Northwestern Press

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Defendant waives preliminary hearing

Friday, March 13, 2020 by SARIT LASCHINSKY in Police Log

Sanctuary at Haafsville theft case proceeds to trial

Susan J. Johnston, 56, of Macungie will go to trial for allegedly stealing money from an animal rescue organization after waiving her preliminary hearing during an appearance on March 5 before District Judge Michael Faulkner, Upper Macungie.

Just before the hearing, Johnston and her attorney, Kathryn Elizabeth Roberts of Allentown, stepped outside the building to speak with Upper Macungie Detective Justin Wheeler, the arresting officer according to the court criminal docket.

Upper Macungie Twp Police

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Shoes stolen

Upper Macungie Township police say officers responded around 9:35 a.m. Feb. 17 for a report of a retail theft at Burlington, 7150 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown.

Police say it was reported at approximately 1:54 p.m. Feb. 14 three suspects entered the store and allegedly selected various shoes and merchandise.

They then placed the shoes inside of suitcases before leaving the store without paying for the items.

According to police, the suspects were described as two young black males in their teens or 20s and one older black female possibly in her 40s.

Weisenberg Twp man accused of biting state trooper

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 56-year-old Weisenberg Township man was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly biting a state trooper 9:15 p.m. March 2 next to the detached garage of his home in the 2700 block of Distillery Road.

According to the affidavit of probable cause obtained from Magisterial District Judge Tom Creighton’s office, Slatington, State Trooper David Tretter said he was requested to respond to the Distillery Road address to investigate an incident where another trooper was allegedly assaulted by Dean M. Bucks, who had allegedly fled from an attempted traffic stop.

Fire ‘snaps, crackles and pops’ cereal boxes in warehouse fire

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Volunteer firefighters from Fogelsville, Upper Macungie Station 56, Trexlertown and Greenawalds were dispatched for a reported fire Feb. 4 at DSC Logistics, 400 Nestle Way, Breinigsville.

Upon arrival, firefighters found boxes of breakfast cereals and treats burning inside the building.

A sprinkler system helped prevent the spread of the fire while firefighters used hoses to extinguish the remaining fire.

Weisenberg firefighters responded with a specialized exhaust fan to help clear smoke from the building.

State Police Beat

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Man poses as county worker

State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, say troopers were dispatched just after 5 p.m. Jan. 18 to the 6700 block of Bruce Lane, Washington Township, for the report of a disturbance.

Police met a 75-year-old man who reported he answered a knock on the door by a man claiming to be from the water company working for the county.

He reportedly told the 75-year-old man he was checking water pressure at homes in the area.

The man was permitted to come inside and check the water pressure of the kitchen faucet.

Woman charged with stealing money from Sanctuary

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

The former treasurer of an Upper Macungie nonprofit animal rescue group has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property after allegedly stealing more than $11,000.

According to an affidavit of probable cause and criminal complaint obtained from District Judge Michael Faulkner’s office, Upper Macungie Police Detective Jason Wheeler stated that around April 28, 2018, police received a complaint from Linda Green, president of The Sanctuary of Haafsville.

State Police Beat

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

Three people in confrontation

Troopers from State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, were dispatched just after 8:30 p.m. Dec. 24, 2019, to the 2300 block of Seipstown Road, Weisenberg Township, for a domestic disturbance.

Police say a 19-year-old autistic male allegedly engaged into a physical confrontation with a 21-year-old female from State College and a 50-year-old male from Dubois.

During the course of this altercation the female sustained a broken wrist and the 50-year-old male sustained a deep laceration to his arm, police say.

Downed wires close Route 100

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 2015 Peterbilt tractor-trailer combo carrying an oversize load closed a section of Route 100 at Mohr Lane, Upper Macungie Township, for more than 24 hours after taking down several wires around 2:18 p.m. Nov. 8.

According to Upper Macungie Township police, Gary L. Hughes-Oneal, 38, of Morgan, Utah, was driving the permitted oversize load, accompanied by both lead and rear pilot vehicles.

Police say the front pilot car operator reported he saw approximately 1-inch to 2 inches of his height-pole touch a wire across Route 100, near the entrance to the Applewood neighborhood.

State Police Beat

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

Storm door window broken

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say a 49-year-old woman from the 9200 Block of Claussville Road, Weisenberg Township, reported to police the bottom window of her front storm door was broken around 2:36 p.m. Nov. 5.

Police say the window was valued at $100.

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say a 28-year-old Alburtis man reported an individual traveling north on Gun Club Road toward Mosserville Road, Lynn Township, disposed of a deflated air mattress and five black trash bags filled with clothes and miscellaneous items sometime between 3:30 a.m. and 4:53 p.m. Oct. 29.

Man charged after attack on teen at Dorney Park

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

An 18-year-old Allentown man was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and two counts of simple assault after he allegedly attacked two individuals around 7:24 p.m. Oct. 19 at Dorney Park, South Whitehall Township.

According to South Whitehall Police Chief Glen Dorney, Jorge Alberto Ortero, allegedly slashed the top of a 14-year-old girl’s left hand with a razor blade.

She sustained a large laceration requiring treatment at St. Luke’s, Allentown.