Copper wiring valued at more than $13,000 was stolen from an industrial site located along Midway Rd., southwest of Schubert.Police suspect between 6 p.m. on Aug. 17 and 8 a.m. on Aug. 18, unknown actors pried open the lock on a storage module belonging to Lebanon Valley Electric, E. Kercher Ave., Myerstown, and removed 16 different types and sizes of stranded, shielded and solid wire and cable, all containing copper in four casing colors - red, green, black, and aluminum.
The total value of the wire and cable removed is approximately $13,150.
Locks were also damaged on a storage trailer belonging to Aungst Construction Inc., Tremont Rd., Pine Grove, and a storage shed belonging to Engelman Concrete Company, Indian Creek Rd., Macungie, also located at the same industrial site, but nothing was removed from either.
Police believe the suspects loaded the wire into a vehicle and drove either north or south on Midway Rd. Damage inflicted on the three storage facilities is estimated at $150.
An investigation into these intrusions is being continued by the Bethel Twp. Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call 800-372-9111.
Diesel fuel taken from Bethel filling station
One or more truck drivers allegedly stole 100 gallons of diesel fuel from the Midway Exxon Service Station, Midway Rd., Bethel, on Aug. 20
Police are looking for the driver and possible passengers of a black truck tractor towing a black semi trailer with windows, which was seen at the Midway Exxon around 4 p.m.
According to the report, $434 worth of diesel fuel was dispensed into the truck, which then drove away from the station southbound on Midway Rd., without having paid for the fuel.
Reading teen charged in Hamburg shooting
Hamburg police reported on Aug. 22 that a 16-year old Reading boy has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and reckless endangerment following an incident last month.
Borough officers report the 16-year old male allegedly pulled a gun and fired rounds in the direction of three people in the 700 block of S. Third St. on July 19, just before 11 p.m.
Police say one of the rounds hit a car which one of the unknown victims was sitting. No person was hit by any of the shots.
Kempton motorcyclist flees accident scene, bike hit by truck
Police will issue summary offenses to the driver of a motorcycle who crashed on Interstate 78 and then fled the scene on Aug. 13.
State Police at Hamburg report Loren B. Wilson, 23, of Kempton, was traveling east on I-78, near the on-ramp of Route 61, when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck the center, concrete median, just after 9 p.m.
Wilson fled the scene of the accident even after suffering moderate injuries from the crash. The motorcycle was abandoned in the left lane of the roadway.
Police then report the disabled bike was hit by an oncoming tractor-trailer. The name of the truck driver was not available, nor is it known if any damage occurred to the truck after the impact.
State Police and Hamburg Fire Department conducted a search of the immediate area for Wilson, even employing the use of the fire department's Thermal Imaging Device, to no avail.
The following day, State Police contacted Wilson and he admitted to crashing the motorcycle.
Charges have been filed against him with District Magistrate Gloria Stitzel, Hamburg.
Dirt bike taken from residence
A boy's brown dirt bike, valued at $250, was removed from the residence of Jessica L. O'Conner, 26, of Bethel, sometime between 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 8 a.m. on Aug. 18.
According to the Bethel Township Police, an unknown person or persons removed the bike through the window of a small shed located in the backyard of O'Conner's residence along Rye Alley near Old Route 22, Bethel Twp.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Bethel Twp Police at 800-372-9111.
Truck parts stolen from Bethel station
Valuable truck parts were removed from Bethel Truck Service on Old Route 22, Bethel, sometime between 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 and 9 a.m. on Aug. 20.
According to Bethel Twp. police, unknown persons loaded six aluminum tire rims and one aluminum lift gate, valued at $2,200, onto some type of conveyance which was used to haul the heavy items.
These items were being stored outside, east of Airport Rd.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 800-372-9111.
Medication taken from Bethel woman's mailbox, value is $150
A package containing bottled medication was removed from a Bethel woman's mailbox near her residence along Swope Rd. about three miles north of Frystown.
Gena E. Felty, 38, reported that an unknown person or persons removed a parcel containing $150 worth of medication from her rural mailbox stand sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Aug. 20.
Bethel Twp. police are investigating this incident.
Bernville teens face signs theft charges
A pair of Bernville teens face theft and conspiracy charges after police found them in possession of road signs they allegedly stole.
State Police at Hamburg believe Corey A. Girard, 18, and Justin W. DeLong, 19, both of Bernville, stole five street signs in the early morning hours of Aug. 16.
Police say the teens admitted to stealing the signs when they arrrived at DeLong's Schubert Rd. residence in Bethel Twp.
The signs, according to a police report, were taken between 3 a.m. and 4:45 a.m. that morning. The pair used a Chevrolet Cobalt to drive around and steal the signs, police report.
Gasoline pump hit, driver leaves scene
State Police continue an investigation into a hit-and-run accident in Bethel Twp. on Aug. 17.
At about 2:30 a.m., State Police at Hamburg report an unknown driver struck a gasoline pump at the Bethel Twp. Shell gas station.
The driver fled the scene. Anyone with information is being asked to call the Hamburg barracks at 877-523-6373.
Another shoplifter nabbed at Cabela's
A West Wyoming man is the latest person caught shoplifting at Cabela's Outfitters in Tilden Twp.
Township police report Brian M. Murdoch was busted by store security employees trying to leave the store on Aug. 14 without paying for a $38.89-fishing reel, which he attempted to conceal.
Murdoch, 20, faces a summary citation for retail theft and was released from custody at Cabela's.
Cash taken from screen printer
State police at Hamburg are looking for someone involved with stealing cash from a Perry Twp. business after it closed on Aug. 11.
Police report someone stole approximately $330 in cash from Screen Images Inc. near Shoemakersville. The thief entered the establishment between 5 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 6:30 a.m. the following morning to take the cash.
Anyone with information into this ongoing investigation is asked to call the Hamburg barracks at 610-562-6885.
Scooter found in Shoemakersville
A gray Pace Saver Plus III Premier three-wheel scooter was found at 37 East Noble Ave., Shoemakersville, on Aug. 21. It is believed that the scooter had been left at that location between about noon on Aug. 20 and 6:19 a.m. on Aug. 21.
Anyone with information or the scooter's owner may contact the Hamburg barracks at 610-562-6885.
Collision with cyclist causes injuries
A 16-year-old male juvenile from Lenhartsville was severely injured while riding a Giant Acapulco Mountain Bike on June 20 at 2:34 p.m.
The youth was riding north on Route 737 when Paul Bauscher, 63, of Kempton, attempted to drive his 1972 Chevrolet Stake around the youth while they approached the intersection of Oswald Road in Greenwich Township. The youth attempted to make a left onto Oswald Road and turned into the side of Buascher's car.
The youth was not wearing a helmet and sustained severe injuries. He was flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Driver unknowingly forces another off I-78
William Christian II, 50, of Sugar Grove, was driving his 2006 Kenworth TT on Interstate 78 Westbound in Bethel Township in the left lane when his vehicle entered the right lane and entering the path of another vehicle on Aug. 22 at 2:29 p.m.
In the other vehicle, a 1996 Peterbilt TT, Lyndon Newell, 73, of Stroudsburg, attempted to avoid the collision and drove into a grassy area north of the roadway.
Christian's original intention was to pull to the shoulder, so he pulled on the right shoulder, unaware that he had forced Newell off the roadway. Newell's front then impacted with Christian's rear.
Both were wearing seatbelts and were not injured.
Christian's vehicle sustained light rear trailer damage and was driven from the scene.
Newell's vehicle sustained moderate left front damage and was towed from the scene by a privately arranged tow service.
Bethel Fire Company assisted at the scene.
Christian will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.
Collision on Rte. 183
As William Derer, 56, of Reading, proceeded through the stop sign at Rte. 183 from the off ramp of Interstate 78 eastbound, his vehicle collided with the vehicle of Peter Preston, 50, of Cressona, who was traveling south on Rte. 183 on Aug. 19 at 3:35 p.m.
Both drivers and Preston's passenger, Jason Walton, 29, of Cressona, were wearing seat-belts and all refused medical treatment. Both drivers were not injured. Walton sustained minor injuries.
Traffic was controlled by members of the Bethel and Strausstown fire companies.
A summary charge of stop signs will be filed against Derer. A summary charge of operating a vehicle without a license will be filed against Preston and a summary charge of permitting an unauthorized person to drive will be filed against the registered owner of the vehicle driven by Preston.
Bad check used
Bethel Township Police reported that Thomas C. Daniel, 48, of Manheim, was charged on Aug. 25 with using a bad check.
As a result of an inquiry into the activities of the accused on this past May 25 when the accused used a worthless draft from an area financial institution to pay for more than $735 worth of items at the Millers Auction House along Hill Alley within Bethel Village.
Bethel Township Police have lodged a bad check charge with District Judge Andrea J. Book of Strausstown and a summons is now pending with that issuing authority for the accused.
Stolen credit card used at Temple Walmart
The pictures show two males, a white male and a black male, using a stolen credit card at the Temple Walmart on Aug. 11 at 3:56 p.m. If anyone can identify the suspects contact Officer Frank Hill at the Muhlenberg Twp. Police Department at 610-929-5454.