November 17, 2013 |
Jeff and Kris Morrison have a contemporary center-hall Colonial in the West Chester area. Or so it appears at the first, enter-the-living-room glance. But stand still for a minute, and the neutral tones and overstuffed sofas recede into the background. In their places pop out a family heirloom and a talented offspring's creation. In a corner is Jeff's grandfather's green wooden trunk, the kind with the metal latches and the individual sections in the top compartment. In each section is an original paper picture of a 19th-century woman.
November 15, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER A man accused of running a dogfighting ring in his Chester County basement and torturing the pit bulls that did not perform well pleaded guilty Wednesday. Shane Santiago, 34, and his wife, Laura Acampora, who pleaded guilty to similar charges in October, await sentencing. Police began investigating the couple after finding two dead dogs, one burned alive in its cage, along a road. In December, police searched the West Brandywine Township home the couple shared with their five children and found injured and malnourished dogs.
November 11, 2013 |
Bloomsburg knocked West Chester from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 31-28 win over the Golden Rams (9-1, 6-1 Pennsylvania State Athletic) on Saturday at West Chester. With the win the Huskies (9-1, 6-1) win the PSAC Eastern Division and advance to the PSAC title game Saturday against Slippery Rock. Lehigh 34, Holy Cross 20 - In Bethlehem, Freshman Nick Shafnisky threw for two TDs and rushed for another as the Mountain Hawks (7-2, 2-1 Patriot) beat the 3-8, 1-3 Crusaders. Colgate 28, Lafayette 24 - In Easton, the Leopards (3-6, 3-1)
November 10, 2013 |
Without the West Chester football team, Sigitas Sleckus would be dead. Sleckus, a 32 year-old electrical mechanic from Darien, Ill., was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia on Feb. 10, 2010. At the time, Sleckus' wife, Mante, was eight months pregnant with their first child. Without a bone-marrow transplant, doctors told Sleckus his chances of survival were slim to none. Rams senior fullback Jared Bonacquisti saved his life. "It's like being born again," Sleckus said.
November 8, 2013 |
Tuesday was a tough night to be an incumbent school board member in the West Chester and Coatesville Area School Districts. Controversies, it seemed, spurred people to vote for changes. In West Chester, the three Republican incumbents and a fourth Republican on their ticket lost to four Democrats who said they "support a healthier negotiating process in order to find reasonable solutions" to the teachers' contract talks that have dragged on for more than two years, according to their website.
November 7, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER'S Rich Bruno is one of the best punters in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. He's also a basically straight-A student who wants to become a physical therapist. And if that was all there was to his story, it would be enough. But there's more, even if he really doesn't want to make anything out of it. "That's the best part about him," said coach Bill Zwaan, whose 9-0 Rams, ranked eighth in Division II, host No. 16 Bloomsburg (8-1) Saturday for the East Division title.
November 6, 2013 |
An East Fallowfield Township man bound and choked his girlfriend before committing suicide early Sunday after she told him to move out of their home, according to the district attorney's office. The 52-year-old man, whose name has not been released, bound his 64-year-old girlfriend and choked her until she lost consciousness, according to Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. When she woke up, he shot himself, Hogan said. The woman called 911 just after 12:30 a.m., according to a press release.
November 4, 2013 |
It can be difficult to glean much from a performance when the opponent is as overmatched as West Chester was against Villanova on Saturday in an exhibition game at the Wells Fargo Center. Nonetheless, Wildcats coach Jay Wright came away from the 88-50 victory feeling a bit more comfortable about his banged-up backcourt. With standout Ryan Arcidiacono watching from the bench because of bruised ribs and Dylan Ennis out with a broken right hand and at least three weeks away from returning, 6-foot-5 freshman guard Josh Hart seized the opportunity by scoring 12 points and grabbing four rebounds.
November 4, 2013 |
Andrew Derr (Upper Dublin) threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns, Rondell White (West Chester Rustin) rushed for 103 yards and two scores, and Erick Brundige (Northeast) had four catches for 104 yards and two more TDs as Division II No. 10 West Chester (9-0, 6-0 PSAC East) demolished host Cheyney (0-9, 0-6) in a 66-14 rout on Saturday. West Chester's Drew Persa ran a fumble back for a TD in the third quarter. Eddie Elliott, Jared Bonacquisti (Garnet Valley), Brandon Monk (Avon Grove)
November 3, 2013 |
A Delaware County judge held murder charges Friday against four suspects accused of taking part in the slaying of a Chester drugstore manager. Rita Pultro, 23, and David Wiggins, 24, both of Philadelphia, are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jason Scott McClay, 40, of Broomall. Tariq Mahmud, 23, and Christopher Parks, 23, also of Philadelphia, face second-degree murder charges. Pultro and Wiggins are accused of entering a Rite Aid on Chester's West End intending to rob it, then shooting McClay and fleeing the scene.