Friday, March 8, 2013
Palmer police issue search warrant that reveals large marijuana distribution operation at Forks Township home.
A Forks Township man is in custody Friday morning after Palmer Township police executed a search warrant that revealed a large marijuana distribution operation at his home. James Francis Curtin, who was currently on state parole, was taken into custody without incident and charged by Palmer Township police with: Palmer police, working with the Northampton County Drug Task Force, executed a narcotics-related search warrant at 2750 Chestnut Lane in Forks Township just after 6 a.m. Friday. Results of the search revealed a large amount of marijuana, which was packaged separately and prepared for delivery. The press release from Palmer police did not say how much marijuana was confiscated. Det. Jim Alercia said the marijuana has not been …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
If you need a Palmer Township police escort or officer for an event, it's going to cost you.
Patrols at the Palmer Park Mall. Watches at Tracy Elementary School. School events. If you need the Palmer Police Department for any of these, it's going to cost you. The Board of Supervisors has set the rates for police department services for 2013, approving a motion at its meeting Monday. "These are the rates we charge for someone using our services," Supervisors Chairman Dave Colver said. The fees are: "The rates reflect the on-duty hours," Police Chief Larry Palmer said. "Others cover overtime. We're not making any on this — we're breaking even."
Friday, February 1, 2013
Palmer Township police say Haley Krauss is fine and that no charges are forthcoming in the case.
A Palmer Township family is feeling a great deal of relief now that their daughter, missing since last Thursday, has returned home safely. The Palmer Police Department said that Haley Krauss, 15, had run away from home and was located in Leola, Lancaster County. Krauss was found Wednesday afternoon, Det. Sgt. Timothy Ruoff said. Ruoff said police heard from Krauss' mother, who had received a Facebook message from a friend who recognized Krauss. According to police, Krauss was picked up and stayed in Leola with a friend. Police spoke with her about coming home and she was reunited with her mother. Police said Krauss was fine and that no charges will be filed. The investigation has been closed. She got off the school bus Jan. 24, stopped in …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Three full-time police officers sworn in at Palmer Township Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday night.
Palmer Police Chief Larry Palmer was happy Thursday night. And so should residents of Palmer Township. Three full-time officers were sworn in at the Palmer Township Board of Supervisors Thursday night, new additions to the police force's ranks. Supervisors Chairman Dave Colver swore in Kenneth McPherson, Brent Lear and Patrick Clinese before their families and residents. Chief Palmer said the officers were all working part time but were promoted to full time after the department switched recently to 12-hour shifts. He said the department had 30 full-time officers and seven part-timers, but the new hires will change the force, after the addition of a full-time accreditation officer, to 34 full-timers and three-or-four part-timers. "It's …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Palmer Township Board of Supervisors holds final meeting of month Tuesday night.
The Palmer Township Board of Supervisors will close the month of January with its final meeting of the month. As opposed to holding meetings the first two Mondays of each month, supervisors meet on the final Tuesday of each month. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the library, next to the municipal building. Here's what's on the agenda:
Monday, January 7, 2013
While overtime costs for Palmer police department declining, pension costs rising.
Palmer Township's 2013 municipal budget stands at $9,163,815 for its general fund. Expenses for the police department make up more than half of that. When it detailed its municipal budget toward the end of last year, the Palmer Township Board of Supervisors detailed all individual departmental budgets, including the police department. The municipal budget was approved in late December. Palmer's police budget stands at $4,817,426, Township Manager Christopher Christman stated. One reason it isn't higher is that overtime expenses were slashed from $505,000 in 2011 to $400,000 for 2012 to $230,000 for this year. "That's a significant reduction," Supervisors Chairman Dave Colver said. "We're headed in the right direction there." While that …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Wright's Veterinary Hospital donates $500 to purchase a safety device for Palmer K-9 vehicle.
Wright's Veterinary Hospital donated $500 to the Palmer Police Department K-9 Corp to purchase the Hot Popper safety device for the new K-9 vehicle. A Hot Popper is a device that monitors the interior temperature of the K-9 vehicle. If the officer gets tied up on an incident and the temperature gets too high for the safety of the canine it automatically opens the rear windows of the vehicle, thereby letting cooler air in so the canine does not suffer heat exhaustion or stroke. Palmer Township thanks Wright's for this generous donation. In the picture are Palmer Township Police Chief Larry Palmer, K-9 Supervisor Sergeant Glenn Sipel with his partner Khan and Dr. Higinio Ortiz.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Nazareth Borough Council will revisit the option of contracting police services from a neighboring municipality. And Palmer Township is on its list.
Nazareth Borough wants an outside source to provide police services, and will ask six municipalities -- including Palmer Township -- to provide a proposal detailing the services available. Nazareth Borough Council on Monday unanimously approved a motion to send a “Request for Proposal” to Upper Nazareth, Bushkill and Palmer townships. Colonial Regional Police, and each municipality that makes up the department, will also be included. Nazareth Mayor Fred Daugherty Jr. in December 2011 withdrew his recommendation to buy coverage from Colonial Regional Police after negotiations failed to move forward. This time around, the borough has guidelines it would like each municipality to keep in mind: The deadline to reply is Dec. 31. The decision to…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Palmer Township police veteran placed on administrative leave after Sunday incident.
A Palmer Township Police Department veteran has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with drunken driving, Police Chief Larry Palmer has announced. Susan Siegfried, 49, was charged in District Judge Jacqueline Tashner's Palmer Township court with two counts of drunken driving, the second being DUI at the highest rate, careless driving and a motor vehicle violation. Both the DUI charges are first offenses. The criminal complaint was filed by Lt. Thomas Trinchere. Township police officers were dispatched 11:14 p.m. Saturday for a single-vehicle accident in the 300 block of South Nulton Avenue, Chief Palmer said in a press release. Siegfried, who lives on that street, was outside the vehicle and showing signs of …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Palmer Police Chief seeks fee from funeral homes for police escorts, services.
The Palmer Police Department is seeking a fee to cover some of the expenses for providing funeral escorts and services. At Tuesday night's Palmer Township Board of Supervisors meeting, an addition to the 2013 fee schedule was requested by Police Chief Larry Palmer. The chief asked for a fee of $25 per funeral escort to offset some expenses. Palmer said that the police department covered 276 funerals in 2011 and usually do at least two a day where Palmer assigns sometimes three or four officers to cover a funeral escort through town. "It's not an unreasonable number," Supervisors Chairman Dave Colver said. "Twenty-five dollars won't break the bank and it will cover some expenses." Supervisors K. Michael Mitchell and Bob Lammi believe …