Archive for ◊ December, 2011 ◊

• Monday, December 26th, 2011,0,5989498.story

A driver suspected of  DUI slammed a car into the wall outside a Chicago Police station on the city’s south side.

Police say 36-year-old Andrew Walker of Harvey, crashed a car into a concrete wall bordering the 006th district police station on the 7800 block of south Halsted at about 12:30 a.m. Monday. The concrete structure was left with minor damages.
Officers say Walker drove away from the scene in his black four-door Chevy impala. The vehicle didn’t make it far from the scene of the initial crash before police caught up with the suspect. Officers took Walker into custody a few blocks away on the 7900 block of south Peoria.
Walker was cited for DUI and leaving the scene of property damage.

A passenger was inside the car with Walker at the time. No one was injured in the crash.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, December 26th, 2011

The suspect accused of killing four women in a Millington traffic accident while  DUI gave deputies a false name.

His real name is Davis Brooks. Brooks originally said his name was Lenard Robinson.

Officers say Saturday evening, Brooks was a driving a pick up truck that struck the back of a vehicle carrying four women.

The women died at the scene.

The deadly DUI accident happened on Raliegh Millington road.

Brooks is charged with 4 counts of vehicular homicide.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, December 26th, 2011

A local man was caught  DUI not once but twice in less than four hours. Now, some are wondering whether it wasn’t only the driver, Tom Carey, who made some bad decisions.

“He just made terribly poor choices,” said Carey’s friend, Ken Norris.

Carey was behind the wheel on Dec. 21st when Holly Springs police pulled him over and arrested him for  DUI .  Police say he blew a point 0.28.

Not even two hours later, Carey was released from jail. According to Norris, Carey took a cab back to his car and drove back to Norris’ house, where he’s been staying while struggling with a crumbling marriage.

“You understand the state he was in,” said Norris. “Yeah, well that’s why he made those choices.”

Norris says Carey is an alcoholic, now getting treatment at a veterans’ hospital. But what Norris wants to know is why was Carey was released if he was still drunk and why were police waiting for him at Norris’ house?

A spokesperson for the police department tells ABC11 they had probable cause to arrest him that second time. But they wouldn’t say what that was because of the impending court case.

“Our officers are going to pull a suspected drunk driver off the road as soon as they have probable cause,” said Holly Springs PIO Mark Andrews.

Police won’t say what the probable cause was or how they knew Carey wasn’t still in jail.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, December 26th, 2011

In an Avoid the 14 DUI strike team last night and this morning first in Oxnard and then Ventura, 19 police officers from nine jurisdictions working as the Avoid the 14 DUI task force stopped 169 cars and brought in eight DUI suspects, according to Sgt. Ryan Weeks of the Ventura police, team commander.

Blood-alcohol levels for those arrested ranged from one and a half times the legal limit to more than twice the limit.

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies investigated 35 people for DUI and wrote 70 citations, 17 of them for driving without a proper license with the remainder for various traffic violations. They towed a dozen cars.

Still on the calendar for the 17-day all-county DUI crackdown, which began Dec. 16 and will end on New Year’s Day, are maximum freeway enforcement by the Moorpark and Ventura area commands of the California Highway Patrol and saturation patrols in Simi Valley.

An even 100 people were arrested for the crime, down 12 percent from the same period in last year’s crackdown.

Avoid the 14 plans a multi-jurisdictional sobriety checkpoint for next Friday in Simi Valley, said Sgt. Randy Latimer of the Oxnard police, campaign coordinator.

The California Office of Traffic Safety funds Avoid the 14 for its winter, summer, Memorial Day and Independence Day crackdowns through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, December 26th, 2011—dec/article_a2b7553c-ae4a-5dec-94b1-738cc74591df.html


  • Kevin Adams, 52, Langhorne, 10:36 p.m. Dec 20, at Hulmeville Ave.
  • Robert Kenney, 29, Langhorne, 1:51 a.m. Dec 21, at Langhorne-Yardley Rd.
  • Dikens Volcimus, 24, Morrisville, 2:16 am. Dec 22 on Route 1.
  • Robin Coyne, 51, Langhorne, 7:58 p.m. Dec 22 at Langhorne-Yardley Rd..


  • Andrea Betancourt, 24, Wistar Ct., Bensalem, 2:25 a.m. Dec 18, on 300 block W. Lincoln Hwy.


  • Leah Nicole Hudon, 22, Levittown, 8:56 p.m. Dec 16, on northbound I-95, Bristol Township.
  • Michael John Nathan, 34, Philadelphia, 12:34 a.m. Dec 17, on southbound I-95 near Tennis Ave., Bensalem, to receive a DUI summons.
  • Henry Negron Jr., 37, Bensalem, 2:43 a.m. Dec 17, at Bristol and Galloway rds., Bensalem, to receive summons.
  • Jacob Elijah Cohn, 40, Hainesport, N.J., 1:08 a.m. Dec 18, on northbound I-95 at exit 40 off ramp, Bristol Township.
  • Robert Patrick Hurst, 42, Cheltenham, 2:42 a.m. Dec 18, on southbound I-95 at Rt. 63, Bensalem, to receive a DUI summons.
  • Gilbert Haege, 31, Philadelphia, no time given Dec 19, also receiving stolen property, possession of suspected controlled substance on southbound I-95 at exit 51, Lower Makefield, sent to county prison.
  • Jason Manuel Serrano, 26, Philadelphia, 1:24 a.m. Dec 21, also false ID to law enforcement on northbound I-95 at exit 37 off ramp at Street Rd., Bensalem.


  • David Defrehn, 30, 200 block Tollgate Rd., Middletown, 8:30 p.m. Dec 17, also possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia in parking lot on 1100 block Taylorsville Rd.


  • Vasyl Podilchuk, 49, Warminster, 1:41 a.m. Dec 18, at S. Delaware and Letchworth aves., to receive summons.

From police reports

Category: Criminal
• Monday, December 26th, 2011

This week is expected to be one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Millions of cars projected to pack the highways through January 1 and law enforcement is stepping up patrols to keep you safe.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Lucy Papp patrols Lee County’s roads. And she says she’s seen it all.

“The worst part about the job is telling a family member their loved one won’t be coming back to them,” she said.

To prevent that from happening, FHP is also stepping up DUI checks now through January 2.

Officials with AAA say 85-million cars will pack the roads this next week and that drunk driving is a serious holiday problem.

“We don’t want you out there driving if you’re not in shape to be driving,” Papp said.

Last year during the holidays, 35 percent of all traffic fatalities in Florida were alcohol related.

As part of the plan to lower those DUI fatal stats, FHP is taking heavy aim at portions of I-75 and other straightaway roads.

“We do have hot spots,” Papp said.

Category: Criminal
• Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The following information was supplied by the Springfield Township Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Retail Theft Charge

Macy’s security reported they had an alleged shoplifter in custody on Dec. 5 at 12:39 p.m. John Enright, 23, from Aldan, was observed by store security in the men’s department allegedly selecting merchandise and concealing the items in a bag. He was detained after reportedly attempting to leave the store. Enright was arrested and charged with Retail Theft.  Det. James Devaney is handling the investigation.

This Little Light of Mine

On Dec. 5 at 12:44 p.m. a resident of the 200 block of Ballymore Road reported that sometime overnight a decorative Christmas lantern was stolen from the front of her residence.

Over $3,000 Charged to Stolen Credit Cards

A patron of the Panera Bread reported Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m. that her credit cards were stolen. She said that on Dec. 4 she visited the store and during her visit, an unknown actor removed several credit cards from her wallet.  Over $3,000 was fraudulently charged. Det. James Devaney is handling the investigation.

Vehicle Keyed on Barbara Drive

A resident of the 100 block of Barbara Drive reported Dec. 6 around 10 a.m. that sometime over the weekend her vehicle was vandalized. The vehicle was keyed along the driver’s side resulting in $1,200 in damage.

Internal Employee Theft Reported

The Target store reported an internal employee theft Dec. 6 at 4:49 p.m. Store security initiated an investigation of the employee, Christine Ladson, 20, from Secane. Ladson was suspected of ringing up merchandise, providing it to the customer then voiding the sales. Several incidents allegedly occurred between Nov. 12 and Dec. 12 resulting in a loss of $2,007.97. Ladson was arrested and charged with Retail Theft.  Det. Daniel McNeely is handling the investigation.

Employee Suspected of Stealing

Famous Dave’s BBQ reported an employee theft Dec. 7 at 11:35 a.m. The employee is suspected of numerous thefts from the business totaling over $12,000.  Detective Daniel McNeely is handling the investigation.

Thefts from Unlocked Vehicles

A resident of the 400 block of Wheatsheaf Road reported Dec. 7 at 12:10 p.m. a theft had occurred from two of her vehicles. She reported that sometime overnight, someone entered both of her unsecured vehicles parked in her driveway. Stolen were an iPod, two DVDs, a Wii video game and about $20 in loose change.

Purse Snatched at Macy’s

A Springfield resident shopping at Macy’s in the Springfield Mall reported Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. that her purse was stolen. She said she had set her purse down while trying on clothing in the women’s department. Within minutes, her purse was missing. Purse contents included a wallet containing three credit cards, a bank debit card, her PA driver’s license, her nursing license and $60 in cash. A Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union personal checkbook was also in the purse.

Purse Stolen from Workstation

A student at the Empire Beauty School reported her pocketbook stolen from her workstation on Dec. 7 at 3:23 p.m. Contents included credit cards, PA driver’s license, medication and $100 in cash.

Employee Charged with Retail Theft

Victoria’s Secret in Springfield Mall reported a retail theft Dec. 8 at 5:52 p.m. The store manager stated that a black male and black female were shopping together in the store and the female was observed with a large plastic bag concealed in her purse. As the couple exited the store, the male now had the plastic bag, which appeared to contain merchandise. The security alarm activated as they left. Employees reported 20 bras and 10 panties stolen totaling $1,267.50.  Det. Daniel McNeely is handling the investigation.

Employee Admits to Theft

Macy’s in the mall reported a retail theft Dec. 9 at 12:11 a.m. Store security observed an employee, Dionna Parker, 22, of Philadelphia, allegedly under-ring a sale by placing multiple items into a shopping bag and then charging the customer for only one small item. The customer walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise in the bag. Security spoke with Parker after the incident and she admitted that the customer was her sister and both had been involved in the theft. She also admitted to handing out merchandise to other family members since October of 2011. The thefts totaled $1,105. Parker was charged with Retail Theft.  Det. James Devaney is handling the investigation.

Vehicle Window Smashed at SEPTA Station

A vehicle owner parked his car in the lot at Church Road Park Dec. 9 and took the SEPTA train to work. When he returned, he discovered the driver’s side window was smashed.  Nothing was reported missing.

Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?

Officer Andrew McKinney responded to the 700 block of W. Sproul Rd for a report of two subjects on the highway creating a hazardous condition Dec. 10 at 1:46 a.m. Two male juveniles, both 17 years of age from Springfield, were located sitting in the road on the median with a large amount of food on the ground around them. Both thought it would be “funny” to eat in the middle of the road.  Officer McKinney detected signs that both juveniles were under the influence of a controlled substance. One of the juveniles had a bag of marijuana and a glass smoking-pipe in his possession. Both were arrested and later released to their parents.  One juvenile was cited for Public Drunkenness, Disorderly Conduct and Curfew Violation. The other will be petitioned to juvenile court for Drug Possession, Drug Paraphernalia and related offenses.

Vehicle Crashes Into Mailbox

Police received a report of a hit and run accident involving property damage Dec. 10 at 8:42 a.m. The investigation showed an unknown vehicle struck the street sign, stop sign and a mailbox located near the corner of S. Norwinden Drive and Lynbrooke Road. The striking vehicle appeared to be traveling north toward Springfield Road when the accident occurred.

Disgruntled Employee Arrested

The manager of the Empire Beauty School reported an intoxicated student causing a disturbance Dec. 10 at 9:08 a.m. Officer Joseph Prendergast responded and made contact with David Scott, 24, of Darby. Scott was upset and yelling in the school because his cell phone had been stolen. Scott was allegedly intoxicated and was placed under arrest.  He was charged with Public Drunkenness and Disorderly Conduct.

Potty Knocked Over

Sometime overnight Dec. 10, the portable restroom located at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 Lynbrooke Road, was knocked over spilling the contents on the property.

Realtor Sign Damaged

A realtor reported damage to his Long & Foster real estate sign located on a property in the 200 block of School Lane. The sign was placed on Dec. 7 and discovered uprooted on Dec. 10.  The replacement cost was estimated at $50.

Resident Charged with DUI After Accident

Officer Andrew McKinney responded to the 600 block of E. Leamy Ave. for a three-car accident Dec. 10 at about 6 p.m. While conducting his investigation, one of the driver’s, a 65-year-old resident of Springfield, was found to be allegedly intoxicated. Hope was arrested and charged with DUI and later released to a relative. Sgt John DiTrolio is handling the investigation.

Suspects Flee with Stolen Merchandise

The Hallmark Store reported a retail theft Dec. 10 at 6:38 p.m.  The store manager observed a black male and black female remove several Vera Bradley bags from the shelves and leave the store without paying for them. The suspects entered a dark colored sedan and fled the area.  Seven bags were stolen, worth a total of $400.

Woman Charged with Retail Theft

The Gap store in the mall reported a suspect was in custody for retail theft Dec. 10 at 7:56 p.m. Pamela Richardson, 49, of Wilmington, Del. was allegedly concealing ten pieces of clothing valued at $234.50. She was arrested and charged with Retail Theft.  Sgt John DiTrolio is handling the investigation.

DUI and Drug Possession Charges

While on patrol Dec. 10 at 11:52 p.m., Officer Andrew McKinney observed an occupied vehicle parked in the middle of the parking lot at the Giant Food Market located on Sproul Road. Contact was made with the driver, a 23-year-old, of Springfield. The driver reportedly showed signs of intoxication, was asked to perform field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested for DUI. A search of the vehicle revealed a clear sandwich bag of marijuana in the glove box. The driver was charged with DUI and Drug Possession. Sgt. John DiTrolio is handling the investigation.

Man Charged with Retail Theft, Public Drunkenness

The Best Buy store reported a suspect was in custody for retail theft Dec. 11 at about 3:30 p.m. Stephen Kattes, 52, of Philadelphia, was allegedly removing batteries from a sealed package and attempting to leave the store. Loss Prevention officers detained the suspect, who was suspected to be intoxicated. Kattes was arrested and charged with Retail Theft and Public Drunkenness.

Category: Criminal
• Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

A Warwick woman is facing DUI charges after crashing her car into the back of a police cruiser.

The crash happened on Airport Road near Crandall Court.

According to our news partners at the Providence Journal, 43 year-old Lori Giolitti drove into the back of a stopped Warwick Police cruiser while the officer was involved in a traffic stop.

A passenger in Giolitti’s car was injured but there’s no word on how seriously.  It’s unclear what the extent of the damage to the police cruiser was.

Giolitti was charged with DUI .

Category: Criminal
• Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

A San Francisco man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he drove his car down a 100-foot embankment in Daly City early Tuesday morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Around 3:30 a.m., officers responded to reports of a car over an embankment near Carter Street and Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, at the edge of San Bruno Mountain State Park, CHP Officer Tony Tam said.

Firefighters, including a rescue unit from the North County Fire Authority, had to clear a large amount of brush in order to reach the victim, who was trapped in the car, Tam said.

After about two hours, the victim was extricated and brought back to the top of the embankment, Tam said.

The victim, identified as Jin Xiong, suffered minor injuries and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment.

He was arrested for DUI at the hospital, Tam said.

No other vehicles appear to have been involved in the crash.

Category: Criminal
• Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The Stookey Township highway commissioner has been accused of  DUI , using his position to try to get himself out of being arrested, and threatening to leave deputies stranded if their vehicles get stuck on his roads.

Chad K. Davis, who holds an elected position, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor. He also was charged with several traffic violations — making an improper left turn into oncoming traffic; failure to reduce speed, and transporting open alcohol containers.

Neither Davis nor his attorney, Greg Skinner, returned multiple calls seeking comment. Stookey Township Supervisor David Bone refused to comment. A court date has been set for Feb. 29.

According to a St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department report, Davis caused an accident Nov. 12 near Millstadt on Triple Lakes Road near Illinois 158. While driving his 2006 Cadillac, Davis turned left onto Triple Lakes Road from Illinois 158 and collided with another vehicle. No one was injured.

After responding to the accident, a deputy reported finding open Miller Light beer bottles on the front passenger seat and driver’s-side floorboard. The deputy also stated in the report that Davis smelled like alcohol, his speech was slurred, his eyes were blood-shot, he swayed while standing, and, when a deputy accused him of having too much to drink, “There’s no doubt,” then said, “I didn’t just say that,” then he laughed. Later, he told the deputy he was (messed) up, according to the report.

The report states that Davis said he was coming from a bar in Columbia and that he refused field sobriety tests. Then, according to the report, Davis said, “Listen, I am the highway commissioner of Stookey Township, is there any way I can get this dropped?”

The deputy said there was nothing he could do for Davis, and Davis was transported to the county jail.

While en route to the jail, the report states, Davis said: “I’ve learned my lesson, I do know something, I’ll never drink and drive again. You guys know I am the one they call when you guys are stuck. Well when you guys are stuck in a hole, you guys can just stay stuck.”

Two minutes later, the report states, he reiterated that “he can’t wait until we get stuck because he is going to leave us stuck.”

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Johnson said the department warned patrol deputies that Davis made the comments about leaving them stranded. He asked them to notify the department’s administration if that ever actually occurs.

“At the sheriff’s department, we take a very strong stance on  DUI , and through those enforcement efforts, you’ll get many types of threats. You just hope that’s the alcohol speaking,” he said.

Category: Criminal
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