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Assault Reported at the Methadone Clinic

One patient assaulted another patient outside of the Discovery House on Philmont Avenue.

The following information was supplied by the Lower Moreland Police Department:

On Jan 3, the Lower Moreland Police Department responded to the Discovery House, 2755 Philmont Ave., for a reported assault in progress. Police found that Nicholas Capaldi, 27, of Glenside, had just assaulted two other patients in front of the facility, and then walked away toward the Philmont Train Station. He was found at the Train Station and taken into custody after being identified by Discovery House staff.

One of the victims told police that he and two other friends were walking to the facility to receive their daily treatment when they were confronted by Capaldi. According to the report, they were friends with Capaldi, but Capaldi was questioning them about $12 he believed was owed to him by one of the victims. Both parties separated, but a short time later Capaldi turned around and charged towards the male victim and punched him in the face several times with a closed fist. The girl who the victim was with attempted to pull Capaldi off of him, but was subsequently elbowed in the face. Her right cheek was visibly swollen.

An employee of the Discovery House was outside smoking a cigarette while on break and confirmed the information in the report. Capaldi will later be arraigned before a Judge for assault and related charges.  

Ken Cares January 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Obviously Captain ignorant you have no clue what you are talking about. Methadone is not a fix, people don't get high on it, and yes a lot of the patients do come from well to do families and have good jobs. You might be surprised that your next door neighbor comes to the clinic or the person cooking your dinner is a patient. Who can you trust captain? How have any of these folks affected you personally? Who are you to make judgement against people you don't know? What about all the DUI's in your town? Is that okay? Murders...not from here!!! These are people trying to get better and away from addiction so they don't live the life of crime. Wake up captain ignorant!! Do some research on what you're talking about before opening your mouth!
Proud Mother January 29, 2013 at 09:13 PM
BRAVO!! Well said Matt.
Proud Mother January 29, 2013 at 09:43 PM
I agree with Ken! I‘m sure most every one of you know someone who has been afflicted with this horrible disease, you just may not know it - people do not talk about it because of how addicts are viewed. Addiction does not discriminate. It could happen to you, family members or friends. The real fear should be if the Discovery House program was not available for the citizens of your community, your families, friends, or your co-workers. Many of them going back to the streets. Now that would be a true crime
Proud Mother January 29, 2013 at 09:48 PM
My hope is that you will understand how important it is to have a place like Discovery House. The fact that it is in your neighborhood does not mean you are in harms way, it means you have a chance to help provide an area that is safe and non-threatening and promising. A chance to let them become productive, accepting people. That is all they want…..a chance.
Capt. Obvious January 30, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Yeah, I'm the ignorant one. Well, you are correct I have no direct knowledge of the drugs, as I have never felt the need to stick a needle full of god knows what in my arm, but lets google "Can you get high on methadone" shall we? Hmmm. seems everything that came up says "yes, you can." and "it has no effect on wanting or using other drugs". And no, I'm not surprised that abusers come from every walk of life. But I grew up in a very medical family, and I've seen junkies stick a gun in doctors and pharmacists faces. I've seen a junkie throw a chair through a plate glass window, mad that they were being refused drugs (twice, actually). I've seen 3am break in after 3am breakin to get drugs. I've seen people lie, cheat, and steal to get their drugs. So tell me again how drugs, crime and violence never intertwine. Or do you live in a perfect world, where everyone does like they're supposed to, and unicorns and rainbows are on every corner? Me? I live in reality. I know (not all but) some of these people aren't 100% enthusiastic about getting better. I know that when you lower the standards for an area, they never go back up on their own.
Capt. Obvious January 30, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Personally, I see you both as the enabler types. Most likely either addicted once yourself, or more likely it's a close family member with the problem. You feel bad for them, to the point you don't see what the addiction really can do to them when they are using. While I'm sorry they put you in that position, I don't think we need to effect more families by sticking a methadone clinic on the edge of residential neighborhoods. Put it on the Blvd, 10 min away, much easier reached by all forms of transportation. Sorry if the extra 10 minutes inconviences anyone.
Ken Cares February 05, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Hello again Captain ignorant...You sighted some truly awful incidents of things you have witnessed. And yes!!! I do realize these things happen. You are referring to the minority of addicts and not the majority. Your children have no direct exposure to these clients. They don't walk past them at any time. Your schools are notorious for having some of the BEST drugs around because this is where the"rich kids" live. No, I have no addicts in my family. No, I don't sympathize with them. I praise them for having the courage and the where with all to seek out help before they get to the point of what you saw. If you saw a person on the street having been hit by a car, or sick with cancer...would you not help? (probably not, you might catch something) but addiction is very much the same...an illness. People who are clients never grew up asking to become addicts, it happens. A large number of clients actually got addicted because of DOCTORS who love to prescribe pain medication to people who don't always need it. Wasn't your dad a doctor? Why don't you ask to visit Discovery House some time and see for yourself what kind of people go there. Again Captain...you speak with little to no idea of what you're talking about! I sure hope that when you go to the store next time, the person serving you isn't an addict. I hear it's contagious especially by handling the same money. I read that on the Internet when I goggled ignorant people and their stupid thoughts!!
tracy February 06, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Now finally matt is someone who knows what hes talking about... yes it may bring people to this area that arent usually here but it helps them get their life back on track instead of committing crimes to get their next fix. if this clinic was not there it would be somewhere else close to our neighborhood. it does not matter where they put the clinic... theyre all over the place and you dont even know theyre there... there are doctors offices all around huntingdon valley that give out drugs like theyre candy! and i dont see anyone complaining about that. the reason why a good amount of people are going to the clinic is because their doctors most likely handed them a script of way too many pain pills for not a good enough reason and just keep refilling the script for their patients who didnt even need meds and they abruptly cut them off and thats why they didnt know what to do so then turned to buying/selling drugs on the streets...if you dont think that there is drug abuse here in huntingdon valley from the young adults/older people that live here than you people are really stupid and naive. theyre are drug deals going on all day everyday here in HV because theres young kids with too much money that they dont know what else to do with.. theyre spoiled rotten!
Capt. Obvious February 06, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Hmm, lets see, Ken. I back up every thing I said with proof, and you continue to blow smoke out your ass with vague questions about things I never said, and insult people you know nothing about while having absolutely no proof of any fact you state. so lets all say everything you said must be correct, and all give you the one handed golf clap. Ken Fact of the Month: "Methadone is not a fix, people don't get high on it"
Capt. Obvious February 06, 2013 at 10:20 PM
tracy - WHY does it have to be in our neighborhood or somewhere close by? I could care less that methadone clinics exist, that's never been my point (although I do think they are useless and just prolong addiction, but if people want to do it that's not my concern). My concern is why would you put one in the center of a residential community? Why not 10 min away in an area not surrounded by homes and schools?? Look at Byberry Road by 95. perfect spots. Look at certain areas of the Blvd. perfect spots. How about Southempton Rd by the armory. again, perfect spots. No, lets put it in the middle of Huntingdon Valley. less then a mile from both Lower Moreland Middle School and High School. Just yards away from homes. THERE lies the problem.
openminded February 08, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Why does it matter where the clinic is located? have u ever actually seen where it is at??do u know the times of when it is opened?clearly not.ignorant people are the ones who have a problem with it because they have no idea house discovery house works.and the process u have to go through.So by discovery house being close to schools and houses what does that mean?why is it such a bad thing?bc capt. douche bag the clinic is only opened in the mornings.N clearly u have never seen where it is.and what do u think a bunch of ppl are gonna go into the school tryna rob the students?i think the students are doing that enough to one another and creating enough hate crimes.and ur tellin me all the crimes going on in lower moreland started when discovery house opened?bc it has only been at its location for a short amount of time and if im not mistaken,crimes have been happening..well since.. forever.and if u think ppl are stealing so they can get a "fix",im sorry but once ur at a blocking dose,once u actually look into discovery house youll understand what that means,u cant get high n methadone blocks the urge to want to use..n just googling about methadone clinics and reading articles are only peoples opinion..jus like i can go n make a website about u and say its a fact that u dont have a brain n dont know what ur talking about.and what?jus be its an article n on the internet,that makes it a fact?NO! if u dont kno the whole story about something,then who are u to sit there and judge..
openminded February 08, 2013 at 02:48 AM
and say jus because theres a methadone clinic in the area means thats y crimes are happening in the area.i bet the people who are commiting the crimes in that area arent on methadone n dont even know theres a clinic around.it drives me crazy when people think that methadone clincs are ways for people to get high.jus like other prescribed drugs, some people abuse the oppertunity and then there are others, who take it serious and are trying to better themselves.and actually capt.D, there are people who are wealthy,that drive range rovers n mercedes and bmws that pull up to the clinic, there are teachers and even nurses that go to the clinic.and im sure ur wondering how i kno this..bc im one of them!! and u kno what im proud of myself.. proud that i felt it was time to get help, which by the way, when u go to detox, they give u methadone there as well. im proud of myself for gettin off heroin and wanting to get help. and i love the fact that i can go to a safe place of where i feel safe to talk to the counslers if im having a bad day n they help with get ur life together.if its for urself and for ur family.theres people in their that own their own bussinesses..actually, alot of people who own businesses.discovery house saved my life,saved me from getting worse on the streets.made me more of a better mother,better daughter,sister,etc.they helped me with wanting to get into school and work..so plz tell me whats so horrible about that?ive never had a bad expericence in 4yrs!
openminded February 08, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Why does it matter where the clinic is located? have u ever actually seen where it is at??do u know the times of when it is opened?clearly not.ignorant people are the ones who have a problem with it because they have no idea house discovery house works.and the process u have to go through.So by discovery house being close to schools and houses what does that mean?why is it such a bad thing?bc capt.d.bag, the clinic is only opened in the mornings.N clearly u have never seen where it is.and what do u think a bunch of ppl are gonna go into the school tryna rob the students?i think the students are doing that enough to one another and creating enough hate crimes.and ur tellin me all the crimes going on in lower moreland started when discovery house opened?bc it has only been at its location for a short amount of time and if im not mistaken,crimes have been happening..well since.. forever.and if u think ppl are stealing so they can get a "fix",im sorry but once ur at a blocking dose,once u actually look into discovery house youll understand what that means,u cant get high n methadone blocks the urge to want to use..n just googling about methadone clinics and reading articles are only peoples opinion..jus like i can go n make a website about u and say its a fact that u dont have a brain n dont know what ur talking about.and what?jus be its an article n on the internet,that makes it a fact?NO! if u dont kno the whole story about something,then who are u to sit there and judge..
Capt. Obvious February 08, 2013 at 12:16 PM
that was very mature. you just helped everyone against it make their point. THIS is the nonsense associated with Discovery House. Welcome to Lower Moreland.
Ken Cares February 08, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Dear Captain Ignorant...first of all you made a very personal comment about me. I just spoke on your ideals and thoughts. Capt. Ignorant...you need to understand something. I have lived in Lower Moreland for well over 25 years now and the reason I support this clinic is because I have had to go to funerals of my children's friends from school who died as a result of overdosing on opiates (usually pills their parents were being prescribed for "pain".). They Captain, never had the opportunity that Discovery House now offers in your little Shangri La. I went to everyone of those "meetings" where you all wasted an awful lot of my tax dollars trying to fight something you know nothing about. Thank you all very much. It isn't about winning or losing its about helping. You are from a medical family..are they in it just for the money? I know little to nothing of who you are but sir right now you represent yourself the same way...as little to nothing at all. Go and find a battle worth fighting over...like close the bars down and stop drunks from driving before they DO ACTUALLY kill someone. Go to the local WAWA and watch your town's children stealing from there. When you can produce REAL statistics that Discovery House is responsible for an increase in crime here, publish them in this article, I'll listen to you and apologize to you publicly.
Ken Cares February 08, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Until then, kindly keep your ignorant thoughts and prejudices to yourself. People need help, want help, and that is all Discovery House is doing...HELPING. What have you done lately to improve anything in OUR community? I spend time speaking to the youth of our days trying to encourage them to not get involved in drug use and abuse but it gets harder everyday when I hear about parents who are serving the kids liquor at home and at parties so they look like the"cool parents" when in fact they are the early beginnings of possible addiction. Why don't you go after them so maybe we won't have to treat addicts, prevent addicts. Go to the high school and get rid of the drug dealers there sir before more of OUR kids need Discovery House. Until then, SHUT YOUR IGNORANT MOUTH. Just because Ken says it doesn't make it so...same goes for the effin internet.
Ken Cares February 08, 2013 at 03:15 PM
You know what captain...why don't you publish your PROOF. Then I can give you some facts about methadone since some of us do have experience in dealing with addiction other than being an addict or a close family member.
Ken Cares February 08, 2013 at 03:19 PM
At least they care enough about the people who are helping her and respects herself enough to let an ignorant fool like yourself know that there are way more people than you may want to know that are on methadone and if you ever saw one you would never know it...but then again you do seem to know everything don't you? Oh, by the way, not everyone was afforded the luxury of the higher education you must have from your medical family's income and ability to live in your high and mighty throne.
Capt. Obvious February 08, 2013 at 04:16 PM
I didn't make a personal comment about you until you went off calling me names and claiming I was saying things I never said, and I have lived in Lower Moreland for 40 years, and I went to Lower Moreland from Pine Rd through the High School, and I know we USED to have a far lower drug rate then most other schools in the area, so maybe it's the crap moving up from the city behind the increased drug activity, and maybe the lack of township keeping it out is behind the problem. But back to the fact, which is you don't stick a methadone clinic in the middle of a residential neighborhood, you put it away from homes and schools. If people want to live their lives on methadone, god bless em. their choice. I could care less. But do it away from people who don't want it in their neighborhood. THAT is the point here. And yes, I agree that some doctors are at fault, and YES, I believe all involved should all be prosecuted for it, but it's still not the issue at hand here. And NO, I never did drugs (imagine that. A lower moreland kid who didn't do drugs), and NO, my friends didn't do drugs, and no we never stole or destroyed property. If you actually read this Patch, you'll see everyone they're pulling over drunk, or catching stealing from cars on our driveways AREN'T Lower Moreland Children.
Capt. Obvious February 08, 2013 at 04:16 PM
But back to the point - No one against Discovery House is fighting against methadone clinics. We're fighting against methadone clinics in neighborhoods. Ken Quote of the Day "When you can produce REAL statistics that Discovery House is responsible for an increase in crime here, publish them in this article, I'll listen to you and apologize to you publicly." Title of this article - Assault Reported at the Methadone Clinic hmmmmm
Proud Mother February 08, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Hi Openminded, Unfortunately, there will always be people that we can not change the way they think, that is reality. Do not spend more time worrying about people like Capt. They are not worth the space they are taking up in your head. I do not know you (or maybe I do and do not know it ) but I will tell you that I am proud of your accomplishments and please continue on the right path of life. Many people at some time in their lives may have taken a wrong turn (whatever it may have been)...but what is important is that you have found your way and purpose in life. Continue to be a better mother, daughter, sister. The rewards will always be there, just knowing that you are continuing on the right road. BRAVO to you!!
openminded February 08, 2013 at 07:49 PM
ha put it away from schools and homes? jus bc the clinic is near schools and homes means what??jus because u and ur friends didnt do drugs,which im sry i highly doubt, if ur in ur 40s or even older back then drugs werent such an issue as they are today...like in the 70s.but just because u didnt do them doesnt mean at all that other people werent...do u even know how long the clinic has been there for?? bc its been there about 2 yrs.. so ur telling me in the past 2 years,give or take, thats when crimes n drugs started increasing?? hahaha id say thats bull!!! lower moreland is filled with young kids that love to spend mommy n daddys money n wanna try n seem cool by buying and selling drugs.what do u honestly think the clinic is about?? that kids are gettin a ride from school buses and coming to the clinic and gettin drugs in the parking lot??like ive mentioned before.. d.h is opened only in the mornings, when children should be in school..and when u go there, your in and out. not allowed to be hanging out. i take offense to the b.s ur sayin.do u think we all have a diease and if were around people that they will look at us and say hmmm i want drugs now?the whole point of discovery house is to get off drugs,to become more stable in our lives,and learn how to cope with problems.and live our lives day to day.without drugs.and think bout it captain obvious.if we are tryin 2get off drugs,u really honestly think we are gonna go around and try to get lil kids hooked on drugs?
Capt. Obvious February 08, 2013 at 10:12 PM
OMFG, KEN! You even commented on it a week ago! I think you owe us all that apology now! You must be a junkie the way you lie, manipulate truth, and conveniently forget facts you know to be true that go against what you want. http://lowermoreland.patch.com/articles/police-log-methadone-patient-in-accident-vandalism-in-cemetery-more#comments
Capt. Obvious February 08, 2013 at 10:14 PM
EVERYONE WHO SAYS METHADONE STOPS DRUG ADDICTION AND PREVENTS CRIME NEEDS TO READ THIS http://lowermoreland.patch.com/articles/police-log-methadone-patient-in-accident-vandalism-in-cemetery-more#comments March 20 – Weapons Possession •Area near Pine & Tomlinson roads Police responded to a two-car accident near the Valley Sunoco (2883 Pine Rd.) involving Michael DeMarshall, 42, of Huntingdon Valley and Robert Nemeth, 34, of Feasterville. No injuries were reported and both cars had minor damage in a rear-end collision. When police arrived on scene, an officer noticed Nemeth’s eyes to be glassy and bloodshot. His pupils were ‘extremely’ constricted and he was acting unusually hyper. When asked where he was coming from, he originally said his girlfriend’s house, but as police further questioned him, Nemeth admitted he was coming from the Discovery House and just received a dose of methadone prior to driving. A search of his car revealed numerous items. Inside a black backpack were: •Single pipe screen with charred residue and a green M&M mini’s bottle smelling of fresh marijuana •Black balaclava •Black handled knife with a curved blade and black plastic sheath •Black stocking cut to fit the approximate size of a human head •Prescription bottle with 39 different pills •Black plastic hand-held device known as a “stinger” (used as a ‘force multiplier)
Capt. Obvious February 08, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Behind the driver’s seat police found the following, which Nemeth referred to as his “go kit”: •Black knit cap •Pair of black gloves •Black stocking cut to fit the approximate size of a human head •An expandable straight baton in a holster •An alcohol pad with gauze Police also found a hand-held “stun gun” in a camouflage pouch. Nemeth was previously convicted of a robbery and his license has been suspended since January. His previous felony charge prohibits Nemeth from possessing any electric incapacitating device like the stun gun. DUI, drug paraphernalia and weapons charges are being filed pending lab results.
openminded February 13, 2013 at 08:11 PM
OMG!!!! its the end of the world...ya know its funny because at least each n every one of use can say were not perfect and because of everything we been thru,we dont judge others..so stop judging people who go there.not everyone is the same. not every one that goes there is still using drugs..do u kno how many people get kicked off because of that?? you have no idea what ur talking about.yea theres a couple of people that make d.h look bad.but come on.lower moreland wasnt perfect in ANY way before discovery house came.theres people,like me,who take being clean and wanting to do better serious.u cant say everyone there is like those guys.. and yes shame on them for what they were doin.i cant argue with that.but be open minded.this town isnt perfect,neither is the state we live in nor this world..read all the other police reports that dont deal with people from discovery house..yes u have ur opinion which every has,but again,u cant seriously think everyone that goes there are jus like these guys..if it wasnt for discovery house, i dont know where id be, if it wasnt for the people who go there and the sessions i have in a group setting or a one on one with a counsler. i have changed my life around,as well as many others i know that go there.i coulda been dead or still using ignoring my three sons and not being the mother i am today for them n watchin them grow. so please, dont tell me discovery house is such a bad place.it has saved my life as well as other people lives
Capt. Obvious February 13, 2013 at 09:34 PM
one question - would you go if it was located somewhere else?
Ken Cares February 15, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Listen Captain Ignorant, you spout off all of your little stabs at a place of business. Why don't I start a campaign against the bars that serve minors here or the parents that serve their children liquor at home, or the drug busts of the kids in town or any number of far more dangerous things that are happening here. No...I choose to worry about some of the bigger things in life..wars, taxes, guns in our schools, shootings in courthouses, movie theaters, etc. Not things like some 300+ people trying to get their lives together. Your article about the accident...again 1 person. Ask the cops how many other "normal" people carry similar items in their vehicles not to mention all the guns floating around out there. It's not drug addicts shooting up your schools. Worry about that. The vandalism in the cemetery was found to be local youth trying to have fun. Seriously captain...I'd say get off your high horse but yours is much too low to be picking on people you know nothing about. Oh and your comment about me being a junkie...nice! but it isn't personal is it? Have you asked to visit Discovery House yet captain or are you afraid of those evil nasty people down there? You are a coward who has to hide in his little protected room taking shots at things "just because". Get a life!!
Capt. Obvious February 16, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Hey look. Mr Storytime is back. Waiting for my apology, now that you made a fool out of yourself.
the truth February 27, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Discovery house is full of drugs I know first hand use to go there. Drug deals in parking lot and on top of that people are taking zanex and methadone. Death combo and they just let it slide. I have to say the clinic I'm at now is nothing like that one. Thought they all where like that. WRONG Dave the owner all he wants it the money its privately owned.

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