Man Smashed Windows to Get Into Apple Street Home, Police Say

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An Easton man was charged with burglary and other offenses after he allegedly smashed windows in order to enter a home in the 2100 block of Apple Street where a resident has an active protection from abuse (PFA) order against him, Lower Saucon Township Police said in a news release Wednesday. According to police, John Placotaris, 50, of the 1600 block of Washington Street, broke into the home shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday. The Express-Times–citing court records–reported that the home is Placotaris’ mother’s, and that he allegedly told police he broke in because he wanted the keys to her car and some of his belongings. After officers responded to the home, police said they located Placotaris in a shed on the property and took him into custody. Placotaris has also been charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief, according to the news release.

Black Bear Seen on Apple Street

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A Saucon Source reader reported Monday morning that her husband saw a black bear on Apple Street near Mockingbird Hill Road in Lower Saucon Township at around 8:15 a.m.

Kasie Seymour shared a photo of the bear on Saucon Source’s Facebook page. Bear sightings are not uncommon in much of Lower Saucon Township, and police have advised residents to use common sense in dealing with the animals, who are often attracted to birdfeeders and garbage cans. “Bears will not frequent or stay in an area if they cannot get enough to eat,” township police said in a statement last month. For more information about living with Pennsylvania’s black bears from the state fish and game commission, click here.

Man Found Dead at Brush Fire Scene Identified

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The man who was found dead at the scene of a brush/structure fire in the 2500 block of Apple Street, Lower Saucon Township, Monday, has been identified by Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek as 72-year-old Patrick McChesney Sr., the Express-Times reported. McChesney lived at 2583 Apple Street, where he was reportedly known for keeping a personal Corvette collection. According to the newspaper, Lysek is still working to determine whether McChesney’s death was due to natural causes or as a result of the fire. Numerous fire companies from Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks counties responded to the brush fire, which broke out in the early afternoon on a day when gusty winds and low humidity created ideal wildfire conditions. At one point several acres were reported to be ablaze, but the fire was brought under control by mid-afternoon.