Northwestern Press

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tamaqua woman helps man injured in Lynn Township crash

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by MARTA GOUGER in Police Log

Chris Noecker made a choice Sept. 12 to be a good Samaritan.

She was traveling from Tamaqua to Allentown when she came across a crash just seconds after it happened on Route 309 in Lynn Township.

A car and a tractor-trailer had collided and the driver of the car was in bad shape.

“The driver was a young man who looked to be thrown around the car,” Noecker said. “He was in the back seat of the car.”

She immediately called 911, but decided to stop and wait until the ambulance arrived.

“They dispatched EMS quickly but it seemed to take forever,” Noecker said.

State Police Beat

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Handgun reported stolen

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say troopers responded just before 3:30 a.m. Aug. 3 for a reported theft from a motor vehicle in the 2000 block of Heffner Road, Weisenberg Township.

Police say upon arrival contact was made with a resident of the home.

The investigation revealed the resident had a handgun stolen sometime after 1 a.m. that morning.

Police say further investigation revealed several other residents in the area had money stolen from their vehicles.

County coroner asks for help to solve Allentown cold case

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim and Allentown Police Department officials called a news conference on Aug. 17 to unveil updated information and imaging regarding long unidentified skeletal remains.

The remains were discovered 7:15 p.m. April 28, 1991, in a wooded area, 430 feet beyond an access road off Albert Street, Allentown.

An autopsy was performed April 29, 1991, by Dr. Isadore Mihalakis, who determined the remains were of a male between 25 to 35 years of age.

Kempton driver dies after pickup crashes

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 25-year-old Berks County man was killed when his 2000 Chevrolet 2500 pickup flipped onto its roof 3:25 a.m. Aug. 17 in Friedens Lutheran Cemetery, on Red Road north of Route 737, Albany Township, Berks County.

State Police Troop L, Hamburg, say Christopher R. Hausman of Kempton was westbound on Red Road when he apparently failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway.

Police say Hausman attempted to brake hard but was unable to avoid having his truck travel off the road and strike a concrete wall.

After impact, the pick up flipped onto its roof in the cemetery.

Police investigating arson in Maxatawny Township

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

State Police Troop L, Reading, are investigating an arson fire which occurred Aug. 4 at a home at 15619 Kutztown Road, Maxatawny Township, Berks County.

At 11:40 a.m. that day, police received a 911 call from one of the residents of the home, who had fled in order to make the call.

A male, who allegedly had advised his wife to leave the home, was reported to have splashed himself with gasoline and was seen carrying propane tanks into the home, police say.

Shortly thereafter, a fire was reported at the home.

South Whitehall couple die in murder-suicide

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 91-year-old man and his 81-year-old wife were found dead late in the afternoon of July 31 from a murder-suicide in their home in the 3400 block of Hickory Circle, South Whitehall Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, the man was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Richard Pender at 6:41 p.m. He pronounced the woman dead at 6:43 p.m.

An autopsy on the woman was scheduled for Aug. 1. The autopsy on her husband is scheduled for Aug. 2, Grim said.

The cause of the woman’s death was blunt force injuries.

2-alarm fire destroys home in Upper Macungie Twp

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Good Will Fire Company, Trexlertown; Upper Macungie Township Station 56; Fogelsville; Alburtis; Macungie; Weisenberg; Tri-Clover; Woodlawn and Topton fire departments were dispatched at 5:55 a.m. July 22 for a two-alarm house fire at 1124 Mosser Road, Upper Macungie Township.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel provided medical assistance and rehabilitation, Trexlertown Fire Chief Stephen Oplinger emailed The Press.

He said Chief Gross from Station 56 was in command and approximately 60 firefighters were on scene.

2-alarm fire destroys home in Upper Macungie Twp

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Good Will Fire Company, Trexlertown; Upper Macungie Township Station 56; Fogelsville; Alburtis; Macungie; Weisenberg; Tri-Clover; Woodlawn and Topton fire departments were dispatched at 5:55 a.m. July 22 for a two-alarm house fire at 1124 Mosser Road, Upper Macungie Township.

Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel provided medical assistance and rehabilitation, Trexlertown Fire Chief Stephen Oplinger emailed The Press.

He said Chief Leroy Gross from Station 56 was in command and approximately 60 firefighters were on scene.

Traffic safety officers are honored by DUI Task Force

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Police Log

Top city, borough, township and Pennsylvania State Police traffic safety officers were recognized with awards at a ceremony July 2 at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown.

The awards recognized the officers who made the largest number of driving under the influence arrests and issued the greatest number of traffic citations in police jurisdictions in the area.

The ceremony is held annually under the auspices of the DUI Highway Safety Task Force.