Media Release – 7/20/2018

Arrest: Michael Smith  33 yr old male  Candle Dr. Blakeslee PA

On 7/20/2018 at approximately 6:50am, Slate Belt Regional Police Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Male Rd., Plainfield Twp. for a report of a stolen vehicle.  Police were advised that a male had just stole a front end loader from a construction site and was last seen traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Rte 33. State Police observed the vehicle on Rte 33 behind the Kmart Shopping Center in Wind Gap, but Smith fled prior to Troopers being able to approach him.  

Police from Slate Belt Regional Police Department, Bushkill Twp. Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police came to the area of Taft Street and 6th Street in Wind Gap where Smith was eventually apprehended on foot without incident at approximately 7:50am.  

Prior to fleeing, Smith abandoned the loader in a nearby quarry off of Rte 33.  

Vehicle:   Komatsu WP 500 Payloader

Est. Cost: $500,000

Owned by: Mars Crushing Contractors

Brodheadsville PA

SBRPD is charging Smith with Vehicle Theft and related charges.  

Media Release – 2/26/2018

Terroristic Threats

On Friday, February 23rd, SBRPD investigated a report from the Pen Argyl High School of a student who had made threats while inside the school.  Police interviewed students who advised that they had overheard the 16 year old student make threats to “shoot up the school” and claimed he had a “kill list”.  Police learned that the student was placed on suspension from the school district.  Police brought the student into headquarters where he was interviewed, taken into custody and lodged at the Youth Detention Center.

Police later served a search warrant at the home of the student and found no weapons, writings or “kill list”.  The student appeared to make no attempt to harm any students/staff and made no substantial attempt to acquire weapons.

Police worked closely with the Pen Argyl School District Staff, Northampton County Juvenile Probation and the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office during this investigation.  Since the school shooting in Parkland Florida, SBRPD officers have  increased patrols in the area of our schools and have increased foot patrols inside the school buildings.

Media Release – 1/18/2018

Retail Theft – (Felony)  Bernadette Kureczka   Tobyhanna PA  / Ariel Rogers  Tobyhanna PA

 On 1/16/2018, Kureczka and Rogers, both of Tobyhanna PA, turned themselves in to the Slate Belt Regional Police Department on charges of Felony Retail Theft and Conspiracy from Cramers Home Center in Wind Gap PA.  On 12/20/2017, SBRPD investigated the theft of over $1,100 worth of Dewalt batteries from Cramers Home Center.  The above suspects entered the store, concealed and stole Dewalt batteries and fled the store.  Kureczka and Rogers were developed as suspects in the investigation along with John J. Rogers – W/M 43 yrs of age.  John Rogers is wanted on a warrant for the Felony Retail Theft.

Kureczka and Ariel Rogers were arraigned at MDJ Schlegel’s office in Wind Gap and failed to post $50,000 bail.  Both were lodged in the Northampton County Prison.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of John J. Rogers is asked to contact the Slate Belt Regional Police Department at (610) 759-8517.

Media Release – 1/16/2018

Simple Assault –  Jody Lee Bennett     S. Westbrook Ave, Pen Argyl PA

On 1-14-2018 at 1:55am, SBRPD officers were called to the area of Bangor Rd in Plainfield Twp for a report of a domestic assault inside a vehicle.  Police learned that while inside the vehicle, Bennett engaged in an argument with a female who was driving the vehicle.  During the argument, Bennett struck the female in the face, causing a bloody nose.  Bennett was taken into custody and transported to the Northampton County Central Booking Center for arraignment.  Bennett’s bail was set at $5,000 / 10% which was posted.

 Possession of Narcotics – Cassandra Youngling   –      No Fixed Address

On 1-9-2018 at 11:15 pm , SBRPD officers were dispatched to the McDonalds on Rte 512 in Plainfield Twp for a report of a Domestic Dispute in the parking lot.  Officers arrived and found that Youngling was arguing with a male inside the vehicle.  While investigating the incident, officers observed controlled substances, belonging to Youngling in plain view inside the vehicle.   Youngling was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and paraphernalia.  She was taken into custody and arraigned.  Youngling was incarcerated at the Northampton County Correctional Facility on $2,500 bail.

Media Release – 12/15/2017

Retail Theft – Giant Food Store  837 Male Rd. Wind Gap

Sherry Stockum   Saylorsburg PA

On 12-14-2017, SBRPD arrested Stockum for a Retail Theft of over $80.00 of meat from the Giant in Wind Gap Borough.  Stockum was charged with a Felony Retail Theft and arraigned by MDJ Grifo.  Stockum was given $10,000 unsecured bail.

Media Release – 12/11/2017

Terroristic Threats, Indecent Exposure, Open Lewdness

Jason Moyer   46 yr old male – Delabole Rd, Pen Argyl PA

On 12/9/2017, SBRPD responded to the Tolino’s Speed Break at 1035 Blue Valley Dr in Plainfield Twp for a report of a Terroristic Threats and Indecent Exposure.  Police arrived and found that a male came into Tolino’s wearing only boxer shorts, a hooded sweatshirt and shoes at approx.. 4:20pm.  The male’s penis was exposed.  The male attempted to purchase cigarettes with “copper coins” (not legal tender).  When the clerk refused to sell to the male, he began threatening the clerk, threatening to “shoot up the place” and kill the clerk.  The male eventually left the store.

Police arrived and reviewed video inside the store and identified the suspect as Moyer.  Police obtained an arrest warrant for Moyer and on 12-10-2017, took him into custody at his home without incident.  Moyer was arraigned and remanded to the Northampton Count prison on $15,000 cash bail.

Media Release – 12/8/2017

Retail Theft     Verizon Store 1001 S. Broadway, Wind Gap PA

SBRPD is investigating a report of a Retail Theft from the Verizon Store n Wind Gap.  On December 6, 2017 at 4:50pm, police were dispatched to the store for a reported theft.  Three black males entered the store.  One suspect distracted the clerk while the two others stole 2 JBL speakers and 2 Motorola phone projectors.  They then left in an older model, white mercury Grand Marquis.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Slate Belt Regional Police Department at 610-759-8517

  

Media Release – 10/11/2017

Retail Theft

SBRPD is investigating a RETAIL THEFT which happened on October 9th at approximately 11:45 am. at Cramer’s Hardware in Wind Gap Borough.  Police were called to the store and learned that the below male distracted the staff and the female removed a Dewalt drill worth over $200.

W/F 5’10” brown hair

W/M brown hair / beard approx.. 5’6”

Both suspects fled in a DARK BLUE FORD FUSION with a dent on the passenger side rear door.  Partial PA Registration – “JVE” OR “JVF”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Slate Belt Regional Police Department at 610-759-8517

Media Release – 10/2/2017

Arrested – Possession of Methamphetamine/Marijuana

Rachel Keblitis             Filmore St. Allentown PA

On 9/30/17, SBRPD officers responded to the Turkey Hill at 73 N. Broadway in Wind Gap Borough for a suspicious person.  On scene, officers located Keblitis inside a vehicle outside of the store inside a vehicle.  Police found that Keblitis was in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia which were inside of the vehicle.  Police located the controlled substances, digital scales and spoons inside of the car.  Bail was set at $25,000.

Arrested – DUI

Jonathan Fischer   Berwick St., Easton PA

SBRPD officers arrested Fischer for DUI after he was involved in a one vehicle traffic accident in the 700 Block of Broadway in Wind Gap Borough on 9/25/2017.  Police also charged the passenger of the vehicle with providing False Identification to Law Enforcement. Jacob Killey of Berwick St in Easton PA.  Killey provided a false name to police when investigating the accident.

Aggravated Assault

Kayla Lee Mettler       200 Block W. Main St., Pen Argyl PA

On 10-1-2017, SBRPD officers responded to an assault in the 200 block of W. Main St in Pen Argyl Borough.   Upon arrival, officers learned that Mettler and another resident of the home became involved in an argument.  Mettler sprayed lighter fluid on the female victim and lit a match, throwing it on the victim.  The victim was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital for her injuries.  Mettler was arrested and arraigned and failed to post $50,00 cash bail and placed in the Northampton County Correctional Facility.

Media Release – 9/29/2017

Theft From Vehicle
SBRPD is investigating a theft from vehicle which occurred in the overnight hours on 9-25-17 into 9-26-17. Video games and $500 cash were removed from a vehicle parked in the 200 block of E. 1st Street in Wind Gap Borough. Anyone with information is asked to contact the department at 610-759-8517.

Juvenile Arrest
Charges were filed at Juvenile Court in a case of a 15 yr old Wind Gap juvenile who was at the Weona Park – throwing rocks at passing vehicles. On 9-19-2017, a driver was stopped at the traffic light on East Main St. When the driver pulled away, his vehicle was struck by a rock thrown by the juvenile.

Possession of Marijuana
Daniel Rice 400 Block Broad St., Pen Argyl PA
On 9/23/2017 at approx. 1:50am, SBRPD responded for a report of a domestic dispute in the 400 Block of Broad St., in Pen Argyl Borough. While investigating the disturbance, police found that Rice had been smoking marijuana just prior to police arrival. Police located a small amount of marijuana in a smoking pipe at the residence. Police also found that Rice was on parole by the Commonwealth of PA. Rice was taken into custody and later transported to the Northampton County Prison. Charges were later filed at District Justice Zito’s in Bangor.

Terroristic Threats and Related
Al Malik Knox 400 Block Williams Street, Pen Argyl PA
On 9-24-2017 at approx. 9:40pm, SBRPD responded to a threats report in the 400 block of William St. in Pen Argyl Borough. It was reported that Knox had called a female resident at the home and threatened her. Police obtained an arrest warrant for Knox. In the early morning hours of 9-25-2017, police observed Knox pulling up to the residence. Police were on location and Knox did not get out of his car. Knox then attempted to leave the area but was met by other SBRPD officers in the area. Knox was apprehended and found to be in possession of marijuana. Knox was transported to Central Processing Center in Easton for arraignment.

Possession of Marijuana and Related Charges
Tory Deangelis Allentown PA
Austin Frankenfield Pen Argyl PA
Jason Milakovic Rose Valley PA
On 9-24-2017 at approx. 1:30am, SBRPD officers stopped a car driven by Milakovic for a traffic violation in Pen Argyl Borough. While speaking with Milakovic, officers smelled an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Upon further investigation, all three individuals were found to be in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Deangelis was later transported to the Northampton County Prison on a detainer from the Lehigh County Probation/Parole Department. Frankenfield and Milakovic were later released. Charges were later filed at District Justice Zito’s Office in Bangor.