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Police Blotter for the week of Feb. 16

02/16/2015 02:37PM ● By J. Chambless



On Feb. 3, New Garden Township Police responded to the 100 block of Sawmill Road for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Police encountered a passenger, William Hodgson, 41, of Elkton, Md., who appeared nervous and was unable to produce any identification. He gave police inconsistent names and other information when questioned. Police found that he had eight bags of a substance that tested positive for heroin. Hodgson was processed and released pending an appearance at Magisterial District Court.


A 17-year-old from the 500 block of Center Street in Kennett Square has been arrested and charged with several counts of selling marijuana. An investigation by Kennett Square Police began in September 2014 after area residents told police that people were coming to the suspect's home at all times of day and night. Several purchases were then made by undercover police operatives. The home was searched on Feb. 12, and the suspect was taken into custody. A small amount of marijuana was seized, along with $1,700 in cash and a .38 special revolver. The gun was not reported as stolen, and police are investigating how the teen got it. The suspect has been charged with three counts of delivery and possession of a controlled substance, dealing in proceeds from an unlawful activity, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and unlicensed. The suspect has been taken to a juvenile detention center.


On Feb. 10 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., two safes were stolen from a home at 155 Hess Mill Rd. in Franklin Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.


A burglary was discovered at a vacant home at 550 N. Walnut Street in Kennett Township. Someone broke in and stole copper from baseboard heaters. The theft is being investigated by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Anyone with information should call Trooper Revels at 610-268-2022.


Pennsylvania State Police Avondale are investigating an incident on Feb. 15 in which a 9-year-old girl from London Grove Township exchanged messages and sexually explicit photos with an unknown male on an app called Kik.


On Feb. 5, police pulled over a vehicle in the 1400 block of Baltimore Pike for an equipment violation. The driver, Anthony Rico, 20, of Oxford, admitted to smoking marijuana before he was pulled over, and there was an odor of burned marijuana in the vehicle. He was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI, and released pending an appearance at Magisterial District Court.

On Feb. 9 at 5:15 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Alejandro Lopez-Romero, 39, of Kennett Square, after a car he was driving struck another car on McFarlan Road, north of Rosedale Road, in Kenett Township. He was arrested for DUI after two opened 40-ounce bottles of Corona were found in the area of his car. Witnesses said the bottles were removed from his car before police arrived on the scene. No injuries were reported.

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