Coroner: Kratom cited in two recent overdose cases

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Coroner’s Office is reporting two deaths attributed to mitragynine toxicity. Ryan Jones of Caln Township died 4/30/2018 with the cause of death determined to be mitragynine toxicity with hypertensive cardiovascular disease as a contributing condition. Caleb Jonathan Sturgis of West Bradford Township died 6/27/2018 of acute mitragynine intoxication. The manner...

Chester County to participate in Overdose Awareness Day

Last year, 97 pinwheels were displayed at the Chester County Justice Center for International Overdose Awareness Day – representing the 97 lives lost in 2016 to accidental drug overdose. This year’s display of pinwheels will increase to represent the 144 lives lost to accidental drug overdose in 2017. As part of Chester County’s commitment to tackle the opioid and heroin epidemic, the County’s...

Chesco wins award for Website

Dennis Stuckey, President of the Board of Directors for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (right), presents the Excellence in Website Design Award to Chester County Communications Coordinator Becky Brain (left), and Sue Morris, the County’s Digital Communications Coordinator. WEST CHESTER — Chester County’s website, www.chesco.org, received top state-wide honors with the...

Kagel named as new County Administrator; Bookheimer to become CFO

Bobby Kagel WEST CHESTER — Bobby Kagel was named Tuesday to lead Chester County’s government as its new County Administrator, effective Sept. 1. He will replace the retiring Mark Rupsis, the long-time administrative leader of county government. Additionally, the Chester County Commissioners moved to make Julie Bookheimer, CPA, CGMA the Chief Financial Officer for Chester County. Bookheimer...

Cozzone elected President of state County Commissioners Association

Chester County Commissioners Kathi Cozzone, recently elected President of the Board of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP). Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone was elected this week to serve as President of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) for 2019.  The announcement of the election results was made this week at CCAP’s 132nd annual conference...

BVSPCA assists dogs rescued from Korean dog meat farm

Bella, one of three dogs rescued from a Korean dog meat farm, will be available for adoption this Friday. WEST CHESTER — The Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) announced today that it received three dogs on Saturday that had been rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm. These dogs spent their lives confined in cages, with little access to adequate food and water, and no veterinary care, and now...

DEP: Rains, flooding create high level of West Nile in PA’s mosquitos

HARRISBURG — Receding floodwaters and heavy rains across Pennsylvania are creating a perfect storm of conditions, that have contributed to the highest level of West Nile virus activity in the mosquito population since the disease was first introduced in 2000. The disease, which has infected more than 150 people in the past six years, is on track to pose an unusually higher than normal risk this...

Chesco Coroner: 59 deaths due to opioids so far in 2018

WEST CHESTER — The opioid crisis continues to take lives in Chester County, local officials said Monday. The Chester County Coroner’s Office released data Monday on deaths due to drug overdose in Chester County for the year as of June 30, 2018. A total of 59 people died of a drug overdose during this period, with 57 deaths determined to be accidental and two due to suicide.

Chesco attorney charged with defrauding clients

Joshua Janis Authorities have a charged a county attorney — Joshua Janis — saying he charged numerous clients for work never done or only partially completed. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the arrest of attorney Joshua Janis on charges that he defrauded over 25 clients, many in divorce cases. Authorities have identified at least 25 cases and are asking the public to contact...

Dinniman, Comitta headline WC clean energy event

State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19) speaks Wednesday night as State Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-156) looks on at a clean energy event sponsored by PennEnvironment. Photo courtesy PennEnvironment: by Garen Meguerian WEST CHESTER — Wednesday night, PennEnvironment was joined by state Sen. Andy Dinniman, State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin, and West Chester University Director of...