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,...

Van de Krol to replace Crossan as Clerk of Courts candidate

Yolanda Van de Krol WEST CHESTER – The county’s Democratic Party announced formally on Wednesday that Yolanda de Krol will replace Maria Crossan on the fall ballot for Clerk of Courts. Crossan withdrew from the race, citing family concerns, earlier this month. The party’s Executive Committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to back Van de Krol. She will face Republican Robin Marcello,...

Officials denounce Neo-Nazi graffiti in Coatesville, Valley

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Police are looking for information about who tagged walls, signs, pavement and a car with racist graffiti in Coatesville’s West End and neighboring Valley Township, late Tuesday evening. According to police, a person or persons spray painted swastikas and racial epithets on walls garage doors and a Mercedes Benz, along with Neo-Nazi/White Supremacists codes. Police...

Cozzone pledges to continue bipartisan work in bid for Lt. Gov.

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times State Rep. Carolyn Comitta speaks during Tuesday’s formal announcement by County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone that she would run for Lt. Gov. WEST CHESTER — County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone formally announced her candidacy for Lt. Governor, Tuesday, surrounded by supporters, friends and family on the steps of the historic old courthouse. The formal decision...

Nurses, impacted families meet with Costello

Congressman Ryan Costello meets with families who are participating in the Chester County Nurse-Family Partnership Program. From left to right: Gina Martinez with her nine month old son Isah; Dale and Deja Joseph with their seven month old daughter Aria; and Congressman Costello. WEST CHESTER — Two Chester County families and nurses and staff from the Chester County Health Department met with Congressman...

Cozzone to announce bid for Lt. Gov

Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone will formally announce Tuesday that she plans to run for Lt. Governor in 2018. She plans a formal announcement on the steps of the Historic Courthouse in West Chester at 2 p.m.

Sheriff under fire over ‘like’ of FB post defending KKK, neo-Nazi groups

Updated, 4:00 p.m. With expanded comments from Caln Commissioner Josh Young By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh The Sheriff of Chester County is under fire from county Democrats, local elected officials and social media users after liking a Facebook post that suggested Klan members, Neo-Nazi’s and White Supremacists offer less of threat to property...

Dinniman critical of PSSA changes, Ed. department conduct

State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19) WEST CHESTER – State Senator Andy Dinniman, Minority Chair of the Senate Education Committee, released the following statement in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement Monday on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and the administration’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan: “While I’d be the first to welcome any...

Poll: local businesses see boost in county’s biz outlook

The Chester County Commissioners announced the results of the annual business survey, Tuesday. (l-r) Terence Farrell, Chester County Commissioner; Mike Grigalonis, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC); MaryFrances McGarrity, Senior Vice President of Business Development Services, Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC);...

Mayor’s 5K will help take on gender-based violence

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times DOWNINGTOWN — Working to help fight for victims of gender-based violence is something few could argue with, but for some, it is an issue driven by deeply personal experiences, experiences that force one to take action, rather than sit back. Borough Mayor Josh Maxwell certainly falls into that latter category. He has been a tireless advocate for victims of such abuse...