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June 14, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
To sell more gear, Cabela's simulates the Great Outdoors. Live game fish school in glass-walled aquariums, and stuffed megafauna herd overhead at the retailer's hangar-sized stores on the edge of whitetail-deer country in Hamburg, Pa., or at the heart of tax-free-shopping territory in Newark, Del. So what brings Cabela's to Chester, the shrunken industrial city at the foot of the Commodore Barry Bridge? "Your waterway there, the Delaware River, is super-good for the sport of catfishing," says Darrell Van Vactor , operations manager at Kentucky-based King Kat USA . "It's a great location, central for a lot of people," on a stretch of the Delaware that otherwise has limited public access, Eric Williams , a Cabela's marketing manager, told me. King Kat runs catfish tournaments sponsored and staffed by Cabela's.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
Two 18-year-old men have been charged in connection with the shooting death of another teen in Chester. On Wednesday afternoon police were called to the 2000 block of Madison for a shooting and found Tyree Brentson, 18, lying on the front porch of a home with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police determined Brentson had been shot inside the home. Two suspects, Lorenzo Perez and Wade Hammond, have been arrested in his death, officials said.
SPORTS
June 11, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
"Yes, girlfriend," Maggie Balint said as she extended her hand to an Avon Grove softball teammate, Olivia Kunitsky, in foul territory. "Give me some," the senior said, smiling at the freshman in a way that said, "Atta girl. " Kunitsky had just caught a pop-up bunt close to the fence at Twin Valley Middle School after bursting out of her crouch and getting in position to make the play. It was a small interaction - a pitcher wanting to give her catcher a high-five after putting forth some extra effort - and even smaller in the grand scheme of the game.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Tommy Rowan, Staff Writer
A mother of four was standing in her Chester kitchen before a boiling pot of mussels around 11 p.m. Monday when she heard the start of a gang fight outside her home. She instinctively reached for her 2-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, and yanked them to the floor, Chester police said Tuesday. The father followed suit and jumped onto the pile. Upstairs, their 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son, who was watching wrestling on a TV, slid to the floor in what has become as routine as a school fire drill for this family living in the William Penn Homes, a housing project on the 400 block of Whittington Place.
NEWS
June 9, 2016
By Michelle Kichline Chester County is one of the wealthiest, one of the best educated, and yes, even one of the healthiest counties in the nation. But we are not immune to the heroin and opiate epidemic. We face the same crisis that is creating significant issues - and causing deaths - across Pennsylvania and America. Recently, Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh asked me to testify at one of his community meetings on the crisis - to confirm that prescription medications and heroin are as much a problem in places like Chester County as they are in Center City.
SPORTS
June 7, 2016 | By Will Snow, STAFF WRITER
The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship finished exactly how many people expected as California came away with its fourth straight title Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium. Led by tournament MVP Jesse Milne, the Golden Bears beat UCLA, 31-7, in an all-California final. Milne scored five crucial tries in the tournament. Rugby sevens is an offshoot of the sport in which teams are made up of seven players, instead of the usual 15, with shorter matches. The Bears have won every single Collegiate Rugby Championship match since 2012, when they lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Dartmouth.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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