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Monday, September 24, 2018

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.

Traffic safety officers are honored by DUI Task Force

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Police Log

Top city, borough, township and Pennsylvania State Police traffic safety officers were recognized with awards at a ceremony July 2 at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown.

The awards recognized the officers who made the largest number of driving under the influence arrests and issued the greatest number of traffic citations in police jurisdictions in the area.

The ceremony is held annually under the auspices of the DUI Highway Safety Task Force.

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.

New Jersey man killed on Route 22, South Whitehall

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Carl Acker II, 49, of Lopatcong, N.J. was struck by a motor vehicle around 2:20 p.m. June 19 on Route 22 eastbound between the Pa. Turnpike on-ramp and Route 309, South Whitehall Township.

Acker was pronounced dead at 4:56 p.m. the same day at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, Grim said.

Grim said an autopsy is scheduled for today, June 20, to determine the cause and manner of his death.

Breinigsville woman charged with Jaindl Elementary theft

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 33-year-old Breinigsville woman was charged with theft after allegedly taking a blue folder containing $100 and raffle tickets worth $825 from Fred J. Jaindl Elementary School, 1051 Weiler Road, Upper Macungie Township, around 2:30 p.m. May 18.

According to an affidavit of probable cause obtained from District Judge Michael Faulkner’s office, Upper Macungie, School Resource Officer William Rohrbach said he was told on or about May 18 by a representative of the school about a folder taken from the stage podium.

State Police Beat

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Man taken

State Police Troop M Fogelsville say Travis Shane Burnette, 22, was taken into custody after a traffic stop was conducted 7:12 p.m. May 24 on Route 222 southbound at Grim Road, Upper Macungie Township.

Pay say it was determined he had an active arrest warrant from Georgia for an alleged rape.

He was charged as a fugitive and held in Lehigh County Jail awaiting extradition to Georgia.