Sheriff’s fugitive unit keeps under the radar

Members of the Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit don some of the equipment they wear on the job. WEST CHESTER — It comes as no surprise that few people know much about the Chester County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit: It often works under cover of darkness. Before most county residents have awakened, the eight members of this elite team have donned 35 pounds of equipment...

On Stage (Bonus): Reel Big Fish on a ‘Beer Run’

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Reel Big Fish A hot summer night, live music under the stars and a variety of tasty craft beers on tap is a combination that’s hard to beat. Reel Big Fish, a ska-punk band from California, is older that the legal age to drink in every state. So, it’s more than acceptable for the band from Huntington Beach to launch a national tour in celebration of America’s...

Chesco Emergency Services tabbed for awards

Chester County has received two achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for programs developed by the county’s Department of Emergency Services. The two programs – Care Under Fire and Youth First Responder’s Career Training – picked up the accolades within NACo’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety category. Both awards will be formally recognized on July 23 at...

Coatesville PD, Times’ image honored by DOJ

Viral shot of officer and kids in splash pad wins COPS June photo award The image of a Coatesville Police Officer enjoying the city’s new Splash Pad as photographed by Times’ News Editor Lauren Parker last year became a viral image across the Internet and now, an award-winning image symbolizing community policing, after the U.S. Department of Justice COPS program honored it for its June,...

Commissioners present $25K check to Food Bank

: Commissioner Kathi Cozzone; Larry Welsh, Executive Director of the Chester County Food Bank; Norm Horn, Director of Development at the Chester County Food Bank; Commissioner Michelle Kichline and Commissioner Terence Farrell. WESTTOWN — The Chester County Commissioners presented a check for $25,000 to representatives from the Chester County Food Bank this week. The funds are part of the County’s...

Briggs named as new CEO of Brandywine Health Foundation

Vanessa Briggs COATESVILLE — The Brandywine Health Foundation Board of Directors today announced that Vanessa Briggs has been named as the foundation’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Briggs will assume her position effective July 17, 2017. She replaces long-time President and CEO Frances Sheehan, who left last year to run an non-profit in Delaware County.

Sheriffs, U.S. Marshalls apprehend ‘sucker punch’ suspect

Barry Baker WEST CHESTER — The former East Fallowfield man charged with sucker punching a man with cerebral palsy in front of a borough 7-11 has been taken into custody, Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh announced Monday morning. According to authorities, the Chester County Sheriff’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Chester County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, working with the...

Costello, Meehan, Casey rip Trump decision on Paris Agreement

Three of Chester County’s federal elected officials, U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R-6), U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan (R-7) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D) took strong issue with President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw from the Paris Agreement to limit carbon emissions. The county’s other two elected officials — U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-16) and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey appear...

Sheriff’s Office announces promotions

Jason Suydam WEST CHESTER — The Deputy Sheriff taking over as second in command of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office could have never predicted his career path. Jason Suydam, hired as a deputy sheriff in February 2006, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Deputy George March. Suydam was promoted to corporal in April 2008, sergeant in June 2010, lieutenant in March 2014, and...

Dinniman, Lewis hail additional state funds for Coatesville revitalization

State Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19) and State Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-74) announced Thursday that a $3.2 million construction loan, as well as $2.1 million in additional state grant funding, was approved for the Coatesville Gateway Redevelopment Project.   The Commonwealth Finance Authority approved the funding today through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Business...