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Suspect killed after he flees robbery, points gun at police

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 43-year-old North Whitehall Township man was killed by Allentown police after he pointed his gun at them at 8:31 a.m. May 21 in the 700 block of N. 19th St., Allentown.

Joseph M. Hodgin, 2507 Levans Road, Coplay, reportedly robbed a pharmacy at 4117 Main St., Whitehall, then fled toward Allentown in a white pickup.

Hodgin was pronounced dead 9:22 a.m. in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said.

His death is attributed to gunshot wounds to the body, Grim said. The manner of his death is pending investigation.

Couple injured in S. Whitehall crash

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

South Whitehall Township police responded 7:02 p.m. May 8 for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a car in the 2600 block of Route 309, Orefield.

According to a South Whitehall Police news release, a male and female were found lying in the roadway with significant injuries.

Police say the male operator of the motorcycle was identified as Joshua T. Glass of Breinigsville. His passenger was identified as Kelsie L. Demkovitz of Germansville.

SPCA seizes 48 animals from Heidelberg Twp farm

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

The Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant May 5 removing eight dogs and puppies, 35 cats and kittens, and five horses from a farm in Heidelberg Township.

According to an affidavit of probable cause from District Judge Rod Beck’s office, Slatington, SPCA Humane Society Police Officer Kelsey Beam spoke with an informant on May 4 regarding a complaint of unsanitary conditions and animals in need of veterinary care at 6587 Central Road.


Thursday, May 11, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Library offering programs for kids, teens, adults

Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall Township, is hosting a block party for kids ages 2 and older with an adult 6 p.m. May 13.

Youngsters are invited to play with the library’s new block collection.

The library staff will show the movie “Julius Caesar” at its Brown Bag Classics at 1 p.m. May 15.

Bring a lunch and the library will provide beverages.

Bring tablets, smartphones or devices and explore some great online resources and tools all available for free through the library at its Cool Online Tools event 5 p.m. May 16.

U. Macungie police seek public’s help to identify suspect

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie police have released the image of a man allegedly involved in several unlocked vehicles being entered and items stolen during the overnight hours of May 3.

Criminal Investigations and Community Services Division Commander Lt. Peter Nickischer said these incidents occurred along Indigo Way, Wild Mint Lane, both in the Kuhnsville area, and Ricky Ridge Trail, Kaybrook/Green Hills area.

According to Nickischer, the image was captured by a resident’s private security cameras.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall Twp Police respond to 2-vehicle crash near Dorney Park

South Whitehall Township police and firefighters responded early this morning for a two-vehicle crash near Dorney Park in the 3500 block of Hamilton Blvd, South Whitehall Township.

South Whitehall’s Department of Work were setting out traffic cones to reroute drivers at Hamilton Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue.

Hamilton Boulevard westbound traffic was also being rerouted back toward Cedar Crest Boulevard.

Chief Deputy Coroner Andrew Kehm told The Press at 10:14 a.m. Wednesday that the coroner’s office had not received any phone calls regarding any fatalities at the scene.

California man found dead in Upper Macungie hotel

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Emmanuel E. Ramirez, 27, of Maywood, California, was found dead April 13 inside a hotel room at the Staybridge Suites Allentown West, 327 Star Road, Upper Macungie Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim said he pronounced Ramirez dead at 12:55 a.m. April 14.

Grim said an autopsy was performed that morning.

The cause of Ramirez’s death is pending toxicology test results, Grim said.

According to Upper Macungie Township Police, preliminary indications are Ramirez died of an apparent drug overdose.


Thursday, April 27, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Upper Macungie offering junior emergency services academy

Upper Macungie Township is offering basketball for adults ages 21 and older from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays until June 8 at Jaindl Elementary School, 1051 Weilers Road, Breinigsville. Equipment is provided.

The township has partnered with USPTR certified tennis professional Brian Bleam to host adult, junior and pee-wee tennis clinics.

Session one will be May 8 to June 7. Session two is scheduled for July 10 through Aug. 9 and session three will be Aug. 14 to Sept. 14. There is a fee to attend and registration is required.

Valley volunteers garner honors at annual breakfast

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley recently honored several area residents during the group’s 2017 Breakfast for Champions’ awards at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown.

Parkland area residents honored at the April 4 ceremony were Mia Bobenko of Orefield, who volunteers at The Gress Mountain Ranch; and Kris and Ian Buss of Breinigsville, who volunteer with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley.

Kathryn Gress with The Gress Mountain Ranch told The Press why she nominated Bobenko for the Sandy Kelly/UPS Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award, sponsored by UPS.