Thursday, January 3, 2013
Man allegedly under influence of a drug, repeats "Everybody was going to die."
Palmer Township police Tasered a man Tuesday morning after finding him naked on a bed, bouncing on his knees, allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine, and repeating what became his mantra during the incident, “Everybody was going to die.” Jason M. Laduca, 23, repeated that phrase as police tried to subdue him and finally used the Taser on him. And he used the phrase with his girlfriend, who didn’t realize it was Laduca because he was “speaking with an accent.” He also told his girlfriend – in what turned out to be a lie -- that another woman in the S. Nulton Street house was dead on a living room chair. The women told police Laduca was using drugs during the early hours of New Year’s Day “and he must have flipped out” after they …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
A Lower Nazareth man had to be Tasered three times -- he twice removed the probes as the current was delivered -- when police tried to arrest him for allegedly causing his mother to fall and suffer a head wound.
Police had to use a Taser several times to subdue a Lower Nazareth man accused of causing his mother to fall and suffer a head wound that required 13 staples and five stitches to close. Mark Allen Beers, 45, of the 700 block of Nazareth Pike (Route 191), was arraigned Friday before on-duty District Judge Douglas Schlegel of Wind Gap. He was released Monday from Northampton County Prison after his mother, Louise Beers, posted 10 percent of his $3,000 bail, according to court records. According to the records: On Sept. 29, Colonial Regional Police were dispatched to a home on the 700 block of Nazareth Pike. Police found Louise Beers in a vehicle outside the home, her clothing was covered in blood and she was bleeding from a head laceration. …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Palmer Township Police say man resisted arrest Tuesday night.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Tom Coombe
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Palmer Township police used a Taser on a township man who allegedly resisted arrest during a protection-from-abuse-order violation call Tuesday night. It was the second time Palmer police have used Tasers since they received the weapons. According to court records, police were called to the home of Wilfredo Rosario Ortiz around 7:30 p.m. after he allegedly violated a protection from abuse order filed by his girlfriend. Police say Ortiz, 30, of 3643 Southwood Drive, was backing out of the driveway when officers arrived. The officers asked him to get out of the car, and he wouldn't budge. Ortiz refused to move his arms as officers tried to handcuff him, despite warnings that they would use a Taser on him. After Ortiz kept refusing, he was …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Palmer Township Police Chief Larry Palmer had his department make good on the new weapons by subduing an alleged Boscov's burglar.
Palmer Township Police Chief Larry Palmer was just getting his department trained on using Tasers. He just didn't know how fast his police officers would be using them. Days before every officer had been trained, one of them used a Taser last week to subdue an alleged burglar at the Boscov’s department store in the Palmer Park Mall. "It was the first time we used the Tasers," Palmer said. Palmer said J.T. Smoke, one of his certified Taser instructors, applied the Taser on the suspect. "He was qualified to use it," Palmer said. According to court records, police were called to the mall shortly before 11 p.m. last Monday when an internal motion sensor set off an alarm. Once inside the store, police found and were ultimately able to subdue …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Palmer Police Chief updates Board of Supervisors on progress of Tasers.
Palmer Police Chief Larry Palmer told the Board of Supervisors Monday night that Tasers are closer to becoming a reality for his police department. Palmer said that consultants for two Tasers, an electroshock weapon that uses electrical current to disrupt the voluntary control of muscles, were recently interviewed. Supervisors had agreed to spend $25,000 for stun guns. Palmer said that his Use of Force policy has been updated to include Tasers. He also said he was setting up a Taser training program for his officers. The chief believed the cost for about a dozen of the weapons would be $25,000 with in-house training and certification. The expense will be paid for by drug forfeiture money from Northampton County. He said annual maintenance …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Palmer Township Supervisors approve proposal to spend $25,000 to arm officers with electroshock devices.
The Palmer Police Department is going to be equipped with $25,000 worth of stun guns. For instant updates, follow Palmer-Forks Patch on Facebook and Twitter. The Palmer Township Board of Supervisors approved a proposal by Police Chief Larry Palmer for the police department to purchase Tasers, an electroshock weapon that uses electrical current to disrupt the voluntary control of muscles. The proposal caught Supervisor Bob Lammi by surprise. "I'm kind of embarrassed," Lammi said. "I thought you guys had them. This is one of the tools of the trade." Palmer, in submitting his proposal, was surprised to discover when he took over as chief this month that the department didn't have "an elemental basic piece of equipment." Palmer said that Forks…