Police Blotter for the week of April 9
● By J. Chambless
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale have arrested Christ King, 40, of East Nottingham Township, on charges that he touched three girls inappropriately between 2010 and Nov. 11, 2017. He is charged with aggravated indecent assault. The victims are listed in the police report as being 18, 17 and 13.
In another case, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale are investigating a child abuse incident involving inappropriate touching that occurred on March 16 at a home on Pennock Bridge Road in Franklin Township. A 16-year-old Landenberg boy is involved, but the report did not state if he was the victim or the suspect.
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported an incident of child abuse that occurred at a home on Lewisville Road in New London Township. An unnamed suspect has been charged with raping an unnamed victim. No other details were provided.
Stuart G. Mendenhall, 52, of Cochranville, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on March 23 for charges of strangulation and simple assault after a domestic disturbance at a home on Limestone Road in West Fallowfield Township. The victim was a 49-year-old woman.
DRUG ARREST AT HIGH SCHOOL
An 18-year-old boy was charged with marijuana possession at Avon Grove High School on March 20 just after 8 a.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. He was discovered to be under the influence of marijuana and further investigation found that he also possessed marijuana.
THEFT AND FORGERY CHARGES
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale have received a complaint that an ex-employee of Prettyman Excavating in Lower Oxford Township spent about $13,000 of the company's money on personal purchases and bill payments without authorization. The investigation is continuing.
A gray 2003 Jeep Liberty was reported stolen from in front of 501 Daleville Rd., West Fallowfield Township, on March 18, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. The investigation is continuing.
GUN SALES STOPPED
Staff at the Target Shooting Solutions store at 1056 Gap Newport Pike, London Grove Township, prevented several gun purchases recently, according to reports from Pennsylvaia State Police Avondale. On Dec. 22, 2017, a 46-year-old Philadelphia man and a 45-year-old Philadelphia woman arrived at the store, and the woman tried to buy firearms that staff suspected were intended for the man, who had previously been denied purchase of the same firearms at the store.
On March 6, 2018, a 47-year-old Philadelphia man tried to buy a firearm at the store but was denied after a background check. On June 17, 2017, a 25-year-old Thorndale woman tried to buy a firearm at the store but the sale was declined due to a previous mental health commitment. Charges will not be filed in that case, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
ASSAULT ON OFFICER
On March 19, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Chris Dwayne Foster, 54, of Oxford, for making terroristic threats and punching an officer. Police said Foster told his wife that if she came to their home he would shoot her, as well as any officer with her. Police found Foster with a small amount of marijuana and a glass pipe. While he was being held by police, Foster punched a trooper on the neck. He also urinated on the floor of the police station holding room. He was charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats.
A Wacker Neuson generator on a small black trailer was stolen from ASA Mushrooms in West Nottingham Township on April 1, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Anyone with information should contact Trooper Ryan Ard at 610-268-2022.
A store in Upper Oxford Township was robbed on March 26 by two women, one of whom distracted an employee while her partner stole cash. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that the younger of the two women stole $411 from the cash register and about $125 from an employee's wallet before both women left in a gray sedan.
DISTURBANCE LEADS TO DRUG CHARGES
On the night of Feb. 24, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to a call that teenagers were drinking, consuming drugs and fighting at Baltimore Pike and Circle Drive in East Nottingham Township. Police found a vehicle with dark-tinted windows that was driven away despite orders to stop. Troopers stopped the vehicle on Baltimore Pike, smelled marijuana and alcohol in the car, and saw an open bottle of alcohol on the passenger-side floor. The driver and a passenger were ordered out of the car, and a search of the car found an open bottle of alcohol, and a small plastic box containing cocaine. The passenger also had a bag of cocaine. The passenger, a 17-year-old boy, was taken into custody. He was taken to the Avondale station for processing, and was released to his parents.
On March 18, a 29-year-old Oxford man was detained and committed for a psychiatric evaluation after he stripped naked and walked down West Branch Road in Lower Oxford Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.
STOLEN ITEMS RECOVERED
Pennsylvania State Police have made two people who have surrendered items they stole from vehicles in the summers of 2016 and 2017. Recovered are a black folding knife, a Braun Series 7 wireless shaver, a Kicker KX 150.2 stereo amp, and a brown Bass purse. If any of these items were stolen from you, contact police at 610-268-2022.
POCOPSON RESIDENT SCAMMED
Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that, between 2015 and 2018, a 77-year-old man from Pocopson sent about $32,000 to someone in Europe who told the victim he had won a lottery, but had to wire money to collect the prize. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.
On March 18, Kennett Square Police arrested Maria Baeza-Alvarez, 19, for aggravated assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and underage drinking after an incident in the 500 block of East Cypress Street. She was charged and released for transport to a hospital.
On March 19, just after 6 p.m., Kennett Square Police cited James Cook, 52, of Kennett Square, for public drunkenness after they got a report that a man was stumbling in the street in the 200 block of East State Street. He was taken to a hospital due to his level of intoxication.