Author: Michel Lee

Street renamed for fallen Sharon Hill firefighter

For the last nine years, on Sept. 29, Sharon Hill Borough has hosted a nightly vigil for fallen Sharon Hill firefighter Michael D. Reagan, Jr., 21, who succumbed to injuries three days after an 8 foot by 10 foot steel beam fell on him during a garage fire in 2007. But this year, for the 10th anniversary of the young first responder’s death, elected borough officials unanimously voted to visibly imprint Reagan’s memory onto the community, for all to see, by renaming Roberts Avenue to Michael Reagan Way. “It’s very nice. We’re just honored that they did that, we...

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CWA board mostly in place; passes anti-takeover actions

The new Board of Directors for the Chester Water Authority has mostly been revealed with Chester City, the last of three appointing entities, announcing its appointment of two of its three members at last Wednesday’s Council meeting. Representing the city on the nine-member board for a five-year term will be reappointed member Livia Smith and new member Patricia Lewis West, who replaces William Riley, who is also on the Chester Upland school board. The third seat is currently held by longtime community activist John Shelton, but it is not known whether he will be reappointed as no action was...

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Many ‘knew’ protected Chester cop was a problem

Last Wednesday afternoon, Chester City police officer Albert D. Ross was called to the Delaware County Courthouse in Media “under false pretenses,” according to anonymous sources familiar with the investigation. It was there and then that the officer was quietly arrested and charged with a host of offenses involving sexual assault on women while on duty, following an investigation conducted by the county Criminal Investigation Division (CID). Many sources said this arrest is “just the tip of the iceberg.” The Spirit has been investigating a variety of allegations against Ross since early 2016, after being approached by the alleged...

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Hijacked by Evil? Has the Thin Blue Line been captured by alt-right forces?

In Delaware County, it is not uncommon to see the Thin Blue Line posted on various businesses, cars, and donned as apparel to display support for law enforcement. Originally depicted as a navy blue bar positioned horizontally at the center of a black background, symbolizing police as the barrier between civility and chaos, the Thin Blue Line has long been a silent display of solidarity among police officers across the nation. In 2014, Michigan-based Thin Blue Line USA, a company that raises money for families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty from Thin Blue Line...

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Chester candidate quits GOP Council race

With the general election just three months away, Chester GOP Council candidate Rev. Dr. Bayard Taylor has announced he is withdrawing from the campaign. The Iowa-native, who is also senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church for nearly 18 years and a pastor of care at Chester-Crozer Medical Center, said “ trying to squeeze in the added weight” of politics alongside his roles in the ministry has become “overwhelming.” A pastor-turned-politician was supposed to be the perfect combination for the advocacy of salvation, both religiously and socially. Or so Taylor thought. “I felt being in the race was an evangelistic...

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