Parkland Press

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Senior biker rides again

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Second Wind Dreams puts Cedarbrook resident back on the road

Second Wind Dreams recently helped Sandy Smith, 83, a resident of Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center, South Whitehall, fulfill her dream of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle one more time.

Smith was asked how her ride went.

She replied “ wonderful” and gave a two-thumbs up.

Smith, who owned and rode a Harley Davidson, said she began riding motorcycles in the 1960s when she was 25.

“I was tired of holding on when my husband was driving the bike,” she said. “The last I rode before today was about 24 years ago.”

UPPER MACUNGIE: Upper Macungie offering one-day safesitter course

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie Township and The Nanny Loft will be offering a one-day Safesitter Essentials course with CPR 9:30-4 p.m. Sept. 30.

Class content includes safety, child care, fire aid and rescue skills and life and business skills.

To register or learn more about the Safesitter course, visit thenannyloft.lpages.co/safe-sitter.

For information, go to uppermac.org.

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Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township, is offering senior yoga with instructor Karen Klubertanz of Five Paths 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13.

Rookie South Whitehall police officer loses job

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall Township Police Officer Jonathan R. Roselle, 33, who was charged last month with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., man has lost his job.

Township Manager Renee Bickel in a telephone call with The Press on Sept. 10 said Roselle’s employment was discontinued on Sept. 6 during his probationary period.

She said Roselle’s annual salary was $62,920.

Schnecksville man dies 10 days after crash in Upper Macungie

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 75-year-old Schnecksville man has died 10 days after being involved in an motor vehicle crash 2:09 p.m. Aug. 14 in front of 7801 Glenlivet Drive West, Fogelsville, Upper Macungie Township.

Lehigh County Corner Scott Grim said Robert Hauser was pronounced dead 6:20 p.m. Aug. 24 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Hauser’s death was due to complications of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, he said.

Grim said the manner of his death was ruled an accident.

New Jersey man found dead at S. Whitehall motel

Thursday, August 23, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 39-year-old New Jersey man was found deceased Aug. 17 at the Econo Lodge Conference Center, 1151 Bulldog Lane, South Whitehall Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Michael Calcagni of Yardville, N.J. was pronounced dead 11:51 a.m. by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Jack Fliter.

An autopsy was performed Aug. 20. Grim said the cause and manner of Calcagni’s death is a pending toxicology test results.

No information on Calcagni’s death was provided by police.

Back the Blue

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Police supporters gather near scene of fatal shooting

Back the Blue supporters came out this weekend to show their backing for law enforcement in general and rookie South Whitehall Police Officer Jonathan Roselle, in particular.

The Aug. 12 rally, at the entrance to the Comfort Suites, 3712 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township, was organized by Cory Fatzinger of New Tripoli.

Roselle was charged with voluntary manslaughter following the July 28 shooting death of Joseph Santos of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., near the hotel.

Love of country brings veterans together at Mickey D’s

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Love for the American flag and their service in the Army, Navy and Air Force has brought a group of strangers together over coffee and Big Macs.

Ron Hanna of South Whitehall, spokesman for the group which meets 10 a.m. Tuesdays at McDonald’s, 721 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall, said their relationship began about five years ago.

“It is a fun group,” Hanna said. “We discuss anything and everything, and what is happening in people’s daily lives and with their loved ones.”

Police investigating arson in Maxatawny Township

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

State Police Troop L, Reading, are investigating an arson fire which occurred Aug. 4 at a home at 15619 Kutztown Road, Maxatawny Township, Berks County.

At 11:40 a.m. that day, police received a 911 call from one of the residents of the home, who had fled in order to make the call.

A male, who allegedly had advised his wife to leave the home, was reported to have splashed himself with gasoline and was seen carrying propane tanks into the home, police say.

Shortly thereafter, a fire was reported at the home.

South Whitehall couple die in murder-suicide

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 91-year-old man and his 81-year-old wife were found dead late in the afternoon of July 31 from a murder-suicide in their home in the 3400 block of Hickory Circle, South Whitehall Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, the man was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Richard Pender at 6:41 p.m. He pronounced the woman dead at 6:43 p.m.

An autopsy on the woman was scheduled for Aug. 1. The autopsy on her husband is scheduled for Aug. 2, Grim said.

The cause of the woman’s death was blunt force injuries.

2-alarm fire destroys home in Upper Macungie Twp

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Good Will Fire Company, Trexlertown; Upper Macungie Township Station 56; Fogelsville; Alburtis; Macungie; Weisenberg; Tri-Clover; Woodlawn and Topton fire departments were dispatched at 5:55 a.m. July 22 for a two-alarm house fire at 1124 Mosser Road, Upper Macungie Township.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel provided medical assistance and rehabilitation, Trexlertown Fire Chief Stephen Oplinger emailed The Press.

He said Chief Leroy Gross from Station 56 was in command and approximately 60 firefighters were on scene.