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February 11, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Chester County moved a step closer Tuesday to joining several other Pennsylvania counties that charge additional fees for vehicle registrations. State law allows counties to impose a $5 fee for registrations not considered exempt. Counties can use the funds for transportation improvement projects. The law took effect in January 2015. Philadelphia and Bucks County are among at least six that have approved the fee. Montgomery County is considering it. The Chester County commissioners discussed the fee at a meeting Tuesday and will vote Thursday on whether to impose it. County officials expect fees for approximately 440,000 eligible vehicles to generate about $2.2 million, which they will use for bridge repairs.
NEWS
February 11, 2016
A Phoenixville man has been criminally charged in a car crash that killed a toddler and injured four others. Anders Opitz, 19, is charged with death by auto and assault by auto after he allegedly caused a six-car crash on Route 73 near Hays Mill Road in Winslow Township about 6:30 a.m. on June 29, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Opitz was driving a 2003 Ford F-250 northbound on Route 73 when he sideswiped a northbound 2007 Chevy Van. Optiz's truck then smashed into a northbound 2014 Mini Cooper, and then rear-ended a 2006 Honda Accord.
NEWS
February 10, 2016
Police are investigating reports of hazing by football players in one of the region's elite school districts. The players are current or former members of the Conestoga High School team, according to the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District in Chester County. "The District places the highest priority on student safety and, to that end, is cooperating in any way it can with law enforcement officials," school officials posted on the district's website. District officials and the Tredyffrin Township Police Department directed questions to the Chester County District Attorney's Office, but DA Tom Hogan declined comment, citing an ongoing investigation.
NEWS
February 7, 2016
A Chester County man was charged Thursday with wire fraud and money laundering for selling worthless fraud protection and other services to senior citizens. Federal prosecutors said Marc Roy Ferry, 35, of Downingtown, made millions of dollars using a network of telemarketers in Canada to sell worthless or non-existent services, including discounted legal services and a discount prescription card, to seniors in the United States. He and others used business names such as Fraud Watch and Trust One, and debited the seniors' bank accounts without their consent, prosecutors said.
NEWS
February 6, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Chester County is taking notes from business owners as it tries to create a 10-year road map for the growing county. A survey open to all county businesses will attempt to gather information - perhaps for the first time - about the priorities and struggles of local companies and why they choose to do business in Chester County. "The business community is the economy," said MaryFrances McGarrity, director of business development at the Chester County Economic Development Council, which worked with the county commissioners and area chambers of commerce to create the survey.
NEWS
February 5, 2016
A Chester County Court judge has upheld criminal charges against the former superintendent of the Coatesville Area School District on theft, conflict of interest, and other charges in a ruling filed Tuesday. An attorney for Richard Como had asked the judge to throw out the case against the former superintendent eight months ago, claiming lack of evidence. Judge Thomas G. Gavin on Tuesday threw out three counts -- one for theft by unlawful taking, one for attempted theft by deception, and one for conflict of interest.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A drug suspect wanted for witness intimidation turned himself in to Chester County authorities Tuesday after three months on the lam. Kenneth Wylie, 25, of Coatesville is charged with felony-level intimidation and conspiracy, said the Chester County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday. In October, Wylie and his girlfriend were accused of intimidating a prosecution witness in Wylie's drug case. His girlfriend, at the time an employee of the Chester County Juvenile Probation Department, was arrested Oct. 30. Charges were refiled against Wylie on Nov. 6, and he had been a fugitive since then.
NEWS
January 29, 2016
The Chester County SPCA has changed its name to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, to reflect its expanding geographic reach. The animal-welfare group has served Chester and Delaware counties for years but expanded to serve the state of Delaware this month. It aims to bring its no-kill philosophy to more areas, executive director Adam Lamb said. A shelter is considered "no-kill" if it saves at least 90 percent of animals left in its care. In 2013, the Chester County SPCA euthanized 37 percent of its animals; by last year, its euthanization rate dropped to 6 percent, Lamb said.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A former corrections officer who pleaded guilty in November to charges he smuggled heroin and other drugs to inmates in Chester County Prison was sentenced Wednesday to at least three years in prison. Douglas A. Keck, 46, of Pottstown, had pleaded guilty to six felony counts for possession of controlled substances and possession with intent to deliver. Keck was arrested in March for smuggling heroin, Xanax, and a pain medicine to inmates housed in the prison block to which he was assigned.
NEWS
January 28, 2016
A school bus carrying elementary-pupils clipped a car and crashed into a utility pole Tuesday morning in Chester County, landing in a snow embankment and slightly injuring a student, officials said. Police are investigating the cause of the crash but said neither driver could see the other due to piled snow. The bus with 35 students on board was traveling east on Route 113 in Uwchlan Township toward Lionville Elementary School when a car began to pull out of the Shops at Lionville Station onto the road.
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