May 14, 2015
A Tuesday story about Delaware County primary races misspelled the name of county council candidate John P. McBlain of Aldan Borough. A May 4 story on confusion about a new state Child Protective Services Law misstated some details of the law: An FBI fingerprint check is required only for adults who have not resided in Pennsylvania for the last 10 years; the ban on working with or volunteering with children applies to those convicted of certain...
May 12, 2015 |
After Phoenixville police arrested a woman for public drunkenness almost two years ago, she claimed an officer at the station inappropriately grabbed her. So officers watched the videotape from an overhead camera in the station and determined she was lying. When they told her about the video evidence, she backed off the claim. Now, the department hopes adding body cameras will similarly keep civilians and officers accountable. Body-camera video can balance the civilian cellphone videos that have become more prevalent in controversial cases involving police, Chief William Mossman said.
May 5, 2015 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia needs more time to consider the fates of five churches in the Lower Northeast, part of a long-term study of how to stabilize and sustain parishes while demographics shift, finances and congregations dwindle, and buildings leak and crumble. In an announcement read Sunday to congregants at Mother of Divine Grace, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Our Lady Help of Christians, Saint Adalbert Parish, and St. George Parish, all largely in or near Port Richmond, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput acknowledged that the "complex and difficult issues . . . will require further study and discussion before any final decisions are made.
May 5, 2015 |
Pennsylvania developers, hugely profitable corporations, colleges, towns, and hospitals have applications pending for $1 billion in matching taxpayer funds from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). You didn't get yours in? Gov. Wolf last week agreed to take new requests from Monday to May 18. Last year, the state collected $1.1 billion in RACP applications, and funded just $207 million. The money, put up by taxpayers through state bonds, is supposed to support projects that create jobs.
May 1, 2015 |
Two weeks ago, a child who was sexually abused in Delaware County was shuffled from sterile office to sterile office as police, then prosecutors, and then social workers all asked the child to recount the incident. That was standard procedure, and one that often further traumatized child victims, experts say. But now, a victim will have to tell that story only once. On Tuesday, Delaware County dedicated a Children's Advocacy Center in Media that will serve as a child-friendly setting in which investigators and social workers can coordinate responses to child-sex-abuse cases.
April 27, 2015 |
The Episcopal Academy student was 13, he said, when teacher Richard Perkins Smith gave him and some classmates pornographic magazines. Smith watched as the boys, wearing only briefs, became sexually excited and "horsed around" with one another, he said. "He knew damn well what was going on - and he facilitated it," said the former student. Now a middle-aged man, the former student is among nearly a dozen Episcopal alumni who say Smith sexually abused them decades ago. In a letter sent this month to alumni and others, officials at the prestigious Delaware County school disclosed that at least 11 former students had come forward to say they were abused by Smith, an Episcopal teacher from 1970 to 1990 and administrator until 1998.
April 25, 2015 |
Delaware County officials say they are being cheated out of millions of dollars by telecommunications companies that are withholding customers' fees earmarked for county emergency services. The accusations, detailed in an April 14 letter from the County Council to State Rep. Steve Barrar (R., Delaware), contend that the county is being shorted by at least $4 million annually in unrelinquished fees, and council members have threatened to sue area telephone-service providers. At issue, county officials say, is taxpayer money.
April 24, 2015 |
The City of Philadelphia, Delaware County, and that county's Tinicum Township signed a multimillion-dollar financial settlement Wednesday to end long-simmering tensions between the city-owned Philadelphia International Airport and its municipal neighbors over a massive plan to expand the airport. Terms of the agreement, announced in May 2014 and finalized with Wednesday's signing, includes funding to protect tax revenues for Delaware County, Tinicum Township, and the Interboro School District.
April 23, 2015 |
At least 11 former Episcopal Academy students have come forward to say they were sexually abused decades ago by a teacher there, the school has disclosed, but the accusations are unlikely to be prosecuted. The former fourth-grade teacher, Richard Perkins Smith, 67, of Media, taught at Episcopal's Devon campus from 1970 to 1990 and later served in the school's administration. He is awaiting trial in Massachusetts on charges including child rape and indecent assault. Smith is accused of sexually assaulting four boys, ages 11 to 15, at a Cape Cod summer camp more than 30 years ago. In a 2012 interview with Massachusetts investigators, Smith admitted he had once molested an Episcopal student and that he had confessed the incident at the time to the head of the school, according to court documents.
April 8, 2015 |
Loren Robert Craft, 86, of Middletown, Del., a retired newspaper editor, died Sunday April 5, at Christiana Hospital in Delaware. Mr. Craft's family moved around during World War II before settling in Delaware County, and he attended Temple University and Hunter College. His first newspaper job was in the composing room at the Bulletin, where he was taken under the wing of the highly regarded editor Walter Lister. "At one point, he was Lister's personal copyboy," said Sylvia Craft, Mr. Craft's wife.