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May 30, 2014 | By Tricia Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The conversation sounded prescient. On the line was a business associate warning Salvador Lemus to get a new cellphone. But Lemus, a longtime Chester County resident, spoke like a man with nothing to fear. "My phone, my phone - nobody can track it," Lemus allegedly said. "I have 20 years with my number. " At that point last month, detectives had spent a year monitoring Lemus, a drug kingpin they said was unlike any other caught in county history. On Wednesday, they announced his arrest, along with dozens of others, all part of a drug ring that they said had ties to a notorious Mexican cartel and that moved at least $60 million in cocaine through the region over two decades.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Action Manufacturing Co., a military contractor, has agreed to pay a $1.2 million fine for hazardous-waste violations and to remove its top executive to settle criminal charges brought by the U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, according to court documents. The prosecutor's plea memorandum on Wednesday described Action, with operations in Bucks and Chester Counties, as tightly controlled by Arthur J. Mattia, its chairman and president. The plea agreement banned Mattia from the board of directors and management of the company.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
A number of communities in the region's Pennsylvania suburbs, notably in Chester and Montgomery Counties, grew substantially between April 2010 and July 2013, Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday show. In Chester County, there were noteworthy upticks in municipalities such as Malvern, West Chester, East Brandywine, and West Goshen, and the same was true in Chester/Delaware County border towns such as Bethel and Chadds Ford. In central Montgomery County, Upper Hanover, Towamencin, and Salford were among the burgeoning towns.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Developer Brian O'Neill 's King of Prussia-based O'Neill Properties Group L.P. plans what he calls "the largest luxury movie theater built in the United States in the past 30 years. " With wine bar, 60-foot lobby and other fancy touches, the theater is bound for Uptown Worthington , his long-running development project at the former National Rolling Mills site in East Whiteland Township, Chester County. The complex would be run by Atlanta-based Cobb Theaters and include a ground-floor Cobb VIP movie theater, plus an upstairs Cobb CineBistro theater-restaurant, totaling 85,000 square feet.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County and the Yongchuan district in China are officially friends. County Commissioner Terence Farrell and the mayor of the Chinese district signed a friendship agreement on Friday as a promise to develop cultural and business partnerships. Farrell said the agreement could pave the way for job creation in Chester County, student exchanges, and selling Chester County livestock in China. "It was a big deal," Farrell wrote in an e-mail, "and the Chinese officials pulled out all the stops to show its importance to them.
NEWS
May 19, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
How did Milica Schiavio get the lacy netting to flow off and back onto her tiered, silk-rose-studded basket of a hat, like some expressionist painter's take on the high-piled traditional headgear of Brittany in France? "I wrapped it around a piece of swimming noodle," the Wynnewood hat designer, financial-services employee, and mother said Saturday with a laugh. At this year's Radnor Hunt Races, as every year, fancy hats and preppy spring wear are as much a part of the scene as the steeplechasing horses and riders who jump through the green countryside on a point-to-point course.
NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER In the latest step toward a 10-year economic development strategy, Chester County government and business leaders are encouraging residents to visit a newly launched website and fill out a questionnaire about the direction the county should take. The strategy, called the VISTA 2025 initiative, is an effort to balance economic progress and the preservation of natural and historic resources, and is to guide future projects and spending. The plan will help the county maximize its assets and address its challenges, Commissioner Ryan Costello said.
NEWS
May 10, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County commissioner will travel to China on Sunday on a mission to represent the county and help develop an economic and cultural partnership with a district there. Terence Farrell expects to return May 20 with a signed friendship agreement from Yongchuan district that both sides hope will lead to business opportunities. The agreement paves the way for potential student exchanges, job creation in the county, and other ventures, such as selling heifers in China, Farrell said.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER Jail stints, home confinement, community service, and counseling didn't deter Robert Landis as he took to Chester County's roadways drunk over the last three decades. So on Wednesday - as Landis was sentenced for killing a motorcyclist last year while again behind the wheel intoxicated - a judge used what he called his only solution: warehousing Landis in prison. "It's just complete indifference to the value of human life," County Court Judge Anthony Sarcione said as he sentenced Landis to serve eight to 17 years.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leonard G. Frame, 83, of Eagle, a Chester County businessman, died Thursday, May 1, of kidney failure at his home. Mr. Frame, an Upper Uwchlan Township resident, owned and operated Eagle Machinery Co. in Eagle for 42 years. He sold tractors, snowmobiles, and snow-removal equipment. Born in Eagle, Mr. Frame grew up on a farm and graduated from West Chester High School in 1948. Farming - and things associated with it - was his passion. "He loved his tractors," said his daughter, Marianne Frame Cook.
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