Parkland Press

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Police respond to possible burglary Scouts handing out food drive information

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

South Whitehall Township police were dispatched 7:24 p.m. Nov. 4 for suspicious activity and a possible burglary in progress in the area of the 2400 block of Coolidge St..

Responding officers determined the activity reported was not an attempted burglary but Boy Scouts distributing food drive pamphlets.

While there were varying statements provided to officers, the investigation is continuing to obtain the relevant facts of this incident, police say.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Tim Shoudt at 610-398-0337.

State Police Beat

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Driver taken into custody

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say Laronn Linton, 29, of Philadelphia, was taken into custody after a traffic stop was conducted on his vehicle 8:14 p.m. Oct. 31 at 3712 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township.

Police say Linton had an active warrant out of Delaware County and allegedly had a small amount of marijuana.

Linton was transported to the Lehigh County Central Booking Center without incident, police say.

Martin releases local results of drug take back day

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin recently released the local results of the 16th National Take Back Day on Oct. 27.

Martin said county residents disposed of 500.5 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during Take Back Day.

The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 12,943.5 pounds.

Parkland graduate dies in two-vehicle crash

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

A 1960 Parkland High School graduate died in a Nov. 2 crash on Route 248 at the Route 873 intersection, Lehigh Township.

Richard Bowman, 76, of Pen Argyl, was killed in the crash which occurred just after 5 a.m.

Lehigh Township police say a Kenworth tractor-trailer was eastbound on Route 248 when a gray Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Bowman, attempted to turn onto Route 873 from Route 248 westbound.

Bowman drove into the path of the rig at the intersection.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

They’re not scruffy, they’re fundraising Upper Macungie police growing beards to help others

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

The Upper Macungie Township Police Department is once again taking part in “No Shave November.”

Officers were granted special permission to forego shaving Nov. 1 to Dec. 1 in lieu of donations that will be divided between two special organizations: Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital and Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley.

Officers who participate will wear silicone bracelets designating they are participating, and they must donate $50 to the cause.

Officers who participate will be charged a “penalty” if they shave before the end of the initiative.

Changes are coming to police scheduling

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Police Log

South Whitehall commissioners recently approved a two-year contract extension for police officers.

The contract authorizes a move from eight hour to 12-hour shifts.

Chief Glenn Dorney said, under the new arrangement, officers will work 80 hours in every two-week period.

They will have six, 12-hour days and one eight-hour shift in each two week pay schedule.

“It will be easier to manage and better for their families,” Dorney said. “They will have every other weekend with three days off and never work more than three days straight.

Pets die in Green Acres mobile home fire

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie police, along with Trexlertown, Upper Macungie and Fogelsville firefighters responded 12:33 a.m. Oct. 27 for a mobile home fire at 1036 Cherry Tree Crossing in the Green Acres Mobile Home Park.

Police say upon their arrival the front of the mobile home was engulfed in flames.

Police attempted to enter the home but flames and smoke prevented their doing so.

After the fire was extinguished, the mobile home was cleared by firefighters and found to be unoccupied, police say.

Responders answer explosive device call

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township police, Trexlertown and Upper Macungie Township firefighters, and Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel responded 12:54 p.m. Oct. 30 for a report of a bomb threat at Lineage Logistics, 7132 Ruppsville Road, Upper Macungie.

When police arrived, they were advised graffiti had been written on a bathroom stall saying an individual had an explosive device.

The building was evacuated as a precaution and a search was conducted by K-9 units from Upper Macungie and South Whitehall police departments and the cities of Bethlehem and Allentown police departments.