Family of four found dead in apparent murder-suicide

A West Whiteland family — a mother, father and two minors — were found dead Sunday in what authorities are calling a murder-suicide. The Chester County Coroner’s Office confirmed the cause of death of all four was by gunshot wound. The Times is not publishing the name of the family members to protect their privacy.  “This is a tragedy beyond comprehension because two children and both...

Chesco Coroner: Drug overdose numbers fall during first half of 2020

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Coroner’s Office released data on drug overdose deaths in Chester County from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020. A total of 58 deaths have been confirmed to be due to an accidental drug overdose. This is fewer than the 68 overdose deaths reported mid-way through 2019, but the Coroner’s Office cautioned that it is not possible to accurately predict a total...

Not to die for: Chesco Coroner’s Office fails accreditation due to facility shortcomings

Stretchers at the Chester County morgue facility The Chester County Coroner’s Office has failed to achieve accreditation by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IACME) because of the deficiencies of its morgue and autopsy facilities. The Office’s Medicolegal Office Practices, Investigative Practices, and Laboratory Services all met or exceeded required standards. The...

Chesco Coroner: Flu claims at least 11 lives this season

It appears that this season’s strain of influenza — the flu — is hitting Chester County harder than last year, with local health officials reporting a spike in deaths from the illness. The Chester County Coroner’s Office has received reports to date of 11 deaths associated with influenza during the 2017-2018 reporting period, according to a statement issued Tuesday. By comparison, five...