Saturday, May 18, 2013
Man accused in Palmer Park Mall identity theft is also accused of buying more than $13,000 in jewelry with a stolen identity from a Lehigh Valley Mall store, court records say.
A Philadelphia man already accused in an identity theft case at Palmer Park Mall that caused an officer to break his big toe during a foot chase faces additional charges of allegedly buying more than $13,000 in jewelry with a stolen identity. The Palmer mall chase Tuesday night was prompted by calls from Freeman Jewelers that Geffrey Desir, 27, was trying to buy a “Gent’s Ring” valued at almost $7,500 with a stolen credit card and identification, court records say. Additional charges against Desir were filed Thursday. They detail how he allegedly bought more than $13,000 in jewelry, apparently from Littman Jewelers, also using a stolen identity. Littman has a store in Palmer mall, but Desir apparently bought the Littman items at the Lehigh…
Phillipsburg man charged with having psychedelic mushrooms in hotel on Palmer Township border.
A Phillipsburg man now apparently living in Easton is accused of having two bags of psychedelic mushrooms in a Lower Nazareth Township motel room in April. Melvin Lee Pettaway, 43, also is accused of giving police a false identity during the incident on April 12, around 7:30 p.m. After police allegedly found two bags of psilocybin mushrooms inside Pettaway’s room at the Hampton Inn on Route 248, he told them his name was Kyle Thomas, court records say. Pettaway’s file does not contain an affidavit of probable cause, which provides details of the arrest and evidence. The file does say that an arrest warrant was approved April 23. The file’s lead sheet lists Pettaway’s address as 314 B S. Main St., Phillipsburg. But another sheet in the file…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Palmer Township police officers chase a man on foot in Palmer Park Mall Tuesday night, according to court records.
A Philadelphia man is facing multiple charges including aggravated assault on two police officers and resisting arrest after a foot chase at Palmer Park Mall resulted in one policeman breaking his big toe, according to court papers. Palmer Township Police Sgt. Glenn Sipel used a Taser to apprehend Geffrey Desir, 27, near a construction dumpster outside the mall on Tuesday night, police said. Desir ran into Sipel, whose right big toe was broken, and kept going before the Taser was fired and knocked the suspect to the ground, police said. Police were called to the mall at about 8:20 p.m. by Freeman Jewelers, whose employees reported that a man was trying to make a purchase with a stolen credit card and identification, according to an arrest …
Easton resident Yolanda Santana accused of writing checks from an apparently fictitious company. She allegedly cashed them at Walmart in Lower Nazareth Township.
Colonial Regional police have made an arrest in the case of an Easton woman accused of successfully cashing phony checks shortly before last Christmas at the Walmart in Lower Nazareth Township. The checks display the name of what may be a fictitious healthcare services company in Reading but the account numbers and routing numbers come back to a Scranton-area company that provides home care and medical staffing services to senior citizens. Yolanda C. Santana, 21, is facing two counts of forgery for allegedly cashing two counterfeit checks for $398 each, payable to herself. However, court records also say Santana allegedly cashed a total of eight checks worth $3,144 – all at the Walmart in the Northampton Crossings shopping center. Two of…
PennDOT says work will take place though Monday on ramps on Route 22.
ROAD NAME: US 22 Ramps BETWEEN: 25th Street Exit AND 13th Street Exit
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Route 248 was shut both ways for an hour Wednesday morning due to a vehicle fire.
Route 248 was closed in both directions just after 6 a.m. Wednesday due to a van that caught fire, the Palmer Police Department is reporting. Palmer police said the van caught fire at the intersection of Route 248 and Newburg Road near the township's municipal building. The owner was driving the vehicle, a 1997 Pontiac, at the time of the fire, police said. There were no injuries. The Palmer Fire Department and Forks Township Fire Department responded and extingushed the fire, police said. The vehicle was towed by Easton Autobody. Route 248 reopened about 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
District Judge Jackie Taschner of Palmer said that Charlie Sandt Jr. could still endanger consumers.
He allegedly duped the Palmer Township Police Department out of $24,000 in an alleged computer scam. Charlie Sandt Jr. also allegedly took about $428 from a Palmer Township resident but didn't deliver a used router the resident had ordered in February. And then he was arraigned in late March for allegedly taking almost $500 from a Glendon couple for a new computer in September 2011 but not delivering it. So when Sandt came before District Judge Jackie Taschner in Palmer for a bail reduction hearing Monday afternoon, the judge wasn't offering much sympathy. Sandt, who waived his preliminary hearing Monday, was denied the bail reduction, Taschner said following Palmer Township's Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night. Sandt, whose last …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Forks Township handled three dwelling fires and a structure fire, according to recent fire department report.
The Forks Township Fire Department got a breather for March compared with the number of fire calls in February. But the department still was busy, handling three dwelling fires and a structure fire. After responding to 62 calls in February, March's workload fell to 22 calls, Fire Chief Chuck Chapman reported. The department handled 29 calls in January and 35 calls in December. For March, the calls took 249.84 manpower hours over 20.31 hours of time and involved the use of 49 units, the report states. The calls included: Forks also handled an odor investigation in Palmer Township and a dwelling fire and a brush fire in Stockertown. For the year, the calls to date are: 75 for Forks Township, four for Stockertown, three for Palmer, two for …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
These are the road projects PennDOT has planned for around Palmer and Forks townships this week.
ROAD NAME: PA 611/North Delaware Avenue BETWEEN: Lafayette Street AND Jacktown Road ROAD NAME: Uhler Road BETWEEN: Kesslersville Road AND Richmond Aston Road ROAD NAME: 25th Street at US 22 BETWEEN: Park Avenue AND Freemansburg Avenue ROAD NAME: PA 33 BETWEEN: Belfast Interchange AND Wind Gap Interchange
Here's a round-up of unusual police news from the Lehigh Valley.
House painter stole Picasso artwork, police say: Prosecutors in New York said an Easton man stole $100,000 worth of artwork—including a piece by Picasso—from an estate he had been hired to paint. The 42-year-old man is charged with grand larceny, money laundering and identity theft in two different New York counties, and faces up to 26 years in prison, according to a news release from the Kings County, N.Y. (Brooklyn) district attorney's office. Babysitters leave child home alone, steal laptop and cash, police say: A South Bethlehem couple who left their 10-month-old daughter in the care of a nephew and his friend returned home to find their infant home alone and that they had been cleaned out of $1,500 cash, a laptop computer and a video …