July 19, 2015 |
As Nicholas Mruczek lay bleeding from a shotgun wound to his chest, he told his roommate that he was dying and to tell his father that he loved him. Mruczek also named the alleged shooter - "Zach," who previously dated Mruczek's girlfriend. Mruczek would repeat the name a couple more times early Wednesday: to police when they arrived at his Chester County apartment near Pottstown and to an emergency room nurse before he went into surgery, according to records. Later that day, police arrested Zachary David Ludwig, 22, of Spring City, charging him with attempted murder and recovering a sawed-off shotgun from a stream.
July 15, 2015 |
The home on Valley Road in Coatesville sat empty from November - when a bank foreclosed on it - until May. Wells Fargo then took the rowhouse, more than a century old, and donated it to the Housing Authority of the County of Chester this spring. Dale Gravett, executive director of the housing authority, called it a much-needed gift - one the county will use to house a family. Families in Chester County fill waiting lists for affordable housing, Gravett said, even though the county is one of Pennsylvania's richest.
July 15, 2015 |
A dozen days. That constituted an offseason for Zack Steffen this summer, home in Downingtown. That many days between returning from a successful stint as the starting American goalkeeper at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand and heading off to another continent, to his professional team in Germany. If a keeper from Chester County eventually represents the United States in a World Cup, remember the dues he is paying now. Steffen spent his winter and spring as the reserve goalkeeper on a German Bundesliga team's reserve squad.
July 10, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - If Katie McGinty runs for the Senate, the chief of staff for Gov. Wolf has at least one big supporter. U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, Philadelphia's Democratic chairman, says he is "100 percent in her corner. " "Honorary campaign manager, anything she needed me to do," Brady said Wednesday after speaking to her earlier in the day. McGinty's name is the latest to emerge as a possible Democratic challenger to the Republican incumbent, Pat Toomey, in a widely watched race that could help determine control of the Senate.
July 9, 2015 |
The head of the Concept School in Chester County was arrested in connection with allegations that he sexually abused a student, the Chester County district attorney said Tuesday. G. James Symonds, head of school and a teacher at the private school in Thornbury Township, was arrested Friday and charged with corruption of minors, indecent assault, and related charges. He is accused of contacting a male student almost daily between May 2014 and February 2015 while the student was in the eighth and ninth grades at the school.
July 9, 2015 |
Gov. Wolf on Tuesday appointed 48 members of the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce, which will recommend policies, guidelines and best practices to influence the build-out of pipeline infrastructure across the state. Its report is due in February. Fourteen state government officials were named to the panel, including its chairman, John Quigley, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, and John Hanger, Wolf's secretary of policy and planning. Other members include representatives of local government, the Legislature, industry, environmental groups and consumers.
June 26, 2015
ISSUE | STORM DAMAGE Amtrak planning The stranding of Amtrak passengers for hours Tuesday night in Chester County on a train from Harrisburg appears to be an extra helping of Amtrak incompetence ("Half-million lose power as storms rip through," June 24). There is no special obstacle along the tracks in Chester County to de-boarding passengers and putting them on a bus or, at a minimum, delivering relief supplies. Or even sending a diesel to drag them to Philly. Amtrak's persistent refusal to prepare contingency plans for reasonably anticipated emergencies stands in contrast to cruise ship operators, who are required to have lifeboat drills.
June 26, 2015 |
As the sky darkened ominously, Sean McMahon was playing video games on Tuesday afternoon. Then the power flickered, and what followed was a frightening real-life drama. "It became black as night," the 26-year-old said. He looked out the window of his mother's home in Concord Township, Delaware County, and saw the slow collapse of a 150-foot tree onto her detached garage. On Wednesday afternoon, McMahon and his brother Chris, 35 - along with perhaps hundreds of thousands of others on both sides of the Delaware River - were surveying the damage from the fast-moving but potent cluster of thunderstorms that cut power to about a half-million people, from Chester County through Philadelphia all the way to the Jersey Shore.
June 19, 2015 |
Tri-Cape advanced in the Carpenter Cup Classic with a 19-0 victory over Lehigh Valley in an opening-round game Wednesday at FDR Park. Millville sophomore Buddy Kennedy drove in three runs and scored three runs, and St. Joseph senior C.J. LaFragola also drove in three runs for Tri-Cape. In another first-round game, Suburban One American edged Chester County, 6-5, in 11 innings. North Penn junior Alex Peterson drove in the winning run on an RBI groundout. Plymouth Whitemarsh's Dutch Reardon went 2 for 2 with two RBIs.
June 18, 2015 |
A proposal to turn an abandoned parking lot in a small Chester County borough into a seven-story development is the latest in a string of residential-retail buildings popping up across the county. After decades of outward expansion in the suburbs, places such as Downingtown have recognized that "the last thing [left] to do would be to go up," said Steve Plaugher, manager of the Downingtown Main Street Association. The proposal is still in an early stage and has yet to be approved by the borough, but developer Andrew Hicks of Tripoint Properties said he would hope to make the building into a landmark.