Man Cited After Inhaling Compressed Air at Bed Bath & Beyond

Newtown Township police also reported several traffic stops and a stolen grill.


PennDOT will be painting street lines within the township beginning today through Saturday, according to the Newtown Township Police Department. Police are reminding motorists that line painting is a slow moving operation and drivers should maintain ample distance behind the truck. Drivers should stay off the traffic lines. 

The township police also reported the following recent activity:

Monday, April 16

At approximately 10:50 a.m. police observed a vehicle parked illegally on Kanon Court and issued a parking ticket to the owner for parking in a no-parking zone.

A resident of Township Line Road in Wrightstown Township came to police headquarters around 1 p.m. to report that her home had been hit with eggs overnight.         

Shortly after 8 p.m., a resident of Partridge Court called police to report that on April 14, a female subject rang her doorbell and asked the resident if she was interested in hiring a lawn service.  The resident declined and the young woman left.  Then, on Sunday the same female returned told the resident that she just found out her mother was diagnosed with cancer and she needed to raise money for her treatment. The resident again refused, the subject left the area.  The resident told the officer that after thinking about the situations she decided to report them.  The officer advised the resident to call the police immediately if the subject returns or if any similar incidents occur. 

Tuesday, April 17

A resident of Eagle Road came to police headquarters around 7:30 a.m. to report that she put a large black bag containing five packages in rear of her SUV before leaving her residence this morning. As she was traveling southbound on Durham Road, she noticed the rear hatch of her vehicle was open. When she stopped to close the hatch, she discovered that the bag and packages were no longer in the vehicle.  She retraced her route and didn’t locate her property.

Shortly after 9 a.m. an officer stopped a motorist on the Newtown Bypass near Newtown Gate Drive because the inspection stickers on the vehicle were counterfeit.  When the officer made contact with the driver, 39 year-old Angel Martinez Gonzalez of East 4th Street in Bethlehem, it was determined that he was not a licensed driver.  The vehicle was towed from the scene and Gonzalez was told that it would only be released to a licensed driver.  Gonzalez received two citations charging him with the inspection violation and driving without a valid drivers license. 

At approximately 9:10 a.m., a resident of Diamond Drive reported that she received a phone call from a male subject that sounded like her grandson.  The caller went on to tell her that he was out of the country and needed her to send him money.  Police would like to remind residents to be wary of scam phone calls like this and to check with family members before sending money to anyone as a result of a phone call such as this.

A resident of Leedom Way called police around 3:30 p.m. to report that she was a victim of identify theft.  The victim told the officer that an unknown person obtained a fake Pennsylvania drivers license and multiple credit cards using her social security number. 

At approximately 5:40 p.m., an officer stopped a motorist on Township Line Road because the registration plate on the vehicle was expired and suspended because the vehicle was uninsured.  At the stop the driver, 39 year-old Matthew Miller of Rugby Drive in Langhorne, received citations charging him with the violations.  The car was towed from the scene and can be released when Miller provides proof of current registration and insurance.

Around 6:20 p.m., a called police to report that when she returned to her vehicle after class, she discovered that the windshield was cracked.  The vehicle was parked in the lot near the area of the baseball field.

Police received a report from a resident of Teaberry Lane shortly before 7 p.m. informing police that his PayPal/E-Bay account had been compromised.  The investigating officer is working with the fraud department from PayPal. 

Just before 9 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of Greenbriar and Hartford Lanes for a report of a suspicious vehicle.  The caller told police that a vehicle had been parked along the street and several subjects left the car and walked towards the nearby wooded area.  The area was checked, but police didn’t locate anyone in the woods.  A records check of the registration on the car determined that the owner does live in the neighborhood. 

Police responded to a call that two male subjects were in acting in an unruly manner around 9:20 p.m.  The officers located the subjects in front of the store and it was determined that one of them, 21 year-old Aaron Melchor of York Street in Newtown Township, had two cans of compressed air in his possession and was inhaling the substance.  Melchor received a citation charging him with disorderly conduct.

Saturday, April 21

At approximately 8:45 a.m., a resident of Monterey Place reported that someone had thrown eggs at her house overnight.  The responding officer observed broken eggshells and egg yolks on the house and garage.  

A resident called police around 6:15 p.m. to report that his grill was taken from his back deck while he was on vacation last week.  The victim told the responding officer that the grill and accessories were valued at approximately $360. 

While on patrol on Sycamore Street shortly before 7 p.m., an officer stopped a motorist due to an expired registration plate.  When the officer was speaking with the driver, 42 year-old Carol Samuels-Stout of Winding Lane in Newtown Township, he learned that she had a suspended license, no inspection or emissions and she didn’t think she had insurance.   Samuels-Stout received three citations charging her with the violations and the vehicle was towed from the scene.  

Sunday, April 22

Shortly after 3 p.m., while traveling southbound on Durham Road, an officer observed a vehicle with an expired registration. The officer also observed the driver make a right turn on red when the signal indicated it was not allowed. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver, 64 year-old John Gottschall of Tinsel Road, received four citations charging him with driving while his license is under suspension, the expired registration and emissions and the red light violation.  The vehicle was towed from the scene.


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