November 5, 2015 |
The region's voters largely endorsed the status quo Tuesday in an election that still managed to bring a few surprises amid low turnout. Democrats cruised to victory in Montgomery County, as did Republicans in Chester and Delaware Counties. In Bucks, Democrats briefly threatened an upset in the commissioners' race. In Chester City, 12-term State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland was easily leading Wendell Butler in the mayor's race. Kirkland, who booted the Democratic incumbent in the primary and who would take a $50,000 pay cut to become mayor of the beleaguered city, had the advantage: More than 15,000 voters in Chester are registered Democrats, compared with about 5,300 Republicans.
November 2, 2015 |
Hillary and Marco, Bernie and Donald, and the 2016 presidential race already may be on voters' minds, but first Pennsylvanians have decisions to make in the 2015 elections. If patterns hold, only about 25 percent of them will cast ballots Tuesday. Along with county judges, prosecutors, commissioners, and other officials, they will choose an unprecedented number of Supreme Court justices. Among the higher-profile races are those for district attorney in Montgomery County - where Bill Cosby has become an issue - and for mayor of Chester City.
July 25, 2015 |
A Chester man who was severely beaten by police last weekend, in an incident captured on video, set off the fracas by assaulting an officer and was carrying a stolen gun, officials said Thursday. Walter "Ed" Moat, 49, is being held at the Delaware County prison on assault and weapons charges as a result of an arrest Sunday during which he was pummeled, beaten, and Tasered by several officers. In the days since his arrest, witnesses and friends of Moat - who say he has a mental disability - have alleged police brutality.
July 24, 2015 |
The Delaware County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday it was investigating an incident, captured on videotape and witnessed by neighborhood residents, in which a man was pummeled, kicked, and severely beaten by police officers in the City of Chester. The beating occurred Sunday morning evidently after Walter "Ed" Moat, 49, an African American who neighbors said had a mental disability, was stopped for going the wrong way on a street near the city's border with Chester Township.
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?