NEW GARDEN—A West Grove woman found out the hard way that she shouldn’t flick cigarette butts from the window of her car, especially when police officers are nearby.
Police observed Jeanette M. Steffe, 38, of West Grove, flick a cigarette butt out of a window of her car on Nov. 18 in the 800 block of Southwood Road in New Garden Township.
Police officers in the area observed the littering and approached the car, a 2005 Buick. Police observed the car displayed no inspection sticker. They also noticed a bag containing suspected cocaine in plain view. Drug paraphernalia related to cocaine use was also recovered.
Steffe exhibited indicators of being under the influence of a controlled substance and field sobriety tests showed impairment. She was taken into custody and was transported to the hospital where she submitted to a chemical test of her blood. Lab results subsequently revealed that Steffe had morphine, cocaine, and diphenhydramine in her system at the time of the incident.
Charges were filed on March 18, 2019 following an investigation and lab tests. A preliminary hearing for Steffe has been scheduled.
Police reports from across the region:
On Feb.22, an officer noticed a gray Scion TC without use of headlights or rear lighting and the vehicle was weaving within its lane of travel. The officer conducted a traffic stop in the 200 block of East Linden Street. While speaking to the driver, identified as Jesus Romero-Zamudio, the officer observed slow responses to simple questions and detected an odor of marijuana. Romero-Zamudio was asked to submit to a series of field sobriety tests. As a result of the field sobriety tests, Jesus Romero-Zamudio was taken into custody for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substance, transported for a chemical blood test and taken for processing. Romero-Zamudio was arrested for DUI and related charges.
On March 8, an officer was dispatched to the 500 Block of South Union Street for a report of check fraud. The reporting party advised that a man who frequents the store, Joseph Altman, cashed a bad check on March 6. He returned on March 8 and attempted to do so again. The reporting party was able to provide video footage of the original incident, a photograph of the original check cashed and bank records showing that it was a bad check. The officer contacted Altman who said he had until Friday March 15 to bring the restitution to the Kennett Square Police Department; otherwise charges would be filed. Joseph Altman failed to make good on the restitution for the stolen money, so he was arrested for forgery and related charges.
On March 9, an officer conducted a traffic stop on a silver Lexus SUV because there was no active rear lighting on the vehicle. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer observed an open can of Budweiser beer in the cup holder as he made contact with the driver, identified as Juvenal Zavala-Reyes. The officer immediately noticed an odor of alcoholic beverages coming from Zavala-Reyes and observed him to have blood shot eyes. The officer requested Zavala-Reyes to exit his vehicle for Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. As a result of the field sobriety tests, Juvenal Zavala-Reyes was taken into custody for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and transported for a chemical test of his breath, which resulted in a 0.143 percent Blood Alcohol Concentration.
On March 9, 2019, an officer was assisting on a DUI stop in the 100 block of North Lincoln Street and made contact with the passenger of the vehicle, a Hispanic man, who stated he had no identification. He was asked to write his name on the officer's notepad to which he wrote Jesus Duran-Gasca. The officer asked the male if he had a wallet in his pocket, which he did, and was able to produce a debit card with the name Jesus Lemus-Duran. Lemus-Duran was transported to the Kennett Square Police Station, where he was searched. The officer found a small pink baggy containing a white powdery substance inside Lemus-Duran's shoe and another inside the brim of his hat. The powdery substance tested positive for cocaine. Jesus Lemus-Duran was transported for live scan processing and then released to his cousin pending a summons. He was arrested for false identification and possession of a controlled substance.
Melissa Quirk, 47, of Sinking Springs, was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking on March 6, 2019. The charge was filed after officers responded to the Boscov’s store for an alleged $20 theft by an employee. Quirk was released on a criminal summons.
Invasion of privacy
Marco Meschino, 47, of Philadelphia, was charged with Invasion of Privacy on March 6, 2019. The charge was filed after officers responded to the Cotton On store for a report of a man who allegedly looked under a fitting room partition at a female who was in a partial state of nudity. Meschino was released on a criminal summons.
Maria Anderson, 50, of West Chester, was charged with Retail Theft and Receiving Stolen Property. The charges were filed after an investigation into an alleged $82 theft from the Boscov’s store on March 6, 2019. An arrest warrant was issued and she was arrested by the West Chester Police Department. She was arraigned by Judge John Bailey and was remanded to Chester County Prison after failing to post her $10,000 bail.
Mary Sweeney, 27, of Coatesville, was charged with Retail Theft on March 9, 2019. The charge was filed after officers responded to the Target store for an alleged $136 theft. Sweeney was issued a non-traffic citation and released.
David Bullard, 24, of Malvern, was charged with possession of marijuana and a registration violation on March 11, 2019. The charges were filed after a patrol office allegedly observed a vehicle traveling on N. Ship Road with an expired registration. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with Bullard who was operating the vehicle. Suspected marijuana was recovered during the traffic stop. Bullard was released on a criminal summons.
Theft by deception
On Feb. 15, Amadu Turay, 20, of Upper Darby, was arrested for Forgery and Theft by Deception after he negotiated and cashed two counterfeit checks at a Walmart in Delaware County. The checks were fraudulently made to appear like payroll checks from the Barclay Friends Nursing Home, located in the 700 block of N. Franklin St. Turray was held on a probation detainer and remanded to Chester County Prison.
Southern Chester County Regional
Christopher Sulo, 31, of Townsend, Del. was arrested and charged with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act, with False Identification to Law Enforcement, and with Arrest Prior to Requisition (Fugitive from Justice), after he was found to be in possession of a crack pipe and other drug paraphernalia, including syringes containing suspected heroin. The incident occurred on March 19 at 6:54 p.m., in the 700 block of Newark Road, in New Garden Township, and was the result of a traffic stop for an equipment violation. Sulo initially provided the name Nicholas Sulo but his true identity was ultimately discovered and a record check revealed that he was wanted on several active warrants out of Delaware. He was taken into custody and was transported to Central Booking, where he was processed and held for arraignment. Sulo was committed to the Chester County Prison pending extradition.
Gabriel Ledesma-Mora, 51, of Kennett Square was arrested and charged with DUI and related traffic offenses, following a traffic stop for moving violations. The incident occurred on March 13 at 9:52 p.m., in the 9100 block of Gap Newport Pike, in New Garden Township. Upon making contact with Ledesma-Mora, police observed indicators suggesting intoxication and a record check revealed that his driving privilege was suspended. Ledesma-Mora was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and submitted to a chemical test of his breath, resulting in a B.A.C. of .085 percent.
Vincent Ingui, 40, of Landenberg was arrested and charged with DUI and related traffic offenses, as well as with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act, following a traffic stop for moving violations. The incident occurred on March 12 at 11:51 p.m., in the 200 block of Starr Road, in New Garden Township. Upon making contact with Ingui, police observed indicators suggesting intoxication and observed marijuana/THC related contraband in plain view. A subsequent search produced additional contraband. Ingui refused all testing. He was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI and for the Act 64 violations. A record check revealed that he was operating the vehicle on a suspended driver’s license.