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Colonial Regional police arrest one of two men involved in attack on woman at Hanover Township campsite

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Police say the female victim suffered head and facial injuries in Monday night's attack.

A Bethlehem man is accused of assisting in the assault of a woman staying at a wooded camp in Hanover Township, Northampton County, according to court records.

Police say Gerald Thomas, 44, of the 1700 block of Broadway, and 44-year-old Richard Heilman, went Monday night to an encampment belonging to Mark LeFever and Andrea Wunderly. The site is in the woods off Schoenersville Road, police said.

Colonial Regional police say Heilman attacked Wunderly with a metal ball wrapped in a sap or club. LeFever tried to intervene, police say, and Thomas grabbed and held him to prevent him from coming to the aid of the woman.

Wunderly suffered head and facial injuries from the attack, including a swollen eye socket and cuts to her head, requiring her to get stitches, police said. 

Thomas was arraigned early Tuesday morning before District Judge Douglas Schlegel on charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit simple assault and conspiracy to commit harassment. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bail. 

Court papers indicate Heilman is not in custody. He’s wanted for aggravated assault, simple assault, possession of a prohibited weapon and harassment, authorities said.

Lower Nazareth Township to pay 5.3 percent more for police services under budget proposal

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Lower Nazareth's total bill for police services would be about $1.2 million, Bath would pay $393,142 and Hanover Township, Northampton County would pay $1.6 million under the 2015 proposal.

Lower Nazareth Township will pay about 5.3 percent more next year for Colonial Regional police services.

Under a proposed $3.2 million Colonial Regional Police Department budget for 2015, Lower Nazareth would pay $1.2 million, Bath would pay $393,142 and Hanover Township, Northampton County would pay $1.6 million.

Colonial Regional covers those three municipalities. The overall budget is up 1.6 percent from last year.

Lower Nazareth is paying a 5.3 percent increase while Bath’s share is decreasing by less than 1 percent and Hanover Township is increasing by less than 1 percent.   

Supervisor Eric Nagle, who in June resigned from serving on the Colonial Regional Police Commission, wanted the township to form its own police department after taxpayers were on the hook in 2014 for a $45,000 increase. The plan to form a township police department was struck down in a 3-2 vote in June.

Nagle was visibly annoyed at last week’s board meeting, saying again Lower Nazareth Township is paying more for Colonial Regional than if it had formed its own police department. His frustration led to a heated exchange with Supervisor Martin Boucher.

“I want the taxpayers to understand we’re paying about $300,000 more,” Nagle said.

Boucher, who serves on the Colonial Regional Commission, replied he felt the money was well spent since the volume of calls has increased.

A study conducted by Township Manager Timm Tenges had estimated Lower Nazareth Township could save about $238,000 annually by breaking from Colonial Regional Police Department and forming its own department. The township department would have cost $961,769 annually with seven full-time officers, plus start-up costs, according to the study.

Former Colonial Regional Commission Chairman Glenn Walbert, who remains a member of the commission representing Hanover Township, said Sunday the cost per municipality is based on population growth, the amount of incidents police respond to and assessed property values.

“Lower Nazareth is growing in incidents and assessed property value,” Walbert said. “Hanover Township is virtually built-out. Bath has been essentially landlocked for a long time. Lower Nazareth did have an increase in calls. They are a growing municipality.”

Lower Nazareth averages 300 incidents in need of police services monthly, Walbert said.

In 2013, Colonial Regional police responded to 3,690 incidents in Lower Nazareth and in 2012, 3,513 incidents. Since January, officers have responded to 2,761 incidents in Lower Nazareth, said Walbert, who projects a total of 3,800 incidents by the end of the year.

Nagle has long been against the regional police funding formula. He argued each municipality’s share should be based solely on population.

But Walbert said it’s not that clear cut.

“When you have a municipality with a diverse mix of residential, industrial and commercial, trying to set a budget based on just residential is not workable,” he said. “All these things have impacts on the demand for police services.”

Lower Nazareth supervisors, as well as the governing bodies in Hanover Township and Bath, are expected to vote whether to approve the Colonial Regional Police Commission budget by the end of next month.

Forks Township man arrested after stealing vacuum cleaner from Wal-Mart, police say

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The 48-year-old runs off but is tracked down, police say.

A 48-year-old Forks Township man faces charges after stealing a vacuum cleaner from the Wal-Mart in Lower Nazareth Township, Colonial Regional police report this morning in a news release.

Daniel Floyd Matlock, of the 400 block of Kesslersville Road, took a $379 Dyson from the store in the 3700 block of Easton Nazareth Highway, police said.

Matlock ran off but was taken into custody not far away, police said. The vacuum cleaner was recovered, police said.

Matlock was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Barner on charges of retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. He was released on $3,500 unsecured bail, police said.

A preliminary hearing is initially scheduled 10:45 a.m. Sept. 4, court records say.

Nazareth robbery suspect’s unplanned escape foiled by Mother Nature, police say

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The 24-year-old Bath man spent the night hiding under a Nazareth porch before going to a grocery story to get warm, borough police say.

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It was out of desperation that an armed robbery suspect fled custody after a court hearing Monday, his girlfriend said.

On the lam for less than a day, Daniel Joseph Preziosi was arrested this morning in a Lower Nazareth Township supermarket restroom, police say.

The 24-year-old Bath man had faced charges related to an Oct. 19 armed robber of a Bath grocery store.

Back in the same Nazareth courtroom today, Preziosi saw his bail set at $175,000 on a newly filed escape charge.

“Unfortunately, you’re a flight risk,” District Judge John Capobianco told Preziosi.

Preziosi laughed, and replied, “Yeah,” which was followed by a long pause. “That’s a lot of money.”

Because he couldn’t post the $75,000 bail that kept him in Northampton County Prison following the robbery, Preziosi said he would unlikely be able to raise the $175,000.

The judge then warned Preziosi, saying, “I don’t want to get involved in anything here, but just use your head on the way out.”

Preziosi, who was dressed in gray sweat clothes, was shackled and handcuffed today.  Nazareth police officer Alan Koch held the back of Preziosi’s chair during the hearing. Prior to being moved into the courtroom, Preziosi was shackled to a wall in a holding room.

Instead of walking from the police station to the attached court building, as an extra precaution, Preziosi was driven around the block before being brought into court.

Preziosi was escorted from court without incident after the hearing.

‘He wasn’t thinking clearly’

 After the hearing, Preziosi was allowed to speak with his girlfriend, 19-year-old Samantha Tagliaterra. She wasn’t allowed in the courtroom today for the arraignment; she attended Monday’s hearing, also before Capobianco.

After court, a somewhat calmer Tagliaterra stressed that Preziosi had been upset and acted in desperation. Tagliaterra has been involved with Preziosi for a year and previously lived with him in an apartment in the 100 block of East Main Street in Bath.

“He wasn’t thinking clearly,” she said, fighting tears. “His lawyer (Christopher Shipman) wasn’t doing much for him. He didn’t realize it was going to be like all of this.”

Shipman this morning urged Preziosi to turn himself in to authorities. He could not be reached for further comment this afternoon.

Tagliaterra said Preziosi had a drug problem some time ago. He had served time for delivery of heroin, according to a probation violation report. Tagliaterra said he also was depressed.

“I don’t think he had a plan,” she said. “He was going to turn himself in because he was going to die out here” in the cold, snowy weather. “I love him and I will be here for him.”

Tagliaterra was not involved with the robbery or escape, authorities said, although police did track down her car outside her Bath apartment, above Fox’s Gentlemen’s Club, as part of the search for Preziosi.

Monday’s escape

As he was leaving court about 11:30 a.m. Monday, Preziosi ran off across the court’s parking lot, trailed by two constables, Koch, the Nazareth police officer, said in court papers. The officer was pulling up in his police cruiser at the time.

Preziosi, who was wearing a red prison jumpsuit, removed a transport belt from around his waist and dropped it in the parking lot, Koch said in court papers.

Preziosi ran west across South Green Street, going through a few back yards with constable Jose Garcia trailing several yards behind, Koch said. Police lost sight of Preziosi in the area of South Church Street, Koch said. A K-9 dog was unable to pick up a scent in that area, leading authorities to conclude he drove off, court papers say. That began the search for Tagliaterra’s car.

He did not drive off, but remained within five blocks of the court throughout the day and night, court records say. Police found his prison jumpsuit outside in the 100 block of Mauch Chunk Street in Nazareth.

Preziosi hid under a home’s front porch, leaving only when heading to Giant in Lower Nazareth Township to get warm, Nazareth police Chief Thomas Trachta said, refusing to identify the home. Police had yet to interview the homeowner, Trachta said this morning.

“It appears he had a bonehead idea to do this,” Trachta said of Preziosi. “There wasn’t much planning.”

Getting warm at Giant

 Preziosi came into the Giant grocery store about 10 a.m. today at Routes 191 and 248 looking to use the restroom and get warm, police said.

Due to what Trachta called “excellent media coverage,” several Giant employees recognized him and called authorities.

Nazareth officers took him into custody without struggle, police said.

When asked if Preziosi had anything to say when he was arrested, Trachta relayed Preziosi’s words, “It’s too damn cold.”

“Mother Nature got the best of him,” Trachta said.

Bath robbery suspect who escaped Monday remains out of prison, authorities say

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A charge of escape has been added against the 24-year-old.

This much we know early this morning: Daniel Joseph Preziosi, who escaped Monday after a preliminary hearing on armed robbery and related charges in a Nazareth court,  is not in Northampton County Prison.

A prison employee confirmed that much just after 7 o’clock.

Nazareth police couldn’t immediately be reached this morning for more information and a supervisor at the Northampton County dispatch center said as far as she knew, the 24-year-old was not arrested overnight.

When the 5-foot, 10-inch tall, 145-pound former Bath resident, who has black hair and brown eyes, is captured, he will face an addition charge of escape, which was filed Monday at District Judge John Capobianco’s court in Nazareth, according to court papers.

Preziosi is charged in an Oct. 19 robbery of a grocery store in Bath and was being held in Northampton County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail. He escaped Monday from two constables after the hearing in which the robbery-related charges were forwarded to Northampton County Court.

The car in which he rode away from the court was found later in Bath, Colonial Regional police reported Monday. It wasn’t clear where Preziosi’s girlfriend Samantha Tagliatera was. The vehicle was found in front of her apartment in Bath, but Colonial Regional police did not find Preziosi or Tagliatera there, police said.