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April 20, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF REPORT
Chester police say they are investigating an incident this morning in which two men were shot and wounded. Police arrived at the scene in the 1300 block of West Ninth Street at 10:40 and found an unidentified 22-year-old with a gunshot wound of the foot, and a 23-year-old with a hand wound. Both were reported in stable condition at Crozer Chester Medical Center. Witnesses said they saw two men in hoods fleeing the area. Police have not yet established a motive for the shootings and are asking anyone with information to call 610-447-7908.
NEWS
June 10, 2011
The proposed ordinance to cut the pay of Chester City's mayor and council is on life support after failing to attract enough votes at its first reading to move forward. The council vote Wednesday night split 2-2 along party lines. Republican Mayor Wendell Butler was absent and unable to cast the tie-breaker. Democrats, who believe they are poised to take control of council in 2012, saw the move to cut salaries as political. Republicans said it was to address escalating labor and benefits costs in tough economic times.
NEWS
February 10, 2012 | By Robert Moran and Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
  Two people, including the city controller, were shot Friday afternoon at a gas station in Chester, police said. The double shooting occurred around 3 p.m. at the A Plus gas station at Ninth and Kerlin Streets - the same gas station whose owner was killed during an attempted robbery in December. Edith Blackwell, Chester's city controller, was struck in the back and a man around age 30 was hit in the leg, said Police Commissioner Joseph Bail Jr. Both were in stable condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
NEWS
March 15, 2001 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Joseph F. Battle, who rose through the political ranks to become mayor of Chester City, sheriff of Delaware County and president judge of Delaware County Court, never forgot his roots, his brother told the hundreds of people who gathered for his funeral yesterday. His Irish heritage and his fierce loyalty to his hometown of Chester defined him, said Dr. William M. Battle, who offered a eulogy at St. Katharine Drexel Church. Friends, relatives and colleagues gathered for the Funeral Mass for the judge, who died Saturday at age 63 of heart disease.
NEWS
January 22, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Randy Legette hears it all the time from peers at rival schools. "Man, you got some great players," they say to the athletic director at Chester High School, a perennial national basketball power. "How wide is your recruitment base?" Legette's answer is always good for a double take: We don't recruit. The Clippers are all homegrown. Chester City no longer makes ships, tanks, or automobiles, but it remains a remarkable basketball factory - a phenomenon that Chester High has both mined and nurtured over more than a half-century.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | Inquirer staff
Chester City police are investigating the death of a 35-year-old city woman whose body was found in the 1200 block of W. 9th St early Saturday. KYW News Radio reported the woman was a resident of a nearby apartment complex and had been stabbed to death. Senior city police officials said they could not comment on the victim or the investigation. No identification was available Saturday night.
NEWS
January 15, 2013
Ernest A. Manerchia, 56, a Chester City police officer, has been arrested and charged with beating his wife in their Pocopson Township home on Nov. 11, Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hagan has reported. After being arrested Friday, Manerchia surrendered 45 firearms to state police. When several more were found at the home, his $7,500 bail was revoked and reset at $350,000 and he was sent to Chester County Prison. Manerchia was charged with simple and aggravated assault, recklessly endangering and harassment.
NEWS
October 6, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
Chester City and Delaware County detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 27-year-old man whose body was found this morning inside a vehicle in the city's West End. When police responded to the scene, in the 2100 block of West Sixth Street, they found the man suffering from a gunshot wound of the head, said Chester Police Capt. Anita Amaro. The victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of family members, was pronounced dead at the scene. Amaro asked that anyone with information should contact Anyone with information please contact Chester Police Det. Patrick Mullen at (610)
NEWS
June 23, 2011
Chester City will hold a gun exchange on Saturday, the Mayor's Office announced. In exchange for weapons during the "Goods for Guns" program, participants will receive $100 ShopRite supermarket gift cards that can be used at the Eddystone store. Those who turn over assault weapons will receive additional credit. There is a two-gun limit for the gift cards. Weapons will be collected between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at either of Chester's firehouses: at 320 E. 14th St. and 1501 W. Third St. Last year, nearly 300 guns were exchanged in a similar program, the Mayor's Office said.
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NEWS
October 17, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
TWO CHESTER MEN are suing a Delaware County detective for allegedly firing his gun and yelling racial epithets during a drunken freakout near Crozer Park. The civil-rights lawsuit, filed in federal court last week by Ken Jacobs and Timothy Williams, accuses Michael Palmer, a detective in the county's Criminal Investigation Division, of "repeatedly shooting his firearm out of his truck window" as he sped into the parking lot in a GMC Sierra pickup in October 2012. The complaint claims that Palmer and another CID officer, "with the overwhelming smell of alcohol on their breaths," got out of the truck and pointed their guns at Jacobs and Williams, saying, "get down on the ground you f-----g n-----s.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bala Cynwyd parking lot operator claims in a federal racketeering lawsuit that officials in Chester City conspired with the owners of the Philadelphia Union and PPL Park to stop the company from operating its lots during the Union's Major League Soccer games and other events. For four games in 2013, the suit claims, Police Commissioner Joseph Bail ordered three ranking officers to close the lots owned by T.I.C.B. Partners by blocking streets with city vehicles or police tape. According to the lawsuit, Bail was also put on the payroll of the company that manages the park and paid $400 for every event he attended there, though it did not specify his duties.
FOOD
June 6, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
What better way to reach people with the "eat fresh and local" message than to go where they work, study, commute, or pray? Neighborhood squares, parks and parking lots still host many farmer's markets in the region, but more and more are operating out of workplaces, universities, transportation hubs, and places of worship. This spring, new markets are coming to Drexel University, the U.S. General Services Administration offices in Center City, two neighborhood churches, and Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the synagogue on North Broad Street.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | By Mari A Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester City police officer responding to a domestic-violence call was wounded and a gunman killed in a shootout early Monday, authorities said. Police Commissioner Joseph Bail said four officers responded to a call for help at 3:50 a.m. at a house in the 1200 block of Culhane Street. When they arrived, Bail said, a woman came out the front door and said her boyfriend was going out the back. Frank McQueen, 34, left the house with a weapon drawn and aimed at police. Gunfire erupted, Bail said, and police returned fire.
NEWS
April 27, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, now one of the largest taxpayers in the region, is fighting its property assessment in court. The casino filed a court appeal this week of its $218 million assessment from Delaware County after the denial of an appeal to the county Board of Assessment last month. This year, Harrah's could owe $1.2 million in taxes to Delaware County, and more than $4 million to the City of Chester and the Chester Upland School District. Harrah's faces property taxes for the first time since it opened in Chester seven years ago. The casino was built in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, which made it exempt from property taxes until that benefit expired at the end of 2013.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since opening nearly seven years ago, Harrah's Philadelphia Casino in Chester has had a financial leg up on other gambling halls in the state. Harrah's was built in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, which means it hasn't had to pay most state and local taxes. The goal of the tax-relief program is to spur development in blighted areas. But those lucrative benefits end Dec. 31. So how much additional money will Harrah's - it already turns over more than $10 million of its annual winnings to Chester City under state law - start kicking in to help the city and the financially beleaguered Chester-Upland School District?
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | Inquirer staff
Chester City police are investigating the death of a 35-year-old city woman whose body was found in the 1200 block of W. 9th St early Saturday. KYW News Radio reported the woman was a resident of a nearby apartment complex and had been stabbed to death. Senior city police officials said they could not comment on the victim or the investigation. No identification was available Saturday night.
NEWS
February 22, 2013
Nafis K. Janey, 20, of Brookhaven, Delaware County, has been charged along with four others in the Jan. 25 slaying of alleged drug dealer Jamal Scott in West Chester, according to the Chester County District Attorney's Office. The charges against Janey, of the 1400 block of Elson Road, and the four others - Anthony J. Brightwell, 24; Sergio J. Droz, 20; Tyrone Palmer, 21; and Calvin I. Thompson, all of Chester City - include criminal homicide. "The five defendants came to West Chester planning to rob a drug dealer," District Attorney Thomas Hogan said in a news release.
NEWS
January 30, 2013
One of six teenagers accused of beating a mentally disabled woman in Chester City and posting a video of the attack online was sentenced Tuesday to six to 23 months in prison, according to a spokeswoman for the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. Rahmiyah Henderson, 16, was given the sentence, which included probation and an order to stay away from the victim, in exchange for pleading guilty to conspiracy to aggravated assault and conspiracy to recklessly endanger another, said the spokeswoman, Emily Harris.
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