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June 17, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
When officers found Andrea McQueen in a snowbank at the scene of a car crash in March, the Coatesville woman was calling out the same words again and again: "My baby. My baby. " Only after police searched along the Chester County road did they realize a child hadn't been ejected from the woman's vehicle. McQueen, who survived the crash, was screaming for the baby she had been carrying for 27 weeks and two days. The driver who hit McQueen while allegedly driving drunk at 113 m.p.h., Remington Simmons, now faces a charge several prosecutors said was rarely used by their offices: murder of an unborn child.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Because of field conditions and the threat of storms, the Carpenter Cup first-round games scheduled for Friday and early Saturday at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia were postponed. The tournament will resume at 4 p.m. Saturday and pick up Sunday morning. The semifinals and championship are scheduled for next Thursday and Friday at Citizens Bank Park. Schedule FIRST ROUND All games at Ashburn Field in FDR Park. Saturday Tri-Cape vs. Philadelphia Catholic League, 4 p.m. Sunday Suburban One American/Continental vs. Berks County, 9 a.m. Mercer County vs. Jersey Shore, 12:30 p.m. Delaware County vs. Public League, 4 p.m. Monday Suburban One National/Bicentennial vs. Chester County, 9 a.m. Inter-Ac Independents vs. Delaware South, 12:30 p.m. QUARTERFINALS All games at Ashburn Field in FDR Park.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A delicate plan to save West Chester's Barclay Grounds from development suffered a setback Thursday when the Chester County commissioners pledged just a fraction of the grant money requested, leaving a $375,000 gap. The commissioners said they would consider giving more to preserve the land - a tree-shaded plot long used as a park - but only if the borough puts up its own cash for the project. "This is a highly unique situation, for us to even be involved in an open-space project in the borough," said Ryan Costello, commissioners chairman.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward J. Atkins, 65, of Paoli, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who later became the director of emergency services for Chester County, died Monday, June 9, of a stroke at Paoli Hospital. Mr. Atkins' life was centered on family, and on serving his country and county. He grew up in Yardville, N.J., and in 1966 enrolled in Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., graduating in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. While at Stevens, Mr. Atkins enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program, and when he finished training was both honored as a distinguished military graduate and commissioned a second lieutenant.
NEWS
June 12, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County Emergency Management Director Ed Atkins, who led the department for 17 years, died Monday, according to the county. Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, chief executive of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, called Atkins "a great man" who always treated Red Cross volunteers with dignity and respect. "Every single day he committed himself to making Chester County a better place to live, and ensuring that the citizens of Chester County were safe," Hughes said in a video posted by the Red Cross.
NEWS
June 7, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Area fire companies will have some extra money to spend on equipment and additional firefighters, thanks to federal largesse. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced that it was awarding more than $1.8 million in grants under two programs to fire companies in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. A big winner was the Tinicum Township Fire Company in Delaware County. With its $549,600 share, it added eight full-time firefighters - who started last week - to bolster its volunteer force.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dale Gravett, director of Chester County's Housing Authority, was sure that a plan to build affordable apartments for homeless veterans would get the state funding last year that it needed to become a reality. But it fell short. Now, Gravett, other county officials, and the Philadelphia developer behind the project in East Vincent Township are waiting anxiously to find out whether this year will be different. On June 12, Mission First Housing Group will know whether it will get low-income housing tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency that would make up more than 80 percent of the roughly $9.63 million it needs to go forward with the project, a 48-unit development that would incorporate and refurbish the historic Whitehall Inn on Schuylkill Road.
NEWS
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.
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