Chester County Prison receives State Best Practices Award

Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline (left), Marian Moskowitz (center right) and Josh Maxwell (right) present the Criminal Justice Systems for the 21st Century Award to Chris Murphy, Chief of Probation, Parole and Pretrial Services for Chester County. WEST CHESTER — Chester County Prison has been selected as state-wide winner, receiving the 21st Century Criminal Justice Best Practices Awards...

Chesco Prison inmates charged with COVID-related benefits fraud

PHILADELPHIA – First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that twelve Chester County Prison inmates and their accomplices were charged federally with fraudulently applying for and obtaining emergency unemployment benefits related to COVID-19.  The defendants are charged with submitting false applications claiming that the prison inmates lost jobs as a result of...

Man faces ‘dreaded’ heroin charge

Allegedly smuggled drug into Chester Co. Prison in his hair Jarrett Mason POCOPSON — A Philadelphia man may have had one of the all-time bad hair days after reportedly smuggling packets of heroin into Chester County Prison last month, stashed within his dreadlocks, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said. Hogan said that Jarrett Mason was arrested on drug charges in Phoenixville on July 15...

Letter: Chesco corrections officers deserve better pay

To The Editor: Is your health and safety worth more than $34,000 per year? What about the health and safety of your children? Your family? Your neighbors? Your community? Does our community think that a human life is worth more than $34,000?

Guard, 7 others charged with smuggling drugs into Chester Co. Prison

Douglas Keck POCOPSON — A corrections officer at Chester County Prison is being charged with allegedly being part of a scheme to smuggle drugs to inmates, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Monday. Douglas Keck, 45, of Pottstown was charged along with seven other individuals — including four inmates at the prison — in organizing an operation to smuggle heroin, Subutex (a narcotic...

DA: Man accused of firing at police arraigned

Bail for 32-year-old set at $2 million; he has not left hospital yet Andre E. “Needles” Fiorentino faces attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting at two Coatesville police officers on Saturday. The 32-year-old Coatesville man accused of shooting at two city police officers on Saturday, Nov. 23, has been arrested and arraigned, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Monday...

City man accused of firing shots Saturday morning

Police say he denied having gun but search revealed revolver with rounds missing After being dispatched to the 500 block of Walnut Street on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 12:26 a.m. for a report of shots fired, Coatesville Officer Joe Thompson canvassed the area with no success, police said. However, he conducted a pedestrian stop on a man fitting the description of the shooter, who said he did not have a...

Police: Foot pursuit yields suspected cocaine, weapon

19-year-old Coatesville man faces multiple charges On Thursday at 1:45, Coatesville Police Cpl. Jonathan Shave observed a man who matched the description of an actor involved in an earlier robbery and stopped Sheron J. Purnell, 19, of Coatesville, after a brief foot pursuit, police said. Purnell was found to be in possession of several bags of suspected cocaine and a CZ52 7.62-caliber firearm, police...

Armed robber hits city convenience store

Police said knife-wielding man grabbed $90 from cash register On Wednesday, Coatesville Police responded to a convenience store in the 600 block of East Lincoln Highway for an armed-robbery dispatch at 8:39 p.m., Cpl. Jonathan Shave reported. Police said a light-skinned Hispanic or black male, who was wearing a ski mask and gloves, entered the store armed with a knife and went behind the register....

Screeching tires get attention of police

Oxford driver cited for blaring music, failing to display inspection stickers First, the screeching wheels from rapid acceleration got the attention of Coatesville police on patrol in the 100 block of East Lincoln Highway on Wednesday at 7:49 p.m., Officer Brenden M. Boyle reported. The blue Chevrolet station wagon, also had  music blaring in violation of the city’s noise ordinance, police said....