Northwestern Press

Monday, March 18, 2019

REAL IDs now available for Pennsylvania residents

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

REAL ID-compliant license or ID card is optional

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced optional REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards are now available for Pennsylvania residents who want one.

A federally-accepted form of identification, such as a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport or Passport Card, a military ID, etc., must be used as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires ID at the door on and after Oct. 1, 2020.

State Police Beat

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

E-cigarettes reported stolen

State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, say a 42-year-old Orefield man reported that at 3:19 a.m. March 2 three individuals stole an undetermined amount of e-cigarettes after breaking the front door to the convenience store at 6391 Route 309, Heidelberg Township.

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say Cheyenne M. Zirkle, 22, of Palmerton was driving a 1996 Honda Civic eastbound on Kings Highway, near its intersection with Strawberry Court, at 4:42 a.m. March 10, when the car hit a patch of ice and Zirkle lost control of the vehicle.

State Police Beat

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Trucker issued citation

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say Dale A. Hudec, 56, of Atwater, Ohio, was driving a 2014 Freightliner Cascadia northbound along Route 309, just south Decatur Street, Lynn Township, when it overturned on its driver’s side 4:12 p.m. Feb. 4.

Police say the driver apparently failed to negotiate a slight right curve in the roadway and the rig overturned.

The truck came to a final rest, facing north, across the southbound lanes of travel on Route 309, just north of Decatur Street, police say.

Woodlawn fire chief charged with simple assault, harassment

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Woodlawn Fire Chief James Kutz was charged with simple assault and harassment Jan. 11 after allegedly pulling a gun on a Boy Scout who was leaving food-drive fliers on house doorknobs in South Whitehall Township.

According to the affidavit of probable cause and criminal complaint obtained from District Judge Jake Hammond’s office, South Whitehall, police were dispatched 7:24 p.m. Nov. 4, 2018, to a home in the 2400 block of Coolidge St., for a possible attempted burglary.

State Police Beat

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Headstone knocked over

State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, say United Presbyterian Church, 6750 Route 873, Washington Township, reported a memorial tombstone was knocked over sometime between 12:01 a.m. Dec. 31, 2018, and midnight Jan. 2.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact state police at 610-861-2026.

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say Michael E. Kline, 22, of Allentown, was operating a 2009 Honda CBR600RR motorcycle 4:23 p.m. Jan. 1, southbound along Sell Road, Lowhill Township, when he apparently failed to negotiate a curve at 5430 Sell Road.

South Whitehall police seek help to identify pickup truck

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

South Whitehall Township police are seeking the public’s help to identify the owner or business that owns a truck involved in an incident that occurred around 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2018, in the 2500 block of Highland St., South Whitehall.

This case is under active investigation and no other details can be released at this time, police say.

Anyone who may be able to identify the business or owner of the pickup truck or has information regarding this investigation, is asked to contact South Whitehall Detective Timothy Shoudt at 610-398-0337.

South Whitehall police seek help identifying theft suspect

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

South Whitehall police are investigating a theft from a vehicle and subsequent access device fraud, which occurred 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 28, 2018, in the 3800 block of Walbert Avenue, South Whitehall Township.

Police say after the man entered the vehicle, he allegedly used the stolen credit card at the Top Star Exxon, Tilghman Street, South Whitehall; Home Depot, Whitehall; and Ahart’s market, Allentown.

The man was seen driving a blue Subaru sedan with an unknown registration.

State Police Beat

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Driver arrested for DUI

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say Travis Kyle Schaffer, 55, of Lehigh County, was stopped 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2018, for a criminal mischief report and speeding on Kistler Road near Sechler Road, Lynn Township.

Police say the odor of alcohol was allegedly coming from inside his vehicle.

According to police, Schaffer allegedly was under the influence of alcohol to the extent he could not safely operate his vehicle.