Police make arrest in hate gaffiti

COATESVILLE – City police say they’ve arrested a city man in connection with a series of Neo-Nazi inspired hate graffiti incidents in the city and in neighboring Valley. George F. Rissell, 24, was taken into custody after police received an anonymous tip via a smart phone app, combined with images from various surveillance cameras near where the incidents took place. With that information,...

Cache of drugs, weapons discovered in Coatesville home

Man sought in connection with activities at the home Ronald Smith COATESVILLE — A city man is being sought in connection to a cache of drugs and weapons discovered in his Valley Road home after police and other law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant there on Nov. 11. City police said Friday that they found “large quantities” of drugs, five firearms, and money after executing...

Arrest made in Coatesville murder

Sheron “Ryda” Purnell COATESVILLE — Authorities announced they have made an arrest in a fatal October shooting, Wednesday. Sheron “Ryda” Purnell, 22, has been charged in the Oct. 3 shooting death of Kevin Jalbert on 6th Avenue. He was arrested Nov. 2, according to Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan and city Police Chief Jack Laufer. Authorities said that the shooting...

Police arrest alleged heroin trafficker

Allegedly operated out of Route 82 barbershop in Coatesville By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times COATESVILLE — City police say they’ve put a stop to a heroin and crack cocaine trafficker, allegedly operating out of a West Side barber shop, making an arrest Tuesday and executing search warrants in multiple locations. Police, working with the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Caln Township...