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Police Blotter for the week of May 21

05/22/2018 02:05PM ● By J. Chambless


Pennsylvania State Police Avondale announced on May 17 that a suspect has been identified in connection with threats written on a wall at the Fred S. Engle Middle School.

On May 16, police responded to the school to examine comments written in a girls' bathroom on the first floor. The comments referenced a school shooting that was going to take place. As a precaution, there was an increased police presence at the school.

On May 17, police investigated a second incident at the school involving a written threat. A juvenile suspect was interviewed, and confessed to having written both messages.

The investigation is ongoing and no decisions regarding criminal charges have been made, but police did remind the public that making such threats could result in expulsion from school and criminal charges.


A generator was stolen from behind a home at 244 Reedville Rd., Lower Oxford Township, between April 23 and 30, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. A 27-year-old man from Delaware was identified as a suspect and charges are pending.


A homeowner at 111 Crowl Toot Road in Oxford reported to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale that their mailbox was hit by watermelon and eggs between May 7 and 8, destroying it. Also, between May 11 and 12, someone stole a mailbox at 30 Morningmist Lane in Oxford and used it to damage another mailbox at 257 Glendale Road. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022.


James Hannum, 52, of West Grove, was arrested by Southern Chester County Regional Police and charged with making terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, and disorderly conduct after he allegedly threatened another man with a shotgun. The incident occurred on April 12 at about 7:15 p.m. in the 100 block of Prospect Avenue in West Grove. Hannum apparently heard the man arguing with a woman on the phone as he walked past Hannum's house, and words were exchanged between the men. The victim walked home but returned and confronted Hannum about what was said.

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