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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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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.
NEWS
August 14, 2016 | By Grace Toohey, Staff Writer
East Whiteland Township Supervisor Sue Drummond remembers when Route 202 in Chester County barely merited the designation highway , though it certainly was a magnet for traffic. But after two decades of planning, construction, lane movement, and often-maddening commutes for motorists in one of the region's fastest growing population and development corridors, what was once a two-lane road on Friday officially became a six-lane highway from the Schuylkill Expressway to the Route 30 interchange.
NEWS
August 13, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The former athletic director of the Coatesville Area School District was sentenced Thursday to at least two months in prison for stealing $15,000 from the financially struggling school system. James Donato, who resigned three years ago after school officials discovered racist and sexist text messages about students and staff sent between him and the former superintendent, pleaded guilty to felony theft and conflict of interest charges on June 20. He had been facing 139 misdemeanor and felony charges.
NEWS
August 4, 2016
A man who had been arrested for unrelated drug offenses has been charged with smuggling heroin into the Chester County Prison by hiding it in his dreadlocks, the District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Jarrett Christopher Mason, 27, of Philadelphia, hid heroin in his hair when he was arrested in Phoenixville on July 15, according to county prosecutors. He then was transferred to the county prison. On July 19, another inmate said Mason was distributing heroin in the prison. When correctional officers told Mason to squat and cough, a bag of heroin fell from his rectum, according to the criminal complaint.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Grace Toohey, Staff Writer
Twenty years later, Chester County Detective Matt Gordon still remembers how a 16-year-old "scared the hell out of him. " In 1996, Samuel Edward Smith confessed to Gordon that he had repeatedly hit a 64-year-old man with a pipe wrench and cut his throat with a butcher knife. That man, David Kenny, died two weeks later after being on life support. "He was calm; he was casual. It was like an everyday conversation you would have, except this had to do with murder," Gordon said Tuesday morning, testifying in the first day of Smith's new sentencing hearing at the Chester County Justice Center.
NEWS
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.
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