July 12, 2013 |
The Chester County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday the arrest of 16 alleged drug traffickers in and around the county - shutting off what it called a "drug pipeline" to Mexico running through the county. The investigation ran for a year, District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a statement, and the final suspect was arrested last week. The other 15 were arrested over the last four months. Hogan said Chester County is part of a pipeline that moves drugs up and down the East Coast.
July 4, 2013 |
If a bunch of young, upstart environmentally conscious entrepreneurs were going to make the struggling Chester County borough of Modena their home base, then the name had to reflect their place and purpose. So Jim Bricker, Rob Mastrippolito, and Brendan Steer relocated Waste Oil Recyclers, their vegetable-oil fuel conversion business, and then renamed the industrial park they later purchased. Out of Modena came MoGreena. The tiny borough, about a third of a square mile with 585 residents, is now a hub for several like-minded businesses whose goal is to live with less.
July 2, 2013 |
The ambitions for what is one of the region's busiest, yet most pastoral, highway corridors are grand, and Chester County officials hope it ultimately becomes irresistible to developers. But to make anything happen along that stretch of Route 1 in far southern Chester County, officials are dealing with the underlying reality that the road to prosperity begins with the basics - such as the treatment of sewage. "Clean water is why we have civilization," says Ed Lennex, executive director of the Oxford Area Sewer Authority, which serves four towns in the Oxford area.
June 26, 2013 |
Rita Arnold, the former Chester County district judge charged with concealing a citation against her son, pleaded guilty Monday, according to court documents. Arnold was charged with obstruction of justice and tampering with records. The charges stem from a 2010 incident in which her sons got into a fight at her home. One son, Forrest Solomon, received a harassment citation that would have violated his probation. The fight occurred in Arnold's district and the case was assigned to her court.
June 15, 2013 |
Two lawyers have sued the Chester County District Attorney's Office claiming they were terminated from as prosecutors because of their ages. Edward J. Gallen, now 67, of Chester Springs, and Robert Miller, 57, of West Chester, were dismissed Jan. 12, just days after District Attorney Thomas Hogan took office and made sweeping changes. Two other lawyers older than 50, not named in the suit, also were let go; other employees were reassigned. Gallen had worked for the office since 2000 in the juvenile division.
June 5, 2013 |
A former Chester County Prison employee who has cared for more than 50 foster children has been charged with molesting two girls in his care, both under age 10. Leroy Mitchell, 60, of West Bradford Township, was being held in prison with bail set at $500,000, the Chester County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Mitchell was first arrested Friday in connection with an alleged assault on a 9-year-old, officials said. A follow-up investigation led to a second set of charges involving a girl between 7 and 9, they said.
May 25, 2013
A Chester County high school student brought a BB gun into a homeroom class and shot a classmate in the chest with a plastic pellet, police said Friday. The student was unharmed except for a "minor red mark" on his chest - and school administrators at Westtown's Rustin High School only learned about the incident after another student sent them an anonymous note, Westtown-East Goshen police said in a release. The 16-year-old student who brought the BB gun to school had been keeping it in his backpack; police said he brought the BB gun to school so he could take it to a friend's house afterward.
May 17, 2013 |
An AR-15 rifle - with a big boost from a controversy - has helped the Chester County Sheriff's Department raise more than $20,000 for its K9 unit. But the man who won the rifle in a raffle said it is unlikely a single shot will ever be fired from his prize. Mike Ivey, who has owned an auto-repair shop in West Chester for 27 years, said he entered the raffle after hearing about it on a TV news program. And he's so proud of his prize that he plans to frame it and hang it on his wall, right next to his winning ticket.
May 16, 2013 |
Three Chester County men already charged with a Coatesville murder have been indicted by a grand jury in a strategy aimed at preventing witness intimidation, officials said Wednesday. Taking advantage of a recent change in state law, District Attorney Tom Hogan said he opted for a grand-jury proceeding rather than have witnesses appear at a preliminary hearing. Hogan said a "stop snitching" culture, particularly well-entrenched in Coatesville, sometimes discourages witnesses from taking the stand.
May 8, 2013 |
An overnight fire has claimed the life of a Chester County resident. A North Coventry police officer on foot patrol noticed flames coming from a house in the 100 block of Mount Zion Ave. just before 4 a.m. Multiple fire companies arrived and extinguished the blaze at the single family home quickly, said Police Chief Robert Schurr. Police are not releasing details about the victim pending notification of next of kin, Schurr said. Most of the damage to the home was caused by smoke and heat, Schurr said.