Friday, May 24, 2013
Kasam Hennix, 39, is part of a group of men accused of kidnapping jewelry store workers to get access to diamonds and watches.
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An Easton man is one of five people accused of kidnapping two people in Connecticut last month and getting them to help them steal millions in goods from a nearby jewelry store. Kasam Hennix, 39, along with three Allentown men and one man from the Bronx, were all charged by federal authorities Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney and Fairfield Patch. The two victims were employees of Lenox Jewelry in Fairfield, and were living in a company apartment in the town of Meriden. Prosecutors say the men—Hennix;Timothy Forbes, 31, William Davis, 25, and Jeffrey Houston, 26, of Allentown, and Christopher Gay, 27, of the Bronx—forced the workers to drive them to the store. The men repeatedly spoke to the victims, one of them mentioning “they had…
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Judge finds enough evidence for Antonio Ortiz to face trial in killing of Andres Ruiz-Avelizapa last year in Easton.
A man accused in a deadly beating last Christmas Eve in Easton is headed for trial, according to published reports. Antonio Ortiz, 33, of the 400 block of Northampton St., is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Andres Ruiz-Avelizapa. Police say a fight between the two men on Northampton Street last December 24 led to Ruiz-Avelizapa being knocked out. He never regained consciouness, and died in January. In court on Thursday, Senior District Judge James Stocklas ruled there was enough evidence against Ortiz to take the case to Northampton County Court, WFMZ reported. Police have given this account of what happened: Officers responded to the 400 block of Northampton Street just before 1 a.m. December 24 after getting a report that …
Newark resident Peter Murphy allegedly claimed he was Easton man, faces new charges.
On Sunday, Easton police filed burglary charges against Terique Grayman after a South Side family found him in their kitchen. The only problem was that the burglar's real name wasn't Terique Grayman. City police said Wednesday that they'd filed charges against a man they now know as Peter Murphy, whom they say had Grayman's driver's license and "mirrored the picture and physical traits." Charges in Grayman's name have been withdrawn. Police say Murphy, 19, of Newark took a television worth $319, cash and loose change totaling $7.19 and some food items from a home on the 300 block of Palmer Street early Sunday. He was caught a few blocks away and taken into custody, where he apparently assumed Grayman's identity. Murphy had been charged …
Francisco Miranda eluded law enforcement for 18 years in the 1994 South Bethlehem killing of Jorge Velazquez. Now, he will spend the next 10-20 years in prison.
A man who spent 18 years on Pennsylvania’s "Most Wanted" List has pleaded guilty to a 1994 murder in a South Bethlehem parking lot. Francisco G. Miranda, 50, was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder, according to published reports. Under the terms of a plea bargain, Miranda will serve the maximum sentence that would have been allowed at the time of the murder, according to The Morning Call. Miranda eluded authorities while he lived in the Dominican Republic but he didn’t flee the country on his own, the newspaper reported. New Jersey officials unwittingly deported Miranda—just weeks after the Bethlehem homicide—after he was arrested on drug charges under an assumed name, according to …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Easton resident Sabrina Grey charged with theft in Plainfield Township.
An Easton woman admitted taking $5,000 earlier this year from a locked strongbox her ex-boyfriend’s mother, who lives in Plainfield Township, kept in a bathroom closet. The suspect, Sabrina M. Gray, 32, later gave $3,000 to a man, apparently the ex-boyfriend, according to court records. Now police say Gray still owes the mother $2,000 and Gray is being charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property. A criminal complaint filed by Plainfield Officer Christopher Ryan says the theft occurred sometime between Feb. 27 and March 7. On March 7, another township officer took a theft report from the mother, who lives on Frable Street. Two days later, the mother said that Gray admitted to the $5,000 theft and gave …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Easton police charge 14th Street man with selling heroin.
Easton police say neighbor complaints about "a high level of drug activity" on S. 14th Street led to a raid Tuesday morning. Police served a search warrant at 16 S. 14th St. around 6 a.m., taking two people in the building into custody, according to Lt. Matthew Gerould. Esteban Candelario, 20, was the target of the investigation and is charged with delivery of heroin, police said. Lillian Werkheiser, no age given, was arrested for marijuana possession. She was processed, released and will be issued a summons. Candelario was expected to be arraigned later in the day Tuesday.
Latoyra Lorenz Campbell, 32, accused of robbing man outside the Brickhouse Tavern.
Easton police say a city patrolman foiled a robbery soon after it happened outside a West Ward bar earlier this month. Latoyra Lorenz Campbell, 32, is accused of robbing a man of $200 and ripping a gold necklace from his neck outside the Brickhouse Tavern on May 9. According to court records, Officer Jamie Luise spotted Campbell soon after the robbery, and saw her moving her hand inside her jacket pocket. He told her to cross the street and come talk to him – and to remove her hand from her pocket. Campbell “did not comply with my verbal direction and continued to move her hand inside of her jacket in which she appeared to be concealing something,” Luise writes. He again ordered her to remove her hand and come talk to him. This time she …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Easton resident Vernon Fountain, Jr. facing weapon charge for incident in Palmer Township.
Palmer Township police were dispatched around 6:15 Sunday morning to Rudy’s Car Wash, after a former employee allegedly showed up with a machete The man who allegedly had the machete—Vernon Fountain Jr. of Easton—did not attack anyone, but he displayed the weapon at a store clerk and had a “verbal altercation” with him, causing the clerk “annoyance and alarm,” court records say. Fountain, 23, who was charged with prohibited offensive weapon and disorderly conduct, placed the machete in a garbage can outside the store at 25th and Northampton streets before police arrived, the records say. He allegedly admitted to police that he had the machete and to cutting himself with it. The records do not provide details about the cut. A criminal …
Terique E. Grayman, 23, accused of taking "multiple" items from South Side home.
A South Side man entered the home of a family of seven around 4 a.m. Sunday and briefly got away with a television worth $319, cash and loose change totaling $7.19 and some food items, Easton police say. Terique E. Grayman, 23, was spotted a short time later about a block from the home and was identified by one of the residents, court records say. A criminal complaint filed by city Patrolman Benjamin Mastrofilippo said a woman on the 300 block of Palmer Street came downstairs and saw a man in the kitchen. He was wearing a black shirt, light jeans and a gray hat. A man who later identified Grayman said he too came downstairs and chased Grayman east on the 200 block of W. Williams Street before he changed direction and ran south toward Davis…
Easton police investigating a series of vehicle fires set Saturday in the West Ward.
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Monday, May 20
Five car fires were reported early Saturday in Easton's West Ward, and now police are saying those fires were arson. The fires along Lehigh and Washington streets "were deliberately set," Lt. Matthew Gerould told the Express-Times. Video of one of the fires was captured by reader Ryan Brennan. It's included with this story. "I applaud the courage of the firemen putting this out - that jeep could've exploded at any time," Brennan wrote. "I was alerted around 3:40am by a horn beeping and stopping and then a moment later beeping nonstop. I then heard someone yelling & commotion, I looked out my skylight and saw smoke rising in the air and then went to my bathroom window and saw a jeep ablaze." The fires occurred as follows, according to a …