Police

Police Log April 11: From arson to attempted murder

• An arson investigation has led to attempted murder charges. State police from the Avondale barracks said Michael Thomas Shelley, 25 of Oxford, was charged with three counts of criminal attempted murder, arson, possessing instruments of crime and criminal mischief. According to the report, police were investigating a case of suspected arson following a Jan. 19 fire ...

 
 

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 ...

 

Police Log March 28: DUIs, drugs

Pennsylvania State Police • State police charged Joseph Matthew Wice, 41, of Delaware, with DUI and drug possession following a traffic stop in Kennett Township. A report said Wice was seen driving with his high beams against oncoming traffic and driving on the center line on Kaolin Road near E. Hillendale Road shortly after 2 a.m. on March 4. Police said they found ...

 

Police Log March 21: Drugs, threats, harassment

Pennsylvania State Police • A 17-year-old from Chadds Ford was accused of drug possession on Feb. 6. A police report from the Avondale barracks said they found the youth with THC oil and associated paraphernalia in the 700 block of Unionville Road at 1:01 p.m. • An attempted retail theft was followed by a threat of murder on Feb. 27. A state police report said two ...

 

Crackdown on aggressive driving

PennDOT announced today that 62municipal police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties, as well as the Philadelphia Police Department, will conduct aggressive driving enforcement activities as part of a statewide mobilization that runs from today through April 29. The enforcement is part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement ...

 

Police Log March 14: Accidents, DUI, drugs

• A 17-year-old motorist was cited for his involvement in a March 2 accident in East Marlborough Township. A police report said the teenager was driving on Ivystone Place and pulled out into traffic on Route 82 into the path of a southbound vehicle. The youth reported no injury, police said, but the driver of the other vehicle did report a minor injury.  Southern ...

 

Police Log March 7: Thefts, drugs, gun

Pennsylvania State Police • A 46-year-old woman was ripped off on Feb. 15 when someone took her coat containing $150, a driver's license and a bank debit card. The incident happened at 451 Wilmington Pike in Concord Township. • Police said Rachael Louise Zappacosta, 39, stole more than $300 worth of merchandise from Wegmans at 7:23 p.m. on Feb. 18. The report offered ...

 

Police Log Feb. 28: Accidents, dog-fighting

Pennsylvania State Police Stated police said Justin P. Davis, 28, of Chadds Ford was charged with speeding after he the car he was driving crashed head-on into a tree on Harvey Road. The incident happened shortly before midnight on Feb. 4. According to the police report, Davis was trying to negotiate a right-hand curve near Glennoll Drive when in ice and foggy ...

 

Animals seized in dog-fighting investigation

The Brandywine Valley SPCA took six dogs and four rabbits into its care on Wednesday, Feb. 21, following their seizure by Pennsylvania State Police at a residence in Coatesville. The dogs were seized as evidence in the case against a man now facing charges that include cruelty to animals and possession of dog fighting paraphernalia, including treadmills and medical ...

 

Police Log Feb. 21: Accidents, DUI, drugs

Pennsylvania State Police • Christopher R. Mariani, 48, of Chester Heights, was cited following a traffic accident in which a 61-year-old woman from Garysburg, N.C. was injured, a police report said. The accident happened at 1:16 a.m. on Feb. 4 at Route 202 and Smithbridge Road. Police said Mariani was driving east in Smithbridge when he failed to stop for a red ...

 

Police Log Feb. 14: Assaults, accidents

Pennsylvania State Police • State police from the Media barracks said a man from Linwood, not identified by name, assaulted a woman in an IHOP in Concord Township on Jan. 29. The victim sustained minor injuries to her face, and hand and her iPhone was damaged. • There were no citations issued or injuries reported, but police said a three-car accident on Route 1 at ...