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Police Blotter: Jewelry Theft, Stolen Car, Man Urinates in Parking Lot, Hit-And-Run, DUIs

The following information has been supplied by the Newtown Police Department. If arrests or charges are mentioned, they do not indicate guilt or a conviction.

Ring Stolen From Dunwoody Village

On March 17 at approximately 11:43 a.m., responded to on 3500 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square for a reported theft. Upon arrival, police met with the complainant who told police that his wife was taken to the hospital on Monday, March 12, at around 5 p.m. and prior to going to the hospital, she placed a diamond band on her dresser. When his wife returned, she discovered the ring missing. According to the report, there was no forced entry to the unit, indicating someone had a key to enter the unit. According to police, nothing else was reported missing or out of place in the unit. Police are further investigating this incident.

Vehicle Stolen From Apartment Parking Lot

On March 17 at approximately 3 p.m., police responded to the Woodbrook House Apartments on 3405 West Chester Pike for a report of a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, police spoke with the vehicle owner who told police that sometime overnight someone had stolen his silver 2001 Oldsmobile sedan. The man told police that a neighbor had seen the vehicle parked in his designated parking space the night before and reported to the vehicle owner that the car was gone at approximately 8 a.m. that morning.

Man Arrested For DUI, Found On 5 Different Meds

On March 17 at approximately 9:02 a.m., police received information from an off-duty officer that he was following what appeared to be an intoxicated driver, swerving from the left lane of travel into the right lane on West Chester Pike and forcing vehicles in the right lane to avoid the driver, according to the report. Police observe the driver make a U-turn at Saint Albans Avenue and almost collide head on with a vehicle that was traveling westbound. The driver pulled into the PNC Bank parking lot pick up a passenger and then continued to drive northbound on Newtown Street Road/Rt. 252. According to the report, the off-duty officer observed the driver go straight through the steady red signal on Winding Way. In addition, the officer observed the driver strike the raised concrete median, separating northbound and southbound traffic. The driver then made a complete stop in the intersection of Rt. 252 and Goshen Road, forcing other traffic to drive around the vehicle. Police arrived to the scene and identified the driver as Joseph Matthews, 59, of West Chester. Upon speaking to Matthews, police observed his speech was slurred and his eyes were “barely open,” according to the report, and was unable to follow police’s request to provide registration and ID. When asked if he took any medication, Matthews told police that he took Opana, Colonopin, Vicoden, along with his blood pressure and cholesterol medication.

Man Urinates in UNO Parking Lot

On March 16 at approximately 5:15 p.m., police responded to the parking lot for a report of a disorderly conduct. According to the report, police was on patrol on eastbound of West Chester Pike/Rt. 3 when they observed a man standing next to a red Dodge truck urinating on the parking lot. Police entered the parking lot and found the man who was now sitting in the passenger to exit the vehicle. The man was identified as a 55-year-old man from Media and was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.

Tailgate Allegedly Stolen From Marple Newtown Bus Lot

On March 14 at approximately 11:57 p.m., police responded to the bus garage on 20 Media Line Road in Newtown Square for a reported theft. A neighbor across the street of the garage called police to report loud noises from out front. According to the report, the complainant described that a white male in his 20s carrying a large dark object and then putting it into his vehicle which was parked facing Rt. 3 on the wrong side. The vehicle then backed up and turned right onto Lovell Avenue. A tailgate was suspected stolen from a pick-up truck by the lot which is worth approximately $600. Police are further investigating this incident.

Driver Fails To Stop For Police, Arrested For DUI

On March 14 at approximately 7:15 p.m., police responded to West Chester Pike by Bryn Mawr Avenue for a report of a possible intoxicated driver. Police who was in the area observed the car traveling north on Bryn Mawr Avenue from Rt. 3 and swerving from one side of the road to the other, crossing the double yellow line. The driver failed to stop for police when police activated their emergency light in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The driver continued north on Bryn Mawr Avenue into Radnor Township. Police were able to stop the driver just by the I-476 overpass in Radnor. The driver was identified as Justin Hrebiniak, 36, of Bryn Mawr. When asked if he knew that police were following him and attempting to stop him, Hrebiniak replied, “no,” according to the report. Police detected an odor of alcohol from Hrebiniak and performed a portable breathaylzer test, which recorded a 0.159 percent blood alcohol content. Hrebiniak was transported to Riddle Hospital for blood withdrawal. He was arrested and charged DUI, careless driving, and duty of driver on approach of emergency vehicle.

Man Involved in Hit-And-Run Flees Scene, Arrested for DUI

On March 13 at approximately 6:17 p.m., police responded to the 3500 block of West Chester Pike/Rt. 3 to investigate an accident. According to the report, upon arriving to the scene, police received a report that the striking vehicle had fled the scene of the accident and was seen turning onto Radnor Drive and stopped in front of a home on the unit block of Radnor Drive. Upon arrival of the resident, police observed three cars stopped in the roadway and four people standing outside the cars. One of the cars there was a Honda Civic, which appeared to have heavy front-end damage, according to the report. Witnesses identified Paul Willey, 57, of Newtown Square, as the driver who had fled the scene. A strong odor of alcohol was detected at police were speaking to Willey, according to the report. Police observed Willey was unsteady on his feet and performed a preliminary breathalyzer test on Willey which recorded a 0.168 percent blood alcohol content. Willey was transported to the Springfield Hospital for blood withdrawal. According to the report, witnesses told police that they were stopped at a red light on the 3500 block of West Chester Pike when they observed Willey strike the rear of a vehicle that was already stopped in traffic in the left lane. When the struck vehicle pulled onto the right shoulder, the witnesses told police that Willey had driven away from the scene without stopping to give information or render any aid.  Willey was arrested and charged with DUI, accident involving damage attended to a vehicle, duty to give information or render aid, reckless driving, careless driving, and stop signs and yield signs.

DUI Arrest on Bishop Hollow Road

On March 13 at approximately 11:17 p.m., police was on routine patrol traveling south on Bishop Hollow Road directly behind a Buick. Police observed the vehicle continually moving to the left and onto the double yellow line, then back across the lane onto the white fog line, according to the report. Police stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Campus Boulevard and Bishop Hollow Road. When police asked the driver, Kenneth Manganiello, 51, of Media, whether he had consumed any drinks, Manganiello responded he had two, according to the report. Manganiello complied to performing two field sobriety tests in which he failed both. He was given a portable breathalyzer test which had recorded a 0.182 percent blood alcohol content. Manganiello was arrested and charged with DUI, careless driving and driving on roadways laned for traffic. Manganiello was taken to the Springfield Hospital for blood withdrawal.

Attempted Theft From a Vehicle

On March 12 at approximately 8:55 a.m., police responded to the unit block of Hickory Lane for an attempted theft. Upon arrival, police spoke with the homeowner who told police that around 5 a.m. that day he had gone into his garage to discover his driver’s side vehicle door open, according to the report. The man told police that he was “positive” he had shut his vehicle door at around 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. The man checked the vehicle and discovered noting was missing or stolen at the time. Both the garage door and vehicle were unlocked overnight, according to the report.

Driver Without Valid License Fails to Follow Traffic Signals

On March 9 at approximately 2:02 p.m., police was on patrol in the unit block of North Newtown Street Road/Rt. 252 and Caley Road when police observed a white Ford van with a New York license plate turn from Rt. 252 to Caley Road. According to police, vehicles matching this description have been in the Delaware County area and known to be involved with residential burglaries and scams of the elderly. Police followed the van, who failed to turn their left turn signal. Police stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of Tyson Road and advised the driver, John Clancy, 23, of Deer Park, NY, the reason for the stop. Clancy told police that he had lost his valid driver’s license at a “night club” but handed police his expired New York learner’s permit. Police ran the license number which came back suspended out of New York, according to the report. With the current situation involving similar vehicles involved in recent home burglaries, police requested to search the van. Upon further investigation, police discovered a marijuana smoking pipe in the center console of the vehicle in which he told police that the pipe was his, according to the report. Clancy was arrested and charged for driving while operating privilege is suspended, turning movements and required signals and drivers required to be licensed.

mimi yagisi March 25, 2012 at 05:22 AM
big effing deal..."man peeing in a parking lot" ...he most likely had prostate problems!
19073 resident March 25, 2012 at 11:16 AM
I don't want some drunk from a bar urinating in a public parking lot, in my community. Use the bathroom like adults are supposed to, would you like to be stepping in urine before you go inside for dinner?? We will send everyone who has to pee to Mimi's front lawn to go since she doesn't think its a big deal. Its not a big deal until its your neighborhood.
s evangelidis March 31, 2012 at 11:55 PM
my 15 yr. old goes there to eat,real nice to see a man doing that,no class
mimi June 04, 2012 at 04:38 AM
maybe b/c I'm a nurse and see such horrible things, this is nothing in the large scheme of life...also my husband pees outside off the rd. - he is 10 yrs my senior and has prostate problems. They did not state he was drunk btw, but most likely was.
mimi June 04, 2012 at 04:40 AM
lol....come join my dog! lol really...to me it's not a huge deal to make headlines that's all. Good day!

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