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POSTED: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 1:02 PM

The Chester County District Attorney's office on Thursday announced another round of drug-related arrests in Coatesville -- part of an ongoing operation to combat violent crime and homicide in Chester County's only city.

Nine people were arrested in the latest sweep, the third since last year. In a press release, District Attorney Tom Hogan said they had been charged with drug dealing offenses, mostly involving cocaine and heroin.

The operation's aim is to prevent homicides in Coatesville by targeting what the DA calls "high-risk" offenders -- in other words, offenders with prior violent convictions or outstanding warrants. In 2012, the city had a murder rate higher than that of Philadelphia, but Hogan said in Thursday's press release that there haven't been any murders so far this year.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 1:44 PM
A Harrisburg man seriously injured in Sunday-morning shooting in West Chester is "doing much better" after a second surgery Monday night, police said today.
Police have a suspect in custody in connection with the shooting, which took place in the wee hours of the morning Sunday near West Chester's business district.
At around 2:14 a.m. on Sunday morning, two men were walking near the intersection of Church and Market Streets when they became involved in a fight another group consisting of two men and two women, police said. Punches were thrown, and Curtis Zebley, 25, allegedly pulled out a .380 automatic pistol and shot one of the men involved in the fight.
The man was hit twice in the back and once in the arm, West Chester police Lt. Sam Iabono said. He was taken to Paoli Hospital and underwent a second surgery on Monday night, Iabono said, and his condition appeared to be improving.
"The doctor said he came through surgery well," Iabono said.
The man and the friend accompanying him on Sunday night -- who was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries after the fight -- were soccer coaches in town for a tournament, Iabono said.
Police are still investigating the cause of the fight, Iabono said, but Zebley, the alleged shooter, is already in custody.
A police officer around the corner on Sunday night heard shots and ran toward the altercation, Iabono said.
"They came face to face, and the gunman surrendered and laid down. The police officer was literally 100 feet away," he said.
POSTED: Friday, August 16, 2013, 1:48 PM

A group of Coatesville youth will host a festival promoting environmental awareness Saturday at Gateway Park in the city.

Members of the Coatesville Youth Initiative’s ServiceCorps, a leadership development program sponsored by the Brandywine Health Foundation, will lead the 3d Annual Coatesville Recycling & Living Green Festival where the theme of the day will be  “Reuse-Recycle-Reduce.”

Area residents can sign up to receive a free recycling bin and drop off recyclable items including plastic, glass, computers, paper, cell phones and electronics. Artist Joe Boyle will create a sculpture out of the items turned in during the day. Children’s games, face painting and refreshments will also be offered.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 6:25 PM

Tredyffrin Township police said Thursday that they had found a body whose clothing and physical attributes matched the description of a Paoli woman missing since Aug. 6.

The body was found in a quarry near Rt. 252 and Chesterbrook Boulevard, Det. Sgt. Todd Bereda said. It was initially spotted by a state police aircraft that was helping search for Irene Chen, 53. 

There is a 60-foot drop from the edge of the quarry to the body of water in which the deceased person was found, he said, and a fence surrounds the area. The quarry is about a mile and a half from Chen's home.

POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013, 1:28 PM

Congratulations to West Goshen Township, which was selected as one of "America's Best Small Towns" by Money magazine in its September issue.

The 22,421-population township ranked No. 10 on Money's list, ahead of another Philadelphia suburb, Horsham, which was ranked No. 34. Sharon, Mass. took the top spot on the list.

The magazine praised West Goshen's "lush, suburban feel" and proximity to downtown West Chester -- as well as "an array of local employers" and "easy commutes" to Philadelphia and Wilmington.

POSTED: Friday, August 2, 2013, 5:30 PM

More than 700 beekeepers (apiculturists, if you want to get technical) will descend on West Chester next week for the Eastern Apicultural Society's annual conference.

Attendees can hear everything from a symposium on apitherapy -- a therapy that combines acupuncture sites and bee venom -- to chats with bee experts to the "Bee Olympics," which includes "a race where teammates carry a 50-pound hive."

The conference this year is focusing on industry newcomers and small-scale beekeepers looking to learn about the fine art of apiculture, and includes day-long "bee yards" (exactly what they sound like) where seasoned beekeepers will answer questions about the craft. (If you're allergic to bees, avoid this one, and if you're not, wear light-colored clothing and nix the perfume to avoid attracting bees.)

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or You can also follow her on Twitter at

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