Police log for Nov. 18

• A volunteer firefighter, with a degree in chemical
engineering, was killed in an explosion of homemade rocket fuel. James
McGovern, 22, of Kennett Township was a firefighter with Longwood Fire Co. and
a May graduate of the University of Delaware. He was killed in the explosion at
his home on East Hillendale Road in Kennett Township about 4:30 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 13.
State police said McGovern, an amateur rocket enthusiast, was testing homemade
rocket fuel on his property when the blast occurred. He was testing the fuel
mixture, not launching rockets, at the time.

• An unidentified 51-year-old man from Glen Mills was
arrested for DUI following a traffic stop along Route 322 at Evergreen Drive in
Concord Township, according to police. A report said the man was stopped
shortly after 10 p.m. on Nov. 9 for multiple traffic violations.

• In the early evening of Nov. 14, a 21-year-old woman from
Westgrove had a wallet with a check card and $140 in cash stolen from her car
as it was parked in the Painter’s Crossing lot near Friendly’s Restaurant. A
police report said someone punched out the lock on the driver’s side door of
her 2003 Pontiac Grand Am.

• Sometime between 6 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 5:15 a.m. on Nov.
13, thieves broke into the 202 Knife Shop in Chadds Ford Township and stole 14
different kinds of knives valued at $519, a state police report said. The
perpetrators also smashed an alarm sensor. Value of the alarm was reported at
$275. Police are asking anyone with information to call the Media barracks at

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