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									6   The Boyertown Area Times • June 23, 2005                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                              Local News
    Fire totals car in New Hanover Twp.
        By Aaron Jenkins
           Times Staff
                                    William Moyer, New Hanover
                                    Township Fire Company chief.
                                                                         was contained to the side com-
                                                                         partment of the vehicle. “It was-
                                                                                                                     Gilbertsville man ‘critical’
   Residents in the 600 block of
Buckert Road, New Hanover
                                       No one was injured.
                                       Moyer gave this account:
                                       At 5:40 a.m., the Ruchs
                                                                         n’t something directly attributed
                                                                         to the Ford,” said Moyer.
                                                                             Ford has recalled more than 1
                                                                                                                          after cycle crash
Township, who had yet to rise       noticed smoke emitting from the      million vehicles in two separate               By Aaron Jenkins              still investigating the crash,         ing, yet unresponsive, a short
from their slumber last             engine of their Taurus parked in     recalls to replace a cruise-con-                  Times Staff                according to chief David White.        distance away lying on the
Thursday morning did so sud-        their driveway 10 feet away          trol deactivation switch that is                                                 White gave this account:           ground next to the pole.
denly as emergency sirens blast-    from the couple’s house.             believed to be the cause of a             A 63-year-old Gilbertsville            Nixon, who was wearing a              White said the impact of the
ed through the day’s dawn when      Emergency units were contacted       number of fires. The switch is         man is fighting for his life after    helmet, was in the rear of a           crash forced Nixon’s helmet off
a neighbors’ car burned due to      and arrived at the 636 Buchert       installed in millions of Ford          he struck a utility pole with his     motorcycle convoy of about five        of his head.
an electrical shortage in the       Road residence to put out the        vehicles from 1992 until 2003.         motorcycle and suffered major         motorcyclists traveling west-             Witnesses told officers
vehicle’s alarm system, officials   blaze in 10 minutes.                     Moyer said the alarm system        head trauma on Route 73 in            bound on Route 73 in the area of       Nixon was obeying the traffic
said.                                  According to Moyer, the fire      had been installed prior to the        Oley Township on June 17, said        Rose Virginia Road shortly             laws and did not see the red
   Karl and Cathryn Ruch’s          was sparked by an electrical         Ruchs purchasing it.                   officials.                            before 6 p.m., when, for some          from his Honda 2006’s break
1991 Ford Taurus was totaled        shortage in the vehicle’s after-         Please send any comments to           Richard Nixon of 100               unknown reason, Nixon veered           lamp, said White.
as fire firefighters squashed the   market alarm system. The blaze            Merkle Road remained connect-         off the road and struck a utility         Oley Township fire police
blaze within minutes, said                                                                                      ed to a ventilator at Lehigh          pole.                                  and ambulance assisted with the
                                                                                                                Valley Hospital near Allentown            The motorcyclists, whose           scene.
     Man held for court for lewdness                                                                            as of The Times’ press deadline,
                                                                                                                as Oley Township police were
                                                                                                                                                      names were not given, found
                                                                                                                                                      Nixon unconscious and breath-
                                                                                                                                                                                                Please see next week’s Times
                                                                                                                                                                                             for update of the incident.
      From our news staff           Michael         Hartman       of     a “long period of time” in the
                                    Boyertown.                           bathroom, and after he left
   A 20-year-old Boyertown
man was held for court for inde-
                                       Boyertown police gave this
                                    account of the incident:
                                                                         employees found women’s
                                                                         underwear and a swim suit on
                                                                                                                       Gilbertsville man hurt in crash
cent exposure and lewdness             On March 6, a Boyertown           the floor.                                    From our news staff            of Davis being treated. His pas-       He drove off the north side of
charges after exposing himself      police officer spoke to an              On March 12, Boyertown                                                    senger, Scott Cremi, 23, of            the roadway and collided into a
and engaging in acts of self-       employee of the library at 29 E.     police,        along        with          A 23-year-old Gilbertsville        Royersford was not wearing a           stone wall and large tree with
gratification in the Boyertown      Philadelphia Ave. library about      Colebrookdale District police,         man suffered severe injuries          seat belt but was not injured.         the vehicle’s front end before
Community Library in March          an incident involving a male in      responded to a call from the           while showing signs of intoxica-         DUI charges are pending the         coming to rest facing north
and November.                       his early 20s, who is not a mem-     library about the male inside the      tion after he lost control of his     result of a blood test, said offi-     across the westbound lane of
   Michael Fitzsimmons, 724 E.      ber, coming into the library and     facility.                              vehicle and crashed into a stone      cials.                                 travel.
Philadelphia Ave., remains in       staring at women. The officer           Fitzsimmons identified him-         wall and tree in the 1600 block          State police gave this                 The vehicle was towed from
Montgomery County Prison in         was told that last November the      self to officials and admitted to      of Earl Township on June 18,          account:                               the scene.
lieu of $5,000 after charges of     same male was seen with his          performing the lewd acts.              said officials.                          Davis was traveling east-              Earl Township           Fire
indecent exposure, open lewd-       pants down in one of the                A country court arraignment            Matthew Davis, who was not         bound on Route 73 (West                Company and and Boyertown
ness, and disorderly conduct        library’s aisles.                    had not been scheduled as of           wearing a seat belt, was flown to     Philadelphia Avenue) at 2:40           Ambulance assisted with the
were held over in a preliminary        The next incident occurred        The Times’ press deadline.             Lehigh Valley Hospital near           a.m. when he lost control of his       scene.
hearing on June 16 before           on March 1 when the male spent                                              Allentown for treatment of            2000 Chevrolet Cavalier and
                                                                                                                injuries, but there was no record     crossed into the westbound lane.
     2-vehicle crash in Oley Township
      From our news staff              According to police, Michael
                                    Sadowski, 27, was driving west
                                                                            Sadowski’s van sustained
                                                                         functional damage and had to be                       Barto man ‘fair’ after crash
   Two Reading men were unin-       on Route 73 in a 1999 Ford E-        towed from the scene. Harris’
                                                                                                                     From our news services              Marin was traveling west on         right lane of traffic.
jured in a two-vehicle crash that   250 van when he struck the rear      Jeep sustained minor damage
                                                                                                                                                      Route 422, between the Route              No other vehicles were
occurred on Route 73, just west     of a 2002 Jeep Liberty, driven       and was not towed.
                                                                                                                    A Barto man was in fair con-      100 and Schuylkill River bridge        involved      in     the   crash.
of Friedensburg Road, in Oley       by Robert Harris Jr., 66.               Sadowski was cited for fol-
                                                                                                                dition at Lehigh Valley Hospital      exits, shortly before 5 p.m.,          According to witnesses, Marin
Township on June 16, said offi-        Both motorists were wearing       lowing too closely as a result of
                                                                                                                near Allentown following a            when he lost control of his            was speeding at the time of the
cials.                              seat belts.                          an investigation.
                                                                                                                motorcycle crash in North             motorcycle for unknown rea-            crash, said officials.
                                                                                                                Coventry Township on June 16,         sons.                                     Marin was then flown via
                    1-vehicle crash in Bally                                                                    according to officials.
                                                                                                                    Joel Marin, 24, was still
                                                                                                                                                         Marin, who was wearing a
                                                                                                                                                      helmet, slid along the road for a
                                                                                                                                                                                             MedEvac to Lehigh Valley
                                                                                                                                                                                             Hospital for treatment.
      From our news staff              Russell Gallagher, 422 Main       state police.                          receiving treatment following         distance on his side before he            The westbound lanes were
                                    St., was traveling eastbound on         He was not wearing a seat           injuries as of The Times’ press       and his bike split apart, with         closed for about an hour, and the
   A 33-year-old Red Hill man       Seventh Street at 2:00 a.m.          belt.                                  deadline.                             Marin landing in the median of         eastbound lanes were closed for
struck a utility pole in Bally in   when the front left of his vehicle      Officials cited unknown                 North Coventry Township           the bypass and the motorcycle          about 20 minutes.
the early morning hours of June     struck a utility pole on the north   injuries. No further details were      police gave this report:              several hundred feet away in the
18, said officials.                 side of the road, according to       given.

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