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Entrapment in multiple vehicles, bicyclist struck, dispatcher says

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Several people are entrapped in vehicles following a multi-car wreck along Nazareth Pike in Lower Nazareth Township, a Northampton County 911 dispatch supervisor says.

Several people are entrapped in vehicles following a multi-car wreck along Nazareth Pike in Lower Nazareth Township, a Northampton County 911 dispatch supervisor says.

colonial-regional-police-car-door-b78c3f066304489e.jpgA Colonial Regional police vehicle in pictured in this file photo. 

The supervisor confirmed the wreck occurred at 3:31 p.m. and at least one person on a bicycle was struck. Colonial Regional police remain on the scene.

Traffic is being detoured around the site.

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DA will review case of father who ran over son with car

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Colonial Regional police have identified the father and son involved in the pedestrian crash on a Route 33 overpass in Lower Nazareth Township.

Charges are pending against a father who ran over his son following an argument on a Route 33 overpass in Lower Nazareth Township, and the case has been sent to the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office for review, police said.

colonialregional.jpegColonial Regional police on Aug. 17, 2015 investigate a pedestrian crash, in which a father is accused of running over his son. The pair had been fighting in the vehicle, police say. 

Colonial Regional police have identified the father as Darren Borrelli, 54, of Easton, and the son as Joshua Borrelli, 26, of Easton.

Police said the two began arguing in the vehicle sometime after 10 a.m. Monday while driving along Route 248. They argued as they got on Route 33 and continued their dispute to the Hecktown Road interchange, police said.

The son allegedly began punching the father, who was driving, as he stopped at a stop sign at the Hecktown Road interchange.


RELATED: Father runs over son with car on Route 33 overpass, police say


The son then jumped out of the vehicle, but held onto the side of the car as the father accelerated, police Sgt. George Cuchran said. The son then fell off the car and the car drove over him, he said.

Cuchran said Tuesday that police are continuing to piece together what sparked the incident. Joshua Borrelli was transported to an area hospital and police are still unclear on the extent of his injuries.

Charges are pending against the father and likely the son, police said.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said once his office receives the reports from Colonial Regional, it likely will take awhile to review them.

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Charges possible for bogus drug sales connected with sweep, DA says

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Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Friday he's investigating the proper charges to impose for individuals who passed off powder as drugs during a series of drug deals.

Northampton County’s district attorney is hopeful to charge some of the people cleared after a drug sweep went awry Wednesday.

It’s just not clear what to charge them with at this point for selling mostly powder laced with a small amount of cocaine or heroin to a confidential informant, according to District Attorney John Morganelli.


RELATED: Bogus drugs taint Colonial Regional drug sweep, DA says


“We’re looking at what charges can we file against not only the confidential informant but any of the people who participated in this scam,” Morganelli said Friday. “We’re looking at the crimes code and finding out where this can go.”

Christopher JanotkaChristopher Janotka, 22, of Walnutport.  

Colonial Regional Police officers, with the help of the Northampton County Drug Task Force, rounded up 14 people in the Nazareth and Bath areas for selling drugs to a confidential informant, court records say.

But 11 of them were released and not charged because the informant arranged for them to sell him powder laced with only a small amount of drugs. Only three of the people made actual drug transactions, Morganelli said.

Morganelli said the 11 people not charged did not realize they were duping police but believed they were deceiving a customer in a drug transaction.

He hopes to conclude the investigation in about a week.

It’s possible some of the suspects won’t be charged if they agree to testify against the confidential informant.

“We may need them to be witnesses if we’re going to go after the main guy,” Morganelli said. “That has to be taken into consideration.”

Morganelli said the scam came to light when Northampton County Detective Andre Stevens started questioning the suspects individually. The first person he interviewed told him the confidential informant gave him powder to sell during the drug transaction rather than drugs.

Then a second suspect told Stevens the same story, and then a third. Growing suspicious that the suspects might be telling the truth, he had everyone released on unsecured bail except for the confidential informant.

Some field tests on the drugs had come up negative. Stevens had them rushed to a drug lab for more in-depth testing, where the lab determined there was a tiny amount of drugs in each sample diluted by powder.

Dominick NixonDominick Nixon (Courtesy photo) 

Three people remain charged after the drug sweep:

  • Colby Sicher, 27, of Whitehall Township, is charged with four counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs and two related offenses.
  • Christopher Janotka, 22, of Walnutport, is charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs and a related offense.
  • and Dominick Nixon, 22, of Bath, is charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs and a related offense.

Morganelli didn’t identify the confidential informant, but a source with knowledge of the investigation said the informant is Janotka.

A woman who identified herself as Janotka’s mother said there’s more to the story than has been released by Morganelli.

“You don’t even know the whole story,” she wrote in an email. “You only know what you have heard from the DA. Did you interview my son? Does his voice get to be heard?”

She did not immediately respond to a request to be interviewed.

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Bogus drugs taint Colonial Regional drug sweep, district attorney says

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Charges were dropped against 11 of 14 people rounded up in the Bath and Nazareth areas by the Colonial Regional Police Department on Wednesday.

A confidential informant whose cooperation led to a drug sweep in the northern tier of Northampton County on Wednesday colluded with the targets and bought look-alike drugs from them, according to Northampton County’s district attorney.

As a result, charges were dropped Thursday against 11 of the 14 people rounded up, District Attorney John Morganelli said.

“We are now looking at whether additional charges should be filed against the confidential informant,” Morganelli said.

He didn’t disclose the informant’s name, but said he’s one of the three people against whom charges ares still filed: Dominick Nixon, Colby Sicher or Christopher Janotka.

Janotka, 22, of Walnutport, is the only person arrested in the drug raid who remains in custody. Morganelli said everyone arrested in the drug sweep was released on unsecured bail except the informant.

Morganelli said Detective Andre Stevens, who heads the county drug task force, became suspicious Wednesday after debriefing the suspects. He recommended releasing all the alleged offenders on unsecured bail except for the confidential informant while police sorted out what had happened.

Morganelli said the informant met with the drug sellers and arranged for them to sell him crushed powder laced with a minimal amount of cocaine or other drug, just enough for the substance to test positive in a crime lab.

Some of the drugs tested negative in the lab, which further aroused authorities’ suspicions, Morganelli said.

The informant split the proceeds of the sale and allowed the sellers to keep the real drugs, Morganelli said. The sellers didn’t know the informant was working with law enforcement, Morganelli said.

He credited Stevens with uncovering the scam in a matter of hours rather than allowing police to remain misled for months. Police worked months on the investigation.

Morganelli said there may have been enough evidence to charge some of the 11 people cleared, but he made the conservative decision to drop the charges.

“When that evidence is brought into question by these police agencies, we cannot allow these prosecutions to move forward,” he said. “It would be completely wrong and improper.”

Morganelli said the confidential informant was charged with two drug deals that police believe are legitimate. He may be charged later with making false reports to law enforcement.

Besides the informant, Morganelli said, charges remain for the other two people because the drugs involved in those sales were determined to be real narcotics.

According to online records:

  • Colby Sicher, 27, of Whitehall, faces four counts of possession of drugs with intent to deliver and two counts of drug possession in Hanover Township, Northamtpon County.
  • Christopher Janotka, 22, of Walnutport, is charged with two counts of possession of drugs with intent to deliver and one count of drug possession in Bath. He was unable to post 10 percent of $2,500 bail.
  • The online records didn’t show charges yet for Dominick Nixon, 22, of Bath.

CLEARED

The following people arrested in Wednesday’s drug sweep have been cleared of wrongdoing:

Aaron Scholl, Daniel Riley, Michael Wright, Brandon Fitzpatrick, Ryan Helm, Peter Snyder, James Hebebrand Jr., Nicholas Cruz, Jared Hansler, Elijah Shoemaker and Nicholas Gowland.

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Nazareth woman charged with theft at Kohl’s and jailed

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Pamela Loretta Young allegedly took or returned for store credit more than $700 in items from the Lower Nazareth Township store.

kohlsPamela Loretta Young allegedly took or returned for store credit more than $700 in items from Kohl’s department store. 

Nazareth woman allegedly took or returned for store credit more than of $700 worth of clothes at Kohl’s department store in Lower Nazareth Township, according to court records.

Pamela Loretta Young, 47, picked up $58.50 worth of clothes in the store and returned them for store credit on Tuesday, police said. She left the store with an additional $205.62 in clothes she didn’t pay for, police said.

She allegedly picked up four items of clothing from the shelves and returned them for $94.96 in store credit on April 4, records say. She left the store that day with pillows and a bed pad worth $399.99, police said.

She was previously charged with retail theft in two other incidents, police said.

Young, of the 100 block of South Main Street, is charged with theft by deception and retail theft. She was sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $35,000 bail, records say.

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Drug purchases by informants led to raids by Colonial Regional police, task force

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During the alleged transactions, authorities set up surveillance in parking lots and homes, court records say.

Police used confidential informants to make drug buys and conducted surveillance of those purchases during the Northampton County task force investigation that led to Wednesday morning’s drug raids, according to court records.

Colonial Regional police and the Northampton County Drug Task Force have arrested at least nine people during the raids in Bath, Nazareth, Northampton Borough and Easton. Additional arrests are expected.


Related: Drug task force, Colonial Regional police raid homes in drug distribution sweep


The drug purchases conducted by the informants were often set up through text messages and social media for various houses and cars in parking lots, records say. The drugs targeted in the months-long investigation were cocaine, heroin, marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms, police said.

Colonial Regional police did not immediately return multiple phone messages and emails left for further information about the raids. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli declined comment.

The majority of those charged were arraigned Wednesday before District Judge John Capobianco and a few were arraigned before District Judge James Narlesky.

They include the following defendants:

  • Chad Eric Davis Jr., 23, of the 100 block of South Main Street in Nazareth, two counts of possession with intent to deliver and one count of possession of marijuana. (June 3, 2015) (Arraigned by Capobianco with bail set at $2,500 unsecured)
  • Brandon John Fitzpatrick, 19, of the 700 block of West Lafayette Street in Easton, four counts of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. (May 29, 2015) (Arraigned by Capobianco and bail set at $3,500 unsecured)
  • James M. Hebebrand Jr., 18, of the 2200 block of Siegfried Avenue in Northampton, four counts of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. (May 31, 2015 and June 10, 2015) (Arraigned by Capobianco and bail set at $5,000 unsecured)
  • Dylan Brody Heckman, 19, of the 200 block of South New Street in Nazareth, two counts of possession with intent to deliver and one count of possession of marijuana. (May 29, 2015) (Arraigned by Capobianco with bail set at $2,500 unsecured)
  • Ryan David Helm, 22, of the 500 block of East 5th Street in Northampton Borough, two counts of possession with intent to deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. (May 30, 2015) (Arraigned before Narlesky, who set bail at $15,000 unsecured)
  • Christopher Arden Janotka, no age provided, of the 4000 block of Schaeffer Drive in Walnutport, two counts of possession with intent to deliver and one count possession of a controlled dangerous substance. (May 29, 2015) (Arraigned by Capobianco, who set bail at 10 percent of $2,500. In lieu of bail, Janotka was transported to Northampton County Prison)
  • Dominick Ryan Nixon, 22, of the 300 block of Old Forge Drive in Bath, two counts of possession with intent to deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. (May 22, 2015) (Arraigned by Capobianco, who set bail at 10 percent of $2,500. In lieu of bail, Nixon was transported to Northampton County Prison)
  • Aaron Joshua Scholl, 28, of the 3400 block of Gail Lane in Whitehall Township, two counts of possession with intent to deliver and one count possession of a controlled dangerous substance. (May 26, 2015) (Arraigned by Narlesky, who set bail at $15,000 unsecured)
  • Peter Stephen Snyder II, 23, of 3300 block of Delps Road in Moore Township, four counts of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. (May 31, 2015) (Arraigned by Narlesky, who set bail at $15,000 unsecured)

Reporter Tony Rhodin and freelance photographer Tim Wynkoop contributed to this story.

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Drug task force, Colonial Regional police raid homes in drug distribution sweep

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The police action spans several municipalities in Northampton County.

Colonial Regional police and the Northampton County Drug Task Force raided several homes early Wednesday, seeking arrests of more than a dozen people charged with drug distribution.


UPDATE: Drug task force, Colonial Regional police used informants to nab drug suspects, court records say


By about 10:30 a.m., at least nine of the people with arrest warrants had been rounded up. Additional arrests are expected, police said.

The task force worked with Colonial Regional on the raids after a months-long investigation, authorities said.

Drugs targeted were cocaine, heroin, marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms, police said.

The charges were filed in the district courts of James Narlesky in Hanover Township, Northampton County; John Capobianco in Nazareth and Robert Hawke in Lehigh Township, court papers say.

At least three suspects were picked up in Northampton Borough.

The group of officers who that made those arrests finished by 9 a.m., but the overall effort had not ended by then, a Colonial Regional detective sergeant said.

Police had attempted to serve warrants in the 500 block of East Fifth Street, the 1700 block of Newport Avenue and the 2200 block of Siegfried Avenue in Northampton; the 100 block of Main Street in Nazareth; the 500 block of Jeffrey Lane in Allen Township and the 300 block of Old Forge Drive in Bath.

“My dog went crazy,” a neighbor said, referring to when police arrived just before 6 a.m. in the 300 block of Old Forge Drive. They were in search of Dominick Ryan Nixon, 22, who another neighbor said moved following his arrest in January on drug charges.

Colonial Regional police quickly headed to another address, but other officers served a search warrant and a police dog was brought in to sniff for drugs in the Old Forge Drive house. A police command truck remained parked nearby.

The development, which features groups of townhouses along a thin, roughly paved road, “is usually pretty quiet,” the neighbor said. “It’s pretty nice here.”

The most activity other than police was a trash truck snaking its way up the block to pick up the garbage.

Nixon’s parents live in the home, another neighbor said.

“It’s a good family,” said the neighbor, who declined to be identified. “I have no problem with them.”

The neighbor said he was on alert before the January raid.

“I discussed it with his parents,” the neighbor said. “I did what I had to do.”

Nixon has a full-time job and he was supposed to go to college in the fall, the neighbor said.

Several suspects are still on being pursued, police said late Wednesday morning. At least two people were arrested who weren’t on the original list of warrants. Court records identified the following who are charged, the offense date and the judge who handled the original warrants as:

  • Chad Eric Davis Jr., 23, of Nazareth, two counts of possession with intent to deliver and one count of possession of marijuana. (June 3, 2015) (Capobianco) (in custody and arraigned)
  • Dylan Brody Heckman, 19, of Nazareth, two counts of possession with intent to deliver and one count of possession of marijuana. (May 29, 2015) (Capobianco) (in custody)
  • James M. Hebebrand Jr., 18, of Northampton, four counts of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. (May 31, 2015) (Capobianco) (in custody and arraigned)
  • Ryan David Helm, 22, of Northampton, two counts of possession with intent to deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. (Capobianco) (May 30, 2015) (in custody and arraigned before Narlesky)
  • Brandon John Fitzpatrick, 19, of Easton, four counts of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. (May 29, 2015) (Capobianco) (in custody and arraigned)
  • Christopher Arden Janotka, no age provided, of the 4000 block of Schaeffer Drive in Walnutport, two counts of possession with intent to deliver and one count possession of a controlled dangerous substance. (May 29, 2015) (arraigned by Capobianco)
  • Dominick Ryan Nixon, 22, of Bath, two counts of possession with intent to deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. (May 22, 2015) (Capobianco) (in custody and arraigned)
  • Peter Stephen Snyder II, 23, of Lehigh Township, four counts of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered. (May 31, 2015) (Hawke) (in custody)

Staff writer Pam Sroka-Holzmann and freelance photographer Tim Wynkoop contributed to this report.

Northampton Borough man charged after allegedly punching teen in parking lot

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Court records say the pair reside together, but didn't indicate their relationship.

Northampton Borough man was charged with simple assault after allegedly punching a teenager in a parking lot then striking witnesses as they tried to intervene.

Colonial Regional police at 11:21 p.m. Tuesday responded to the Wal-Mart in Lower Nazareth Township after witnesses reported a man fighting with a 16-year-old girl. Court records say the pair reside together, but didn’t indicate their relationship.

Giovanni Alfredo Morales, 21, of the 200 block of James Avenue, was preventing the teen from getting into a car despite the car door being open, court records say.

The teen then allegedly pushed Morales and Morales threw the teen into the vehicle door and began punching her in the face with a closed fist, records say.

As a witness tried to stop Morales, Morales then punched the witness in the nose, records say. Others also tried to stop Morales and he fled to a nearby Burger King, records say.

Morales then punched a second witness in the face with a closed fist as he approached Morales outside the Burger King, records say.

When police interviewed Morales, he said the teen slapped him in back of the head while shopping at Wal-Mart and the fighting continued in the parking lot. He claimed the teen raised her fist to punch him first and that’s when he punched her, records say.

Morales Wednesday was arraigned before District Judge Douglas Schlegel on charges of simple assault, harassment, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and child endangerment. The judge set bail at 10 percent of $20,000.

Morales failed to post bail and was transported to the Northampton County Prison.

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Four people arrested in Easton home; 2 on warrants, 2 on drug possession, police say

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The West Ward police activity begins as vice officers serve warrants involving retail theft, a police lieutenant says.

Four people were taken into custody Wednesday morning after the Easton police Vice Unit served warrants on a man at a West Ward home, Lt. Matthew Gerould reports.

Donald Mertz, 35, was picked up just before 8 o’clock at 900 Butler St. on outstanding Palmer Township and Colonial Regional Police Department warrants involving retail theft, Gerould said. 

Mertz was wanted by Colonial Regional on a retail theft charge from Oct. 18, court papers say. He also is charged with an additional count of retail theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit retail theft from an Oct. 21 incident in Palmer Township, court papers say.

Cynthia Bryson, 51, was arrested on an outstanding Palmer retail theft warrant, Gerould said. She is also charged with receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit retail theft in an Oct. 21 incident, court papers say. It wasn’t immediately clear if Mertz and Bryson were charged in the same Palmer incident.

They will be processed by those police departments, Gerould said. Palmer and Colonial Regional police did not immediately return phone calls seeklng more information.

Gerald Williams, 37, and Andrea Cheeves, 31, will be charged with possession of heroin and cocaine, Gerould said. They were to be processed, he said, and released pending a district court hearing.

Gerould would not say where the drugs were found — other than in the home — but said police did not serve a search warrant.

Three charged following stabbing in Bath, Colonial Regional police say

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Three people are facing assault charges following reported stabbings at a Bath family picnic, Colonial Regional police say.

Three people are facing assault charges following reported stabbings at a Bath family picnic, Colonial Regional police say.

Tyisha Ravenell, Jermaine Ravenell and Tyrell Ravenell, no age or address provided, each were charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct following the brawl Saturday night in the 200 block of Creek Road, police say.

Fighting broke out shortly before 10 p.m. with reports of gunfire and victims suffering from multiple stab wounds, said Colonial Regional Police Officer Frank Epser. An estimated 100 people attended the party.

Multiple police officers from Nazareth, Upper Nazareth, Bushkill Township, Moore Township and Colonial Regional, as well as state police, were dispatched. Emergency medical personnel treated at least three people with bloody wounds, Epser said, noting those people were transported to area hospitals.

Several other people had refused medical treatment, Epser said. None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening, he said.

During the fight, a pregnant woman also went into labor, according to a report by WFMZ-TV 69 News.

Police are unsure of how many weapons were used during the fighting or what led to the brawl. Epser said there were reports of victims cut with knives and one struck with a chair.

“There were no gunshot wounds to my knowledge,” Epser said.

All three suspects Sunday morning were arraigned by District Judge Richard Yetter. The judge set bail at 10 percent of $30,000 for Tyisha Ravenell; 10 percent of $25,000 for Jermaine Ravenell; and 10 percent of $25,000 for Tyrell Ravenell.

All three failed to post bail and were taken to Northampton County Prison.

The incident remains under investigation by Colonial Regional police.

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