July 21, 2016 |
It's a $47 million dilemma, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia could be a long way from an answer. For two years, the archdiocese watched developer Bruce Goodman scramble to work out a deal to build on 213 church-owned acres in Delaware County, to which he won the rights in 2014 with a $47 million bid. His plan, however, faced colossal pushback, first from residents opposed to clearing forest for hundreds of homes and big-box stores. Marple Township commissioners then denied his request for zoning changes, calling his development too dense.
July 16, 2016 |
A developer who this month lost the right to build on a 213-acre tract in Marple Township owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia began legal action this week in an attempt to recoup the more than $7 million he spent on planning to develop the land. Jenkintown developer Bruce Goodman, acting as Cardinal Crossing Realty Associates L.P., filed a writ of summons Wednesday against Marple Township, whose seven commissioners throughout the last year have repeatedly rejected his plans.
July 8, 2016 |
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has dropped the remaining stalking case against a Delaware County man serving 21/2 to 5 years in prison for harassing former CBS3 news anchor Erika von Tiehl. According to Philadelphia court records, prosecutors took the action Tuesday in a brief hearing involving John Hart, the 39-year-old Havertown man sentenced in May on his conviction for stalking and harassing von Tiehl after she broke up with him in 2011. A second criminal case against Hart alleged similar complaints by Laura Selvage, a Baltimore woman who testified at Hart's trial about similar experiences with Hart earlier in 2011 after she broke off a relationship he initiated on Facebook.
July 3, 2016 |
After two years of negotiations, the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Friday that it was pulling out of a deal to sell for commercial and residential development 213 acres in Delaware County. In a statement, the archdiocese said the largely undeveloped Marple Township tract - the size of 163 football fields - would go back onto the market. "Our intention is still to sell the property," spokesman Ken Gavin confirmed in an email. The collapse of the deal with developer Bruce Goodman was an unexpected turn for one of the more coveted parcels in a county where development space is at a premium.
June 28, 2016 |
A bear that had been roaming through a Bucks County community has been captured and safely relocated, authorities said. The animal was spotted in a wooded area behind the Pennsbury Racquet and Athletic Club in Morrisville shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday. Falls Township police contacted the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission, which sent a marksman to hit the bear with a tranquilizer dart. The bear weighed 161 pounds, said Lt. Hank Ward of the township's police department. Based on several recent sightings in and around Philadelphia, it appears that bears are increasingly present in cities and suburbs.
June 25, 2016 |
Tyree Mansell was released from federal prison last March after doing time for a 2010 home-invasion robbery of a Delaware County businessman. Less than three months later, prosecutors say, he was back to his old ways. Mansell, 37, of Philadelphia, and two other men were charged Thursday in federal court with committing a home-invasion robbery of a Delaware County businesswoman. His codefendants are Sterling Wallace, 27, of Philadelphia, and Jamain Wallace, 26, of Yeadon. On June 15, 2015, the three men and a 17-year-old boy allegedly targeted the Broomall home of an East Lansdowne bar owner.
June 20, 2016 |
THE CAVANAUGHS have raised their son twice. They taught him to speak, twice. They taught him to walk, twice. Jack Sr. even taught Jack Jr. to ride a bicycle, twice. Jack Cavanaugh Jr. was 21 in August 2013 when he fell 12 feet from an indoor balcony at his parents' cabin in the Poconos. The fall caused a traumatic brain injury that left him comatose for a month. When he awoke, he couldn't walk, communicate, or swallow. His body was a strange machine he couldn't control. Cavanaugh had played soccer and run track at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County.
June 19, 2016 |
The Dukart men will not be celebrating Father's Day at McDonald's. They spend up to 12 hours a day, six days a week, under the Golden Arches, eating lots and lots of fries, burgers, and Chicken McNuggets. "We're already what you call super-heavy users," Joel Dukart said, explaining why he and brother Michael will treat their father, Les, to something other than a Happy Meal on Sunday. All three, plus Les' brother Alan, are principals in Dukart Management Corp., licensed operators of 11 Mickey D's throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware, with about 625 employees.
June 10, 2016 |
With unexpected ferocity, a potent squall line ripped through the region around lunchtime Wednesday, knocking out power to more than 80,000 utility customers, toppling trees, and causing significant transportation delays. A wind gust of 72 mph was reported in Cumberland County, N.J., said National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick O'Hara, and gusts of 50 to 65 mph were common elsewhere on both sides of the Delaware River. The winds downed trees all over the region, with 27 of them in Haverford Township, Delaware County, alone, township emergency officials said.
June 4, 2016 |
The family of an Amtrak employee killed when a train hit a backhoe he was operating in Delaware County filed suit against the national rail company Thursday, blaming negligence for his death. Joe Neal Carter Jr., 61, of Wilmington, died April 3, along with another Amtrak worker, Peter John Adamovich, 59, of Lincoln University, Pa., while both worked on tracks in Chester City. Carter, lawyers Thomas Kline and Robert Mongeluzzi said at a news conference, was a victim of "colossal miscommunication.