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March 31, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
After playing understudy for the last two seasons, the time is now for Radnor junior goaltender Tucker Ballbach. Last year, senior goalie Alex Andersen, a 6-foot-2, 270-pounder now playing football at Penn, led the Red Raiders to their first PIAA lacrosse championship. This year, however, the 5-9, 160-pound Ballbach stands between the pipes. And in Tuesday's 9-3 victory over visiting West Chester East, Ballbach stood tall, stopping 11 shots and seizing an opportunity he's long awaited.
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March 26, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
Francis V. Barnes, a former Pennsylvania secretary of education, said Friday that he is resigning as receiver of the troubled Chester Upland School District, effective May 1. Barnes was appointed chief recovery officer for the district by a Delaware County judge last July after the state sought to replace Joseph Watkins, who had attempted some unorthodox measures to save the faltering school system. The most audacious of Watkins' proposals was a partnership with a Chinese businessman to bring a $1 billion investment into the district and community.
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March 26, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Nafeesah Muhammad calls West Chester University home these days. She lives in a dorm room with a rainbow-colored Teddy Bear beside her bed. She came to the university from Covenant House PA, a program for homeless youths in Philadelphia, determined to do more with her life. "I think college is the best thing for me," said the 21-year-old sophomore, who wants a career in social work or nursing. But it's been no easy path for the young woman, who left home and went into a shelter when she was in 10th grade.
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March 23, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
West Chester University is in the early stages of scouting sites to establish campuses and accommodate growing enrollment. "If we're really going to be able to accommodate students who want a West Chester education, we're going to have to do it someplace other than here," said Greg R. Weisenstein, 68, who will retire March 31 after seven years at the helm of the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. "We're landlocked, and there's only so many students our community can absorb.
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March 20, 2016
In the eighth homicide of what has been a bloody start to the year in Delaware County's only city, an unidentified man was shot and killed Friday in the 1000 block of McDowell Street, Chester police said. About 8:20 a.m. police responded to multiple calls of shots having been fired and found a 21-year-old man lying face down and unresponsive, said Chester Police Capt. Anita Amaro. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. A silver or gray vehicle was seen fleeing the area after shots were heard, police said.
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March 20, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
Five members of a Chester drug-trafficking organization that officials said had a "choke hold" on the city's east side were convicted Friday of conspiring to distribute illegal narcotics, ending a nearly monthlong trial. It took Philadelphia federal-court jurors more than three days to affirm prosecutors' assertions that Donald Womack Sr., Paris Church, Ronell Whitehead, Breon Burton, and Spencer Payne had conspired to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin, including within yards of schools and a playground.
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March 17, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
With tensions still simmering after the second police-involved shooting in five weeks in Chester, officials Tuesday released the name of the man killed during a fierce gun battle Saturday afternoon that also injured one officer. Keith Montgomery Jr., 24, of Chester, died of "multiple gunshot wounds," according to the findings of the Delaware County medical examiner. No other details were available. Meanwhile, the injured officer, Capt. Alan Davis, was undergoing a second surgery for his wounds to the lower back and an arm, according to Aigner Cleveland, a spokeswoman for the Chester mayor's office.
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March 15, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
A Chester police officer injured in an exchange of gunfire remained hospitalized Sunday, while investigators gathered details on the shooting that also killed one man and wounded another. Capt. Alan Davis was in critical but stable condition Sunday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland. He was shot in the lower back and arm, and was expected to undergo surgery Sunday, said Thaddeus Kirkland, Chester's mayor. "Everything looks very promising and positive," Kirkland said. Davis, a 25-year veteran, was shot after pulling over a Pontiac Grand Prix that matched the description of a car reported stolen from Darby, officials said.
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March 14, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
A police officer in Chester was shot and wounded and a suspect killed after the officer and his partner pulled over a stolen car Saturday afternoon, authorities said. A second suspect was wounded. Both the police officer and suspect were taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center in Chester, where they were listed in critical condition. A third suspect was placed under arrest. The shoot-out took place about 4 p.m. at Parker and Union Streets in the Delaware County municipality. Names of the officer and suspects were not released.
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