Chesco Detectives add three investigators

The three newest Chester County Detectives: from left, John O’Donnell, Keith Cowdright and Ben Martin. WEST CHESTER — It seems the loss for three local police departments will be the gain for the Chester County Detectives as the office formally announced the hiring of three veteran police officers to its staff, Monday. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the hiring of John...

County Chief of Detectives Vito to retire at end of 2015

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan congratulates Chief of Chester County Detectives James Vito on his retirement, effective at the end of the year. WEST CHESTER — The county’s top investigative officer, Chester County Detectives Chief James Vito will retire at the end of 2015, District Attorney Tom Hogan said Wednesday. Vito currently is the longest serving member of the District...

Bullets rip through West Chester neighborhood

One 19-year-old critically injured, two 18-year-olds in custody By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times William Simpson, 18, of West Chester, has been charged for his role in a barrage of gunfire that erupted in a borough neighborhood Wednesday night and critically injured a West Chester man. On Wednesday about 9:50 p.m., shots rang out in a residential area of downtown West Chester,...

D.A.: Convicted sex offender back behind bars

He allegedly returned to U.S. after being deported but was spotted by county detective By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Bolivar Barrios, 25, is behind bars again after a Chester County detective recognized the former Avondale resident as a convicted felon who had been deported, authorities said. A convicted sex offender who had been deported after serving prison time is back...

New detective could crack county’s hiring freeze

Commissioners favorable to D.A.’s plea to bolster overburdened child-abuse unit By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Tredyffrin Township Police Superintendent Anthony Giaimo (left) and Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan discuss the need for another county detective who specializes in child-abuse investigations. Widespread publicity about serial child molestation –...

Charges multiply against former foster parent

D.A. calls defendant, a former URA coach, ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times A 1995 photo of Leroy K. Mitchell may help identify other potential child sex-abuse victims, District Attorney Tom Hogan said. Five additional child victims have surfaced in the sexual-abuse case against a former coach, foster parent, and corrections officer,...

Police: 19-year-old woman shot in head

Victim listed in critical condition at Paoli Hospital A  19-year-old female was transported to Paoli Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, said a news release from the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department. Police said they were dispatched to the 1700 block of Paoli Pike in East Goshen Township at 2:42 p.m. for the reported...

D.A.: Mexican drug pipeline to county busted

Sixteen defendants face cocaine-trafficking charges By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Moise “Moi” Lantigua-Ayala (clockwise from top left), 29, of Reading; Fidencio “La Tusa” Avalos, 42, of Kennett Square; Jonathan “Cesar” Garcia Sanchez, 25, of Wilmington, De.; Jesus Zamora-Zamora, 40, of Wilmington, De.; Benjamin Lara-Medina, 38, of Wilmington, De.; Cesar Morales...

Longtime foster parent accused of molesting 2 girls

Chester County D.A. urging other potential victims to come forward By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Leroy Mitchell, a longtime foster parent and corrections officer, is accused of molesting two young girls. A longtime foster parent has been charged with molesting two children, ages 9 and under, in his care, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Tuesday. Leroy Mitchell,...

10 charged with heroin dealing

Eight alleged to have been dealing deadly drug in southern Chester County By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times State, county and local police announced the arrests of 10 individuals on charges of selling heroin. From left, top: Alejandro Guzman, John Anderson, bottom, from left, William Jones and Kyle Kellner Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Monday a series of 10 arrests this month...