September 16, 2016 |
The City of Chester on Wednesday appointed its first-ever chief financial officer, a position created just weeks after an economic consulting firm warned the troubled Delaware County city that it was in millions of dollars of debt - and at risk of doubling it if the city did not turn around its finances soon. Chester Councilman Nafis Nichols, 31, resigned from his seat on the five-person council, which he has held since 2012, to take the new position. He begins immediately. City Council and Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland appointed William Morgan, 25, a Chester resident who began working for the city in January as the director of purchasing, to take Nichols' seat.
September 5, 2016
A 24-year-old Chester man was found dead, apparently from gunshot wounds, in the Delaware County city Saturday morning, police said. About 5:50 a.m., Chester police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the back yard of a home on the 2100 block of West Fourth Street, police said. An officer found a man, who appeared to have been shot to death, slumped over a gate to the rear of the home. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic, police said. Police said the man appeared to have been shot nearby on the 400 block of Jeffrey Street before running and collapsing on the gate.
August 27, 2016 |
A Philadelphia man and woman have been charged in a home invasion in Chester that left a 75-year-old man bound at the hands and feet by cords, and his 49-year-old daughter severely beaten and in critical condition. Erinn Howarth, 25, of Germantown - who is possibly the man's housekeeper - and Richard Johnson, 23, of Juniata Park, were arraigned Thursday morning on charges that include robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and conspiracy. Both were held in the Delaware County prison on $1 million bail each.
August 26, 2016 |
WEST CHESTER'S football team opens its season Sept. 3 at Bentley (Waltham, Mass.). The Golden Rams, who went 7-4 last season, have been picked to repeat as East Division champs in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Which means this should be an exciting time, as they get ready to embark on a journey that could bring them more good things. Instead, it has turned into a painfully conflicted time for a group of college student-athletes who suddenly have to deal with a tragedy that seems totally incomprehensible.
August 25, 2016 |
PMA Medical Specialists L.L.C., a group of 54 physicians with offices in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, has applied with a Maryland company to form an Accountable Care Organization with 7,800 Medicare beneficiaries, the group said Tuesday. Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, are designed to improve care and reduce costs by emphasizing coordination. Typically, Medicare and the ACO share the savings, if there are any. PMA's partner in Aledade Freedom ACO is Aledade, a Bethesda firm that in June announced the formation of a separate ACO with Gateway Medical Associates.
August 24, 2016 |
A 6-year-old boy was wounded when he was struck by stray gunfire as he played along a street in Chester on Monday afternoon. The boy, who has not been publicly named, was playing outside along the 1200 block of West Ninth Street with a group of children shortly before 4 p.m. when a gunman began firing shots apparently intended for someone else, police said. One bullet struck the boy in the left index finger. He was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center by ambulance and, hours later, transferred to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
August 19, 2016 |
On a recent morning at Lundale Farm, a 520-acre spread in Chester County, Kim Albano of Ironstone Creamery was on her way to feed her pigs while, in the next field over, Emma Cunniff and Noah Cohen of Kneehigh Farm were dropping scallion and lettuce starts into soil freshly tilled into tidy rows. Cattle from Wyebrook Farm grazed on a hillside, beehives were stacked like condos near a strip of woodland, and, in a greenhouse, flats of True Leaf Microgreens' miniature basil, sorrel, and cilantro made a green patchwork, like an aerial view of the farmland that once dominated this region.
August 12, 2016 |
A large crowd turned out at a public hearing Wednesday night at West Chester University to support and to oppose the contentious Mariner East 2 pipeline project, which Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. wants to build to transport liquid fuels like propane from the Marcellus Shale to a terminal in Marcus Hook. More than 200 people attended a hearing at the Sykes Student Union organized by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. More than 40 people signed up to speak during the public comment section, with testimony evenly divided for and against the project.
August 10, 2016 |
One week after an alarming report about Chester's finances was presented to the public, Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland and his top finance official said Monday that the town would not be laying off members of the Police or Fire Departments - for now, at least. Kirkland's assurances, made during an interview at Chester City Hall on Monday, came after a team of state-appointed consultants called for "extreme measures" to close the city's $16.3 million deficit. Among its most controversial recommendations, the report, prepared by Philadelphia economic consulting firm Econsult Solutions, called for reducing police and fire staffs, including closing one of the city's two fire stations.
August 8, 2016 |
Fourteen homicides. Eighteen rapes. One hundred two robberies - and more than three times as many assaults. That's a six-month snapshot of Chester, a four-square-mile Delaware County city where violence is profound. Only about 100 officers police the municipality of 34,000 residents. Law enforcement officials say their jobs get more challenging by the day. And it could be getting worse. On Tuesday, a team of economic consultants tasked with saving the beleaguered city delivered a nearly 150-page report of recommendations to residents and city employees at a packed meeting at Chester City Hall.