March 4, 2016
ISSUE | CHILD ABUSE Parents at risk Janet Ginzberg's commentary is spot-on about the unintended but not inconsequential consequences of Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law ("Sandusky case fallout goes on," Sunday). The law mandates that teachers and those who come into contact with children report suspected abuse to authorities. Failure to do so is a crime. It empowers protective agencies to investigate those reports. The law ensures a constant flow of reports to be investigated, as mandated reporters cover their butts by reporting every bruise, scratch, and accusation.
February 28, 2016 |
Maynard Webster Krug, 88, of West Chester and Dyken Pond, N.Y., a railroad company engineer and longtime train enthusiast, died Friday, Feb. 19, of dementia at home. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., he was the son of John Alfred and Martha Beatrice Fine Krug. Mr. Krug graduated from Gorton High School, Yonkers, in 1945 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving in World War II until November 1946. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., on the G.I. Bill, and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.
February 27, 2016 |
After a weeklong trial, the Chester County District Attorney's Office faces a decision: Should it refile charges against a lawyer accused in the death of his elderly father? Shortly before midnight Wednesday, jurors at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester deadlocked on murder and other charges against Edward J. O'Brien III. After nine hours of deliberations, County Court Judge Ann Marie Wheatcraft declared a mistrial. Jurors first told Wheatcraft that they had reached an impasse around 9:30 p.m., but agreed to keep deliberating.
February 15, 2016 |
Yes, it happened! More than 2,000 brave souls plunged into the Atlantic Ocean at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of Sea Isle City's 22nd annual Polar Bear Plunge. Temperatures were about 20 degrees in this Cape May County town on the Jersey Shore, according to weather reports. Katherine Custer, a city spokeswoman, said the cold-weather event "attracts many people from all walks of life. " West Chester's James "Jimmy" Cahaley, 28, did a flip as he entered the foamy and frigid surf.
February 13, 2016
A former Chester County pastor accused of raping and impregnating a teenager who lived with his family was formally arraigned Thursday on 11 charges, including sexual assault. Jacob Malone, 33, of Exton, appeared via video feed from Chester County Prison for his arraignment at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester. Malone, dressed in a plain white t-shirt and jeans, followed along as a court administrator read the packet of charges against him. He did not address the charges.
February 11, 2016 |
A high school chemistry teacher in Chester County faces trial after allegedly soliciting nude photos and videos from a 16-year-old student and swapping thousands of texts with him over a year and a half, authorities said. Brandon Keith Mitchell, 30, of West Chester, is accused of unlawful contact with a minor, child pornography, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors. He was arrested Feb. 3. Mitchell taught at Downingtown West High School from November 2010 until he was suspended in April.
January 31, 2016 |
Episcopal Academy junior Nick Alikakos barely recognized what he saw last spring when he looked in the mirror during what he hoped would be an important recruiting period. Mononucleosis struck him in February and by April had leeched 25 pounds from his 6-foot-7, 200-pound frame. "I just looked really sick and weak," he said. "I was just thinking, 'How am I going to get back to being myself?' " Alikakos, who earned the Inter-Ac's most outstanding player award just before being diagnosed, missed about a month of school and was subsequently limited during AAU play with Team Final.
January 29, 2016 |
A former corrections officer who pleaded guilty in November to charges he smuggled heroin and other drugs to inmates in Chester County Prison was sentenced Wednesday to at least three years in prison. Douglas A. Keck, 46, of Pottstown, had pleaded guilty to six felony counts for possession of controlled substances and possession with intent to deliver. Keck was arrested in March for smuggling heroin, Xanax, and a pain medicine to inmates housed in the prison block to which he was assigned.
January 23, 2016
West Chester University will get an interim president April 1 - Christopher M. Fiorentino, the school's vice president of external operations. Fiorentino - who has his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in economics from Temple University - has spent more than 20 years at West Chester as a faculty member, dean of the college of business and public affairs and vice president, a post he's held since 2013. The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania's 14-university State System of Higher Education announced his appointment on Thursday.
January 15, 2016
Talking on a cellphone while driving in the Holland Tunnel to Jersey City, N.J., resulted in the arrest of a man wanted on a warrant in West Chester, a Port Authority Police Department spokesman said Wednesday. The arrest happened about 7 p.m. Tuesday night, after police pulled over a U-Haul rental van in the tunnel. A police statement said the driver, Mitchell Neil Thompson, 24, of 1205 Elm St. in Reading, had been driving erratically because he was busy with a cellphone. "The fingers of his right hand were manipulating the screen and his eyes were not on the roadway," the statement said.