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August 19, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A Chester County lawyer was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison Wednesday for letting his 92-year-old father die by depriving him of medical care. Edward J. O'Brien III, 61, of West Whiteland Township, was found guilty in June of every charge against him - third-degree murder, aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless endangerment - in the 2013 death of his father, Edward J. Jr. "I would be depreciating the seriousness of the crime in this particular case" with any lesser sentence, Judge Ann Marie Wheatcraft said at the Justice Center in West Chester.
NEWS
August 19, 2016 | Inquirer Staff
Peco Energy Co. is distributing about $160,000 in grants to 20 local municipalities and nonprofits as part of its Peco Green Region program to fund open space and environmental initiatives. In partnership with Natural Lands Trust, Peco will provide grants for a range of projects to improve walking trail accessibility to purchasing open land for conservation. PECO has awarded more than $1.7 million to 230 projects since the program's inception in 2004. The recepients include: Bucks County: New Hope Borough ($10,000)
FOOD
August 19, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
On a recent morning at Lundale Farm, a 520-acre spread in Chester County, Kim Albano of Ironstone Creamery was on her way to feed her pigs while, in the next field over, Emma Cunniff and Noah Cohen of Kneehigh Farm were dropping scallion and lettuce starts into soil freshly tilled into tidy rows. Cattle from Wyebrook Farm grazed on a hillside, beehives were stacked like condos near a strip of woodland, and, in a greenhouse, flats of True Leaf Microgreens' miniature basil, sorrel, and cilantro made a green patchwork, like an aerial view of the farmland that once dominated this region.
NEWS
August 17, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, STAFF WRITER
James C. Kennedy Sr., 98, a longtime mayor of South Coatesville, who fought discrimination by becoming active in Chester County's civic life, died Thursday, Aug. 11, of an infection at Phoenixville Hospital Hospice. As a young man in 1938, Mr. Kennedy said, he and others stood outside the Coatesville jail one night to prevent the rumored lynching of a black man by a group of whites, allegedly because the man had kissed a white girl. No violence occurred, but the spark of activism kindled that night led Mr. Kennedy, then 21, and his friends to found the NAACP of Coatesville.
NEWS
August 14, 2016 | By Grace Toohey, Staff Writer
East Whiteland Township Supervisor Sue Drummond remembers when Route 202 in Chester County barely merited the designation highway , though it certainly was a magnet for traffic. But after two decades of planning, construction, lane movement, and often-maddening commutes for motorists in one of the region's fastest growing population and development corridors, what was once a two-lane road on Friday officially became a six-lane highway from the Schuylkill Expressway to the Route 30 interchange.
NEWS
August 3, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITER
HARRISBURG - Former state Treasurer Barbara Hafer and Chester County businessman Richard W. Ireland told a federal judge Monday that they were innocent of corruption charges. Magistrate Judge Susan Schwab, who presided over the arraignments here, set a preliminary trial date for both defendants of Oct. 4 and released them on recognizance. Hafer is charged with lying to federal agents who were questioning her in a wide-ranging investigation to determine if government contracts were traded for contributions or bribes to politicians, commonly known as pay-to-play schemes.
SPORTS
August 2, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
In his head, Boyd Martin pictures the plane ride home from Rio de Janeiro. He doesn't imagine coming home with an individual or team gold, although both would be nice. He imagines having no regrets. That is the mind-set Martin needs, he said, in order to succeed on the U.S. eventing team at this year's Olympics. "This will be the strongest team the U.S. has seen in quite some time," said Martin, who trains at his farm in Cochranville, Chester County. Of the four equestrian riders on the team, Martin and Phillip Dutton, who is based in West Grove, Chester County, are the seasoned veterans.
REAL_ESTATE
August 1, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Pocopson isn't just another one of those sleepy, historic, sprawling, thinly populated Chester County townships. It does have history, of course, and although the town wasn't established until 1848, 71 years after the Battle of Brandywine, the British did cross the west branch of the creek at Trimble's Ford, now a historic district shared by Pocopson and West Bradford. Pennsbury and East Marlborough - which also were linked to the battle, according to every historical record - "donated" land to form Pocopson Township.
NEWS
August 1, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
After 43 years in prison for a West Chester purse-snatching that became a murder when the victim fell and died from the injuries, Earl Rice Jr., 60, finally had the chance to go before the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. The board's decision last week: 43 years was long enough for a crime committed when Rice was just 17. Rice and three other men, including two from Philadelphia, were approved for parole, making them the first in Pennsylvania convicted of first- or second-degree murder ever to be granted parole.
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