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 …
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.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Palmer Township Police Chief Larry Palmer said his department should be on track for state accreditation by March 2014.
Now that Palmer Township Police Chief Larry Palmer has a year under his belt, he plans on focusing efforts to reach state accreditation for his department. Palmer stated recently that his department is on track to meet accreditation by March 2014 with certification to follow in April or May, just in time for the state Police Association Meeting in June. "We're chugging along with accreditation," Palmer said recently before a Board of Supervisors meeting. "We just want to continue and finish the process." In becoming Palmer's new police chief last April, Palmer emphasized that a priority was getting the department accredited by the state. Accreditation standards mean that a police department meets specific criteria set by national and …
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 …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Two Berks County brothers are charged with killing Dario McLemore, a Palmer Township resident and Easton Area High School graduate.
Two Berks County brothers have been charged with killing a Palmer Township man on the streets of Reading in early December. Michael Allen Wilkins, 39, and Maurice Adrian Wilkins, 32, both of Fleetwood, have been charged with killing Dario McLemore, 22, of Palmer Township, and another man, Rafael Alequin, in the 1100 block of Franklin Street, of Reading. They are also charged with killing Jennifer Velez-Negron, whose burned body was found dumped in Salisbury Township two days after Christmas. McLemore, of Olde Penn Drive in Palmer Township, was discovered about 2:30 a.m. on Franklin Street in Reading seconds after shots were fired. McLemore—who was staying with friends in Reading—was found yards away from a van where another person was …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Week in Review that closes March features some school stories including the search for a new superintendent, the use of Smarties and a cello donation.
Another week has come and gone and this one closes out the month of March with a heavy emphasis on school stories. And if you "feel the earth move under my feet," that's probably a sign of a sinkhole in Forks Township. Veteran Palmer Township police officer Susan Siegfried is no longer on the force, Chief Larry Palmer said Tuesday. Easton Area School Board expected to make selection of new schools superintendent next month. Public Works Director Mark Roberts says sinkhole season takes place in Forks Township when ground begins to thaw. Kids in Easton are apparently snorting and smoking crushed up candy, the middle school principal says. Kyle Jon Fogel, 38, of Pen Argyl, raised eyebrows when he purchased 50 pounds of chemical fertilizer …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Veteran Palmer Township police officer Susan Siegfried is no longer on the force, Chief Larry Palmer said Tuesday.
A veteran Palmer Township police officer charged with DUI in late November is no longer with the force, township officials said Tuesday. Susan E. Siegfried, 49, of the 300 block of S. Nulton Avenue in the township, had been placed on administrative leave following a night of drinking in which she had blood-alcohol content four times the legal limit, court records indicated at the time of the incident. Township officials Tuesday would not confirm a report that Siegfried had been fired. "Since it is a personnel matter I cannot speak to that," Palmer Police Chief Larry Palmer said. "She is no longer with the force." Chief Palmer passed on inquiries to Township Manager Christopher Christman. "I can only confirm that she is no longer employed …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Two men charged in Palmer burglary also are accused of jewelry store heists in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
Two men have been charged in a string of jewelry store heists, including a burglary last fall at a Palmer Township jewelry store. Ryan John Wiley, 23, of Doylestown, and Phillip Anthony Prokop, 38, of North Wales were charged Friday with burglarizing the Beverly Palm Jewelers in Palmer, township police said. The two also are accused in jewelry store heists in Bucks and Montgomeries counties. Wiley was identified as a customer in the Beverly Palm Jewelers store on William Penn Highway on Oct. 5 and as the person inside the business in the early morning hours of Oct. 6, smashing the jewelry cases and removing numerous pieces of jewelry, Palmer Sgt. Timothy Ruoff said in a press release. He said that Wiley and Prokop planned the burglaries …
Friday, March 22, 2013
The Palmer Township Police Department didn't receive computers after making payment, court records indicate.
Palmer Township police continue to settle scores with a computer company owner accused of taking payments but not delivering the goods to customers. And one of those victims—in a case that goes back almost four years—is the Palmer police department itself, court records say. The records say that shortly after taking the township’s check for almost $24,000, Charlie R. Sandt Jr. went “missing” from not only the police department but his business, Computer Innovations. Charges against Sandt, 41, whose last known address was the 100 block of S. 14th Street, Allentown, involve two cases, the records say. Last month, police charged Sandt with taking a payment of about $428 from a township resident but not delivering a used router the resident …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Palmer Township police search warrant finds heroin distribution from Jonathan Drive residence.
In its second narcotics bust in a week, the Palmer Township Police Department uncovered heroin distribution from a township home Friday morning, authorities said. At 6 a.m. Friday, Palmer police—along with the Easton Police Department and the Northampton County Drug Task Force—executed a narcotics search warrant on a residence on Jonathan Drive, Palmer Det. James Alercia said. An investigation was initiated into the distribution of heroin from within the residence, which led up to the search warrant, Alercia said in a press release. He said that numerous individuals were taken into custody, but no arrests have been made as of this point. Alercia said police are still investigating. The search warrant revealed heroin, an undisclosed amount …