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.
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.
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.
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.
Upper Macungie Township police say a 38-year-old male resident of the 7500 block of Cetronia Road, Upper Macungie, reported to police just after 10 a.m. on Oct. 16 numerous pieces of landscaping equipment were stolen.
Police say a license plate was stolen sometime overnight Oct. 18 from one of the company trucks at Highland Tire, 6551 Tilghman St., Upper Macungie Township.
Anyone with information about this theft is asked to contact police at 484-661-5911.
A 37-year-old Carbon County man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash around 9:08 p.m. Oct. 21 in the 1700 block of Mauch Chunk Road, South Whitehall Township.
A South Whitehall police spokesperson talked with The Press Oct. 23.
“We know who the driver is but are not releasing the name,” the spokesperson said. “It is still under investigation.”
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Scott T. White of Palmerton was pronounced dead 9:38 p.m. Sunday by Deputy Coroner Cassandra Schiffner. An autopsy was performed Oct. 23.
Upper Macungie Township police say a 78-year-old resident of the 5200 block of Oakview Drive, reported to them a Hispanic man lured her from her home 2:45 p.m. Oct. 5.
Police say while the woman was distracted, another person entered her home and removed cash from a bedroom.
Police say they were contacted Oct. 3 by a 30-year-old resident of the 8900 block of Breining Run Circle, Breinigsville, in reference to a stolen 2006 Suzuki LTZ400 ATV from a storage shed.
The 16th National Take Back Day drug collection event has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27.
During that time, Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription, and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations in the county.
County residents may also dispose of capsules, pills, including pet medications and liquids. Syringes and Sharps will not be accepted.
Residents who dispose of medications will remain anonymous, and no questions will be asked.