LU dropout sentencedJudge Anthony Sarcione looked at the arc of Darrell Leslie Robin-son's life Monday and did not like what he saw.
"It's shocking," Sarcione said. "You go from college, one year on top of the world at Lincoln University, and now you're standing in front of this court in shackles. I don't know what went awry in your life, but I hope you can turn it around."
Robinson, 21, of Wilmington, Del., pleaded guilty to charges of carrying an unlicensed firearm and possession of a small amount of marijuana. In exchange for his plea, he was sentenced to 11-to 23 months in Chester County Prison.
Robinson acknowledged he had made bad decisions that damaged his prospects.
"I know I was wrong. But at the time I was not in a right state of mind," he told the judge. He said his goal when released is to find a job and return to school.
Robinson dropped out of Lincoln in his freshman year. On April 12 he returned to the campus to trade a loaded handgun for marijuana sold by another student.
According to Assistant District Attorney Thomas Ost-Prisco, who prosecuted the case, Robinson and the student argued over how much marijuana the gun was worth. Robinson then grabbed about 30 small bags of marijuana in the student's room at McRary Hall and fled.
The gun was registered to a relative of Robinson's.
The other student, Craig Thomas, called campus police about 1:15 a.m. and reported a gunman had robbed him of $300 and pistol-whipped him. He later changed his story and reported Robinson had stolen marijuana.
Robinson was arrested on campus and charged with robbery. Later, Ost-Prisco told Sarcione he could not prove Robinson had used the gun to take the drugs and withdrew the robbery charge.
Because Robinson has been in county prison since his arrest, he has less than six month before his parole date, and even less if he accumulates credit for good behavior.
Coatesville teen missing
Police are investigating a teenager missing since Oct. 30.
Erin Lamar "Head" Turner, 16, of Coatesville, has reportedly been missing since about 3 p.m. Oct. 30, when he left home to report to his community service assignment at the Community, Youth & Women's Alliance in the 400 block of East Lincoln Highway, police said.
His mother, Angeline Blaylock, said she has not seen her son since he left the house that afternoon. He was wearing blue jeans, black Converse sneakers and possibly a red and white hooded sweatshirt. He has an "A" tattooed on his left hand and a "T" tattooed on his right hand.
It is unclear whether Turner left home on his own or was abducted. Blaylock said her son has left home in the past, but it is rare for him to not call his friends or family. She said the absence of his calls concerns her.
"It's hard for me to say (what happened). I want to think he just ran away, but he wouldn't have a reason to," Blaylock said. "I'm worried something happened to him, and I'm hoping that's not the case."
Authorities ask anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Turner to contact Coatesville detectives at 610-384-2300.
NAACP seeks voting precinct at Cheyney
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at Cheyney University wanted the campus to have its first voting precinct in time for last week's election.
The polls would have served Thornbury Township's recently approved 4th Precinct, and students at Cheyney had petitioned vigorously for the college's inclusion as a precinct. But that request was turned down in September when the Delaware County Board of Elections opted in a 2-1 vote for polling at the Thornbury Township Municipal Building, which is near the university's property.
The decision helped quell controversy regarding the possibility of polling at Thornbury AME Church in Glen Mills instead of Cheyney. The church location posed distance and transportation challenges for Cheyney students wanting to vote.
The municipal building, in some ways, represented a compromise solution.
Prior to this past election, Thornbury Township had two precincts. The Republican Party of Thornbury began a petition to divide the township because the two precincts each had roughly 2,500 voters, according to township supervisors' Chairman James Raith.
To accommodate a population increase and to avoid lengthy lines during elections, petitions were signed to add three more precincts, Raith said.
That project took two years to complete, and afterward additional polling places to serve the new precincts had to be found, he said.
Cheyney University NAACP members saw the upcoming election as an ideal opportunity to place a precinct on campus. The group registered more than 1,000 students to vote in the past election, and students signed a petition and rallied for polling on campus.
But for reasons still unclear, Thornbury AME Church was selected to serve the new precinct. The church's pastor, the Rev. C.W. Jackson, initially welcomed the idea, but that was before he learned of efforts under way by the Cheyney chapter of the NAACP under the advisement of professor Felicia Seamon.
When Jackson learned of these efforts, he and other church members withdrew their offer to use the church as a polling location.
"Some felt they wouldn't give it to Cheyney anyway," Jackson said, but the majority of the church nevertheless wanted to give the young people on campus a chance.
In Jackson's letter withdrawing as a poll location, he recommended Cheyney University as an alternate site.