Author: Katie Kohler

‘It was hell’ Delco’s first female FBI grad says training was a challenge

Each year an elite group of law enforcement officers are selected to train in a rigorous 10-week program at the national FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. To graduate, officers are required to complete a grueling obstacle course built by U.S. Marines that runs through the campus. The fitness class is culminated with what is known as the “Yellow Brick Road” — a six-mile course requiring participants to climb walls, run through water, crawl under barbed wire and maneuver across a cargo net. When developing the course, the Marines placed yellow bricks to guide runners along the grueling trail through...

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Friends and supporters keep hope and search alive for missing Malvern mom

The holidays are a time to take stock and the simplest way is look around the table. The best present is often the presence of loved ones. The reason this time of year tends to be difficult is the conspicuous absence of those we are used to seeing in the next chair. Friends and family of Anna Maciejewska, 43, are facing another holiday without her. She was reportedly last seen by her husband, Allen Gould, on April 10th leaving their Charlestown Township home on Hedgerow Lane which she also resides with their four-year-old son. She never made it to...

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Collusion? Catania: Docs show state, Aqua plotted a CWA takeover

Perhaps there hasn’t been this much drama surrounding water since the Titanic. The tension surrounding a possible sale of the Chester Water Authority (CWA) continued earlier this month at the November CWA board meeting at Neumann University. After expressing disappointment during an earlier meeting about heavily redacted documents from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development  (DCED) between Aqua America and Chester’s Act 47 consultant about a possible acquisition, the board uncorked new redacted documents that show the CWA sale had been discussed for months. CWA Solicitor Francis Catania received board approval earlier this month to take legal...

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Meet the new sheriff; Jerry Sanders made BIG history

There are still Election Night aftershocks from the end of the four-decade straight Republican run in Delaware County. Much of the attention was focused on the County Council race, but the bout for sheriff, although not the title fight, packed a major historical punch. Jerry Sanders ousted incumbent Mary McFall Hooper and the win makes the Drexel Hill resident the first African-American in Delaware County history to serve in a county row office and the first time since 1934 that a Democrat won that office. Sanders, 68, rose through the ranks in the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office starting as a...

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Kirkland calls bogus letter political mischief

Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland has been quick to say, “H2-whoa!” to rumors about the Chester Water Authority (CWA). During a November Council meeting, Kirkland took a few minutes to address what he called a bogus letter circulating with the City of Chester seal about a CWA meeting. Kirkland pointed out that City Council does not have the authority to call CWA meetings. He said the letter was first brought to his attention on Election Day at a polling place. A voter questioned him about the letter, showed it to him and he didn’t know what she was talking about....

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