South Whitehall police are investigating a theft from a vehicle and subsequent access device fraud, which occurred 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 28, 2018, in the 3800 block of Walbert Avenue, South Whitehall Township.
Police say after the man entered the vehicle, he allegedly used the stolen credit card at the Top Star Exxon, Tilghman Street, South Whitehall; Home Depot, Whitehall; and Ahart’s market, Allentown.
The man was seen driving a blue Subaru sedan with an unknown registration.
State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say Travis Kyle Schaffer, 55, of Lehigh County, was stopped 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2018, for a criminal mischief report and speeding on Kistler Road near Sechler Road, Lynn Township.
Police say the odor of alcohol was allegedly coming from inside his vehicle.
According to police, Schaffer allegedly was under the influence of alcohol to the extent he could not safely operate his vehicle.
Upper Macungie Township police and the department’s bomb sniffing K-9, Toon, and his handler Ryan Rhoads responded 2:51 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018, for an explosive device threat at Lineage Logistic, 7132 Ruppsville Road, Upper Macungie Township.
This was the second time in less than two months for a bomb threat to be made at this location.
Employees were made aware of a handwritten note on a bathroom wall threatening the facility.
A sweep of critical areas within the facility was made by officers and K-9 Toon.
A 4-year-old Berks County boy died after he was accidentally struck by a piece of farm equipment on a farm at 482 High Road, Kutztown, Maxatawny Township.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Michaellyn Wenger was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m. Dec. 29, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
He said the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
The manner of his death was ruled an accident, Grim said.
State Police Master Trooper David Beohm, Troop L, Hamburg, emailed The Press on Dec. 31, 2018.
State Police Troop L, Hamburg, say a green Freightliner tractor-trailer struck the rear of a white Volvo tractor-trailer 9:15 a.m. Dec. 28 on I-78, Greenwich Township.
According to police, the Freightliner was westbound on I-78 in the right lane. The Volvo tractor-trailer was partially disabled on the shoulder and right lane between the Lenhartsville and Kutztown exits.
As the driver of the Freightliner came around the curve, he saw the Volvo rig traveling slow, and attempted to swerve out of the right lane, but struck its rear.
Cedar View Apartments, South Whitehall Township, was the scene of a fire investigation on Nov. 24.
Smoke was reported coming from the roof prompting alarms be sent to all three South Whitehall fire departments — Cetronia, Greenawalds and Woodlawn — the Cetronia Ambulance Corps and South Whitehall police.
Additional units were dispatched from Alburtis Fire Department for its Rapid Intervention Team and Western Salisbury Fire Department for an additional aerial truck.
After a brief investigation, firefighters discovered the smoke was the result of a faulty boiler.
Acting Pa. State Police Commissioner Robert Evanchick recently announced 99 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth.
The men and women represent the 153rd graduating cadet class assigned to the following troops include:
State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, say Ghassan Youwakim, of Lehighton, reported a white enclosed construction trailer was stolen between 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and 7 a.m. Nov. 1 from 5508 Bullhead Road, Heidelberg Township.
Police say the trailer has Pennsylvania license plate XZ42949.
Some $10,000 worth of tools were also stolen, police say.
State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, say a 28-year-old woman from the 8000 block of Bake Oven Road, Heidelberg Township, reported $300 worth of gift cards were stolen between 1-11 a.m. Nov. 2 from her vehicle.
Kevin Esterly of Lowhill Township has been sentenced to serve 2-1/2 to 5 years in prison for fleeing to Mexico with Allentown teen Amy Yu, 16.
Esterly, 45, who pleaded guilty Nov. 11 to one count of corruption of a minor, was given the maximum sentence allowed by Judge Maria Dantos on Dec. 10.
Esterly said he went to Mexico with Yu because she was unhappy at home and he wanted to protect her.
Both have denied any intimate relationship.
Yu; her mother, Mui T. Luu; and Esterly’s wife, Stacey; testified at Monday’s sentencing hearing.
Upper Macungie Township police say a 43-year-old man from Danielsville and 45-year-old woman from Orefield reported items were removed after forcibly entry was made to their vehicle 2:27 p.m. on Nov. 12 while it was parked at Lone Lane Park, Upper Macungie Township.
Anyone with information about this theft is asked to contact police at 484-661-5911.