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California man found dead in Upper Macungie hotel

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Emmanuel E. Ramirez, 27, of Maywood, California, was found dead April 13 inside a hotel room at the Staybridge Suites Allentown West, 327 Star Road, Upper Macungie Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim said he pronounced Ramirez dead at 12:55 a.m. April 14.

Grim said an autopsy was performed that morning.

The cause of Ramirez’s death is pending toxicology test results, Grim said.

According to Upper Macungie Township Police, preliminary indications are Ramirez died of an apparent drug overdose.

State Police Beat

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Citation filed against teen

State Police Troop M Bethlehem allege a 14-year-old Philadelphia female struck a 26-year-old Lenhartsville woman multiple times in the back and pulled her hair 6 p.m. March 2 at Kids Peace, 5300 KidsPeace Drive, North Whitehall Township.

A nontraffic citation was filed against the teen with District Judge Jake Hammond, South Whitehall Township.

State Police Troop M Bethlehem say Leslie A. Molina Cruz, 40, of Orefield, was driving a 2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL7 when it hit a mailbox and tree at 6:31 a.m. April 3 at 4105 Levans Road, North Whitehall Township.

State Police Beat

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Vehicle hits concrete barrier

State Police Troop M Fogelsville say Julio Santiago, 34, of Allentown, was driving a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire 9:54 p.m. March 1 when the car struck a concrete center barrier on I-78, Upper Macungie Township.

According to police, Santiago was westbound on Route 22 approaching I-78, when he apparently lost control of the car which began to rotate counterclockwise across the two lanes of I-78.

Still work to do after the storm

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Junior firefighter Faith Higgins and Probationary firefighter Ercilio Sangiovanny wipe down Cetronia Engine 312 following the effects of a recent fast moving cold front.

As the entire Lehigh Valley was jostled by the storm, South Whitehall firefighters responded to a flurry of calls for fires in electrical wires, trees and wires down on roadways as well as numerous reports of vehicle accidents as the storm passed.

FBI, bomb squad investigate items brought to hospital

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Salisbury Township Police were called to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township at 2:03 a.m. March 16 to take possession of items belonging to a man who was MedEvac’d to the hospital that morning.

The man reportedly was on the Appalachian Trail, near Hawk Mountain, Kempton, when he was injured by an explosion.

Following the explosion, which affected his hand and arm, the man was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Police allegedly took possession of drug paraphernalia, six knives, a Smith & Wesson revolver, black gun powder, fuses and other unknown substances.

N.A.R.C. Crime Watch members watch video

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by SYMAN HIRSCH in Police Log

Twenty-nine members attended the February Neighbors Are Reporting Crime Watch meeting at the Greenawalds Fire Company, South Whitehall.

Township Patrol Office Jason Grozier read the Crime Watch report and reported this year there were 880 crime incidents vs. 952 last year at this time.

A video “What To Do if Stopped by the Police” was shown.

Slowing down and pulling over to the side of the road were advised.

One Crime Watch member told of a phone call scam he received and advised the membership not to reply “yes” because it can lead to identity theft problems.

State Police Beat

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Jewelry stolen from business

State Police Troop M Bethlehem say approximately 109.4 diamond weight total of gold jewelry was stolen between 10 a.m. Sept. 8, 2016, and 1 p.m. Sept. 22, 2016, from ANS Gold, 5350 Route 873, North Whitehall Township. According to police, the total estimated loss is $4,032.87.

Anyone with information about this theft is asked to contact Trooper Juan Barrios at 610-861-2026.

Police investigate egged vehicles in Upper Macungie Township

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township police are investigating two reports of vehicles being “egged” on Feb. 24.

According to Lt. Peter Nickischer, criminal investigations and community services division commander, the first incident was reported at 9:22 p.m. in the 5200 block of Surrey Court.

He said a witness observed a vehicle, possibly an older Mitsubishi Gallant or similar style vehicle, arrive in the area.

The operator, described as a younger white male, exited the vehicle and egged the victim’s vehicle before leaving.