Palmer Twp. de­tec­tive hon­ored for work on vi­o­lent rob­bery spree

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Pamela Lehman

A veteran Palmer Town­ship de­tec­tive has been hon­ored for his work in help­ing solve a vi­o­lent crime spree linked to cell­phone stores.

De­tec­tive James Tay­lor re­ceived the Nathan Og­den award at a cer­e­mony Wed­nes­day at Northamp­ton County’s 911 cen­ter. Each year, the award is pre­sented to a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer for ex­em­plary ser­vice.

Tay­lor is cred­ited with help­ing solve the case that led to two mur­der con­vic­tions ear­lier this year. Michael E. Davis was gunned down in 2016 in front of his home by two men who hoped to abduct him to rob the Ver­i­zon Wire­less store where he worked.

Those men, Gre­gory Lewis Jr. and Vaughn Felix, both re­ceived life pri­son sen­tences in June. The crime spree in­cluded sev­eral armed rob­beries where clerks were bound as Lewis and Felix loaded bags with thou­sands of dol­lars worth of stolen cell­phones and other de­vices.

Au­thor­i­ties say Tay­lor, who has worked for Palmer Town­ship for 20 years, worked “tire­lessly” on that case and re­lated rob­beries.

“He fol­lowed lead af­ter lead, no mat­ter where, se­cur­ing the nec­es­sary ev­i­dence to bring the par­ties re­spon­si­ble to jus­tice for this hor­rific crime,” ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The award is named af­ter Deputy Sher­iff Nathan Og­den, who was killed in the line of duty in 1771 while try­ing to serve an ar­rest war­rant.

Morn­ing Call re­porter Pamela Lehman can be reached at 610-820-6790 or [email protected] mcall.com.

COURTESY/ PALMER TOWN­SHIP PO­LICE

Palmer Town­ship po­lice De­tec­tive James Tay­lor was hon­ored for his work in help­ing solve a crime spree con­nected to cell­phone store rob­beries.

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