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Friday, June 5, 2020

Three crashes in two hours; one person has died

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Police Log

Whitehall Township police responded to three vehicle accidents in a span of two hours May 18. One person has died, according to the police report, and multiple people were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries.

The first crash occurred 2:20 p.m. at MacArthur Road and American Street. Two vehicles were involved, according to a report released by Lt. Gregory Bealer, one traveling south on MacArthur Road and the other traveling east on American Street. Two people were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.

Bealer said one person died at the hospital.

Fellowship reports COVID diagnosis

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Fellowship Community has reported an individual at the Whitehall senior living facility has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Kelly Gould, vice president of marketing and development, said the HIPAA privacy rule prevents the facility from reporting if the person who has been diagnosed is a resident or a staff member.

The person is in quarantine, according to Gould.

She added the facility has “notified public health officials as required and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep our residents and staff safe.”

Schools closed for 2 weeks

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Shutdown to ensure health, safety of students, community

Gov. Tom Wolf announced March 13 all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective March 16. Whitehall-Coplay School District students will not return to the classroom until at least March 30.

“First and foremost, my top priority as governor — and that of our education leaders — must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities,” Wolf said. “As such, I am ordering all schools in the commonwealth to close for the next two weeks.”

Woman dies after Whitehall crash

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Vehicles collide at MacArthur, Mechanicsville intersection

A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of MacArthur and Mechanicsville roads March 2 has claimed a life, according to a news release from Whitehall Township Police Department.

Lauren Schrader-Zavatter, 31, of Emmaus, died at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township, after being extricated from one of the vehicles and transported via ambulance for treatment of her injuries.

The crash occurred just before 8:30 p.m., bringing out emergency personnel from the township’s police and fire departments as well as Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Lt. Gregory Bealer said.

Felony charges dropped against four WHS students

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Felony charges have been dropped for the Whitehall High School students who were removed from a Jan. 28 WHS basketball game by police, after officers were called to control what they called “disruptive” behavior, according to recent reports.

A juvenile court hearing was held Feb. 12 before Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach, who dropped the felony charges of inciting a riot.

According to reports, the juveniles are also charged with defiant trespass, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction of the administration of the law — all misdemeanors.

Juveniles charged

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Inciting riot is a felony

The four juveniles involved in the incident Jan. 28 at Whitehall High School, in which area police removed what they called “disruptive” students, have been charged in juvenile court with numerous offenses, including inciting a riot — a felony.

A hearing was held Jan. 29 at Lehigh County Courthouse. Members of the media could not be present. According to reports, the juveniles have also been charged with defiant trespass, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction of the administration of the law, all misdemeanors, and are under house arrest.

‘Disruptive’ students removed from game

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Police take four into custody

Whitehall High School boys basketball games were canceled Jan. 28 after several high school students in attendance became disruptive and police were called, according to a statement released by the Whitehall-Coplay School District.

Whitehall Police Department reported that, during the WHS junior varsity game, a disturbance prompted a school administrator to ask a juvenile to leave the property. The juvenile refused.

Police continue homicide investigation

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

Jeffrey Werner shot, killed inside his Fullerton home

The investigation continues into a shooting that claimed the life of a Whitehall Township man in the early-morning hours of Oct. 18.

Jeffrey Werner, 53, was killed inside his Pennsylvania Street, Fullerton, home.

According to Lehigh County Coroner Eric D. Minnich, Werner died of gunshot wounds. Minnich ruled the death a homicide. An autopsy was completed Oct. 19.

According to reports, emergency personnel were called to 626 Pennsylvania St. approximately 4:15 a.m.

Early-morning crash closes 22; passenger ejected from vehicle

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Police Log

A stretch of Route 22 West was closed Sept. 19 after a two-vehicle crash in the area of Airport Road, Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

According to Pennsylvania State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, a 56-year-old male from Lansdowne was operating a 2010 GMC box truck, traveling in the left lane of the two-lane highway just before 3:30 a.m. A 40-year-old male from Laurys Station, operating a 2018 McLaren 720S, struck the box truck from behind.