‘Operation Silent Night’ returns, 40 arrested

COATESVILLE — With urban crime again on the rise around the country, local and county law enforcement moved to bring back “Operation Silent Night” in an attempt to stem violent crime and drug dealing in the city, with this summer’s operation leading to the arrest of 40 people. Chester County district Attorney Tom Hogan announced the results of the reconstituted program, Tuesday,...

Hogan to chair regional drug strike force

From left to right: Sam Rabadi, Special Agent in Charge, from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, the outgoing Chair of HIDTA; District Attorney Tom Hogan; SAC Gary Tuggle; and HIDTA Executive Director Jerry Daley . Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan has been named Chair of the region’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”) Program Executive Board. Gary...

DA: Chesco child abuse reports spike in 2015

WEST CHESTER — Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Wednesday that reports of child abuse in Chester County shot up from 414 in 2014 to 1306 in 2015. Hogan said he expected the number to rise in 2016, in addition. Three factors, Hogan said, appear to be driving the increase.

County Chief of Detectives Vito to retire at end of 2015

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan congratulates Chief of Chester County Detectives James Vito on his retirement, effective at the end of the year. WEST CHESTER — The county’s top investigative officer, Chester County Detectives Chief James Vito will retire at the end of 2015, District Attorney Tom Hogan said Wednesday. Vito currently is the longest serving member of the District Attorney’s...

Corbin, Hogan to host scam prevention seminar

WEST BRANDYWINE — State Rep. Becky Corbin (R-155) said Monday that space is still available for residents of the 155th District to attend a Scam Prevention Seminar she’s hosting with Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan this Thursday, Oct. 1.  It will start at 7 p.m. and take place in the auditorium of Freedom Village, 15 West Brandywine Ave. The seminar is free and open to any of Corbin’s...

Hogan, area DAs push for PreK to cut crime

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan speaks at a legislative breakfast Wednesday in support of expansion of funding for pre-kindergarten programs. KING OF PRUSSIA — Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan and other southeast Pennsylvania prosecutors came out strong this week to support an initiative by Gov. Tom Wolf to fund pre-kindergarten programs as a long-term way to boost high school...

Rehiring Ellison begs a lot of questions

Why just tops the list of explanations needed by CASD board By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times As you probably know, we do get our share of reader comments. Many are supportive, encouraging and enlightening. Some are nasty and pointless (we tend to remove those without editorial or commentary value) and some are humorous. Once in a great while, even when clearly wearing a troll hat, a commentator will...

5 years after slayings, $10,000 reward still exists

Police seeking public’s help to solve young couple’s double homicide  By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times A $15,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the prosecution of whoever fatally shot Carnell Parker, 24, and his girlfriend, Shontae Peterson, 21, on July 6, 2008, in Coatesville. On July 6, 2008, a Coatesville woman who had just turned 21 and was...

D.A.: Caln Twp. homicide defendant in custody

Accompanied by his attorney, 19-year-old surrenders at Justice Center Police said Joseph Durham, 36, was shot by his stepson, Deviane Scott, 19, on Monday night at their residence in Thorndale. A 19-year-old Caln Township homicide defendant surrendered to authorities Thursday evening, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said. Hogan said Deviane Scott, accompanied by his attorney, Shaka M. Johnson,...

Chesco D.A. sued for age discrimination

Two former prosecutors claim no other basis existed for termination Updated at 8 p.m. with comment from county solicitor By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. Two former Chester County prosecutors allege that their termination after a new district attorney took office constituted age discrimination. In a suit filed Wednesday in federal court,...