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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Allentown man dies in truck crash on I-78, Weisenberg Twp

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 32-year-old Allentown man was killed when the Freightliner he was operating veered off the roadway, went down an embankment and rolled over around 3:24 a.m. June 30 on I-78, Weisenberg Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, Eddy Joel Surinach was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Cassandra Schiffner 4:21 a.m. the same day at the scene.

Minnich said the cause of Surinach’s death is multiple blunt force injuries due to a motor vehicle accident.

He ruled the manner of his death an accident.

State police investigate shootings in Northwestern Lehigh County

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by The Press in Police Log

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, and Bethlehem, are investigating a series of shootings that have occurred throughout the northern part of Lehigh County.

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, are investigating two shooting incidents in Weisenberg and Lowhill townships.

According to State Police Trooper First Class Nathan T. Branosky, community service officer/public information officer with Troop M, Bethlehem, troopers responded to the 9700 block of Bartholomew Court, Weisenberg Township, 9:58 a.m. June 10 for a report of gunshots in the area.

State police investigating homicide in N. Whitehall

Friday, June 12, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem, is investigating a homicide that occurred during the overnight hours of June 7 at Route 145 and Clearview Road, North Whitehall Township.

According to police, Maurice Dennis, 45, of Easton, who had a gunshot wound, was found by a passing motorist.

He was transported by Northern Valley EMS to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Dennis was pronounced dead at the hospital at approximately 4 a.m., police say.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, an autopsy was completed on June 8.

Motorcyclist dies after bike hits house

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 36-year-old Washington Township man died after the motorcycle he was operating struck a house around 9 p.m. May 7 in the 3700 block of Park Avenue, North Whitehall Township.

Jesse Jones was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, the cause of Jones’ death was multiple blunt force injuries due to a motorcycle accident.

He said the manner of Jones’ death was ruled an accident.

Police investigate two thefts from vehicles

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie police have issued a theft advisory for area residents.

According to Crime and Community Services Division Commander Lt. Peter Nickischer, two residents reported April 28 that their vehicles were broken into at Valley Preferred Cycling Center, 1151 Mosser Road, Trexlertown.

According to Nickischer, the windows on two vehicles were broken sometime between 3:05-4:05 p.m. and personal items belonging to two individuals were taken.

Residents are reminded to place valuables out of sight when their vehicles are unoccupied.

Palmerton woman killed in single-vehicle crash

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 64-year-old Palmerton woman was killed when the 2006 Kia Sedona she was driving struck a tree 3:39 p.m. March 22 on Mountain Road, Washington Township.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich, Ginger L. Rodgers was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Andrew Kehm, at 4:53 p.m. at the scene.

The cause of her death was multiple blunt force injuries, due to a motor vehicle accident, Minnich said.

He said the manner of her death was ruled an accident.

State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, were dispatched just before 4 p.m.

Firefighters respond to report of odor at medical office

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

South Whitehall volunteer firefighters from Cetronia, Greenawalds and Woodlawn, as well as firefighters from Western Salisbury and Alburtis were dispatched March 25 for a reported structure fire at the Lehigh Valley Physician Group practice, 3080 Hamilton Blvd., South Whitehall Township.

A call was made to the Cetronia Fire Department to report the smell of something burning.

The 911 Center was then notified by Cetronia firefighters to dispatch the call.

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.