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January 6, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A passerby walking a dog discovered the body of a man hanging in a West Chester park near a school Monday morning, police said. Police received a call around 6:50 a.m. about a white male hanging from a swing set in Marshall Square Park near Henderson High School. Police said the man lived in the West Chester area, but declined Monday afternoon to identify him or give his age, pending notification of his family. The death appears to have been a suicide, Detective Bob Kuehn said.
NEWS
January 6, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITER
Police say the man whose body was found hanging in a West Chester park on Monday morning was a 56-year-old resident who lived nearby, police said Wednesday. William James Little lived half a mile from Marshall Square Park, where someone walking a dog found his body and called police around 6:50 a.m. Monday. The Chester County Coroner's Office has ruled his death a suicide. Shortly after police received the call, students arrived at the nearby Henderson High School for their first day back after the holiday break.
NEWS
January 6, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
Pledging to address violence and improve low-achieving schools, State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland was sworn in Monday as mayor of Chester, one of the region's poorest and most crime-ridden cities. For now, the Democrat said, he will wear two hats - serving as mayor and in the House. Kirkland has rescinded his resignation of his House seat, and said he would remain in the legislature until a budget is passed or until the end of February. He will draw only his state salary, he said. "I am deeply humbled," said the 23-year House veteran, who broke down after taking the oath.
SPORTS
January 4, 2016 | By Jack Goodwillie, Staff Writer
Great Valley's Ashlyn Smith outscored the other team on her own in the first half of a Ches-Mont League game on Saturday. Smith scored 15 of her game-high 19 points in that span and the hosts went on to defeat West Chester East, 46-20. Great Valley headed into the break with a 24-9 lead. Philly vs. New York Challenge. Claire Brown scored all nine of her points from three-point range, but Lower Merion fell to Garden City (N.Y.), 52-46, at St. Dominic High School. Bethany Eldridge also had nine points.
NEWS
December 29, 2015
CHESTER COUNTY Dinniman is honored by West Chester University WEST CHESTER State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) was awarded West Chester University's President's Medal for Service last week. Dinniman, a longtime faculty member at the university, was recognized for leadership and service to the school and students. "Like public service, part of the joy of teaching is having the opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals from all walks of life," he said in a statement.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
Inside the multipurpose room of a long-shuttered Chester school, the Rev. Dickie Robbins commands the attention of 100 on a cold Sunday morning. All ages and backgrounds, in sweatpants, Sunday best, and mustard-yellow suits, the worshipers of Life in Christ Cathedral of Faith clap and sway, arms wide open, to upbeat tunes. In their hands, they carry Bibles - tattered, highlighted - and any offerings they can bring. When Robbins lifts the microphone to his lips, they dig out cellphones, pens, and paper and take notes.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
Thousands of customers have billing disputes with utilities. What sets Chester landlord Daniel P. Vermeychuk apart is the sheer scale of the amount Peco Energy Co. says he owes: about $100,000. For more than a decade, Peco and Vermeychuk have been feuding over unpaid gas and electric bills. Between 2008 and 2011, Vermeychuk closed six accounts, and Peco transferred the balances to other accounts in his name. In April 2013, Peco sued Vermeychuk in Delaware County Court to recover the accumulated debt, the largest amount owed by a residential customer.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2015
2005 Last time Chester landlord Daniel Vermeychuk paid his Peco bill $97,000 Amount Peco says Vermeychuk owed in 2014 0 Peco residential customers with larger unpaid balances $171M Write-offs of unpaid residential utility bills in Pa. in 2014
NEWS
December 25, 2015
DELAWARE COUNTY New head for water authority CHESTER Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue Robert A. Judge Sr. is to soon take the helm of the Chester Water Authority, the municipal organization has announced. On Jan. 18, Judge is to fill the position of executive manager, in which he will oversee operations. The authority provides water service to more than 200,000 residents and businesses in Chester City and parts of Delaware and Chester Counties. The appointment marks another career change for the former Harrisburg politician, who served under Gov. Tom Ridge in the 1990s.
NEWS
December 24, 2015
CHESTER The newly elected Chester mayor is to be sworn in on Jan. 4, his office announced. The ceremony for Thaddeus Kirkland and City Council members Nafis Nichols, Elizabeth Williams, and City Controller Edith Kirkland is to take place at 9 a.m. in the second floor council chambers at City Hall, 1 E. Fourth St. The event is open to the public but seating is limited. Before the swearing-in, Kirkland will hold a short reorganization meeting and is to announce some staff changes including the appointment of a new police chief, said Aigner Cleveland, a spokesperson.
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