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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
May 26, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
A 38-year-old Chester man was shot to death Monday night in the West End, bringing this year's homicide count to 11 in Delaware County's only city. Police said Ralph Carr was killed shortly before 8 p.m. in the 1100 block of Carla's Lane, part of the Ruth L. Bennett Homes public housing development. Police are still working to determine a motive. The homicide came just two days after Zenas Powell, 14, was shot and killed outside a convenience store in the 1100 block of Pine Lane on Saturday night.
NEWS
March 20, 2016
In the eighth homicide of what has been a bloody start to the year in Delaware County's only city, an unidentified man was shot and killed Friday in the 1000 block of McDowell Street, Chester police said. About 8:20 a.m. police responded to multiple calls of shots having been fired and found a 21-year-old man lying face down and unresponsive, said Chester Police Capt. Anita Amaro. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. A silver or gray vehicle was seen fleeing the area after shots were heard, police said.
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.
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NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Body cameras worn by police will get a test run in parts of Bucks County starting Wednesday, ahead of a planned roll-out for several more law enforcement agencies in the fall. Ultimately, they will join agencies across the country that have begun using body cameras, a trend spurred, in part, by growing attention to police shootings, primarily of black men. Video footage, in both cases taken by witnesses, helped bring national attention to the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota earlier this month, sparking protests and outrage.
NEWS
June 15, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe and Daniel Block, STAFF WRITERS
When six police officers fired nearly 100 bullets at Shalamar Longer in February, killing him after a police chase through Chester, the violence-ridden city found itself in the cross fire of a debate playing out in other places across the country in recent years. Residents called the shots excessive. Police called them justified. And convincing evidence was lacking for either viewpoint. On Monday, Chester City officials said they hoped to avoid such situations in the future - starting with the rollout of a body-camera program for the city's police department, scheduled to take effect immediately.
NEWS
May 31, 2016
Answers sought in Chester after dogs set afire The animal welfare group Justice Rescue, of Woodlyn, is offering a $1,000 reward for information after the charred remains of two dogs were found in a plastic container set afire in a Chester City alley. Authorities said the animals, which appeared to be mixed-breed pit bulls, were found behind a garage at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday. Officials said the dogs were also inside a tote and may already have been dead when they were placed in the bag and set afire.
NEWS
May 31, 2016
  A 39-year-old man was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in a sport-utility vehicle early Sunday morning in Southwest Philadelphia, police said. The unidentified victim was found at about 5:12 a.m. in the front passenger seat of a Chevrolet Uplander by officers responding to a report of a shooting at 52nd Street and Woodland Avenue, according to a police statement. A medical team pronounced the victim dead, police said. A homicide investigation is underway. Police earlier reported the shooting death happened early Saturday.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
The U.S. Justice Department will announce Thursday that it will undertake what promises to be a comprehensive, independent, and vigorous evaluation of the Chester City Police Department. The announcement, which federal officials said would be made at a news conference, comes three months after Police Commissioner Darren Alston said the city had voluntarily reached out to the federal agency to review the department's use-of-force policies. The department has faced overwhelming criticism from residents in the past over incidents they said involved too much force by police.
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
A 38-year-old Chester man was shot to death Monday night in the West End, bringing this year's homicide count to 11 in Delaware County's only city. Police said Ralph Carr was killed shortly before 8 p.m. in the 1100 block of Carla's Lane, part of the Ruth L. Bennett Homes public housing development. Police are still working to determine a motive. The homicide came just two days after Zenas Powell, 14, was shot and killed outside a convenience store in the 1100 block of Pine Lane on Saturday night.
NEWS
May 8, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
For the last 10 years, Sharon Nelton has been getting into her car a couple of days a week and driving from her home in West Chester to school in nearby Exton. There, she studies film and teaches contemporary literature - and, at 78, has the time of her life. What draws her, she says, is "a hunger for being around intellectual people. " Nelton is one of more than 1,000 seniors who take part in a lifelong learning program sponsored by Widener University, and offered primarily at an Exton campus.
NEWS
April 7, 2016
It is battling the fallout from the state budget impasse and has higher crime rates than its neighbors. But Delaware County council members said Tuesday in their annual "State of the County" address at the Llanerch Country Club that the county's 2016 economic prospects are robust. They said that two projects - Sunoco Logistics' Mariner East natural-gas pipelines and the reconstruction of the Granite Run Mall - would yield more than 1,000 full-time jobs when completed. They also touted an initiative to combat the nation's heroin epidemic.
NEWS
March 20, 2016
In the eighth homicide of what has been a bloody start to the year in Delaware County's only city, an unidentified man was shot and killed Friday in the 1000 block of McDowell Street, Chester police said. About 8:20 a.m. police responded to multiple calls of shots having been fired and found a 21-year-old man lying face down and unresponsive, said Chester Police Capt. Anita Amaro. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. A silver or gray vehicle was seen fleeing the area after shots were heard, police said.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | Staff Report
A two-alarm fire in an adjoining diner forced the evacuation of a Days Inn hotel in Chester city overnight, officials said. No injuries were reported in the blaze at the Grape Leaves diner, 1301 Edgemont Ave. The fire broke out about 3 a.m. and heavy smoke forced officials to evacuate the hotel, officials said. Firefighters brought the blaze under control within a half-hour. Guests were allowed to return to the hotel by 6:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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