Friday, April 29, 2011
Longtime lawmaker cited for disorderly conduct following incident on I-78.
Friday, April 29, 2011
State Sen. Bob Mensch, R-24, was pulled over by Pennsylvania State Police on I-78 in Berks County in March after a motorist saw him holding a gun while driving, according to a report published yesterday in The Morning Call. Mensch, a self-described sportsman, was cited for disorderly conduct and is scheduled to appear in district court on May 9. He told police he felt threatened by another motorist but did not point the weapon at anyone. Mensch's district includes Macungie, Emmaus, Easton, Upper Saucon Township, Coopersburg, Williams Township, Salisbury Township, Palmer Township and Springfield Township (Bucks County), among other municipalities.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Emergency crews evacuated three homes early Sunday.
10 a.m. Update: Officials from the Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency have arrived in Stockertown, where police are going through the suspect's vehicle. Northampton County EMA is also working with Stockertown police on the case. At least one EMA responder is using a survey meter, which is a portable unit used to detect radiation. Initial reports indicated the suspect may have had a "dirty" bomb. STOCKERTOWN - Police say a DUI incident led to a bomb scare that shut down Stockertown’s Main Street early Sunday and caused officials to evacuate three homes. One man is in custody and police are continuing to investigate. Very little information has been released to the public but police say the suspect is not a Stockertown resident. The …
Report of a possible "dirty bomb" on Main Street first came in just after 2 a.m. Sunday.
7:56 a.m. UPDATE: Main Street in Stockertown has been reopened to traffic following a bomb scare early this morning. Police have not yet released details of the incident. A possible "dirty bomb" has been found on Main Street in Stockertown, according to police radio reports. Reports say multiple law enforcement agencies are responding to a "serious incident" and homes are being evacuated as of 6 a.m. Sunday. Traffic is being allowed to exit Route 33 at Stockertown and is being rerouted back to the Route 33 Belfast exit. A suspect began aiming a large-caliber gun with a radiological symbol on it at cars around 4 a.m. Reports of a possible bomb on the scene first came in at 3 a.m. It is believed that the suspect may have "prior operative …
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Police say Chad Jay Van Gordon sold a stolen gun to Christian Neith, who allegedly had it hidden behind his belt during police and prison searches in January.
A Bethlehem man who stole a gun that caused a whole lot of trouble at Northampton County Prison in early January was arrested today and sent to prison pending further court action, city police said. Chad Jay Van Gordon, 23, of 47 E. Goepp St., has been charged with stealing a 9mm semi-automatic handgun from another person with whom he lived. Van Gordon, in turn, allegedly sold the gun to Christian Neith, who authorities have said had the gun tucked inside his waistband when he was arrested Dec. 29. Police officers and prison guards never discovered the weapon, despite four different searches after his arrest and during his processing into prison in Easton. The gun was found on Jan. 5, hidden behind a filing cabinet in the prison’s intake …
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Lower Saucon Township Police searched Saucon Valley Middle School following the discovery of a threat inside a bathroom stall Wednesday.
Lower Saucon Township Police indicated in a statement issued late this afternoon that Thursday was an uneventful day at Saucon Valley Middle School. Police were at the school following the reported discovery of a threat in a 5th grade girls bathroom Wednesday. According to the press release issued by the township police department, the threat was discovered at approximately 11am and "referenced a gun on March 17." The threat was made inside a bathroom stall, where an eraser was used to rub the threat on the wall of the stall, police explained. School district Superintendent Sandra Fellin released an all-call voice message to parents of middle school students Wednesday afternoon, informing them of the note's discovery and explaining that …
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Superintendent Sandra Fellin says local authorities have been informed and the threat is not believed to be 'credible.'
In an all-call voice message to parents of Saucon Valley Middle School students this afternoon, School District Superintendent Sandra Fellin said she was "disheartened" to have to inform them that "another note has been found in the middle school fifth grade girls bathroom." "The note had the word 'gun,' the date of 3-17 and the timeframe of 7am to 3pm," Fellin said. "We are investigating and we have informed the local law authorities," Fellin continued. "We will take all precautionary measures prior to opening in the morning." She added that "we do not feel that this note is credible." In addition to the message from Fellin, parents of middle school students received a letter from Middle School Assistant Principal Thomas Halcisak …
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Lower Saucon Township Police Blotter
The following incidents have been reported by the Lower Saucon Township Police Department:
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
In an earlier recorded message relayed to the parents this afternoon, Saucon Valley School District Superintendent Sandra Fellin said the district did not believe the note was 'viable in any manner.'
6:50PM UPDATE: In a recorded phone message relayed to parents at 6:30pm this evening, Superintendent Sandra Fellin said "we have identified the student who had written the note in the middle school boys bathroom. As in the previous message, I thank you for your cooperation in these matters. Have a good evening. See you all tomorrow." In a recorded phone message relayed to parents this afternoon, Saucon Valley School District Superintendent Sandra Fellin said another note referencing the words "gun" and "Thursday" has been found in a district building. "This time the note was in the middle school boys' bathroom," Fellin said. "The district has no reason to believe whatsoever that this note is viable in any manner." Nevertheless, the …
Friday, March 4, 2011
A disturbing message referencing the date "3-3" was left on a bathroom mirror earlier in the week, so Lower Saucon Township Police searched the building prior to the start of classes as a precaution.
A walk-through of Saucon Valley High School conducted by Lower Saucon police officers and district staff members Thursday morning yielded nothing unusual, police announced late yesterday. The search of the school was precipitated by the discovery of the word "gun," the date "3-3" and the names of two students scrawled on a boys' bathroom mirror in the school Tuesday. That discovery was announced by the school district via its e-mail alert system and information about the incident was posted on the district's website. Police say they have reviewed school surveillance video, processed the boys' bathroom for evidence and interviewed several students in an effort to identify the individual or individuals responsible for the disturbing writing…
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The district says the date "3-3" and the word "gun" were found written on a mirror in a high school boys bathroom.
The Saucon Valley School District and Lower Saucon Township Police are seeking information from the public in the wake of a disturbing incident which was reported at Saucon Valley High School today. According to an alert issued by the district and posted on its website, on Tuesday afternoon, March 1, the date "3-3" and the word "gun" were found written on a mirror in a high school boy's bathroom. "The police were called, the administration is watching...video tapes, and students will be questioned," the district stated in its alert. The district and law enforcement officials plan to conduct a security sweep of the school prior to its opening on March 3 and will be on higher alert that day, it added. Staff have also been instructed to …