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March 26, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Nafeesah Muhammad calls West Chester University home these days. She lives in a dorm room with a rainbow-colored Teddy Bear beside her bed. She came to the university from Covenant House PA, a program for homeless youths in Philadelphia, determined to do more with her life. "I think college is the best thing for me," said the 21-year-old sophomore, who wants a career in social work or nursing. But it's been no easy path for the young woman, who left home and went into a shelter when she was in 10th grade.
NEWS
March 23, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
West Chester University is in the early stages of scouting sites to establish campuses and accommodate growing enrollment. "If we're really going to be able to accommodate students who want a West Chester education, we're going to have to do it someplace other than here," said Greg R. Weisenstein, 68, who will retire March 31 after seven years at the helm of the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. "We're landlocked, and there's only so many students our community can absorb.
NEWS
March 20, 2016
In the eighth homicide of what has been a bloody start to the year in Delaware County's only city, an unidentified man was shot and killed Friday in the 1000 block of McDowell Street, Chester police said. About 8:20 a.m. police responded to multiple calls of shots having been fired and found a 21-year-old man lying face down and unresponsive, said Chester Police Capt. Anita Amaro. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. A silver or gray vehicle was seen fleeing the area after shots were heard, police said.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
Five members of a Chester drug-trafficking organization that officials said had a "choke hold" on the city's east side were convicted Friday of conspiring to distribute illegal narcotics, ending a nearly monthlong trial. It took Philadelphia federal-court jurors more than three days to affirm prosecutors' assertions that Donald Womack Sr., Paris Church, Ronell Whitehead, Breon Burton, and Spencer Payne had conspired to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin, including within yards of schools and a playground.
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
With tensions still simmering after the second police-involved shooting in five weeks in Chester, officials Tuesday released the name of the man killed during a fierce gun battle Saturday afternoon that also injured one officer. Keith Montgomery Jr., 24, of Chester, died of "multiple gunshot wounds," according to the findings of the Delaware County medical examiner. No other details were available. Meanwhile, the injured officer, Capt. Alan Davis, was undergoing a second surgery for his wounds to the lower back and an arm, according to Aigner Cleveland, a spokeswoman for the Chester mayor's office.
NEWS
March 15, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
A Chester police officer injured in an exchange of gunfire remained hospitalized Sunday, while investigators gathered details on the shooting that also killed one man and wounded another. Capt. Alan Davis was in critical but stable condition Sunday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland. He was shot in the lower back and arm, and was expected to undergo surgery Sunday, said Thaddeus Kirkland, Chester's mayor. "Everything looks very promising and positive," Kirkland said. Davis, a 25-year veteran, was shot after pulling over a Pontiac Grand Prix that matched the description of a car reported stolen from Darby, officials said.
NEWS
March 14, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
A police officer in Chester was shot and wounded and a suspect killed after the officer and his partner pulled over a stolen car Saturday afternoon, authorities said. A second suspect was wounded. Both the police officer and suspect were taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center in Chester, where they were listed in critical condition. A third suspect was placed under arrest. The shoot-out took place about 4 p.m. at Parker and Union Streets in the Delaware County municipality. Names of the officer and suspects were not released.
NEWS
March 12, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
He implored women to expose themselves, authorities said, and indicated to one that he wanted to have sex. He once asked for revealing pictures, according to the allegations, and touched another woman's thigh while pulling at her pants. And he did it all while on duty as a Chester police officer. Roosevelt Turner, 37, who served on the Chester force for more than six years, was charged Thursday with official oppression, indecent exposure, and indecent assault. Investigators said the incidents occurred while the women were detained at police headquarters.
SPORTS
March 11, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, Staff Writer
In a script that has played out countless times, Chester's size, quickness, and defensive pressure spelled the end to an opponent's season. In this case, Spring-Ford, fresh off the program's first state playoff victory, fell victim to all the Clippers bring to the table. Larry Yarbray's squad raced to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, pulled away in the middle of the third, and easily downed the Rams, 74-49, in a PIAA Class AAAA second-round contest Wednesday night at Cheltenham.
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