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Partial Turnpike closure, Oct. 13-16

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Pennsylvania’s Turnpike Commission is warning motorists to change travel plans for a long detour from 9 p.m. Oct. 13, through 4 a.m. Oct. 16. of the Northeastern Extension (I-476) in Lehigh and Carbon counties as a 60-year-old bridge is replaced.

Detour exits are Lehigh Valley Interchange No. 56 for northbound traffic and the Pocono Interchange No. 95 for southbound traffic.

The authorized detour route directs motorists to Routes 22 and 33 and I-80.

Firefighters learn dangers of working with live wires

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by LOU WHEELAND in Police Log

State Reps. Gary Day, R-187th, and Zachary Mako, R-183rd, sponsored a “Live Wires” training Sept. 7 at the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company.

Special trainers from PPL Electric Utilities brought mock-ups of poles, transformers, fuse boxes and miscellaneous materials in order to introduce firefighters to the dangers of working around electrical emergencies.

Lehighton man killed in 2-vehicle crash along Mountain Road

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

A 51-year-old Carbon County man died after being involved in a two-vehicle crash around 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the area of 2907 Mountain Road, Washington Township.

Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas pronounced Ronald Dana Graver Jr., of the 60 block of Lafayette Trail, Lehighton, dead at 5:25 p.m. the same day.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said the cause of Graver’s death was attributed to multiple blunt force injuries. His death was ruled an accident.

Kempton man drowns in boating incident

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

An 82-year-old Kempton man was involved in a boating incident at 7:54 a.m. Sept. 30 at Leaser Lake, 8502 Pleasure Court, New Tripoli, Lynn Township.

Lehigh County Chief Deputy Coroner Andrew H. Kehm said Kenneth E. Gorsuch was pronounced dead at 10:12 a.m. the same day in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

Lehigh County First Deputy Coroner Eric Minnich told The Press Oct. 4, the cause of Gorsuch’s death was drowning and it was ruled an accident.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.

Police advise residents of scam

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

South Whitehall Township police are advising residents about a recent scam.

A package from Best Buy was purchased with a couple’s credit card and delivered using their information.

The resident contacted Best Buy about the purchase and obtained a return label from them directly and returned the item using UPS.

The resident also closed the credit card which was used to make the purchase.

The next day a FedEx truck arrived with a return label, which was addressed to an individual in New York with the words Best Buy on the label.

State Police Beat

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Vehicle rolls in Lowhill Twp

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say Erasmo A. Gil Gil, 27, of Hazelton, was driving a 1999 Lexus ES300 just before 9 p.m. on Sept. 2 on Route 100, Lowhill Township when the car struck an embankment and rolled over.

According to police, Gil Gil was southbound on Route 100, just south of Hausman Circle, when he apparently lost control of the car.

After striking the embankment, the car rolled over several times before coming to a final rest.

Gil Gil, who police say was wearing his seat belt, was uninjured.

Police say he was cited with driving at an unsafe speed.

State Police Beat

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Juveniles cited for drinking

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, were dispatched 11:59 p.m. Aug. 19 for a report of an alleged disturbance and underage drinking party on Leiby Road, Weisenberg Township.

Police say upon arrival, numerous juveniles allegedly fled into the surrounding wooded area.

Thirteen juveniles who allegedly fled after being instructed to stop were cited for underage drinking and referred to the Impact Project.

Wolf administration announces start of I-78 repair project

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration announced work began Aug. 15 to repair I-78 between the Berks County line to the Northampton County line in Weisenberg, Upper Macungie, Lower Macungie, South Whitehall, Salisbury and Upper Saucon townships, and the City of Allentown.

“I-78 is an important part of the Lehigh Valley’s and Pennsylvania’s transportation network, and making these repairs will benefit tourism, commerce, and the everyday commuter,” Wolf said.

State Police Beat

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Driver asleep in vehicle

State Police Troop M Fogelsville say Shawn Steven Katz, 35, of Kempton, was allegedly found sleeping with the driver’s side door of his vehicle open 12:57 a.m. Aug. 3 at the intersection of Route 309 at Weiss Road, Lynn Township.

Police say Katz allegedly failed the field sobriety tests and was transported to Lehigh County Central Booking Center for a legal blood draw.

Charges for driving under the influence were filed against Katz with District Judge Rod Beck, Slatington.

State police seek information on Weisenberg Twp hit and run

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Police Log

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, are asking for the public’s help to find the driver of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian around 2 a.m. on Aug. 13 along Holbens Valley Road at Hillside Court, Weisenberg Township.

Police say a 24-year-old New Tripoli man, who was hit by a vehicle traveling west on Holbens Valley Road, was found in the roadway.

The driver fled the scene, continuing westbound. According to police, the vehicle is a light-color Mercedes-Benz hatchback with unknown damage.