October 17, 2014 |
TWO CHESTER MEN are suing a Delaware County detective for allegedly firing his gun and yelling racial epithets during a drunken freakout near Crozer Park. The civil-rights lawsuit, filed in federal court last week by Ken Jacobs and Timothy Williams, accuses Michael Palmer, a detective in the county's Criminal Investigation Division, of "repeatedly shooting his firearm out of his truck window" as he sped into the parking lot in a GMC Sierra pickup in October 2012. The complaint claims that Palmer and another CID officer, "with the overwhelming smell of alcohol on their breaths," got out of the truck and pointed their guns at Jacobs and Williams, saying, "get down on the ground you f-----g n-----s.
June 20, 2014 |
A Bala Cynwyd parking lot operator claims in a federal racketeering lawsuit that officials in Chester City conspired with the owners of the Philadelphia Union and PPL Park to stop the company from operating its lots during the Union's Major League Soccer games and other events. For four games in 2013, the suit claims, Police Commissioner Joseph Bail ordered three ranking officers to close the lots owned by T.I.C.B. Partners by blocking streets with city vehicles or police tape. According to the lawsuit, Bail was also put on the payroll of the company that manages the park and paid $400 for every event he attended there, though it did not specify his duties.
June 6, 2014 |
What better way to reach people with the "eat fresh and local" message than to go where they work, study, commute, or pray? Neighborhood squares, parks and parking lots still host many farmer's markets in the region, but more and more are operating out of workplaces, universities, transportation hubs, and places of worship. This spring, new markets are coming to Drexel University, the U.S. General Services Administration offices in Center City, two neighborhood churches, and Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the synagogue on North Broad Street.
June 4, 2014 |
A Chester City police officer responding to a domestic-violence call was wounded and a gunman killed in a shootout early Monday, authorities said. Police Commissioner Joseph Bail said four officers responded to a call for help at 3:50 a.m. at a house in the 1200 block of Culhane Street. When they arrived, Bail said, a woman came out the front door and said her boyfriend was going out the back. Frank McQueen, 34, left the house with a weapon drawn and aimed at police. Gunfire erupted, Bail said, and police returned fire.
April 27, 2014 |
CHESTER Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, now one of the largest taxpayers in the region, is fighting its property assessment in court. The casino filed a court appeal this week of its $218 million assessment from Delaware County after the denial of an appeal to the county Board of Assessment last month. This year, Harrah's could owe $1.2 million in taxes to Delaware County, and more than $4 million to the City of Chester and the Chester Upland School District. Harrah's faces property taxes for the first time since it opened in Chester seven years ago. The casino was built in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, which made it exempt from property taxes until that benefit expired at the end of 2013.
December 26, 2013 |
Since opening nearly seven years ago, Harrah's Philadelphia Casino in Chester has had a financial leg up on other gambling halls in the state. Harrah's was built in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, which means it hasn't had to pay most state and local taxes. The goal of the tax-relief program is to spur development in blighted areas. But those lucrative benefits end Dec. 31. So how much additional money will Harrah's - it already turns over more than $10 million of its annual winnings to Chester City under state law - start kicking in to help the city and the financially beleaguered Chester-Upland School District?
July 8, 2013 |
Chester City police are investigating the death of a 35-year-old city woman whose body was found in the 1200 block of W. 9th St early Saturday. KYW News Radio reported the woman was a resident of a nearby apartment complex and had been stabbed to death. Senior city police officials said they could not comment on the victim or the investigation. No identification was available Saturday night.
February 22, 2013
Nafis K. Janey, 20, of Brookhaven, Delaware County, has been charged along with four others in the Jan. 25 slaying of alleged drug dealer Jamal Scott in West Chester, according to the Chester County District Attorney's Office. The charges against Janey, of the 1400 block of Elson Road, and the four others - Anthony J. Brightwell, 24; Sergio J. Droz, 20; Tyrone Palmer, 21; and Calvin I. Thompson, all of Chester City - include criminal homicide. "The five defendants came to West Chester planning to rob a drug dealer," District Attorney Thomas Hogan said in a news release.
January 30, 2013
One of six teenagers accused of beating a mentally disabled woman in Chester City and posting a video of the attack online was sentenced Tuesday to six to 23 months in prison, according to a spokeswoman for the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. Rahmiyah Henderson, 16, was given the sentence, which included probation and an order to stay away from the victim, in exchange for pleading guilty to conspiracy to aggravated assault and conspiracy to recklessly endanger another, said the spokeswoman, Emily Harris.