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

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NEWS

Molotov-tossing Collingdale man pleads to attempted homicide

A Collingdale man who threw a Molotov cocktail at a Delaware County Deputy Sheriff before barricading himself in his home pleaded guilty but mentally ill Wednesday to attempted homicide, aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime. Jeromy A. Jones, 40, of the first block of MacDade Boulevard, is facing 150 to 300 months in a state prison under the negotiated plea worked out by Assistant District Attorney Mary Mann and defense counsel Heather Mattis.

Rep. Comitta to co-host Q&A on Mariner East safety concern

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta and state Sen. Tom Killion will hold a public Q&A session with state agencies on Mariner East safety concerns. At the request of East Goshen Township, Comitta, D-Chester, and Killion, R-Chester/Delaware, will hold the session with representatives from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (invited, but not confirmed due to the federal government shutdown).

Multiple Chesco drug dealers busted in ‘Operation Wildfire’

Chester County law enforcement coordinated in arresting and charging more than 70 mid- and low-level drug dealers over the past 60 days, targeting those who trafficked in illegal opioid sales in a repeat of an earlier effort in the county, authorities said Wednesday. “You have to approach this with a team effort,” Coatesville Police Chief Jack Laufer said during a press conference in the county District Attorney’s Office, announcing the results of a second round of arrests in the so-called “Operation Wildfire” investigation. “No one community can stop this.”

Ex-Montco jail guard testifies he witnessed colleagues assault inmate

Telling a jury his “stomach is in knots” as he faced his former colleagues, a onetime correctional officer at the Montgomery County jail testified those colleagues took part in the beating of an inmate and conspired in the cover-up that followed. Jason Michael Marshall faced five former colleagues who are on trial in connection with the alleged assault of inmate Derrick Houlihan, and testified Houlihan initially was assaulted in his cell on Feb, 14, 2017. Marshall testified Darrin Collins, at the time a lieutenant at the jail, told the correctional officers, before they entered the cell, not to turn on their body cameras.

Lidl presents plans to fill half of vacant Towamencin Acme

Shoppers who used to frequent the Acme supermarket on Welsh Road in Towamencin may soon have the replacement they’ve been waiting for. Lidl US., the American branch of a German supermarket chain, presented plans Wednesday night to take over roughly half of the old Acme building — and an ambitious timeline to do so.

SPORTS

McCaffery: On a night of coaching contrasts, defense, execution work for 76ers

If the Sixers were destined to run a play for Landry Shamet late in a game Wednesday, to find him in the corner for an open three, Gregg Popovich was not to be interested in how or why. If the Sixers were going to find J.J. Redick for another three with a minute left, then complete a four-point play from the line to give themselves an unlikely late lead against his Spurs, Popovich really wasn’t going to care how or where he would wiggle open.

Union Academy product Ben Ofeimu signs with Bethlehem Steel

Ben Ofeimu has made the trip to Philadelphia Union training often enough for it to no longer be a special occasion. Yet Wednesday’s jaunt to Dunning-Cohen Legends Field at the University of Pennsylvania was different. For the first time, the defender arrived as a professional. Ofeimu, only 18, signed his first contract Wednesday, joining affiliate club Bethlehem Steel. The 6-4 center back has regularly trained with the first team dating to last year and has long been on the radar as one of the organization’s next targets.

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