Como, Donato face charges for ‘skimming’

Grand jury report slams Coatesville Area Board of Education for mismanagement, cover-up By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan details charges against former Coatesville Superintendent Richard Como and former Coatesville High School Athletic Director James Donato, as the new Coatesville Superintendent, Dr. Cathy Taschner looks on. WEST CHESTER — Following...

Largest drug bust in county history announced

D.A.: 44 arrests so far from probe of Mexican cocaine cartel Update at 3:45 p.m. with names of all defendants By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Kennett Square Police Chief Edward A. Zunino (left) discusses the arrests as District Attorney Tom Hogan listens. The 65-year-old Mexican native who became a U.S. citizen and ran a landscaping business from his rented home in East Marlborough...

D.A.: County worker embezzled over $5,000

Former employee in Treasurer’s Office arraigned on multiple charges By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Sean H. Patterson An employee of the Chester County Treasurer’s Office faces charges stemming from the alleged embezzlement of over $5,000 from his office, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said on Wednesday, May 14, in a news release. Hogan said Sean H. Patterson,...

Two female prosecutors join District Attorney’s staff

One is returning to familiar venue; other worked as intern in office  Michelle Barone Two new assistant district attorneys – Michelle Barone and Emily Provencher – were sworn in on Friday, May 9, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a news release. “Emily and Michelle are great additions to the District Attorney’s Office,” said Hogan. “Emily is an experienced prosecutor...

‘This case is about greed, greed … more greed’

D.A. says ex-Chadds Ford worker stole $1 million-plus from Berwyn firm By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Joyce Hawkins A 59-year-old West Chester woman earned $200,000 from her Berwyn employer last year, but that wasn’t enough to fund a lavish lifestyle that included a vacation home in Chestertown, Md., Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced on Tuesday, April 28. Joyce...

D.A. applauds use of boxes to discard unused drugs

Residents also urged to observe DEA event on Saturday By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times More than 350 pounds of medication have been collected for safe disposal from special receptacles across Chester County in the first three months of 2014, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan reported on Wednesday, April 23. Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is the fastest growing...

Serial drunk-driver pleads guilty to fatality

Crime prompts DA to seek tougher penalties for repeat offenders By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Pat Crowley (left) and District Attorney Tom Hogan listen as Diane Crowley addresses a news conference on increasing penalties for repeat drunk drivers who cause a death. The Crowleys lost their son, Liam James, a year ago, in a crash caused by an eight-time drunk-driver. On Monday,...

Victims’ resilient spirits temper unimaginable pain

Annual candlelight ceremony offers shared remembrances, strength By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Members of the West Goshen Township Police Department Honor Guard file into Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown. Members of a club no one would ever seek to join: That was how Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan described the solemn crowd of about 200 that assembled...

Op/Ed: Help us protect Pennsylvania’s kids from sexual predators

By David Heckler,  Bucks County District Attorney, Tom Hogan, Chester County District Attorney Jack Whelan, Delaware County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney Seth Williams, Philadelphia District Attorney  As prosecutors, we confront harrowing and heart-wrenching cases nearly every day.   It is the child sexual abuse cases that are among the toughest...

Teen drivers to compete in safety competition

Winner will receive $2,000 scholarship, qualify for state contest The Chester County District Attorney’s Office Highway Safety Project will be teaming up with its safety partners in Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties to kick off the First Annual Teen Safe Driving Competition. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 9, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  at the Technical College...