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S. Whitehall driver charged; pedestrian dies 5 days later

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Police Log

District Attorney Jim Martin has announced a South Whitehall man was charged in connection with an incident in which he allegedly struck a pedestrian and immediately left the scene.

Joshua Stockman, 35, of 2112 Huckleberry Road, South Whitehall Township, was charged Feb. 23 with one count each of aggravated assault by vehicle and having an accident involving death or personal injury — serious bodily injury, both third degree felonies.

Stockman was arraigned at Central Booking with bail set at $50,000/10 percent.

Man killed in Heidelberg Twp motorcycle crash on Feb. 19

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 32-year-old man was killed when he was thrown off the Kawasaki KZ1100 motorcycle he was operating shortly after 4 p.m. Feb. 19 in the area of 6338 Hunsicker Road, Heidelberg Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said John D. Watt of 6323 Hunsicker Road, Heidelberg Township, was pronounced dead 4:58 p.m. the same day by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Jason T. Smith.

Grim said the cause of Watt’s death is attributed to head injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident.

Grim ruled the manner of Watt’s death an accident.

Three employees injured in Tek Park explosion

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the explosion that injured three workers Feb. 16 at Broadcom Ltd., formerly CyOptics Inc., at Tek Park, 9999 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville.

“The employees were changing out canisters containing what is believed to be the chemical trimethylindium when the explosion took place,” OSHA Spokeswoman Joanna Hawkins emailed The Press on Feb. 21.

CyOptics Inc., has no prior OSHA history, she said.

Hawkins noted OSHA has up to six months to complete its investigation.

Fire damages pellet stove in South Whitehall home

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Volunteer firefighters from Woodlawn, Greenawalds and Cetronia fire departments were dispatched at 12:34 p.m. Feb. 7 for a dwelling fire at 1725 N. 21st. St., South Whitehall Township

According to South Whitehall Fire Marshal John Frantz, the fire was in the ash pan of a pellet stove in the home.

It was called under control shortly before 1 p.m., Frantz said.

“One adult and two children were in the home at the time of the fire,” Frantz said. “No injuries were reported.”

There was no damage to the home, he said.

State Police Beat

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Windows broken on vehicles

State Police Troop M Fogelsville say a 67-year-old man from the 8600 block of Claussville Road, Weisenberg Township, reported his driver’s side window was shattered sometime between 6 p.m. Jan. 27 and 8 a.m. the next day.

In a separate incident, police say a 67-year-old man the 3300 block of Weidasville Road, Lowhill Township, reported his driver’s side window was shattered sometime between 10 p.m. Jan. 27 and 12:48 a.m. the next day.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact state police at 610-395-1438.

Reward offered for info on elk killer

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, are asking the public’s help to identify the killer of an elk at the Lehigh Valley Game Preserve, 5050 Game Preserve Road, North Whitehall.

Police say the female elk was killed inside a fenced-in area sometime between 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3, 2016, and the next day.

Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest of those individuals who committed this crime.