Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Former South Whitehall utility manager Nancy A. Tonkin and her husband, a former South Whitehall police officer, are charged with embezzling $854,497 from township coffers over more than a decade, the Lehigh County District Attorney says.
Updated 5:15 p.m. Former South Whitehall recycling coordinator and utility supervisor Nancy Tonkin and her husband, a former township police officer, conspired to embezzle $854,497 from township coffers for more than a decade, according to Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin. At a press conference Tuesday, Martin said Tonkin, 66, and her husband, William J. Tonkin, 69, of 1124 Little Lehigh Drive South, Emmaus, used much of the money to gamble at casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The two allegedly conspired to steal the money from the utilities accounts—water, sewer and refuse/recycling—of the South Whitehall finance department from 1999 to June 2012. Officials say they suspect more money was stolen but the financial …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Theft on E. Greenleaf Street is among the recent incidents reported by Emmaus Police Department.
Most of us have likely heard a disgruntled homeowner describe a less-than-ideal home repair project as "money flying out the window." Heck, some of us may have even used that expression ourselves at one time or another. An Emmaus woman may have been thinking something similar recently when she discovered two rings were missing after having replacement windows installed in her home in the 600 block of E. Greenleaf Street, according to the Emmaus Police Department. The rings have a combined value of $1,000, police say. Investigation is ongoing.
A University of Rhode Island student stopped in Lehigh County on his way home to Skippack, but he's been missing for four days.
Police are asking for help in locating a missing Skippack man who hasn’t been heard from since leaving his Rhode Island college on Thursday. Police now say Royer may have chosen not to go home, according to a Morning Call report. Pennsylvania State Police say that Matthew R. Royer, 21, left the University of Rhode Island on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. en route to his Skippack Township home, but has not been heard from since. Royer is 6-feet-1 and 160 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, and police believe he is driving a silver 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Video footage shows Royer stopped at a Sunoco station on Route 100 in Lehigh County early Friday. His route probably would have taken him south past Macungie park and the Upper Milford fire …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Matthew Royer, 21, left his apartment at the University of Rhode Island on Thursday and has not been seen since.
Police are asking for help in locating a missing Skippack man who hasn’t been heard from since leaving his Rhode Island college on Thursday. Pennsylvania State Police say that Matthew R. Royer, 21, left the University of Rhode Island on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. en route to his Skippack Township home, but has not been heard from since. Royer is 6-feet-1 and 160 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, and police believe he is driving a silver 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt. Royer’s last cell phone activity was traced to somewhere near Vera Cruz Road in Lehigh County, according to a WFMZ report. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Skippack Barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police at 610-584-1250. Subscribe to our …
Here's a round-up of unusual police news from the Lehigh Valley.
$2,500 ransom demanded from woman, police say: Upper Macungie Police said a woman received a phone call Monday stating that her father was being held captive. The caller demanded a $2,500 ransom. However, the woman later found out her father was safe. Bethlehem man charged with bigamy: A woman with a marriage certificate from New York complained to police that her husband married another woman in Northampton County, according to court records. Man exposed self to cops, threatened judge, police say: An Easton man was charged with disorderly conduct Wednesday morning after he allegedly exposed himself and cursed at police officers, urinated on police paperwork, and threatened a district judge. Police officer breaks toe chasing man at Palmer …
Police arrested a Lower Macungie Township woman after she allegedly put medication into burritos and fed them to her husband and daughter.
EASTERN PA -- A Lower Macungie woman, angry because her husband and daughter didn't invite her to go car shopping with them, allegedly poisoned burritos with some sort of medication and fed them to her family, according to a WFMZ report. Ann Marie Haines, 42, of Yorkshire Drive in Lower Macungie Township, was arrested last week and jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail. According to online court records, Haines was charged with: Haines' husband and daughter felt dizzy and tired after eating the burritos, according to a Lehigh Valley Live report. Haines has been assigned a public defender to represent her.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Wells Fargo and St. John's Lutheran Church were damaged by spray paint on the same night, according to Emmaus Police.
Wells Fargo in Emmaus was recently damaged by vandals who spray-painted an exterior bank wall, according to a report by the Emmaus Police Department. The damage happened overnight on May 5, police say. Also on May 5, St. John's Lutheran Church was damaged by vandals who spray painted the church door and a window, Emmaus police report. The damage to the church was estimated at $200. Police did not say whether the two incidents are related.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Copper piping was taken from two unoccupied homes for sale in Emmaus, according to Emmaus Police.
Someone may have been confused about exactly what was for sale recently when it came to two empty homes in Emmaus. Earlier this month, copper piping was taken from two unoccupied homes for sale in the borough in two separate incidents, according to Emmaus Police. In both cases, police say, overnight someone forced entry into the homes and stole the copper piping. The first burglary took place on May 2 in an empty home on Pennsylvania Avenue and the second happened on May 3 in an empty house on Spruce Street. No value on the copper piping was reported.
Monday, May 13, 2013
St. John's Lutheran Church in Emmaus recently was damaged by spray paint, according to Emmaus Police.
St. John's Lutheran Church in Emmaus was recently damaged by vandals who spray painted the church door and a window, according to a report by the Emmaus Police Department. The damage, which happened overnight on May 5, is estimated at $200, police say.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Here's a round-up of unusual police news from the Lehigh Valley.
House painter stole Picasso artwork, police say: Prosecutors in New York said an Easton man stole $100,000 worth of artwork—including a piece by Picasso—from an estate he had been hired to paint. The 42-year-old man is charged with grand larceny, money laundering and identity theft in two different New York counties, and faces up to 26 years in prison, according to a news release from the Kings County, N.Y. (Brooklyn) district attorney's office. Babysitters leave child home alone, steal laptop and cash, police say: A South Bethlehem couple who left their 10-month-old daughter in the care of a nephew and his friend returned home to find their infant home alone and that they had been cleaned out of $1,500 cash, a laptop computer and a video …