Veteran law-enforcer returns to county roots

Sheriff selects Caln Township resident as chief deputy By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh (left) announces her selection of George P. March as chief deputy sheriff, filling a position that has been vacant since January. For the new Chester County chief deputy sheriff, the position, which was announced Wednesday, represents a repeat...

Plans for Pocopson roundabout finalized

If approved by PennDOT, work could be done by 2014 By Kelli Siehl, Staff Writer,  The Times  POCOPSON – Officials discussed a mixed bag of topics at the Pocopson Township Supervisor’s meeting on Aug. 12. Supervisors’ Chairman Steve Conary said plans for the roundabout linking Route 52, Wawaset, and Lenape-Unionville Roads are completed and awaiting the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s...

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, Chester...

State police: Septuagenarian’s scooter stolen

Sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, a thief grabbed a red and black Jazzy Scooter that belongs to a 78-year-old Chadds Ford man, said state police from the Avondale barracks. The alleged theft occurred on Hillendale Road between Rosedale and Greenwood Roads in Kennett Township, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call the barracks at 610-268-2022.   ...

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 Castillo,...

Seat-belt enforcement initiative begins

Failure to buckle up can result in citations, officials warn The majority of traffic fatalities involving unbuckled victims occurred at night last year, spurring a nighttime emphasis on a “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement effort beginning Monday and extending through June 9, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). PennDOT is partnering with more than 600 law...

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...

DUI offender convicted – for 4th time

Prosecutor said drugs prompted driver to park in left lane of Turnpike By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times On March 17, a Franklin County driver stopped his car in the passing lane of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, initiating a series of events that eventually landed him behind bars, authorities said. On Tuesday night, after a two-day trial, a Chester County jury deliberated for less than...

License-center supervisor gets state prison term

Judge imposed sentence of 24 to 69 months Ali was sentenced to a prison term of 24 to 69 months. A Philadelphia man found guilty of fraudulently issuing driver’s licenses at a Chester County Drivers’ License Center received a state prison sentence of 24 to 49 months on Monday. Chester County Court Senior Judge Thomas G. Gavin imposed the penalty on Khalif Abdullah Ali, 44, a supervisor at the license...

2nd trooper involved in fiery crash leaves hospital

His partner was treated, released on Friday After a stay of more than three days, the second of two Avondale state troopers involved in a fiery crash on Friday was released from the hospital. Trooper Aaron Dykes, who also serves as the running backs’ coach for the Unionville High football team, left Christiana Hospital on Monday, where he had been listed in stable condition. Trooper Michael Hall...