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Heroin laced with fentanyl kills 2 drug counselors, DA says

A suburban Philadelphia offkicial issues a warning to addicts.

Two counselors at a drug treatment facility in suburban Philadelphia died this week from overdoses of heroin l…

Alleged cop biter to officer: ‘Yeah, I bit you!’

The woman reportedly told an officer, ‘You’re not arresting me’ before she was, in fact, arrested.

A woman allegedly scuffled with Bethlehem police officers trying to arrest her, eventually biting one officer on the leg.

After the biting, Lindsay Mantz said, “Yeah, I bit you,” and spit in the officer’s face, police said.

The 31-year-old Mantz, of the 300 block of Penn Street in Allentown, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. She was sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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Bethlehem police said officers dealt with Mantz earlier on Tuesday night, and were called again at 9:45 p.m. for a report of Mantz and a man fighting.

Mantz was walking near Liberty Street and Eighth Avenue, and was yelling and cursing, including multiple times at an officer, police said.

Earlier in the evening, Mantz had a dispute with her father and was supposed to be walking to her home in Allentown, according to police. Instead, Mantz tried going back to her father’s residence.

Mantz repeatedly refused to follow an officer’s commands and, when he went to arrest her for disorderly conduct, reportedly said, “You’re not arresting me.”

It took two officers to handcuff Mantz, and during the scuffle she bit officer Paul Ramsden in the thigh, police said.

It took three officers to get her into a police cruiser, police said.

The bite broke Ramsden’s skin and left a bruise, police said. The officer sought treatment at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill.

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N.J. man returns to Florida to face charges in fatal hit-and-run

The Blairstown-area resident is accused of killing a homeless man in the crash.

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Do you know this Lower Nazareth Wal-Mart TV thief?

Colonial Regional police are trying to identify the man.

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Fugitive who was part of Facebook sneaker robbery is arrested

Northampton County sheriff’s deputies and others take two men into custody on state parole violation warrants.

A man who participated in a robbery tied to a sneaker sale arranged on Facebook and another man who pleaded guilty to a drug crime were arrested Tuesday morning in Allentown on Pennsylvania parole violation warrants.

The U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Warrants Division, Pennsylvania State Parole agents and Allentown police served the warrants at two city locations to make the arrests, sheriff’s department Sgt. Michael Orchulli said.

Javon Gordon, 21, was picked up at 551 Mohawk St., Orchulli said. Alex Ali, 28, was arrested at 40 N. 12th St., Orchulli added. Both were taken to Lehigh County Prison.

Facebook sneaker sale ends with robbery

Gordon was on parole after a 16-month to five-year sentence from a Sept. 20, 2015, robbery that began when a 15-year-old agreed with another teenager to buy three pairs of Jordan sneakers and other items in Allentown, police said at the time. Gordon and another teen accompanied the 15-year-old and Gordon pulled the victim to the ground while the 15-year-old pointed a gun, police said.

Instead of buying sneakers, the trio took them and a Mongoose bicycle, an Under Armor bag, three Gucci belts, two hats and a Droid phone, police said.

Gordon pleaded guilty on March 26, 2016, to robbery and conspiracy, but records show he was paroled well short of serving his full sentence.

Court papers don’t show how Gordon violated parole.

Drug probe yields heroin arrest

Ali was arrested in March 2016 during a Moore Township police narcotics operation, police said at the time.

Alex Ali.jpegAlex Ali. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com)

Officers knew he was wanted on a parole violation tied to previous drug crimes so when they saw him March 19 in the first block of Woodsdale Court in the Hickory Hills mobile home development, they took him into custody, they said.

When searched, it was learned he had 30 individually wrapped packets of heroin in a pack of cigarettes, police said.

He was paroled Jan. 21 of this year, records show. Orchulli didn’t specify the nature of the parole violation, but Ali owed $2,333.99 in court fees and fines and hadn’t made any payments, records show.

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Man who once asked police if he had warrants is arrested

He faces drug charges after sheriff’s deputies and U.S. marshals served a warrant on Friday.

An Easton man, who was arrested on robbery charges in 2012 after calling police to ask if there were any warrants out for him, now faces drug charges, authorities say.

Samad McKoySamad McKoy. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) 

Northampton County sheriff’s deputies and the U.S. Marshals Service were serving a warrant Friday morning in an apartment at 619 Northampton St. in Easton when Samad McKoy, 33, was found in possession of heroin and crack cocaine, city police say in court papers.

Police were called in to make the drug arrest.

McKoy was arraigned at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday before District Judge Antonia Grifo on two counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs, court papers say. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail, records show.

McKoy was the target of the marshals’ violent fugitive task force operation, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the warrant was from a parole violation or something else. Deputies were also doing an unrelated warrant sweep during that period on Friday.

Paperwork shows McKoy had failed to pay court fees and fines and restitution in two robberies, but it doesn’t show a bench warrant.

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McKoy pleaded guilty in May 2012 to robbing a pair of delivery men — one bringing him Chinese food in November 2011 and the other carrying pizza in January — and was sentenced to 10 months to three years in prison after initially getting 18 months to four years, records show.

After the pizza delivery robbery, he called police to ask if they had a warrant out for him in the “Papa John’s robbery,” court records said at the time. He was arrested Jan. 25 of that year and both delivery men identified him from photo arrays, police said.

He was released from prison in 2015, records show, but was back behind bars until March 18 of this year in Lawrence County. It’s unclear why he was jailed there.

His preliminary hearing on the drug charges is tentatively scheduled 1:30 p.m. June 21 in Grifo’s Downtown court.

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Allentown police looking for driver who hit, dragged bicycle rider

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Northampton County Top 10 fugitive arrested in Allentown

She had been on the lam since 2012.

One of the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department’s Top 10 most wanted fugitives is back behind bars.
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Judge: Gang member’s robbery, assault in Downtown Allentown was for ‘sport’

The judge said the member of the Santana Blocc Crips is someone the public “should be afraid of.”

A reported member of the Santana Blocc Crips had nothing to say to a judge before being sentenced on Tuesday, but video of one of his attacks in Allentown did all the talking.

The random victim, a 13-year-old boy, is seen April 13, 2016, walking down Church Street, near Hamilton Street in Downtown Allentown.

Jahron Morales, in a blue hooded sweatshirt, and an accomplice, in dark clothing, are shown in the video running down the alley behind the victim, when Morales uses something to hit the victim in the head, knocking the boy to the ground.

Morales secures something in his pants, before looking through the victim’s pockets. The pair of robbers run away in one direction, and the victim gets up and flees in another direction.

Morales denied having a weapon, but Chief Deputy District Attorney Bethany Zapogna said the victim reported being hit in the head with something metal, and believed it was a handgun.

About an hour after that attack, Morales and a number of his friends approached two 15-year-old boys as they walked in Valania Park in the 500 block of Union Street, and robbed one of them.

Morales was 18 at the time of the crimes, and is 19 now.

After seeing the video and numerous photos of Morales’ reported gang affiliations, Judge Kelly Banach sentenced him to two to 10 years in state prison on two counts of robbery.

No outfit change for robber between probation meeting, armed crimes, cops say

Allentown police officer Nicholas Lerch, who is with the gang task force, testified on Tuesday that Morales is a confirmed member of the Santana Blocc Crips.

Photos on Facebook show Morales with other gang members and him giving the gang’s “C” hand sign; Morales admitted to being a SBC member to his probation officer; Morales told a detective he was “jumped in” to the gang; and other gang members identified Morales as being part of the Santana Blocc Crips, Lerch said.

Prosecutors said the photos show Morales with other confirmed gang members, including Tai-Jon Edwards and Marcus McCrae. One photo, taken in the county jail visitation room while Morales awaited trial in his cases, shows Morales and Edwards flashing the “C” gang sign.

A day after Morales’ robberies, Edwards and McCrae were part of a group that tried to steal a hoverboard, but were shot at before the car they fled in crashed.

Edwards pleaded no contest to robbery in that case and was sentenced to 1-and-a-half years to five years in state prison. McCrae pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to 3-and-a-half to 12 years in state prison.

Jail officials also found documents in Morales’ cell with “Santana Blocc Crips” written on it.

Zampogna said the documents used the terms “opps,” which means cops. Morales told the judge the term “opps” meant opposition. The judge asked Morales to spell opposition; he could not.

Morales was wearing a pink prison jumpsuit on Tuesday, signifying a number of misconducts he has had in county jail.

Morales was on probation at the time of the robberies and, in fact, was wearing the same clothing during the crimes that he wore to a meeting with his probation officer earlier that day.

“I’m not sure what the system can do for him,” Zampogna said.

This was Morales’ third robbery. He was adjudicated delinquent for a 2015 robbery, where Morales attacked a random girl walking home and stole her phone, the prosecutor said.

“He hasn’t changed at all. In fact, he’s gotten worse,” Zampogna said. “These victims need to be protected, the streets need to be protected from people like this defendant.”

Banach asked if Morales knew the victims, and he said he did not.

“Then it is sport. Then it is just for something to do,” the judge said. “You’ve ruined your life. You know that. You ruined it.”

Banach asked how Morales would be able to get a job after serving his time, with three robberies under his belt.

“You’re a person who is now someone we should be afraid of,” the judge said.

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‘I was unaware of this entire situation,’ owner says of illegal dumping

A truck owned by a property maintenance company was found on surveillance video illegally dumping, police said.

The owner of a sealing and property maintenance company said he ha…