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Woman Steals, Forges & Cashes her Grandfather's Checks

Incidents and arrests as reported by the Lower Southampton Police Department.

The following arrest information was supplied by the . It does not indicate a conviction.

DUI
Unit block of W. Street Rd, Feasterville
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012
At about 3:51 p.m., police were dispatched to an accident. The two vehicles involved were in the parking lot. One of the drivers spoke to an officer who stated that the other involved driver was driving poorly as if she was impaired by alcohol and rear ended her. An officer detected the odor of alcohol coming from the 17-year-old driver and her passenger. The passenger registered .03 percent on the breath test and will be cited for underage drinking. The driver failed field sobriety tests and registered .09 percent on a breath test. The driver consented to a blood test and will be cited for DUI, underage drinking and related charges pending receipt of blood results.

Assault
400 block of Philmont Ave, Feasterville
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012
At 12:09 p.m. officers were dispatched to McIlvaine Tree Service for the report of a fight in progress. The victims had visible injuries. The male victim had a cut on his forehead and the female victim had red marks on her face. Both advised that the injuries were the result of being physically assaulted by Joseph McIlvaine. A witness reported that McIlvaine was the aggressor in the incident. He was taken into custody and charged with simple assault.

Forgery
500 block of Orchard Ln, Feasterville
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012
At about 12:58 p.m. a complainant reported to police that his granddaughter, Jessica Rodgers, 23 of Feasterville, stole several of his checks and forged his name on those checks. The complainant stated that he never gave her permission to take any of his checks nor did he allow her to forge his name on those checks. He noticed $905 missing from his checking account. He reviewed copies of his bank statements and looked at his cancelled checks. The complainant noticed four checks totaling $905 were randomly stolen out of his checkbook, which is located at his office. He recognized the writing on the check to be that of Rodgers. He also said that she did not sign the checks as the complainant would have signed them. All of the checks were cashed at a Philadelphia branch bank. Rodgers signed the back of all of the checks and was driving a vehicle at the time of the incidents on a suspended license. The complainant has at least 20 additional checks that are still missing, but haven't been cashed yet. All of the checks were cashed by Rodgers before she was sent to Bucks County Prison July 31, 2012 -- . The complainant completed an affidavit of forgery at the bank and provided police with a written statement. The responding officer requested a warrant be issued for Rodgers.

For questions about this blotter, email nicole.jenet@patch.com.

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