January 15, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Michael Parrish, a businessman and former Army aviator from Malvern, plans to announce a run for Congress on Tuesday morning, seeking to win the Chester County-based seat held by Jim Gerlach, a Republican who is not seeking reelection. In an interview Monday, Parrish, a Democrat, expressed frustration with partisan gridlock, and stressed college affordability and job creation as his key issues. Until December, Parrish, 50, was a Republican. He donated to Gov. Corbett's 2010 race and to the presidential campaigns of John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.
January 13, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - In the Philadelphia suburbs, where congressional incumbents swept to victory in 2012, change is coming. Three of the area's members of Congress have decided not to seek reelection, setting off furious maneuvering as rising politicians vie to become the region's new faces in Washington. While change is assured, the big question is whether the movement will alter the balance of power in Congress, where Democrats need to gain 17 seats to take control of the House. Allyson Schwartz's Montgomery County-based seat is likely to stay Democratic as she runs for governor.
January 9, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER After 14 months of intermittent closures due to a kitchen fire and mold problems, Chester County's largest senior center is about to get a financial hand from the county. The county commissioners said Tuesday that they wanted to pay for the hiring of legal counsel to help the Downingtown Area Senior Center deal with what it says are unresponsive property owners with whom it shares a mold-affected wall. The center, which serves about 1,800 people annually, has the largest service area of the county's six senior centers.
January 8, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach announced Monday that he would not run for reelection, stunning political insiders and setting off a scramble to succeed the six-term congressman in November. His decision turns what was considered a safe Republican seat based in Chester County into a top target for Democrats. With fewer competitive districts across the country, three of the House's toughest contests are now expected to play out in the moderate Philadelphia suburbs, setting up the region as one of the country's prime battlegrounds this fall.
January 5, 2014 |
COATESVILLE Coatesville, long considered the hotbed of crime in Chester County, went without a homicide in 2013 after seeing six, including three in 10 days, the previous year. Law enforcement officials are attributing the drop to an intense targeting of high-risk criminals and to factors outside their control - such as the weather. "You don't know which one of those was the silver bullet that really caused this drop," Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Thursday.
December 18, 2013 |
Carol Seaton lives beside the Brandywine River in the genteel precincts of southern Chester County. On crisp and icy days, "it looks like a Currier and Ives painting around me," said Seaton, referencing the iconic 19th-century winter tableaux of snorting horses pulling sleek sleds through snowy woods. But while the world around Seaton shimmers, her own life is burdened by tribulation. A frequent patron of the West Chester Food Cupboard, Seaton, 58 and widowed with no children, lives in poverty in a tiny log cabin in Pocopson Township, where the median household income is in excess of $120,000 a year.
December 10, 2013
ARE MOST Pennsylvania school districts fooling Pennsylvania taxpayers? Are they hoarding money while annually seeking more while poorer districts, including Philly's, operate in crisis? Well, there's an interesting line in Gov. Corbett's recent response to a school-funding survey. The survey was by the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, an independent, nonprofit news service supportive of city schools. The line? "The 500 school districts throughout the Commonwealth have more than $3.5 billion in unreserved fund balances, representing overtaxation of their residents.
November 24, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER When Megan Henry took in a 2-year-old foster child, she had no idea that one day he would become a member of her family. She was 21, taking online college courses, and working toward a psychology degree that she wanted to put to use. Shaun came to her as a traumatized toddler with autism and behavioral and emotional problems. He had never bonded with anyone. But the pair fell in love almost instantly. She knew the adoption process would be difficult, but they needed each other.
November 21, 2013 |
MALVERN In what the Chester County district attorney says may be the first homicide in the borough in at least 15 years, a Malvern man has been charged with fatally shooting a former friend in the head, stuffing his body into a sleeping bag, and hiding it in the victim's garage. Merritt Neil Dudas, 24, is accused of killing Drew Alan Ferguson, 21, at Ferguson's home on the 200 block of Miner Street in Malvern on Friday. Dudas then stole the victim's Honda Civic and drove to the Montgomery County home of his girlfriend, where he was living, authorities said.
November 15, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER A man accused of running a dogfighting ring in his Chester County basement and torturing the pit bulls that did not perform well pleaded guilty Wednesday. Shane Santiago, 34, and his wife, Laura Acampora, who pleaded guilty to similar charges in October, await sentencing. Police began investigating the couple after finding two dead dogs, one burned alive in its cage, along a road. In December, police searched the West Brandywine Township home the couple shared with their five children and found injured and malnourished dogs.