New Garden gets report on permanent police station

Supervisors hear array of options, challenges for new facility  By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Former New Garden Township Supervisor Bob Norris (right) addresses the board as Police Chief Gerald R. Simpson, who assisted him in compiling a report on a new police facility, looks on. Whether the provisionally-housed New Garden Township Police Department remains on its own or becomes...

Alleged longtime vandal arrested in New Garden

Police say juvenile defaced buildings with “VANE” and “MOVE” tags By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times A vandal who has systematically defaced property in New Garden Township since the summer of 2012 has been arrested, police said on Thursday, May 1. In a news release, police said the graffiti tags “VANE” or “MOVE” have been prominently displayed on community buildings,...

Possibility of Kennett regional police force advances

Borough Council vote sets up free state study on feasibility By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Kennett Square Borough Manager Brant Kucera (from left) discusses finances as Borough Council President Leon R. Spencer Jr. and Mayor Matt Fetick listen. A quarterly assessment of finances, an update on the proposed historic district map and ordinance, and an analysis of the feasibility...

Ex-New Garden Twp. supervisor pleads guilty

Warren E. Reynolds admits to 5 counts of possessing child pornography By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Warren E. Reynolds A former New Garden Township supervisor pleaded guilty on Tuesday, March 4, in Chester County Court to five counts of possession of child pornography. Warren E. Reynolds, 52, of Avondale, who had originally been charged with more than 500 counts, entered the...

6 county watershed projects win state grants

Nearly $1 million will help fund initiatives to protect area creeks The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will invest more than $20.65 million in watershed protection projects, the state announced on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Six watershed protection projects in Chester County will receive $980,828 of the state funding through the Growing Greener Program, State Sen. Andy Dinniman in a...

For New Garden Twp., 24/7 police coverage

Supervisors also OK 2014 budget with no tax hike, 5-year police contract  By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times New Garden Township awards plaques of appreciation to three outgoing supervisors: Robert Perrotti (from left), Peter Scilla, and Bob Norris. In keeping with the holiday spirit, the New Garden Township supervisors came to Monday night’s meeting bearing gifts, including the...

D.A.: Collaboration needed to end heroin threat

‘We can’t arrest this problem away,’ he said By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Andy Rumford, a grieving father who founded Kacie’s Cause in memory of his daughter, urges an audience in New Garden Township not to ignore the warning signs of heroin abuse. The county’s chief law-enforcement officer had positive and negative updates on the heroin epidemic that has infiltrated...

7th of 12 defendants in bonfire stabbing sentenced

Former Avon Grove High student will spend 40 to 80 years behind bars By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Graffiti often signals the presence of rival gangs who want to mark their territory, according to police. The seventh of 12 defendants charged in a 2011 Avondale double homicide fueled by gang rancor was sentenced Wednesday in Chester County Court. James L. Jones, 21, of West Grove,...

D.A.: Convicted sex offender back behind bars

He allegedly returned to U.S. after being deported but was spotted by county detective By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Bolivar Barrios, 25, is behind bars again after a Chester County detective recognized the former Avondale resident as a convicted felon who had been deported, authorities said. A convicted sex offender who had been deported after serving prison time is back in...

2-month-old child reunited with mother

New Garden Police said baby was taken by mother’s ex-boyfriend Domingo Flores-Pajaro, 18, has been charged with robbery, burglary, and other offenses after allegedly abducting his 2-month-old son on Thursday, police said. An 18-year-old  mother who had her 2-month-old son wrenched from her care on Thursday in New Garden Township by her ex-boyfriend was reunited with the child several hours later,...