Suspect sought in fatal W. Chester shooting

WEST CHESTER — Authorities are seeking information about a fatal shooting that took place at a borough social club, Tuesday evening. Eric Brown, 26, suffered a fatal gunshot wound at the Star Social Club on East Market Street just after 9 p.m. Tuesday night. Brown was found on the scene by police with a chest wound and transported to Paoli Hospital where he later died. Although authorities do...

New Congressional maps are a karma bomb for GOP

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Republicans across the state of Pennsylvania are howling mad and running to the courts seeking assistance. Karma is a bitch, right? It seems like they may have to compete on a fair Congressional map — not the 2011 map that was among the most Gerrymandered maps in the entire country — and they don’t like it one bit.    Send article as...

It is time to try to dial back the anger

We’re deeply thankful that Costello, Meehan and Smucker are OK after DC shooting By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Rep. Ryan Costello (R-6) should have been at his usual perch, at shortstop, next to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Wednesday morning, when a lone gunman opened fire on Republican congressman and staffers Wednesday morning — but he missed his ride by a couple of minutes. The congressmen...

Police: man emptied gun into E. Caln home

No injuries; police say man was trying to intimidate child victim in abuse case By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Douglas Kohen EAST CALN — A township man is charged with firing a gun six times into a house in an apparent attempt to intimidate a child witness against him in a pending child abuse case, Sunday. Douglas Kohen, 62, is charged with firing six rounds into a West Goshen home, where...

Still no answers as to motive for courthouse knife attack

Coatesville man, shot and killed by deputies, had troubled past By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The folding knife authorities say Curtis Smith used in an attack on Sheriff’s Deputies at the Chester County Courthouse Tuesday, which resulted in Smith’s death. WEST CHESTER — While the “what” of Tuesday’s knife-attack, fatal shooting at the county courthouse is much clearer following...

More questions than answers in courthouse shooting

WEST CHESTER — There are more questions than answers Wednesday as to why a Coatesville man allegedly attacked a Chester County Sheriff’s Deputy with a knife at the county Justice Center Tuesday just before midday — and was shot and killed by another deputy. Curtis Smith, 34, entered the building a bit before noon Tuesday and allegedly attacked an unidentified deputy with a knife. The...

Coatesville man shot, killed after allegedly slashing deputy

WEST CHESTER — A Coatesville man was shot and killed Tuesday after apparently attacking and stabbing a Sheriff’s deputy at the Chester County Justice Center, according to District Attorney Tom Hogan. Although details remain a bit unclear, the dead man was identified as Curtis Smith. Just after 11 a.m. Smith reportedly entered the courthouse and slashed a deputy with a knife. He was then...

A difficult year to find the holiday spirit

A dose of peace and brotherhood is clearly needed right now By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times To say that it has been a difficult few weeks for we as Americans is an understatement, so I suppose that it is understandable that it might be difficult to find the holiday spirit. And whether we’re talking about the events last week in Connecticut or the inability of our government to function, these...

Officials: O’Neill fled to Ireland

Sean O’Neil has apparently fled to Ireland, local law enforcement officials say.l Chester County law enforcement officials say they believe that 23-year-old Sean O’Neill Jr., sought on a bench warrant, has fled the country and is in Ireland, to evade charges stemming from alleged violation of the terms of his probation, stemming from a 2011 DUI crash. O’Neill faced charges as juvenile...

Police hunt for Pennsbury shooters

PENNSBURY — State Police are hunting for three men believed to have forced their way into a township home and shot the homeowner, a well-known local lawyer. According to police, the men entered the home of Fred Barakat on Hillendale Road some time after 6 p.m. Monday night and a struggle ensued. Barakat was reportedly shot once in a lower extremity and was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical...