Lehigh County Sheriff Joseph N. Hanna has announced the addition of a new canine program for the sheriff’s office and for Lehigh County.
Countless law enforcement agencies and sheriff’s offices throughout the commonwealth use canines to assist with daily operations, law enforcement functions and security activities.
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.
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.
State SPCA officers have once again seized animals from Derbe Eckhart at 6587 Central Road, Germansville.
The officers executed a search warrant June 5 removing seven rabbits, 15 kittens, one adult cat, three adult dogs, nine puppies, one deceased puppy, one calf and one deceased bird from the property in Heidelberg Township.
A 33-year-old Breinigsville woman was charged with theft after allegedly taking a blue folder containing $100 and raffle tickets worth $825 from Fred J. Jaindl Elementary School, 1051 Weiler Road, Upper Macungie Township, around 2:30 p.m. May 18.
According to an affidavit of probable cause obtained from District Judge Michael Faulkner’s office, Upper Macungie, School Resource Officer William Rohrbach said he was told on or about May 18 by a representative of the school about a folder taken from the stage podium.
State Police Troop M Fogelsville say Travis Shane Burnette, 22, was taken into custody after a traffic stop was conducted 7:12 p.m. May 24 on Route 222 southbound at Grim Road, Upper Macungie Township.
Pay say it was determined he had an active arrest warrant from Georgia for an alleged rape.
He was charged as a fugitive and held in Lehigh County Jail awaiting extradition to Georgia.
Upper Macungie Twp police say the property manager for Dakota Asset Management reported a gas range was stolen sometime between May 11-19 from a home in the 5900 block of Michaels Crossing.
Police say several tool sets and a Polaris ATV were stolen 10 a.m. May 20 from Faust Sales and Service Inc., 683 Grange Road, Upper Macungie Township.
Police say two drivers reported thefts from their vehicles between 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 24 while they were parked at Lone Lane Park, Upper Macungie Township.
Recently, Upper Macungie Township Police have had several reports of Upper Macungie residents having packages delivered to their doorstep that were not ordered by the resident.
In these cases, the package had the resident’s address on the box but a different name listed as the recipient.
After the package was delivered, the resident was either contacted by note or in person by someone claiming the package was his, and there was a mistake in delivery or a similar variation.
Residents who called police recognized something did not seem right about the situation.
Upper Macungie Township police are investigating a burglary which occurred between 4-4:30 p.m. May 21 in the 1800 block of Becker Street.
Police say the male homeowner reported he was working outside his home when he was approached by a Hispanic male with short dark hair, standing approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall, who appeared to be in his late 20s to early 30s.
The well-dressed man, who had a name tag around his neck, told the homeowner his company had been hired by the township to cut down trees in the area.