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Kennett fires top cop

Kennett Township supervisors voted Wednesday to fire the township police chief, who was investigated by the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office for a sexual assault allegation but ultimately not charged, and who was the subject of an internal township investigation as a result. The supervisors also voted to make the police department’s second-in-command, Sgt. ...

 
 

New owners for Dilworthtown Inn

After almost a year, the Dilworthtown Inn has new owners. Frank Rupp, a member of the board of Chadds Ford Business Association, and his wife Susan made settlement earlier this month for the inn and sister properties, the Blue Pear Bistro and the Innkeeper’s Kitchen. The restaurants have been closed since the death of Jim Barnes in April of 2019. Who will eventually ...

 

Kennett Twp. offers severance to three

Three more employees were let go in Kennett Township. It marks the second time in less than 48 hours that township Manager Eden Ratliff has announced staffing changes as part of the township’s ongoing restructuring effort. The restructuring of Kennett Township follows the discovery and subsequent investigation last year that former township Manager Lisa Moore ...

 

More changes in Kennett government

Kennett Township Manager Eden Ratliff on Monday addressed the absence of the township police chief and the restructuring of township staff. Chief Lydell Nolt is “part of an ongoing personnel investigation,” Ratliff said in an email to news outlets Monday afternoon. Ratliff also announced that three administrative employees were let go Friday as part of a ...

 

Kennett recoups $80K of $3.2 million

Kennett Township has recovered to date about $80,000 of the more than $3.2 million that was allegedly embezzled by the former township manager and has filed a claim on a $1 million surety bond that Lisa Moore had when she worked for the township. Both the recovery and the claim processes are in the early stages, current Township Manager Eden Ratliff said at ...

 

Leff to chair Kennett Twp. Board

Richard Leff was named the new chairman of the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors on Monday night. In nominating Leff, former chairman Scudder Stevens mentioned Leff’s increased role in the months following the start of the investigation into former township Manager Lisa Moore’s alleged embezzlement of more than $3 million. “Last April when we discovered the ...

 

No tax increase in Kennett Township

In 2020, Kennett Township supervisors will help support the new library construction — but without the use of a tax increase. But sewer rates are going up. The supervisors unanimously approved the township’s 2020 budgets in a special meeting Monday night. The township will still contribute toward the new library, but the money in 2020 will come from an expected ...

 

Supervisors’ competence challenged

Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday night to demand answers from the Kennett Township supervisors about why it took so long to discover the former township manager’s alleged embezzlement of more than $3 million. The Red Clay Room was standing-room-only for the almost four-hour-long meeting. Many in the audience called for the supervisors to resign and questioned ...

 

Longwood Gardens wins award

America voted and Longwood Gardens has been named the winner of the Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights by USA TODAY’s 2019 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards! With over 500,000 outdoor lights, and fountains that dance to holiday classics, Longwood won the contest sponsored by USA Today and 10Best.com, topping a list of 20 botanical gardens from across the U.S. Rounding ...

 

A timeline of embezzlement

The following timeline of events relating to the criminal charges against former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore contains information from the Chester County District Attorney’s press release dated Dec. 10, a 43-page criminal complaint filed by county detectives, a Kennett Township press release dated Dec. 10, and Kennett Township Board of Supervisors’ meetings ...

 

Former Kennett manager arrested for embezzlement

Addendum: See below Former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore was arrested for embezzling more than $3 million from the township, according to a press release from the Chester County District Attorney’s office. The arrest follows months of investigation. It was reported in April that the fraud department of Capital One — the township bank — “had found a number of ...