Police Blotter for the week of March 6
● By J. Chambless
On the evening of Feb. 22, Douglas Weaver of Oxford died in a one-car crash on Barren Road. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale said that Weaver's truck left the roadway, struck a wire fence and a ditch, causing it to overturn. Weaver was thrown from the driver's side window. Police said he did not appear to have been wearing a seat belt.
MONEY STOLEN FROM SCOUTS
Henry William Jarusik, 59, of West Grove, was arrested for theft on March 1. From Dec. 16, 2015 to Oct. 4, 2016, Jarusik was the treasurer for Boy Scout Troop 30 in West Grove and Cub Scout Pack 42 in Landenberg. During that time, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale, he removed money from the bank accounts of both organizations, totaling $3,579 from Pack 42, and $2,685 from Troop 30.
On Feb. 17, two pit bulls owned by a Nottingham woman were on the deck of the home in the 100 block of Pennwood Drive when they escaped the yard and attacked a 49-year-old man and his dog. The dogs were returned to the home and the investigation is ongoing, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
ATTEMPTED HOME INVASION
On Feb. 22 at 7:52 p.m., a woman arrived at a home at 609 W. Baltimore Pike in Penn Township and asked the homeowner to use the restroom. When the victim refused, the woman tried to push the front door open. The homeowner closed the door and the suspect got into a light brown sedan with other occupants and drove away. The car traveled west toward Jennersville. The suspect was described by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale as white, in her late 20s, with light brown hair.
FIGHT AND ROBBERY
On Dec. 17, just after midnight, a 37-year-old Claymont, Del., man and a 42-year-old Claymont, Del., woman were fighting at the Wawa store in East Marlborough Township. The man shoved the victim to the ground while holding her hair. When the victim's sister arrived, the man took the sister's vehicle, which contained her purse, phone and money, and drove away, according to a report from Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale are asking residents in New London Township, Franklin Township and Penn Township who have had packages stolen from their homes from November 2016 to January 2017 to contact Trooper Stefano Gallina. An investigation involving criminal conspiracy is ongoing.
A home at 298 Kelton Road in Penn Township was burglarized on Jan. 28, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Two chainsaws and cash were taken from the home.
On Feb. 26, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to a report of a burglary at Oxford Produce Supply, at 200 Union School Road. Money and power tools were taken during the burglary, and the investigation is continuing.
On Feb. 8, Kennett Township Police were dispatched to a burglary in the 800 block of Creek Road. An unlocked basement sliding door was open, and jewelry and cash had been stolen.
On Feb. 16, Kennett Township Police responded to the 100 block of Round Hill Road for a burglary. Someone had entered the home from the rear garage window, and jewelry had been stolen.
On Feb. 16, Kennett Township Police were dispatched to burglary in the 1100 block of Kaolin Road. The bedroom patio door was open and a window was brokend. After investigation, it appeared that the house had been rummaged through, but nothing was taken.
A 30-year-old woman reported to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale that a 25-year-old man had sexually assaulted and raped her on Jan. 1 at 7 p.m. in a home in the 600 block of North Guernsey Road in London Grove Township. The investigation is ongoing.
On Jan. 22, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to a hit and run crash at 362 Chestnut Road in London Grove Township. The striking vehicle was found at a nearby home, and Jonathan Curtis Brown, 20, of London Grove Township, was arrested for DUI.
On Feb. 27, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Lorena Vazquez, 38, of Oxford, while she was driving west in the east-bound lane of Calvary Road in Lower Oxford Township. She was charged with DUI and giving false identification to police, and was found to have a warrant for a parole violation.
On Feb. 15 at 7:55 p.m., officers from the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department found a car sitting at the intersection of Penn Green Road and Gap New Port Pike, blocking traffic. The driver, Esteban Estrada-Ayala, 32, of Avondale, was asleep at the wheel. He was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and later turned over to Pennsylvania State police for an outstanding warrant pending a court appearance on the new charges.
On Feb. 18 at 7:21 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to a three-car crash at Gap Newport Pike and Moxley Lane and found that Carl Rasheed Smith, 30, of Avondale, was DUI and had caused the crashes. He was arrested and charged with DUI.