Police Blotter

Posted: January 16, 1997

Unless otherwise attributed, the following reports are based on statements of local police.

Abington

* Two televisions, a VCR, a phone and jewelry were reported stolen from a house in the 300 block of Fillmore Street between noon and 1:12 p.m. Dec. 24.

The homeowner had left a key in the door. Two men were seen driving from the house in a light-blue Lincoln Continental. Police followed, but the men sped away.

Hatfield

* More than $1,000 was reported stolen from two cash boxes in a locked room at the Hearth Baker, 1118 N. Broad St., between 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 29. The rear door of the bakery had been forced open.

Lansdale

* A North Wales man was injured when he was assaulted in the parking lot of the Metropolitan Life Building, 1107 E. Main St., about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1.

A sergeant on patrol found the victim, 19, semiconscious and bleeding from the head. The man was flown to Allegheny University Hospitals/Hahnemann in Philadelphia, treated, and released the next day.

Friends had been with the victim, but said they had not witnessed the assault. No weapon was found.

Norristown

* A charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver was filed against Jermell Lyons, 20, of no permanent address, after police found seven small bags of rock cocaine in the 100 block of East Spruce Street at 8:20 p.m. Jan. 5.

Police gave this account: Officers, who knew Lyons, saw him in the 1000 block of Willow Street, and a check showed he was wanted on a warrant. After seeing the officers, Lyons dropped a case. He was stopped, and the case was retrieved. The drugs were found inside; police also said Lyons had a pager.

Lyons, who also was charged with possession of an instrument of crime, was arraigned before District Justice Robert Saraceni and taken to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility when he did not post 10 percent of $2,500 bail. All charges were held Tuesday during a preliminary hearing before Saraceni, and Lyons was returned to the correctional facility. The matter was referred to county court.

Perkiomen

* Stereo equipment, a VCR, and a boom box radio, valued at a total of $1,250, were reported stolen from a house in the 600 block of Gravel Pike between 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 7. A basement door had been left unlocked, state police at Limerick said.

Schwenksville

* A charge of attempted burglary was filed against two teenage boys accused of trying to steal alcohol from an apartment at the Spring Mount Summit Apartments, 351 Centennial St., about 6:40 p.m. Dec. 29.

The boys, 15 and 14, broke a sliding glass door but did not enter when they discovered the resident was home, state police said.

The matter was to be sent to Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

Telford

* A charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver was filed against Neil J. McGlaughlin, 36, of the 1700 block of Fels Road, Pennsburg, at 12:40 a.m. Dec. 26.

McGlaughlin was stopped for driving in a reckless manner, police said. During a search, money and a quantity of pills were found in his possession, they said.

McGlaughlin was arraigned before District Justice Kenneth Deatelhauser and released on his own recognizance. A preliminary hearing was to be scheduled.

Towamencin

* A paint sprayer, valued at $6,000, was reported stolen from a house under construction on West Main Street in the Jacob's Woods development between noon Dec. 28 and 9 a.m. Dec. 30.

Upper Salford

* Five ski boards (with boots) and a radio, valued at a total of $3,310, were reported stolen from the Spring Mountain ski resort, Spring Mountain Road, between Jan. 2 and 4.

Rear entrance doors had been pried open, state police at Limerick said. Damage was estimated at $200.

DUI arrests

* The following people were arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. State law prohibits driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.10 percent or greater. Refusal to submit to alcohol testing results in a one-year suspension of driving privileges.

* James Harnly of the 1200 block of Tyler Street, Norristown, was arrested at 12:25 p.m. Dec. 20 after his vehicle struck a car parked in the 600 block of West Main Street, borough police said. Harnly's blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.173 percent on a breath test, police said.

* Thomas D. Beaman, 39, of the 1100 block of Westmont Avenue, Roslyn, was arrested Dec. 21 by Abington Township police at his residence. Police said that Beaman had left after his vehicle hit a car in the 1200 block of Old York Road, but that the other driver had followed him while a passenger had called on a cellular phone. Beaman failed field sobriety tests, police said, and registered 0.25 percent on a breath-alcohol test. He was charged with reckless driving, careless driving, causing an accident involving damage to an attended vehicle, failing to give information and render aid at an accident scene, and disorderly conduct.

* Richard Cook, 18, of the 100 block of East Chew Avenue, Philadelphia, was arrested at 10:12 p.m. Dec. 25 after his vehicle went past a red light and struck two cars on New Second Street at Church Road, Cheltenham Township police said. Blood was drawn from Cook, but results of alcohol testing were not available. He also was charged with driving while his license was suspended, reckless driving, failing to stop for a red light, and driving an unregistered vehicle.

* Patrick M. Burns, 23, of Indiana, Pa., was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Dec. 26 after he was stopped for driving erratically on Troxel Road at Sawmill Way, Towamencin. Township police said Burns had failed field sobriety tests and registered 0.146 percent on a breath-alcohol test.

* John M. Libonati 2d, 23, of the 1200 block of Thomas Drive, Fort Washington, was arrested at 2:35 a.m. Dec. 27 after he was stopped for driving erratically on Sumneytown Pike at Forty Foot Road, Towamencin. He failed field sobriety tests, police said, and refused to submit to a breath-alcohol test.

* Donald Undercuffler, 49, of the 400 block of Hamilton Street, Norristown, was arrested at 1:03 a.m. Dec. 28 after his vehicle struck another in the 900 block of West Airy Street, Norristown police said. Undercuffler, who was found at Main and Noble Streets, could not perform field sobriety tests, police said. Blood was drawn for alcohol testing. He also was charged with driving while his license was suspended and failing to stop after an accident involving an attended vehicle.

* Thomas F. Drews, 43, of Whitemarsh Valley Road, Fort Washington, was arrested at 1:59 a.m. Dec. 29 after his car struck a guardrail on Township Line Road near Limerick Road, Perkiomen. State police at Limerick said Drews had registered 0.218 percent on a breath-alcohol test. He also was cited for traffic violations.

* Willie Prince, 45, of the 800 block of West Marshall Street, Norristown, was arrested Dec. 29 after his vehicle nearly struck a police vehicle in the 400 block of Arch Street, Norristown police said. Prince showed signs of intoxication, police said, and blood was drawn for alcohol testing.

* Dwight Bryant Sr., 35, of the 1700 block of North 28th Street, Philadelphia, was arrested at 3:01 a.m. Jan. 1 after he was stopped for driving erratically on Easton Road near Allison Road, Upper Moreland. Township police said Bryant failed field sobriety tests and registered 0.15 percent on a breath-alcohol test.

* Cherie Birks, 27, of Ridge Road, Vincentown, was arrested at 3:06 a.m. Jan. 1 after her vehicle struck a wrought-iron fence at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham. Police said she had been taken to Allegheny University Hospitals/Elkins Park for treatment of a minor injury. Information on testing was not provided.

* Lisa Chernoski, 22, of Westbury Apartments, Terwood and York Roads, Upper Moreland, was arrested at 3:48 a.m. Jan. 1 after she was stopped for driving erratically on Warminster Road near Lancaster Place in the township. She failed field sobriety tests and registered 0.15 percent on a breath-alcohol test, police said.

* Paul Kasicki, 44, of Collegeville, was arrested at 11 p.m. Jan. 1 after he was stopped for driving erratically on Ridge Pike at Germantown Pike in Lower Providence, state police at Limerick said. Kasicki showed signs of intoxication, state police said, and registered 0.161 percent on a breath-alcohol test.

* Thomas Cassidy, 32, of the 1000 block of Penn Avenue, Ardsley, was arrested at 11:47 p.m. Jan. 3 after he was stopped for driving past a red light on Welsh Road at Blair Mill Road, Upper Moreland. Cassidy failed field sobriety tests, police said, and registered 0.16 percent on a breath-alcohol test. He also was charged with driving while his license was suspended and failing to obey a traffic-control device.

* Michael J. Roslan, 37, of the 200 block of Kennett Pike, Chadds Ford, was arrested at 12:51 a.m. Jan. 4 after he was stopped for driving 52 m.p.h. in a 35-m.p.h. zone on Forty Foot Road, Towamencin. Police said Roslan had failed a pre-arrest breath test and refused to submit to further field testing. Blood was drawn, but results of alcohol testing were not available.

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