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POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 11:58 AM

This video from the latest Colwyn Borough Council meeting is what people with post-traumatic stress disorder might call a "trigger." It is for me, having been forced to cover these types of meetings while working at the Delaware County Daily Times.

People got hurt, OK?

I don't even really know what they're fighting about in Colwyn anymore. It's been a rough couple of years. But this video – which is only one of many – really puts things into perspective for Philadelphians who are fed up with City Council: It could be worse. Much worse. 

POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 12:19 PM
(Top, left to right) Mark Isom, Shakia Jackson, (bottom left to right) William Wade and Daryl Carter.

Five adults have been accused of perpetrating crimes against five children inside a Darby house that are so heinous it's difficult to stomach.

From shooting the kids with BB guns to forcing an adult woman to perform oral sex on a 2-year-old boy, the case is the stuff of nightmares - but police allege it was the reality in which these helpless children were forced to live.

Shakia Jackson, 31; Daryl Carter, 24; Danielle Hammond, 22; William Wade, 23 and Mark Isom, 22, have all been arrested in connection with the case. Their offenses range from endangering the welfare of children to corruption of minors and from simple assault to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. 

POSTED: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 12:08 PM

Sounds like a cat burglar had himself a nice little night in Swarthmore Borough. And he's not going to apologize for it, thank you very much.

Cops say five homes were hit over a three-hour period Tuesday morning. Residents reported missing laptops computers, cash, jewelry, gift cards and personal items.

When a Woodbrook Avenue resident heard a noise in his home around 4:18 a.m., he looked out back and asked the unknown man what exactly he was doing on his property. He responded: "I'm robbing you."

POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:10 PM
Sponge Bob Chitwood Pants with Bywood Elementary students, who are doing their best Halloween faces.

Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood isn't known for being soft, but today he was quite squishy as he donned a Sponge Bob Square Pants costume to bring Halloween treats to elementary students in the township.

Chitwood has never been shy of taking one for the team. In 2008, when the department rolled out Taser guns, he held a press conference where he had his officers demonstrate the effects of the Taser - on himself.

This morning's outing involved less cursing, but Chitwood was still filled with electricity as he brought candy, coloring books on bullying and junior police officer badges to students at Bywood Elementary School and St. Bernadette of Lourdes School. 

POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 1:35 PM
Sisters Trania Stroud (left), Tacara Kellam (center) and Tiara Kellam (right) have opened an Upper Darby salon with a unique concept. Pictured at far right is their shop, Emerge Salon and Boutique.

Three enterprising sisters who opened a beauty salon with a unique concept in Upper Darby earlier this month will host a breast cancer awareness event tomorrow that will feature half-a-dozen Eagles players as well as breast cancer survivors and their caretakers.

The sisters had an in to secure the Eagles players: One of them dates LeSean McCoy and another is his personal assistant, according to Trania Stroud, the eldest of the sisters, who said she is McCoy's assistant.

Trania, 35, and her sisters Tacara Kellam, 30 and Tiara Kellam, 26, opened Emerge Salon and Boutique just three weeks ago on Terminal Square near West Chester Pike. The shop is a hair salon, a clothing boutique and a space for women's forums - a business concept which cultivates the talents of all three women.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 5:26 PM
Jack Parker

A former Delaware County police officer who lost his job as a cop and as a bus driver when he held two women hostage at gunpoint in a high school office in 1996, was found guilty in Delaware County court today of stalking his wife, prosecutors said.

Jack Parker, 69, of Tinicum Township, faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced.

According to police, after being warned not to show up at his wife's place of employment, the Delaware County Emergency Services Department in Lima, Parker did just that shortly before midnight on Nov. 12, 2011.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 2:25 PM

This is what folks in politics might call an “October surprise.”

John Kane, business manager of Plumbers Local 690 and Democratic candidate in Delaware County’s 26th state Senate District race, has portrayed himself in a TV ad as a blue-collar family guy and father of four.

Except he’s really a father of five.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:59 PM

A police officer shot one of two suspects involved in the armed robbery of a Clifton Heights pharmacy last night and as cops continued their search for the man's partner today, officers discovered the duo had four guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a dozen wrist zip ties and a bulletproof vest between them, police said.

"These guys were ready for war," said Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Around 7:45 p.m., two armed men held up the Westbrook Pharmacy on Baltimore Avenue near Church Street and got away with about $30, police said. Witnesses were able to take down the license-plate number of the men's getaway vehicle, a dark-colored Nissan, Chitwood said.

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