Updated ‘Move Over’ law goes into effect today

Pennsylvania’s updated law requiring motorists to move over when an emergency or broken down vehicle is on the side of the road takes effect today — and with fines starting at $500 for the first violation, it is something drivers will want to pay a lot of attention to. The new law requires motorists to either move over — or if unable to do so, slow down to 20 miles an hour below...

COVID-19 Update, April 13: Mid-Atlantic states to work together to plan ‘reopening’

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Better numbers and a process to create a plan to reopen the region, Monday, may be the first signs that the tide is turning in the battle against the deadly COVID-19 virus. New case and fatality numbers in Pennsylvania and Chester County fell Sunday, as the governors of a number of Mid-Atlantic states announced process to jointly create a plan to slowly reopen...

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...

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...

Avondale trooper cleared of brutality charge

Kelly Cruz had been accused of stomping suspect in head during drug raid Updated at 1:15 p.m. with state police comment By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Kelly Cruz More than four years after being accused of using excessive force during a drug bust, a veteran state police narcotics investigator has been acquitted of federal civil rights charges. A jury deliberated less than...

Traffic stop reportedly leads to drug arrest

Kennett Square Police: Driver under influence of controlled substance Kennett Square officers arrested Fermin Gomez-Castillo, 18, of Wilmington, De., following a traffic stop on Tuesday, March 4, at 12:35 a.m. in the 400 block of West State Street, police said. Gomez-Castillo was released to a relative pending a summons from district court on charges that include driving under the influence of...

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,...

Police: Man enters house, crashes on couch

22-year-old Lincoln University resident cited for public drunkenness On Sunday, Nov. 17, at 5:13 a.m., Kennett Square Police cited Mario Hall, 22, of Lincoln University, for public drunkenness after he entered an unlocked residence in the 300 block of South Union Street and fell asleep on the couch, police said. Kennett Square Police cited Ofelia Garcia-Quintana, 67, of Kennett Square on Monday,...

State police cite speeding in one-vehicle crash

Kennett Square woman reportedly lost control of Tahoe on Kaolin Road State police from the Avondale barracks cited a 31-year-old Kennett Square resident for speeding after she was involved in a one-vehicle accident on Nov. 22 at 9:39 p.m. Police said Lucia Castro was traveling south on Kaolin Road in Kennett Township and lost control of her 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe as she attempted to turn right onto...

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...