Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The donation was recognized April 18, when Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp and Mayor Richard Fluck visited the car dealership to present a certificate of appreciation to Steve Bartholomew and Chris Limantour of JCL.
When Steve Bartholomew, of JCL Automotive, read a recent story on Hellertown Patch about the borough police department's plan to purchase a bicycle for patroling the Saucon Rail Trail, he said he knew he wanted to help. And JCL subsequently did just that, by donating more than $1,400 to the Hellertown Police Department to fund the purchase of a new bicycle. The generous donation was recently recognized by Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp and Mayor Richard Fluck, both of whom visited JCL on April 18 to present a certificate of appreciation to Bartholomew and his colleague Chris Limantour. "We really appreciate you guys donating this bike," Shupp said to the men. "It's fantastic." "We appreciate the job that you guys do," Limantour told …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Hellertown Police Department will host the event for local families at St. Theresa School on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10:30am.
In conjunction with the start of 2013 Catholic Schools Week, the Hellertown Police Department will issue free child IDs to local families this Sunday at St. Theresa School, Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council on Tuesday. The IDs, which typically feature photos and fingerprints, can be useful to law enforcement authorities in the event that a child goes missing. "Anybody who has a child, feel free to bring them up," Shupp said of the child ID event, which will begin at 10:30am. St. Theresa School is located at 300 Leonard St., Hellertown. In other business, Shupp said his department's officers have been monitoring the Saucon Rail Trail following a recent complaint by a borough resident about excessive dog feces near the Walnut Street …
Monday, November 19, 2012
On Nov. 5 Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp thanked members of the public for remaining calm during the recent power outage that lasted for up to a week for some residents.
In a situation that was extremely trying for many local families, calm and order prevailed, Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council Nov. 5. Shupp praised residents for reacting stoically in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, whose high winds left much of the borough in the dark for days. "This was hard," he said. "I would like to thank the public, because everybody really took this in stride." "I don't think we had one call that was involving an argument or a fight at a gas station or something like that," he added. "It was nice to see that nobody acted out or anything like that." Shupp credited the fact that Dewey Fire Co. Social Hall was opened as a heated comfort station for residents for helping improve the situation…
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Borough Manager Cathy Kichline said a resident of Easton Road, Hellertown, asked that stop signs be installed at each intersection along that road. On Oct. 1 his proposal failed to gain the support of Borough Council.
An Easton Road resident wants stop signs installed at each intersection along his street, Hellertown Borough Manager Cathy Kichline told borough council Oct. 1. Kichline said the resident--who was only identified at the meeting by his last name, Streitel--communicated with her via a letter in July. In a response, Kichline said she explained to him that various initiatives have been implemented to help reduce speeding and improve pedestrian safety along the largely-residential Easton Road corridor. One of those initiatives involves the use of an electronic speed monitoring sign, which records the speed of passing motorists and lets them know how fast they're going with large numbers displayed on a brightly lit screen. Police Chief Robert …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Hellertown resident Lee Weidner told Borough Council Sept. 17 that "intruders" on dirt bikes and ATVs are damaging Hellertown's section of the Saucon Rail Trail.
Several "intruders" are damaging parts of the Saucon Rail Trail and harassing law-abiding pedestrians and bicyclists by riding dirt bikes and ATVs in violation of posted signs, Hellertown resident Lee Weidner told Borough Council Sept. 17. The use of motorized vehicles is forbidden on the trail, which has become a popular recreational area since its May 2011 opening. Weidner, who is a frequent trail-hiker, said the problems are occurring between Thomas Avenue and the trail's northern terminus at Bachman Street. In one recent instance, Weidner said a woman who was pushing a baby stroller near that part of the trail "was almost run over" by a juvenile on a dirt bike. Calling the current situation "a clear case of public safety," he said he's…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council Sept. 4 that the 45mph speed limit on Cherry Lane may be too high.
A major road in the Hellertown area has a speed limit that may be too high, Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council Sept. 4. Cherry Lane--which is a state road--represents the dividing line between the borough and the City of Bethlehem, so its northern half is not under the jurisdiction of borough police, Shupp said. However, Hellertown police routinely respond to "some bad accidents" that occur on both sides of the road, he noted. For example, Shupp said accidents have occurred as motorists turn out of the parking lot at the St. Luke's Physical Therapy facility at 2301 Cherry Lane. Bethlehem's side of the road is predominantly commercial and high-density residential in nature, while the Hellertown side is characterized by lower-…
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council the reconfigured school zone "makes sense."
A reconfigured school safety zone surrounding St. Theresa's School near Easton Road is now in place, Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council Sept. 4. The reduced speed zone includes Wilson Avenue and "people are pretty happy about it," he said. "Hopefully people stay safe." Shupp also updated council on the hiring status of a crossing guard who could serve as a back-up guard for the busy intersection of Constitution Avenue, Panther Way and East Walnut Street, which is adjacent to the Saucon Valley School District campus. Background checks on the applicant are currently being completed, he said, calling them "a formality." One of the borough's regular crossing guards remains on sick leave, and another guard recently …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp presented five officers with performance-based awards at Borough Council's Aug. 20 meeting.
Five Hellertown police officers who went above and beyond in performing their duties in 2011 were presented with the department's annual awards Aug. 20. Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp presented the awards, including the Officer of the Year plaque, which was given to Officer John Donato. Many friends and family members of the officers were in attendance for the presentation in front of Hellertown Borough Council. Shupp said the Officer of the Year award is chosen by the department's officers, and that Donato had received five nominations. Other awards--including awards for DUI arrests and narcotics enforcement--were presented to: Many of the officers are multiple-year award winners.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council Aug. 6 that the electronic speed monitoring sign his department has been using is helping to identify areas where motorists routinely disobey posted speed limits.
The electronic speed monitoring sign the Hellertown Police Department acquired earlier this year continues to prove effective, Police Chief Robert Shupp told Hellertown Borough Council Aug. 6. Shupp told council that a recent analysis of data collected by the computerized sign revealed that most motorists on Main Street (Route 412) in the borough travel at an average speed that is close to the posted speed limit of 30 mph. Data showed that southbound traffic averaged 31 to 33 mph on Main Street, and northbound traffic averaged 31 to 32 mph, Shupp said. "I think the sign did what it was supposed to do," he told council. "I think moving it around has helped on Main Street." Since its placement at various points along the Main Street corridor…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council July 16 that Officer Carl Fischer was this year's recipient of a county award given to the police officer with the most DUI arrests.
Hellertown police officers are diligently enforcing the laws that exist to help keep area roads safe, and their efforts have been recognized outside the borough, Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council July 16. Shupp said that Officer Carl Fischer was recently the recipient of a certificate of appreciation for recording the most DUI arrests in the county, while Officer Tim Piotrowski was the recipient of an award for issuing the most traffic tickets. Piotrowski also leads the Hellertown Police Department's Block Watch group. "I just thought that was good," Shupp said of the awards. "It shows they're out there. It shows they're enforcing (the laws)." He added that a Hellertown police officer was also last year's recipient of the Most…