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Man fleeing dad’s killing stopped twice in Lehigh County, cops say

The suspect was trying to get money from ATMs, police say.

A Schuylkill County man, fleeing after beating his father to death with a baseball bat, turned up twice on surveillance…

Ax-swinging drunk man yells obscenity at troopers, state police say

‘I told him he should go to sleep, stop drinking and stop yelling at people,’ a trooper wrote.

A drunk man swinging an ax who yelled at people and ran into traffic was arrested after ignoring warnings from troopers, state police said.

Witnesses reported Keith Reeves began yelling at them when they arrived Tuesday morning at a business in the 5600 block of Route 100 in Heidelberg Township.

A visibly drunk Reeves was swinging an ax at a tree and yelling obscenities in a yard across the road, troopers said.

Cops: Police impersonator strikes again in the Lehigh Valley

At one point, Reeves ran across Route 100 and into the business, according to state police. The business owner told troopers Reeves was scaring his family and customers.

Troopers said Reeves had slurred speech, smelled strongly of alcoholic beverages and was unsteady on his feet. While troopers were speaking to the witnesses, Reeves was standing on the other side of the road when he grabbed his groin and yelled at two of the witnesses, state police said.

Troopers said they warned Reeves if he did not stop acting that way, they would arrest him for persistent disorderly conduct.

“I told him he should go to sleep, stop drinking and stop yelling at people,” a trooper wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.

Reeves allegedly persisted, yelling “f— you” to the troopers when they were walking back to the witnesses across the road.

The 56-year-old Reeves was arrested and charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and a single count of public drunkenness. He was sent to Lehigh County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

State police said Reeves reported he is homeless and could not go to his last known address in the 6500 block of Hollenbach Road, down the street from the incident.

Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

 

SPCA seizes 47 animals from ‘unsanitary’ Lehigh County property

Thirty-five cats, seven dogs and five horses were taken.

Acting on a tip that creatures were being kept in unsanitary conditions, authorities said they rescued 35 cats,…

Alleged burglar hit 19 homes in spree around Lehigh Valley and beyond

Peter Baglio III is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, coins and cash, police said.

A man who walked away from a halfway house because he was afraid he w…

Migration Fest explores hawks, butterflies passing through Pennsylvania

Free activities are planned at and around the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, which is hosting the event in Lehigh County.

Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Lehigh County is celebrating…

Lehigh Valley sharing in $17.5 million in intersection upgrades

Pen Argyl is the recipient of the largest state grant, for Route 512 and Robinson Avenue. 

Municipalities in Lehigh and Northampton counties are receiving more than $300,000 in all from $17.5 million in grants announced last week for intersection improvements across Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced two rounds of grants, one totaling $12 million for traffic signal upgrades paid for by Act 89 of 2013, the state’s transportation funding plan that raised a host of fees on drivers.

The other grants total $5.5 million, coming from the Automated Red Light Enforcement program in place at 28 intersections in Philadelphia. 

Of both rounds of grants, the largest sum for the Lehigh Valley region is $160,500 from Act 89 dollars, going toward upgrades of Route 512 (Pennsylvania Avenue) and Robinson Avenue in Pen Argyl.

“This is the main intersection in Pen Argyl and woefully outdated,” borough Manager Robin Zmoda said in an email. “This project is part of the enhancements Pen Argyl Borough would like to complete in order to assist in the revitalization efforts in Pen Argyl and the entire Slate Belt region. 

“The upgrade will allow for safer pedestrian, improved (Americans with Disabilities Act) crossings and smoother traffic flow through the busy intersection — an overall modernization of the intersection.”

Police lose license plate stickers for enforcement

Here are the other local grants announced by Wolf through the grant programs:

From Act 89 “Green Light-Go” grants: 

Lehigh County

Heidelberg Township, $4,917 to install an uninterruptible power supply system at the intersection at Route 309 and Route 4029 (Northwest Road).

South Whitehall Township, $8,000 to improve traffic signal retiming at the intersections of Route 1002 (Tilghman Street) and Parkway Road, Route 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road) and Scherersville Road, and Route 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road) and Route 1021 (Perma Avenue).

Upper Macungie Township, $35,000 to install traffic signal emergency vehicle pre-emption systems at the intersections of Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Continental Way, Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Trexlertown Shopping Center, Route 6222 and Trexler Mall Entrance, Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Route 2012 (Lower Macungie Road), and Route 3008 (Cetronia Road) and Route 2015 (Schantz Road).

Northampton County

Bath, $2,895 to install a video detection camera at the intersection of Route 512 and Barrall Avenue.

Upper Nazareth Township, $7,000 to install emergency vehicle pre-emption at the intersection of Route 248 and Route 946.

From Automated Red Light Enforcement grants:

Northampton County

East Allen Township, $67,409 to install video detection along the approaches to the intersection of Route 329 (Nor-Bath Boulevard) and Route 3023 and the addition of a westbound advance left-turn phase to be added to the signal timings.

Walnutport, $24,000 to improve the existing signal at the intersection of Route 145 and Main Street by replacing LED modules and the addition of an emergency vehicle pre-emption system.

Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

1994 double-murder case returns to Lehigh County Court

Counsel for the 52-year-old woman convicted in 1998 argues evidence handling calls for new attention, reports say.

A woman convicted in the 1994 murders of a Catasauqua woma…

Police: Driver who drank moonshine assaults, injures cop

The 36-year-old Lehigh County woman is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and drunken driving, police said.

As a 36-year-old Heidelberg Township woman was …

Lehigh County burglaries prompt call for caution, tips

Pennsylvania State Police on Saturday advised residents to watch for and report any suspicious activity after a series of residential burglaries in three municipalities.

Pennsylv…

Lehigh County driver dies after hitting tree in Berks County, coroner says

The victim was a 21-year-old Heidelberg Township man.

A Lehigh County man died Saturday morning in an Albany Township crash, according to the Berks County Coroner’s Office.
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