Northwestern Press

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

New York man charged in fatal multivehicle crash

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Feb. 16 that a New York man has been charged in relation to a 2016 fatal multivehicle crash.

Gary Pellegrino, 67, of 44 Durham Road, White Plains, N.Y., was charged with one count each of homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault by motor vehicle, both felonies of the third degree.

Police investigating robberies

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

Police in South Whitehall Township and Allentown are investigating whether three armed robberies on Feb. 12 may be connected.

South Whitehall police say at approximately 4:38 a.m. Feb. 12, several individuals entered the 15th St., A Plus Minimart, 1501 Mauch Chunk Road, South Whitehall, displaying a handgun and demanding cash. Police say during the robbery, the clerk was pushed to the floor by one of the individuals, who then removed cash from the register.

The suspects then left the store and entered a dark color SUV last seen turning northbound on Mauch Chunk Road.

State Police Beat

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Big rig

Upper Macungie Township police say Adam Arbor, 38, of Flint, Mich., was driving a tractor-trailer combo when it overturned at 11:16 a.m. Feb. 3 in the 500 block of Grange Road.

Police say Arbor reportedly failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway.

The trailer was loaded with water and salad dressing.

No injuries were reported, police say.

Yocum’s Towing removed the rig and cleaned up the scene.

Fire Calls

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Goodwill Fire Co., Germansville, responded to the following calls between Dec. 1, 2017, and Jan. 1, 2018:

Dec. 1

·Emergency Medical Services, Heidelberg Township, 4:09 p.m.

Dec. 3

·Emergency Medical Services, Heidelberg Township, 11:12 a.m.

Dec. 4

·Unconscious/fainting, Heidelberg Township, 2:24 p.m.

Dec. 7

·Traffic control, Heidelberg Twp, 6:43 a.m.

Dec. 9

·Traffic/transportation incidents, motor vehicle accident rescue, Lynn Township, 4:43 p.m.

Dec. 13

·Smoke odor in dwelling, Heidelberg Township, 9:42 a.m.

State Police Beat

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Electrical fire

State Police Troop L, Hamburg, say firefighters from Hamburg Borough and surrounding communities responded 4:12 a.m. Jan. 13 for a fire at Victory Chapel Ministries, 419 Franklin St., Hamburg.

Police say firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire.

Troop L Fire Marshal Unit was requested to determine the origin and cause of the fire. Police say the origin of the fire was in the ceiling area in the basement furnace room and the cause was electrical.

Reading man charged with defrauding Giant stores

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, say a 38-year-old Reading man allegedly committed 35 fraudulent transactions between May 19, 2017, and July 10, 2017, at various Giant grocery stores throughout Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Police allege Nicholas Lon Pavlov entered various Giant grocery stores throughout three counties and presented a fictitious Bonus Card in order to return merchandise he had not purchased.

The fraudulent transactions and the amount he obtained by allegedly committing these crimes was $646.76.

State police seek information on Lowhill Township burglary

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Police Log

State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, are investigating a reported residential burglary in progress which occurred 11:34 a.m. Jan. 19 in the 2200 block of Beechwood St., Lowhill Township.

Police say Troopers saw a side garage entry door was kicked in.

Further investigation revealed the suspect was in the neighborhood knocking on doors before the burglary of the unoccupied home.

Once inside, the suspect went directly to the upstairs bedrooms, where he stole a firearm, cash and jewelry.

He then fled when the audible alarm activated, police say.