August 26, 2014 |
During a preseason soccer scrimmage at Downingtown High School East, an incoming freshman going for a header collided with another player and fell to the ground in tears. After that, her coach did something that used to be routine, but has increasingly come under scrutiny: He put her back in the game, according to a lawsuit filed by her family last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia against the district, the coach, and others. The suit says the girl, now 16 and identified as M.U., suffered a traumatic brain injury that made her miss most of freshman year and that continues to cause headaches, fatigue, anxiety, and other symptoms two years after the collision on Aug. 20, 2012.
August 22, 2014 |
Anticipation. Excitement. A little bit of fear. These emotions run through Heidi Brett each time she puts her clay art pieces into a wood kiln. There's no way to control patterns the flames and ash make as they brush against the artwork inside. All Brett can do is hope for the best when the kiln's door opens. "And then it's Christmas," said Brett, arts program manager at the nonprofit Historic Yellow Springs in Chester Springs. The West Chester resident sometimes travels to Baltimore to use a community wood kiln there.
August 15, 2014 |
A longtime West Goshen Township supervisor was killed Wednesday when he was hit by a pickup truck on his way out of a West Chester supermarket. Robert White, 77, was struck as the driver backed up and hit both him and the front entrance to the ShopRite on West Chester Pike, said his wife of 52 years. "I always yelled at him, 'Pay attention to your surroundings,' " Judith White said a few hours after the crash. "Maybe if he had looked up and seen her coming he could have jumped out of the way?"
August 9, 2014 |
Responding to a subpoena, the Coatesville Area School District has turned over its internal investigative report about district management to the Chester County District Attorney's Office. "The district has and will continue to comply directly with any grand jury subpoena we receive," said the district's attorney, Matt Haverstick, who conducted the internal investigation into district finances and the conduct of administrators and school board members. This comes two weeks after District Attorney Thomas Hogan publicly told Coatesville's school district to hand over the taxpayer-funded report.
July 30, 2014 |
A Kennett Square massage therapist who sexually assaulted four female patients was sentenced Monday to seven to 14 years in prison. The incidents occurred while William Eric Webb, 44, was giving them myofascial-release treatments between 2011 and 2012, according to Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan. "I remember talking about it with my wife, and she just said, this is every woman's worst nightmare," Hogan said after the sentencing in County Court. "You trust your doctor.
July 27, 2014 |
Chester County contractor Jeff Morrison looked at the forgettable facade of Jennifer and Michael Mankowski's home, a stuccoed, farmhouse-style exterior. But what he actually saw was a circa-1900 house begging to emerge. His partner, designer Courtney Kish, saw it, too. They envisioned using different textures (stone, cedar shake, faux-wood siding, and some stucco) to delineate the house's existing separate sections - a style that defined the classic Chester County farmhouse look.
July 16, 2014 |
Members of a Coatesville family seeking to learn how their son's heart disappeared after his death in Greece two years ago will have to find answers outside of a courtroom, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell tossed out the family's claims against Greece and an Athens hospital, saying they had not met the high burden required to sue a foreign government in U.S. courts. In a ruling Thursday, the judge did, however, clear the way for the parents of Marine Sgt. Brian LaLoup to pursue a claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress against the U.S. government, which the family says withheld information about his incomplete remains.
July 3, 2014 |
A mosquito collected in Chester County has tested positive for West Nile virus, officials announced Tuesday. The mosquito was trapped on June 24 in Uwchlan Township. The finding makes Chester County the tenth county in the state to find mosquitos carrying the virus this year. The others are Delaware, Berks, Franklin, Adams, Beaver, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Northumberland, according to the state. Two mosquitos have tested positive in Delaware County, one in Aldan Borough and one in Chadds Ford Township, officials there said.
June 29, 2014 |
Chester County residents and local and state officials gathered Thursday in West Goshen to discuss how best to keep fighting Sunoco's plans to go around local zoning laws for its Mariner East pipeline project. The project includes a pumping station near a residential area in the township. The Chester County Community Coalition, which calls itself a grassroots movement to keep people informed about local issues, organized the meeting of about 70 people at the township building to share information and continue to gather public opposition to the project.
June 28, 2014 |
Eleven-year-old Ryan Dougherty, who has Down syndrome, looks forward all year to summer camp at a Chester County farm. There he has learned to overcome his fear of animals and improve his social skills. But people at the Barn at Spring Brook Farm, where children with special needs help care for the animals, say it could close Aug. 31 if Pocopson Township does not give it more time to raise money to meet zoning requirements. "I don't know how I would break that to him," said Ryan's mother, Danielle.