Lemoyne officials fired over scrap metal case

Lemoyne Borough Council has voted to fire two employees who are under investigation for allegedly withholding funds from the sales of scrap metal.

Council voted 6-0 Thursday night to terminate the employment of maintenance supervisor John Paden and Sewer Department supervisor John O’Neill.

While the council cited “misconduct,” borough manager Robert Ihlein said the firings were related to the scrap metal investigation.

Paden and O’Neill were previously on administrative leave while police investigated whether they unlawfully kept money received from scrap metal sales and withheld the proceeds from borough funds.

According to search warrant affidavits filed May 30, Paden admitted to keeping the money and to splitting the proceeds with O’Neill.

In another affidavit filed June 10, police said Paden also named former police chief and borough manager Howard Dougherty as one of the people who kept a share of the money.

Borough employees told investigators they had been turning over cash from scrap sales to Paden since the early 1990’s.

Authorities have said the amount of money withheld from the borough was “definitely thousands” of dollars.

Borough officials currently are awaiting a decision on possible criminal charges from the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office.

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