Saturday, April 27, 2013
Two men are charged in connection with a theft at Walmart in Lower Macungie that ended in a police chase for a fake carjacking, state police at Fogelsville say.
Two Allentown men are in custody following a police chase that began Friday in Lower Macungie after one man stole baby formula from the Walmart in the township then lied that his vehicle had been carjacked, state police at Fogelsville said. The chase ended in Allentown, with police taking the second man who fled in the vehicle into custody at Seventh and Union streets, police said. Hector Vincente Rosa, 42, and Stephen "NMN" Rodriguez, 34, face charges that include retail theft and fleeing and eluding, police said. According to police, both men arrived at the Walmart at 5:45 p.m. Friday in the same vehicle, based on the store's video surveillance. One of the men went into the store and allegedly stole 18 cans of baby formula, a Walmart …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Dozens of counter-protesters showed up at four Lehigh Valley churches Sunday where the controversial Westboro Baptist Church said it would protest.
Westboro Baptist Church's threat to protest at four Lehigh Valley churches on Sunday was, in the end, an idle one. The controversial church known for its extreme views on homosexuality and protests at military funerals, was a no-show. But the Kansas-based church rallied a diverse crowd that included a Sunday school teacher, a cigar afficionado club, motorcyclists in chaps and college students, to get up early on a frigid Sunday morning to publicly and peacefully take a stand against Westboro's message of hate and intolerance. Westboro's potential presence here was enough to get Ryan Bitler, 22, of Bethlehem, out of bed and attend his first protest. Bitler is a Pennsylvania National Guardsman who served a year in Afghanistan as a machine …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Watch out if you're planning to steal an IPhone because there's an app that can find you.
South Whitehall Police were called to LA Fitness on Dec. 17 by David Orinski, who said his iPhone had been stolen. After using the Find my iPhone app, Orinski said it led him to a home at 1160 Overlook Rd. The phone was then shut down remotely. Police report Danielle Gehringer, 31, lives at 1160 Overlook Rd., is a member of LA Fitness and was present at the gym when the phone was taken on Dec. 16 between 2:20 and 2:45 p.m. Police said Gehringer admitted to taking possession of the phone and had it in her bedroom. The phone was recovered and returned to Orinski. A summons was sent for her to appear before Magisterial District Judge Jacob Hammond. A summons does not indicate a conviction.
Friday, January 4, 2013
The FBI is now assisting the police investigation of the Dec. 28 armed robbery at Bixler's jewelry store.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
A Lehigh County man is dead and his half brother jailed on criminal homicide charges following an alcohol-fueled fight early Saturday, police say
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Friday, September 14, 2012
Friday's lockdown and manhunt at Parkland High School came after a teacher saw a student who appeared suspicious.
A high school student trying to get in shape for military boot camp inadvertently triggered a massive emergency response Friday at Parkland High School, law enforcement and school officials said. The student's behavior appeared suspicious to a Parkland teacher, who saw him sweating, in a flak jacket, making a salute and saying a prayer at the flag pole about 4:45 p.m. before he ran off, officials said. She called the Lehigh County Communications Center to report it. But the student's behavior turned out to be innocent, said Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin at a 10 p.m. press conference held with South Whitehall officials and the Parkland School District superintendent. Officers had responded to the school after the call came in…
Police from throughout Lehigh County responded to an emergency report at Parkland High School Friday evening.
Updated Saturday, Sept. 15: The manhunt for an intruder at Parkland High School turned out to be a false alarm. Law enforcement and school officials said a high school student trying to get in shape for military boot camp inadvertently triggered the massive emergency response Friday. His behavior had appeared suspicious to a Parkland teacher, but it was innocent, officials said. Updated 8 p.m, Friday, Sept. 14: Police are searching for an intruder - preliminary reports say a white man wearing camouflage pants - who fled when approached at Parkland High School, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., before 6 p.m. Friday. Traffic in that area of Cedar Crest is being diverted. All students are out of the high school and the building was locked down as …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Cody Scheetz of South Whitehall had died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen on March 31, 2011. The shooting occurred at his grandparents' home in Salisbury Township.
The death of a 20-year-old gunshot victim has been ruled accidental. Cody C. Scheetz, of 312 S. 34th St., South Whitehall, had died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen on March 31, 2011. The accidental shooting had occurred at his grandparents' home in Salisbury Township. Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin and Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim announced the ruling Friday in a prepared release. “The results of DNA testing were recently obtained, and it appears that the young man was putting a .38-caliber revolver, which was owned by his grandfather, into his waistband when it discharged,” Martin said in the release. “The case is closed, and no charges will be filed.” Salisbury Township police had been dispatched at 6:05 p.m. on…