Police Log April 4: DUIs, scams

Pennsylvania State Police

• Troopers from the Media barracks are looking for a man who tried to buy a firearm while prohibited from doing so. A report said Shaquann Jabree Smith, 24, of Chester, tried to buy a gun at Targetmaster on March 1. The state background check, PICS, kicked the application and police were called. Smith fled on foot when police arrived. There was an active warrant on Smith for aggravated assault in Northumberland County, according to the report. Anyone knowing Smith’s whereabouts should call police at 484-840-1000.

• A 77-year-old man from Pocopson Township was scammed out of $32,000, state police said. From 2015-2018, the victim wired the money to someone in Europe who had contacted the victim via both email and phone saying he had won a lottery but needed to wire money to collect the prize.

• State police arrested two teenage males, ages 15 and 16, both from Wilmington, for possession of marijuana at 12:40 a.m. on April 1. The two were caught when their vehicle was stopped for traffic violations in the 400 block of N. Union Street in Kennett Township.

•An unidentified driver was cited for careless driving after she rear-ended another vehicle that was stopped at Route 1 and Onix Drive in East Marlborough Township on March 20.

• Police said Kathleen C. Groves, 37, of Glen Mills, was cited following a one-car accident in West Marlborough Township on March 5. According to the report, Groves was driving north on Newark Road near W. Street Road at 2:30 a.m. when she lost control. The vehicle ran off the road, up an embankment and struck a utility pole and a road sign. It then went airborne for about eight feet before hitting a tree. Groves was cited for driving under the influence.

• Police cited a 50-year-old woman following a one-vehicle on March 8. A report said Marisa Burton, of West Grove, was driving eastbound on Route 1 near N. Union Street in West Marlborough Township at 9:02 a.m. when she drifted off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. She sustained minor injuries to her hand, police said.

• A 24-year-old woman was taken to Brandywine Hospital for treatment of minor injuries following a one-car accident on N. Chatham Road in West Marlborough Township on March 25. Police said Gina M. Palumbo, of Coatesville, was also cited for excessive speed. According to the police report, Palumbo was driving too fast to negotiate a left-hand curve in the road and struck a utility pole.

• State police said they charged Matthew Scott Hartley, 25, of Gradyville, with DUI following a traffic stop on W. Street Road shortly before midnight on March 24.

• Alexandra Mele, of West Chester, was arrested for DUI on March 24, according to a police report. Police said they conducted a traffic stop for a traffic violation on Route 202 and Route 1 at 1:23 a.m.

• Police arrested two men from Oxford on drug possession charges following a motor vehicle crash in New Garden Township on March 20. The two were identified as Douglas Steele, 32, and Zachary Alan Pennel, 26. No details of the accident were given.

• Police said Jordan Chandler Smith, 19, of Newark, was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance after he ran a red light on Newark Road at Baltimore Pike in New Garden Township on March 24. 

Southern Chester County Regional Police Department

• Jesus Nunez, 46, of Avondale was arrested and charged with DUI and related traffic offenses, after the 2002 Chevrolet he was operating was stopped for erratic driving, a police report said. The incident occurred at 1:55 a.m. on March 17, in the 8800 block of Gap Newport Pike, in New Garden Township. Police said they observed numerous indicators suggesting intoxication. He was unable to complete field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI, the report said. He submitted to a chemical test of his breath resulting in a blood alcohol level of 0.108 percent.

• Police said they arrested Javier Flavio Rico Jr., 22, of Newark, and charged him with DUI and with carrying a firearm without a license, after the 2006 Ford he was operating was stopped for swerving in and out of its lane of travel. The incident occurred on March 17 at 3:19 a.m., in the 8900 block of Gap Newport Pike, in New Garden Township. Police said they observed signs intoxication and field sobriety tests confirmed impairment. While interacting with Rico, police observed spent shell casings in the bed of his truck.

 

 

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