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May 21, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Chester man was sentenced Monday to at least nine years in prison for shooting a former professional soccer player outside a borough bar last summer. Chester County Court Judge Patrick Carmody said Curtis Zebley committed a "pure, idiotic, callous act" when he fired on a man who was running away from him. "Before you even met the victims, you're walking around drinking with a loaded gun," Carmody said. "Guns and booze don't mix. " The August 2013 shooting left 35-year-old Jason Hotchkin, a former player for the Harrisburg City Islanders who had been in West Chester coaching a travel youth soccer team, in critical condition.
SPORTS
May 20, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Senior Kim Murl scattered five hits over seven innings Sunday to lead West Chester's softball team to a series-clinching, 3-1 victory over visiting West Virginia Wesleyan in Game 3 of their Atlantic Super Regional series. West Chester advanced to the NCAA Division II finals for the first time. The Rams will open the tournament against Armstrong Atlantic State on Thursday at noon in Salem, Va. Kim Begley (Abington), Jess Schuck (Council Rock South), and Jill Murray (Neumann-Goretti)
BUSINESS
May 20, 2014
Esther McGinnis has been elected to the board of Gannett Fleming Inc. , Harrisburg provider of construction management service. She is a senior vice president and director of the firm's Eastern Pennsylvania Region, which includes its Valley Forge and Philadelphia offices. Stradley Ronon partner Lisa Duda has been appointed to the board of directors of Drueding Center , Holy Redeemer Health System's transitional housing and comprehensive counseling program for homeless women and children.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Patrick, who grew up in West Chester, had been living and teaching English in Korea for just two months when he posted his profile on a website for English speakers. That's where he met Erica. She grew up in Busan, Korea, studied hospitality at the University of Delaware, and interned and worked at hotels in South Carolina for two years before moving to Seoul, where she worked as a project manager for Rosetta Stone. They were amazed that Erica, now 29, was at Delaware when Patrick lived less than an hour away in West Chester, and that she was in South Carolina when he was studying history at the University of South Carolina.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER A West Chester woman has been charged with embezzling more than $1 million from her employer by making payments to a bogus company she set up under her daughter's name, the Chester County District Attorney's Office said Monday. Joyce Hawkins, who was paid a salary of more than $200,000 at Berwyn-based ModSpace, used the stolen money to help support a lavish lifestyle, including a vacation home on the Eastern Shore and a recent trip to Puerto Rico, officials said. "It seemed like she could get away with it," District Attorney Thomas Hogan said.
NEWS
April 29, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER In the face of closure, board members at West Chester's Sankofa Academy have asked for more time to save the struggling charter, saying they were unaware of the severity of the school's problems. "The board is doing a thorough evaluation of the school and the director and trying to determine what we could build on for the future," board member Karin Gedge said. "If the school has a future. " Superintendent James Scanlon does not think it should. On Monday, he plans to ask the West Chester Area School District board to shutter the school effective June 20. "If they want more time . . . they need to go back and rethink their charter and submit a new application," he said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William B. Wilson, 92, formerly of Bryn Mawr, developer of the Brandywine Airport, died Friday, April 11, of respiratory failure at an assisted-living facility near his home in Menlo Park, Calif. Mr. Wilson saw action during World War II. He was enrolled at Williams College when he enlisted as a lieutenant in the Navy on Dec. 8, 1941. He became a pilot, teaching aerial photography. Toward the end of the war, he was based on the aircraft carrier Intrepid. After his military service, Mr. Wilson returned to Williams to graduate.
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