Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Man arrested on gun, drug charges following early morning traffic stop in Coatesvill­e


A Coatesvill­e man was arrested on weapons and drug charges following a traffic stop in Coatesvill­e.

On Jan. 30, 2023 at approximat­ely 3 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop of an unregister­ed vehicle in the 300 block of East Chestnut Street in Coatesvill­e. Contact was made with the driver and two other occupants of the vehicle. During a consent search of the vehicle, a loaded polymer handgun and small amount of marijuana and drug parapherna­lia were located.

The items were found to belong to a passenger of the vehicle, Frederick Mason, age 27. Mason was taken into custody and transporte­d to station where he was processed and arraigned on charges of firearms not to be carried without a license and possession of small amount of marijuana and drug parapherna­lia. Mason was unable to post bail and remanded to the Chester County Prison.

Police reports from across the region:

State police, Avondale Robbery

State police are investigat­ing a Jan. 29 robbery at the CVS on Baltimore Pike in East Marlboroug­h Township. Two people, a man and a woman, stole an estimated $562 worth of merchandis­e, police said.

Oxford Narcotics found

On Feb. 6, 2023, an Oxford Public Works employee found a Ziplock bag containing the narcotics in the attached photo. The bag was found in the area of Sunny Dell Foods on North Fifth Street. If anyone misplaced their bag of narcotics, please stop by the Police Department to claim your property.


On Jan. 31, 2023, at 12:50 p.m. the Oxford Police attempted a warrant service in the unit block of Addison Street. Contact was made with Jonathan Zavala-Alfaro, 21, of Oxford who was confirmed to have a Chester County Bench Warrant for failure to appear for a DUI. Zavala-Alfaro was taken into custody without incident and transporte­d by Constables to Chester County Prison.

Unlawful use of credit card

On Jan. 30, Michael D. Johnson (42-year-old of Philadelph­ia, PA) was released from the custody of Philadelph­ia Department of Prisons to the custody of the Westtown-East Goshen Police for extraditio­n to Chester County, PA, related to an Arrest Warrant issued by the Westtown-East Goshen Police on 10/9/2019 following an investigat­ion into the unauthoriz­ed use of an East Goshen Township resident’s credit card in May 2019. Michael Johnson’s bail was set at $15,000, and his preliminar­y hearing was scheduled at District Court.

West Chester Terroristi­c threats

On Jan. 27 at approximat­ely 9:29 p.m., West Chester Police officers responded to a residence in the 300 Block of Star Tavern Lane for the report of a disturbanc­e. Following an investigat­ion, Stephen Hawkins, 41, West Chester, was taken into custody for terroristi­c threats and harassment. Hawkins was transporte­d to West Chester Police Department for processing and then to Chester County Prison for arraignmen­t. A preliminar­y hearing is pending at District Court.

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