March 17, 2016 |
Police in Chester County are searching for a man who wore a Halloween mask and barged into a woman's Wayne home over the weekend. The home invasion and robbery occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday on the 100 block of Crestline Road in Tredyffrin Township. The victim woke to find a stranger wearing a mask "with a bulbous nose" standing at the foot of her bed, the township police said in a news release Monday. The man tied the woman up with duct tape, and warned her: "Be quiet and you won't be hurt," police said.
March 16, 2016 |
Police jeopardized public safety and cost the state and a Chester County township nearly $1 million in lost revenue by cutting breaks for truckers whose vehicles violated weight limits, the state auditor general said Monday. East Whiteland Township police allowed the drivers to plead guilty to a non-traffic local-ordinance offense rather than a state overweight-vehicle violation, which substantially reduced their fines and fees, said Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. "Weight limits on roads and bridges are there for everyone's safety, and the fines are high for a reason," DePasquale said in a statement.
March 10, 2016 |
The alleged kingpin of a drug ring that the Chester County District Attorney's Office said moved at least $60 million of cocaine through the region over two decades has pleaded guilty to drug charges. Salvador Lemus, 67, of East Marlborough Township, on Monday pleaded guilty to 25 counts of possession with intent to deliver, one count of conspiracy, and one count of corrupt organizations. The charges could carry a sentence of decades in prison, said Kevin Pierce, an assistant district attorney in the county's drug unit.
March 9, 2016
Chester County prosecutors plan to retry a lawyer accused of killing his 92-year-old father by denying him medical care. The trial of Edward J. O'Brien III on counts of third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment, ended with a deadlocked jury on Feb. 24. A new trial is scheduled to begin on June 17 and last about two weeks, according to a notification to prosecution and defense attorneys filed last...
March 9, 2016 |
A former Malvern Preparatory School swim coach and counselor was sentenced to five years' probation Monday after admitting she tried to seduce a high school student, in part by promising to get him into Harvard University. A Chester County Court judge also ordered Emily Feeney, 41, of Wayne, to register as a sex offender for 15 years under Megan's Law. The defense and prosecution set the terms in a plea agreement. Feeney, hired at the all-boys private school in 2013, kissed a 16-year-old swimmer in her office and sent him sexualized text messages and emails, including photos of herself in states of undress, starting in May 2014.
March 4, 2016 |
Job-seekers using the Internet to fill out applications and students writing research papers on the Kennett Public Library's seven computers often find themselves running out of time before they can finish. Computer minutes are precious, and library hours are limited. But now, as part of a pilot program, the library is offering a solution. Patrons long have been able to borrow novels, biographies, videos, and compact discs. Now they can borrow the Internet. Under a monthlong program that began Tuesday, the library is lending 10 free mobile-hotspot devices.
February 28, 2016
A Chester County town's former public works director faced a judge and waived his preliminary hearing Friday morning over charges he illegally dumped chemicals. Scott H. Cannon, 56, of Glen Mills, who was fired by Tredyffrin Township two years ago, faces charges of unlawful conduct and polluting the water supply. The State Attorney General's Office charged him on Nov. 20. He appeared in district court in Chesterbrook in front of District Judge Analisa Sondergaard. Cannon is accused of discharging at least 1,000 gallons of magnesium chloride, used to treat road salt, on the grounds of the public works facility in Tredyffrin Township, where he had worked as director of the department since November 2011.
February 27, 2016 |
After a weeklong trial, the Chester County District Attorney's Office faces a decision: Should it refile charges against a lawyer accused in the death of his elderly father? Shortly before midnight Wednesday, jurors at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester deadlocked on murder and other charges against Edward J. O'Brien III. After nine hours of deliberations, County Court Judge Ann Marie Wheatcraft declared a mistrial. Jurors first told Wheatcraft that they had reached an impasse around 9:30 p.m., but agreed to keep deliberating.
February 21, 2016
A 14-year-old boy who went missing from Chester County last week was found in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, police said. The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington reunited John Thomas Parker with his family members, who live in the nation's capital, West Whiteland police said. Police thanked those who shared their pleas for information on social media and called the department with tips. On the afternoon of Feb. 9, Parker walked away from a center for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities in West Whiteland Township.
February 18, 2016
A Chester County man was arrested and charged with simple assault and other offenses after an alleged road-rage incident Monday, West Whiteland Township police said Tuesday. Scott Sanford, 49, of Exton, allegedly tailgated a car on East Swedesford Road, pulled in front of that vehicle, stopped, and got out of his car with a retractable baton in his hand, police said. He allegedly approached the other car wielding the baton, at which point the driver backed up and Sanford drove off. The other driver's son, in the car with him, recorded the incident on his phone, police said.