Top city, borough, township and Pennsylvania State Police traffic safety officers were recognized with awards at a ceremony July 2 at Coca-Cola Park, Allentown.
The awards recognized the officers who made the largest number of driving under the influence arrests and issued the greatest number of traffic citations in police jurisdictions in the area.
The ceremony is held annually under the auspices of the DUI Highway Safety Task Force.
Lehigh County Sheriff Joseph N. Hanna has announced the addition of a new canine program for the sheriff’s office and for Lehigh County.
Countless law enforcement agencies and sheriff’s offices throughout the commonwealth use canines to assist with daily operations, law enforcement functions and security activities.
A 23-year-old Bethlehem man was charged with false reporting of a theft or conversion of a vehicle after reporting to police at 12:54 a.m. June 30 his vehicle was stolen on June 29 from Hometown Diner, 8732 Hamilton Blvd, Upper Macungie Township.
Upper Macungie police say an investigation revealed Michael P. Connelly was never at the diner.
Police allege Connelly told them he concocted the story of the stolen vehicle so his parents would not know he damaged the vehicle.
State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say Nelson Perez, 51, of Whitehall, and a 30-year-old Neffs man were allegedly involved in an argument about landscaping that turned physical at 3:13 p.m. June 26 at 3439 Weidasville Road, Lowhill.
Police allege Perez took a shovel and struck the Neffs man in the head causing a laceration and unconsciousness.
State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, say Ryan Allen Yenser, 28, of Emerald, allegedly stole a plant 11 p.m. May 16 from Jennifer Lauren Gerczak’s yard, Main Street, Washington Township.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said Carl Acker II, 49, of Lopatcong, N.J. was struck by a motor vehicle around 2:20 p.m. June 19 on Route 22 eastbound between the Pa. Turnpike on-ramp and Route 309, South Whitehall Township.
Acker was pronounced dead at 4:56 p.m. the same day at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, Grim said.
Grim said an autopsy is scheduled for today, June 20, to determine the cause and manner of his death.
State SPCA officers have once again seized animals from Derbe Eckhart at 6587 Central Road, Germansville.
The officers executed a search warrant June 5 removing seven rabbits, 15 kittens, one adult cat, three adult dogs, nine puppies, one deceased puppy, one calf and one deceased bird from the property in Heidelberg Township.
In an ongoing effort to increase accessibility of domestic violence services throughout the Lehigh Valley, Lori Sywensky, executive director of Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, announces expansion of counseling services into the Northern Lehigh Area.
They have received a municipal commitment from Slatington Borough and are grateful for this partnership, which will make Turning Point easier to access for people in Slatington and the surrounding communities.
This announcement comes on the heels of a recent announcement of new space in the Northampton County Courthouse.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced May 17 a New Jersey woman has been charged in relation to an overdose death which occurred in 2016.
Meredith Corbet, 28, of 909 Adrienne Avenue, Greenwich Township, Warren County, N.J., was charged with one count each of drug delivery resulting in death and conspiracy to commit drug delivery resulting in death, both felonies of the first degree.
Cetronia and Greenawalds firefighters trained on Rapid Intervention Team drills April 30 at the Troxell Building, South Whitehall.
The goal of the exercise was to bring Cetronia firefighters up to speed on techniques to rescue fellow firefighters in the event of a structural collapse, flash over or any unexpected occurrence at an active fire scene.
Greenawalds firefighters have been dispatched as RIT responders throughout Lehigh County.
Lehigh County Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud Task Force has scheduled a free vehicle identification number etching event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 12 at the Whitehall Township Public Works Building, 3219 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.
The event is open to all vehicle owners in Lehigh County, and there is no limit to the number of vehicles motorists can bring to the event.
VIN etching is the process of chemically etching a vehicle’s unique identification number on all windows and sunroofs.