Man faces ‘dreaded’ heroin charge

Allegedly smuggled drug into Chester Co. Prison in his hair Jarrett Mason POCOPSON — A Philadelphia man may have had one of the all-time bad hair days after reportedly smuggling packets of heroin into Chester County Prison last month, stashed within his dreadlocks, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said. Hogan said that Jarrett Mason was arrested on drug charges in Phoenixville on July...

Letter: Chesco corrections officers deserve better pay

To The Editor: Is your health and safety worth more than $34,000 per year? What about the health and safety of your children? Your family? Your neighbors? Your community? Does our community think that a human life is worth more than $34,000?

Guard, 7 others charged with smuggling drugs into Chester Co. Prison

Douglas Keck POCOPSON — A corrections officer at Chester County Prison is being charged with allegedly being part of a scheme to smuggle drugs to inmates, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Monday. Douglas Keck, 45, of Pottstown was charged along with seven other individuals — including four inmates at the prison — in organizing an operation to smuggle heroin, Subutex (a narcotic...

Pocopson says county should pay share of fire protection

Township objects to prison, Pocopson Home residents included in share funding By Kelli Siehl, Staff Writer, The Times POCOPSON — Township officials say that local residents should not be asked to pay for the fire-protection cost of residents at county-owned facilities, which now threaten to eat up one-third — or more – of the municipal budget, were the township to comply with funding recommendations. At...

West Chester man indicted for alleged FBI threats

Federal authorities say he threatened agents and their family members By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times A 32-year-old West Chester man whose Twitter moniker is  “espionage hacking” has been indicted by federal authorities for allegedly threatening to kill FBI agents and members of law enforcement, a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said on Thursday, March 12. Justin...

Ex-foster parent gets 20 to 40 years in prison

Leroy K. Mitchell accepts plea deal, admits molesting five children By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Leroy K. Mitchell For years, a respected member of the community molested various children in his care – until one “very courageous 10-year-old girl” broke the cycle, not only reporting the abuse but also agreeing to call the perpetrator, who apologized while police were...

Ex-foster parent waives 2nd preliminary hearing

He is accused of abusing total of  seven victims aged 3 to 10 By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Leroy K. Mitchell, 60, waived his preliminary hearing Monday on a second set of child-molestation charges. For the second time in less than three months, a former coach, foster parent, and corrections officer waived his preliminary hearing on child-molestation charges on Monday. Leroy...

Vandalism continues on Bragg Hill Rd.

Signs, gates damaged at closed road; supervisors to apply for traffic light grant for Rt. 52 By Kelli Siehl, Staff Writer, The Times Damaged signs at the gate closing off Bragg Hill Road. Vandalism of gates and signs has been persistent since the roadway was closed by township officials, after it was deemed too dangerous for vehicular traffic. POCOPSON — Vandals have once again defaced signs...

County: No records on children fostered by defendant

Data not within state requirements for retention, officials said By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Leroy K. Mitchell, accused in two cases of child molestation, served as a foster parent in Chester County from 1989 to 1997, county officials said. An attempt to learn more about the foster-parenting history of the former county employee accused of molesting two girls in his care...

Former foster parent waives hearings on sex charges

Prosecutor says investigators have identified other possible victims By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Leroy K. Mitchell, 60, a former foster parent and corrections officer, waived two preliminary hearings Monday on charges that he molested two young girls. A former Chester County foster parent and corrections officer waived his preliminary hearings Monday morning in two, separate...