Hellertown Man Jailed for Alleged PFA Violation, Police Say

A Hellertown man was arrested and subsequently jailed for allegedly violating a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order on file against him, borough police said Monday.

In a news release, police said John Louis Downes, 61, of the 700 block of Front Street, was stopped for a vehicle code violation shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday.

County court records indicate that the alleged violation was driving without headlights, and that Downes was also allegedly driving without insurance.

“It was discovered that (Downes) had been driving past the residence of an individual that has a current PFA against him in an attempt to see if (the individual) was home and (if the individual’s) lights were on,” police said.

“He was charged accordingly and and was committed to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $150,000 bail,” police said.

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Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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