● Published by J. Chambless
DUI AND ASSAULT ON OFFICER
On Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., two New Garden Township Police officers responded to a report of a collision on Gap Newport Pike near the intersection with Crossan Lane. They found a car that had rear-ended another vehicle, with smoke coming from the engine. The driver drove toward one approaching officer and he had to jump away to avoid being struck. The driver fled, and the second police officer tackled him, rolling with him down a 12-foot embankment. The driver, Pedro Carrilo-Lopez, 23, hit the officer in the face with his elbows and fists before the officer used a taser to subdue him. He was charged with DUI, aggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest, aggravated assault with a vehicle, and other charges. He was taken to Chester County Prison in lieu of $250,000 cash bail. The injured officer was treated and released from Chester County Hospital.
DOG SALE SCAM
On Sept. 10, an Oxford resident informed Pennsylvania State Police Avondale that he had contacted two people about purchasing a dog through a website. The suspects asked the buyer to send $800 via Western Union to a location in Washington, DC, before the dog would be shipped. The victim sent the money and did not receive the dog.
Sometime between 8 p.m. Sept. 22 and 6 a.m. Sept. 23, a business in the 700 block of West Cypress Street in Kennett Square was burglarized. Kennett Square Police reported that $150 in cash, 33 cartons of cigarettes and 20 packs of scratch-off lottery tickets were stolen. The investigation is continuing.
VETERINARY KIT STOLEN
Between Oct. 18 and 20, a veterinary surgical kit and other items were taken from a vehicle that was parked at a business at 7891 Hickory Hill Road in Elk Township for service, according to a report from Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. The owner is a Lincoln University resident.
ARSON CHARGES AFTER CRASH
On Oct. 20 at 4 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to a car crash at West Road and Upland Road in West Marlborough Township. They arrested Michael Vincent DelGuidice, 34, of Folcroft, Pa., for arson, giving a false report to law enforcement, hit and run and other charges after he reportedly struck a house with his vehicle and tried to set fire to his car.
BREAK-IN AT KAOLIN MUSHROOM
Overnight on Oct. 24, someone forced their way into the Kaolin Mushroom Farm office in West Grove, damaging two door frames and a vending machine before fleeing, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
PHONE STOLEN AFTER ASSAULT
On Nov. 4 at noon, a 20-year-old Avondale man was at the Wawa at 761 Gap Newport Pike when he was punched in the face several times by an unknown man, who stole the victim's Samsung Galaxy S5 phone. The thief, identified only as a black man, ran across Baltimore Pike and into Avon Wheel Estates. Anyone with information is asked to call trooper Ryan Ard at Pennsylvania State Police Avondale, 610-268-2022.
On Oct. 28, someone entered a home in West Fallowfield Township through a sliding glass door on the rear of the home and stole a television, a Roku device, and three remotes, as well as jewelry and a container with change inside it. There were signs that the suspect had first tried to force open the front door before entering the sliding glass door. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported the burglary.
On Oct. 28 at 12:52 p.m., New Garden Township Police tried to pull over a car being driven erratically in the 8700 block of Gap Newport Pike, but the car continued into the driveway of the Avondale Fire Company and circled the parking lot before stopping. The driver, Michael Porter Jr., 40, of West Grove, was shaking and sweating. When he got out of the car, a plastic bag was seen stuffed between the fabric and plastic of the driver's seat. The bag was found to contain a white powder consistent with cocaine. A metal pipe was also found in the seat. Porter was arrested for possession of illegal narcotics and paraphernalia. He was later released pending a court appearance.
On Sept. 17, Kennett Square Police arrested a 13-year-old boy for breaking into several vehicles parked in the 500 block of East Cypress Street, and the 300 block of Juniper Street, between 11:30 and 11:43 p.m. He was charged with theft, criminal mischief and other charges that were filed with the Juvenile Unit of the District Attorney's Office. He was released to a parent.
An 18-year-old driver who fled the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Sept. 24 was charged with DUI by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Police reported that Joshua Damico, 18, of Lincoln University, crashed his Honda Civic on Quail Drive in East Nottingham Township just before midnight and left the scene. He was later found at his home and taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the crash. He was charged with DUI after the results of a blood draw were obtained.
Alfred Giannascoli, 61, of New London Township, was charged with DUI after a hit-and-run crash and hitting a tree with his car on Lewisville Road on Sept. 9 at 9:42 p.m, according to Pennslvania State Police Avondale.
Jason Litchfield, Jr., 22, of London Grove Township, ran a stop sign at Pocopson Road and Route 896 on Sept. 17 at 3:05 a.m., and was pulled over by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. He was charged with DUI.
Matthew Cahall, 35, of West Chester, was driving on Garden Station Road when he drove off the road and hit a tree on Aug. 27 at 9:18 p.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. He was partially ejected from the vehicle but suffered only minor injuries. He was taken to Christiana Hospital and later charged with DUI.
Justin Delvalle, 30, of Penn Township, was stopped by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on Aug. 25 at 1:04 a.m. on Route 896 and charged with DUI.
Augustine Peleayz (a.k.a. Lorenzo Lopez), 25, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on Sept. 9 after he struck a curb with his car on Pennsylvania Avenue in Avondale Borough. He was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, giving a false ID to law enforcement, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, possession of an open container, driving without a license and other traffic violations.
Nazario Morales-Espina, 38, of Wilmington, Del., was arrested for DUI after a traffic stop by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on Aug. 28 on Baltimore Pike, east of Lake Road.
Matthew Cahall, 35, of Kennett Square, was charged with DUI after a one-vehicle crash on Garden Station Road on Aug. 27 at 9:28 p.m. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale found that he was DUI. He was taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
On Sept. 29 at 8:10 p.m., New Garden Township Police located Lance Read, 37, of Krum, Texas, inside his idling tractor trailer, parked in the lot of a closed business in the 900 block of Penn Green Road. He was arrested for DUI and taken to Chester County Prison after failing to post $5,000 bail.
On Sept. 29 at 9:43 a.m., New Garden Township Police responded to the area of West Cypress Street and Cedar Springs Road for a report of a car blocking the road. The driver, Evaristo Rodriguez, 47, of New Castle, Del., could not explain why he was parked in the roadway and showed signs of intoxication. He was arrested for DUI and released after posting 10 percent of the $5,000 bail.
On Oct. 1 at 5:50 p.m., Kennett Township Police responded to a chain-reaction crash in the 1000 block of East Baltimore Pike. Three vehicles were involved. The driver of the striking vehicle, David Pierce, 34, of Chatham, admitted to consuming several alcoholic beverages before driving, as well as being on his cell phone while driving. He was arrested for DUI.
On Oct. 4, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to a call for a man slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle on New London Road at Southbank Road. The driver, Alex Taylor Zook, 20, of Lincoln University, was arrested for DUI.
On Oct. 15 at 3:12 a.m., New Garden Township Police saw a car being driven erratically with an equipment violation in the 9100 block of Gap Newport Pike. After a traffic stop, the driver, Marques Thompson, 23, of New Castle, Del., was charged with DUI and later released pending a court appearance.
Andrew Vincent Jeffries, 37, of Coatesville, was arrested for DUI after a crash on Oct. 14. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that Jeffries was driving on Strasburg Road in West Bradford Township just after midnight when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer and drove off the road, side-swiping a telephone pole. He showed signs of impairment at the scene and was arrested for DUI.
Frederick Drake Rife, 42, of Coatesville, was found by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on Oct. 2 at 3 a.m., passed out behind the wheel of a pickup truck that was blocking the left lane of the Route 30 bypass in West Whiteland Township. He was arrested for DUI.
On Oct. 20, New Garden Township Police stopped a car being driven erratically and found that the driver, Rigo Gutierres-Galvez, 28, of Kennett Square, was DUI. He was processed and released pending a court appearance.
On Oct. 22, New Garden Township Police stopped a car being driven erratically in the 800 block of West Cypress Street. The driver, Jaime Obregon, 59, of Kennett Square, showed signs of intoxication and was taken into custody. A breath test was conducted at the police station and he was released pending a court appearance.
On Oct. 13 at 9:19 p.m., Kevin Paul Arrell, 28, of West Grove, was found unconscious inside his vehicle at Old Schoolhouse Road and Chesterville Road in Franklin Township. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale was charged with DUI-drug and possession of a controlled substance.
On Oct. 21 at 1:23 a.m., Lisa Marie Cave, 47, of Kennett Square, was stopped by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on Route 1 at the Route 82 intersection and arrested for DUI.
On Oct. 17 at 9:07 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale discovered that Joseph Allen Steltz, 70, of Nottingham, was DUI at routes 1 and 272 in East Nottingham Township. Steltz then drove 1.7 miles to his home, despite being followed by a marked vehicle with its emergency lights operating.