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January 31, 2011 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
The disappearance of a Chester Township mother of three has been labeled as "suspicious" after she left sick from work last week and was never heard from again. When Ronda Garnett, 34, left her job at the Fair Acres geriatric center in Lima around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday because she was sick, she called her mother in Chester to tell her she was on her way to pick up her kids there, police said. That was the last anyone heard from Garnett. Police said surveillance video showed that her car, a 1994 tan Oldsmobile with license plate number HGL-7554, left Fair Acres around 1:30 a.m. and traveled south on Route 352. Police have not located the vehicle.
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January 13, 1998 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Wilmington manufacturing company, enticed to Delaware County by a package of economic incentives, says it plans to build a plant here and move its operations to the township by year's end. Alloy Surfaces Co. Inc., a defense contractor, says it also expects to hire 53 people in blue-collar and professional positions. That would bring its workforce over the next three years to about 135, officials said yesterday. The company has 82 employees and expects to have about 100 when it moves in the fall.
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December 30, 1998 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A settlement was reached yesterday that will allow the Creative Educational Concepts charter school to get a Chester Township building permit to renovate the former Franklin School on Bethel Road for its students. "It means great relief," school president Abdul-Hamiyd Muhammad said yesterday in a telephone interview after the agreement was reached before Delaware County Judge Joseph Battle. "Now we can proceed with the renovation of Franklin School. " The school sought relief from Delaware County Court when it was unable to get a permit from the township.
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December 8, 1998 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Creative Educational Concepts Charter School, faced with closing if it cannot find a permanent location soon, has gone to Delaware County Court seeking to force Chester Township officials to allow it to proceed with renovations at a former elementary school. No hearing date has been set in the matter, which will be heard by Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph F. Battle. The 215-student charter school, which is affiliated with the Chester Upland School District, has been operating since September in a Chester community center and a YWCA.
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March 22, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com
Five people were hospitalized after a rush-hour accident on I-95 in Chester Township Tuesday afternoon. "One person hit another car and it turned into a chain reaction," Chester Township police Cpl. Michael Daily said. The accident, which happened at 4:42 p.m., according to police, shut down the southbound lanes of the freeway until 5:35 p.m. Those who were injured in the accident were taken to nearby Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The extent of the injuries is not yet known.
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July 7, 1993 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / RON CORTES
At Bethany Baptist Church in Chester, friends and fellow police officers mourn during a viewing of Chester Police Officer Connie Hawkins. She was buried in Green Lawn Cemetery in Chester Township yesterday. Hawkins, 39, was shot to death July 1 while responding to a domestic disturbance call. A Philadelphia Housing Authority officer was arrested in her death and that of his former girlfriend.
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April 8, 1993 | For The Inquirer / HINDA SCHUMAN
The Delaware Valley Olympic Boxing Committee sponsored the Golden Gloves Southeastern Regional Finals at the Sun Center in Chester Township on Sunday. Winners of the 16 bouts advance to the state Golden Gloves finals, also to be held at the Sun Center, on April 30. The winners go on to the national finals in Little Rock, Ark., and from there, on to matches that could lead to spots on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team.
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November 5, 1998 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Democratic State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland's win Tuesday against a strong Republican challenge shows that despite recent setbacks, the Democrats continue to be a significant force here. The victory came despite an all-out effort by the GOP to unseat the three-term incumbent in the 159th Legislative District, where voter registration favors Republicans by a ratio of more than 3-2. The district consists of Chester, Chester Township, Marcus Hook, Trainer, Upland and Eddystone, with most of the population in Chester and Chester Township.
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April 27, 2005 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Rory Sweeney and Stephanie L. Arnold INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The ordeal lasted at least an hour. Christine Marie Ham's killers stabbed her. They beat her. They choked her. They attempted to set her on fire. Then they threw her, still alive, into the Schuylkill in Southwest Philadelphia. Somehow, the 15-year-old Ham treaded water and managed to crawl back to shore. She collapsed near the river bank. There, she bled to death early Sunday. Philadelphia police yesterday arrested four people - two young men, a young woman, and a teenage boy - in Ham's killing.
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February 12, 1997 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After a yearlong wait, C. Walter McCray 3d will don the robes of district justice for Brookhaven and Chester Township. The state Senate voted, 47-0, Monday to confirm his appointment to the bench - a seat his father, C. Walter McCray Jr., held for 32 years. Thomas J. Judge Sr., the Delaware County GOP leader who submitted McCray's name to the governor at the request of local leaders, said McCray would be sworn in "very shortly" to the $51,500-a-year job. "I'm really thrilled," McCray said yesterday.
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June 11, 2016
A man was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot on a Delaware County street Thursday afternoon, police said. Around 12:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of Elson Road in Chester Township, the victim was approached from behind by two unknown males when gunfire erupted, said Township Police Chief Kenneth Coalson. The victim, who is in his early 20s, was hit in the buttocks by one of six shots that were fired. He fled around the corner to Powell Road, where he encountered a patrol officer and quickly was transported by ambulance to Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
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February 12, 2016 | BY CAITLIN McCABE, Staff Writer
POLICE APPEARED to be justified when they fatally shot a Chester man in a hail of gunfire after a chase early Monday because the man had pointed a loaded gun at them, the Delaware County district attorney said. Six officers fired from 50 to 100 shots at Shalamar Longer as he sat in his Chevrolet SUV and brandished the weapon, District Attorney Jack Whelan said Wednesday. Longer didn't fire a shot. But the suspect, 33, was on parole and was illegally armed when police tried to pull him over about 2 a.m. in Upland, Whelan said.
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February 12, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
Police appeared to be justified when they shot and killed a Chester man in a hail of gunfire after a chase early Monday because the man had pointed a loaded gun at them, the Delaware County district attorney said. Six officers fired from 50 to 100 shots at Shalamar Longer as he sat in his Chevrolet SUV and brandished the weapon, District Attorney Jack Whelan said Wednesday. Longer didn't fire a shot. But the suspect, 33, was on parole and was illegally armed when police tried to pull him over around 2 a.m. in Upland, Whelan said.
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July 24, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday it was investigating an incident, captured on videotape and witnessed by neighborhood residents, in which a man was pummeled, kicked, and severely beaten by police officers in the City of Chester. The beating occurred Sunday morning evidently after Walter "Ed" Moat, 49, an African American who neighbors said had a mental disability, was stopped for going the wrong way on a street near the city's border with Chester Township.
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December 4, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lesson for the day was about rhythm, but first-grade teacher Mindy Nguyen wasn't using music alone to impart the concept. Nguyen read a poem and showed a painting depicting life in a city, then fired probing questions at the 21 youngsters sitting on the floor around her. Can you hear how the city sounds? What feeling does it give you? What does the color red in the painting tell you about the city? If they didn't quite get the connections she was trying to make about rhythm, they were learning a slew of new vocabulary words and an important educational lesson: Art is more than just pretty pictures.
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April 6, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER TWP. Chester High School boys basketball coach Larry Yarbray was arrested Friday on multiple felony charges for an alleged incident of domestic violence. According to Chester Township police, Yarbray was involved in an altercation Thursday night at his girlfriend's home in Brookhaven Borough during which he grabbed the woman and her son by the throat. Yarbray, who has led Chester to two PIAA state championships since becoming head coach in 2008, grew up in Chester and played basketball at the high school in the 1980s.
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November 4, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
When Betty Procopio's uncle got back from World War II, he headed straight for Maple Shade's Main Street. Young people gathered at the Rexall soda fountain across from the Roxy Theater, "and he wanted to see his friends," says Procopio, president of the Maple Shade Historical Society. "He was glad to be home. " Vignettes like this one are expected to be a centerpiece of the township's 325th anniversary celebration, which will include an after-dinner open-mic session for sharing Maple Shade memories.
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September 9, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 23-year-old Chester man was charged with drunken driving after his minvan struck a state police vehicle on I-95 and caused a chain reaction that resulted in injuries to five people early Saturday, police said. Police said the police car hit by the Ford Windstar driven by Randall B. Boyles 3d had pulled over to help the driver of a 2004 Saturn Ion that had run out of gas while southbound in Chester Township. The impact pushed the unoccupied police cruiser into the unoccupied Saturn.
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August 17, 2012 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Outraged area residents have been offering money, praise, and advice to the Delaware County woman whose efforts to voluntarily feed children in her neighborhood have collided with zoning laws. People pledged more than $3,000 to Angela Prattis of Chester Township on Wednesday, which more than covers the $1,000 she must pay for a zoning hearing to continue distributing food from her driveway next year. She's being permitted to distribute food this summer until Aug. 24. A Facebook group of 89 people materialized overnight to "help Angela Prattis ... serve the children.
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August 16, 2012 | By Alfred Lubrano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Outraged area residents have been offering money, praise, and advice to the Delaware County woman whose efforts to voluntarily feed children in her neighborhood have collided with zoning laws. People pledged more than $3,000 to Angela Prattis of Chester Township on Wednesday, which more than covers the $1,000 she must pay for a zoning hearing to continue distributing food from her driveway next year. She's being permitted to distribute food this summer until Aug. 24. A Facebook group of 89 people materialized overnight to "help Angela Prattis ... serve the children.
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