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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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.

Parkland grad featured on Brother vs. Brother

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Season six of HGTV’s hit show, Brother vs. Brother, features design work from Amanda Goldberg, founder and CEO of Planted Design, in the Bay area of California.

Goldberg and her team competed on Team Jonathan Scott as he challenged his brother, Drew Scott, in an interior design showdown.

Planted Design builds custom living vertical gardens, maintenance-free moss walls and unique plant arrangements across the United States.

Ahead of the premiere, Goldberg and her plants were featured in TV Guide Magazine and on HGTV’s website.

UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP: Zion’s Union Church offering VBS program July 30

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Zion’s Union Church Maxatawny, 329 Church Road, Kutztown, will be offering its annual Vacation Bible School from July 30- Aug. 3.

The theme this year is “Splash Canyon.”

Closing program will be during the 10:15 a.m. service Aug. 5.

For more information or to register, call the church at 610-683-7485.

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Ziegels Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, will have a Saturday Family Friendly Service 6-7 p.m. July 28 in the Fellowship Room.

Bethlehem man charged after vehicle found in pond

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 23-year-old Bethlehem man was charged with false reporting of a theft or conversion of a vehicle after reporting to police at 12:54 a.m. June 30 his vehicle was stolen on June 29 from Hometown Diner, 8732 Hamilton Blvd, Upper Macungie Township.

Upper Macungie police say an investigation revealed Michael P. Connelly was never at the diner.

Police allege Connelly told them he concocted the story of the stolen vehicle so his parents would not know he damaged the vehicle.

Ducks, geese find new home in condominium pond

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Ten ducklings and two Toulouse geese have found a new home in the pond at Cross Keys Condominiums, Ponds Edge Lane, Upper Macungie Township.

The ducklings were released into the pond during a duck and doughnut event June 30 at the condominiums.

Gary Fritz, secretary for the Cross Keys Condominium Association, said the pond had deteriorated but it is the highlight of the condominium development.

The 32-unit development started in 1988.

With reserve funds, the condominium association had the pond restored by Season After Season in Easton.