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State police investigating homicide in N. Whitehall

Friday, June 12, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, is investigating a homicide that occurred during the overnight hours of June 7 at Route 145 and Clearview Road, North Whitehall Township.

According to police, Maurice Dennis, 45, of Easton, who had a gunshot wound, was found by a passing motorist.

He was transported by Northern Valley EMS to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Dennis was pronounced dead at the hospital at approximately 4 a.m., police say.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, an autopsy was completed on June 8.

Troopers issue advisory on ATV riding on roads

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

The operation of a snowmobile or ATV on a public road or highway is still illegal, according to State Trooper Nathan T. Branosky.

The exception that allows for operation of snowmobiles and ATVs during certain emergency situations requires approval of the Department of Transportation and/or local authorities having jurisdiction.

Neither PennDOT nor any municipalities with jurisdiction have approved the use of ATVs on streets or highways.

As a reminder, ATV riding is only permitted on designated trails in Pennsylvania state forests.

Emmaus man killed in motorcycle crash

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 58-year-old Emmaus man died after he was thrown from the 2003 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle he was operating around 6:12 a.m. May 3 in the 5100 block of Scheidys Road, North Whitehall Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, Chad J. Stoudnour was pronounced dead by Deputy Coroner Craig Hanzl at 6:51 a.m. at the scene.

Minnich said the cause of Stoudnour’s death is blunt force injuries due to a motorcycle accident.

His death was ruled an accident, Minnich said.

Man found dead in house fire

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township suffered its second fatal fire in two weeks just before 6 a.m. May 4 when an 73-year-old man was found dead in a home at 4924 Cetronia Road.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, Ernest Wright was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Cassandra Schiffner at 6:51 a.m. at the scene that day.

An autopsy was performed on May 5. The cause and manner of Wright’s death is awaiting forensic testing

The fire, to the rear of the home, was reported by multiple drivers on I-78 passing near the scene.

Motorcyclist dies after bike hits house

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 36-year-old Washington Township man died after the motorcycle he was operating struck a house around 9 p.m. May 7 in the 3700 block of Park Avenue, North Whitehall Township.

Jesse Jones was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, the cause of Jones’ death was multiple blunt force injuries due to a motorcycle accident.

He said the manner of Jones’ death was ruled an accident.

Firefighters respond to reported house fire

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Greenawalds, Woodlawn, Cetronia and Tri-Clover volunteer firefighters were dispatched 1:45 p.m. March 23 for a reported house fire at 1732 Scherersville Road, South Whitehall Township.

Additionally, Western Salisbury Fire Department was dispatched for its aerial truck and Catasauqua Fire Department for its Rapid Intervention Team.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps also responded.

The first arriving officer on the scene, Greenawalds Fire Chief Andrew Garger reported there was no fire showing. This was confirmed upon further investigation.

Police investigate two thefts from vehicles

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie police have issued a theft advisory for area residents.

According to Crime and Community Services Division Commander Lt. Peter Nickischer, two residents reported April 28 that their vehicles were broken into at Valley Preferred Cycling Center, 1151 Mosser Road, Trexlertown.

According to Nickischer, the windows on two vehicles were broken sometime between 3:05-4:05 p.m. and personal items belonging to two individuals were taken.

Residents are reminded to place valuables out of sight when their vehicles are unoccupied.

Firefighters respond to report of odor at medical office

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

South Whitehall volunteer firefighters from Cetronia, Greenawalds and Woodlawn, as well as firefighters from Western Salisbury and Alburtis were dispatched March 25 for a reported structure fire at the Lehigh Valley Physician Group practice, 3080 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township.

A call was made to the Cetronia Fire Department to report the smell of something burning.

The 911 Center was then notified by Cetronia firefighters to dispatch the call.

Upper Macungie Twp police issue advisory on COVID-10 pandemic

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township Police Chief Edgardo A. Colón issued the following advisory March 16 regarding the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.

As the COVID-19 global pandemic evolves, so does the spread of the virus in cities and towns nearby Upper Macungie Township.

“As a result of this, I wanted to take a moment to address residents in regards to some minor changes in our normal patrol operations,” he said.