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October 24, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Days after Rahim Hicks was shot dead outside a Chester restaurant, Kandie Meinhart gave police a statement implicating Jamir Williams, her child's father, as the shooter. Less than two weeks ago, she met with prosecutors to prepare for his trial. But in testimony Wednesday in Delaware County Court, Meinhart said she could not remember many details - even after prosecutors played her taped statement for the jury. The sudden bout of forgetfulness from what was supposed to be a key witness frustrated Assistant District Attorney Sandra Urban, who asked that Meinhart be treated as a hostile witness on the second day of Williams' trial.
NEWS
October 24, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Greg Cuprak was able to salvage a few chunks of coal. The facilities manager at West Chester University put them in a small box - for posterity - and took them to a celebratory event on campus Wednesday. The university was formally decommissioning its coal-fired boiler plant, which for more than 50 years provided steam heat for the campus. It was replaced by a more-efficient geothermal system. The old anthracite plant hasn't been used since May, Cuprak said. But officials wanted to make sure the new system was working perfectly before they made the formal switch.
NEWS
October 24, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marie Louise Ludwig founded a nonprofit five years ago to buy a house where her autistic daughter could have a fulfilled adult life and live after she and her husband, Andy, died. "I'm just a mom who had a dream," said Ludwig, 53. Two weeks ago, Ludwig moved 22-year-old Stephanie Kier into the Chester Springs house the nonprofit, Stephanie's House, bought a year ago. Gayle Eddy moved in, too, as Kier's caregiver and manager of the house. "It's just - it's home," Eddy, 65, said of the two-story blue house at the end of a well-groomed cul-de-sac.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rahim Hicks loved to fish, enjoyed NASCAR, had an entrepreneurial streak, and was a junior member in a volunteer fire company. Jamir Williams failed to finish eighth grade, never learned to read, was found to have ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder, and, according to his family, was profoundly affected by his brother's unsolved killing. Prosecutors say the paths of the two Chester men intersected at 3:30 a.m. July 24, 2010, in the doorway of J&S Seafood on Kerlin Street. Words were allegedly exchanged and five shots fired.
NEWS
October 20, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Members of the Keystone Valley Fire Department got lucky a few months ago when a Parkesburg man let them smash windows and fill with smoke the dilapidated house he was planning to demolish. Opportunities like that make for great training, but they're rare. "I'm trying to find a structure now, and I just . . . I can't," Chief Raymond Stackhouse said. Firefighters and police officers in Chester County often have to leave the county to train or rely on props and their imaginations.
NEWS
October 18, 2014
A real estate broker from West Chester has been charged with wire and mail fraud for cheating investors out of more than $2 million in a real estate ponzi scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Marie Mikesche Bontigao, 43, persuaded people to invest in her real estate projects and then used the money to pay personal expenses and operate her business between 2007 and 2013, according to court records. She has franchise locations of EXIT Realty in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware.
NEWS
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.
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