Chester County’s Blocker tabbed to head State Police

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf today nominated New London’s Tyree C. Blocker to be the next commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. Blocker, 62, has 30 years of experience with the Pennsylvania State Police, starting as a trooper and rising to the rank of major before retiring in 2005. Long active in local law enforcement, he served as a member of a working group to help Coatesville...

State Police Operation Nighthawk nets 162 arrests

State police from numerous stations in and around Chester County teamed up with officers from twenty three municipal police departments to conduct Operation Nighthawk on March 27-28 2015. Operation Nighthawk is a specialized training and enforcement program aimed at reducing impaired driving. A total of 127 State and Municipal Police Officers participated in the event.    Send...

Pocopson supervisors question timber cut

New access road may mean other approvals required By John Gondol, Correspondent, The Times Jeff Stover explains the alternate access route for a proposed timber cut to the Pocopson Board of Supervisors, Monday. POCOPSON – The township’s Board of Supervisors is awaiting an amended application regarding the a timber harvest plan after the owner of the Marlborough Road tract challenges the board’s...

State Police: eight die in Pa. holiday crashes

During the five-day Christmas holiday driving period, which took place from Dec. 24 through Dec. 28, 2014, State Police investigated a total of 728 crashes, the agency said Tuesday. The crashes resulted in 224 injuries and eight deaths. All eight individuals who died were not wearing seat belts. Ninety-eight of the crashes were alcohol-related and involved two fatalities. Troopers made 327 arrests...

State Police: stay safe for holidays

Christmas/New Years are heavily traveled holidays and the Pennsylvania State Police want everyone to enjoy the holiday season. Pennsylvania State Troopers in Troop J will be closely monitoring highway travel in Chester County over the holiday season especially where analysis has shown higher incidents of serious injury and fatal crashes. Troopers will focus on serious traffic violations, such as...

Kennett school evacuated after bomb threat

600 students and faculty displaced while authorities searched building By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Greenwood Elementary School students return to the building Friday, as State Police and other law enforcement officials look on, after a bomb threat led to the evacuation of the building, Friday. KENNETT — Students were evacuated from Greenwood Elementary School Friday morning after a “very...

State Police: reminder to lock cars and homes

Child seat safety event planned for Sept. 17 AVONDALE — The Pennsylvania State Police reminded local residents Wednesday that they should to be sure and take the time to lock doors to their vehicles and homes. Police said, as always, criminals look for easy access to property and an unlocked garage or car door can be the perfect opportunity. Residents can help protect their home and family by taking...

State Police continue to investigate Rt. 926 fatal crash

EAST MARLBOROUGH — State Police continue to investigate an accident that killed a Kennett man on Rt. 926, just after midnight Sunday. Police said that Arthur Joseff Teitsort-Birog, 24, was riding his bicycle east bound on Rt. 926 near Schoolhouse Lane when the accident occurred. A Pocopson man, Alan Michael Medina Barajas, 21, was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty eastbound on the roadway at the same time. Police...

State, local police to crack down on DUI this weekend

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Pennsylvania State Police and local police are partnering to make the Independence Day holiday travel safer through enforcement targeted at motorists impaired by drugs or alcohol. “Last year we saw Pennsylvanians make smarter decisions when it came to impaired driving over the Independence Day holiday, and I hope we continue to see that positive...

State Police end brief Pocopson standoff

Rt. 842 briefly closed after domestic dispute POCOPSON — A township man was taken into custody following an alleged domestic dispute Wednesday night, in an event ended up closing Route 842 for a period of time while police worked to resolve the situation, State Police said. State police were called to a township home on a report of a domestic dispute, and when the male half of the couple refused...