August 23, 2015 |
Police arrested four men Friday who they say set up a fake drug deal with a 17-year-old boy, robbed him, fatally shot him in the chest, and left him on the side of a deserted road in Chester County on Thursday. Three of the men stole a quarter-ounce of marijuana and $30 from Cristian Santiago of West Chester, police said. The fourth man was Santiago's friend and arranged the drug deal knowing he would be robbed. A passing motorist found Santiago's body and called police, who arrived at the 700 block of Hillsdale Road in East Bradford Township around 10:20 p.m. Thursday.
August 19, 2015 |
The Delaware County agency responsible for treating sewage from systems that serve 500,000 area residents has agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million to settle a claim it let pollutants seep into Ridley Creek, Chester Creek, and the Delaware River. In a lawsuit filed last month, the Delaware County Regional Water Authority was accused of too often letting untreated wastewater flow into the tributaries, endangering residents of Delaware County and parts of Chester County, many of whom live in low-income communities.
August 18, 2015 |
On his first papal trip outside Rome in 2013, Pope Francis rode a small boat in the Mediterranean to lay a wreath where scores of forlorn migrants had drowned seeking refuge in Europe. "We have fallen into globalized indifference," he said above the watery graveyard near the Italian island of Lampedusa. "We have become used to the suffering of others. " Then he exhorted the world's leaders to respond compassionately. For the man born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, whose grandparents and father emigrated from Italy to Argentina in 1927, defending the human rights of migrants and refugees is at the core of his papacy.
August 17, 2015 |
At Kennett Brewing Co., the lights are low, the tables are long, and the community, seemingly, is organic. Owners Jossy and Mark Osborne - who live in Little Britain, Lancaster County, a dry township - said locals and friends pitched in to create everything from the company's signs to its bathroom sinks. The sociable spirit transferred to the pub, a cozy but warehouse-like space tucked off South Broad Street in Kennett Square. Customers "say it's [like] coming into somebody's house or living room," said Mark Osborne.
August 11, 2015 |
As the camera attached to its underbelly snapped pictures, the drone glided a few hundred feet above the quiet, tree-lined suburban streets of North Coventry Township. It was tracing the path of a killer, investigators say. Chester County prosecutors are hoping the images captured by the unmanned device, driven by four propellers and weighing less than a half-gallon of milk, will help prove that a man arrested last month carefully planned his fatal attack on a rival who was involved with his ex-girlfriend.
August 6, 2015 |
Robert D. Lukens, 42, of West Chester, president of the Chester County Historical Society and a distant relative of the 19th century iron-mill owner Charles Lukens, died Sunday, Aug. 2, of cancer at his home. Mr. Lukens was a graduate of Delaware County Christian School, and received his bachelor's degree and doctorate in history from Temple University. He also held a master's degree from the University of Tennessee, in American history. Mr. Lukens began his work with the historical society in 1993 as a museum volunteer while an undergraduate.
July 30, 2015 |
In a week, more than 36,000 Philadelphia public housing residents will be asked to take their cigarettes outside, an unprecedented bid to try to improve the health of some of the city's neediest tenants. Officials wondering about the new smoking ban's potential for success can look to the west. Two years ago, Chester County's housing authority started a strict policy to curb smoking among tenants: No tobacco use anywhere on its properties. It was the first housing agency in Southeastern Pennsylvania to go smoke-free.
July 26, 2015 |
In 1981, a Genuardi's supermarket opened in Chesterbrook, anchoring a shopping plaza that helped define the sprawling Chester County development as a cutting-edge planned community. Three decades later, the shine was off. Three quarters of the plaza was vacant, and the supermarket was an abandoned shell. On Tuesday, the former Genuardi's building is set to fall. Its demolition marks the first swing in an $85 million plan to remake the 34-year-old plaza. When it ends, Chesterbrook Village Shopping Center is expected to sprout 123 new townhouses around a 30,000-square-foot retail strip.
July 23, 2015 |
By all rights, none of this should have happened to Joe Carbone. He was well-educated, and came from a politically connected family, but when he lost his job working for a politician, he sank into his sofa and even more deeply into depression, spending afternoons watching soaps and mornings avoiding neighbors at the supermarket. "If that happened to me, after only eight months out of work, when I had all those things going for me," Carbone said, he could imagine what happened to millions of long-term unemployed who lost jobs during the recession, and still were fruitlessly searching years later.
July 22, 2015 |
Montgomery County has joined the small but growing list of jurisdictions nationwide offering 911 services by text message. The system is not designed for widespread use, officials said, because calling is faster and more accurate. Rather, it is intended for people who have speech or hearing difficulties; in domestic violence or active-shooter situations where speaking might endanger the caller; or when phone service is spotty or not functional. During a demonstration Monday at the county Emergency Operations Center in Eagleville, advocacy groups said the service could be a game-changer, especially in domestic violence cases.