Traffic stop in borough leads to drug arrests

Police said two men face multiple charges Following a traffic stop in the 500 block of Center Street on Oct. 21 at 9:15 p.m., Kennett Square Police said they arrested Jose Rodriguez, 31, address unknown, for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Rodriguez was arraigned at Kennett district court and remanded to Chester County Prison after failing to post $3,000...

Alleged drunkenness leads to double trouble

Police: Borough man’s inebriation prompts records’ check that shows bench warrant On June 8 at 9:51 p.m., Kennett Square police cited Alejandro Lopez, 42, of Kennett Square, for public drunkenness in the 100 block of East South Street, police said.  Officers determined that Lopez had a bench warrant from Chester County, and he was released to constables for transport to Chester County...

County: No records on children fostered by defendant

Data not within state requirements for retention, officials said By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Leroy K. Mitchell, accused in two cases of child molestation, served as a foster parent in Chester County from 1989 to 1997, county officials said. An attempt to learn more about the foster-parenting history of the former county employee accused of molesting two girls in his care...

Former foster parent waives hearings on sex charges

Prosecutor says investigators have identified other possible victims By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Leroy K. Mitchell, 60, a former foster parent and corrections officer, waived two preliminary hearings Monday on charges that he molested two young girls. A former Chester County foster parent and corrections officer waived his preliminary hearings Monday morning in two, separate...

Longtime foster parent accused of molesting 2 girls

Chester County D.A. urging other potential victims to come forward By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Leroy Mitchell, a longtime foster parent and corrections officer, is accused of molesting two young girls. A longtime foster parent has been charged with molesting two children, ages 9 and under, in his care, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Tuesday. Leroy Mitchell,...

IRS review letter an alert to identity theft

Victim learns that someone used her Social Security number to file for refund Police are investigating a couple of thefts and a case of identify theft. The Internal Revenue Service surprised a resident of the 100 block of West Mulberry Street with a letter stating that the agency was reviewing her 2012 tax return before issuing a refund, Kennett Square police said. The scrutiny was apparently...

Police vigilance lands litigious parolee back in prison

Chester County Prison becomes latest target of Jonathan Lee Riches’ ire By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Jonathan Lee Riches in an undated mugshot released by authorities. Bruce Springsteen, Bam Margera, Viagra, the National Football League, Geno’s Steaks, and Kim Kardashian share a bizarre distinction: They are among thousands of subjects who piqued the wrath of a Chester...

D.A.: Escape plan of 2 alleged murderers gets thwarted

Four arrested in plot to spring two inmates from Chester County Prison By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times District Attorney Tom Hogan displays a piece of thick, security glass similar to the one the alleged conspirators hoped to shatter with a center punch or the ceramic innards of a spark plug. All that separated two alleged murderers in Chester County Prison from freedom in...

Attempting to flee accident scene leads to more charges

New Garden police said a Coatesville driver  struck another man with his vehicle The aftermath of a July 6 accident turned violent, and now a 31-year-old Coatesville man in in custody, New Garden Township police said. FaIsrael Franco-Venites, also known as Javier Maldonado, was charged with drunken-driving, aggravated assault, and related offenses after he allegedly attempted to flee an accident...