Fourteen area volunteer fire departments added 31 new firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion on June 8 at a ceremony held at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
This was the seventh annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held twice a week from January to May at the Allentown Fire Academy, at the Allentown Fire Department Mack Station at 1902 Lehigh St., near the Queen City Airport.
A 57-year-old Newark, N.J., man had to be extricated from his 2016 Volvo VNL tractor after it jackknifed 2:20 a.m. July 7 on I-78, Greenwich Township, Berks County.
State Police Troop L Hamburg say Byung D. An’s tractor trailer traveled off the roadway before striking the guard rail along the right side.
According to police, weather conditions were poor due to rain, and the road surface was wet.
Following the initial impact, the tractor struck a tree on the right side of the road, causing it to jackknife.
Twenty-one members attended the Crime Watch Neighbors Are Reporting Crime meeting at Greenawalds Fire Company on June 20.
South Whitehall Township Police Patrolman Jason Grozier conducted the meeting.
He reported during the May Crime Report that seven shoplifting incidents at Target resulted in the seven suspects being arrested.
Grozier announced that six new officers are being hired by South Whitehall Police Department.
Reports of fraud and scams are very high presently, he said.
The roof covering the main social hall of the Schnecksville Fire Company collapsed 2:05 p.m. July 2.
Schnecksville Fire Chief Ron Stahley, who spoke with The Press July 3, said the building was constructed in 1987.
“It would be premature at this point to speculate on the cause,” Stahley said. “We will bring in whatever professionals we have to.”
Stahley said there were a couple of volunteers in the kitchen but they were not affected and were able to leave the building safely.
A 21-year-old Allentown man was found unresponsive 9:34 p.m. on June 24 in his cell at Lehigh County Jail, 38th N. 4th St., Allentown.
According to a Lehigh County Office of Public Information release, Trevor Vaden, 1650 W. Turner St., who did not have a cell mate and was not under any special monitoring precautions, was discovered by a Lehigh County corrections officer performing routine rounds.
The officer declared a medical emergency and began administering CPR.
Asbury Methodist Church, South Whitehall, has issued a statement to the June 16 incident in which South Whitehall Township police and the Allentown Bomb Squad responded around 11 a.m. to a report of a suspicious package.
“Asbury Church is open. There were news reports today (Friday, June 16, 2017) about a suspicious item identified inside the building,” Asbury Church Director of Communications Cristina Lenner emailed The Press. “Authorities removed the item, searched the premises and found there to be no threat.
State Police Bethlehem Troop M responded to a fatal vehicle crash just after 5 p.m. June 14 on Route 22 East, South Whitehall Township.
According to police, Jonathan E. Flook, 60, of Coplay, was traveling in the left lane when he apparently lost control of his 2003 Ford Taurus, which struck the concrete barrier with the left side of the front bumper.
Police say Flook attempted to steer off the concrete barrier and the car traveled from the barrier onto the off ramp at 15th Street.
Upper Macungie Township police and firefighters along with Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel responded May 2 to a report of a car into a trailer near the former Terry Hill Water Park, Upper Macungie Township.
A 1979 Jeep CJ-7 had rolled down a hill in the Terry Hill Mobile Home Park and hit the rear of a home, causing damage to the master bedroom area of the home.
The owner was not home at the time of the crash.
Earlier in the morning, the Jeep’s owner had attempted to start it, but was not successful.
A 43-year-old North Whitehall Township man was killed by Allentown police after he pointed his gun at them at 8:31 a.m. May 21 in the 700 block of N. 19th St., Allentown.
Joseph M. Hodgin, 2507 Levans Road, Coplay, reportedly robbed a pharmacy at 4117 Main St., Whitehall, then fled toward Allentown in a white pickup.
Hodgin was pronounced dead 9:22 a.m. in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said.
His death is attributed to gunshot wounds to the body, Grim said. The manner of his death is pending investigation.
South Whitehall Township police responded 7:02 p.m. May 8 for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a car in the 2600 block of Route 309, Orefield.
According to a South Whitehall Police news release, a male and female were found lying in the roadway with significant injuries.
Police say the male operator of the motorcycle was identified as Joshua T. Glass of Breinigsville. His passenger was identified as Kelsie L. Demkovitz of Germansville.