Westmoreland County, PA.

Dispatch Audio: St. Clair Police Officer shot & killed responding to domestic dispute

November 29, 2015 at 2:33AM


The Dispatch audio of the police response and shooting of a St. Clair, PA. police officer Lloyd Reed, a 25-year veteran, will give the listener an insight of the dangers of responding to domestic disturbance calls that officers respond to on a daily basis. Some portions of this audio are disturbing and listener discretion is advised.

At approximately 9:17PM Saturday evening, Westmoreland County 9-1-1 sent their PD units to assist State Police to a domestic disturbance at 131 Ligonier Street. State Police were on a delayed response and requested Township police to assist. A female locked herself in an upstairs room after being assaulted with a rifle by her boyfriend Ray Shetler, age 31 who was intoxicated.

Police arrived and initially had trouble finding the home. Meanwhile, the female caller said her boyfriend was outside near his pick-up truck and that her house was filling with smoke. Police were advised that he still had the gun with him.

Approximately 9:39PM radio transmissions stated that shots were fired and "490" was down. EMS was requested forthwith and to proceed in even know the scene was not secure. The suspect fled on foot and a large manhunt commenced.

Fire units were sent in for the house fire that was allegedly started by the suspect. The girlfriend received very minor injuries.

The police officer died at the emergency room. Ray Shetler was taken into custody around 3:30AM when he was found walking near a power plant. He had a gunshot wound from the earlier gun battle.

Court records show that Ray Shetler was arrested in 2013 for simple assault and harassment.

New Florence is located 13 miles west of Johnstown in Westmoreland County, PA.

Tags:   Fatality   Last Alarm (LODD)   Police  

City of Bethlehem

1 killed in multiple vehicle accident involving Lehigh University school bus that rolled-over on 22

October 27, 2015 at 6:43PM

A Lehigh University School Bus collided with a car around 17:50 hours Tuesday afternoon traveling westbound on Route 22 just before the Airport Road exit. The bus flipped onto it's roof with about 20 passengers.

One person was killed in the car that was heavily damaged on the shoulder of the road. A Mass Casualty Incident was declared sending in more ambulances. Initial reports said 7 people were injured. The highway was completely shut down.

Bethlehem City Fire was assisted by Han-Le-Co Fire Station 33. The accident happened on the Lehigh County / Bethlehem City line.

As of 19:50, Bethlehem City fire crews were on the scene extricating the dead victim from the car.

All photos and video by Mike Nester of NVP.

Tags:   Accident   Fatality   Northampton County  

City of Allentown

Fatal Crash:  Single vehicle car crash kills man after hitting tree on Hamilton Street

July 19, 2015 at 12:20PM

Fatal Crash:  Single vehicle car crash kills man after hitting tree on Hamilton Street

At 18:30 Saturday evening, Allentown Communications Center transmitted box 2716 for an auto extrication at Hamilton and Glenwood Streets, sending Engines 10, 11, 9 (utility 52), Truck 2 and Battalion 43.

Engine 10 arrived to find a car into a tree, minutes later, extrication was completed and EMS rushed a male victim with a trauma code to the hospital.

The driver died overnight at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center. \

Photos by our correspondent Mike Nester.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown    Fatality  

Monroe County

Mass casualty incident (MCI) declared at accident on Rt. 380

June 03, 2015 at 10:07AM

Mass casualty incident (MCI) declared at accident on Rt. 380

At 10:15 AM Wednesday, a charter bus and tractor trailer collided on Rt. 380 mile marker 4 in Monroe County. An MCI was declared and ambulances from at least 4 counties including one from the City of Allentown responded to the area. Initial reports into Newsworking stated it was a school bus.

Two people are reported dead and multiple people were trapped in the bus. Three medical helicopters, Medevac, Lifeflight and Pennstar transported the most critically injured to area trauma centers.

The less serious patients were transported by ground to Pocono Regional. A total of 14 people were injured.

A progress report from the scene at 11:18 said two class 1 patients were being flown by Lifeflight and one patient by Pennstar. Both aircraft are still on the ground at the time of this progress report. Most of the class 3 patients are being transported by ground to Pocono Regional. All viable patients have now been extricated from the bus except the two Class 5's (Deceased). Rescue companies will now commence extrication on the deceased.

Photo submitted by Newsworking Fan Lori Mann-Gibson.

Tags:   Accident   Fatality   Rescue  

New Jersey

Fast moving blaze kills man in Phillipsburg, NJ house fire

March 01, 2015 at 12:40PM

A fast moving fire killed a man in his home at 286 Hudson Street in New Jersey. The fire was called in via 911 around 22:30 Saturday night. Firefighters were met with a large volume of fire on arrival. EMS was told to proceed to the scene as firefighters found 1 victim in the house.

Phillipsburg F.D. tower ladder was set-up in front of the building. Multiple hydrants in the neighborhood were used for a water supply. The fire is under investigation.

Tags:   Fatality   House Fire   New Jersey  

Whitehall Township

Deadly crash at this deadly intersection closes Macarthur Road for several hours

November 19, 2014 at 10:03AM

Deadly crash at this deadly intersection closes Macarthur Road for several hours

At 04:06 Wednesday morning, Whitehall Rescue companies and an Engine from Egypt along with EMS 62 were dispatched to Route 145 and Chestnut Street for an auto extrication.

Police went on scene and requested fire and EMS to expedite due to the nature of the accident. A large dump truck hit a pick-up truck and there's major damage to both vehicles.

Assistant Chief B. Monahan was the first fire officer on scene and recalled Fullerton's Rescue. The driver of the pick-up truck was pronounced dead at the scene.

Route 145 was ordered shut down in both directions from Rt. 329 to Columbia Street and Chestnut Street was shut down from Ruch to Church Street. The road's remained closed for much of the morning as the investigation continued.

Photos by Nester Video Production. To see more photos of this horrific crash CLICK HERE.

Tags:   Fatality   Rescue   Whitehall, PA.  

Northampton County

Violent crash kills 1, injures 3 others on Route 145 in Lehigh Township

November 09, 2014 at 9:23PM

Violent crash kills 1, injures 3 others on Route 145 in Lehigh Township

Just before 2:00PM, Lehigh Township Fire was dispatched to Route 145 in the area of Mulberry Lane for an auto extrication.

When the rescue company arrived, firefighters found a violent two car head-on crash on 145 between Mulberry and Willow. One patient still in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. Rescue workers cut the roof and doors off one car to free the occupants.

EMS requested two medical helo's to fly. The rescue was complete in 20 minutes. Two more occupants were flown to area trauma centers while a third was transported by ambulance.

The road was closed for a few hours while Lehigh Township Police investigated the crash.

Photos by Nester Video Productions.

Tags:   Accident   Fatality   Northampton County  

City of Allentown

Elderly Female Killed After Cars Strikes Her At Popular Restaurant

August 17, 2014 at 8:35PM

Elderly Female Killed After Cars Strikes Her At Popular Restaurant

Around 18:30 hours Sunday evening, Allentown Fire Radio transmitted rescue box 2547 for 1725 Chew Street at the Ritz for an auto extrication. Arriving on location, Battalion 43 (Atiyeh) found a car against the restaurant wall with a body of an elderly female pinned between the car and building. A medic on the scene pronounced her D.O.A.

Additional medic units were requested for three additional patients who were all transported to Saint Lukes Allentown with minor injuries. Engine 9 remained on the scene while the battalion chief and the other equipment were released and returned to quarters.

The driver of the car, an elderly male, accidentally put the car in reverse instead of drive and backed into the building.

The accident is under investigation by the Allentown Police Department.

First four photos by Photographer Dennis Wetherhold Jr. and the bottom photo by Photographer Mike Nester of NVP.

Tags:   Accident   Allentown    Fatality  



May 29, 2014 at 12:27AM

** Some people find this video offensive - Please, if you do not like to see mangled cars involved in a crash - DO NOT VIEW - LEAVE THIS SITE NOW! (No bodies are shown)

At 20:25, Whitehall Rescue 5, Squad 1 and Engine 11 were sent to Rt. 22 westbound just before the Fullerton Avenue interchange for an auto extrication.

Deputy Chief Shambo arrives and reports the driver is D.O.A.

Squad 1 arrives and stretches a hand line for safety due to a fuel spill. Rescue 5 arrives and positions along side of the squad.

Fire department members stood by while State Police investigated the accident. Rt. 22 was closed at Airport Road. The highway was closed for at least 5 hours.

The video starts before the arrival of the fire department. We show the trucks approaching the scene along with close up shots of the accident scene.

Tags:   Accident   Fatality   Whitehall, PA.  

Berks County


May 12, 2014 at 10:00PM

Greenwich, PA. — At 1:15 PM Monday, Berks County Station 46 and Lehigh County Stations 51 and 25 were dispatched to Interstate 78 eastbound mile marker 41.4 between Krumsville and the New Smithville exit for a crash with multiple cars, a tractor trailer and fire.

A total of 5 vehicles were involved with the tractor trailer. The Tractor trailer and at least 4 cars were burning when the fire department arrived. The highway was shut down in both directions while firefighters battled the fires and attended to victims.

A total of 3 people were killed in the aftermath. The interstate was closed past 23:00 hours while investigators worked the scene.

Video and photos by Mike Nester of NVP. You can see all of his photos here.

Tags:   Accident   Berks County   Fatality