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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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.
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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.
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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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April 25, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The principal of a Chester County elementary school retired this week after district officials said he let students cheat on a standardized test. Mark Ransford, principal at Chadds Ford Elementary School, called 12 students who left questions blank on their Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests to his office and gave extra time to finish, according to John Sanville, superintendent of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. While the test isn't timed, booklets cannot be returned once students turn them in. Sanville said the students were not helped while finishing the test.
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April 17, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER A West Chester woman convicted of Medicaid fraud and stealing money meant for her 22-year-old autistic daughter was sentenced to 12 years on probation Tuesday and must pay back about $180,000. Michelle Cohen, 52, will have to pay more than $160,000 to the state Department of Public Welfare and $19,400 to the West Chester Area School District, as well as more than $20,000 to the state for the cost of prosecuting her, Judge Jacqueline C. Cody said. Cohen will serve the first six months of her sentence under house arrest and do 250 hours of community service after that.
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