Police Blotter for the week of Feb. 15
By J. Chambless
On Feb. 3 at 11:30 p.m., New Garden Township Police pulled over a car on Baltimore Pike for an equipment violation. Linda Teti, 36, of Lincoln University, and Kelly Hurley, 26, of Oxford were the occupants. Hurley confessed to hiding drug paraphernalia in her clothes and in the rear seat of the car. Police found empty heroin bags, used syringes and a glass pipe used for smoking illegal drugs. Officers later learned Hurley gave a false name to avoid identification for several outstanding warrants. Hurley was arrested for drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and giving false identification to police. She was remanded to Chester County Prison for the warrants. Teti confessed to hiding illegal drugs and paraphernalia when officers stopped the car. She was arrested and taken to the police station, where she was found to be hiding more drug paraphernalia. She was arraigned and taken to Chester County Prison after failing to post $5,000 cash bail.
THEFT FROM GARAGE
A resident of the 400 block of South Broad Street told Kennett Square Police that on Dec. 29 at 12:45 p.m., they walked into their home for about five minutes, leaving their garage door open, and when they returned, a Dewalt drill, battery and charger valued at $200 were stolen from the garage.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Brad Elliot Culberson, 34, of Oxford, on Feb. 9 for striking a 31-year-old Oxford woman with a blunt object, causing her to fall. Culberson was taken to Chester County Prison on a charge of simple assault.
THEFT FROM CAR
An unlocked car parked at 851 Gap Newport Pike in London Grove Township was the target of thieves on Feb. 3 between 4 and 5 p.m. According to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale, several items were taken from the vehicle.
FIRE SET ON PECO POLE
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that someone placed a mattress against the base of an overhead power line owned by PECO on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. and set it on fire. A nearby resident put out the fire. No structural damage was done to the power line structure, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Jason Sperazza at 610-268-2022.
On Feb. 3 at 7:20 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to the scene of a one-car crash at Altemus Drive and Watson Mill Road in New Garden Township. The car had failed to make a right turn and had struck a utility pole. The driver had fled. Police later found Zachary Sweeney, 21, of Landenberg, a short distance away with a minor injury. He was discovered to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He was taken to Christiana Hospital for medical evaluation and will be charged with DUI and related traffic offenses.
On Feb. 2 at 9:35 p.m., New Garden Township Police saw a vehicle swerving in the 300 block of Line Road, traveling west in the eastbound lane. After a traffic stop, the driver, Joseph Gomez, 59, of Kennett Square, admitted to drinking alcohol, showed signs of impairment, and failed field sobriety tests. He was charged with DUI and released pending a court appearance.
On Dec. 18 at 6:50 p.m., Kennett Square Police arrested Armando Vega-Parral, 35, of Cochranville, for DUI after a traffic accident in the 100 block of East South Street. He was released at his home pending a summons from District Court.
On Dec. 18 at 11:03 p.m., Kennett Square Police arrested Michelle Reyes, 42, of Kennett Square, for DUI after a traffic stop in the 100 block of South Walnut Street. She was released to a relative pending a summons from District Court.
On Dec. 21 at 3:34 p.m., Kennett Square Police arrested Jason Hatfield, 35, of Elkton, Md., for DUI after a traffic stop in the 600 block of West State Street. He was released to a relative pending a summons from District Court.
On Jan. 10 at 1:30 a.m., Kennett Square Police arrested Noah Andrew Harrison Thomas, 18, of Wilmington, Del., for DUI after an accident in the 500 block of South Union Street. He was released at his home pending a summons from District Court.
On Jan. 15 at 8:01 p.m., Kennett Square Police arrested Saul Martinez-Arizmendi, 34, of Wilmington, Del., for DUI after a traffic stop in the 700 block of West State Street. He was found to have a bench warrant and was released to constables for transport to Chester County Prison.
On Jan. 16 at 10:17 p.m., Kennett Square Police arrested Laura Quintero-Lango, 30, of Kennett Square, for DUI after an accident at South Walnut Street and Ways Lane. She was released pending a summons from District Court.
On Jan. 17 at 12:06 a.m., Kennett Square Police arrested Jorge Peralta-Gonzalez, 34, of Kennett Square, for DUI after an accident in the 700 block of Wayne Avenue. He was video-arraigned and bail was set at 10 percent of $2,500. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to Chester County Prison.
New Garden Township Police arrested Devon Poore, 21, of Wilmington, Del., for DUI on Jan. 29 at 11:59 p.m. after a traffic stop. She failed sobriety tests at the scene, and officers saw several open beer bottles on the floor of the car. She was arrested and released pending a court appearance.
On Jan. 31 just after midnight, New Garden Township Police saw a car being driven erratically in the 800 block of Penn Green Road. After a traffic stop, the driver, Efrain Mendez-Hernandez, 26, of Landenberg, failed sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. He was later released pending a court appearance.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Marcello Meneses, 47, of Newark, Del., for DUI on Feb. 6 at 5:25 p.m., after receiving reports that Meneses was driving erratically and fell asleep in his car at a traffic light in East Marlborough Township.
Fabian Quintino-Juarez, of Peach Bottom, Pa., was arrested for DUI by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale after a traffic stop on Mount Vernon Street in Oxford on Feb. 11.