Lehigh County Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud Task Force has scheduled a free vehicle identification number etching event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12 at the Whitehall Township Public Works Building, 3219 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.
The event is open to all vehicle owners in Lehigh County, and there is no limit to the number of vehicles motorists can bring to the event.
VIN etching is the process of chemically etching a vehicle’s unique identification number on all windows and sunroofs.
South Whitehall Township police will be conducting a National Seat Check 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. May 17 at Target, 1600 N Cedar Crest Blvd., in Crest Plaza shopping mall.
Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to check car seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats and install them properly in their vehicles.
Police say several tools were reported stolen 9:30 p.m. April 17 from three Kay Builders’ vehicles while they were parked on Trexler Road, Upper Macungie Township.
Police say a 31-year-old male resident of the 900 block of Springwhite Drive, Upper Macungie Township, reported to them at 9:30 p.m. on April 17 several items were stolen from his home after a basement window was forced opened.
An 81-year-old Northampton County man was killed when the vehicle he was driving struck a tree around 6 p.m. April 28 in front of 3914 Mauch Chunk Road, North Whitehall Township.
Robert Drey of Lehigh Township was pronounced dead by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Richard Kroon 6:40 p.m. at the scene, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said.
According to the coroner’s office, an autopsy was performed April 30 to determine the cause and manner of Drey’s death.
Grim said the cause of his death is attributed to multiple blunt force injuries and ruled the death and accident.
In an effort to enlist the public’s assistance, information regarding 16 unsolved homicides from Northampton, Lehigh, and Bucks counties has been made available on the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers website.
Some of the cases are decades old, with one even dating back to the 1950s.
The following cases are being highlighted:
•Brother and sister Gail and Paul Schultz were murdered near their home in Upper Nazareth Township, Northampton County, in 1953.
The 15th National Take Back Day drug collection has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28.
Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations at 14 sites in the county.
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.
Medications will be collected at the following locations:
State Police Troop M Fogelsville say Tamara L. Hottinger, 44, of New Tripoli, was driving a 2015 Honda CRV when it struck a tree just after 7 a.m. March 23 at 6741 Schochary Road, Lynn Township.
According to police, Hottinger was driving northbound, near the Schochary Road location, negotiating an uphill left curve, when the Honda left its lane of travel and hit snow on the right shoulder.
The Honda continued off the roadway before striking a tree approximately five feet off the roadway at its 11 o’clock position.
Firefighters from Cetronia, Allentown, Emmaus, Western Salisbury and Lehigh County Special Operations Team recently paid their respects to members of the York City Fire Department who lost two members in a structure fire on March 22.
York City Fire Capt. Ivan Flanscha and Firefighter Zachary Anthony died as a result of a wall collapse in York as they were pursuing flare ups and hot spots.
A wall at Weaver Organ and Piano building collapsed trapping Flanscha and Anthony and others battling the blaze.