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April 9, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A 23-year-old West Chester University student has been charged with raping a student in a parking garage last week, officials said Thursday. Austin Eaddy, of Philadelphia, allegedly assaulted a female student around 2:30 a.m. Friday. Eaddy, who was also charged Wednesday with theft and related offenses, was identified through video surveillance, officials said. He was unable to post $100,000 bail and remained in custody. In a statement, interim university president Christopher Fiorentino said: "Every student on West Chester University's campus should know that the university treats sexual misconduct and violence with the utmost seriousness.
NEWS
April 5, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Caitlin McCabe, and Marie McCullough, STAFF WRITERS
An Amtrak train derailed after crashing into a maintenance vehicle in Chester on Sunday, killing two rail workers and injuring 37 passengers, rail officials said. The crash, the second fatal Amtrak derailment in the region within the last year, suspended service between Philadelphia and Washington, and shut down SEPTA trains on the Wilmington/Newark line. Amtrak Train 89, operating from New York to Savannah, Ga., struck a backhoe on the tracks around 7:50 a.m. Sunday near Sixth and Booth Streets in Chester, officials said.
SPORTS
April 4, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
HOUSTON - Nearing the end of his senior year at Lower Merion High in 2012, Darryl Reynolds was being recruited by zero Division I schools. The Aces were playing Chester in the District I championship game at Villanova and Jay Wright was there to watch "all these great players," including Chester's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Larry Brown, between jobs, was there with his good friend Wright. "Larry Brown said, 'I like that guy' and he pointed at Darryl Reynolds," Wright said Friday at his Final Four news conference.
SPORTS
April 3, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
For the first two innings of Friday's baseball game, West Chester East's bats were asleep, trailing Ches-Mont rival Avon Grove, 4-0. The alarm went off in the bottom of the third when the Vikings scored five runs, lifting the hosts to a 6-4 win. Pat Kelley drove in a pair of the Vikings' runs in the inning, thanks to a double. Tom Luckner started the game on the hill for West Chester East, surrendering four runs, but still earned the victory. Ben Foti took the mound for the Vikings in the fourth and tossed two innings of shutout ball to shut the door on any potential comeback that the visitors had planned.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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