Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin recently announced 20,294 pounds of medications have been collected since 2014 at the permanent medication collection sites in Lehigh County.
In December 2013, permanent medication collection boxes were installed at 10 police departments.
Two other departments were added later, and additional boxes have been installed at three Lehigh Valley Hospital locations.
State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, say troopers were investigating a report of a trespasser 10:45 a.m. Oct. 11 at 8358 Route 873, Washington Township, when they encountered Ted Arling Long, 51, of Walnutport.
He allegedly identified himself as several other individuals in an alleged attempt to avoid being arrested on an active warrant, police say.
Charges were filed against Long with District Judge Tom Creighton, Slatington.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin recently released the local results of the 16th National Take Back Day on Oct. 27.
Martin said county residents disposed of 500.5 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during Take Back Day.
The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 12,943.5 pounds.
A 1960 Parkland High School graduate died in a Nov. 2 crash on Route 248 at the Route 873 intersection, Lehigh Township.
Richard Bowman, 76, of Pen Argyl, was killed in the crash which occurred just after 5 a.m.
Lehigh Township police say a Kenworth tractor-trailer was eastbound on Route 248 when a gray Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Bowman, attempted to turn onto Route 873 from Route 248 westbound.
Bowman drove into the path of the rig at the intersection.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Upper Macungie Township Police Department is once again taking part in “No Shave November.”
Officers were granted special permission to forego shaving Nov. 1 to Dec. 1 in lieu of donations that will be divided between two special organizations: Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital and Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley.
Officers who participate will wear silicone bracelets designating they are participating, and they must donate $50 to the cause.
Officers who participate will be charged a “penalty” if they shave before the end of the initiative.
Upper Macungie Township police, Trexlertown and Upper Macungie Township firefighters, and Cetronia Ambulance Corps personnel responded 12:54 p.m. Oct. 30 for a report of a bomb threat at Lineage Logistics, 7132 Ruppsville Road, Upper Macungie.
When police arrived, they were advised graffiti had been written on a bathroom stall saying an individual had an explosive device.
The building was evacuated as a precaution and a search was conducted by K-9 units from Upper Macungie and South Whitehall police departments and the cities of Bethlehem and Allentown police departments.
A 30-year-old Brooklyn, New York man was uninjured when his tractor-trailer caught fire 5:20 a.m. Oct. 22 on I-78 westbound near the Hamburg exit, Berks County.
State Police Troop L, Hamburg, say Jamal Abdul Haqq was westbound in the right lane of I-78 when he lost control of his tractor-trailer combo, causing it to leave the roadway, striking the bridge abutment on the north shoulder.
The rig then traveled across the right and left lanes of the roadway and struck the concrete center median.
The big rig combo then became engulfed in flames, police say.
The 16th National Take Back Day drug collection event has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27.
During that time, Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription, and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations in the county.
County residents may also dispose of capsules, pills, including pet medications and liquids. Syringes and Sharps will not be accepted.
Residents who dispose of medications will remain anonymous, and no questions will be asked.