Archive for category upper macungie township

20 adults, 3 kids routed in apartment building fire (PHOTOS)

There were no reported injuries in the blaze at Parkland View Apartments.

Twenty adults and three children were displaced by a spectacular, swift-moving blaze Sunday that engulfe…

Quarantine expands for invasive insect, as more than 1 million are killed

Upper Macungie Township is among the expanded quarantine region.

Six municipalities in Pennsylvania counties infested by the spotted lanternfly have been added to the state’s qua…

Jury: Soldier murdered teen girlfriend’s mother

Caleb Barnes was convicted of fatally stabbing Cheryl Silvonek in the early morning of March 15, 2015.

When it came time for a Lehigh County jury to decide who stabbed Cheryl Sil…

This man allegedly threw a punch inside a Wawa. Help cops find him

The incident happened Tuesday morning at the convenience store in Upper Macungie Township.

An unidentified man is wanted for punching another man in the head Tuesday mornin…

Expert: Murder victim facing forward in car during knife attack

‘We aren’t going to let something like this hinder our relationship,’ Jamie Silvonek texted Caleb Barnes at one point.

A blood pattern expert testified Cheryl Silvonek was likely facing forward in the driver’s seat of her car when she was fatally stabbed in the neck.

Expert witness testimony began day three of Caleb Barnes‘ trial on charges he brutally stabbed Cheryl Silvonek on March 15, 2015, after the woman tried to break up Barnes and her daughter, Jamie.

Prosecutors earlier in the proceedings had introduced text messages between the couple a week before Cheryl Silvonek was killed. They also introduced text messages Cheryl Silvonek sent to her daughter after Barnes was discovered in the family’s basement.

According to the messages, Cheryl Silvonek kicked Barnes out and told her daughter she was forbidden from seeing or talking to him.

“Get down here and say goodbye because won’t see him again (sic),” Cheryl Silvonek texted her daughter the morning of March 7, 2015.

In text messages exchanged later that day between the couple, the pair plotted to get a fake birth certificate to make it seem the 20-year-old solider was 16 years old.

“We aren’t going to let something like this hinder our relationship,” Jamie Silvonek texted Barnes at one point.

Later, the then-14-year-old girl asked Barnes to promise not to let her mother’s objections get in the way of them being together.

“I swear that I will never leave you nor stop loving you,” Barnes texted the girl.

Jamie Silvonek texts Caleb Barnes that her mom ‘needs to go,’ cops say

By the night of March 7, 2015, the couple spoke over the phone a handful of times, the longest call almost 50 minutes at 9:46 p.m.

Silvonek’s best friend at the time testified on Wednesday that it was during one of theses calls that the pair discussed killing Silvonek’s parents.

The friend testified Jamie Silvonek brought up killing her parents on the phone call with Barnes. The plan was for the parents to be lured out of the house to a location where Barnes would be waiting, he would kill them, get Jamie Silvonek and they would dispose of the bodies, according to the friend.

At first, Barnes said he didn’t think it was a good idea, but later during the call said he had the knives picked out and that “he would be able to kill them,” the friend testified.

“As time went on, he was getting more and more OK with the plan to kill her parents,” the girl testified.

‘Best friend’ witness: Teen came up with idea to kill parents

Prosecutors alleged Barnes brutally stabbed Cheryl Silvonek in the victim’s car as it was parked in the driveway of the Silvonek’s home on Randi Lane. Barnes’ attorneys claim it was Jamie Silvonek who wielded the knife and killed her mother.

Thursday’s testimony also included an expert witness on DNA testing in addition to the blood stain pattern expert.

Michelle Shortell testified that based on the blood spray and splatter on the interior of Cheryl Silvonek’s car, the victim was facing forward in the driver’s seat when she was fatally stabbed in the neck.

Jill Crouch, with the Pennsylvania State Police’s forensic division, testified DNA testing on the bloody knife found outside the Silvonek’s Upper Macungie Township home only found matchable DNA from Cheryl Silvonek.

A Y chromosome test found that there was some male DNA also present on the knife, but there was not enough present to test, Crouch testified.

Prosecutors showed a photo of Barnes taken from a diner he and Jamie Silvonek ate at the night of the killing. In it, Barnes is wearing black gloves that have no fingertips.

Cheryl Silvonek’s burned body was found buried under dirt and snow in the 5700 block of Haasadahl Road in South Whitehall Township.

The blood-soaked vehicle was found partially obscured by vegetation near a pond at Applewood and Huckleberry roads near where Cheryl Silvonek’s body was recovered.

Sarah Cassi may be reached at Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find on Facebook.

Driver dies after hitting oncoming truck on Route 222

Police say they are not certain why the southbound car crossed into northbound traffic.

A man has died who was driving a car south early Thursday morning on Route 222 near Indepe…

Route 222 shut after tractor-trailer and car crash

There is a detour set up in the area.

UPDATE: Driver dies after crossing into oncoming traffic

Route 222 in Upper Macungie Township was closed after a car and tractor…

Upper Macungie bank robbed, suspects on the lam

The First Niagara branch was robbed back in June, and again on Monday.

For the second time this summer, an Upper Macungie Township bank was robbed by masked suspects.

Trial delayed for soldier who allegedly killed girlfriend’s mom

An issue of jail phone call records has pushed back the trial schedule for Caleb Barnes.

Jail phone call records led to a change in the trial schedule for the solider who alleged…

5 things to know about trial of soldier accused of killing girlfriend’s mom

Barnes, 22, is accused of brutally stabbing the mother of his then-girlfriend in the early morning of March 15, 2015.

Jury selection is slated to begin Thursday in Lehigh Co…

Valley Preferred Cycling Center hosts USA Cycling Championships (PHOTOS)

Competitors at the velodrome in Lehigh County include top professional and junior cyclists from around the nation.

Throughout this week, the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, also…

Teen faces trial for alleged ‘Scream’ mask bus prank

The 19-year-old reportedly told police the incident on the Parkland High School bus was a prank.

A 19-year-old man is facing possible trial for a reported prank involving a …

What a Volvo, iPad and tombstone have in common in Lehigh County

Police in Upper Macungie Township said they were investigating the theft of all three, among other incidents.

Upper Macungie Township police reported a rash of thefts, inclu…

Mom drives drunk to school pick-up 2 days straight, cops say

Police said they encountered the woman twice this week outside Jaindl Elementary School.

A Lehigh County woman is accused of driving drunk twice when she picked up her child…

Lehigh Valley sharing in $17.5 million in intersection upgrades

Pen Argyl is the recipient of the largest state grant, for Route 512 and Robinson Avenue. 

Municipalities in Lehigh and Northampton counties are receiving more than $300,000 in all from $17.5 million in grants announced last week for intersection improvements across Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced two rounds of grants, one totaling $12 million for traffic signal upgrades paid for by Act 89 of 2013, the state’s transportation funding plan that raised a host of fees on drivers.

The other grants total $5.5 million, coming from the Automated Red Light Enforcement program in place at 28 intersections in Philadelphia. 

Of both rounds of grants, the largest sum for the Lehigh Valley region is $160,500 from Act 89 dollars, going toward upgrades of Route 512 (Pennsylvania Avenue) and Robinson Avenue in Pen Argyl.

“This is the main intersection in Pen Argyl and woefully outdated,” borough Manager Robin Zmoda said in an email. “This project is part of the enhancements Pen Argyl Borough would like to complete in order to assist in the revitalization efforts in Pen Argyl and the entire Slate Belt region. 

“The upgrade will allow for safer pedestrian, improved (Americans with Disabilities Act) crossings and smoother traffic flow through the busy intersection — an overall modernization of the intersection.”

Police lose license plate stickers for enforcement

Here are the other local grants announced by Wolf through the grant programs:

From Act 89 “Green Light-Go” grants: 

Lehigh County

Heidelberg Township, $4,917 to install an uninterruptible power supply system at the intersection at Route 309 and Route 4029 (Northwest Road).

South Whitehall Township, $8,000 to improve traffic signal retiming at the intersections of Route 1002 (Tilghman Street) and Parkway Road, Route 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road) and Scherersville Road, and Route 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road) and Route 1021 (Perma Avenue).

Upper Macungie Township, $35,000 to install traffic signal emergency vehicle pre-emption systems at the intersections of Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Continental Way, Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Trexlertown Shopping Center, Route 6222 and Trexler Mall Entrance, Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Route 2012 (Lower Macungie Road), and Route 3008 (Cetronia Road) and Route 2015 (Schantz Road).

Northampton County

Bath, $2,895 to install a video detection camera at the intersection of Route 512 and Barrall Avenue.

Upper Nazareth Township, $7,000 to install emergency vehicle pre-emption at the intersection of Route 248 and Route 946.

From Automated Red Light Enforcement grants:

Northampton County

East Allen Township, $67,409 to install video detection along the approaches to the intersection of Route 329 (Nor-Bath Boulevard) and Route 3023 and the addition of a westbound advance left-turn phase to be added to the signal timings.

Walnutport, $24,000 to improve the existing signal at the intersection of Route 145 and Main Street by replacing LED modules and the addition of an emergency vehicle pre-emption system.

Kurt Bresswein may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find on Facebook.