Northwestern Press

Thursday, October 19, 2017

State Police Beat

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Driver leaves

State Police Troop M Fogelsville say Alexandria A. Haas, 25, of Slatington, was driving a 2012 Subaru Legacy 12:08 a.m. Oct. 1 along Holbens Valley Road, Weisenberg Township, when the car struck a guide rail.

According to police, Haas was eastbound on Holbens Valley Road, just east of Winding Road, when she lost control of the car and it struck the right guide rail with its right side.

After the impact, the car became disabled at Carpet and Holbens Valley roads.

Police say Haas left the car at that location and left the scene, police say.

Drug collection day scheduled for Oct. 28

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

The 14th National Take Back Day drug collection day has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28.

Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations at 11 sites.

Residents can dispose of capsules, pills, including pet medications, and liquids.

Syringes or Sharps will not be accepted. Residents who dispose of medications will remain anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

Turnpike Northeast Extension reopens ahead of schedule

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

The Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike reopened ahead of schedule to traffic between the Lehigh Valley Exit (No. 56) and the Mahoning Valley Exit (No. 74) after a bridge replacement.

Crews worked very diligently between Oct. 13 and 16 to reopen the roadway ahead of schedule, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced Oct. 16.

The southbound lanes opened at 1 a.m. The northbound lanes opened at 2 a.m. Oct. 16.

Every construction task involved in the process was accomplished smoothly and ahead of time.

West Virginia driver killed in tractor-trailer crash on I-78

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 48-year-old West Virginia man died from injuries received in a crash around 9:59 p.m. Oct. 4 on I-78, Upper Macungie Township.

Rockwell L. Beam of Great Cacapon, West Va., was pronounced dead at 6:44 p.m. Oct. 5 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, according to the office of Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim.

Beam’s death, attributed to injuries he received in the crash, was ruled an accident, Grim said.

Teacher aide at Parkland High School injured in Lehigh Twp shooting

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Police Log

Melinda “Lyndi” Mullner, an instructional aide for Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, who works at Parkland High School, was injured on Oct. 4 when John Michael Hann, 61, a cousin of her husband, Joseph F. Mullner, 64, allegedly killed him and shot her.

According to information provided by Parkland’s Director of Community Development and Relations Nicole McGalla, CLIU 21 sent the Flight Team to the high school on Oct. 5 to provide counseling and to handle any grief needs of students and staff.

High School Principal Jim Moniz emailed staff the following statement:

Partial Turnpike closure, Oct. 13-16

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Pennsylvania’s Turnpike Commission is warning motorists to change travel plans for a long detour from 9 p.m. Oct. 13, through 4 a.m. Oct. 16. of the Northeastern Extension (I-476) in Lehigh and Carbon counties as a 60-year-old bridge is replaced.

Detour exits are Lehigh Valley Interchange No. 56 for northbound traffic and the Pocono Interchange No. 95 for southbound traffic.

The authorized detour route directs motorists to Routes 22 and 33 and I-80.

Firefighters learn dangers of working with live wires

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

State Reps. Gary Day, R-187th, and Zachary Mako, R-183rd, sponsored a “Live Wires” training Sept. 7 at the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company.

Special trainers from PPL Electric Utilities brought mock-ups of poles, transformers, fuse boxes and miscellaneous materials in order to introduce firefighters to the dangers of working around electrical emergencies.

Lehighton man killed in 2-vehicle crash along Mountain Road

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 51-year-old Carbon County man died after being involved in a two-vehicle crash around 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the area of 2907 Mountain Road, Washington Township.

Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas pronounced Ronald Dana Graver Jr., of the 60 block of Lafayette Trail, Lehighton, dead at 5:25 p.m. the same day.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said the cause of Graver’s death was attributed to multiple blunt force injuries. His death was ruled an accident.

Kempton man drowns in boating incident

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

An 82-year-old Kempton man was involved in a boating incident at 7:54 a.m. Sept. 30 at Leaser Lake, 8502 Pleasure Court, New Tripoli, Lynn Township.

Lehigh County Chief Deputy Coroner Andrew H. Kehm said Kenneth E. Gorsuch was pronounced dead at 10:12 a.m. the same day in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Lehigh County First Deputy Coroner Eric Minnich told The Press Oct. 4, the cause of Gorsuch’s death was drowning and it was ruled an accident.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.

Police advise residents of scam

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

South Whitehall Township police are advising residents about a recent scam.

A package from Best Buy was purchased with a couple’s credit card and delivered using their information.

The resident contacted Best Buy about the purchase and obtained a return label from them directly and returned the item using UPS.

The resident also closed the credit card which was used to make the purchase.

The next day a FedEx truck arrived with a return label, which was addressed to an individual in New York with the words Best Buy on the label.