Have a happy — and Safe — Labor Day weekend

Although we may all be dodging raindrops — and potential thunderstorms  —throughout the weekend, this Labor Day weekend, it makes sense to pay attention to a few details to keep your long weekend happy and safe. Whether, like many of us, you plan to stay home and fire up the grill for one last summer weekend, or if you’re hitting the road for one last weekend at the shore, Red Cross offers...

PA State Police help make meals a reality for all

Thanksgiving food drive kicks off a season long effort supporting area food pantries   By Kim Chiomento, News Editor, The Times   AVONDALE – Troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police (PASP) – Avondale Barracks recently held a Thanksgiving food drive to help the Chester County Food Bank replenish its supplies.  State-wide, the PASP will be assisting more than 60 meal sites and 40...

Four reportedly attack man, steal valuables

Police say afternoon assault occurred Monday in 400 block of E. Lincoln Highway On Monday, Jan. 26, at 2:15 p.m., Officer Miguel A. Ortiz made contact with an alleged robbery victim at City Hall, police said. The alleged victim said three unknown black males and one unknown black female, all wearing dark clothing. attacked him in the 400 block of East Lincoln Highway and stole his wallet, cell phone,...

Pennsylvania launches designated-driver initiative

Inspired by young ensign’s death, campaign aims to prevent similar tragedies State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan was one of the speakers at a news conference announcing Pennsylvania’s participation in a designated-driver campaign to prevent tragedies on state roadways. On July 22, 2000, U.S. Navy Ensign John R. Elliott, just two months out of the Naval Academy, was killed in Salem County,...

Free child safety seat checks scheduled

State police urging parents, caregivers to have equipment inspected  Every day, about two children aged 12 or younger die and 325 are injured in motor-vehicle accidents across the country, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Research also shows that three out of four children are not as secure in the car as they should...

Veteran law-enforcer returns to county roots

Sheriff selects Caln Township resident as chief deputy By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh (left) announces her selection of George P. March as chief deputy sheriff, filling a position that has been vacant since January. For the new Chester County chief deputy sheriff, the position, which was announced Wednesday, represents a repeat...

Modena automotive business targeted in probe

State police said Coatesville owner sold counterfeit inspection stickers A Coatesville man who operates  a Modena automotive business called Joe’s Detailing has been charged with issuing fake inspection and emissions stickers, said state police from the Lancaster barracks. Police said an investigation of Joseph C. Gathercole, 48, began when a person who had purchased a vehicle with a fraudulent...

D.A.: Mexican drug pipeline to county busted

Sixteen defendants face cocaine-trafficking charges By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Moise “Moi” Lantigua-Ayala (clockwise from top left), 29, of Reading; Fidencio “La Tusa” Avalos, 42, of Kennett Square; Jonathan “Cesar” Garcia Sanchez, 25, of Wilmington, De.; Jesus Zamora-Zamora, 40, of Wilmington, De.; Benjamin Lara-Medina, 38, of Wilmington, De.; Cesar Morales Castillo,...

Police: Wrong-way driver arrested on drug warrant

She is also accused of failing to possess valid driver’s license On Thursday at 8:46 p.m., Cpl. Jeffrey Ingemie conducted a traffic stop on a white Mitsubishi Outlander that was viewed driving the wrong way in the 600 block of East Harmony Street, police said. The operator, Lidia Perez-Melendez, 51, of Coatesville, did not possess a valid driver’s license but did have an active warrant from...

Seat-belt enforcement initiative begins

Failure to buckle up can result in citations, officials warn The majority of traffic fatalities involving unbuckled victims occurred at night last year, spurring a nighttime emphasis on a “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement effort beginning Monday and extending through June 9, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). PennDOT is partnering with more than 600...