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Thursday, May 25, 2017

5-vehicle crash shuts down I-78 in Berks County

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A five-vehicle crash with subsequent fire at 5:24 p.m. May 19 shut down a portion of eastbound I-78 Greenwich Township, Berks County, after a tractor trailer operated by an unidentified male driver failed to slow for traffic and hit a Mercedes sedan driven by a black male. The big rig then hit another truck.

According to State Police Troop L Hamburg, a 2001 Mack truck driven by a white male was traveling behind a 2000 Freightliner driven by a white male in the right lane.


Thursday, May 25, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

LV Zoo hosting first Food Truck Festival

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, is partnering with several local food trucks to offer the Zoo’s first Food Truck Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27.

Tasty treats from OMG Smoothies, Rollin Dough, Kona Ice of Allentown, BlendLife, Grumpy’s Bar-B-Que Roadhouse, Zippy’s Roaster and more will be featured.

Proceeds will go toward the zoo’s conservation efforts.

On Fox Fun Day, May 28, the zoo will be offering an exciting line up of hands on interactive experiences and fox-themed activities.


Thursday, May 25, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Fogelsville churches having community Memorial Day service

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1028 Church St., and St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1027 Church St., Fogelsville, are hosting their annual joint community Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. May 29 in Fogelsville Union Cemetery.

The service will be led by the Rev. Nelson Quinones and the Robert M. Fegely VFW Post 8282, Breinigsville.

The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will assist at the service.

Everyone is welcome to attend.


Suspect killed after he flees robbery, points gun at police

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

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.

Couple injured in S. Whitehall crash

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

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.

SPCA seizes 48 animals from Heidelberg Twp farm

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

The Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant May 5 removing eight dogs and puppies, 35 cats and kittens, and five horses from a farm in Heidelberg Township.

According to an affidavit of probable cause from District Judge Rod Beck’s office, Slatington, SPCA Humane Society Police Officer Kelsey Beam spoke with an informant on May 4 regarding a complaint of unsanitary conditions and animals in need of veterinary care at 6587 Central Road.


Thursday, May 11, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Columns

Zoo celebrating moms, May 13 and 14

Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, will celebrate Mother’s Day on May 13 and 14.

Mothers will pay half-price admission.

The zoo will be offering hands-on interactive experiences and cute crafts for kids to make for their moms.

There will also be daily keeper talks and up-close visits with some of the animals during the Wonders of Wildlife Encounters.

Endangered Species Day at the zoo will be May 20.

U. Macungie police seek public’s help to identify suspect

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie police have released the image of a man allegedly involved in several unlocked vehicles being entered and items stolen during the overnight hours of May 3.

Criminal Investigations and Community Services Division Commander Lt. Peter Nickischer said these incidents occurred along Indigo Way, Wild Mint Lane, both in the Kuhnsville area, and Ricky Ridge Trail, Kaybrook/Green Hills area.

According to Nickischer, the image was captured by a resident’s private security cameras.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

South Whitehall Twp Police respond to 2-vehicle crash near Dorney Park

South Whitehall Township police and firefighters responded early this morning for a two-vehicle crash near Dorney Park in the 3500 block of Hamilton Blvd, South Whitehall Township.

South Whitehall’s Department of Work were setting out traffic cones to reroute drivers at Hamilton Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue.

Hamilton Boulevard westbound traffic was also being rerouted back toward Cedar Crest Boulevard.

Chief Deputy Coroner Andrew Kehm told The Press at 10:14 a.m. Wednesday that the coroner’s office had not received any phone calls regarding any fatalities at the scene.