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Thursday, July 20, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Driver swerves, car hits tree

Police say a 16-year-old male driver from Allentown was driving a 2010 Subaru Impreza east on Poplar Road, Lowhill Township, just before 8 p.m. July 12 when a deer ran out in front of his car.

According to police, the teen braked and swerved his car left into a tree.

The teen, who police say was wearing a lap and shoulder belt, suffered an injury of unknown severity.

Jackknifed big rig closes I-78 in Berks County for five hours

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 57-year-old Newark, N.J., man had to be extricated from his 2016 Volvo VNL tractor after it jackknifed 2:20 a.m. July 7 on I-78, Greenwich Township, Berks County.

State Police Troop L Hamburg say Byung D. An’s tractor trailer traveled off the roadway before striking the guard rail along the right side.

According to police, weather conditions were poor due to rain, and the road surface was wet.

Following the initial impact, the tractor struck a tree on the right side of the road, causing it to jackknife.

Social hall roof collapses at Schnecksville Fire Co.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

The roof covering the main social hall of the Schnecksville Fire Company collapsed 2:05 p.m. July 2.

Schnecksville Fire Chief Ron Stahley, who spoke with The Press July 3, said the building was constructed in 1987.

“It would be premature at this point to speculate on the cause,” Stahley said. “We will bring in whatever professionals we have to.”

Stahley said there were a couple of volunteers in the kitchen but they were not affected and were able to leave the building safely.

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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.