Northwestern Press

Monday, December 10, 2018

First responders answer explosive device call

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Upper Macungie Township police, Trexlertown and Upper Macungie Township firefighters, and Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel responded 12:54 p.m. Oct. 30 for a report of a bomb threat at Lineage Logistics, 7132 Ruppsville Road, Upper Macungie.

When police arrived, they were advised graffiti had been written on a bathroom stall saying an individual had an explosive device.

The building was evacuated as a precaution and a search was conducted by K-9 units from Upper Macungie and South Whitehall police departments and the cities of Bethlehem and Allentown police departments.

Crash, fire closes I-78

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 30-year-old Brooklyn, New York man was uninjured when his tractor-trailer caught fire 5:20 a.m. Oct. 22 on I-78 westbound near the Hamburg exit, Berks County.

State Police Troop L, Hamburg, say Jamal Abdul Haqq was westbound in the right lane of I-78 when he lost control of his tractor-trailer combo, causing it to leave the roadway, striking the bridge abutment on the north shoulder.

The rig then traveled across the right and left lanes of the roadway and struck the concrete center median.

The big rig combo then became engulfed in flames, police say.

Drug Take Back on Oct. 27

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

COUNTYWIDE

The 16th National Take Back Day drug collection event has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27.

During that time, Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription, and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations in the county.

County residents may also dispose of capsules, pills, including pet medications and liquids. Syringes and Sharps will not be accepted.

Residents who dispose of medications will remain anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

Roselle to be formally arraigned on Nov. 16

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Police Log

Magisterial District Judge Daniel Trexler, during a preliminary hearing Sept. 20 in the Lehigh County Courthouse bound over former South Whitehall Township police officer Jonathan Robert Roselle’s case to the Court of Common Pleas.

Roselle is charged with the voluntary manslaughter of Joseph Santos of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.

His formal arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16 before Judge Kelly L. Banach.

Videos, Body Camera

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.