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‘Betrayal’ in Kennett Township

Betrayal and distrust were common themes in victim impact statements from current and former Kennett Township supervisors, a former township employee, and township residents. Victim impact letters, 13 in all, sent to Chester County Judge David F. Bortner all spoke of how former township Manager Lisa Moore, who embezzled $3.2 million in township funds, hurt and ...

 
 

Restitution begins in Moore case

The $1.27 million check from former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore — representing partial repayment of the $3.2 million she pleaded guilty to embezzling — has cleared the bank, supervisors reported last week. The supervisors are also planning a public meeting sometime after Moore’s 30-day appeal period ends to discuss the case further with their residents. ...

 

Jail time for Moore

Chester County Common Pleas Court Judge David Bortner Monday sentenced former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore to three to 10 years in prison for embezzling more than $3.2 million. Moore must also make restitution. The sentence — negotiated by Deputy District Attorney William Judge Jr. and Moore's attorney, Julia Rogers — was based on an agreement that Moore would ...

 

Kennett officially welcomes new cops

Colin Vanicolo and Jonathan DeLeon became the Kennett Township Police Department’s newest officers over the last 19 months, but COVID-19 prevented their families from watching them be sworn in. Their families got that chance on Sept. 15 during a special swearing-in ceremony, held outside the township building. The officers, according to Kennett Township Police Chief ...

 

Impact statements sought in Moore case

Kennett Township residents and businesses will have an opportunity to tell a judge how they were impacted by the former township manager allegedly embezzling $3.2 million from Kennett Township. Victim impact statements can be sent over email from now until Sept. 24 to Chester County Court of Common Pleas Judge David F. Bortner, who is presiding over Lisa Moore’s ...

 

Guilty plea anticipated for Moore

Former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore is expected to plead guilty and be sentenced next month on charges she embezzled $3.2 million from Kennett Township. That announcement was made Wednesday night in an email that supervisors’ Chairman Richard Leff sent out to the community after the supervisors’ meeting was canceled when the remnants of Hurricane Ida passed ...

 

Library groundbreaking planned

The Kennett Library Board of Trustees will host a groundbreaking for the new Kennett Library and Resource Center on Thursday, Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. It will take place at the location of the new building, the corner of State and Willow Streets in the Borough of Kennett Square. All are welcome to attend. “For over 20 years community members have planned, worked, and ...

 

Plea deal possible for Moore

Kennett Township supervisors reported Wednesday that the criminal case involving former township Manager Lisa Moore appears to be headed toward a plea agreement. Supervisors’ Chairman Richard Leff said Moore’s case – on charges she allegedly embezzled $3.2 million from the township – was called for trial on July 19 but continued until September after Moore’s attorney ...

 

In-person meetings back in Kennett Twp.

The Kennett Township supervisors will hold their first hybrid meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a shutdown of in-person meetings last year. The July 21 meeting will be held in-person but also feature an option for people to join remotely via the Zoom app, Kennett Manager Eden Ratliff said in a press release Wednesday. “We are working hard to ensure next ...

 

Riding Kennett’s roads for 40 years

In his 40 years on the job, Roger Lysle has traveled every road in Kennett Township in his unofficial capacity as part of the eyes and ears of the township. Those 73 miles of roads lead Kennett’s public works director and his crew to identify and solve problems with areas like roadways and bridges and maintain open spaces, that impact those who live and work in the ...

 

Kennett Twp. eases into reopening

The Kennett Township office will reopen to the public beginning June 21. But residents will have to wait a little longer to start attending township supervisors’ meetings in person. Kennett will continue virtual meetings until they can have hybrid meetings, township Manager Eden Ratliff said at Wednesday’s meeting. The township office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 ...