Northwestern Press

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

South Whitehall police seek help identifying theft suspect

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

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 Beat

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Driver arrested for DUI

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 Twp Police

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Police respond to bomb threat

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.

Berks toddler dies after being struck by farm equipment

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

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.

Three rigs crash on I-78 in Greenwich Township

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

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.

Faulty boiler brings firefighters to South Whitehall apartments

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

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.

State Police Beat

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Construction trailer stolen

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 given maximum sentence for fleeing with teen

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

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 Twp Police

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Thefts from vehicles reported in township

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.