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POSTED: Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 12:07 PM

A man who was being pursued by police in Chester this morning drove into the prison gates at the State Correctional Institute at Chester and was shot by police, according to a spokeswoman for the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

The pursuit eventually ended with the suspect's apprehension outside of the Boeing plant in Ridley Park.

Emily Harris, D.A. spokeswoman, said the pursuit started at 12th Street near Melrose Avenue in Chester when police tried to stop a man who was believed to have been involved in drug activity. The man fled police and then - for inexplicable reasons - drove into the prison gate.

POSTED: Sunday, July 12, 2015, 4:27 PM
The cast of "Delco Proper" – a new web series on (Comedy Central)

I guess it was only a matter of time before Comedy Central discovered Delaware County. Now, it has happened.

An apparently Delco-centric show is set to debut Monday on

POSTED: Thursday, July 9, 2015, 12:48 PM
(Upper Darby Police Department)

The other shoe has dropped on the investigation into the fire at an Upper Darby Payless on Monday and investigators say a sole person is responsible for the blaze.

That individual is a homeless man who was squatting on the abandoned second floor of the shoe store on 69th Street near Ludlow. Cops say he is responsible for Monday's blaze that totaled the store and severely damaged many others along the popular shopping corridor.

At a news conference this morning in front of the burned-out Payless, Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood announced the arrest of James Morris, 54, who is believed to have accidentally started the blaze. Morris is charged with trespassing, for squatting in the building, and with theft because he was scrapping metal from store, police said.

POSTED: Thursday, July 2, 2015, 5:27 PM
Upper Darby Police Department

The forecast for this story is cloud-y with a chance of meatheads.

Two thieves who stole a delivery driver's car, cash and cellphone in Upper Darby on Monday must have thought they were pretty smart when they turned off the GPS tracking on the victim's phone.

But when the suspects started using the phone to take photos of each other holding a shotgun, those photos were automatically uploaded to the victim's digital cloud and began showing up on the victim's other electronic devices, according to police. 

POSTED: Monday, June 8, 2015, 2:37 PM

Janai Bell's son, Clarence "CJ" Dorsey, was born with Down syndrome and has been "counted out since birth," his mother said.

"When he was born they told me he wouldn't walk, he wouldn't talk, he wouldn't do anything," Bell said. "They said he'd be a 'house pet,' that's what the doctor actually said to me."

But 19 years later, CJ is far from a homebody. He has a job at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, he has his advanced yellow belt in karate and after this weekend, he also has an amazing story to tell about his senior prom.

POSTED: Monday, June 8, 2015, 2:32 PM

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POSTED: Thursday, June 4, 2015, 2:36 PM
Trooper, with an inset photo of the shackle in his neck. (Photo from Delco SPCA)

A large dog so emaciated and brutalized that the Delco SPCA can't determine its breed was rescued in Darby Borough today and now the hunt is on for the heartless animal who inflicted unending pain upon the pup.

In a news release, Justina Calgiano, spokeswoman for the Delco SPCA, said the dog, whom staffers have appropriately named Trooper, was found early this morning with a shackle "embedded" in his neck.

"It's currently hard (to) tell the dog's breed since he's so emaciated - nearly half of his body weight, but Delco SPCA staff members think he may be a Mastiff or Great Dane," Calgiano wrote.

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:57 PM
Joanne Deguio holds up a picture of her missing daughter, Amanda, as Amanda's sister, Nicole, looks on at left. Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood is pictured at right.

Joanne and Nicole DeGuio have scoured Needle Park in Kensington. They've knocked on pimps doors and they've handed out condoms to prostitutes, all in the hopes of finding whatever information they can about their missing loved one, Amanda.

Amanda, 25, is Joanne's daughter and Nicole's little sister. She was last seen at the family's Drexel Hill home in June.

Amanda's addiction to drugs had kept her away from home before, but she'd always call and check in on her mother, her sister and her two young daughters, Sophia and Ava.

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