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July 26, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Ben Finley, and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
A troubled patient opened fire on a caseworker and psychiatrist in a small office at a unit of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Delaware County on Thursday afternoon, police said, leading the doctor to draw his own weapon and shoot the assailant. The confrontation left the caseworker, 53-year-old Theresa Hunt, dead and the 52-year-old psychiatrist, a veteran doctor at the hospital whom sources identified as Lee Silverman, with a graze wound to the head. The patient, Richard Plotts, was in critical condition Thursday night from three gunshot wounds.
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July 26, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Some of the revelations resulting from the 10,000 open-records requests that Terry Mutchler has handled have been blockbusters. Among them: ex-Philadelphia schoolteachers still on the payroll years after their terminations; a Little League coach pilfering the organization's till; a school district serving spoiled food. Despite bipartisan support and a rare public plea by leaders of both parties, Mutchler's future remains uncertain, three months after her six-year term as executive director of the Office of Open Records expired.
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May 14, 2009 | By Joelle Farrell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In Delaware County, where Republicans have had a lock on the county council for 30 years, the Republican Party's stamp of approval seems to go far with voters. Yet this year, one Republican candidate is wearing her "un-endorsement" proudly. Barbara Murray, 53, of Upper Darby, hopes to defeat the endorsed candidates - a council incumbent and a 29-year veteran of the state House - in Tuesday's primary for two council seats. Democrats also have a race, with three candidates in the primary.
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January 29, 1987 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
What makes the people of Middletown tick? Photographs of families and their homes. A year-end issue of Time magazine. An Acme supermarket sales receipt. Diaries. A National Football League schedule. Wedding invitations. Newspaper clippings. Calendars. Family trees. A Frisbee. These items are stacking up at the Middletown Free Library as families and businesses in the community prepare to cap off their 1986 tricentennial celebration by placing a burial vault - a township time capsule - six feet underground.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even as regional leaders approved a $10.5 billion plan to boost transportation funding for Southeastern Pennsylvania on Thursday, state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch warned that road and transit projects could be endangered by congressional inaction on the federal Highway Trust Fund. The federal fund is nearing insolvency. In seven days, the Obama administration will have to start cutting its transportation reimbursements to states unless Congress acts. The current remedies with the most support in Congress are for temporary fixes that would mean another funding crisis come May. "I would hate to see all the hard work by Gov. Corbett and the legislature undercut by a lack of federal action," Schoch said Thursday, referring to a landmark state transportation-funding law signed by Corbett in November.
NEWS
October 22, 2010
An unidentified man was shot in the chest Friday night in Chester Township, Delaware County police reported. The shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Powell Road near a 7-Eleven store, police said. A person answering the telephone at the 7-Eleven said the shooting did not involve anybody from the convenience store. A police dispatcher did not have immediate information on the condition of the shooting victim. No arrest was reported. The assailant reportedly fled in the direction of Toby Farms School.
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September 28, 1993 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Joan L. Murray, a registered nurse who has served as Delaware County's top health officer for nearly 12 years, will resign her position effective at the end of this week, it was disclosed yesterday. A replacement has not been selected, said County Council Chairwoman Mary Ann Arty. Murray, 51, said she would be moving to Hilton Head, S.C., where she will live with her husband, William A. Murray. As director of Intercommunity Health, Murray oversees a staff of six, including a staff nurse who treats the on-the-job ailments of county employees.
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May 21, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edgar Friedrichs quietly left the Interboro School District 41 years ago, and his principal wrote him a recommendation that was cryptic at best. The fifth-grade teacher at Prospect Park Elementary had "fulfilled his teaching responsibilities" and had "a good rapport" with peers and parents, Robert Castle wrote. The letter concluded: "I would be happy to discuss any further observations with a prospective employer. " But none called. Friedrichs had been allowed to quietly resign from the Delaware County school amid allegations that he molested some of his students, including a boy who said the teacher raped him in a book closet.
NEWS
June 18, 2012
A young boy was found drowned Sunday afternoon in the swimming pool at a Brookhaven apartment complex, the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office said. An official said the death occurred about 3:25 p.m. at the Camelot Court complex on West Brookhaven Road. The boy was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where he was pronounded dead. The Medical Examiner's Office said he is believed to be approximately 7. Brookhaven Police were investigating. - Staff report
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July 26, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Some of the revelations resulting from the 10,000 open-records requests that Terry Mutchler has handled have been blockbusters. Among them: ex-Philadelphia schoolteachers still on the payroll years after their terminations; a Little League coach pilfering the organization's till; a school district serving spoiled food. Despite bipartisan support and a rare public plea by leaders of both parties, Mutchler's future remains uncertain, three months after her six-year term as executive director of the Office of Open Records expired.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even as regional leaders approved a $10.5 billion plan to boost transportation funding for Southeastern Pennsylvania on Thursday, state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch warned that road and transit projects could be endangered by congressional inaction on the federal Highway Trust Fund. The federal fund is nearing insolvency. In seven days, the Obama administration will have to start cutting its transportation reimbursements to states unless Congress acts. The current remedies with the most support in Congress are for temporary fixes that would mean another funding crisis come May. "I would hate to see all the hard work by Gov. Corbett and the legislature undercut by a lack of federal action," Schoch said Thursday, referring to a landmark state transportation-funding law signed by Corbett in November.
NEWS
July 26, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Ben Finley, and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
A troubled patient opened fire on a caseworker and psychiatrist in a small office at a unit of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Delaware County on Thursday afternoon, police said, leading the doctor to draw his own weapon and shoot the assailant. The confrontation left the caseworker, 53-year-old Theresa Hunt, dead and the 52-year-old psychiatrist, a veteran doctor at the hospital whom sources identified as Lee Silverman, with a graze wound to the head. The patient, Richard Plotts, was in critical condition Thursday night from three gunshot wounds.
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July 22, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six months. That's how much time the Darby Borough Historical Commission has to raise $75,000 to save Woodmount, a 250-year-old structure on Darby Terrace, according to John Haigis, the commission's chairman. Haigis said that after a weekend meeting at Woodmount, Davoud Baravordeh, one of the property's owners, agreed to put off any demolition plans, giving the group six months to come up with the money and a plan to save the building. Baravordeh confirmed in an email Monday that he would postpone demolition for at least six months.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The West Nile virus has been discovered in more mosquitoes in the region, Pennsylvania officials said Wednesday, but thus far the season appears to be off to a mild start. In its daily update, the state West Nile virus Control Program said mosquitoes had tested positive for the virus in two instances each in Philadelphia and Bucks Counties, and one each in Delaware and Montgomery Counties. With the fresh numbers, a total of 64 positive samples have been verified in 25 of the state's 67 counties this year, but no human, avian, or veterinary cases have been reported, according to the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program.
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July 17, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
His body was shaking like never before. Blood poured from a tiny cut between his wrist and his thumb. Moments earlier, around 8 p.m. Monday, David Bodkin-Parris, 14, had run to his friend's car, parked on Ashland Avenue in Glenolden, Delaware County. Thunder echoed around him. Wind shook the trees. Rain pounded the pavement. Then, it struck. "At first, it seemed not real," Bodkin said Tuesday. "I got hit by lightning. " Odds are one in 12,000 that someone will be struck by lightning in his or her lifetime, according to the National Weather Service.
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July 12, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is some good news from Peco: The hot, dark, TV-less aftermath should end Friday for folks still without power. Tuesday evening's thunderstorms resulted in 260,000 outages, the majority in Chester, Bucks, and Delaware Counties. Nearly 5,000 local customers were still without power early Thursday afternoon, Peco spokeswoman Romona Riscoe Benson said. That was a marked improvement from the 40,000 outages reported late Wednesday. "We've been able to restore 98 percent" of outages, Benson said.
NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marriage was always an unsettling next step for Missi Wright and Bill Carroll II. The Morton, Delaware County, couple, together for 11 years, often talked about it but were afraid of the consequences. A wedding meant that Wright's health insurance could be in jeopardy. Carroll didn't always have the kind of job and coverage that a wife like Wright would need. Cystic fibrosis had sapped Wright's ability to work regularly. Breathing was sometimes a struggle. Hospitalization, a regularity.
NEWS
July 10, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County emergency-room pediatrician has been convicted of criminal attempted murder for shooting and wounding her former companion in the presence of their children during a child-custody exchange. Lauren Patricia Daly, 43, of Middletown Township, Delaware County, who was found guilty Monday night after a two-week trial, is to be sentenced in September. In May 2013, Daly fired shots through the windshield of a car, hitting Margaret Grover, 50, of Wynnewood. The couple's 11-year-old son, who was in the front seat, ducked to avoid injury.
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July 9, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing inside his new home in Swarthmore, Jack Abbott admired the Phillies poster being hung above his bed and surveyed the freshly painted room. "I love it," said Abbott, 59. It is his first new home since age 6, when he moved into Don Guanella Village, a facility for developmentally disabled men in Delaware County. Last week, Abbott and seven other men left the campus for a smaller, free-standing home. By July 2015, the Don Guanella Village property will belong to a developer, and its 128 residents will have scattered to about a dozen homes across the region.
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