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Whitehall police investigate multiple stabbings on Alta Dr.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Whitehall Township police officers responded to a report of a fight Sept. 25.

According to a news release from Police Chief Michael Marks, officers were dispatched approximately 6 p.m. to the rear of 22 Alta Drive in response to a fight in progress.

Police said four individuals sustained slash and stab wounds. Officers provided emergency medical care to help control the bleeding.

Two individuals were transported to area hospitals. Their conditions are reported to not be life threatening, Marks said.

Township officer shot during burglary call

Monday, September 11, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Homeowner reports intruder, fires weapon upon police arrival

A Whitehall Township police officer was shot while responding to a burglary call early Saturday morning.

Township police Chief Michael Marks said, during a news conference later that afternoon, township police were dispatched 2 a.m. to 4117 Main St. for a report of a burglary in progress.

The owner of the unoccupied home, William Sturtevant, 46, of 3007 Hokendauqua St., reported to Lehigh County Radio Dispatch he was at the home, intruders were in the home and he was armed and hiding inside a closet.

Range Road to close Sept. 7 for accident reconstruction

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Whitehall Township police will close Range Road between Eberhart Road and the rear entrance to Whitehall Commons (Walmart) at 7 a.m. Sept. 7 so officers can follow up with accident reconstruction for the fatal vehicle crash that occurred Sept. 1. The closure is expected to last less than three hours.

Township officers will be assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police, who will be bringing a laser mapping system to speed the process.

Borghesani waives preliminary hearing; arraignment set for Oct. 9

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

A former Whitehall High School teacher charged with alleged inappropriate contact with students waived his preliminary hearing Aug. 29.

According to court documents, David Andrew Borghesani’s arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 9, before The Honorable Kelly L. Banach, in Lehigh County Court.

As previously reported by The Press, Borghesani, 30, of Northampton, has been charged with one count each of unlawful contact with a minor, a felony of the third degree, and corruption of minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Guest view

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Opinion

The final bell rings

Although the radiation doctor said the side effects would ramp up as treatments progressed, I raised my head and shoulders and pushed forward to the finish line.

My final radiation treatment was Aug. 15 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. After six weeks of receiving treatments, Monday through Friday, I can officially say I am finished with this stage of cancer treatment.

My final day consisted of a tradition shared by all who complete their course of cancer treatment: I rang a bell signifying the end of radiation.

Township man is arrested on child pornography charges

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

A Whitehall Township man has been charged with possession of child pornography and dissemination of photographs, both of which are felonies.

According to a criminal complaint, Fathallah Smaki, of Crest Drive, Fullerton, a former security guard at Lehigh Valley Hospital, 1627 Chew St., Allentown, showed another employee a movie containing child pornography while at work Dec. 24, 2015.

The employee told Allentown Police Sgt. Thomas Anderson the video, which contained images of sexual acts between an adult African-American woman and an African-American boy.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Columns

Unknowns of radiation made easier by local therapy dog

I wasn’t sure what to think or ultimately expect, despite the radiation oncologist doctor and other medical professionals explaining the process to me.

My first radiation appointment two weeks ago at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest consisted of meeting with the doctor and going over the goals of treatment and its side effects.

DA rules police shooting of Coplay man is justified

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin ruled July 7 the shooting of a man May 21 by four Allentown City Police Department Officers was “entirely justified.”

The officer-involved shooting of Joseph M. Hodgin, of Coplay, North Whitehall, occurred near North 19th and Green streets, Allentown, resulting in Hodgin’s death.

According to a July 7 report released by Martin, the officers’ use of deadly force was justified on the basis of a reasonable belief Hodgin posed an imminent risk to the officers and others.

Whitehall Township police apprehend wanted man

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Police Log

Whitehall Township police on April 13 responded to a report of a wanted man in the 1200 block of North Lehigh Avenue.

According to a news release provided by township Chief of Police Michael J. Marks, police received a call around noon regarding the unwanted man. Upon arrival, police determined Angel Leon Jr. was inside a residence on North Lehigh Avenue, the release said.

The release also said Leon was taken into custody 4 p.m. without incident and was transported to Lehigh County Central Booking.

Leon is wanted on multiple warrants in Berks County, the release noted.