Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Forks Township Police Department will be pushing seat belt enforcement from now through June 9.
Wear your seat belt. With the Memorial Day holiday weekend approaching, Forks Township will be among local police departments throughout the Lehigh Valley and region that will be promoting—and enforcing—seat belt safety. Forks Township Police Chief Greg Dorney said that through a grant from the state's Buckle Up Pa. program, his department will be focused even more on seat belt usage from now through June 9. Dorney told the Board of Supervisors at Thursday night's meeting that his department received a couple thouand dollars for seat belt enforcement and roving patrols. Dorney said he reviewed township motor vehicle crash data and will have his officers out checking key points in Forks Township throughout that time period. "We will target …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Forks and Palmer police departments will hold summer youth police academy from July 15-19.
First there was a cancellation. Then an announcement. And now the details. The joint Summer Youth Police Academy now has a date. The Forks Township Police Department announced Tuesday that it will team up with the Palmer Police Department to hold a Summer Youth Police Academy. The event will take place from July 15-19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's open to township children ages 11-14. Applications and more detailed information will be available May 1 at both police stations. The program and the annual Forks police bike derby were both scrapped due to manpower shortages. But Forks Police Chief Greg Dorney announced last Thursday at the Board of Supervisors meeting that the youth academy was returning.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Forks Township Police will team up with the Palmer Township Police Department to offer a joint youth police academy this summer.
Less than one month after the announcement that it was canceled, the Summer Youth Police Academy is back on. This time, though, the Forks Township Police Department will hold the annual academy in tandem with the Palmer Township Police Department. Forks Police Chief Greg Dorney stated that he and Palmer Police Chief Larry Palmer reached an agreement to hold a joint police progam this summer. "This will allow both of us to do this," Dorney said. "I'm very excited." Dorney said he, Palmer and police chiefs from Easton and Wilson meet each month and at the most recent meeting, there was discusssion about trying to find ways to pool resources. In late March, the Forks police department announced that the program would be scrapped due to …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Forks Township Police Officer Matthew Balodis allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend in late January in Tatamy.
A Forks Township police officer is on administrative leave following an incident in which he allegedly pointed a loaded shotgun at his girlfriend and shoved her in late January. Patch.com reported then that Matthew Balodis, 30, of High Street in Tatamy, was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and harassment, according to court records. Balodis is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Forks Township Police Chief Greg Dorney said. Balodis, a Forks police officer since August 2007, is being paid while on leave, the Easton Express-Times reported. Dorney said the shotgun was not department-owned and the incident did not involve Forks Township, the story …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Forks Township patrolman made more money than police chief in 2012 in becoming township's top wage earner, township salary records reveal.
Guess who earns the most money among Forks Township municipal employees? The township manager? Nope. The police chief? Close. The answer is a patrolman in the Forks Township Police Department. Forks Township salary information obtained by Patch.com indicates that Patrolman Craig Marshall earned $89,520.53 in 2012, the most among any township employee. In fact, all of the township's Top 10 wage earners work in the police department, records indicate. Marshall edged Police Chief Greg Dorney, who earned $88,561.28. What put Marshall -- who earned $32.16 an hour -- over the top, though, was overtime. He received $18,686.58 in overtime pay. Dorney, as department manager, is exempt from earning overtime. Corporal Shawn Hummer came in a close …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Forks Township police said computers seized for analysis from Easton Area School District administration office and a home.
A former Easton Area School District official is under investigation for allegedly spying on his colleagues. Forks Township police seized two computers used by Thomas Drago, the district's former director of technology Thomas Drago, police chief Greg Dorney said Monday. Court records say Drago illegally accessed computers owned by Easton Area Superintendent Susan McGinley and other school employees. He also allegedly had photos of a female co-worker's breasts, court documents say. In addition, police say Drago made an unauthorized recording of a closed school board meeting. Forks Township Police Chief Greg Dorney said in a statement Monday that his department issued warrants Friday for the seizure of one computer from the Easton Area …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Forks Township will be going into arbitration with its police department for a new contract.
Forks Township will begin the year with its police department not having a new contract. Township supervisors approved an $8.1 million municipal budget for 2013 at its last meeting of the year on Dec. 20. That budget included nearly $3 million for police costs. Township Solicitor Karl Kline had recently stated that talks were under way for a new deal. The police department's five-year contract expired Monday. But talks broke down and now an arbitrator will hold a hearing in March to determine a contract for the police department, according to the Easton Express-Times. The police department under Police Chief Greg Dorney has 23 full-time police officers. During budget discussions, Dorney was told that he wouldn't be able to replace a full-…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Forks Township man charged with robbery of Chubby's, may be connected to others.
Forks Township police have arrested a suspect in an armed robbery Thursday who may be connected to others in the township over the past month. Police Chief Greg Dorney said in a press release that Tariq Jackson, 22, of Jaime Court was charged with the armed robbery of the Chubby's convenience store on Sullivan Trail Thursday morning. Dorsey said detectives are looking into Jackson's possible involvement in two other burglaries in the township. In a little over a month, Forks Township has had at least three armed robberies: the Chubby's incident, one at Jimmy's Hot Dog Stand and the holdup of a Domino's pizza delivery man. In Thursday's crime, police said Jackson entered Chubby's as the clerk was opening the store at 4:47 a.m., wearing a …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Forks Township police chief reports about shooting in Forks Township Thursday night.
Forks Township Police Chief Greg Dorney said there was a shooting in Forks Township Thursday night and that it was "self-inflicted" and fatal. Sirens blared out from the police and fire departments right before the Forks Township Board of Supervisors work session. Dorney, who usually attends, was absent from the meeting. He confirmed via email to Patch.com that there was a shooting. Dorney said he was unable to provide any details at this time, but that the shooting posed no public safety issue. The location of the shooting was on Old River Road and that the victim was taken to the hospital. Dorney said that any further details would have to come from the coroner.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Forks Township saw 689 crime incidents in September, up from 600 in August.
Forks Township Police Chief Greg Dorney has reported 689 criminal incidents for September, compared with 600 in August, 635 for July, 663 for June, 647 in May and 631 in April. A rape and an armed robbery topped September's police report. CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TRAFFIC CALLS/SERVICES OTHER INCIDENTS The police department assisted other police departments and agencies nine times and fire departments four times during the month. The foregoing information was supplied by Forks Township Police Department. Where arrests are indicated, it does not indicate a conviction.