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February 8, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack R. Loew, 66, of West Chester, a suburban real estate developer and philanthropist, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, of brain cancer at his home. Mr. Loew spent the early part of his career designing and manufacturing interior cabins for passenger trains. But he wanted to do something community-based. So he focused on the acquisition and development of land, and in 1976 founded Hough/Loew & Associates, which at first offered design-to-construction services. "It was one-stop shopping," said his wife, Patricia Burton Loew.
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February 8, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
One was an 84-year-old woman enduring her first crisis as a widow. Another was a 79-year-old diabetic whose feet had begun to ache. A third was a 94-year-old man who lives by himself. The three did not know each other. But on Wednesday night they found themselves at the same shelter in Exton, sitting at different tables in a drafty cafeteria, wondering when they could go home. When the trees fall, the wires snap, and the lights go out, everyone's life is disrupted. But the elderly who live alone become particularly vulnerable.
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January 30, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Snorting in the snow, horses strain to pull Amish buggies up hills, the steaming vapor from their nostrils clouding with car exhaust in the quaint juxtaposition of history and modernity that is Honey Brook. Here, the rich and cultivated Chester County landscape calls to mind the best of America, where bounty and opportunity are promised to those who work hard - by either 19th- or 21st-century standards. But sublime vistas obscure dark truths about rural poverty. People are hungry out here: Kensington-hungry, Camden-hungry.
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January 22, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON Ryan Costello, chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, will run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.). Costello's announcement last week included an endorsement from Val DiGiorgio, the Chester County Republican chairman, who also considered running for the seat. With the bulk of the district's votes based in the county, the chairman's endorsement could be a valuable asset in a GOP primary. "The nation and many elected officials have become so divided and polarized that it is impacting the future direction of the country," Costello, 37, said in a statement.
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January 11, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER During a search of a West Chester University apartment in October, officers uncovered hundreds of pieces of marijuana-laced hard candy wrapped in vacuum-sealed bags and stacked underneath a bed, in a duffel bag, and in a closet, according to a police affidavit released Thursday. Robert Callis-Keiser, 25, of Johnstown, then a university student, was arrested Thursday and released on $25,000 bail, said the Chester County District Attorney's Office. Callis-Keiser, officials said, made the candy.
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January 9, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER After 14 months of intermittent closures due to a kitchen fire and mold problems, Chester County's largest senior center is about to get a financial hand from the county. The county commissioners said Tuesday that they wanted to pay for the hiring of legal counsel to help the Downingtown Area Senior Center deal with what it says are unresponsive property owners with whom it shares a mold-affected wall. The center, which serves about 1,800 people annually, has the largest service area of the county's six senior centers.
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December 20, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER A Chester County man who hanged and electrocuted dogs as part of a fighting ring run from his basement has been ordered to serve 71/2 to 15 years in state prison. Shane Santiago of West Brandywine Township referred to dogs as "livestock" and thought he had a responsibility to kill animals if they did not live up to their capabilities, according to the prosecutor. His sentencing Tuesday in Chester County Court closed a case that began a year ago when investigators found a blood-splattered fighting ring, training tools, and maimed dogs in a West Brandywine home.
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December 19, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER Former District Judge Rita Arnold has been ordered back to prison by a judge who declined to reconsider her sentence in light of her ongoing treatments for breast cancer. Arnold, who pleaded guilty in June to concealing a citation filed against her son, hung her head Tuesday as the judge ordered her to finish serving out the 16- to 32-month prison sentence he imposed in October. Behind her, more than 25 friends and family members who packed the Chester County courtroom erupted in sobs and screams.
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December 19, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In what the defense and prosecution agreed was a rare decision, a Chester County Court judge has thrown out an aggravated-assault conviction against a man found guilty of beating his girlfriend. It marked the first time in decades that a judge has overruled a jury's verdict in the county, according to District Attorney Tom Hogan. "One of the bedrock principles of criminal law is that a jury's verdict is not to be disturbed," said Hogan, who has said he will appeal if Senior Judge Ronald Nagle does not change course.
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December 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN After a request from Montgomery County, Chester County Senior District Judge Susann E. Welsh has been assigned to preside over the rape proceedings of former Montgomery County GOP leader Robert J. Kerns while it is in District Court. Once the case moves to County Court, a state court spokesman said, another judge from outside the county could be appointed. The neighboring jurist is expected to be on the bench for Kerns' preliminary hearing, scheduled for Friday. Welsh was a Chester County District Judge for 18 years before she stepped down and became a senior judge who works on an as-needed basis.
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