Tuesday, April 2, 2013
After a November in which crime incidents in Forks Township spiked, they stabilized for December to close the year.
After a month in which criminal incidents near doubled in November, figures for December stabilized. Forks Township Police Chief Greg Dorney reported 529 criminal incidents in December, a drastic drop from 1,141 criminal incidents in November. There were 676 criminal incidents for October. Two daytime burglaries topped December's police report. CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TRAFFIC CALLS/SERVICES OTHER INCIDENTS The police department assisted other police departments and agencies six times during the month. The foregoing information was supplied by Forks Township Police Department. Where arrests are indicated, it does not indicate a conviction.
Monday, April 1, 2013
John Tosado of Bethlehem Township has joined the Forks Township Police Department.
You may have seen him on the streets. John Tosado is one of the newest additions to the Forks Township Police Department. Tosado, of Bethlehem Township, was hired on Sept. 20 to replace Detective James Rowden, who left the force last March. Police Chief Greg Dorney said since Tosado's arrival, the police department is operating at staff levels of 20 full-time officers with one on administrative leave. The department also has dealt with the resignation of Officer Mills and the retirement in February of Officer Steve Nicholson, which has left two vacancies. Tosado formerly worked for the Lehigh University Police Department and also the Lafayette College Department of Public Safety in Easton. He is a graduate of the Allentown Police Academy …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Forks Township police officer Matthew Balodis is slated to appear for a formal arraignment on May 16. He is currently on administrative leave.
The Forks Township police officer charged in an incident in which he allegedly pointed a loaded shotgun at his girlfriend and shoved her is facing a May court date. Matthew Balodis, 30, of High Street in Tatamy, is scheduled for his formal arraignment on May 16 in Northampton County Court. Balodis—who is on administrative leave—appeared for a March 19 hearing before District Judge Daniel Corpora of Easton, according to online court records. The charges against Balodis include: aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and harassment. He remains free on $50,000 bail. Balodis, a Forks police officer since August 2007, was named in a criminal complaint filed by Trooper Robert Ace of state …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Forks Township police will hold drop-off program at Giant on April 27.
The Forks Township Police Department will conduct a prescription drug drop-off program at Giant Food Store on Town Center Boulevard on April 27. Police ask that you bring your expired or unwanted medication for proper disposal. The site will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the pharmacy. The program is done in cooperation with the DEA's National Take Back Initiative and takes place annually.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
November figures in Forks Township near double of October, but police chief says he's not alarmed.
Forks Township Police Chief Greg Dorney reported 1,141 criminal incidents in November, a huge jump from 676 criminal incidents for October. But Dorney really couldn't put a finger on the reason for the rise in crime, saying that it just works out that way some months. Forks police recorded the following criminal incident counts: An armed robbery and two forced entry burglaries topped November's police report. CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TRAFFIC CALLS/SERVICES OTHER INCIDENTS The police department assisted other police departments and agencies eight times and fire departments once during the month. The foregoing information was supplied by Forks Township Police Department. Where arrests are indicated, it does not indicate a conviction. Related …
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 …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
William Mills resigned from Forks Police Department two days before a termination hearing in late September. Now he's suing the township.
A former Forks Township police officer who resigned two days before he was scheduled to attend a termination hearing has sued the township. William Mills of Upper Nazareth Township filed suit against Forks Township Friday in U.S. District Court in Allentown, according to the Allentown Morning Call. Mills states in his suit that township officials -- he cites Police Chief Greg Dorney and Township Manager John Cornell -- publicized allegations that he was allegedly sleeping on the job and had a terminal illness, the story states. Forks Township was expected to hold a termination hearing on Mills to address the allegations. Township Solicitor Karl Kline had stated that the hearing would have included township officials, including some members…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Forks Township reports 676 criminal incidents for month of October.
Forks Township Police Chief Greg Dorney has reported 676 criminal incidents for October, compared with 689 for September, 600 in August, 635 for July, 663 for June, 647 in May and 631 in April. An armed robbery topped October's police report. CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TRAFFIC CALLS/SERVICES OTHER INCIDENTS The police department assisted other police departments and agencies seven times and fire departments once during the month. The foregoing information was supplied by Forks Township Police Department. Where arrests are indicated, it does not indicate a conviction.
Monday, November 12, 2012
The man police say robbed a Forks Township convenience store carried a sawed-off shotgun, swiped packs of Black & Mild cigars and fled on a bicycle
Police used surveillance video, bicycle tire tracks and a person’s preference for Black & Mild cigars to track down the armed man they say robbed Chubby’s convenience store in Forks Township around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. A criminal complaint about the incident and the alleged robber, Tariq Jahad Yusuf Jackson, 22, also of Forks, reveals the following: --Jackson wore a black-knit ski mask and yellow gloves, and brandished a sawed-off shotgun. A Forks officer found the mask on nearby Meco Road about an hour after the robbery. --Jackson visited the store about 10 the night before – six and a half hours before the robbery – and asked an employee what time the store opens in the morning. --His home at 2305 Jamie Court is .76 miles from Chubby’s, …
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.