Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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.

LCCC offers civilian firearms, Act 235 security officer training

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), a certified training center specified by the Pennsylvania Training Commission, offers a wide variety of courses designed for Pennsylvania police officers, Act 235 security officers and civilians who possess firearms or carry any variety of self-defense tools.

The following courses are offered this semester:

• Act 235 Basic and Recertification Classes

• Firearms/Decision- Making Skills for the Responsible Gun Owner (includes full day at range)

• Firearms/Use of Force Orientation

Coroner identifies man found dead in Whitehall woods

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was discovered July 24 in a wooded area of MacArthur Road.

Lehigh County First Deputy Coroner Eric D. Minnich has identified the man as 21-year-old Ryan Sellars, of Lower Macungie Township.

According to the coroner’s report, Sellars was pronounced dead 6:25 p.m. July 24 in the vicinity of 2601 MacArthur Road. That address is identified as Walmart.

An autopsy was performed July 26. Minnich said the cause and manner of death are pending further testing.

Sheriff warns of phone scammers

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Lehigh County

According to Lehigh County Sheriff Joe Hanna, citizens have reported receiving telephone calls from a male professing to be Sgt. Todd Sullivan of the Lehigh County Sheriff’s Office. The caller admonishes the citizen for failure to appear for jury duty or respond to a warrant and then advises the citizen is subject to a fine.

Failure to pay the fine will result in apprehension and incarceration, the caller says, then directing the citizen to purchase a disposable debit card and call with the access and PIN number.

Northampton police

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.

JULY 22

A report of a female harassing another female occurred in the 1900 block of Main Street.

JULY 23

The department received numerous reports of legally parked vehicles egged in the 1300 block of Barrington Drive, 1400 block of Laubach Avenue, 100 block of Frank Drive and 300 block of East 10th Street.

JULY 24

A reportable accident involving two vehicles occurred at East 21st Street and Laubach Avenue.

JULY 25

North Catasauqua police

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.

JULY 23

In the 200 block of Eugene Street, officers assisted an outside agency.

At Howertown Road and Grove Street, a motor vehicle accident brought out police. A possible DUI offense was investigated.

Suspicious activity was reported in the 1100 block of Second Street.

Police assisted Catasauqua officers with a report of a disturbance in the 700 block of Second Street.

Police sought information in the 700 block of Willow Drive.

Coplay police

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Coplay police responded to these and other calls recently.

JULY 24

Officers assisted a citizen with a civil matter in the unit block of South Second Street.

In the unit block of South Second Street, police assisted a citizen.

Police assisted a citizen with a report of a domestic issue in the unit block of North Eighth Street.

Officers checked on a vehicle with an open trunk in the unit block of North Fifth Street.

Officers assisted a citizen in the unit block of South Fifth Street.

JULY 25

Whitehall police

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

JULY 24

A suspicious person on Juniper Circle was reported to the department.

On Lehigh Street, officers responded to a report of a suspicious person.

A theft on Fullerton Avenue was reported to police.

Officers investigated an unattended death on MacArthur Road.

A report of harassment brought police to Peachtree Circle.

JULY 25

Harassment that occurred on Broad Street was reported to police.

A fire on Sixth Street brought out police.

Whitehall police

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

JULY 16

A noise complaint on Robert Street was filed with the department.

On Fifth Street, officers responded to a criminal mischief report.

A theft on Orchard Drive brought out police.

An alarm sounded on Fullerton Avenue.

The department said an ordinance was violated on North Ninth Street.

JULY 17

On Summit Street, police investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Traffic violations occurred on Lehigh Street, police said.

Body discovered in Whitehall woods

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered July 24 in a wooded area of MacArthur Road.

According to the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office, the man, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead 6:25 p.m. that night in the vicinity of 2601 MacArthur Road. That address is identified as Walmart.

An autopsy was scheduled for July 26 to determine the cause of death.

No additional information was available at press time.