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NEWS
November 17, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
MEDIA The embattled mayor of Marcus Hook was convicted Friday of charges that he fired a gun in his home while holding a 20-year-old friend hostage. James Schiliro was found guilty in Delaware County Court of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, official oppression, and furnishing liquor to a minor. In February, Schiliro, who had been drinking, had a police car bring a former neighbor to his home, compelled him to drink wine, and would not let him leave.
NEWS
May 15, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A BOOZE-FUELED fight left a Delaware County woman so disoriented Monday night that she wandered into the path of an Amtrak train, authorities said yesterday. That woman, identified by a law-enforcement source as Laura Dehart, 50, of Folcroft, was pronounced dead at Crozer-Chester Medical Center late Monday after being struck near SEPTA's Marcus Hook station just after 6 p.m. How Dehart ended up on the tracks wasn't clear, but an employee of the nearby Star Hotel said yesterday that the woman and her boyfriend - who lives in an extended-stay room at the establishment - had gotten into a dispute Monday night and that alcohol was involved.
NEWS
November 18, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
MARCUS HOOK Mayor James "Jay" Schiliro won't be lighting up a victory cigar anytime soon. Schiliro, 39, was convicted in Delaware County Common Pleas Court yesterday on five charges in connection with a bizarre encounter that unfolded in his house Feb. 21. A 20-year-old man, who had long known Schiliro and described him as a father figure, said he was summoned to the mayor's house late that night for a chat. Schiliro allegedly plied the man with wine and offered to perform oral sex on him, the Daily News reported earlier this year.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Now that ConocoPhillips has agreed to sell its Trainer refinery to Delta Air Lines, and Sunoco Inc. is engaged in talks to run its Philadelphia refinery as a joint venture, the immediate fate of only one of the region's endangered refineries remains clouded in uncertainty. Sunoco's Marcus Hook refinery, which company officials say aroused no interest from potential buyers to run as a refinery, is being groomed instead as a potential multipurpose industrial site for storing, handling, and even processing fuel, including by-products from the Marcellus Shale region.
NEWS
June 29, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
A consultant on Wednesday said the best hope for Sunoco's idled Marcus Hook refinery site is for it to be reborn as a multipurpose energy-processing facility, fueled by the growing output of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale drilling boom. Local officials yesterday presented a road map for what Delaware County Councilman Tom McGarrigle called the "economic second life for Marcus Hook," which looks remarkably like its first life - processing hydrocarbons extracted from the earth into fuel and chemicals.
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mayor of tiny Marcus Hook, who just last year was a guest at the President's State of the Union address, is under investigation for allegedly shooting a gun in his house and giving alcohol to a 20-year-old whom he threatened to hold hostage. Potential charges against James D. Schiliro, 38, elected to a four-year term in 2009, include endangering another person and furnishing alcohol to a minor, according to court records. He has not yet been charged. Calls to Schiliro and Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan were not returned, and the lead investigator, Detective Robert T. Lythgoe, had no comment.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The mayor of Marcus Hook, who was charged last week with holding an acquaintance hostage during a drunken encounter at his home, has filed to withdraw his nominating petition for reelection, according to Delaware County officials. James Schiliro, 38, had been asked by the borough council to step down from his office, but has said he would not do that. He recently filed paperwork to run for reelection. He is out on bail on charges of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, furnishing alcohol to a minor, and official oppression.
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mayor of Marcus Hook was charged Thursday with holding an acquaintance hostage during a drunken encounter at his home last month that allegedly ended with the mayor's firing a gun into the floor. During the encounter, Mayor James D. Schiliro repeatedly offered to perform a sex act with the 20-year-old male, according to police. "This young man was put in danger," Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said, adding that the unidentified young man was near the gun when it was fired.
NEWS
October 23, 1994 | By Angela Paik, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Today, it's just another passing view for ships on the Delaware River, but for more than 60 years, it was a mandatory stop for every ship that came from abroad. An annoyance to some, a source of great fear to others, the quarantine station in Marcus Hook was the state's first defense against imported disease and contamination. The southernmost port in Pennsylvania, Marcus Hook became the site of the station in 1898, after it was moved from the Lazaretto complex in Tinicum Township.
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