Sheriff’s Office announces promotions

Jason Suydam WEST CHESTER — The Deputy Sheriff taking over as second in command of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office could have never predicted his career path. Jason Suydam, hired as a deputy sheriff in February 2006, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Deputy George March. Suydam was promoted to corporal in April 2008, sergeant in June 2010, lieutenant in March 2014,...

‘Sucker Punch’ suspect now wanted on unrelated warrants

Barry Baker The hits just keep on coming for Barry Baker, the former East Fallowfield man accused of sucker punching a disabled man in front of a West Chester 7-11 earlier this month: now he’s wanted for alleged violation of his probation/parole on a previous theft charge as well other warrants. To add to the misery for Baker, who quickly has gotten infamy around the world after video of...

Two recovery counselors found dead of apparent OD

The nightstand of one of the two overdoese victims, including apparent baggies of heroin. Two recovery counselors at a West Brandywine addiction recovery group home were found unresponsive and ultimately died from an apparent overdose of heroin and fentanyl, Sunday. “If anybody is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has become, this case is a frightening example,” Chester County District...

Ceppa named LCH’s new Primary Care Director

Dr. Federico Ceppa (left) with a patient during an on-site wellness visit at a local mushroom farm. KENNETT SQUARE — Dr. Federico Ceppa, MD, who joined La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) as a physician in October 2015, was recently appointed to Director of Primary Care. Dr. Ceppa lives out LCH’s mission of helping low-income families to stay healthy, build strong families, and lead productive lives....

George announces run for 16th Congressional seat

Dr. John George Dr. John George, a Lancaster County Democrat and an advocate for public education, announced his candidacy Wednesday for Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District. George is currently the executive director of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. He previously served as the superintendent of the Warwick School District and the executive director of the Berks County Intermediate...

Man charged with taunting, punching disabled man in W. Chester

An East Fallowfield man is charged with punching a disabled man in front of a West Chester 7-11. The Times has blurred the image of the victim’s face to protect his identity. Updated, 5/23, 2:30 p.m.: Corrects suspect’s town of residence, based on new information from his arraignment, Tuesday. WEST CHESTER — A Delaware man faces charges that he taunted and then sucker punched a...

Chesco Sheriff holds K-9 Unit graduation

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office graduates its second K-9 training class. On Friday, May 19, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office heralded the graduates of the county’s second K-9 patrol and narcotics training course during a 45-minute ceremony filled with pomp –and the dogs’ periodic panting. Addressing an audience of nearly 100, Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh...

Kennett Board of Supervisors thinking big, acting local

By Eliza Mohler, Staff Writer, The Times Real estate developer John Lynch (standing, far left) and Kennett Township Chief of Police Lydell Nolt (seated, far right) discuss plans for the Sinclair Springs development with residents. KENNETT – The Board of Supervisors looked to the future during Wednesday night’s meeting as they agreed to move forward with some initiatives to enhance life in the...

Waegel to lead county’s Department of Children, Youth and Familes

Douglas Waegel Douglas Waegel has been appointed by the Chester County Commissioners as the new Director of Chester County’s Department of Children Youth and Families. Waegel has served as deputy director of the department for nearly nine years and during this time he has been responsible for the provision of all public child welfare program services for Chester County residents including in-home...

KSQ Council takes close look at finances

By Eliza Mohler, Staff Writer, The Times Borough council members review maps regarding a zoning change request from the Delaware Valley Development Corporation at the former NVF site. KENNETT SQUARE – Monday night’s meeting of the Kennett Square Borough Council was in the money as the finance committee presented a report on reserve funds and account trends over the past six years. “As part...