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November 21, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
An official trust fund has been set up to benefit the 6-year-old brother of Scott McMillan, the 3-year-old Chester County boy police say was beaten to death two weeks ago by his mother and her boyfriend. DNB First, a bank based in Chester County, will handle the details of the trust account for the brother, who also suffered abuse in the household. Donations can be sent to Chester County Angel Trust, DNB First Wealth Management, 410 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, Pa. 19341. The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County and the county's District Attorney's Office made the announcement Thursday.
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November 17, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
At shorter than 5 feet tall, Florence Beard, 78, cannot reach the light fixtures outside her house to change the lightbulbs - even when she stands on her step stool. And at her age, she said, she is scared to get on a ladder. "I had a heck of a time trying to get a bulb in that one," Beard said, pointing to a spot above her front door. So she called Granny Handymen Inc. Two Iraq war veterans founded the nonprofit in January to help senior citizens and people with disabilities with simple jobs around the house - free.
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November 16, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a Chester County official signed a friendship agreement in May with leaders in the Yongchuan district of China, the group had broad plans to work together for both regions' mutual benefit. But they lacked details. Now, after another trip to China last month, officials are starting to formulate specific objectives: Officials hope to entice Chinese investors to help fund projects in the county. Lincoln University's president signed a student-exchange agreement with two Chinese universities to help his students be more competitive in the global workforce.
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November 15, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Agents raided a Chester County golf club Wednesday morning and seized a large stock of alcoholic beverages that allegedly was being sold illegally, state police reported Thursday. Officers of the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement executed a search warrant at the French Creek Golf Club in Elverson Borough following an undercover operation prompted by a complaint about illegal sales. State police officers reported confiscating 575 bottles of wine, 610 bottles of liquor, 2,687 cans and bottles of beer, seven kegs, and records believed to be related to the alleged illegal sales of alcohol.
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November 14, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester and Delaware County teachers and support staff working without contracts rallied Thursday to draw attention to what they say are stalled negotiations. "It's not that they're just unsettled," said Zeek Weil, southeastern representative for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). "School boards cancel meetings, reject proposed dates that we offer, come unprepared, hold 30-minute bargaining sessions, and then just want to go home. So it's very frustrating to our members.
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November 8, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Ryan Costello's win Tuesday in the Sixth District congressional race, Chester County is on the hunt for a new member of its Board of Commissioners. On Thursday, Costello submitted his resignation to Chester County Court, effective Dec. 15. Costello, who is in his first term as a commissioner, will represent parts of Chester, Montgomery, Berks, and Lebanon Counties when he replaces Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa). Costello, a Republican, is the commissioners chairman. He chose to make his resignation effective after the Dec. 9 meeting, at which the commissioners plan to approve the budget.
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November 8, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
The lunch crowd at Italiano's in Marcus Hook was buzzing Thursday with news of a massive expansion of the Sunoco Logistics complex down the street. "There's a lot of commotion," owner Mario Giambrone said. "It's going to be something real big here. " Giambrone relies on Sunoco Logistics employees as customers and was happy to hear that the site of a former oil refinery, now repurposed as the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex, would continue to expand as a hub for transporting Marcellus Shale natural-gas liquids.
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November 8, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a killing described as "an American horror story," a man and his girlfriend were charged with murder for beating her 3-year-old son to death in their West Caln mobile home, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Thursday. Hogan said his office would seek the death penalty against Gary Fellenbaum, 23, and Jillian Tait, 31, for torturing Tait's son Scott McMillan to death over three days with a homemade whip, a curtain rod, a piece of aluminum siding, and their fists, at one point while he was taped to a chair.
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November 4, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man fatally shot his estranged girlfriend and then committed suicide Monday evening near a busy YMCA in Chester County, the district attorney said. About 6 p.m., police responded to reports of a shooting outside the YMCA in West Brandywine Township and found the woman dead in a parking lot about 100 yards from the building, said Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan. The man was still at the scene, and police ordered him to show his hands. "He then fired a shot into his own head, killing himself," Hogan said.
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