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May 31, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dale Gravett, director of Chester County's Housing Authority, was sure that a plan to build affordable apartments for homeless veterans would get the state funding last year that it needed to become a reality. But it fell short. Now, Gravett, other county officials, and the Philadelphia developer behind the project in East Vincent Township are waiting anxiously to find out whether this year will be different. On June 12, Mission First Housing Group will know whether it will get low-income housing tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency that would make up more than 80 percent of the roughly $9.63 million it needs to go forward with the project, a 48-unit development that would incorporate and refurbish the historic Whitehall Inn on Schuylkill Road.
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May 22, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Missing: One flashing speed-radar sign from a Chester County road. Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police say one of their Safepace 100 Speed Radar signs has been stolen. The sign, which has a digital display showing the speeds of passing cars, was last seen on a sign post at the intersection of Barker Drive and High Meadow Lane between April 22 and April 30. The signs are not cheap, costing over $2,100, said Lt. William Cahill. Police don't have any suspects but they have checked Craigslist, local pawn shops, worked with other police departments, and even contacted the manufacturer to see if anyone tried to get the sign repaired.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The calls for ambulances kept coming and coming. People in Parkesburg, where Raymond Stackhouse lives, needed help. But the former chief of the Parkesburg Fire Company often had no volunteers to send. So the emergency passed to someone else. "It made us feel like we were failing the community," Stackhouse said. That was the spark that started the four-year process of forming the Keystone Valley Fire Department, a joining of the nearby fire companies of Parkesburg, Pomeroy, and Atglen.
NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County commissioner will travel to China on Sunday on a mission to represent the county and help develop an economic and cultural partnership with a district there. Terence Farrell expects to return May 20 with a signed friendship agreement from Yongchuan district that both sides hope will lead to business opportunities. The agreement paves the way for potential student exchanges, job creation in the county, and other ventures, such as selling heifers in China, Farrell said.
NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER An East Bradford Township man is suing the Chester County SPCA and the District Attorney's Office, alleging that two shelter staff members falsely represented themselves as authorized humane officers during a raid at his house in which more than 20 of his animals were confiscated. Larry Woodward of Bridge Road contends that his rights were violated when SPCA officials Christina Cain Pelosi and Craig Baxter, along with two police officers, came to his home April 22 with a search warrant.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER Jail stints, home confinement, community service, and counseling didn't deter Robert Landis as he took to Chester County's roadways drunk over the last three decades. So on Wednesday - as Landis was sentenced for killing a motorcyclist last year while again behind the wheel intoxicated - a judge used what he called his only solution: warehousing Landis in prison. "It's just complete indifference to the value of human life," County Court Judge Anthony Sarcione said as he sentenced Landis to serve eight to 17 years.
NEWS
May 4, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
KENNETT SQUARE The Cinco de Mayo festival in Kennett Square started in a parking lot. Behind the library, a few representatives from local nonprofits sat at tables and pushed their good causes to the few hundred who showed up. On Sunday, 13 years later, at least 15,000 are expected to crowd the Chester County borough for this year's festivities, now held on Kennett Square's main street. The festival, which commemorates the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, has become a streetscape of colorful costumes, foods, and music, and it is in the throes of a transition, just like the group that organizes it. The members of Casa de las Culturas (House of Cultures)
NEWS
May 1, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST PIKELAND A tractor-trailer on Tuesday morning heavily damaged a historic covered bridge in East Pikeland Township that the state spent $1.5 million rehabilitating three years ago. The truck was traveling from Route 23 to Route 113 when the driver went over the Rapps Dam Road covered bridge shortly before 10 a.m., damaging support beams on the roof and sides. The state bridge was built in 1866, reconstructed in 1978, and upgraded in 2011, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER A West Chester woman has been charged with embezzling more than $1 million from her employer by making payments to a bogus company she set up under her daughter's name, the Chester County District Attorney's Office said Monday. Joyce Hawkins, who was paid a salary of more than $200,000 at Berwyn-based ModSpace, used the stolen money to help support a lavish lifestyle, including a vacation home on the Eastern Shore and a recent trip to Puerto Rico, officials said. "It seemed like she could get away with it," District Attorney Thomas Hogan said.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Chester County teacher faces dozens of charges of possessing and distributing child pornography and was scheduled to turn himself in Wednesday, the state Attorney General's Office said. Joseph Fortunato, 60, of Lancaster, resigned from his teaching position at Devon Preparatory School on Monday. He has been charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography, eight counts of distribution of child pornography, and a related charge. Police investigated an online peer-to-peer sharing network and found the IP address of Fortunato's computer.
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