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October 17, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
TWO CHESTER MEN are suing a Delaware County detective for allegedly firing his gun and yelling racial epithets during a drunken freakout near Crozer Park. The civil-rights lawsuit, filed in federal court last week by Ken Jacobs and Timothy Williams, accuses Michael Palmer, a detective in the county's Criminal Investigation Division, of "repeatedly shooting his firearm out of his truck window" as he sped into the parking lot in a GMC Sierra pickup in October 2012. The complaint claims that Palmer and another CID officer, "with the overwhelming smell of alcohol on their breaths," got out of the truck and pointed their guns at Jacobs and Williams, saying, "get down on the ground you f-----g n-----s.
NEWS
October 9, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County officials and business leaders Tuesday unveiled a 10-year economic development plan - which the county says is unprecedented in scope - that calls for a balance of growth and preservation. The so-called VISTA 2025 initiative includes more than "180 strategies" to guide short- and long-term spending and development projects. The county has had business plans in the past, but officials say this represents the first comprehensive economic-development strategy, which was formed through a partnership of public and private groups.
SPORTS
October 6, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quentin Christian tossed the football into the sky, leaped, and kicked out his legs. The senior's interception in the end zone clinched Glen Mills' double-overtime 18-12 victory at Chester on Saturday afternoon in Del-Val League action. The Battling Bulls defense had been granted a second chance when Chester's game-tying touchdown was called back for offensive pass interference. The second chance, Christian said, was a blessing. And he made the most of it. The 5-foot-9, 162-pounder closely guarded the Chester receiver, snatched the pass, and soaked it in. The win was overwhelming, he said.
SPORTS
October 5, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Rachal Toppi (Glassboro) recorded three goals in the first half to propel the West Chester field hockey team (7-1, 5-1 PSAC) to a 6-1 victory over visiting East Stroudsburg (4-5, 3-3 PSAC) Friday night. La Salle 2, VCU 1 - Kendall Kreider struck for both goals as the host Explorers upended the Rams in Atlantic 10 action. La Salle (5-4, 2-1) stayed perfect at home. Emily Vasey (Central Bucks East) assisted on Kreider's game winner. VCU (1-8, 0-3 A-10) broke up the shutout bid in the 57th minute.
SPORTS
October 2, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Sophomore Brielyn Hackett scored the winning goal with 2 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the second overtime, lifting No. 16-ranked East Stroudsburg to a 2-1 upset at No. 6 West Chester on Tuesday in women's soccer. The win moved the Warriors into a tie for first place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference standings. East Stroudsburg (7-1, 7-1 PSAC) set a school record with its seventh consecutive conference victory, rallying from a 1-0 halftime deficit as senior Courtney Keller scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 79th minute before Hackett delivered the game-winner.
SPORTS
September 29, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
West Chester (4-0, 2-0 PSAC) scored touchdowns on its first three offensive possessions and built a 34-0 halftime lead en route to beating visiting Millersville, 62-7, on Saturday. Quarterback Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) completed 18 of 25 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the Golden Rams, who are ranked 10th in the nation in Division II, totaled 338 passing yards. Myron Myles (Wissahickon) led Millersville (0-4) with 58 yards rushing on 17 carries.
NEWS
September 28, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
Authorities arrested 35 people Friday in what prosecutors called a takedown of a drug-trafficking organization that they believe has contributed to an alarming spike in homicides this year in Chester. From stash houses scattered throughout the streets, dealers hid their products in playgrounds, mailboxes, and trash cans, investigators said, and sold them across Chester, including near the campuses of Widener University and the Frederick Douglass Christian School. Officials said the organization had long held the city's east side in a "choke hold.
NEWS
September 28, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THEY HID their drugs and guns in Chester's playgrounds, in its windowsills, in its abandoned houses and its mailboxes, but the alleged members of the Rose and Upland Drug Trafficking Group couldn't hide themselves from police yesterday morning. After a two-year investigation into the $1.8 million drug operation, federal, state and local authorities arrested 35 men early yesterday and charged them with running a violent "drug market" on Chester's east side. The whereabouts of five more men also charged remain unknown.
NEWS
September 27, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sign in the window reads, "Save Meadow Brook Golf Club," but there seems to be no fight left. The carts are gone. The pro shop is a vacant stretch of green carpet. The phones go straight to message-less voice mail. On Friday, the club along Route 29 just outside Phoenixville became the property of the Phoenixville Area School District. That marked what might be the final chapter in a story that inflamed emotions last year when the district seized the 50 acres by eminent domain, saying it needed the land for a new school.
FOOD
September 26, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christine Ruggio's daughter is gluten-intolerant, so, in the past, sending her off to summer camp used to require packing a cooler filled with gluten-free baked goods. But this summer, packing for field-hockey camp at the University of Delaware was less of a hassle. "Out of 100 kids, seven were celiac, 15 had to eat gluten-free. They had a complete menu for them, so they could have anything they want. It's come a long way," Ruggio said. "Of course," she added, "we supply them, so that made it a lot easier.
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