Thursday, March 14, 2013
Ken Smith was named East Pikeland Township's Police Officer of the Year.
Officer Ken Smith of the East Pikeland Police Department was named the township's Police Officer of the Year earlier this month. According to Chief James Franciscus, Smith was selected for the honor by his peers. Smith received the award after spearheading an investigation that lead to the arrest of two people who were using stolen credit cards to purchase legal gift cards at the Wawa store in East Pikeland. Officer Smith received a ribbon for his uniform and a plaque that was presented by Supervisor Ben Campbell.
Antonio Girifalco was heavily armed, Schuylkill Township Police are reporting.
A 23-year-old Phoenixville man is in Chester County Prison after he engaged area police in a nearly two-hour standoff from his Continental Drive home, Schuylkill Township Police said. Though Antonio Girifalco was heavy armed during the standoff and threatened to shoot himself, family members and authorities, according to police, there were no injuries reported. On March 8, Schuylkill Township Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Continental Drive for a report of a loud verbal dispute between two men. According to court documents, while the officers were en route, they received an update that a gunshot had been fired. Once on the scene, police say Girifalco’s mother told them that her son was in the house and was “freaking out.” The …
Monday, March 11, 2013
An East Pikeland Police officer says he spied a glass pipe through an open window while on an unrelated visit.
A 26-year-old Phoenixville man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia late last month after an East Pikeland Police officer, while making a visit to an apartment adjoining his, spotted a glass pipe through his open window, the department is reporting. According to court documents, on Feb. 26 at 5:20 p.m., an officer stopped by an apartment on the 500 block of Deer Run Lane to investigate a separate incident. While the officer was on the porch waiting to be admitted to the residence, he spotted a glass marijuana pipe sitting in “plain view” in the defendant’s kitchen, police say. The officer seized the pipe and discovered that it had a black residue inside, consistent with burned marijuana resin. (Police say subsequent lab …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
A rundown of the week in Phoenixville police news.
The following incidents occurred in and around the Phoenixville area. Arrest, when mentioned, does not suggest conviction. Man Bites Wife, East Pikeland Police Say Police say the man had blood on his face and hands when they took him into the station. Man Assaulted Wife Over Money, Police Say 'We can do this all day,' police report the man told his wife as he choked her. Girl Scout Robber Confesses, Police Say The 31-year-old former Berwyn resident is charged in other recent incidents, too. Phoenixville Pastor Convicted of Mortgage Fraud A pastor with New Millennium Life Restoration Fellowship was convicted today of fraudulently obtaining more than $6 million in home loans for properties in Schwenksville and Glenmoore. Gunman Pleads Guilty…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Police say the man had blood on his face and hands when they took him into the station.
A 32-year-old Phoenixville man was arrested last weekend after police say he assaulted his wife, even biting the woman at one point, during a drive home from a wedding. According to court documents, on Feb. 24 at 2:15 a.m., East Pikeland police responded to the 100 block of East Seven Stars Road after receiving an anonymous report of a domestic disturbance. When the officer arrived at the scene, he saw a grey Audi in the driveway of the residence in question. A woman was attempting to get out of the car, while a man was pulling her back in, according to police. Police say the officer told the man to back away from his wife, but he refused. The officer frisked him, cuffed him, and put him in the back of the patrol car. The officer noted …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
According to East Pikeland Police, two men were charged with marijuana possession after crashing near the intersection of Kimberton and Pothouse roads.
On Feb. 19 at approximately 3:40 p.m., East Pikeland Police charged an 18-year-old Downingtown man and an 18-year-old Phoenixville man, a resident of the 600 block of Deger Avenue, with possession of a small amount of marijuana after they were involved in an auto accident at the intersection of Kimberton Road and Pothouse Road, the department is reporting. The men were both processed and released pending a hearing.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Christopher D. Koukos allegedly sent sexually explicit pictures to an investigator he thought was a 14-year-old boy.
Editor's note: the language in this report is occasionally sexually explicit and may be offensive to some readers. After a nearly two-year investigation involving multiple departments in two states, a 36-year-old Phoenixville man was arrested on child pornography charges on Monday. Christopher D. Koukos, a resident of the 1900 block of Revolutionary Court in Phoenixville, was charged on February 11 with ten felony counts of child pornography and an additional charge of criminal use of a communication facility, after he allegedly sent pictures of his penis to an investigator who was posing as a 14-year-old boy in a chat room. According to court documents, on March 3 of 2011, an investigator with the Page County (Virginia) Sheriffs …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
East Pikeland Police made the arrest last Wednesday on Ridge Road.
East Pikeland Police are reporting that they arrested a local man last week who was in possession of marijuana he intended to sell. According to court documents, on January 30 at 1:18 a.m., an officer on patrol pulled over a white Volkswagen on Ridge Road because the vehicle’s windows were tinted to a degree that was illegal. The officer noted that the driver, Herbert Lee Williams, 19, smelled like marijuana and removed him from the vehicle to perform a search. During this pat down—during which Williams denied being in possession of marijuana—the officer’s partner saw a large plastic bag filled with ten individually packaged bags of what appeared to be marijuana sitting by the center console. The substance was confirmed as marijuana at the…
Monday, February 4, 2013
The thefts happened over the course of more than a year, leaving the victim in "great pain."
A Phoenixville couple was arrested on multiple felony charges last week after police say they, over the course of at least 14 months, were systematically stealing narcotic pain medication from the woman’s father and replacing it with anti-diarrhea medicine. According to court documents, on November 9, 2011, a Phoenixville man called East Pikeland Police to his Merlin Road residence to report that his pain medication had been disappearing. The man, who was bedridden, told police that he believed his daughter, primary caregiver, and power of attorney Dana Vognetz, 37, had been stealing the medicine. The man said that Vognetz had passed out on top of him one day the week before, intoxicated. Vognetz, speaking police in the driveway before …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
The following incidents were reported by the East Pikeland Police Department.
The following incident reports were provided by the East Pikeland Police Department. Arrest does not suggest conviction. Jose Rommel Benitez, 18, from 37 E. Ruth Ave. Phoenixville, was charged with act 64 Drug Device and cosmetic act. When it was discovered that he was in possession of drugs on January 10, 2013. Herbert Lee Williams III,19, from 237 Morgan Street Phoenixville, was charged with act 64 Drug Device and Cosmetic act. On Wednesday January 30, 2013 on or about 1:20 a.m. after being stopped for a motor violation in the 400 block of Schuylkill Road. William was arraigned before Judge Michaels and released on $5000.00 unsecured bail. Dana Vognetz, 37, from 133 Merlin Road, Phoenixville, and Michael Vognetz, 35, from the same …