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April 29, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A correctional officer at the Chester County Prison was arrested Monday on charges from alleged collusion with inmates and civilians in a long-term drug-smuggling scheme, the county district attorney said. Officer Douglas Keck, 45, of Pottstown, was repeatedly paid to obtain heroin and prescription drugs from friends of inmates and deliver them to former inmate Ray Gibase, 36, who distributed them inside the prison, officials said Monday. An arrest warrant has been issued for Gibase, a fugitive from a halfway house.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
RAY BONINA couldn't even walk on a beach in Mexico without someone calling out, "Hey, Ray!" And probably adding, "Remember me?" "To Ray, strangers were simply friends he had not yet met," his family said. In fact, it was kind of a family joke that Ray Bonina couldn't go anywhere without running into someone he knew, from that beach in Mexico to a street in New York City or a restaurant in Chicago. "Hey, Ray, remember me?" Raymond Joseph Bonina, retired president of the Garrett Buchanan Paper Co., passionate ice-hockey fan, active alumnus of St. Joseph's University and devoted family man, died Saturday.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin and Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writers
Congress will pass a bill to pump billions of dollars into transportation improvements this year, federal legislators promised Thursday at a Center City rally. "It's now the federal government's turn to make sure we step up," said Rep. Bill Shuster (R., Pa.), chair of the House transportation and infrastructure committee. Congress is reviewing an Obama administration proposal to raise $478 billion through six years for transit needs, from highways and trains to ports and bridges.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Universal Pasteurization Co. L.L.C., a Lincoln, Neb., provider of cold-storage and outsourced food-processing services, will spend $10.8 million to open a facility in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, Gov. Wolf said Tuesday. Pennsylvania economic-development officials offered the company incentives including $102,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits and a $22,950 Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania grant to train its staff, which is expected to number at least 51. Universal Pasteurization specializes in high-pressure processing, a cold pasteurization technique in which foods already in their final packages, such as lunch meats, fresh-cut fruits, and deli salads, are subjected to high water pressure to extend shelf life.
NEWS
April 9, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Terence Farrell, chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, sent a text message to the county's 911 center that read: "Help! I'm trapped. " He said he was hiding from burglars in his home. Farrell sent the fake message Tuesday to test a new system that will allow residents in Chester County who are not able to call 911 in an emergency to text for help. Chester County became the first in the five-county Pennsylvania region to allow residents to text for help when it launched its Text-to-911 system Tuesday.
NEWS
March 31, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Kristen A. Graham, and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two people were killed Sunday afternoon when a small airplane crashed in a field near the Brandywine Airport in Chester County. Authorities said the plane, a Piper PA28 Cherokee, crashed about 1:34 p.m. in West Goshen Township, less than two miles from the airport. Emergency crews at the crash site said the plane was in flames. The victims, both men, were not identified. The fixed-wing, single-engine plane had just taken off from the airport and crossed over Route 202 before crashing near the 1000 block of Saunders Lane, police said.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
At first blush, Upani Consultants of Chester County appeared to be a group of ambitious workers, mostly from India, who came to the United States on specialty visas to be employed as quality-assurance analysts and software engineers in information technology. But in fact, according to the guilty plea by Sudhakar Majety in federal court in Philadelphia late last year, the company he created a decade ago in Phoenixville ultimately exploited the H-1B "specialty occupation" visa program by using shell companies and sham contracts to give the impression that Upani needed staff.
NEWS
March 14, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ilon Silverman holds the slice of bread in both hands, looking down as if he were reading it. He closes his eyes and chews. "There's not a word to describe it," he finally says. A pause. "There's probably many words. " The elusive, nuanced flavor of pain au levain - naturally leavened bread - is the reason Silverman wakes up every day. It is 9 a.m. Wednesday. He has been at the small bakery in Avondale's new natural-foods market since 3:45. Clad in a houndstooth cap and flour-stained apron, Silverman talks almost religiously about his bread, calling it "intoxicating," "zen," and "earthy.
NEWS
March 1, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1982, when Gloucester County planners drafted a framework for growth, one-fifth of the county's land was considered developed - a statistic perhaps best reflected in a slogan that would become the county's mantra: "Close to everything, far from it all. " Three decades later, almost a third of the county is developed. The 330-square-mile county's population has increased by more than 90,000, to about 290,000. Its portion of Route 55 went from plan to pavement. Washington Township's population almost doubled.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Invoking memories of 9/11, three Republican congressmen from the Philadelphia suburbs urged their GOP colleagues on Wednesday to avoid shutting down the Department of Homeland Security, saying to do so would be a dereliction of duty. "I stood in the courtyard of the Pentagon and watched the smoke billow from the roof," said Rep. Patrick Meehan, describing a visit days after the attack. "I've stood in the ruins with my colleagues that were U.S. attorneys at 9/11, and I think our highest and first responsibility is to protect the people of the United States from harm.
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