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Lower Saucon Township Police Blotter: Dec. 1, 2012

The following information was supplied by the Lower Saucon Township Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Man Charged for Allegedly Failing to Register Alarm System

Police say Jose Santiesteban, of the 1800 block of Viola Lane, was recently charged with failure to register an alarm system at his home, which is a violation of a township code. In a press release police said officers have responded to incidents involving the alarm's activation at Santiesteban's home. Police said they also sent him letters warning him to register the alarm, to which he allegedly failed to respond.

Police Respond to Accident at Quarter Mile, Bingen Roads

On Nov. 15 at 4:37pm police say they responded to a multiple vehicle accident at the intersection of Quarter Mile and Bingen roads. Police said in a press release that the accident involved a total of four vehicles and seven people. Several vehicles were northbound on Bingen Road when Niloofar Pakzad, of the 1900 block of Quarter Mile Road, Lower Saucon Township, stopped and waited for oncoming, southbound traffic to pass, in order to turn left from Bingen onto Quarter Mile, police said. At that time Michael J. Weirback, of the 1200 block of Spring Valley Road, Lower Saucon Township, was unable to stop and struck the last vehicle in the line of stopped cars, which police said was operated by Brandon Trate, of the 3400 block of Cobble Creek Court, Lower Saucon Township. The impact "caused a chain reaction type accident in which each vehicle was pushed into the next," police explained. There were no injuries reported as a result of the accident, but Weirback was cited for Unsafe Speed, according to authorities.

Woman Arrested for DUI Following Route 378 Traffic Stop

On Nov. 16 at 1:29am police say they stopped Kathleen Silva, of the 1100 block of Wiley Street, Fountain Hill, at Wyandotte Street (Route 378) and West Eighth Street, after she was allegedly observed speeding on Route 378 in Lower Saucon Township. Police said in a press release that "upon making contact with (Silva), officers determined that she had consumed alcoholic beverages." According to police, Silva failed field sobriety tests and was found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .09 percent. She has been charged with DUI, they added.

Woman Cited for Alleged Dog Law Violation

On Nov. 23 police say Lora B. Yerger, 30, of 2734 Easton Road, Lower Saucon Township, failed to have secure fencing around her property at the rear of her residence. In a press release police said that as a result, two of Yerger's dogs were able to exit her property and escape onto a neighbor's property. Yerger was cited for a PA Dog Law violation ("Confinement of Dogs"), police said.

Owner Charged After Dog Allegedly Found 'Running Around' on Apple Street

On Nov. 24 at approximately 8:44am police say Brooke K. Dries, 38, of the 2200 block of Marlin Road, failed to have her three-year-old Basset hound/Boxer mix secured on her property. Police said in a press release that an officer discovered the dog "running around on Apple Street," in the 2400 block. Police added that Dries "admitted not to having the dog's license through Northampton County." Police said Dries will be charged with failure to have her dog confined and failure to have the dog licensed. 

Man Arrested for DUI on Route 378 South

On Nov. 24 at 2:26am police say Fred Finkbeiner, of the 3700 block of Laurel Lane, Center Valley, was stopped on Route 378 South. Police said in a press release that Finkbeiner was subsequently determined to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .13 percent. He has been charged with DUI, they added.

Gerry Kranz December 01, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Josh, I thought this was a crime blotter. The only real crimes in this article are the DUI. The other items (Oh No! a three year old Basset mutt is on the LOOSE!) may be violations, but they are not crimes. The auto collision? It is called an accident. Failure to register your alarm? They guy sounds like an ignorant tool, but is that really a crime (not registering an alarm...it may be a crime to be an ignorant tool). The real CRIME is that the residents are increasingly being scrutinized by a bloated police force (many meanings there) all with the goal of issuing fines that help the bottom line of the town and municipality. A fine because some woman forgot to "secure" her fence, and her dogs escaped? What a shame...a shame that keeping order in this town has come to using the highly paid police force to shake down residents to meet the budget. I thought the mafia was over in New Jersey. The police are better used for keeping the scum of Allentown / Bethlehem / Easton out of Hellertown / Lower Saucon.
Bob Linney December 02, 2012 at 07:25 PM
The "Police Blotters" the are reported in Patch are what the Depts supply. I think the police are diminishing their public image by giving such censored lists of their activities. Until they realize that reality, they will continue to suffer negitive perceptions such as yours. P.S. - H&LST have plenty of hometown "scum" of our own to worry about, too!
James White December 03, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Mr. Kranz, This is not a crime blotter. This is just simply, a reporting page that is somehow related to the police and fire. The police is used to ENFORCE laws and local codes put in by the residents themselves. While the police attended that alarm call, they could have been stopping Allentown / Bethlehem/ and easton "Scum" out of your precious Hellertown / Lower Saucon kingdom. In my opinion after all the warnings this person got... codes were broken and they are paying for it. How about if one of those dogs that escaped because of the open fence attacked a child or even an adult? Then you would be saying the police aren't doing their jobs and that person should be fined right? On another note, these overpaid police officers risk their lives everyday. Like many soldiers overseas, I believe they are still underpaid. What have you done for H/LST Mr. Kranz? What have you done to support your community? Do you feel that there is something you can give back? Have you even been in the boots of a firefighter, police officer, or fought overseas? Just remember this part. The police don't make the rules. They enforce it, if you want to criticize or complain to someone, do it at the city hall with the right people.
James White December 03, 2012 at 06:22 AM
I'm sorry Ms. Kranz I didn't realize you were female until I looked at other posts you commented on. Are you somehow related to Stephanie Brown? It seems both of you share the same level of dumb negativity. In fact, I thought for a second you were both one and the same since she doesn't come around anymore. Say hi to her for me next time you see her.

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