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April 23, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
A 19th-century mansion steeped in Chester County history and squeezed by development was won at auction Thursday by a Princeton businessman who said he would restore the house and build a hotel next to it. C.Z. Patel, 70, who has developed and managed hotels in New Jersey and North Carolina, paid $710,000 for Loch Aerie, a Swiss-Gothic showpiece built by shirt-collar magnate William Lockwood in 1868. The opening bid was $250,000. Patel said he was unsure how he would use the house, but said the hotel would be of "higher quality" than the Comfort Suites and Best Westerns he owns elsewhere.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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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