Driver in I-95 crash that killed troopers remains in jail; Catholic school principal accused of theft; New Phillie Castellanos brings an edge

Good Morning. Here are some of the top stories from around the region.

WEATHER

Looks like the rain will be spending the morning hanging around, but it’s not going to be a complete washout for your Thursday. Expect the high to hit about 62 degrees, but it will remain cloudy throughout Thursday. The rain will re-emerge later tonight.

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NEWS

Eagleville woman held without bail following I-95 crash that killed state troopers, pedestrian

A 21-year-old Eagleville woman arrested in connection with a crash on Interstate 95 earlier this week that claimed the lives of two state troopers and a pedestrian is being held without bail on murder charges, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Jayana Tanae Webb faced a judge Tuesday night as she was arraigned on several felony and misdemeanor charges, Pennsylvania State Police said on Twitter Wednesday morning. Her next court appearance is a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9 am on April 5 at the criminal justice center in Philadelphia.

Community invited to come out Saturday to support Fightin’ Freddy and family

A whole lot of fighting will be going on in Glenolden this Saturday, March 26, from 3-8 pm, when Edge of Philly Sports hosts the “Fightin’ Freddy’ Fundraiser at Red Lantern Tavern, 41 W. Oak Lane, Glenolden. Fred Burns and Kristi McCullough Burns grew up in Collingdale. Fred is a 2003 graduate of Monsignor Bonner High School and Kristi is a 2003 alumna of Academy Park. The couple have three children: Seven-year-old Aubrey, two-year-old Freddy, and seven-month-old Zack. After living in Collingdale, and then Norwood for a few years, the family recently relocated to West Chester. Life was happily perking along for the young family, until January of this year when young Freddy was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and their world, as they knew it changed forever.

Plan for 219 apartments in West Chester gets preliminary OK

Borough Council granted preliminary land development approval for builder Eli Kahn to construct 219 apartments at 250 E. Market Street, at last week’s meeting. Council will still need to vote for final approval for construction to commence. The Salvation Army thrift shop and Rubenstein’s office store were recently demolished to make way for “more affordable housing.”

Maple Glen Catholic school principal from East Norriton charged with $25K theft from school

A Catholic school principal has been charged with theft of more than $25,000 in school funds. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Upper Dublin Township Police Chief Francis Wheatley Wednesday announced the arrest of John C. McGrath, 56, of East Norriton, on multiple felonies related to the theft of more than $25,000 from Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School at Maple Glen.

Verdict: Upper Darby man convicted of killing girlfriend on Lower Providence trail

A jury determined an Upper Darby man acted with intent when he fatally stabbed his estranged girlfriend while they met on a Montgomery County trail in Lower Providence to discuss their disintegrating relationship. Freddy Remigio Mendieta-Pando, 23, of the 200 block of Copley Road, was convicted on Wednesday of charges of first-degree murder, which is an intentional killing, and possessing an instrument of crime in connection with the Sept. 11, 2021, fatal stabbing of his former partner, 23-year-old Karina Torres, along a section of the Schuylkill River Trail in Lower Providence, Montgomery County.

SPORTS

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Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) shoots against Los Angeles Lakers guard Austin Reaves, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Joel Embiid, Sixers hold off LeBron-less Lakers, 126-121

Joel Embiid had 30 points and 10 rebounds, James Harden added 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers hung on for a 126-121 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers without LeBron James on Wednesday night. Two nights after the Sixers surprisingly beat Eastern Conference-leading Miami despite playing without Embiid and Harden, both stars returned for a tougher-than-expected win over the up-and-down Lakers. Tyrese Maxey scored 21 points for Philadelphia, which has won five of seven overall.

McCaffery: With Nick Castellanos, Dave Dombrowski sharpened Phillies’ edge

Dave Dombrowski had a year to watch the Phillies, to study their personnel, to interpret their statistics, to clock their speed, to measure their home runs. He had a year to watch them produce a winning record, yet collapsed in a late-season showdown series in Atlanta. He had a year to watch Bryce Harper unload one of the most remarkable individual seasons in franchise history, yet be surrounded by too many teammates willing to surrender at-bats.

ENTERTAINMENT

The former Lukens Rolling Mills as it looked in 1870. At the time, the mill needed several chimneys as a so-called “puddling” mill or bloomery where iron was melted and refined with iron ore slag to produce raw material known as “blooms. ” The process freed Lukens from its former dependence on outside sources. (SUBMITTED)

National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum in Coatesville reopens to public

Following renovations, The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum — located along First Avenue in the historic district of Coatesville — has reopened to the public. The museum offers tours of several historic structures, including Terracina, a rare example of a “country Gothic” home. Built in 1850, the furnished house now has a new roof made of cedar shake shingles along with other historically appropriate improvements such as copper downspouts. The months-long project was done by contractor Bill Dunleavy of Dunleavy Roofing in West Chester.

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