Police Blotter for the week of June 15
● By J. Chambless
DIRT BIKE DRIVER FLEES POLICE
On May 26 at 5:20 p.m., New Garden Township Police were patrolling in the area of Pemberton Valley Road and Pemberton Road for an ongoing complaint about a loud dirt bike speeding through the area. Officers saw the bike traveling at an estimated 50 miles per hour, and the driver, idenfitied as John DePippo, 20, of Kennett Square, not wearing a helmet or eye protection. Officers signaled for DePippo to stop, but he accelerated and drove away through a residential development. Police did not pursue him, but arrested him later at his home. He was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police, along with multiple traffic violations. He was released pending a court appearance.
ARRESTS IN COUNTERFEIT CASE
On June 1, New Garden Township Police responded to a business in the 300 block of Scarlett Road for a report of counterfeit money. Employees told police thay had accepted a money transaction for $140. The manager later found that the money was counterfeit and called police. Police arrested Kristen Watson, 40, of Kennett Square; and Christopher Forrester, 36, of Philadelphia. Police charged them with forgery, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking. When police arrested Watson on June 5 in the 700 block of West Cypress Street, she was in possession of marijuana.
Sometime between May 22 and May 26, several vehicles parked in the 500 block of South Walnut Street in Kennett Square were vandalized with spray-painted graffiti, according to Kennett Square Police. The back window of a car parked in the 100 block of East South Street was broken sometime between May 22 and May 26, according to police.
BURGLARS STEAL LIQUOR
Sometime overnight on May 30, an apartment in the 100 block of East State Street was burglarized, according to Kennett Square Police. Stolen were two containers of about $40 in change, about 24 cans of Yuengling beer, a bottle of rum and a bottle of tequila.
LICENSE PLATE STOLEN
On May 29, sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., a Pennsylvania registration plate with number JSR9881 was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of East South Street in Kennett Square, according to police.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to a one-car crash on June 1 at 4:15 p.m. on Corrine Road in Pocopson Township and found that driver Michael David Morris, 33, of Portland, Maine, was intoxicated. He was arrested for DUI and arraigned after repeatedly saying he would return to Maine and never come back to Pennsylvania to face charges. He was taken to Chester County Prison after failing to post bail.
On June 5 at 4:15 a.m., New Garden Township Police saw a vehicle swerving on Baltimore Pike. After a traffic stop, police found that the driver, Juan Zavala, 24, of Toughkenamon, showed signs of impairment and they arrested him for DUI. He was released pending a court appearance.
Kennett Square Police arrested Michael Petragnani, 26, of Toughkenamon, for DUI after a traffic stop on May 30 in the 400 block of North Union Street. He was released pending a summons from District Court.
Kennett Square Police arrested Ubaldo Castaneda-Montero, 22, of Kennett Square, for DUI after a traffic stop on May 30 in the 600 block of West South Street. He was released pending a summons from District Court.
Kennett Square Police arrested Armando Lemus-Murillo, 30, of Kennett Square, for DUI after a traffic stop in the 100 block of Center Street on May 31. He was released pending a summons from District Court.