Northwestern Press

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.

Unattended jeep smashes into home at Terry Hill park

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

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.

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.

State Police Beat

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Tractor stolen in Lynn Township

State Police Troop M Fogelsville say a 1983 400 series John Deere tractor was stolen between May 1-3 from a property along Lochland Road, Lynn Township.

The tractor did not have keys with it and was reported to have at least one flat tire, police say.

Police say the serial number/vehicle identification number for the tractor is 156514M.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 610-395-1438.

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.

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.

State Police Beat

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Vehicle stolen in Weisenberg

State Police Troop M Fogelsville say Robert Franklin James of 10451 Old 22, Weisenberg Township, reported his 1998 Chevrolet 2500 4x4 was stolen 2:50 p.m. April 29 from the end of his driveway closest to Old 22.

The pickup is described as a single cab, black in color with a maroon cap, dent in the passenger side door and bearing Pennsylvania registration ZBX5572, police say.

According to police, the pickup was last seen at approximately 8:30 p.m. April 28.

California man found dead in Upper Macungie hotel

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Emmanuel E. Ramirez, 27, of Maywood, California, was found dead April 13 inside a hotel room at the Staybridge Suites Allentown West, 327 Star Road, Upper Macungie Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim said he pronounced Ramirez dead at 12:55 a.m. April 14.

Grim said an autopsy was performed that morning.

The cause of Ramirez’s death is pending toxicology test results, Grim said.

According to Upper Macungie Township Police, preliminary indications are Ramirez died of an apparent drug overdose.

State Police Beat

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

2-vehicle crash in Lynn Twp

State Police Troop M Fogelsville say Rickie L. Todd, 63, of Emmaus, was driving a 2009 Mack truck 9:48 a.m. April 11 along Memorial Road, just east of Route 309, Lynn Township. when the truck backed into a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox driven by James R. Tosh, 67, of Germansville,

According to police, Todd was traveling westbound on Memorial Road, when he put his vehicle in reverse and struck the SUV, which came to a stop in the lane of travel directly behind the Mack truck.