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February 24, 1987 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
J. Curtis Joyner, the Chester County assistant district attorney whose appointment as a Common Pleas Court judge was held up for political reasons last year, won unanimous confirmation from the state Senate yesterday. Joyner, 38, a Republican, will become the first black judge in Chester County history. A West Chester resident, Joyner was nominated Oct. 13 to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of President Judge John E. Stively. "I'm glad it's over," Joyner said last night by telephone.
NEWS
May 28, 2010
Part of a former dairy farm in West Vincent Township is to be preserved as open space, the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust announced Thursday. Longtime township resident Theodora Heathcote and her four children donated a conservation easement on 36 acres of what was once a 170-acre family dairy operation, said a news release. The scenic property, which is still leased for crop farming, sits at the intersection of two unpaved roads and features a spring-fed pond, adjacent wetlands and about 2 1/2 acres of woodland, the release said.
NEWS
January 22, 1998 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Chester County commissioners have settled two lawsuits filed by former employees that will cost taxpayers nearly $93,000. The commissioners unanimously approved the settlements on Tuesday without discussion as part of their weekly finance agenda. "We took the action recommended by our solicitor in both cases," said Commissioners Chairman Colin Hanna. He declined further comment. Cynthia Gates, a former caseworker in the Department of Children, Youth and Families, will be paid $20,715 to settle her claim of improper discharge from her job. Gates, a civil service employee, could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
December 22, 1993 | By Jeff Eckhoff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
An unidentified Chester County man died yesterday in an early morning fire that destroyed the Highland Township home where he was staying. Trooper Richard O'Brien of the state police at Embreeville said authorities were still investigating the cause of a 3 a.m. blaze that destroyed the house in the 300 block of Martin Road. "By the time a neighbor spotted the fire and called the fire company, (the house) was completely gone," said Mary Griest, who owns the land with her husband, Harry.
SPORTS
June 19, 2007 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Chester County all-stars advanced to the semifinals of the Carpenter Cup Classic yesterday by beating the Catholic League, 10-5, at Penn's Meiklejohn Stadium. Chester County will face the Jersey Shore all-stars, who advanced by winning yesterday's second game, 6-2, against Suburban One National/Bicentennial. Chester scored five runs in the seventh inning, which was highlighted by a two-run double by Spring-Ford's Rick Gehman. Jersey Shore used sound pitching to win its game.
NEWS
October 9, 1998 | By Catherine Quillman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Grace H. Henkels DeCaro, 79, a longtime resident of West Chester who was known for her interest in Chester County history, died of cardiac arrest Saturday at Barclay Friends Hall, where she had lived for the last year. She had lived in West Chester since 1967. She and her husband, Thomas F. DeCaro Sr., a retired Lincoln University professor with whom she shared an interest in local history and collecting Chester County art and antiques, had been married for 48 years. Mrs. DeCaro was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Frankford High School in 1944.
NEWS
February 20, 1997 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry is planning a morning workshop March 3 for employers who want to know more about their rights and obligations under Pennsylvania's new workers'-compensation law. The program at the West Chester Holiday Inn will include discussion of guidelines for employee notification, new forms, insurance fraud, and medical standards for determining disability. The program should help employers save money by fully understanding the new law, said Robert Powelson, president of the chamber.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2005 | By Akweli Parker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Willow Grove Bancorp Inc. said yesterday that it was buying Chester Valley Bancorp Inc. in a transaction valued at $152.5 million, to form what they say will be the fifth-largest bank based in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Willow Grove, which is based in Maple Glen, goes into the transaction with $975.6 million in assets, while Chester Valley, of Downingtown, has $645 million in assets. Donna M. Coughey, current president of Chester Valley, will become the new bank's president and chief executive officer.
SPORTS
March 6, 1990 | By Alex Rosen, Special to The Inquirer
Vince Spina, secretary of the Greater Philadelphia Bowling Association, called it an oddity. Judy Fitzcharles, manager of the Phoenix Lanes, called it "one for the book. " It was indeed a rare occasion on Feb. 22, as three bowlers in the Chester County Majors each rolled 300 games on adjacent lanes. Charley Ferguson of the Huddecheck Roofing team rolled his 300 on lanes 3 and 4 in the first game. Gary Simmons, the league president who rolls for Moore Wallpaper, got his in the second game on lanes 5 and 6. Mark Chiapetta, of Liberty Fire Co., shot his on lanes 7 and 8 in the third game.
NEWS
June 6, 2004 | By Susan Weidener INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When Skip Huston was 10, he fell asleep on top of a boxcar in Middletown, Ohio, and woke up in Columbus. He tells the story, which reflects his lifelong passion for trains, with relish. "When the train stopped, my dog, Rusty, a cocker spaniel that I had dragged up on the boxcar with me, was barking. This big guy comes up, he grabs me by the ear, he's holding a club, and he wants to know where I'm from. He called my grandfather. I never forgot the greeting when I got home. " Huston's easygoing and unpretentious personality is part of his charm.
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August 29, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The shooting of a knife-wielding attacker by a deputy sheriff at the Chester County courthouse this week was justified, the district attorney ruled Thursday, declaring the assault to be an unprovoked attack by an obviously troubled man and closing the case without finding a motive. In releasing new details, District Attorney Thomas Hogan also disclosed that the assailant, Curtis W. Smith, had not stabbed a deputy before he was shot during the lunch-hour incident in West Chester, as the prosecutor first reported.
NEWS
August 28, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Chester County deputy sheriff slashed by a knife-wielding man at the courthouse remained hospitalized Wednesday, as investigators continued their review of the attack and another officer's decision to fatally shoot the assailant. The county District Attorney's Office postponed plans to release its findings Wednesday, saying the investigation into Curtis W. Smith's attack and death was not complete. In interviews, relatives told The Inquirer that his downward spiral, which included a high-profile arrest in March for trespassing at the White House, may have started when his brother murdered their father three years ago. One said she believed Smith wanted to die. Around noon Tuesday, the 34-year-old Coatesville man ran into the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester and stabbed Kevin Brough, a 22-year-old deputy, in a hand and arm. He was shot by another deputy and died that afternoon.
NEWS
August 23, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police arrested four men Friday who they say set up a fake drug deal with a 17-year-old boy, robbed him, fatally shot him in the chest, and left him on the side of a deserted road in Chester County on Thursday. Three of the men stole a quarter-ounce of marijuana and $30 from Cristian Santiago of West Chester, police said. The fourth man was Santiago's friend and arranged the drug deal knowing he would be robbed. A passing motorist found Santiago's body and called police, who arrived at the 700 block of Hillsdale Road in East Bradford Township around 10:20 p.m. Thursday.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The location is a secret. The people are prepared. On a summer evening, they descend as a pristine crowd. It's dîner en blanc , a Parisian concept that brings together thousands annually to eat a picnic dinner in a public place, fashioned entirely in white. It's a secret until it happens, and when it's over, the diners pack up and disperse, leaving no trace behind. It could be called fine dining flash-mob style, and the trend has been picked up around the world, from Haiti to Australia, and across the United States, from New York to Albuquerque.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shelves of books may evoke peace and quiet, but it has been a season of turmoil for the Kennett Public Library. Board member resignations, a controversial name change, and a renewed debate about the library's location have raised concerns about the future of the Chester County library. Leaders of the library in Kennett Square, formerly known as the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library, say they are making changes - and reconsidering a plan to move out of the borough. But library critics have called for creating a task force to intervene.
NEWS
August 4, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
To 13-year-old Keyanna Phipps, on TV shows and in the news, police officers seem scary. "They're like shooting and attacking people for no reason," she said. But the officers in the square-mile borough that she calls home, Kennett Square, are different. "They don't seem like those kind of people," she said. Her opinion of the 14-member police department in Chester County has a lot to do with the efforts of her neighbors. The residents of the East Linden section of Kennett Square have made it their business to make sure the youngsters get to know the police and that the police do the same.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The owner of an animal-control company has sued the Chester County SPCA and its director, alleging that they conspired to destroy his business with help from state officials. In the suit, filed in federal court Monday, Rahn Monrea'l, co-owner of Delaware County Animal Control, seeks more than $675,000. The private company contracts with municipalities to pick up stray animals and take them to the Chester County shelter. Monrea'l alleges that the shelter and its director, Adam Lamb, arranged with dog-law officials to bring criminal charges of seizure and detention of dogs last month against his company.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a week, more than 36,000 Philadelphia public housing residents will be asked to take their cigarettes outside, an unprecedented bid to try to improve the health of some of the city's neediest tenants. Officials wondering about the new smoking ban's potential for success can look to the west. Two years ago, Chester County's housing authority started a strict policy to curb smoking among tenants: No tobacco use anywhere on its properties. It was the first housing agency in Southeastern Pennsylvania to go smoke-free.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
By all rights, none of this should have happened to Joe Carbone. He was well-educated, and came from a politically connected family, but when he lost his job working for a politician, he sank into his sofa and even more deeply into depression, spending afternoons watching soaps and mornings avoiding neighbors at the supermarket. "If that happened to me, after only eight months out of work, when I had all those things going for me," Carbone said, he could imagine what happened to millions of long-term unemployed who lost jobs during the recession, and still were fruitlessly searching years later.
NEWS
July 23, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County DJ who was charged with 300 counts of sexual assault and child pornography in April allegedly also raped and filmed a woman last September who thought she was being hired for a modeling job, the district attorney's office said Tuesday. Daniel Milowicki, 28, a self-employed photographer and disc jockey who uses the name DJ Dan Dub C, was out on bail when he was arrested for a second time on July 16 on rape and other charges, said District Attorney Tom Hogan. Milowicki routinely worked at events such as children's pool parties, birthday parties, and school dances, as well as at weddings, bars and other events, police said.
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