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West Chester, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Michael:

Murder conviction for Chester County man overturned, defendant freed

“Not only has an innocent man been killed, an innocent man is getting sentenced life for this,” he said at the time. “I am innocent. I did not set this up. This is a big mistake, and justice has no… → Read More

Man pleads guilty to threats against Chester County Hospital

In addition to the year of probation for the count of harassment Oswald pleaded guilty to, he was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service. → Read More

Extensive recruiting process yields new Chester County DES director

WEST CHESTER—An unprecedented and extensive recruitment and hiring process for the new head of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services yielded a director that officials believe is the r… → Read More

West Chester boy who was beaten and tortured has not seen ‘one penny’ from trust designated for him – Daily Local

WEST CHESTER—In 2014, people all around the world learned the horrifying news that a 3-year-old Chester County boy, Scott “Scotty” McMillan, and his older brother, had been beaten and tortured by t… → Read More

Edward Griffith, plain-spoken Chester County judge in Greist case, has died

The longtime lawyer was elected to the bench in 2003 and presided over many high-profile cases, including several in 2022. → Read More

Mother, victim of knife attack, still loves daughter; gets 10 to 20 years in prison

“Two and a half years after (Alexis) tried to kill her, Jennifer still struggles with an array of emotions due to being attacked not by a stranger but by her own flesh and blood,” wrote Chief Deput… → Read More

Chester County kennel owner found guilty in dog abuse case

Pleasant Pet Resort owner Denise Durfor, who now lives in Jewett, Ohio, was found guilty of a single county of neglect of animals, a third-degree misdemeanor, following a three-day trial before Judge Patrick Carmody. → Read More

Chester County judges ponder, ‘Is the courthouse safe?’

Another judge said: “It depends on how you define the term 'safety.' I think some judges are forgoing sheriffs in their courtrooms because there are others who need deputies to bring a defendant up (from the basement lock-up area.) That sometimes makes us less safe. And I guess that means the courthouse is less safe.” → Read More

Chester County judge dismisses reconsideration in school board suits

WEST CHESTER — Opponents of school mask mandates in the Downingtown and West Chester school districts during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic suffered what could be a final blow against their at… → Read More

Richard Greist will remain free from Norristown State Hospital, but must continue care privately on outpatient basis

On Wednesday, Judge William P. Mahon signed an order mandating that Greist, the man who killed his wife and their unborn child in a psychotic rage more than four decades ago at his home in northern Chester County, continue his involuntary commitment under the state’s Mental Health Procedures Act, but on an outpatient basis. → Read More

Former West Chester Christian School teacher will serve 20 years in prison for abuse of child

In addition to the young man’s recitation of the events he said had occurred, the jury heard testimony about his struggles with mental health and addiction. → Read More

Man gets 16 to 32 years for attempted murder of Coatesville police officer

WEST CHESTER—Bill Cahill was doing his job the way he had always done it but will likely never do again. As the veteran police officer sat in the back room of a convenience store in Coatesville tal… → Read More

In Schindler saga, no answers to the question: ‘Why?’ – Daily Local

WEST CHESTER—“Born on third base.” That is how a Common Pleas Court judge described the life of Thomas Schindler, the once prominent but now discredited and disbarred Chester County attorney who au… → Read More

Manheim man sentenced to 16-32 years for stabbing Coatesville police officer

Michael John White II used a martial arts double edged karambit knife to slice the back of the officer’s head and stab him under his protective vest. → Read More

Berks man loses bid to charge deputies over Houlahan town hall ejection

“I was ejected,” said Mark Capper. “I’m a law abiding citizen, and I had a right to be there. They used their authority and their badges to violate my rights to be there.” → Read More

YEAR OF REVIEW: Greist, infamous killer, wins discharge from state hospital after four decades

WEST CHESTER—The day that Richard Greist has been fighting to see for decades came this year, as he was ordered discharged from Norristown State Hospital, where he had been involuntarily committed … → Read More

YEAR IN REVIEW: Years later, pastor is convicted of sexually molesting young student

WEST CHESTER — A Luzerne County pastor today sits in a cell at the Chester County Prison awaiting sentencing in a child sex abuse case that involved his behavior more than a decade before when he t… → Read More

YEAR IN REVIEW: Mystery resignations left openings at Chester County departments

WEST CHESTER — The resignations of two high-ranking Chester County government department heads this past spring cast an eye on morale problems at the county’s Department of Emergency Services that … → Read More

Former federal prosecutor announces candidacy for District Attorney in Chester County

A former federal prosecutor who drew accolades for his work against the leader of a Mexican drug cartel that had kidnapped a U.S. citizen has announced that he will run for the Democratic Party’s n… → Read More

Chester County budget includes no tax increase; approved unanimously

WEST CHESTER—Taxpayers in Chester County will see no increase in their property tax bills to fund county government in 2023, the second year in a row that the millage rate has stayed the same. The … → Read More