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Contractor charged with fraud

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

Home improvement contractor Kevin W. Drake, 55, of 3048 Sequoia Drive, Macungie, has been charged with six counts of theft by deception and six counts of home improvement fraud after he was arrested by Upper Macungie police April 5, for allegedly not doing work for which he was paid.

According to police, they received a complaint from a township resident regarding Drake, whom he hired to finish his basement.

The homeowner said he provided advanced payment to Drake, and the work allegedly was never completed.

Student with Taser no threat to school safety, Sniscak says

Thursday, March 28, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

According to Parkland School District Superintendent Richard Sniscak, there was no threat to the health, safety or welfare of the school community when a student was discovered March 18 with a Taser at the high school.

That, Sniscak told The Press March 26, was the reason an email was sent to parents six days later, rather than immediately.

Sniscak referred to the incident last fall when emergency responders were called out and searched the high school following a report of a suspicous person, dressed in camouflage, saluting the flag outside the building before going inside.

Orefield woman's death ruled a homicide

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

Linda Knauss shot 30 years ago

The Lehigh County Coroner's Office has ruled the Feb. 18 death of an Orefield woman, who was shot almost 31 years ago, is a homicide.

Coroner Scott Grim says Linda J. Knauss, 65, Orefield, was pronounced dead at 2:10 a.m. in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Grim states her death was not initially reported to his office, as her family decided to have her cremated.

The funeral home, however, following established procedure, asked the coroner's office for permission to perform the cremation.

Editor's View

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion

Administration's encroachment on the Second Amendment is unacceptable

U.S. Constitution Amendment II: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

The Founding Fathers of this country lived under the tyranny of the monarchy of King George III of England.

The social and political changes in the 13 colonies leading to the American War of Independence, (1775-1782) put an end to that autocratic rule.

South Whitehall Twp. police issue 45 citations in Operation January Slam

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

South Whiteall police issued 45 traffic citations and 10 written warnings to drivers in the 4200 block of Broadway and the 2700 block of Mauch Chunk Road during Operation January Slam on Jan. 24.

Members of the South Whitehall Township Police Patrol Division conducted the traffic enforcement operation to target speeders between 11 a.m.-11 p.m. using electronic speed timing equipment.

The citations and warnings were issued for speed and other vehicle code violations.

High school on alert following student tweet

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by DEBRA PALMIERI in School

Parkland School District administration limited access points into the high school, and South Whitehall police were on hand Monday morning following a threat allegedly made the day before by a student.

An email from Principal James Moniz II was sent to parents notifying them of the situation.

"Late last evening Parkland High School was made aware of a non-specific threat directed towards a staff member," Moniz emailed. "The alleged perpetrator of the threat is not in school nor were we expecting the person to be in school today.

Police investigate second case of canine abuse

Thursday, November 29, 2012 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

11 dead animals may be foxes

Eleven skinned canines found 4 p.m. Nov. 23, off Quarry Road, near Lower Macungie Park, may be adult foxes, not dog puppies.

According to an article published Nov. 27 in The Press' sister paper, the TIMES NEWS, in Lehighton, necropsies performed Monday show at least one of the animals was killed by buckshot. The others may have been trapped.

The article states Lehigh County Humane Society Shelter Manager Cary Moran said the eye sockets and teeth suggest the animals are adult foxes.

Fox hunting is legal in the state from October to February.

South Whitehall death attributed to Sandy

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

Hurricane Sandy, which brought devastation and darkness to 17 states along the East Coast Monday night and Tuesday, is also responsible for the death of an elderly South Whitehall Township woman.

Theresa Schlitzer, 86, of 2425 Route 309, Orefield, South Whitehall, was found unresponsive in her yard after prolonged exposure to the extreme weather from Hurricane Sandy after 10:30 p.m. Oct. 29, according to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.

Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas pronounced Schlitzer dead at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 30, at her home.

Teen killed in U. Mac while trick or treating

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

A 14-year-old Upper Macungie boy was killed Oct. 26 while trick-or-treating with a friend along Schantz Road in the area of Balsam Street and Cottonwood Road.

Jordan Steinmetz, 14, of Lisa Court, Upper Macungie Township, died Oct. 26, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, the teen was pronounced dead 11:45 p.m.

Grim, who said his cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries, ruled the manner of Steinmetz's death an accident.

Editor's View

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion

Photo identification: Is voting less important than clearing a stuffy nose?

"... Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came ... You wanna be where everybody knows your name ..." ("Cheers" theme song "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo)

There once was a time in this country when a man's word was his bond and children were told by their parents not to bring shame upon the family name.

Doors were left unlocked and youngsters played outside freely and unsupervised.