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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.
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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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June 22, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The former athletic director in the Coatesville Area School District, accused of taking money from sporting events and spending it on gambling debts and luxury vehicles, pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts. James Donato, 51, at the center of a 2013 scandal involving racist and sexist text messages, had been charged with 139 misdemeanors and felonies in the theft scheme. He entered pleas to theft by failure to make required disposition of funds and conflict of interest. His lawyer, Daniel Bush, said Donato "expressed to me that he apologizes to the people of the Coatesville Area School District.
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June 18, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Salvador Lemus, a Mexican immigrant, picked mushrooms, fruits, and vegetables, and worked in landscaping for decades, to support his family. The work and age took a toll on his knees, so Lemus, a U.S. citizen, retired a few years ago. That, according to his attorney, is when the 67-year-old Chester County man started selling cocaine. Prosecutors countered that for 20 years, Lemus was the "kingpin" of a cocaine ring that moved $60 million worth of product from Philadelphia and elsewhere to customers throughout the region.
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The preschool teacher found dead and chained to a cinder block in a Chester County pond this week had started a new job in April. Ryan Stevyn Benjamin especially enjoyed working with children who struggled. She was fluent in Spanish and sign language, and as a child and young adult, she traveled to China, Brazil, and Argentina with her mother. Her friends and family said she was humble and caring. Christine Dragan, executive director of Warwick Child Care Center Inc., said Benjamin was an intelligent woman who "found her passion working with young children.
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Rachel Stevenson knew well that the encounter could have gone either way. A man had stopped her on the street. He wanted to know: Are you the one organizing an LGBT pride festival? Yes, she said. She thought of the fliers that disappear from her Phoenixville neighborhood every day. She waited. Then the man smiled. He was looking forward to going. After 11 years, Chester County once again will have its own celebration for members of the LGBT community. "They're excited to have something for them in the suburbs, as opposed to having to go into the city or Reading," said Stevenson, who last year founded LGBTea Dances , the nonprofit hosting Chester County Pride Weekend on Saturday and Sunday in the borough.
NEWS
June 4, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Update: Chester County Coroner's Office also has confirmed the identity of the body. The body of a woman found Monday attached to a cinder block in a popular Chester County swimming hole was identified Thursday as that of a 24-year-old teacher, described as "outgoing and sociable. " District Attorney Tom Hogan said that the body of Ryan Stevyn Benjamin, of East Vincent Township, had been thrown into the Pigeon Creek pond in East Coventry Township "like a piece of trash. " The District Attorney's Office said that the woman was a graduate of Juniata College and a prekindergarten teacher.
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
The body was thrown into the pond, a popular fishing and swimming hole, "like a piece of trash," according to Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. And when authorities pulled the body from the pond that is part of Pigeon Creek in East Coventry Township late Monday morning, they discovered the woman's body had been tied to a cinder block. The woman remained unidentified Tuesday. It was not clear how the woman died, Hogan said, but she was dead before the body was dumped into the pond.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A South Philadelphia man accused of ramming a stolen vehicle into a police car in Chester County last week - and of nearly running over the officer - was captured in Center City on Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force had developed leads that Tyrell Winchester, 28, was on Market Street near 18th Street about noon. When he was seen walking on the busy street and positively identified, marshals and Philadelphia police tried to stop him, but he ran, authorities said. Shortly afterward, on the 1900 block of Market, Winchester was surrounded and captured after a brief struggle, the Marshals Service said.
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A man in a car that pulled alongside a woman walking in a Chester County parking lot grabbed her purse, and as the car pulled away, the victim was dragged by her handbag strap, police said Tuesday. The victim suffered minor injuries to her face, chest, arms, and legs in the incident, which occurred about 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the Gateway Shopping Center in Tredyffrin Township. Police are searching for the man and any other occupants of the vehicle. The driver was later captured on surveillance cameras attempting to use the victim's credit card.
NEWS
May 23, 2016
Man killed in 4-vehicle crash in Caln is ID'd State police identified the man killed in a four-vehicle crash Friday night in Chester County as Clark "Moosie" Gibbs, 59, of Coatesville. The crash, in which four others were injured, occurred about 9:10 p.m. on the westbound side of the Route 30 bypass, east of Reeceville Road in Caln Township. Gibbs was killed after a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old Philadelphia man struck his vehicle, Pennsylvania State Police said Saturday in a news release.
NEWS
May 22, 2016
One person was killed and four others injured in a multi-vehicle crash Friday night in Chester County, authorities said. The accident occurred on the westbound side about 9:10 p.m. on the Route 30 bypass west of Downingtown in Caln Township, a county dispatcher said. The westbound lanes were closed for an investigation and cleanup and heavy delays were reported on the eastbound side. No further information was available on the victims. - Robert Moran  
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