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County coroner asks for help to solve Allentown cold case

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim and Allentown Police Department officials called a news conference on Aug. 17 to unveil updated information and imaging regarding long unidentified skeletal remains.

The remains were discovered 7:15 p.m. April 28, 1991, in a wooded area, 430 feet beyond an access road off Albert Street, Allentown.

An autopsy was performed April 29, 1991, by Dr. Isadore Mihalakis, who determined the remains were of a male between 25 to 35 years of age.

Police investigating arson in Maxatawny Township

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

State Police Troop L, Reading, are investigating an arson fire which occurred Aug. 4 at a home at 15619 Kutztown Road, Maxatawny Township, Berks County.

At 11:40 a.m. that day, police received a 911 call from one of the residents of the home, who had fled in order to make the call.

A male, who allegedly had advised his wife to leave the home, was reported to have splashed himself with gasoline and was seen carrying propane tanks into the home, police say.

Shortly thereafter, a fire was reported at the home.

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.