August 21, 2013 |
Prosecutors announced federal civil-rights charges Monday against a veteran Pennsylvania state trooper who allegedly stomped on the head of a prostrate, handcuffed Chester County suspect in 2009, breaking his nose and knocking out his teeth. The indictment against Kelly Cruz comes two years after a state grand jury declined to bring charges against him from the incident. During a brief appearance before a federal Judge Monday, Cruz, 43, pleaded not guilty. Assistant U.S. Attorney Linwood C. Wright declined to say how this case would be different except to say that the FBI and prosecutors took "a fresh look" at the evidence.
August 19, 2013 |
The Chester County prison and its private health-care contractor are facing a federal lawsuit in connection with the death of an inmate in March. The suit was filed last week on behalf of the family of Rae-Mone Carter Jr., who died on March 16 of acute-onset diabetes. It argues that Carter's death was preventable and that health-care workers employed by PrimeCare Medical Inc. did not provide treatment that would have saved him. Carter's family is seeking up to $900,000 in damages, according to the suit.
August 16, 2013 |
Child-abuse cases have nearly tripled in Chester County since 2006, officials said Wednesday, and the District Attorney's Office is asking the county to hire a detective specifically to deal with the increased caseload. Although they won't put together the 2014 budget until the end of this year, the county commissioners said Wednesday that they supported the proposal. "This is a concern. We want to get out ahead of letting this fester and do what we can to ensure the safety of our most vulnerable citizens," Commissioner Terrence Farrell said.
August 15, 2013 |
Three possible cases of a potentially serious but treatable tick-borne illness with symptoms similar to Lyme disease have been reported in Chester County. A county spokeswoman, Rebecca Brain, confirmed that the possible cases of babesiosis are under investigation but would provide no additional details. A diagnosis usually depends on blood tests. Eight cases - all in eastern Pennsylvania, including one in Chester County in July - have been confirmed statewide this year, a state Health Department spokeswoman said.
August 14, 2013 |
CHESTER COUNTY health officials are investigating three reported cases of a rare, sometimes fatal tick-borne disease, including one person in serious condition. The disease is called babesiosis, an infection caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells. Last year, 11 cases were confirmed in Pennsylvania, none fatal. There have been no confirmed cases this year. One of the reported cases this year is at Brandywine Hospital, according to a physician who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of privacy laws.
August 5, 2013 |
There's a traffic jam in Oxford. Men in bright-yellow jumpsuits are waving long lines of cars along Third Street, the main drag in this small borough in far-southern Chester County. Behind rows of orange cones, construction crews are hard at work on the second phase of a downtown streetscape project. This would be standard stuff anywhere else. But in once-sleepy Oxford, it's a symbol of a town coming back to life. Ten years ago, Oxford was "like many small towns - we were becoming empty and vacant," said Borough Manager Betsy Brantner.
August 2, 2013 |
A former Chester County prison employee already accused of sexually abusing two girls has been charged with abusing five more children, ages 3 to 10. Leroy Mitchell, 60, of West Bradford, had more than 50 foster children in his care for nine years, including three of the five children mentioned in the new charges, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan and other authorities said Wednesday. Hogan said in a news release that Mitchell plied victims with food and candy to "reward" them during the abuse, and added that one of the five additional victims was abused as early as 1966, when the child was 5 and Mitchell was a teenager.
July 5, 2013 |
An 85-year-old Chester County woman has been charged with insurance fraud after her son allegedly caused a fatal accident while driving her pickup truck, police said Wednesday. Louise Landis registered and insured a Dodge Ram in her name and permitted her son, who had a poor driving record, to drive it, police said. The mother allegedly never drove the truck, though she claimed in insurance papers to be the sole driver. Her son, Robert, 50, was listed as an "excluded driver" on her policy, police said.
July 2, 2013 |
The ambitions for what is one of the region's busiest, yet most pastoral, highway corridors are grand, and Chester County officials hope it ultimately becomes irresistible to developers. But to make anything happen along that stretch of Route 1 in far southern Chester County, officials are dealing with the underlying reality that the road to prosperity begins with the basics - such as the treatment of sewage. "Clean water is why we have civilization," says Ed Lennex, executive director of the Oxford Area Sewer Authority, which serves four towns in the Oxford area.