George, Glenolden
Saint Madeline, Ridley Park
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Tinicum
Saint Rose of Lima, Eddystone
Notre Dame de Lourdes, Swarthmore

Montgomery County (12):
Mother of Divine Providence, King of Prussia
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Bridgeport
Sacred Heart, Swedesburg
Saints Cosmas and Damian, Conshohocken
Saint Augustine, Bridgeport
Saint Gertrude, West Conshohocken
Saint Mary, Conshohocken
Saint Matthew, Conshohocken
Queen of Peace, Ardsley
Saint David, Willow Grove
Saint John of the Cross, Roslyn
Saint Luke the Evangelist, Glenside
Philadelphia (8):
Holy Spirit, South Philadelphia
Saint Charles Borromeo, South Philadelphia
Saint Edmond, South Philadelphia
Saint Gabriel, South Philadelphia
Saint Monica, South Philadelphia
Saint Richard, South Philadelphia
Saint Rita of Cascia, South Philadelphia
Saint Thomas Aquinas, South Philadelphia

Lower Bucks County (13):
Our Lady of Fatima, Bensalem
Saint Ann, Bristol
Saint Charles Borromeo, Bensalem
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Bensalem
Saint Ephrem, Bensalem
Saint Mark, Bristol
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Croydon
Immaculate Conception BVM, Levittown
Our Lady of Grace, Penndel
Queen of the Universe, Levittown
Saint Frances Cabrini, Fairless Hills
Saint Joseph the Worker, Fallsington
Saint Michael the Archangel, Levittown

A teenager in Delaware is accused of shooting his grandfather with a shotgun and killing him. 17-year-old John Rash of Camden Wyoming, DE, is charged with assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. It happened on Monday before 6:20 pm on the 7000 block of Willow Grove Road. Police say that Rash and 84-year-old Charles Semans were involved in an argument. Rash grabbed a shotgun and shot Semans once in the stomach. Semans was taken to the hospital and died on Thursday. Rash is being held in lieu of $40,000 secured bond. The incident is still under investigation.

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