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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 12, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 8, 2016
The man whose body was found hanging in a West Chester park on Monday morning was a 56-year-old resident who lived nearby, police said Wednesday. William James Little lived half a mile from Marshall Square Park, where someone walking a dog found his body and called police around 6:50 a.m. Monday. The Chester County Coroner's Office has ruled his death a suicide. Shortly after police received the call, students arrived at the nearby Henderson High School for their first day back after the holiday break.
NEWS
January 6, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A passerby walking a dog discovered the body of a man hanging in a West Chester park near a school Monday morning, police said. Police received a call around 6:50 a.m. about a white male hanging from a swing set in Marshall Square Park near Henderson High School. Police said the man lived in the West Chester area, but declined Monday afternoon to identify him or give his age, pending notification of his family. The death appears to have been a suicide, Detective Bob Kuehn said.
NEWS
January 5, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
After nearly three years of preservation efforts, a West Chester park will be kept from development - but the fight for funds is still not over for supporters of the property known as Barclay Grounds. The Borough of West Chester closed on the sale of the 1.3-acre lot from a private owner, after 21/2 years of efforts to raise enough money to buy it. "We're all elated," said John Cottage, head of the Barclay Grounds Preservation Alliance, which raised $200,000 for the purchase.
NEWS
December 29, 2015
CHESTER COUNTY Dinniman is honored by West Chester University WEST CHESTER State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) was awarded West Chester University's President's Medal for Service last week. Dinniman, a longtime faculty member at the university, was recognized for leadership and service to the school and students. "Like public service, part of the joy of teaching is having the opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals from all walks of life," he said in a statement.
NEWS
December 26, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
The next time you drag a grocery item over the bar code scanner, remember Francis Xavier Beck Jr. Mr. Beck, 89, of West Chester, who helped develop the checkout method that made shopping much faster, died Sunday, Dec. 20, from complications of a stroke. Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Mr. Beck was attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1944 when he volunteered to serve in the Navy. He was assigned to the Huntington, a Fargo-class light cruiser, and he received the American Theater Medal and the Victory Medal.
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