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Lower Saucon Township Police Blotter: Feb. 24, 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.

Property Owner Cited for Having Accumulated Garbage

On Jan. 29 at 1:11pm police say officers responded to a reported water leak at 3886 Route 378, which is owned by Fred C. Hutterer Jr., of the 1200 block of Third Street, Catasauqua. Police said in a press release that officers found that "the residence was surrounded with accumulated garbage/rubbish." Hutterer will be cited for a violation of the township nuisance ordinance, police said.

Man Charged With Possession of Synthetic Marijuana

On Feb. 8 at 1:45pm police say Frank D. Hazeltine Jr., of the first block of East High Street, Hellertown was found to be in possession of synthetic marijuana. Police said in a press release that Hazeltine took the drug from a residence in the 3500 block of Old Philadelphia Pike. Police said charges of possession of synthetic marijuana, theft and receiving stolen property have been filed against Hazeltine with .

Man Charged with DUI Following Alleged Hit-and-Run Accidents

On Feb. 11 at approximately 1:18am police say officers responded to Lower Saucon Road and Apple Street after receiving a report of a motor vehicle accident. Police said in a press release that the report followed a separate report of an earlier hit-and-run accident on Main Street in Hellertown. Police said they determined that the same vehicle was involved in both accidents, and that its operator was Daniel G. Zimpfer, of the 1500 block of Main Street, Hellertown. According to police, Zimpfer exhibited signs of intoxication following the second accident and had to be extricated from his vehicle and transported to St. Luke's Hospital for treatment of injuries. A subsequent blood alcohol test indicated the presence of alcohol in Zimpfer's blood "at the time of the incident," police said. He was later arrested for DUI, they added.

Man Fell Asleep While Driving on Route 378, Caused Accident, Police Say

On Feb. 11 at 3:40pm police say Luciano Hodge, 23, of the 900 block of Fernwood Street, Bethlehem, drove off the road in the 3500 block of Route 378 and struck a utility pole. Police said in a press release that after interviewing Hodge and speaking to witnesses it was determined that he had fallen asleep while driving. Police added that the utility pole was destroyed in the accident. Hodge was cited for careless driving, they said.

Police Investigating Damage to Bingen Road Lawn

On Feb. 13 police say Josh Johnson, 33, of the 3200 block of Bingen Road, Lower Saucon Township, reported that his lawn had been damaged by a vehicle. Police said parts from the vehicle that were left at the scene identified it as a 2006-2008 Honda Civic sedan. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Lower Saucon Police Department at 610-317-6110.

Man 'Handed Officers Two Blunts,' Police Say

On Feb. 14 at 12:10am police say officers on patrol on Applebutter Road stopped a vehicle in which Michael Gruhler, 18, of the 500 block of Spring Garden Street, Easton, was a passenger. Police said in a press release that "the vehicle was traveling well below the speed limit, drifting from side to side and the strong odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle." After the vehicle was stopped, police said "the driver admitted to there having been marijuana in the car" and gave officers permission to search the vehicle. Subsequently, when Gruhler was asked to step out of the car, police said he "handed officers two blunts of marijuana from his pocket." A search of the vehicle also yielded a baggie containing marijuana, police added. Gruhler has been charged with possession of marijuana, according to authorities.

Man Harassed Woman With Text Messages, Police Say

On Feb. 14 at 5pm police say Michael Nickisher, of the 500 block of 12th Avenue, Bethlehem, sent text messages containing obscene language to Marisol Santee, of the 900 block of Moravia Street, Lower Saucon Township. Police said the messages were related to "ongoing issues...of child custody" and that both Nickisher and Santee have been "warned" by officers in the past. Police said Nickisher was cited for harassment by communication.

Woman Cited Following Accident at Route 378 and Seidersville Road

On Feb. 16 at 6:56pm police say Kara A. Georgianni, of the 21300 block of 29th Avenue, Bayside, N.Y., struck a vehicle operated by Velda Mescher, of the 1600 block of Merryweather Drive, Lower Saucon Township. Police said in a press release that Mescher's vehicle was stopped when Georgianni struck it at the intersection of Route 378 and Seidersville Road. The accident resulted in minor damage to both vehicles but no injuries, police added. Georgianni was cited for "Driving at a Safe Speed" following the accident, according to police.

Man Allegedly Uses Fake Name in Identifying Himself to Police

On Feb. 17 at 11:25am police say Thomas Marushak, of the 3500 block of Old Philadelphia Pike, Lower Saucon Township, used an alias to identify himself while police were investigating a burning complaint at his home. Police said Marushak identified himself as "Tom Smith." Marushak has been charged with False ID to Law Enforcement and with a township burning ordinance violation, police said in a press release.

Police Investigating Theft of Metal from Leithsville Road Property

On Feb. 17 at 4:38pm police say John Katelas, of the 1800 block of Leithsville Road, Lower Saucon Township, reported that two 10-foot pieces of aluminum channel and one 10-foot piece of aluminum angle iron had been taken from his property. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact the Lower Saucon Police Department.

17-Year-Old Girl Sent 'Threatening' Text Messages, Police Say

On Feb. 17 at approximately 8:27pm, police say a 17-year-old girl from Hellertown was cited for harassment after she allegedly sent "threatening text messages" to a victim in Lower Saucon Township. In the text messages, police said the girl--who was not identified in a police press release because she is a juvenile--"threatened physical contact."

Police Investigating Car Accident at Saucon Valley High School

On Feb. 21 police say they received a report of a car accident in the parking lot. Police said in a press release that Ariel Baab, of the 2100 block of Johnston Avenue, Lower Saucon Township, was leaving the school to go to the Vo-Tech school "when she observed damage to her vehicle." Police said Baab's vehicle had minor damage to its rear driver's side bumper, and that there was a black paint transfer from the vehicle that struck her car. Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to contact the Lower Saucon Police Department at 610-317-6110.

Two 'Blunts,' 30 'Roaches' Found During Easton Road Traffic Stop, Police Say

On Feb. 21 at 10:28pm police say they stopped a vehicle on Easton Road after it was observed failing to maintain its lane of travel. Upon approaching the vehicle, police said in a press release that the officer detected the odor of marijuana and observed that four occupants of the car had "glassy" and "bloodshot" eyes. A search of the car resulted in the discovery of two blunts, which "are a cigar-type wrapper which contains the drug marijuana," police said. The search also revealed a container that contained "in excess of 30 roaches," they added. Police defined the roaches as "the ends of the blunts containing the marijuana." Police said that the four occupants will receive summonses for Title 35 violations. They identified the individuals to be charged as Jason Baker, 32, of the 1700 block of Johnston Avenue, Bethlehem; Thomas Leary Jr., 28, of the 2400 block of Clermont Street, Bethlehem; Nikole Raskovic, 24, of the 3600 block of Ironstone Road, Bethlehem Township; and Peter Raskovic, 21, also of the 3600 block of Ironstone Road, Bethlehem Township.

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