Police Blotter for the week of Aug. 24
● By J. Chambless
Robert Stephen Buffum II, 40, of Mendenhall, was arrested on Aug. 13 by Kennett Township Police for assault and related charges, stemming from an altercation Buffum had with a prior domestic partner. During the dispute, Buffum grabbed the victim around the neck and began strangling her. He then removed a license plate from a vehicle that the victim had been driving and struck the victim in the head several times with the plate. The victim sustained injuries to the neck. Buffum was arraigned and released on a $3,000 unsecured bail.
BURGLARY, THEFT AND DRUG POSSESSION
Kennett Township Police arrested 23-year-old Reilly Halsted Pondolfino on July 30 for burglary, criminal trespass, theft, drug possession and related charges after he broke into a home on Nine Gates Road in Kennett Square. Pondolfino climbed a ladder and removed an air conditioner from a second-floor window to get in. He took cash from a bedroom. He fled, but was arrested by officers from Kennett Township Police with the assistance of New Garden Police and Kennett Square Borough Police in the area of Old Kennett Road and Creek Road. He was arraigned and committed to Chester County Prison on $5,000 cash bail.
On the afternoon of Aug. 16, New Garden Township Police responded to a home in the 200 block of Chambers Road for a domestic assault. Roberto Aguilera-Leyva, 20, of Toughkenamon, had scratch marks on his chest and fingernail marks on his arm. The female victim said she had come home from work to find Aguilera-Leyva was drunk. He took her phone, they argued, and he hit her, grabbed her by the arms and used a metal coat hanger to hit her on the arm. She had injuries and said that she had scratched Aguilera-Leyva to defend herself. He was arraigned on charges of assault and harassment, released on bail and ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Kennett Square Police arrested Alfonso Gasca-Torres, 28, of Kennett Square, for DUI after a traffic stop in the 100 block of West Mulberry Street on July 26 at 11:49 p.m. He was released at his home pending a summons from District Court.
Kennett Square Police arrested Gabriel Castaneda, 23, of Kennett Square, for DUI after a traffic stop on July 21 at 8:24 p.m. in the 500 block of South Union Street. He was released pending a summons from District Court.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Caitlin McCabe, 26, of Chadds Ford, for DUI and resisting arrest on Aug. 6 at 5:12 p.m. after McCabe's car rolled off of Green Valley Road and overturned. She was not injured but was found to be DUI, and she resisted arrest before being taken into custody.
Kennett Square Police arrested Shanise Bryant, 22, of West Grove, for driving under the influence of a controlled substance after a traffic stop on July 15 at 2:19 a.m. in the 200 block of West Cypress Street. She was released pending a summons from District Court. A passenger in her car, Joseph Doheny, 20, of Kennett Square, was cited for disorderly conduct.
On Aug. 9 at 2:09 a.m., New Garden Township Police saw a car driving erratically in the 8900 block of Gap Newport Pike. After a traffic stop, driver Evelyn Currey, 43, of Newport, Del., was taken into custody for DUI. There was marijuana and a glass pipe in the center console of her car. She was charged and released pending a court appearance.