Tag Archives: Chester County Detectives


County Chief of Detectives Vito to retire at end of 2015

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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… Read more »

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.

Bullets rip through West Chester neighborhood

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One 19-year-old critically injured, two 18-year-olds in custody By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times On Wednesday about 9:50 p.m., shots rang out in a residential area of downtown West… Read more »

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.

D.A.: Convicted sex offender back behind bars

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He allegedly returned to U.S. after being deported but was spotted by county detective By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times A convicted sex offender who had been deported after… Read more »

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.

New detective could crack county’s hiring freeze

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Commissioners favorable to D.A.’s plea to bolster overburdened child-abuse unit By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Widespread publicity about serial child molestation – both suspected and successfully prosecuted… Read more »

A 1995 photo of Leroy K. Mitchell may help identify other potential child sex-abuse victims, District Attorney Tom Hogan said.

Charges multiply against former foster parent

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D.A. calls defendant, a former URA coach, ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Five additional child victims have surfaced in the sexual-abuse case… Read more »


Police: 19-year-old woman shot in head

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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… Read more »

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 Castillo, a/k/a “Rafael Castaneda” and “Chicles”, 32, of Wilmington, De.; Marcelino “Pokey” Rocha-Luna, 25, of Wilmington, De.; and Jose “Mario” Miranda Garcia, 29, of Newark, De. are among the defendants in Operation Broken Pipeline.

D.A.: Mexican drug pipeline to county busted

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Sixteen defendants face cocaine-trafficking charges By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times This pipeline – one that allegedly funneled narcotics from Mexico through Southern Chester County and was fueled by… Read more »

Leroy Mitchell, a longtime foster parent and corrections officer, is accused of molesting two young girls.

Longtime foster parent accused of molesting 2 girls

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Chester County D.A. urging other potential victims to come forward By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times A longtime foster parent has been charged with molesting two children, ages… Read more »


10 charged with heroin dealing

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Eight alleged to have been dealing deadly drug in southern Chester County By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Monday a series of 10… Read more »

Thomas Goggin, a veteran member of the Phoenixville Police Department, will bring his expertise to the county detectives.

D.A. adds 2 respected law-enforcers to detectives

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The pair will fill vacancies created by recent retirements Two respected county law-enforcers were sworn in Monday as Chester County detectives, District Attorney Tom Hogan announced. James F. Ciliberto, a… Read more »