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June 4, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
In the eight years since its founding by the director of a popular children's chorus, the Chester Charter School for the Arts has hit an academic high note as the top-performing school in Delaware County's poorest community. Soon, it will move from a rental space in an industrial park - where young musicians, dancers, and artists hone their skills against the rumble of potato-chip trucks rolling out of a neighboring warehouse - and into a venue more in tune with the school's success.
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May 31, 2016
Answers sought in Chester after dogs set afire The animal welfare group Justice Rescue, of Woodlyn, is offering a $1,000 reward for information after the charred remains of two dogs were found in a plastic container set afire in a Chester City alley. Authorities said the animals, which appeared to be mixed-breed pit bulls, were found behind a garage at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday. Officials said the dogs were also inside a tote and may already have been dead when they were placed in the bag and set afire.
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May 28, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
Will a Justice Department review bring change to Chester's police department and its strained relationship with city residents? Touted Thursday as a long-term, transparent strategy for identifying problems with Chester police policies, the probe seeks to present the first critical and public look at the force and its 94 full-time officers. "This is not something to put Chester police officers under a microscope," Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland said at a news conference announcing the collaborative review.
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May 27, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
The U.S. Justice Department will announce Thursday that it will undertake what promises to be a comprehensive, independent, and vigorous evaluation of the Chester City Police Department. The announcement, which federal officials said would be made at a news conference, comes three months after Police Commissioner Darren Alston said the city had voluntarily reached out to the federal agency to review the department's use-of-force policies. The department has faced overwhelming criticism from residents in the past over incidents they said involved too much force by police.
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May 26, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
A 38-year-old Chester man was shot to death Monday night in the West End, bringing this year's homicide count to 11 in Delaware County's only city. Police said Ralph Carr was killed shortly before 8 p.m. in the 1100 block of Carla's Lane, part of the Ruth L. Bennett Homes public housing development. Police are still working to determine a motive. The homicide came just two days after Zenas Powell, 14, was shot and killed outside a convenience store in the 1100 block of Pine Lane on Saturday night.
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May 25, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
By the time his eighth grade formal dance had rolled around Friday, Zenas Powell's outfit would just no longer work. His bow tie? Not spiffy enough. The jacket? Could be better. After all, this was one of the last events of the year at Chester Community Charter School. Powell needed to look good. "I'm a bachelor, Mom," the 14-year-old playfully told his mother, Stephanie, that morning. So on Friday, his dad took him shopping. The boy bought a new jacket, shoes, and bow tie. He wore them just once.
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May 24, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Chester police searched for surveillance video and potential witnesses Sunday as they tried to learn who opened fire on a city street corner the night before, killing a 14-year-old boy and injuring two others. Delaware County District Attorney John J. Whelan said Sunday that the teen and another person, two years older, were struck by gunfire after 8 p.m. Saturday on the 1100 block of Pine Street when someone started shooting at adults in a car. One of the passengers, a 33-year-old woman, was hit in the shoulder, Whelan said.
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May 22, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
West Chester Borough agreed to give up its years-long fight to collect more than $1.7 million in sewer fees from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer under a court agreement announced Friday. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which Pfizer bought in 2009, used to operate a plant in West Chester. It agreed in 1984 to pay the borough for the life of the Goose Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The sewer plant was built in the late 1980s, largely to handle wastewater from the Wyeth plant. Wyeth demolished its plant a decade ago, but continued to pay the borough, based on the agreement.
NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Francis G. Pileggi, 87, of Chester, a lawyer active in Catholic organizations and the father of Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Dominic F. Pileggi, died Tuesday, May 17. Mr. Pileggi died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as "Frank," Mr. Pileggi was born and reared in Chester. He graduated from St. James Catholic High School in 1945, and earned degrees from Villanova University and Temple University Law School. He was the founder of the Woodlyn law firm of Pileggi & Pileggi, which handles cases involving personal injury, estate planning, real estate, and property damage, according to its website.
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May 15, 2016 | By Rick Brown, For The Inquirer
LAKELAND, Fla. - It had been three years since the West Chester University women's lacrosse team made it to the NCAA tournament. That was the longest drought in the program's history. The Golden Rams, once perennial contenders for the Final Four, had every intention of making a return trip. Unfortunately, that goal will have to wait another season. Rollins' Megan Curry scored with 31 seconds remaining Friday to lift the fifth-seed Rollins Tars past the fourth-seeded Golden Rams, 9-8, in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Regional.
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