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August 28, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Chester County SPCA officials announced last week that the state decreed that its kennel needed "zero remedial steps," they failed to mention that inspectors recommended veterinary examinations of four dogs who appeared to be in poor health. The SPCA trumpeted the clean bill of health from the Agriculture Department in a Friday e-mail. But it contained no reference to the dogs, whose conditions were described in the veterinary inspection report requested by The Inquirer. The full kennel report has not yet been released.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
For entrepreneurs, developing a good business idea is often the easiest part of the job. The tougher one is getting it known. For Beth Tucker, a Chester County mother of three, the opportunity for exposure has arrived. Surprisingly, it comes compliments of a retail behemoth often assailed when it comes to town, largely because of the perception that it harms small businesses - Walmart. It's where Tucker, 42, a graduate of American University with a degree in graphic design, says she regularly shops.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Theodor Szehinskyj should have left the country long ago, federal officials say. It's been years since he lost his last deportation appeal. It's been more than a decade since he was ordered out in the first place - since he was accused of serving as a guard at Nazi concentration camps in Germany, Poland, and his native Ukraine. He remains under "a final order of removal," the Justice Department said Friday, and an organization that attempts to hunt down alleged Nazi war criminals recently placed him on its "most wanted" list.
NEWS
August 24, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Coatesville police officer - and treasurer of the city's police union - has been charged with stealing more than $46,000 from the union over a three-year period. Gerald Pawling, who had worked for the department since 1995 before his retirement in 2012, has been charged with eight counts of forgery and 51 counts of theft, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan announced Thursday. Prosecutors allege that he stole a total of $46,509. According to a search warrant released by Hogan, Pawling confessed to theft and forgery in a recorded interview.
NEWS
August 23, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Prompted by allegations that animals weren't receiving proper care, state Dog Law officials conducted an unannounced inspection Wednesday at the Chester County SPCA. Mike Pechart, director of dog law enforcement, said a state veterinarian, two dog wardens, and a kennel compliance officer inspected the facility to investigate the complaints. Officials did not disclose their findings. The facility, on Phoenixville Pike in West Goshen Township, takes in about 5,000 strays annually from all of Chester County and, under a $30,000-a-month contract, most towns in Delaware County.
NEWS
August 22, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Following reports of animal mistreatment and rising euthanasia numbers, a Chester County state senator and Delaware County councilman said Tuesday that they would look into conditions at the Chester County SPCA, a regional hub for stray dogs and cats. The center takes in about 5,000 strays annually from all of Chester County and, under a $30,000-a-month contract, most towns in Delaware County. Some SPCA volunteers and ex-staff members as well as a former board member say it has become a "kill factory.
NEWS
August 19, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Chester County prison and its private health-care contractor are facing a federal lawsuit in connection with the death of an inmate in March. The suit was filed last week on behalf of the family of Rae-Mone Carter Jr., who died on March 16 of acute-onset diabetes. It argues that Carter's death was preventable and that health-care workers employed by PrimeCare Medical Inc. did not provide treatment that would have saved him. Carter's family is seeking up to $900,000 in damages, according to the suit.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ted Babiy builds houses one at a time. On acre-plus lots off the old dairy and mill roads of eastern Chester County, with wide windows and sweeping stairs, they are the kind that sell for $2 million or $3 million each. Babiy, 56, a former banker, set up Diamond Development Group 18 years ago with his wife, Anne Marie Quinn . They work, live, and raise their kids in a cozy updated farm compound on a sunny meadow near Devon. The high-end market is coming back - other builders, such as Bentley Homes , have hung signs for teardowns nearby.
NEWS
August 17, 2013
Another view of Chesco shelter On Sunday, I was trained as a new volunteer at the Chester County SPCA shelter. After my training was over, I spent a good portion of my day with the cats on the adoption floor. They were all healthy and happy. They loved the attention. Not one of them was shy, sick, or upset. There were several families there looking to adopt a cat. It was a heartwarming first day as a volunteer. Then, on Monday morning, The Inquirer published an article about the shelter that was in drastic contrast to what I experienced the day before ("Euthanasia numbers on rise at Chesco animal shelter")
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