February 15, 2016 |
Yes, it happened! More than 2,000 brave souls plunged into the Atlantic Ocean at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of Sea Isle City's 22nd annual Polar Bear Plunge. Temperatures were about 20 degrees in this Cape May County town on the Jersey Shore, according to weather reports. Katherine Custer, a city spokeswoman, said the cold-weather event "attracts many people from all walks of life. " West Chester's James "Jimmy" Cahaley, 28, did a flip as he entered the foamy and frigid surf.
February 13, 2016
A former Chester County pastor accused of raping and impregnating a teenager who lived with his family was formally arraigned Thursday on 11 charges, including sexual assault. Jacob Malone, 33, of Exton, appeared via video feed from Chester County Prison for his arraignment at the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester. Malone, dressed in a plain white t-shirt and jeans, followed along as a court administrator read the packet of charges against him. He did not address the charges.
February 11, 2016 |
A high school chemistry teacher in Chester County faces trial after allegedly soliciting nude photos and videos from a 16-year-old student and swapping thousands of texts with him over a year and a half, authorities said. Brandon Keith Mitchell, 30, of West Chester, is accused of unlawful contact with a minor, child pornography, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors. He was arrested Feb. 3. Mitchell taught at Downingtown West High School from November 2010 until he was suspended in April.
January 31, 2016 |
Episcopal Academy junior Nick Alikakos barely recognized what he saw last spring when he looked in the mirror during what he hoped would be an important recruiting period. Mononucleosis struck him in February and by April had leeched 25 pounds from his 6-foot-7, 200-pound frame. "I just looked really sick and weak," he said. "I was just thinking, 'How am I going to get back to being myself?' " Alikakos, who earned the Inter-Ac's most outstanding player award just before being diagnosed, missed about a month of school and was subsequently limited during AAU play with Team Final.
January 29, 2016 |
A former corrections officer who pleaded guilty in November to charges he smuggled heroin and other drugs to inmates in Chester County Prison was sentenced Wednesday to at least three years in prison. Douglas A. Keck, 46, of Pottstown, had pleaded guilty to six felony counts for possession of controlled substances and possession with intent to deliver. Keck was arrested in March for smuggling heroin, Xanax, and a pain medicine to inmates housed in the prison block to which he was assigned.
January 23, 2016
West Chester University will get an interim president April 1 - Christopher M. Fiorentino, the school's vice president of external operations. Fiorentino - who has his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in economics from Temple University - has spent more than 20 years at West Chester as a faculty member, dean of the college of business and public affairs and vice president, a post he's held since 2013. The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania's 14-university State System of Higher Education announced his appointment on Thursday.
January 15, 2016
Talking on a cellphone while driving in the Holland Tunnel to Jersey City, N.J., resulted in the arrest of a man wanted on a warrant in West Chester, a Port Authority Police Department spokesman said Wednesday. The arrest happened about 7 p.m. Tuesday night, after police pulled over a U-Haul rental van in the tunnel. A police statement said the driver, Mitchell Neil Thompson, 24, of 1205 Elm St. in Reading, had been driving erratically because he was busy with a cellphone. "The fingers of his right hand were manipulating the screen and his eyes were not on the roadway," the statement said.
January 14, 2016
A woman who lives in a West Chester group home for people with special needs started a fire in the building Monday night, causing about $25,000 in damages, police said.Diana Grove, 53, of the 100 block of Price Street, was arrested Monday. She was charged with arson and reckless endangerment on Tuesday and is being held at Chester County Prison. After using a lighter to set a fire in an upstairs bathroom around 8:30 p.m., she called police. She told them she set the fire intentionally, because her housemates would not let her sleep, police said.
January 12, 2016 |
Jacqueline Denny Starr, 91, of West Chester, a retired professor of home economics at Cheyney University, died Friday, Jan. 1, of respiratory failure at Cathedral Village in Philadelphia. Born in Reading, Mrs. Starr was the youngest daughter of Rosannah C. and Harold P. Denny. Known as "Jackie," Mrs. Starr grew up in West Chester and graduated from West Chester Senior High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in home economics from Cheyney University, and a master of arts degree in clothing and textiles from Columbia University.
January 8, 2016
West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta is running for a seat in the state House, she said Wednesday. Comitta, a Democrat, seeks her party's nomination for the seat in the 156th district, which includes portions of West Goshen, East Goshen, Westtown, Birmingham and Thornbury Townships and the Borough of West Chester. The Democratic nominee will challenge incumbent Republican State Rep. Dan Truitt, who is in his third term. "I am proud to be the candidate who listens, who celebrates diversity and inclusiveness and who brings people together to consider all points of view and get things done," Comitta said.