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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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January 29, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A drug suspect wanted for witness intimidation turned himself in to Chester County authorities Tuesday after three months on the lam. Kenneth Wylie, 25, of Coatesville is charged with felony-level intimidation and conspiracy, said the Chester County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday. In October, Wylie and his girlfriend were accused of intimidating a prosecution witness in Wylie's drug case. His girlfriend, at the time an employee of the Chester County Juvenile Probation Department, was arrested Oct. 30. Charges were refiled against Wylie on Nov. 6, and he had been a fugitive since then.
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January 29, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A former corrections officer who pleaded guilty in November to charges he smuggled heroin and other drugs to inmates in Chester County Prison was sentenced Wednesday to at least three years in prison. Douglas A. Keck, 46, of Pottstown, had pleaded guilty to six felony counts for possession of controlled substances and possession with intent to deliver. Keck was arrested in March for smuggling heroin, Xanax, and a pain medicine to inmates housed in the prison block to which he was assigned.
NEWS
January 29, 2016
The Chester County SPCA has changed its name to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, to reflect its expanding geographic reach. The animal-welfare group has served Chester and Delaware counties for years but expanded to serve the state of Delaware this month. It aims to bring its no-kill philosophy to more areas, executive director Adam Lamb said. A shelter is considered "no-kill" if it saves at least 90 percent of animals left in its care. In 2013, the Chester County SPCA euthanized 37 percent of its animals; by last year, its euthanization rate dropped to 6 percent, Lamb said.
NEWS
January 28, 2016
A school bus carrying elementary-pupils clipped a car and crashed into a utility pole Tuesday morning in Chester County, landing in a snow embankment and slightly injuring a student, officials said. Police are investigating the cause of the crash but said neither driver could see the other due to piled snow. The bus with 35 students on board was traveling east on Route 113 in Uwchlan Township toward Lionville Elementary School when a car began to pull out of the Shops at Lionville Station onto the road.
NEWS
January 26, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Neil DeRiemer and his wife, Karen, used to look out their bedroom windows and see a waterfall cascading over a small dam just a few feet away. Like their neighbors, they watched blue herons, white egrets, and black turtles wade in the seven-acre basin that made their East Goshen homes waterfront properties. "It was like living in Longwood Gardens," said DeRiemer, 70. "How many waterfalls are left in Chester County?" Now Hershey's Mill Dam is dry, its basin drained after it failed state safety inspections about nine years ago. And township officials are facing a decision that has languished for years: what to do with a dam that some consider a defining landmark for their small Chester County community.
NEWS
January 24, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
A Chester County man has been charged with murder after he allegedly injected cocaine into his girlfriend in what he called a Romeo and Juliet-style suicide pact, then changed his mind after watching her die. Anthony Michael Noble, 27, of Phoenixville, is also charged with drug delivery resulting in death, tampering with evidence, and related crimes, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said. He was arraigned and remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility without bail awaiting a preliminary hearing in the case.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A Chester County man who defrauded more than 250 investors of $3 million, and who spent some time on the run and collected pipe bombs and firearms, was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Philadelphia to 11 years and eight months behind bars. U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly also ordered Istvan Merchenthaler, 45, of Downingtown, to pay $3.4 million in restitution; $400,000 for taxes owed; and $31,741 to a North Carolina state bureau for the cost of a bomb-squad robot destroyed during an investigation of a storage facility containing several improvised explosive devices.
NEWS
January 21, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A suspect was arrested in a fatal overnight stabbing at a Chester County home Tuesday morning. An 81-year-old woman was stabbed to death at a residence on Irwin Drive in Lower Oxford Township around 2:25 a.m, state police said. The Chester County District Attorney will release more information Wednesday after family members have been notified, his office said Tuesday afternoon. Pennsylvania State Police and the Chester County Detectives are investigating.
NEWS
January 14, 2016
A woman who lives in a West Chester group home for people with special needs started a fire in the building Monday night, causing about $25,000 in damages, police said.Diana Grove, 53, of the 100 block of Price Street, was arrested Monday. She was charged with arson and reckless endangerment on Tuesday and is being held at Chester County Prison. After using a lighter to set a fire in an upstairs bathroom around 8:30 p.m., she called police. She told them she set the fire intentionally, because her housemates would not let her sleep, police said.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Police are searching for a former Chester County pastor accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a teenage girl who lived with him. Jacob "Jake" Malone, 33, of the 300 block of South Whitford Road in Exton, is wanted for rape, institutional sexual assault, and related offenses, police said Monday. West Whiteland Township police believe Malone might have fled the state. Malone worked at Calvary Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Downingtown, for about 18 months, said Bill Bateman, one of five pastors at the church.
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