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May 8, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just minutes before Delaware County, state, and federal authorities gathered Tuesday to announce a new plan to combat increasing gun violence in Chester, another man was shot there. The victim was gunned down near 21st Street and Edgmont Avenue around 1:30 p.m., District Attorney Jack Whelan said. "We don't expect him to survive," he added. The man would become Chester's 12th homicide victim this year. Forty-two other people have been shot and wounded, Whelan said. Those shootings are why "Operation City Surge" was launched.
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May 8, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Delaware County District Attorney's Office is investigating the death in Chester of a onetime Bosnian refugee as a homicide, authorities said Tuesday. The body of Dino Dizdarevic, 26, was found Thursday between two homes in the 900 block of Parker Street. He had been pummeled and strangled, the Medical Examiner's Office said. Dizdarevic was "viciously beaten" in the back and side of his head, District Attorney Jack Whelan said at a news conference Tuesday, and there were bruises on his face.
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May 8, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
PER CAPITA, Chester marked four times as many slayings as Philadelphia last year. This year, it's on track to see six times as many. As U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said, Chester's crime stats are "astronomical. " Even as law-enforcement officials from across the region gathered at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media yesterday to announce "Operation City Surge," a plan to flood Chester's streets with additional manpower to address the growing violence, a man was shot in Chester, at 21st Street near Edgmont Avenue, about 1:30 p.m. He was not expected to survive.
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May 7, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT & STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
UNA DIZDAREVIC'S world came to a screeching halt at 1:13 p.m. Thursday as she sat in a Kentucky airport waiting for her charismatic, bright-eyed big brother to get off a plane from Philadelphia. It was Derby weekend, and Dino Dizdarevic, 25 - the life of the party - had friends to catch up with and outings to attend. So when he never arrived, Una, 22, knew something was horribly wrong. "That's when I realized he was missing, because he wouldn't do that to anybody," Una said yesterday.
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April 30, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2005, the founders of Sankofa Academy convinced a skeptical school board of the need for an African-centered charter in West Chester. Nearly a decade later, that charter was revoked Monday night without a word of protest from Sankofa's director, board members, teachers, or students. As the West Chester Area school board voted unanimously to close the school at the end of the academic year, only two members of Sankofa's community sat in the audience. "We didn't do a good job," Sankofa board president Fred Franklin said, shaking his head, as he left the meeting with his wife.
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April 28, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER - Far more than a mere sports arena, the Major League Soccer stadium was going to be the centerpiece of an economic renaissance for the struggling city of Chester. In announcing $47 million in state funding for the project in 2008, Gov. Ed Rendell went so far as to say it would "change the face of Chester forever," the axis for development that would include housing, a convention center, office and retail space, and a riverside promenade on the city's historic waterfront.
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April 27, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER West Chester University campus police are investigating what they are calling the third sexual assault in a week, university officials said Friday. A female student walking between Goshen and Tyson Halls about 12:30 a.m. Friday was approached by a man who appeared to be intoxicated and grabbed her buttocks, the police said. The woman pulled out pepper spray, and the man fled. University police said it was the fifth such incident in the last month, all of which they have referred to as sexual assaults.
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April 27, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER A vacant 1930s-era school is about to gain new life as an upscale apartment building in the City of Chester, according to a Chester Upland School District official. The Wetherill School, a classic stone building on East 24th Street, recently was sold at auction for $200,000 to Best Homes Co. of Glenolden, which plans to undertake the conversion, Chester Upland Solicitor Leo A. Hackett said Thursday. Two other vacant school district structures also have been auctioned. "That building is a fortress," he said, adding that the project would be a massive undertaking.
NEWS
April 26, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fatal shooting occurred in Chester at around 11 a.m. Thursday at 12th Street and Melrose Avenue near the Widener University campus. The shooting did not involve anyone from the Widener community, police said. However, as a precaution, Widener sent a message to students and staff at 11:01 a.m. that shots were fired and to shelter in place. The lockdown ended at 11:27 a.m. "You exercise caution in a situation like that," said University spokesman Dan Hanson. This is the second time the university has told the campus community to stay indoors because of a shooting.
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