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Partial Turnpike closure, Oct. 13-16

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Pennsylvania’s Turnpike Commission is warning motorists to change travel plans for a long detour from 9 p.m. Oct. 13, through 4 a.m. Oct. 16. of the Northeastern Extension (I-476) in Lehigh and Carbon counties as a 60-year-old bridge is replaced.

Detour exits are Lehigh Valley Interchange No. 56 for northbound traffic and the Pocono Interchange No. 95 for southbound traffic.

The authorized detour route directs motorists to Routes 22 and 33 and I-80.

Firefighters learn dangers of working with live wires

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

State Reps. Gary Day, R-187th, and Zachary Mako, R-183rd, sponsored a “Live Wires” training Sept. 7 at the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company.

Special trainers from PPL Electric Utilities brought mock-ups of poles, transformers, fuse boxes and miscellaneous materials in order to introduce firefighters to the dangers of working around electrical emergencies.

Police advise residents of scam

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

South Whitehall Township police are advising residents about a recent scam.

A package from Best Buy was purchased with a couple’s credit card and delivered using their information.

The resident contacted Best Buy about the purchase and obtained a return label from them directly and returned the item using UPS.

The resident also closed the credit card which was used to make the purchase.

The next day a FedEx truck arrived with a return label, which was addressed to an individual in New York with the words Best Buy on the label.


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.