|March 22, 2013 at 10:12AM|
The owners of NewsWorking donated 2 ballistic vests through the non-profit organization Hounds On Working Leashes (HOWL). They are a local organization that was started recently by fine group of people. James Kutz, Lori Kutz, Dustin Wentz and Robert Ford began the organization when it became apparent that working dogs and their budgets were being cut by towns and cities all around the valley.
Their handlers are responsible for much of the care for their furry partners. The Allentown Fire Department had a dog donated to them through the State Farm Arson Dog program to sniff out arson fires. James Kutz, an Allentown fireman, noticed that the dog Judge, needed more equipment and the city wasn't there to pay for it. Things like a tube to get air conditioning to the back of the SUV to keep the dog cool. Judge needed a bath tub to get cleaned up after sniffing around a burned out house. These items are just the tip of the iceberg.
Then Hounds On Working Leashes noticed something else. Many Police K-9's have no protective vest. Hey, the police officers wear vest, why not the canines? We were approached by HOWL about the vest and thought this was a great idea. So we were the first to donate 2 vest.
Thursday morning, we met up with HOWL and the 2 K-9's to have them fitted for their new vest. The short video above will show the dogs getting fitted and working with the sizing vest on. They will get their new vest in about 45 days. It will protect their vital organs from bullets and stabbings.
Jack "The Ripper" is a Belgian Malinois and weighs 86 pounds. He is on the Catasuaqua Police Department and his partner is Officer John Wiseman. The second dog is a German Shepherd named Fonzie and he weighs 74 pounds. He works for the Salisbury Police Department and his partner is Officer Jason Laky. The sizing vest fit perfect and the these two boys loved all the attention.
Last week an FBI K-9 was killed in the line of duty when it was shot by a person wanted on multiple homicides and a K-9 from Harrisburg was shot in the neck while on duty. He is expected to survive.
HOWL is a very important organization. The need to protect the working K-9 in our community is very important. They are often on the front lines protecting their handlers and other officers when in pursuit of the criminals.
Please check out HOWL's Facebook page by clicking here. "Like" the page and keep up with what HOWL is doing for your community. They are working on a website where you will be able to directly donate through Pay Pal. Please donate! Even as little as 5 or 10 dollars will help. Many more police dogs need protection. One could be in your community. Please help.
We will keep everyone up-to-date when the actual vest are delivered to the departments in this article. More photos on our Facebook Page here.
|March 01, 2013 at 11:23PM|
Whitehall, Pa. -Friday afternoon at 2:30 PM, a crew from Asplundh Tree Experts were working in the area on Fullerton Avenue at Route 22 when they took down a power line.
This resulted in a large area power outage in the Fullerton section of the Township. Traffic lights on 3rd Street from Route 22 to Grape Street were off along with the light on Grape Street near Toys R Us.
The Fire Department responded to numerous fire alarm notices. Buy Buy Baby in the Whitehall Mall had a fire alarm activated, when police arrived they said it was tripped by the power failure. A short time later, Buy Buy Baby called the Fire Department for a smoke condition in the building and the fire alarms were activated again. Fire officials found a haze in the building and checked the electrical room. It's unknown if the problem was caused by the power failure.
The power was restored to the area later in the evening.
|February 21, 2013 at 3:59PM|
Allentown, Pa. - Around 11:30AM, police responded to a complaint of a man walking with a machete in the area of Oak and Peach Streets. When police arrived and approached the individual, an altercation erupted and the two police officers shot the individual.
The male was rushed to a local trauma center in critical condition and later died of his injuries. The crime is taped off with crime scene tape while the police and Lehigh County District Attorney's office investigate the shooting.
Photos provided by our correspondent Mike Nester of NVP. You can see more of his photographs here.
|February 03, 2013 at 11:11PM|
Allentown, Pa. - Police are investigating a pair of homicides over the weekend. A shooting on Sunday occurred around 1:30 PM at the Wynnewood Apartments off of Emaus Avenue. A male in his 20's was shot dead.
Friday evening, police responded to 222 E. Hamilton Street at Freddie's Bar for an assault victim. 53 year old Roman Bentley was found unconscious outside the bar with a severe head injury.
Police announced Sunday that Roman died of the injuries he sustained in that assault. Police have issued a warrant for David Howard who is wanted in connection with this assault.
Anyone with information on these two incidents are asked to call Allentown Police.
All photos by our Correspondent Mike Nester of NVP. More photos at his Facebook page by clicking here.
|January 14, 2013 at 7:48PM|
Hanover Twp., Pa - It all started in the early afternoon hours Monday when State Police and other agents started gathering at the Knights Inn & Suites located at 1880 Steelstone Road. They were looking for a wanted person that was checked-in at this hotel and located in a 3rd floor room.
Many people were seen coming and going as the S.W.A.T. team prepared outside in the parking lot. Dozens of unmarked and marked State Police cars arrived over the course of a few hours. Multiple S.W.A.T. vans and trucks arrived along with a paramedic rig.
Snipers were in the field behind the complex. Some guests' were ordered out of their rooms.
Police took the subject into custody without incident.
|December 28, 2012 at 8:55PM|
South Whitehall, Pa. -The first 9-1-1 call to Lehigh County was for an armed robbery at the Bixler's Jewelry store at 3900 Hamilton Blvd. The victim inside the store was bound with duct tape and the store robbed.
But the story doesn't end here nor did it start here. The victim and his wife live in the 1900 block of Kenny Drive in Bethlehem. Numerous black men burst into the home and tie up the wife and put a pillow cover over her head. Then they force the husband into the couples green Toyota and drive over to the jewelry store where they tie up the husband and rob the store. One black male remains with the wife back at their residence.
As police gather this information, they send Bethlehem Police to the house to check on the wife. The actor in the home flee's before police arrive.
A Cetronia ambulance was called to the jewelry store to check the victim.
The police are searching for at least 3 black males with black hand guns.
|December 27, 2012 at 11:49AM|
Salisbury Twp., Pa - A passerby called 9-1-1 just before 10:00 AM Thursday morning to report a body on fire on Chestnut Hill Road near the Unami Fish and Game Association.
Lehigh County Western Salisbury Fire 31 and Emmaus EMS 63 responded to the call. The ambulance arrived and reported a body fully-involved and used an extinguisher on the body to preserve evidence.
Fire Police were called in to close Chestnut Hill Road while investigators go over the scene. The District Attorneys Office along with the Coroner responded to the scene.
It is unknown at this time if this scene is a suicide or a homicide. The investigation is in its early stages. Photo of Western Salisbury engine is a file photo from a previous incident.
|December 16, 2012 at 9:45AM|
Whitehall, Pa. - At 4:13 AM Lehigh County Radio dispatched cars 816 and 820 to the Lehigh Valley Mall stating that at the "Special event, security is requesting assistance because the crowd is beginning to charge the doors and becoming rowdy."
At 7:23 AM, the large crowd gathering outside an entrance to the Lehigh Valley Mall became unruly to the point that Whitehall Police requested assistance.
Police agencies responded from State Police, South Whitehall, Coplay and Catasauqua to assist Whitehall officers. As the incident escalated, over two dozen patrol cars descended on the scene. K-9 units were also used to control the crowd.
A sneaker store inside the mall was having a sale on Air Jordans or another popular shoe being released. One customer on the scene said the store only had 3 pairs in stock. The store was issuing vouchers to the remaining customers to return next week to pick up their shoes.
The police detail was finished around 9:00 AM.
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|December 02, 2012 at 11:39AM|
Bethlehem, Pa. - This story was comprised of eye witness's and our correspondents from the scene. It all started around 2:30 AM Sunday morning in the 200 block of East 3rd Street on the Southside. A man exiting the Puerto Rico Beneficial Society was attacked by a man wielding a bat.
A friend came to his aide and fired a shot that triggered a violent gun battle in the streets of this city dubbed "The Christmas City." When it was over, 30 gun shots rang out, leaving a block long mess with at least 6 people laying around with gun shot wounds. 5 males and 1 female ended up shot.
One person was pronounced dead at St. Lukes Hospital, where the other victims were all transported in critical condition. The hospital was notified that at least 5 trauma alerts were being brought there for treatment.
EMS units from Bethlehem and Bethlehem Township were called in along with all city police cruisers. Bethlehem Fire Department had 2 engines and a ladder company on location to assist the EMS units.
As police were investigating the shooting scene, more shots were fired at a person in custody near East 3rd and Taylor Streets. That shooter left the area in a car.
About 3:00 AM, police received a call of shots fired and a person walking around with a gun and machete in the 700 block of Wyandotte Street. Police cruiser rushed from the East 3rd Street call to 744 Wyandotte Street where a stand-off began.
A short time later, the police identified the suspect and called off the E.R.T. response.
But the night doesn't end just yet. Over at St. Lukes Hospital, a riot starts and police units from Bethlehem, Allentown, Fountain Hill, Salisbury, Coopersburg, Upper Saucon and State Police converge on the emergency room to quiet down the agitated visitors coming there to see the victims from East 3rd Street.
The past couple of nights have been busy in this section of the city. A house fire November 27th left one person injured on Montclair Avenue. On December 1st, a car struck a house and tree in the 400 block of Hayes Street requiring the driver to be extricated by the Fire Department.
Photos and video by Newsworking Correspondent Mike Nester of NVP.
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|October 27, 2012 at 11:38AM|
Allentown, Pa. - Allentown Police are once again in the 700 block of Washington Street, between 7th and 8th Streets. They are investigating a shooting that occurred around 4:30 AM Saturday morning.
One victim was rushed to a local trauma center and was pronounced dead on arrival. This is the second homicide in this block in less than a week.
Correspondent Mike Nester provided the photographs.