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Thursday, June 29, 2017

State Police Beat

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Vehicle hits deer in Lynn Twp

State Police Troop M Fogelsville say Sean M. Widner, 22, of Waynesville, Mo., was driving a 2017 Nissan NV200 van when it struck a deer 11:54 p.m. June 19 at 9126 Kings Highway, Lynn Township.

According to police, Widner was driving northbound on Kings Highway in the right lane, when a deer traveled from the right shoulder of the roadway directly in front of the van.

Widner was unable to avoid the deer, which was struck by the van’s front bumper.

Lehigh County Jail prisoner dies in Sacred Heart Hospital

Thursday, June 29, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 21-year-old Allentown man was found unresponsive 9:34 p.m. on June 24 in his cell at Lehigh County Jail, 38th N. 4th St., Allentown.

According to a Lehigh County Office of Public Information release, Trevor Vaden, 1650 W. Turner St., who did not have a cell mate and was not under any special monitoring precautions, was discovered by a Lehigh County corrections officer performing routine rounds.

The officer declared a medical emergency and began administering CPR.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Driver found after crash

State Police Troop M Fogelsville responded for a vehicle crash shortly after midnight May 24 at 5380 Wessnersville Road, Lynn Township.

Police say Brett Miller of Kempton allegedly fled the scene of the crash and was later found at his home.

Miller was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, police say.

He was taken into custody and charges were filed.

Asbury Church issues statement on bomb squad response

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

No information available from South Whitehall police

Asbury Methodist Church, South Whitehall, has issued a statement to the June 16 incident in which South Whitehall Township police and the Allentown Bomb Squad responded around 11 a.m. to a report of a suspicious package.

“Asbury Church is open. There were news reports today (Friday, June 16, 2017) about a suspicious item identified inside the building,” Asbury Church Director of Communications Cristina Lenner emailed The Press. “Authorities removed the item, searched the premises and found there to be no threat.

Coplay man dies in Route 22 crash

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Police Log

State Police Bethlehem Troop M responded to a fatal vehicle crash just after 5 p.m. June 14 on Route 22 East, South Whitehall Township.

According to police, Jonathan E. Flook, 60, of Coplay, was traveling in the left lane when he apparently lost control of his 2003 Ford Taurus, which struck the concrete barrier with the left side of the front bumper.

Police say Flook attempted to steer off the concrete barrier and the car traveled from the barrier onto the off ramp at 15th Street.

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Friday, June 2, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Police seek information

State Police Troop L Hamburg say the driver of a vehicle believed to be a Saturn failed to observe a posted stop sign before striking a parked 1996 Nissan Pathfinder 6:12 a.m. May 26 on Route 737 at Kistler Valley Road, Albany Township.

According to police, the Saturn traveled through the stop sign, striking a stone wall and mailbox before hitting the Nissan.

The driver then fled in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact state police at 610-562-6885 and refer to incident number PA2017-538266.

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.