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September 17, 2016 | Staff report
A Montgomery County man has died of injuries he suffered in a crash involving a car and the motorcycle he was driving on Route 202 in Westtown Township, Chester County, police said Thursday. The victim was identified as Dorian A. Dumas Jr., 31, of Penn Valley. The motorcyle and the car both were traveling southbound on 202 about 9:05 a.m. Wednesday when "for an undetermined reason" the front bumper the car struck the motorcycle, throwing the motorcycle drive onto the center median.
NEWS
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.
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NEWS
September 20, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Even as the region continues to gain population in the next two decades, regional planners envision big gains in another area: protected open space. In fact, they would like to see those gains far outpace any population growth, from the current 550,000 acres in Philadelphia and its neighboring counties, to 1 million, or about 42 percent of all the region's land. But the population and development boom in Chester County - which expects to add nearly 150,000 residents by 2045, a 28 percent increase - could present challenges to that goal, and last week county officials began a two-year planning process to figure out how to manage that growth in one of the state's fastest-growing counties.
NEWS
September 17, 2016 | Staff report
A Montgomery County man has died of injuries he suffered in a crash involving a car and the motorcycle he was driving on Route 202 in Westtown Township, Chester County, police said Thursday. The victim was identified as Dorian A. Dumas Jr., 31, of Penn Valley. The motorcyle and the car both were traveling southbound on 202 about 9:05 a.m. Wednesday when "for an undetermined reason" the front bumper the car struck the motorcycle, throwing the motorcycle drive onto the center median.
NEWS
September 12, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
Like many high school students, Matthew Daniels has a schedule so jam-packed - classes, clubs, sports, job - that he rarely hits the sack before midnight. Then it's up at 6 to start all over, with six hours or less of shut-eye. School begins at 7:35. "Some of my friends don't go to bed until 1 or 2," said Daniels, a senior at Unionville-Chadds Ford High School, where he is also class president. Daniels is among a group of students from various Chester County schools studying ways that districts can delay their start times - an adjustment even knottier than it sounds.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Software start-ups may be fishing for a few young engineers in Philadelphia. But it's the Chester County suburban-family lifestyle that hooked the software department of a Chicago fin-tech firm that looks to bring hundreds of engineering and development jobs to the edge of Valley Forge National Historical Park over the next few years. "I moved here from Chicago with my family" to grow the tech shop for Envestnet Inc. , a publicly traded company that makes software for investment firms, chief operating officer Josh Mayer told me from his new office in Chesterbrook.
NEWS
September 4, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A Chester County school district's controversial plan to tear down a Civil War-era barn on land it recently acquired has been put on hold, as administrators consider possible uses for the two-story structure. The Phoenixville Area School District had applied for a demolition permit because the barn needs repairs to its foundation, among other fixes, and officials were concerned it could be a liability. This week, however, the district's insurance provider confirmed that the building is covered by liability insurance.
NEWS
September 3, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A Chester County man who fatally shot his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend last summer was sentenced to 45 to 90 years in prison Thursday. Zachary David Ludwig, 23, of Spring City, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and related charges at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester. Angry about his ex-girlfriend's relationship, Ludwig confronted her boyfriend, Nicholas Mruczek, 20, outside the latter's apartment in North Coventry Township and shot him once in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun around 2 a.m. July 15, 2015.
NEWS
August 28, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A former Chester County district judge who concealed a harassment citation against her son went to prison Thursday, ending her fight to avoid incarceration while she is under treatment for breast cancer. Rita Jo Ann Arnold, 60, of Downingtown, was sentenced in October 2013 to 16 to 32 months in state prison, more than double the term under state sentencing guidelines. She served six days at the State Correctional Institution in Muncy, Lycoming County, before being released on bail pending appeals.
NEWS
August 26, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
While Gen. George Washington and his troops famously endured a winter of privation at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War, some of his officers, including Gen. Benedict Arnold, periodically took shelter at a house on a nearby farm property. Now, 240 years later, that 53-acre property in what is now Schuylkill Township, Chester County, is at the center of a battle between preservationists and the growing Phoenixville Area School District, which is seeking approval to tear down the farm's two-story barn, built in the Civil War era. The district, which consists of Phoenixville Borough and Schuylkill and East Pikeland Townships, seized the land from the Meadow Brook Golf Club by eminent domain with the intent of constructing a new school building and athletic fields.
NEWS
August 20, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Two men lured a 15-year-old Chester County girl into a sexual relationship, and exchanged videos and images of themselves sexually assaulting her for months, the Chester County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. John Christopher Brown, 25, of Norristown, altered his appearance, told the girl he was 17, and began a sexual relationship with her, police said. Lawrence W. Jamieson Jr., 57, of Willistown Township, allegedly transported the victim to have sex with Brown and asked Brown to record the encounters.
NEWS
August 19, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A Chester County lawyer was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison Wednesday for letting his 92-year-old father die by depriving him of medical care. Edward J. O'Brien III, 61, of West Whiteland Township, was found guilty in June of every charge against him - third-degree murder, aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless endangerment - in the 2013 death of his father, Edward J. Jr. "I would be depreciating the seriousness of the crime in this particular case" with any lesser sentence, Judge Ann Marie Wheatcraft said at the Justice Center in West Chester.
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