Author: Michel Lee

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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State Cops for Fee or Free? Chester pays while Colwyn, others ride for ‘free’

In May, Delaware County doled out $100,000 from the district attorney’s drug forfeiture fund and an additional $50,000 from the county’s gaming revenue to pay the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) to aid the understaffed Chester Police Department in patrols; meanwhile is Colwyn Borough and others receiving similar patrols for little to no cost? During the third-shift, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., state police respond to calls in Colwyn while the borough’s police department reports for training, according to Colwyn Borough Council President Jacqueline Stevenson. PSP spokesman Cpl. Adam Reed said, “The state police patrol municipalities on a part-time basis. It occurs when the local police department is not working for whatever reason…” It is a part-time basis, according to Stevenson, who said, “It’s temporary and we’re not dependent upon (the state police) 24/7.” The Council president added that costs for state law enforcement assistance are “paid for by state tax dollars, it’s free.” Stevenson did not disclose the type of training the Colwyn Police Department is undergoing, but sources familiar with the situation, who wish to remain unidentified, refuted Stevenson’s claims of training. Instead, the source said, Colwyn “doesn’t have any officers.” Colwyn Mayor Michael Blue concurred, saying the department once had a functional number of eight part-time officers, but that number is currently halved to four, with three pending new hires. “If a municipality doesn’t have a...

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New Chester super is no stranger

After a nearly two month long search and just in time for the start of the 2017-2018 school year, the Chester-Upland School District (CUSD) announced its new superintendent at last Thursday’s monthly meeting. From a total of 20 applicants, some as far as New Mexico, who were interviewed over the course of the roughly 45-day search, CUSD decided to keep a familiar face, interim Superintendent Dr. Juan Baughn. However, making it a full-time, permanent gig, for a second time since 1999, wasn’t initially part of the plan, Baughn told The Spirit. The educator was set to be relieved from...

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