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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
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.
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.
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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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.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A Chester County man pleaded guilty in federal court in Philadelphia Thursday to charges of fraud and money laundering in a telemarketing scheme that bilked tens of thousands of senior citizens out of more than $13 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Marc Roy Ferry, 35, of Downingtown, is to be sentenced June 22 before U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh. According to court documents, between 2009 and March 2014, Ferry, along with a Canadian named Ari Tietolman, and others used Tietolman's network of telemarketers in Canada and India to target American senior citizens with deceptive telemarketing calls, prosecutors said.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police in Chester County are searching for a man who wore a Halloween mask and barged into a woman's Wayne home over the weekend. The home invasion and robbery occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday on the 100 block of Crestline Road in Tredyffrin Township. The victim woke to find a stranger wearing a mask "with a bulbous nose" standing at the foot of her bed, the township police said in a news release Monday. The man tied the woman up with duct tape, and warned her: "Be quiet and you won't be hurt," police said.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
In the years since Jerry Sandusky's sexual-abuse convictions, reports of child abuse in Chester County have increased sixfold, the District Attorney's Office reported Wednesday - tripling between 2014 and last year. In addition to increased public awareness generated by the highly publicized case of the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach, contributing to the spike have been changes to state law expanding reporting requirements and an increased focus on child-abuse allegations, said District Attorney Thomas Hogan.
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Police jeopardized public safety and cost the state and a Chester County township nearly $1 million in lost revenue by cutting breaks for truckers whose vehicles violated weight limits, the state auditor general said Monday. East Whiteland Township police allowed the drivers to plead guilty to a non-traffic local-ordinance offense rather than a state overweight-vehicle violation, which substantially reduced their fines and fees, said Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. "Weight limits on roads and bridges are there for everyone's safety, and the fines are high for a reason," DePasquale said in a statement.
NEWS
March 10, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The alleged kingpin of a drug ring that the Chester County District Attorney's Office said moved at least $60 million of cocaine through the region over two decades has pleaded guilty to drug charges. Salvador Lemus, 67, of East Marlborough Township, on Monday pleaded guilty to 25 counts of possession with intent to deliver, one count of conspiracy, and one count of corrupt organizations. The charges could carry a sentence of decades in prison, said Kevin Pierce, an assistant district attorney in the county's drug unit.
NEWS
March 9, 2016
Chester County prosecutors plan to retry a lawyer accused of killing his 92-year-old father by denying him medical care. The trial of Edward J. O'Brien III on counts of third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment, ended with a deadlocked jury on Feb. 24. A new trial is scheduled to begin on June 17 and last about two weeks, according to a notification to prosecution and defense attorneys filed last...
NEWS
March 9, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A former Malvern Preparatory School swim coach and counselor was sentenced to five years' probation Monday after admitting she tried to seduce a high school student, in part by promising to get him into Harvard University. A Chester County Court judge also ordered Emily Feeney, 41, of Wayne, to register as a sex offender for 15 years under Megan's Law. The defense and prosecution set the terms in a plea agreement. Feeney, hired at the all-boys private school in 2013, kissed a 16-year-old swimmer in her office and sent him sexualized text messages and emails, including photos of herself in states of undress, starting in May 2014.
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March 4, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Job-seekers using the Internet to fill out applications and students writing research papers on the Kennett Public Library's seven computers often find themselves running out of time before they can finish. Computer minutes are precious, and library hours are limited. But now, as part of a pilot program, the library is offering a solution. Patrons long have been able to borrow novels, biographies, videos, and compact discs. Now they can borrow the Internet. Under a monthlong program that began Tuesday, the library is lending 10 free mobile-hotspot devices.
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