Police Blotter for the week of Nov. 2
By J. Chambless
IRS PHONE SCAM
On Oct. 15, Kennett Square Police received two reports that residents had gotten phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS, trying to collect taxes owed. At 10:18 a.m., a resident told police that someone had called several times saying that the resident owed $2,000 in taxes. The resident was told they would go to jail immediately if they didn't pay. At 7 p.m., police got a report that another resident had gotten a phone call that morning, saying that the IRS was watching their home and demanding money for unpaid taxes. Police advise all residents that the IRS will not call about taxes owed without first mailing a bill. They will not demand payment without first giving an opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. These phone calls are a scam.
CHILD BRINGS DRUGS TO SCHOOL
A 7-year-old student at Penn-London Elementary School in New London Township unknowingly brought suspected cocaine to school on Oct. 2. The drug was found by a staff member. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that the cocaine was previously possessed by David James Guinan, 36, of West Grove. Charges of recklessly endangering another person have been filed.
METAL STOLEN FROM HOME
A home at 333 Mt. Pleasant Road in East Nottingham was burglarized overnight on Oct. 1, when someone broke in through a side door and stole copper and aluminum from the home. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that a motorcyclist was killed in a crash on Oct. 11 at 4:05 p.m. at the intersection of Gap Newport Pike and Jennersville Road. Police said Luis Vela-Correa, 44, of Lancaster, was traveling at a high rate of speed on Route 41 as a pickup being driven by Timothy Goodall, 62, of Parkesburg, was on Route 796, preparing to turn left onto Route 41. Police said Vela-Correa's 2012 Suzuki motorcycle hit the front of the pickup and he was thrown into a guard rail. He was wearing a helmet. Goodall was not injured.
THEFTS FROM BUSINESS
On Oct. 5, New Garden Township Police responded to a business in the 300 block of Scarlett Road for an internal theft investigation. The asset protection employee at the business told police he had been investigating Deloris Ralph, 42, of Lincoln University; and Aaron Bryant, 20, of Avondale. The employees were accused of placing store credit on gift cards and then buying items using the employee discount. It was also discovered that they were taking items not scanned to the register and stealing money. Criminal charges were filed against both suspects.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale are seeking information about two people who drove across a lawn at 2 Picket Lane in Landenberg on Oct. 3, causing damage. Police say someone driving a lime green and white dirt bike and someone driving a red ATV drove across the lawn at 1 p.m., and fled. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.
Overnight on Oct. 6, four hubcaps were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 300 block of South Washington Street in Kennett Square, according to police.
RETAIL THEFT AND HEROIN CHARGES
An employee at the Oxford Walmart store saw George Wesley Caldwell, 48, of Elkton, Md., put several items into his shopping cart and leave without paying on Oct. 24. The employee called Pennsylvania State Police Avondale, who located Caldwell and found that he was also in possession of heroin. He was charged with retail theft and possession of a controlled substance.
MOTORCYCLIST HITS DEER
A motorcyclist suffered what police called moderate injuries after striking a deer on Oct. 12. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that John Puican, 46, of Elkton, Md., was driving a 2004 Honda motorcycle on New London Road, south of Flint Hill Road, at 9:29 p.m. when a deer ran into his path and was struck by the motorcycle's front fender. Puican fell off the motorcycle and slid about 26 feet, police said.
Kennett Square Police cited Timothy Corum, 46, of West Grove, for disorderly conduct after he used obscenities and racial slurs and threatened a police officer's children on Oct. 5 at 1:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Cypress Street.
TRESPASS AND ASSAULT
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that Yelle Jimenez-Hernandez, 26, of Oxford, was arrested on Oct. 18 after he allegedly forced his way into a home on First Street in Avondale Borough and struck a 28-year-old Avondale woman several times with his fist. He was charged with criminal trespass, simple assault and harassment.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Alejandro Leon of Kennett Square for DUI after he was stopped for a traffic violation on Oct. 12 at 8:30 p.m. on Route 1 near Route 82.
New Garden Township Police arrested Harold Moore, 70, of Newark, Del., for DUI after he was seen driving erratically in the 8900 block of Gap Newport Pike on Oct. 6 at 11:38 p.m. He showed signs of impairment after a traffic stop, and there was an open bottle of liquor inside his vehicle. He was arrested and released pending an appearance at District Court.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Renee Gabrielle Caster of Landenberg for DUI-drug and possession of drugs and paraphernalia on Oct. 6 at 10:50 p.m. on Route 1 at the Toughkenamon exit.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Armando Lemus Murillo of Kennett Square for DUI after he was stopped for a traffic violation on Oct. 11 at 8:15 p.m. on Route 41 at North Guernsey Road.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Amy Lee Crosson for DUI after she was stopped for a traffic violation on Oct. 8 at 10:09 p.m. at Route 1 and Route 41.
On Oct. 16 at 4:08 p.m., New Garden Police investigating an accident with entrapment at 400 Scarlett Road found the driver of the striking vehicle, Agustin Lemuz, 52, of Kennett Square, showed signs of impairment. He was taken into custody for DUI, processed and released pending a court appearance.
On Oct. 18 at 2:24 a.m., New Gaden Township Police saw a vehicle with an equipment violation and followed it. The vehicle crossed over the center double lines and it was pulled over by police in the 800 block of West Cypress Street. The driver, who gave his name as Jose Hernandez, 29, of Oxford, showed signs of impairment and he was taken into custody for DUI. During processing, police discovered he had given a false name, since fingerprints confirmed his name to be Oscar Garcia-Sanchez. He was remanded to Chester County Prison after failing to post $5,000 cash bail.
On Oct. 18 at 3:46 p.m., New Garden Township Police found a white vehicle in the 800 block of Penn Green Road occupied by the driver, Abel Carbajal-Zarza, 30, of Avondale. He was holding a can of beer and showed signs of impairment. He was arrested for DUI and remanded to Chester County Prison after failing to post $5,000 cash bail.
Kennett Square Police arrested Edgar Mendez-Hernandez, 31, of Kennett Square, for DUI after an accident in the 400 block of West Mulberry Street on Oct. 13 at 10:28 p.m. He was released to his spouse pending a summons from District Court.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Evander Hays Wilson, of Honey Brook, on Oct. 19 after a traffic stop on Route 1 for a traffic violation. Wilson was found to be driving under the influence of marijuana, and in possession of marijuana for resale and drug paraphernalia.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested two people on drug charges after stopping their car for a traffic violation at Route 1 and Route 896 on Oct. 23 at 12:45 p.m. Joseph Vincent McKeown of Oxford was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Passenger Jennifer Michelle Lynch, of Lincoln University, was arrested for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Kevin Paul Arrell, 27, of West Grove, for DUI after he was seen driving in an erratic manner at Route 796 and Ledum Run Road in Penn Township on Oct. 23 at 12:55 a.m.
Christopher Matthew Luneburg of Coatesville was pulled over by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on Oct. 24 after a traffic violation on Route 1, south of Toughkenamon. He was intoxicated and was arrested for DUI. Later, he was released into the custody of a relative, but he got out of their car and walked drunk along Route 1. He was taken into custody a second time and arraigned.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Gonzalo Cordova-Davalos, of Mexico, after he was seen swerving his car on Route 41 on Oct. 25 at 7:37 p.m. A witness called police, who stopped Cordova-Davalos and arrested him for DUI.
New Garden Township Police responded to a two-car crash on Oct. 24 at 5:06 p.m., and found that the driver of the striking vehicle, Salvador Pineda-Tellez, 43, of Wilmington, Del., showed signs of impairment. He failed sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI, and released pending a court appearance.