Police Blotter for the week of Aug. 31
● By J. Chambless
New Garden Township Police reported that a pickup truck being driven by Desiree Karl of Landenberg ran up an embankment on Newark Road on Aug. 24 and rolled over several times, ejecting Karl from the vehicle. Witnesses and video surveillance footage from a nearby business showed the truck apparently speeding southbound down Newark Road just before the accident. Karl, who was the only occupant, was taken to Christiana Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries, according to police. Police said several traffic offenses will be filed against Karl.
Kennett Square Police arrested Karen Slaymaker-Bingham, 48, of West Grove, for three counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, 36 counts of possession of an adulterated or misbranded substance, 12 counts of possession of a controlled substance, and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop in the 100 block of West Cedar Street on Aug. 3. She was taken to Chester County Prison on an outstanding violation of parole warrant.
Kennett Square Police arrested Cristian Padilla, 21, of Kennett Square, for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia after a traffic stop on Aug. 13 at 2:05 a.m. in the 700 block of West State Street. He was released at his home pending a summons from District Court.
New Garden Township Police charged John Daniels, 46, of Coatesville, with retail theft after police resonded to a business in the 300 block of Scarlett Road on Aug. 19. Employees said they saw Daniels take merchandise and leave without paying. During the investigation, Daniels was found to be a former employee of the business. His appearance in District Court is pending.
Kennett Square Police cited a 15-year-old boy from Bear, Del., and Justin Plyler, 20, of Kennett Square, for underage drinking on July 31 at 11 p.m. in the 500 block of South Union Street. The boy was released to his grandmother and Plyler was released at his home. Police also arrested Jose Gutierrez-Quintino, 21, of Kennett Square, for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and public drunkenness. He was released at his home pending a summons from District Court.
On Aug. 17, a resident of the 800 block of Wayne Avenue in Kennett Square told police that they had gotten a phone call from someone who said they were a relative and had been hurt in an accident. The resident had another family member call the supposedly injured person and found out they were fine. The caller then called back and said the relative was being held hostage and wanted a ransom. The resident hung up and did not answer repeated calls.
On Aug. 3, a resident of the 500 block of Las Rosas Drive in Kennett Square told police that they had gotten a call from someone who said they were a relative and needed $500 because they had been in an accident. The resident sent the money but then had second thoughts and tried to cancel the money wire, but was told that the money had already been picked up.
Police advise that both of these calls were scams.
A silver mountain bike was stolen from the porch of a residence in the 300 block of East State Street in Kennett Square between 2 and 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 2, according to Kennett Square Police.
Kennett Square Police arrested Fernando Esparza-Aguayo, 41, of Kennett Square, for DUI after a traffic stop on Aug. 13 at 10:14 p.m. in the 100 block of Race Street. He was released pending a summons from District Court.