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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Testing device stolen from Kia

Upper Macungie Township Police responded to a report of a theft just after 3:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Kia Motors, 6575 Snowdrift Road, Upper Macungie.

Police say the business reported a Fluke 1507 electronic testing device was taken sometime between 10 a.m. Aug. 1 and Aug. 4.

Police responded on July 25 to a report of a theft at Air Products and Chemical, 7201 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville.

Firefighters respond to house fire call

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Volunteer firefighters from Woodlawn, Greenawalds, Cetronia, Fogelsville, Whitehall and Catasauqua fire department along with South Whitehall Police responded 10:12 a.m. for a house fire at 1724 Glacier Court, South Whitehall Township.

Woodlawn Fire Chief Rusty Held spoke with The Press at the scene about the fire.

“PPL Electric Utilities had been here doing some work and after they left, a breaker tripped and the homeowner smelled something burning,” Held said, adding the homeowner called 911.

There were no injuries, he noted.

Teen Musikfest performer reports indecent assault

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Police Log

Colonial Regional police say a 14-year-old girl from New York, who was in town to perform at Musikfest, was allegedly assaulted by a North Whitehall man.

Police were dispatched 11:05 p.m. Aug. 7 to Holiday Inn Express, 3375 High Point Boulevard, Hanover Township, for the alleged incident.

The girl and a 15-year-old male told police that a man later identified as Gerald A. Benbow, 48, of Anthony Drive, North Whitehall Township, allegedly approached them on the third floor of the hotel and was talking nonsense, police say.

North Whitehall Twp man found dead at Econo Lodge motel

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office says a 63-year-old Neffs, North Whitehall Township man took his own life Aug. 5 at the Econo Lodge, 1151 Bulldog Lane, South Whitehall Township.

Grim said Galen G. Adams was pronounced dead 1:43 p.m. that day by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Richard Pender at the motel. Grim ruled the manner of Adams’ death a suicide.

According to his obituary, Adams was employed at The Neffs Hotel for many years. Before that, he was a welder.

state police beat

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

DUI issued in Upper Mac

State Police Troop M Fogelsville, stopped William Leard Floyd, 23, of Manning, S.C., for an alleged motor vehicle violation around 4:30 p.m. July 4 on I-78 East, Upper Macungie Township.

Police allege Leard was under the influence and in possession of a controlled substance.

Charges were filed with District Judge Michael Faulkner, Upper Macungie.

State Police Troop M Fogelsville responded around 3 p.m. June 30 to I-78 East, Upper Macungie Township.

31 added to 14 Lehigh County volunteer fire department rosters

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Police Log

Fourteen area volunteer fire departments added 31 new firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion on June 8 at a ceremony held at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.

This was the seventh annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held twice a week from January to May at the Allentown Fire Academy, at the Allentown Fire Department Mack Station at 1902 Lehigh St., near the Queen City Airport.

Jackknifed big rig closes I-78 in Berks County for five hours

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 57-year-old Newark, N.J., man had to be extricated from his 2016 Volvo VNL tractor after it jackknifed 2:20 a.m. July 7 on I-78, Greenwich Township, Berks County.

State Police Troop L Hamburg say Byung D. An’s tractor trailer traveled off the roadway before striking the guard rail along the right side.

According to police, weather conditions were poor due to rain, and the road surface was wet.

Following the initial impact, the tractor struck a tree on the right side of the road, causing it to jackknife.

Crime Watch group to meet July 8

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SYMAN HIRSCH in Police Log

Twenty-one members attended the Crime Watch Neighbors Are Reporting Crime meeting at Greenawalds Fire Company on June 20.

South Whitehall Township Police Patrolman Jason Grozier conducted the meeting.

He reported during the May Crime Report that seven shoplifting incidents at Target resulted in the seven suspects being arrested.

Grozier announced that six new officers are being hired by South Whitehall Police Department.

Reports of fraud and scams are very high presently, he said.

Social hall roof collapses at Schnecksville Fire Co.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

The roof covering the main social hall of the Schnecksville Fire Company collapsed 2:05 p.m. July 2.

Schnecksville Fire Chief Ron Stahley, who spoke with The Press July 3, said the building was constructed in 1987.

“It would be premature at this point to speculate on the cause,” Stahley said. “We will bring in whatever professionals we have to.”

Stahley said there were a couple of volunteers in the kitchen but they were not affected and were able to leave the building safely.

Lehigh County Jail prisoner dies in Sacred Heart Hospital

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 21-year-old Allentown man was found unresponsive 9:34 p.m. on June 24 in his cell at Lehigh County Jail, 38th N. 4th St., Allentown.

According to a Lehigh County Office of Public Information release, Trevor Vaden, 1650 W. Turner St., who did not have a cell mate and was not under any special monitoring precautions, was discovered by a Lehigh County corrections officer performing routine rounds.

The officer declared a medical emergency and began administering CPR.