Ost-Prisco named to national arson investigation group

Pictured from left to right: Elizabeth A. Schew, Assistant Chester County Fire Marshal; John A. Weer, Chester County Chief County Fire Marshal; John DiBuonaventuro, Chester County Sheriff’s Office; K-9 Leo, Chester County Sheriff’s Office; and Tom Ost-Prisco, Chester County Deputy District Attorney. WEST CHESTER — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced that Deputy District...

Flu vaccine clinics scheduled around Chester County

WEST CHESTER — With the start of flu season already underway, the Chester County Health Department is offering flu vaccinations at schools and community sites from September through November. Clinics are open to the entire community without an appointment. An annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged six months and older. “Because the weather is still warm, it is hard to believe that...

Wolf visits Coatesville redevelopment projects

Gov. Tom Wolf, pictured with James DePetris, CEO of DEPG Associates (left) and City Council member Ed Simpson (right), greeted residents at Fuel City Cafe as he visited Coatesville Friday to tour the revitalization project that is now underway in the city. By Lauren Parker, News Editor, The Times  COATESVILLE – Gov. Tom Wolf paid a surprise visit to the city Friday afternoon to observe the revitalization...

Brandywine Picnic Park leads collection for Harvey victims

By JP Phillips, Correspondent, The Times People dropping off donations on a rainy Saturday at Brandywine Picnic Park to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. EAST BRADFORD — The owners of Brandywine Picnic Park and Hickory House Catering are no strangers to dealing with floods. Gripping the banks of Brandywine Creek just outside of West Chester, the park floods at least once per year. A three-inch...

Local mushroom grower to hold Harvey donation collection

KENNETT SQUARE — The area’s mushroom growers are working to give back to the community, especially those impacted by Hurricane Harvey — starting with a pair of community drives next week. South Mill, one of the largest mushroom growers and distributors in the area, has opened their Cypress Street facility for donations going to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. In addition to a financial...

Chesco planning launches photo contest

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Planning Commission launched a Landscapes3 photo contest at noon today to highlight the county’s greatest asset: people. The Planning Commission is seeking photos of people as they live, work, visit, or play in Chester County. The photos can focus on people in different settings, including businesses, homes, downtowns, public community events, and outdoors, among...

Two face charges of seeking ‘murder for hire’

Christopher Pickard Two people from State College are facing charges that they engaged in a murder for hire scheme to silence a potential witness in a drug bust earlier this year in Charlestown. District Attorney Tom Hogan said that Christopher Pickard and Latrice Harrington attempted to arrange the death of another person — presumably a person who was in the car with Pickard when he was arrested...

Costello announces $2.4M grant for Schuylkill Highlands

Rep. Ryan Costello receives a tour of Hopewell Furnace from National Historic Site Manager David Blackburn in August of 2017 Rep. Ryan Costello (R-6) Thursday announced the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has received an award in the amount of $2,420,000 for land acquisition in the Schuylkill Highlands Project Area. The grant is through the federal Highlands Conservation...

Chesco’s Kichline and Cozzone elected as officers for Pa. County Commissioners Association

Chester County Commissioners Kathi Cozzone (left) and Michelle Kichline (center) were recently elected as 2018 officers of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP). Commissioner Terence Farrell (right) will serve as CCAP District 5 representative. WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Kathi Cozzone were recently elected as officers of the County Commissioners...

Police make arrest in hate gaffiti

COATESVILLE – City police say they’ve arrested a city man in connection with a series of Neo-Nazi inspired hate graffiti incidents in the city and in neighboring Valley. George F. Rissell, 24, was taken into custody after police received an anonymous tip via a smart phone app, combined with images from various surveillance cameras near where the incidents took place. With that information,...