Coatesville PD to focus on child car seat safety this week

COATESVILLE — As part of National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week, which runs from September 18 through 24, the City of Coatesville Police Department, Buckle Up PA, and the PA Traffic Injury Prevention Project announced this week they will partner in an enforcement mobilization to help reduce child injuries and fatalities. The mobilization will take place from September 18 through 30, 2016,...

Gun melt takes hundreds of weapons off streets

Coatesville PD organizes removal, disposal of weapons at ArcelorMittal By Lauren Parker- Gill, Staff Writer, The Times Coatesville Police officers load the unclaimed weapons directly from the evidence room, onto a truck to be safely transported to ArcelorMittal. COATESVILLE – In an effort to keep weapons and firearms out of the wrong hands and off the streets, the Coatesville Police Department organized...

Backpack event connects the needy with the caring

Almost 1,400 students in need get back to school supplies, bags By Lauren Parker-Gill, Staff Writer, The Times Jane Johnson, a member of the committee for the Back to School event and a board member of the Bridge Academy and Community Center, helped students choose their backpacks filled with school supplies Friday at Scott Middle School. Photo courtesy of Coatesville Back to School: Prepare for Success...

Officer Joseph Thompson sworn in to full-time position

City Council discusses initiatives for ‘make or break year’ By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Police Chief Jack Laufer (left) stands with Ofc. Joseph Thompson (right) after Thompson’s swearing in ceremony. COATESVILLE – Officer Joseph Thompson was sworn in to a full-time position at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Previously a part-time officer, Thompson has a combined...

Reward offered in unsolved Coatesville homicide

Information on former Downingtown track star’s murder could earn $5,000 Police said Alex Davis was gunned down on July 2, 2012, a homicide that remains unsolved. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction for a 2012 Coatesville homicide, authorities said Monday. The Citizens Crime Commission, Chester County Detectives, and Coatesville Police Department...

Victim: Punch to head caused him to drop cell phone

He said three teens stole it and fled on foot On Thursday at 10 p.m., Officer Joe Thompson, who was responding to a robbery report, was flagged down by the alleged victim, who was visibly shaken and bleeding from the right side of his head near his eye, police said. The victim said he had been standing in the unit block of South Fourth Avenue texting on his black Boost Mobile Seek Samsung, valued at...

D.A. to head regional crime-fighting committee

Tom Hogan to oversee intelligence for High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan was tapped to chair the Intelligence Committee for the region’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), a team that includes Coatesville Police. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan has been named chairman of the Intelligence Committee for the region’s High Intensity...

Victim describes knifepoint robbery of drugs

Police said assailant seized prescription medication, fled Coatesville Police responded to an assault on Friday at 2:32 p.m. in the 200 block of West Lincoln Highway, Det. Shannon Miller reported.  During the investigation, it was determined that Cruz Pizarro, 49, of Coatesville, had choked the victim at knifepoint while demanding prescription medication, police said. The victim, who did not require...

S. Coatesville man gets 25 years in federal prison

Police said 29-year-old supplied cocaine to dealers in West Chester, Coatesville Adam Scott IV, 29, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for drug-dealing and weapons offenses. A 29-year-old South Coatesville resident was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in federal prison on drug and weapons charges, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a news release. U.S. District Judge Petrese...

‘Fire Safety Day Camp’ to offer hands-on lessons

Coatesville firefighters, police will promote preventive education The Coatesville Bureau of Fire wants to remind residents that free smoke detectors are available by calling 610-384-0300, ext. 3101. Updated at 5:15 p.m. to add quote from fire chief The Coatesville Bureau of Fire, along with the Brandywine YMCA and Community Youth and Woman’s Alliance (CYWA), are pleased to announce their partnership...