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Friday, June 23, 2017

Asbury Church issues statement on bomb squad response

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

No information available from South Whitehall police

Asbury Methodist Church, South Whitehall, has issued a statement to the June 16 incident in which South Whitehall Township police and the Allentown Bomb Squad responded around 11 a.m. to a report of a suspicious package.

“Asbury Church is open. There were news reports today (Friday, June 16, 2017) about a suspicious item identified inside the building,” Asbury Church Director of Communications Cristina Lenner emailed The Press. “Authorities removed the item, searched the premises and found there to be no threat.

Coplay man dies in Route 22 crash

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Police Log

State Police Bethlehem Troop M responded to a fatal vehicle crash just after 5 p.m. June 14 on Route 22 East, South Whitehall Township.

According to police, Jonathan E. Flook, 60, of Coplay, was traveling in the left lane when he apparently lost control of his 2003 Ford Taurus, which struck the concrete barrier with the left side of the front bumper.

Police say Flook attempted to steer off the concrete barrier and the car traveled from the barrier onto the off ramp at 15th Street.

Unattended jeep smashes into home at Terry Hill park

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township police and firefighters along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel responded May 2 to a report of a car into a trailer near the former Terry Hill Water Park, Upper Macungie Township.

A 1979 Jeep CJ-7 had rolled down a hill in the Terry Hill Mobile Home Park and hit the rear of a home, causing damage to the master bedroom area of the home.

The owner was not home at the time of the crash.

Earlier in the morning, the Jeep’s owner had attempted to start it, but was not successful.

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.

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.

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.

State Police Beat

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Citation filed against teen

State Police Troop M Bethlehem allege a 14-year-old Philadelphia female struck a 26-year-old Lenhartsville woman multiple times in the back and pulled her hair 6 p.m. March 2 at Kids Peace, 5300 KidsPeace Drive, North Whitehall Township.

A nontraffic citation was filed against the teen with District Judge Jake Hammond, South Whitehall Township.

State Police Troop M Bethlehem say Leslie A. Molina Cruz, 40, of Orefield, was driving a 2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL7 when it hit a mailbox and tree at 6:31 a.m. April 3 at 4105 Levans Road, North Whitehall Township.