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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
May 7, 2016
A part-time worker at a Chester County farm has been charged with stealing more than $900,000 from his employers to pay for luxury vehicles, a trip to the Bahamas, and student loans, police said. Clifton K. Willson, 35, of Bryn Mawr, was arrested Thursday and faces 299 charges of theft, forgery, and related offenses. He is accused of stealing 148 blank checks from Esther and Paul Gansky while he worked as a painter on their Heartwood Farm on Providence Road in Willistown Township.
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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May 16, 2016
45 Number of digital billboards in Philadelphia. 29 Number in Montco. 18 Number in Bucks. 15 Number in Delco. 7 Number in Chesco. SOURCE: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A Chester County mother arrested in October for injecting her 14-year-old daughter and another teenager with heroin was sentenced this week to 41/2 to 10 years in prison. Jessica Lynn Riffey, 34, of West Caln Township, pleaded guilty Monday in Chester County Court to four counts of delivery of heroin and one count each of endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy, the case's prosecutor said. In addition to prison time, Riffey was placed on five years' probation. Under the plea agreement, the prosecutor said, she plans to testify against her boyfriend, Jameson Burn, who police said supplied heroin and drug paraphernalia to Riffey and the teenagers.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A Chester County man was charged Wednesday with fatally shooting his girlfriend with a shotgun during a domestic dispute last week while three children were in the house. Keith Robert Smith, 43, then attempted to kill himself with the gun, officials said. The victim, Wesley Webb, 40, recorded the audio of the shootings on her phone. The Schuylkill Township man was charged with first-degree murder, endangering the welfare of children, and related offenses. Smith was living with the victim and three children - all under age 14 - in the 300 block of Buckwalter Road.
NEWS
May 8, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A STUDENT from Chester County is accused of selling LSD from his East Stroudsburg University dorm room. The Monroe County District Attorney's Office said Michael Mancini, 20. of Landenberg, ordered the drug on the dark web and sold it to other students from his dorm. When investigators searched a package from Hawaii that was to be delivered to his Lenape Hall room this week, they found a plastic bag, marked "Mint Condition," that contained an LSD-saturated square with 25 hits of the drug, pressed between two collector cards.
NEWS
May 8, 2016
Three family members face charges after detectives seized five illegal gambling machines and more than $37,000 in cash from two businesses in Chester County, officials announced Friday. Jaime Sandoval, 48; his son Hugo Sandoval, 22; and niece Elizabeth Sandoval, 30, were arrested on April 18 and each face 220 charges of gambling offenses. Detectives received a tip that illegal gambling machines were operating at the Taqueria Guadalajara Express restaurant in Kennett Square and El Nayarit Mexican Store 2, a grocery store in Oxford, according to the county District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
May 7, 2016
A part-time worker at a Chester County farm has been charged with stealing more than $900,000 from his employers to pay for luxury vehicles, a trip to the Bahamas, and student loans, police said. Clifton K. Willson, 35, of Bryn Mawr, was arrested Thursday and faces 299 charges of theft, forgery, and related offenses. He is accused of stealing 148 blank checks from Esther and Paul Gansky while he worked as a painter on their Heartwood Farm on Providence Road in Willistown Township.
NEWS
May 5, 2016
Chester County officials have identified the person fatally shot in a domestic dispute Monday night as a 40-year-old woman. Wesley Webb was pronounced dead shortly before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday from a shotgun wound to the chest, according to a report released Wednesday by the Coroner's Office. Another person was hospitalized after the shooting, which occurred at a Schuylkill Township home, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. A 911 call reporting the shooting came in around 11:30 p.m. Monday, he said.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
A 19th-century mansion steeped in Chester County history and squeezed by development was won at auction Thursday by a Princeton businessman who said he would restore the house and build a hotel next to it. C.Z. Patel, 70, who has developed and managed hotels in New Jersey and North Carolina, paid $710,000 for Loch Aerie, a Swiss-Gothic showpiece built by shirt-collar magnate William Lockwood in 1868. The opening bid was $250,000. Patel said he was unsure how he would use the house, but said the hotel would be of "higher quality" than the Comfort Suites and Best Westerns he owns elsewhere.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
When Chris Cotter set out to make his documentary about human-rights atrocities in Eritrea, his goal was for it to have an impact. Now it appears it is. This week, the West Chester filmmaker screened his work, Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus , for employees at the State Department, who he hopes will use it to spread the word. The film has also aired or has scheduled showings in New York, California, London, and Barcelona. But the most heartening news might have come from an advocate for an Eritrean who had fled his homeland and was seeking asylum in Europe.
NEWS
April 4, 2016
One person died in a fiery multivehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Chester County early Saturday morning, authorities said. The crash occurred about 5:05 a.m. in the westbound lanes near Exit 312 for Downingtown, in Uwchlan Township, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. The driver of a 2014 Hyundai drove into the rear of a tractor-trailer and spun off the highway, bursting into flames, a State Police report said. That driver, who remains unidentified, died in the flames.
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