February 20, 2015 |
Chester C. "Chet" Tyson Jr., 96, a fixture in the Montgomery County borough for so many years that he was known as "Mr. Narberth," died of lung cancer Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Freedom Village in Coatesville. Mr. Tyson lived for 78 years in Narberth, where he was involved in many government, civic, and other activities. "He was always available, and he always had time for every situation, and he was a gentleman," said Borough Manager William J. Martin. "In an era when the term is overused, he was a true gentleman.
February 19, 2015 |
A Chester County company that assembles surgical carts used in medical facilities faces more than $42,000 in fines for exposing workers to chemical hazards, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday. Following a complaint in September, the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Seitz Technical Products in Oxford did not properly label hazardous chemicals, provide eye wash stations, train employees in use of hazardous chemicals or maintain a library of chemical safety sheets.
February 14, 2015 |
A Chester man was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder for the second time in just four months. Jamir Williams, 29, faces a mandatory life sentence in the 2010 shooting death of Emerson Price, 21, of Chester, as he was walking outside a city bar. It took the jury about an hour to reach its verdict, according to the District Attorney's office. In October, Williams also was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2010 slaying of Rahim Hicks after the two quarreled outside J&S Seafood in Chester.
February 14, 2015 |
Four years ago, Democrats took control of Chester's government with a sweeping victory in a city long controlled by Republicans. They hoped to bring change to a Delaware County municipality plagued by crime, financial problems, and difficulty attracting economic development. The same issues remain today - in fact, Chester's 30 homicides in 2014 set a record. Except now, Chester also has infighting and a growing divide within its Democratic leadership, as State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, the city's senior Democratic politician, is running to unseat Mayor John Linder.
February 13, 2015 |
Tariq Mahmud stared in disbelief Wednesday as the jury foreman answered "Guilty" to the charge of second-degree murder for Mahmud's part in the killing of Rite Aid store manager Jason Scott McClay, a man Mahmud had called his friend. "Oh, no," Mahmud said before he put his head down on the defense table and covered his face. After seven days of trial, with 32 witnesses and 105 exhibits, it took a Delaware County Court jury less than two hours to convict Mahmud, Rita Pultro, and David Wiggins for the Sept.
February 8, 2015 |
Donna Talis has lived in her beloved West Chester townhouse for a quarter-century, and has spent the last dozen or so years transforming the 1980s-era residence off West Chester Pike. A little patience in purchasing exactly what she wanted, plus some do-it-yourself gumption, helped her cap off the work in the fall with a new master bathroom that incorporates elements of universal design such as a low-barrier shower and open shelving. Working with the same contractor, James C. Schell, Talis did the renovations on a modest budget but made a big impact on the quality of her living space.
February 7, 2015 |
Glen Mills exorcised its demon Thursday afternoon, defeating eight-time state champion Chester for the first time in eight years, 51-48, at home in Del-Val League boys' basketball action. Khyzeem Brown's free throw with eight seconds remaining in regulation provided the Battling Bulls a three-point lead. Anthony Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots. Suburban One National. Abington clinched its third consecutive league title as the Ghosts defeated visiting Truman, 66-52.
February 3, 2015 |
In the forlorn city of Chester, on a spot where creative magic - construction of oil tankers by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. for wartime and commercial use - once was worked precisely and abundantly, two brothers are unobtrusively continuing the artistic tradition. Larry and Randy Welker - the "La" and "Ran" of Laran Bronze Foundry - might not be high-profile, but the creations they and their workforce of nine have enabled the last 30 years sure are. One of them, the National World War II Memorial in Washington, has earned Laran serious industry credibility since its unveiling in April 2004.
February 1, 2015 |
The security video showed the last moments of Jason Scott McClay's shift as manager at the Rite Aid store at Ninth Street and Highland Avenue in Chester. It was just before 10 p.m., and McClay was casually going about his job. Within minutes, however, the video shows McClay staggering and pulling down shelves after a bullet fired into his neck severed his carotid artery. Instead of heading home to catch up with the Eagles game on Sept. 19, 2013, McClay collapsed and died in Aisle 14. On Friday, the Delaware County Court trial of three of the people accused in the killing opened before a jury of eight men and four women and Judge George A. Pagano.
January 19, 2015 |
If Saturday afternoon's showcase effort against perennial power Chester is any indication, Imhotep Charter, with the Public League playoffs about two weeks away, is headed in the right direction. The confident-looking Panthers forced 17 turnovers, flourished on the fastbreak, and rolled to a 69-54 triumph over the sloppy Clippers in the 16th annual Kobe Bryant Philly.com/Rally Play-by-Play Classic at Lower Merion. "A couple of years ago, Chester used to beat up on Imhotep," Panthers sophomore point guard Daron Russell said.