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…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Nazareth Area Middle School was under a lockdown Wednesday morning for an hour as the Upper Nazareth Police Department found a bullet in bathroom.
The Nazareth Area Middle School was under a precautionary lockdown for an hour Wednesday morning after a bullet was found on the floor in the boys bathroom, school officials and Upper Nazareth police said. "We're all good now," Upper Nazareth Community Policing Officer W.K. Arthur said outside the school to Nazareth Patch shortly after the lockdown was declared over at 11:30 a.m. Arthur showed Nazareth Patch the bullet that was found and said he believed it possibly fell out of the pocket of a hunter. It was a .22-caliber bullet. School officials sent notices out to parents that an eighth-grade male student reported to the Main Office that he found a bullet on the floor in the eighth-grade boys bathroom. The administration reviewed all …
Monday, May 13, 2013
State Police at Belfast are seeking information on a vehicle theft over weekend in Nazareth.
State Police at Belfast are seeking information on a vehicle theft that took place in Nazareth sometime over the weekend. State Police are reporting that $15 was swiped from an unlocked vehicle on the 400 block of S. Main Street sometime between Friday and Sunday. The identity of the victim is being withheld. State Trooper Seth J. Kelly is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at Belfast at 620-759-6106.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Shut twice in the past month because of sinkholes, Northwood Avenue in Palmer Township has opened once again.
Northwood Avenue is back in business. Palmer Township Police Chief Larry Palmer said the sinkhole that shut Northwood Avenue, the key road connecting Forks Township to Palmer and Lower Nazareth townships, earlier this week has been repaired and that the road is open again. Palmer said Northwood Avenue opened between late Thursday afternoon and early evening. Frank Cullen, who lives near the sinkhole and has expressed fear for his family's safety, said that the road opened at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. But Cullen still says there are plenty of unresolved issues. He said one issue is vehicle operators such as 18-wheelers and cars violating speed limits. "The pounding, abuse and compaction these vehicles cause will lead to other incidents," Cullen …