Trial begins for former police chief
LEWISBURG – Trial has begun for the former Hartleton police chief who faces theft and conspiracy charges in Union County Court. 68-year-old Donald Zerbe is accused of giving those who were stopped for speeding a choice of paying a traffic ticket or making a $150 donation to the borough’s playground fund.
The Daily Item reports two people who were stopped for speeding in October of 2012 testified this morning. James Anderson said he paid the $150 for the playground fund to avoid points on his driver’s license. The other traffic violator was offered the same deal, but was leery of it and called the District Judge’s office. State police later contacted her as part of the investigation.
The jury is comprised of seven women and five men.