August 27, 2015 |
A Chester County deputy sheriff shot and killed a knife-wielding Coatesville man inside the county courthouse Tuesday after the man barreled into the building and slashed another officer. The attack and shooting occurred around noon, sending the bustling Justice Center, in the heart of West Chester, into lockdown. By late Tuesday, investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the attack. They noted that the man, Curtis W. Smith, had domestic problems and in March had been arrested after scaling a wall at the White House.
August 26, 2015 |
The bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease were found in the hot-water systems of buildings at West Chester University last week, causing hot water to be shut off to nine buildings over the weekend until the systems were sanitized. It was the second time this summer that the bacteria have been found on the campus. On Monday - the first day of classes - the remediation company hired to handle the problem reported that the systems had been successfully sanitized, a university spokeswoman said.
August 23, 2015 |
Police arrested four men Friday who they say set up a fake drug deal with a 17-year-old boy, robbed him, fatally shot him in the chest, and left him on the side of a deserted road in Chester County on Thursday. Three of the men stole a quarter-ounce of marijuana and $30 from Cristian Santiago of West Chester, police said. The fourth man was Santiago's friend and arranged the drug deal knowing he would be robbed. A passing motorist found Santiago's body and called police, who arrived at the 700 block of Hillsdale Road in East Bradford Township around 10:20 p.m. Thursday.
August 6, 2015 |
Robert D. Lukens, 42, of West Chester, president of the Chester County Historical Society and a distant relative of the 19th century iron-mill owner Charles Lukens, died Sunday, Aug. 2, of cancer at his home. Mr. Lukens was a graduate of Delaware County Christian School, and received his bachelor's degree and doctorate in history from Temple University. He also held a master's degree from the University of Tennessee, in American history. Mr. Lukens began his work with the historical society in 1993 as a museum volunteer while an undergraduate.
August 2, 2015 |
HARVEY CEDARS, N.J. - If California's Venice Beach is known for its drum circles and stoner sunset gatherings, and Florida's Key West for its Mallory Square theatrics, then what is to be said about the sunset ritual in Harvey Cedars? That you can follow the sunset as it moves from right to left over the course of a summer, ending up almost over the bridge by Labor Day? That the wind tends to die down as the beach day settles into evening, and kids on bikes and dogs on leashes become silhouetted at every street end on the bay side?
August 1, 2015 |
When Ikea and federal regulators announced last week that millions of the company's dressers, if not properly secured, could pose a serious risk to children, they took pains to call it "a repair program" - not a recall. But in the bureaucratic parlance of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a repair program is a recall. The word choice has riled safety advocates and former regulators, who say the decision goes beyond semantics. A recall gets more attention from consumers, they say, and avoiding the word deliberately downplays the danger of a product that has killed two toddlers, including a 2-year-old from West Chester.
July 31, 2015 |
An employee at West Chester University has tested positive for Legionnaires' disease, and "higher-than-acceptable" levels of the bacteria that cause it were found in eight campus buildings, officials said Wednesday. Immediate steps were taken to kill the Legionella bacteria that were found in the buildings' cooling towers, Mark Mixner, vice president of administration and finance, wrote in a memo to the university's more than 1,000 employees. The university "engaged a remediation firm that is treating the affected cooling towers" Wednesday and Thursday to eliminate the bacteria and ensure they do not return, Mixner said.
July 30, 2015 |
In a week, more than 36,000 Philadelphia public housing residents will be asked to take their cigarettes outside, an unprecedented bid to try to improve the health of some of the city's neediest tenants. Officials wondering about the new smoking ban's potential for success can look to the west. Two years ago, Chester County's housing authority started a strict policy to curb smoking among tenants: No tobacco use anywhere on its properties. It was the first housing agency in Southeastern Pennsylvania to go smoke-free.
July 28, 2015 |
Justice isn't always swift. It has been eight years since The Inquirer first reported that Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. was selling real estate from his chambers. It has been six years since the state Court of Judicial Discipline suspended him for it. But Berry's crime finally got the attention it deserved Wednesday, when a jury found him guilty of conflict-of-interest charges. That justice was delayed doesn't make it any less welcome. Similarly, the unnecessarily long time it took IKEA to recall millions of dangerous dressers doesn't detract from the importance of the furniture maker's action.
July 23, 2015 |
West Chester University, in court papers this week, called "nonsensical" claims by its former chief budgeting officer that the school falsely reported deficits to the state to get more funding and fired her after she spoke up about it. Both West Chester and its parent, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, have years of audited financial statements that show no funds were misused or wasted as alleged by Colleen M. Bradley, according to...