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October 2022

Coatesville Campus Closed After 16th Threat of Year Received

October 31, 2022

Dear CASH and CAIHS Parents and Staff, The Coatesville Area School District is extremely dismayed by the continuation of threats of violence on our high school campus. We are working diligently and with urgency to put an end to these threats. We met this morning with Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan, Chester County Emergency Management Services, the Pennsylvania Attorney General, the Director of the Safe2Say tip line, a representative from the FBI, Caln Police Chief Joe Elias, and our own Coatesville School District Chief of Police. Each of these agencies is employing additional resources and is collaborating on a joint effort to put an end to false tips and threats. We have elevated this situation well beyond our school district, and we are grateful for the support and collaboration of these agencies. Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan has asked that we share this message with our parents: “We are committed to ensuring the safety of everyone in the district and take that responsibility extremely seriously. We are working with local, state, and federal authorities to put an end to these false reports and will prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, anyone who engages in this unlawful behavior. These disruptions and attempts at causing fear will not be tolerated.” We are in agreement that we simply cannot take a chance with the lives of our staff and students, and must act cautiously as we work with law enforcement authorities to evaluate each tip and threat. As a District we are also increasing the urgency to ensure that each CAIHS and CASH student has a Chromebook so that we can quickly move to virtual instruction. While this is not ideal, it can help us to keep our students learning during this troubling time of disruption. We encountered a shortage of Chromebooks this summer when a number of them were broken and/or unaccounted for when they were collected at the end of the 2021-22 school year. We’ve been working to correct that. We’ll continue to communicate with you about this issue. Sincerely, Richard F. Dunlap, Jr., Ed. D. Interim Superintendent Coatesville Area School District

Coatesville Football Team shows Support for Avon Grove Football player diagnosed with cancer

Last night Coatesville played Avon Grove in the last regular season football game of the year for both teams. You might think the big story would be the results of the game but you would be wrong. Recently a young man by the name of Gavin Picard who plays for Avon Grove was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma. After a hard fought game last night, Coatesville players and coaches showed their support for Gavin and had balloons in the color of Gavin's cancer ribbon and a #6 balloon for him. A wonderful show of sportsmanship and support from all involved. If you would like to donate to the Picard Family I have attached a link to a GoFund Me that was created for them.


East Brandywine Fire Company Open House Saturday October 29, 2022

East Brandywine Fire Company is having a fire prevention/open house to celebrate the Grand Re-opening of their brand new firehouse this Saturday from 11am to 3pm. All are welcome to attend.

Parking is at the Brandywine Wallace Elementary School and shuttles will take you to the firehouse. Handicapped parking is available at the firehouse.

More photos of the station found here: https://www.irisheyezphotography.com/Drone-Photos-/Station-49-Final-Drone-Photos-/



City of Coatesville - 300 block Lumber St - Residential Rescue

Caller reports roof of garage fell on 30's/F and that she is unconscious. Fire Department on location reporting subject is no longer trapped and is now conscious.

"Breaking News" Mother & Daughter from Downingtown, PA Amber Alert Found Safe

Per a report from the Downingtown Police Department, Zoe Moss & Venessa Gutshall have been found and are safe. It is unknown how or where they were found at this time. More to come...

MOM ARRESTED IN VIRGINIA FOR KIDNAPPING 6-YEAR-OLD CHILD The DAO and Downingtown Police announce the arrest of Venessa Gutshall, 37, for the kidnapping of her 6-year-old daughter at East Ward Elementary School in Downingtown on Oct. 25, 2022. The defendant and child were located in Fairfax, VA, after a traffic stop. The child is safe and appears to be unharmed. The defendant is charged with kidnapping of a minor, unlawful restraint of a minor, endangering the welfare of children, and related charges. She is awaiting extradition back to Chester County. DA Deb Ryan said, “Local, county, and federal law enforcement worked around the clock and never gave up hope of finding this little girl. She is safe tonight because of the efforts of Downingtown Police, the FBI, Chester County Detectives, Fairfax (VA) County Police, and law enforcement from Dauphin, York, and Lancaster counties. We are grateful to the community for their tips and support. This was a successful team effort because of our collaboration, and I thank them all for saving this young victim’s life.” Downingtown Police Chief Howard Holland stated, “We are extremely grateful to all the assisting law enforcement agencies. Due to their help and dedicated efforts, we were able to locate Zoe quickly and protect her from any further harm. Today was a very good day.” The allegations in the complaint are (a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt): On Oct. 25, an Amber Alert was issued for the abduction of a child who was last seen at East Ward Elementary School, 435 Washington Ave., Downingtown. The child was at that location for a court-ordered, non-school-related supervised visit with the defendant, her biological mother. The defendant did not have custody rights to the child and was only permitted to see the child during supervised visits. The defendant was homeless then, and there were concerns about her ability to keep the child safe. The supervisor of the visit, who worked as a contractor for Chester County Children, Youth & Family (CYF), reported to police that the mother fled with the child in a gray 2016 Volkswagen Jetta in direct violation of a court order. The defendant was seen later that day at the Rivertowne Restaurant & Bar in Wrightsville, PA, about an hour west of Downingtown near York, without the child. An Amber Alert was issued by Pennsylvania State Police soon after. The defendant was arrested by Fairfax County Police in Mclean, VA, on Oct. 27 at approximately 11:30 a.m. after police observed a stolen Virginia license plate on the same vehicle in which she fled with the child. Law enforcement determined that another license plate had been affixed to the car to conceal the child. Initially, when police stopped the vehicle, no one else was seen inside. Several minutes later, they found the child hidden under blankets in the back seat. The defendant, child, and vehicle were transported to the Mclean District Station of the Fairfax County PD. The child appeared unharmed, but she will undergo a medical examination soon. CYF is currently en route with the child’s foster parents to bring her back to Chester County. The defendant will be arraigned in VA and extradited back to Chester County as soon as possible. Downingtown Police and Chester County Detectives are investigating. DDA Erin O’Brien is the assigned prosecutor. If you have any information about this case, call Downingtown Police at 610-269-0263.

Coatesville High School Campus Forced to Close Again due to Safe2Say Threat

As buses and vehicles began to arrive at the high school campus on Thursday morning October 27th for another school day the Coatesville School District received another safe2say tip stating there would be a shooting at the Senior High at 7:10am. The threat was received at 7:00am and school officials immediately contacted local police as well as the school police and began to take actions to make those children at the school already safe.

Buses that were arriving were told to hold their students on the bus and within a few minutes were told to return all the students to their bus stops as school was being closed again for the day. Those still at the school were taken to a secure area and awaited their guardians to pick them up.

School officials apologized for the inconvenience again and stated they would continue to investigate the incident.

****Child Abduction****

10/25/2022 approx. 6pm

Occurred at the East Ward Elementary School - 435 Washington Ave - Downingtown Looking for a Gray Volkswagon Jetta - PA TAG KXR3699 Actor is a Vanessa (didn't catch last name) White Female, 4 foot 11, Blonde Hair, Blue Hoodie and Blue Sweatpants. Took a 6 yo white female with blonde hair unknown clothing description from the school. Is not allowed to have contact with the child. Unknown direction of travel. PD is currently in the area searching. If seen contact 911 or Downingtown PD immediately. Amber Alert is being worked on but has not been issued yet. UPDATE -- Last seen going westbound on Washington Ave. Female is believed to be homeless and living out of her vehicle.


Jason Woods - 42 year old white male, approx. 5 foot 9, slight build approx. 160lbs. Last seen wearing brown or black shoes, black pants, black hoodie with red and white lettering on the sleeve and carrying a small black backpack.

Last seen on 10/11/2022 leaving work at BJ's in Downingtown around 6:30am. Last Known residence is unknown. No vehicle and is normally seen walking around the area He has not been to work (BJ's in Downingtown, Chester County, PA) nor has he had contact with his kids both of which are not typical of him.

There have been possible sightings of him at the A-Mart and Jack's Pizza in Caln about 2 weeks ago, Turkey Hill in Caln on Bondsville Road about a week ago and now a possible sighting at the Wiggins in Kennett. He is most likely on foot because he does not have a car. Always wears dark colored clothing and a string backpack and smokes maverick cigarettes...PLEASE keep an eye out for him and notify Downingtown Police if he is seen.


West Pikeland - Conestoga Rd & Byers Rd - Two vehicle accident with entrapment. One vehicle with heavy damage on one side and trees blocking the other. No injuries in the vehicle just unable to get out. FD/EMS and PD on scene. Extrication completed at 2:32pm


Downingtown - Disabled Truck Blocking Traffic - 322 Eastbound between the Trestle Bridge and Bradford Ave. PD is on scene. Use caution in the area.

Coffee Cup in Downingtown Provides Free Meals to Veterans with Your Help

Coffee Cup in Downingtown Serves Our Veterans For Free With Your Help Every month the Coffee Cup Restaurant located at 117 E Lancaster Ave in Downingtown welcomes Veterans into the restaurant for a FREE breakfast that is paid for by members of the community.

Community members can purchase "veterans vouchers" for $10 which pays for one meal. Each month the Coffee Cup gets approximately 25-35 veterans who show up for a meal and some conversations. But it doesn't stop there, 70 meals are also delivered to the Coatesville VA for the Veterans who can't make it in person.

If you would like to donate a meal to a veteran you can do so by paying in person at the Coffee Cup Restaurant, over the phone with a credit card by calling 610-269-9336 or Venmo (Coffee Cup Restaurant) @jessica-menna

If you are a veteran or know one please let them know about this.

Below are the Veterans Breakfast Dates thru May of 2023

November 8, 2022

December 6, 2022

January 10, 2022

February 7th, 2023

March 14th, 2023

April 4th, 2023

May 2nd, 2023




West Whiteland Township - 101 E Swedesford Rd - TJ MAXX

West Whiteland, Lionville, First West Chester, Goshen and East Brandywine Fire Companies were dispatched to the TJ MAXX this afternoon for a reported building fire. Caller stated they had smoke in the building from an unknown source. Crews arrived with nothing showing and made entry into the building. After a short investigation it was determined to be coming from a newly installed light ballast. The assignment was then held to units on the scene and all others cleared.



Coatesville - Lincoln Hwy & Pennsylvania Ave - Auto Accident with Entrapment

Units were dispatched for a two vehicle accident with one vehicle on it's side reported with two subjects trapped inside. Ladder 41 arrived on location and confirmed two trapped and went into service. Crews cut and flapped a portion of the roof to gain access to the patients.

Engine 76 from the VAFD was also requested to the scene for manpower. Three ambulances were also on scene.



New Garden Township - 100blk Rocky Springs Rd - Mobile Home Fire - Units on scene with a working fire underneath a single wide mobile home. Crews going in service. Request the working fire dispatch. Fire Under Control at 10:48pm



Upper Uwchlan - E Township Line & Pottstown Pike - PD on scene of a motorcycle accident. Request EMS for a 50's Male with leg pain. Use Caution in the area.



Coatesville - Budget Fuel - 652 E Lincoln Highway - Group of students just got off bus and two are now fighting with large group standing around them. PD on scene and have two in custody at this time.

10/19/2022  5:32pm

South Coatesville - Vehicle Accident - West Chester Rd & S 13th Ave - Two vehicle accident with a 33/M with a leg injury. Fire Police, EMS and PD on scene. Flings Requested for both vehicles a Jeep Compass and a Saturn Ion. Use Caution in the area.


Phoenixville - 397 Foundry St - Chief 65 on location with a 3 story end of the row townhouse with heavy smoke showing. House reported to be under construction. Crews have water on the fire.



The Chester County District Attorney’s Office and Caln Township Police Department announce the arrest of a 17-year-old from Valley Township in connection to a recent threat of violence to Coatesville Area High School (CASH) that occurred on Oct. 17, 2022. The juvenile is a senior at CASH. He was charged with two counts of terroristic threats, two counts of threats to use weapons of mass destruction, and criminal use of a communication facility, all felonies. He was also charged with one count of false reports, a misdemeanor. This was the 14th notification of a threat or a tip of potential violence at CASH during a three-week period, causing lockdowns, evacuations, and the cancellation of school and student activities. The investigation into the other threats is still ongoing. DA Deb Ryan said, “CASH students, teachers, staff, and parents have been anxious and on high alert for three weeks because of persistent and scary threats of violence that have disrupted school and the lives of everyone associated with CASH. An army of law enforcement agencies from Chester County, including Caln Twp. PD, the FBI, and the Office of the Attorney General worked tirelessly to determine the source of these threats, and I thank them for their hard work and dedication. I also thank Interim Superintendent Rick Dunlap and the Coatesville Area School District (CASD) for working closely with my office to bring this investigation to an end. Threats of violence against schools – especially in this day and age – will never be tolerated. My office is determined to ensure the safety of students when they go to school every day.” The allegations are (a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt): On Oct. 17, 2022, an anonymous report was made to the Safe2Say Something PA (Safe2Say) website that stated, “Someone has a boom bag full of glass bottles, THE GLASS BOTTLES ARE FULL OF GAS AND ALCOHOL AND a lot OF TISSUES he said he’s gonna light it off at 12.” Investigators tracked the IP address of a threat made to the Safe2Say website that day to the guest Wi-Fi at the Technical College High School (TCHS) on Boot Road in Downingtown. They found that an iPhone of the juvenile accessed the IP address at TCHS on Oct. 17. Video surveillance from TCHS on Oct. 17 also depicts the juvenile at the school when the threat was made. The juvenile attended TCHS for some classes. Between Sept. 29, 2022, and Oct. 17, 2022, Safe2Say received 14 threats of violence directed at CASH which led to the lockdown, evacuation, and/or cancellation of school or other student activities on at least three occasions. The threats included students possessing firearms and threatening to use them at CASH, bomb threats, and the use of other incendiary devices. None of the threats materialized, and police determined that each was a false report. Dr. Rick Dunlap, Interim Superintendent of CASD, stated, “We are extremely grateful to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office and to all the local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that have supported us through this difficult time. We hope this arrest sends a clear message that anyone responsible for making these threats will face serious consequences, both by the judicial system and, if they are a student, our school system. Our school district is comprised of eager and dynamic students who care very deeply about their education. We will not allow these disruptions to cast a negative light on our student body.” Caln Twp Chief Joe Elias said, “We assured the community that every threat would be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated, and anyone responsible would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The threats continued and culminated in a very dangerous situation at the campus on Monday. We trust that this arrest will restore a sense of normalcy to the community and our school district and put anyone on notice who is contemplating similar behavior that it will be treated with zero tolerance. We will continue to use every resource at our disposal to hold them accountable. I thank District Attorney Ryan, Superintendent Dunlap, and our many law enforcement partners at the local, county, state, and federal level for their support and perseverance during this three-week investigation.” Chester County Detectives, Caln Twp PD, the Sheriff’s Dept., the Attorney General’s Office, the FBI, the Department of Emergency Services, Chester County Fire Marshall, ATF, Pa. State Police, and other agencies helped investigate. If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact Chester County Detectives at 610-344-6866. This case is assigned to Deputy District Attorney Renee Merion.



Caln Township  276.0 EB RT 30 Bypass ~ Vehicle Accident

 Two vehicle accident blocking the left lane. Unknown injuries. Fire/EMS enroute. Use caution



Two Charged in Coatesville Stabbing that injured six

Officers from the City of Coatesville Police were dispatched to the 300 block of South First Avenue around 10:30 on Sunday evening for a report of a large fight. Upon arrival of PD they found a male at the scene bleeding from the hands and right leg. Police stated the male was transported to Paoli Hospital for treatment.

Police said a short time later five other subjects who fled the scene of the fight showed up at the Chester County Hospital Emergency Room with non-life threatening stab wounds.

Jose Santos Jr., 18, and Daimir Fryer, 21, were arrested in connection with the stabbing and face charges including aggravated assault, according to the police. Santos Jr is being held on $50,000 bail and Fryer's bail was set at $75,000. Both were sent to the Chester County Prison.


Coatesville Campus Receives Multiple Threats

Multiple Threats – Coatesville High School Campus At 8:31 a.m. on Monday, October 17, 2022, the Coatesville Area School District received a Safe2Say message that indicated an accelerant was placed in the Senior High School and that it would be ignited at noon. The Coatesville Area Senior High School (CASH) and Intermediate High School (Grades 8-9) were placed on restrictive movement. After consultation with police, the District Attorney’s Office, the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, and the Chester County Fire Marshall, the decision was made to conduct a search of the Senior High School building with accelerant detecting K9s. With the Assistance of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), K9s from the Reading Fire Marshall’s Office, Montgomery County Fire Marshall’s Office, Philadelphia Police Department and Maryland State Police responded to the CASH campus. The Chester County Assistant Fire Marshall advised the district to evacuate CASH and approximately 1,400 students and 120 staff were relocated to the football stadium. All backpacks and bookbags remained in the building when the K9s began their sweep. After students and staff were relocated to the football stadium, another Safe2Say message was received indicating weapons on campus, that resulted in the Intermediate High School being placed on lockdown. After approximately 60 minutes in the stadium, a series of fights broke out between different groups of the 1,400 students present, that resulted in a county-wide request for assistance. Additionally, multiple disturbances involving parents were reported on Veterans Drive, because they were denied access to the campus. Thirty-seven (37) police departments, including the Pennsylvania State Police, responded to assist. No serious injuries were reported. Several students were detained and released. That investigation is continuing, and criminal charges are pending. No accelerants were detected inside CASH, and students from both CASH and the Intermediate High School were dismissed, under a heavy law enforcement presence, to awaiting buses and exited the campus without further incident with the assistance of the Thorndale Fire Police. The school district has cancelled classes at both buildings tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18, 2022. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also providing assistance with the ongoing investigation into the source of the threats which has resulted in multiple disruptions at the high school campus during the past three weeks.