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 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.
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.
Cetronia, Greenawalds, Woodlawn and Fogelsville firefighters responded recently for an alarm at St. Luke’s West End Campus, 501 Cetronia Road, South Whitehall Township.
First reports indicated there was smoke in the building.
However, after a thorough inspection by firefighters, nothing was found.
Units were on scene about 20 minutes.
A full-sized Parkland School Bus with 16 elementary students on board was rear-ended by a 2005 Nissan Altima driven by an 18-year-old male from Breinigsville, 3:52 p.m. March 8, in the area of 7533 Hamilton Blvd., Upper Macungie Township.
According to police, the school bus, a 2007 International Harvester CE200, was driven by Aaron T. Beaver, 48, of Orefield.
Upper Macungie Township police allege Aleko Archili, 36, of Bayonne, N.J., vandalized a room Feb. 19 at the Motel 6 at 681 Blue Barn Road, Upper Macungie Township.
According to police, hotel staff discovered a room rented by Archili had sustained damage sometime during his stay.
Police say the inner pane of a window was broken and a Samsung TV had damage to the screen.
It is estimated there was some $2,500 worth of damage done to the room, police say.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Upper Macungie Police at 484-661-5911.
District Attorney Jim Martin is asking residents to clean out their medicine cabinets this coming weekend when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
Martin encourages Lehigh County residents to give their medicine cabinets a spring cleaning.
“Lehigh County residents should take this opportunity to identify and dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications, some of which can be both dangerous and addictive,” Martin said. “These drugs need to be removed from homes in a timely manner.
District Attorney Jim Martin has announced a South Whitehall man was charged in connection with an incident in which he allegedly struck a pedestrian and immediately left the scene.
Joshua Stockman, 35, of 2112 Huckleberry Road, South Whitehall Township, was charged Feb. 23 with one count each of aggravated assault by vehicle and having an accident involving death or personal injury — serious bodily injury, both third degree felonies.
Stockman was arraigned at Central Booking with bail set at $50,000/10 percent.
The South Whitehall Police Department will be purchasing a 2017 Ford Interceptor sedan from Kovatch Ford, Nesquehoning at a cost of $35,572.
The price includes not only the car itself with a base price of $25,889 but also upfitting for police use and South Whitehall graphics.
Police Chief John Christman, during the Feb. 15 South Whitehall commissioners’ meeting, noted the department has purchased cars from Kovatch for the last six years and is happy with the company’s services.