A 44-year-old Berks County man was killed when the 1986 Ford 250 pickup he was driving struck a tree 12:07 a.m. Dec. 24 along Route 222 at Newtown Road, Upper Macungie Township.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said William R. Pillus, Jr., 325 N. Brobst St., Shillington, Berks County, was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Craig Hanzl at 12:56 a.m. Christmas Eve at the scene.
Grim said the cause of his death was attributed to multiple blunt force injuries due to a motor vehicle accident.
He ruled the manner of Pillus’ death an accident.
Twenty-two members attended the Neighbors Are Reporting Crime meeting in November at the Greenawalds Fire Company, South Whitehall.
South Whitehall Township Police Officers Steve Brown and Jason Grozier conducted the meeting.
Brown thanked all the veterans at the meeting for their service to this country.
Brown and Grozier also provided some useful holiday shopping safety tips:
Do not leave purchased items visible in the car. Put them in the trunk;
·Shopping in the evening may be less crowded but there are also additional parking risks;
A 54-year-old Allentown man was injured when he was ejected from his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado truck after it struck a cement median at 8:32 p.m. Dec. 14 on the Route 309 northbound ramp to Route 22, South Whitehall Township.
State Police Troop M Fogelsville say a trooper attempted to stop the pickup truck driven by Bradley Zipprodt for an alleged traffic violation on I-78 westbound in the area of mile marker 63.
Police allege Zipprodt failed to stop for the emergency lights and sirens and continued to travel west on I-78.
An Allentown man charged with robbing banks in Upper Macungie Township, Emmaus, Allentown and Whitehall allegedly had an accomplice in two of the four robberies.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said Anthony Eugene Tillman, 46, no street address given, was taken into custody Dec. 16 by Allentown police and charged with four counts of robbery, felonies of the first degree.
Upper Macungie Township police say a 37-year-old woman reported Dec. 5 a 12-gauge shotgun was stolen from her home in the 8900 Block of Cedar Road.
Anyone with information about this theft is asked to contact police at 484-661-5911.
Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the driver of a blue older model Chevrolet pickup truck who is alleged to have pointed a black pistol at another driver at 8 a.m. Nov. 28 on Route 100 North at Tilghman Street, Fogelsville.
Upper Macungie Township police say a resident of the 1400 block of Artisan Court reported Dec. 7 he responded to a Craigslist ad to hire a moving company.
Lt. Peter Nickischer, criminal investigations and community services division commander, said the homeowner communicated with the suspect via email and negotiated a price to move his belongings to another state.
The individual arrived later at the resident’s home and collected the fee for the moving job.
While on scene, the suspect contacted his “employees,” gave them the address for the homeowner and then left.
An Upper Macungie woman was killed when the vehicle she was a passenger in was involved in a chain reaction accident 2:10 p.m. Dec. 5 on Route 222 South, north of Krocks Road, in Lower Macungie Township.
Fay A. Parry, 81, of 100 Ramapo Trail, Upper Macungie Township, was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Richard Pender 2:40 p.m. at the scene, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said.
An autopsy to determine manner and cause of death was performed Dec. 6.
State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, are asking the public’s help to identify the killer of an elk at the Lehigh Valley Game Preserve, 5050 Game Preserve Road, North Whitehall.
Police say the female elk was killed inside a fenced-in area sometime between 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3 and the next day.
Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the perpetrators who committed this crime.
Volunteer firefighters from Woodlawn, Cetronia, Tri-Clover and Greenawalds fire departments were dispatched 9:40 a.m. Nov. 30 for a gas odor at the Wine and Spirits store, 1516 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall.
Woodlawn Deputy Fire Chief James Kutz spoke with The Press at the scene.
“Our normal protocol is to block off two properties or 100 feet,” Kutz said. “We then check the property and surrounding properties, if no odor is found we call it good.”
“We always have the gas company double check.”
State Police Troop M Fogelsville allege Jaime Luis Marrero-Rivera, 32, of Allentown, had marijuana, heroin and drug paraphernalia 12:42 a.m. Nov. 12 while on Tilghman Street at Parkway Drive, South Whitehall Township.
Marrero-Rivera was arraigned the same day on drug charges before District Judge Jake Hammond, South Whitehall.