Thursday, May 23, 2013
Timothy Nixon, who killed himself Monday night in Nazareth, threatened his baby's mother and himself, court document states.
The Nazareth man who killed himself Monday night as authorities arrived with an arrest warrant threatened to kill his baby's mother and himself, a court document obtained by Nazareth Patch states. Timothy Nixon, 32, of Nazareth apparently told Michael Gazzano, whom he stole a firearm one day before his fatal self-inflicted shooting that "he had to make things right and that he was going to kill his baby's mother and himself," an affidavit states. On Sunday, Patrolman Daniel Troxell responded to 148 S. Main St. for a report of a stolen firearm. He spoke to Gazzano who told the officer that he had received a phone call from Nixon, who was an acquaintance. Gazzano stated that Nixon said he broke into his house and stole a pistol being a .45 …
Francisco Miranda eluded law enforcement for 18 years in the 1994 South Bethlehem killing of Jorge Velazquez. Now, he will spend the next 10-20 years in prison.
A man who spent 18 years on Pennsylvania’s "Most Wanted" List has pleaded guilty to a 1994 murder in a South Bethlehem parking lot. Francisco G. Miranda, 50, was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder, according to published reports. Under the terms of a plea bargain, Miranda will serve the maximum sentence that would have been allowed at the time of the murder, according to The Morning Call. Miranda eluded authorities while he lived in the Dominican Republic but he didn’t flee the country on his own, the newspaper reported. New Jersey officials unwittingly deported Miranda—just weeks after the Bethlehem homicide—after he was arrested on drug charges under an assumed name, according to …
Lehigh County coroner said a 45-year-old man was killed when his vehicle hit a tree Tuesday night in Plainfield Township.
A 45-year-old Nazareth man has been killed in a Plainfield Township crash, Lehigh County's coroner has announced. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said the unidentified man died of multiple blunt force trauma and ruled the death an accident. Grim did not identify the victim because next of kin need to be notified. The crash took place at 7:08 p.m. Tuesday on Sullivan Trail when the man's vehicle struck a tree, authorities said. The victim was taken to St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill where he was pronounced dead at 8:36 p.m., the coroner reported.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Nazareth resident Timothy Nixon killed himself Monday night as authorities closed in to take him into custody on a felony warrant.
The Nazareth man who killed himself Monday night as authorities were approaching with an arrest warrant has been identified. Police were serving a warrant to Timothy Nixon, whose address was listed as 212 S. Main St., according to a copy of the warrant obtained from the Nazareth Borough Police Department. Online court records list Nixon's age as 32. The warrant says he was 6-feet-2 and 240 pounds. Nixon was visiting his cousin in a second-floor apartment in a house on S. Main Street next to the American Hotel Monday night when authorities arrived with the arrest warrant, police said. No shots were fired by police. The felony warrant, signed by on-duty Northampton County District Judge Diane Marakovits of Northampton, called for Nazareth …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday night's fatal shooting is still under investigation; 'no alarm for community,' Nazareth Police Chief Thomas Trachta says.
A Nazareth man killed himself Monday night as police were approaching him with a warrant, Police Chief Thomas Trachta said Tuesday afternoon. The man, who has not been identified, was visiting his cousin in a second-floor apartment in a house on S. Main Street next to the American Hotel Monday night when authorities arrived with an arrest warrant, Trachta said. "Police were there with a felony warrant," Trachta said. "They saw the individual, but by the time they got into the house, they heard a gunshot." Trachta said police from Nazareth and surrounding areas found the man deceased on the floor. He said that no shots were fired by police. "There is no alarm for the community," the chief said. "This is an ongoing investigation." Trachta …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Northampton County Coroner Zach Lysek confirms a man was dead following a shooting at a house on S. Main Street in Nazareth. The shooting is under investigation.
A borough man is dead following a shooting Monday night at a house on S. Main Street in Nazareth, Northampton County Coroner Zach Lysek said. The shooting is under investigation. Lysek did not provide any additional details. Nazareth Police Chief Thomas Tratcha was on the scene. Police had roped off an area around the two-apartment house in the 200 block of S. Main Street, near Prospect Street. On the scene were Tatamy, Stockertown and Nazareth police, the Northampton County Sheriff's Department, two Nazareth ambulance trucks and the Pennsylvania special fire police. Check back with Patch for updates.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
These are the projects PennDOT has planned this week in the Nazareth area.
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Here's a round-up of unusual police news from the Lehigh Valley.
$2,500 ransom demanded from woman, police say: Upper Macungie Police said a woman received a phone call Monday stating that her father was being held captive. The caller demanded a $2,500 ransom. However, the woman later found out her father was safe. Bethlehem man charged with bigamy: A woman with a marriage certificate from New York complained to police that her husband married another woman in Northampton County, according to court records. Man exposed self to cops, threatened judge, police say: An Easton man was charged with disorderly conduct Wednesday morning after he allegedly exposed himself and cursed at police officers, urinated on police paperwork, and threatened a district judge. Police officer breaks toe chasing man at Palmer …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Phillipsburg man charged with having psychedelic mushrooms in Lower Nazareth Township hotel.
Melvin Lee Pettaway, 43, also is accused of giving police a false identity during the incident on April 12, around 7:30 p.m. After police allegedly found two bags of psilocybin mushrooms inside Pettaway’s room at the Hampton Inn on Route 248, he told them his name was Kyle Thomas, court records say. Pettaway’s file does not contain an affidavit of probable cause, which provides details of the arrest and evidence. The file does say that an arrest warrant was approved April 23. The file’s lead sheet lists Pettaway’s address as 314 B S. Main St., Phillipsburg. But another sheet in the file lists his current address at Hotel Lafayette, 11 N. 4th St., Easton. The file also says Pettaway worked at the McDonald’s inside the Crayola Experience…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Easton resident Yolanda Santana accused of writing checks from an apparently fictitious company. She allegedly cashed them at Walmart in Lower Nazareth Township.
Colonial Regional police have made an arrest in the case of an Easton woman accused of successfully cashing phony checks shortly before last Christmas at the Walmart in Lower Nazareth Township. The checks display the name of what may be a fictitious healthcare services company in Reading but the account numbers and routing numbers come back to a Scranton-area company that provides home care and medical staffing services to senior citizens. Yolanda C. Santana, 21, is facing two counts of forgery for allegedly cashing two counterfeit checks for $398 each, payable to herself. However, court records also say Santana allegedly cashed a total of eight checks worth $3,144 – all at the Walmart in the Northampton Crossings shopping center. Two of…