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January 26, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Neil DeRiemer and his wife, Karen, used to look out their bedroom windows and see a waterfall cascading over a small dam just a few feet away. Like their neighbors, they watched blue herons, white egrets, and black turtles wade in the seven-acre basin that made their East Goshen homes waterfront properties. "It was like living in Longwood Gardens," said DeRiemer, 70. "How many waterfalls are left in Chester County?" Now Hershey's Mill Dam is dry, its basin drained after it failed state safety inspections about nine years ago. And township officials are facing a decision that has languished for years: what to do with a dam that some consider a defining landmark for their small Chester County community.
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January 24, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
A Chester County man has been charged with murder after he allegedly injected cocaine into his girlfriend in what he called a Romeo and Juliet-style suicide pact, then changed his mind after watching her die. Anthony Michael Noble, 27, of Phoenixville, is also charged with drug delivery resulting in death, tampering with evidence, and related crimes, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said. He was arraigned and remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility without bail awaiting a preliminary hearing in the case.
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January 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A Chester County man who defrauded more than 250 investors of $3 million, and who spent some time on the run and collected pipe bombs and firearms, was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Philadelphia to 11 years and eight months behind bars. U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly also ordered Istvan Merchenthaler, 45, of Downingtown, to pay $3.4 million in restitution; $400,000 for taxes owed; and $31,741 to a North Carolina state bureau for the cost of a bomb-squad robot destroyed during an investigation of a storage facility containing several improvised explosive devices.
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January 21, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
A suspect was arrested in a fatal overnight stabbing at a Chester County home Tuesday morning. An 81-year-old woman was stabbed to death at a residence on Irwin Drive in Lower Oxford Township around 2:25 a.m, state police said. The Chester County District Attorney will release more information Wednesday after family members have been notified, his office said Tuesday afternoon. Pennsylvania State Police and the Chester County Detectives are investigating.
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January 14, 2016
A woman who lives in a West Chester group home for people with special needs started a fire in the building Monday night, causing about $25,000 in damages, police said.Diana Grove, 53, of the 100 block of Price Street, was arrested Monday. She was charged with arson and reckless endangerment on Tuesday and is being held at Chester County Prison. After using a lighter to set a fire in an upstairs bathroom around 8:30 p.m., she called police. She told them she set the fire intentionally, because her housemates would not let her sleep, police said.
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January 13, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Police are searching for a former Chester County pastor accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a teenage girl who lived with him. Jacob "Jake" Malone, 33, of the 300 block of South Whitford Road in Exton, is wanted for rape, institutional sexual assault, and related offenses, police said Monday. West Whiteland Township police believe Malone might have fled the state. Malone worked at Calvary Fellowship, a nondenominational church in Downingtown, for about 18 months, said Bill Bateman, one of five pastors at the church.
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December 27, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
When they came home from the war, they felt like the forgotten ones. The flights over the Himalayas, helping to defend China from Japanese forces, seemed to be overshadowed by the war that played out across Europe and in the Pacific. But in 1943, Clifford Long, based in China, was dive-bombing Japanese targets in a P-40 plane. In 1945, Jack Goodrich was flying 16,000 feet above the same ridges of the Himalayas, navigating monsoons to deliver gasoline and ammunition. And China never forgot their contributions.
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December 25, 2015
CHESTER COUNTY County officials to be sworn in Jan. 3 WEST CHESTER County judges are scheduled to swear into office 10 elected Chester County officials on Jan. 3. All three commissioners - Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline - are to take their oaths to begin new terms, as will Thomas Hogan, the district attorney, and Carolyn Bunny Welsh, the sheriff. Matt Holliday, elected as prothonotary this year; Terri Clark, the register of wills; and Rick Loughery, the recorder of deeds, also are to take their oaths of office.
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December 24, 2015
CHESTER COUNTY 'Woof,' says the new deputy WEST CHESTER The Chester County Sheriff's Office has welcomed a new dog or "four-legged deputy" to its K-9 unit, the office announced last week. Melody, a Labrador-golden retriever mix, will serve as a comfort dog in courtrooms to help ease stress for children and others in difficult situations. "We have been researching the options of a comfort dog for more than a year and have found a perfect match with Melody - or 'Mel,' as she likes to be called," Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh said in a statement.
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December 24, 2015
Phoenixville Middle School was cleared after police investigated a bomb threat late Tuesday afternoon, the school district said. Events scheduled to take place at the middle school Tuesday night, including a boys' basketball game, were moved to Phoenixville High School, the district said in a statement. The building was cleared after an evacuation and bomb sweep, the district said. - Justine McDaniel
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