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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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July 23, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Samuel Edward Smith was 16 and wanted a car. On May 8, 1996, he got one by murdering his Coatesville neighbor, a retired teacher and Episcopal minister. Smith confessed to hitting David Kenny, 64, with a wrench more than 20 times, which broke his skull, and also cutting his neck with a butcher knife. After two weeks on life support, Kenny died. To avoid the death penalty, the teenager pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges in October 1996. He was sentenced to life in prison.
NEWS
July 17, 2016
A Chester County woman was arrested Friday for crashing her minivan while under the influence of illicit drugs last summer, killing her 8-year-old daughter in the back seat. Jennifer Trego, 32, of Coatesville, was charged Thursday with homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence and related offenses. She turned herself in to police Friday afternoon, police said. On Aug. 13, 2015, Trego was driving on Wagontown Road in Coatesville with a suspended license when she approached an intersection to merge onto Route 82. After she failed to stop, a vehicle slammed into the side of her minivan as she merged onto the highway, police said.
NEWS
July 15, 2016
A 48-year-old Chester County woman was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for fraudulently selling more than $3.5 million in telecommunications equipment that did not belong to her, prosecutors said. Juanita L. Berry, of Phoenixville, worked as a consultant for an Indiana company and sold the company's new and used equipment to a Florida company from 2008 to 2011, prosecutors said, adding that she kept the proceeds for herself. Berry was convicted following an a11-day trial in federal court in Trenton of four counts of wire fraud and two counts of tax evasion.
NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Dan Geringer, Staff Writer
Cindy Schmeltz, medical director of La Comunidad Hispana, recalled the day a homeless woman with diabetes walked into the Kennett Square agency, desperate for help. "She was sleeping on somebody's floor. She was out of insulin, so her diabetes was out of control," Schmeltz said. The woman also was depressed, not only over her chronic illness but also the transience of her life. At that moment, Schmeltz said, she realized that "it didn't matter that I was giving her insulin if she didn't have anywhere to store it, if she didn't have food in her belly, if she didn't know where to sleep that night.
NEWS
July 7, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITER
A former public-works director in Chester County has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years' probation on charges of illegally dumping chemicals, according to a state prosecutor. Scott Cannon, 57, of Glen Mills, Delaware County, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor violations of the Clean Streams Act for illegally disposing of magnesium chloride in the fall of 2012 while he worked for Tredyffrin Township. Cannon must pay $10,000 to Tredyffrin to reimburse the town for the fine it paid to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, according to a plea agreement a judge accepted Friday at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester.
NEWS
July 5, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Power outages could be a worry of the past for businesses in one Chester County township if a proposed solar-powered electrical grid becomes reality. Developers want to build one of the region's first solar microgrids on what was once a problem-plagued landfill in East Whiteland Township. The $15 million system would have more than 11,000 solar panels spanning 30 acres, and produce six to seven megawatts of power specifically for local businesses. A microgrid can connect to an area's main electrical grid, or it can function autonomously, continuing to run during mass outages due, for example, to severe weather.
NEWS
July 2, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A Chester County lawyer accused of withholding medical care from his 92-year-old father and causing his death was found guilty Thursday of third-degree murder. After deliberating for more than 10 hours, a jury found Edward J. O'Brien III, 61, guilty of all charges - including aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless endangerment - in the 2013 death of Edward J. O'Brien Jr. This was the second trial for the West Whiteland Township man. A jury deadlocked on all charges in February.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Daniel Block, STAFF WRITER
A Chester County Court jury began deliberations Wednesday in the trial of Edward O'Brien, accused of withholding necessary medical care from his 92-year-old father who died in 2013. At 9 p.m. the jurors in the third-degree murder case recessed and were to resume deliberations on Thursday morning. In closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutors argued that the care that O'Brien's father- also named Edward O'Brien- received from his son was so negligent that it constituted murder.
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
Back on the witness stand for the second day of his murder trial, Chester County lawyer Edward J. O'Brien III was asked by the prosecutor why, if he cared about his father, he never took him to the Boy Scouts or American Legion events that the elderly man had loved. The defendant replied tersely that his increasingly bedridden father had expressed no interest in such activities, including doctor visits. O'Brien, 61, of West Whiteland Township, is accused of withholding necessary medical care in the 2013 death of 92-year-old Edward J. O'Brien Jr. This is the second time around for the third-degree murder case.
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