April 17, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER A West Chester woman convicted of Medicaid fraud and stealing money meant for her 22-year-old autistic daughter was sentenced to 12 years on probation Tuesday and must pay back about $180,000. Michelle Cohen, 52, will have to pay more than $160,000 to the state Department of Public Welfare and $19,400 to the West Chester Area School District, as well as more than $20,000 to the state for the cost of prosecuting her, Judge Jacqueline C. Cody said. Cohen will serve the first six months of her sentence under house arrest and do 250 hours of community service after that.
April 5, 2014 |
COATESVILLE Thomas Hogan, the Chester County district attorney, is accusing the Coatesville school board of trying to intimidate a witness and hinder his office's investigation into district finances, according to a scathing two-page statement released Thursday. Hogan issued the statement in response to the Coatesville Area School District's news release Tuesday that it had suspended its assistant superintendent. Hogan said that unlike some district employees, assistant superintendent Angelo Romaniello was cooperating with his investigation.
March 29, 2014 |
The nonprofit Pipeline Safety Coalition has created an online pipeline-information program that Chester County will add to its existing website, www.ChescoPaGreen.org ., beginning Friday. The idea is to improve the often haphazard information-sharing among residents, local governments, and energy companies about pipeline developments. "It's good news because, with Pennsylvania not regulating intrastate pipelines, we need to have some way of communicating information about proposed projects," David Ward, assistant director of the Chester County Planning Commission, said of the new Web pages.
March 27, 2014 |
For the second time in recent weeks police were called to the Chester County SPCA to remove a volunteer from the premises of the troubled agency. Volunteer Leslie Celia was found in "violation of policy" and told she was no longer permitted at the shelter, according to the police report. "As of yet, we have not received any information from the shelter, but we will be looking into it," said Stephen Bazil, board member. Ashley Dec, Shelter Operations Manager did not return calls for comment.
March 24, 2014 |
Hannah Thomas, 17, can't pinpoint the day she realized that she would never play soccer again, or when the teenage highs of proms and college acceptances became weighed down by meds, therapy, and running battles with depression, memory loss, and headaches. "I didn't think it was going to be this long, and I sure didn't think it would be this serious," said Thomas, tall and athletic, who got hit in the head with a ball in middle school but finished the season - even though she had daily headaches and nausea.
March 17, 2014 |
PHOENIXVILLE The pilot was explaining how the big Sikorsky S-76 helicopter sitting outside Phoenixville Middle School worked when someone asked why pilots wear flight suits. The chief reason is they are fire retardant, but all those pockets are good for stashing essentials, like lip gloss and nail files, pilot Stacy Sheard said. Most of her colleagues might not have given that answer, as the overwhelming majority of helicopter pilots are men. But at the Chester County Economic Development Council's 14th annual GETT (Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology)
March 1, 2014 |
Chester County Court Senior Judge Thomas G. Gavin will preside over the trial of former Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kerns. No trial date has been set. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille signed off last Friday on Gavin's assignment and gave him "the same power and authority as the judges of the requesting district," the order said. It came after Montgomery County Court President Judge William J. Furber Jr. advised the Supreme Court of a "full-bench recusal," according to a state document.
February 28, 2014 |
CHESTER COUNTY Three months after it took control of the troubled Chester County SPCA, a newly constituted 20-member board is divided over how to operate the shelter for Chester and Delaware Counties' stray animals, board members say. Evidence of the discord became public Saturday when executive director Emily Simmons called West Goshen police to remove two board members and two volunteers from the property, according to police. The volunteers were told to leave and not come back.
February 19, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER An international fugitive accused of scamming an elderly Chester County man out of more than $260,000 has been arrested in the Dominican Republic and deported to Pennsylvania to face charges, according to law enforcement officials. Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Jack Mayer stole the money from an 84-year-old East Caln Township man by telling him he had won a $3.5 million sweepstakes, and needed to pay the taxes and fees before receiving his prize.
February 11, 2014 |
TREDYFFRIN While most of their neighbors sought shelter at area hotels in the aftermath of last week's winter storm, the Parker family hunkered down here in their Chester County home in a municipality that on Sunday still had some of the highest numbers of power outages in the region. On their fifth consecutive day without the convenience of electricity on Knox Road, Kate Parker was making Spaghetti Os on their gas stove to feed her 14-year-old son, Tom, and his friend Fin Monahan.