Police on lookout for driveway repair con artists
Police are searching for a pair of con artists who they say stole cash and gold from a Pen Argyl homeowner under the guise of making driveway repairs.
The perpetrators are described as a white man in his 60s with “scruffy white” facial hair and a white woman in her early 20s driving a white pickup truck with barrels in the back, according to a release Monday from Slate Belt Regional police.
Around 2:30 p.m. Sept. 6, police say, the two pulled up to a home on the 100 block of Arch Street in the borough, and the man told the homeowner he was going to fix a crack in the driveway.
At one point, the man asked for a glass of water and entered the home. The homeowner saw him exit the bedroom, claiming he needed to use the bathroom, according to police.
After they left, the homeowner noticed two gold bracelets and $85 cash were missing from the bedroom.
Slate Belt Regional is asking anyone with information on the vehicle or the suspects, including exterior security camera footage in the area, to contact them at 610-759-8517.
— Kayla Dwyer
school, according to director Elaine Eib.
Rodger Sander, of Palmerton, was charged Friday with reckless endangerment after he left the student alone in the van after his morning run on Sept. 4. Sander called authorities around 12:30 p.m. when he noticed the student inside the van that was parked in his driveway since 8:45 a.m.
The student had defecated on the bus while left alone and was evaluated by medical personnel. Eib and police confirmed the student was not injured.
Sander told police that he yelled for all students to get off the van at the end of the morning drop-off in Lehighton. But he admitted that he did not check each seat individually for students who may have fallen asleep. He told authorities he knew the student who was left on the bus was unable to speak.
Eib said Sander will remain suspended pending the results of an internal investigation by the school into what went wrong. The school has policies and protocols requiring drivers to ensure no students are left behind on any vehicles, Eib said in a statement last week.
The school has offered no other details concerning the incident.
— Sarah Wojcik
Township police Sgt. Shaun Powell, who’s investigating the crash, was unavailable Monday night to confirm the time of the crash. The Lehigh County coroner’s office couldn’t be reached for comment.
Police are investigating and ask anyone with information to call 610-759-2200.
— Andrew Scott
registration violation Sunday in Carbon County, police said.
Mitchell Peters, 22, was charged with drug possession with intent to deliver and sent to county jail under $250,000 bail.
State police stopped Peters for a registration violation at 9:51 p.m. Sunday at South Old Stage Road and McKuen Way, Penn Forest Township.
Peters admitted having nonmedically-prescribed marijuana, police said. Police said they found 188 baggies of heroin, 49 Percocet tablets, a small amount of marijuana, a digital scale and 2 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.
— Andrew Scott