Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Lower Saucon Township Council has approved funding for the purchase of a new K-9 dog for the police department. The department's current K-9 dog, Brutus, will retire due to illness.
After years of faithful service, Lower Saucon Township Police Department's K-9 dog, Brutus, will retire. Police Chief Guy Lesser told township council Wednesday that Brutus recently recovered from a hind leg injury only to be diagnosed with a tumor on one of his front legs. Lesser said a canine oncologist has advised him that the tumor is "with near certainty" cancerous. As a result, Brutus "will cease to be active as a K-9," he added. Brutus' former handler may care for him during his final months, although Lesser said the exact details of his care have yet to be worked out. The chief said that although Brutus' illness was completely unforeseen, the timing for purchasing a replacement for him is relatively "opportune," since a new K-9 …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Lower Saucon Township police officers received commendations for their DUI enforcement efforts and overall performance.
Members of the Lower Saucon Township Police Department received several awards for their professionalism and service at a recent township council meeting. Presenting the annual awards was Lower Saucon Police Chief Guy Lesser, who expressed his pride in the accomplishments of his officers. Lesser presented DUI Enforcement awards to full-time officers Steve Kunigus, Rob Winters and Chuck Werkheiser, all of whom began their careers with the LSTPD as part-time officers. Officer Willie Shelly was also the recipient of an enforcement award, although he was unable to attend the presentation. Winters, Lesser noted, is the department's DUI Coordinator, and in conjunction with the Freemansburg and Hellertown police departments oversees the …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Information about Lower Saucon Township's highest-paid employees was revealed by a recent Right-to-Know request.
Are you curious to know how much Lower Saucon Township employees make? If you pay municipal taxes as a resident or business owner, the answer to that question is most likely "yes." And you're in luck, because a recent Right-to-Know request by Lehigh Valley Live resulted in the release of a list of township employees' 2012 W-2 earnings. According to that list, the township's manager, Jack Cahalan, and its chief of police, Guy Lesser, were the two highest paid employees last year, earning $84,387.34 and $83,641.32 respectively. In addition to Lesser, police officers make up the rest of the Top 10, which is not unusual given the fact that local police often earn more than their base salaries by working overtime. Below are the Top 15 earners …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A number of Steel City residents attended the May 24 meeting of the Lower Saucon Township Planning Commission, where they blasted a possible rezoning of township land that would pave the way for the proposed expansion of the IESI Bethlehem Landfill.
Some residents of Lower Saucon Township's Steel City section feel they get short shrift when township officials evaluate quality of life issues, such as traffic generated by IESI Bethlehem Landfill, and they told members of the township planning commission as much on May 24. Several dozen residents packed the meeting, at which the five-member planning commission heard opening arguments for and against the rezoning of land adjacent to the current landfill property; an action that could undeniably pave the way for the landfill's recently-proposed western expansion. The adjacent properties along or near Applebutter Road would be rezoned from rural agricultural and light manufacturing to a light industrial classification if amendments to the …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The 2011 Lower Saucon Township Police Department report includes crime statistics as well as information about enforcement and community relations.
The Lower Saucon Township Police Department recently released its 2011 year-end report, which contains important information about crime, enforcement and public safety in the township. The report was issued by Chief of Police Guy Lesser on Feb. 17, and includes the following enforcement and crime statistical highlights for 2011: The following are personnel highlights from the 2011 report: The following are community involvement and miscellaneous highlights from the 2011 report:
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Lower Saucon Township Police Chief Guy Lesser presented some of his department's top-performing officers with commendations at township council's Feb. 15 meeting.
Lower Saucon Township Police Chief Guy Lesser was on hand at township council's Feb. 15 meeting to present his department's annual Police Awards to a half dozen officers he said represent the best of the best. Honored during a brief ceremony were officers Rob Winters, Eric Marth, Kyle Haggerty, Charles "Chuck" Werkheiser Jr., Willie Shelly and Jeremy L. Hantz. All of the officers were honored with enforcement commendation plaques for their work combating driving under the influence of alcohol. Their efforts, Lesser said, have helped make Lower Saucon Township's roads safer for everyone--and according to a department press release, "all officers were, as a group, among the top in the county for arrests as confirmed by the Northampton County…