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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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Lower Nazareth Township man claims self-defense in head-butt assault, cops say

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The 31-year-old suspect is in county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

COLONIAL_REGIONAL_POLICEColonial Regional police charged Daniel Falcon with simple assault and harassment. 

A Lower Nazareth Township man claimed self-defense after allegedly head-butting his ex-girlfriend Tuesday.

Colonial Regional police say they found Jennifer Opdyke with a bloodied face and broken nose at a home in the 400 block of Daniels Road. Records say Daniel Falcon, 31, was located in the basement of the home. 

Opdyke said the two were arguing when Falcon, the father of her child, slammed his head into her face, according to court records. Falcon, who was intoxicated when police spoke with him, declined to give a full statement to authorities, but did claim to have struck Opdyke in self-defense, court papers say.

Falcon was arraigned before on-call District Judge Roy Manwaring on charges of simple assault and harassment. He remains in Northampton County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Bath woman sentenced to state prison for sex act with teen

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Lisa Winarchick, 50, was sentenced by Judge Paula Roscioli on Friday morning.

A Bath woman who performed a sex act on a teenage boy will spend up to seven years in state prison.

Lisa Winarchick, 50, was sentenced by Judge Paula Roscioli on Friday morning.

As part of a negotiated plea in January, Winarchik pleaded guilty to charges of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors. A charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse was withdrawn, court records indicate.

Roscioli sentenced Winarchik to consecutive state prison sentences Friday.

On the charge of statutory sexual assault, Winarchik must serve two to five years. She was sentenced to three months to two years on the corruption of minors charge.

Winarchik has been deemed to not be a sexually violent predator but she must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life, Roscioli ruled.

Winarchik has been free on bail since she was charged in September. She will remain in Northampton County Prison for 35 days, court records indicate.

The boy told police Winarchick performed oral sex on him while they were sitting on the porch of a Bath home sometimes between July and August 2013. The boy said both he and Winarchick were both intoxicated at the time of the sex act, court records say.

He was 15 at the time. He told police after a few minutes he put a stop to the encounter and went home because he did not feel it was right, court records indicate.

Winarchik admits to performing the sex act but maintained she was intoxicated and did not know the boy was a minor.

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Man returns to parking lot of store he stole from, gets arrested, police say

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Gary Counterman, 47, remains in Northampton County Prison after failing to post $30,000 bail.

A 47-year-old man is in Northampton County Prison after allegedly stealing two computer monitors from the Lower Nazareth Wal-Mart.

Gary Counterman, no address given, was arrested March 14 when he returned to the scene of the crime, police report.

Wal-Mart loss prevention staff spotted Counterman walk out of the store without paying for the computer monitors, valued at $780, and called Colonial Regional police, police say in a news release.

Counterman got into a gray Chevy and drove away but 45 minutes later police spotted the car in the parking lot for a second time, police said. Police stopped the car and found the stolen monitors, police said.

Counterman was arrested and arraigned on a charge of retail theft. He remains in jail in lieu of $30,000 bail straight, online court records indicate.

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Bangor man steals $2,700 from Wal-Mart during four separate thefts, Colonial Regional police say

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Police say during one trip to the store, the 41-year-old suspect stole two 40-inch TVs and two sound systems.

wal mart genericView full sizePolice say the 41-year-old Bangor man stole from the store three times in January and tried once in March.

A Bangor man’s rash of thefts at a Lower Nazareth Township Wal-Mart totaled $2,706 during four trips to the store, court records say.

When Shawn Hayes, 41, of the first block of North Main Street, walked into the Wal-Mart store Wednesday, security immediately recognized him as a man wanted in a three previous retail thefts at the location, according to records.

Authorities watched Hayes make his way around the store, court papers say. Police say he had $542 worth of merchandise in his cart when he tried to leave. Hayes was detained and interviewed by authorities, records say. He agreed to speak to police and readily admitted to stealing store products and selling them in the street, court records say.

Video surveillance captured at the store showed Hayes stealing items from the store on multiple days throughout January, including one trip where he took two 40-inch televisions and a two sound systems, records say. Hayes stole $298 worth of items on Jan. 5, $942 worth of items on Jan. 12 and $924 worth of items on Jan. 14, according to authorities.

Hayes was arraigned before on-call District Judge Jacqueline Taschner on four counts of retail theft. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $7,500 bail. 

Colonial Regional police officer retires after emotional ride

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More than a dozen police cruisers formed a convoy with lights flashing and sirens blaring for former Bath police Chief and retiring Colonial Regional officer Anthony Kovalovsky

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After more than 30 years of wearing a badge, Anthony Kovalovsky rode home in style Sunday.

The 56-year-old Bath resident retired as a member of the Colonial Regional Police Department and was ferried home in a convoy of more than a dozen police cruisers with lights flashing and sirens blaring.

The offices assembled on the street in front of his home, saluting him as he emerged from his vehicle.

He shook hands with each officer, sometimes stopping to hug one or slap one on the back. He wiped away a tear as he hugged Colonial Regional Chief Roy Seiple.

“I actually was tearing up since I left the station,” Kovalovsky said. “Final ride home. I did it all my life. I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss the people, my fellow officers.”

Kovalovsky was the Bath police chief when his force merged with Colonial Regional in 1995. Sgt. George Cuchran described Kovalovsky as a lifelong Bath resident who put his community first and served as mentor for himself and the younger officers.

“I’ve trained quite a few of the new guys who have come on board, a great bunch of guys,” Kovalovsky said.

Now Kovalovsky will have more time to spend with his wife, Betsy. His immediate plans are a cruise with her, his daughter and son-in-law to St. Thomas and the Bahamas.

As quickly as the convoy descended on East Main Street, the group dispersed.

“Betsy, he’s all yours,” Seiple told Kovalovsky’s wife.

She said her husband’s decision to retire came about a year ago.

Asked what he’ll do in the next chapter of his life, Kovalovsky said, “Hopefully enjoy it. See what it brings and we’ll take it from there.”

Prank call, death threats to Bath bar land 20-year-old behind bars, police report

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The 20-year-old introduced himself as "Marshall Law" before making death threats to an employee at Kicker's Pub, police say.

COLONIAL REGIONAL POLICE CARView full sizeColonial Regional police charged Elijah Garcia in relation to a Tuesday prank call to Kicker’s Pub. 

A Bath man’s alleged prank call to a borough bar landed him behind bars Tuesday.

Police say Elijah Garcia, 20, of the 100 block of West Main Street, phoned Kicker’s Pub just after noon Tuesday and asked if they were serving liquor. When the worker who answered the line answered yes and asked Garcia for his name, court records say, he called himself “Marshall Law.”

After a pause, court records say Garcia continued.

“You better go in the basement of your house because I’m going to kill you all,” Garcia allegedly said before hanging up.

Lauren Shala, owner of the pub, said she called the number that showed up on the bar’s caller ID but the person who answered hung up on her. Shala said she weighed whether to call police but eventually decided to err on the side of caution.

“I just didn’t want something to happen and then have me not having done anything,” Shala said. “I’m thinking about everyone that comes in here.”

Colonial Regional police contacted Garcia and spoke with him on his front porch, court papers say. Garcia allegedly admitted to calling the bar but said it was all just a joke. As police continued questioning Garcia, records say, he told them he didn’t have to hand over his state identification unless he was under arrest. Police say they then placed the 20-year-old under arrest.

Authorities say Garcia’s alleged mischief continued at the police station: He’s also accused of clogging the station’s toilet.

Garcia was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge John Capobianco on charges of terroristic threats causing serious public inconvenience, disorderly conduct and institutional vandalism. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail. 

Nazareth man steals from Lower Nazareth store, leads authorities on chase before arrest, police say

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A K-9 helps in the apprehension of the 23-year-old.

Colonial Regional police carView full sizeColonial Regional police, deploying a K-9, take a Nazareth man into custody on a variety of charges. 

A 23-year-old Nazareth man faces an array of charges after stealing merchandise from the Target in Lower Nazareth Township and fleeing authorities, Colonial Regional police report.

David Repsher, of Whitfield Street, was seen at 9:15 p.m. Thursday leaving the store in the 3800 block of Dryland Way carrying a computer tablet and sweatpants worth $159 that he stole, police said.

As police arrived, Repsher ran south across a parking lot into a field, police said. A Colonial Regional K-9 was deployed and found Repsher hiding in a depression in the middle of the field, police said.

After being told he was under arrest, Repsher got up and concealed his hands in the front of his waistband, leading authorities to believe he had a weapon, police said. When Respher refused to show his hands, the dog was again deployed, knocking Repsher to the ground, police said. But Repsher got up again, reaching again for his waistband before another Colonial Regional officer tackled him and put him in custody, police said.

Repsher was carrying 20 packets of heroin, a knife and a syringe, police said. The stolen goods were found in the depression in the field where Repsher initially hid, police said.

He was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, for treatment of an injury inflicted by the K-9, police said.

Repsher was then arraigned before on-call District Judge Nancy Matos Gonzalez on charges of retail theft, flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. He was sent to Northampton County Prison on a sheriff’s department bench warrant and in lieu of $15,000 bail, police said. He reminded Friday morning in jail, according to online records.